Price range
From $1915 per person
Upcoming Date
20-01 September 2022
Tour Time
13 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Explore the Old City of Jerusalem
Experience the Modern City of Tel Aviv
Live the Ancient History of Masada and Qumran
See Family History and the Story of Modern Israel at Ammunition Hill

Itinerary

1 - Saturday (August 20) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel! - Arrive at 4:05 PM on Lufthansa #680. You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by your driver, who will transfer you to your Airbnb, The King George Boutique Apartments, King George Street 33, Jerusalem, Tel: +972-54-211-9296
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  • Check in, relax, and enjoy the city

  • 8:00 PM Dinner at Mona - Mona restaurant is an elegant and relaxed chef bistro, nestled in a historic stone house in the heart of Jerusalem.

  • King George Boutique Apartments

Overnight: King George Boutique Apartments

2 - Sunday (August 21) : Delve into the Holy City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast - Enjoy breakfast either at your apartment or at local cafe before beginning the day.

  • 9:00 AM Meet your guide, Noa Gihon, at Jaffa Gate in the Old City

  • Old City, Jerusalem - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter, uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. If conditions permit, visit the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour, explore the complexity of a city that is holy to three major religions.

  • Lunch in the Old City - Stop to eat in the Old City where Noa will show you some of her favorite culinary destinations in the area.

  • From the City of David to the Western Wall - At the dawn of the first millennium, Jerusalem was known internationally for its beauty and grandeur. Thanks to recent excavations, one can now walk the streets of Second Temple Jerusalem and be amazed by its splendor. Join us on a fascinating tour of recently revealed sites. Be amazed by the excavation in the Central (Tyropoeon) Valley where we will walk through a section of the Second Temple period drainage channel to the highlight of the tour--the monumental foundation stones of the Western Wall at the foot of the Temple Mount. From there, we will climb up and exit out onto the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, two thousand years ago.

  • Davidson Center - 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, including the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Enjoy the rest of the day on your own

  • 8:00 PM Dinner at Satya - Chef restaurant of Chef Ilan Grossi

  • King George Boutique Apartments

Overnight: King George Boutique Apartments

3 - Monday (August 22) : A Morning in the Desert

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Activities:

  • 6:00 AM Early breakfast on your own - Please make sure you plan a very early breakfast. Your cable car ride to Masada is scheduled for at 8:00 AM to beat the heat. Noa will meet you at your apartment for a 6:30 AM departure.

  • 8:00 AM Cable car ride at Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain via cable car 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.

  • Qumran National Park - Stop at the Qumran ruins, a fascinating site of great significance. In 1947, two Bedouin shepherds accidentally came across a clay jar in a cave near Khirbet Qumran that contained seven parchment scrolls. There is vast evidence that the manuscripts discovered in the Qumran caves belonged to the library of the occupants of the site - a small hermit community referred to as the Dead Sea Sect. Today, the scrolls reside in a specially constructed site for exhibiting the scrolls - the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

  • Lunch on your own en route to or in Jerusalem

  • 7:00 PM Dinner at Eucalyptus - The Eucalyptus, a modern Israeli restaurant in Jerusalem, is situated in the Artist Quarter of the city, and a stone’s throw away from the magnificent walls of old Jerusalem. Owned and led by Chef Moshe Basson, Eucalyptus serves a modern interpretation of biblical cuisine. Chef Basson’s passions for biblical culture drove him to research and resurrect recipes, spices, and local and wild herbs that were part of the traditional cuisine, and were neglected and nearly forgotten for centuries.

  • 8:30 PM Tower of David Sound and Light Show - Amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l'oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

  • King George Boutique Apartments

Overnight: King George Boutique Apartments

4 - Tuesday (August 23) : Tel Aviv Stories

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Activities:

  • Breakfast - Enjoy breakfast either at your apartment or at local cafe before beginning the day. You will coordinate your time of departure to Tel Aviv directly with Noa.

  • Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - Continue to Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), the largest market in Tel Aviv. Touring the market reveals the taste of the ages of Tel-Aviv in the youthful atmosphere of the city's central market. The Polish, the Persian, and the Yemeni... in this case, it is not the start of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place. The established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you. (The tasting tour replaces lunch)

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit Nachlat Binyamin, an open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • 3:00 PM Antigen test at Check2Fly - Please show up early! Take a quick Antigen test at Check2Fly, Dizengoff Center Gate 4, for your cruise on August 25. Appointment ID: AP-160570

  • 7:00 PM Dinner at Rashta - A beautiful and delicious restaurant nestled in an Arabic village among the Jerusalem hills.

  • King George Boutique Apartments

Overnight: King George Boutique Apartments

5 - Wednesday (August 24) : Memorials and Memory

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Activities:

  • King George Boutique Apartments - Breakfast either at your apartment or at local cafe before beginning the day.

  • 9:20 AM Tour of 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 - 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.

  • Lunch on your own

  • Ammunition Hill Museum - Today, as we move freely around Jerusalem from east to west, few signs remain of the bitter battles waged to achieve the unity of the city in 1967, during the Six Day War. A visit to Ammunition Hill reminds us of the fierce fighting and high death toll exacted in these battles. The site, which serves as a memorial to those who fell in the battle for Jerusalem, is where paratroopers began their successful campaign to reunite the city. The site also contains a Wall of Honor which pays tribute to the heroism and courage of Jewish soldiers worldwide who, throughout history, have fought in defense of their countries in numbers far beyond their proportions to the general population. Here you can see the plaques that were dedicated in honor of your grandfather and uncle.

  • Tour of Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a late afternoon tasting tour through Mahane 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.

  • Dinner on your own

  • King George Boutique Apartments

Overnight: King George Boutique Apartments

6 - Thursday (August 25) : Sea Voyage to Greece.

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Activities:

  • Early breakfast on your own - Check out of your AirBnB

  • 8:30 AM Pick-up from King George Boutique Apartments - Your driver will be in touch with you the when they arrive to your Airbnb. Continue on to Haifa where you will check in for your cruise to the Greek Islands! We will see you when you return. The driver is Guy Carmeli - phone number +972-50-205-1007

  • 12:20 PM Arrive at Haifa Port - Prepare to board your Royal Caribbean cruise to Greece.

Overnight: 12:20 PM Arrive at Haifa Port

7 - Friday (August 26)

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Activities:

  • Greece

Overnight: Greece

8 - Saturday (August 27)

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  • Greece

9 - Sunday (August 28)

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  • Greece

10 - Monday (August 29)

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  • Greece

11 - Tuesday (August 30)

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  • Greece

12 - Wednesday (August 31)

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  • Greece

13 - Thursday (September 1) : Explore Caesarea

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Activities:

  • 5:00 AM Welcome back! - We welcome your return to Haifa Port via Rhapsody of the Seas. Your guide for the day, Segev, will meet you at the Haifa port around 8:30 AM and drive you to Caesarea for the start of your day tour.

  • Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. The city was initially built by King Herod in the 1st century BC, who dreamt of a major seaport to connect the Province of Judea with Rome. For this purpose, the king's men designed an entirely artificial harbor that was in use for about a Millennium. Caesarea became a central city in Roman and Byzantine times as can be seen from the massive archeological remains on site. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used today as a performance venue, as well as the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • 3:00 PM Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure. See you next time! - After your day tour of Caesarea, Segev will drive you to Ben Gurion Airport for Ian and Susan's flight : EasyJet Flight 2086 at 8:30 PM. David's flight is American Airlines flight 053 and is scheduled to depart at 11:00 PM.

Overnight: 3:00 PM Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure. See you next time!

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.

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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