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
  • Date

    November 06 - 19, 2018
  • 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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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

1

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

2

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).

Day

3

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).

Day

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).

Day

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).

Day

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).

Day

8

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).

Day

9

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).

Day

10

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).

Day

11

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).

Day

12

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).

Day

13

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.
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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