Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem

Tour Departs on: Sundays
Tour Includes
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Choice of Deluxe Hotel Plans
  • 10 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
  • Experience the underground Ammunitions Factory at Machon Ayalon
  • Visit the Unique Diaspora and Palmach Museums
  • Archeological “Dig” at Beit Guvrin National Park
  • Tour the Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center
  • Visit the beautifully restored former Templar settlement—Sarona
  • Descend to the Underwater Grottos at Rosh Hanikra
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a Golan Winery
  • Visit an Army Bunker at Kibbutz Kfar Charuv in the Golan
  • Visit the spectacular FOZ Heritage Center
  • Night Tour of “illuminated” Jerusalem
  • Tour Herodian Mansions or Hasmonean Tunnel
  • “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show in Jerusalem
  • Home Hospitality – Shabbat Dinner experience 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)

Sunday: En Route

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

Monday: 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 and evening at leisure in the “city that never sleeps”.

Tuesday: Tel Aviv

Begin the day with a visit to the Diaspora Museum on the campus of the Tel Aviv University.  Here, you will be presented with the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish People throughout the generations, using murals, dioramas, three dimensional reconstructions, films and interactive multimedia presentations. 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.  Visit Ein Hod, when daylight hours permit, the only artists’ village in Israel, and one of the few of its kind in the entire world.  Return to Tel Aviv for overnight. (B)

Wednesday: Tel Aviv

Visit Independence Hall where Ben Gurion fervently proclaimed Israel’s independence in 1948. Continue to the Palmach Museum (subject to appointment confirmation), for a virtual tour of the history of the underground organization. We’ll then have a great discovery of Tel Aviv as we drive through the main streets of this city 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! Continue past 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! Stop by the Suzanne Dallal Just down the road is the newly developed open-air pedestrian mall—the “Tachana” converted from an old railroad station. You’ll have some time to stroll through the shops here and perhaps enjoy coffee or an ice cream in one of the many cafes before we head back to your hotel (those wishing to spend some more time here can taxi back to the hotel, just minutes away). (B)

Thursday: Tel Aviv

Begin the day with a visit to the Weizmann House, the recently restored uniqe and grand home of the Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel and found of the Weizmann Institute of Science. The house is presented in a living way, as if its residents are still living on the premises. Continue to the pre-state underground Ammunitions Factory at Machon Ayalon (restored by JNF) to learn about the activities of the Hagannah. Built and operated during the years

1946-48, this special clandestine factory accessed by a hidden door under the kibbutz bakery, was prepared secretly in less than a month.  Then, on to the military junction at Latrun, once the border with Jordan; visit the Tank Division Memorial. 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)

Friday: Tel Aviv

Today, a great adventure! Spend the morning digging and excavating at the Tel Maresha Dig at Beit Guvrin National Park (weather permitting).  Continue to the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa. Explore the magnificently reconstructed Artists’ Quarter with its galleries and boutiques.  Afterwards, on to Tel Aviv’s bustling Carmel Market and lively Nachlat Benjamin Street with its delightful cafes and craft stalls — definitely the place to be on Friday afternoon! Tonight, Get Together Dinner.  (B.D)

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)

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 cultural presentation (subject to min. 10 participants).  (B.D)

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)

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 (not visited in winter due to early closure). Then drive south and rise through the mountains to “golden” Jerusalem, stopping first for a blessing and a toast to our arrival in the eternal city. Overnight in Israel’s capital. (B.L)

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)

Evening: Join the Isram Israel Tour Manager for the ‘Night Spectacular’ Sound and Light Show at the Citadel Museum (weather and schedule permitting): The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant, breathtaking, virtual reality images using spectacular laser technology.

Show runtime: 45 minutes. The Night Spectacular will not take place in the event of rain.

Thursday: Jerusalem

Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City to the restored Jewish Quarter; walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. Walk to the Western Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple.  View the Dome of the Rock. Proceed through the extraordinary Hasmonean Tunnel (tunnel schedule permitting) or tour the Herodian Mansions, a completely excavated residential quarter from 2000 years ago. Follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; stroll through the exotic bazaars with their wondrous aromas. End today with a visit to the fabulous 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)

Visit to the Old City and Bethlehem requires modest dress. Shorts must be knee length and not shorter (for men and women); no sleeveless shirts or blouses.

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. Early evening: Visit the Western Wall to join Jerusalemites welcoming the Sabbath (during daylight savings time only). Afterwards, a unique and memorable evening as we join an Israeli family at their home to enjoy the traditional Friday dinner together.  (B.D)

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 tickets to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Old City-definitely worth a visit. Overnight in Jerusalem.  (B)

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.

