Day 1 - Wednesday
Arrival at Ben GurionInternational Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 2 - Thursday - Independence Hall/Latrun/Beit Guvrin/Ayalon Institute
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 Armored Corps Memorial Museum also considered to be one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; explore parts of the archaeological remains and unique cave systems.
Proceed to the Ayalon Institute; once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the "Haganah", the Jewish underground movement before May 1948.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 3 - Friday - Tel-Aviv/Diaspora Museum/Old Jaffa
Visit the Diaspora Museum. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Also known as the "White City", Tel-Aviv was declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site for its Bauhaus style buildings which you will see. Stop at Rabin Square, location of the assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; visit the ancient ruins and walk through the Artists' Quarter.
Visit Neve Tzedek, an historic neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian mall of the city where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts and handmade jewelery. Next, stop is Sheinkin Street, the lively and colorful street specially known for its unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 4 - Saturday
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 5 - Sunday - Caesarea/Haifa /Acre/Rosh Hanikra
Drive 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, who's Old City is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Walk through the old port and local market. Continue to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car into the water cut grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formation.
Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse
Day 6 - Monday - Jeep tour/Safed/Golan Heights/Tel-Hai
Drive to Safed, one of the four Holy Cities in Israel and center of the Kaballa movement. Visit the Caro and Ari synagogues; stroll through the narrow alleyways, and visit the picturesque Artists' quarter.
Next, enjoy a Jeep tour at the foot of the Golan Heights. Continue up the Golan Heights stopping at the Gadot overlook, a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the Golan located over former Syrian bunkers; view the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni Brigade.
Proceed for a magnificent observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian border. Drive 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 where you will have the opportunity to meet with a kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.
Day 7 - Tuesday - Tiberias/Beit Shean/Beit Alpha/GanHashlosha/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 GanHashlosha national park and enjoy the warm spring water pools and waterfalls.
Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Day 8 - Wednesday - Kotel Tunnels/Sepharadic Synagogues/Davidson Center/Tower of David
Visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, heart of the ancient Roman City; visit the four Sepharadic Synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish Quarter; tour the Western Wall Tunnels; visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center; 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.
Day 9 - Thursday - YadVashem/Mt. Herzl/Ammunition Hill/Israel Museum
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.
Proceed to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery, and YadVashem the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit 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.
Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with its biblical emblems. Next visit is theIsrael Museum to see the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the Holyland model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple Period.
Day 10 - Friday - Qumran/Masada/Dead Sea /Lunch & Spa
Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue and bathhouse; descend by cable car.Next, stop for Lunch and Spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area and enjoy a "swim" in the mineral rich Dead Sea.
Day 11 - Saturday
Day at leisure.
Day 12 - Sunday - Negev Desert/Timna/Underwater observatory
Travel south through the Negev desert. Stop at Timna Park, a large geological and archaeological park. Marvel at the multi colored rock formations and copper mines, and view the outstanding Solomon's Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea. Visit the Underwater Observatory marine park, built inside a coral reef and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat.
Day 13 - Monday - Free day in Eilat or Day Tour to Petra, Jordan (with additional charge)
After assistance with border formalities crossing from Israel to Jordan, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, roman theatre, Roman Street, qasser el-bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch drive back to the border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 and cross back to Eilat, Israel.
Day 14 - Tuesday - Mizpe Ramon/SdeBoker/Bedouin hospitality/Airforce Museum
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to view the Ramon Crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to SdeBoker and see Ben Gurion's hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and a visit to a Bedouin tent to learn about Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
Overnight Tel Aviv
Day 15 - Wednesday
Transfer to Ben GurionInternational Airport for the departure of your return flight to the USA