Israel: An Intimate Experience Small Group Tour

Israel: An Intimate Experience Small Group Tour

Experience the magic of Israel on this small group tour for all ages! Explore Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, take in the stunning views of the Sea of Galilee and more. This tour will take up to 20 people.
  • Duration

    14 days / 11 nights
  • Highlights

    Diaspora Museum, Carmel Market, Haifa, Visit with Druze family, Meeting with soldiers, Beit Shean, Masada, Dead Sea, Qumran, Yad Vashem, Israel Museum
  • Notes

    Air Included, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $2030.00
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

From  $6,299.00
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Join us on Israel:  An Intimate Experience Small Group tour from November 4-17, 2020.

Let one of our premier guides and an outstanding escort take you through the land of Israel and see to your every need while on tour. This small group tour, which will have no more than 20 people, will have you staying in lovely deluxe properties in Tel Aviv, the Hula Valley, Dead Sea, and Jerusalem.

Not interested in just hitting the normal hotspots? We have you covered. This experience includes a visit to a Druze home, a meeting with IDF Soldiers, dinner with a family in their Jerusalem home; a culinary experience one evening in the Mahane Yehuda Market as it transforms from market to nightlife venue; a breathtaking boat ride on the Dead Sea for a wonderous look at the salt formations only to be seen from the sea, and much more!

This tour is open to all ages.

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • Round-trip airfare from Newark on El-Al
  • Arrival and departure group transfers
  • Meeting and assistance at airport
  • 11 nights accomodations in Deluxe hotels
  • Israeli buffet daily breakfasts
  • 2 lunches with Druze and Eretz Beresheet
  • 9 dinners
  • Camel ride
  • Meeting with IDF Soldiers
  • Wine tasting
  • Special boat ride on Dead Sea
  • Shabbat dinner at Jerusalem Family home
  • Sound and light show in Jerusalem
  • Evening food tour in Machane Yehuda
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Day

1

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

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.
El Al 028 departs at 1:15 pm.

Overnight:En route

Day

2

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Arrival in Tel Aviv

Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival you will be met after passport control in the baggage area as you enter by our “Smile” representative who will instruct you on getting your luggage and where to wait till we all walk to the meet the guide.

After dropping off the luggage at the hotel, you can freshen up, then on the bus for a short tour around town, a chance to change some of your dollars to shekels and stop for a bite to eat.

Tonight – there will be an arrival dinner at an interesting restaurant!

Overnight:Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv (D).

Day

3

Friday, November 06, 2020

Tel Aviv

Today we will visit the Ayalon Institute (underground Bullet Factory)
• Museum of the Jewish People to see the model of some famous synagogues from all over the world and the quirky comedy section
• Nachalat Benyamin Craft Fair where you can have lunch and find all kinds of trinkets and fun jewelry. We will drop you here to stroll around and you can either walk back to the hotel or take a taxi. Also, right next to the Craft Fair is the famous Carmel Market where everyone is shopping for Shabbat.

Enjoy Shabbat dinner at the hotel this evening

Overnight:Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv (B, D).

Day

4

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Shabbat. Day At leisure in Tel Aviv

Shabbat is a day spent at leisure. Relax at a local cafe, fold dance along the Tayelet, visit the Ilana Goor Museum in Jaffa, or pay a visit to the Tel Aviv Art Museum. Tel Aviv is yours for the day. Don't forget to find a fabulous place to dine at night!

Overnight:Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv (B).

Day

5

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Atlit, Mt. Carmel, Persian Gardens

Off to the North!
• Short stop at the Aqueduct in Caesarea
• Atlit Detainee Camp
• Summit of Mt Carmel in Haifa to view Haifa Bay and the Persian Gardens
• Afternoon visit a real Druze Family and learn about this unique religion which developed from Ismaili . The Druze are the only “Arab” speaking people that serve in the Israeli Army.
• Overlook at Mukhraka

Overnight:Herods Dead Sea Hotel (B, D).

Day

6

Monday, November 09, 2020

Jeep tour of Golan Heights, IDF Soldiers

We continue to travel in the North.
• Take an exciting Jeep ride in the Golan Heights
• Possible meeting with IDF soldiers (to be advised)
• Visit Safed's artist colony
• Wine tasting at one of the many wineries


Overnight:Herods Dead Sea Hotel (B, D).

Day

7

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

From North to South

Today we travel from the North the the South
• Beit Shean
• Beit Alpha
• Qasr Al-Yahud baptismal site near the Dead Sea


Overnight:Herods Dead Sea (B, D).

Day

8

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Masada and Dead Sea

At the Dead Sea
• Morning visit to Masada
• Afternoon Special Dead Sea Boat Tour to see the rock and salt formations. Truly a wonder
• Rest of afternoon to float in the Dead Sea or relax and get massages or shop in the many Dead Sea product shops.


Overnight:Herods Dead Sea (B, D).

Day

9

Thursday, November 12, 2020

On to Jerusalem

On to Jerusalem
• Visit the Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found
• A special lunch in Abrahams Tent (Eretz Beresheet) and a chance to ride a camel
• On to Jerusalem where we will have a Shehecheyanu at Mt Scopus

Dinner will be had on your own.

Overnight:Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem (B, L).

Day

10

Friday, November 13, 2020

Jerusalem – New City

• 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.

• Proceed to the Israel Museum, where you will explore the extensive collection which includes works by European masters such as Rembrandt up through modern and contemporary artists. 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:Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

11

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Shabbat at leisure in Jerusalem

Today is another Shabbat at leisure.

• Go to services at The Great Synagogue
• Visit the Arab Market
• Go the the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
• Tower of David Museum is open
• If the weather is cooperative, have lunch at the King David on the outside Patio

This evening, we will attend the early Sound and Light show at the Tower of David.
Dinner is on your own afterwards. You can eat in the Mamilla Mall or the bus can take you to the First Station with lots of restaurants and then you can walk back to the hotel.

Overnight:Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem (B).

Day

12

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Jerusalem – Old City

Today we explore Old City Jerusalem including
• Mt Zion & David’s Tomb
• Kotel
• Hurva Synagogue
• Western Wall Tunnels
• Cardo
• Burnt house

Early evening food tour in Machane Yehuda.

Overnight:Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

13

Monday, November 16, 2020

Our last day

We will drive outside of Jerusalem to see Megemaria School of Jewelry and Craft Village where Ethiopians immigrants are learning the trade of Jewelry. Continue to Hadassah Hospital to see the Chagall Window, return to the hotel and prepare for departure:

6:00pm Farewell dinner at Olive and Fish and then off to the airport for departure

Overnight:Airport (B, D).

Day

14

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Arrival back into Newark

Hope you had a great time!!
You’ll be tired but truly inspired!

Overnight:En Route

Day 1 - Wednesday
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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