Israel4All Jewish Tour - October 2018

October 9 -19, 2018

Day 1: Tuesday, October 9

Shalom and B’ruchim HaBa-im- Welcome to Israel!

 

Israel is unique – nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean – a meeting place of east meets west, modern meets ancient, religious meets secular… it’s a kaleidoscope of cultures and religions!

 

9:00- Trip begins in Tel Aviv!  We will specify a meeting place closer to the date of the trip.

 

Begin the trip in the beautiful ancient port city of Yafo (Jaffa).  Yafo has is built on a high cliff that juts from the shoreline into the sea and the port lies at its foot.  In many ways, Yafo is a microcosm of Israel itself, a place where the new has evolved out of the old, where people of all faiths meet, work, and live, and a place that has a heart and a soul that beckons visitors to explore the past, present, and future.


Visit Independence Hall and relive the exciting moment of David Ben Gurion’s moving Declaration of the State of Israel.

 

Palmach Museum, which aims to provide a sense of the period that led to the founding of the State of Israel.  Appropriately, the main exhibit takes place in a series of underground chambers. Remarkably realistic sets, sounds, lighting, special effects and even moving rooms, make the visitor feel part of this extraordinary experience.

 

Welcome dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 2: Wednesday, October 10


Each morning you will enjoy a wonderful Israel breakfast buffet in your hotel.

 

Help build a path to peace for those in need. Tzameret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the Path to Peace project, tells of life in the moshav Nativ Haasara in the shadow of the ongoing security situation, and of the hope of a good and peaceful future Each visitor will have the opportunity to pick out a unique ceramic art piece, write a personal wish and glue on the Path to Peace wall. The artwork, which can be seen by viewers standing on both sides of the wall, creates an atmosphere of joy, optimism and hope.

 

The Black Arrow Monument is a large memorial site that commemorates the battle heritage of the Paratroopers Brigade that fought in reprisal operations in response to enemy infiltrations into Israel in the years leading up to the Sinai Campaign of 1956. Close by are the old Armistice Commission building, a beautiful KKL-JNF recreation area and a site that commemorates the first water pipeline to the Negev.

 

Return to Tel Aviv

 

Dinner and leisure time on your own at Sarona, a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv. Originally a German Templar Colony, today is the home of boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars. Sarona has quickly gained a reputation as one of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots. Be sure to check out the food market.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 3: Thursday, October 11


Breakfast in hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Stop at Kikar Rabin, where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated 10 years ago. Walk in his final path and discuss the impact of this event on the modern history of the state of Israel.

 

Drive to Jerusalem

 

Stop at Mount Scopus for a panoramic overview of Jerusalem’s Old and New cities.

 

Check into hotel

 

Optional for the evening: Tower of David Sound and Light Show. The walls of David's Citadel serve as a stage for a night time show which is a celebration of sight and sound.  Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel's courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. The stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of –a-kind multi-sensory experience.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

Day 4: Friday, October 12


Breakfast in your hotel

 

Begin the day at the Hass Promenade for a geo-political overlook of the city and a basis for understanding what you will see as the day progresses.

 

On Mount Zion is the traditional site of the tomb of King David, and holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: The Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. * Please note the Cenacle room is not accessible.

 

The Holy Sepulcher is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy to Christendom.

 

Walk through the Arab shuk – check out the local humus and sweets.

 

Walk through the Jewish Quarter and to the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith.

 

Shabbat dinner at your hotel

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5: Saturday, October 13

Masada and the Dead Sea

 

Breakfast in your hotel

 

Travel to the Dead Sea region – the lowest place on earth.

 

At Masada we tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, siege eventually overcame them, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender.

 

At the Dead Sea attempt flotation in a sea that is 33% salt and keeps you buoyant.  You’ll have time at a beach-side spa with lunch included.


Visit the ancient synagogue in Ein Gedi from the time of Jewish settlement in the area from the third to the sixth centuries.  The floor of the synagogue contains an intriguing inscription.
Return to Jerusalem

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 6:  Sunday, October 14

 

Breakfast in your hotel

 

Visit the Knesset - home to Israel's ruling body, as well as to some impressive artwork by Marc Chagall.  The term Knesset refers both to the legislative body and to the building that houses it.


The Supreme Court is the highest court in Israel. Over the years, the Supreme Court has ruled on numerous sensitive issues, some of which relate to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the rights of Arab citizens and discrimination between Jewish groups in Israel.


At the Herzl Museum on Har Herzel you will learn about the life of Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl and his vision of Zionism. The museum has a spectacular audio-visual encounter with the visionary of the Jewish State, and offers a thought-provoking, hour-long portrait regarding the status of the Jews according to Herzl.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem

 

 

Day 7: Monday, October 15

 

Breakfast

 

Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. You will tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens.


