A close look into the Israeli society's multiple facets, marking 100 years since the original settlement of the amazing, bustling metropolis of Tel Aviv November 18-29, 2009 This Tour Package Includes: November 18-22, 2009; 4 nights at the Tel Aviv Carlton Hotel November 22-24, 2009; 2 nights at the Pastoral Kfar Blum Kibbutz November 24-29, 2009; 5 nights at the Jerusalem Dan Panorama Hotel Itinerary Highlights: Day 1: Wednesday We'll start our tour at Independence Hall where Ben Gurion declared the birth of the State of Israel. We will continue along the historical Rothschild Boulevard for a special architectural tour of Tel Aviv to learn about the Bauhaus Architecture and the history of Tel Aviv in its first years. We will then visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to be introduced to the most fine art, old and contemporary. In the afternoon we will take a walk through Old Jaffa, stroll around the art galleries in the reconstructed old city of Jaffa. In the evening we'll take a walk to the Tel Aviv Port, have dinner at one of the Seaside Restaurants. Overnight in Tel Aviv. Day 2: Thursday This morning we will join a few young Palmach fighters in an interactive experience as we walk through the spectacular Palmach Museum. We will then continue to the campus of the Tel Aviv University and visit the Diaspora Museum where we can research the life of the Jewish People outside of the Land of Israel in the last 2000 years. In the afternoon we will visit the Museum of the Blind in Holon to spend an hour of our life feeling the World of Darkness. Tonight is Party Night in Tel Aviv! We will join the Night Life of Tel Aviv in a local restaurant for dinner followed by a concert or a club to enjoy ourselves with lots of good food, beer, wine and fun! Overnight in Tel Aviv Day 3: Friday This morning we drive out of Tel Aviv to the lowlands of Judea to Beit Guvrin in order to participate in an Archeological Seminar and a live dig, getting our hands and clothes dirty as we touch artifacts discovered for the first time after 2,300 years. This incredible experience will take us back to the time of the Maccabees and that of King Herod and his family. In the afternoon, returning to Tel Aviv, we'll have a light lunch at the Carmel Market, and then take some time to stroll along Nachalat Binyamin Boulevard to see the arts and crafts presented by the artists of Tel Aviv at the Friday Afternoon Market. Optional: Friday Night Services Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv Day 4 Shabbat: Morning at leisure You may join folk dancing on the beach together with Israelis who come there every weekend or you can take a walk to Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood outside of the walls of Jaffa in the 19th century. Dinner on your own Overnight in Tel Aviv Day 5: Sunday We'll drive along the coast to visit Caesarea, the magnificent Roman ruins of the Port and City alongside the Mediterranean Sea. We will then continue to the Jezreel Valley to visit Nahallal, the first Moshav founded in Israel in 1920, meeting the grandchildren of the founders for home-hospitality and lunch. In the afternoon we'll take an exciting Jeep Ride to the Western slopes of the Golan Heights, visiting old Syrian bunkers, looking down at the lush Hula Valley, once a lake and a swamp that had been settled by the pioneers of the first and second Aliya. In the late afternoon we'll arrive at Kfar Blum Kibbutz for a meeting with a Kibbutz member to hear about the Kibbutz life in the 21th century. Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Kfar Blum Hotel Day 6: Monday Take a morning nature hike at Tel Dan, continue our tour in the Golan Heights visiting Katzrin, the central settlement on the Golan and visit a boutique winery in a unique farming village. This afternoon will take us to the Upper Galilee to visit Tzfat, the old city of Jewish Mysticism, the Kabala, to see the old synagogues and stroll along the galleries of the Art Colony. Dinner in a local restaurant in Yessud HaMaala Overnight at Kibbutz Kfar Blum Day 7: Tuesday We'll drive South along the shores of the Kinnereth, the Sea of Galilee, visiting Kinnereth Yard, the first home of the pioneers in Israel, to hear why they came here? We will learn about Rachel the Poetess, hear some of her poems and visit her grave at a near-by cemetery. From the Sea of Galilee we'll continue south to Beit Alpha to see the magnificent Zodiac Mosaic floor. In the late afternoon we will arrive in Jerusalem for a traditional Shehecheyanu Service on top of Mount Scopus. Dinner on your own Overnight in Jerusalem Day 8: Wednesday This morning our Old City Tour will take us to the 4 quarters of the old city: The Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, The Armenian Quarter and the Jewish Quarter. We will begin at Mount Zion to see King David's tomb and the Hall of the Last Supper. We will enter the Old City through the Zion Gate and walk to the Jewish Quarter where we will see the Cardo, the Herodian Mansion; we will visit the Western Wall and take a walk through the Western Wall Tunnels. In the afternoon we will visit the Christian Quarter, Via De La Rosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Overnight in Jerusalem Day 9: Thursday We will drive into the Judean Desert towards the Dead Sea to visit Masada, including the Palaces, the Bath houses, etc. We will then continue to a Spa at the Dead Sea for an unforgettable floating experience including lunch. Return to Jerusalem Tonight we will see the spectacular Light and Sound Show at the Tower of David. Dinner on your own Overnight in Jerusalem Day 10: Friday Today, Friday, we will visit the New City of Jerusalem. We will start the day, visiting the Herzl Museum, go to Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Museum and Memorial and spend a few hours there. In the afternoon we will drive to the Mahane Yehuda Market to see Jerusalem getting prepared for Shabbat. This evening we will welcome the Shabbat at the Western Wall together with thousands of other visitors Friday Night Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem Day 11 Shabbat: Morning walk to Yemin Moshe, the first Jewish neighborhood build outside the old city built by Montefiore, continue to the Citadel to visit the Museum of the History of Jerusalem. Free time to Shop in the Shuk, the Arab Market. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner at one of the local restaurants Tonight join all Israelis aged 10-100 on the Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall for a drink! Overnight in Jerusalem Day 12: Sunday Our tour ends after breakfast, when we make preparations for transfer to the airport and departure for Home! To book this tour, click here

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