One week through Israel
Day 1 - Tel Aviv-Jaffa & the Coast Line.
Visit the Diaspora museum. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv the center of business and entertainment in Israel with its wide variety of theaters and galleries. Stop at Rabin’s Square where the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took place. Continue to Old Jaffa, the vibrant old port city a complete contrast to modern Tel Aviv. Visit Nave Tzedek, the first neighborhood to be built in Tel Aviv in 1909 and Nahalat Benyamin, one of the famous pedestrian streets of the city with its lively atmosphere and musicians. Next stop Sheinkin, another vivacious and colorful street especially known for its unique shops, cafés, and restaurants – lively and full of life.
Driving north to Caesarea on Israel’s central Mediterranean coast. See the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar.
Continue to the ancient Jewish town of Beit Shearim known for the rock-cut burial chambers and stone coffins (sarcophagi). Next, we will visit Alexander Zayid’s memorial bronze statue of the pioneer astride his horse.
Day 2-3 – The Galilee & the Golan Heights.
Start the day in Haifa for an overview from Mt. Carmel and visit the Naval Museum of the illegal immigration to Israel at the time of the British Mandate.
Drive to Acre UNESCO World Heritage site; walk along the old harbor and local market. This city offers an exciting variety of old and new.
In contrast to old Acre, you will find a colorful market and restaurants nearby. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to Acre for its many festivals, fantastic atmosphere, and amazing mixed history.
Continue to the northernmost point of Israel at the border with Lebanon - Rosh Hanikra - Descend by cable car and view the limestone Grottos, the railway tunnel to Lebanon and watch the beautiful sunset on the Mediterranean Sea.
Proceeding on to the holy city of Safed in the upper Galilee. This romantic city with its narrow streets and passages, cobblestone lanes and ancient synagogues. Visit the Joseph Caro and the Ha’ari synagogues. Stroll around the Artist’s Quarter and see the galleries of painters and sculptors.
Enjoy a Jeep tour to the foot of the Golan or visit Katzrin the ancient Jewish farming Village. This village was built around a spring which still flows today despite the lack of rainfall in the area. Continue to the observation point overlooking the town of Kuneitra and the Syrian territory. Stop at Tel Faher, the former site of a Syrian army camp. Visit the Tel Dan Nature Reserve the largest of four sources of the Jordan River.
Ending the day in Tel-Hai to view the “Roaring Lion” Monument and hear the story of the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920.
Day 4 – Masada & dead sea Valley.
Starting the day visiting Masada (meaning fortress in Hebrew) surrounded on all sides by the Judean desert. Take a cable car ride and ascend Masada, walk amongst the ruins of the great fort built by King Herod and hear the dramatic and heroic story.
Descending by cable car we will continue to the Dead Sea one of the world’s true natural wonders.
Floating in the Dead Sea, thanks to its unique natural elements, is a must when visiting Israel and is one of our most popular destinations. Come and enjoy the rich mineral mud and use the spa facilities. Relax, chill out and have a float in the salty Dead Sea, guaranteed to work wonders on the body and soul!!
Maybe it’s a good idea to visit the Dead Sea now as “Friends of the Earth” organization predict that in less than 50 years the sea will have evaporated completely!
Day 5-7 - Jerusalem.
Tour the ancient, fascinating and magical city of Jerusalem. Start with a visit to the tomb of King David, the thousand-year-old building that houses the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion.
Walk along the Cardo, the ancient Roman road and visit the Four Sephardic synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the Davidson center where visitors are able to interactively explore the Herodian Temple Mount reconstruction using a supercomputer. Visit the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) the closest place to the Temple in Jerusalem and then tour the Western Wall Tunnels and learn a fascinating lesson in Jewish history.
Walk through the local colorful and lively Arab Market to David’s Tower museum and see the ancient remains of the fortress of the city.
Leaving the Old City through the famous Jaffa gate we will continue on to visit Ammunition Hill which is the official memorial site symbolizing the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.
Driving on to “Mea Shearim” to see the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities or visit Yemin Moshe which was the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City and in fact, was the first area of Jewish settlement in Jerusalem outside the Old City walls.
A city tour is started with a drive by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament; see the huge Menorah which the British Parliament gave to Israel in 1956 with the biblical emblem.
Next stop is the Israel Museum and the new Holy Land model – a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. See the Shrine of the book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed. Continuing our drive to Mount Hertzel, where the central military cemetery is located and Yad Vashem, Israel’s main Holocaust remembrance, and education center are situated.
**The one week tour through Israel is our suggested tour but we will be more than happy to suit the tour to your needs.