13 Day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour & PetraGroup Tours

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13 Day Jewish Heritage Tour Runs Every Friday! Experience Israel’s Coast, the Golan Heights & Sea of Galilee, Holy Tzfat, Jerusalem's Old and New Cities, and the Lost City of Petra!

Day 1 Friday (Assist & Transfer)

WELCOME TO HOLY ISRAEL!

Arrival 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 for transfer.

Welcome to 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 alongside simple 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 (Guided Touring)

ISRAEL’S COAST – ANCIENT PORTS

Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins

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!

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 continuously 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, the beautiful Grottoes (sea caves) of Rosh Hanikra are truly a wonder of creation. Ride via cable car from the mountain top down to sea level to walk within its gorgeous walls.

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel

Day 4 Monday (Guided Touring)

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, galleries and mystical atmosphere.

Golan Heights Jeeping

Jeep tours take you off the road to hard-to-reach places, such as streams, fields and mud tracks. The Golan is green and lush, with small villages nestled into the hills. Learn about the biblical and historical importance of the Golan sites while enjoying a bumpy jeep ride.

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 (Guided Touring)

TIBERIAS AND THE JORDAN VALLEY – HIGHWAY OF KINGS

Tiberias & The Sea of Galilee

Learn about Tiberias old and new. The city was founded in the first century and is located on the shores of Israel’s main source of fresh water, the Sea of Galilee. Walk along the Sea of Galilee Promenade and learn about famous Jewish sages Maimonides and Rabbi Akiva.

Beit She’an National Park

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.

Ancient Beit Alfa Synagogue

Built during the Byzantine era, this excavated synagogue is most well known for its miraculously preserved mosaic. The mosaic vividly portrays the Binding of Isaac, the Temple of Jerusalem and the Zodiac, demonstrating Roman influence on Jewish culture.

Gan HaShlosha National Park

Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful parks, relax and rejuvenate at one of the natural pools or Jacuzzis that are idyllically situated below a flowing waterfall. Located in the hot Beit She’an valley, the cool water can be a welcome diversion.

Mount Scopus 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 (Guided Touring)

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 landmarks of historical significance.

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, 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.

Western Wall Tunnels Tour

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.

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.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 7 Thursday (Guided Touring)

JERUSALEM NEW CITY – THE MODERN CAPITAL

Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

Founded in 1965, this is the largest cultural institution in the State of 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, artifacts and memorial gardens, 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. 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.

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

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 8 Friday (Guided Touring)

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. 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.

Dead Sea Float & Spa Lunch

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.

Sunset at the Western Wall – evening recommendation

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 restaurants, shops, street vendors and street performances you could ever ask for. Sip a latte at one of Ben Yehuda’s many sidewalk cafes, grab a delicious frozen treat, invest in some Judaica, purchase souvenirs, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel Options

Day 10 Sunday (Guided Touring)

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.

Red Sea Underwater 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 and other living creatures native to the Red Sea, including aquariums, a Shark Tank, Turtle & Stingray Pool and underwater observatories.

Overnight: Eilat Hotel Options

Day 11 Monday (Guided Touring)

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 (Guided Touring)

THE NEGEV – ISRAEL’S FLOURISHING DESERT

Mitzpeh Ramon Crater

Enjoy spectacular views of the desert 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 & refreshments 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 with a visit to 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 about the thrilling history of Israel’s legendary Air Force. View actual fighter aircraft and aerospace displays. Audio-visual presentations include the Independence War of 1948, Israel Air Force commander heroes, and the evolution of the IAF over the generations.

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel Options

Day 13 Wednesday (Chauffeur)

FAREWELL FOR NOW…WE’LL MISS YOU!

Farewell Transfer…We’ll Miss you!

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary 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

The Below Pricing is the Full Land Tour Package, per Person, Double Occupancy. Email Us for Single Traveler, Triple & Children Rates & Special Group Discounts!

