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Travel Israel’s Ancient and Modern History - Israel Tours

13 Days Jewish heritage Journey to Israel

Travel Israel’s Ancient and Modern History
Our Israel tours offer many great options, however this tour allows you to experience more of the modern sites around Tel Aviv such as Independence Hall, “Mini Israel”, Ayalon Institute, Yad Mordechai, Diaspora museum, Rabin’s Square, Old Jaffa and Neve Tzedek. Travelers on this tour will get a better understanding about Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948 as well as experience historically significant sites such as Old Jaffa (an 8,000 year old port), important archaeological sites such as Beit Shean and popular Jewish heritage regions such as Jerusalem, Masada, the Galilee and much more.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tuesday

  • Our journey begins today as we depart on our flight to Israel- the Promised Land. Sit back, relax, enjoy your flight, and prepare for a life-changing experience.

Day 2 – Wednesday

  • Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport and after passport control, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in.
  • The rest of the day will be free to enjoy the hotel and the nearby famous Tel Aviv promenade.

Day 3 – Thursday

  • Today’s touring of Tel Aviv starts with a visit to Independence Hall, where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared.
  • Next, we will drive to Latrun to visit Mini Israel, full of beautiful, miniature models of Israel’s most important sites, all set amid scenic landscaping.
  • From there we will head to the Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Jewish underground, the Hagana. It was here where the members of the resistance hiding from the British were making bullets in an underground bunker cleverly disguised under the laundry and bakery of the kibbutz.
  • Finally, we will visit Yad Mordechai, a kibbutz named after Mordechai Anielewicz, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis. We will see the restored fields from the war of liberation, and learn more about this important piece of history, including the story of Mordechai himself.
  • At the end of the day we will return to your Tel Aviv hotel.

Day 4 – Friday

  • Our morning starts at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, serving to connect people to their roots and reinforce a sense of identity. We will then drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment in Israel, and home of plenty to see!
  • We will have a stop at Rabin’s Square, where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995.
  • We will continue to Old Jaffa, an 8,000 year old port city and the oldest part of the Tel Aviv municipality. We will visit the ancient ruins and walk in the restored Artists’ Quarter.
  • From there we will visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood in Tel Aviv, built in 1887, before the city was even founded!
  • We will also stop by Nachlat Binyamin, a pedestrian street devoted to arts and crafts, filled with musicians and performers. There you can buy handmade jewelry, and other fun art pieces.
  • We will also stop at Shenkin, a lively and colorful street known for being one of the trendiest in the city.
  • We will then return to your Tel Aviv hotel.

Day 5 – Saturday

  • Enjoy a free day for Shabbat!
  • You may explore Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps! Discover the famous boardwalk along the Mediterranean Sea, or take a walk in Old City Jaffa. Tel Aviv is home to numerous art galleries, cafes, and museums, as well as the beach! The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a very highly rated institution, while the Eretz Israel Museum offers a historical perspective on the history of Tel Aviv.
  • For those who prefer to shop, there are several shopping malls that open after the end of Shabbat till late night. Stroll along the famous tree lined Rothschild Boulevard, and take in the magnificent villas and buildings occupying the most expensive real estate in Tel Aviv.

Day 6 – Sunday

  • After breakfast we start our day and will drive north to Caesarea, which has been an important city for the Jewish faith since before the Roman invasion.
  • There we will see excavations dating to the Crusades; the aqueduct, whose construction dates back to King Herod, and the restored amphitheater, now serving as a concert venue.
  • From there we will proceed to Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, and take in the magnificent view from Mount Carmel, a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
  • We will also be visiting the INS Af Al Pi Chen, a former Second World War era landing craft that now serves as the Clandestine Immigration and Navy Museum, covering the maritime history of Israel.
  • A drive to the waterside town of Acre follows, where we can walk along the old harbor, and visit the local market, taking in the sights of one of the oldest inhabited sites in Israel.
  • We will continue on to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh HaNikra, taking an exciting descent by cable car into the spectacular limestone grottoes.
  • The day will end with a drive to Galilee and our lodging at Kibbutz Lavi. There we will have the opportunity to meet with Kibbutz members and learn more about their unique lifestyle.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel is included.

