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14 Day tour (Saturday to Saturday)


- Thursday - Day 1 - Welcome to Israel!
Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met by our staff at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight

- Friday - Day 2 - Tel Aviv - (B)
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 new “Mini Israel” park including miniature models  of the most important sites and buildings in the country.
Continue to visit   Ayalon  Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement before May 1948.
Proceed to Yad Mordechai,  named  after Mordechai Anilevitz, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto; Visit the restored battle fields of the war of liberation and learn about their heroic story.
Overnight Tel-Aviv.

- Saturday - Day 3 - Tel Aviv - (B)
Visit the Diaspora museum ; Drive around the main streets of Tel  Aviv,  center of business and entertainment of Israel.  Stop at Rabin's Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak  Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa , an 8000 year old port  city ; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter.  
Visit  Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv,  built in 1909 and
Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artifacts .Next , stop at Sheinkin , the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.
Overnight  Tel-Aviv.

- Sunday - Day 4  - Tel Aviv to Kibbutz - (B)
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the crusaders' city, the aqueduct and the amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel and visit “AF AL PI CHEN”, the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate.
Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbor and local market; Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra, descend by cable into the limestone Grottoes.
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse

- Monday - Day 5 - Kibbutz - (B)
Drive to Safed, center of Kaballa movement; Visit the Joseph Caro and the HA’ ARI synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the the Artist’s quarter.
Enjoy a Jeep tour to the foot of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights; Stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. Stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp; Visit the Banias springs. Next, a visit 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 - Day 6 - Kibbutz to Jerusalem - (B)
Drive to Tiberius to visit Rambam’s grave; proceed to Beit Shean, also called "Scythopolis", the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. Onto Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy in the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the philistines. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city, Overnight Jerusalem.

- Wednesday - Day 7 - Jerusalem - (B)
Tour the old city of Jerusalem.
Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.  Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; Visit the four Sepharadic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Tour the Western wall  Tunnels; Visit  the Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo, to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period.
Overnight Jerusalem.

- Thursday - Day 8 - Jerusalem - (B)
Depart the hotel and arrive to the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.
*Celebrate the Bar/Bat-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel.
Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. 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 new holyland model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Drive to mount Hertzel, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the 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.
* Optional: For families who wish to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Wall. This will be a perfect opportunity, while the rest of the group will tour Mea Shearim, arrangements will be made at the Wall with a Rabbi. At the end of the service, rejoin your tour group at the entrance of the Israel Museum.
Overnight Jerusalem.

- Friday - Day - 9 - Jerusalem - (B)
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. 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, swim (actually float) at the Dead Sea and use of Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area. Return to Jerusalem.  Overnight Jerusalem

- Saturday - Day 10 - Jerusalem - (B)
Day at leisure --- Overnight in Jerusalem.

- Sunday - Day 11  - Jerusalem to Eilat - (B)
Travel south to the Negev desert; Visit Israel’s Air Force Museum at Hatzerim to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
Visit Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave, overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop at Mitzpe Ramon to gaze into the Ramon Crater, an otherworldly geological wonder..
Arrive to Eilat for overnight.

- Monday - Day 12 - Eilat - Petra - Eilat - (B)
Today we will go on a day trip to Petra
Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma'an, that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.
Established possibly as early as 312 BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as its most-visited tourist attraction.
It lies on the slope of Jebel al-Madhbah. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.  Petra was chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die.
After the tour we will return to Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat.

- Tuesday - Day 13 - Eilat to Tel Aviv - (B)
Visit the underwater observatory, one of the largest Sea Aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Drive to Timna to see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations.
Drive back to Tel-Aviv for overnight.

- Wednesday - Day 14 - (B)
Shalom! It is time to head for home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Israel in your heart. We truly hope that our paths will cross again.

Total cost:    $_______ Per person in a double room & $________ in single room


Tours over Jewish holidays and August are subject to hotel confirmation and restrictions

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* All hotels (Superior class centrally located hotels)
* All land transfers in comfortable vehicles
* All meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides
* All taxes and service charges

* International flight tickets (assistance with air reservations is available)
* Travel Insurance (assistance with travel insurance is available)
* Drinks with meals
* Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff.

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