Sample Tailor-Made Itinerary
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Day 1 Sunday
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.
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.
Day 2 Monday
ISRAEL’S COAST – ANCIENT PORTS
Horseback Riding on the Beach
Take a thrilling horseback ride that you will never forget! Ride alongside the beach, enjoying the cool ocean spray and taking in the amazing scenery that surrounds you as you gallop by.
The Caesarea National Park contains the remains of a prestigious city established by King Herod the Great. Prepare to be amazed when you visit the mighty Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome, a 20,000 seat horse racing arena, as well as the impressive Roman Aqueducts!
Meaning “rainbow,” this cave earned its name due to the natural structure it took after part of the cave collapsed. While you’re here, you’ll discover the cave’s many archaeological secrets dating back to the Ottoman period. This cave is also a great place for rappelling.
Day 3 Tuesday
THE GOLAN HEIGHTS – BATTLEFIELDS & VINEYARDS
This site will take your breath away! You’ll enjoy cool, beautiful waters surrounded by hexagon-shaped pillars of congealed black lava. The short trail leading to the pool offers a chance to enj0y spectacular forests, meadows and rare animals like vultures and boars.
Jump behind the wheel of a dune buggy and take exhilarating ride through the Golan Heights! View the Syrian border and abandoned village of Kuneitra, Mount Bental & the Valley of Tears from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and go zooming through orchards!
Enjoy views of Syria from a key mountaintop location on Israel’s northern border. From the top of this dormant volcano, you will see the majestic Mount Hermon, the picturesque Druze villages of the Golan and bunkers and trenches left over from the Yom Kippur War.
Dalton Cliff Rappelling
At this beautiful cliff in the middle of Biryah Forest, you will appreciate the scenic greenery and frolicking animals. With amazing views of the Golan, the Hulah Valley, Mount Hermon and the Galilee, we’ll go rappelling down the face of the huge cliff.
Day 4 Wednesday
THE GALILEE & TZFAT – CITY OF MYSTICS
Take a panoramic ride from the foothills of Kiryat Shemona to the top of the Naftali range at Kibbutz Manara, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Hermon, Galilee and Golan. Ride a cart down the Mountain Slide along 1200 meters of track, the longest of its kind in Israel.
Visit one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Upper Galilee at the Adir Winery. Taste delicious red and dessert wines from Kerem Ben Zimra, one of the most celebrated grapes in Israel. Enjoy the view while tasting the winery’s delicious, boldly flavorful blends.
Tzfat is one of the four holy cities in Israel. It has served as a spiritual center since the 1600s, when famous Kabbalists roamed here. Tzfat awaits art lovers, soul-seekers and historians to cobblestone alleys, medieval synagogues, galleries and mystical atmosphere.
Day 5 Thursday
THE JORDAN VALLEY – HIGHWAY OF KINGS
Explore a rebuilt and thoroughly excavated 12 century Crusader fortress. See how the Crusaders used a moat and towers to fend off Saladin’s forces for a year and a half. Don’t miss the sculptures by German-born Israeli artist Yigael Tumarkin, which adorn the site.
It is here that King Saul was defeated by the Philistines in a vicious historical battle. Later, Beit She’an was reestablished as a Greek city with colonnaded streets, temples, theaters and fountains. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 749 CE; now only remnants remain.
This breathtaking green space features springs of water surrounding the huge park’s lawn, a large swimming pool, and a presentation at the Hankin Museum, commemorating one of the first Zionists to purchase land here. Enjoy the view and the bubbling springs.
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.
Day 6 Friday
JERUSALEM – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL
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.
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.
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.
On the eve of Shabbat, Jerusalem transforms; stores shut down, and streets and alleyways fall silent, as all begin to anticipate the weekly Shabbat. Our 2000-year-old tour will pass through Jaffa gate and the Golden Menorah, and end at the Wall right as Shabbat begins.
Day 7 Shabbat
SHABBAT IN HOLY JERUSALEM
Shabbat Morning at Leisure & Lunch
Enjoy breakfast and your morning at leisure and Shabbat lunch at your hotel.
Take a trip to the neighborhood created by Moses Montefiore, when the Old City became too crowded and settlement began outside the walls. Learn about the various achievements of this famous philanthropist and his contributions to Jewish settlement in pre-state Israel.
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.”
Day 8 Sunday
GUSH ETZION – THE HEARTLAND
This exhilarating activity is geared to tourists of any age who would like to learn about anti-terrorism tactics. Experts in anti-terrorism combat tell true stories, explain the tactics used to fight terrorism and offer hands-on experience for all participants in shooting weapons.
Israel is home to the world’s second-longest zip line, where you can zoom down 600 meters at 120 meters high! A shorter zip line is available for young kids, while older ones ride the large one with parents. The ride isn’t as scary as it looks, but it’s every bit as fun!
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.
Begin with an explanation of the brewery’s unique location – on a clear day one sees not only Beitar Elite, Tzur Hadassah, and Gvaot, but also Ashdod and Ashkelon. We’ll taste our way through the brewing and fermenting process and wind up with a tasting of Lone Tree Beers.
Day 9 Monday
THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HERODS FORTRESS
Ride via cable car to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod’s palace. See what it was like to live there as you view the preserved baths, cisterns and barracks. It was here that leader Eleazer Ben Yair kept the Roman Legion’s siege at bay for three years.
Yam Hamelach, literally meaning “Sea of Salt,” is 417 meters below sea level, making it the lowest place on earth. Its salty water contains unique healing properties, which, combined with the nutrient-filled mud found on its shores, creates one luxurious and healthy day.
Situated in the heart of the Judean Desert en route to the Dead Sea, Genesis Land offers immersion into the world of the Bible. Visitors are greeted by Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, and then led by a train of camels down to Abraham’s tent to enjoy dinner and hospitality.
Day 10 Tuesday
FAREWELL FOR NOW…WE’LL MISS YOU!
Farewell Transfer…We’ll Miss you!
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary departure from Israel…Bye for now!