We arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. A representative from Time For Israel escorts us outside the terminal where we meet our driver. We head out to our hotel to enjoy a dinner or refreshment (depending on the time of arrival) and lodging for the night.
After breakfast in the hotel, we enjoy a free day of sightseeing. You may explore Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps! Discover the famous boardwalk along the Mediterranean Sea, or take a walk in Old City Jaffa. Tel Aviv is home to numerous art galleries, cafes, and museums, as well as the beach! The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a very highly rated institution, while the Eretz Israel Museum offers more of an historical perspective on Tel Aviv. For those who prefer to shop, there are several shopping malls that open till late night (except for Shabbat). Stroll along the famous tree lined Rothschild boulevard, and take in the magnificent villas and buildings occupying the most expensive real estate in Tel Aviv. Return for dinner and lodging at the hotel.
We have breakfast at the hotel and start our day and drive north to Caesarea, which has been an important city for the Jewish faith since before the Roman invasion. There we will see excavations dating to the Crusades, the aqueduct, which dates back to the days of King Herod, and the restored amphitheater, now serving as a concert venue. From there we proceed to Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, and take in the magnificent view from Mount Carmel, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. We will also visit the INS Af-Al-Pi-Chen, a former Second World War era landing craft that now serves as the Clandestine Immigration and Navy Museum, covering the maritime history of Israel. A drive to the waterside town of Acre follows, where we can walk along the old harbor, and visit the local market, taking in the sights of one of the oldest inhabited sites in Israel. We visit the old prison were Jews fought the British as related in Leon Uris famous book and movie “Exodus”. We continue on to the northernmost point of Israel: Rosh HaNikra. We take an exciting descent by cable car into the spectacular limestone grottoes. We explore the caves and watch a movie that tells an amazing story of the place. The day ends with a drive through the Galilee and a visit to a Kibbutz (Communal farm). There we will have the opportunity to meet with Kibbutz members and learn more about their unique lifestyle. In the late afternoon we return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast at our hotel, our day starts with a drive to Safed, the center of Kabbalah and one of the four holy cities of Judaism. There we visit both the Yosef Caro and the Ari Ashkenazi synagogues. The Ari synagogue may be the oldest in Israel that is still being used, and is certainly one of the most important in the city. The Artist Quarter is also well worth checking out. You can view and purchase the very unique “micro calligraphy” artworks that Safed is famous for. We will then enjoy an exhilarating Jeep ride to the foot of the Golan Heights, then going up and stop at an observation point over the almost entirely destroyed city of Quneitra overlooking the Syrian territory. Tel Faher, a former Syrian outpost, is our next stop. There will also be an opportunity to explore the beautiful Banias waterfall and springs, an area rife with hiking trails. Next up is Tel Hai, the site of a pivotal battle between Arab rebels and the New Yishuv in 1920. We will also see the famous roaring lion monument, commemorating Josef Trumpeldor, among others who lost their lives that day. We will then continue to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Tiberias to visit the grave of Mosheh ben Maimon, a famous philosopher and Torah scholar from the Middle Ages. Next is Beit Shean, the biggest archeological park in Israel, featuring beautiful excavations from the Roman and the Byzantine periods. There will be a stop at Beit Alpha to see a beautiful mosaic floor in a Byzantine era synagogue. From there we move onto Gan HaShlosha National Park, where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful springs located at the foot of Gilboa Mountain where King Saul was killed in his battle against the Philistines. We will then continue along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a blessing as we enter the city. We return to our hotel in the evening for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast at our hotel, we will head to the Old city of Jerusalem. We start with a visit to the tomb of King David on Mount Zion. We then walk along the Cardo, an ancient Roman road as we visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the city’s Jewish quarter. No tour of Jerusalem would be complete without a visit to the Western Wall Tunnels, which run the full length of the Wall and were built in the year 19 BCE. We visit the famous Davidson Center, an archeological museum, where we learn more about the Western Wall. We once again walk along the Roman Cardo, this time to the local Arab bazaar. We walk through the Jaffa Gate, one of the eight gates in the historic walls of Jerusalem, and go to the Museum of David’s Tower, which chronicles the history of Jerusalem. We continue to the Shepherds’ Fields and return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast at the hotel we depart and arrive at the Western Wall once more, located in the old city of Jerusalem. Next, we will continue on to Mea Shearim, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Jerusalem, where we will learn about the lifestyle of the ultra Orthodox communities. We drive by the Knesset, Israel’s version of parliament, a modern building with a large menorah up front. From there we go to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, site of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the new Holy Land model- a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it appeared during the Second Temple Period between 530 BCE- 70 CE. We continue on to Mount Hertzl, home of the military ceremony and to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial. Yad Vashem features the Hall of Remembrance inscribed with six million names continuously read out loud. It also has some beautiful gardens for contemplation. We will end the day visiting Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War and converted into a national memorial site and museum. We then return to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
After breakfast we drive through the Judean desert, and arrive at the Dead Sea, stopping at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Next, we drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to visit Massada, Israel’s most popular site, ascending by cable car to tour the ancient fortress at the top of the mountain. Massada was built by King Herod and was the site of an uprising by the Jews against the Romans that ended in the mass suicide of close to 1000 Jewish rebels and their families who took refuge there. We visit the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouses that made up this ancient fortress. Descending by cable car, we continue our journey to the Dead Sea. We experience floating in the Dead Sea, whose high saline content will keep you peacefully floating for hours! The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, at over 1300 feet below sea level. The water has healing and medicinal properties as well as the air we breathe. We return in the evening to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
We have breakfast in the hotel and depending on the time of departure, we may have the opportunity to visit the Old Port City of Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv. From the fishing port we enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv. We continue on to Ben Gurion International Airport for our return flight.
We return to our country of origin hoping to return again soon.
Depending on the country of origin you should take into account a day for travel between departure and return.
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Every traveler will receive from Time for Israel: a map of Israel, a traveler’s hat, and a certificate of pilgrimage.
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Lodging in superior class hotels
- Transportation in luxury buses
- Daily breakfast and dinner at the hotels where we will be staying
- Tours with professional and certified guides
- Group transportation between the airport and the hotel
- Entrance fees to parks, museums and sites in our itinerary
- Personalized attention from Time For Israel team members
- Tips for hotel personnel
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Personal expenses
- Tips for guides & drivers
- Visas and port charges (traveler’s responsibility)
- Any service not listed in this program
- Medical and travel insurance (check our website for a quote)
This spiritual tour will take place with team members of Time for Israel, who count with the support of governmental and private entities throughout Israel. We will be ready to assist all of our travelers so that their experience in Israel is positively memorable and the only desire that will remain is to come back soon and visit with us again. The group organizer may modify this itinerary if requested in advanced.
Blessings from Israel,