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Jewish Heritage Comprehensive Tour & Eilat: Friday arrival – 13 days / 12 nights

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FRIDAY
Arrival

Arrival to Ben Gurion Airport where you will be welcomed by an IsraelExperts representative. Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

SATURDAY
Shabbat at leisure in Tel Aviv

Shabbat at leisure on your own or join the locals on the beach. Many museums in Tel Aviv are open on Saturdays.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

SUNDAY
Caesarea - Haifa - Acre - Rosh Hanikra

Drive north through the coast 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 harbor and local market; Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at Rosh Hanikra. Descend by cable into the limestone Grottoes.
Dinner and Overnight at a Kibbutz guest house.

MONDAY
Safed - Jeep tour - Golan Heights - Banias

Drive to Safed, center of Kabbalah movement; Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ha’Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city; stroll around the Artist’s Quarter. Enjoy a Jeep tour to the foot of 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 base; Visit the Banias springs. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai. We'll see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. In the late afternoon or early evening meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle. Dinner and Overnight at a kibbutz guest house.

TUESDAY
Tiberias - Beit Shean - Beit Alpha - Sachne - Jerusalem

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. On to Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain (where King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines) Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; Stop at Mount Scopus for the She’HeCheyanu blessing. Overnight in Jerusalem.

WEDNESDAY
Jerusalem - Old City

Start with a visit of the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road. Visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Tour the famous Kotel Tunnels. After a visit of the Davidson Center walk to the local Arab bazaar. Visit the David Citadel Tower Museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem

THURSDAY
Jerusalem - New City

View Bar / Bat 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, where you will find the Shrine of the book, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the new Holyland Model - a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Drive to Mount Herzl, where we visit the military cemetery. On to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army strong hold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War, and converted into a national memorial site and museum. Overnight in Jerusalem

FRIDAY
Massada - Dead Sea lunch & Spa

Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Massada. Ascend Massada by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses and more. Descend by cable car.
Next stop is at a hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea for lunch and Spa.
Overnight in Jerusalem

SATURDAY
Shabbat at leisure in Jerusalem

Shabbat at leisure on your own. Sleep in or go to the Kotel or join one of the local synagogues for Shabbat services (a list of synagogues is available on request) Tonight you may want to go to Ben Yehuda to join the locals for some shopping.
Overnight in Jerusalem

SUNDAY
Be'er Sheva - Sde Boker - Mitzpe Ramon - Eilat

Travel South to Israel’s “new frontier”, the Negev. A major effort is being made by the Jewish people to increase the Jewish inhabitants in this area. Visit the IDF Air Force Museum in Beer Sheva, the capital of the Negev. See an impressive display of all the airplanes and equipment used by the Air Force. Continue to David Ben Gurion’s grave at Sde Boker, overlooking the Wilderness of Zin. Visit Ben Gurion’s hut. At Mitzpeh Ramon we stop to gaze into the crater, a geological wonder. Then drive through the Arava Valley to Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat

MONDAY
Day at Leisure In Eilat

Time to rest on the beach or at the hotel swimming pool or take an optional 1 day trip to Petra.
Overnight in Eilat

TUESDAY
Eilat - Timna - Tel Aviv

Before leaving Eilat we will visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest Sea aquariums in the World. Timna National Park. See the ancient copper mines and the King Solomon Pillars.
Arrival to Tel Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

WEDNESDAY
Departure

Transfer to Ben Gurion to board your return flight