13 Day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour & Petra

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Experience Israel on this 13 day adventure touring all of the top history-rich sites found along Israel’s Coast, the Golan Heights, Tiberias, Negev Desert, Eilat, Jerusalem Old & New and the ancient city of Petra!

Day 1 Friday

WELCOME TO HOLY ISRAEL!

Assistance at Ben Gurion Airport

After clearing passport control a Shalom Israel Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you, assist with your luggage, and escort you to your waiting chauffeur.

Arrive in Tel Aviv

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

 Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 2 Saturday (Free Day)

TEL AVIV – FREE DAY AT LEISURE

Day at Leisure in Tel Aviv

Visit the “Soho” of Tel Aviv and stroll Dizengoff St., Shenken St. & Rothschild Blvd. Filled with funky street vendors, boutiques and coffee shops, kiosks and local fast food stalls, Tel Aviv brings out the urban hipster in anyone who walks down these streets.

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 3 Sunday

ISRAEL’S COAST – ANCIENT PORTS

Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins

The Caesarea National Park contains the remains of a prestigious port city established by Herod the Great, which flourished during the Byzantine period. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome horse racing arena, and the impressive Roman Aqueducts.

Haifa Bahai Gardens Lookout

Haifa is Israel’s main port city, the 3rd largest city in Israel and home to the famous Bahai Gardens. We’ll take a few minutes to enjoy the spectacular views before continuing…

Haifa National Maritime Museum

With its unique collection of thousands of artifacts, visitors gain a true understanding of the depths of maritime history, including illegal immigration and the history of Israel’s navy.

Akko Fortified Walls & Market

One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Akko dates back to the time of the Pharaoh Thutmose III and was a central city of the Ottoman Empire. Stop by the market and stroll along shoreline walls built by the Ottoman governor using old Crusader stones.

Rosh Hanikra Grottos & Cable Car

Formed over a period of thousands of years from waves hitting the soft chalk rock on Israel’s coast, these beautiful grottoes offer stunning views of waves crashing against the rocks and spraying the air. Ride up via cable car for the best view of this stunning site.

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel

Day 4 Monday

THE GALILEE AND TZFAT – CITY OF KABALLAH

Tzfat Old City & Artist Quarter

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, and mystical atmosphere.

Golan Heights Jeeping

Take an exhilarating ride through the Golan Heights. With the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, you’ll venture up, down and all around the luscious green hills of the North. Keep an eye out for bright and blooming fields of flowers and wild animals grazing.

The Battle of Tel Chai Court

Step into the exact spot where the battle of Tel Chai took place and hear the story through an audio-visual presentation. Continue on to a museum tour and view the memorial for the soldiers who fell in the Trumpeldor-led 1920 battle to defend the Upper Galilee’s Zionists.

Mitzpe Gadot Lookout

From Israel’s Independence in 1948 until the 6-Day War in 1967, Syrian troops stationed in the Golan Heights fired relentlessly on communities below. Jewish farmers plowed fields from behind tanks and children played, studied and slept inside shelters.

Kibbutz Tour & Evening Talk

During your stay at Kibbutz Lavi, you’ll get the chance to meet one of the Kibbutz residents for a mini tour and discussion about Lavi; a unique glimpse into the life of a “kibbutznik!”

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel

Day 5 Tuesday

TIBERIAS AND THE JORDAN VALLEY – HIGHWAY OF KINGS

Tiberias & The Sea of Galilee

Learn about Tiberias old & new, the ancient city founded in the 1st century sits on Israel’s main source of fresh water, the Sea of Galilee. Learn about the famous sages Rambam & Rabbi Akiva, their unique lives and circumstances of death; both are interred in Tiberias.

Beit She’an National Park

It is here that King Saul was defeated by the Philistines in a vicious historical battle.  Later in the time of Alexander the Great, Beit She’an was reestablished as a Greek city with colonnaded streets, temples, theaters, and fountains. All this was devastated by an earthquake in 749CE, remnants of shrines and colonnaded streets were left behind.

