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Jewish State 14 Day Tour

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Past to the Future The Highlights of the Jewish State 14 nights

Day 1 –  Thursday, Arrival

Our  representative will meet you after passport control upon your arrival to Ben  Gurion Airport, assisting as you pick up your luggage and head out for the transfer  to your hotel.  Check in at the  hotel in Tel Aviv.  Overnight: Tel  Aviv

Day 2 –  Friday, Tel Aviv tour

Our first day of touring will begin immediately after breakfast.  An interesting walking tour of Tel Aviv  and Jaffa is ahead of us. We will start on Rothschild Boulevard, where we will see Tel Aviv’s beautiful Bauhaus style  architecture, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amongst the  buildings will be the newly renovated Independence Hall, the site  commemorating the declaration of the founding of the state of Israel on the 14th  of May 1948. We will continue on to Neve Tzedek – Tel Aviv’s very first neighborhood. The next stop  will be Jaffa, the world’s oldest port city, for a view of the old city  and its well known artist’s colony.  To end our day,  you will enjoy free time at one of Tel Aviv’s busiest areas on Friday  afternoons – the Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Fair and Carmel Outdoor  Market – for great sounds, smells and of course, great shopping! Overnight: Tel  Aviv

Day 3 – Saturday, Free time

Day at leisure in Tel Aviv  Overnight: Tel  Aviv

Day 4 –  Sunday, Travel to the North

After  breakfast, we check out of the hotel and drive to Rehovot. Our first  stop will be at the Weizmann Institute which played a key role in the  development of the state. We will enjoy the new, amazing presentation of high  technology and see the mansion house of Haim Weizmann, the first president of  Israel. We will then continue on to Zichron Yaacov for a stroll through  the historical streets of one of the earliest settlements from Israel’s first  immigration period, followed by a visit to the Carmel Mizrahi Winery for  a wine tasting tour. We will then drive to Daliat El-Karmel, a Druze  village located on top of Mount Carmel, to learn about the unique Druze  community and enjoy free time for an authentic Druze lunch (on own account).  Finally, we are on to Haifa with a  stop at the Louis Promenade for a great view of the Haifa Bay and the  beautiful Baha’i Gardens.  Overnight:  Haifa

Day 5 –  Monday, Tzfat and the Galilee

Check out after  an Israeli breakfast in the hotel. Our journey will begin with a short visit to Tiberias, a city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret and a  significant spiritual center during the Mishna and Talmudic periods. Continue  on to Tzfat, where we will walk through ancient  sections of the city and hear stories of the Kabbalists and their ancient  synagogues. Our Tzfat tour will end with a visit to its famous artists’ colony  where we will meet a Kabala artist and learn about his special techniques and  context. We will drive to Rosh Pina, originally founded  in 1878 by a group of ultra-orthodox Jews intending to become farmers, with the  support of Baron Edmund de Rothschild. Rosh Pina is one of Israel’s oldest colonies but today boasts a small town known for great restaurants, cafés  and art galleries. In the afternoon, we will drive over to the beautiful Hula Valley,  Israel’s first Nature Reserve. The HaHula  Tourism Complex is located at the center of the Hula Valley and is considered to be one of the  world’s most important centers for bird watching and ornithology. Overnight:  Kibbutz hotel

Day 6 –  Tuesday, Adventure Day

This  touring day will give you an opportunity to enjoy the north of Israel in a  unique and exciting way. We will start our day by driving up to the Golan Heights to visit Mount  Bental, a beautiful spot for a panoramic view of the  Upper Galilee, the Golan Heights and Syria. We will then continue on to Golan Magic, an  entertaining 3-D multi-media adventure viewed on a 180-degree  screen. After the film, walk through a giant model of the Golan Heights, the  largest of its kind in the world, accompanied by special narration, sound and  light effects. Then we will finish the first half of the day with a visit to The Golan Olive Oil Mill and Visitor Center.  As we walk through  this uniquely-designed building with ancient ambience, our guide will explain  the olive oil production process, including the evolution from antique tools to  modern machinery. The rest of the day is free! We will be happy to provide you with a list of the options in the area  and recommend the most suitable ones for your party.  Some options include: biking or hiking tour,  rappelling, kayaks or even participating in a gourmet chocolate workshop. And  so much more… Evening  Option (Seasonal) – a lantern tour in either the Valley  of the Lost River or Nimrod  Fortress. Overnight:  Kibbutz hotel.

