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Jewish Heritage Israel Tour – 12 Days

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12 days
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
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Fun-filled, 12 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour. See 4000 years of Jewish history in a meaningful life changing 12 day Jewish heritage tour.


Wednesday, Day 1Arrive 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 2Tel Aviv area – Independence Hall, Latrun, Beit Guvrin, Ayalon Institute

Following a delicious buffet breakfast, visits in Tel Aviv will include:

Independence Hall:

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. See 110 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, (both Israeli and captured enemy examples), Merkava tank and the T-72 tanks. There are also vehicles purchased from allied nations specifically for diversifying the collection.

Beit Guvrin national park:

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.

Beit Guvrin National Park - Israel - 15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour - Trips Israel

Ayalon Institute:

Ayalon Institute is located about 30 minutes south of Tel Aviv. It was used as 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 3Tel Aviv and surrounding

After breakfast at hotel, visits will include:

Diaspora Museum:

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.

Rabin Square: 

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.

Old Jaffa:

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.

Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv - Israel - 15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour - Trips Israel

Neve Tzedek:

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.

Nachalat Binyamin:

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.

Sheinkin Street:

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 4Tel Aviv at leisure

Enjoy breakfast at hotel, enjoy Shabbat (Saturday) day at leisure.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Sunday, Day 5Journey 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.

Haifa/Mt. Carmel:

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.

Botanical Gardens in Haifa, Israel - 10, 12, 13 and 15 day Jewish Heritage Tour - Trips Israel

Bahai Gardens – Botanical Gardens – Haifa, Israel

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:

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 6Safed, Golan Heights, Galilee

Breakfast at hotel followed by the following visits:

Safed (Tzfat):

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.

Golan Heights:

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 7Journey to Jerusalem

After breakfast, leave the Galilee region and drive south towards Jerusalem. Visits will include:

Rambam’s grave:

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).

Beit Alpha:

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.

Beit Alpha Mosaic – Israel

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 8Jerusalem: 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.

Western Wall, Jerusalem - Israel - 10, 12, 13 and 15 day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour - Trips Israel

Western Wall – Old City Jerusalem – Israel

Davidson Center:

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 9Jerusalem: 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.

Mea Shearim:

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.

Mt. Hertzel:

A cemetery for all of Israel’s falling soldiers, leaders and Prime Ministers.

Yad Vashem:

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:

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.

Knesset Menorah:

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.

Israel Museum:

  • 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 10Qumran, 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.

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Saturday, Day 11Jerusalem at leisure

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and Shabbat (Saturday) day at leisure.


Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Sunday, Day 12Departure 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.


Tour Includes

12 days/11 nights accommodations

  • 4 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in The Galilee
  • 5 nights in Jerusalem
  • 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

Meals included

  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners at hotels in the Galilee
  • 1 lunch at the Dead Sea

Other services also included

  • Dead Sea spa
  • Jeep tour in the Galilee
  • Rabbinical tunnels at the Western Wall
  • 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

Not included

  • International airfare to Israel
  • Lunch and dinner daily, other than those mentioned above

Mediterranean Coast and surrounding area

  • Caesarea
  • Mt. Carmel
  • Akko (Acre)
  • Rosh Hanikra

Galilee and surrounding regions

  • Safed
  • Gadot
  • Banias
  • 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

  • Tel Aviv beach front promenade

Jerusalem – New City

  • Mea Shearim
  • Mount Hertzel
  • Yad Vashem
  • Ammunition Hill
  • Knesset (parliament) and Menorah
  • Israel Museum

Dead Sea and surrounding regions

  • Qumran
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea Spa facility (resort hotel)

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