Israel Prelude – Saturday Departures

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from $2625 Per Person

Starting: 05/06/2017

Through: 05/12/2018

# of Nights: 7

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Day Destination
1 Saturday: En Route
2 Sunday: Haifa
3 Monday: Haifa
4 Tuesday: Haifa / Jerusalem
5 Wednesday: Jerusalem
6 Thursday: Jerusalem
7 Friday: Jerusalem
8 Saturday: Jerusalem
9 Sunday: En Route

Haifa, Jerusalem

Tour Departs on: Saturday

An Isram Israel Exclusive Tour
Limited to 28 participants 

Tour Includes: 

  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 5 Days of Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers

11 Meals:

  • Daily Israeli Buffet Breakfast
  • 2 Dinners in Haifa
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv
  • Restaurant Dinner in Jerusalem
  • Traditional Friday Night Dinner-Israeli home in Jerusalem

Special Features:

  • Dinner and special presentation in Haifa
  • Descend to the Underwater Grottos at Rosh Hanikra
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a Golan Winery
  • Visit an Army Bunker in the Golan
  • Tour the spectacular FOZ Heritage Center
  • Night Tour of “illuminated” Jerusalem
  • Tour Herodian Mansions or Hasmonean Tunnel
  • Sound & Light Show in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat Dinner with Home Hospitality in Jerusalem
  • WiFi enabled buses and Free WiFi at all hotels
  • Tips to all restaurant staff
  • Express Airport Check-in Service & Dan VIP Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport (upon return to the USA)
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CITY Haifa Day 2-5 (Dlx-Bayview) Jerusalem Day 5-9
Nights (2 Nights) (5 Nights)
CORAL PLAN Dan Carmel Dan Panorama (D-E)
RUBY PLAN Dan Carmel Inbal (ENC)
SILVER PLAN Dan Carmel David Citadel
TOPAZ PLAN Dan Carmel Orient (OE)
OPAL PLAN Dan Carmel King David
SAPPHIRE PLAN Dan Carmel Waldorf Astoria (D)
EMERALD PLAN Dan Carmel (E) King David (DOC)

Haifa, Jerusalem

Tour Departs on: Saturday

An Isram Israel Exclusive Tour
Limited to 28 participants 

Tour Includes: 

  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 5 Days of Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers

11 Meals:

  • Daily Israeli Buffet Breakfast
  • 2 Dinners in Haifa
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv
  • Restaurant Dinner in Jerusalem
  • Traditional Friday Night Dinner-Israeli home in Jerusalem

Special Features:

  • Dinner and special presentation in Haifa
  • Descend to the Underwater Grottos at Rosh Hanikra
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a Golan Winery
  • Visit an Army Bunker in the Golan
  • Tour the spectacular FOZ Heritage Center
  • Night Tour of “illuminated” Jerusalem
  • Tour Herodian Mansions or Hasmonean Tunnel
  • Sound & Light Show in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat Dinner with Home Hospitality in Jerusalem
  • WiFi enabled buses and Free WiFi at all hotels
  • Tips to all restaurant staff
  • Express Airport Check-in Service & Dan VIP Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport (upon return to the USA)
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Day Destination Experience
1 Saturday: En Route

Depart the U.S.A. on your flight to Israel.

2 Sunday: Haifa

Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport; meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel in the seaport city of Haifa. Evening: Enjoy Dinner and a special presentation on the multicultural traditions and religions in Israel (subject to minimum 10 tour participants).  (D)

3 Monday: Haifa

View the golden-domed Baha’i Shrine and their breathtaking “hanging gardens,” – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive along the coast to Rosh Hanikra; descend by cable car to see the magnificent underwater grottoes. Continue through the picturesque seaside town of Nahariya to the timeless Crusader city of Acre; walk through the subterranean city and bazaars that recall the colorful middle Ages. Then, to Safed, one of Judaism’s holiest cities, where the Kabbalah was developed in the 16th.-century; visit the ancient synagogues and the charming Artists’ Quarter. Return to your hotel for Dinner. The balance of the evening is at leisure to enjoy a stroll under the Carmel skies and the glow of this beautiful port city. (B.D)

 

4 Tuesday: Haifa / Jerusalem

We’ll depart Haifa driving first to Capernaum to see the fantastic ruins of the ancient synagogue dating back to the 5th-century.  Ascend the strategic Golan Heights and learn about the 20th century battles that protected Israel’s future. On to Katzrin, capital of the Golan and to the Monument of the 7th Brigade. It is here, in the magnificent strip of the Golan that has become known for producing the finest wines in the world, that we will enjoy a tour of the wine making process as well as sample some of the Golan’s tastiest wines. Continue for a visit to a former Syrian army bunker at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv, settled by Americans and Israelis together; view of the fertile valleys below as you tour the kibbutz and enjoy lunch in the communal dining room.  Visit the remains of an 8th century Roman city at Bet Shean (daylight time permitting). Then drive south and rise through the mountains to “golden” Jerusalem celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the reunification of the city, stopping first for a blessing and a toast to our arrival in the eternal city. Overnight in Israel’s capital. (B.L)

5 Wednesday: Jerusalem

Drive to Hadassah Medical Center to the see the sublime Chagall Windows. On to Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust, with its Children’s Pavilion and Avenue of the Righteous. Then, to Mount Herzl to pay respects to Israel’s founders and heroes. Pass the post-modern Supreme Court and the Knesset (Parliament) en route to the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Time to walk through the New Israel Museum and the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden; see the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem. Evening: Night Tour of illuminated Jerusalem followed by a Restaurant Dinner and the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum (weather and schedule permitting). (B.D)

