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Deborah Tour Plan, August 2021

July 25 (SUN)

Our first day after quarantine will be devoted to exploring “Biblical Tuscany” – the Shephela. We will first drive to the 1948 secret bullet factory at “Machon Ayalon” and try to figure out how the Jews managed to manufacture nearly a million bullets while the British were still here! Later we will drive along the 1948 “Burma Road” and learn on the 1948 battles to reach Jerusalem. We could also include a visit to the new visitor center at Khan Shaar Hagai. After a lunch break, we will could continue to explore the Shephelah and learn about where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, where David vs. Goliath battle took place, and more.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv.

 

July 26 (MON)

Heading south, today we explore the antiquities of biblical Ashkelon and later tour the perimeter of Gaza strip. We will learn about “path to peach” project at Netiv Ha’asarah, and at Sderot learn how a city lives under a 15 seconds rockets threat. On the way back we could also visit kibbutz Yad Mordeachi and learn of its special history.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

July 27 (TUE)

Option A. Bus to Eilat.

Option B. Drive with Danny, stopping on the way at places like the Israeli air force museum, Abraham’s well, and “peace road” in the Aravah.

Overnight: The Coral Beach Pearl.

 

 

July 28 (WED)

Snorkeling in Eilat, Optional activities: Scuba dive; Hike in the Red Canyon; Top 94 Extreme park; sail on the Red Sea; Atv tour; or evening tour of Timna.

Overnight: The Coral Beach Pearl.

 

 

July 29 (THUR)

Snorkeling in Eilat, Optional activities: Scuba dive; Hike in the Red Canyon; Top 94 Extreme park; sail on the Red Sea; Atv tour; or evening tour of Timna.

Overnight: The Coral Beach Pearl.

 

July 30 (FRI)

Option A – fly to Ben-Gurion and bus / train to Jerusalem and taxi to the hotel.

Option B – Drive with Danny along the Aravah. Lunch and a swim break at the Dead Sea, a “Shehechaynu” on the top of Mount of Olives when reaching Jerusalem. Optional visit to the Western Wall before Shabbath.

Overnight: King David Hotel.

 

July 31 (SAT)

Day tour of the old city Christian and Muslim Quarters including the local market (suq).

Overnight: King David Hotel.

 

Aug 1 (SUN)

Jeep tour into Emek Hyrcania in search of the treasures of the Copper Scroll. A stop in Qumran to learn about the Copper Scroll and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hike + swim in Nahal David.

Overnight: Masada Hostel.

 

Aug 2 (MON)

Optional Hike to Masada by foot sunrise. Tour of the site, optional swim at the Dead Sea and return to Jerusalem.

Evening – Optional Tower of David night Spectacle.

Overnight: King David Hotel.

 

Aug 3 (TUE)

Tour of the City of David, including a walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. After a lunch break continue to the Southern Wall Archaeological park and visit the Western Wall.

Overnight: King David Hotel.

 

Aug 4 (WED)

Morning tour of the Western Wall tunnels + chain of Generations + virtual tour of Jerusalem’s temple. After a lunch break an ATV tour in Gush Ezion or the Judean Desert.

Evening – Celebratory dinner for Bday boy at Mahane Yehudah restaurant!

Overnight: King David Hotel.

 

 

Aug 5 (THUR)

Rent a car and drive to Sde boker and meet family.

Overnight: Kedma hotel or other

 

Aug 6 (FRI)

Jeep tour to Ein Akev and the Ramon Crater.

Overnight: Kedma hotel or other

 

Aug 7 (SAT)

Head north. PCR tests.

Overnight: Even Yehudah

 

Aug 8 – 16 – Kids in Camp (Deborah tbd)

 

Aug 17-21 Kibbutz in North with friends

 

Aug 21

Back on Tel-Aviv. Optional tours of the Palmach museum, the Squadron, and the Independence Hall.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

Aug 22 (SUN)

PCR tests and preparing for the flight the next morning.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

 

 

Aug 23 (MON)

2am  – head to the airport for departure at 06:00.

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