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Jewish 5 Days Tour

Day 1 – “Burma Road” and Jerusalem

Heading Twoards Jeruaslem, after Latrun we get off the highway and join the 1948 “Burma Road”  “, learning about the battles around Jerusalem in 1948.

Upon reaching Jerusalem we park the car, and head to a tour by foot of the Jewish Quarter , the Western wall  , and the “City of David  “.

These sites presents best the core of Jewish history from the time of King David, to our days. The tour could include a walk in “Hezekiah’s Tunnel  “, or joining a tour of the “Western Wall tunnels  “.

O/N: Jerusalem

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Day 2 – Qumran, Ein-Gedi, and Masada

We head first to Masada  , Famed for the suicidial acto of 960 Jews some 2000 years ago. The dramatic story is enhanced by rich archaeological remains and a well planned visitors center. The most important finds are on display at the new Masada Museum .

In nearby Ein Gedi  we can have lunch and then stroll in the beautiful botanical gardens  of the kibbutz. We can then head to Ein-Gedi’s Nature Reserve  , and can either hike and swim in Nahal David, or explore the well preserved mosaic floor of Ein-Gedi’s ancient synagogue .

Our last stop will be at Qumran , famous site for the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls wikipedia s.    If time and will permits we will also include a stop for a swim at e Dead Sea .

O/N: Jerusalem or the North

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Day 3 – Galilee

This day is devoted to Jewish history in the Galilee. Our first stop will be the Necropolis of Beth Shearim , hometown of the famed Rabbi Judah “the Prince”.

Next we head to ancient Sepphoris , where the “Mishna” was codified, and where many Talmudic Rabbis were active.

For lunch we can experience one of the local fish restaurants aroud the Sea of Galilee, and then visit the 2000 year old synaogue at Magdala , as well as the remains of Ancient Tiberias , where the “Jerusalem Talmud” was written.

We end the day with a visit to kibbutz Degania , the “first kibbutz in the world“, which also played major role in 1948, repelling a critical Syrian attack.

O/N: North

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Day 4 – Golan Heights

Crossing the Jordan river, today we ascend to the top of the Golan Heights . At Mt. Bental   we view into Syria and review the conflict between Israel and Syria, as well as the ongoing civilian war in Syria.

Next we join a local ATV tour  by the border, and after lunch we visit “Golan Magic” Visitors Center .

We end with a visit and an optional hike to Gamla , “The Masada of the North”, where the Jews were also defeted by the Imperial Roman forces some 2000 years ago.

If time permits, on the way to Tel-aviv we could also stop for a quick visit at ancient Caesarea  .

O/N: Tel-Aviv

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Day 5 – Jaffa and Tel-Aviv

Our last day will be devoted to the modern history of Israel, reflected in  Jaffa  and Tel-Aviv . We will start with a stroll along the allies of old Jaffa, and its nearby Flea Market .

Next we will drive to Palmach Museum  to learn about the Jewish resistance against the British in the 1940’s, and then head to Rothschild Boulevard .

At Shalom Meir Tower Visitors Center   we will review the early history  Tel-Aviv , and  nearby we will visit the “Independence hall”  , where the state of Israel was declared (!).

We will end with a drive to  Rabin Assasination site , and asses the current geo-politics of Israel and its surroundings.