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The Great Israel Adventure: Tel Aviv to Tel Aviv

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 2,578

This in-depth, locally escorted Israel tour is a round trip from Tel Aviv, taking in the most exotic, historic, and stimulating sights of the Holy Land. Visit the Jordan Valley, and immerse yourself in the complex history of Jerusalem.


This 10-day trip through Israel is locally escorted by an expert guide, giving you an in-depth adventure in one of the world’s most fascinating small countries.

Spend a night in Tel Aviv to shake off any jetlag and perhaps enjoy a walk on the beach before joining your guide and travelling to Jerusalem. Explore the historic European-built town of Sarona, and join the ‘underground’ at Ayalon Institute, once home to a secret munitions factory. You’ll also explore an archaeological dig, and participate in a She’hecheyanu ceremony, held to bless new and unusual experiences.

Your next adventure takes you through the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Ramparts Walk and the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, finishing at the holiest place in Judaism, the Western Wall. Then journey through the Western Wall Tunnels to learn about Jerusalem’s history, and about life surrounding these holy sites. Then pay a somber visit to Yad Vashem, the museum dedicated to the Holocaust, followed by Har Herzi, the cemetery where many of Israel’s most recognizable and influential names are buried. This day ends on a less morbid note at Machane Yehuda Market, where you can immerse yourself in the sensory overload of Jerusalem’s finest wares.

The Dead Sea is one of Israel and Palestine’s most intriguing natural treasures. You’ll visit the lowest land point on earth, as well as the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve, where David of the Bible is said to have hidden from King Saul, and where you just might forget you’re in the middle of a desert as you admire the waterfalls and topical plants. Next, visit Massada, the iconic last stronghold of the Jews in their historic struggle against occupying Rome. Graduating IDF recruits still swear their oaths here, proclaiming that Massada will not fall again. Afterward, relax with a float in the Dead Sea, coming away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated by the mineral-rich waters.

Leave Jerusalem behind and enjoy some Hebrew hospitality, flexing your drama skills by re-enacting some of the Bible’s most famous tales right where they’re said to have taken place. Drive through the Jordan Valley to the Sea of Galilee and the ancient city of Migdal. Go on to visit the birthplace of Kabbalah, exploring its impressive synagogues and artists’ chambers. Take a 4x4 ride through the Golan Heights before visiting a local winery. Then, depending on the season, kayak down the Jordan River.

Upon reaching Acco, walk in the footsteps of the Crusaders, and look down from the battlements that held firm against Napoleon Bonaparte. In Haifa, take in the beautiful Bahai Gardens and Temples before going on to Caesarea. No prizes for guessing which era this city dates back to, and its Roman ruins are simply spectacular. Return at last to Tel Aviv, where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed White City, and the bohemian, artsy neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek. Your day ends at the port city of Jaffa, where Jonah is said to have set out on his whale-bound sea voyage. Spend one last night in Tel Aviv (enjoying its hopping nightlife if you feel so inclined) before you depart.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,578

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Day 1

Arrive Tel Aviv

Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport where you will be met by a Goway representative. You will be provided assistance through baggage claim and customs and escorted to our transfer vehicle.

Transfer to Tel Aviv where we will check-in to our hotel. Then we can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. A stroll is suggested along the beautiful beachfront promenade while enjoying the refreshing air and surf.

Dinner on own at Raphael/Manta Ray restaurant in Tel Aviv.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Shalom Hotel and Relax Tel Aviv

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    Shalom Hotel and Relax Tel Aviv



    Relax in a sophisticated Tel Aviv hotel styled as a beach house, where you can enjoy the cool breeze and beautiful sunsets in the heart of the city, overlooking the Tel Aviv beach.

    Relax in a sophisticated Tel Aviv hotel styled as a beach house, where you can enjoy the cool breeze and beautiful sunsets in the heart of the city, overlooking the Tel Aviv beach.

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Day 2

Sarona, Ayalon, and Beit Guvrin

After breakfast visit at the newly renovated and historical Sarona. German Templers settled this area in 1873 believing that hard honest work in the Holy Land will quicken the second coming of Jesus. Walk along the picturesque European style houses while enjoying the new Israeli shops inside.

Then, join the 'underground' at the Ayalon Institute, where a once-secret Haganah munitions factory existed during the Mandate Period under Britain. The factory and its products played an important role for the Haganah underground and later, during the War of Independence, for the newly born Israel Defense Forces.

