11 Day Jewish Heritage Tour - Highlights Tour of Israel

Thursday, Day 1: Departure – 11 day Jewish Heritage Tour

We will depart US or Canada on an overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Israel and embark on our 11 day Jewish Heritage Tour. We will enjoy hot meals with on board entertainment.

Friday, Day 2: Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel. We will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and will be met by a Trips Israel LLC representative, immediately after passport control. He will assist us in the terminal and will escort us through customs and outside the terminal to meet our driver with vehicle. We will have a short ride to our hotel, in the beautiful coastal City of Tel Aviv for check-in. The remainder of the day or evening will be at leisure (depending on arrival time). In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Itzik Hagadol Restaurant.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Shabbat, Day 3: Shabbat at leisure

Following Shabbat breakfast, we will enjoy a day at leisure to wander the streets of Tel Aviv. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Shila – Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen and Bar.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.

Sunday, Day 4: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikra

Following breakfast, we will check out from our hotel in Tel-Aviv and travel north along the Mediterranean coast to visit the ancient city of Caesarea, once the roman capital of the region. We will visit the Roman Theater, once used for many performances throughout the centuries. Today it still draws huge crowds for concerts and festivals. We will view the aqueduct, which was once used for conveying water to the city. We will continue north towards Haifa. Upon our arrival, we will ascend Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of the beautiful Bahai Gardens and Haifa Bay. We will continue north along the coast to visit the crusader port of Akko (Acre). Here, we will see the ancient fortress, the underground passages, and secret rooms. Walk along the old harbor and local market. We will also visit the prison where members of the Hagana and Irgun were held captive during Israel’s fight for independence. This was where they filmed Leon Uris’s famous novel “Exodus”. We will journey to the northern most point of Israel and arrive at Rosh Hanikra. We will have an incredible panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. Rosh Hanikra is also Israel’s border with Lebanon. We will descend by cable car to see the limestone Grottos created by the Mediterranean Sea. We will conclude our day with a drive through the hills of the Galilee to our Kibbutz hotel for check-in, followed by a relaxing kibbutz dinner.

Overnight in the Galilee.

Monday, Day 5: Safed, Gadot, Banias, Tel Hai

Following breakfast we will start our day with a drive to the mystical city of Safed. It is considered to be one of the Four Holy cities according to tradition and the birth place of kabala. We will stroll through the narrow winding alleys and visit the Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city. We will also enjoy the creative workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artist’s quarter. We will proceed to the rugged Golan Heights for a jeep adventure. After jeep, we will continue to Gadot Overlook (Mitzpe Gadot), the memorial site for the fallen of the fighting in the Golan, located over former syrian bunkers and see the monument built on site in honor of the Alexandroni brigade; to re-visit the fallen and overlook the memorial site for the fallen in fighting for the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers. We will visit the observation point overlooking the destroyed city of Kuneitra (Syrian territory) from a distance. We will continue north to Banias Springs, which is considered the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon and leading into the Jordan River. Next, we visit Tel-Hai to see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. We will return to our Kibbutz Hotel for a relaxing dinner in the Upper Galilee. After dinner (or before), we will meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle (living and working in a kibbutz).

Overnight in the Galilee.

Tuesday, Day 6: Beit Shean, Beitt Alpha, Gan Hashlosha to Jerusalem

Following Breakfast, we will drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave. We will leave the Galilee area and travel south through the Jordan Valley to the ancient city of Beit Shean, also known as “Scythopolis”, dated to the Byzantine era. We will walk through the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel, with its amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics, and the Roman bath house. Next, we will visit Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a Byzantine synagogue. We will continue further south to visit Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) and have the opportunity to enjoy the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa Mountain. This is the famous mountain where King Saul and his son Jonathan were killed in the battle against the Philistines. We will continue south through the lush Jordan Valley and upon arriving in Jerusalem stop at Mt. Scopus for a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem. Before leaving Mt. Scopus we will do a traditional Sheyechyanu blessing for our arrival to this special city. We will arrive at our hotel for check-in. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Eucalyptus Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday, Day 7: Jerusalem: Old City

After breakfast at our hotel, we will start the day at Mt. Zion to visit the tomb of King David. We will enter the walled city of Jerusalem and proceed to the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-day war in 1967. We will see the ancient Roman road and visit the four Sephardic Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter. We will walk to the broad stone stairway down to the holy Western Wall – the “Kotel” (Beit Hamikdash). We will have time to put a prayer to G-D in the cracks of the Wailing Wall. We begin at the passageways descending through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Rabbinical Tunnels of the Western Wall. An incredible labyrinth of tunnels, arches, and passageways remained untouched for centuries. Inside, a most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the nearest spot to the “Holy of Holies”. We will continue towards the Southern Wall excavations to see the Davidson Center, one of the most significant archeological sites in the country. We will walk through the Arab Bazaar and markets to David’s Tower Museum. Here, we will see the ancient remains of the city, from the first Temple period. We will return to hotel to relax. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Charkra Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday, Day 8: Jerusalem: New City

