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Planned Itinerary

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Planned Itinerary

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

May 2nd

Relax day, some family arrives

May 3

Beach day, more family arrives

May 4th

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 .

May 5th

Leisure day with family wandering Tel Aviv.

May 6th

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.

May 7th

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

May 8th

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

May 9th

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

May 10th

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)

May 11th

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.

May 12th

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.

May 13th

All day Jerusalem at leisure

Monday 14th

All day Jerusalem at leisure

May 15th

Depart in early AM.

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1. Re: Planned Itinerary

Looks good, you could do Yad Vashem on the 13th in the morning and have the rest of the day to do as you please.

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2. Re: Planned Itinerary

May 7 - for me, this is too much to do in one day. 2 hours at Caesarea, Akko is worth 4 or 5 hours. And you have at least 3 hours of driving. Plus missing Haifa (worth an hour, if just to have a look at the Bahai gardens and the view from there). In Akko, I would add a visit to the Museum for the Jewish Resistance Prisoners which is a very short walk from the Crusader Halls (in fact overlooks them). I would try to find a way to see Caesarea on the 5th. I understand the difficulty because of your guide's observance, but maybe you can work something out, using the bus?

May 11 - I encourage you to go back to the Kotel just after sunset and observe (and join in) the "Welcoming the Sabbath" experience. You won't forget it.

May 12 - the Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to allow enough time to see all you want to see. The archeology wing is also very good. After dark, go to the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. There is usually a drum circle at the bottom (Zion Square), all the shops and restaurants are open - a good time to shop for souvenirs and people-watch.

Overall you have a terrific plan.

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3. Re: Planned Itinerary

For May 5th, try and book a guided tour in English at the Palmach Museum in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood of Tel Aviv. It's an excellent audio-visual experience concerning the struggle for the creation of an independent Jewish State. Act quickly though. This place sells out fast.

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4. Re: Planned Itinerary

Love tripadvisor.

Spending only a very short time now at the gardens....(missing Haifa this trip though)

Seeing yad vashem on the 13th.good plan

And I mentioned Dave's suggestion of doing the palmach museum and she has heard this from others. She is on it!

Thanks

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