Price range
From $950 per person
Upcoming Date
10-21 March 2023
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Bnot Mitzvah celebration
Bike tour in Tel Aviv
Market culinary tour
Druze home hospitality and dinner
Agro-Tech tour in a kibbutz
Jeep tour in the Golan
Tour of Tzfat and explore the local art
Dead Sea day tour - additional US $260 per person

Itinerary

1 - Friday ( March 10 ) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Arrival at Ben Gurion airport. We will be happy to book a VIP fast track assistance and transfer to your hotel please contact us (an additional cost).

  • Check-in to your hotel - Please note check in time is from 3:00PM.

  • Enjoy time to explore on your own and experience Friday atmosphere - Recommended: check out Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market open on Tuesday and Friday. This is 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, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Enjoy an afternoon bike tour - Biking along the beach promenade is a fantastic way to explore and experience the city's sights and views, history and contemporary culture. Ride around Tel Aviv's bike paths with a certified tour guide.

  • Friday night Shabbat private dinner at a local venue or hotel (not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

2 - Saturday ( March 11 ) : Ancient and New Side by side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a easy morning on your own - Some suggestions for this morning: (not included)
    - visit ANU Museum of the Jewish People
    - tour of the Israeli Art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art with an art expert and local artist.
    - Beach time and surfing lesson
    - Explore Neve Tzedek neighborhood.

  • Tour of Old Jaffa - After lunch drive as a group to tour Old Yaffo (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.

  • Travel together out of the city to a special spot

  • Outdoor group welcome dinner - (not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

3 - Sunday ( March 12 ) : The first Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a dynamic street art tour - Experience fun and artistic freedom. What do the walls tell us about Israeli society and culture? Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • Continue with a tasty and fascinating tour of the Carmel Market and Yemenite Quarter - 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 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).

  • Enjoy a free afternoon and explore on your own

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

4 - Monday ( March 13 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Drive north along the Mediterranean

  • Optional: ToMo Candy workshop in Ra'anana - This activity can be added on this day (not included).

  • 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.

  • Visit and tour the Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade at the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, a 400-meter long promenade at the top of the Baha'i Gardens offers a view of the entire Haifa Bay, all the way to the border with Lebanon. This impressive spot offers a truly spectacular view, so have a camera ready!

  • Lunch at Haifa Lower City - Take time to explore and eat at Israel's latest hipster hangout. Hear about the gentrification that the city is going through, the history and the food scene that dells the story of the diverse communities in the past and present. (meal not included)

  • Drive to your hotel & check-in

  • Dinner in the hotel is available - (meal not included)

  • North

Overnight: North

5 - Tuesday ( March 14 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a beautiful hike in the Banias National Park - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias, one of Israel’s most beautiful nature reserves. The Banias spring feeds into the Jordan River, the reserve’s large waterfall tumbles down a 33-foot precipice year-round, and a nearby cave houses remains of a temple to the Greek god Pan. In the wars of 1948 and 1967, when the Golan was held by Syria, the site housed a Syrian officers’ club.

  • Sweet stop in the chocolate boutique factory - DeKarina Chocolate boutique factory in Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Hear about the process of making chocolate and the story of Gyora Chepelinski that made Aliya, founded the workshop and fulfilled her dream. Taste some of the finest chocolate in Israel and have a hot chocolate drink or coffee.

  • Afternoon jeep tour in the Golan Heights - A fun way to learn about the region is by a jeep tour. Take a geo-political tour of the Golan with an expert. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategical role this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Druze home hospitality and dinner - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze 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

6 - Wednesday ( March 15 ) : Physical and spiritual heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour of Tzfat - Discover Tzfat which sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbala, Jewish mysticism. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways, and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in the artist row. The city of Tzfat (also spelled Tsfat or Safed) is one of 4 holy cities in Jewish tradition, together with Tiberias, Hebron, and, naturally, Jerusalem. It resided on the top of Mount Canaan that is overlooking the green tops of Mount Meron on its west and the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights on the east. The city has become the center of Kabbalah scholars in the 16th century, many of them refugees (and descendants of refugees) of the traumatic Expulsion from Spain (1492). The setting of the city, coupled with the attempt to rebuild the shattered Jewish community and Jewish identity, inspired some of these renowned Rabbis to explore the hidden secrets of Judaism, the Tora, and the principles of Kabballah as they are obscurely worded in the 13th-century founding book of Kabbalah - Zohar ("The Glow").

  • Optional second track: Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee - This is not included (sites, private driver and guide)

  • Capernaum - Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of Jesus. This is where Jesus called his first disciples, the brothers Peter and Andrew. The remains of the ancient village were excavated starting the 19th century - some of the findings are a testimony to the rich Jewish lives in the early Roman times, and the existence of a Judeo-Christian community as Christianity grew and evolved in the land. Amongst other astonishing relics, we can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue and remains of the House of Peter and the Byzantine church that was built over it. A modern octagonal church is situated above the site nowadays - its glass floor allows a look at the remains under it. As the place in which Jesus, Peter, and the Apostles lived and preached, Capernaum is a main site of pilgrimage for Christians.

