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Ultimate Jewish Israel Tour – Photo By Kushnirov Avraham
The Ultimate Jewish Israel Tour of 13 Days takes you on a journey to the land of where it all began. Join us on a magnificent journey through Israel by exploring the countries Jewish heritage.
Availability: Weekly Departs: Every Friday (except high holidays)
From $2,500.00 per person (land services only – airfare available upon request)
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Tour: Ultimate Jewish Israel Tour Days: 13 | Nights: 12 | Operates: Weekly | Starts Fridays
Welcome to beautiful Israel! We will arrive at Ben Gurion airport and be met and assisted by a Shalom Journeys representative before proceeding to passport control. Following passport control, we will be transferred to our hotel in coastal Tel Aviv. Depending on our arrival time, we will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. A day to rest up before we embark on the Jewish Israel Tour of 13 Days.
EVENING: ON YOUR OWN
Following our first Israeli breakfast, we will enjoy a day at leisure in Tel Aviv. Take time to enjoy the vibrant streets and beaches of Tel Aviv.
BREAKFAST. Following breakfast, we will check-out from our hotel. Travel north along the Coastal Plain of the Mediterranean to visit the ancient city of Caesarea. Proceed to view the excavated Roman Theatre once used for many performances throughout the centuries. Continue through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water to the city. Moving on, the tour will continue north towards Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel. Stop for a panoramic view of the Bahai Gardens and Haifa Bay.
Proceed to “AF AL PI CHEN” the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Following Haifa, we drive north along the coast and stop at Akko (Acre) to see the ancient fortress. Known for its underground passages and secret rooms. Visit the prison where members of the Haganah and Irgun were held captive during Israel’s fight for Independence. Furthermore, we will continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. This is where the border meets Lebanon. Descend by cable car to see the limestone Grottos created by the Mediterranean Sea.
To conclude, we will proceed to our Kibbutz along the shores of the Galilee where we will spend our night including dinner.
EVENING: DINNER AT HOTEL
BREAKFAST. Following breakfast, we will start our day with a drive south to the Mystical City of Safed. It is considered to be one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition and its Kabbalistic studies (the birthplace of Kabbalah).
Proceed to the Golan Heights for a Jeep adventure. The tour explores the Golan Heights and its terrain by jeep. Stop at an observation point overlooking the destroyed city of Kuneitra (Syrian territory). Furthermore, stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp. Continue north to Banias Springs, considered the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon and leading into the Jordan River. To conclude, we will visit Tel-Hai. See the “Roaring Lion” monument. Lastly, return to our Kibbutz Hotel for a relaxing dinner in the Upper Galilee.
Following breakfast, we will drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave.Continuing south via the Jordan Valley to the ancient City of Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis”. Proceed to walk through the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel. Proceed to visit Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a Byzantine synagogue.
Moving further south to visit Gan Hashlosha (Sachne). We will have the opportunity to enjoy the water springs, located at the foot of the Gilboa Mountain. Furthermore, we will proceed south through the lush Jordan Valley. Upon arriving in Jerusalem we will stop at Mt. Scopus for a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem and the Old City.
To conclude, arrive at our hotel for check-in.
BREAKFAST. Following breakfast, the tour will start at Mt. Zion to visit the tomb of King David. We will enter the walled city of Jerusalem and proceed to the Jewish Quarter. It was reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967. Continue with our walk to the broad stone stairway down to the holy Western Wall – the “Kotel” (Beit Hamikdash). Moreover, we will descend beneath the Western Wall, through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple, into the Rabbinical Tunnels. An incredible labyrinth of tunnels, arches, and passageways remain untouched for centuries.
Our tour continues towards the Southern Wall excavations to see the Davidson Center. It is one of the most significant archeological sites in the country. To conclude, return to the Roman Cardo though the local Arab Bazaar (Suk). Walk out of the Old City through the Jaffa gate to visit David’s Tower Museum. See the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period.
BREAKFAST. Following breakfast, we will enter the Old City through the Dung Gate and walk towards the Kotel and witness a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Depart the Old City and drive to Mea Shearim. Here we will learn about the unique lifestyle of the Ultra-orthodox community. Proceed to drive to Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery. We will visit the grave-sites of Israel’s most famous leaders and heroes.
Moving on, our tour will continue 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. Furthermore, continue to Ammunition Hill (Givat-Hatahmoshet). This is a former Jordanian army stronghold conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War. We will also drive by the Knesset, to see Israel’s parliament and the Menorah with the biblical emblems.
To conclude, proceed to the Israel Museum to see a scale model of Jerusalem. The museum recreates Jerusalem in 66 CE. In the same complex, visit the Shrine of the Book where the original Dead Sea scrolls are housed.
BREAKFAST. Our journey continues through the Judean hills to the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. From here we continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. We will ascend Massada by cable car and explore the mountain fortress built by King Herod. Some notable sites include the remains of the walls, water cistern and Herod’s Palace.
We will descend by cable car and continue to the Dead Sea. Which is considered the lowest point on earth; take the opportunity to float in the unsinkable water. To enjoy all it has to offer, cover yourself with the mineral-rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects.
BREAKFAST. Following Shabbat breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure in Jerusalem
BREAKFAST. Today we travel south through the Negev desert. We will stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park; View the outstanding Solomon’s pillars. Our tour continues to Eilat, the southernmost city on the shores of the Red Sea. Moreover, explore the Underwater Observatory marine park that was built into a coral reef. Check-in to our hotel in Eilat
Breakfast. Today we will enjoy the Red Sea and have a day at leisure.
Optional tour – Petra Extension: Following breakfast, we will drive to the border with Jordan. Our representatives will assist us with the entry visa at the Jordanian border. The journey begins with a drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (An ancient Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Moreover, the city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After lunch we will drive back to the Jordanian-Israeli border. If time is permitting we will stop in the Red Sea city of Aqaba fro a chance to walk around. To conclude our day of touring, we will be transferred to the border at around dinner time and back into Eilat, Israel.
BREAKFAST. Following breakfast, we will depart Eilat and proceed towards Mitzpe Ramon (The Ramon Crater). Take a moment to gaze into a geological wonder, with majestic views. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and his grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Our tour will stop for a camel ride and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent. We will learn about Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. To conclude the days touring, we will proceed to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Airforce Museum. We arrive in Tel Aviv for our last night in Israel.
EARLY BREAKFAST. Following our last breakfast and after making lifelong memories of Israel on our Ultimate Jewish Israel Tour, we will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for our departure back home.