Israel Within 2022 – Guaranteed Departure Program for English Speakers

All participants  stay at the same hotel, the same guide will be with the group throughout and the group will stay together from start to finish.

  • All Hotels are new boutique hotels (this year we are at the Colony Hotel in Haifa)
  • Minimum 2 PAX, Maximum 25 PAX
  • Half Board, 2 dinners on own account
  • Amiel’s service team is available 24/7  for your guests
  • The tour continues  9 days / 8 nights and offers an optional extension for two additional nights in Eilat.
  • The tour is run once a month, starting in December 2018, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 PAX.
  • Our tour combines classic Israel sites with unique experiences…
  • From the hidden secrets of the Tel Aviv metropolis, to the ancient awe-inspiring sites of Jerusalem.
  • From the uniquely barren tranquility of the Dead Sea, to the vibrant sights and smells of Israel’s multicultural cuisine.
  • Participants will meet the different faces of Israel through a profound, empowering and unique tour experience.

Israel Within 2022-Program

 

Day 1

Day  1 – Monday

Finding your Feet

Welcome to Israel!

You will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.

An Amiel Tours representative will assist you through baggage claim and customs, and escort you to your driver.

Your driver will transport you to your hotel in Tel Aviv, where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2

Day 2 – Tuesday

Raring to Go

Tel Aviv & Jaffa

Following a delicious breakfast, you will meet your group and the Amiel guide in the hotel lobby, before setting off on a fun-packed day which will include:

A visit to the “State of Mind” Innovation Center at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: learn about cutting-edge developments by Israeli start-ups in fields such as science, medicine, security, space and more.

A walk around the Old Port City of Jaffa, the oldest seaport in the world and home to a vibrant multiethnic community of Muslims, Christians and Jews: get to know the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909.

A choice of two culinary tours that will introduce you to the very best of Tel Aviv’s food scene: (12:30)

– Carmel market tasting tour – enjoy a fascinating variety of culinary riches, colorful spices and intriguing characters in the main market of Tel Aviv, where the flavors and scents of the old town combine with the young bustling atmosphere of the city’s central market.

– Vegan culinary tour – Tel Aviv, the #1 vegan culinary destination in the world, is where traditional vegan and vegetarian cuisine and innovative young chefs meet, creating a one-of-a-kind savory adventure for food lovers, whether vegan or not.

A stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, the beating heart of Tel Aviv: home of The White City, Tel Aviv’s most prominent collection of Bauhaus (International Style) buildings. Built during the 1930s and the 1940s, this functional architecture not only created well-designed objects, but also a cohesive urban landscape that is unparalleled in the world.

Free evening.

Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3

Day 3 – Wednesday

Back to the Future

Israel’s beautiful coastline

After breakfast, we leave Tel Aviv and head north. Take in the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the administrative center of the Roman Empire for the Province of Judaea. The city and its archeological wonders are a testament to its significance throughout the ages.  The ancient port, the Roman hippodrome and amphitheater and the impressive palace are among the many historical treasures in this fascinating ancient city.

The Kibbutz Experience – past and present – visit Ein Shemer kibbutz

museum, where we will experience a journey from the early days of the kibbutz to the present and learn about the kibbutz way of life. (12:00-13:00)

Enjoy a delicious lunch in the kibbutz dining hall. (13:00-13:45)

Continue with a tour of innovation at Kibbutz Magal – visit the Netafim greenhouse innovation center, a pioneering enterprise in the field of drip irrigation technology. (13:45-14:45)

Zichron Yaakov is our next stop, where we stroll through the charming and picturesque town.

Overnight: Colony Hotel, Haifa

Dinner in a local restaurant near the hotel

*The Colony Hotel is located in the German Colony of Haifa. Just a few steps away from

The Bahai Gardens. Take a short walk to enjoy this magnificent view, especially at night when it is all lit up. It is a memorable moment that will last a lifetime.

Day 4

Day 4 – Thursday

Cobblestones & Vineyards

The Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights

Drive to the city of Katzrin, the “Capital of the Golan Heights”.  Walk through a Talmudic village and get a sense of what it was like to live in the times of ancient Israel. (9:30-10:30)

Continue to the mystical city of Tzfat, the birthplace of the ancient Jewish mystical text, the Kabbalah. Stroll through the narrow, winding alleys.

