Israel: A Mosaic of Cultures
Touring Israel to encounter its people,
art, food, nature, history, technology and more!

Led by Sophie Gottlieb
May 30 - June 11, 2018

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.

SAVE up to $855 per person in honor of the:

100th Anniversary of HMO (Hadassah Medical Organization)
100th Anniversary of the School of Nursing
100th Anniversary of the Department of Opthalmology
70th Anniversary of the State of Israel

$3,895 Now $3,040

*Discounts applied during booking process.

Tour Overview:


4 nights Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv, Israel
3 nights Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Galilee, Israel
3 nights Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air-conditioned bus with an English speaking guide
Breakfast daily 
Welcome Dinner in Restaurant 
1 Friday night dinner as a “Shabbat of a life time“ 
1 Shabbat dinner Tel Aviv (main dining room) 
2 Kibbutz dinners 
Salad trail lunch 
Ein Camunim Lunch 
Farwell dinner 
De Karina Chocolate workshop 
Kibbutz Malkia 
Taglit Innovation center 
Tavior concert 
Speakers Gil Hofman, Rachel Korazim, Miri Eisin and the Ethiopian meeting
Transfers included if arriving/departing on one flight 
Entrance fees as per itinerary


Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges (TBA) 
Any border taxes or visas 
Tips to guides, driver, hostess and all staff on tour not including room staff at hotels
($20.00 per person, per day pre-collected)
Any items of a personal nature 
Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Wednesday May 30, 2018: DEPARTURE

• We depart the United States on our overnight flight to Israel.

Day 2: Thursday, May 31, 2018: WELCOME TO ISRAEL!

• We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in the morning, and are assisted by an Ayelet Tours representative. Welcome home!
• Our tour begins with a visit to Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence in 1948, including the special exhibits for Israel's 70th. We conclude our visit with a moving rendition of Hatikva.
• We travel now from the past to the present. We visit the Taglit Innovation Center for a glimpse into Israel's hi-tech advances in the fields of science, medicine, security and space. We visit the interactive exhibit and continue with a meeting with one of Israel's leading entrepreneurs.
• We check in to our hotel and have time to refresh.
• This evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner and tour orientation with our expert guide at a local gourmet restaurant

Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3: Friday, June 1, 2018: ISRAEL PAST TO PRESENT

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Visit the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled in Ramat Gan for a special program with Paralympic medal winner, Pascale Bercovitch.
• Experience the multi-ethnic weave of Tel Aviv through tastings at the bustling Levinsky Market, with tastes and aromas from all over the Balkans and Greek Isles.
• Continue along Bialik Street through part of the White City to see the Bauhaus architecture and get a peek into the lives of some of Tel Aviv's most significant residents of years gone by, including stops at the Gutman Museum, Bialik House, the Reuven Rubin House, as well as the Old City Hall and Square.
• As the sun begins to set over Tel Aviv, we enjoy Shabbat dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 4: Saturday, June 2, 2018: SHABBAT SHALOM!

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Optional Shabbat services this morning at a local synagogue (on own).
• We take a guided walk through the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, one of the first neighborhoods built outside of Jaffa in the late 1800's.
• Walking tour of Old Jaffa, home to many artists, vendors and cafes, as we hear the history of the ancient port.
• This afternoon, we meet with Rachel Korazim, for a lecture entitled “Jewish Identity in Israeli Literature”.
• As Shabbat comes to an end, we join together for Havdalah at Progressive Beit Ruth Daniel, the reform center led by Rabbi Meir Azari.
• Free evening to discover Tel Aviv on own.

Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 5: Sunday, June 3, 2018: ESHKOL & BE'ER SHEVA

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Drive to Netiv HaAsara, located next to the Gaza Strip, where an electric fence and concrete walls were built for protection from Palestinian incursions. We visit the Peace Wall and hear how residents choose to cope with their difficult situation along the border.
• We drive south to the Eshkol Regional Center for a security briefing at the Command Center.
• We meet local residents at their homes for a chance to hear their stories.
• Drive along the border and see just how close the Hamas tunnels were found to residential areas. Next, we receive a briefing about Hamas and the current situation from regional authorities.
• Our next stop is at the “Salad Trail”, where we will participate in a unique hands-on agricultural tour, and witness how Israeli innovation is literally making the desert bloom with crops grown out of some of the most inhospitable sands imaginable. We will pick and taste fruits and vegetables straight from the self-picking farm, and encounter flying strawberries, tiny orange orchards, racing pigeons and herbal gardens. We enjoy a light lunch here.
• Visit the inspiring JNF/Hadassah park project blossoming amidst the desert sands around Be'er Sheva.
• The role of women in Bedouin society is a hot button issue, and participants will meet with Amal Abualkom, a fascinating Bedouin woman, who will share her personal story of perseverance in the face of many obstacles. We learn how she started her own non-profit business to give Bedouin women a voice and a better future.
• Return to Tel Aviv for an evening at leisure and dinner on own.

Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 6: Monday, June 4, 2018: TRAVELING NORTH

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning, we travel north and visit Hadassah's Meir Shfeya Youth Village, where we interact with the kids and staff.
• Continue to the mystical city of Safed, the center of Kabbalah study and practice. Here, we visit the ancient synagogues and have time to shop among the many artist studios and galleries, including a visit to a calligraphy gallery and a chance to meet the artist.
• We continue to the Galilean Hills for a concert at the home of composer and concert pianist, Yitzhak Tavior.
• Later this afternoon, we check in to our kibbutz where enjoy dinner together this evening.

Overnight at Kibbutz Kfar Blum, the Galilee


• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• We enjoy a hike through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, source of the Jordan River and site of ancient archeological finds.
• At Mitzpe Gadot atop the Golan, we take in the amazing views and see the memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives capturing this crucial spot from Syrian forces in 1967.
• Take in the views stretching far into Syria from atop Har Bental.
• We enjoy a chocolate workshop with one of Israel's top chocolatiers at Ein Zivan's DeKarina Chocolate Factory.
• Afternoon of relaxation at our kibbutz.
• Dinner together this evening at our kibbutz, followed by a meeting with a kibbutz members to discuss the foundation of the kibbutz and how it has changed over the years.

Overnight at Kibbutz Kfar Blum, the Galilee

Day 8: Wednesday, June 6, 2018: HULA VALLEY

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• Our day begins with a refreshing short hike in the Iyon Stream Nature Reserve to the Tanur waterfall.
• Next, we drive along the Lebanese border, with views into Lebanon, stopping at Kibbutz Malkia, a strategic overlook. Here, we will meet with the IDF unit on the border and kibbutz security personnel to learn about the steps they take to protect a small frontier community.
• Continue to ancient Tzippori, where we see the ancient synagogue and the gorgeous mosaics, including a floor mosaic known as the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee”.
• We enjoy a special lunch at Ein Camunim, known for its excellent cheeses created on site.
• This afternoon, we stop at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, where millions of migrating birds come to rest and feed each year along their Africa/Europe migratory route. Enjoy a surrey ride through the heart of this beautiful and bucolic scene.
• Dinner together at our kibbutz this evening.

Overnight at Kibbutz Kfar Blum, the Galilee

Day 9: Thursday, June 7, 2018: THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM

• Breakfast and check out of our kibbutz.
• “Dreams and Realities”: We walk through the Kinneret Cemetery and visit the graves of Rachel, the early Zionist poet and Naomi Shemer, who wrote the lyrics to “Yerusahlayim Shel Zahav”.
• We travel south to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, we stop atop Mt. Scopus, for a special “Shehecheyanu” ceremony, as we look out over the City of Gold for the first time.
• We visit Hadassah's Mt. Scopus Hospital, a leader in medicine and nursing in Israel.
• Visit the new Western Wall tunnels and hear about the latest excavation findings.
• Time for shopping at the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter.
• Check in to our hotel and refresh.
• We enjoy dinner at Machane Yehuda market on our own and end our tour with a fascinating graffiti tour after the market has closed, to view the art painted on the shutters of the closed stalls.

Overnight at Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10: Friday, June 8, 2018: JEWISH HISTORY IN JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we meet with Miriam Peretz, the mother of two fallen IDF soldiers, and learn how she was able to make something inspirational out of something terrible. Miriam has become a public speaker, teaching soldiers, bereaved families, and parents of incoming IDF soldiers and Jews around the world about the importance of her sons giving their lives to defend Israel.
• We begin our day at Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem's military cemetery, where we pay our respects at the gravesites of Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. We also visit the newly opened Remembrance Hall, Jerusalem's newest official memorial to IDF soldiers and victims of terror. • We continue with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust, including a memorial service at the Valley of the Communities.
• Visit the 9/11 Memorial, where we pay tribute to those who perished on that fateful day.
• This evening, we enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western Wall with the people of Jerusalem, followed by Shabbat dinner and join a Jerusalem family for “Shabbat of a Lifetime”.

Overnight at Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 11: Saturday, June 9, 2018: SHABBAT SHALOM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Spend the day at leisure discovering Jerusalem during the calmness of Shabbat.
• As Shabbat comes to an end, we join together for Havdallah with Barbara Goldstein on the rooftop of our hotel overlooking the Old City.
• Dinner on own.
• This evening, we have the option of attending the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David. The show is screened against the backdrop of antiquities, telling the story of the City of David through the centuries.

Overnight at Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 12: Sunday, June 10, 2018: THE MANY SIDES OF JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Meeting with Dr. Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and current events in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism.
• We visit the Knesset and meet one of the active members.
• Continue on a VIP visit to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, for an in-depth look at this cutting-edge medical facility and how it has adapted to ever-changing needs. Our visit will include meetings with leading medical doctors and researchers who are working to change the face of modern medicine every day.
• We depart on a fascinating geopolitical bus tour with Retired Colonel Miri Eisin, a former international media advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel, and a former Israeli government spokesperson.
• Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure, discovering Jerusalem or relaxing at the hotel pool.
• This evening, we join together for a festive farewell dinner, recalling all that we have experienced together on this journey.
• Check out of our hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our overnight flight home.

Day 13: Monday, June 11, 2018: WELCOME HOME!

• We arrive back in the United States this morning.

*itinerary subject to change