15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour is our best composed Jewish tour of Israel.
See 4000 years of Jewish history, with an option to visit Petra in 15 days of fun filled Jewish tour.
15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour itinerary
Wednesday, Day 1: Arrive Israel, transfer to Tel Aviv
Welcome to Israel.
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport and met by a Trips Israel representative, immediately after passport control. Enjoy a short ride to the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Tel Aviv. Check-in at hotel and evening at leisure. Suggest a stroll along the ocean front promenade. In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Itzik Hagadol Restaurant in Jaffa. Reservations can be made upon request.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Thursday, Day 2: Tel Aviv area – Independence Hall, Latrun, Beit Guvrin, Ayalon Institute
Following a delicious buffet breakfast, visits in Tel Aviv will include:
The Independence Hall Museum is situated on 16 Shderot Rothschil in the heart of Tel Aviv. It is the room where the birthplace of the State of Israel was declared and announced first in Hebrew. As one of the forerunners to the Historical Sites of the State of Israel, this house tells the story of the beginnings of the City of Tel-Aviv, Meir Dizengoff – the first Mayor of Tel-Aviv, and the famous ceremony which took place on May 14, 1948, as David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel. Through audio-visual mediums come take part in the exciting moment in the birth of the State of Israel.
Latrun – Armored Corps:
Amored Corp, also know as Yad La-Shiryon in Hebrew is Israel’s official memorial site for fallen soldiers from the armored corps. It is also one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. The museum was founded on December 14, 1982, through the initiative of veteran officers of the armored corps. The outdoor display includes 110 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, both Israeli and captured enemy examples. The armored tanks include the Merkava tank and the T-72 tanks, as well as vehicles purchased from allied nations specifically for diversifying the collection.
Beit Guvrin national park:
It is located 13 kilometers from Kiryat Gat, encompassing the ruins of Maresha, one of the important towns of Judah during the time of the First Temple, and Beit Guvrin, an important town in the Roman era, when it was known as Eleutheropolis. It is declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Archaeological artifacts include a large Jewish cemetery, a Roman-Byzantine amphitheater, a Byzantine church, public baths, mosaics and burial caves.
Ayalon Institute is located about 30 minutes south of Tel Aviv.The Ayalon Institute was a secret ammunition factory disguised as part of a kibbutz to fool the British back in the 1940s. Jewish people used the factory in their efforts to fight for the independent state of Israel. Between 1945 and 1948, the Ayalon Institute produced more than 2 million 9mm bullets.
In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Manta Ray Restaurant in Tel Aviv (by the beach).
Overnight in Tel-Aviv.
Friday, Day 3: Tel Aviv and surrounding
After breakfast at hotel, visits will include:
Also known as “Beit Hatfusot”, located in Tel Aviv’s University. It is a museum for Jewish genealogy, which tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people throughout the centuries. The museum connects Jews and their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity.
Business and entertainment districts:
Also known as the “White City”, refers to a collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings built in the 1930s by a German Jewish architects who immigrated to the British Mandate after the rise of the Nazis. In 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed Tel Aviv’s White City a World Cultural Heritage site, as “an outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century.
Formerly known as Kings of Israel Square; is a large public city square in the center of Tel Aviv, Israel. It has become the center for numerous political rallies, parades, and other public events. In 1995, the square was renamed to Rabin Square after the assassination of late Prime Minister of Israel Itzhak Rabin, which occurred in the square.
Jaffa’s port is considered to be 8,000 years old and probably the oldest port in the world. Visit will include the ancient ruins and the Artist Quarter.
Build in 1987, the avant-garde design with many stores, fashion boutiques and handicraft shops has its own unique pizzazz in the center of Tel Aviv. It also is visited by the weekly farmers’ market in HaTachana, a restored railway station. Trendy European restaurants sit alongside stylish bistros, and many of the area’s al fresco cafes turn into live jazz bars and cocktail lounges at night. The Suzanne Dellal Center showcases contemporary dance, while surfers head to beaches nearby.
