12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour | Overview

Explore our 12 day Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel. Our 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour covers all the major sites Israel has to offer. Most of all, the 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour is a once in a lifetime, journey to Israel! Don’t wait, Join our 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour today!

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour

JERUSALEM OLD CITY

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour

MASSADA & DEAD SEA

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour

TEL AVIV AND JAFFA

*12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour begins with breakfast daily

Arrival, Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa: 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour - Day 1, 2, 3 and 4

Wednesday, Day 1: Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to Tel Aviv

  • Welcome to Israel for your 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour.
  • We will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and be met by a Shalom Journeys representative, immediately after passport control.
  • Take a short ride to our hotel, in the beautiful coastal City of Tel Aviv for check-in. The remainder of the day or evening will be at leisure. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Itzik Hagadol Restaurant.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Thursday, Day 2: Tel Aviv and surrounding area – Independence Hall, Latrun, Beit Guvrin, Ayalon Institute

  • Begin the 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour by meeting our guide at the lobby of our hotel.
  • Start our day with a drive to The Independence Hall, known as the site where David Ben Gurion declared the creation of the State of Israel for the nation to hear.
  • Continue to Latrun, in the Judean Hills to visit the Armored Corps museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. We will also visit Beit Guvrin national park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. We will explore some of the caves and the archaeological remains.
  • We will leave the Judean Hills and continue south to visit Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Haganah, the underground movement before May 1948 (pre-statehood).
  • In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Manta Ray Restaurant in Tel Aviv (by the beach).

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Friday, Day 3: Diaspora museum, Rabin’s square, Neve Tzedek, Nahalat Benyamin and Sheinkin

  • Start our day with a 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.
  • Next, we will tour around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the business centers and the entertainment district of Israel. We will stop at Rabin’s Square, the place where Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was assassinated.
  • We will continue to the historic city of Old Jaffa, to visit an 8000-year-old port, ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist’s quarter.
  • Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887. Continue to Nahalat Benyamin, to visit the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, handmade jewelry, and artifacts.
  • Return back to our hotel. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Benny Hadayag Restaurant.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Shabbat, Day 4: Shabbat at leisure

  • Following Shabbat breakfast, we will enjoy a day at leisure in Tel Aviv.
  • In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Shila – Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen and Bar.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Journey North/Galilee/Haifa/Golan Heights: 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour - Day 5 and 6

Sunday, Day 5: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikra

  • Check out from our hotel in Tel-Aviv and travel north along the Mediterranean coast to visit the ancient city of Caesarea, once the roman capital of the region.
  • Visit the Roman Theater, once used for many performances throughout the centuries. Today it still draws huge crowds for concerts and festivals. We will view the aqueduct, which was once used for conveying water to the city.
  • Continue north towards Haifa. Upon our arrival, we will ascend Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of the beautiful Bahai Gardens and Haifa Bay.
  • Head north along the coast to visit the crusader port of Akko (Acre). Here, we will see the ancient fortress, the underground passages, and secret rooms. Walk along the old harbor and local market. We will also visit the prison where members of the Hagana and Irgun were held captive during Israel’s fight for independence. This was where they filmed Leon Uris’s famous novel “Exodus”.
  • Journey to the northern most point of Israel and arrive at Rosh Hanikra. We will have an incredible panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. Rosh Hanikra is also Israel’s border with Lebanon. We will descend by cable car to see the limestone Grottos created by the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Conclude our day with a drive through the hills of the Galilee to our Kibbutz hotel for check-in, followed by a relaxing kibbutz dinner.

Overnight in the Galilee.

Monday, Day 6: Safed, Gadot, Banias, Tel Hai

  • Begin our day with a drive to the mystical city of Safed. It is considered to be one of the Four Holy cities according to tradition and the birth place of kabala. We will stroll through the narrow winding alleys and visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city. We will also enjoy the creative workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artist’s quarter.
  • Proceed to the rugged Golan Heights for a jeep adventure.
  • Continue to Gadot Overlook (Mitzpe Gadot), the memorial site for the fallen of the fighting in the Golan, located over former syrian bunkers and see the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni brigade; to re-visit the fallen and overlook the memorial site for the fallen in fighting for the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers. We will visit the observation point overlooking the destroyed city of Kuneitra (Syrian territory) from a distance.
  • Head north to the Banias Springs, which is considered the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon and leading into the Jordan River.
  • Next, we visit Tel-Hai to see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920.
  • We will return to our Kibbutz Hotel for a relaxing dinner in the Upper Galilee. After dinner (or before), we will meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle (living and working in a kibbutz).

