22Jan
 

Israel in Luxury 14 Nights Including Eilat

Samuel Tour  (Jewish Heritage in Depth)

Highlights

  • Meeting & Assistance at the airport upon arrival.
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 10 full days of sightseeing in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Professional government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Full Israeli breakfast daily.
  • Jeep tour at the foot of the Golan
  • Lunch & Swim/SPA at the Dead Sea in a Hotel by the beach
  • Visit to the Western Wall Tunnel
  • Visit to the Davidson Center
  • All entrance fees (gratuities not included).
  • Camel ride
  • Bedouin hospitality with lunch
  • Underwater Observatory in Eilat
  • 14 nights accommodation using hotel plan of your choice

Itinerary

WEDNESDAY
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

Thursday
Independence Hall/Latrun/Beit Guvrin/Ayalon Institute
Start the day with a visit to the Independence Hall where the establishment of the State  of Israel was declared. Next, drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Memorial Museum also considered to be one of  the most diverse tank museums in the world. Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; explore parts of the archaeological remains and unique cave systems.

Proceed to the Ayalon Institute; once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the “Haganah”, the Jewish underground movement before May 1948.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

Friday
Tel-Aviv/Diaspora Museum/Old Jaffa
Visit the Diaspora Museum. Drive around the main streets of Tel  Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Also known as the “White City” , Tel-Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site for its Bauhaus style buildings which you will see.

Stop at Rabin Square, location of the assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; visit the ancient ruins and walk through the Artists’ Quarter.

Visit Neve Tzedek, an historic neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian mall of the city where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts and handmade jewelery. Next, stop is Sheinkin Street, the lively and colorful street specially known for its unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

Saturday
At leisure
Overnight in Tel Aviv

Sunday
Caesarea/Haifa /Acre/Rosh Hanikra
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; see the excavations of the Crusaders’ city, the aqueduct, and the amphitheatre that has been restored as a concert venue.

Proceed to Haifa to visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum (“Af al Pi Chen”) and hear the story of the illegal immigrants to Israel at the time of the British mandate.

Drive to Acre, who’s Old City is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Walk through the old port and local market. Continue to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car into the water cut grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation.
Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse.

Monday
Jeep tour/Safed/Golan Heights/Tel-Hai
Drive to Safed, one of the four Holy Cities in Israel and center of the Kaballa movement. Visit the Caro and Ari synagogues; stroll through the narrow alleyways, and visit the picturesque Artists’ quarter.

Next, enjoy a Jeep tour at the foot of the Golan Heights. Continue up the Golan Heights stopping at the Gadot overlook, a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the Golan located over former Syrian bunkers; view the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni Brigade.

Proceed for a magnificient observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian border.

Drive to Tel-Hai; 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.

Tuesday
Tiberias/Beit Shean/Beit Alpha/Gan Hashlosha/Jerusalem
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 national park and enjoy  the warm spring water pools and waterfalls.

Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Wednesday
Kotel Tunnels/Sepharadic Synagogues/Davidson Center/Tower of David
Visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.  Walk along the Cardo, heart of  the ancient Roman City ; visit the four Sepharadic Synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish Quarter; tour the Western Wall Tunnels ; visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center; walk through the colorful local bazaar to  visit the Tower of David museum presenting the history of Jerusalem and ancient remains of the city beginning with the First Temple Period.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Thursday
Yad Vashem/Mt. Herzl/Ammunition Hill/Israel Museum
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 the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the six day war, and converted into a national memorial site and museum.

Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with its biblical emblems.  Next visit is the

Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the Holyland model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple Period.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Friday
Qumran/Masada/Dead Sea /Lunch & Spa
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit 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 “swim” in the mineral rich Dead Sea.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Saturday
Day at leisure.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Sunday
Negev Desert/Timna/Underwater observatory
Travel south through the Negev desert. Stop at Timna Park, a large geological and archaeological park. Marvel at the multi colored rock formations and copper mines, and view the outstanding Solomon’s Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea. Visit the Underwater Observatory marine park, built inside a coral reef and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat.
Overnight Eilat.

Monday
Free day in Eilat or Day Tour to Petra, Jordan (with additional charge)
After assistance with border formalities crossing from Israel to Jordan, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, roman theatre, Roman Street, qasser el-bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch drive back to the border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 and cross back to Eilat, Israel.
Overnight  Eilat.

Tuesday
Mizpe Ramon/Sde Boker/Bedouin hospitality/Airforce Museum
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to view the Ramon Crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and a visit to a Bedouin tent to learn about Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.

Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
Overnight Tel Aviv

WEDNESDAY
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

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