Israel Itinerary – First-Timers Tour

Theme: Landmarks, Walking, History

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  • Ben Gurion Airport
  • Israel
  • Israele
  • Jerusalem
  • Safed
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo
  • Tiberias
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  • Ben Gurion Airport, Israele

  • 1

    Jerusalem, Israel

  • 2

    Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

  • 3

    Tiberias, Israel

  • 4

    Safed, Israel

  • Ben Gurion Airport, Israele

Schedule

Day
Arrive in

Day 1

7:00 pm                      Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport

Day 2 –  Jerusalem

8:00 am                      Day Begins

 

Goldman Promenade

We will begin our day at a special vantage point of Jerusalem.  This particular spot is the best place to understand Jerusalem as a city, for in one view, you can see Jerusalem to the west and the Judean Desert to the east. 

 

                                   City of David

The place where Jerusalem began.  Using the Bible as our guide, we’ll explore the city that King David turned into the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

 

                                   Davidson Center / Southern Wall Excavations

What was it like to be a Jewish pilgrim in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, at the time of the Second Temple?  This is the best site in the entire world to relive that experience.  We’ll walk on the same road where the pilgrims walked, see the shops that they frequented, walk up the original steps leading to the southern gate of the Temple Mount, and more.  We will also explore the area via a virtual model based on archaeological finds that reconstructs Jerusalem from 2,000 years ago. 

 

                                   Sites in the Old City of Jerusalem

We will explore several “can’t miss” highlights that help us to understand the story of Jerusalem and of the Jewish people over the last 3,000 years, including sites from First Temple Period, the Roman period, the battle for the Jewish Quarter in 1948, and up through modern times.             

 

                                   Western Wall Tunnels

Walk along the entire length of the Western Wall, most of which is underneath the current street level.  In the process, we will arrive at the closest spot we can get to the Holy of Holies without being on the Temple Mount.    

 

                                   Night on Ben-Yehuda Street

Stroll through the center of Jerusalem, taking advantage of the shops, art, and cafes.  A great place to do some shopping for gifts. 

 

Day 3

9:00 am                      Day Begins

                                   Yad Vashem

                                   Spend time at Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial and archives. 

                                   Sataf Goat Farm

We’ll have brunch at one of my favorite off-the-beaten track locations.  Tucked away in the mountains surrounding Jerusalem is a small goat farm with the best goat cheese in the country. 

“Burma Road” and the Battles for the Road to Jerusalem

At an outlook overlooking the mountain pass that leads to Jerusalem, we’ll learn the stories of the battles for the road to Jerusalem from the 1948 War.

Shuk Mahane Yehuda

Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem’s main market as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat

                                    Prepare for Shabbat

                                   Shabbat

Day 4

Shabbat

Day 5

7:00 am                      Day Begins

Masada

We will then ascend and descend the mountain via the cable car.  What is the story of this nearly impregnable desert fortress that fell to the Romans in 74 AD?  Who were the people who lived here?  And why did it become such a prominent symbol in modern times?  We will answer all of these questions and more.  At the end, we will walk through the new museum located at the mountain.  

 

                                   Dead Sea

The lowest place on earth, and what Pliny the Elder called one of the “three wonders of the land of Judea.” 

 

Relaxing Night and Nice Dinner back in Jerusalem

 

Day 6

9:00 am                      Day Begins

                                   Israel Museum

See the Dead Sea Scrolls and explore some of the other treasures of this world-class museum.

                                   Kfar Etzion

Learn the story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Gush Etzion Bloc, as well as its importance to the 1948 War and to the Israeli psyche.

Tel Azeka and the Elah Valley

Using the bible as a guide, we’ll retell the story of David and Goliath in the place it actually happened. 

Rechovot – The Ayalon Institute

Visit an underground bullet factory where Jews secretly produced over 2 million rounds of ammunition right under the noses of the British.  Learn the story of the people and the place, and the role they played in the 1948 War. 

Jaffa

Stroll around one of the most ancient cities in the world, explored its markets, and learn its history.  In the evening, perhaps we’ll take a walk along the beach on the boardwalk. 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 7

9:00 am                      Day Begins

                                   Tel Aviv

Visit the Independence Hall Museum, where the modern state of Israel declared Independence, then walk through some of the early neighborhoods of the city, learning about its creation, growth, and the personalities who lived here.  We’ll then wander through the artists’ market in the Nahalat Benyamin neighborhood, where local artists display and sell their crafts and wares every Tuesday and Friday. 

Caesarea

See the amazing ruins of this city built by King Herod to be the largest port in the Mediterranean.  Learn the stories associated with the city, and hear about the personalities that passed through this place. 

