Imagine a getaway that is not just a break from the everyday but a profound journey through time and culture. Israel offers a unique fusion of ancient history, spiritual milestones, and modern-day marvels.
Tours for adults in Israel are tailor-made experiences that cater to mature travelers seeking depth and understanding in their adventures.
Whether it’s walking through the winding alleys of Jerusalem, savoring the innovative cuisine of Tel Aviv, or basking in the stillness of the Dead Sea, Israel serves as the perfect backdrop for an enriching adult escapade.
This is a land where every stone tells a story, and every sunset brings a sense of ancient continuity. It is an ideal destination for those who crave a travel experience that enlightens as much as it excites.
Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv:
This full-day coach tour is a deep dive into the religious and historical significance of two of the world’s most revered cities.
The tour blends spiritual discovery with historical exploration, making it a perfect fit for those interested in Jerusalem and Bethlehem’s Christian and historic sites.
For those considering an enriching tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv, here’s an activities itinerary that highlights the blend of historical and spiritual experiences you can expect:
Jerusalem’s Old City:
Your day begins with exploring Jerusalem’s Old City and its four quarters, each with its character and historical significance.
The Old City of Jerusalem is a 0.9-square-kilometre walled area in East Jerusalem. It is known for its division into four quarters: the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Jewish Quarter.
The Temple Mount, also within the Old City, houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and is the former site of the Jewish Temple.
The current walls and city gates date back to between 1535 and 1542 under Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire.
Despite its name, the layout of the Old City today differs from ancient times, with most archaeologists believing that the City of David, located on a rocky spur south of the Temple Mount, was the original core of Jerusalem during the Bronze and Iron Ages.
The Old City is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is of critical religious importance to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Byzantine Cardo and Western Wall:
Visit the remnants of an ancient Roman road and the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
The Byzantine Cardo in Jerusalem was a major north-south thoroughfare in ancient Roman cities, named after the Latin word for ‘hinge’ or ‘axis,’ which reflects its importance as the heart of economic life in the city.
In Jerusalem, during the visit of Emperor Hadrian in the 130s AD, the city was surveyed and reestablished as the Roman colony of Aelia Capitolina.
The city was laid out with a grid plan typical of Roman colonies, and the Cardo Maximus was constructed as a broad, colonnaded avenue running southward from the Damascus Gate.
Under Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this road was extended further south to connect the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with the newly built Zion Gate.
The Cardo was lined with shops and vendors, serving as a hub of economic life.
The roadway was divided into two shaded porticoes for pedestrian traffic and a central open pavement for commercial access and ritual space.
The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or in Islam as the Buraq Wall, is a remaining section of the ancient limestone wall that formed part of the more enormous retaining walls of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Over half of the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period and is believed to have been built under Herod the Great.
The Western Wall is of immense religious significance in Judaism as the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray due to its proximity to the Temple Mount, specifically the Holy of Holies, the most sacred site in the Jewish faith.
It also holds significance in Muslim tradition as the site where Prophet Muhammad tied his winged steed, al-Buraq, during his night journey to Jerusalem.
The term “Western Wall” often refers specifically to the section of the wall used for Jewish prayer and is adjacent to a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter.
There is also a smaller section known as the “Little Western Wall,” which is presumed closer to the ancient Holy of Holies.
The Byzantine Cardo and the Western Wall are situated within the Old City of Jerusalem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to sites of crucial importance to the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
These sites reflect the deep historical and religious layers that characterize Jerusalem’s Old City.
Markets and Dome of the Rock View:
Experience the vibrant bazaars and enjoy views of the iconic Dome of the Rock.
Jerusalem is a city that seamlessly blends the ancient with the modern, which is vividly reflected in its markets, which offer a variety of unique shopping experiences. Machane Yehuda Market, known as the shuk, is the largest market in Jerusalem and a must-visit destination.
It features an array of fresh, seasonal produce, spices, cheeses, meats, baked goods, and more from over 250 vendors. This market also doubles as a nightlife hotspot in the evening, with bars, restaurants, and an urban art display on the metal shutter doors.
For those seeking a more upscale shopping experience, the Mamilla open-air mall, located just outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City, offers high-end shopping, cafes, and restaurants. It combines modern architecture with ancient facades and frequently features art installations.
In the Old City, the various quarters house markets where one can find religious items, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and many souvenirs. Bargaining is part of the experience here, and the market is known for its diverse goods.
On Fridays, the Bezalel Street Fair showcases the work of local artists, offering handmade items like jewelry and pottery reminiscent of the Nachalat Benyamin artist market in Tel Aviv.
The Dome of the Rock, an iconic and ancient Islamic monument built in the late 7th century by the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, stands out for its spiritual significance and architectural splendor.
Situated on the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as al-Ḥaram al-Sharīf, it is believed to be the spot from which the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven during the Mi’raj.
