JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS – FRIDAY arrival-9 nights – 6 touring days
JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS AMOS TOUR
Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day at leisure.
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the Crusader city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view of the city and the Bahai gardens.
Drive to Acre, the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site; walk through the old port and local market. From here continue to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation.
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Drive to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel and Kabalistic, (Jewish mysticism) center. Visit the Caro and Ari synagogues; stroll through the narrow alleyways and visit the picturesque Artists Quarter.
Enjoy a jeep tour at the foot of the Golan Heights. Continue to the Golan Heights, stopping at the Gadot overlook (Mitzpe Gadot). This memorial dedicated to those who fell in the Golan is built upon Syrian bunkers. View the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni Brigade. Proceed for a magnificent observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and Syrian territory.
Visit the Banias springs. Next, visit Tel-Hai to see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920.
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, known as “Scythopolis”, and see the fascinating excavated remains from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to admire the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue discovered in 1929.
Visit Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) National Park and enjoy the warm spring water pools and waterfalls.
Drive via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem.
Visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo — heart of the ancient Roman City. Visit the Four Sepharadic Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter which were restored after the Six Day War. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels, visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center and walk through the colorful local bazaar to visit the Tower of David Museum. Here view presentations showing the history of Jerusalem and ancient remains of the city beginning with the First Temple Period.
Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel.
Drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities.
Proceed to Mount Herzl , the military cemetery, and Yad Vashem a memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War now used a national memorial site and museum.
Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and see the menorah with the Biblical emblems. Next visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the Holyland scale model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple Period.
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Stop at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue and bathhouse. Descend by cable car.
Next, stop for lunch and spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area and enjoy a “float” in the mineral rich Dead Sea.
Day at leisure
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.