Deluxe Israel Tour - 13 Days - Jewish Adult Only Israel Experience

Deluxe Israel Tour Overview

The Jewish Israel experience with Shalom Journeys starts with the 13 day – deluxe Jewish tour of Israel (adults only tours). The 13 day tour of Israel includes superior class accommodations throughout Israel. See the best Jewish sites Israel has to offer in a deluxe motor-coach with wifi lead by our expert guide. The 13 day tour of Israel also includes staying at the Dead Sea for a night, special surprises like a Biblical dinner in the Judean Wilderness and much much more. This Israel tour can be extended for those who wish to see Petra, Jordan.

 May 2 – 14, 2017

13 DAYS

$3,590.00 P/P

Deluxe Israel Tour 2017 Program

Deluxe Israel Tour - Flight from USA to Jerusalem, Israel - DAY 1

Day 1 – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

We will depart US or Canada on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Israel and embark on our 13 Day Deluxe Israel Tour. We will enjoy hot meals with on board entertainment.

Jerusalem Old City and New City - DAY 2 - 6

Day 2 – Wednesday, May 3 : Arrival Israel – Jerusalem

  • We will arrive to Ben Gurion Airport, Israel where we will be met by our representative, who will escort us outside the terminal to meet our guide with driver and motor-coach.
  • Continue to drive through the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. On the way, our guide will explain the activities we will experience on the tour.
  • Upon our arrival to Jerusalem, we will conduct a Shehecheyanu blessing for this special occasion, seeing Jerusalem for the first time, giving thanks.
  • Arrive to our hotel in Jerusalem for check-in, with cold drinks. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 3 – Thursday, May 4: Jerusalem – Old City

  • Begin the day with a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem and enter through the Dung Gate to the Southern Wall excavations. We will see the ruins from the Second Temple, as well as the Robinson Arch, which used to lead the high priests from City of David into the Temple. Here, we will have the option to renew our wedding vows (must be requested in advance).
  • We will proceed through the broad stone stairway down to the holy Western Wall – the “Kotel”. We begin at the passageways descending through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, a most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the nearest spot to the “Holy of Holies”.
  • We will continue to the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. We will view the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. View the Hurva Synagogue, which was destroyed and rebuilt in the Jewish Quarter and the Four Sephardic Synagogues.
  • Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon wandering through the Old City bazaar. We will return to our hotel and enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 4 – Friday, May 5 : City of David, Israel Museum, Bazaar and Kotel

  • Drive to the City of David. We begin at the breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem, dating back 3,800 years in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid.
  • The journey quickly heads underground to some of the newest archaeological excavations. Here, while exploring the recently excavated fortresses and passageways, visitors relive King David’s conquest of the Jebusite city as described in the 2nd Book of Samuel.
  • We will continue to Israel Museum to see the model city of Jerusalem as it used to look like in 66 CE. In that fateful year, the Great Revolt against the Romans erupted, resulting in the destruction of the city and the Temple. The ancient city was then at its largest, covering an area of ca. 445 acres (more than twice the size of the Old City today). In the same complex, we will also visit the Shrine of the Book. Here we will see the original Dead Sea scrolls and where they are housed.
  • In the afternoon, we will proceed to Machane Yehuda Shook (market/bazaar). The shook (Suk) is very popular with locals and tourists, with more than 250 vendors who sell fresh fruits and vegetables to Judaica items. It is usually very busy on Friday, prior to Shabbat.
  • We will enjoy some rest and prepare for a traditional Shabbat dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 5 – Saturday, May 6: Shabbat At Leisure In Jerusalem

  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem. Feel the special atmosphere of Jerusalem on Shabbat.
  • In the evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel. After dinner, step out of our hotel and walk the streets of Jerusalem, such as Ben Yehuda Street, the many young Jerusalemites gather. Walk along the Midrehov and see the many artists displaying their jewelers and crafts, as well as many sidewalk cafes.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 6 – Sunday, May 7 : Latrun (Armored Corp Museum) and New Jerusalem

  • After breakfast, we will leave Jerusalem for a short drive to Latrun, in the Judean Hills to visit the Armored Corps museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world.
  • Back to Jerusalem to visit Mea Shearim and the unique lifestyle of the Ultra orthodox communities.
  • We will drive to Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, to see Israel’s leaders and heros gravesites, including Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinski, Yitzchak Rabin.
  • Continue to Ammunition Hill (Givat-Hatahmoshet), a former Jordanian army stronghold conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War converted into a national memorial site and museum. It is also the sight of one of the fiercest battles for Jerusalem.
  • Drive by the Knesset to see Israel’s parliament and the Menorah with its biblical emblems.
  • Conclude with our last visit to Yad Vashem, which is considered to be the first memorial to mankind’s darkest period. We will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion.
  • Return to our hotel and prepare for our special dinner at a local restaurant in Jerusalem. After dinner, we will see a sound and light show at Tower of David, in the Old City.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem

Dead Sea and Qumran - Day 7

Monday, May 8 – Day 7: Qumran and the Dead Sea

  • We will leave Jerusalem and travel southeast towards the Dead Sea area. As we get closer to the Dead Sea, we will start to descend to the lowest point on the surface of the earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level.
  • Continue south to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Shepherd and his heard.
  • Conclude our day and drive further south to the Dead Sea resort of Ein Bokek and check in to our hotel for check-in with welcome refreshments. We will enjoy lunch at our hotel.
  • The remainder of the day will be at leisure. Take the opportunity and enjoy floating on the Dead Sea and using the many facilities the hotel has to offer. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the David in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea)

The Journey North ( Kinneret, Tiberias, Tzfat and Golan Heights) - Day 8, 9 and 10

