Here is our Israel itinerary. We are from vancouver but will be spending some time in Barcelona on our way. There will be 17 people total so we have a private bus and guide for a bunch of days. Anything i'm missing as far as planning ? One thing missing is Yad Vashem that we will for sure go to but just not sure what day. (we wont want to do that on a guided day). Sorry about the lengthy desriptions, i cut and pasted much from our agent.
Tuesday May 1
Arrive in Tel Aviv in afternoon. Staying at Dizengoff Suites. Relax day
Relax day, some family arrives
Beach day, more family arrives
Guided touring of Tel Aviv
Description of guided tour:
“We will start our day at the old port city of Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv for a beautiful panoramic view of of Tel Aviv and a sense of the first jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909. Walk along Rothschild blvd where you can see the white city of Tel Aviv (Unesco world heritage): Tel aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine and was planned by Sir Patrick Geddes. The various Architects created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context. We will conclude our day with a stroll through the funky shops and cafes along Sheinken Street, the “Greenwich Village of Tel Aviv”. Shop for unique craft items in Nachalat Binyamin’s colorful open air market .
Leisure day with family wandering Tel Aviv.
Guided touring from Tel Aviv
“ Visit the Latrun Armored Museum, a great picture opportunity with the tanks of the IDF from all the wars and time to learn about the road to Jerusalem and the battles relating to this road. Visit the Sorek Caves and view the stalactite formations. 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.
Guided touring in northern Israel.
After breakfast we will leave Tel Aviv and travel north to visit Caesarea built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater which was used for many performances throughout the centuries. An audio-visual presentation brings to life the times of the Romans who controlled these shores, 2,000 years ago. Then we will travel to the ancient crusader port city of Akko, one of the worlds most ancient cities, center of trade and a target for conquest since the days of the Egyptians and Phoenicians. Visit the Crusader Halls and to see the underground tunnels and pathways. Continue to the Upper Galilee and visit Agmon Hahula nature reserve. Drive bikes or golf carts around the lake and observe the thousands of birds and more than 200 species of water fowl that make their homes in the reserve, which is also a haven for rare water plants.
Sleep at Kibbutz.Hagoshrim
Guided touring in northern Israel
Visit Canada Centre, shooting range, take a cable car up Manara cliff. Stop at the stations located along the way for unique attractions such as mountain slides. Take the new path of the Banias River hanging bridge where you feel an inseparable part of nature as you walk above a basalt canyon and observe the water streams, vegetation and rocks. Next we will take an exciting 4x4 jeep ride tourof the Golan Heights, enjoying its physical beauty with its scenic hills and learn the strategic importance and history of the land. We will conclude our day with a “wet and wild” adventure and an exciting kayaking trip down the Jordan River. Sit back and enjoy the floating waters of the river.
Sleep at Kibbutz Hagoshrim
Dead Sea - Isrotel hotel
Drive south through the Jordan Valley for 3 hours to Ein Gedi. Hike in Nahal Arugot. Continue to the hotel and check in. Afternoon at leisure. Drive to Hanokdim for camel rides and Hafla Dinner (mock Bedouin dinner). www.hanokdim.com
Celebrate Bar Mitzvah atop Masada. Tour of the site of King Herod’s desert mountain getaway palace and scene of the Zealot’s last stand against the Roman legion. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s palaces, the bath house, store rooms, the ramp and one of the oldest synagogues in the world. Go back to the hotel for a festive lunch with family and friends. Drive to Jerusalem. Take a first 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 walls were commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the magnificent during the 16th century. The Ramparts walk winds along the top of the walls, affording stunning views of west Jerusalem, several major old city Christian churches, a rate glimpse inside the cloistered Armenian quarter, the valley of hinnom, the Judean desert and more. Check into Dan Panorama hotel and then bar mitzvah dinner for all. (not sure what hotel dinner will be at yet)
Guided tour of Jerusalem
Visit the southern wall excavations. Here we will also visit the Davidson Center, one of the most significant archeological sites in the country. We’ll take a walk through the past with its virtual tour attraction. Begin to descent through the many layers of jerusalem’s past at the time of the temple through the western wall tunnels. Inside a most interestingmodel 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’. We’ll then walk through the jewish quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified after the 6 day war in 19677. A special poijt of interest in the restored jewish quarter is the “Cardo” meaning the heart of this ancient byzantine city. View the unearthed main roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. We’l also observe the Hurva Synagogue in the middle of the jewish quarter. Just before Shabbat starts we will go to see the excitement at the machine yehuda market and see the traditional pre Shabbat shopping rush and see a rare glimpse into Israeli culture.
Jerusalem tour (with bus but not guide as he observes shabbos).
ATV rides near Jerusalem – course of 9km. Drive back to Jerusalem and visit the Israel museu where the dead sea scrolls are exhibited nd to view the model of Jerusalem as it used to look like in the 2nd temple period. Tour the newly opened wing for jewish art and life.
All day Jerusalem at leisure
All day Jerusalem at leisure
Depart in early AM.