Israel Deluxe – a Small Group Experience

Maximum 12 participants Available From 1.3.2018
11 Nights / 8 Touring days

Wednesday

Welcome to Israel! Arrival at Ben Gurion airport where you will be met and assisted before passport control, by our VIP service representative. Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Royal Beach hotel Tel-Aviv.

Thursday

Start the day with a visit to Yitzhak Rabin center. Learn the legacy of the late Prime Minister and explore the making, the history and the development of the State. Next, visit the Hall of Independence where the establishment of the State of Israel was declared.

Continue to Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood outside of Old Jaffa built in 1887. Explore the narrow alleys and the unique low buildings. Proceed to the Carmel market (shuk hacarmel) and enjoy the vibrant noises, smells and colors.

Onto Jaffa, an ancient port city, named for Japeth, one of the sons of Noah who built it after the flood. Here you will  stop at the Visitors Center and enjoy a multimedia presentation of the 8000 year old port town and its history; walk around the restored city, the artists’ quarter, galleries and the renovated harbor.

Overnight at Royal Beach hotel Tel-Aviv.

Friday

Visit the Palmach Museum dedicated to the Hagana, a pre-State underground military organization.

Witness the old meeting  new as you visit Sarona, German Templar colony built in the mid 19th century, later occupied by the British forces and handed to the Israelis in 1947. The complex served as Israel Defence Forces headquarters for many years and has since been restored, preserving the original architecture, and converted to a lively pedestrian open air commercial center.

Visit the Tel-Aviv Museum, Israel’s largest art museum that displays a wide collection of permanent and temporary exhibits of both Israeli and international artists.

Drive through the main streets of Tel-Aviv, passing by Rabin’s square, where Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated.

Before heading back to the hotel, stop at Tel-Aviv port (namal Tel-Aviv) and enjoy the promenade along the seafront with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.

Overnight at Royal Beach hotel Tel-Aviv.

Saturday

At leisure

Overnight at Royal Beach hotel Tel-Aviv.

Sunday

Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. Explore the ruins and excavations of the Crusader city and the amphitheater which has been restored as a concert venue and learn the history of the city through a multimedia presentation. Proceed to Atlit, a national monument, in the form of a restored British detention camp used to detain illegal Jewish immigrants of pre-Statehood. Onto Haifa for a panoramic view of the city, the bay and the Bahai gardens.

Visit Acre (Acco), one of the ancient port cities in Israel, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Learn the history of the city through its unique buildings, fortresses and intact fortifications. Visit the underground Crusader city and walk through the old city, mosques and local market.

Overnight in the Galilee

Monday

Drive to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel, considered the center of the Kabala, the Jewish mysticism. Visit the Joseph Caro and the ha’Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the Artists Quarter and the picturesque alleyways.

Continue to the Golan heights, stopping at Gadot overlook (Mitzpe Gadot). This overlook, a memorial site for the fallen of the Golan is located over former Syrian bunkers. View the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni Brigade.

Tour the reconstructed Talmudic Village of Katzrin and experience ancient life through the restored home, olive press and ancient synagogue.

Continue to Mount Bental, a dormant volcanic mountain, for a panoramic view of Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights. Learn the story of one of the largest tank battles that took place in 1973 war. Visit the Banias springs.

Overnight in the Galilee

Tuesday

Drive to the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum and explore the ruins of the ancient synagogue and church of St.Peter.

Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon Museum which an ancient 2000 year old boat recently discovered.

Onto Nazareth to visit the Basillica of Annunciation.

Continue to Beit Shean, also known as “Scythopolis”, the largest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods.

Next, stop at the Ethiopian Culture Center to learn the legacy and culture of the Ethiopians through real life stories. Taste their traditional dishes and enjoy the unique hospitality and ceremonies.

Continue via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Wednesday

Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Jewish and Christian Quarters; walk through the Cardo — the reconstructed main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Visit the Wailing Wall.

Continue to the City of David and explore the excavations of the First Temple period. Afterward, take part in a unique archeological project as you roll up your sleeves and dig in history looking for different era findings while sifting through debris removed from sites throughout the Old City. Learn the story of ancient Jerusalem as you tour the Western Wall tunnels and discover the hidden layers of the walls revealed underground. Return to your hotel to freshen up and get ready for your night out.

Enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the Spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David Museum.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Thursday

Start the day with a visit to the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the newly relocated Holyland model, a scaled model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Continue for a tour in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and see the menorah with the Biblical emblems.

Experience contemporary Jerusalem at the famous Mahane Yehuda market (shuk) with its authentic and colorful stands. Enjoy the “Shuk bites” and taste a variety of local food.

Continue to Yad Vashem, a memorial to the Holocaust.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem .

Friday

Drive through the Judean Desert. Stop at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and explore the lush oasis filled with waterfalls, vegetation and rare wildlife. Continue to Massada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc.

Descend by cable car.

Next, stop for lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Saturday

Day at leisure

Overnight at David Citadel hotel Jerusalem.

Sunday

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met and assisted by our VIP representative who will escort you through security check and passport control.

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