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7-Day Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel

7-Day Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel

A 7-day Jewish Heritage tour to Israel is an ideal time to explore the Holy Land in-depth. You will reach its biblical sites and modern-era destinations, absorbing Israel in all dimensions. From the Golan Heights to the Dead Sea and biblical Jerusalem to Innovation centers at Tel-Aviv. This tour will unfold many of Israel’s known highlights and some of its best-hidden gems.

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.

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 2 – Jewish Spirituality in the Galilee

  • tomb of maimonidesDrive 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.
  • Head back to the Jordan Valley for kayaking on the Jordan River or some watersports in Tiberias!

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 3 – 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.
  • Nearby, visit the 1973 Valley of Tears battlesite. 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 beauty of the Golan countryside and its particular geopolitics.
  • Have a memorable 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 4 – Traverse the Land and Greet Jerusalem

  • Have an optional sail on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Kibbutz Ginosar.
  • See a 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 (!).
  • Have 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 5 – Unfolding Biblical Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 6 – Float on the Dead Sea

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  • Drive towards the Dead Sea. Optional stop on at Sea Level sign for fun and short Camel Ride.
  • At Masada, we 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) before heading to Tel-Aviv.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Day 7 – Be a Tel-Avivian

  • tel aviv shutterstockVisit 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.
  • Continue to Jaffa and learn about its rich history. Stroll in its scenic alleys and enjoy its unique art galleries.
  • Continue to the Flea Market for a lunch break and chance finds of rare vintage memorabilia.
  • Reach Rabin on the 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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