Day 1: Sunday, April 15th, 2018 – Tel Aviv
9:00AM- Since the trip begins in Tel Aviv, it is recommended that interested participants arrive at least 1 day prior to start the tour sharply at 9:00 AM! We will specify a meeting place closer to the departure date. The cost for an additional night hotel is available on request.
The Spring Accessible Multicultural Tour begins in the beautiful ancient port city of Yafo (Jaffa). Yafo has been built on a high cliff that juts from the shoreline into the sea with the port lying at its foot. In many ways, Yafo is a microcosm of Israel itself, a place where the new has evolved out of the old, where people of all faiths meet, work, and live, and a place that has a heart and a soul that beckons visitors to explore the past, present, and future.
Visit Independence Hall and relive the exciting moment of David Ben Gurion’s moving Declaration of the State of Israel speech.
Palmach Museum, aims to provide a sense of the period that led to the founding of the State of Israel. Appropriately, the main exhibit takes place in a series of underground chambers. Remarkably realistic sets, sounds, lighting, special effects and even moving rooms, make the visitor feel part of this extraordinary experience.
Welcome dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv. (D)
Day 2: Monday, April 16th, 2018 – Tel Aviv
Each morning enjoy a wonderful Israeli breakfast buffet in your hotel. Help build a path to peace for those in need. Tzameret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the Path to Peace project, tells of life in the moshav Nativ Haasara in the shadow of the ongoing security situation, and of the hope of a good and peaceful future.
Start the tour by participating in a mosaic workshop and hear from a personal perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Each visitor will have the opportunity to pick out a unique ceramic art piece on which he or she will write a personal wish that will be glued on the Path to Peace wall. The artwork, which can be seen by viewers standing on both sides of the wall, creates an atmosphere of joy, optimism and hope.
The Black Arrow Monument is a large memorial site that commemorates the battle heritage of the Paratroopers Brigade that fought in reprisal operations in response to enemy infiltrations into Israel in the years leading up to the Sinai Campaign of 1956. Close by are the old Armistice Commission building, a beautiful KKL-JNF recreation area and a site that commemorates the first water pipeline to the Negev.
Return to Tel Aviv
Dinner and leisure time on your own at Sarona, a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv. Originally a German Templar Colony, today is the home of boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars. Sarona has quickly gained a reputation as one of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots. Be sure to check out the food market.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv. (B)
Day 3: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 – Erev Yom Hazikaron, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
Check out of your hotel. Stop at Kikar Rabin, where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated 10 years ago. Walk in his final path and discuss the impact of this event on the modern history of the state of Israel.
Later on the Spring Accessible Multicultural Tour is heading to Jerusalem.
We will stop at Mount Scopus for a panoramic overview of Jerusalem’s Old and New cities.
Check into your hotel.
Erev Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s official remembrance day, enacted into law in 1963) memorial service in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jerusalem. (B)
Day 4: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 – Yom Hazikaron, Jerusalem
Breakfast in your hotel. A speaker will talk about wars (further details TBA).
The unassuming Ammunition Hill (Givat Hatachmoshet), a hump lying between the modern neighborhoods of Ramat Eshkol and French Hill, was the site of some of the 1967 Six Day War’s bloodiest fighting, in order to link central Jerusalem with the Israeli enclave on Mount Scopus. Thirty-seven troops lost their lives in the battle. Today Ammunition Hill houses the main Jerusalem induction center for new IDF recruits, an extensive museum and the well-preserved trenches and fortifications from the battle itself.
Our Spring Accessible Multicultural Tour will participate the Yom Haatzmaut ceremonies (Independence Day is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The day is marked by official and unofficial ceremonies and observances) (further details TBA)
Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jerusalem. (B)
Day 5: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 – Yom Haatzmaut, Jerusalem
Breakfast in your hotel. Visit the Armored Forces Tank Museum at Latrun. Yad Lashiryon, Israel’s official memorial for soldiers from the Armored Corps who fell in combat, also happens to be one of the largest and most diverse tank museums in the world.
Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday with a picnic BBQ with people with disabilities to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut (based on a minimum of 6 participants).
Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jerusalem. (B)
Day 6: Friday, April 20th, 2018 – Jerusalem
Begin the day at the Hass Promenade for a geo-political overlook of the city and a basis for understanding what you will see as the day progresses.
On Mount Zion a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City is the traditional site of the Tomb of King David, and holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: The Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.
The Holy Sepulcher is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy to Christendom.
Walk through the Arab shuk – check out the local humus and sweets.
Then we will continue walking through the Jewish Quarter and to the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith.
Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jerusalem. (B)
Day 7: Saturday, April 21st 2018 – Masada and the Dead Sea
Our Spring Accessible Multicultural Tour will start the day on the Mount of Olives for an overview the Old City and the Temple Mount.
Later on we will travel to the Dead Sea region – the lowest place on earth.
At Masada we tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots their revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome by siege, and according to historian Josephus, chose to commit mass suicide rather than surrendering to the advancing Romans.
Try floating in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea which is 33% salt. You’ll have time at a beach-side spa with lunch included.
Visit the ancient synagogue in Ein Gedi dating from the time of Jewish settlement in the area from the third to the sixth centuries. The floor of the synagogue contains an intriguing inscription.
Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jerusalem. (B, L)
Day 8: Sunday, April 22nd 2018 – Jerusalem
Today our visit begins at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament home to Israel’s ruling body, as well as to some impressive artwork by the Russian-born Jewish artist Marc Chagall. The term Knesset refers both to the legislative body and to the building that houses it. It is named after the Anshei Knesset Hagedolah – the legislative body formed by Ezra and Nechemia when many Jews returned to Jerusalem from the Babylonian exile in the fifth century BCE. Like Ezra’s Great Assembly, the Knesset has 120 seats.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in Israel. It has ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all other courts and, in some cases, original jurisdiction. The Supreme Court consists of 15 justices who are appointed by the Judicial Selection Committee. Its jurisdiction applies to all of Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories. According to the principle of binding precedent, a ruling of the Supreme Court is binding upon every other court, except itself.
Over the years, the Supreme Court has ruled on numerous sensitive issues, some of which relate to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the rights of Arab citizens and discrimination between Jewish groups in Israel.
Our next stop is at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial dedicated to the Holocaust. You will tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial and exquisite gardens.
Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jerusalem. (B)
Day 9: Monday, April 23rd 2018 – Machane Yehuda, Bio-Tour Sde Eliyahu, Galilee
After breakfast check out of your hotel. Machane Yehuda- the place to go if you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem. In this market place, you can meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. You can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes and shapes. You name it you can probably find it here and generally at a price that can’t be beat.
Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud with the site of Jesus’ baptism by Matthew. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot.
At Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, the pioneer of organic agriculture in Israel, we pay a visit to the Bio Bee initiative for a tour demonstrating the interaction between human beings and the earth and between tradition and modern technology.
Lunch at Sde Eliyahu.
Time permitting: make a quick stop at the Galita chocolate store, the maker of handmade Israeli chocolate- delicious!
Continue north to your hotel with time to rest before dinner at the kibbutz.
Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Kibbutz Hotel Galilee. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Tuesday, April 24th 2018 – Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tiberias
Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of the Jesus. We can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians as it was one of the places where Jesus and Peter, the Apostles, lived and preached.
The Mount of Beatitudes is in an area overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Some late traditions of Christianity place this mountain in the area in which Jesus picked His 12 Apostles. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes, each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses.
The Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar which is the home to changing exhibits showcasing the finest talents of Galilee artists from a variety of faiths and ethnic backgrounds, and the magnificent display of the Galilee Boat, dating from the time of Jesus, discovered mired in the mud on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
The Hammat Tiberias Synagogue is an ancient synagogue on the outskirts of Tiberias, located near the hot springs just south of the city. The synagogue dates to 286 and 337 CE, when Tiberias was the seat of the Sanhedrin. The mosaic floor is made up of three panels featuring the zodiac, and Helios, the sun god. Women who symbolize the four seasons of nature appear in each corner.
Dinner at kibbutz.
Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Kibbutz Hotel Galilee (B,D)
Day 11: Wednesday April 25th, 2018 – Nazareth, Caesarea
L’hitraot- Taking Israel Home
After breakfast check out of hotel. Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The standout site in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church building in the Middle East, dedicated in 1964 on the Papal visit of Pope Paul VI.
Our Spring Accessible Multicultural Tour will stop at El Babour Spice Store in the heart of the holy city of Nazareth, the 120-year-old, family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices.
Enjoy your Farewell lunch and learn about the Druze culture in Daliyat HaCarmel about 20 km southeast of Haifa where you will enjoy a meal in a private home and even participate in making the lunch! (Quickie Workshop)
Continue south down the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea Maritima (“by the sea”), built by Herod the Great which was the scene of significant events for Christians. It was the headquarters of Pontius Pilate, Peter baptized the centurion Cornelius, considered the first gentile convert and the Apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years and preached to the last of the Herodian kings, Agrippa II.
A Farewell toast in Caesarea to the group before heading home.
Departure to airport or other depending on schedules of participants. (B, L)
2018 Tour Dates:
April 15 – April 25
Land package price:
$ 3,870 USD per person based on double occupancy
$ 1,750 USD single supplement
Deposit & Payment:
A non refundable deposit of $600.00 US per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of payment is due 45 days prior to departure.
Land cost includes:
- All site and museums entry fees listed in itinerary
- 11 full days touring with a private, licensed, English speaking tour guide
- Transportation for the trip
- Accommodation at the hotels specified based on double occupancy as indicated. A limited number of single rooms are available on payment of the supplement indicated
- All breakfasts, (lunch and dinners where indicated in the itinerary)
- Bottles of water at guests’ need
Your land cost does not include:
- International flights
- Departure taxes/fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees subject to change without prior notice
- Transportation to and from the airport (available at an additional cost)
- Equipment rental (available at an additional cost)
- Travel insurance – non-refundable insurance premium (recommended)
- Documentation including passport fees
- Early check in and late check out
- Single room supplement – a limited number of single rooms is available on payment of supplement
- Optional pre-, post or other private tour arrangements
- Services not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
- Beverages not specified
- Gratuities for individual services such as laundry and valet service or any other items of a purely personal nature
- Tips to drivers/local guides/hotel and restaurant staff – tipping is at the discretion of the traveler
- E. & O.E.
- Although airfare is not included in this program, we are able to suggest economy class round trip airfares. Please note the airfare suggested is subject to change without prior notice and is not guaranteed until such time as the ticket has actually been issued.
- A mobility scooter is important for transportation on this tour so we strongly recommend rental if participants are not bringing their own equipment. Rental costs of a Mobility scooter rentals are $60 US per day.
- Since there is no charge to rent a wheelchair and a shower chair, a security deposit of $ 150 US and $ 250 US accordingly is required. The deposit will be refunded less the delivery charge. Yad Sarah will appreciate your donation to their cost to enable them to continue this service.
- Pre and post tour arrangements are available on request.
- The number of participants is limited. A minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants are required to operate the tour but a maximum of 6 in wheelchairs.