ISRAEL WITHIN

Israel

validity

valid until December 2019

duration

8 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

Departure Dates


Rates per person in DBL
10-18 Dec 18: US$2,068
14-22 Jan 19: US$2,068
11-19 Feb 19: US$2,068
11-19 Mar 19: US$2,209
08-16 Apr 19: US$2,209
13-21 May 19: US$2,243

10-18 Jun 19: US$2,209
15-23 Jul 19: US$2,276
12-20 Aug 19: US$2,359
16-24 Sep 19: US$2,154
21-29 Oct 19: US$2,243
11-19 Nov 19: US$2,243
09-17 Dec 19: US$2,111

Twin Sharing: from USD2,068 / person

EXPECTED HOTELS


Tel Aviv: Tal by the Beach
Shavey Zion: Nea Resort
Jerusalem: Leonardo Boutique

INCLUSIONS

  • Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to the hotel in Tel Aviv without guide
  • Transfer from hotel in Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport without guide
  • Porterage at hotels
  • 8 overnights at the above mentioned hotels or similar
  • 7 full days sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking licensed tour guide
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast including full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily and 5 dinners, 2 lunches
  • Entrance fees including: Innovation Center, Culinary Tour in Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Kibbutz Tour, Acco, Katzrin, Pelter Winery, Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee, Druze Village Tour, Massada (by cable car both ways), Tower of David – Sound and Light Show, City of David, Yad Vashem and Israel Museum
  • Special kit containing bag, hat and map

EXCLUSIONS

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any type of insurance
  • International airline tickets
  • Meals that are not mentioned
  • Tips to guide, driver, hotel and restaurant staff

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Monday - Finding your Feet

Welcome to Israel!
You will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will assist you through baggage claim and customs, and escort you to your driver. Your driver will transport you to your hotel in Tel Aviv, where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight
Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2 - Tuesday - Raring to go

Tel Aviv & Jaffa
Following a delicious breakfast, you will meet your group and the Amielguide in the hotel lobby, before setting off on a fun-packed day which will include:
A visit to the “State of Mind” Innovation Center at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: learn about cutting-edge developments by Israeli start-ups in fields such as science, medicine, security, space and more.
A walk around the Old Port City of Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world and home to a vibrant multiethnic community of Muslims, Christians and Jews: get to know the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909.
A choice of two culinary tours that will introduce you to the very best of Tel Aviv’s food scene:
Carmel market tasting tour–enjoy a fascinating variety of culinary riches, colorful spices and intriguing characters in the main market of Tel Aviv, where the flavors and scents of the old town combine with the young bustling atmosphere of the city’s central market.
Vegan culinary tour–Tel Aviv, the #1 vegan culinary destination in the world, is where traditional vegan and vegetarian cuisine and innovative young chefs meet, creating a one-of-a-kind savory adventure for food lovers, whether vegan or not.
A stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, the beating heart of Tel Aviv: home of The White City, Tel Aviv’s most prominent collection of Bauhaus (International Style) buildings. Built during the 1930s and the 1940s, this functional architecture not only created well-designed objects, but also a cohesive urban landscape that is unparalleled in the world.
Free evening.
Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3 - Wednesday - Back to the future

Israel’s beautiful coastline/ Along the Mediterranean
After breakfast, we leave Tel Aviv and head north. Take in the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the administrative center of the Roman Empire for the Province of Judaea. The city and its archeological wonders are a testament to its significance throughout the ages. The ancient port, the Roman hippodrome and amphitheater and the impressive palace are among the many historical treasures in this fascinating ancient city.
The Kibbutz Experience –past and present –visit Ein Shemer kibbutz museum, where we will experience a journey from the early days of the kibbutz to the present and learn about the kibbutz way of life. Continue with a tour of innovation at Kibbutz Magal-visit the Netafim greenhouse innovation center, a pioneering enterprise in the field of drip irrigation technology.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the kibbutz dining hall.
Move on to the ancient crusader port city of Akko, the fascinating UNESCO heritage site, with new excavations revealing what life was like 1000 years ago. Visit the Crusader Halls and follow the underground tunnels. See the port and fortifications that enabled the inhabitants of the town to resist invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend time walking through the Arab Bazaar, reliving a Middle Eastern shopping experience.
Dinner and Overnight: NEA, Western Galilee

