Israel: Spring Active Seniors Tour

Israel: Spring Active Seniors Tour

Experience the magic of Israel on this custom made senior tour! 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

    13 days / 11 nights
  • Highlights

    Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Kibbutz Misgav Am, Haifa, Golan Heights, Safed, Massada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem
  • Notes

    Air Included, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $2,260.00
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

Only  $6,090
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Israel: Spring Active Seniors Tour 13 Days13D11 Nights11N

This marvelous custom made tour gives seniors of like minds a chance to bond while still seeing and experiencing all of the wonderful sites that Israel has to offer. Take in the calming views of the Sea of Galilee, spend time seeing Jerusalem and its splendor, relax at a spa in the Dead Sea, and relish touring Israel in an air conditioned luxury motor coach with an English-speaking guide and a Gil Travel escort. Enjoy superior/first class hotel accommodations with a fabulous Israeli buffet daily, along with beautiful dinners and a wonderful lunch experience at Eretz Beresheet! Join us for an unforgettable experience. This tour will take up to 20 people.

*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 JFK on El-Al
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast daily
  • Special home hospitality dinner
  • Accommodations in deluxe/superior hotels
  • Fantastic full time guide
  • Air-conditioned luxury motor coach
  • All entrance fees to various sights
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Day

1

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 2 departs JFK at 5:30pm.

Overnight:En route

Day

2

Arrival in Tel Aviv

Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival via El Al 2 11am, pass through immigration, collect your baggage, and proceed through customs. Assistance at the airport and board your bus for a transfer to Tel Aviv.

Upon arrival at the hotel, we will drop off the luggage. Freshen up in the powder room and put on your sneakers! We will take a bus tour of the city and do a little walking in Jaffa. We'll stop for a bite before returning to the hotel.

Check in is at 2:00 pm and the arrival dinner at 6:30 at a local restaurant.

Overnight:Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv (L, D).

Day

3

Tel Aviv

Our first stop is ANU the Museum of the Jewish People situated at the Ramat Aviv campus of Tel Aviv University. See the comedy section and some famous model synagogues from all over the world.

Head to Rehovot to visit the Ayalon Institute, an underground ammunitions factory from the time when the British occupied the land.

The bus can drop you at Nachalat Binyamin which is a craft fair with the Carmel Market next door! The hotel is not that far away so you can either walk back or take a taxi.

Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight:Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv (B, D).

Day

4

Shabbat. Day At leisure in Tel Aviv

A lovely day to stroll along the Tayelet or sit at a local café to people watch... If you are a museum goer – the Tel Aviv Art Museum is open or a free Bauhaus walking tour is at 11am every Saturday.
Another spectacular Museum – Ilana Goor in Jaffa.

Dinner on own this evening.

You can also watch folk dancing along the Taylet.

Overnight:Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv (B).

Day

5

Caesarea/Haifa to the Sea of Galilee

Today you will drive along the coastal route stopping first in Caesarea and then on 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.

Continue to a Druze Village for hospitality including lunch for the entire group.



Overnight:Galilee Kinereth, Tiberias (B, L, D).

Day

6

Galilee/Safed

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. We will take a very serene ride around the Preserve to see the birds that are there this time of year.

Continue to Misgav Am, the most northern kibbutz in Israel. Here, we will tour the Kibbutz, enjoy the panoramic view and get a deeper understanding of the events which have shaped the lives in the Upper Gailee.

In the afternoon, proceed to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism (kabala), where you will visit the most important synagogues in the city and stroll down the famous Artists Quarter.

Overnight:Galilee Kinereth, Tiberias (B, D).

Day

7

To the Dead Sea

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 archeological 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:Herods, Dead Sea (B, D).

Day

8

Masada and Dead Sea

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 sulfur and spa treatments (at a cost).

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

Day

9

On to Jerusalem

Depart the Dead Sea area and visit Qumran. 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.

Overnight:Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B, L, D).

Day

10

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 of this world-class museum, 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.

Overnight:Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

11

Shabbat at leisure in Jerusalem

Things to do on a Saturday in Jerusalem – Go to the Old City, Tower of David 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. Bring a jacket as it could be quite cool in Jerusalem in the evening and this venue is outdoors.

If you are dining late, you can stay and walk back to the hotel and have a bite in the Mamilla Mall, or return with the bus and go to the First Station (old Train Station) where there are lots of places to dine.

Overnight:Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B).

Day

12

Jerusalem – Old City

We will start our day visiting Mount Zion, the highest point of ancient Jerusalem where King David was buried (but his tomb is empty).

Visit the Hurva Synagogue, destroyed three times and rebuilt in 2010.

Proceed to the Burnt house (dating back to 70CE) belonging to the Katros Family.

Visit the Kotel (Western Wall).

Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels.

6pm - Briefing with a local political analyst in a private room at our hotel.

After the briefing, you will dine at the hotel.

Overnight:Dan Panorama, Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

13

Our last day

Visit to Yad Lakashish (Lifeline for the Old) a nonprofit organization which empowers needy seniors in Jerusalem. For 50 years, it has been enabling the elderly to integrate into society. Israeli and immigrants from all over the world artisans make lovely crafts. This is a great place to buy gifts and support a fabulous cause!
Drive to Hadassah Hospital and see the Chagall Windows.
Drive by the Supreme Court building and the Knesset.
Walk through the Mahane Yehuda Food Market.
Return to your hotel to pack up. Check out by 6pm. Walk down the street to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Departure:
LY1 leaves April 12th at 1am arrives at JFK 550am

Overnight:En route (B, D).

Day

14

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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Where you will rest your head...

Deluxe Room

4 STARS

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Standard Room

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