Relive the dramatic events, both sad and joyful that make up Israel's timeline. On this trip we focus on the milestones that lead to the making of modern Israel, its existential challenges in the past and present, its age old traditions, its reminders of ancient civilizations, alongside vibrant neighborhoods, streets, colorful bazaars and trendy boutiques. Meet local people. Enjoy the unique blend of modernity and antiquity. .
- Tel Aviv: Independence Hall, Diaspora Museum, Rabin Square, Old Jaffa.
- Western Galilee: Haifa and Mt. Carmel, Acre the Crusader underground city, Rosh Hanikra Grottoes.
- Golan Heights and Banias ( Jordan) springs
- Old and New Jerusalem: Western Wall , The Tunnels, the Jewish Quarter,
- New Jerusalem: Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book and Model of Second Temple Jerusalem.
- The Dead Sea : Massada Fortress
- Desert experience: the Ramon Crater, Camel ride, Ben Gurion's Hut at Sde Boker
Welcome to Israel! Our representative will meet you at the airport, for a briefing of the tour. You will receive a tablet with GPS as well as guidelines for all the sites included on your itinerary. In addition, our representative will provide you with the necessary vouchers, maps and phone number of your contact person during your tour.
Pick up the rented car at the airport and drive to Tel Aviv . Overnight in Tel Aviv
Visit Independence Hall where the establishment of the State of Israel was declared. Drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Museum, one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Visit “Mini Israel” park which includes miniature replicas of the most important landmarks in Israel. Proceed to Ayalon Institute, formerly an ammunition factory for the underground movement –the Hagana, which existed before May 1948. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Visit the Diaspora Museum, drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv- hub of commerce and entertainment in Israel. Stop at Rabin’s square –infamous site of the assassination of Prime Minister and Peace Nobel Prize winner Itzhak Rabin. Proceed to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city where according to the Bible, Jonah the Prophet sailed. Walk along the restored artists’ quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887, and Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Street, renowned for its lively atmosphere of musicians, outdoor shops of handmade jewelry and artifacts. Stop at nearby Sheinkin, abounding with unique shops, coffeehouses and youthful ambiance. Overnight in Tel Aviv
Drive north to Caesarea, the ancient port city built by King Herod, to see the excavations of the Crusaders’ city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater which has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mount Carmel and visit “Af Al Pi Chen”, the naval museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British mandate. Continue to Acre-walk along the old harbor and local market. Visit the unique underground Crusader city. Drive to the northernmost point of Israel, Rosh Hanikra and descend by cable car into the limestone grottoes. Overnight in Nahariya.
Drive to Safed (Tzfat), center of the mystic Kabala movement. Visit the ancient synagogues of Joseph Caro and the Ari. Stroll around the Artists’ Quarter. Leave Safed and cross B’not Yaakov Bridge over the Jordan River to the Golan Heights. Stop at Gadot Outlook, a former Syrian army camp for a panoramic view of the Jordan Valley. Proceed to Katzrin, capitalof the Golan Heights, for a lunch break and optional visits of the Golan medal winning winery, a center for cosmetic olive oil products, and the archeological park with excavations of a 1700 year old Jewish village. Ascend Mt. Ben Tal for a breathtaking view of the Golan Heights and Kuneitra in Syria. Continue north via the Druze villages located at the foot of Mt. Hermon to the kibbutz hotel for overnight.
Open the day with a visit to Tel Hai to see the “Roaring Lion”, monument to the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his fellow pioneers in1920. Visit the Banias Springs, one of the sources of the Jordan River.
Drive to Tiberias to visit the grave of Rambam(Maimonides), Proceed to Beit Shean, the largest archeological park in Israel with impressive excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods. Stop at Beit Alpha to see the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue from the Byzantine period. At Gan Hashlosha, enjoy the water springs located at the foot of the Gilboa Mountains, where King Saul was killed. Continue via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Proceed to the hotel for overnight.
Visit the tomb of King David on Mount Zion. Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road. Visit the four Sepharadic synagogues restored after 1967. Approach the Kotel, the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, and holiest place for the Jewish people. On Mondays and Thursdays Bar Mitzvah ceremonies are held at the Kotel. Walk through the Kotel Tunnels. Stroll through the colorful, Arab bazaar. Leave Jaffa Gate to visit the Tower of David Museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Drive to Mea Shearim(not on Shabbat) and learn about the unique lifestyle of this ultra-orthodox community. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menora, the emblem of the State of Israel. Next, visit the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and the fascinating miniature replica of Jerusalem of the Second Temple period. Drive to Mount Hertzel, the military cemetery where the founders and leaders of Israel are buried, and proceed to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, at present a national memorial site. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumeran National Park, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour this 2000 year old fortress-King Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, the bathhouses. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the remains of the Roman camps, the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. Descend by cable car and proceed for lunch and spa facilities at one of the leading hotels in the area. Overnight in Arad.
Travel south through the Negev Desert. Stop at Timna copper mines, the earliest known copper mines in history, and marvel at King Solomon’s Pillars, huge multicolored rock formations. Continue to Eilat. Visit the underwater observatory – one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Overnight in Eilat.
Optional tour to Petra, Jordan.
Overnight in Eilat.
Leave Eilat and arrive at Mitzpe Ramon to gaze into the Ramon Crater, a geological phenomenon. Proceed to Kibbutz Sde Boker to visit at Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin Valley. Experience the desert by riding a camel and visiting an authentic Bedouin tent where a light lunch will be served. Continue to Hatzerim to visit Israel’s Airforce Museum. Return to Tel Aviv.
Your Contact person from MEDRAFT staff will meet you at the airport upon arrival or at your hotel
Assistance and briefing at the airport or at the hotel upon arrival
Virtual guide kit which includes: Maps, vouchers and a tablet loaded with the maps and GPS orientation of the itinerary with virtual guiding at all the sites and points of interest.
Accommodation - 11 hotel nights including daily breakfast in good tourist/first class hotels according to your choice.
Rented car –intermediate category - Mazda 3 or similar (upgrade at your choice)
Entrance fees: Israel museum, wine tasting, camel ride, Masada national park, Beth Alpha, Cesarea, Banias
entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
Optional tour to Petra