 

Zichron Yaakov

We’ll visit this quaint little town that was settled during the first wave of Jewish Immigration (called the “First Aliyah”) from 1882-1903.  We’ll learn the history of the return of the Jewish people to Palestine after 2,000 years of exile, and hear the stories of some of the main characters who lived in this town.  We’ll also probably eat dinner in one of the nice cafes in the center of the town. 

 

Drive to Tiberias / Overnight in Tiberias

 

Day 8

 

9:00 am                      Day begins

 

                                   Tzfat

Explore the city of the mystics and of the Kabalah.  See the same rolling mountains that the Rabbi Yitzchak Luria saw as he welcomed the Shabbat every week, and the same beautiful landscapes that inspired Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz to compose the famous prayer, Lecha Dodi.  In addition, we’ll browse through the artists’ quarter, with its wonderful art, jewelry, and shops. 

 

Golan Heights Outlooks

We’ll visit 2 different outlooks: one that looks into Syria, and the other that was an old Syrian bunker that looks over Israel.  Through these outlooks, we’ll see with our own eyes and discuss the geo-political issues constantly talked about in the news. 

 

                                   Gamla

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites from the end of the Second Temple Period, and hear the story of the battle where the Jewish defenders were defeated by the Romans. 

 

Chocolate-making workshop at De Karina Chocolate Factory

Yes, it’s exactly like it sounds.  And there will be plenty of chocolate-eating as well.  And Kevin, if chocolate doesn’t appeal to you, I can take you to the Golan Heights brewery instead. J

 

Golan Heights Winery

Tour one of Israel’s most successful wineries, and sample the wines they produce. 

 

Dinner and Overnight in Tiberias

 

Day 9

 

9:00 am                      Day Begins

 

                                   2,000 year-old boat at Kibbutz Ginossar

We will see a 2,000 year old boat that was found in the Sea of Galilee, and hear the story of the excavation and preservation of the boat. 

 

                                   Tel Hazor

Perhaps the most important archaeological site in all of Israel, we’ll use the bible as a guide to explore the ancient city of Hazor and read the numerous biblical stories connect with this site. 

 

Rosh HaNiqra

Take the cable-car to explore the natural grottos at the Israeli-Lebanese border.

 

Haifa

Stop through Haifa to see an overlook of the Bahai Gardens.

 

Tel Aviv

Relax a bit in Tel Aviv before heading to the Airport.  Maybe we’ll head over to Jem’s Brewery in Petach Tikvah for a farewell dinner. 

Day 1
Arrive in

Day 1

7:00 pm                      Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport

 

Day 2
Arrive in

Day 2 –  Jerusalem

8:00 am                      Day Begins

 

Goldman Promenade

We will begin our day at a special vantage point of Jerusalem.  This particular spot is the best place to understand Jerusalem as a city, for in one view, you can see Jerusalem to the west and the Judean Desert to the east. 

 

                                   City of David

The place where Jerusalem began.  Using the Bible as our guide, we’ll explore the city that King David turned into the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

 

                                   Davidson Center / Southern Wall Excavations

What was it like to be a Jewish pilgrim in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, at the time of the Second Temple?  This is the best site in the entire world to relive that experience.  We’ll walk on the same road where the pilgrims walked, see the shops that they frequented, walk up the original steps leading to the southern gate of the Temple Mount, and more.  We will also explore the area via a virtual model based on archaeological finds that reconstructs Jerusalem from 2,000 years ago. 

 

                                   Sites in the Old City of Jerusalem

We will explore several “can’t miss” highlights that help us to understand the story of Jerusalem and of the Jewish people over the last 3,000 years, including sites from First Temple Period, the Roman period, the battle for the Jewish Quarter in 1948, and up through modern times.             

 

                                   Western Wall Tunnels

Walk along the entire length of the Western Wall, most of which is underneath the current street level.  In the process, we will arrive at the closest spot we can get to the Holy of Holies without being on the Temple Mount.    

 

                                   Night on Ben-Yehuda Street

Stroll through the center of Jerusalem, taking advantage of the shops, art, and cafes.  A great place to do some shopping for gifts. 

 

Day 3
Arrive in

Day 3

9:00 am                      Day Begins

                                   Yad Vashem

                                   Spend time at Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial and archives. 

                                   Sataf Goat Farm

We’ll have brunch at one of my favorite off-the-beaten track locations.  Tucked away in the mountains surrounding Jerusalem is a small goat farm with the best goat cheese in the country. 

“Burma Road” and the Battles for the Road to Jerusalem

At an outlook overlooking the mountain pass that leads to Jerusalem, we’ll learn the stories of the battles for the road to Jerusalem from the 1948 War.