Peek inside some of the beautiful synagogues. Browse through workshops and galleries in the flourishing artists’ quarter. (11:20-12:30)

Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at local Winery, a family-owned boutique winery in the Galilee. (12:45-13:45)

Drive to the Sea of Galilee and take a boat ride on the calm waters. (15:30-16:15)

The Colony Hotel is located in the German Colony of Haifa. Just a few steps away The Bahai Gardens can be found. It is worth talking a short walk to enjoy this magnificent view, especially at night when it is all lit up. You will add it as one of the many memorable moments you have collected during the tour.

Overnight: Colony Hotel, Haifa

Dinner in a local restaurant near the hotel

Day 5

Day 5 – Friday

Faiths & Cultures

Bahai Gardens, Akko, Druze Village & Jerusalem

Visit the amazing Bahai Gardens in Haifa, comprising a staircase of 19 terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. At its heart stands the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith.

Explore the ancient crusader port city of Akko, the fascinating UNESCO heritage site, with new excavations revealing what life was like 1000 years ago. Visit the Crusader Halls and follow the underground tunnels. See the port and fortifications that enabled the inhabitants of the town to resist invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte.  Spend time walking through the Arab Bazaar, reliving a Middle Eastern shopping experience.

Time permitting – Drive to the Druze village of Dalyet El Carmel, at the top of Mount Carmel. The Druze are Arab-speaking citizens of Israel and are renowned for their hospitality. Take a fascinating tour of the alleys and old quarter of the village.

Drive to Jerusalem and check in at the hotel.

In the evening, experience a special “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner, with hospitality in the home of a local Jewish family. Enjoy a traditional meal as you hear about and observe the customs of the Jewish Shabbat. (between 17:00 to 19:00 according to Summer/wintertime)

Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6

Day 6 – Saturday

Highs & Lows

Masada, the Dead Sea & Jerusalem

Setting off east from Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea, 1388 feet (423m) below sea level.

Visit the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada – the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans in 73CE – overlooking the Dead Sea. Ascending by cable car to the ancient fortress, we shall explore the site, with its synagogue and bathhouse.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Dead Sea shore. Cake yourself in mineral-rich mud and float in the buoyant waters. Lunch is included. (13:00)

Drive to a lookout point for a view of Wadi Qelt and the cliff-hanging Monastery of St. George; founded in the 5th Century and still active and inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks.

Return to Jerusalem.

In the evening, enjoy the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David – a creative depiction of the history of the city of Jerusalem projected onto the ancient stones (weather permitting – 19:00 to 20:30 up to availability).

Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Dinner on your own.

Day 7

Day 7 – Sunday

Spirituality & Tradition

The Old City of Jerusalem

Start the day with an overview from the Mt. of Olives.

Our exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem begins at the City of David, with its fascinating tunnels. See the newest exciting excavations revealing Jerusalem during the time of the 1st Temple period. (9:30)

Walk through the Old City and visit some of its famous sites, including the Western Wall and the Cardo, an ancient commercial street where you can still shop today.

Day 7 – Continued

Walk through the Arab Bazaar and experience traditional Middle Eastern life, with its rich colors, flavors, and smells.

Take a rooftop tour of the Old City neighborhoods, for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities living alongside each other in this ancient walled city.

Walk along part of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to traditions dating back to at least the 4th century, the church is the home of the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, known as “Calvary” or “Golgotha“; and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.

Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Dinner on your own

Day 8

Day 8 – Monday

Honoring History

Jerusalem New City and Bethlehem

Visit Yad Vashem, considered to be the world’s primary Holocaust memorial and museum. Take a tour of the new Holocaust History Museum, which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground.

Visit the moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust.

From the Yad Vashem, we will move on to the Israel Museum. There we will see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, and view the famous Model of Jerusalem, depicting the city as it was in the 2nd Temple period.

Optional – visit to Bethlehem. See the Church of the Nativity and the remains of ancient Bethlehem (beneath the Greek Monastery), from the times of Christ. (around lunch time 14:00)

Leisure time at Mamilla Mall or Ben Yehuda Street.

Meet up again for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (18:00/18:30)

Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day 9

Day 9 – Tuesday

Shalom & L’Hitra’ot

Free day & Departure

Transfer to the airport and depart on your flight back home.

Leave Israel with everlasting memories!

Optional – 2 night’s extension to Eilat and Petra, Jordan 

Day 9 – Tuesday

Fly from Tel Aviv to Eilat, transfer to the hotel and check in.

Overnight: Herods Eilat

Day 10 – Wednesday

Set out by bus on a day tour from Eilat to the beautiful‘Rose City’ of Petra.

Overnight: Herods Eilat

Day 11 – Thursday

Leisure day in Eilat, before taking the afternoon flight to Ben Gurion airport, from where you will depart on your flight home.