Israel: Jewish Heritage and Eilat Tour 2017-2018

13 days / 12 nights

From $2,249

(land only rates per person)

Israel Tour Highlights: Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Safed, Golan Heights, Galilee, Tiberias, Beit Shean, Jerusalem, Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea, Timna, Eilat, Petra, Ramon Crater

Enjoy this perfect opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Israel from tip to tip on this Jewish Heritage Israel tour with a special visit to Eilat! Highlights of the Jewish Heritage Israel & Eilat Tour include explorations of Jerusalem’s Old City and New City. Visit the Western Wall and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and continue with a coastal adventure up north where you will experience the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, Caesarea. Take a memorable journey to the top of Masada and enjoy a breathtaking view of the desert before taking a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea. Head south to Eilat where you can enjoy some extra special fun in the sun! This Jewish Heritage Israel tour is one you will not soon forget.

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A weekly guaranteed tour of Israel with arrival every Friday
13 days | 12 nights | 8 touring days

Departures:

  • November 11, 2016 – February 16, 2018

Highlights:

  • Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Safed, Golan Heights, Galilee, Tiberias, Beit Shean, Jerusalem, Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea, Timna, Eilat, Petra, Ramon Crater

Included features:

  • Private transfer to/from airport to your hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees
  • 12 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
  • Optional tour to Petra (please inquire about the various options)

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 - Thursday
En Route

El-AL-Airplane

En Route for your tour to Israel

Depart from the USA for your Jewish Heritage Israel Tour.

Day 2 - Friday
Tel Aviv
Jaffa Sunset, Tours to Israel

Jaffa Sunset

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, proceed to Arrivals Hall. Meet your driver at the La Farina Bakery where he will be holding a sign with your name. Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight, Tel Aviv

Day 3 - Saturday
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, Tours to Israel

Tel Aviv

Enjoy a free day in Tel Aviv. You could choose go shopping, or explore the beautiful Bauhaus style architecture or even visit Jaffa, where the first Jewish settlers of the late 1800s and early 1900s landed when arriving in the land of Israel. If you would rather kick up your feet and relax you can head to the sandy beach.

Overnight, Tel Aviv

Day 4 - 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 enjoy a walk along the old harbor and local market. Continue to the northern most point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra, descend by cable into the limestone Grottoes.

Dinner and Overnight, Kibbutz Lavi

Day 5 - Monday
Galilee | Golan
Golan Heights

Golan Heights

Drive to Safed, center of Kabala 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; 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 a kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.

Dinner and Overnight, Kibbutz Lavi

Day 6 - Tuesday
Galilee | Jerusalem
Tiberias, Jewish heritage tour Israel

Tiberias

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 archaeological 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 7 - 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 8 - Thursday
Jerusalem: New City
Western Wall, Jewish Heritage Israel Tiours

Western Wall

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

* 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 9 - Friday
Qumran | Massada | Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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

Overnight, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Saturday
Jerusalem
Machane Yehuda

Machane Yehuda

Enjoy your day at leisure in Jerusalem. You are free to spend your time as you wish. Perhaps you will buy any last minute gifts on Ben Yehuda street or soak up the many sights and sounds of this special place. Jerusalem is a city with an overwhelming amount of emotion; that promises a religious and spiritual experience.

Overnight, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Sunday
Timna | Eilat
Eilat, Israel Tours

Red Sea, Eilat

Travel south through the Negev Desert. Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.

Overnight, Eilat

Day 12 - Monday
Free day in Eilat
Petra, Jwish heritage Tour Israel

Petra

Optional Day Tour to Petra at additional cost: After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m and crossing back to Eilat.

Overnight, Eilat

Day 13 - Tuesday
Mitzpe Ramon | Sde Boker | Tel Aviv
Ramon Crater, Tours to israel

Ramon Crater

Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon. Stop to gaze into the Ramon Crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent, learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Drive back to Tel-Aviv.

Overnight, Tel Aviv

Day 14 - Wednesday
Depature

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.

