11 DAY JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR
Day 1: Welcome
Day 2 - The Four Quarters
- The Jaffa Gate;
- The Tower of David;
- The Burnt room;
- The broadwall of King Hezekiah as described in the book of Isaiah;
- The Roman market;
- The Western Wall;
- The Western Wall Tunnels;
- The tomb of King David;
- The Arab markets.
If you wish, we will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Christians believe that Jesus was crucified and buried.
Day 3 - City of David and Ammunition Hill
- what many believe are the remains of David’s palace;
- The huge water tunnel of King Hezekiah;
- The Siloam Pool visited by Jews prior to entering the Temple;
- A street built by Herod the Great;
- The main street of Jerusalem at the time of the destruction of the second temple.
Later you will visit Ammunition Hill, site of a key battle from Israel’s capture of the Old City.
Day 4 - Masada and Dead Sea
- King Herod’s magnificent suspended palace;
- The Roman bathhouses;
- The ancient Mikvot;
- The ancient synagogue.
You will also hear the story of the heroic Jewish rebels who made their last stand here.
Later, you will have time to float in the Dead Sea.
Day 5 - Sacrifice and Heroes
- The Holocaust history museum;
- The Hall of Names;
- The childrens’ memorial;
- The ghetto fighters memorial;
- The garden of the righteous among the nations.
Day 6 - Coastal Wonders
- The large theater;
- The chariot racing arena;
- The ancient prison;
- The lavatorial system and aqueducts;
- The ancient world’s most impressive artificial harbour.
You will continue to Haifa, Israel’s third largest city where you will see the beautiful Bahai Gardens.
Your final stop will be Acre, the capital of the crusader kingdom.
Day 7 - Safed and Golan Heights
- The Old City and Artists Quarter;
- The synagogue of the Ari – one of history’s great Rabbis;
- The synagogue of Joseph Caro, author of the Shulchan Aruch, perhaps the most important Jewish text of the last 1000 years;
Day 8 - Ancient Ruins, Modern Vitality
- The columned main street;
- The large theater;
- The beautiful bathhouse;
- The marketplace;
- The Governor’s palace;
- The city’s other “entertainment” area;
- A Canaanite area of worship.
- visit the ancient synagogue at Capernaum, also a site of enormous signifance in Christianity.
You will then make your way to modern Tel Aviv, where you will enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 - The "Old New Land"
- The harbour from which the prophet Jonah is believed to have tried to flee;
- The beautiful art galleries of Old Jaffa;
- The gate of the old walled city;
- Jaffa’s famed flea market.
Departing Jaffa, you will hear the story of its capture in 1948, before continuing to the heart of modern Tel Aviv. You will explore:
- Neveh Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa;
- Rothschild Boulevarde where Tel Aviv was officially created;
- Independence Hall where the State of Israel was created;
Day 10 - Modern Israel
- The Palmach Museum, honoring elite young men and women who fought for Israel’s establishment; and
- The Rabin museum, dedicated to former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated at a peace rally in 1995.
Afterwards, you will visit Rabin Square where Rabin’s assassination occurred.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a culinary tour of Tel Aviv’s bustling Carmel market. In the evening you will have the option of enjoying a unique theater experience – all actors are blind and/or deaf.
Overnight: Tel Aviv