An outdoor mall surrounded by historical buildings, with strict preservation process and now can be seen in their original beautiful historical design. Nachalat Binyami’s art fair is open twice weekly and has very unique artist flavor to it. See the hand made designs and creation, as well as the street performances, live music and coffee shops all of that makes the art fair a must see.
A lively colorful street adjacent to Nachalat Binyamin with unique shops, cafe’s, bistros with its youthful ambiance.
In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Benny Hadayag Restaurant.
Overnight in Tel-Aviv.
Saturday, Day 4: Tel Aviv at leisure
Enjoy breakfast at hotel, enjoy Shabbat (Saturday) day at leisure.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Sunday, Day 5: Journey north
Breakfast, followed by check-out from hotel. Drive north along the Mediterranean Sea towards Haifa. Visits on the way will include:
Built by Herod and once the capital of Judea. It was once the roman capital of the region. Visit the Roman Theater, once used for many performances throughout the centuries. Today it still draws huge crowds for concerts and festivals. View the aqueduct, once used for conveying water to the city.
Ascend Mt. Carmel to view a beautiful panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Botanical Gardens below. Here In the bible, it also mentions Elijah, who fought the 400 false prophets of Baal. Continue to Clandestine Immigration and Naval museum (“Af al Pi Chen”) and hear the story of the illegal immigrants to Israel at the time of the British mandate.
Akko – Acre:
See its underground passages and secret rooms. Akko, was once occupied by many nations. Walk along the old harbor and local market. Visit the prison where members of the Hagana and Irgun were held captive during Israel’s fight for independence. Akko’s old City is recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site. Walk through the old port and local market. This is also where they filmed Leon Uris’s famous novel “Exodus”.
Rosh Hanikra is located at the most northern point of Israel. Israel shares the border with Lebanon. See the incredible panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. Descend by cable car to see the limestone Grottoes created by the Mediterranean Sea with its spectacular formation.
Conclude the day with a drive through the hills of the Galilee for check-in at Kibbutz Lavi hotel, followed by a relaxing kibbutz dinner.
Overnight in the Galilee
Monday, Day 6: Safed, Golan Heights, Galilee
Breakfast at hotel followed by the following visits:
Also know as the mystical city of Safed, it is considered to be one of the Four Holy cities according to tradition and the birth place of kabala. Safed is located at an elevation of 900 meters (2,953 ft). It is the highest city in the Galilee and in Israel. Due to its high elevation, Safed experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters. Safed is built with narrow winding alleys. Visits in Safed include: Joseph Caro and the Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city. See the creative workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artist’s quarter.
Visits will include:
- Jeep tour of the Golan Heights
- Gadot overlook, the memorial for the fallen of the Golan, located over former Syrian bunkers
- The destroyed Syrian city of Kuneitra
- Tel-Hai to see the “Roaring Lion” monument and learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920.
- Meet with a Kibbutz member and learn about their unique lifestyle.
Enjoy another relaxing dinner at our hotel.
Overnight in the Galilee.
Tuesday, Day 7: Journey to Jerusalem
After breakfast, leave the Galilee region and drive south towards Jerusalem. Visits will include:
Also known as The Tomb of Maimonides, it is located in Tiberias. Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, known as the Rambam (acronym for Moses ben Maimon) or Maimonides, lived in 12th century Egypt, where he was a great halachic (Jewish law) authority. Rambam died in Egypt, but later moved to Rambam’s resting place in central Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Beit Shean “Scythopolis”
Located in the Northern District of Israel. Beit Shean played a significant role in Jewish history, due to its geographical location in conjunction with the Jordan River and the Jezreel Valley. Its excavated is one of the largest ongoing archaeological digs in the land of Israel. See the amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses (1st Samuel 31:10).
See the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac. The Beth Alpha synagogue was uncovered in 1928 by members of the nearby Kibbutz Hefzibah, who stumbled upon the synagogue’s extensive mosaic floors during irrigation construction.
