9 Night Jewish Heritage In-Depth


Tour Rates & Dates:

There are no Departure Dates available for this Package.
*Please note that all rates displayed are based on standard room double occupancy.
Upgraded room categories may be available to book later in the booking process.
If Land & Air price is displayed, the air portion includes tax and fuel surcharges, which are subject to change until ticketed.

Tour Overview:

Join our classic Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel!
(Tour package is Land Only - Contact Ayelet Tours for flight assistance)


These Israel tours are designed to engage participants from a Jewish perspective - exploring the historical, political and religious sites and institutions that make Israel such a unique destination.

Online booking is available for all our Jewish Heritage In Depth Tours to Israel.
Explore the possibilities online, or call us at 800-237-1517 to find the right tour for you!

This In-Depth Tour Includes:

2 Nights in Tel Aviv
2 Nights in the Galilee
5 Nights in Jerusalem
Breakfast daily
2 kibbutz dinners
Lunch at the Dead Sea
Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking guide throughout
Visiting ancient Roman ruins in Caesarea
Stopping at the Bahai Temple & Persian Gardens in Haifa
Viewing the amazing chalk cliff grottoes of Rosh Hanikra
Exploring the mystical city of Safed
Enjoying a jeep tour to the Golan Heights
Viewing the Roman ruins of Beit Alpha & Beit Shean
Visiting the exquisite shops along the Cardo in Jerusalem's Old City
Enjoying a fascinating visit through the famed Western Wall Tunnels
Learning about the history of Jerusalem at the Citadel Museum
Seeing the Knesset, Israel's Parliament
Discovering the treasures at the world class Israel Museum
Touring Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust
Hearing the stories of King Herod's desert palace at Masada
Enjoying an unsinkable float in the Dead Sea

AND SO MUCH MORE!

NOTE: Standard rooms are offered throughout. If standard rooms are unavailable at time of booking at any given property, upgraded rooms, if available, may be offered to client at an additional charge. Hotels may be subsitituted with similar hotels in the same category.


Rates Do Not Include:


Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges
Transfers upon arrival and departure (to/from Ben Gurion Airport) beginning March 2019
Border taxes and visa fees
Tips to driver, guide, waitstaff, porters, housekeepers, etc. (Budget $15 -$20 per person per day)
Meals not listed above
Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (highly recommended; see options at
www.ayelet.com)


Tour Itinerary:

DAY 1: THURSDAY - DEPARTURE

• We depart the United States on your overnight flight to Israel. (Contact Ayelet Tours for assistance booking flights.)

DAY 2: FRIDAY - ARRIVAL

• Shalom and welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport you will be greeted and assisted by an Ayelet Tours representative.
• We transfer to our hotel to check in and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure on own.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

DAY 3: SATURDAY - LEISURE SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Tel Aviv on own. Relax at the beach, take in a museum or art gallery or just stroll around the city.
• Dinner on own tonight.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

DAY 4: SUNDAY - THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• Today, we drive north along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the former Roman capital of the area. Here, we view the ancient theater restored as a concert venue, the aqueduct, the ancient port as well as the impressive excavations of the Crusaders' city.
• We continue to Haifa to visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum ("Af al Pi Chen") and hear the story of the illegal immigrants who came to Israel at the time of the British mandate.
• Next, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Akko and walk through the old port and color bazaar.
• Later this afternoon, we continue north along the coast to Rosh Hanikra, and descend by cable car to discover the chalk cliff grottoes carved out by the Mediterranean waters over time.
• We continue to the Galilee to check into our kibbutz and enjoy dinner together this evening.