Sunday Symphony 13 Nights
Tel Aviv Crowne Plaza (C)         Sheraton (C) Carlton (P-E) ● Carlton (P-E) ● Hilton (DSV) Hilton (DSV) Dan (DCL) 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 (OC) Inbal (OC)       David Citadel ■ Orient (OE) Waldorf Astoria (D) King David ▲ King David (DOC)
Departure Dates Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
May 6 4875 6795 5110 7155 5260 7525 5385 7840 5395 7795 5750 8505 5540 8095 6245 9455
May 13*, 20, 27 4965 6910 5180 7365 5285 7570 5410 7880 5395 7795 5755 8515 5795 8605 6540 10050
Jun 3, 10, 17 4965 6910 5295 7595 5400 7800 5410 7880 5395 7795 5755 8515 5795 8605 6540 10050
Jun 24 4945 6865 5065 7130 5170 7335 5330 7715 5395 7795 5550 8105 5650 8320 6385 9750
Jul 1 4930 6840 4995 6990 5100 7195 5330 7715 5325 7660 5345 7690 5545 8105 6275 9520
Jul 15 4930 6840 5180 7365 5285 7570 5330 7715 5325 7660 5345 7690 5535 8085 6260 9490
Jul 29 4930 6840 5180 7365 5285 7570 5330 7715 5465 7935 5480 7965 5535 8085 6260 9490
Aug 12 4930 6840 5180 7365 5285 7570 5330 7715 5535 8070 5550 8105 5785 8590 6490 9955
Aug 26 4930 6840 4975 6960 5085 7165 5330 7715 5485 7980 5505 8015 5535 8085 6260 9490
Sep 23* 4930 6840 5175 7350 5365 7730 5330 7715 5360 7730 5550 8105 5385 7790 6105 9185
Sep 30 4930 6840 5165 7335 5285 7570 5330 7715 5360 7730 5550 8105 5510 8035 6235 9440
Oct 7, 14, 21 4965 6910 5180 7365 5285 7570 5330 7715 5360 7730 5550 8105 5770 8560 6510 9995
Oct 28, Nov 4 4965 6910 5180 7365 5285 7570 5275 7600 5275 7555 5550 8105 5770 8560 6510 9995
Nov 11 4910 6790 5065 7130 5170 7335 5275 7600 5205 7415 5480 7965 5480 7975 6215 9405
Dec 9 4770 6510 5065 7140 5260 7515 5235 7525 5250 7505 5410 7825 5515 8045 6260 9490
Dec 16 4950 6875 5260 7520 5450 7900 5495 8055 5425 7850 5555 8120 5735 8490 6480 9935
Dec 23 4710 6390 4935 6870 5125 7250 5235 7525 5190 7390 5295 7595 5440 7900 6185 9345
Mar 3, 17, 24, 31 4930 6840 5065 7130 5170 7335 5330 7715 5325 7660 5515 8035 5535 8085 6260 9490
Apr 21* 5465 7910 5355 7710 5735 8500 5780 8645 5825 8790 6150 9440 5785 8590 6490 9955
Apr 28* 4930 6840 5180 7365 5285 7570 5330 7715 5395 7795 5755 8515 5535 8085 6260 9490
May 5, 12, 19, 26 R A T E S    T O    B E    A D V I S E D
Tel Aviv: (C) Club Room/Exec. Lounge Access (P-E) Premium Sea View/Exec. Lounge Access (DSV) Deluxe Sea View Room  (DCL) Deluxe Room, City View/King David Crown Lounge Access 

(E) Exec.Room Sea View/Exec. Lounge Access   Jerusalem:  (D-E) Deluxe Renovated Room/Exec. Lounge Access   (OC) Superior Room, Old City View   (OE) Orient Room, Exec. Lounge Access  

(D) Deluxe Room   (DOC) Deluxe Old City View Room                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UPGRADES IN JERUSALEM & TEL AVIV (PER ROOM, TOTAL STAY):

▲King David – Jerusalem: Upgrade from Standard Room to Deluxe New City Room $260
■ David Citadel – Jerusalem: Upgrade from Superior Room to Deluxe Pool View/Old City View Room $300
● Carlton – Tel Aviv: Upgrade to Executive Sea View Room $348
* 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)
For Hotel Descriptions and details on our MIX & MATCH hotel plans, see pages 8-10.  For Touring By Private Car, see page 42.


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For Hotel Descriptions and details on our MIX & MATCH hotel plans, click here.

For Touring By Private Car, click here.

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