2nd Timers – Israel for seniors

Experience the magic of Israel on this custom made senior tour! Explore Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sde Boker and more all at a leisurely pace. This tour will take up to 20 people
  • Duration

    14 days / 11 nights
  • Highlights

    Neot Kedumim, Modiin, Jerusalem, Sde Boker, Avdat, Sderot, Ashdod, Haifa
  • Notes

    Air Included, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $1485
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Tailor Made

    This tour can be booked privately

Only  $5,400
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2nd Timers – Israel for seniors 14 Days14D11 Nights11N

This is not your average tour! Specifically designed for those who have previously been to Israel, you will explore places that you probably have not yet seen and experienced!

This marvelous custom made tour gives seniors a slower paced tour while still seeing and experiencing all of the wonderful sites that Israel has to offer.

*Based on min of 15 full paying participants

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • Round-trip airfare from Newark on El-Al
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast daily
  • Accommodations in First Class hotels
  • Fantastic full time guide
  • Air-conditioned luxury motor coach
  • All entrance fees to various sights
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Day

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

To the Airport!

Please be at the airport at least 3 hours prior departure (check in starts about 4 hours prior) for security and check in.
Departure via El Al 028 at 1:15 pm.

Overnight:En route

Day

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Arrival in Israel

Welcome to Israel! Arrival at 6:50 am.

We will meet our guide and proceed to Neot Kedumim –You will be taken on a tour of this beautiful Biblical landscape. Visit the ancient cistern, oil press and wine press. Draw water from the cistern, prepare a condiment from Hyssop and Plant a tree! We will enjoy a light snack made from the biblical foods.

Lunch along the way (pay on own) in Modiin, a relatively new city in between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem made up of many neighborhoods.

Shehecheyanu upon arrival in Jerusalem at the overlook at Mt Scopus. Enjoy the magnificent view of Jerusalem

Festive Welcome Dinner at Darna – a fabulous Moroccan restaurant. (a 4-minute walk from the hotel).

Overnight:Herbert Samuel, Jerusalem (D).

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Jerusalem

After breakfast, tour The Davidson Center, which depicts what Jerusalem looked like in the late Second Temple Period through a combination of exhibitions. The highlight is a virtual reality reconstruction of the Temple Mount on the eve of its destruction.
Continue to the Chain of Generations Center. This museum fuses contemporary glasswork art with thousands of years of Jewish history. The exhibit uses nearly 150 tons of shining glass to tell the story of a nation.
Visit the Knesset. The tour includes: The Committee Rooms, the Plenary Chamber, the Chagall Hall, and the display of the Declaration of Independence.
Food tasting at Machane Yehuda, the largest outdoor market in all of Israel.

Overnight:Herbert Samuel, Jerusalem (B).

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4

Friday, November 09, 2018

Jerusalem

Menachem Begin Heritage Center. This museum pays tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Menachem Begin.
Yemin Moshe walking tour - Created as a solution to the overcrowding within the old city walls, this area is now an upscale Jewish neighborhood surrounded by gardens and a panoramic view of the old city walls.
King David Hotel Bombing discussion – head to the King David Hotel, the site of a bombing attack against the British government of Palestine by members of Irgun, a militant Zionist organization.
Tomb of King Herod – located in Herodium, tour the tomb of the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
Shabbat dinner at your hotel.

Overnight:Herbert Samuel, Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

5

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Shabbat - At leisure

Optional Tour to Masada and Dead Sea available (Call for information)
Masada – Masada (Hebrew for “fortress”) is a place of gaunt and majestic beauty that has become one of the Jewish people’s greatest symbols as the place where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood.
Dead Sea – the Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake located between Israel and Jordan. The Dead Sea is the world’s lowest point at 394 meters below sea level. Enjoy floating in the highly salinated water and pamper yourself using the world-renowned Dead Sea mud.
Dinner on your own

Overnight:Herbert Samuel, Jerusalem (B).

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6

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Negev Desert

Sde Boker - In 1953 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigned from office and moved to the kibbutz. Although he returned to politics in 1955, he continued to live in the kibbutz until his death in 1973, when he was buried nearby at Midreshet Ben-Gurion aside his wife Paula Ben-Gurion. He believed that eventually the Negev would be home to many Jews who would move to Israel after having made Aliyah.

Avdat - the ruins of the greatest Nabatean city in the Negev, lie on a limestone hill overlooking the desert. The remains include two impressive Bysantine churches, a wine press and many other interesting finds

Carmey Avdat Farm and winery for some wine tasting and a lovely lunch.

