Israel: Grand Jewish Heritage Tour 2017-2018

13 days / 11 nights

From $1,940

(land only rates per person)

Israel Tour Highlights: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Golan Heights, Banias Spring, Galilee, Tiberias, Beit Shean, Jerusalem, Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea

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. 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!

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A weekly guaranteed tour of Israel with arrival every Wednesday
13 days | 11 nights | 8 touring days

Departures:

  • November 9, 2016 – February 14, 2018

Highlights:

  • Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Golan Heights, Banias springs, Galilee, Tiberias, Beit Shean, Jerusalem, Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea

Included Features:

  • Private transfer to/from airport to your hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees
  • 11 nights accommodation in expertly selected hotels, bed and breakfast basis
  • Two dinners at the hotel in Kibbutz Lavi/Galilee
  • Lunch and swim at a Dead Sea spa hotel
  • Private tours available by request

Not included features:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff
  • Lunches en route on sightseeing days
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Treatments at the Dead Sea spa

Why Gil Travel?

  • Experienced Travel Agents: Over 40 years of experience; sending over 40,000 people to Israel every year!
  • 5 Star Treatment: Enjoy private transfers to and from the airport and hotel
  • Guaranteed Tour: Your trip will never be canceled, subject to a minimum of 2 passengers traveling
  • Israel Tour Experience: Our Israel tours are packed with exciting opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy.

Note: No credit/refund for any unused services.

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Day 1 - Tuesday
En route

El-AL-Airplane

En Route for your tour to Israel

Depart from the USA for your Jewish Heritage Israel Tour.

Day 2 - Wednesday
Tel Aviv

 

jaffa beach

Jaffa Beach

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, proceed to the arrivals hall. Your driver will meet you at the La Farina Bakery and transfer you to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight, Tel Aviv

Day 3 - Thursday
Tel Aviv
Independence Hall

Independence Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Armored Corps memorial museum also considered as one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Explore some of the caves and archaeological remains.

Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the “Haganah”, the Jewish underground movement before May 1948.

Overnight, Tel Aviv

Day 4 - Friday
Tel Aviv
Jaffa Sunset, Tours to Israel

Jaffa Sunset

Visit the Diaspora Museum; drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin’s Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist’s quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1909 and Nahalat Binyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewelry and artifacts. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.

Overnight, Tel Aviv

Day 5 - Saturday
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, Tours to Israel

Tel Aviv

Enjoy a free day in Tel Aviv.

Overnight, Tel Aviv

Day 6 - Sunday
Coastal Route
Haifa, Jewish heritage Israel tours

Haifa

Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the crusaders’ city, the aqueduct and the amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel. Drive to Acre and walk along the old harbor and local market. Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra, descend by cable into the limestone Grottoes.

Dinner and Overnight, Kibbutz Lavi

Day 7 - Monday
Galilee | Golan
Golan Heights

Golan Heights

Drive to Safed, center of Kaballa movement. Visit the Joseph Caro and the HA’ ARI synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the Artist’s quarter. Enjoy a jeep tour to the foot of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights where we will 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. Next, a visit 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.

Dinner and Overnight, Kibbutz Lavi

Day 8 - Tuesday
Galilee | Jerusalem
Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

We begin the day with a drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave. Next we will proceed to Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis”, the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from 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 foot 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, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Wednesday
Jerusalem: Old City
Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem

Tour the old city of Jerusalem. Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; Visit the four Sepharadic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels. Visit the Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo, to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period.

Overnight, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Thursday
Jerusalem: New City
Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem

Depart the hotel and arrive to the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.

*Celebrate your Bar/Bat-Mitzvah ceremony at the Kotel. See below for details.

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, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the new Holy Land 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 the 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, Jerusalem 

STARTING MARCH 2017

Depart the hotel to visit the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.

*Celebrate your Bar/Bat-Mitzvah ceremony at the Kotel. See below for details.

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, the military cemetery, and Yad Vashem the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the 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.

Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems.  Next visit the Israel Museum, 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.
Overnight, Jerusalem


 

OPTIONAL BAR MITZVAH / BAT MITZVAH:
For families who wish to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Wall. This will be a perfect opportunity, while the rest of the group will tour Mea Shearim, arrangements will be made at the Wall with a Rabbi. At the end of the service, rejoin your tour group at the entrance of the Israel Museum. For this special option, see below.

