Itinerary

Want to explore more? An early arrival tour of Israel’s north is offered starting on December 21, 2017. Scroll down for the itinerary details.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on your self-booked flight
    An airport VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Haifa hotel is included for all travelers arriving by 4:15pm this day
  • Meet-up with the rest of the group and share a welcome dinner and get oriented to Israel at Maganda in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel  Aviv
    Meals Included: Dinner

Monday, December 25, 2017

  • Walking tour of the ancient Jaffa Seaport overlooking the Tel Aviv coast
  • Visit the Palmach Museum – Learn about the story of the Haganah and the quest to create a at modern Jewish State in the Land of Israel
  • Independence Hall – Recount the creation of modern Israel where it happened and learn about the Jewish State’s founding values
  • Afternoon Options:
    • Go on a port-to-port bicycle tour of the Tel Aviv coast
    • Free time to relax and explore Tel Aviv on your own
  • Rejoin as a group for a dinner at Café Yaffo
  • Evening: Option to attend “Not by Bread Alone” at Israel’s groundbreaking Nalagaat Theater, where all of the actors are deaf or blind (not included)
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel  Aviv
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

  • Learn new skills on Dig-for-a-Day – A hands-on archaeological workshop at Beit Guvrin National Park
    Less active alternative: Tour of Tel Maresha and the Bell Caves
  • Discover how Israel has addresses it’s long term water challenging touring its world-leading desalination plant in Ashkelon
  • Continue south to the Western Negev region and sample the fruits of Israel’s desert farming revolution at Shvil HaSalat (the Salad Trail)
  • Check-in to our hotel on the edge of the Ramon Crater, with dinner included
  • Evening: Optional night walk along the crater’s rim
  • Overnight: Ramon Suites Hotel, Ramon Crater
    Meals Included: Breakfast & DInner

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

  • Learn about the unique geography of the region at the Ramon Crater Visitor Center
  • Hike to the hidden desert pools at Ein Avdat Canyon
    Less active alternative: Tour of the Nabatean ruins at Avdat archeological complex
  • Freshen up swimming at the natural desert pools at Neve Midbar
  • Camel riding journey, Bedouin tent dinner feast and bonfire party at Chan HaShayarot desert encampment
  • Overnight: Ramon Suites Hotel, Ramon Crater
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday, December 28, 2017

  • Morning: Off-road jeep trek and sandboarding adventure in the Negev Desert
  • Travel to the lowest place on earth, and check-in to our spa hotel on the Dead Sea coast
  • Experience effortless floating at the Dead Sea, with indoor and outdoor spa facilities
  • Dinner is included at our hotel
  • Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Dead Sea
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Friday, December 29, 2017

  • Rise early to summit Masada — Hike the Snake Path or ride the cable cars
  • Explore and recount the story of Masada – Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion
  • Descend Masada via the cable cars and travel up to Jerusalem – Stop for a panoramic introduction and say the shehecheyanu prayer at Mt. Scopus overlooking the Old City
  • Enter the Old City and make a pre-Shabbat visit to the Kotel – the Western Wall
  • Check-in to our hotel in central Jerusalem, freshen up, relax and prepare for Shabbat
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat experience and dinner joined by IDF Lone Soldier guests
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

  • Morning Option: Jerusalem Beyond the Walls – Montefiore’s Windmill, Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sheananim, and the First Jerusalem Train Station Market
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel
  • Afternoon Option: Enter the Old City and tour the Christian Quarter and Arab Shuk
  • Evening: Tower of David Nigh Spectacular followed by Jerusalem nightlife at Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • Morning: Holocaust prep session for adults and teen activities for younger kids
  • Docent-led tour of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    Children’s alternative: Tour of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
  • Sample your way through the colorful Mahane Yehuda open-air marketplace with “Shuk Bites” card for lunch
  • Visit the grounds of the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament Building — and stop for a photo-op at the famous National Menorah
  • Learn about the leaders who shaped the story of modern Israel at Mt. Herzl National Cemetery (winter season)
  • Free evening and dinner on own, and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Jerusalem!
  • Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Monday, January 1, 2018

  • Morning Options:
    • Take part in a group B’nai Mitzvah service at Robinson’s Arch
    • Discover the foundations of Jerusalem at the City of David Complex
  • Explore layers of Jewish history in the Kotel Tunnels
  • Tour of the ancient alleyways, rooftops and squares of the Jewish Quarter
  • Tree planting ceremony, closing session and closing banquet dinner at Neot Kedumim
  • Evening: Return to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights back to North America
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

EARLY ARRIVAL TOUR


Thursday, December 21, 2017

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on your self-booked flight
    An airport VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Haifa hotel is included for all travelers arriving by 4:15pm this day
  • Welcome dinner at the Carmel Winery Restaurant in nearby Zichron Yaakov
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel  Aviv
    Meals Included: Dinner

Friday, December 22, 2017

  • Explore Caesarea – Herod’s Roman amphitheater and grand palace on the beach
  • ATV and horseback riding options in the Carmel Mountains
  • Explore the Talmudic-era catacombs at Beit Shearim National Park
  • Return to Haifa and prepare for Shabbat – Optional Kabbalat Shabbat service at a local egalitarian synagogue
  • Shabbat dinner is included at our accommodations
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel  Aviv
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday, December 23, 2017

  • Relaxed morning to explore Haifa on your own – with options to visit a local beach, Madatech Museum, the Haifa Zoo and more
  • Shabbat lunch in included at our accommodations
  • Afternoon walking tour of the Bahai Temple Gardens on Mt. Carmel
  • Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel  Aviv
    Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • Explore the ocean caves of Rosh Hanikrah on Israel’s far northern border
  • Discover the Crusader-era ruins in the ancient seaport of Acco
  • Travel to Tel Aviv in the afternoon and check-in to our accommodations along the coast

NOTE: Itinerary details are subject to reasonable change and will be re-confirmed approximately two months prior to arrival.

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