Day 4 - Thursday - Cobblestones & Vineyards

The Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights
After breakfast, we drive to the mystical city of Tzfat,the birthplace of the ancient Jewish mystical text, the Kabbalah. Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys. Peek inside some of the beautiful synagogues. Browse through workshops and galleries in the flourishing artists’ quarter.
Then enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Pelter Winery, a family-owned boutique winery in the Golan Heights.
Continue to Katzrin, the “Capital of the Golan Heights”. Walk through a Talmudic village and get a sense of what it was like to live in the times of ancient Israel.
Drive to the Sea of Galilee and take a boat ride on the calm waters.
Dinner and Overnight: NEA, Western Galilee

Day 5 - Friday - Faith & Culture

Bahai Gardens, Isfiya Druze Village, Nazareth & Jerusalem
Visit the amazing Bahai Gardens in Akko, which form a wide circle surrounding the historic mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahai Faith, resided during the final years of His life and the shrine where His remains were laid to rest.
Drive to the Druze village of Isfiya, at the top of Mount Carmel. The Druze are Arab-speaking citizens of Israel and are renowned for their hospitality. Take a fascinating guided tour of the alleys and old quarter of the village.
Continue to Nazareth, Jesus’s hometown. Walk in his footsteps as we tour the Church of the Annunciation and the markets of the Old City.
Drive to Jerusalem.
Once in Jerusalem, we will stop for an overview from Mt. Scopus, before checking in at the hotel.
In the evening, experience a special “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner, with hospitality in the home of a local Jewish family. Enjoy a traditional meal as you hear about and observe the customs of the Jewish sabbath.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6 - Saturday - Highs & Lows

Masada, the Dead Sea & Jerusalem
Setting off east from Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea, we shall drive to a lookout point for a view of Wadi Qelt and the cliff-hanging Monastery of St. George; founded in the 5thCentury and still active and inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks.
We continue on to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada -the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans in 73CE -overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascending by cable car to the ancient fortress, we shall explore the site, with its synagogue and bathhouse.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Dead Sea, 1388 feet (423m) below sea level. Cake yourself in mineral-rich mud and float in the buoyant waters. Lunch is included.
Return to Jerusalem.
In the evening, take in the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David –a creative depiction of the history of the city of Jerusalem projected onto the ancient stones.
Free dinner.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7 - Sunday - Spirituality & Tradition

The Old City of Jerusalem
Our exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem begins at the City of David, with its fascinating tunnels. See the newest exciting excavations revealing Jerusalem during the time of the 1st Temple period.
Walk through the Old City and visit some of its famous sites, including the Western Wall and the Cardo, an ancient commercial street where you can still shop today.
Walk through the Arab Bazaar and experience traditional Middle Eastern life, with its rich colors, flavors, and smells.
Our next stop will be a rooftop tour of the Old City neighborhoods, for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities living alongside each other in this ancient walled city.
Walk along part of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to traditions dating back to at least the 4thcentury, the church is the home of the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, known as “Calvary” or “Golgotha“; and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.
Free dinner /evening.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8 - Monday - Honoring History

Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Visit Yad Vashem, considered to bethe world’s primary Holocaust memorial and museum. Take a tour of the new Holocaust History Museum, which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground. Visit the moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust.
From Yad Vashem, we will move on to the Israel Museum. There we will see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition,and view the famous Model of Jerusalem, depicting the city as it was in the 2nd Temple period.
Next, the Yvel Design Center -a unique combination of original Israeli creativity and the social impact of philanthropic investment. The tour includes a visit to the Megemeria School of Jewelry & Art; established in 2010 by Yvel founders, Isaac and Orna Levy, the school offers Ethiopian immigrants professional training at no cost, a monthly stipend & assistance in finding employment in the industry.
Optional-visit to Bethlehem. See the Church of the Nativity and the remains of ancient Bethlehem (beneath the Greek Monastery), from the times of Christ.
OR
Leisure time at Mamilla Mall or on Ben Yehuda Street.
Meet up again for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Tuesday - Shalom & L'Hitra'ot

Free day & Departure
Transfer to the airport and depart on your flight back home.
Leave Israel with everlasting memories!

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