Israel: Ultimate Jewish Heritage Tour 2017-2018

16 days / 14 nights

From $2,582

(land only rates per person)

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

There is no better time than the present to jump into Israel in its entirety on the Ultimate Jewish Heritage Israel Tour! This exquisite tour brings you around Israel to experience its offerings in every corner, complete with an extended time in Tel Aviv and special excursion to Eilat in the south. Highlights of the Ultimate Jewish Heritage Israel Tour include special visits to Jerusalem’s Old City, New City, the Western Wall, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and so much more. Be awe inspired by the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, Caesarea. Continue to the Galilee and Golan where you will enjoy every second of Israel’s beautiful natural ambiance. Enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Masada for breathtaking views and relax as you float on the Dead Sea. Soak up the geological wonders of the desert on your way to Eilat where you will indulge in the glorious southern sun. This tour is THE Ultimate Israel experience in every sense of the word.

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A weekly guaranteed tour of Israel with arrival every Wednesday
16 days | 14 nights | 10 touring days

Departures:

  • November 9, 2016 – February 14, 2018

Highlights:

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

Included Features:

  • Private transfers to/from airports and hotels
  • Comprehensive touring program, including entrance fees
  • 14 nights accommodation, on bed and breakfast basis
  • Two dinners at the hotel in Kibbutz Lavi/Galilee
  • Lunch and swim at a Dead Sea spa hotel
  • Light lunch and camel ride at a Bedouin village
  • Take a jeep tour on the Golan Heights
  • Exlpore the Western Wall Tunnels
  • Enjoy a camel ride
  • Private tours available by request

Not included Features:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff
  • Meals not mentioned above itinerary
  • 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 - 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 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 - 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; 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; 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; 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

Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave. Then 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
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 Holyland 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 2016

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.

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. 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 in one of the leading hotels in the area. Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Saturday
Jerusalem
Machane Yehuda

Machane Yehuda

Enjoy a free day in Jerusalem.

Overnight, Jerusalem

Day 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - Wednesday
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: March 29; 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 RoomsCarltonDan PanoramaPrima Tel Aviv/Prima City5
GALILEEKibbutz Hotel Lavi - Eden WingKibbutz Hotel Lavi - Hadar WingKibbutz Hotel Lavi - Hod WingKibbutz Hotel Lavi - Lev Wing2
JERUSALEMKing David New City - Deluxe RoomsInbalDan PanoramaPrima Kings5
EILATDan EilatHerods EilatDan PanoramaPrima Music2

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
5/31/2017$7,591$4,712$4,044
6/7/2017$7,591$4,712$4,044
6/14/2017$7,591$4,712$4,044
6/21/2017$7,811$4,822$4,117
6/28/2017$7,811$4,822$4,117
7/5/2017$7,811$4,822$4,117
7/12/2017$7,343$4,587$3,960
7/19/2017$7,193$4,510$3,909
7/26/2017$7,273$4,549$3,935
8/2/2017$7,327$4,603$3,989
8/9/2017$7,645$4,759$4,092
8/16/2017$7,566$4,720$4,066
8/23/2017$7,107$4,493$3,916
8/30/2017$6,973$4,400$3,836
9/6/2017$6,973$4,400$3,836
10/18/2017$7,548$4,687$4,029
10/25/2017$7,548$4,687$4,029
11/1/2017$7,548$4,687$4,029
11/8/2017$7,548$4,687$4,029
11/15/2017$6,569$4,198$3,496
11/22/2017$6,569$4,198$3,496
11/29/2017$6,569$4,198$3,496
12/6/2017$6,569$4,198$3,496
12/13/2017$7,181$4,504$3,783
12/20/2017$7,718$4,772$4,085
12/27/2017$7,498$4,661$4,012
1/3/2018$6,318$4,069$3,411
1/10/2018$6,318$4,069$3,411
1/17/2018$6,318$4,069$3,411
1/24/2018$6,318$4,069$3,411
1/31/2018$6,318$4,069$3,411
2/7/2018$6,318$4,069$3,411
2/14/2018$6,318$4,069$3,411