This shrine is notable for its Byzantine-inspired architecture, marked by a central gilded wooden dome over an octagonal base, and its interior and exterior are adorned with marble, mosaics devoid of human or animal forms, and Arabic inscriptions.
The markets of Jerusalem provide a glimpse into the city’s vibrant daily life and rich tapestry of cultures. At the same time, the view of the Dome of the Rock offers a connection to a profound historical and religious narrative that continues to shape the city’s identity today.
Middle Eastern Lunch:
Savor a traditional lunch in the Arab Souq.
Middle Eastern cuisine is rich and diverse, with dishes that vary across regions but share common ingredients and culinary traditions.
Common ingredients include olives, olive oil, pitas, honey, sesame seeds, dates, sumac, chickpeas, mint, rice, and parsley. A typical Middle Eastern lunch might feature dishes such as kebabs, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), falafel, baklava (a sweet pastry), yogurt, doner kebab, shawarma (slices of seasoned meat), and mulukhiyah (a leafy vegetable stew).
These dishes are known for their vibrant flavors, extensive use of spices, and the combination of various textures and ingredients.
This tour promises a full day of immersive activities that allow you to engage deeply with these ancient cities’ sacred histories and cultures.
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv:
Experience Masada’s rich history and the Dead Sea’s therapeutic beauty in this comprehensive tour. Including hotel pickup and drop-off, a professional guide, and all entrance fees, this tour is ideal for those looking to combine historical learning with natural relaxation.
The “Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, & More Tour” from Tel Aviv is an exceptional experience that offers a mix of historical exploration, natural beauty, and relaxation.
Judean Desert Descent:
The tour starts with descending through the Judean Desert, going below sea level to the Earth’s lowest region, offering a unique photo opportunity if time permits.
The Judean Desert, also known as the Desert of Judah, is a region southeast of Jerusalem along the western shore of the Dead Sea, characterized by its mountainous terrain and steep ravines. It has a warm climate exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in the summer.
This desert is historically significant, the location of the oldest continuously inhabited city, Jericho, and the ancient Ein Gedi oasis and Mar Saba monastery.
In biblical times, the Judean Desert was a refuge for figures like King David. During the New Testament era, it was the site of Jesus’s self-imposed exile and temptation by Satan. It was also significant during the Bar Kokhba revolt, where Jewish rebels fortified themselves in Masada.
In modern times, the desert continues to be inhabited. It is a popular tourist destination, offering hiking, swimming in the Ein Gedi Oasis, and visiting historical sites such as Masada and the Monastery of the Temptation. It is also the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the Qumran Caves.
En route, you’ll pass significant sites like the Inn of the Good Samaritan and the city of Jericho.
Experience floating in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea and indulge in a mud bath known for its therapeutic properties.
The Dead Sea, also known as Yam hamMelaḥ in Hebrew and Āl-Baḥrū l-Maytū in Arabic, is a significant salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the Palestinian West Bank to the west. It is located in the Jordan Rift Valley and is fed by the Jordan River.
Notably, the shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest land-based elevation on Earth, sitting at 430.5 meters (1,412 feet) below sea level. It is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, with a salinity of 34.2%, 9.6 times saltier than the ocean.
This high salinity creates a buoyant swimming experience and means that life cannot flourish in its waters, hence its name.
Historically, the Dead Sea has been a destination for millennia, serving as one of the world’s first health resorts for figures like Herod the Great. It has provided various products, including asphalt for Egyptian mummification and potash for fertilizers. Today, it is a popular spot for tourists from the Israeli, Jordanian, and West Bank coastlines.
However, the Dead Sea is receding rapidly; its surface area has reduced from 1,050 square kilometers in 1930 to 605 square kilometers today. Efforts like the proposed Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance project have been considered to help mitigate this recession.
Visit Ein Gedi, a beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert, offering a serene and green contrast to the surrounding arid landscape.
Ein Gedi, meaning “spring of the kid,” is an oasis and nature reserve in Israel, located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the Qumran Caves.
It is recognized for its stunning beauty, varied landscapes, and botanical gardens, making it one of Israel’s premier hiking spots. The reserve is situated in the Judean Desert and is characterized by its significant variations in elevation over short distances.
Perennial freshwater springs have enabled permanent settlement and agriculture in this region since ancient times despite the extreme heat and aridity.
The area is also the northernmost natural habitat for several plant species more commonly found in the savannahs of East Africa, illustrating its unique ecological significance.
The Ein Gedi Botanical Garden is particularly noted for its collection of plants from arid regions.
Regarding its biblical importance, Ein Gedi served as a water source during these times, and a half-hour hike can lead you to a waterfall and pool, as well as trails to Shulamit Spring, the top of the falls, and the Dodim Cave. The park is one of the few places in the Israeli deserts where streams run all year long, and it includes trails past waterfalls, springs, caves, canyons, and an early Bronze Age temple.
