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Jewish Heritage Tour 14 nights - Every Wednesday


From £2913pp including return flights from London Luton Airport

 

Jewish Heritage Tour - Departs every Wednesday (14 nights)

 

Wednesday

Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Thursday

Independence Hall / Mini Israel / Latrun

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 Armoured Corps museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world, visit “Mini Israel” park showing miniature replicas of the most important sites and buildings in the country. Continue to visit the Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement before May 1948.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Friday

Tel Aviv

Visit the Diaspora Museum; drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv Israel’s business and entertainment centre.  Stop at Rabin's Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city; visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artists' quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artefacts.   Next,  stop in Sheinkin St, the lively and colourful street renowned for its unique shops, cafe 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 amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mount 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 northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra.  Descend by cable car into the limestone grottoes.

Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.

 

Monday

Safed / Tel Facher / Banias / Tel Hai

Drive to Safed, the centre of the Kabala movement.  Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ha’ Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city and stroll around the Artists' 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.  Continue to Tel Hai to see 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 at a Kibbutz guesthouse.

 

Tuesday

Beit Shean / Beit Alpha / Gan Hashlosha / Jerusalem

Drive to Tiberias to visit the Rambam’s grave; proceed onto Beit Shean, also called "Scythopolis", the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from the 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 foots 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 in Jerusalem.

 

Wednesday

Jerusalem: Old City

Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Start with a visit to King David's Tomb on Mount Zion.  Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road and visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish Quarter. Tour the Kotel Tunnels; visit the Davidson Center and walk through the Roman Cardo to the local Arab bazaar.  Walk through Jaffa Gate to the Tower of David Museum and see the ancient remains of the city from the First Temple period.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Thursday

Jerusalem: New City

Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah Celebrations 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 and 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 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.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday

Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea.  Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.  Continue onto Masada, 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 is for lunch and spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday

At leisure

Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Sunday

Timna/Underwater Observatory/Eilat

Travel south through the Negev desert, Visit Timna and see King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-coloured rock formations.  Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the underwater observatory marine park, the first of its kind in the world.
Overnight in Eilat.

 

Monday

At Leisure or optional tour to Petra (additional charge)

After visa assistance at the Jordanian Border, drive straight to Petra through the 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 two-thousand years ago.  The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-ride for about 700m until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) 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 visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world.  After the visit, enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant, followed by a drive back to the border. En-route, stop for a short visit at Aqaba with possibility for a short walk. Transfer to border at approximately 18:00 for crossing to Eilat.

Overnight in Eilat.

Tuesday

Eilat / Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Tel Aviv

Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon 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 visit to an authentic Bedouin tent.  Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.  Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s air force museum to view the planes and equipment and hear the story of this brave fighting force.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday

Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport

After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

 

HOTEL PLAN:

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Tel Aviv

Dan Tel Aviv - Deluxe Room

Dan Tel Aviv - Standard Room

Carlton

Dan Panorama

Prima Tel Aviv

Galilee

Kibbutz Lavi – Hadar Wing

Kibbutz Lavi – Hadar Wing

Kibbutz Lavi – Hadar Wing

Kibbutz Lavi – Hod Wing

Kibbutz Lavi – Hod Wing

Jerusalem

King David   - Deluxe New City room

King David   - Standard room

Inbal

Dan Panorama

Prima Kings

 

(The hotels appearing in this table may be replaced with similar ones)

The rates include the following:

·      Transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)

·      14 nights accommodation on Bed & Breakfast Basis

·      Lunch and Spa in the Dead Sea area

·      Light lunch in a Bedouin Tent on the way from Eilat

·      Dinners at Kibbutz Lavi

Itinerary subject to change.  Price is per person based on 2 sharing a twin/double.  Subject to availability at the time of booking.

 

 

 

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