Your Federation Journey to Israel – 12 Days, 11 Nights

For the community looking for something much more fulfilling than just a “trip” ”” something with added value and life-changing moments, we at Amiel Tours, in cooperation with many different Jewish Federations, operate an array of meaningful missions to Israel, the Jewish homeland.

For decades, we have worked hand in hand with community leaders to make the Israel experience missions a cornerstone of community building and Jewish identity enhancers. An Israel journey brings community members in touch with their roots and fosters a bong and understanding with the worldwide Jewish community.

Day 1

Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion Airport. Meeting and assistance by Amiel Tours representative.

Transfer to Tel Aviv and check-in.
Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight Tel Aviv

Day 2

Walk along Rothschild Boulevard where you can see the White City of Tel Aviv.  The various architects created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context. Stop at the spiritually moving Independence Hall.  We will take a step back in time as we listen to David Ben Gurion’s moving Declaration of Independence which ended 2,000 years of Jewish yearning for a return to the land of Israel. Drive through Rabin Square, where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Walk in his final footsteps and discuss the impact of this event on the State of Israel. Visit the Palmach Museum. 

Option 1: Enjoy a late afternoon walking tour of Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s hip neighborhood where the intellectual elite lived during Israel’s early days.  We will also visit the beautiful and newly renovated Tachana (Train Station). This site, once the nerve center and bustling main junction for commerce from 1892 to 1948, has quickly become one of modern Tel Aviv’s hottest new complexes.

Option 2: Enjoy a late afternoon through the Old Port City of Jaffa (Yafo), just south of Tel Aviv for a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv and a sense of the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909. Stop at the Ilana Goor Museum.

Overnight Tel Aviv

Day 3

After breakfast, Meet with Khaled Abu Toame, a West Bank & Gaza correspondence for the Jerusalem Post, US News and Al Fajr.

Depart Tel Aviv  and drive to Rehovot to join the ”˜underground’ at the Ayalon Institute, where a once-secret Haganah munitions factory existed during the Mandate Period under Britain.  Depart North to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. Travel to the ancient port city of Acco, visit the Crusader Halls and walk in the underground tunnels and pathways. Continue to Rosh Hanikrah to visit the famous northern border point with the cable car going to the grottos resulted from an ongoing geological process over thousands of years.

Drive to your Kibbutz Hotel for check in. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight Upper Galilee

Day 4

Take an exciting 4×4 jeep ride of the Golan Heights, enjoying its physical beauty with its scenic hills, and learn the strategic importance and history of the land.  Meet Colonel (Res.) Kobi Marom, at Har Bental overlook, and learn about the political and the military problems Israel is facing. Continue to visit Oz 77- the most important memorial on the Golan Heights for the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Drive to the Golan Heights Winery for a tour ans wine tasting. Continue to visit Capernaum; a 2nd century synagogue which throw light on the life of the community of that era. On to Mount Beatitudes; to visit the beautiful church where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the northern part of Sea of Galilee.  

Dinner at Decks restaurant on the shores of the Kinerett.

Overnight Upper Galilee

Day 5

Drive to Agamon Hahula. Every migration season (fall and spring), more than 500 million migrating birds pass through the park. Continue to Safed (the birthplace of Kabbalah) and stroll through the narrow, winding alley’s, hear the stories of the Kabalists and the visit the beautiful ancient synagogues. Make a short visit at the ancient remains of Beit Shean,  one of the oldest cities in Israel.  Over 20 layers of human civilization are tucked away inside its large ancient tell or mound.  Spread out to the south below Tel Beit Shean are the extensive ruins of a magnificent Roman city.  Drive to Jerusalem and upon arriving  stop at a viewpoint overlooking the Old City where we shall celebrate our arrival with a special She’hecheyanu ceremony.  