Prepare to 'get dirty' as you participate in an archaeological dig under Tel Maresha at Beit Guvrin. You'll discover pottery from the time of the Maccabees and get an appreciation for the tedious work of archaeologists! – TIME PERMITTING WINTER TIME

We'll ascend up the Judean Mountains and upon arriving in Jerusalem, we will stop at a viewpoint overlooking the Old City where we shall celebrate our arrival with a special.
She'hecheyanu ceremony, a blessing for new and unusual experience.

On own - Dinner at Darna Restaurant/ Eucalyptus restaurant

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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Arthur Hotel

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    Located on the famous Dorot Rishonim Street in the newly refurbished pedestrianised area of Ben-Yehuda, The Arthur Hotel offers the perfect vantage point from which to immerse yourself in the romance of today's enchanting Jerusalem, a historic city pulsating with fresh perspective and beauty. The ...

    Located on the famous Dorot Rishonim Street in the newly refurbished pedestrianised area of Ben-Yehuda, The Arthur Hotel offers the perfect vantage point from which to immerse yourself in the romance of today's enchanting Jerusalem, a historic city pulsating with fresh perspective and beauty. The 54 roomed Arthur Hotel, named after Lord Balfour, has been carefully designed to reflect the diverse cultural influence that have been made on Jerusalem throughout the ages. The decor, as well as the photographs that adorn the walls, date back to the beginning of the 20th Century and will transport you back to a world rich in nostalgia and old world charm. The Arthur Hotel is a classic. A hotel where vintage appeal meets contemporary hospitality, a place that captures the enduring spirit of Jerusalem.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Hairdryers
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Safes
    • Television
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 3

Old City, Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, and City of David

After breakfast have a glimpse of the Old City of Jerusalem from a unique perspective; take the Ramparts walk from the Tower of David to the Dung gate. The Ramparts Walk winds along the top of the walls, affording stunning views of Jerusalem's New and Old City.

We'll then walk through the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified after the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is the "Cardo", meaning the "heart" of this ancient Byzantine City.

We'll then proceed to the holiest place in Judaism today, the Western Wall - "Kotel". The Kotel is part of the few remaining structures of the Temple Complex built by Herod the Great.

Then descend through the many layers of Jerusalem's past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, a most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the nearest spot to the "Holy of Holies"

At the City of David and see the newest and exciting excavations of Jerusalem during the time of the first Temple period. Here we'll also walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel which still flows with water. *Water Tunnel not during Winter

Dinner on own

After dinner, visit Angel Bakery to see the "challot" made here and learn about the baking industry.

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Day 4

Yad Vashem, Har Herzl, and Machane Yehuda Market

After breakfast, we'll travel to Yad Vashem, considered the primary memorial and museum of the Holocaust. We will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children's Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust.

We will also visit Har Herzl, Israel's national cemetery where we can visit the gravesites of Israel's greatest political leaders and military heroes, including Theodore Herzl, Ze'ev Jabotinski, and Yitzhak Rabin. Buried alongside these giants are the real heroes, the common soldiers who gave their lives for the Jewish State.

Visit the Machane Yehuda Market which is full of flavors and fragrances in and around the market and includes fascinating stories, a bit of history, colorful characters, and tastings of some of the unique market delicacies -- homemade halva, homemade Jerusalem ice cream, superb olive oils, and more *Time Permitting in Winter

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Day 5

Ein Gedi Reserve, Massada, and Dead Sea

After breakfast, we will depart to the Dead Sea area. Traveling east we will arrive at the shores of the Dead Sea and descend to the lowest land point on earth at 1388 feet (423m) below sea level.

We will visit the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve. See the waterfalls at this Oasis in the desert, which is mentioned several times in the Book of Psalms, and hear the biblical stories of King David hiding from King Saul. The combination of Ein Gedi's abundance of water and tropical climate provides the ability for wonderful exotic plant and animal life to flourish.

Head out to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Massada and ascend by cable car to the ancient fortress. Explore the site with its synagogue and bathhouse. Here, was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans.

Cover with mud and enjoy the buoyant therapeutic waters of this mineral-rich Dead Sea. Relax by the pool or take a spa treatment. Have Lunch at one the Hotels on the shores. Return to Jerusalem for the night.

At night we'll enter into Migdal David (without guide) to see the famous Sound and Light Show which displays the history of the city of Jerusalem along the ancient stones. (operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays)

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Day 6

Land of Genesis, Jordan Valley, Sea of Galilee, and Migdal

After breakfast leave Jerusalem and drive through the hills of Judea to the "Land of Genesis". After a short Camel Ride "Abraham" and his family will host us for some Hebrew Hospitality in their tent, This unusual location will appeal to both adults and children alike as they reenact their favorite characters from the Bible.