Following breakfast at our hotel, we will start our day at the Kotel to witness a Bar Miztvah ceremony. We will leave the Old City and drive to Mea Shearim. We will learn about the unique lifestyle of the Ultra orthodox communities. We will drive to Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, to see Israel’s leaders and heros gravesites. We will have the option to visit the gravesites of Israel’s greatest, including Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinski, Yitzchak Rabin. We will continue to Yad Vashem, considered to be the first memorial to mankind’s darkest period. We will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion. We will continue to Ammunition Hill (Givat-Hatahmoshet), a former Jordanian army stronghold conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War converted into a national memorial site and museum. It is also the sight of one of the fiercest battles for Jerusalem. We will then drive by the Knesset to see Israel’s parliament and the Menorah with its biblical emblems. We will proceed to Israel Museum to see the scale model, which recreates Jerusalem in 66 CE. In that fateful year the Great Revolt against the Romans erupted, resulting in the destruction of the city and the Temple. The ancient city was then at its largest covering an area of 445 acres (more than twice the size of the old city today). In the same complex we will also visit the Shrine of the Book. Here we will see the original Dead Sea Scrolls and where they are housed. We will then return back to our hotel. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Tmol Shilshom Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday, Day 9: Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea

(Remember to bring your hats, swim suits, and suntan lotion!)

After an early breakfast, we will travel south through the Judean Wilderness towards the shores of the Dead Sea. As we get closer to the Dead Sea shores, we will start to descend to the lowest point on earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level and will arrive at the Shores of the Dead Sea. We will veer south and stop at Qumran, to see the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We continue south along the shores of the Dead Sea to the legendary mountain top plateau of Masada. We will ascend the mountain by cable car to the ancient synagogue of Masada and explore the ancient fortress. This is where the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans took place. The Zealots held the legions of Flavius Silva (Roman army) for nearly three years. They had a choice to be slaves for the Romans or choose to die as free men by their own hands. From the top of Masada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below. Following the tour of Masada, we descend by cable car and continue with our drive south to a spa resort hotel for a delicious lunch. After lunch we will have the opportunity to experience floating in the mystical waters of the Dead Sea and cover ourselves in mud. We will return to our hotel in Jerusalem. In the evening, suggested dinner reservation at Mona Restaurant.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday, Day 10: Shabbat at leisure

After Shabbat breakfast, we will enjoy a day at leisure. Feel the ambiance of Jerusalem on Shabbat. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Mantra Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Sunday, Day 11: Depart Israel

If flight is in the early morning or during the day: After breakfast, we will check-out from our hotel in Jerusalem and will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back home. We will arrive home the same day with everlasting memories of Israel.

SHALOM!

Airfare (bought separately):

  • Airfare from a North American gateway
  • Airfare taxes and fuel surcharge

9 nights accommodations:

  • 2 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in Galilee
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Tours and guiding:

  • Touring in a Deluxe motor-coach
  • A professional government licensed English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to all sites and parks

Meet, assist and transfers:

  • Meet & assist at Ben Gurion Airport, immediately after passport control
  • Transfer on a arrival from Ben Gurion Airport to hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Transfer on departure from hotel to Ben Gurion Airport

Meals included:

  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners at hotels in the Galilee
  • 1 lunch at the Dead Sea

Other services also included:

  • Dead Sea spa
  • Jeep tour in the Galilee
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Maps, pens and luggage tags

Regions:

  • The Mediterranean Coast
  • The Galilee, Golan and the Sea of Galilee
  • Jerusalem, including Old City
  • Judean Wilderness and the Dead Sea
HOTEL PLAN Plan A – Deluxe (5 stars PLUS) Plan B – Deluxe (5 stars) Plan C – Superior (4 stars) Plan D – Moderate (3.5 stars)
Tel Aviv Carlton Hotel Carlton Hotel Dan Panorama Hotel Prima City Hotel
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Hadar Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Hadar Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden
Jerusalem King David Hotel David Citadel Hotel Dan Panorama Hotel Prima Kings Hotel
2017 dates: Per person Per person 3rd adult Per person Per person 3rd adult Per person Per person 3rd adult Per person Per person 3rd adult
in Double in Single pays in Double in Single pays in Double in Single pays in Double in Single pays
March 24 $3,105 $4,913 $1,971 $3,060 $4,892 $2,286 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
March 31 $3,105 $4,913 $1,971 $3,060 $4,892 $2,286 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
April 07 Not operating
April 21 $3,105 $4,913 $1,971 $2,969 $4,710 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
April 28 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
May 05 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
May 12 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
May 19 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
May  26 Not operating
June 02 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,303 $3,345 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
June 09 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,303 $3,345 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
June 16 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,303 $3,345 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
June 23 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,303 $3,345 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
June 30 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,303 $3,345 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
July 07 $3,417 $5,534 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,303 $3,345 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
July 14 $3,177 $5,053 $1,971 $2,906 $4,584 $2,174 $2,275 $3,289 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
July 21 $3,177 $5,053 $1,971 $2,906 $4,584 $2,174 $2,275 $3,289 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
July 28 $3,177 $5,053 $1,971 $2,906 $4,584 $2,174 $2,275 $3,289 $1,391 $2,148 $3,049 $1,943
August 04 $3,234 $5,165 $1,999 $2,946 $4,654 $2,202 $2,377 $3,515 $1,415 $2,181 $3,111 $1,966
August 11 $3,234 $5,165 $1,999 $2,946 $4,654 $2,202 $2,377 $3,515 $1,415 $2,181 $3,111 $1,966
August 18 $3,234 $5,165 $1,999 $2,946 $4,654 $2,202 $2,377 $3,515 $1,415 $2,181 $3,111 $1,966
August 25 $3,234 $5,165 $1,999 $2,946 $4,654 $2,202 $2,377 $3,515 $1,415 $2,181 $3,111 $1,966
September 01 $3,105 $4,913 $1,971 $2,836 $4,444 $2,174 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
September 08 $3,105 $4,913 $1,971 $2,836 $4,444 $2,174 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
September 15, 22, 29  Not operating
October 06
October 13 $3,406 $5,515 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
October 20 $3,406 $5,515 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
October 27 $3,406 $5,515 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
November 03 $3,406 $5,515 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
November 10 $3,406 $5,515 $1,971 $3,011 $4,794 $2,454 $2,254 $3,247 $1,391 $2,078 $2,923 $1,881
November 17 $2,855 $4,414 $1,958 $2,866 $4,505 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $2,058 $2,887 $1,868
November 24 $2,855 $4,414 $1,958 $2,866 $4,505 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $2,058 $2,887 $1,868
December 01 $2,855 $4,414 $1,958 $2,866 $4,505 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $2,058 $2,887 $1,868
December 08 $2,855 $4,414 $1,958 $2,866 $4,505 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $2,058 $2,887 $1,868
December 15 $3,067 $4,840 $1,958 $3,223 $5,219 $2,385 $2,121 $2,983 $1,568 $1,988 $2,761 $1,810
December 22 $3,387 $5,478 $1,958 $3,356 $5,485 $2,441 $2,353 $3,448 $1,854 $2,016 $2,811 $1,834
December 29 $3,387 $5,478 $1,958 $3,356 $5,485 $2,441 $2,353 $3,448 $1,854 $2,016 $2,811 $1,834
2018 Dates:
January 05 $2,796 $4,299 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $1,876 $2,559 $1,715
January 12 $2,796 $4,299 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $1,876 $2,559 $1,715
January 19 $2,796 $4,299 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $1,876 $2,559 $1,715
January 26 $2,796 $4,299 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $1,876 $2,559 $1,715
February 02 $2,796 $4,299 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $1,876 $2,559 $1,715
February 09 $2,796 $4,299 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $1,876 $2,559 $1,715
February 16 $2,796 $4,299 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,009 $2,759 $1,378 $1,876 $2,559 $1,715
February 23 $2,934 $4,577 $1,958 $2,733 $4,239 $2,161 $2,106 $2,953 $1,378 $1,960 $2,710 $1,786
NOTE: Tours are being operated each Friday on the dates mentioned above.

Child sharing room with parents, Bed and Breakfast basis

Departure Dates Plan A – Deluxe (5 stars PLUS) Plan B – Deluxe (5 stars) Plan C – Superior (4 stars) Plan D – Moderate (3.5 stars)
Not reach 12th birthday Not reach 12th birthday Not reach 12th birthday Not reach 12th birthday
All departures $1,800 $1,300 $1,200 $1,400

Not included:

  • International airfare to Israel
  • Lunch and dinner daily, other than those mentioned above
  • Travel insurance – based on age and total cost PER PERSON (see below costs):
 