Day 7 – Monday

  • The day will start with a drive to Safed, the center of Kabbalah and one of the four holy cities of Judaism. There you can visit both the Yosef Caro and the Ari Ashkenazi synagogues. The Ari synagogue may be the oldest in Israel that is still in use, and is certainly one of the most important in the city. The Artists’ Quarter is also well worth checking out. You can view and purchase the very unique “micro calligraphy” artworks that Safed is famous for.
  • We will then enjoy an exhilarating Jeep ride to the foot of the Golan Heights.
  • Next we will travel up the Golan Heights and stop at an observation point over the almost entirely destroyed city of Quneitra and the Syrian territory.
  • Tel Faher, a former Syrian outpost, is our next stop. There will also be an opportunity to explore the beautiful Banias waterfall and springs, an area rife with hiking trails.
  • Next up is Tel Hai, the site of a pivotal battle between Arab rebels and the New Yishuv in 1920.
  • We will also see the famous Roaring Lion Monument, commemorating Josef Trumpeldor, among others who lost their lives that day.
  • We will then return to the kibbutz hotel for Dinner.

Day 8 – Tuesday

  • After breakfast we will drive to Tiberias to visit the grave of Mosheh ben Maimon, a famous philosopher and Torah scholar from the Middle Ages.
  • Next is Beit Shean, the biggest archaeological park in Israel, featuring beautiful excavations from the Roman and the Byzantine periods.
  • There will be a stop at Beit Alpha to see a beautiful mosaic floor in a Byzantine era synagogue.
  • From there we will move onto Gan HaShlosha National Park, where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful springs located at the foot of Gilboa Mountain, where King Saul was killed in his battle against the Philistines.
  • We will then continue along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a blessing as we enter the city.

Day 9 – Wednesday

  • Today there will be a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. We will start with a visit to the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion.
  • We will then walk along the Cardo, an ancient Roman road as we visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the city’s Jewish Quarter.
  • No tour of Jerusalem would be complete without a visit to the Western Wall Tunnel, which runs the full length of the Wall, and was built in 19 BCE.
  • We will also have the opportunity to visit the Davidson Center. It is an archaeological museum, where we will learn more about the Western Wall, before once again walking along the Roman Cardo to the local Arab bazaar.
  • Walking through the Jaffa Gate, one of the eight gates in the historic walls of Jerusalem, we will go to the Museum of David’s Tower, which chronicles the history of Jerusalem.

Day 10 – Thursday

  • We will depart the hotel and arrive at the Western Wall once more, located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Next, we will continue on to Mea Shearim, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Jerusalem, where we will learn about the lifestyle of the ultra Orthodox communities.
  • We will drive by the Knesset, Israel’s version of parliament, a modern building with a large menorah up front.
  • From there we will go to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, site of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the new Holyland model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it appeared during the Second Temple Period between 530 BCE- 70 CE.
  • A drive to Mount Herzl follows, home of the military ceremony and the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. Yad Vashem features the Hall of Remembrance inscribed with six million names continuously read out loud. It also has some beautiful gardens for contemplation.
  • We will end the day visiting Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War and converted into a national memorial site and museum.

Day 11 – Friday

  • After a drive through the Judean Desert, we will arrive at the Dead Sea, stopping at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Next we will drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to visit Masada, Israel’s most popular site, ascending by cable car once again to tour the ancient fortress at the top. Masada, built by King Herod, was also the site of an uprising by the Jews against the Romans that ended in the mass suicide of close to 1,000 Jewish rebels and families who took refuge there.
  • We will also visit the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouses that made up this ancient city.
  • Descending by the cable cars, we will stop for lunch and float in the Dead Sea, whose high saline content will keep you peacefully floating for hours! The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. At over 1,300 feet below sea level it is so low that you don’t even need sunscreen, as you will not burn! The water has healing and medicinal properties.
  • We will also have use of the spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area.
  • We will return to Jerusalem for the evening.

Day 12 – Saturday

  • Today is a free day to enjoy the special atmosphere of Shabbat in Jerusalem.
  • You may want to discover some museums and re-visit the Christian Quarter in the Old City.

Day 13 – Sunday

  • After breakfast we will transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your transatlantic flight back to the USA.
  • Take home your fond memories of Israel that will last a lifetime, and start planning your next trip!

Travel Israel’s Ancient and Modern History Photos:

Tel Aviv's beach lifestyle is incredible
  • Tel Aviv's beach lifestyle is incredible
  • It is a centuries-old tradition to place a note with a prayer or request in the Western Wall
  • Bahai shrine and gardens
  • Masada symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel
  • Visiting the Western Wall and praying
  • Relaxing in the Dea Sea mud
  • Visiting the Negev dessert
  • Haifa and it's Bahai Gardens

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