Ultimate Jewish Heritage Tour
15 Days / 14 Nights / 11 Touring Days
You’ll enjoy 11 fully escorted touring days and 2 days of leisure on this Ultimate Jewish Heritage Tour of Israel. Highlights include visiting the water springs at Gan Hashlosha, the limestone grottoes at Rosh HaNikra, Beit Shean – the largest archaeological park in Israel, and the Dead Sea among so many other wonderful sites.
USA / TEL AVIV
Flight from USA to Tel-Aviv.
ARRIVAL / TEL AVIV / JERUSALEM
Upon arrival you will be met at Ben Gurion airport by our transfer representative and transported to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.
Start the day with a visit to the Independence Hall where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared. Next, drive to Latrun to visit the new “Mini Israel” park including miniature models of the most important sites and buildings in the country. Continue to visit Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, the underground movement before May 1948. Overnight in Tel-Aviv..
TEL AVIV / JAFFA
Visit the Diaspora Museum; drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin’s Square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000-year-old port city. Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist’s quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1909 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand-made jewelry and artifacts. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance. Overnight in Tel-Aviv.
Enjoy a day at leisure. Overnight in Tel-Aviv.
CAESAREA / HAIFA / AKKO
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the crusaders’ city, the Roman Aqueduct and the Amphitheater which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel. 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. Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
SAFED / GOLAN HEIGHTS / BANIAS
Drive to Safed, center of the Kabala 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. Continue to the Golan Heights. Stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. Visit the Banias springs. Next, a visit to Tel-Hai; See the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse. Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.
BEIT SHE’AN / BEIT ALPHA / SACHNE / JERUSALEM
Drive to Tiberius to visit Rambam’s grave; proceed to Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis”, the biggest archaeological 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. Onto Gan Hashlosha, (Sachne) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy in the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa mountain, the famous mountain on which King Saul was killed in the battle against the philistines. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city, Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Start with a visit to the tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road; Visit the four Sepharadic synagogues restored after 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels; Visit the Davidson Center and walk through the Roman Cardo, to the local Arab bazaar. Walk through Jaffa gate to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the city beginning with the first Temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Depart the hotel and arrive to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. *Celebrate the 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, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the new Holy Land Model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Drive to Mount Hertzel, the military cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the ammunition hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the Six Day War and converted into a national memorial site and museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.
DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / MASADA
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, the bathhouses etc. Descend by cable car, next stop for lunch, float on the Dead Sea and enjoy the spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Enjoy a day at leisure. Overnight in Jerusalem.
TIMNA / EILAT
Travel south through the Negev desert; Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Overnight in Eilat.
Enjoy a day at leisure and stroll around the city’s streets, the beach promenade or enjoy the water sport activities. OPTIONAL: FULL DAY TOUR TO PETRA, JORDAN – see details below.
TEL AVIV / USA
Depart Eilat via Mitzpeh Ramon; stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder; Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin Valley. Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Drive back to Tel-Aviv. Transfer to Ben-Gurion airport for departure.
OPTIONAL PETRA, JORDAN TOUR
PETRA / AQABA / EILAT
Pick up from your hotel at 7:00 AM, arriving at the Arava border crossing we enter the Kingdom of Jordan, from here a 2-hour drive takes us to the ‘Lost City’ of Petra. An absolute must for all visitors to the region. Counted among the wonders of the ancient world, Petra is an archaeological, anthropological and geological phenomenon. Your private guide will explain the history, legends, myths and truths of this astonishing city carved 2000-years-ago from the red sandstone mountains. We enjoy a buffet lunch in Petra and leave Petra in the afternoon for Wadi Musa (a small village nearby), and a city tour of Aqaba. Following this we commence our return journey to the Arava border arriving in the evening in Eilat.
