JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR
WEDNESDAY ARRIVAL 14 NIGHTS WITH EILAT
Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Latrun / Beit Guvrin / Ayalon Institute / Weizmann House
Drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Museum and memorial, also considered as one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site; explore parts of the archaeological remains and unique caves. Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the “Haganah,” who were the Jewish underground movement before May 1948. Continue to Weizmann House in Rehovot built in 1936, the private home and later the formal residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of the state of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Visit the house with its impressive structure and fascinating gardens, which now form part of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Learn the story of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, an outstanding scientist and head of the Zionist movement for over 30 years.
Overnight Tel Aviv.
Tel-Aviv / Diaspora museum / Old Jaffa
Visit Beit Hatfutsot, the Diaspora museum; drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment in Israel. Also known as the “White City,” Tel Aviv was declared as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site for its collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings. Stop at Rabin Square, the site of the assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin in 1995. Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artists Quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built-in 1887, following by Nachalat Binyamin, the pedestrian mall of the city where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts, and handmade jewelry.
Overnight Tel Aviv.
Day at leisure
Overnight Tel Aviv
Caesarea / Haifa / Acre / Rosh Hanikra
Drive north to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; see the excavations of the Crusader-era city, the aqueduct and the amphitheater that has been restored as a concert venue. Proceed to Haifa to visit the Clandestine Immigration and Naval museum (“Af al Pi Chen”) and hear the story of the illegal immigrants coming to Israel at the time of the British Mandate. Drive to Acre, the Old City recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site; walk through the old port and local market. Continue to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car into the underwater grottoes and admire the spectacular natural formations.
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Jeep tour / Safed / Golan Heights / Tel-Hai
Drive to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel and the center of the Kabbalah movement; visit the Caro and Ari synagogues; stroll through the narrow alleyways and visit the picturesque Artist Quarter. Next, enjoy a Jeep tour at the feet of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights; stop at Gadot overlook, the memorial for the fallen of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers; view the monument built in honor of the Alexandroni Brigade. Proceed for a magnificent observation point over the city of Quneitra, and the Syrian territory. Drive to Tel-Hai; see the Roaring Lion Monument and learn about the heroic battle of Joseph Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920.
Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.
Overnight at a Kibbutz guesthouse.
Tiberias / Beit Shean / Beit Alpha / Gan HaShlosha / Jerusalem
Drive to Tiberias to visit Rambam’s Grave; continue through the Jordan valley to Beit Shean, known as “Scythopolis,” and see the fascinating excavated remains from Roman and Byzantine periods.
Stop at Beit Alpha to admire the beautiful mosaic floor of a synagogue discovered in 1929.
Visit Gan HaShlosha National Park and enjoy the warm spring water pools and waterfalls. Continue via the Jordan valley to Jerusalem; Stop at Mount Scopus for a blessing as you enter the city.
Kotel tunnels / Sephardic synagogues / Davidson Center / Tower of David
Visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion. Walk along the Cardo, heart of the ancient Roman City; visit the four Sephardic synagogues restored after the 1967 war in the Jewish Quarter; tour the Western Wall Tunnels; visit the archaeological park at Davidson Center; walk through the colorful local bazaar and visit the Tower of David Museum presenting the history of Jerusalem and ancient remains of the city beginning with the First Temple period.
Yad Vashem / Mt. Herzl / Ammunition Hill / Israel Museum
Enjoy seeing the Bar-Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall. Drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities. Proceed to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery, and Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the six-day war, and later converted into a national memorial site and museum. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems. Next visit Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the Holyland model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period.
Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judaean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Masada, ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouse; descend by cable car. Next, stop for lunch and spa facilities in one of the leading hotels in the area and enjoy a swim in the mineral-rich Dead Sea (weather permitting).
Day at leisure
Negev desert / Timna / Underwater observatory
Travel south through the Negev desert; stop at Timna, a large geological and archaeological park; marvel at the multi-colored rock formations and copper mines; view the outstanding Solomon’s Pillars. Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea; visit the Underwater Observatory Marine Park, built into a coral reef, and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat.
Free day in Eilat or Day tour to Petra (with additional charge)
After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra is renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, Roman theatre, Roman street, Qasr al-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller fascinating monuments.s. The city itself is almost 45 km² and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nearby restaurant. After lunch, drive back to the border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 and cross back to Eilat.
(for the tour to Petra, a visa is required in advance)
Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker / Airforce Museum
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder; Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave, which overlooks the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and visit an authentic Bedouin tent; learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
Overnight Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
* Program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
2020 Tour Dates:
Mar 4 11 18
Apr 1 8
May 6 13 20
Jun 3 10
Jul 1 8 15
Jul 22 29
Aug 5 12 19
Sep 16 23 30
Oct 14 21 28
Nov 11 18 25
Dec 2 9
2021 Tour Dates:
Jan 6 13 20
Feb 3 10 17
Tours are being operated each Wednesday on the dates mentioned above.
The above rates include the following services:
Sharing transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
14 nights accommodation on BED & BREAKFAST basis
2 dinners at hotel kibbutz Lavi
Lunch and Spa at the Dead Sea area
Light lunch in a Bedouin tent on the way from Eilat to Tel Aviv
10 touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide
Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
The jeep tour in the Galilee
The hotels appearing in the table might be replaced with similar ones.