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Gersten Bar-Mitzvah trip, July 2016

July 20 (WED)

Bar-Mitzvah Tour IsraelWelcome to Israel!. Arrival, transfer to Jerusalem.



O/N:  David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


July 21 (THUR)

ecc66967-bb25-4e3e-998d-e82f45b3d3acWe start where it all began! –  after a visit to the Tower of David Museum  we head into the City of David slideshow King David’s Palace  slideshowWarren’s shaft   slideshow, and an optional walk along Hezekiah’s Tunnel slideshow (dark, water up to your knees..), Pool of Siloam slideshow.

After lunch in the Jewish Quarter , we return to the hotel for a swim and in the evening go to the   Tower of David Night Spectacular . (*)

O/N:  David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


July 22 (FRI)

314925ca-992d-45b9-a691-74f9a9af673bWe start with a visit to the Western wall   and at 10:10 join a tour of the Western Wall tunnels   (*)

We then continue to the Jewish Quarter slideshow, pass by the Hurvah Synagogue slideshow, have an optional Judaica shopping at the Cardo slideshow (including Talith Workshop slideshow), and see the Broad Wall  .

We then continue to stroll in Mahane Yehudah Market    + have an authentic local lunch, and continue to Mea Shearim  to see how Ultra Orthodox Jews prepare for Shabbath.

O/N:  David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


July 23 (SAT)

dc81fe89-ac86-4428-81f4-4124a4bf9e38Day tour of the Dead Sea area, including a camel ride, site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found (Qumran slideshowMasada slideshowEin Gedi slideshow, , and of course – a swim at the Dead Sea slideshow at the Herod’s hotel!.

O/N:  Dvid Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


July 24 (SUN)


We start the day with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre  , hoping to beat the crowds, and after some shopping in the local Arab market (Suq ) + lunch we drive to the Garden of Gethsemane , and end with the famous panorama from Mount of Olives Viewpoint  , and have another camel ride! 🙂

O/N: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


July 25 (MON)

04a8751e-764e-463d-969a-8f5e0c2ef1ccToday we start heading north!. After a brief stop at Emmaus-Nicopolis , we connect to the high-way and drive up to Caesarea  , where we walk from the aqueduct to the old city and admire its remains, especially the Port,  the Hippo-StadiumHerods PalacePaul’s Prison possible site? and the Theatre.

We then continue to Haifa and walk along the suspended bridge.

O/N: Dan Carmel, Haifa


July 26 (TUE)

d0dc1d3e-1d6e-4fdf-9321-ba919ff706b6Today is Gabe’s big Day!. We conduct a Bar-Mitzvah ceremony abobe the Bahaian Terraced Gardens , and after brunch we drive to  Rosh Hanikra Grottoes  ..

For lunch we return to Akko   where we have also a speed boat ride, and a stroll through the old city.

O/N: Villa Galilee, Safed


July 27 (WED)

f30cacf4-7a4e-4670-96ed-63661c83e931Exploring the Golan Heights slideshow: We head to the top of Mt. Hermon  to experience the ski lift and local slides, and then continue to a Druze  village for Lunch.

On our way we pass Caesarea Philippi (Banias) , and Meet Ilana Michaeli in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan.

O/N: Villa Galilee, Safed


July 28 (THUR)

14e7d16b-5e9e-4296-91ad-960d3bde103aAfter a short morning tour of Safed  ,  we return to the Golan Heights , starting with a review “Shofar” production at Kol Shofar  (at 11:00).

After lunch and beer tasting in “Brewhouse”, we join the chocolate workshop at  De Karina Chocolatiere slideshow (*), followed by an ATV tour along the Syrian Border 

O/N: Nof Ginosar


July 29 (FRI)


We start with a visit to the significant Christian sites of Capernaum  and Mount of Beatitudes .

We return to the hotel for breakfast and then go for a private Sail on the Sea of Galilee .

Upon return we visit the Sea of Galilee Boat , and passing by Magdala , we head to Nazareth  , where we have lunch, and then visit the Church of Annunciation .

Happy and tired we head now to Tel-Aviv  for the week-end.

O/N: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel-Aviv


July 30 (SAT)

burma roadA tour to the “Shefelah” in my SUV, Focusing on Jewish Heroism and struggle for freedom will start with a visit to the Secret Bullet Factory (“Machon Ayalon”)  (*), and drive along the historical “Burma Road” .

We then return to Tel-Aviv for lunch, and drive along sites of significance in Tel-Aviv and Jaffa .

O/N: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel-Aviv


July 31 (SUN)


An optional morning self guided tour by foot to  Neve Tzedek Shalom Meir Tower Visitors Center   and Independence Hall  along  Rothschild Boulevard slideshow.

O/N: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel-Aviv


August 1 (MON)

flight homeFree time in Tel-Aviv

12:30 to the airport

16:00 Departure