13 Day Itinerary
Friday, Day 1: Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to Tel Aviv
You will arrive Ben Gurion Airport and will be met by a Shalom Journey’s representative, who will assist us with our luggage, escort us through customs and introduce us to our guide and vehicle with driver. You will continue to our hotel in beautiful Tel Aviv and to your hotel for check-in and for the remainder of the day at leisure (depending on flight times). Suggested stroll along the beautiful beachfront.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Saturday, Day 2: Tel Aviv - Shabbat at Leisure
After Shabbat breakfast, you will enjoy a day at leisure in Tel Aviv. Optional service at one of the many synagogues in Tel Aviv or just relax at our hotel. In the evening, walk the streets of Tel Aviv (on your own). Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Sunday, Day 3: Caesarea, Haifa, Akko (Acre), Rosh Hanikra
After breakfast, you will leave check-out from our hotel and travel north to visit the ancient city of Caesarea, Built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater, 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. You will walk through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water to the city. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel and visit “AF AL PI CHEN” the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. You will continue to Akko (Acre) and walk along the old harbor and local market. You will continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra and where the border meets Lebanon. You will descend by cable car to see the limestone Grottos created by the Mediterranean Sea. You will continue through the hills of the Galilee to our Kibbutz guesthouse for overnight.
Monday, Day 4: Safed, Tel Facher, Banias, Tel Hai
After breakfast, you will drive to the Mystical City of Safed, one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition and its Kabalistic studies. Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys, visit some of the beautiful synagogues, such as the Joseph Caro and the Ha’ Ari synagogues. Browse through the artists’ workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artists' quarter. You will drive to the Golan Heights for a jeep adventure. You will explore the foot of the Golan Heights on 4 by 4 terrane. You will stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. You will stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp. You will proceed north to Banias Springs. Enjoy the waterfalls, which flows from the foot of Mount Hermon to the Jordan River. It is considered to be the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon and leading into the Jordan River. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai; See the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. You will return to our Kibbutz Guesthouse for overnight.
Tuesday, Day 5: Beit Shean, Beit Alpha, Gan Hashlosha to Jerusalem
After breakfast, you will drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave. You will proceed to Beit Shean, also called "Scythopolis", and walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and the Roman bathhouse. You will stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a Byzantine synagogue. On 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 where King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines. You will continue south through the lush Jordan Valley where the dessert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2). Upon arriving in Jerusalem and as you enter the city, you will stop at Mt. Scopus for a Sheyichyanu Blessing ("Bore Pri Hagaphen"). You will arrive at our hotel for overnight.
Wednesday, Day 6: Old City of Jerusalem
After breakfast, you will travel to Mt. Zion and visit the tomb of King David. you will enter the walled city and proceed 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 is the "Cardo", meaning the "heart" of this ancient Byzantine City. you will see the ancient Roman road and visit the four Sepharadic synagogues in the Jewish quarter, all beautifully restored after the 1967 war. View the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. you will proceed through the broad stone stairway down to the holy Western Wall - the "Kotel" (Beit Hamikdash). In front of the Beit Hamikdash (the Temple Mount), an incredible labyrinth of tunnels, arches, and passageways remained untouched for centuries. Here you will visit the incredible excavation of the "Underground Rabbi Tunnels" of the Western Wall. you will continue towards the Southern Wall excavations to see the Davidson Center, one of the most significant archeological sites in the country. Return back via the "Cardo" to the local Arab Bazaar. you will walk out of the Old City through Jaffa gate to visit David’s Tower Museum to see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period. you will return to our hotel for overnight.
Thursday, Day 7: New City of Jerusalem
After breakfast, (optional) Celebrate the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel (Wailing Wall). you will continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the Ultra orthodox communities. you will drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems. Next, you will visit the Israel Museum, here you will see the Shrine of the Book Museum, where the Dead sea scrolls are housed and the new Holy Land Model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. You will drive to mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery where you can visit the gravesites of Israel’s greatest leaders and heroes, including Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinski, and Yitzchak Rabin. Proceed to Yad Vashem, considered to be the first and most famous memorial to mankind’s darkest period. you will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion. you will continue to Ammunition Hill (Givat-Hatahmoshet), sight of one of the fiercest battles for Jerusalem. Former Jordanian army stronghold that was conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War and converted into a national memorial site and museum. you will return back to our hotel for overnight.
Friday, Day 8: Massada and The Dead Sea area
(Remember to bring your hats, swim suits and suntan lotion with you!)After an early breakfast, you will depart to the Dead Sea area. Traveling south through the Judean Wilderness, you will arrive the shores of the Dead Sea, as you descend to the lowest point on the surface of the earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level. you will stop at Qumeran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. you will continue south to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Massada. you will ascend by cable car to the ancient synagogue of Massada and explore 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 in preference to Roman slavery. From the top of Massada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below. Descend by cable car and if weather permitting, you will stop at one on the hotels at the Dead Sea resort for lunch, spa and to experience floating in the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea. You will enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to put mud on us and to float at the Dead Sea. you will return to our hotel for overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday (Shabbat), Day 9: Jerusalem at leisure
After Shabbat breakfast, you will enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem. Optional service at one of the many synagogues in Jerusalem or just relax at our hotel. Feel the special atmosphere of Jerusalem on Shabbat. In the evening, 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 jewelry and crafts, as well as many sidewalk cafes where you can enjoy dinner (on your own account). Overnight in Jerusalem.
Sunday, Day 10: The Negev Desert/ Timna / Eilat
After breakfast, you will check-out and travel south to the Negev desert to visit Israel’s Air Force Museum at Hatzerim. Here you will view the planes, equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. You will continue south to visit kibbutz Sde Boker. Here you will see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave. Here you will overlook the magnificent Valley of Zin. Proceed to Mitzpeh Ramon, to gaze into the Ramon Crater, which is a geological wonder. Next, you will stop at Timna Park, to see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. You will conclude your day at the resort city of Eilat for overnight.
Monday, Day 11: At leisure or optional tour to petra (additional charge)
After assistance with visa to the Israeli/Jordanian Border, you will be driven straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab Tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the South of Jordan more than two-thousands years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as The Treasury, Royal Tombs, The Court, Roman Theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinates the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice Restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven back to the border via a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. After border proceedings, you will be transferred back to the hotel at around 18:00 PM. Overnight in Eilat.
Tuesday, Day 12: Eilat / Mamshit / Tel Aviv
After breakfast, you will check-out and drive to visit the Underwater Observatory, which is concidered to have one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into coral reef. You will leave Eilat and drive to Mamshit Bedouin Camp, for a Camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Beduin tent. You will learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. You will be driven back to the Metropolitan City of Tel Aviv for overnight.
Wednesday, Day 13: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight home with everlasting memories of the Land of Israel. you will arrive the same day in the United States.