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15 Days
Availability : Every Wednesday
Tel Aviv
Max People : 25
Tour Details

The 15-day Jewish Heritage Grand Tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Israel, including visits to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Akko/Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Safed, the Golan Heights, and various sites in Jerusalem. The tour covers a range of historical, cultural, and religious sites and includes opportunities to experience traditional Israeli cuisine, participate in cultural and religious rituals, and learn about the country’s history and heritage.

 

Jewish Heritage Grand Tour Includes

  • 14 Nights Hotel Accomodations- 5 nights in Tel Aviv
    - 2 nights in The Galilee
    - 5 nights in Jerusalem
    - 2 nights in Eilat
    - Hotel taxes and charges
  • Tour Guide Services- Touring based on itinerary
    - Touring in a luxury bus with WIFI
    - An licensed English speaking guide
    - Entrance fees to all sites and parks
  • Meet, greet and transfers- VIP Meet and assist at the airport
    - Transfer on a arrival to hotel
    - Transfer on departure to airport
  • Meals included- Israeli breakfast daily
    - 2 dinners at the Galilee hotel
    - 1 lunch at the Dead Sea
  • Additional services- Dead Sea spa visit
    - Jeep tour in the Galilee
    - Rabbinical tunnels at the Western Wall

Price Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Lunch other than those mentioned above
  • Dinners other than those mentioned above
Itinerary

Wednesday, Day 1:Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to Tel Aviv

Welcome to the Jewish Heritage Grand Tour of 15 days! On Wednesday, you’ll arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and be greeted by a Shalom Journeys representative.

You’ll then transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv for the night.

Thursday, Day 2:Independence Hall, Latrun, Beit Guvrin and Ayalon Institute

  • Enjoy our first delicious breakfast in Israel
  • Visit Independence Hall, Latrun (Armored Corps), Beit Guvrin National Park, and the Ayalon Institute
  • Evening at leisure
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv

Independence Hall is the room where the State of Israel was declared in 1948. Latrun is a tank museum and memorial site for fallen soldiers. Beit Guvrin National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins, an amphitheater, and more. The Ayalon Institute is a secret ammunition factory that played a role in the fight for Israeli independence.

Friday, Day 3:Diaspora Museum, Old Jaffa and Tel Aviv

  • Begin the day with breakfast at our hotel
  • Diaspora Museum: Also known as Beit Hatfusot, this museum tells the story of the Jewish people and their connection to their roots
  • Tel Aviv’s “White City”: Collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings built in the 1930s by German Jewish architects, declared a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO
  • Rabin Square: Public square in the center of Tel Aviv, site of political rallies and events, renamed in 1995 to honor late Prime Minister of Israel, Itzhak Rabin
  • Old Jaffa: Ancient port city believed to be 8,000 years old, with ancient ruins and artist quarter
  • Neve Tzedek: Fashionable neighborhood with avant-garde design, European restaurants, and contemporary dance center
  • Nachalat Binyamin: Outdoor mall with historical buildings and art fair held twice weekly
  • Sheinkin Street: Lively street with unique shops and cafes
  • Evening at leisure in Tel Aviv
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv

Saturday, Day 4:Tel Aviv at leisure

  • Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel
  • Spend the day exploring Tel Aviv at your leisure
  • In the evening, you have the option to relax or venture out and discover the city’s nightlife
  • Spend the night in Tel Aviv, getting a good rest for the adventures ahead

Sunday, Day 5:The Journey North

  • Check out of hotel after breakfast
  • Drive north along the Mediterranean Sea towards Haifa, with stops at:
    • Caesarea: visit the Roman Theater and aqueduct
    • Haifa/Mt. Carmel: see panoramic views from the mountain and visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval museum
    • Akko/Acre: tour underground passages, walk along the old harbor and local market, visit the prison where members of the Hagana and Irgun were held during Israel’s independence fight
    • Rosh Hanikra: visit the limestone Grottoes and see the Mediterranean Sea from the most northern point of Israel
  • Check in at Kibbutz Lavi hotel in the Galilee and enjoy a relaxing dinner
  • Overnight in the Galilee

Monday, Day 6:Safed, Golan Heights and Galilee

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Safed (Tzfat): known as the mystical city and birth place of kabala, located at a high elevation with narrow winding alleys and important synagogues like Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues; see the artist’s quarter
  • Go on a Jewish Heritage Tour in the Golan Heights:
    • Jeep tour of the region
    • Visit the Gadot overlook and the destroyed Syrian city of Kuneitra
    • See the “Roaring Lion” monument at Tel-Hai and learn about the 1920 battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades
    • Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their lifestyle
  • Relaxing dinner at hotel
  • Overnight in the Galilee