The nature reserve is also home to wildlife, including Nubian ibexes, hyraxes, foxes, hyenas, leopards, and numerous bird species. Hiking trails like the Ein Gedi Ascent offer challenging climbs and access to ancient ruins and natural springs. Additionally, Ein Gedi Eco Park at Kibbutz Ein Gedi provides insights into environmental challenges and technologies in Israel, featuring solar cookers, a zoo, and mud structures. The Ein Gedi Kibbutz is a small settlement gateway to the nature reserve. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in Israel, highlighting the area’s overall appeal.
This day trip is perfect for those looking to explore ancient history at Masada, relax in the natural beauty of Ein Gedi, and experience the unique sensation of floating in the Dead Sea.
Experience for yourself
Israel tours for adults, especially those designed by ITAS Tours, offer a rare blend of education, exploration, and relaxation. These full-day excursions, with professional guides and convenient amenities, provide deep insights into the locations’ historical and cultural significance.
Catering to various interests, from religious history to natural tranquillity, these tours represent the pinnacle of adult-oriented travel experiences.
As you return from your Israel travel adventure, you carry not just memories but a newfound appreciation for one of the world’s most historically rich regions, a journey made even more rewarding with the expertise and care of Israel Travel Advisory Service.
Visiting a new place is exciting and Israel is a great place to visit and vacation. There are many religious and historical spots to see. Apart from the linkage, there are many natural wonders. Today we’ll provide important tips to know before visiting Israel.
With all this excitement comes uncertainty. When visiting a new country, some rules must be followed, written or unspoken, and a language barrier.
It is always good to be prepared beforehand. If you are looking for the best Israel travel tips, look no further. Here is everything you need to know about this historically rich country.
In this travel guide, you will visit the most hidden corners and discover places your typical tourist agency won’t show you.
Do’s & Don’ts when visiting Israel
- Do Use Local Greetings
You are not likely to offend anyone in Israel by trying to use the country’s traditional greeting. Just as Americans do not take offence to visitors from other countries saying “hello,” you are welcome to use the Israeli greeting “shalom” when you visit.
It will help you blend in with the locals. The literal translation of the traditional greeting is “peace” and is used for both hello and goodbye across Israel.
- Don’t Smoke on Saturday
Most people agree smoking isn’t good for your health. But those who smoke might not realize it is also considered ill mannered to smoke at certain times or places in Israel.
You will want to observe no-smoking signs wherever you are in Israel, but keep in mind that smoking is in direct violation of the “Shabbat,” a holy day observed on Saturdays in Israel. If you can refrain from smoking that day, that’s a plus.
Otherwise, you should at least avoid doing it around religious places or in the presence of Orthodox Jews who may find it offensive.
- Do dress properly
Dress codes are pretty simple and are common sense in Israel, but there are a few rules you might not be accustomed to. Make sure you pack conservative clothes for visiting any religious sites.
Although it may be warm during the summer, if you plan to visit places like the Western Wall or the spot where Jesus was crucified, it is recommended to wear t-shirts with sleeves that fall below the elbow and long skirts or pants.
Men should not wear shorts or go without shirts around these sites. When visiting Jewish shrines or memorials, it is also proper for men to cover their heads. Women should not wear anything that exposes bare legs or shoulders while visiting a holy site.
Often there will be a complimentary yarmulke, a small skullcap, available to visitors who need to cover their heads. If you forget to carry proper clothing, worry not, as religious women hand it out near the Western Wall.
Practical travel tips
- The best time to travel to Israel
Deciding when to go to Israel largely depends on what you are interested in doing while you are there. While there is no right or wrong time to go, there are a couple of things you need to consider when planning your trip: climate and Jewish Holidays.
Israel has two seasons: summer (April to late October) and winter (November to March). Summers are hot and humid but rain-free, and winter starts when it gets from cool to cold and begins raining. It generally doesn’t snow in Israel, except for the mountain areas in the Golan Heights.
Another vital tip to consider when you travel to Israel is the Jewish holidays. In Israel, there are two calendars: the Gregorian calendar and the Jewish calendar, but most religious holidays are based on the Jewish calendar.
Even though it’s interesting to be in Israel during some of these holidays, you’ll have to remember everything closes down during that time: public transportation, banks, stores, etc. Also, hotel prices will be much higher.
- What to pack
When travelling to Israel, you must be conscious of what you wear. While places like Tel Aviv, Jaffa, or Haifa are more open-minded and fashion-forward, in cities like Jerusalem, modest clothing is recommended. Don’t bring tank tops, shorts, or anything above the knees.
As a general rule, think convenience before fashion. Here are a few tips on what to pack:
– A scarf and a long-sleeve top.
– Light-weight clothing if you are travelling in summer.
– A light jacket and some sweaters for colder months.
– Comfortable shoes are a must in Israel, especially in Jerusalem.
– Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen lotion.
– A small umbrella. Rain may come unexpectedly.
Always carry electrical adapters with you.
The most common thing to happen to tourists is to forget to bring their charger or an adapter to charge their electrical devices. The electrical outlets around Israel require a 3-round-pegged prong, so you’ll need a power adaptor.
