The Sea of Galilee is approximately 53 km in circumference

Travel the Land of Israel - Israel Tours

11 Days Jewish heritage Journey to Israel

Travel the Land of Israel
Allow us to help you connect with your Jewish roots when you travel to Israel on our most popular Israel tours. Offering a great introduction to the land of Israel, you will take in the beautiful view from Mt. Carmel, visit the center of the Kabala movement in Safed, relax by the Banais Springs, walk through the Old City of Jerusalem, stop at the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion, enjoy the Jewish Quarter, take in the history featured at the Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book, take a solemn journey to Yad Vashem (the memorial to the Holocaust), drive to the Dead Sea through the Judean Desert where you can relax and absorb the health benefits of the air and water and enjoy two free days to rest or explore whatever your heart desires.

Optional: For families planning to celebrate their son/daughter’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Israel, this tour allows you to celebrate this momentous event in Old City Jerusalem!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday

  • Our journey starts 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 – Friday

  • 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 – Saturday

  • Enjoy a free day of 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 4 – Sunday

  • After breakfast we will start our day of touring and drive north to Caesarea, which has been an important city for the Jewish faith since before the Roman invasion. Here 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 hotel is included.

Day 5 – 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.
  • We will then go up 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 we will visit 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 6 – 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 on to 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 7 – Wednesday

  • Today we will enjoy 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.
  • We will then return to our hotel.

Day 8 – Thursday

  • Today 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 9 – 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 bathhousesthat 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 10 – 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 11 – Sunday

  • After breakfast you will be transferred 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 the Land of Israel Photos:

The Tower of David at night
  • The Tower of David at night
  • Mount Carmel known during 3 CE as a dye making center for Jewish priests
  • All of the Tel Aviv west side is one long beach which is divided into beaches named according to the hotel or street nearby
  • Terraces of the Bahai Gardens are also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa
  • The Dead Sea minerals and mud are reputed to have therapeutic qualities
  • The Knesset Menorah is located on the edge of the Rose Garden across the Knesset building
  • Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel
  • Western Wall Wailing Wall prayers

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