  • Mount of Beatitudes - Mount of Beatitudes is a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
    A Catholic Church was built 1930's by the well-known "Architect of the Holy Land" Antonio Barluzzi, using the local dark basalt stone. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes, each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses of the Sermon on the Mount. The church is surrounded by a marvelous garden, that allows the visitors a quiet place to contemplate and pray.

  • Drive to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley

  • Lunch in the Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu dining room

  • Bio Bee tour in Kibbutz Sde Eliahu - Bio Bee 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.

  • Drive to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (not included) - We will be happy to give recommendations and help with making reservations.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

7 - Thursday ( March 16 ) : Day of Celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a half day to relax and explore on your own - Suggested and optional activities: (we can help arranging this for an additional cost)
    - Tour the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book
    - Multicultural tour of the Old City, including a tour of the Temple Mount, Western Wall Tunnels and the Holy Sepulchre.
    - Culinary tour of Machane Yehuda Market.
    - Tour of the Hebrew Musical Museum.

  • Lunch on own

  • Group transfer to the Western Wall and ceremony - 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.

  • Light snack, kiddush and reception

  • Bnot Mitzvah ceremony in Ezrat Israel, the Egalitarian section - In front of the Western Wall and the Archeological Garden, where you will see the ruins dated to the glorious times of the Second Temple.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, and witness learning institutions jostle for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Exit the Old City through the Jaffa Gate - An imposing entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jaffa Gate is one of the six original entrances built by Suleiman the Magnificent. Walk together to the event space.

  • Bnot Mitzvah party and festive dinner

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

8 - Friday ( March 17 ) : Friday atmosphere

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Day on own - On this day we can offer a tour of Yad Vashem. See other touring recommendations on Day 7.
    Also, there is an option for a giving back opportunity, for example:
    - Shalva Center - Shalva provides services to children with special needs and their families. You could do a fundraise prior to the tour, and in Israel go on a tour of the center followed by lunch at Cafe Shalva.
    - Planting a tree.
    - Susan's House - A nonprofit organization that hire at-risk youth and teach them necessary life-skills through creative work.

  • For those who fly back home - we can help arranging airport transfer - Upon request and for an additional cost.

  • Shabbat in Gal-on

  • Booked on own

Overnight: Booked on own

9 - Saturday ( March 18 ) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Day on own - Activities, a guide and transfers are not included.

  • Booked on own

Overnight: Booked on own

10 - Sunday ( March 19 ) : Day on own

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Activities:

  • Day on own

  • Suggested day tour: - Activities, a guide and transfers are not included.

  • Dig for a day - Archaeological Seminars invites you to experience the thrill of unearthing the hidden past on Dig-for-a-Day, our ground-breaking archaeological experience designed for active travelers of all ages.

  • Tour of Beit Guvrin - Explore Beit Guvrin National Park where you will be able to take part in an archeological dig. The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that visitors like you have uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves too.

  • Lunch at Iza Pziza Goat Farm - In Moshav Tal Shahar at the foot of the Jerusalem Mountains and the heart of the agricultural fields is a family goat farm called "Iza Pziza" which includes a small herd, a dairy and a visitors' center with a cheese shop. Eat a meal or just taste cheese, do a cheese-making workshop and meet the goats.

  • Ayalon Institute - Visit the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunitions factory built in 1945 by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. However, located eight meters below ground, this was the country's largest bullet factory. It has been said that the bullets manufactured at the Ayalon Institute played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.

  • Jerusalem: Booked on own

Overnight: Jerusalem: Booked on own

11 - Monday ( March 20 ) : Jerusalem - Day on own

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Activities:

  • Breakfast

  • Day at leisure in Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem - booked on own

Overnight: Jerusalem - booked on own

12 - Tuesday ( March 21 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast

  • Masada National Park - 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.

  • Ein Gedi Hike - This beautiful 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.

  • Dead Sea - swim and float - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - with about 34.2% salinity.
    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.

  • Optional and not included: Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat or in kayaks and see amazing salt formations and scenery. During this unique experience you will enjoy the wondrous muds, salt pearls, salt diamonds, water springs streaming to the sea and sink holes filled with sweet water. Learn about the ecosystem and the environmental issues connected to the Dead Sea.

  • Desert style meal and hospitality - 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. Experience a desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.
    Optional to ride a camel (not included).

  • Travel back to Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem - booked on own

: Jerusalem - booked on own

FAQ

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 kathy@riverdaletravel.com. 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.

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

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 on 6 day tours v
Transportation on a bus throughout the trip for 6 days to all programmed activities v
Meals: 2 lunches and one dinner v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Guides, transportation and activities on days on own and dinners on own, v
Activities mentioned as optional or suggested v
Dead Sea Day tour v
Hotel accommodation v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v

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