Friday Arrival—12 nights
The exciting 13-day Jewish Heritage tour takes you through the history of the Jews in Israel from Biblical times into the Roman Empire period and onto the modern State of Israel.
Experience the story of Jewish martyrs at Massada, walk the halls of the original Jewish mystics and witness the excavated remains of the Second Temple during a Kotel Tunnel Tour. Learn about Ben Gurion’s vision, visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, climb into an Israeli Air force airplane, and learn about the unique kibbutz lifestyle. This tour gives you a front row look into the incredible Jewish heritage found in Israel.
Jewish Heritage Tour with Eilat
Friday arrival – 12 nights
- Meeting and assistance on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.
- Transfers on arrival and departure.
- 10 days sightseeing in air conditioned vehicles.
- Government licensed English speaking guides on touring days.
- Accommodation in twin bedded/double rooms at the selected hotels.
- Full Israeli buffet breakfast daily.
- Dinners at the kibbutz.
Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv.
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 amphitheatrer 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 harbour and local market. Continue to the northern-most point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable car and view the limestone Grottos.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.
Safed / Golan Heights / Upper Galilee
Drive to Safed, center of the 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 and stop at an observation point over looking the town of Kuneitra and the Syrian territory. Stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp. Visit the Banias Springs and then on to Tel-Hai to view the “Roaring Lion”Monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920 . Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.
Beit Shean / Beit Alpha / Gan Hashlosha
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s Grave. Continue to Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis”, the largest archaeological 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. Continue to Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy swimming 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.
Jerusalem: The Old City
Tour the Old City Jerusalem beginning with a visit of the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road and visit the four Sepharadic synagogues restored after the 1967 War in the Jewish Quarter. Tour the Kotel Tunnels and visit the Davidson Center. Walk through the local Arab bazaar, through the Jaffa Gate to the David Tower Museum and see the ancient remains of the Citybeginning with the First Temple period.
Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the kotel. Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. 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. 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.
Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumeran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea* that many believe has its therapeutic effects (*weather permitting).
Timna / underwater observatory / Eilat
Travel south through the Negev desert; Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s Pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the underwater observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.
Free day in Eilat or Day in Petra (optional)
After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (optional cost) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s Daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the 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 in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to 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 6:00 PM and crossing back to Eilat.
Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Tel-Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to gaze into 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 riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; learn about the 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
Transfer from Tel Aviv to ben Gurion Airport