Ancient Beit Alfa Synagogue

Built during the Byzantine era, this excavated synagogue is most well-known for its miraculously well preserved mosaic filled with intricate artistic detail. The mosaic vividly portrays the Binding of Isaac, the Zodiac, and the Temple of Jerusalem.

Gan HaShlosha National Park

Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful parks, here you’ll get a chance to relax and rejuvenate at one of the natural pools or Jacuzzis that are idyllically situated below a flowing waterfall. Remember your bathing suites and let’s go swimming!

Ascend to Holy Jerusalem

End the day with a beautiful drive through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. We’ll stop at Mount Scopus as you enter the city to say the blessing of “Shehechiyanu” to celebrate the joyous occasion of entering Jerusalem, our eternal Capital.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 6 Wednesday

JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL

King David’s Tomb

Located on Mount Zion in a 1,000-year-old building, people come here to pay tribute to the great King David, who is most notably famous for composing the Book of Psalms and establishing a unified capital for Israel. A medieval tradition places his tomb at this location.

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 historical landmarks.

The Four Sephardic Synagogues

During the War of Independence, residents of the Jewish Quarter found cover here for two continuous weeks. After the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, these four synagogues were rehabilitated, and today they are frequented by the residents of the Jewish Quarter.

Jerusalem Archaeological Park

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

Western Wall Tunnels Tour

These 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.

Tower of David Museum

The Tower of David served a military purpose until 1967, when it was re-captured by Israel and turned into a museum of Jerusalem’s history. Now you can view the most thorough collection of Jerusalem artifacts, from the Canaanite period 4,000 years ago up to today.

Tower of David Night Spectacular

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, Turks and others, as they tried to overtake Jerusalem. This show is simply “Spectacular.”

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 7 Thursday

JERUSALEM NEW CITY – THE MODERN CAPITAL

The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Here stands the remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple. People come from all over the world to pray at the wall and feel its strong presence. Write down your greatest wish and place it in the wall, following the tradition of thousands of years and millions of Jews.

Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

This museum is the largest cultural institution in Israel and one of the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Here you will find the oldest existing biblical manuscripts in the world, the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are housed in the Shrine of the Book.

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.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

In 1963, the Yad Vashem Museum was established as the world center for Holocaust research, education and commemoration. With survivor testimonies, powerful displays, and artifacts, this museum embodies one crucial message: Never again.

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. You’ll view the trenches and reconstructed bunker that serves as a museum and tells the story of the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 8 Friday

THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HEROD’S FORTRESS

Qumran Caves National Park

Learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the people who wrote them when you explore the Qumran National Park. Marvel at the table-like structures that are said to have been used to write the scrolls, the ritual baths and the caves where the scrolls were discovered in 1947.

Masada Mountain & Cable Car

Ride via cable car to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod’s palace. Take a peek into history 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.

Dead Sea Float & Spa Lunch

Yam Hamelach, literally meaning “Sea of Salt,” is 417 meters below sea level; 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.

The Kotel (The Western Wall) – evening suggestion

Here stand the sacred remnants of the ancient Jewish Temple. On Friday night come to the Wall and join the joyful event together with soldiers and people from all over the world dancing together in lively in celebration of Shabbat, a truly unforgettable experience.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 9 Shabbat (Free Day)

SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM – DAY AT LEISURE

Shabbat Morning

Finally some time to rest!  Enjoy a morning at leisure at your hotel and relax…

Ben Yehuda Street – evening suggestion

Here you’ll find all the character-filled restaurants, shops, street vendors, and street performances you could ask for. Sip a latte at one of Ben Yehuda’s many sidewalk cafes, grab a delicious, chocolate fro-yo, invest in some Judaica, and relax!

