14 Days Grand Classic Israel & Eilat

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14 Days Grand Classic Israel & Eilat

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DAY 1 Thursday

FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV

Overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Get ready to enjoy one of the best tours you have ever had in your lifetime. IBMT, with its own operations office in Jerusalem is dedicated to give you personal service to each and every one of you.


DAY 2 Friday

DAY 2 Friday

ARRIVE TO TEL AVIV

After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by IBMT Tours representative and transfer representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure. Overnight Tel-Aviv.


DAY 3 Saturday

DAY 3 Saturday

FREE DAY AT LEISURE / TEL AVIV

Enjoy the great beach in Tel Aviv


DAY 4 Sunday

DAY 4 Sunday

CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / DRUZE VILLAGE / HAIFA

Drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. See the excavations of the Crusader city and the Roman port, aqueduct and the amphitheatre that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system. Continue to Daliat El Carmel, a Druze village and enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and gardens. Lunch; Dinner & Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.


DAY 5 Monday

DAY 5 Monday

SAFED / GOLAN HEIGHTS / WINERY

Drive to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, where you will visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at the Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting. Proceed to "Kessem Hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and its history. Dinner & Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.


DAY 6 Tuesday

SEA OF GALILEE / NAZARETH

Start the day with a visit to Nazareth and visit the church of Annunciation; Continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal church of St. Peter; Visit Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Overnight in Jerusalem.


DAY 7 Wednesday

DAY 7 Wednesday

JERUSALEM : THE OLD CITY

Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view from Mount of Olives Drive to the Old City. Visit the Tomb of King David and the room of The Last Supper on Mount Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem, view Rachel’s tomb and proceed to visit the Church of Nativity and manger’s square. Overnight in Jerusalem. 


DAY 8 Thursday

DAY 8 Thursday

JERUSALEM : THE NEW CITY

Drive to the Israel museum. Visit the Shrine of the book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Proceed for a tour at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Continue to visit Mount Herzl cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Mea Shearim, the ultra orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a Middle Eastern dinner followed by the spectacular "sound & light" show at the Tower of David museum. (Weather conditions permitting).
Conclude the day with Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.


DAY 9 Friday

DAY 9 Friday

QUMERAN / MASADA / DEAD SEA

Drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea ** that many believe has its therapeutic effects. Overnight in Jerusalem.


DAY 10 Saturday

FREE DAY AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEM

Enjoy a stroll on your own at the Old City of Jerusalem, Over night Jerusalem.


DAY 11 Sunday

DAY 11 Sunday

TIMNA / UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY / EILAT

Travel south through the Negev desert. Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Overnight Eilat


DAY 12 Monday

DAY 12 Monday

FREE DAY IN EILAT OR OPTIONAL DAY TOUR TO PETRA

Petra Optional Tour: After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m and crossing back to Eilat.
Overnight Eilat.


DAY 13 Tuesday

DAY 13 Tuesday

MITZPE RAMON / SDE BOKER / TEL AVIV

Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon. Stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent, learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Drive back to Tel-Aviv. Light lunch & Overnight in Tel Aviv


DAY 14 Wednesday

DEPART TEL AVIV

Aboard the transatlantic flight, with time to think about your exciting visit and vibrant memories, you can start planning your next visit to Israel! Arrive back home the same day.


Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
24 Aug 201725 Aug 201706 Sep 2017$2779$3930$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
31 Aug 201701 Sep 201713 Sep 2017$2779$3930$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
07 Sep 201708 Sep 201720 Sep 2017$2779$3930$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
12 Oct 201713 Oct 201725 Oct 2017$2675$3742$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
19 Oct 201720 Oct 201701 Nov 2017$2675$3742$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
26 Oct 201727 Oct 201708 Nov 2017$2675$3742$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
02 Nov 201703 Nov 201715 Nov 2017$2675$3742$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
09 Nov 201710 Nov 201722 Nov 2017$2675$3742$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
16 Nov 201717 Nov 201729 Nov 2017$2645$3636$1800BOOK THIS TOUR
23 Nov 201724 Nov 201706 Dec 2017$2645$3636$1800BOOK THIS TOUR
30 Nov 201701 Dec 201713 Dec 2017$2645$3636$1800BOOK THIS TOUR
07 Dec 201708 Dec 201720 Dec 2017$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
14 Dec 201715 Dec 201727 Dec 2017$2565$3542$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
21 Dec 201722 Dec 201703 Jan 2018$2593$3592$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
28 Dec 201729 Dec 201710 Jan 2018$2565$3542$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
04 Jan 201805 Jan 201817 Jan 2018$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
11 Jan 201812 Jan 201824 Jan 2018$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
18 Jan 201819 Jan 201831 Jan 2018$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
25 Jan 201826 Jan 201807 Feb 2018$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
01 Feb 201802 Feb 201814 Feb 2018$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
08 Feb 201809 Feb 201821 Feb 2018$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
15 Feb 201816 Feb 201828 Feb 2018$2453$3340$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
22 Feb 201823 Feb 201807 Mar 2018$2558$3529$1900BOOK THIS TOUR

Inclusions


Included services:
  • Transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 8 touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide
  • Dinner in Jerusalem on Thursday followed by a Sound and Light show at David Citadel
  • 2 Dinners in Kibbutz Lavi
  • Lunch at a Druze village on Sunday
  • Light lunch on Tuesday on the way from Eilat to Tel Aviv
  • Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
Not included services:
  • Airfare & Departure taxes
  • Tips to guide/driver & hotel staff
  • Insurance
  • Personal extras on meals not mentioned above
  • Petra Fees & Border taxes to be paid localy aprox US$65.00
  • Jordan Visa aprox US$60.00 

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Testimonials

The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!

Marcia, Eli and Max Lawrence, Chicago, IL

I want to thank you for a most fabulous trip/experience/adventure ! We had a great time !! And so enjoyed and appreciated so many of the wonderful surprises that IBMT had for us ! The bar Mitzvah day was amazing and the party that night an absolute thrill !!!! What a memory ! The hotels were great! We saw/ learned and did so much in 2 weeks ! What a great time ! What great people on our trip, what a fascinating country .

Lisa Weinberg, Toronto, Canada

We returned from our trip yesterday and are now recovering from jet lag.
We had a great time and both believe this was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. I expected to enjoy Israel, but not to the extent that I did. The trip was well-planned, full of activities and we greatly enjoyed the tour guide, Nadav.
Thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip. We have friends considering a Bar Mitzvah trip for their grandchildren and will recommend IBMT to them.

Kathy Mattes, San Francisco

How to I begin to thank you for an awesome Bar Mitzvah Tour that literally has changed my soul. I love Israel and will seriously get behind doing whatever I can do to help our state. I am a proud American but my heart belongs to Israel. We had an experience that was like none other, we enjoyed our group immensely and Natalie is a golden jewel, never to be cast off as she held us all together and so knowledgeable about every aspect. She is quite the tour guide! And our driver great too.

Joan Ross, Palm Spring, CA

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 by IBMT's level of diligence in ensuring that every hotel and restaurant fully accommodated our son's food allergies.  Our tour guide Natalie was the highlight of the trip -- she is warm, incredibly knowledgeable, and tailored the experience for everyone's needs.  The other families on our tour were excellent, excellent people and we've made friendships that will last for many years to come."

Warm regards,

David M Zimmerman, Jericho, NY - 2017

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 person with so much knowledge, she made it very interesting for all of us to enjoy and we all became one big family.
Fun, Excitement & Connection, IBMT you are more then that.

Everyone took care of each other looking after the children, everyone pitched in
“Just like one Big Mishpucha”

I would like to thank you Ornan for a great tour that you have provided for me and my family in Israel.

Chana Pulvermacher, Brooklyn, NY - 2017

Dear Ornan,

We recently returned from our IBMT - Israel Bar - Bat Mitzvah Tour.  We loved it. 

Natalie did everything a guide should do and more. She is very knowledgeable, well spoken and fun. She interacted well with everyone....parents,  grandparents,  aunts and uncles and definitely the kids. All our accommodations were first class. The touring was well planned and comprehensive. 

Thank you very much.

Sincerely, 

 

Ruth Baruch and Gary Satz , Hollywood. FL

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