Gan Hashlosha National Park:
Also know as Sachne, is a natural spring of warm water pools and waterfalls. Located between kibbutzim Beit Alfa and Nir David. It is also 10 minutes away from Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son Jonathan battled against the Philistines. The water is warm all year round for visitors to swim in.
Continue south through the lush Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Arrive at Mt. Scopus for a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem and a traditional Sheyechyanu blessing for our arrival to this special city. Check in at hotel in Jerusalem and remainder of the evening at leisure. Suggested dinner reservations at Eucalyptus Restaurant.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Wednesday, Day 8: Jerusalem: Old City
Another fabulous breakfast, visits today will includes:
Tomb of King David:
Located at Mount Zion, It is believed to be by some to be the burial place of King David. This tradition started in the 12th century.
Jewish Quarter (Old City):
Situated is the southeastern sector of the walled city. It stretches to the Zion Gate in the south and extends to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the east.
The Jewish quarter was reconstructed after the city was unified after the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. See the unearthed (main) Roman thoroughfare and the ancient marketplace lined with columns. Visit the four Sepharadic Synagogues restored after 1967.
Western Wall – Rabbinical Tunnels:
An incredible labyrinth of tunnels, arches, and passageways remained untouched for centuries. Inside, a most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Begin at the passageways descending through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Rabbinical Tunnels. It is believed by many the 10 commandments and many other important artifacts are buried beneath the rebel from the Second Temple period.
Located inside the Southern Wall excavations, the Davidson Center Museum will let you grasp the importance of this site. The Southern Wall used to be the entrance to the temple mainly for foreigners, as well as locals alike. Inside, used to be a bridge that led the locals from City of David. They did not have to go through the rituals of Mikveh prior to entering the temple.
Old City Bazaar:
Extra vibrant and very colorful bazaar is just the beginning. The Old City bazaar is like no place anywhere.
Tower of David museum
The Tower of David is also known as the Jerusalem Citadel. Located near the Jaffa Gate entrance. The museum tells the story of Jerusalem, detailing all major events from the beginning. The story starts from the second millennium BCE to Jerusalem of today.
Suggested dinner reservations at Charkra Restaurant.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, Day 9: Jerusalem: New City
Breakfast at hotel. Today, visits will include:
Bar Mitzvah at Western Wall “Kotel”:
Experience a Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Kotel, a ritual conducted by an Orthodox Rabbi.
A vibrant ultra orthodox neighborhood in the heart of Jerusalem. See a unique lifestyle and culture with many Judaica shops, restaurants and a very busy street.
A cemetery for all of Israel’s falling soldiers, leaders and Prime Ministers.
Israeli memorial (museum) commemorating the 6 million Jews who perished in the concentration camps in Europe by Nazi Germany. It is considered the biggest memorial for the Holocaust victims.
Ammunition Hill, also know as Givat Ha-Tachmoshet was the site of one of the fiercest battles of the Six-Day War. In 1967, the Jordanian military fortified a post in the northern part of Jordanian-ruled East Jerusalem and the western slope of Mount Scopus.
The Knesset is Israel’s parliament, since the creation of Israel. It officially opened in 1950, but was functioning withing the first year of Israel’s creation with several locations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. See the Menorah with the biblical emblems.
- The Shrine of the Book: Where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed and preserved. Most of the scrolls were found in the caves of Qumran by a Shepherd tending his sheep.
- The scale model of the the Old City of Jerusalem at the peak of the 2nd Temple era. You can walk around the model and see the many structures with details of this amazing city.
In the evening, suggested dinner reservations at Tmol Shilshom Restaurant.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday, Day 10: Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea
(Remember to bring your hats, swim suits, and suntan lotion!)
Early breakfast at hotel. Morning departure southeast through the Judean Wilderness towards the shores of the Dead Sea. Descend to the lowest point on earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level and arrive at the Shores of the Dead Sea. Visit at the Dead Sea will include:
Where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a young shepherd boy in the caves of Qumran.