Day 11 - Friday
Qumran | Massada | Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea. We will stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue on to Massada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress. Next we will visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and the bathhouses. Descend by cable car. Next we will stop at the Dead Sea for lunch and spa facilities at one of the leading hotels in the area. Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Saturday
Jerusalem
Western Wall, Jewish Heritage Israel Tiours

Western Wall

Enjoy a free day in Jerusalem.

Overnight, Jerusalem

Day 13 - Sunday
Departure

El-AL-Airplane

Transfer to Ben-Gurion airport for departure.

 

Note: All itineraries are subject to change
* A minimum of 2 passengers is required for regular tour service.
All tours are subject to availability and should be confirmed within 72 business hours.

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Rates

Valid: November 9, 2016 – February 14, 2018
Tour does not operate on the following arrival dates: April 5, 12; May 24; September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 2017

Save $40 per person for reservations paid by cash or check
Save $60 per person for reservations of six or more passengers

Note: Departure from origin should be 1 day before tour start date

Hotel Info

Click for hotel guide: 5 Stars Deluxe | 5 Stars Standard | 4 Stars Superior | 4 Stars Standard

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HOTEL5 STARS
DELUXE
5 STARS
STANDARD
4 STARS
SUPERIOR
4 STARS
STANDARD
NIGHTS
TEL AVIVDan - Deluxe RoomCarltonDan PanoramaPrima Tel Aviv/Prima City4
GALILEEKibbutz Lavi - Eden/Hadar WingKibbutz Lavi - Eden/Hadar WingKibbutz Lavi - Hod WingKibbutz Lavi - Lev Wing2
JERUSALEMKing David - Deluxe New City RoomsInbalDan PanoramaPrima Kings5

5 STARS DELUXE – Dan Tel Aviv, Kibbutz Lavi Eden/Hadar, King David Jerusalem

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
5/31/2017$6,214$3,757$3,141
6/7/2017$6,214$3,757$3,141
6/14/2017$6,214$3,757$3,141
6/21/2017$6,214$3,757$3,141
6/28/2017$6,214$3,757$3,141
7/5/2017$6,214$3,757$3,141
7/12/2017$5,754$3,527$2,987
7/19/2017$5,605$3,450$2,936
7/26/2017$5,605$3,450$2,936
8/2/2017$5,659$3,504$2,990
8/9/2017$5,977$3,660$3,093
8/16/2017$5,977$3,660$3,093
8/23/2017$5,738$3,543$3,016
8/30/2017$5,605$3,450$2,936
9/6/2017$5,605$3,450$2,936
10/18/2017$6,180$3,737$3,129
10/25/2017$6,180$3,737$3,129
11/1/2017$6,180$3,737$3,129
11/8/2017$6,180$3,737$3,129
11/15/2017$5,201$3,248$2,597
11/22/2017$5,201$3,248$2,597
11/29/2017$5,201$3,248$2,597
12/6/2017$5,201$3,248$2,597
12/13/2017$5,593$3,444$2,810
12/20/2017$6,180$3,737$3,129
12/27/2017$6,180$3,737$3,129
1/3/2018$5,000$3,145$2,528
1/10/2018$5,000$3,145$2,528
1/17/2018$5,000$3,145$2,528
1/24/2018$5,000$3,145$2,528
1/31/2018$5,000$3,145$2,528
2/7/2018$5,000$3,145$2,528
2/14/2018$5,000$3,145$2,528

5 STARS STANDARD – Carlton Tel Aviv, Kibbutz Lavi Eden/Hadar, Inbal Jerusalem

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
5/31/2017$4,441$2,842$2,569
6/7/2017$4,680$2,961$2,648
6/14/2017$4,839$3,041$2,700
6/21/2017$4,839$3,041$2,700
6/28/2017$4,839$3,041$2,700
7/5/2017$4,441$2,842$2,569
7/12/2017$4,441$2,842$2,569
7/19/2017$4,441$2,842$2,569
7/26/2017$4,441$2,842$2,569
8/2/2017$4,495$2,896$2,623
8/9/2017$4,495$2,896$2,623
8/16/2017$4,495$2,896$2,623
8/23/2017$4,348$2,822$2,574
8/30/2017$4,074$2,658$2,446
9/6/2017$4,074$2,658$2,446
10/18/2017$4,839$3,041$2,700
10/25/2017$4,839$3,041$2,700
11/1/2017$4,258$2,750$2,508
11/8/2017$4,258$2,750$2,508
11/15/2017$4,258$2,750$2,508
11/22/2017$4,074$2,658$2,446
11/29/2017$4,074$2,658$2,446
12/6/2017$4,074$2,658$2,446
12/13/2017$4,833$3,037$2,698
12/20/2017$5,022$3,132$2,761
12/27/2017$4,074$2,658$2,446
1/3/2018$3,976$2,609$2,412
1/10/2018$3,976$2,609$2,412
1/17/2018$3,976$2,609$2,412
1/24/2018$3,976$2,609$2,412
1/31/2018$3,976$2,609$2,412
2/7/2018$4,086$2,664$2,449
2/14/2018$4,160$2,701$2,473

