ELIJAH TOUR Wednesday arrival –11 nights - 8 touring days

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JEWISH HERITAGE PROGRAM

ELIJAH TOUR  

Wednesday arrival –11 nights -  8 touring days

 DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): BEN GURION AIRPORT / TEL AVIV

Arrival to Ben Gourion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. 

Overnight Tel-Aviv .

 DAY 2 : (THURSDAY): INDEPENDENCE HALL / MINI ISRAEL / AYALON INSTITUTE

Start the day with a visit to the Independence hall where the establishment of the state  of Israel was declared; Next, drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps museum , one of the most diverse tank museums  in the world ;Visit the new “Mini Israel” miniature park including miniature replicas of the most important landmarks  and buildings  in Israel . Continue to visit Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement before May 1948. 
Overnight Tel-Aviv.

 DAY 3 (FRIDAY): TEL AVIV

Visit the Diaspora museum ; Drive around the main streets of Tel  Aviv,  center of business and entertainment of Israel.  Stop at Rabin's Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin.Continue to Old Jaffa , an 8000 year old port  city ; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter. Visit  Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv,  built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artifacts . Next , stop at Sheinkin , the lively and colorfull street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.
Overnight  Tel-Aviv.



Saturday:  at leisure 

Overnight Tel-Aviv

Sunday
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the  crusaders' city, the aqueduct  and the amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel and visit “AF AL PI CHEN” , the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate.
Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbour and local market ; Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra
Descend by cable into the limestone Grottoes. 
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Monday
Drive to Safedcenter of Kaballa movement;  Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around  the Artist’s quarter .
Enjoy  a Jeep tour to the foots of the Golan.
Continue to the Golan heights ; Stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. 
Stop at Tel Facher, a former syrian army camp ; Visit the Banias springs
Next, a visit to Tel-Hai ; See the “Roaring Lion”  monument and learn about the heroic battle of  Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920 . 
Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse.
Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.

Tuesday
Drive to  Tiberias to visit  Rambam’s grave ; Proceed to  Beit Shean, also called "Scythopolis", the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods.
Stop at  Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. 
Onto  Gan  Hashlosha, (Sachne)  where you will have an opportunity to enjoy in the water springs located at the foots of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the philistines. 
Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Overnight  Jerusalem.

Wednesday
Tour the old city of Jerusalem .
Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.  Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road ; Visit the four Sepharadic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter .   
Tour the Kotel  Tunnels; Visit  Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo, to the local Arab bazaar.   Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period.
Overnight Jerusalem

Thursday
Enjoy seeing  the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the kotel.
Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems.  Next  visit  the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the book  where the Dead sea scrolls are housed , and the new holyland model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period.  
Drive to mount Hertzel , the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the ammunition hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold , conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War , and converted into a national memorial site and museum. 
Overnight Jerusalem .

Friday
Drive through the Judean  desert  to the Dead sea.  Stop at Qumeran , the site  where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.  Continue to Massada, ascend  by  cable car  and tour the ancient fortress ; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc.  Descend by cable car .
Next stop for lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area. 
Overnight Jerusalem.

Saturday – at leisure
Overnight Jerusalem

Sunday
Transfer to Ben Gourion airport for your departure..

JEWISH HERITAGE PROGRAM

ELIJAH TOUR  

Wednesday arrival –11 nights -  8 touring days

 DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): BEN GURION AIRPORT / TEL AVIV

Arrival to Ben Gourion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. 

Overnight Tel-Aviv .

 DAY 2 : (THURSDAY): INDEPENDENCE HALL / MINI ISRAEL / AYALON INSTITUTE

Start the day with a visit to the Independence hall where the establishment of the state  of Israel was declared; Next, drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps museum , one of the most diverse tank museums  in the world ;Visit the new “Mini Israel” miniature park including miniature replicas of the most important landmarks  and buildings  in Israel . Continue to visit Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement before May 1948. 
Overnight Tel-Aviv.

 DAY 3 (FRIDAY): TEL AVIV

Visit the Diaspora museum ; Drive around the main streets of Tel  Aviv,  center of business and entertainment of Israel.  Stop at Rabin's Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin.Continue to Old Jaffa , an 8000 year old port  city ; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter. Visit  Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv,  built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artifacts . Next , stop at Sheinkin , the lively and colorfull street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.
Overnight  Tel-Aviv.



Saturday:  at leisure 

Overnight Tel-Aviv

Sunday
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the  crusaders' city, the aqueduct  and the amphitheatre which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel and visit “AF AL PI CHEN” , the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate.
Drive to Acre; walk along the old harbour and local market ; Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra
Descend by cable into the limestone Grottoes. 
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Monday
Drive to Safedcenter of Kaballa movement;  Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around  the Artist’s quarter .
Enjoy  a Jeep tour to the foots of the Golan.
Continue to the Golan heights ; Stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. 
Stop at Tel Facher, a former syrian army camp ; Visit the Banias springs
Next, a visit to Tel-Hai ; See the “Roaring Lion”  monument and learn about the heroic battle of  Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920 . 
Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse.
Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.

Tuesday
Drive to  Tiberias to visit  Rambam’s grave ; Proceed to  Beit Shean, also called "Scythopolis", the biggest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods.
Stop at  Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. 
Onto  Gan  Hashlosha, (Sachne)  where you will have an opportunity to enjoy in the water springs located at the foots of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the philistines. 
Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Overnight  Jerusalem.

Wednesday
Tour the old city of Jerusalem .
Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.  Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road ; Visit the four Sepharadic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter .   
Tour the Kotel  Tunnels; Visit  Davidson center and walk through the Roman Cardo, to the local Arab bazaar.   Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period.
Overnight Jerusalem

Thursday
Enjoy seeing  the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the kotel.
Continue to Mea Shearim and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra orthodox communities. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems.  Next  visit  the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the book  where the Dead sea scrolls are housed , and the new holyland model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period.  
Drive to mount Hertzel , the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the ammunition hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold , conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War , and converted into a national memorial site and museum. 
Overnight Jerusalem .

Friday
Drive through the Judean  desert  to the Dead sea.  Stop at Qumeran , the site  where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.  Continue to Massada, ascend  by  cable car  and tour the ancient fortress ; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc.  Descend by cable car .
Next stop for lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area. 
Overnight Jerusalem.

Saturday – at leisure
Overnight Jerusalem

Sunday
Transfer to Ben Gourion airport for your departure..

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