16 Days Ultimate Classic Israel

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Ultimate Classic Israel

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DAY 1 Tuesday

FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV

Non-stop 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 Wednesday

DAY 2 Wednesday

WELCOME TO THE HOLYLAND

Upon your arrival to Ben Gurion Airport you will be met and assisted by our IBMT-Holyland Tours representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure. Take advantage of this opportunity to mingle with the locals. Shop at the amazing shopping malls, relax at an authentic Israeli restaurant and enjoy the amazing food Tel Aviv has to offer, or just enjoy a relaxing day at one of the beautiful beaches. Overnight in Tel-Aviv.


DAY 3 Thursday

INDEPENDENCE HALL / LATRUN / AYALON INSITITUTE

Start the day with a visit to the Independence Hall where the establishment of the state of Israel was declared. We will continue to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps museum , one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Then you will get to view the new and amazing "Mini Israel" miniature park which includes miniature replicas of the most important landmarks and buildings in Israel. Continue the day with a visit to the Ayalon Institute, once an ammunition factory for the Hagana, which means "The Defense". HaHagana was a Jewish paramilitary organization in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948, which later became the core of the Israel Defense Forces. Overnight stay in Tel-Aviv.


DAY 4 Friday

DAY 4 Friday

DIASPORA MUSEUM / OLD JAFFA / TEL AVIV

Visit the Diaspora museum, The museum opened in May 1978 and at that time was considered as one of the most innovative museums in the world. Enjoy a drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin's Square, the place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa , an 8000 year old port city. Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1909 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, handmade Jewellery and artifacts. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street known for its unique chic shops, vibrant cafe life and youthful Ambiance. Overnight stay in Tel-Aviv


DAY 5 Saturday

DAY 5 Saturday

FREE DAY AT LEISURE / TEL AVIV

Enjoy another day to explore on your own the different venues Tel Aviv has to offer. If it is the local bazaar, Shouk Ha Carmel, or the old train station, the different restaurants, or just enjoy a walk on the beautiful boardwalk along the beach.


DAY 6 Sunday

DAY 6 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 amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory as a concert venue. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon and 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, The Druze form a religious minority in Israel of more than 100,000, mostly residing in the north of the country. Proceed via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai Shrine and gardens. Overnight stay in a Kibbutz guesthouse.


DAY 7 Monday

DAY 7 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. Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.


DAY 8 Tuesday

SEA OF GALILEE / NAZARETH

Start the day with a visit to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first public miracle: the turning of water into wine at the wedding feast. Visit the church of Annunciation and continue to Tiberias; Visit Capernaum it is believed to have been Jesus' home, 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 to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. Return to Jerusalem for an overnight stay.


DAY 9 Wednesday

DAY 9 Wednesday

JERUSALEM : THE OLD CITY

Start the day with a 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 magnificent Western Wall. Take a spiritual 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. The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site that traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. Conclude the day with dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.


DAY 10 Thursday

DAY 10 Thursday

JERUSALEM : THE NEW CITY

Depart 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 proceed to Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953. 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). Overnight stay in Jerusalem.


DAY 11 Friday

DAY 11 Friday

QUMERAN / MASADA / DEAD SEA

Drive through the beautiful Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, which surface and shores are 423 meters(1,388 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin boy in 1947. 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. It is said and many believe that it has therapeutic effects. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.


DAY 12 Saturday

FREE DAY AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEM

Enjoy a stroll on your own at the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the local colorful bazaar were you can work on your negotiating skills, or visit the local cafes or amazing restaurants and get a feel of local habits and mentality. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.


DAY 13 Sunday

DAY 13 Sunday

TIMNA / UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY / EILAT

Travel south through the Negev desert and enjoy its stunning scenery. Visit Timna, see the copper mines and most striking and well-known rock formation in Timna Valley, Solomon's Pillars. Continue to Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, located on the Red Sea coast and stop at the underwater observatory, one of the largest sea Aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Enjoy Dinner and overnight in Eilat. If time permits stroll the interesting boardwalk along the beach and hotel areas and enjoy the local nightlife.


DAY 14 Monday

DAY 14 Monday

EILAT or OPTIONAL DAY IN PETRA

Free day in Eilat or Optional Day Tour to Petra. After assisting you with your visa arrangements to Jordan, you will drive 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 a possible short horseback-ride of about 700 meters until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra cost) 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 theater, roman street, Qasser 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. On completion of this breathtaking visit you will be enjoying yourself with lunch in a nice Restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. Transfer to the border will be at around 18:00 p.m and cross back to Eilat. Dinner and overnight in Eilat.


DAY 15 Tuesday

DAY 15 Tuesday

MITZPE RAMON / SDE BOKER / TEL AVIV

Morning departure of Eilat, on the way you will stop to gaze into the Ramon crater , a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Israels first prime minister, Ben Gurion's hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and experience life how it was in the desert in an authentic Bedouin tent. Learn about the customary Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light authentic lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel's air-force museum to view the planes and equipment where you will hear the story of this brave fighting force. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.