Ascend by cable car to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada. Here, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots struggled against the Romans. The Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva. They chose to die as free men at their own hands in preference to Roman slavery and torture.
Lunch and float at the Dead Sea:
The Dead Sea is considered the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea is uniquely formulated in a small body of water (similar to a lake) and includes 11%-13% salt and other natural ingredients.
Arrive at the Dead Sea resort of Ein Bokek and enjoy a beautiful lunch on the shores of the Dead Sea. After lunch, relax at the shores of the Dead Sea, use the special Dead Sea mud, and or take advantage of the many facilities the hotel has to offer (weather permitting).
Drive back to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday, Day 11: Jerusalem at leisure
Enjoy breakfast at hotel and Shabbat (Saturday) day at leisure.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Jerusalem
Sunday, Day 12: Journey to Eilat (Timna, Underwater, Observatory)
Negev Desert/Timna/Underwater Observatory
Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Depart Jerusalem and travel south to Eilat through the Negev desert. Visits will include:
Located in the Negev Desert, the site is rich in copper ore and has been mined since the 5th millennium BCE. Visit the copper mines and view King Solomon’s pillars.
The largest natural aquariums in the world – built into coral reef.
Arrive Eilat and hotel for check-in.
In the evening, suggested dinner reservation at “The Last Refuge”, one of the best seafood restaurant in Eilat.
Overnight in Eilat.
Monday, Day 13: Day at leisure or Petra excursion
Enjoy a day at leisure. Optional tours and recreations are available from Eilat, such as;
Built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe), who settled in the South of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Petra is famous for its huge monuments, such as; the Treasury, Royal Tombs, Courthouse, Roman Theater and the Qassier Rl-Bint. The city itself is almost 45 Square Km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world.
The Tour of Petra ($250 per person):
- Transfer from our hotel to the border with Jordan.
- Horseback ride (included) to the entrance of Petra (about 1.2 km).
- Lunch in Petra
- Transfer back to Eilat
- Visa preparation and border assistance.
A horseshoe-shaped sea-pen holding captive bottle-nose dolphins in the Gulf of Eilat. Snorkel or scuba dive with the dolphins and other sea marine-life.
Dive with dolphins price per person:
339 NIS (approximately US $95)
Snorkel with dolphins price per person:
Adult – 290 NIS (approximately $80)
Contact Trips Israel for a list of several great recreational facilities, beaches around our hotel at 888-300-3038.
Suggested dinner reservations at TBA.
Overnight in Eilat.
Tuesday, Day 14: Journey to Tel Aviv – Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and leave Eilat driving north. Visit today will include:
A geological feature of Israel’s Negev desert. The crater is located 85 km south of the city of Beersheba. The shape of the crater is not from a meteor or a volcanic crater formed by a volcanic eruption. Today the crater and surrounding area forms Israel’s largest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve.
Kibbutz Sde Boker is located in the Negev desert and falls under the jurisdiction of Ramat Negev Regional Council. This site is best known as the retirement home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. It is also overlooking the Zin Valley.
Bedouin Village with a Biblical lunch:
Enjoy a camel safari in the Desert followed by a biblical light lunch and Bedouin hospitality.
Hatzerim Air Force Museum:
An Israeli Air Force Base located in the Negev Desert on the west outskirts of Beer-Sheba. View the planes and equipment from past Israel wars.
Arrive to Tel Aviv and check in to hotel.
Suggested dinner reservations TBA.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Wednesday, Day 15: Departure or extend
After breakfast, depending on flight times, check-out from and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. Arrive back home with everlasting memories of Israel.