*Subject to Change*
- Independance Hall
- Latrun’s “Mini Israel”
- colorful Sheinkin Street in Tel Aviv
- Visit the Rosh HaNikra grottoes
- Enjoy the water springs at Gan Hashlosha
- Jeep tour in the Golan Heights
- Tour the Old City of Jerusalem
- Western Wall Tunnels
- Dead Sea float
- Timna copper mines
- Ramon Crater
- Transfers on your arrival from Gurion Airport to your hotel in Tel Aviv & from Jerusalem to the airport in Tel Aviv
- 11 touring days per itinerary with English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees to sites per itinerary
- Centrally located hotel accommodations
- 14 nights accommodations on bed and breakfast basis
- 2 dinners at Kibbutz Lavi in Galilee
- Jeep ride in the Golan Heights
- Lunch at the Dead Sea Spa hotel
- Light lunch and camel ride at a Bedouin Village
- Similar hotels to those listed may be substituted
- Meals not in itinerary
- Tips to guide, driver, and hotel staff
- Travel insurance – (highly recommended & available at an additional cost)
- Treatments at the Dead Sea Spa
- Anything not mentioned as included
- Optional Petra tour
Optional Petra, Jordan Tour Features Included
- Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
- Transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach and guide
- Entrance fees and lunch in Petra
- Brief tour of the city of Aqaba
- Transfer to the border and back to the hotel
Optional Petra, Jordan Tour Not Included
- Border tax
You can choose the hotel accommodations which best fit your travel needs from a variety of travel packages. See pricing.
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Ultimate Jewish Heritage Tour
|Hotel Plans||Accommodations||Price USD|
|A||Dan Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv||Double||Single|
|Kibbutz Lavi-Edan Wing||Galilee||$ 5,125||$ 7,765|
|King David Jerusalem||Jerusalem|
|B||Carlton Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv||Double||Single|
|Kibbutz Lavi-Hadar Wing||Galilee||$ 4,437||$ 6,517|
|C||Dan Panorama Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv||Double||Single|
|Kibbutz Lavi-Hod Wing||Galilee||$ 3,862||$ 5,416|
|Dan Panorama Jerusalem||Jerusalem|
|Dan Panorama Eilat||Eilat|
|D||Prima Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv||Double||Single|
|Kibbutz Lavi-Lev Wing||Galilee||$ 3,375||$ 4,716|
|Prima Music Eilat||Eilat|
Please note: Prices are per person USD on bed and breakfast basis
A deposit of $250.00 per person, along with a completed registration form, is required to ensure your space on this tour.
Prices are based on double occupancy. For a single room, the single supplement must be added.
Travel Insurance is optional and highly recommended – available at an additional charge.
is the responsibility of the passenger. Any/all damage or loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
Passports & Visas
Each passenger must have a valid passport, and it must be valid for six months after your arrival in Israel. For U.S. citizens, a visa is not required for Israel; no immunizations or vaccinations are required.
$250 per person with reservation. Final Payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
Any requested change in the basic program will result in a charge of $150 per person/per change plus any additional charges that may apply for revised air or land arrangements.
Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. It is recommended that passengers arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure to insure adequate check-in time.
All cancellations must be sent to ITAS in writing signed by the person who made the reservation and are effective when received by ITAS. No refunds for cancellations received after tour departure, during the tour, or for any unused portion of the tour.
Penalties for Israel Land Portion:
- Up to 90 days prior to departure no penalty
- From 89-61 days prior to departure date $150.00 cancellation fee
- From 60-46 days prior to departure date $250.00 cancellation fee
- From 45-25 days prior to departure date $500
- From 24 days prior to departure or less, including no shows – no refund
Penalties for Air Portion:
Depending on the airline regulations. Penalties may be equal to the cost of the ticket.
Israel Travel Advisory Service, LLC (ITAS) and/or its agents and their representatives abroad, act only as agents for the tour participants in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, touring, restaurants, or any other services in connection with the itinerary. They will exercise reasonable care in making such arrangements. However, they do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity to person or property because of any act or default of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company, or person rendering any of the services included in the tours. The tickets, coupons, tariffs, rules or contracts currently in use by any carrier, hotel, restaurant, or other contractor rendering services shall constitute the sole contract between such contractor and the tour participants.
ITAS and/or its agents and their representatives abroad, accept no responsibility for any damage, delay, or injury due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, government restraints, hostile acts, terrorism, weather, acts of God, or any other cause beyond their personal control. ITAS and/or its agents and their representatives abroad are not responsible for loss of or damage to your luggage, accidents en route, or ill health which may require travelers to miss parts of the tour or to return home without the group. No carrier shall be responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time tour participants are not on board its own conveyance.
The tour programs are planned in advance. If between planning time and the actual tour operation, circumstances beyond control require changes, ITAS and/or its agents and their representatives abroad reserve the right to vary itineraries and substitute components of tour programs. In the event it becomes necessary or advisable for any reason whatsoever to alter the arrangements of the itinerary, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operators. The right is reserved to accept or refuse any person as a member of the tour.