Before you travel, make sure you have a checklist to confirm your chargers and adaptors so you don’t spend time looking for one in town and waste the time you could spend touring.
Feel ready to travel to Israel?
After all this advice, you are ready to visit Israel. If you want to book a trip, get in touch with ITAS tours, your best option for Israel tours and your trusted travel advisor.
Israel Travel Advisory Service offers a wide range of Jewish Israel Tours, from family tours to bar/bat mitzvah Israel tours.
With over 45 years of experience organizing Jewish heritage tours, we pride ourselves on ensuring that you’ll have a real Israeli vacation.
If you found our tips to know before visiting Israel helpful, let us know in the comments. If you want to experience one of these holidays for yourself, ITAS is the way to go. We have Israeli Jewish tour packages that meet every need.
There’s no denying that the past two years have been tiring for most of us. Being cooped up at home worrying about our family, loved ones, and ourselves makes us feel like we’ve had to live surrounded by a cloud of worry and fear. However, rays of sunshine sometimes manage to peek through the clouds.
This time at home has given us the chance to reconnect with our family and deepen our desires to invest in ourselves, our well-being, as well as our community and culture.
Now, as the borders start to open and the sun shines anew, why not consider Israel for your next vacation?
But just taking a trip to Israel is not enough to truly take in the culture, you want to make every second of your visit count. There are so many sights to see, places to visit, and (of course) delicious food to eat. Trying to do it all at once can be daunting and planning for it is exhausting, which kind of makes the whole point of a vacation moot, doesn’t it?
If you really want to make the most of your trip, there are many tours that you can take designed to reconnect with your Jewish roots and make your vacation to Israel one for the books.
You may ask yourself, “but are there any agencies that offer tours of Israel?”
Yes, and that’s where we come in.
Whether you’re a member of the Jewish community or a friend and are looking for tours of Israel, look no further! Israel Travel Advisory Service (ITAS) is a top-notch travel planning and advisory service for trips to Israel. We offer custom tours so you can experience Israel’s culture, beautiful locals and cuisine in full, all at your own leisure.
So relax and leave the planning to us and be ready to make 2022 a memorable and significant year for you and your family with one of our fantastic tours of Israel.
The life of the average person consists of many challenges and responsibilities. On a day-to-day basis, one must work hard to pay bills and make sure that the house is always filled with essentials. You probably identify with that statement rather well.
However, life is not all about that. Everybody deserves a break now and then. No. More than a break, they deserve a full-on pause from their activities, one that then is invested into creating some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. There’s nothing better to recharge your batteries while also getting the best sort of enjoyment you can.
Are you considering the possibility of partaking in one of those experiences yourself? Do you not know what kind of experience you want to participate in? No worries, we’ve got you covered. You should try scheduling for one of our Adult Only Israel Tours!
What to expect out of it?
With more than 45 years of organizing tours to Israel, one could say that we’ve got this business pretty well covered. If you don’t believe us, try visiting our website, there you’ll find reviews by very satisfied customers to prove it.
The point is, we are always aiming for the most impressive and satisfying tours possible, and that is no different with our Adult Only Tours. If you’re planning on signing up for one, here’s just a quick glimpse at what you might be getting on our part.
Amazing sights to look at and learn from
From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. From the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi. From Golan Heights to Galilee. When it comes to our approach to making tours, we want to ensure that you can get the most out of Israel in a single visit. With Israel being so beautifully diverse, you owe it to yourself.
Aside from the tours themselves, our itineraries take into account a fair amount of time exclusively for sightseeing. Meaning that your interaction with the land will be entirely personal.(Do not worry, if you’re interested in repeating the experience any time soon, the lands of Israel have more than enough content to keep themselves fresh and new with each visit.)
The best tour guides possible
When it came to building our selection of guides, we settled for three main goals. We wanted them to be experts in their field, we wanted them to have the utmost professional attitude possible, and we wanted them to be friendly to make everyone feel welcome and part of something big.We are more than proud to say that our entire selection fits such a description. From the very first moment you arrive at the land, it will not take long for you to notice both their knowledge and their passion for Israel.
By the end of your tour, we bet you’ll already want to come back again.
Astounding 5-star hotels, with everything included
This adventure lasts roughly two weeks. With ITAStours by your side, even the hotel arrangements are part of the adventure.We have ensured that your hotel accommodations are always done at the best 5-star hotels in the surrounding areas for those same reasons. For the entirety of your trip, you’ll get to enjoy the most comfortable rooms and get to eat the most delicious Israel cuisine.
If you ask us, we’ll prepare any ceremony arrangements you might need
Last but not least, we also understand the fact that you might want to take this once-in-a-lifetime experience to the next level. For some, it comes in the form of making their own Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in the Holy Land itself. For others, it might even be their wedding vow renewal ceremony.
If that applies to you, we’ve got that covered as well. We’ll be more than happy to help you organize things so that they can run as smoothly as possible.