Tuesday, Day 7:Journey to Jerusalem

  • After breakfast, leave the Galilee region and drive south towards Jerusalem, with stops at:
    • Rambam’s grave (The Tomb of Maimonides) in Tiberias
    • Beit Shean (Scythopolis), an excavated city with amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics, and Roman bathhouses
    • Beit Alpha, home to the remains of a mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac
    • Gan Hashlosha National Park (Sachne), a natural spring with warm water pools and waterfalls
  • Arrival in Jerusalem: visit Mt. Scopus for a panoramic view of the city and a traditional Sheyechyanu blessing; check in at hotel and have the evening at leisure (suggested dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant)
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Wednesday, Day 8:Jerusalem: The Old City

  • After breakfast, visit:
    • The Tomb of King David at Mount Zion
    • The Jewish Quarter (Old City), with a focus on the restored “Cardo” (Roman thoroughfare) and four Sepharadic Synagogues
    • The Western Wall and Rabbinical Tunnels, with a model showing the different dwelling periods and history of Jerusalem’s inhabitants
    • The Davidson Center Museum at the Southern Wall excavations, which explains the importance of the site and its connection to the temple
    • The Old City bazaar, known for its vibrant and colorful atmosphere
    • The Tower of David museum, which tells the story of Jerusalem from the second millennium BCE to the present day
  • Suggested dinner at Chakra Restaurant
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Thursday, Day 9:New City of Jerusalem

  • Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel
  • Participate in a traditional Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall (Kotel)
  • Explore the vibrant and culturally rich neighborhood of Mea Shearim, home to numerous Judaica shops and restaurants
  • Pay respects at Mt. Hertzel, the cemetery for Israel’s fallen soldiers, leaders, and Prime Ministers
  • Visit the esteemed Yad Vashem museum, dedicated to honoring the memory of the 6 million Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust
  • Learn about the history of Ammunition Hill, a significant site in the Six-Day War
  • View the stunning Knesset Menorah and visit the Israel Museum, featuring the Shrine of the Book (housing the revered Dead Sea Scrolls) and a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem at the peak of the 2nd Temple era
  • Enjoy a sophisticated dinner at Tmol Shilshom Restaurant
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Friday, Day 10:Masada and Dead Sea

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Drive to Dead Sea, 1305 feet (398 meters) below sea level
  • Qumran: Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery by a shepherd boy
  • Masada: Legendary mountaintop plateau, site of the last stronghold of Jewish Zealots against Romans, cable car ascent
  • Dead Sea: Small body of water (lake size) and lowest point on earth, 11%-13% salt and other natural ingredients, Dead Sea mud, impossible to sink
  • Return to hotel in Jerusalem
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Saturday, Day 11:Jerusalem at leisure

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Shabbat (Saturday) day at leisure to relax and explore the city at your own pace
  • Evening at leisure to enjoy the city’s nightlife or rest after a week of sightseeing
  • Overnight in Jerusalem

Sunday, Day 12Journey to Eilat (Negev, Timna, Underwater, Observatory)

  • Hotel breakfast in Jerusalem, depart for Eilat through the Negev desert
  • Timna Park in the Negev Desert: Rich in copper ore, site of mining since 5th millennium BCE, visit copper mines and view King Solomon’s pillars
  • Underwater Observatory in Eilat: Largest natural aquarium in the world, built into coral reef for a unique underwater experience
  • Check-in to hotel in Eilat
  • Suggested dinner reservation at “The Last Refuge,” a popular seafood restaurant in Eilat
  • Overnight in Eilat

Monday, Day 13:Day at leisure or Petra excursion

Today, you have the option to spend the day at leisure in Eilat or take an optional tour to Petra.

  • Petra ($250 per person): Built by the Nabateans, famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, Courthouse, Roman Theater and the Qassier Rl-Bint. Horseback ride included. Includes lunch, visa preparation, and border assistance.
  • Dolphin Reef: Horseshoe-shaped sea-pen with captive bottle-nose dolphins. Snorkel or scuba dive with dolphins and other sea marine life. Prices: Dive – 339 NIS ($95); Snorkel – 290 NIS ($80)
  • Red Sea: Contact Shalom Journeys for a list of recreational facilities and beaches around the hotel.
  • Suggested dinner reservations at TBA.

Tuesday, Day 14:Journey to Tel Aviv – Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker

  • Mitzpeh Ramon: Geological feature in Israel’s Negev desert. The largest national park in Israel, the Ramon Nature Reserve.
  • Sde Boker: Kibbutz in the Negev desert, home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. Overlooks the Zin Valley.
  • Bedouin Village: Camel safari in the desert, followed by a biblical light lunch and Bedouin hospitality.
  • Hatzerim Air Force Museum: Israeli Air Force base in the Negev Desert, view planes and equipment from past Israel wars.
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv and check in to hotel. Suggested dinner reservations at TBA.
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, Day 15:Departure or extend

  • After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Depart for home with lasting memories of Israel
  • We hope you enjoyed the Jewish Heritage Grand Tour to Israel
  • Optional: Extend stay in Israel
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