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January 20-28, 2018

Day 1, Jan 20, Sat. - Arrive in Tel Aviv (D)
From Ben Gurion Airport to our hotel is a 30 minute ride. Outside immigration and customs there are dispatchers for taxis which, in Israel, use a fixed rate. There are also official shuttle services TO take you to hotels for a lesser amount. For a private transfer, we can arrange optionally.

The rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy a stroll along the beautiful beachfront promenade while with refreshing air and surf. This evening a welcome dinner at Hatraklin Restaurant.

Overnight Tel Aviv at the Market House Hotel, Superior Room

Day 2, Jan 21, Sun. - Tel Aviv Sightseeing (B)
Begin our day in the Old Port of Jaffa (Yafo), south of Tel Aviv for a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv and a sense of the first modern Jewish city, est. 1909. Jaffa is where the Prophet Jonah set out on his ill-fated sea voyage before returning to warn the people of Nineveh.

Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood in the “new" city of Tel Aviv in 1887. At the beginning of the 20th century Neve Tzedek was the home of artists and writers.

Next visit the spiritually moving Independence Hall. We take a step back in time listening to David Ben Gurion’s moving Declaration of Independence which ended 2,000 years of Jewish yearning for a return to Israel.
Continue to the Palmach Museum, an experiential museum with the incredible story of the elite striking force of the Hagana-the underground military organization of the Jewish community in Palestine, prior to the State of Israel in 1948.

Visit the Peres Center for Peace, which offers: 1 hour presentations about the Center, a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political organization founded by the late President Shimon Peres. Its work brings together Arab and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli children, youth, adults, and professionals to address needs in the region and to promote peace between people. We discuss history, vision, and work about the current situation and the future.
Market House Hotel, Superior Room

Day 3, Jan 22, Mon. - Tel Aviv / Caesarea / Haifa / Tiberias (B, L)
After breakfast, leave Tel Aviv and travel north to visit the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great, once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater, and aqueduct used for conveying water to the city. Visit the Hologram room and ask questions about historical figures from Caesarea's past.

Travel to Zichron Yaakov for an organic visit to Lavido where nature meets the body. Here, you have a unique opportunity to learn about therapeutic often Biblical herbs and oils and discover their wonderful qualities. Have a fun workshop at the Visitor’s Center - including preparation of the oil with detailed explanation of the various herbs. Each guest creates at 30ml bottle of oil to take home.

Lunch at The Tishbi Winery Restaurant in Zichron Yaakov. Arrive in Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the beautiful Bahai Gardens with its impressive Temple.

Continue for a conversation with Ethiopian women and hear one story of journey to Israel and a new life. We can form a special women's circle that provides fascinating insights into the world of women in Ethiopia.

Cross the Galilee until we reach the hotel in the city of Tiberias resting on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight Tiberias at Europa 1917 Hotel, Knights Room

Day 4, Jan 23, Tue. - Tiberias - Northern Israel Sightseeing (B, L)
This morning visit Capernaum; a 2nd century synagogue which explains the life of the community of that era. On to MountBeatitudes; to visit the beautiful church and magnificent view of the northern part of Sea of Galilee Ascend the Golan Heights, enjoying its physical beauty with its scenic hills, and learn the strategic importance and history of the land. Head to the HarBental overlook. From this former military base we can look into Syria and learn about the town of Kunetra and the 1967 & 1973 Wars.

Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery, one of the most advanced wineries in Israel. Israel combines traditional winemaking with related technologies.

Travel to the Mystical City of Safed (the birthplace of Kabbalah) one of the Four Holy Cities according to Kabalistic studies. We stroll through the narrow, winding alleys; visit some of the beautiful synagogues and browse through the artists’ workshops and galleries found in the artists' quarter. Visit the Safed candle factory which exhibits wax sculptures of Biblical and other Jewish -themed scenes.

Today’s lunch will be included at a local restaurant.

Overnight Tiberias at Europa 197 Hotel, Knights Room

Day 5, Jan 24, Wed - Tiberias / Kibbutz / Nazareth / Judean Desert / Jerusalem (B, D)
Morning travel to Kibbutz Lavi to enjoy a unique kibbutz experience, see - feel - smell and taste the different aspects the kibbutz has and learn how it changed from the time the kibbutz was established till today.

Continue to Nazareth, childhood home of Jesus. Visit the stunningly beautiful Church of the Annunciation. Inhale the scents, sights, sounds and tastes of the Middle East during a visit to a local spice shop.

On the way to Jerusalem stop at EretzBresheit and have short Camel Ride in the Judean Desert and learn all about the surrounding area and its rich history. Then Abraham and his family will host in their tent for traditional Hebrew Hospitality & Biblical Dinner.

Overnight Jerusalem at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, Superior Room

Day 6, Jan 25, Thu. - Jerusalem Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast, we stop at the Mount of Olives a viewpoint overlooking the Old City where we shall celebrate our arrival with a special She’hecheyanu ceremony, a blessing to offer thanks for new and unusual experiences.

We then visit the City of David and see the newest and exciting excavations of Jerusalem during the time of the first Temple period. Next we will enter the Old City and head for the Southern Wall Excavations. Here we will visit the Davidson Center, one of the most significant archeological sites in the country.

We’ll then proceed to the holiest place in Judaism today, the Western Wall - "Kotel". The Kotel is part of the few remaining structures of the Temple Complex built by Herod the Great. Next we descend through the layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, an interesting model shows the different periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the nearest spot to the "Holy of Holies"

We walk parts of the Via Dolorosa. Continue with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We’ll then walk through the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, reconstructed after the city was unified in 1967. A point of interest in the restored Quarter is the "Cardo". View the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns.

