11-Day Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel

11-Day Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel

This is Israel’s most extensive tour package we offer, with an in-depth review of its Jewish history and Heritage. Our 11-day Jewish heritage tour to Israel covers many sites and activities, unfolding Israel’s history and culture most excitingly. From the Golan Heights to the Red Sea, Tel-Aviv to the Negev desert. Our hand-crafted tour proposal combines outdoor activities, enchanting landscapes, cultural and food experiences, and much more.

Day 1 – Caesarea and Atlit

  • atlit-detention-camp-busWELCOME TO ISRAEL!. Assisting you with the passport control and the baggage claim, you are ready to go! Your first stop could be Caesarea, a former metropolis in Roman times. You will appreciate the new visitors center the wealth of archaeological remains, especially around the port.
  •  If time permits, you can also join a tour of Atlit Detainee Camp. In the 1940s, the British detained Jewish immigrants eager to reach the Land of Israel.
  • Reaching Haifa, appreciate the grand view of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa before checking in and setting dinner.

Overnight: Haifa

Day 2 – The Jewish Heritage in the Galilee

  • Visit the ancient site of Sepphoris, an important Jewish center in Talmudic times. Here, in the 3rd century CE, the Mishna was compiled.
  • Tour the site’s ruins, including its most extensive collections of mosaics in Israel.
  • Explore the enigmatic mosaic floor of Sepphoris’ synagogue, which presents a surprising combination of Jewish and Pagan subjects.
  • At nearby Beth Shearim, delve into the burial caves of the most significant Jewish cemetery in Galilee in antiquity, including the burial of the famed R. Yehudah the Prince.
  • Back in Haifa, visit Elijah’s cave and learn about the local traditions of the site.

Overnight: Haifa

Day 3 – The Jews of Akko and Peki’in

  • Drive to Akko, a central city since Canaanite times and former capital of the Crusaders.
  • Stroll among the antiquities and local market of Akko’s old city.
  • visit the British-era prison where Jewish underground members were arrested and some executed,
  • Continue to Rosh Hanikra Grottoes, where a cable car will lead you into the caves carved in the soft chalk rock, all at the border between Israel and Lebanon.
  • After lunch, head to Peki’in to visit the synagogue of a Jewish community whose ancestry traces back to Roman times(!).

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 4 – Jewish Spirituality in Safed

  • Drive to Safed, a former center known for Kabbalah philosophy and now a Jewish artists’ colony.
  • Stroll along Safed’s main street and appreciate its Jewish Art galleries.
  • Visit Ha’ari Hakadosh synagogue, where Rabbi Yosef Karo compiled the “Shulchan Aruch” Jewish Law Codex.
  • Nearby, visit the famous tomb of the Rashbi, the most popular Rabbi’s tomb in Israel.
  • Drive along the border with Lebanon and learn about Israel’s northern frontier.
  • Explore the old synagogue of Bar’am, one of the best-preserved synagogues from antiquity.

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 5 – Explore the Golan Heights

  • bentalAscend the Golan Heights and reach the top of Mt. Bental. Here, you can view both Israel and deep into Syria, and explore an unmanned IDF bunker here.
  • Nearby, visit the 1973 Valley of Tears battle site. In October 1973, a small tank force heroically successfully held against a massive Syrian attack.
  • Join an ATV tour next to the Syrian Border to appreciate the Golan countryside’s beauty and special geo-politics.
  • Have a unique lunch and hospitality experience in a Druze village.
  • View the site of Gamla. Here, 2000 years ago, the Jewish city was conquered in a brutal Roman assault. Today, the site is part of a nature reserve. It combines the archaeological site with unique eagle nestling enclaves and breathtaking vistas of the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 6 – Greet Jerusalem

  • Have an optional sail on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Kibbutz Ginosar.
  • See the unique first-century CE synagogue discovered in Magdala. Assess the meaning of the enigmatic decorated stone found in its center. Combine it with an optional visit to Capernaum‘s ancient synagogue.
  • Visit the tomb mark of Maimonides and possibly other rabbis’ tomb marks in Tiberias.
  • Assess the archaeological discoveries that may relate to the ancient Sanhedrin found in ancient Tiberias and Hamath Tiberias.
  • Pass by Kinneret farm and cemetery and learn about the first Jewish Pioneers here, who also founded the first kibbutz in the world (!).
  • Enjoy a typical Israeli barbecue lunch in Beit She’an, followed by a tour of the site’s rich remains from Roman times.
  • Reach Jerusalem towards sunset and greet with a “Sheheyanu” from the Mount of Olives grand view of the city.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 7 – Unfolding Biblical Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 8 – The Temple Mount and the Western Wall

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 9 – Masada and the Dead Sea

  • masadaDrive towards the Dead Sea with an ptional stop on at Sea Level sign for fun and short Camel Ride.
  • At Masada, admire the site which witnessed a great drama 2000 years ago. See the wealth of remains and assess its tragic end for the Jewish rebels.
  • Have an authentic kibbutz lunch experience at  Kibbutz Ein Gedi, followed by a stroll in the famous Botanical Gardens.
  • Alternatively, drive to one of the hotels by the Dead Sea for a lunch and swim experience.
  • On the way back to Jerusalem, stop to view the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered (Qumran).
  • If time permits, learn how Biblical Tsitsit was made at the unique Tekhelet Factory.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 10 – Track Goliath and Samson in the  Shephela

  • Drive to the pastoral low hills of the Shephela countryside.
  • Reach the summit of Tel Azekah and assess the reality behind the biblical story of the Battle site of David and Goliath.
  • Tour biblical Lachish and learn about its devastation by the Assyrians in 701 BCE.
  • Dive along the historical 1948 Burma Road and learn about the battles of providing Jerusalem with vital supplies during the War of Independence.
  • Time permitting, join a tour of the 1948 Secret Bullet Factory (“Machon Ayalon”).

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Day 11 – Fun in Tel-Aviv

  • tel aviv shutterstockVisiti the Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard, where the state of Israel was declared.
  • Continue on Rothschild Boulevard and learn how Tel-Aviv was established and developed into Israel’s metropolis.
  • Proceed to Jaffa and learn about its rich history. Stroll in its scenic alleys and enjoy its unique art galleries.
  • Go to the Flea Market for a lunch break and chance finds of rare vintage memorabilia.
  • Reach Rabin’s Assassination site. Here, in 1995, the Israeli prime minister was shot by opposition to the contemporary peace process with the Palestinians.
  • Time permitting, visit the Palmach Museum or the ANU Museum, or try the extreme jet fighter flight simulator (“The Squadron”)!

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    We have really enjoyed our time with you.. I learned so much from your explanations… I really think I will remember this trip forever. Todah Rabbah!

    Dorit Sh., USA

    I wanted to thank you for making our first trip to Israel such a spectacular one… You were the perfect guide... You really made the Bible come to life…

    Jennifer and Stuart Z., USA

    Not only are you a great maggid of the history of the Jewish people and their homeland but you are an awesome photographer. I know that the trip is not over, but it has already exceeded our expectations.

    Cliff K., USA

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