A fabulous tour May 8-15, 2017 with Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens!

Day 1 Monday May 8th

WELCOME TO HOLY ISRAEL!

VIP Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport

After landing, a Shalom Israel Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you as you exit the plane. Your party will be transported in a private vehicle to the flight staff passport control, continue to luggage identification and transfer to your luxury chauffeured vehicle.

Welcome Transfer to Tel Aviv

Stretching along a beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean Sea for 100 years, Tel Aviv is considered the face of modern Israel. Nicknamed “The White City” for its abundance of Bauhaus style architecture, Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage City in 2003.

Welcome Dinner at L’ Entrecote

Overnight: The Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2 Tuesday May 9th

ISRAEL’S MODERN JOURNEY

Palmach Multimedia Experience

Founded in 1941, the Palmach became a fully trained underground military force made up of volunteer men and women who fought to rid Palestine of the British – later merging with the IDF for Israel’s War of Independence. The Palmach’s story comes to life at this museum.

Israel’s Independence Hall

On May 14th, 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the founding of the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. Today, the space where this occasion took place serves as a museum that tells the story of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

Israel Defense Forces History Museum

The IDF History Museum displays documents, photographs, maps, and films to present a comprehensive history of the IDF and the early days of statehood.  The museum also houses a collection of weapons and modern exhibits showcasing the strength of the IDF today.

Nachlat Binyamin Arts Fair

The first and biggest of its kind in Israel, this average street comes alive every Tuesday & Friday. Displaying Israeli-made crafts, jewelry, home décor and art, all goods on display are hand made and sold by the artists, making a visit to this market a memorable experience.

Old Jaffa Port & Market

Built 4,000 years ago, the Jaffa Port is the oldest in the world. The prophet Jonah embarked on his ill-fated journey from this port, and building materials for the First and Second Temples were delivered to Jaffa. The metropolis of Tel Aviv is largely an extension of Jaffa.

Overnight: The Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3 Wednesday May 10th

FOUNDING OF THE MODERN STATE

Clandestine Underground Bullet Factory

This secret factory was established by the Haganah in 1945. While it appeared as a kibbutz laundry above ground, down below, 45 members of an underground mission were producing bullets in preparation of the War of Independence. The British never suspected.

Latrun Police Station & Armored Battalion

Numerous significant battles took place here during the 1948 War of Independence. In 1967, Latrun was liberated from Jordanian rule. Today, it houses a memorial for fallen armored corps soldiers. Some 110 armored vehicles are displayed and can be climbed on.

United Hatzalah “Ambucycle” Headquarters

Visit the HQ of this volunteer Emergency Medical Organization with more than 2,300 volunteers across Israel, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of GPS and ambucycles, Hatzalah’s average emergency response time is 3.5 minutes.

Overnight: The Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem, Deluxe Rooms

Day 4 Thursday May 11th

JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY THE ETERNAL CAPITAL

Old City Ramparts Walk

Built in the 16th century by Suleiman the Magnificent, the vantage points of these ramparts were used by Jordanian snipers against the Israelis from 1948-1967. Walk along the top of the wall and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Jewish and Christian quarters of the Old City.

Western Wall Tunnels

These famous underground tunnels contain remnants of entire rooms from the Second Temple period. At Warren’s Gate, you’ll stand just a few feet away from where the Holy Ark stood, and feel the yearning of the Jewish people for the Temple for thousands of years.

Jerusalem Archaeological Park

Experience Second Temple-era Jerusalem on the eve of its destruction by the Romans. See a virtual reconstruction of the Temple, visit the stores and walkways of the surrounding city and see the remnants of the staircase that led to the Temple Mount and the Holy of Holies.

Old City Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter remains one of the single most-visited spots in all of Israel. Nestled within one square kilometer of land lay millennia of ancient history. The Old City dates back to the 8th century BCE and is home to numerous landmarks of historical significance.

Overnight: The Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem, Deluxe Rooms

Day 5 Friday May 12th

TEMPLE MOUNT SIFTING & FAMOUS JERUSALEM MARKET

Jerusalem Mount of Olives

Located on the eastern slopes of the Jerusalem mountains, near the Temple Mount and the City of David, this peak is named after the olive trees that covered its grounds in biblical times. Today, camels, monasteries, and ancient tombstones dot these scenic slopes.

The Temple Mount Sifting Project

Be a part of the only archaeological excavation that ever took place in soil from the Temple Mount. Sift through dirt removed during construction on the site. Even the smallest piece of pottery conveys significant facts about the activities that took place on the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem “Shuk” Machne Yehuda Market

With more than 250 vendors, this bustling outdoor marketplace is considered the heartbeat of central Jerusalem. Whatever you are looking for, the shuk has it: clothing, Judaica, fresh produce, meats, diamonds, restaurants – and an array of colorful characters throughout.