Overnight in the Galilee.

Jerusalem/Dead Sea/Massada: 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour - Day 7, 8, 19, 10, and 11

Tuesday, Day 7: Beit Shean, Beitt Alpha, Gan Hashlosha to Jerusalem

  • Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave.
  • Depart the Galilee area and travel south through the Jordan Valley to the 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.
  • Next, we will visit Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a Byzantine synagogue.
  • Moving further south to visit Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) and have the opportunity to enjoy the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa Mountain. This is the famous mountain where King Saul and his son Jonathan were killed in the battle against the Philistines.
  • Going further south through the lush Jordan Valley and upon arriving in Jerusalem stop at Mt. Scopus for a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem. Before leaving Mt. Scopus we will do a traditional Sheyechyanu blessing for our arrival to this special city.
  • Arrive at our hotel for check-in. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Eucalyptus Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday, Day 8: Jerusalem: Old City

  • Today starts with a visit the to Mt. Zion to visit the tomb of King David. We will enter the walled city of Jerusalem and proceed to the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-day war in 1967. We will see the ancient Roman road and visit the four Sephardic Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter. We will walk to the broad stone stairway down to the holy Western Wall – the “Kotel” (Beit Hamikdash). We will have time to put a prayer to G-D in the cracks of the Wailing Wall.
  • We begin at the passageways descending through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Rabbinical Tunnels of the Western Wall. An incredible labyrinth of tunnels, arches, and passageways remained untouched for centuries. 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”.
  • Continue towards the Southern Wall excavations to see the Davidson Center, one of the most significant archeological sites in the country. Stroll through the Arab Bazaar and markets to David’s Tower Museum. Here, we will see the ancient remains of the city, from the first Temple period.
  • We will return to hotel to relax. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Charkra Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday, Day 9: Jerusalem: New City

  • Visit the Kotel to witness a Bar Miztvah ceremony before we leave the Old City and drive to Mea Shearim. We will learn about the unique lifestyle of the Ultra orthodox communities.
  • Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, where we will have a chance to pay our respects to Israel’s leaders and heros, including Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinski, Yitzchak Rabin.
  • Next is a touching visit to Yad Vashem, considered to be the first memorial to mankind’s darkest period. We will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion. We will 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.
  • Pass by the Knesset to see Israel’s parliament and the Menorah with its biblical emblems prior to proceeding to the Israel Museum to see the scale model, which recreates Jerusalem 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 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.
  • Back to our hotel. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Tmol Shilshom Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday, Day 10: Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea

(12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour Reminder: Remember to bring your hats, swim suits, and suntan lotion!)

  • Moving south through the Judean Wilderness towards the shores of the Dead Sea. As we get closer to the Dead Sea shores, we will start to descend to the lowest point on earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level and will arrive at the Shores of the Dead Sea. Veer south and stop at Qumran, to see the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
  • We continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to the legendary mountain top plateau of Masada where we will ascend the mountain by cable car to the ancient synagogue of Masada and explore the ancient fortress. This is where the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans took place. The Zealots held the legions of Flavius Silva (Roman army) for nearly three years. They had a choice to be slaves for the Romans or choose to die as free men by their own hands. From the top of Masada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below.
  • Following the tour of Masada, we descend by cable car and continue with our drive south to a spa resort hotel for a delicious lunch.
  • After lunch we will have the opportunity to experience floating in the mystical waters of the Dead Sea and cover ourselves in mud. We will return to our hotel in Jerusalem.
  • In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Mona Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday, Day 11: Shabbat at leisure

  • Enjoy a day at leisure. Feel the ambiance of Jerusalem on our 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour.
  • Following Shabbat, in the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Mantra Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Transfer to Airport/Journey Home: 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour - Day 12

Sunday, Day 12: Depart Israel / End of 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour

  • Day Flights: After breakfast, we will check-out from our hotel in Jerusalem and will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back home. We will arrive home the same day with everlasting memories of Israel and experiences from the 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour of Israel.
  • Night Flights: After breakfast, we will enjoy the day at leisure. Optional day use rooms can be arranged (additional cost). In the evening, we will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight home with everlasting memories of Israel experiences from the 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour of Israel.