Overnight Jerusalem at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, Superior Room

Day 7, Jan 26, Fri. - Jerusalem Sightseeing (B, D)
After breakfast, we travel to YadVashem, the primary museum and memorial for the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. We visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children.

We visit the renovated and exciting Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited, and view a large Model of Jerusalem, as in the 2nd Temple period. The Museum has a vast priceless collection of archeological finds and artifacts. We continue to the Billy Rose Garden with beautiful views and oriental landscape. William “Billy" Rose was an American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist.

Have the afternoon at leisure to relax before Shabbat. For Shabbat Dinner we’ll enjoy a home cooked dinner, with explanations of Jewish customs and a five course Shabbat meal featuring cuisine from a variety of communities from the Jewish Diaspora.

Overnight Jerusalem at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, Superior Room

Day 8, Jan 27, Sat. - Jerusalem - Day At Leisure (B, D)
Spend the day at leisure in Jerusalem. Optional tour to Dead Sea and Masada area available at additional cost.

OPTIONAL: 2 persons $540 per person 4+ persons $338 per person

In the evening enter into Migdal David to see the famous Sound and Light Show which displays the history of the city of Jerusalem along the ancient stones. See the walls come to life before your eyes!!

This evening enjoy our Farewell Dinner at Eucalyptus restaurant.

Overnight Jerusalem at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, Superior Room

Day 9, Jan 28, Sun. - Jerusalem / Depart Tel Aviv (B)
Morning free to explore Jerusalem. Hotel rooms for day-use basis included, with latest 6:00pm check out. (OPTIONAL - Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for international departure flight available at additional cost or share taxis with others in our group)

(OPTIONAL Tour of Machane Yehuda available: After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Machane Yehuda - food market, r you will stop and taste some of the offerings of the most interesting stands of the market. Visit Nachlaot, a cluster of neighborhoods in central Jerusalem, known for its narrow winding lanes, old-style housing.) Cost TBA

EXTRA NIGHTS IN JERUSELEM ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

OPTIONAL EILAT & PETRA EXTENSION:

Day 9, Jan 28, Sun - Tel Aviv / Eilat
Transfer to the airport. Scheduled flight to Eilat. Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Agamim Hotel.

Day 10, Jan 29, Mon - Eilat - Petra (B, L)
Full day excursion to Petra*. Includes round trip transportation from your hotel in Eilat, guided tour of Petra on private basis and lunch.

Once the ancient Nabatean capital, this city has a lot to tell. The visit starts at the visitors center, where each person is assigned a horse for the journey to the entrance of the lost city. After passing some tombs which are located outside the city, the visitor passes through the SIQ, an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone. It is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead. Near the end of the passage, the SIQ, with great style, makes one last turn and out of the gloom in towering brightness appears Petra’s most impressive monument, el Khazneh - The Treasury. This is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity, carved out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain, is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide.Beyond el Khazneh the visitor is surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a carved Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers and much more. The Victorian traveler and poet, Dean Burgon, gave Petra a description which holds to this day - “Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time.

Overnight Agamim Hotel.

Day 11, Jan 30, Tue - Eilat / Tel Aviv (B)
Transfer to the airport. Scheduled flight to Tel Aviv. If arriving at the domestic airport, transfer to international airport for departure flight.

Order of sights visited may be adjusted 

Main Tour -Jan 20-28, 2018  
   
Based on minimum 6 passengers:  
Land price based on double occupancy: $4,340 per person
Optional Single Room Supplement:   $1,330 per person
   
Based on minimum 12 passengers:  
Land price based on double occupancy: $3,765 per person 
Optional Single Room Supplement: $1,330 per person
   

Optional Petra Extension -Jan 28-30

   
Land and domestic air* price based on 2 passengers: $1,325 per person
Land and domesttic air* price based on 4 passengers: $1,200 per person
 
Optional Single Supplement On Request
   
* Domestic air includes government imposed taxes and fuel surcharges
   
Border Tax, Visa Fee and Tips of $130 per person is payable direct at the border.
 
Inclusions main tour:

Included in Custom Package:

  • 8 nights on double/single sharing room, bed ,breakfast basis
  • 7 days English speaking guide & 3 nights guides escort in the evenings (Days 1,7,8)
  • Entrance Fees into sites as per itinerary
  • Meet & assist upon arrival and departure
  • A/C vehicle (6 pax = 14 seater / 12 pax = 19-seater)
  • Welcome Dinner Hatraklin Restaurant, Gold Menu (Day 1, excluding movie)
  • Lunch Tishbi Winery Restaurant (Day 3)
  • Lunch local restaurant (Day 4)
  • Abrahams Dinner Eretz Beresheet - (Day 5)
  • Shabat Dinner (Day 7), non-exclusive basis
  • Farewell Dinner King Solomon Menu Eucalyptus Restaurant Jerusalem (Day 8)
  • Late check out from hotel till 6:00pm on the Jan 28 (Day 9)
Not Included:
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Tours not mentioned
  • Private transfer Ben Gurion Airport hotel in Tel-Aviv on arrival day (without guide)
  • Private transfer Jerusalem - Ben Gurion Airport on departure day (without guide)
  • International Air & Airport taxes
  • Insurance (will be quoted separately)
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, beverages
  • Any items not listed above.
Inclusions optional petra extension:

Included in Custom Tour:
  • Included in Custom Tour:
  • Jerusalem to Tel Aviv Airport Transfer
  • Round trip flight Tel Aviv to Eliat with government imposed taxes and fuel surcharge
  • 2 nights Aguamim Hotel with breakfast daily
  • Full day Petra day tour with lunch
  • Tel Aviv transfer from domestic to international airport (if required based on final flight schedule)
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