13 Days Israel Jewish Heritage Tour - Adults only

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Tour Overview

This tour will run with minimum of 10 people traveling
 You can also use our Independent rates on the PRIVATE TOUR top right
This tour has been specially designed for adults

 


DAY 1 | TUESDAY

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO ISRAEL


DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY

ARRIVAL TO ISRAEL

"Bruchim Habaim" and welcome to Israel. You will be warmly greeted by an IBMT Tours representative who will assist you with clearing custom and escort you to your bus and tour guide.

After a long flight to Israel, we invite you to relax in one of the most pastoral craters on earth. We are travelling south to the Ramon crater making two stops along the way. The first stop will be at Beer Sheva, the capital of the Negev learning about the Bedouins of this area. Our next stop is Sde Boker, visiting the home and grave of Ben Gurion. The first prime minister of Israel.
A 30+ minute drive brings us to the Beresheet hotel and spa.  Relax this afternoon at one of Israel’s extraordinary hotels.

Dinner & overnight Beresheet (Dinner)


DAY 3 | THURSDAY

MITZPE RAMON | DAY AT LEISURE

OPTIONAL SUNRISE JEEP TOUR: 
For those travelers who are jetlagged and can't sleep, we offer a sunrise jeep tour through the crater a once in a lifetime experience. Return to your hotel for breakfast. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the Hotel facilities. Dinner & overnight Beresheet Hotel & Spa Mitzpe Ramon.  (Breakfast & Dinner)


DAY 4 | FRIDAY

MASADA | DEAD SEA

Drive through the Negev Desert and wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, some 1200 feet below sea level. Ahead of us is Masada, an UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada. An exciting 3-minute cablecar ride will whisk you to the top to view the excavations of the Herodian palace, storerooms, bathhouse and water reservoirs. Visit the ruins of the small Synagogue which served the Jews of Masada and the Beit Midrash (Torah Study Hall). Your guide will retell the harrowing tale of the 967 zealots (men, women and children) who chose to commit suicide on Masada instead of being enslaved by the advancing Romans. We are now on our way to Dead Sea known for its therapeutic healing. Experience the unique sensation of "floating" in its unsinkable waters. 
Arrive at our hotel in Jerusalem and get ready for "Shabbat ".

Overnight Jerusalem. 

(Breakfast)  


DAY 5 | SATURDAY

DAY 5 | SATURDAY

SHABBAT | JERUSALEM | AT LEISURE

Today is a day of rest in Jerusalem. Shabbat Shalom. Explore the city which is much quieter than usual. 
Overnight Jerusalem. (Breakfast)  


DAY 6 | SUNDAY

JERUSALEM (OLD CITY)

The day begins with a visit to the top of Mount Scopus, one of the few places from which both the Dead Sea and the Dome of the Rock can be seen. Marvel at your first panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade. Together we recite the “Shehechayanu” blessing and toast L’chaim to celebrate your visit to Israel. A short drive to Mt. Zion and a visit to the traditional Tomb of King David. Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate and walk through the restored Jewish Quarter, passing the excavated Roman Cardo. From here, we will visit the Western wall and take a specially arranged walk through the 1200-foot long Western Wall tunnels, which includes a street built at the time of King Herod and an aqueduct which once carried water to the Temple in the days of the Maccabees.  Finish the day with a visit to Machane Yehuda Market (Shuk). Overnight Jerusalem. (Breakfast)


DAY 7 | MONDAY

YAD VASHEM | ISRAEL MUSEUM | KNESSET & SUPREME COURT

After breakfast, our day begins with a somber visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust. See the poignant Children’s Pavilion, the new Holocaust Museum and the Valley of Destroyed Communities where the names of 5000 lost communities have been inscribed in the stone walls. On our way to the Israel Museum pass by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, with its' Seven Branched bronze Menorah, the symbol of the Jewish people. Across the way is the modern Supreme Court Building, housing the highest judicial court in Israel. Proudly sitting on a hill in Givat Ram,the Israel Museum was founded in 1965. The white domed Shrine of the Book represents the lids of the jars in which the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found near Qumran. A cross the way is the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden, a unique blend of Zen and Western art principles. Marvel at the meticulously recreated 1:50 Scale Model of Ancient Jerusalem during the Second Temple period which was transferred to the Israel Museum in 2006 at a cost of $3.5 million dollars. Overnight Jerusalem (Breakfast & dinner)


