Price range
From $1650 per person
Upcoming Date
11-14 June 2022
Tour Time
4 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Want to get your feet wet before the full group arrives? Is this your first trip to Israel? Arrive in Israel before the trip for a Classics 101 adventure! Visit the major sites in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea area, get the background history of Israel so that you’ll have a context for the cultural emphasis of the trip with Cantor Niren. 

Highlights

Hit the Classics in Jerusalem - City of David, Davidson Center, Western Wall Tunnels and the Old City Tour
Masada, Dead Sea and the Oasis of Ein Gedy
Yad Vashem, Mt. Hertzel and the Israel Museum
Small Group touring
Single supplement - $750

Itinerary

1 - Saturday (June 11) : Arrival

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Activities:

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport - Transfer to the Herbert Samuel Hotel in Jerusalem

  • Dinner on your own

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

2 - Sunday (June 12) : Jerusalem-Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Start the day at the City of David - A visit to the City of David, with its tagline “where it all began,” is a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. This hill, on which Jerusalem began 4 millenniums ago as a Jebusite village, has been continuously excavated for the last 120 years, and still, most of its mysteries are yet to be discovered. The tour of the site leads you through the biblical palace of King David, past ritual purification pools from the First and Second Temple eras, beside Roman, medieval, and Byzantine ruins.

  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City- emphasis on the Jewish Quarter - In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • 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, 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.

  • Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour. - The Western Wall is impressive, but its greatness is truly discovered when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters (1601ft) of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Dinner at Machneyuda Restaurant - "This restaurant is considered one of the best in Jerusalem, possibly the country. Celebrity chef, Assaf Granit, grew up in Jerusalem and pays homage to the city's colors and cacophony in his elegant dishes. The menu changes twice daily, but it nearly always includes chamshuka, a fusion of chopped meat and hummus, and a raucous dessert ceremony of ice cream flung on tables covered in aluminum foil.”

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Monday (June 13) : Masada and the Dead Sea

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Early departure to Dead Sea Area

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west 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.

  • The Dead Sea - This is 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.

  • Continue to Ein Gedi-National Park - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Tuesday (June 14) : Memory and Memorial

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Yad Vashem - Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. Tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance. You'll be guided by a member of the Yad Vashem staff.

  • Mount Herzl and museum - As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 23,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Time for lunch in Jerusalem City Center

  • Israel museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast

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

Deposit refundable until 45 days before the trip. After that – Cost of the extension is due and non refundable.

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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