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Chabad of South Tampa Israel Tour

August 1-10, 2023

Day 1 Tuesday August 1st

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 escorted to passport control, continue to luggage identification and transfer to your chauffeur for hotel transfer.

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.

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.

Overnight: The Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2 Wednesday August 2nd (15th Av)

ISRAEL’S COAST – ACNIENT PORTS

The Carmel Winery Tour & Taste 

The Carmel is serious wine country. Learn about the history of Israeli wine from the 1880’s right up to the recent quality revolution. With 3,000 acres of vineyards producing over 15 million bottles of wine each year, this winery offers an eye opening and delicious experience.

Atlit Museum of Clandestine Immigration

This museum captures the lives of “illegal immigrants” to Palestine during the British Mandate. Jews who fled from Nazi persecution and survived the Holocaust found themselves incarcerated by the British in camps similar to those they had fled in Europe.

Acco Subterranean Crusader Halls

In the heart of the city of Akko, what was once street level is now situated eight meters below the ground. A walk through the passages of the 700-year-old Knights Hospitaller headquarters allows you to experience the Crusader city, once a strategic Roman fortress.

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: The Setai Suites Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day 3 Thursday August 3rd

TZFAT & THE GOLAN HEIGHTS – MYSTICS & ADVENTURE

Mount Bental IDF Bunker

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.

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.

De Karina Chocolate Factory Tour

Tour through a world of mountainous chocolate and learn about the different varieties and preparation traditions that have been passed down for generations. Get a first-hand look at the manufacturing process, participate in a workshop and enjoy some delicious samples.

Golan Heights Jeeping Adventure

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.

Dinner & Overnight: The Setai Suites Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day 4 Friday August 4th

THE JORDAN VALLEY & ASCEND TO HOLY JERUSALEM

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.

Qasr Al Yahud Jordan River Point

We’ll stop at the point where the Nation of Israel crossed the Jordan River and entered the Land of Israel after their 40 years of wandering in the desert. This is also the site of Elijah’s ascension to heaven in a fiery chariot after he and Elisha crossed the Jordan River.

Genesis Land Camel Rides

Situated in the heart of the Judean Desert, Genesis Land offers immersion into the world of the Bible, the opportunity to ride camels & visit Abrahams Tent.

Sunset at the Western Wall – evening recommendation

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.

Shabbat Dinner & Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 5 Shabbat August 5th (Free Day)

SHABBAT IN HOLY JERUSALEM

Shabbat Morning at Leisure & Lunch

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

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6 Sunday August 6th

JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL

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.

City of David Excavations

In 1004 BCE, King David conquered this city and secured the place where the Holy Temple would eventually be built by his son, King Solomon. Remaining structures such as Warren’s Shaft and the Tunnel of Siloam exhibit the intricate workings of this ancient capital city.

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.

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7 Monday August 7th (20th Av)

HOLY HEBRON – THE CITY OF EARTH

Caliber 3 Adventure Training

This exhilarating activity is geared to tourists of all ages to learn about anti-terrorism tactics in Israel! Experts in anti-terrorism combat tell true stories, explain the tactics used to fight terrorism and offer hands-on experience for all participants!

Hebron – The Holy City of Earth

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.

Rachel’s Tomb

The matriarch Rachel is a symbol of hope and prayer for the Jewish people, as she was childless for many years but ultimately became the mother of the Jewish people. Tradition has it that Rachel cried for the Jewish people as they passed her tomb on their way to exile.

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8 Tuesday August 8th

THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HERODS FORTRESS

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 Experience

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.

Ein Gedi National Park

In the biblical period, David hid from Saul amongst the streams and canyons of Ein Gedi. Today, Ein Gedi serves as a refuge from city life and from the arid desert. Enjoy a nature walk amongst date trees, waterfalls, caves and ibex. On a hot day, cool off in the water.

Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9 Wednesday August 9th

UNITED JERUSALEM – THE NEW CITY

United Hatzalah “Ambucycle” & Headquarters

Visit the HQ of this volunteer Emergency Medical Organization with more than 5,000 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.

Pantry Packers Food Packaging & Volunteering

Give back to the needy families of Jerusalem by taking time to pack food for distribution. Pantry Packers is a project of the Colel Chabad organization that regularly provides healthy food and pantry staples such as rice, oil and canned goods to the poorest of Israel’s families.

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.

Farewell Dinner & Overnight: The David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10 Wednesday August 10th

FAREWELL FOR NOW…WE’LL MISS YOU!

Farewell Transfer & VIP Check-in Assist

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport where a VIP Escort will be waiting curb-side to greet you. You will skip the long lines and move directly to ticketing. You will then be escorted to the front of the security line, followed by passport control in the staff/reserved lines.

What’s Included? Everything You Need!

5 STAR HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

1 night at the Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv, August 1-2

2 nights at the Setai Suites Hotel, Sea of Galilee, August 2-4

6 nights David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem, August 4-10

MEALS IN YOUR TOUR

Daily Breakfast Buffet at each Hotel

Nightly Dinners at the Setai Suites Hotel

Shabbat Dinner & Lunch in Jerusalem

Group Farewell Dinner in Jerusalem

PROFESSIONAL TOUR SERVICES

VIP Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport (per couple)

Welcome Transfer to Tel Aviv (per couple)

Farewell Transfer & VIP Check-in Assist (per couple)

6 Days Private Professional Guide & Vehicle

All Sites & Activities per the Tour Itinerary

Shalom Israel Tour Maps/Hats/Bottle Carriers

 

This Tours Runs: August 1-10, 2023

# Participants 20 22 24 26 28 30
Per Person $5,400 $5,280 $5,180 $5,080 $5,020 $4960

*$400 deposit, final payment 60 days prior to arrival.

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