Departure from origin should be 1 day before tour start date

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Rates

Valid: November 11, 2016 – February 16, 2018
Tour does not operate on the following arrival dates: March 31; April 7, 14; May 26; September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 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 City2
GALILEEKibbutz Lavi - Eden WingKibbutz Lavi - Hadar WingKibbutz Lavi - Hod WingKibbutz Lavi - Lev Wing2
JERUSALEMKing David - Deluxe New City RoomsInbalDan PanoramaPrima Kings5
EILATDan EilatHerods EilatDan PanoramaPrima Music2
TEL AVIVDan - Deluxe RoomCarltonDan PanoramaPrima City TLV1

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

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
6/2/2017$6,662$4,147$3,591
6/9/2017$6,662$4,147$3,591
6/16/2017$6,662$4,147$3,591
6/23/2017$6,883$4,258$3,665
6/30/2017$6,883$4,258$3,665
7/7/2017$6,883$4,258$3,665
7/14/2017$6,414$4,023$3,507
7/21/2017$6,282$3,955$3,463
7/28/2017$6,361$3,994$3,488
8/4/2017$6,415$4,048$3,542
8/11/2017$6,574$4,127$3,594
8/18/2017$6,495$4,087$3,568
8/25/2017$6,115$3,899$3,443
9/1/2017$6,061$3,845$3,389
9/8/2017$6,061$3,845$3,389
10/13/2017$6,637$4,133$3,582
10/20/2017$6,637$4,133$3,582
10/27/2017$6,637$4,133$3,582
11/3/2017$6,637$4,133$3,582
11/10/2017$6,637$4,133$3,582
11/17/2017$5,658$3,643$3,050
11/24/2017$5,658$3,643$3,050
12/1/2017$5,658$3,643$3,050
12/8/2017$5,658$3,643$3,050
12/15/2017$6,270$3,949$3,336
12/22/2017$6,807$4,217$3,638
12/29/2017$6,586$4,107$3,565
1/5/2018$5,507$3,566$2,998
1/12/2018$5,507$3,566$2,998
1/19/2018$5,507$3,566$2,998
1/26/2018$5,507$3,566$2,998
2/2/2018$5,507$3,566$2,998
2/9/2018$5,507$3,566$2,998
2/16/2018$5,507$3,566$2,998

5 STARS STANDARD – Carlton Tel Aviv, Kibbutz Lavi Hadar, Inbal Jerusalem, Herods Eilat, Carlton Tel Aviv

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
6/2/2017$5,033$3,308$3,042
6/9/2017$5,272$3,427$3,121
6/16/2017$5,431$3,507$3,174
6/23/2017$5,558$3,578$3,238
6/30/2017$5,558$3,578$3,238
7/7/2017$5,161$3,379$3,106
7/14/2017$5,161$3,379$3,106
7/21/2017$5,161$3,379$3,106
7/28/2017$5,342$3,479$3,199
8/4/2017$5,396$3,533$3,253
8/11/2017$5,396$3,533$3,253
8/18/2017$5,396$3,533$3,253
8/25/2017$4,825$3,225$2,989
9/1/2017$4,551$3,061$2,861
9/8/2017$4,551$3,061$2,861
10/13/2017$5,431$3,507$3,174
10/20/2017$5,431$3,507$3,174
10/27/2017$5,431$3,507$3,174
11/3/2017$4,850$3,216$2,981
11/10/2017$4,850$3,216$2,981
11/17/2017$4,792$3,184$2,952
11/24/2017$4,551$3,061$2,861
12/1/2017$4,551$3,061$2,861
12/8/2017$4,551$3,061$2,861
12/15/2017$5,368$3,472$3,143
12/22/2017$5,590$3,586$3,227
12/29/2017$4,584$3,080$2,882
1/5/2018$4,478$3,024$2,836
1/12/2018$4,478$3,024$2,836
1/19/2018$4,478$3,024$2,836
1/26/2018$4,478$3,024$2,836
2/2/2018$4,478$3,024$2,836
2/9/2018$4,588$3,079$2,872
2/16/2018$4,661$3,116$2,897

