The Sea of Galilee is approximately 53 km in circumference

Travel More of Israel Sites - Israel Tours

14 Days Jewish heritage Journey to Israel
Including 3 day Negev & Eilat Extension

Travel More of Israel Sites
Our Israel tours offer many great options, however for travelers who would like to spend a bit more time in Israel and visit the desert region of southern Israel, this is an ideal choice. Those who join this tour will enjoy all the wonderful sites and experiences that the New Jewish Heritage Tour has to offer, as well as visit the sites off the beaten track of southern Israel including, the Air Force Museum, Ben Gurion’s hut in Sde Boker, the Ramon Crater, the copper mines of Timna Valley, and a visit to a Bedouin village. Located at the southern tip of Israel, Eilat is the perfect place to be for fun in the sun. Travelers will also have the option to cross the border into Jordan and view the spectacular red rock city of Petra.

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 the Old City Jerusalem!

Optional: Visit the red rock city of Petra in Jordan on this optional day tour from Eilat.


Day 1 – Thursday

  • 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 – 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 starts 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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

  • Today we will travel south through the Negev Desert.
  • Visit Timna Valley and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s Pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations.
  • We will continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.

Day 12 – Monday

  • Today you will enjoy a free day in Eilat. You will also have the opportunity to take an optional tour to Petra, Jordan.
  • Optional Petra Tour: After being assisted with visas at the Jordanian border, you will travel through desert highways to the awe inspiring rose-red city of Petra, which was built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. It is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the opportunity to take a short horseback-ride for about 765 yards to the entrance of the Siq, which is about ¾ of a mile long (walking distance). If you choose, you may rent a chariot (at an extra expense) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman Theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter), and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is about 27 miles long and is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After visiting Petra, you will enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch you will be driven back to the border. On the way will be a short stop to Aqaba with the opportunity to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border will be around 6:00 PM. From there, you will cross back to Eilat.

Day 13 – Tuesday

  • Today we will depart Eilat and travel to Mitzpe Ramon. We will stop to gaze into the Ramon Crater, a geological wonder.
  • We will then proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin Valley.
  • Then we will stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent where you will learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. We will continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
  • We will then return to Tel-Aviv.

Day 14 – Wednesday

  • After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home.

Travel More of Israel Sites Photos:

The night spectacular at the tower of David museum
  • The night spectacular at the tower of David museum
  • 16 amazing sun-basked Tel Aviv beaches
  • The Gardens in Haifa
  • Masada is a natural fortress in the Judaean Desert
  • Famous coral and dolphin reefs, water-sports activities in Eilat
  • Studies show Dead Sea minerals provide skin with extensive benefits
  • Eilat swiming with the dolphins
  • Western Wall Wailing Wall prayers

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