SHALOM!

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour - Included Services

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour: 11 nights accommodations

  • 4 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in Galilee
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour: Tours and guiding

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

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour: Meet, assist and transfer

  • 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

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour: Meals include

  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners at hotels in the Galilee
  • 1 lunch at the Dead Sea

Other services also included on the 12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour:

  • Dead Sea spa
  • Jeep tour in the Galilee
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Maps, pens and luggage tags

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour Regions:

  • The Mediterranean Coast
  • The Galilee, Golan and the Sea of Galilee
  • Jerusalem, including Old City
  • Judean Wilderness and the Dead Sea

12 Day Jewish Heritage Tour Operates Every Week

HOTEL PLAN 5 Star Deluxe 5 Star Hotels 4 Star Hotels 3 Star Hotels
Tel Aviv Dan Tel Aviv-Tel Aviv room Carlton Tel Aviv-Superior Dan Panorama Prima City Tel Aviv
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi-Hadar wing Kibbutz Lavi-Hadar wing Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing
Jerusalem King David-Jerusalem room David Citadel-Superior New Dan Panorama Prima Kings
Room Type Per person 3rd pax Per person 3rd pax Per person 3rd pax Per person 3rd pax
Double Single adult Double Single adult Double Single adult Double Single adult
2017 RATES More Info
March 1 3245 5153 1962 3179 5073 2325 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
March 8 3245 5153 1962 3179 5073 2325 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
March 15 3245 5153 1962 3179 5073 2325 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
March 22 3245 5153 1962 3179 5073 2325 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
March 29 3245 5153 1962 3179 5073 2325 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
April 5 and 12 No Tours
Apr 19 3245 5153 1962 3098 4913 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
Apr 26 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
May 3 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
May 10 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
May 17 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
May 24 No Tour
May 31 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2446 3579 1432 2314 3324 2094 Book It
June 7 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2446 3579 1432 2314 3324 2094 Book It
June 14 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2446 3579 1432 2314 3324 2094 Book It
June 21 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2446 3579 1432 2314 3324 2094 Book It
June 28 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2446 3579 1432 2314 3324 2094 Book It
July 5 3530 5717 1962 3172 5061 2473 2446 3579 1432 2314 3324 2094 Book It
July 12 3318 5294 1962 3114 4938 2251 2421 3530 1432 2343 3378 2115 Book It
July 19 3318 5294 1962 3114 4938 2251 2421 3530 1432 2343 3378 2115 Book It
July 26 3318 5294 1962 3114 4938 2251 2421 3530 1432 2343 3378 2115 Book It
August 2 3318 5294 1962 3114 4938 2251 2421 3530 1432 2343 3378 2115 Book It
August 9 3437 5535 1986 3114 4938 2251 2578 3887 1452 2343 3378 2115 Book It
August 16 3437 5535 1986 3114 4938 2251 2578 3887 1452 2343 3378 2115 Book It
August 23 3319 5295 1986 3090 4888 2251 2459 3613 1452 2343 3378 2115 Book It
August 30 3319 5295 1986 3090 4888 2251 2459 3613 1452 2343 3378 2115 Book It
September 6 3319 5295 1986 3090 4888 2251 2459 3613 1452 2343 3378 2115 Book It
September 13, 20, 27 No Tours
October 4
October 11 3510 5683 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
October 18 3510 5683 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
October 25 3510 5683 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
November 1 3510 5683 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
November 8 3510 5683 1962 3172 5061 2473 2390 3468 1432 2190 3102 1986 Book It
November 15 3025 4715 1949 3044 4807 2214 2118 2926 1419 2174 3070 1974 Book It
November 22 3025 4715 1949 3044 4807 2214 2118 2926 1419 2174 3070 1974 Book It
November 29 3025 4715 1949 3044 4807 2214 2118 2926 1419 2174 3070 1974 Book It
December 6 3025 4715 1949 3044 4807 2214 2118 2926 1419 2174 3070 1974 Book It
December 13 3212 5089 1949 3321 5362 2411 2217 3123 1587 2075 2893 1894 Book It
December 20 3493 5651 1949 3438 5596 2460 2421 3532 1838 2100 2937 1915 Book It
2018 RATES SEND US A NOTE REQUEST