DAY 8 | TUESDAY

CAESAREA | HAIFA | ACRE (AKKO) | ROSH HANIKRA

Leaving Jerusalem after an early breakfast we are on our way to north via the ancient port city of Caesarea built by King Herod the Great about 25-13 B.C.E. Your short introduction includes the arched amphitheater and aqueduct. Continuing along the coastal plain we arrive in Haifa and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Baha'i Garden. The Terraces of the Bahá'í Faith, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are a series of 19 colorful terraces with fountains and shrubbery that can be seen from a distance. They are one of the most visited tourist attractions in Israel. Our next stop will be Akko, also known to Westerners as Acre. Lying on the northern edge of the Bay of Acre in northern Israel. Akko possesses a long history of various cultures: Canaanites, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders and Arabs. Akko is a holy city in the Bahá'í Faith and in spite of its small size has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Journeying further north we arrive in Rosh Hanikra  to view its stunning grottoes which are cavernous tunnels formed by sea action on the soft chalk rock. The total length is some 200 meters. Today a cable car whisks visitors down to see the lower levels.

Dinner and overnight Hagoshrim. (Breakfast & Dinner)


DAY 9 | WEDNESDAY

TEL DAN NATIONAL PARK | MOUNT BENTAL | HULA NATIONAL PARK | WINERY

Today we set our sights on the Tel Dan National Park combining a lush nature reserve with a Biblical archaeological experience with three easy hiking routes and a short wheelchair-accessible trail. At the heart of the park is Tel Dan, the capital of the ancient northern kingdom. The Dan River, one of the sources of the Jordan, flows through the reserve, its water coming from the snowmelt of nearby Mount Hermon. A wading pool offers a refreshing break.  Stopping at an observation point overlooking Kuneita and Syria, you will gain a meaningful perspective as to the significance of the strategic Golan Heights.  We will go up to Mount Bental to view the strategic Golan Heights, visit some wineries and get a chance to sample some of the fine wines in the area. Our day ends by visiting Agamon Hula Tourism Park, situated in the heart of the Hula Valley considered one of the world’s most prominent bird-watching sites. At the park you can follow and observe migrating, courting and nesting birds, as well as other animals according to seasonal variation. A magical lake at the heart of the site allows you to experience nature without cages or partitions. (Bicycle and golf carts rental are available at approximate $12 per person on a six-person cart). Dinner and overnight Hagoshrim. (Breakfast & dinner)


DAY 10 | THURSDAY

IDF PROGRAM | SAFED | BEIT SHEAN & BEIT ALPHA | TEL AVIV

IDF Lebanon Border Tour

This morning we head to Kibbutz Malkiya, where you will meet up with our very special tour guide who is also a local farmer on the Kibbutz. This tour takes you along the Lebanese border in the eastern Galilee. This is a tour not found in any visitors guide or tour books about of Israel! This is a journey behind the scenes, a look at life on the Lebanese border, "living an ordinary life under threat." You also will have the unique and rare opportunity to meet with IDF combat soldiers, who are guarding the nearby Lebanese border.  We will spend some time getting to know the combat soldiers and watch them in action up close and personal. Sometimes we even get a chance to climb onto a tank! This unique and amazing tour will give you a better understanding of the conflict, the lives of the soldiers protecting our Land, and everyday life at the border from an up close and personal perspective.
 
While riding you will experience exhilarating steep ascents and descents through the mountains. Along the way we will drive through running rivers (in season) while enjoying panoramic views of the Kinneret as well as the spectacular Galilee landscape. Throughout your adventure you will hear about the history, geology, flora, and fauna of this unique ecosystem.

We will also review the geopolitical situation while enjoying great views at the observation points, tour the local agricultural orchards, and depending on the season, we will plant fruit trees near the border fence, and/or taste the seasonal fruit (in the summer and autumn). Walking along the kibbutz paths we will also visit the bomb shelter of the kindergarten which portrays what life near the Lebanese border is like. If permitted at the time we will practice some pistol firing with our trainer at a shooting range. Continue to Safed, one of the four holy cities which is also the home of Kaballah (Jewish mysticism). This charming town filled with cobblestoned streets and lined with ancient synagogues and artists' galleries, offers breathtaking views of the Galilee. From Safed drive to Beit She'an to visit the ruins of Beit She'an and the Mosaic floor in the synagogue of Beit Alpha depicting a Zodiac. Continue to Tel Aviv. Tonight, you will be dropped off at Rothschild Blvd. Time on your own to explore the great cafes and famous restaurants in the area where you will find different type of fusion food only found in Israel. Overnight in Tel Aviv. (Breakfast)


