Israel: Grand Jewish Heritage Tour
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In addition to the highlights of Jerusalem’s Old City, New City, Western Wall and Yad Vashem, this Grand Jewish Heritage Israel Tour offers travelers the best of the Galilee and coastal explorations. Marvel at the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, Caesarea. Allow yourself to be thrilled by the history and views of Masada, and enjoy yourself as you float on the Dead Sea. Spend extra time in Tel Aviv taking in all of its historical and cultural offerings, including the Diaspora Museum, Ayalon Institute, Nahalat Binyamin and shopping on Sheinkin Street.
This is not only a “GRAND” tour, but a Grand Jewish Heritage Israel Tour that will keep you coming back for future trips!
Want your child to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah during your tour? We’d be happy to arrange that for an added cost!
The Grand Jewish Heritage Israel Tour is just that; GRAND! This tour is the perfect opportunity for those experiencing Israel for the first time or those who want to have an extended Tel Aviv touring experience.
Depart from the USA for your Jewish Heritage Israel Tour
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, proceed to the arrival hall.
Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv
Begin your day with a visit to Latrun. Here, visit the Armored Corps memorial museum, also considered as one of the most diverse tank museums in the world, and understand how Latrun played an important part in the establishment of the state.
From there, continue to Beit Guvrin national park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and explore archaeological remains and unique caves.
Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory was established by the “Haganah,” who were the Jewish underground movement before May 1948.
Continue to Weizmann House in Rehovot built in 1936, the private home and later the formal residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of the state of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Visit the house with its impressive structure and fascinating gardens, which now form part of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Learn the story of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, an outstanding scientist and head of the Zionist movement for over 30 years.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Explore your roots at the ANU Museum of the Jewish People. ANU connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. It tells the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of Jewish culture, faith, purpose, and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.
Tour and drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv; the center of business and entertainment in Israel. Tel Aviv is also known as the “White City” and was declared a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO for its Bauhaus-style buildings.
On your way to Old Jaffa, take a moment at Rabin’s Square; the place where Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995.
Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artists’ Quarter to both purchase their crafts and see them work.
Now, let’s travel from an old neighborhood to the first Hebrew-speaking neighborhood built in 1887, Neve Tzedek. Continue to Nahalat Benyamin, where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts, and handmade jewelry. These colorful streets are especially known for their unique shops, café life, and youthful ambiance.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Day at Leisure.
Explore the city, enjoy a cafe, meet up with friends!
Overnight Tel Aviv
Ride along the coast north to the beautiful Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; View the excavations of the Crusaders’ city, the aqueduct, and the Amphitheatre that has been restored as a concert venue comparable in performers and musicians to Madison Square Garden or Carnegie Hall in
Proceed to Haifa to visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval museum (“Af al Pi Chen”) and learn the story of the illegal immigrants who came to Israel at the time of the British Mandate.
Enjoy a drive to Acre (Akko), the Old City recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site; walk through the old port and local market.
Continue to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car into the gorgeous underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation.
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Walk the spectacular narrow alleyways and a picturesque Artists’ quarter in Safed (Tzfat), one of the four holy cities in Israel. Visit the Caro and Ari synagogues.
Enjoy an adventurous Jeep tour at the foot of the Golan Heights.
Continue to the Golan Heights; stop at the Gadot overlook, the memorial for the fallen of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers; view the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni brigade.
Proceed to a magnificent observation point over the city of Kuneitra and the Syrian territory.
Drive to Tel-Hai; 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 kibbutz guesthouse.
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave; Continue through the Jordan valley to Beit Shean, known as “Scythopolis”, and see the fascinating excavated remains from the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Stop at Beit Alpha to admire the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue discovered in 1929.
Visit Gan Hashlosha national park and enjoy the warm spring water pools and waterfalls.
Continue via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem; Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.
Walkthrough the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. See the Cardo – the heart of the ancient Roman City, visit the four Sephardic Synagogues restored after the 1967 war, tour the Western Wall Tunnels, and visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center.
Walkthrough the colorful local bazaar toward the Tower of David Museum that presents the history of Jerusalem and ancient remains of the city beginning with the first temple period.
Enjoy seeing the Bar Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall.
Drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities.
Proceed to Mount Herzl, named after the founder of modern Zionism, to pay your respect to some of the nation’s more influential figures. Continue to Yad Vashem – the museum that tells the stories of the Holocaust commemorates the lives of those who perished and survived its atrocities and ends with a
breathtaking view of Jerusalem.
Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, returned to Israel during the six-day war and converted into a national memorial site and museum. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and see the Menorah with its biblical emblems.
Next, visit The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the Holy Land Model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period.
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea-the lowest point on earth. Then, visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.
Ascend Masada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouse. Descend by cable car.
Next, stop for a “Lunch and Swim” at the spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area and enjoy a float in the mineral-rich Dead Sea.
Enjoy the day at your leisure.
Transfer to Ben-Gurion airport for departure.
*Itinerary is subject to change.
The hotel is located in Kibbutz Lavi, an area of lush vegetation surrounded by green fields. Guests and visitors have magnificent views of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. The design combines happiness and colors with serenity and harmony; this is a place that tells you to sit down and relax!
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No other spot in Tel Aviv offers this sublime full-service luxury hotel. Your comfortable air-conditioned accommodation features a private balcony with fabulous views. Before enjoying a hearty breakfast buffet, take a dip in the indoor swimming pool or rejuvenate yourself in the on-site fitness gym.
The Orient Jerusalem hotel, part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, is nestled at the heart of the German Colony, walking distance from countless cultural, tourist, and historic attractions: the First Station, Liberty Bell Park, and Mishkenot Sha’ananim, as well as charming boutiques and bistros. The Old City and the Western Wall is just 2 miles away.
The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel reflects Tel Aviv’s dynamic lifestyle. The first luxury Tel Aviv hotel in Israel’s first Jewish city, the Dan Tel Aviv has always been a prime venue for statesmen, politicians and artists who gathered here from the earliest years of the State of Israel.
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