Israel: Custom Small Group Active Seniors 55+ Tour (October 2017)

14 days / 11 nights

$5,035 land and air

(based on double occupancy) | October 25-November 7, 2017

Attention Active Seniors 55+! Join us on an escorted tour to Israel!

Tour Highlights: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Kibbutz Misgav Am, Haifa, Golan Heights, Safed, Massada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem

This is a marvelous custom made tour to give Seniors a slower paced tour without all the hustle and bustle during the fall, one of the ideal times to visit Israel. Take in the calming views of the Sea of Galilee, relax at a spa in the Dead Sea, and relish touring Israel in an air conditioned luxury motor coach with an English-speaking guide and a Gil Travel escort. Enjoy superior/first class hotel accommodations with a fabulous Israeli buffet daily, along with 11 dinners and a wonderful lunch experience at Eretz Beresheet! Please join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a lifetime of memories!

An active, escorted small group senior tour to Israel October 25-November 7, 2017
14 days | 11 nights | 10 touring days

Tour Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Newark via El Al Airlines
  • Arrival and departure group transfers
  • Meeting and assistance at the airport
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Superior/First Class Hotel
    • October 26-29: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv (deluxe room)
    • October 29-31: Galei Kinnereth Tiberias
    • October 31-Nov 2: Ganim Hotel Dead Sea (deluxe room)
    • November 2-7: Dan Panorama Jerusalem (deluxe rooms booked till Nov 7)
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast daily
  • 11 Dinners; including an arrival dinner at Maganda, and farewell dinner at Olive and Fish plus Shabbat of a Lifetime dinner with home hospitality with a local family
  • 1 lunch at Eretz Beresheet (Abrahams Tent)
  • Briefing with a Political Speaker
  • 9 days of touring with one of our guides that will go at a slower pace in an air-conditioned luxury motor coach
  • All entrance fees to various sights
  • Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff
  • Water on motor coach
  • Gil Travel kit

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Day 1 - Wednesday, October 25
To the Airport!

El-AL-Airplane

Please be at the airport at least 3 hours prior departure (check in starts about 4 hours prior) for security and check in.

El Al 028 departs at 1:30pm.

Day 2 - Thursday, October 26
Arrival in Tel Aviv
Port of Jaffa

Port of Jaffa

Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival via El Al 028 at 6:50am, pass through immigration, collect your baggage, and proceed through customs. Assistance at the airport and board your bus for a transfer to Tel Aviv.

We will do a drive around of Tel Aviv getting acquainted with the city before check-in. Stop for a bite, then proceed to our hotel.

Hotel check-in at 2pm. We will do our best to get you into the rooms prior. The luggage can go to security and we will take a bus tour of the city and our guide will tell you about the different sites around us.

Arrival dinner – Maganda – 6:30pm

Overnight Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, 10 Kaufmann Street
Phone (03) 519 0190

Day 3 - Friday, October 27
Tel Aviv
Jaffa Sunset, Tours to Israel

Jaffa Sunset

Leave the hotel at 8:30am.

We will start the day in Tel Aviv with a visit to the Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion proclaimed the foundation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.

Head to the Old Port of Jaffa, filled with artists’ quarters, studios and art galleries. Shops catering for Judaica, archaeology, jewelry and art line its narrow alleys which are named after the signs of the Zodiac. Neighboring Jaffa you will find the trendy and historical neighborhood of Neve Tzedek.

Continue out of the city and head to Rehovot to visit the Ayalon Institute, an underground ammunitions factory from the time when the British occupied the land.

At the end of the tour, the bus can drop you at Nachalat Binyamin which is a craft fair every Friday and Tuesday. The hotel is not that far away so you can either walk back or take a taxi.

Shabbat dinner at the hotel

Overnight Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, 10 Kaufmann Street
Phone (03) 519 0190

Day 4 - Saturday, October 28
Shabbat. Day At leisure in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Museum, Jewish Heritage Tour Israel

Tel Aviv Museum

A lovely day to stroll along the Tayelet which so many people do on Shabbat. Or sit at a local café to people watch… If you are museum goer – the Tel Aviv Art Museum is open or a free walking tour to the Bauhaus are at 11am every Saturday. Another spectacular Museum – Ilana Goor in Jaffa.

