Israel: Fall 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 all at a leisurely pace. This tour will take up to 20 people
  • Duration

    14 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: $1655
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

Only  $5,400
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Israel: Fall Active Seniors Tour 14 Days14D11 Nights11N

This marvelous custom made tour gives seniors a slower paced tour 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 Newark on El-Al
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast daily
  • Special home hospitality dinner
  • Accommodations in First Class hotels
  • Fantastic full time guide
  • Air-conditioned luxury motor coach
  • All entrance fees to various sights
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Day

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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 1:30 pm.

Overnight:En route

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Arrival in Tel Aviv

Shalom! Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival via El Al 028 at 6:55 am, 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, than proceed to our hotel.

Hotel check-in at 2:00 pm. 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 – 6:30 pm

Overnight:Dan Panorama Tel Aviv (L, D).

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Tel Aviv

We will start the day 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. Neighboring Jaffa you will find the trendy and historical neighborhood of Neve Tzedek.
Proceed to Rehovot and 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:Dan Panorama Tel Aviv (B, D).

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Shabbat. Day At leisure in Tel Aviv

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 11:00 am 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:Dan Panorama Tel Aviv (B).

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Caesarea/Haifa to the Sea of Galilee

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 Galillee, Tiberias (B, D).

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Golan Heights/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 Hula Preserve to see the birds.
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:Sea of Galillee, Tiberias (B, D).

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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:Ganim Hotel Dead Sea (B, D).

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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 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 (B, D).

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

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!” including wine.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, L, D).

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Friday, October 26, 2018

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. Continue to the Mt Herzl cemetery.
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:Jerusalem (B, D).

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Shabbat at leisure in Jerusalem

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. 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 (B, D).

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

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). 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.
6:00pm - Briefing with a local political analyst (Eliot Jaeger) in a private room at our hotel.
After the briefing, you are free for dinner as you choose – if making reservations somewhere, make them no earlier than 7:45 pm

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Monday, October 29, 2018

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 6:00pm. Walk down the street to Olive and Fish for a farewell dinner. The bus will pick us up and take us to the airport.
Departure is right after midnight via El Al 027

Overnight:En route (B, D).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Arrival back into Newark

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