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Price range
From $4,350 per person
Upcoming Date
18 Sep 2024 - 26 Sep 2024
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday ( September 18 ) : Shalom and Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome - arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet you at the sleeve of the plane. After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Private transfer to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel - Please note: check in time is from 3:00 PM.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

2 - Thursday ( September 19 ) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning you'll enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel.

  • Begin your visit to Jerusalem with a magnificent lookout from 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.

  • Continue to Mount Zion - The traditional site of the tomb of King David, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the contains the Last Supper Room important to Christianity, where you can also find the remains of an old Muslim mosque.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - Enter from the Zion Gate and tour the Jewish Quarter. 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. Visit the Hurva Synagogue, which has been restored to its early splendor as the heart of a vibrant Jewish community.

  • Lunch break at the Jewish Quarter - (meal not included)

  • Herodian Quarter - Go down to a different layer and discover the wealthy quarter from the times of the Second Temple. See Mikveh, villas with beautiful decorations and even evidence to the fire and destruction of Jerusalem from 2,000 years ago.

  • The Jerusalem Scribe - Kalman Gavriel Delmoor is a traditional Scribe with a modern lens. Through his unique perspectives and expertise in the ancient craft, Kalman brings the Torah to life in his art. Discover the fusion of artwork and tradition below. Meet Kalman, see him work, and learn about his mission.

  • Take time to prayer and reflect at the Kotel - Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall), sacred because it is one of the last remnants of the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans. Feel the stones that have witnessed so much in the history of the Jews. Place your special and personal prayer in the cracks of the stones.

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

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

3 - Friday ( September 20 ) : Jerusalem Prepares for Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Volunteering at Metzilot Mazon - The Jerusalem Food Rescuers, aims to create a more Just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Working with the wholesale market, they divert surplus produce that would have otherwise gone to waste and support communities that don’t have equitable access to food, engage in food literacy focused activities such as lectures and workshops with kids and adults, and run a sustainable catering business.

  • Enjoy the Hussle and bustle, and the weekend's atmosphere in Jerusalem - Tasting Tour in Machane Yehuda Market. In the heart of Jerusalem sits this bustling, multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor.

  • Rest and prep before Shabbat

  • Recommended: experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel or at a local synogogue

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel OR with a local family

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

4 - Saturday ( September 21 ) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Shabbat stroll and guided tour near the hotel - Walk through the earliest neighborhoods of modern Jerusalem, Mishkenot She'ananim and Yemin Moshe, guided by the writings of its poets and authors such as Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon. Enjoy the quaint alleyways and grand vistas of the Old City Walls as different perspectives of the old and the new mingle with our own.

  • Optional: Museum for Islamic Art - Containing hundreds of objects representing the art of Islamic countries throughout the ages, the museum houses magnificent ceramic wares, figurines and tiles, as well as an outstanding collection of glass and metalwork, jewelry, and a selection of calligraphy, miniatures and textiles. In addition, a magnificent collection of antique clocks, watches, automata and music boxes is on display, including watches made by Breguet in Paris between 1769 and 1823. Site entry, guide and transfers are not included - can be arranged.

  • Shabbat lunch is available at the hotel

  • Afternoon rest

  • Option: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo - Step into an enchanting world at The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, one of the most beautiful places in the city. During your exploration through lush landscapes encounter animals from the Land of Israel and around the world. The zoo maintains a permanent focus on animal welfare, preservation of endangered species, breeding, returning animals to the wild, and environmental conservation research. A memorable experience for nature enthusiasts is promised.

  • Evening on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

5 - Sunday ( September 22 ) : Foundations of Our Country

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • Khan Sha'ar ha-Gai - Khan​ Sha’ar Hagai National Heritage Site, also known as Bab el-Wad, is a national memorial site. The khan, which was built as a wayside inn during the Ottoman period, is situated in the narrow opening of Wadi Nahshon on the main road connecting the lowlands with Jerusalem. This road saw fierce battles during the War of Independence, and in memory of the men and women who took part in them, a heritage center was established in the khan, dedicated to those who broke through the road to Jerusalem.

  • Lunch at Mashav Food Trucks - Enjoy Israel's post-Covid craze- food trucks!

  • Continue to Neot Kedumim - Neot Kedumim is the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel which is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Neot Kedumim embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that helped shape the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Beach time

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

6 - Monday ( September 23 ) : The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your journey with a walking 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.

  • Stroll through the picturesque Neve Tzedek - This is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. Looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, they built, what was considered back then, modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood was restored and has become a trendy fun beautiful part of the city and a good place to try some Israeli Gelato!

  • Tour along the Independence Trail - The new Independence Trail leads to several of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites teaching visitors 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.

  • Lunch break at Shuk HaCarmel - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is 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 opening line 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. (meal not included)

  • Surfing Lessons

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (on your own, meal and transfers are not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

7 - Tuesday ( September 24 ) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Volunteer at Leket - Israel’s food bank - Learn about this important leading organization whose sole focus is rescuing healthy, surplus food and delivering it to those in need. Volunteers go into the fields to pick and gather fruits and vegetables that were not collected during the commercial harvest. You will volunteer at the Logistics Center to help sort and pack the collected produce in preparation for distribution to soup kitchens, food pantries, senior citizen centers, and homeless shelters.

  • Drive along the coast and tour the magnificent Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea 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.

  • Druze home hospitality, cooking workshop and meal - 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. (Kosher kitchen)

  • Short nature hike in the Carmel Mountains

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

8 - Wednesday ( September 25 ) : Telling Stories

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Volunteer

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People - The newly re-imagined ANU Museum of the Jewish People tells the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. Dive into this dynamic and interactive experience that represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities throughout different periods of history.

  • Visit to The square of the Kidnapped and Missing in front of the Tel Aviv Art Museum - See the powerful art created by various artists, including the Shabbat Table set for 200 missing Israelis, to show support and shine a spotlight on the importance of rescuing the lives of those abducted to Gaza. (Hopefully, by the time of this mission, all of the hostages will have been released and back home with their families.)

  • Graffiti Tour - Explore contemporary Israeli culture through an urban inquisitive graffiti tour in the Florentin neighborhood. What stories do these images and words tell about the people living here? What social issues are reflected in the art on the walls? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and Tel Aviv specifically? In this dynamic tour through Florentin, Tel Aviv's best-known neighborhood for graffiti, you will answer these questions, share your interpretations, and gain an appreciation for this expressive form of art.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

9 - Thursday ( September 26 ) : Take Israel Back Home

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Day on your own to enjoy Tel Aviv!

Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day on your own

  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant - (on your own, meal and transfers are not included)

  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home

  • We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 

 

Cancellation Policy

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

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

 

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