6 Thursday: Jerusalem

Enter the Old City from the Dung Gate; walk to the Western Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple. Witness joyous Bar Mitzvah ceremonies! View the Dome of the Rock. Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter; walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Visit the Herodian Mansions, a completely excavated residential quarter from 2000 years ago, or, walk through the extraordinary Hasmonean Tunnel (tunnel schedule permitting.) Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; walk through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. End today with a visit to the fabulous new Friends of Zion Heritage Center celebrating the Christian heroes who have contributed to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. These heroes come alive through, cutting edge, high tech imaging, audio-visual presentations, holograms and much more.  Or, an optional visit to Bethlehem may be arranged. A free night tonight. The shops are open late as it’s the start of the Israeli weekend. Enjoy the many eateries along the outdoor Mamilla Mall, Ben Yehuda Street, or the “Tachana”. (B)

7 Friday: Jerusalem

Descend through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, lowest point on Planet Earth. Ascend Masada by cable car and see this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, Herod the Great’s palace, synagogue and bathhouse. Then, opportunity to enjoy an “unsinkable” swim in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. Drive via the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, on your return to Jerusalem. Evening: You will be deeply moved as you join Jerusalemites welcoming the Sabbath at the Western Wall.  Tonight, a unique and memorable evening as we join an Israeli family at their home to enjoy the traditional Friday dinner together.  (B.D)

8 Saturday: Jerusalem

Enjoy a full day at leisure for relaxation and on your own exploration.  For those still craving to see and do as much as possible, your tour manager will provide entrance tickets to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Old City—definitely worth a visit. Overnight in Jerusalem.  (B)

9 Sunday: En Route

Transfer to the Airport for your international departure flight. Enjoy our Express Check-in Service and complimentary entrance to the exclusive Dan VIP Lounge.

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LAND PRICES PER PERSON (USD)

May '17 - May '18
Hotel Plan Coral Ruby Silver Topaz Opal Sapphire Emerald
Haifa (Dlx; Bayview) Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel (E)
Jerusalem Dan Panorama (D-E) Inbal (ENC) David Citadel ■ Orient (OE) ● King David ▲ Waldorf Astoria (D) King David (DOC)
Departure Dates Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
2017
May 6 2795 3815 2700 3655 3150 4620 3080 4410 3195 4635 3380 5015 3625 5470
May 13; 20; 27* 2805 3835 2685 3620 3050 4410 3060 4375 3395 5040 3390 5035 3825 5865
June 3; 10; 17; 24 2805 3835 2800 3855 3050 4410 3060 4375 3395 5040 3390 5035 3825 5865
Jul 1; 8; 15; 22 2795 3815 2800 3855 3065 4440 3080 4410 3220 4690 3065 4385 3650 5515
Jul 29; Aug 5; 12; 19 2775 3780 2685 3620 3050 4410 3060 4375 3175 4600 3220 4695 3605 5425
Aug 26; Sep 2; 9 2775 3780 2685 3620 3050 4410 3060 4375 3175 4600 3150 4555 3605 5425
Oct 14; 21; 28 2805 3835 2925 4110 3050 4410 3060 4375 3300 4845 3390 5035 3710 5635
Nov 4; 11 2805 3835 2800 3855 2990 4290 2975 4200 3300 4845 3050 4350 3710 5635
Nov 18 2705 3640 2800 3855 2990 4290 2975 4200 3060 4370 3050 4350 3490 5195
Nov 25 2625 3475 2650 3550 2955 4220 2940 4130 3025 4300 3015 4280 3465 5145
Dec 16 2735 3700 3065 4385 3060 4435 3110 4480 3225 4700 3175 4600 3665 5550
Dec 23 2905 4035 3170 4595 3215 4750 3230 4710 3360 4970 3815 5880 3800 5820
Dec 30 2625 3475 2765 3785 2955 4220 2940 4130 3025 4300 30154280 3465 5145
2018
Jan 27; Feb 17 2625 3475 2765 3785 2955 4220 2940 4130 3025 4300 3015 4280 3465 5145
Mar 10; 17; Apr 14*; 21 2775 3780 2800 3855 3050 4410 3060 4375 3175 4600 3220 4695 3605 5425
Apr 28; May 5 2775 3780 2800 3855 3050 4410 3060 4375 3175 4600 3390 5035 3605 5425
May 12 RATES TO BE ADVISED
Tel Aviv: DS-B) Deluxe Room - Sea View/Business Lounge Access; (C) Club Room/Crowne Plaze Lounge access;(E) Exec. Room Sea View/ Exec. Lounge access; (DSV) Deluxe Sea View Room; (DCL) Deluxe Room- City View/King David Crown Lounge access
Jerusalem: (DO) Deluxe Room - Pool View / Partial Old City (D) Deluxe Room
Haifa:(E) Exec. Room - Bay View /Executive Lounge Access
UPGRADES IN JERUSALEM (Per Room; Total Stay)
■ David Citadel: Upgrade to Deluxe Pool View/Old City View Room $300
● Orient: Old City View $375 (except Xmas at Orient; please inquire)
▲ King David : On Opal Plan; upgrade from Standard Room to Deluxe New City Room $240.
* Revised touring due to holiday. Please inquire for Special rates for child or adult as third in room.
Tour is guaranteed on a minimum of 4 passengers. Should the tour fall below 4 passengers - you’ll be offered the option of touring by Share-a-car at a supplement of $495 per person (3 persons minimum)
*Revised touring due to Holiday.
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