Sunset at the Western Wall & Shabbat Dinner

Here stand the sacred remnants of the ancient Jewish Temple. Jews come from all over the world to pray at the wall and feel its strong spiritual presence. The joyful energy and the sight of soldiers’ lively dancing in celebration of Shabbat make an unforgettable experience.

Overnight: The Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem, Deluxe Rooms

Day 6 Shabbat May 13th

SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

Shabbat Morning at Leisure & Lunch

Enjoy breakfast and your morning at leisure and Shabbat lunch at your hotel.

Jerusalem Old City Shabbat Afternoon Tour

We’ll explore the Old City’s Four Quarters; each stone has a remarkable story to tell…

Tower of David Night Spectacular Show

In the evening you’ll head back to the Tower of David’s rooftop to view an epic nighttime extravaganza of sight and sound, depicting the conquests of the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Turks and others, as they tried to overtake Jerusalem. This show is simply “Spectacular.”

Overnight: The Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem, Deluxe Rooms

Day 7 Sunday May 14th

GUSH ETZION & IDF EXPERIENCE!

Derech Avot Gush Etzion

Walk on the road where Abraham walked on his way to the Binding of Isaac.

Kfar Etzion Multimedia Center – option A

A kibbutz located in southern Judea, Kfar Etzion is a monument to Israeli resilience. Visitors are welcomed into a museum that documents its history and retells the story of the bitter fall of the kibbutz in 1948 and its rebirth after it was captured from Jordan in 1967.

Herodium National Park – option B

Visit one of the most fascinating structures from the ancient world when you visit Herod the Great’s fortress-style palace, constructed around 20 BCE. Take a tour of the park and view the ancient tomb – and Herod’s palace, including bathhouses, courtyards and a synagogue.

Special IDF Base Experience

We will personally deliver bulletproof vests and high powered flashlight kits that our community was able to fundraise at this year’s Chabad Golf Classic. Imagine the feeling of shaking the hands of an IDF Soldier in aging gear and personally strapping him/her with state for the art equipment, courtesy of Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens!

In coordination with Ben Goldstein of Machanyim, our honoree charity from the Fifth Annual Chabad Golf Classic at Trump International Golf Club.

Hebron & Rachel’s Tomb – time permitting

Visit the second-holiest site in all of Israel, Hebron. Tour the Cave of the Patriarchs (Ma’arat Hamachpela) and the tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah, the biblical forefathers. Take a moment to pray at the complex’s synagogue.

Overnight: The Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem, Deluxe Rooms

Day 8 Monday May 15th

UNITED JERUSALEM & FAREWELL!

1967 Six Day War – Ammunition Hill

On the night of June 6th, 1967, a four-hour battle took place here at Ammunition Hill in which 36 men lost their lives. Today you can view the trenches and reconstructed bunker that serves as a museum and tells the story of the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.

Israeli Parliament Building – The Knesset

Visit the seat of Israel’s government since 1966. Sitting at the heart of modern Jerusalem, the Knesset is the home of the Israeli parliament with its 120 members. See Israeli democracy in action and learn about the architecture and art of the Knesset building itself.

Mount Herzl National Cemetery

A burial place for prominent Zionist figures such as Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin, here you will also find an expansive military cemetery; one quite full for a country so young. The loss of the soldiers who fought for the land of Israel is palpable.

Menachem Begin Heritage Center

Dedicated to the legacy of Menachem Begin and to the future growth and security of Israel, this museum takes you through his life, following Begin from his years as commander of the Irgun, to a leader of the Opposition, and eventually to his service as Prime Minister of Israel.

Farewell Dinner & Group Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

Before transferring to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure from Israel (come back soon!), enjoy a festive group dinner to reminisce over your amazing experience. We’ll miss you!

The portrait of Theodor Hertzl hangs over the dais in Israel's Independence Hall, in Tel Aviv.
The knesset - Israeli parliament

Everything you need for an amazing experience in Israel!

5 STAR ACCOMMODATIONS

  • 2 nights Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv, May 8-10
  • 5 nights Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem, May 10-15

MEALS IN YOUR TOUR

  • Daily Breakfast Buffet at each Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner Tel Aviv Restaurant
  • Shabbat Dinner & Lunch in Jerusalem
  • Farewell Dinner Jerusalem Restaurant

PROFESSIONAL TOUR SERVICES

  • VIP Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Welcome Transfer to your Jerusalem Hotel
  • Farewell Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • 6 Days Private Professional Guide & Tour Vehicle
  • Shabbat Eve & Day Private Guided Walking Tour
  • All Sites & Activities per the Tour Itinerary
  • Shalom Israel Tour Maps/Hats/Bottle Carriers

This Tours Runs: May 8-15, 2017

Tour Package per Double Adult

$2,990

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