DAY 16 Wednesday

TRANSFER TO BEN GURION AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME

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


Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
28 Nov 201729 Nov 201713 Dec 2017$3058$4217$1900BOOK THIS TOUR
05 Dec 201706 Dec 201720 Dec 2017$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
12 Dec 201713 Dec 201727 Dec 2017$2950$4084$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
19 Dec 201720 Dec 201703 Jan 2018$2978$4134$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
26 Dec 201727 Dec 201710 Jan 2018$2950$4084$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
02 Jan 201803 Jan 201817 Jan 2018$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
09 Jan 201810 Jan 201824 Jan 2018$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
16 Jan 201817 Jan 201831 Jan 2018$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
23 Jan 201824 Jan 201807 Feb 2018$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
30 Jan 201831 Jan 201814 Feb 2018$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
06 Feb 201807 Feb 201821 Feb 2018$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
13 Feb 201814 Feb 201828 Feb 2018$2838$3882$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
20 Feb 201821 Feb 201807 Mar 2018$2943$4071$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
27 Feb 201828 Feb 201814 Mar 2018$3062$4285$2200BOOK THIS TOUR
06 Mar 201807 Mar 201821 Mar 2018$3188$4431$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
13 Mar 201814 Mar 201828 Mar 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
10 Apr 201811 Apr 201825 Apr 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
17 Apr 201818 Apr 201802 May 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
24 Apr 201825 Apr 201809 May 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
01 May 201802 May 201816 May 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
08 May 201809 May 201823 May 2018$3289$4610$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
22 May 201823 May 201806 Jun 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
29 May 201830 May 201813 Jun 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
05 Jun 201806 Jun 201820 Jun 2018$3219$4599$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
12 Jun 201813 Jun 201827 Jun 2018$3219$4599$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
19 Jun 201820 Jun 201804 Jul 2018$3219$4599$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
26 Jun 201827 Jun 201811 Jul 2018$3219$4599$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
03 Jul 201804 Jul 201818 Jul 2018$3317$4661$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
10 Jul 201811 Jul 201825 Jul 2018$3317$4661$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
17 Jul 201818 Jul 201801 Aug 2018$3317$4661$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
24 Jul 201825 Jul 201808 Aug 2018$3317$4661$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
31 Jul 201801 Aug 201815 Aug 2018$3317$4661$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
07 Aug 201808 Aug 201822 Aug 2018$3317$4661$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
14 Aug 201815 Aug 201829 Aug 2018$3317$4661$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
21 Aug 201822 Aug 201805 Sep 2018$3252$4546$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
02 Oct 201803 Oct 201817 Oct 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
09 Oct 201810 Oct 201824 Oct 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
30 Oct 201831 Oct 201814 Nov 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
06 Nov 201807 Nov 201821 Nov 2018$3219$4484$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
13 Nov 201814 Nov 201828 Nov 2018$3199$4498$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
20 Nov 201821 Nov 201805 Dec 2018$3160$4376$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
27 Nov 201828 Nov 201812 Dec 2018$3160$4376$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
04 Dec 201805 Dec 201819 Dec 2018$3160$4376$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
11 Dec 201812 Dec 201826 Dec 2018$3074$4221$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
25 Dec 201826 Dec 201809 Jan 2019$3122$4308$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
01 Jan 201902 Jan 201916 Jan 2019$3003$4091$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
08 Jan 201909 Jan 201923 Jan 2019$3003$4091$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
15 Jan 201916 Jan 201930 Jan 2019$3003$4091$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
22 Jan 201923 Jan 201906 Feb 2019$3003$4091$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
29 Jan 201930 Jan 201913 Feb 2019$3003$4091$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
05 Feb 201906 Feb 201920 Feb 2019$3003$4091$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
12 Feb 201913 Feb 201927 Feb 2019$3003$4091$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
19 Feb 201920 Feb 201906 Mar 2019$3066$4206$2300BOOK THIS TOUR
26 Feb 201927 Feb 201913 Mar 2019$3168$4392$2300BOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD

Inclusions


 

Included services:

  • Transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 10  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
  • Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
  • Light lunch onTuesday on the way frp, Eilat to Tel-Aviv


Not included services:

  • Airfare & Departure taxes
  • Tips to guide/driver and Hotel staff.
  • Travel Incurance
  • Extra meals and personal expense.
  • Petra Fees & border taxes to be paid locally approx. US $65.00
  • Jordan Visa price approx. US $60.00

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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

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

Bar Mitzvah Tour in Europe

Hi Ornan

We just returned from our trip this afternoon. We had a wonderful time and our trip was seamless! All three guides were great and drivers were professional as well.
Thanks for putting together the Siddur. It will be such a nice memento.

One quick question-is there a way to forward  an additional tip on to Budapest guide Agi Antal? Is it best to deal with her directly or can I send you a check to be given to ...

Shayna Green and Eric Genin, Northbrook , IL

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