Panorama of the Golan Heights by Beivushtang

Panorama of the Golan Heights by Beivushtang

Day 7 –  Wednesday, Travel to Jerusalem

Check  out from the hotel and depart for our touring day. Our first stop will be the Tel  Hai Museum. This memorial is dedicated to a dramatic battle in 1920 led by  Joseph Trumpeldor, a hero known for his national loyalty. Then, we will visit the “Naharayim Experience at  Gesher”. Nicknamed  the “start-up” of last century, this unusual light and sound show is  filled with models demonstrating the dam system, running water and a  combination of sounds and colors. The demonstration shows how the desert  transformed into a symbol of – and a vision for – Jewish immigration and  industrial development in Israel. Our day will  continue with a drive to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley’s stunning  landscape. We will stop at Mt. Scopus upon arrival in Jerusalem for a  magnificent view of the city and a brief explanation about the capital’s past  and future. Overnight:  Jerusalem

Day 8 –  Thursday*, Old City of Jerusalem

After  breakfast, we will start our tour through the Old City of Jerusalem.  We’ll walk through one of this ancient walled city’s many gates to see the  restored Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall (Ha Kotel), the colorful  bazaars and the Cardo. Then, we will walk to the City of David for a virtual reality movie about King David’s historical city, and a “wet”  walking tour of the ancient water system connecting Warren’s Shaft to the  Shiloah tunnels (Hezekiah’s Tunnel). We will continue to the Archaeological  Garden and the new Southern Wall excavations (Davidson Center) – the  same steps once used by pilgrims entering the Holy Temple.  *Thursday is  the day many Bar Mitzvah celebrations take place at the Western Wall.  During our walk, we will meet some of them  and get to wish them a MAZAL TOV!

After dinner at  the hotel, we’ll listen to a fascinating lecture entitled “Behind the  Scenes” about Israel’s current events including recent  highlights and future plans. Overnight:  Jerusalem

Day 9 –  Friday, Jerusalem’s New City

Visit the graves  of Israel’s former prime ministers,  and soldiers who died  in battle, at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery.  We will then continue  to the museum  at the Yad  Vashem Holocaust Memorial, including the Valley of the Communities. We will pass by the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament building, as well as the famous Menorah and the new home of Israel’s Supreme Court. We will visit the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book with a display of Dead Sea  Scrolls and visit the model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Then continue  on for a neighborhood tour around the Mahane Yehuda Market to meet  different local ethnic groups and taste some of their cultural foods. Drive to the  Western Wall to participate in meaningful Kabbalat Shabbat services as the  Jewish Sabbath descends over Jerusalem. Overnight:  Jerusalem

Day 10 – Saturday, Free

Day at leisure in  Jerusalem – or an optional tour to Masada and the Dead Sea. Evening  Option:  Enjoy a breathtaking night tour of the Old City, including a light and sound  show combined with 3D slides projected onto the great wall. This show is highly  recommended due to its unique way of depicting the different periods in  Jerusalem’s long history. Duration: Around one hour.           Overnight:  Jerusalem

Day 11 –  Sunday, Masada & Dead Sea

We will drive  south, starting with the infamous Masada where we will ascend by cable  car to see where Jewish defenders made their last stand against the Romans in  AD 73. After a short  drive, we will arrive at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve for an easy hike  through this natural desert oasis. Next, continue to our hotel by the Dead  Sea shore for free time at the hotel spa and floating on the salty waters.  Overnight: Dead Sea

Day 12 –  Monday, travel to Eilat

Check out after  breakfast, and start the day with an exciting jeep tour to explore the wonders  of the desert, salt pillars and powder canyons. Continue to Kibbutz Neot  Smadar,  founded in 1989, based on a shared desire to understand the spirit of cooperation and  its expression in daily life, Neot Smadar’s main work divisions are organic  farming, small scale organic food  production (wines, cheese, olives, jams, nectars, etc.), the Art Center  (offering workshops, galleries and a gift shop), and a roadside  restaurant.        Lastly we will  continue to marvel at the immense, multi-colored rock formations with a tour of Timna Park, viewing the ancient copper mines and the spectacular King  Solomon’s Pillars.  Our day will end with  a drive to Eilat and check-in at the hotel.  Overnight:  Eilat

Day 13 –  Tuesday, Free day in Eilat

A large variety  of activities to choose from, among them a visit to Underwater Observatory, Ice  Mall or even swim with the Dolphins at the Dolphin Reef.

Option 2 – Free  day in Eilat – Optional tour to the rose-red city of Petra in Jordan, famous for its rock- cut architecture  and recently nominated as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

Overnight:  Eilat

Day 14 –  Wednesday, getting back.

Free day in  Eilat – Optional tour to the rose-red city of Petra in Jordan, famous for its rock-cut architecture  and recently nominated as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Check out at  the hotel and transfer to Eilat airport for a domestic flight to Tel Aviv for  overnight. Overnight: Tel  Aviv

Day 15 –  Thursday, Departure

Check out and  transfer to the international flight back home.

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