Hotel Options3 Star Class4 Star Class5 Star Class5 Star Superior5 Star Deluxe
Tel AvivPrima HotelDan PanoramaCarlton HotelRoyal BeachDan Tel Aviv
Northern IsraelKibbutz LaviKibbutz LaviKibbutz Lavi Kibbutz LaviKibbutz Lavi
JerusalemPrima RoyalDan PanoramaInbal JerusalemOrientKing David
EilatPrima MusicDan PanoramaRoyal BeachRoyal BeachDan Eilat
2017 Tours Begin2017 Tours End3 Star Class4 Star Class5 Star Class5 Star Superior5 Star Deluxe
Dec 1Dec 13$2296$2548$3070NA$3492
Dec 8Dec 20$2296$2548$3170NA$3492
Dec 15Dec 27$2419$2771$3352NA$3795
Dec 22Jan 3Sold Out$279$3401NA$4053
Dec 29Jan 10$2381$2705$3264NA$3941
2018 Tours Begin2018 Tours End 3 Star Class 4 Star Class 5 Star Class5 Star Superior5 Star Deluxe
Jan 5Jan 17$2296NA$3201NA$3414
Jan 12Jan 24 $2296NA3201NA$3414
Jan 19Jan 31 $2296NA3201NA$3414
Jan 26Feb 7 $2296NA3201NA$3414
Feb 2Feb 14 $2296NA3201NA$3414
Feb 9Feb 21 $2296$2548$3307NA$3414
Feb 16Feb 28 $2296$2548$3395NA$3414
Feb 23Mar 7$2387$2669$3340NA$3564
Mar 2Mar 14$2555$2829$3440$3527$3846
Mar 9Mar 21$2555$2946$3440$3527$4056
Mar 16Mar 28$2555$2946$3440$3527$4056
Mar 23Apr 4PassoverPassoverPassoverPassoverPassover
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Apr 13Apr 25$2586$2991Sold OutSold OutSold Out
Apr 20May 2$2586$3006Sold Out$3627$4394
Apr 27May 9$2586$3006$3696$3627$4394
May 4May 16$2586$3006$3778$3627$4394
May 11May 23ShavuotShavuotShavuotShavuotShavuot
May 18May 30ShavuotShavuotShavuotShavuotShavuot
May 25Jun 6 $2574$3006$3696 $3627$4394
Jun 1Jun 13$2555$3006$3696$3627$4394
Jun 8Jun 20$2555$3006$3827$3627$4394
Jun 15Jun 27$2555$3006$3915$3627$4394
Jun 22Jul 4$2618$3094$3915$3627$4516
Jun 29Jul 11$2618$3071$3790$3627$4328
Jul 6Jul 18$2618$3041$3590$3627$4186
Jul 13Jul 25$2618$3041$3590$3627$4186
Jul 20Aug 1$2618$3041$3621$3734$4186
Jul 27Aug 8$2678$3101$3793$3906$4255
Aug 3Aug 15$2678$3251$3793$4118$4255
 Aug 10Aug 22$2678$3251$3793$4118$4272
Aug 17Aug 29$2678$3251$3793$4118$4263
Aug 24Sep 5$2615$3006$3437$3800$4116
Aug 31Sep 12RoshHaShanaRoshRoshHaShana
Sep 7Sep 19RoshHaShanaRoshRoshHaShana
Sep 14Sep 26 YomKippurYomYomKippur
Sep 21Oct 3SukkotSukkotSukkotSukkotSukkot
Sep 28 Oct 10SukkotSukkotSukkotSukkotSukkot
 Oct 5Oct 17 $2586 $2991$3696 $3627$4377
Oct 12Oct 24$2586$3006$3778$3627$4394
 Oct 19Oct 31$2586$3006$3833$3627$4394
Oct 26Nov 7$2586$3006$3647$3627$4394
 Nov 2Nov 14$2586$3006$3615$3627$4394
Nov 9Nov 21$2580$2944$3590$3627$4386
Nov 16Nov 28$2555$2864$3590$3565$3674
Nov 23Dec 5$2515$2686$3477$3565$3656
Nov 30Dec 12$2453$2686$3427$3515$3656
Dec 7Dec 19$2440$2686$3377$3465$3656
Dec 14Dec 26$2542$2944Sold Out$3564Sold Out
Dec 21Jan 2$2584$3171Sold Out$3565Sold Out
Dec 28Jan 9$2546$2946$3471$3465Sold Out
 2019 Tours Begin2019 Tours End 3 Star Class4 Star Class5 Star Class5 Star Superior5 Star Deluxe
Jan 4Jan 16$2440Sold Out$3427$3465 $3555
Jan 11Jan 23$2440Sold Out$3432$3465$3555
Jan 18Jan 30$2440$2686$3465$3465$3555
Jan 25Feb 6$2440Sold Out$3384$3465$3555
Feb 1Feb 13$2440Sold Out$3384$3465$3555
Feb 8Feb 20$2440$2686$3465$3465$3555
Feb 15Feb 27$2440$2686$3540$3465$3555
Feb 22Mar 6$2515$2814$3495$3562$3804

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