Schedule an Israel Adult Only Tour today!
For those wanting to partake in the most memorable experience possible, don’t ever doubt about a visit to Israel. Not only will it be the well-deserved break you need from your daily life, but it will also be the sort of adventure that will bring you closer to your Jewish heritage in ways you’ve never experienced before.
There’s no better option for Israel tours for adults or even family vacation tours than going with us!
This becomes truer than ever any time someone decides to explore any of Israel’s stunning valleys. Not only are they of great historical and religious importance, but they’re also great examples of how alluring nature can be. Likewise, they’re great examples of how religion and culture can shape history.
Our recommendation? If your tour allows for it, you should take a day or two to visit any of the following:
Stretching from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, the Kidron Valley comes off as a course of up to 20 walkable miles across the Judean Desert.
History-wise, it is well-known for being the valley crossed by King David while fleeing from his son Absalom, who had then rebelled against him. Furthermore, a significant number of battles took place in this location, all in the name of King Jehoshaphat.
So, what can you expect to encounter during your visit?
For starters, it is home to many ancient burial sites and ancient tombs dating as far back as the Second Temple Period. Among them, you can find the Tomb of Absalom, the Tomb of BeneiHezir, and the Tomb of Zechariah.
On the nature side of things, it’s filled to the brim with olive trees, which some would say gives off a pastoral vibe to the scenery. That’s something you can’t help but be amazed at.
Sprawling from the Carmel Mountain to Mount Tabor, the Jezreel Valley comes off as the largest valley in all of Israel.
Historically speaking, the Jezreel Valley was largely used by armies and travelers of many cultures over the ages. For the most part, it was the preferred route for reaching the Arabian Peninsula if you were departing from Istanbul.
Nonetheless, this valley is important to the Jewish community because it saw one of the Israelites’ most famous victories. More specifically, the battle of Gideon against the Midianites, the Amalekites, and the Children of the East.
Regarding what you might meet, you could end up visiting the Beit She’an archeological site or get one of the most breathtaking views you could imagine in Mount Tabor.
Alternatively, you could catch a glimpse of the purple irises known to broom in Mount Gilboa. Or even the natural springs of Gan Hashlosha, which is believed by many to be the real Garden of Eden.
Widely popular for its country-style hospitality, phenomenal views, and vast fields, the Jezreel Valley is the perfect place for any outdoor enthusiast to visit.
Plus, with its archaeological sites still being excavated up to this date, you’ll be facing broad chances of getting to see something different every few visits. Maybe you could end up among the first thousands of people to see a new discovery.
Consisting of an arc-shaped desert, sprawling terrain of 15,000 acres in size, the Timna Valley is one of the world’s most beautiful desert sceneries.
Towering cliffs, surreally shaped natural structures, and acres of multi-hued sands are only a few of the things you’ll see. Still, their enchanting looks will be a significant part of your amusement.
With that in mind, the Timna Valley is also a great place to hike, with terrains suitable for all experience levels. In other words, nobody gets to sit back when it comes to witnessing the ancient works of nature and man.
Believe it or not, this same valley is widely recognized for its role in kick-starting the copper mining business. As far as registries go, it all seems to point to this being among the very first copper mines of the world, as well as one of the first locations to smelt the material.
Nowadays, most of the land has been declared a nature reserve, putting an end to all mining-related activities in favor of tourism-based ones.
To wrap things up, it is located far north of Eilat.
Get a Glimpse of Israel’s Most Astonishing Valleys withITASTours!
At the Israel Travel Advisory Services, we pride ourselves on ensuring that the Jewish community gets a chance to reconnect with their roots. All while still getting to enjoy a great vacation tour alongside it.
Not only will you be able to discover the true meaning behind your Jewish heritage, but you’ll get the chance to experience some sights you won’t get anywhere else.
Be it for a family tour or an adult only tour you can rest assured that all your needs will be taken care of in full and with the utmost quality.
For more information, visit us today at https://www.itastours.com.
Are you currently planning on taking a vacation with your family, but you still haven’t decided where to go? Then why not take them to the country of Israel. Even though Israel is a small country most commonly visited for religious or historical purposes, it is also a perfect and entertaining place to travel with your family.
Israel offers opportunities for both adults and kids to be entertained and learn more about Israel’s culture. To make the most of your family time, here are some fun ideas of the things you can do with them in Israel.
Float in the Dead Sea
Visit the lowest point on earth, consisting of 33% salt, which is ten times the typical amount found in the ocean. For this reason, once you’re in it you’re unsinkable! In the Dead Sea, you can sit up in the water, read a newspaper, relax and float! It also contains mud with excellent properties for your skin that even kids will have fun scooping it up and spreading it all over.
Visit Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Ein Gedi is the biggest oasis in Israel, containing springs and waterfalls and serves as a nature reserve to protect its flora and fauna. It features spectacular beauty, varied landscapes, and botanical gardens. You and your family will be able to enjoy a lovely hike and have fun under the waterfalls, bathing and splashing in the cool waters.
