This should be considered as the basic itinerary for the program from the evening of May 30 through Dinner, June 12. Some participants will be arriving in Israel earlier or staying later; program recommendations will be announced later.

 

SERVICES INCLUDED

VIP airport greeting

Private guide/driver in touring van according to itinerary

Overnight accommodations according to itinerary with breakfast daily in triple rooms

Lunches & dinners (as noted in itinerary)

Activity fees & entrance costs (as noted in itinerary)

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for guide/driver

Hotel incidentals

 

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Monday, May 30 [Transfer Only]

Arrive to Ben Gurion Airport with USAirways #796

VIP pick-up and transfer to Jerusalem hotel

Check-in & dinner served at hotel

Overnight: Beit Shmuel Guest House, Jerusalem [D]

 

Tuesday, May 31 [Private Guide/Driver]

City of David & Hezekiah's Tunnels

Walking tour of the Old City

Southern Walls excavation

Davidson Center

Kotel Tunnels tour [LOCAL GUIDE]

Evening: Celebration of Jerusalem Day at Ben Yehuda Street

Overnight: Beit Shmuel Guest House, Jerusalem [B]

 

Wednesday, June 1 / JERUSALEM DAY [Private Guide/Driver]

Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial

Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls

Shopping at Mahane Yehuda marketplace

Tour of David's Tower

Join in the Yom Yerushalayim "Flag Dance" parade back to the Old City

Overnight: Beit Shmuel Guest House, Jerusalem [B]

 

Thursday, May, June 2 / ASCENSION DAY [Private Guide/Driver]

Celebrate Ascension Day on the Mount of Olives

Garden of Gethsemane

Begin travel northwards along the coast

Tour of Caesarea en route

Explore the artist colony at Ein Hod in the Carmel Mountains

Traditional Druze dinner in the village of Ussafiya

Overnight: Haifa [B/D] - Hotel TBD

 

Friday, June 3 [Private Guide/Driver]

Tour of old Acco seaport's Crusader-era castle

Rosh Hanikrah ocean caves

Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot Museum of the Ghetto Fighters

Visit to Elijah's Cave on Mount Carmel

Dinner served at hotel

Overnight: Haifa [B/D] - Hotel TBD

 

Saturday, June 4 [ON OWN]

Relaxed day on own

Lunch served at hotel

Bahai Temple Gardens (on own) / Temple opens 9-12am only

and/or Af Al Pi Chen Museum (on own)

Overnight: Haifa [B/D] - Hotel TBD

 

Sunday, June 5 [Private Guide/Driver]

Begin travel eastwards to the Sea of Galilee

Tour of Tzippori or Beit Shearim catacombs from the Talmudic Era

Visit to Nazareth's Church of Annunciation

View of the Jezreal Valley from atop Mount Tabor

Sunset cruise on the Sea of Galilee

Check-in & dinner served at hotel

Overnight: Karei Desha Guest House, Jerusalem [B/D]

 

Monday, June 6 [Private Guide/Driver]

Holy sites of the Sea of Galilee

(Includes: Capernaum, Beatitudes, Kever Rambam, Yadernit)

Ginnosar Jesus Boat

St. Peters Fish lunch at Kibbutz Ein Gev (on own)

Walking tour of Tzfat

Visit to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Mt. Meiron

Dinner served at hotel

Overnight: Karei Desha Guest House, Jerusalem [B/D]

 

Tuesday, June 7 [Private Guide/Driver]

Tour of Beit Alfa synagogue or Beit Shean

Relax in the natural springs the Sachne

Travel to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley

Visit to St. George's Monastery en route

Check-in to hotel located in the Old City

Shavuot dinner served at hotel

Overnight: Sephardic Center, Jerusalem [B/D]

 

Wednesday, June 8 / SHAVUOT [ON OWN]

Day on own in the Old City

Walk along the Rampart Walls of the Old City (on own)

Lunch served at Sephardic Center

Evening: Sound & Light show at the Tower of David

Overnight: Sephardic Center, Jerusalem [B/L]

 

Thursday, June 9 [Private Guide/Driver]

Travel towards the Negev Desert

Crawl through the archeological caves of the Bar Kochba Rebellion

Visit to a Bedouin women's weaving cooperative [LOCAL GUIDE]

Camel riding trek in the desert

Traditional Bedouin dinner and bonfire party

Overnight: Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin Tent [B/D]

 

Friday, June 10 [Private Guide/Driver]

Hike up Masada via the Roman Ramp

Tour of Masada desert fortress and descend via the Snake Path

Floating at the Dead Sea's Ein Bokek beach

Nature walk to the desert waterfalls at Ein Gedi

Travel to Tel Aviv in the late afternoon

Nahalat Binyamin street festival (time permitting)

Check-in & dinner at hotel

Overnight: Deborah Tel Aviv [B/D]

 

Saturday, June 11 [ON OWN]

Day on own along the coast in Tel Aviv

Lunch served at hotel

Overnight: Deborah Tel Aviv [B/L]

 

Sunday, June 12 [Private Guide/Driver]

Independence Hall [LOCAL GUIDE]

Palmach Museum

Rabin Square Memorial

Walking tour of Old Jaffa seaport

Closing dinner at Dr. Shakshouka in Jaffa

Overnight: Deborah Tel Aviv [B/D]