15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour – included in the tour
15 days/14 nights accommodations:
- 4 nights in Tel Aviv
- 2 nights in The Galilee
- 5 nights in Jerusalem
- 2 nights in Eilat
- 1 night in Tel Aviv
- Hotel taxes and service charges
Tours and guiding:
- Touring as per the itinerary
- Touring in a deluxe motor-coach with WIFI
- A professional government licensed English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to all sites and parks
Meet, assist and transfers:
- VIP Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport, immediately when airplane door opens
- Transfer on a arrival from Ben Gurion Airport to hotel in Tel Aviv
- Transfer on departure from hotel to Ben Gurion Airport
- Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
- 2 dinners at hotels in the Galilee
- 1 lunch at the Dead Sea
- Light biblical lunch at Bedouin Tent
Other services also included:
- Dead Sea spa
- Jeep tour in the Galilee
- Rabbinical tunnels at the Western Wall
- Camel safari in the desert/wilderness
- Portfolio of travel documents
- Maps, pens and luggage tags
- The Mediterranean Coast
- The Galilee, Golan and the Sea of Galilee
- Jerusalem, including Old City
- Judean Wilderness and the Dead Sea
- Red Sea Resort City, Eilat
15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour – Not included in the tour
- International airfare to Israel
- Lunch and dinner daily, other than those mentioned above
- Petra excursion – $250 per person includes:
- Visa and border fees: approximately $105 per person – paid at the border (based on rate of exchange)
- Travel insurance – based on age and total cost PER PERSON (see below costs):
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|Please note: There will be a $7 administration fee added to the policy.|
- Upgrade to better rooms (if available)
- VIP meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport
- Request a quote for international airfare
Plan A – Deluxe (5 stars +)
Plan B – Deluxe (5 stars)
Plan C – Superior (4.5 stars)
Plan E – Moderate (3-4 stars)
|Tel Aviv||Dan Hotel||Carlton Hotel||Dan Panorama Hotel||Prima City Hotel|
|Galilee||Kibbutz Lavi-Hadar wing||Kibbutz Lavi-Hadar wing||Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing||Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing|
|Jerusalem||King David Hotel||David Citadel Hotel||Dan Panorama Hotel||Prima Kings Hotel|
|Eilat||Dan Eilat Hotel||Royal Beach Hotel||Dan Panorama / Isrotel Yam Suf||Prima Music Hotel|
|Tours starting on||Per person||Per person||3rd person||Per person||Per person||3rd person||Per person||Per person||3rd person||Per person||Per person||3rd person|
|in Double||in Single||pays||in Double||in Single||pays||in Double||in Single||pays||in Double||in Single||pays|
Tours not operating
|December 12||$4,349||$6,773||$2,877||Not Avail.||Not Avail.||Not Avail.||$3,212||$4,522||$2,423||$2,816||$3,813||$2,598|
Child sharing room with parents, Bed and Breakfast basis
|Departure||Plan A – Deluxe (5 stars +)||Plan B – Deluxe (5 stars)||Plan C – Superior (4.5 stars)||Plan E – Moderate (3-4 stars)|
|Dates||child under 12 years||child under 12 years||child under 12 years||child under 12 years|
15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour – Highlights
Mediterranean Coast and surrounding area
- Mt. Carmel
- Akko (Acre)
- Rosh Hanikra
Galilee and surrounding regions
- Tel Hai,
- Beit Shean and Beit Alpha
- Gan Hashlosha.
Jerusalem – Old City
- Tomb of King David
- The Old City of Jerusalem
- David’s Tower Museum
- Kotel and Rabbinical Tunnels,
- Southern Wall and Davidson Center
Tel Aviv and surrounding area:
- Independence Hall
- Beit Guvrin
- Ayalon Institute
- Diaspora museum
- Rabin’s square
- Neve Tzedek,
- Nahalat Benyamin and Sheinkin St.
Jerusalem – New City
- Mea Shearim
- Mount Hertzel
- Yad Vashem
- Ammunition Hill
- Knesset (parliament) and Menorah
- Israel Museum
Dead Sea and surrounding regions:
- Dead Sea Spa facility (resort hotel)