SAMUEL TOUR - JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS
Wednesday Arrival - 14 Nights - 11 touring days
Arrival to Ben Gourion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel .
Independence Hall/Latrun /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.
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.
Saturday: at leisure
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.
Drive to Safed, center of Kaballa movement; Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the 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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Saturday - Day at leisure
Travel south through the Negev desert ; Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the underwater observatory , one of the largest seaquariums in the world , built into a coral reef.
Free day in Eilat or Day In Petra (optional)
After assistance with visa to the Jordanian Border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing 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. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the South of Jordan more than two-thousands years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) 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 fascinates the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice Restaurant. After lunch drive back to Border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Then transfer to border around 18:00 PM, Then cross to Eilat.
Mitzpe Ramon/Sde Boker /Tel-Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon ; stop to gaze into the Ramon crater , a geological wonder ; Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion's hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley.
Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent ; learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's airforce museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force .
Drive back to Tel-Aviv.
Transfer to Ben Gourion airport for departure.