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
5/31/2017$5,801$3,794$3,472
6/7/2017$6,039$3,913$3,551
6/14/2017$6,199$3,993$3,603
6/21/2017$6,326$4,064$3,667
6/28/2017$6,326$4,064$3,667
7/5/2017$5,928$3,865$3,536
7/12/2017$5,928$3,865$3,536
7/19/2017$5,928$3,865$3,536
7/26/2017$6,109$3,965$3,629
8/2/2017$6,163$4,019$3,682
8/9/2017$6,163$4,019$3,682
8/16/2017$6,163$4,019$3,682
8/23/2017$5,593$3,711$3,418
8/30/2017$5,319$3,547$3,291
9/6/2017$5,319$3,547$3,291
10/18/2017$6,199$3,993$3,603
10/25/2017$6,199$3,993$3,603
11/1/2017$5,617$3,702$3,411
11/8/2017$5,617$3,702$3,411
11/15/2017$5,560$3,670$3,381
11/22/2017$5,319$3,547$3,291
11/29/2017$5,319$3,547$3,291
12/6/2017$5,319$3,547$3,291
12/13/2017$6,135$3,958$3,572
12/20/2017$6,358$4,072$3,656
12/27/2017$5,352$3,566$3,312
1/3/2018$5,196$3,485$3,248
1/10/2018$5,196$3,485$3,248
1/17/2018$5,196$3,485$3,248
1/24/2018$5,196$3,485$3,248
1/31/2018$5,196$3,485$3,248
2/7/2018$5,306$3,540$3,285
2/14/2018$5,380$3,577$3,309

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
5/31/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
6/7/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
6/14/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
6/21/2017$4,676$3,225$2,829
6/28/2017$4,737$3,255$2,851
7/5/2017$4,786$3,280$2,870
7/12/2017$4,725$3,249$2,848
7/19/2017$4,664$3,219$2,825
7/26/2017$4,887$3,331$2,915
8/2/2017$5,073$3,458$3,033
8/9/2017$5,435$3,615$3,140
8/16/2017$5,344$3,576$3,113
8/23/2017$4,637$3,219$2,822
8/30/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
9/6/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
10/18/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
10/25/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
11/1/2017$4,493$3,126$2,741
11/8/2017$4,211$2,985$2,650
11/15/2017$3,930$2,844$2,558
11/22/2017$3,930$2,844$2,558
11/29/2017$3,930$2,844$2,558
12/6/2017$3,930$2,844$2,558
12/13/2017$4,353$3,063$2,779
12/20/2017$4,759$3,266$2,996
12/27/2017$4,522$3,148$2,834
1/3/2018$4,157$2,965$2,659
1/10/2018$3,930$2,844$2,558
1/17/2018$3,930$2,844$2,558
1/24/2018$3,930$2,844$2,558
1/31/2018$3,930$2,844$2,558
2/7/2018$3,930$2,844$2,558
2/14/2018$3,930$2,844$2,558

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

Arrival DatesPrice per person in single roomPrice per person in double roomPrice per person in triple room
5/31/2017$3,788$2,722$2,711
6/7/2017$3,788$2,722$2,711
6/14/2017$3,788$2,722$2,711
6/21/2017$3,879$2,814$2,802
6/28/2017$3,879$2,814$2,802
7/5/2017$4,002$2,936$2,925
7/12/2017$3,971$2,905$2,894
7/19/2017$3,879$2,814$2,802
7/26/2017$3,879$2,814$2,802
8/2/2017$4,056$2,990$2,979
8/9/2017$4,056$2,990$2,979
8/16/2017$4,056$2,990$2,979
8/23/2017$3,964$2,898$2,887
8/30/2017$3,849$2,783$2,772
9/6/2017$3,788$2,722$2,711
10/18/2017$3,873$2,771$2,763
10/25/2017$3,873$2,771$2,763
11/1/2017$3,873$2,771$2,763
11/8/2017$3,856$2,761$2,752
11/15/2017$3,788$2,722$2,711
11/22/2017$3,697$2,683$2,665
11/29/2017$3,576$2,632$2,606
12/6/2017$3,532$2,608$2,582
12/13/2017$3,679$2,755$2,753
12/20/2017$3,703$2,779$2,784
12/27/2017$3,630$2,706$2,704
1/3/2018$3,532$2,608$2,582
1/10/2018$3,532$2,608$2,582
1/17/2018$3,532$2,608$2,582
1/24/2018$3,532$2,608$2,582
1/31/2018$3,532$2,608$2,582
2/7/2018$3,532$2,608$2,582
2/14/2018$3,532$2,608$2,582

* 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$2,754
(3) THREE$1,485
(4) FOUR$928
(5) FIVE$533
(6) SIX$377
(7) SEVEN$172
(8) EIGHT$66

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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