Enjoy Water Activities in Eilat
Eilat is the southernmost town in Israel, which is located on the coast of the Red Sea. It is safe and has gorgeous beaches that are the perfect place to do all sorts of water activities with your family, such as surfing, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, even riding on a glass-bottom boat.
Explore the Ruins of Caesarea
Caesarea is originally an ancient Herodian port city located on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast that suffered from many earthquakes, causing it to be now all in ruins. It has since been preserved, making it an excellent place for the family to climb and explore its ruins and take in the view.
It is also a fantastic place to visit since it is the home to the world’s only underwater museum where you can dive through the sunken ruins of this ancient city.
Discover New Things in Weizmann Institute of Science
If you prefer doing some indoor activities with your family, we highly recommend visiting the Weizmann Institute of Science. You and your family will be able to not only learn more facts related to physics, biology and chemistry, but you will also be able to interact with its exhibits. You and your family will be able to have fun while learning without even noticing.
These are only a few ideas of the different places you can explore with your family if you travel to Israel. At Israel Travel Advisory Service (ITAS), we have been sending adults and families to Israel for more than 45 years, ensuring hands-on, educational, and fun travel programs for families when travelling to Israel.
We recommend getting in touch with us on our website to learn more about the current itineraries we currently have to offer, or better yet, let us help you make one according to your interests.
When you choose Israel Travel Advisory Service (ITAS) to deliver your customized Israel Jewish Heritage Tour itinerary – you’ve selected the very BEST! With 50 years’ experience in the Israel travel industry, ITAS offers the utmost care and attention to ensure an unforgettable Jewish Heritage tour experience. Whether you’re creating a vacation tour for family and friends, a relaxing business retreat or an epic educational experience, ITAS has the expertise to provide the highest quality Israel tour available. Your guests will not be disappointed in the level of service provided regardless of the size of your group. ITAS has prepared and executed trips for individuals and groups of up to 600 people. ITAS will assist you in selecting a departure date, flights, hotel accommodations, and historic, religious and cultural sites to see throughout Israel. The tour is designed to connect with participants from a Jewish perspective. There are numerous sites you’ll want to visit during your Israel Jewish Heritage tour itinerary. Some highlights include:
- Western Wall Tunnels – underground tunnel exposing the greatest portion of the ancient Western Wall
- Old City of Jerusalem – visit the unique shops at the Cardo Maximus in the Jewish Quarter
- The Israel National Museum – a world class museum housing the Great Isaiah Scroll among other Dead Sea Scrolls and priceless artifacts
- Masada – location of King Herod’s desert fortress
- Beit She’an Archaeological Park – Israel’s largest archaeological excavation
- The Dead Sea – float on the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea
- Eilat – Israel’s southernmost port which sits on the Red Sea, Eilat is very much a resort city.
- Safed – charming ancient city with cobblestone alleyways, artist galleries and medieval synagogues.
- Yad Vashem – Israel’s National Holocaust Museum
- Caesarea – Roman ruins on the Mediterranean Sea shore
- Knesset – Israel’s parliament building
- The Baha’i Temple and Gardens – a UNESCO World Heritage site
Sample Israel Jewish Heritage Tour Itinerary
USA / TEL AVIV
Non-stop overnight flight from USA to Tel-Aviv.
ARRIVAL / TEL AVIV / JERUSALEM
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be meet your ITAS guide & driver then proceed to Jerusalem. Upon entering Jerusalem, you will have an opportunity to recite the “Shehechayanu” blessing. Welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall. Shabbat dinner & overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
Enjoy a full day at rest to celebrate Shabbat or participate in a walking tour of the Old City starting with a 20-30 minute walk to reach the Old City. Enter the City via the Jaffa Gate & through the narrow cobblestone walkways of the Christian, Moslem & Armenian Quarters. Continue along the Via Dolorosa, the “way of sorrows,” to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The walking tour ends at the “Tower of David”, where the Museum offers a photographic history of Jerusalem explaining the 4000-year-old story of the city. Take time to climb the ramparts of the citadel to enjoy a 360-degree view of the Old City and the New City of Jerusalem. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate. Walk through the restored Jewish Quarter, passing through the Roman Cardo. Walk within the Rabbinical Tunnel & the Davidson Center (Southern Wall excavations). Drive to the Israel National Museum to see the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, & a model of Jerusalem during the 2nd Temple period. Next, visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, for a Yizkor service. Visit the Children’s Pavilion & the Valley of Destroyed Communities. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM / LATRUN / NEOT KDUMIM