DAY 11 | FRIDAY

PALMACH MUSEUM |DIASPORA MUSEUM | RABIN SQUARE | OLD JAFFA

Our first visit after breakfast will be to the famous Palmach Museum, an experiential museum covering the Palmach legacy through the stories of individuals and groups. Visitors to the museum join a group of young Palmach recruits from its establishment, and advance through the story of the Palmach until the end of the War of Independence. We continue to Rabin Square formerly known as Kings Square.  In 1995 the square was renamed 'Rabin Square' following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin which occurred on November 4th of that year. The square is surrounded by the city hall building to the north (designed by the architect Menachem Cohen), Ibn Gabirol Street to the east, Malkhey Yisrael (Kings of Israel) Street to the south and Hen Boulevard to the west. It was designed alongside the city hall in 1964 by architects Yaski and Alexandroni. End the day in Jaffa, an ancient city about 4000 years old with it’s Jewish, Christian and Muslim populations, all living together in harmony. Lets visit the famous Flea Market in Jaffa where you can find antiques and valuable merchandise at your fingertips. Dinner & Overnight Tel Aviv. (Breakfast & dinner)


DAY 12 | SATURDAY

CARMEL MARKET | AYALON INSTITUTE | REHOVOT

Our first stop after breakfast will be at the bustling Carmel Market (shuk HaCarmel) where you will find everything from clothing to spices. Continue to Rehovot about twenty kilometers from Tel Aviv founded in 1890 by Polish Jews. Pay a visit to the Ayalon Institute, a secret underground ammunition factory where you will learn about the bravery and ingenuity of pre-state freedom Hebrew fighters. While in Rehovot we visit the Weizmann Institute and learn about the premier research center, in Israel with more than a thousand exciting projects ranging from cancer to computer science. We head back to Tel Aviv for our goodbye and farewell dinner. Later, we will be transferred to the airport for our flight home. (Breakfast & dinner)


DAY 13 | SUNDAY

MIDNIGHT FLIGHT BACK HOME

On your flight back share the fun & excitement you had with your travel companion and plan your next visit to Israel.
Arrive home early morning. 


Dates & Rates

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14 May 2019 15 May 2019 26 May 2019 $4199 $5600 $4199 Sold Out
10 Sep 2019 11 Sep 2019 22 Sep 2019 $4199
$3999 (before Jan 31)
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22 Oct 2019 23 Oct 2019 03 Nov 2019 $4199
$3999 (before Feb 28)
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Inclusions


HOTELS:

# Nights City Hotel links
2 Mitzpe Ramon Beresheet
4 Jerusalem Inbal
2 North / Golan Heights Hagoshrim
2 Tel Aviv Carlton

 

YOUR LAND TOUR INCLUDES
 

  • Meet and assist by IBMT Tours representative upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport
  • Group transfer from the airport to your hotel and return
  • 10 nights accommodation in Star Hotels
  • 12 days of touring with a government licensed English guide.
  • Dead Sea & Masada visit
  • Carmel Market
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily  
  • 6 Dinners 
  • Porterage of one normal sized piece of luggage per person at the airport and hotels
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary

 

YOUR LAND TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
 

  • Return airfare and departure taxes
  • Insurance – non-refundable insurance premium
  • Early check in, late check out not included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Tips to Tour guide & driver (suggested $4 per day per person for driver | $8 per person per day for guide)

 

 

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Testimonials

We recently returned from a IBMT Tour for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we all agree that it was the best vacation that we have taken to date.  The tour was well organized and the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.  The events that they include in the tour include everything “must see” in Israel and activities that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  The tour allows for activities for all ages and accommodates anyone who wants to do more or less than they have planned.  It is ...

Michael Rodney, Toronto, Canada

To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a ...

Chana Pulvermacher, Brooklyn, NY - 2017

Dear Sheryl,

The visit to Israel was better than advertised. All of us had an awesome and inspiring vacation or as I call it, an education. Danny is one of the nicest and smartest men I have had the pleasure of meeting. He made the trip so special and I cannot imagine any other person showing us Israel but Danny.

Hotels were great but for Eilat, but no big deal. Food in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv restaurants were delicious. Sheila in Tel Aviv was extraordinary. Dinners at hotels just “so so”. Loved Mitzpe ...

Craig Savage,

Ornan,

Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

Thanks again

Adam Waese, OSHAWA, ONT

9 Days Holyland Tour

Sara / Ornan,

I had a fabulous time on this tour and highly recommend it to anyone interested.  We had an especially knowledgeable guide with us Doron Hoffman who as a history major added so much more information and had a great demeanor.  I was part of an international group and made some new friends.   

Regards,

 

 

Janie Carpenter, US Embassy Moscow

Hi Ornan,

"Opting to celebrate our son's bar mitzvah this summer with IBMT is one of the best decisions we've ever made.  The itinerary took us to places around the country that I've never experienced on previous trips to Israel.  Experiencing our son's bar mitzvah atop Masada as opposed to a more rushed, crowded experience at the wall truly sets IBMT apart from other tour companies.  The professionalism of the IBMT staff both in North America and Israel was superb...everything was incredibly well organized and we were heartened ...

David M Zimmerman, Jericho, NY - 2017

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