The amount you want to insure (package cost) age
0-30
age
31-50
age
51-60
age
61-70
age
71-75
age
76-80
age
81-84
age
85+
 $1,500.01 – $2,000  $71  $98   110   151  $200  $238  $315  $402
 $2,000.01 – $2,500  $90  $123  $137  $187  $251  $300  $388  $494
 $2,500.01 – $3,000 $106  $143  $163  $223  $305  $359  $454  $571
 $3,000.01 – $3,500 $122  $162  $186  $259  $351  $413  $534  $657
 $3,500.01 – $4,000 $139  $180  $211  $292  $397  $460  $610  $741
 $4,000.01 – $4,500 $151  $196  $235  $325  $431  $511  $670  $816
 $4,500.01 – $5,000 $182  $240 $264  $367  $499  $580  $775  $954
 $5,000.01 – $5,500 $208  $276  $299  $412  $563  $648  $867  $1,093
 $5,500.01 – $6,000 $230  $310   333  $470  $619  $714  $960  $1,214
 $6,000.01 – $6,500 $265   357  $375  $525  $688  $800  $1,085  $1,378
 $6,500.01 – $7,000  $292  $395  $411  $577  $756  $871  $1,176  $1,523
 $7,000.01 – $8,000  $318  $426  $444  $630  $822  $960  $1,288  $1,673
 Please note: There will be a $7 administration fee added to the policy.

Optional:

  • Upgrade to better rooms (if available)
  • VIP meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Request a quote for international airfare

Mediterranean Coast and surrounding area

  • Caesarea
  • Mt. Carmel
  • Akko (Acre)
  • Rosh Hanikra

Galilee and surrounding regions

  • Safed
  • Gadot
  • Banias
  • Tel Hai,
  • Beit Shean and Beit Alpha
  • Gan Hashlosha.

Jerusalem – Old City

  • Tomb of King David
  • The Old City of Jerusalem
  • David’s Tower Museum
  • Kotel and Rabbinical Tunnels,
  • Southern Wall and Davidson Center

Jerusalem – New City

  • Mea Shearim
  • Mount Hertzel
  • Yad Vashem
  • Ammunition Hill
  • Knesset (parliament) and Menorah
  • Israel Museum

Dead Sea and surrounding regions:

  • Qumran
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea Spa facility (resort hotel)

RESERVATION AND DEPOSITS:

A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required at time of registration; either by check or credit card.

FINAL BALANCE:

Final balance is due NO LATER than 65 days prior to departure. If paying by check, please make checks payable to: “Trips Israel LLC Inc”.

PASSPORT:

To travel to Israel, Europe and the Middle East, you must be in possession of a valid passport and it must be valid for 6 months from the day of your return flight home or the airline may refuse you boarding. Citizens of some nations may require a visa (please contact “www.ShalomJourneys.com or the Israel Consulate General for more information). It is the responsibility of the passenger/s to understand the Visa regulations for entry to all countries around the world, via air or land. You can find available websites or by contacting them directly on the telephone.

CANCELLATION:

Cancellations of tours and/or hotels must be received in writing and signed by the client.

  • Cancellations received from time of booking to 65 days prior to departure have a penalty of $300 per person from the total land package and/or hotel reservation per person. There are no refunds for air tickets after they are issued.
  • Cancellation received from 64 – 45 days prior to departure have a penalty of 50% (fifty percent) from the total land package and/or hotel reservation per person. There are no refunds for air tickets after they are issued.
  • Cancellation received from 44 – 15 days prior to departure have a penalty of 75% (seventy five percent) from the total land package per person. There are no refunds for air tickets after they are issued.
  • Cancellation received from 14 – 0 days prior to departure have a penalty of 100% (one hundred percent) from the total land package and/or hotel reservation per person. There are no refunds for air tickets after they are issued.

Please note:

Cancellation refunds take approximately 60 days to process.

BAGGAGE:

To travel to Israel from North America with most airlines, you are allowed 1 checked luggage totaling (no more) 50lbs. each, plus one piece of hand luggage on board with you. Some airlines have different luggage restrictions. It is the responsibility of the passenger/s to understand the baggage allowance, restrictions based on the terms used on the airlines website or by contacting them directly on the telephone prior to your flight departure. Luggage is the sole responsibility of the passenger and of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airlines directly.

RESPONSIBILITY:

“Trips Israel LLC” acts only as agents for the various companies supplying the services of this tour and shall not be held liable in any way for injury; damage; loss; death; accident; delay or irregularity to any person, place or property, including air transportation or changes in itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

It is the responsibility of all passengers to have travel insurance for full travel protection.

UNDERSTANDING:

It is understood and agreed to abide by the Security Notice and Directives to the Tour. Passengers agree to accept any and all risks to safety and security during the course of participating in the package tour and hereby release “Trips Israel LLC” and any of its suppliers, trustees, officers, agents and employees from any claims which may accordingly arise during the course of participation in the tour.

MEDICAL CONDITION:

“Trips Israel LLC” and their suppliers are not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour.

UNDERSTANDING THE ITINERARY:

From time to time, the sites during the tour can change in sequence and or can be missed, due to; delays, traffic, weather, security and or other causes, which cannot be avoided. There are no refunds given for site/s missed.

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