Shuk Mahane Yehuda

Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem’s main market as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat

                                    Prepare for Shabbat

                                   Shabbat

 

 

Day 4
Arrive in

Day 4

Shabbat

 

Day 5
Arrive in

Day 5

7:00 am                      Day Begins

Masada

We will then ascend and descend the mountain via the cable car.  What is the story of this nearly impregnable desert fortress that fell to the Romans in 74 AD?  Who were the people who lived here?  And why did it become such a prominent symbol in modern times?  We will answer all of these questions and more.  At the end, we will walk through the new museum located at the mountain.  

 

                                   Dead Sea

The lowest place on earth, and what Pliny the Elder called one of the “three wonders of the land of Judea.” 

 

Relaxing Night and Nice Dinner back in Jerusalem

Day 6
Arrive in

Day 6

9:00 am                      Day Begins

                                   Israel Museum

See the Dead Sea Scrolls and explore some of the other treasures of this world-class museum.

                                   Kfar Etzion

Learn the story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Gush Etzion Bloc, as well as its importance to the 1948 War and to the Israeli psyche.

Tel Azeka and the Elah Valley

Using the bible as a guide, we’ll retell the story of David and Goliath in the place it actually happened. 

Rechovot – The Ayalon Institute

Visit an underground bullet factory where Jews secretly produced over 2 million rounds of ammunition right under the noses of the British.  Learn the story of the people and the place, and the role they played in the 1948 War. 

Jaffa

Stroll around one of the most ancient cities in the world, explored its markets, and learn its history.  In the evening, perhaps we’ll take a walk along the beach on the boardwalk. 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

 

Day 7
Arrive in

Day 7

9:00 am                      Day Begins

                                   Tel Aviv

Visit the Independence Hall Museum, where the modern state of Israel declared Independence, then walk through some of the early neighborhoods of the city, learning about its creation, growth, and the personalities who lived here.  We’ll then wander through the artists’ market in the Nahalat Benyamin neighborhood, where local artists display and sell their crafts and wares every Tuesday and Friday. 

Caesarea

See the amazing ruins of this city built by King Herod to be the largest port in the Mediterranean.  Learn the stories associated with the city, and hear about the personalities that passed through this place. 

 

Zichron Yaakov

We’ll visit this quaint little town that was settled during the first wave of Jewish Immigration (called the “First Aliyah”) from 1882-1903.  We’ll learn the history of the return of the Jewish people to Palestine after 2,000 years of exile, and hear the stories of some of the main characters who lived in this town.  We’ll also probably eat dinner in one of the nice cafes in the center of the town. 

 

Drive to Tiberias / Overnight in Tiberias

 

Day 8
Arrive in

Day 8

 

9:00 am                      Day begins

 

                                   Tzfat

Explore the city of the mystics and of the Kabalah.  See the same rolling mountains that the Rabbi Yitzchak Luria saw as he welcomed the Shabbat every week, and the same beautiful landscapes that inspired Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz to compose the famous prayer, Lecha Dodi.  In addition, we’ll browse through the artists’ quarter, with its wonderful art, jewelry, and shops. 

 

Golan Heights Outlooks

We’ll visit 2 different outlooks: one that looks into Syria, and the other that was an old Syrian bunker that looks over Israel.  Through these outlooks, we’ll see with our own eyes and discuss the geo-political issues constantly talked about in the news. 

 

                                   Gamla

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites from the end of the Second Temple Period, and hear the story of the battle where the Jewish defenders were defeated by the Romans. 

 

Chocolate-making workshop at De Karina Chocolate Factory

Yes, it’s exactly like it sounds.  And there will be plenty of chocolate-eating as well.  And Kevin, if chocolate doesn’t appeal to you, I can take you to the Golan Heights brewery instead. J

 

Golan Heights Winery

Tour one of Israel’s most successful wineries, and sample the wines they produce. 

 

Dinner and Overnight in Tiberias

Day 9
Arrive in

 

Day 9

 

9:00 am                      Day Begins

 

                                   2,000 year-old boat at Kibbutz Ginossar

We will see a 2,000 year old boat that was found in the Sea of Galilee, and hear the story of the excavation and preservation of the boat. 

 

                                   Tel Hazor

Perhaps the most important archaeological site in all of Israel, we’ll use the bible as a guide to explore the ancient city of Hazor and read the numerous biblical stories connect with this site. 

 

Rosh HaNiqra

Take the cable-car to explore the natural grottos at the Israeli-Lebanese border.

 

Haifa

Stop through Haifa to see an overlook of the Bahai Gardens.

 

Tel Aviv

Relax a bit in Tel Aviv before heading to the Airport.  Maybe we’ll head over to Jem’s Brewery in Petach Tikvah for a farewell dinner. 

Theme

  • Landmarks
  • Walking
  • History

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Duration: 9 Days
Language: English
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