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 10 Sunday

TIMNA & EILAT – SEA LIFE AND GEOLOGICAL WONDERS

Timna National Park

Travel back in time when you venture into this geological wonderland! See the ancient copper mines, King Solomon’s Pillars and the huge multi-colored rock formations. A man-made lake in the middle of the desert offers shaded areas to enjoy the panoramic view.

Underwater Marine Observatory

Enter the amazing world of the Red Sea, one of the most scenic seas in the world. The Park maintains an extensive exhibition of fish native to the Red Sea, including aquariums, a Shark Tank, Turtle & Stingray Pool and underwater observatories.

Overnight: Eilat Hotel Options

Day 11 Monday

DAY AT LEISURE OR OPTIONAL PETRA TOUR

Petra – The Red Sandstone City – Optional

Counted amongst the wonders of the ancient world, Petra is an archeological, anthropological and geological phenomenon. Your guide will explain the history, legends, myths and truths of this city carved 2,000 years ago from the red Sandstone Mountains.

Overnight: Eilat Hotel Options

Day 12 Tuesday

THE NEGEV – ISRAEL’S FLOURISHING DESERT

Mitzpeh Ramon Crater

Enjoy spectacular desert views and witness this unique geological phenomenon. Israel’s largest national park, the crater is located at the peak of Mount Negev.  At first sight the crater appears as if it was formed by a meteor impact but in truth is a natural formation.

Camel Rides and Bedouin Experience

Next we’ll stop for camel rides & a traditional lunch at a Bedouin settlement in the Negev!

Ben’s Gurion Hut

Get an insider’s look at how the first Prime Minister of Israel lived after retirement in his preserved home at Sde Boker. This hut is a monument to the first leader of Israel, his life as a politician and kibbutznik, and his extraordinary belief in Israel’s Negev region.

IDF Air Force Museum

Learn the history of Israel’s superior Air Force. View actual fighter aircraft and aerospace displays. Audio-visual presentations include one on the war of 1948, one on Air Force commander heroes, and one on the survival of the Israeli Air Force over the generations.

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 13 Wednesday

FAREWELL FOR NOW…WE’LL MISS YOU!

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Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure from Israel…Farewell for now!

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HOTELS INCLUDED

Enjoy your stay at some of Israel’s finest hotels

  • 3 nights hotel in Tel Aviv, The Modern City
  • 2 nights Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel
  • 5 nights hotel in the Holy City of Jerusalem
  • 2 nights hotel in Eilat & the Red Sea

SERVICES INCLUDED

Ensuring that your visit is easy, comfortable, and fun!

  • Welcome & Assist at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Arrival & Departure Airport Transfers
  • 8 Days Touring in an Air-Conditioned Coach
  • All Touring with a Professional Licensed Guide
  • Israel Tours Hats/Israel Maps/ Bottle Carriers
  • All Group Touring & Sites as per Tour Program
  • Optional Petra Tour is $269/ person + Jordan Visa Fee

MEALS INCLUDED

Get a taste of authentic Israeli cuisine

  • Daily Breakfast Buffet at each Hotel
  • Nightly Dinners at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
  • Dead Sea Hotel Swim & Lunch Buffet
  • Bedouin Experience & Refreshments

Pricing Below is per Person, Double Occupancy. Contact Us for Single & Triple Rates & Children Discounts! Also Discounts for Groups of 6 or more!

