OUT in Israel!
October 18 - 27, 2023

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18th – (TRANSFER ONLY)

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport (Flight details TBD) – You will be met by a representative and escorted through passport control, baggage claim, and customs.

  • Transfer to your hotel – check in, unpack, relax, and unwind. Lunch on your own in Tel Aviv.

  • Leisure time – enjoy the hotel facilities and explore the neighborhood around the hotel. Welcome Dinner is included, location TBD.

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv at Dan Panorama Hotel

DAY 2 – TEL AVIV

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Florentin District Graffiti Tour – Your guided tour through this colorful artisan district will introduce you to some of Israel's best local street artists. You'll learn about the great art that fills the streets of south Tel Aviv and get a sense of how the street art in this vibrant neighborhood captures the social, political, and cultural moods in contemporary Israeli society.

  • Levinsky Market Tour – Get a taste of the modern culinary scene in Israel on a guided tasting tour through the Levinsky Market, one of Tel Aviv's best-kept secrets. This gem of a local market has a bit of everything on offer, and you'll have the chance to sample some of the finest market-fresh cuisine in Israel.

  • Lunch is included in the Levinsky Market Tour.

  • Palmach Museum – Dedicated to documenting the history of the first national enlisted force of the Haganah, the unofficial underground Jewish army in the period prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. This interactive museum recreates the experiences of young Palmach recruits from the earliest days in 1941 through the end of the War of Independence in 1949.

  • Dinner on your own at the hotel or a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv at Dan Panorama Hotel

DAY 3 – TEL AVIV

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

 

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Walk-n-Sip Jaffa – Embark on a three-hour walking tour through Old Jaffa’s cobblestone streets, alleyways, and hidden alcoves. Sample three of Israel’s best wines along the way as your expert sommelier / tour guide spins tales of ancient Jaffa.

  • Lunch en route, on your own.

  • Bicycle (or Segway) Tour – Cruise the seafront and the tree-lined streets of Tel Aviv-Yaffo and get a unique perspective on Israel's most vibrant metropolis.

  • Dinner on your own at the hotel or a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv at Dan Panorama Hotel

DAY 4 – COASTAL PLAIN

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.

  • Caesarea National Park – Home to ancient palaces built for King Herod, a Roman amphitheater, historic port, and other Roman archaeological wonders, such as the Promontory Palace with the remains of its mosaic floor.

  • SUFA Academy – Learn the secrets of Israel’s success as a security powerhouse directly from the country’s elite fighters themselves. Your personalized SUFA adventure will have you learning the same skills using the very training methods experienced by the elite fighting forces of the IDF’s most highly respected combat units.

  • Lunch en route, on your own.

  • Old Acre (Akko) – One of the oldest ports in Israel, this ancient Crusader city boasts archaeological wonders spanning the entire length of the port’s history, including the famous Templars’ Tunnel along the coast, the expansive Knights’ Hall, and the charming open-air market.

  • Continue to the hotel and check in for dinner.

  • Dinner at the hotel is included.

  • Overnight: North at Hagoshrim Hotel

DAY 5 – GOLAN HEIGHTS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22nd – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Banias Nature Reserve – Home to the largest and most powerful waterfall in Israel, beautiful hiking trails through lush vegetation along the Hermon Spring, ancient shrines and the ruins of a temple built by Herod the Great, as well as an ancient flour mill still in operation today.

  • Lunch en route, on your own.

  • Golan Heights Jeep Tour – Off-road tour of the stunning mountain landscapes of the beautiful Golan, highlighting some of the historical and political landmarks of one of Israel's most fascinating and complicated regions.

  • Golan Winery – Fascinating tour of the winery that highlights the entire wine-making process: from tilling the soil, through harvesting and pressing the grapes, and finally to barrel-aging and bottling the different wines. As part of your tour, you'll sample a number of the winery's select wines and enjoy an illuminating discussion of the local wine industry.

  • Dinner at the hotel is included.

  • Overnight: North at Hagoshrim Hotel

DAY 6 – JORDAN VALLEY

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23rd – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.

  • Magdala – The ancient port city known as the hometown of Mary Magdalene, this town was once a center of trade and culture; it is home to one of only a handful of synagogues that have been discovered dating back to the time of Jesus.

  • Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu – A religious kibbutz that is dedicated to organic farming and natural, religious living. Here your guide will teach you about religious life on a kibbutz, the organic farming methods used in their fields, the use of bumble bees in pest control, and more.

  • Lunch is included at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu.

  • Camel Excursion – A desert adventure, on four knobby-kneed legs. You'll come away from the ride with a new appreciation for these majestic beasts of burden (not to mention some great photo opportunities).

  • ATV Adventure – Begin with a rugged ATV trek over the rolling, rocky terrain of the Judean Hills, where you'll hop out for cave explorations and breathtaking views of the desert at sunset.

  • Continue to Jerusalem and check into the hotel.

  • Dinner on your own at the hotel or a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem at Inbox Hotel

DAY 7 – JERUSALEM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Full-Day Walking Tour of the Old City – The Old City was historically divided into four ""Quarters"" (though these distinctions don't always correspond to religious or ethnic divisions, as their names might suggest). Some of the highlights of your tour might include:

  • The Muslim Quarter – You can see a number of historic mosques as well as such important Christian sites as the Church of St. Anne, the Via Dolorosa and 14 Stations of the Cross, and the underground Pools of Bethesda.

