DAY 1 - Arrival in Israel
Arrival in Israel. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our G2 Travel representative who will assist you and your family with all the arrival formalities at Ben Gurion International Airport. Transfer to Tel Aviv, and check in at the hotel. Afternoon - city tour in Tel Aviv and Jaffa including the old port of Jaffa, the flea market, the new port area, the old train station of Tel Aviv and Neve Tzedek. Welcome dinner at the hotel or in one of Tel Aviv’s kosher restaurants.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 2 - Tel Aviv
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we continue our tour in Tel Aviv. Visit the Independence Hall. The site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948. Continue to Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'. Continue to Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists. We will make our way to the colorful Carmel Market and then to Sheinkin, a trendy Tel Aviv shopping street. You will have some free time for lunch and shopping. In the afternoon, we visit the beautiful Rabin Center and the Palmach Museum. We finish the tour at the modern bustling Tel Aviv Port. Dinner tonight at the hotel or in one of Tel Aviv’s great restaurants.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY 3 - Coastal Area- Caesarea, Haifa, Akko
After enjoying a famous Israeli breakfast, we will check out of the hotel. Drive along the coastal road to Caesarea, one of ancient Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore. The conclusion of the visit will be the 900-year-old Crusader city built on the same site. Continue to Haifa, and visit the amazing Bahai Gardens, one of the holiest sites of the Bahai religion and the German colony. The kids will be kept busy at the Israel Navy museum and the visit to a local Druze village in the Carmel Mountains gives a unique opportunity to discover world of the Israeli Druze community. You will sample the Druze cooking during lunch at the village. Our last stop is Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, and a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through to contemporary Israel. We will have guided visits to the newly renovated Crusaders' City and The Al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel. We leave this city for our hotel.
Overnight will be at a hotel or Kibbutz in the upper Galilee.
DAY 4 - Exploring the Galilee and the Golan
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit of the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River. Here you can walk along the river and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan. This is followed by a Jeep tour where you’ll climb the Golan Heights in the footsteps of IDF soldiers who battled in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan. Cross the Golan Plateau to the border with Syria and overlook the abandoned town of Kuneitra and the United Nations outpost nearby. Lunch will be at leisure. After lunch, we’ll have some wine tasting at a local winery or enjoy a Chocolate Workshop in one of the kibbutzim of Ramat Hagolan.
Overnight and dinner at the upper Galilee hotel.
DAY 5 - The Nature Reserves of the Galilee and Spiritual Safed
Breakfast at the hotel. Between May to September is the perfect time for rafting or kayaking on the Jordan River (water shoes recommended). Another option, between October to April, is a visit to the Hula Nature Reserve and the Agamon Hula Ornithology (Bird Watching) and Nature Park, that is situated in the heart of the Hula Valley. The valley is bordered by mountain ranges to the east and the Golan Heights to the west. The Naphtali Range is strategically located in the center of the Afro-Syrian Rift and one of the most significant bird migration routes in the world. During every migration season, fall and spring, over 500 million birds from more than 400 species migrate in the skies above this mountain range. Continue to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony. This visit includes: a guided visit to the Ari Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, with their great stories and mystical messages; a stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shops in the artists' colony. In the late afternoon, we will have a kibbutz visit complete with a tractor tour and explanation of Kibbutz life by a member of the Kibbutz.
Overnight and dinner- Tiberias
DAY 6 - TiberiAs, Hamat Gader Crocodile Farm and Hot Springs
After breakfast, we visit an Olive press factory where we will learn about one the most important Israeli symbols - olive oil – how it is grown and produced. From here, we continue to Hamat Gader. The Hamat Gader Park spreads over an area of 40 acres of tropical parkland that includes covered outdoor settings, restaurants, lawns, Ancient Roman Baths and the thermo mineral pool area. Furthermore, Hamat Gader boasts one of the largest Crocodile farms in the Middle East with approximately 200 crocodiles of various species. Here you will have free time to enjoy the site and for swimming. On the way back to the hotel, we will stop at the Yardenit baptism site located along the Jordan River in the Galilee region of northern Israel.
Overnight and dinner- Tiberias
DAY 7 - Ein Gedi and Masada
We will leave Tiberias after breakfast for the Dead Sea area. We’ll stop en route for a Camel Ride through the desert in Biblical style before arriving in the Ein Gedi Nature reserve. Here we will be met by the famous Ibax animals that live inside the streams of the reserve and are very friendly hosts. The highlight of the day is Masada. We will take the cable car up to Masada, Herod's mountaintop fortress and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Your guide will explain Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance for modern Israel. Continue to our hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 - Day at Leisure at the Dead Sea
Breakfast at leisure at the hotel. Enjoy a free day at the Dead Sea to swim in the salty waters, rest at the hotel’s pool and have a massage. A mud treatment is a must!
Dinner and overnight at the hotel at the Dead Sea.
DAY 9 - Jerusalem, the Old City
We leave the Dead Sea after breakfast for Jerusalem, a highlight of the trip. Upon arrival at the Holy City, we’ll stop at Mount Scopus for a panoramic overview of the city and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing, followed by an introduction to the city. Once orientated, we will enter the Old City of Jerusalem for a guided visit through 3,000 years of Jewish life. This includes the western wall tunnels - the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount. Some free time at the Kotel to write a note or ponder on the magical walls. Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at local synagogues in Jerusalem. (on your own).
DAY 10 - Jerusalem, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies
We have an early snack at the hotel before leaving for the Kotel for a special Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the Old City. After the ceremony, we return to the hotel for a brunch. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Shabbat in Jerusalem. Dinner at a Kosher Jerusalem Restaurant.
DAY 11 - Jerusalem - the New City
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, including the new Historical Museum, the Children's Memorial, and a memorial service. Continue to Israel museum, and visit the second temple model - a 50:1 scale model, covering nearly one acre, evokes ancient Jerusalem at its peak. Visit the famous Machne Yehuda open market; an ethnic and cultural experience of many tastes smells and stories. Free time at the market for lunch and shopping before leaving for an afternoon visit of the biblical zoo of Jerusalem and the modern model of Noa’s ark. Dinner at leisure – we suggest the new Jerusalem Train Station
DAY 12 - Jerusalem – City of David and Ein Zurim
We leave for the City of David after breakfast. The “City of David” is the heart of ancient Jerusalem, the city of the kings and prophets, where the books of the Bible were written. We will descend down to the hidden spring where kings were coronated and walk in illuminated darkness through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets. Continue to an Archaeological experience at city Ein Zurim -an archaeological treasure more precious than gold. Join us in uncovering the glorious past of the Temple Mount where we sift through rubble that originated in ancient buildings of the Temple Period and learn about findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site. A really first- hand experience of the times. The afternoon is free for you to continue to explore and do some last minute shopping. Evening option: The Spectacular Sound and Light show at the David Citadel Museum.
DAY 13 - Departure Transfers to the Airport for Flights Home
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for flight back home.