Drive up the lush Jordan Valley where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description.
Continue to Sachne/Gan HaShlosha, a fresh water spring at the foot of Mt. Gilboa where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.

Drive through the lakeside city of Tiberias resting on shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Stop at the new Visitors Center at the ancient of city of Migdal. See the remains of a Synagogue used during the time the Temple stood in Jerusalem & learn about the tragic naval battle between the Romans and the Jewish Rebels.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias

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    Leonardo Plaza Hotel Tiberias



    The Leonardo Tiberias hotel is situated right across from the Sea of Galilee, making it the ideal locationfor an exciting sightseeing break. With both the upper and lower Galilee easily accessible, guests cantour the many religious sites, relax on nearby beaches, as well as enjoy ...

    The Leonardo Tiberias hotel is situated right across from the Sea of Galilee, making it the ideal locationfor an exciting sightseeing break. With both the upper and lower Galilee easily accessible, guests cantour the many religious sites, relax on nearby beaches, as well as enjoy the many attractions in thevibrant city of Tiberias.

    Fattal Hotel's Leonardo Tiberias hotel has all bases covered when it comes to comfort and facilities.Just as importantly the hotel is positioned in a natural green expanse, enabling guests to get up close tonature during a stay. There are also tranquil beaches in close proximity to the hotel where guests canenjoy a relaxing day sunbathing or indulge in a variety of exciting watersports.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Beach
    • Conference and Banquet
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Reception
    • Room Service
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Safed, and Golan Heights

We'll visit the Mystical City of Safed (the birthplace of Kabbalah) one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition with its Kabalistic studies. We will stroll through the narrow, winding alleys, visit some of the beautiful synagogues and browse through the artists' workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artists' quarter.

Take an exciting 4x4 jeep ride tour of the Golan Heights, enjoying its physical beauty with its scenic hills, and learn the strategic importance and history of the land.

Then we'll visit the Winery, Israel combines traditional winemaking knowledge with cutting-edge wine related technologies.

We will conclude our day with a "wet and wild" adventure and an exciting kayaking trip down the Jordan River. Sit back and enjoy flowing waters of the river. *Not During Fall or Winter

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Acco, Haifa, and Caesarea

After breakfast we will travel to the ancient crusader port city of Acco, the fascinating UNSCO town with new excavations 1000 years old. Visit the Crusader Halls and see the underground tunnels and pathways. Look upon the port and fortifications that enabled the inhabitants of the town to resist against Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend some time walking through the Arab Bazaar.

Then we'll arrive in Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the beautiful Bahai Gardens with its impressive Temples.

Visit the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater, and aqueduct once used for conveying water to the city. Visit the Hologram room and ask questions to important and historical figures from Caesarea's past.

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Duration2 Nights
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Shalom Hotel and Relax Tel Aviv

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    Shalom Hotel and Relax Tel Aviv



    Relax in a sophisticated Tel Aviv hotel styled as a beach house, where you can enjoy the cool breeze and beautiful sunsets in the heart of the city, overlooking the Tel Aviv beach.

    Relax in a sophisticated Tel Aviv hotel styled as a beach house, where you can enjoy the cool breeze and beautiful sunsets in the heart of the city, overlooking the Tel Aviv beach.

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Day 9

Independence Hall, Tel Aviv, and Carmel Market

After breakfast visit the spiritually moving Independence Hall. We will take a step back in time as we listen to David Ben Gurion's moving Declaration of Independence which ended 2,000 years of Jewish yearning for a return to the land of Israel.

Walk along Rothschild Boulevard where you can see The White City of Tel Aviv (UNESCO World Heritage). The various architects created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context. Next we'll enjoy a walking tour of Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv's new hip neighborhood where the intellectual elite lived during Israel's early days.

Head to the Carmel Market where Tel Avivians barter over fresh goods and various products. Have a sample of Middle Eastern dishes or pastries while the noise & smells of the bazaar surrounds you.

End our day with a visit to the Old Port City of Jaffa (Yafo), just south of Tel Aviv for a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv and a sense of the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909. Jaffa is where the Prophet Jonah set out on his ill-fated sea voyage before returning to warn the people of Nineveh.

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Day 10

Depart

Depart for the Ben Gurion Airport for our international flight with everlasting memories of Israel!!

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DEPARTURES: 

2017: Jul 18; Dec 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport by a Goway representative
  • 9 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Roundtrip transfers from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv Hotel
  • 8 full days with English Speaking tour guide in private vehicle
  • Meals as indicated
  • Hebrew Hospitality at "Land of Genesis"
  • Entrance fees as per program.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities to drive, guide, hotel & restaurant staff
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional Sites/Activities mentioned in the itinerary

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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