Overnight:Ramon Inn, Ramon Crater (B, L, D).

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7

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ramon Crater

Jeep Tour in the Crater – ride along the edge of the crater’s cliffs taking in the fabulous views at the top of the Atzmaut Ascent. Descend into the Machtesh and cross half its width to the Wadi Ramon to stop for an explanation on what a Machtesh is and how it was formed. Continue across the floor of the Crater to the summit of Mt Gvanim and from there stopping in some shade of an Acacia tree for an explanation of the flora and fauna in the region.

9:30pm - Stargazing at the Ramon Crater with Ira Machefsky – join Ira “The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon” Machefsky for an evening of stargazing. Ira will help in identifying constellations, learning sky lore, and understanding how the sky works

Overnight:Ramon Inn, Ramon Crater (B, D).

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Departure for Ashkelon

Lakiya Bedouin Weaving - established in 1991, approximately 150 Bedouin women are provided with an opportunity to develop the traditional skills of spinning and weaving the wool, to acquire new roles and skills in dyeing, production and business management, and to earn incomes through the work.
By increasing demand for their weaving, the Project aims to revive and preserve a craft central to Bedouin social and cultural heritage. Traditional patterns and colors are incorporated in the products for contemporary lifestyle, including floor rugs, tapestries, cushion covers and bags.

Sderot – Sderot is home to many Israeli’s who were relocated from Gaza in 2005 by the Israeli government.

Overnight:Leonardo, Ashkelon (B, D).

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Path to Peace - Salad Trail

Path to Peace – a joint mosaic creation by thousands of people, towards hope, love and happiness between all people, which is placed upon the border wall that divides the Gaza Strip and Moshav Netiv HaAsara adjacent to the Moshav’s home.

Salad Trail at Moshav Talmei Yosef - get a feel for the land and its produce. Here you will pick vegetables but also understand how they grow, learn about the environment and understand the agricultural innovations and technologies.

Dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight:Leonardo, Ashkelon (B, D).

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

On to Haifa

Ashdod – home to Israel’s largest port, it accounts for 60% of its imported goods. Ashdod is mentioned 13 times in the Bible and was settled by the Canaanites, Philistines, Israelites, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders and Ottoman Turks.

Weitzmann Institute of Science - The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences
Atlit- the site of one of the “illegal” immigrant camps used by the British to imprison tens of thousands of Jewish refugees, who attempted to immigrate to the Land of Israel during and after the Holocaust.
Dinner at a restaurant in the German Colony

Overnight:Dan Panorama Haifa (B, D).

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Technion - Hecht Museum

Technion Israel Institute of Technology – Learn how the university has contributed to Israel and the world and better understand the vital connection between education, research and industry

Hecht Museum - From his youth, Dr. Hecht was interested in the archaeology of the Land of Israel, and for a period of sixty years he assiduously collected archaeological artifacts representing the material culture of the Land of Israel in ancient times.
Dr. Hecht believed that archaeology was an important expression of Zionism and that the discovery of ancient artifacts was proof of the link between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
Shabbat dinner at the hotel

Overnight:Dan Panorama Haifa (B, D).

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Shabbat in Haifa

Noon - Walking tour to Bahai Gardens – These gardens comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel.

Mane Katz Museum – Mane-Katz was one of the most prominent artists of the “School of Paris”, a group of young artists who came to Paris from Eastern and Central Europe in the beginning of the twentieth century.

Mane-Katz immigrated to Israel in 1957, after he came into an agreement with the mayor of Haifa, that he would bequeath his entire estate and work to the city of Haifa, while the city will provide him with a house and after his death establish a museum that would commemorate his work.
The museum opened in 1977.

Dinner on own

Overnight: Dan Panorama Haifa (B).

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Departure day

Acre- the coastal city served as one of the key ports of Israel over much of its long history. Walk along the city’s old harbor and visit the local market. Visit the underground Templar Tunnels.

Tour an Ethiopian House “Mavrhatey” at Kibbutz Evron. Built out of mud and straw, just like countless other "gojos” that are spread around Ethiopia. This is a unique experience.
Rosh Hanikra- Take the cable car down to the grottos for fun exploring through the rocky passageways.
Farewell dinner in Herzliya at a local restaurant

Proceed to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight, El Al 027 departing at 12:30 am (Nov 20).

Overnight:En route (B, D).

Day

14

Monday, November 19, 2018

Arrival back into Newark

Arrival at 6: 00 am back into Newark Airport.
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