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.
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 .
O/N: Jerusalem or the North
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.
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.
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 .
Day 5 – Jaffa and Tel-Aviv
We will end with a drive to Rabin Assasination site , and asses the current geo-politics of Israel and its surroundings.