Day 1, Wednesday, February 10, 2016: BEGIN OUR JOURNEY
Depart the United States on our overnight flight to Israel.
Day 2, Thursday, February 11, 2016: ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL
Arrival in Israel… Greeting and assistance by an Ayelet representative…Transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv for
check-in…Welcome dinner this evening…Overnight Tel-Aviv.
Day 3, Friday, February 12, 2016: EXPLORING TEL AVIV
Breakfast…Start the day with a visit to Latrun, Israel’s outdoor armed corps museum, where we explore the tanks and artillery used by the Israeli Defense Force throughout the country’s history…We continue to Independence Hall, site of the 1948 signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence…Stop to see the artists and entertainers filling the streets at Nachalat Binyamin…Evening Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner at Modi’in…Overnight Tel Aviv.
Day 4, Saturday, February 13, 2016: SHABBAT SHALOM!
Breakfast…This morning we visit the Ayalon Institute where we discover the underground ammunition factory that played a pivotal role in Israel’s fight for independence…We continue back up the coast to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region…See the excavations of the crusaders’ city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been re-stored as a concert venue…Continue to a Druze village for a special lunch…Stop in the artist’s colony at Ein Hod…Return to Tel Aviv…Overnight Tel Aviv.
Day 5, Sunday February 14, 2016: THE COASTAL VIEWS
Breakfast…Drive north to Haifa for a panoramic view from Mt. Carmel, including the Bahai Temple and Persian Gar-dens…We visit the former internment camp at Atlit, where we encounter the harsh experience of illegal immigration during the British Mandate…Travel to Akko, where we explore the Crusader-era fortifications and British Prison as we learn about this historically important port…Next we travel to Rosh Hanikra where we discover the chalk-cliff grottoes carved out by the Mediterranean waters over time…Continue to the Galilee for dinner and overnight at our Kibbutz in the Galilee.
Day 6, Monday, February 15, 2016: MYSTICISM AND THE GOLAN
Breakfast… Morning jeep tour of the Golan Heights, passing by old Syrian bunkers along the way… Take in the views stretching far into Syria from atop Har Bental…Try your hand at chocolate making and learn from the experts in a delicious and fun experience at the Dekarina Chocolate factory in Ein Zivan…Next visit the mystical city of Safed, where we view the beautiful ancient synagogues and walk through the Artists Quarter…Dinner and overnight at our Kibbutz in the Galilee.
Day 7, Tuesday, February 16, 2016: TO JERUSALEM
Breakfast…Drive south on our way to Jerusalem, stopping in Beit Shean and Beit Alpha to view the ancient ruins and intricate mosaics…Upon arrival in Jerusalem, we stop atop Mt. Scopus to recite a special “Sh’hekiyanu!” blessing over-looking the City of Gold…Tonight we enjoy a fascinating tour of the Western Wall Tunnels…Overnight Jerusalem
Day 8, Wednesday, February 17, 2016: THE NEW CITY
Breakfast… This morning we visit Yad Lakashish, a Senior Citizens Center where residents produce beautiful arts and crafts…Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, where we view the many moving exhibitions, including the Hall of Names and the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations…At Mt. Herzl we visit the gravesites of Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin…Continue to the Mt. Herzl Museum, we learn about the life and work of the great Zionist visionary…This afternoon we visit the Hadassah Hospital, where we view the amazing Cha-gall Windows…We pass by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament building, where we have a unique photo opportunity by the amazing outdoor bronze menorah sculpture…Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 9, Thursday, February 18, 2016: ESHKOL
Breakfast… Today we spend a very exciting day in Eshkol, our sister city… We meet the people and see what life in Israel is like on a day to day basis… At the school we see the children… The “salad route” we see the agriculture and en-joy lunch… We see the overlook to Gaza and the new settlement built for the settlers moved from Gaza… Greet the Israeli soldiers as they return to their outposts…Stop at the shop of an artist turning “bombs” into beautiful sculp-ture… Return to Jerusalem…Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 10, Friday, February 19, 2016: MASADA
Breakfast…Early morning departure to King Herod’s fortresses and castle atop Masada, ascending by cable car or snake path…Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and the bathhouses, learning about the Jewish Zealots last stand against the Roman forces…Descend by cable car…Take a short hike to the hidden waterfalls in the desert oa-sis of Ein Gedi… Next we enjoy lunch at a Dead Sea Spa and an unsinkable swim in the healing salty waters of the Dead Sea…Return to Jerusalem…Welcome Shabbat with the people of Jerusalem at the Western Wall…Enjoy Shab-bat dinner together at our hotel…Overnight Jerusalem.
————————————————————————————————————————– Day 11, Saturday, February 20, 2016: SHABBAT SHALOM!
Breakfast…Shabbat services at Har El…Re-gather at 1pm to walk to the David Citadel Museum which traces the long and turbulent history of Jerusalem using audiovisual presentations, models, maps, holograms and videos…We enjoy a walking tour of the Old City including the Cardo, Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter and Arab Quarter… Farewell dinner together this evening before we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the United States.
Day 12, Sunday, February 21, 2016: ARRIVE HOME
Arrive back home!
THE MEMORIES LIVE FOREVER!
*itinerary subject to change