Price range
From $3470 per person
Upcoming Date
21-30 March 2024
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Bnot Mitzvah celebration in the Western Wall
Purim celebrations in Jerusalem
Market tasting tour
Jeep tour in the Galilee
Golf cart and bicycle ride through the Hula Valley
Druze home hospitality and cooking experience
Donkey riding and pita bread baking
Street Art colorful tour and workshop

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( March 21 ) : Shalom and welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel - Arrival at Ben Gurion airport. After going through the arrival procedures and collecting your baggage, you will meet your driver.

  • VIP fast track assistance at the airport is available - Please contact us for details and quote.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel - Please note: check-in time is after 3:00 PM.

  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant - We will be happy to give restaurant recommendations and make reservations when needed (on your own, meal and transfers aren't included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

2 - Friday ( March 22 ) : Shabbat flavor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at leisure - explore the city and experience the Shabbat preparation atmosphere - A guide and transfers are not included on this day.

  • Optional: experience Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Kotel or with a local community

  • Shabbat Friday night family dinner - Not included. Options: restaurant / hotel / with local family

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Saturday ( March 23 ) : The lowest place on earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from Mount Scopus - Mount Scopus, or “tzofim” in Hebrew, is one of the tallest hills surrounding Jerusalem. The name “scopus” means a vantage point, and the lookout post on the edge of this hill is the place to go for the finest views of the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem.

  • Travel to the Judean Desert and tour of Masada Fortress - Ascend the mountain from the east to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - Israel’s Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, a stunning, other-worldly landscape of shimmering blue water ringed by bare, orange and yellow hills. The waters of the Dead Sea hold a potent solution of minerals and salts that have strong healing properties. Together with its ethereal beauty, these health-giving minerals make the Dead Sea’s beaches and spas popular vacation spots for Israelis and tourists alike. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Travel back to Jerusalem

  • Free evening in Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at a Dead Sea hotel

4 - Sunday ( March 24 ) : Memory and Life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a powerful visit to Yad Vashem - B’nei/Bnot Mitzvah tour with Yad Vashem's Twinning Program. Israel’s national Holocaust museum presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the chilling Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • After a meaningful morning we will continue with a tour of Jerusalem Old City - See archaeological finds from the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Lunch at the Old City - (meal not included, your guide will recommend where are good places to have great hummus)

  • Browse through the famous Arab Market - Check out the local sweets, the many stalls selling spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes, and so much more. Meet store owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Evening: continue with a fun and tasty culinary tour in Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of the city, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. (the tour will replace dinner, in 2 groups)

  • Suggestion: experience the fun Purim night atmosphere at the market

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Market tasting tour

5 - Monday ( March 25 ) : Day of celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Bnot Mitzvah Ceremony at the Ezrat Israel - Torah reading and blessings at the Egalitarian Section. (Rabbi, musicians, photographer etc. are not included)
    Following the ceremony continue with a walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern and interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Festive group lunch at a venue - Not included, proposals will be sent separately.

  • Walk in the colorful streets of Jerusalem and celebrate Shushan Purim with the locals

  • Suggested, not included: Desert experience at Genesis Land - Genesis Land is situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Ride by camel to desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Tuesday ( March 26 ) : The beauty of the Land

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Travel north through the beautiful Jordan Valley

  • Bio Bee - Bio Bee in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Beit Shean national park - One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She’an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered one of the most well-preserved Roman sites in the region.

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  • Splash and swim in the fresh Sachne Gan Hashlocha nature park

  • Suggested dinner at Tzel Tamar OR 1910 restaurant - (not included)

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • NORTH

Overnight: NORTH
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Wednesday ( March 27 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Start your day with a lovely water hike in Snir stream - Walk between the beautiful water streams, water plants and shaded track, in one of the Jordan’s water sources.

