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Highlights of the Jewish State

The Story Of The Jewish State

Arrival: Thursday - 11 Days / 10 Nights Designed to bring together the vision of the Israeli State founders, the Highlights of the Jewish State tour is not the usual archaeological, historical and landscape visit of Israel. Great for couples and families who seek the perfect holiday vacation and still create a link to their roots, it is also an excellent opportunity for second-time visitors to experience different highlights, and ideal for people who do not like to rush from one site to the other. Become more aware of a rich Jewish heritage, visiting sites that played a role in the establishment of the State of Israel from biblical to modern times accompanied by a tour guide with a deep-rooted connection to the land who is not only a personal companion, but also has in-depth knowledge about history, politics, religion, culture and much more, which will bring biblical, historical and current events to life.

  • Arrival
    Day 1. Arrival

    Our representative will meet you after passport control upon your arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, assisting as you pick up your luggage and head out for the transfer to your hotel. Check in at the hotel in Tel Aviv. Overnight: Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv / Jaffa
    Day 2. Tel Aviv / Jaffa

    Our first day of touring will begin immediately after breakfast. An interesting walking tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa is ahead of us. We will start on Rothschild Boulevard, where we will see Tel Aviv's beautiful Bauhaus style architecture, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amongst the buildings will be the newly renovated Independence Hall, the site commemorating the declaration of the founding of the state of Israel on the 14th of May 1948. We will continue on to Neve Tzedek – Tel Aviv’s very first neighborhood. The next stop will be Jaffa, the world’s oldest port city, for a view of the old city and its well known artist’s colony. To end our day, you will enjoy free time at one of Tel Aviv’s busiest areas on Friday afternoons – the Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Fair and Carmel Outdoor Market - for great sounds, smells and of course, great shopping! Overnight: Tel Aviv

  • Day 3.

    Day at leisure in Tel Aviv. Overnight: Tel Aviv

  • Caesarea / Zichron Yaacov / Atlit / Haifa
    Day 4. Caesarea / Zichron Yaacov / Atlit / Haifa

    After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and drive to Rehovot. Our first stop will be at the Weizmann Institute which played a key role in the development of the state. We will enjoy the new, amazing presentation of high technology and see the mansion house of Haim Weizmann, the first president of Israel. We will then continue to Caesarea, built over 2000 years ago by King Herod the Great, which served as a key Mediterranean port for centuries. Hear about Caesarea's role in Jewish history, including its part in the Great Revolt of AD66, and interact with three-dimensional historical figures that come to life using cutting-edge technology. Onwards to the Carmel Mountain range to visit Zichron Yaacov for a stroll through the historic streets of one of the earliest settlements from Israel’s first immigration period. Then visit the Atlit Detainee Camp, telling the heroic story of the struggle of Jewish immigrants at the detention centre established by the authorities of the British Mandate in the 1930s. Finally, we are on to Haifa - Israel's major port city, with a stop at the Louis Promenade for a great view of the Haifa Bay and the beautiful Baha'i Gardens. Overnight: Haifa

  • Rosh Pina / Safed / Hula / Galilee
    Day 5. Rosh Pina / Safed / Hula / Galilee

    Check out after an Israeli breakfast in the hotel. Our journey will begin with a drive through the mountain ranges and valleys which extend from the west to the east of the Galilee region. Visit a Galilee Winery for an Israeli wine-tasing tour, and to get an up close and personal view of the wine production process. We will continue to Rosh Pina, originally founded in 1878 by a group of ultra-orthodox Jews intending to become farmers, with the support of Baron Edmund de Rothschild. Rosh Pina is one of Israel’s oldest colonies but today boasts a small town known for great restaurants, cafés and art galleries. Drive up to Safed (Tzfat), where we will walk through ancient sections of the city and hear stories of the Kabbalists and their ancient synagogues. Our Tzfat tour will end with a visit to its famous artists’ colony where we will meet a Kabala artist and learn about his special techniques and context. In the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful Hula Valley, Israel’s first Nature Reserve. The HaHula Tourism Complex is located at the center of the Hula Valley and is considered to be one of the world's most important centers for bird watching and ornithology. Overnight: Kibbutz hotel

