Jewish Heritage Tour
with Eilat Tour - 14 nights
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Wednesday: Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Thursday: Tel Aviv
Start the day with a visit of Old Jaffa, and 8000 year old port city. visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter. Drive to Neve Tzedek, the first neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1909. Next, visit the Independence hall where the establishment of hte state of Israel was declared. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin's Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Proceed to the Tel Aviv university, and visit the Diaspora museum. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Friday: Rehovot / Yad Mordechai / Beersheba
Drive to Rehovot to visit world famous Weitzman Institute of Science. Visit the house of Haim Weitzman, the famous Jewish scientist who became President of the young state of Israel. Stop to visit the Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement, before May 1948. Proceed to Yad Mordechai, named after Mordechai Anilevitz, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto. Visit the restored battle fields of the war of liberation and learn about their heroic story. Onto Beersheba, driving past the Bedouin tents to Tel-sheba to see Abraham's well and the remains of an ancient temple and altar from the first Temple period. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Saturday: At Leisurei
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Sunday: Caesarea / Beit Shearim / Haifa / Acre
Drive north to Caesarea, once the roman capital of the region. Visit the Roman theatres, the crusaders' city, the aqueduct and the new multi media museum recently opened. Stop at Beit Shearim, once the town of the Senhadrin, the Jewish supreme court. Proceed to Haifa to visit “AF AL PI CHEN,” the Naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbour and visit the underground knight's halls. Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cablecar into the limestone Grottoes. Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse. After checking in, meeting with a Kibbutz member and learn about the Kibbutz lifestyle.
Monday: Safed / Tel Facher / Banias / Tel Dan / Tel Hai
Drive to Safed, center of Kaballa movement. Visit the old synagogues and stroll the old Artists' colony. Enjoy a jeep tour to the foot of the Golan, and drive to mount Bental. See the former Israeli fortification and overlook Kuneitra and the Syrian part of the Golan Heights. Proceed to Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp and continue to visit the Banias springs. STop at Tel-Dan, a beautiful nature reserve aroudn the Dan river, one of the sources of the Jordan River. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai and the “Hashomer” museum, founded by the first underground Jewish organization. Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Tuesday:Beit Shean / Beit Alpha / Gan Hashlosha / Jerusalem
Drive via Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee to Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis,” the biggest archaeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue. Proceed to Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Wednesday: Jerusalem: The New City
Visit the new city of Jerusalem. Drive to Hadassah hospital to visit the Chagall stained glass windows. Proceed to the mountains of Jerusalem for a tree planting. Onto Mount Hertzl, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem. Continue to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the book, where you will see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive by the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament and stop to see the unique Menora with the biblical emblems. Then continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. End the day with visit to the Ammunition Hill, once a Jordanian army camp which, at the time of the 6 days war, became a symbol tot he braveness of the Israeli soldiers in the battle of Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday: Jerusalem: The Old City
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Watch the Bar Mitzvah ceremony celebrations at the Kotel. Visit Davidson center and the Kotel tunnels. Proceed via the Arab market to the Cardo, stop at the remains of the city wall dating back tot he first Temple period; walk through the Jewish quarter to Jaffa gate, and visit David's Tower. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday: Qumeran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive though the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumeran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Massada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress, visiting the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc. Descend by cable car. Next stop is for lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday: At Leisure
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Sunday: The Negev Desert / Eilat
Travel south to the Negev desert, visit Israel's Air Force Museum near Beer Sheva to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Continue south, visiting kibbutz Sde Boker, to see Ben Gurion;s hut and grave, overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop at Mitzpeh Ramon to gaze into the Ramon Crater, and other wordly geological wonder. Proceed to Eilat for overnight.
We start our day with a panoramic view of the city. Continue for a visit to the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest seaquariums it the world, built into coral reef. Afternoon - at leisure. Overnight in Eilat.
Tuesday: Eilat / Timna / Tel Aviv
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, depart Eilat to visit Timna copper mines and King Solomon's Pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Drive back to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Wednesday: Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
|HOTEL PLAN||PLAN A||PLAN B||PLAN C|
|PLAN D||PLAN E|
|Child as 3rd pax, on Bed & Breakfast|
|Child age: Plan A, B, C & D: up to 18 years; Plan E: up to 16 years|
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