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

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
6/2/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
6/9/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
6/16/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
6/23/2017$4,065$2,817$2,488
6/30/2017$4,127$2,848$2,509
7/7/2017$4,151$2,860$2,519
7/14/2017$4,090$2,829$2,497
7/21/2017$4,053$2,811$2,483
7/28/2017$4,276$2,924$2,574
8/4/2017$4,462$3,051$2,691
8/11/2017$4,643$3,129$2,745
8/18/2017$4,553$3,090$2,718
8/25/2017$3,936$2,772$2,454
9/1/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
9/8/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
10/13/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
10/20/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
10/27/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
11/3/2017$3,882$2,718$2,400
11/10/2017$3,600$2,577$2,308
11/17/2017$3,432$2,493$2,253
11/24/2017$3,432$2,493$2,253
12/1/2017$3,432$2,493$2,253
12/8/2017$3,432$2,493$2,253
12/15/2017$3,855$2,712$2,475
12/22/2017$4,261$2,915$2,691
12/29/2017$3,911$2,740$2,493
1/5/2018$3,603$2,586$2,336
1/12/2018$3,432$2,493$2,253
1/19/2018$3,432$2,493$2,253
1/26/2018$3,432$2,493$2,253
2/2/2018$3,432$2,493$2,253
2/9/2018$3,432$2,493$2,253
2/16/2018$3,432$2,493$2,253

4 STARS STANDARD -Prima Tel Aviv/Prima City, Kibbutz Lavi Lev, Prima Kings Jerusalem, Prima Music Eilat, Prima City Tel Aviv

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
6/2/2017$3,280$2,370$2,339
6/9/2017$3,280$2,370$2,339
6/16/2017$3,280$2,370$2,339
6/23/2017$3,372$2,462$2,430
6/30/2017$3,372$2,462$2,430
7/7/2017$3,433$2,523$2,492
7/14/2017$3,402$2,493$2,461
7/21/2017$3,372$2,462$2,430
7/28/2017$3,372$2,462$2,430
8/4/2017$3,487$2,577$2,545
8/11/2017$3,487$2,577$2,545
8/18/2017$3,487$2,577$2,545
8/25/2017$3,395$2,486$2,454
9/1/2017$3,280$2,370$2,339
9/8/2017$3,280$2,370$2,339
10/13/2017$3,365$2,419$2,391
10/20/2017$3,365$2,419$2,391
10/27/2017$3,365$2,419$2,391
11/3/2017$3,365$2,419$2,391
11/10/2017$3,348$2,410$2,380
11/17/2017$3,280$2,370$2,339
11/24/2017$3,189$2,331$2,293
12/1/2017$3,068$2,281$2,234
12/8/2017$3,068$2,281$2,234
12/15/2017$3,215$2,428$2,405
12/22/2017$3,239$2,452$2,436
12/29/2017$3,166$2,379$2,356
1/5/2018$3,068$2,281$2,234
1/12/2018$3,068$2,281$2,234
1/19/2018$3,068$2,281$2,234
1/26/2018$3,068$2,281$2,234
2/2/2018$3,068$2,281$2,234
2/9/2018$3,068$2,281$2,234
2/16/2018$3,068$2,281$2,234

* 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$2,210
(3) THREE$1,150
(4) FOUR$684
(5) FIVE$353
(6) SIX$222
(7) SEVEN$105
(8) EIGHT$54

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.

Rabbi’s Services include:

  • Correspondence with family by the Rabbi
  • Meeting in Jerusalem with the Rabbi prior to the ceremony
  • Officiating at service
  • Use of prayer pamphlets and Rabbi’s personal Torah scroll
  • Rabbi’s transportation
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificate from the Ministry of Tourism
  • Reform and Conservative ceremonies will be officiated at the Southern Wall area
  • Passengers will require to take a taxi to ceremony and also to rejoin the tour after the BM ceremony

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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