Stop to view the bronze Knesset Menorah, situated across from the Knesset (Israel Parliament) building. Next, drive to Ein Karem to view Chagall’s famous stained glass windows at the synagogue of the Hadassah Hospital. Visit the Hertzel Museum on Mount Herzel, Israel’s military cemetery & pay respects at the tomb of Yitzhak Rabin. Drive through the Ayalon Valley to Latrun, and tour its Armour Corps Museum. End the day at Neot Kdumim, where you will have the opportunity to step into the biblical landscape of our ancestors (seven spices, Hag Ha’asif, the time of in-gathering & the four spices tour). Fulfill a mitzvah for the land of Israel by planting a tree. Dinner in a restaurant at Abu Gosh. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
DEAD SEA / MASADA / EIN GEDI
Travel through the Judean wilderness along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend Masada by cable car to view the ruins of Herod’s desert fortress: palace, storerooms, bathhouse & waterworks. Eat lunch at one of the Dead Sea Hotel and after enjoy the spa facilities (optional) including the unique sensation of a “float” on the unsinkable Dead Sea. Continue your Dead Sea adventure with a visit to Ein Gedi, the oasis of the Judean desert. Take a short hike to the waterfalls. Enroute back to Jerusalem, pass the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
CAESAREA / ROSH HANIKRA / ACRE / LATRUN
Depart Jerusalem & drive to Caesarea. Explore the Roman Theater & the Aqueduct. Proceed to Haifa; ascend Mount Carmel; delight in the stellar view of the Mediterranean coastline & the stunning terraced gardens of the Baha’i Center. Visit the Druze Village of Ussifiya—time to learn about these unique Israeli citizens—including lunch. Drive along the coast to Acre, a former Crusader stronghold. Roam the ruins, including the knights’ center and dining hall. End the day with a visit to Rosh HaNikra for a cable car ride to the beautiful grottoes. Dinner & overnight: Kibbutz Guest House.
GOLAN HEIGHTS / GALILEE
Today we will explore the Golan Heights by jeep! Afterward, continue by motor-coach to Mt. Bental for an observation of Kuneitra & Syria. While in the Golan Heights we will also visit OZ 77 at Kibbutz Elrom, where you will learn the history of the Golan Heights. Visit one of Israel’s famous wineries where you will have an opportunity to taste the wine. End this day with a tour & lecture about life in the kibbutz. Participate in an Israeli folk dance lesson. Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House.
SAFED / ZIPPORI / TEL AVIV
This morning will drive to the mystic city of Safed, home of the Kabala. This charming town, filled with cobblestone streets, lined with ancient synagogues & art galleries offers breathtaking views of the entire Galilee. We then continue to Zippori to see its large excavations of a prosperous city of the Roman period. End your touring day in Tel Aviv visiting the famous Carmel Market and Nachalat Binyamin, the arts & crafts market. Shabbat dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.
TEL AVIV / FREE DAY
Today is yours – to explore, shop, stroll along the seafront promenade or swim in the Mediterranean Sea! Late check out from the hotel. Farewell Dinner. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.
TEL AVIV / USA
Your flight back departs after midnight. Return home filled with a treasury of family-shared memories for a lifetime! Arrive USA the same day.
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For many, visiting Israel is a dream come true. Thus, the importance of maximizing your time while there is something tour operators take into great consideration when creating customized tours. If your unfamiliar with Israel the help of a knowledgeable tour guide is extremely beneficial. And there are so many amazing sites to see it’s hard to choose which ones to make a priority during your Israel vacation itinerary. To help you with that ITAS (Israel Travel Advisory Service) has created a list of some of the top must-see sites in Israel.
Nearly 3 million people visit the Western Wall annually. Around 19 BC King Herod the Great began a massive expansion project, besides rebuilding the Jewish Temple, he extended the platform on which it stood. The Western Wall we see today is part of the retaining walls built during that time. Most of the stones used to build the wall weigh between 2 and 8 tons each, but others weigh even more, with one incredibly large stone located in the northern section of Wilson’s Arch measuring 43 ft. and weighing approximately 570 tons. The Western Wall is approximately 1600-feet-long, most of it is concealed by buildings. Due to restrictions put on Jews from entering the Temple Mount, the Western Wall plaza is the closest connection to the Temple. For this reason, it is the holiest site in Judaism.
Caesarea Harbor National Park
In 31 BCE Augustus Caesar gifted a small Phoenician town to Herod the Great. He renamed it after the Emperor and built a major port, palace, bathhouse, hippodrome, stables and other impressive structures such as the aqueduct and Roman amphitheater. Visitors today can enjoy a breathtaking view the Mediterranean coastline as they stroll amongst the ancient ruins of Caesarea. A new Visitor Center offers a media presentation and rare archaeological artifacts inside one of the original vaults built by Herod.
On the list of World Heritage sites, the Baha’i Garden and Shrine complex is the holiest site for the Baha’i faith. It is also Haifa’s #1 attraction because of its stunning beauty and grandeur. The main garden is comprised of 19 steep terraces full of lovely flowers, fountains and small sculptures. From its base this striking floral staircase extends a half mile up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. Standing on its top terrace you can see the Haifa city and port, Akko, and the hills of Galilee.