Overnight Jerusalem

Day 6

Visit Yad Vashem, considered the primary memorial and museum of the Holocaust.  Tour of the Holocaust History Museum, which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground.  We will also visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust. Stop for pictures at the Knesset building where we’ll be able see the famous Menorah. Stop at  Machne Yehuda Market. Enjoy the colors, smells and unique atmosphere of the alleys and stalls, as well as tasting of local products. Walk with your guide to the Kotel for Kabbalat Shabbat like no other!

In the evening, meet Iris, a wonderful local Israeli who will host us for a traditional Shabbat dinner at home hospitality!

Overnight Jerusalem

Day 7

Shabbat at leisure or optional tours:

On own: tour the recently renovated wing for Jewish Art and Life at the Israel Museum, which presents the religious and secular material culture of Jewish communities worldwide including 4 restored interiors of synagogues from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Option: At lunch time, drive to Bethlehem –  The town is inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, although the size of the community has shrunk due to emigration. Visit the Church of the Nativity and Manger’s square.

With the end of Shabbat, watch Jerusalem comes alive, and it’s all yours to explore. Head downtown for a stroll along the shops and cafe×™s of the Ben Yehuda and Yoel Solomon pedestrian malls.

In the evening, enter  the Old City to see The Light and Sound Show at the Tower of David Museum – a celebration of music and light reflecting Jerusalem’s 3,000 year old story.

Overnight Jerusalem

Day 8

Visit the City of David and see the newest and exciting excavations of Jerusalem during the time of the first Temple period. Proceed to holiest place in Judaism today, the Western Wall – “Kotel”. Descend through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Visit the Christian quarter – Walk to Via Dolorosa– site of pilgrimages since Byzantine times, and arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the massive and labyrinthine building housing the last five Stations of the Cross. Walk through the Arab Bazaar and see Middle Eastern life with it rich colors, flavors, and smells- Time for shopping. Walk through the Jewish Quarter, reconstructed after the Six-Day War in 1967. Visit the Hurva Synagogue in the middle of the Jewish Quarter.  It became Jerusalem’s main Ashkenazi synagogue, until it was destroyed by the Arab Legion during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.  The newly rebuilt synagogue was dedicated in 2010.  

 

Overnight Jerusalem

Day 9

Depart to the Dead Sea area, the lowest place on earth! Stop at the legendary mountaintop plateau of Massada and ascend by cable car to the desert palace of King Herod. Explore the ancient synagogue and fortress. Here, was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans.  Lunch and swim at Crown Plaza Hotel, located on the shores of the Dead Sea. Cover yourselves with mud and enjoy the unsinkable therapeutic waters of this mineral-rich Sea.

If time permits: Short visit to the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve. See the waterfalls at this Oasis in the desert.

Conclude our day with a visit to Genesis Land. Here, “Abraham” and his family will host you for a biblical-style dinner in their tent.  

Overnight Jerusalem

Day 10

We will start the morning with a tour along the Seam Line with Col. (Ret) Danny Tirza, the planner of the security fence between Israel and the West Bank. The reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 prompted the government to create a “security belt” of civilian neighborhoods.  Depart to Yvel Design Center, which operates The ABSchool, established by Orna and Isaac Levy as a philanthropic effort to assist Ethiopian new immigrants with integrating professionally and socially into Israeli society.

At lunch time, depart to the domestic airport for your flight to Eilat. Amiel representative will wait for you at Eilat airport and will escort you to your hotel.

Overnight Eilat

Day 11

After breakfast, check out from hotel and leave your suitcases at the storage room. Our representative will meet you at the lobby and take you to the border for the crossing to Jordan. The Jordanian Guide will wait for you at the border and take you for an exciting full day tour to Petra. This Nabataean caravan-city, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture. Lunch at Petra is included.

Afternoon, cross back to Israel. Our representative will meet you at the border and will take you to the hotel to pick up your suitcases,. Take a transfer to domestic airport for your flight back to Tel Aviv.

Overnight Tel Aviv

Day 12

Day at leisure in Tel Aviv

Evening transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back home.

Leave Israel with everlasting memories!