  • Continue with a jeep tour of the Galilee - Take a fun and interesting jeep tour of Galilee with a local expert guide. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria and Lebanon to get a better understanding of the geography and strategic role this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the northern border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Lunch on route - (meal not included)

  • Magical ride through Agamon HaHula - The Hula Valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. Each migration season, over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes. Enjoy an afternoon bike or golf carts ride through the park.

  • Evening: cooking experience, dinner and home hospitality - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • NORTH

Overnight: NORTH
Meal Plan: breakfast, Druze Cooking Workshop and Dinner

8 - Thursday ( March 28 ) : Physical and spiritual heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Tour of Tzfat - This special city has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbala, Jewish mysticism. Tzfat’s mystical aura adds to its special status as one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias, and Hebron. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm.

  • Experiential lunch at Kfar Kedem - Go back in time and experience the lifestyle of our ancestors – dress like the Israelites, go on donkey riding, Pita baking and a “Hafla” – authentic meal.

  • Tour Tzipporti, the mosaics city of the Galilee - Tzippori was once the capital of the Galilee, the seat of the Sanhedrin and the place where the Mishna was completed. At Tzippori, view the ruins and ancient mosaic floor to see how native species have been part of the national iconography for centuries.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (on your own, not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, authentic lunch

9 - Friday ( March 29 ) : The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a tour of Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.

  • Free time and lunch at the Carmel Market and Nahalat Binyamin Art & Crafts market - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is the largest market in Tel Aviv and reveals the taste of the ages of Tel-Aviv in the youthful atmosphere of the city's central market.

  • Fun and colorful graffiti tour and workshop - Tour the dynamic neighborhood of Florentine, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood and learn about contemporary Israeli culture through the writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins. In recent years Tel Aviv has become Israel's capital of urban art. Take part in an interactive fun graffiti workshop, where you'll make something on your own and take it with back home.

  • Free afternoon on the beach

  • Friday night dinner - At local restaurant/ hotel / private chef meal at their home (not included)

  • Tel Aviv

  • Tower of David Museum - The Tower of David Museum is located within the iconic citadel of Jerusalem and presents the city’s full story, emphasizing the importance of Jerusalem to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It portrays the city’s relevance and its re-establishment as the capital of modern Israel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Saturday ( March 30 ) : Farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Late check-out till 6:00 PM is included. You can leave your luggage in the hotel's luggage room. A late check-out will be for an additional cost.

  • Free day to explore the city on your own - Suggestions for your day (activities, transportation and a guide are not included but can be arranged):
    - Experience the weekends' Tel Aviv vibes walking the streets, beach time and exploring the neighborhoods.
    - ANU Museum of the Jewish People
    - Surfing lesson in the Mediterranean sea.
    - Israeli Art tour in Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
    - A day tour out of Tel Aviv can include: a visit to the Ayalon Institute bullet factory in Rehovot and or Beit Guvrin National Park, nature hike to see the wild flowers, a winery etc.

  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant - (not included)

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home - Safe travels, and we look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country.

: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through May, daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.
Weekly weather forecast

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. For all groups ranging from 2-6 people, it is suggested that you tip the tour guide $70 -$100 (from the group) per day. For groups larger than 8, it is recommended to tip $8-$12 per person, per day + 50% for your bus driver. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

Is there someone who can assist with booking flights?

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If you are interested in assistance with flight booking, please refer to our travel partner, Riverdale Travel, for direct bookings. Flights for Experience Israel 2023 will be available to reserve beginning June 1, 2022. If you have any questions or would like to book your flight, please contact Kathy at [email protected]. You may also purchase travel insurance by clicking here. **Flight costs for Experience Israel 2023 are not included in the trip costs, and are paid for separately and directly to the airline or travel agent at the time of booking.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19,  a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 45 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure, 25% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide for 7 days v
Transportation in a private bus for 7 touring days v
Airport transfer upon arrival and departure based on 6 flights v
Meals: all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotel accommodation v
Bnot Mitzvah ceremony - site, Rabbi, photographer etc. v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Optional and suggested activities v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v

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