Israel Symphony – Thursday Departures

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from $4075 Per Person

Starting: 05/03/2017

Through: 05/11/2018

# of Nights: 13

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Day Destination
1 Thursday: En Route
2 Friday: Tel Aviv
3 Saturday: Tel Aviv
4 Sunday: Tel Aviv / Haifa
5 Monday: Haifa
6 Tuesday: Haifa / Jerusalem
7 Wednesday: Jerusalem
8 Thursday: Jerusalem
9 Friday: Jerusalem
10 Saturday: Jerusalem
11 Sunday: En Route
12 Monday: Jerusalem / Tel Aviv
13 Tuesday: Tel Aviv
14 Wednesday: Tel Aviv
15 Thursday: En Route

Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Tour Departs on: Thursday

An Isram Israel Exclusive Tour
Limited to 28 participants

Tour Includes: 

  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 9 Days of Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Walking Tour of Tel Aviv
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers

18 Meals:

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

Special Features:

  • Tour the Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center
  • 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
  • Visit the unique Palmach Museum
  • Visit the beautifully restored Templars at Sarona Park
  • Experience the underground Ammunitions Factory at Machon Ayalon
  • Tour the Tank Division Memorial at Latrun
  • 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 Tel Aviv Day 1-3 Haifa Day 3-5 Jerusalem Day 5-11 Tel Aviv 11-14
Nights (2 Nights) (2 Nights) (3 Nights)
CORAL PLAN Crowne Plaza (C) Dan Carmel Dan Panorama (D-E)
RUBY PLAN Sheraton (DS-C) Dan Carmel Inbal (ENC)
TURQUOISE PLAN Carlton (E) Dan Carmel Inbal (ENC)
SILVER PLAN Carlton (E) Dan Carmel David Citadel
TOPAZ PLAN Hilton (DSV) Dan Carmel Orient
OPAL PLAN Dan (DCL) Dan Carmel King David
SAPPHIRE PLAN Hilton (DSV) Dan Carmel Waldorf Astoria (D)
EMERALD PLAN Dan (E) Dan Carmel (E) King David (DOC)

Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Tour Departs on: Thursday

An Isram Israel Exclusive Tour
Limited to 28 participants

Tour Includes: 

  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 9 Days of Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Walking Tour of Tel Aviv
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers

18 Meals:

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

Special Features:

  • Tour the Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center
  • 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
  • Visit the unique Palmach Museum
  • Visit the beautifully restored Templars at Sarona Park
  • Experience the underground Ammunitions Factory at Machon Ayalon
  • Tour the Tank Division Memorial at Latrun
  • 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 Thursday: En Route

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

2 Friday: Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport; meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel in trendy Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean beach. Balance of the afternoon at leisure in the “city that never sleeps”. Tonight, Get Together Dinner. (D)

3 Saturday: Tel Aviv

Morning walking tour includes Ben Gurion House, former home of Israel’s first Prime Minister; see his personal belongings and expansive library. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this seaside city. Tel Aviv’s museums and restaurants are world-class. Don’t miss Tel Aviv’s hip port neighborhood, with its yachts, eateries and café-filled boardwalk. (B)

4 Sunday: Tel Aviv / Haifa

Depart Tel Aviv. Drive to the extraordinary Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center chronicling the life of the late Prime Minister and the development of the State of Israel. Continue to ancient Caesarea; explore the Roman and Crusader ruins including the impressive 2,000-year-old theater (still in use!) and aqueduct. Then, visit Caesarea Harbor: a fascinating, multi-media presentation brings ancient history to life! Arrive in Nazareth, the sacred town where Jesus spent part of his youth; visit the Church and view Mary’s Well. On to the sparkling port city of Haifa; check into your hotel atop Mt. Carmel. Evening: Enjoy Dinner and a special presentation on the multicultural traditions and religions in Israel (subject to minimum 10 tour participants). (B.D)

5 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)

6 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)

7 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)

8 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)

9 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)

10 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)

11 Sunday: En Route

A full day at leisure to enjoy this endlessly fascinating city on your own. (B)

12 Monday: Jerusalem / Tel Aviv

Depart Jerusalem to visit the Absalom (Soreq) Caves discovered by chance in a miners’ blast some 40 years ago. Their stalactites and stalagmites date back 300,000 years. Then, on to the military junction at Latrun, once the border with Jordan; visit the Tank Division Memorial. Continue to the Palmach Museum (subject to appointment confirmation), for a virtual tour of the history of this underground military organization prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Continue to Sarona, a former Templar settlement restored to perfection with beautifully landscaped gardens and upscale restaurants. You may wish to return in the evening when Sarona looks and feels magical. On to your hotel in Tel Aviv. (B)