  • The Christian Quarter – Here you’ll find the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as well as many other historic churches and monasteries.

  • At the center of the Old City you'll find the lively Arab suq (market), which is a great place to get lost looking for lunch or a gift.

  • Lunch en route, on your own.

  • The Armenian Quarter – The smallest of the four quarters, this section houses the Tower of David Museum and the Citadel, as well as the Armenian Seminary.

  • The Jewish Quarter – Some of the notable sites of interest here are the Western Wall, the Cardo and Broad Wall.

  • Dinner on your own at the hotel or a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem at Inbox Hotel

DAY 8 – JUDEAN DESERT

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25th – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Masada – After ascending to the top of this mountain fortress via cable car (options for hiking), you'll explore the fascinating remains of King Herod's palace, including the roman-style bath house and the ancient storerooms and watchtowers. Here you'll learn about the significance of the site and the mass suicide that occurred during the Roman siege on the fortress.

  • Lunch and Swim/Float in the Dead Sea – Take a relaxing break from touring and experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of weightlessness as you float in the mineral-rich hypersaline water at the lowest spot on earth. You'll enjoy private beach access and an indulgent buffet lunch at a resort hotel. (Optional spa treatments available.)

  • Lunch is included at the Lunch and Swim.

  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve – A spectacular natural desert oasis, where you can get up close with the stunning array of desert flora, take a dip in a refreshing desert spring, and cool off under a breathtaking waterfall. (Time permitting)

  • Dinner on your own at the hotel or a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem at Inbox Hotel

DAY 9 – JERUSALEM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26th – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

  • Yad Vashem – At Israel’s official Holocaust memorial site and definitive source for Holocaust education, documentation, and research you’ll have an opportunity to learn about and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, Jews who fought their Nazi oppressors, and non-Jews who aided the victims of the Nazi regime.

  • Lunch en route, on your own.

  • City of David - Hezekiah's Tunnel – At the City of David, you’ll encounter fascinating archaeological discoveries from both the First and Second Temple periods. In Hezekiah's tunnels, you'll wade in the darkness through knee-deep water and learn about how King Hezekiah built this intricate system. Make sure to bring shorts and water shoes for the full experience, but don’t worry – there’s an option for dry tunnels!

  • Farewell Dinner with Chef Tal – Enjoy a fabulous hand-crafted meal with the talented Chef Tal, who will indulge you and your family with a personalized feast in his celebration tent. Chef Tal blends the finest local ingredients, vast culinary experience, and his famous sense of humor to create a special event for the ages!

  • Dinner is included with Chef Tal.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem at Inbox Hotel

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE/JORDAN EXTENSION

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th – (TRANSPORTATION ONLY)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.

  • Morning at Leisure – Spend your last day in Israel relaxing, enjoying the hotel facilities, or looking for souvenirs.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – Your driver will meet you just outside the lobby of your hotel and transport you to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight (details TBD).

OR Continue to your Jordan Extension

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – Your driver will meet you just outside the lobby of your hotel and transport you to Ben Gurion Airport, Terminal 1, for your flight to Eilat.

  • Transfer to the Arava Border – Your driver will meet you just outside arrivals and take you to the border, where you will be helped with the formalities of crossing into Jordan. On the Jordanian side, you will be met by your guide to begin your Jordan excursion.

  • Lunch en route, on your own.

  • Travel to Wadi Rum – Your visit to this protected site will include stops at a number of landmarks associated with Lawrence of Arabia, such as Khazali Canyon and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. You’ll also enjoy a jeep tour through spectacular desert landscapes, imposing rock formations, and red sand dunes.

  • Buffet dinner is included at the Bedouin Camp.

  • Astronomy Tour – A curated star tour that includes naked-eye and telescope observations of magnificent "star-scapes" in the unpolluted desert sky in the Wadi Rum area. (weather permitting)

  • Overnight: Wadi Rum at Sun City Hotel

DAY 11 – PETRA

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th – (GUIDE & TRANSPORTATION)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the Bedouin Camp and check out.

  • Tour of Petra – A local guide will lead your tour through this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The Siq – At the gateway to the lost city, you’ll see monuments, carvings, and inscriptions that underscore the

  • historical and archaeological significance of the site.

  • Lunch en route, on your own.

  • The Treasury – The most famous monument in all of Jordan, this intricately carved rock façade highlights the technological and architectural sophistication of the Nabataeans.

  • Rose-Red City – Your tour will take you through all the major landmarks of this remarkable site, including the Theater, the Dam, the many tombs and monuments, the Street of Façades, and more.

  • Dinner on your own at the hotel or a local restaurant.

  • Overnight: Petra at Movenpick Hotel

DAY 12 – DEPARTURE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29th – (TRANSPORTATION ONLY)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.

  • Morning at Leisure – Spend your last day in Israel relaxing, enjoying the hotel facilities, or looking for souvenirs.

  • Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport, Amman – Your driver will meet you just outside the lobby of your hotel and transport you to the airport for your departure flight (details TBD).

  • Have a safe flight!!

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