Dinner on our own this evening.   We will pick a restaurant and see who wants to join so that no one is left out.

Overnight Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, 10 Kaufmann Street
Phone (03) 519 0190

Day 5 - Sunday, October 29
Caesarea/Haifa to the Sea of Galilee
Haifa, Jewish heritage Israel tours

Haifa

Today you will drive along the coastal route stopping first in Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans.  See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue

Continue to Mt Carmel (Muchraka) near the Druze town of Daliat El Carmel for some hospitality including lunch.

Drive to the summit of Mount Carmel in Haifa where you will take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and Western Galilee. View the golden domed Bahai Shrine and exotic Persian Gardens. A drive around the 4th largest city in Israel and then we will proceed towards the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee – Galei Kinnereth Tiberias – including dinner

1 Eliezer Kaplan Street,   Phone (04) 672 8888

Day 6 - Monday, October 30
Golan Heights/Safed
hula valley cranes

Hula Valley IsraelTourism, flickr

Discover first-hand the strategic importance of the area as you climb the Heights and “capture” a former Syrian bunker, affording you a bird’s-eye view of Israel’s expansive Hula Valley below.

At this time of year many migrating birds come to rest here.   We will take a very serene and intoxicating ride around the Hula Preserve to see the birds. (9:30am reservations).

Continue to Misgav Am, the northern most kibbutz in Israel close to the border of Lebanon.   Here we will see the breathtaking panoramic view and get a deeper understanding of the events which have shaped the lives in the Upper Gailee.   Tour the Kibbutz and talk about the past and present of the very serious problems encountered with terrorist organizations.

In the afternoon, proceed to the Orthodox community of Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism (kabala), where you will visit the Joseph Caro and Ha’Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city and stroll down the famous Artists quarter.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee – Galei Kinnereth Tiberias – including dinner

1 Eliezer Kaplan Street,   Phone (04) 672 8888

Day 7 - Tuesday, October 31
To the Dead Sea
Beit Alpha Ruins

Beit Alpha Ruins

We will depart this morning for the Dead Sea area, lowest point on earth.

Visit the unbelievable ruins of Beit Shean,  also called “Scythopolis”, the largest archaeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods.

Drive to Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period.

Continue to the north side of the Dead Sea where you will notice a complete change of topography and continue to the Dead Sea.

Check into our hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Ganim Hotel Dead Sea including dinner.  Ein Bokek

Phone (08) 668 9666

Day 8 - Wednesday,November 1
Masada and Dead Sea

tours a israel tierra santa en Español massada

Today we will visit Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and the bathhouses. Descend by cable car. Return to our hotel to enjoy the facilities – the Dead Sea, Mud, the many pools and sulpher and spa treatments (at a cost). Shopping across the street for some really good deals on Dead Sea products.

Overnight: Ganim Hotel Dead Sea including dinner.  Ein Bokek

Phone (08) 668 9666

Day 9 - Thursday, November 2
On to Jerusalem
Qumran, christian israel tours

Qumran

Depart the Dead Sea area and visit Qumran, which is located on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, several kilometers south of Jericho. In a cave in the Judean Desert cliffs south of Qumran, a young Bedouins boy in 1947 found the first Dead Sea scrolls.

We will then proceed along the Sea until we reach Eretz  Beresheet.  Here we will be welcomed by Abraham and taken for a Bedouin lunch and hear stories from the time of Abraham. For the brave, enjoy a fun 10 minute camel ride!

Proceed to Jerusalem and we will stop for a panoramic view of the Old City at Haas Promenade.  Here our guide will point out different important sites. We will have a “Shecheyanu to welcome us to the Golden City of Jerusalem!” including wine.]

Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama hotel including dinner.