13 Tuesday: Tel Aviv

Visit Independence Hall where Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence in 1948. Continue to the pre-state underground Ammunitions Factory at Machon Ayalon (restored by JNF) to learn about the activities of the Hagannah. Then drive through the main streets of Tel Aviv known as the “White City.” Tel Aviv has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its splendid Bauhaus Architecture and has the largest number of buildings in this unique style of any city in the world! Pass the Charles Bronfman Auditorium (Israeli Philharmonic), Habimah Theatre, the impressive Opera House and Yitzhak Rabin Square, dedicated to the late Prime Minister. We’ll visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel’s largest art museum and award winner for its unique structural design. Onward to charming and quaint Neve Tzedek (Tel Aviv’s “Soho”), the first neighborhood constructed outside Old Jaffa; the old buildings are amazing! Just down the road is an open-air pedestrian mall—the “Tachana” converted from an old railroad station. Stroll through the shops and cafes before we head back to your hotel. (B)

14 Wednesday: Tel Aviv

Drive to the town of Zichron Yaacov; the magnificent gardens are dedicated to Baron Rothschild, one of Israel’s great benefactors. Visit Aharonson’s House and learn of the intriguing story of this family. Then, on to Atlit, the detention camp where “illegal” Jewish immigrants fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe were incarcerated during the British Mandate. The JNF helped to restore this site. See the replica of a ship (when available for visits) illustrating the conditions that the thousands of survivors endured during their transport to Israel. On to to the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa. Explore the magnificently reconstructed Artists’ Quarter with its galleries and boutiques. Return to Tel Aviv for overnight. (B)

15 Thursday: 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 Turquoise Silver Topaz Opal Sapphire Emerald
Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza (C) Sheraton (DS-C) Carlton (E) Carlton (E) Hilton (DSV) Dan (DCL) Hilton (DSV) Dan (E)
Haifa (Dlx; Bayview) Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel Dan Carmel
(E)
Jerusalem Dan
Panorama
(D-E)
Inbal (ENC) 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 Twin Single
2017
May 3; 4 4410 6175 4285 5910 4455 6295 4995 7455 4940 7275 4960 7320 5305 8000 5665 8695
May 10; 11; 24*;
25*; 31; Jun 1
4395 6175 4310 5955 4435 6265 4875 7205 4925 7240 5225 7850 5320 8035 5930 9225
Jun 7; 8; 14; 15;
21; 22
4370 6155 4450 6235 4575 6540 4875 7205 4925 7240 5225 7850 5320 8035 5930 9225
Jun 28; 29 4340 6095 4425 6185 4550 6495 4875 7205 4875 7150 5005 7410 4875 7140 5710 8785
Jul 5; 6; 12; 13;
19; 20
4350 6120 4330 5990 4455 6295 4890 7240 4885 7160 4975 7355 4870 7130 5685 8730
Jul 26; 27; Aug 2; 3 4335 6085 4310 5955 4435 6265 4875 7205 4995 7395 5055 7515 5195 7780 5745 8860
Aug 9; 10 4335 6085 4310 5955 4435 6265 4875 7205 5035 7470 5135 7670 5230 7850 5815 8995
Aug 16; 17 4335 6085 4310 5955 4435 6265 4875 7205 4945 7285 5055 7515 5135 7670 5745 8860
Aug 23; 24 4335 6085 4310 5955 4435 6265 4875 7205 4900 7195 4940 7285 4990 7370 5645 8650
Aug 30; 31;
Sep 6; 7*
4335 6085 4270 5875 4435 6265 4875 7205 4810 7010 4940 7285 4795 6980 5645 8650
Oct 11; 12; 18; 19 4370 6155 4560 6460 4730 6845 4875 7205 4865 7125 5090 7580 5260 7920 5770 8900
Oct 25; 26 4370 6155 4475 6285 4600 6590 4815 7090 4810 7010 5090 7580 4895 7190 5770 8900
Nov 1; 2; 8; 9 4370 6155 4450 6235 4575 6540 4805 7065 4725 6850 5090 7580 4815 7030 5770 8900
Nov 15; 16 4240 5900 4385 6105 4550 6495 4805 7065 4705 6800 4805 7010 4795 6980 5505 8370
Nov 22; 23 4125 5645 4175 5680 4400 6195 4770 6995 4670 6735 4770 6940 4760 6910 5480 8325
Dec 13; 14 4240 5840 4695 6725 4925 7235 4925 7315 4935 7265 5035 7475 5115 7620 5750 8860
Dec 20; 21 4410 6170 4800 6935 5025 7445 5080 7635 5040 7475 5125 7655 5740 8880 5840 9040
Dec 27; 28 4075 5505 4315 5960 4495 6380 4725 6900 4705 6800 4725 6850 4795 6980 5435 8230
2018
Mar 7; 8; 14; 15;  
Apr 11*; 12*
4335 6085 4450 6235 4575 6540 4875 7205 4865 7125 4940 7285 5055 7510 5645 8650
Apr 18; 19 4335 6085 4410 6150 4575 6540 4875 7205 4900 7195 4940 7285 5090 7575 5645 8650
Apr 25; 26; May 2; 3 4335 6085 4450 6235 4575 6540 4875 7205 4950 7295 4940 7285 5350 8090 5645 8650
May 10;11 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 $360
● Orient: Old City View $450 (except Xmas at Orient; please inquire)
▲ King David: On Opal Plan - upgrade from Standard Room to Deluxe New City Room $288
* 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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