  • Golan Heights
    Day 6. Golan Heights

    This touring day will give you an opportunity to enjoy the north of Israel in a unique and exciting way. We will start our day by driving up into the Golan Heights to Mitzpe Gadot, which once served as a Syrian base, commanding a spectacular view of the Hula Valley and kibbutzim below. Visit Golan Magic, an entertaining 3-D multi-media adventure viewed on a 180-degree screen. After the film, walk through a giant model of the Golan Heights, the largest of its kind in the world, accompanied by special narration, sound and light effects. We will then walk through The Golan Olive Oil Mill and Visitor Center, a uniquely-designed building with ancient ambience, as your guide explains the olive oil production process, including the evolution from antique tools to modern machinery. We will finish the first half of the day with a visit to Mount Bental, a beautiful spot for a panoramic view of the Upper Galilee, the Golan Heights, Mount Hermon and Syria. The rest of the day is free! We will be happy to provide you with a list of the options in the area and recommend the most suitable ones for your party. Some options include: biking or hiking tour, rappelling, kayaks or even participating in a gourmet chocolate workshop. And so much more… Evening Option (Seasonal) - a lantern tour in either the Valley of the Lost River or Nimrod Fortress. Overnight: Kibbutz hotel

  • Galilee / Jordan Valley / Jerusalem
    Day 7. Galilee / Jordan Valley / Jerusalem

    Check out from the hotel and depart for our touring day. Our first stop will be at the Tel Hai Museum. This memorial is dedicated to a dramatic battle in 1920 led by Joseph Trumpeldor, a hero known for his national loyalty. Then we will descend to the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) for a short visit to Tiberias, a city which was a significant spiritual center during the Mishna and Talmudic periods. We will continue south along the Jordan Valley to visit the “Naharayim Experience at Gesher”. Nicknamed the “start-up” of last century, this unusual light and sound show is filled with models demonstrating the dam system, running water and a combination of sounds and colors. The demonstration shows how the desert transformed into a symbol of – and a vision for – Jewish immigration and industrial development in Israel. Our day will continue with a drive to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley’s stunning landscape. We will stop at Mt. Scopus upon arrival in Jerusalem for a magnificent view of the city and a brief explanation about the capital’s past and future. Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Day 8.

    After breakfast, we will start our tour through the Old City of Jerusalem. We’ll walk through one of this ancient walled city’s many gates to see the restored Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall (Ha Kotel), the colorful bazaars and the Cardo. Then, we will walk to the City of David for a virtual reality movie about King David’s historical city, and a “wet” walking tour of the ancient water system connecting Warren’s Shaft to the Shiloah tunnels (Hezekiah’s Tunnel). We will continue to the Archaeological Garden and the new Southern Wall excavations (Davidson Center) - the same steps once used by pilgrims entering the Holy Temple. *Thursday is the day many Bar Mitzvah celebrations take place at the Western Wall. During our walk, we will meet some of them and get to wish them a MAZAL TOV! Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem - New City
    Day 9. Jerusalem - New City

    Visit the graves of Israel’s former prime ministers, and soldiers who died in battle, at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery. We will then continue to the museum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, including the Valley of the Communities. We will pass by the Knesset - Israel's Parliament building, as well as the famous Menorah and the new home of Israel's Supreme Court. We will visit the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book with a display of Dead Sea Scrolls and visit the model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Then continue on for a neighborhood tour around the Mahane Yehuda Market to meet different local ethnic groups and taste some of their cultural foods. Drive to the Western Wall to participate in meaningful Kabbalat Shabbat services as the Jewish Sabbath descends over Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Day 10.