39 Keren Hayesod Street.  Phone (02) 569 5696

Day 10 - Friday, November 3
Jerusalem – New City
ya vashem holocaust museum in israel exit trapezoid exit opening to blue skies

Yad Vashem

Visit the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial and museum where you can walk through the Children’s Pavilion, visit the museum, and walk down the Avenue of the Righteous. Visit the Mt Herzl cemetery

Visit the Israel Museum where you will explore the extensive collection of this world-class museum, which includes works by European masters such as Rembrandt up through modern and contemporary European, American and Israeli artists. On the grounds of the museum visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Here you will also view the Miniature model of Jerusalem, depicting the city as it was 2000 years ago

This evening a very special Shabbat Dinner at a local family’s home with an evening tour at the Wall (Details will be made known in Israel)

Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama hotel including dinner.

39 Keren Hayesod Street.  Phone (02) 569 5696

Day 11 - Saturday, November 4
Shabbat at leisure in Jerusalem – at leisure
Western Wall, Jewish Heritage Israel Tiours

Western Wall

Things to do on a Saturday in Jerusalem – Go to the Old City, Tower of David Museum, Israel Museum, Arab Market in the Old City.  A lovely lunch at the King David hotel on that patio!

We will attend the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David Museum (7:00pm reservations).  Bring a jacket as it could be quite cool in Jerusalem in the evening and this venue is outdoors. The bus will take us and bring us back.

Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama hotel including dinner.

39 Keren Hayesod Street.  Phone (02) 569 5696

Day 12 - Sunday, November 5
Jerusalem – Old City

hurva synagogue

Hurva Synagogue By Israel Photo Gallery [CC BY-SA 2.0], via flickr

We will start Mount Zion the highest point of ancient Jerusalem where King David was buried (but his tomb is empty

Visit the Hurva Synagogue, destroyed 3 times and rebuilt in 2010.

Burnt house (dating back to 70CE) belonging to the Katros Family.

Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) the treasured relic of the Second Temple.  Don’t forget to bring a small note to put in the cracks of this sacred wall.

Take a fascinating tour of the Western Wall Tunnels under the foundations of the city.

6pm – Briefing with a local political analyst (Eliot Jaeger) in a private room at our hotel before dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama hotel including dinner.

39 Keren Hayesod Street.  Phone (02) 569 5696

Day 13 - Monday November 6
Our last day

senior group photo in front of lifeline for the old in israelVisit to Yad Lakashish (Lifeline for the Old), a nonprofit organization which empowers needy seniors in Jerusalem.  For 50 years, it has been changing attitudes towards seniors by enabling the elderly to integrate into society.  Israeli and immigrants from all over the world Artisans make crafts that are lovely.   This is a great place to buy some gifts and goes to a fabulous cause!

Drive to Hadassah Hospital and see the Chagall Windows.

Drive by all the political buildings – Supreme Court building and the Knesset.

Walk through the Mahane Yehuda Food Market – a real treat!

Return to your hotel to pack up and we will check out by 6pm. Load the bus and then we will walk down the street to the lovely, popular Olive and Fish restaurant for a farewell dinner. The bus will pick us up and take us to the airport.  Airport check-in and departure this evening is right after midnight via El Al 027.

Day 14 - Tuesday, November 7
Arrival back into Newark

El-AL-Airplane

Arrival back into Newark.   Hope you had a great time!!

You’ll be tired but truly inspired!

**Itinerary and guide are subject to change due to timing and unforeseen circumstances. **

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Date: October 25-November 7, 2017

Rate* (based on double occupancy)

Land and AirSingle Supplement
$5035 per person$1570

Based on a minimum of 15 full paying participants

*Rates include airfare (airport tax/fuel) and are subject to change

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Tour Details

Before you travel

Israel Travel Insurance – highly recommended. Recommended amount $4500.00 worth (price is according to age) plus $9.00 insurance processing fee. Call for rates.

Israel Map & Temperatures

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Israel Travel FAQs

Travel Insurance Protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances

Israel Vacation Guide Familiarize yourself with Israel before traveling

Cell phone rental in Israel Stay connected with your loved ones while traveling abraod

Terms and Conditions The fine print for this tour

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