4 STARS SUPERIOR – Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, Kibbutz Lavi Hod, Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
5/31/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
6/7/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
6/14/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
6/21/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
6/28/2017$3,620$2,434$2,080
7/5/2017$3,669$2,459$2,099
7/12/2017$3,620$2,434$2,082
7/19/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
7/26/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
8/2/2017$3,613$2,457$2,112
8/9/2017$3,975$2,614$2,220
8/16/2017$3,975$2,614$2,220
8/23/2017$3,703$2,497$2,139
8/30/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
9/6/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
10/18/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
10/25/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
11/1/2017$3,559$2,404$2,058
11/8/2017$3,334$2,291$1,985
11/15/2017$3,052$2,150$1,893
11/22/2017$3,052$2,150$1,893
11/29/2017$3,052$2,150$1,893
12/6/2017$3,052$2,150$1,893
12/13/2017$3,248$2,248$2,013
12/20/2017$3,654$2,451$2,230
12/27/2017$3,473$2,361$2,087
1/3/2018$3,052$2,150$1,893
1/10/2018$3,052$2,150$1,893
1/17/2018$3,052$2,150$1,893
1/24/2018$3,052$2,150$1,893
1/31/2018$3,052$2,150$1,893
2/7/2018$3,052$2,150$1,893
2/14/2018$3,052$2,150$1,893

4 STARS STANDARD – Prima Tel Aviv/Prima City, Kibbutz Lavi Lev, Prima Kings Jerusalem

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
5/31/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
6/7/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
6/14/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
6/21/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
6/28/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
7/5/2017$3,104$2,194$2,169
7/12/2017$3,104$2,194$2,169
7/19/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
7/26/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
8/2/2017$3,157$2,248$2,223
8/9/2017$3,157$2,248$2,223
8/16/2017$3,157$2,248$2,223
8/23/2017$3,157$2,248$2,223
8/30/2017$3,042$2,133$2,108
9/6/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
10/18/2017$3,067$2,121$2,099
10/25/2017$3,067$2,121$2,099
11/1/2017$3,067$2,121$2,099
11/8/2017$3,050$2,111$2,088
11/15/2017$2,981$2,072$2,047
11/22/2017$2,930$2,055$2,024
11/29/2017$2,809$2,005$1,964
12/6/2017$2,765$1,980$1,940
12/13/2017$2,862$2,078$2,062
12/20/2017$2,887$2,102$2,093
12/27/2017$2,862$2,078$2,062
1/3/2018$2,765$1,980$1,940
1/10/2018$2,765$1,980$1,940
1/17/2018$2,765$1,980$1,940
1/24/2018$2,765$1,980$1,940
1/31/2018$2,765$1,980$1,940
2/7/2018$2,765$1,980$1,940
2/14/2018$2,765$1,980$1,940

* If the above hotels are not available, comparable hotels will be confirmed. Additional cost may apply.

Private Tour Rates

PRIVATE CAR SUPPLEMENT FOR JEWISH HERITAGE ISRAEL TOUR PROGRAM

NUMBER OF PASSENGERSTOUR RATES
(2) TWO$1,998
(3) THREE$1,106
(4) FOUR$717
(5) FIVE$434
(6) SIX$332
(7) SEVEN$187
(8) EIGHT$105

Private Tour Rates are based on per person.
Rates are based on English speaking guides.

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony Rates:

Bar Mitzvah Service Rates: Rabbi’s fee for Bar/Bat Mitzvah participant will be confirmed upon confirmation of Rabbi.

The rate includes:

  • Correspondence with family by the Rabbi, meeting in Jerusalem by the Rabbi prior to the ceremony, officiating at the service, use of prayer pamphlets and Rabbi’s personal Torah scroll, Rabbi’s transportation, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificate from the Ministry of Tourism.

Reform and Conservative ceremonies will be officiated at the Southern Wall area.

Please note passengers will be required to take a taxi to ceremony and also to rejoin the tour after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

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