Machane Yehuda- the place to go if you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem. In this market place, you can meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages. You can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes, and shapes. You name it you can probably find it here and generally at a price that can’t be beat.


Take some free time to wander around and enjoy lunch consisting of foods identified with Jerusalem.

 

Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusale

 

 

Day 8: Tuesday, October 16

 

Breakfast

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud with the site of Jesus’ baptism by Matthew. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot.

 

Visit the Bio Bee initiative that is an active experience at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, the pioneer of organic agriculture in Israel. With Bio-Tour Sde Eliyahu you will have a tour demonstrating the interaction between human beings and the earth and between tradition and modern technology. Lunch at Sde Eliyahu.

 

Continue north to your hotel and rest before dinner on kibbutz.

 

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

 

 

Day 9: Wednesday, October 17


Breakfast

 

Travel to the family operated Assaf Winery in Kidmat Tzvi in the Golan. In addition to its wine, Assaf offers visitors the best look into boutique wineries in Israel. The family built the first Israeli “wine village,” which includes a visitor’s center, guest cabins, gourmet restaurant and the vineyards.  Unlike many grape growers in Israel, the family does not buy or sell grapes. Under the supervision of wine maker Assaf Kedem, The Kedem family simply produces wine from the grapes that they grow.

Enjoy lunch and wine tasting.

 

In the Golan Heights stop at Mount Bental and Mitzpe Gadot which is located where there was once a Syrian bunker that was captured in the Six Day War.

 

Stroll through the brooks and woods of the Dan Nature Reserve, one of Israel's northern natural forests and a source of the Jordan River. The accessible trail begins at the entrance to the site, follows the first part of the hiking trail, and reaches the wading pool, the Israelite Gate, and the Abraham Gate. Another short trail goes to a new accessible observation point, looking out over a wooden terrace towards the flowing waters of the Dan Stream.

 

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Take a ride on a golf cart or bike through the Hula Valley, important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants creating a wonderland of flora and fauna. In 1948, the government decided to drain the swamps and pond and convert them into agricultural fields.


Dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

 

Day 10: Thursday, October 18

 

Breakfast

 

Start your day in the Deganya Courtyard and learn the inspiring story of Israel's pioneers who build the first kibbutzim and set the base for the leadership that would develop in the country.

 

Galita's Chocolate Farm, sitting between the banana groves and the green lawns of Kibbutz Deganya Bet, is a beautiful old stone building that some 85 years ago served as the first cowshed of the kibbutz. Now a beautiful Chocolate factory where you can see all the action, hear the story, with an option of a chocolate making workshop.

 

Group to meet up at:
The Hammat Tiberias Synagogue is an ancient synagogue on the outskirts of Tiberias, located near the hot springs just south of the city. The synagogue dates to 286 and 337 CE, when Tiberias was the seat of the Sanhedrin. The mosaic floor is made up of three panels featuring the zodiac, and Helios, the sun god. Women who symbolize the four seasons of nature appear in each corner.

 

Dinner at kibbutz

 

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

 

 

Day 11: Friday, October 19

L’hitraot- Taking Israel Home

 

Breakfast

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The standout site in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church building in the Middle East, dedicated in 1964 on the Papal visit of Pope Paul VI.

 

Stop at El Babour Spice Store in the heart of the holy city of Nazareth, the 120-year-old, family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices.

 

Farewell lunch and learning about the Druze in Daliyat HaCarmel - enjoy a meal in a private home and even participate in making the lunch! (Quickie Workshop)

 

Continue south down the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. A national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side.

 

Departure to airport or post tours depending on schedules of participants

 

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change according to the abilities of the individual participants and due to timing. We hope you enjoy your stay in our beautiful country 😊

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Pricing: 

 

Double: $3625

Single: $4930

(based on a minimum of 6 participants)

 

Price includes:
• All site and museums entry fees listed in itinerary
• 11 days with a private, licensed, English speaking tour guide 
• transportation for entire trip 
• 10-night accommodation 
• transportation to and from the airport
• All breakfasts & 4 lunches
• Bottles of water at guests' need

 

Excluded Services:
• Airfare 
• Equipment rental (available at an additional cost)
• Travel insurance (recommended)
• Tips for tour guide and driver 
• Workshop at the Galita Chocolate Factory

 

Terms of Payment:
• The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or cash. Please note there is a 2% service fee for Credit Card.

 

Cancellation Policy
• For cancellations up to 90 days prior the cancellation penalty will be $500.00 per person (the deposit)
• 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
• 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
• 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
• 7 to 0 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person

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• For cancellations up to 90 days prior the cancellation penalty will be $500.00 per person (the deposit)
• 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
• 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
• 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
• 7 to 0 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person