9-Day Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel

9-Day Jewish Heritage Tour to Israel

The Holy Land is clustered with significant historical sites. Our 9-day Jewish heritage tour to Israel covers many sites and activities related to ancient and modern history. The Golan Heights, the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, and more. This specially designed tour proposal combines Israel’s best: Archaeological sites, scenic landscapes, cultural and food experiences, and fun activities for all ages.

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

  • safed yosef karo synagogueDrive 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 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 here.
  • Nearby, visit the 1973 battle site “Valley of Tears.” 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 4 – 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 barbecuw lunch at 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 – The Temple Mount and the Western Wall

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 7 – Masada and the Dead Sea

  • touring masadaDrive to the Dead Sea with an optional 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 kibbutz’s 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 8 – Track Goliath and Samson in the  Shephela

  • burma-roadDrive to the pastoral low hills countryside of the Shephela.
  • 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 9 – 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.
  • 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

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    Jennifer and Stuart Z., USA

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