Day 8 – Tuesday, May 9 : Journey north to Lake Kinneret and Tiberias

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure around the Dead Sea beaches. In the afternoon, we will journey north towards Lake Kinnereth in Tiberias. On our way, we will visit the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada and ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress. Here was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. The Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva and chose to die as free men at their own hands rather than submit to Roman slavery and torture. From the top of Masada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below.
  • We will continue north via the Jordan Valley to ancient city of Beit Shean, also known as “Scythopolis”, dated to the Byzantine era. We will walk through the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel, with its amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics, and the Roman bath house. Nearby, we will visit Beit Alpha and its mosaic floor.
  • We will conclude our day and arrive to our hotel in Tiberias for check-in with welcome refreshments. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel (on the Lake Kinneret)

Day 9 – Wednesday, May 10 : Safed and the Golan Heights

  • We will leave Tiberias and drive north to visit the mystical City of Safed. This city is considered to be one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition and its Kabalistic studies (the birthplace of Kabala). Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys; visit some of the beautiful synagogues and browse through the artists’ workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artists’ quarter.
  • Continue north to the Golan Heights to see where major battles took place. We will be amazed seeing the beauty of this very important strategic landscape of the Golan Heights. We will visit Gadot Overlook (Mitzpe Gadot), the memorial site for the fallen of the fighting in the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers. We will see the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni brigade.
  • Proceed to Banias Springs, considered the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon and leading into the Jordan River.
  • Conclude our day with our last visit to a Golan winery, for a taste of the Golan’s special and unique flavor. We will return to our hotel. Enjoy another relaxing dinner at our hotel in Tiberias. After dinner, suggested stroll around the city center.

Overnight at Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias in the Upper Galilee

Day 10 – Thursday, May 11 : Rosh Hanikra, Acre, Haifa, Caesarea, Tel Aviv

  • After breakfast, we will leave Tiberias and travel through the Galilee to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra and descend by cable car into the limestone Grottos below. It is also the Israeli and Lebanese border, which we will see.
  • We continue south along the Mediterranean coast to the City of Akko (Acre) to see the ancient fortress, with its underground passages and secret rooms. Here we will visit the prison where members of the Hagana and Irgun were held captive during Israel’s fight for Independence. This is where Leon Uris’s famous novel “Exodus” was filmed.
  • Continue further south to the City of Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel for a beautiful panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Botanical Gardens below.
  • Journey further south to the city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once occupied at Roman rule. We will view the excavated Roman theatre, with its acoustic and theatrical sound. It was used for many performances throughout the centuries. Today, it draws major venue attractions, for concerts and festivals. We will walk through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water to the city.
  • Conclude our day and arrive to our hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in with cold refreshments. After check-in, we will enjoy dinner at our hotel. After dinner, suggested stroll on the beach front promenade.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv and Old City Jaffa - Day 11 and 12

Day 11 – Friday, May 12 : Tel Aviv area

  • Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast, we will have a quick visit of the Old Port City of Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv for a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv and to see the ancient narrow streets.
  • Continue with our day to visit to the Beit Hatfusot (Diaspora museum); the Museum of the Jewish People. This unique global institution tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity.
  • We will stop at Rabin’s Square, the place where Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was assassinated.
  • Next a visit to Independence Hall, best known as the site where David Ben Gurion declared the creation of the State of Israel for the nation to hear.
  • In the afternoon, we will tour around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the business centers and the entertainment district of Israel.
  • Return to Tel Aviv, “the White City” and drive around the city to see the famous Bahaus architectures, the fashion industry before arriving to Sheinken Street and where we will have some time to walk and browse the artist’s street of Nachalat Binyamin.
  • Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, we will enjoy Kabalat Shabbat dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv

Saturday (Shabbat), May 13 – Day 12: Tel Aviv at leisure

After Shabbat breakfast, we will enjoy a day at leisure in Tel Aviv. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel. After dinner, prepare your luggage for the next day flight home.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv > USA (Flight Home) - Day 13

Day 13 – Sunday, May 14 : Depart – home

After breakfast, we will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back home. We will arrive the same day with everlasting memories of Israel.

Overnight at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv

Airfare (optional):

  • Airfare from New York’s JFK Airport, or from any other North American gateway
  • Airfare taxes and fuel surcharge

11 nights accommodations:

  • 5 nights at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem – Superior Class
  • 1 night at the David Dead Sea in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea) – Superior
  • 2 nights at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias – Superior
  • 3 nights at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Tours and guiding:

  • Touring in a Deluxe motor-coach with a professional licensed driver
  • A professional government licensed English speaking guide – hand picked
  • Entrance fees to all sites and parks

Meet, assist and transfers:

  • Meet & assist at Ben Gurion Airport, immediately after passport control
  • Transfer on a arrival from Ben Gurion Airport to hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Transfer on departure from hotel to Ben Gurion Airport

Meals included:

  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
  • Israeli style buffet dinners daily, including: 2 in restaurants
  • 1 lunch at the Dead Sea

Other services also included:

  • Dead Sea resort and spa facilities
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Maps, pens and luggage tags

Costs – per person:

  • $3590 – per person in double occupancy – departing from New York (JFK)
  • $1148 – single supplement
  • $2580 – Land arrangements only

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Tour Hotels

  • 5 nights at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem – Superior Class
  • 1 night at the David Dead Sea in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea) – Superior
  • 2 nights at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias – Superior
  • 3 nights at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv

Israel Tour Highlights

  • 11 nights accommodations:
  • 9 Full Days of Touring
  • Dinners Daily at Hotel (2 in Restaurants) 
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Meet and Greet at Airport
  • Transfer on Arrival and Departure
  • Much More..