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Tel AvivPrima HotelDan PanoramaCarlton HotelThe Dan Tel Aviv
Northern IsraelKibbutz LaviKibbutz LaviKibbutz Lavi DLXKibbutz Lavi DLX
JerusalemPrima RoyalDan PanoramaInbal JerusalemThe King David
EilatPrima MusicDan PanoramaRoyal BeachThe Dan Eilat
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Jun 23Jul 5$2545$2866$3869$4096
Jun 30Jul 12$2582$2903$3591Sold Out
Jul 7Jul 19 $2582$2903$3468$3854
Jul 14Jul 26$2582$2903$3581$3854
Jul 21Aug 2$2618$2903$3512$3854
Jul 28Aug 9$2618$3094$3606$3901
Aug 4Aug 16$2688 $3094$3644$3901
Aug 11Aug 23$2688$3174$3644$3994
Aug 18Aug 30$2688$3134$2644$3947
Aug 25Sep 6$2590$2808$3337$3742
Sep 1Sep 13$2482$2771$3262$3704
Sep 8Sep 20$2482$2771$3262$3704
Sep 15Sep 27RoshHaShanaRoshHaShana
Sep 22Oct 4YomKippurYomKippur
Sep 29Oct 11SukkotSukkotSukkotSukkot
Oct 6Oct 18SimchatTorahSimchatTorah
Oct 13Oct 25$2482 $2771$3481 $3973
Oct 20Nov 1$2482$2771Sold Out$3973
Oct 27Nov 8$2482$2771$3481$3973
Nov 3Nov 15$2482$2742$3431$3973
Nov 10Nov 22$2482$2598$3431$3973
Nov 17Nov 29$2482$2540$3431$3566
Nov 24Dec 6$2401$2540$3274$3566
Dec 1Dec 13$2338$2540$3111$3566
Dec 8Dec 20$2338$2579$3111$3566
Dec 15Dec 27$2482$2925$3753$3842
Dec 22Jan 3$2482$3002$3581$4060
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Feb 2Feb 14$2277Sold Out$3174$3385
Feb 9Feb 21$2277$2526$3280$3385
Feb 16Feb 28$2277$2526$3366$3385
Feb 23Mar 7$2367$2647$3312$3534
Mar 2Mar 14$2478$2864$3166$3814
Mar 9Mar 21$2478$2864$3166$3814
Mar 16Mar 28$2478$2864$3166$3814
Mar 23Apr 4$2486$2864$3166$3814
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Apr 6Apr 18 $2516 $2913$3394$3787
Apr 13Apr 25$2516$2913$3394$3787
Apr 20May 2$2516$2913$3394$3787
Apr 27May 9$2516$2864$3482$4091
May 4May 16$2516$2864$3482$4096
May 11May 23$2516$2864$3533$4096
May 18May 30ShavuotShavuotShavuotShavuot
May 25Jun 6$2478$2864$3456$4107
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Jun 8Jun 20$2478$2864$3553$4107
Jun 15Jun 27$2478$2864$3617$4107
Jun 22Jul 4$2578$2969$3617$4223
Jun 29Jul 11$2578$3001$3617$4223
Jul 6Jul 18$2651$3014$3430$4223
Jul 13Jul 25$2615$2982$3430$3996
Jul 20Aug 1$2578$2962$3379$3930
Jul 27Aug 8$2578$3047$3507$3971
Aug 3Aug 15$2712$3186$3595$4033
 Aug 10Aug 22$2712$3198$3595$4116
Aug 17Aug 29$2712$3192$3595$4074
Aug 24Sep 5$2612$2926$3332$3876
Aug 31Sep 12$2478$2864$3205$3814
Sep 7Sep 19RoshHaShanaRoshHaShana
Sep 14Sep 26 YomKippurYomKippur
Sep 21Oct 3SukkotSukkotSukkotSukkot
Sep 28 Oct 10SimchatTorahSimchatTorah
 Oct 5Oct 17 $2516$2864$3565 $4091
Oct 12Oct 24$2516$2864$3565$4091
 Oct 19Oct 31$2516$2864$3617$4091
Oct 26Nov 7$2516$2864$3514$4091
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Nov 9Nov 21$2509$2864$3250$4091
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Nov 23Dec 5$2429$2627$3166$3602
Nov 30Dec 12$2368$2627$3166$3602
Dec 7Dec 19$2368$2627$3269$3602
Dec 14Dec 26$2494$2858$3457$3913
Dec 21Jan 2$2516$3072$3507$4180
Dec 28Jan 9$2456$2790$3366$4064

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