    Day at leisure in Jerusalem – or an optional tour to Masada and the Dead Sea. Evening Option: Enjoy a sound & light show combined with 3D slides projected onto the great wall at the Tower of David. This show is highly recommended due to its unique way of depicting the different periods in Jerusalem’s long history. Duration: Around one hour. Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Departure
    Day 11. Departure

    Check out of the hotel following breakfast. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the flight home

Package Information
  • 1. The tour is on a guaranteed departure basis - subject to a minimum of 2 participants. 2. The sequence of the tour, hotels used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances. 3. Reservations received less than 14 days prior to departure are on a request only basis.
  • For Deluxe Hotels option please contact us: office@ctotours.com

Package Includes
  • ► 10 nights hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis. ► 2 dinners in the Galilee. ► Assistance at the airport upon arrival. ► Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure. ► Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned motor-coach. ► Service of a Government licensed guide on all touring days. ► Entrance fees according to the itinerary.

Package does not Include
  • ► Porterage at airport. ► Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff. ► Beverages with meals. ► Traveler’s medical baggage insurance.

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  • Metropolitan day 1 2 3
    The Metropolitan hotel is situated at the heart of vibrant Tel Aviv and is within walking distance of the Mediterranean Sea and its many breathtaking beaches. The Metropolitan Hotel is an excellent choice for a recreational or vocational stay. The hotel is within walking distance of all the bustling Tel Aviv hot spots, is ideal for those on a work related stay or those seeking an exciting vacation, and is completely affordable. Accommodations: 228 avant-garde styled suites, including: 13 youth and 10 standard rooms. Each room comes with air conditioning and insulated windows. Smoke free and handicap friendly accommodations are available upon request. Rooms overlook the charming Tel Aviv or the enchanted Mediterranean Sea. Wi-Fi internet, requiring no additional fee, can be accessed at different spots around the hotel. Additional Services: »Room service »Pool »Dry cleaning facilities and Laundromat »Facilities to meet your secretarial needs »Faxing and printing facilities »Car Rental facility »Affordable parking »Tours with travel-guides »Conference rooms »Employees versed in many languages »Refurbished pool and tanning area (open July-August only) »WI-FI internet for guests staying on higher levels of the hotel »Gym and Spa
  • Dan Panorama day 4
  • Kibbutz Hagoshrim day 5 6
    During the period in with the Ottoman Empire reigned, Emir Fa’ur had power of the Hula Valley and this hotel is located amongst the relics of Emir’s palace. The hotel is situated in the heart of the canyon, overlooking the Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights. The hotel’s design, an exclusive blend of antique and avant-garde, along with its rural scenery, breathtaking vistas and pollution-free air, are not only idea for those searching for peace and quiet but also for the more adventurous. The HaGoshrim Kibbutz and Resort Hotel has 161 accommodations, including 6 specifically designed for guests with disabilities. Each room includes a TV (‘Yes’ programming; no additional fee), bathtub, coffee-machine, phone, air conditioning and snack-bar. Each room is a double and can hold an additional child’s bed. Some rooms can hold two additional beds for children. 54 Superior suites 3 Garden rooms 100 luxury suites and 4 rooms with hot-tubs are situated in ‘Lebanon House’. The aforementioned suites have a terrace with a magnificent scenic view and a Wi-Fi connection (no additional fee required). Smoking is prohibited in the ‘Lebanon House’ and ‘Koren House’. Pastoral landscapes surround Hagoshrim Sports Club: Health and Gym facilities: 2 pools (1 indoor operative all year and 1 outdoor operative throughout the summer), basketball court, steam-room, hot-tub, tennis court, fitness-room and football field. Various fitness classes including: aerobics, yoga, spinning, belly-dancing, body-toning etc. The health center provides stimulating luxurious services. In a wooden cabin, on the brink of Koren Spring you willll find Gosh restaurant. Right here, surrounded by nature, you’ll hear the melodious chirping of birds and enjoy the sweet smell of the bubbling brooks. Sit inside the wooden cabin or enjoy your meal in a more pastoral surrounding. The scenery is spectacular and the food is divine! A variety of dishes, designed to accommodate every diner’s taste buds. Exclusive dishes for larger parties. 10% off for hotel guests Gosh Restaurant is open 6 days a week, Sunday-Friday from 12 o’clock, and is Kosher and supervised under the Kiryat Shmonah Rabanut.
  • Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem day 7 8 9 10

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