JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR

Day1 - FRI I TEL AVIV
Arrive at Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day2 - SAT I TEL AVIV
Day at leisure. Overnight Tel-Aviv. (B)
Day3 - SUN I TEL AVIV I CAESAREA I HAIFA I ACRE I ROSH HANIKRA I GALILEE
Today, head north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. See the excavations of the Crusaders' city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa to visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum ("Af al Pi Chen") and hear the story of the illegal immigrants to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Drive to Acre and continue on to Rosh Hanikra where you will descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes to admire the spectacular natural formation. Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse. (B)
Day 4 - MON I GALILEE I SAFED I GOLAN HEIGHTS I TEL-HAI I GALILEE
Drive to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel and center of the Kabala movement. Stroll through the narrow alleyways of the Caro and Ari synagogues and visit the picturesque Artists' quarter. Next, enjoy a Jeep tour to the foot of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights, stopping at Gadot overlook, memorial for the fallen of the Golan located over former Syrian bunkers. Take in the views over the city of Kuneitra and the Syrian territory. Drive to Tel-Hai; see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle. Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse. (B)
Day5 - TUE I TIBERIAS I BEIT SHEAN I BEIT ALPHA I GAN HASHLOSHA I JERUSALEM
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s grave. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, known as “Scythopolis,” and see the fascinating excavated remains from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to admire the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue discovered in 1929. Visit Gan Hashlosha national park and enjoy the warm spring water pools and waterfalls. Head on via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, stopping at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 6 - WED I JERUSALEM
Visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the heart of the ancient Roman city or “Cardo.” Visit the four Sepharadic Synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Visit the Western Wall and explore its tunnels. Next, visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center. Then, walk through the colorful local bazaar to visit the Tower of David museum presenting the history of Jerusalem and ancient remains of the city beginning with the first temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day7 - THU I JERUSALEM
Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Kotel. Drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities. Head to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery, and on to the memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem. Visit the Ammunition Hill. Drive by Israel’s parliament the Knesset, and see the Menorah with its biblical emblems. Next visit Israel Museum’s the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and see the Holy land model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 8 - FRI I JERUSALEM I QUMRAN I MASADA I DEAD SEA I JERUSALEM
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada and ascend by cable car, then tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Here you will see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouse before descending by cable car. Next, stop for lunch and experience the spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area and enjoy some time to float in the hypersaline Dead Sea. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,L)
Day9 - SAT I JERUSALEM
Day at leisure. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 10 - SUNI JERUSALEMI TEL AVIV TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure. (B)