Israel - Itinerary

Day 1-En Route
Depart the U.S.A. on your flight to Israel.

Day 2-Tel Aviv
Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv; you’ll be greeted upon exiting the sleeve of the aircraft and escorted by private car to passport control where our representative will attend to the documentation formalities and luggage collection. You will then be escorted to the awaiting vehicle to meet your private guide; transfer to your deluxe hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Suite accommodations have been reserved for you with access to the Executive Lounge. Tonight, experience vivacious Tel Aviv on an evening tour of the various areas of this exciting city including Old Jaffa. We’ll end at one of the finest restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean Sea for a superb dining experience. Your guide will arrange for your transportation back to the hotel following your leisurely dinner.

Day 3-Tel Aviv
Begin the day driving south to the Ayalon Institute (Machon Ayalon) where a Private Tour has been arranged. Visit the site of the secret factory established by the Haganah that manufactured ammunition under a limestone hill. Driving back to Tel Aviv, you’ll be introduced to the contrasting cultures and architecture of this “White City” proclaimed a UNESCO world Heritage site. Despite a burgeoning of new architectural styles and skyscrapers, Tel Aviv has held on to the city’s famous spirit of Bauhaus tradition. Drive past some of the classic and renovated buildings, built in the 1930s and 1950s. Continue on a Private Tour of the famous Rubin Museum, dedicated to the extensive collection of Reuben Rubin’s colorful images, now icons of early settlement of the State of Israel. End at Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv’s “Soho”) at a trendy café for a light meal. Balance of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Tonight, optional concert of the world-renowned Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra or a performance at one of Tel Aviv’s theatres or the Opera (seasonal-please request at time of reservation).

Day 4-Tel Aviv / Galilee
Begin with a visit to the Israeli Museum at the fantasticYitzhak Rabin Center chronicling the life of the extraordinary leader and the development of the State of Israel. Continue to the ancient city of Caesarea. Here, explore the astounding Roman and Crusader ruins including the impressive theater and aqueduct. Visit Caesarea Harbor with its multi-media presentation. Visit a Druze Village and enjoy lunch as you hear of the traditions of these unique people. We continue to the timeless Crusader City of Acre; explore the subterranean city and bazaars. Arrive at your unique hotel in Tiberias situated on the Sea of Galilee for overnight. Your guide is available for an evening out.

Day 5-Galilee
Drive to wondrous Mt. Bental for a magnificent view beyond the border into Syria. Visit an army bunker and hear the fascinating story of the war fought in the Golan. On to a local winery, one of the finest in Israel, for a Private Tour and Wine Tasting. Drive to rustic Bat Yaar to enjoy a Barbecue Lunch; horseback riding is available along the forest trails (optional).We then visit the ancient city of Safed, one of Judaism’s holiest cities where you will meet with a mystical scholar for a walk through the winding lanes where Kabbalah flourished during the golden age and understand why this mystical town is the center of torah study. Return to your hotel for overnight. Your guide is available for an evening out.

Day 6-Galilee/Jerusalem
Visit Capernaum; see the ruins of an ancient 5th century synagogue. Then, on to the Mt. of Beatitudes, for a panoramic view of the Galilee. Proceed to “Beit Gavriel” where, in 1994, the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan was reconfirmed by Jordan’s King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Enjoy lunch and visit the Art Gallery and the Enchanted Garden of this very unique home. On to extraordinary Bet Shean, for a tour of the excavations of this ancient city from the time of King Saul. Continue to the “Golden City” of Jerusalem! Arrive at your renowned hotel, the King David Hotel, home to many dignitaries. Tonight, see the illuminated city of Jerusalem on a drive around the Walls of the Old City followed by dinner at a renowned restaurant.

Day 7-Jerusalem
Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car to this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod the Great’s palace, synagogue and bathhouse. On to a Dead Sea Spa Hotel for lunch and an optional Spa Treatment (please advise your guide so we can reserve in advance.) Changing rooms will be provided for your convenience. Enjoy floating in the “unsinkable” mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem. Tonight a lovely and relaxing dinner at La Regence Grill room, at the King David Hotel.

Day 8-Jerusalem
Your discovery of Jerusalem begins at the Mt. of Olives for spectacular view of the city. Then, enter the Old City from the Jaffa Gate. Follow the Via Dolorosa (“way of the sorrow”) through the narrow alleys and souks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Then, on to the Jewish Quarter visiting the Davidson Center with its hi-tech presentation of the ancient Temple. Visit the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Continue for a walk through the Hasmonean Tunnel (schedule permitting), under the Temple Mount. Visit the Western Wall, the only remaining portion of the Second Temple. Evening: “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum. After the show, your guide is available to take you on a stroll through the lively Midrehov where you may wish to enjoy an optional dinner at one of the trendy cafes.

Day 9-Jerusalem
Morning Visit to Yad Vashem (Private Museum Guiding), memorial to the Holocaust; visit the Museum, Children’s Pavilion and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous. Visit the Archive Center and the Valley of the Lost Communities. On to Mt. Herzl and the Military Cemetery to pay respects to Israel’s fallen heroes. Visit the Herzl Museum. Continue to the New Israel Museum (private guided for you by a curator); see the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book. Tonight, a traditional Shabbat Dinner at your hotel.

Day 10-Jerusalem
Day at leisure to enjoy all the delights of this extraordinary city -- on your last day in Jerusalem.

Day 11-En Route
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Our representative will assist with passport and check in formalities and escort you to your airline’s VIP lounge. At final boarding time, you will be escorted to the Gate. Arrival in the U.S. on the same day.