The Dead Sea is the lowest elevation on Earth at roughly 1400 feet below sea level. It is one of the saltiest lakes with a salinity of approx. 34%. The Dead Sea lies in the Jordan Rift Valley bordered to the east by Jordan and to the west by Israel and the West Bank. Due to its harsh saline environment nothing can grow in it, however due to it’s high mineral contents, Dead Sea mud has been touted for its therapeutic properties for centuries.
Yad Vashem is Israel’s National Holocaust Museum and the largest of its kind in the world. The museum exhibits provide an accurate historical account, through various media, of the atrocities the Jewish people endured during World War II. Yad Vashem preserves the memory of those who perished and honors those who fought valiantly against the oppressors. It is a site every visitor to Israel should see for themselves to better understand the magnitude of this atrocity.
Our list of the top must-see sites in Israel could be much longer! Other amazing sites to include on your Israel vacation itinerary are: the City of David, Masada (another World Heritage site), Independence Hall, Rosh HaNikra, and the Jewish Quarter to name just a few.
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A trip to the ancient land of Israel isn’t complete without a visit to some of its spectacular synagogues. You can easily request these sites from Israel travel companies which offer custom Israel itineraries. There are so many impressive synagogues scattered throughout Israel, in this blog entry we’ll look at three of them: the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Abuhav Synagogue in Safed, and Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue. Each of theses synagogues are unique and worthy of a visit during an Israel vacation.
The Hurva Synagogue, originally founded in 1721, is in Jerusalem’s Old City. It was destroyed years later and lay in ruins for over 100 years. Rebuilt in 1864, the Hurva Synagogue was the central space used by the Ashkenazi Jewish community to gather for meetings and worship until its destruction by the Arab Legion in the 1948 War of Independence. Ten years later, a 52-foot commemorative arch was built over the ruins as a memorial. In 2010, a replica of the synagogue which was built on the site 150 years earlier was rededicated as a place of worship. The Hurva Synagogue is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people. One of its most spectacular features is the breathtaking 360-degree views of Jerusalem from the veranda which surrounds the dome.
The Abuhav Synagogue is another splendid site to visit during a custom Israel itinerary. This synagogue houses the oldest Torah scroll in Safed, believed to have been written by the Spanish Rabbi, Isaac Abuhav. Built in the fifteenth century – the interior dome is adorned with images of musical instruments used in the Temple in Jerusalem and various symbols from the tribes of Israel. Legend has it that Rabbi Abuhav and his followers built the synagogue in Safed around 1490, after expulsion from Spain. The synagogue is often visited by groups touring the Jewish homeland.
Lastly, is the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem. Built with funds provided by Sir Isaac Wolfson, a Jewish philanthropist from Great Britain, the Great Synagogue was consecrated on August 4, 1982 in memory of the six-million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The Synagogue is the largest in the world. Its façade design is based on the Second Jewish Temple. The sanctuary features a colossal chandelier and gorgeous stained-glass above the Aron Kodesh. Free guided tours of the Great Synagogue are available when you call ahead. Or better still, let Israel Travel Advisory Service prepare the perfect custom Israel itinerary for you and your family or friends. While you relax we’ll do all the “heavy lifting”.
Israel vacation tours are the ultimate dream for those of Jewish descent as well as those who have embraced and devoted their lives to Judaism. As the melting pot of Jewish history and culture, Israel has an abundance of historically and culturally significant sites and attractions that are definite must-sees when embarking on custom Israel tours:
Jerusalem’s Western Wall
One of the most sacred places in Judaism is the Western Wall or Kotel. It is among the most visited sites in Israel, attracting thousands upon thousands of visitor’s year in and year out. At sunset on Friday’s Jews gather for a magical experience at the Kotel as they welcome in the Shabbat together. The underground tunnels are also worth visiting, comprised of excavations beneath the wall. These tunnels reveal stunning structures from significant eras including the Hasmonean, Herodian, Mamluk, and Umayyad periods. The Western Wall tunnels will lead you to all kinds of exciting discoveries, including underground structures like the Western Stone, which is one of the largest building blocks in the world.
The Jewish Quarter
Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter is something you do not want to miss. The Jewish Quarter isn’t only home to the Western Wall, but also a range of other important landmarks, like the Tower of David and the Temple Mount (Mt. Moriah). The Tower of David can be found near Jaffa Gate. This citadel comes alive at night with a spectacular sound and light show.
Masada is now a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site. It was built by Herod the Great way back 30 BCE, as an imposing mountain fortress that offers incredible historical and cultural significance to the region. Among the ruins are Herod’s palace, terraces, store houses, bath house, and Roman siege ramp.
City of David
This site is exactly where King David established the kingdom he was promised. Today, the city is an amazing archaeological park rife with historically significant artifacts.
An important rule of thumb to remember when taking Israel tours is to gain the advice of an experienced Israel travel management company. Israel Travel Advisory Service can be helpful in planning out your visit to some of the country’s most sought after landmarks.