Overnight in the Galilee

DAY 5: MONDAY - SAFED, GOLAN, TEL HAI

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• Today, we tour the mystical city of Safed, center of Kabalistic practice and one of the four holy cities in Israel, where we explore the narrow alleyways lined with ancient synagogues and artists' galleries.
• We enjoy a jeep ride up to the Golan Heights, where we pass former Syrian bunkers and stop to take in the view at the Mitzpe Gadot overlook, the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni brigade.
• We proceed to a magnificent observation point overlooking the city of Kuneitra and the Syrian territory.
• We visit Tel Hai to see the ‘Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle fought by Josef Trumpledor and his comrades in 1920.
• We return to our kibbutz for dinner together this evening.
• Following dinner, we meet with a kibbutz member to learn about their unique lifestyle and the challenges and changes to their communal arrangements over the decades.

Overnight in the Galilee

DAY 6: TUESDAY - KINNERET, BEIT SHEAN, JERUSALEM

• Breakfast and check out of our kibbutz.
• This morning, we travel to Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where we visit Rambam's grave.
• We continue through the Jordan Valley to see the extensive Roman ruins of Beit Shean, destroyed over 1,300 years ago by an earthquake and recently excavated and reconstructed on a massive and impressive scale.
• We also visit Beit Alpha to view the intricate mosaics in the synagogue.
• We continue to Gan Hashlosha (Sachne), where weather permitting, we enjoy a dip in the sparkling warm waters. These natural springs are often referred to as the original Garden of Eden.
• We ascend to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley, stopping atop Mt. Scopus for a special opportunity to say the "Shehecheyanu” as we look out over the City of Gold for the first time.
• We check into our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure and dinner on own.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 7: WEDNESDAY - ANCIENT JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day with a visit to the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.
• We enter the Old City and stroll through the Jewish quarter, stopping to explore the Cardo, the ancient Roman marketplace now featuring outstanding shopping opportunities. Then, we visit four Sephardic synagogues in the Jewish quarter restored after the 1967 War.
• We continue with a tour of the Western Wall tunnels, where we discover the archeological wonders that remained untouched for centuries.
• Our next stop is at the Davidson Center, built into the ancient stones adjacent to the Temple Mount. Here, we learn about the construction and history of the Temple Mount area through multi-media exhibitions.
• We stroll through the colorful marketplace to the Jaffa Gate and visit the Tower of David Museum to learn more about Jerusalem's 3,000 years of history.
• Spend the evening at leisure discovering Jerusalem and enjoying dinner on own.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 8: THURSDAY - MODERN JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we share in the joy of the many B'nai Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel.
• We drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, to learn about the unique lifestyle of the Ultra-Orthodox residents.
• At Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem's military cemetery, our guide imparts some of the heroic stories of those buried here, including Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
• Our next stop is at Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust. Here, we view the many moving exhibitions, including the Hall of Names and the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations.
• This afternoon, we explore the bunkers at Ammunition Hill, the official museum symbolizing the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.
• We drive by the Knesset, Israel's Parliament and see the bronze menorah statue out front.
• Later this afternoon, we browse the extensive, newly renovated galleries of the Israel Museum, which is world class in every way. The galleries range from pop and modern art, back through the Renaissance and Classical periods, with a strong emphasis on Jewish and Israeli archeological history. Walk through the iconic Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and see the impressive miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period.
• Evening at leisure and dinner on own.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 9: FRIDAY - MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Early this morning, we depart for the Dead Sea basin.
• Along the way, we stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found by a local shepherd.
• We ascend Masada by cable car to view the remains of King Herod's fortress, including the synagogue, walls and bathhouses, as we learn about the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman forces.
• We descend the mountain and head to the beach for lunch and an unsinkable swim in the healing, salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
• Later this afternoon, we return to Jerusalem for a quiet Shabbat on own.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 10: SATURDAY - SHABBAT SHALOM!

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Free morning with the opportunity to attend Shabbat services on own.
• Free day to enjoy the calm of Shabbat.
• Evening at leisure and dinner on own.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 11: SUNDAY - L'HITRAOT!

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We depart for Ben Gurion Airport for our flights back to the United States, landing later today. L'hitraot!


THE MEMORIES LAST FOREVER!
*Itinerary subject to change
* Visit subject to availability

The above program can be extended and customized for groups or private family tours.
See our 12 night program to add Eilat and Petra, Jordan to your visit.