ART, POLITICS AND CULTURE
Welcome to Israel
Spend the week diving into Israel’s history and culture, gaining understanding of the complexities and nuances of the modern challenges, all while enjoying galleries, tasting tours and an insider’s view of this country.
On your first day, visit the ancient port city of Jaffa and explore its alleyways and marketplaces.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv: A City of Culture
Walk along the main avenue of Tel Aviv, Rothschild Boulevard, which used to be known as Rehov HaAm (the Street of the People) at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel. Stop at Independence Hall, where the new state was declared in 1948. The street embodies the stories of poets, dreamers, visionaries, warriors and generals who changed the course of Israeli history.
Enjoy lunch at a local market and then spend the afternoon visiting art galleries or at the interactive Palmach Museum.
In the evening, enjoy the famous Tel Aviv nightlife.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
The Mediterranean Coastline
Visit the West Bank Settlement of Alfei Menashe for a short briefing on the current situation and a geo-political overview.
Continue to the archeological excavations of Caesarea, the port city built by Herod the Great around 25–13 BCE. Then explore the port city of Akko, engaging in the unique intermingled history of Arabs, Jews and Christians. Walk through the Knights Halls, the market places and the ancient port. Participate in a tasty Galilee cooking workshop and learn the secrets of the authentic local cuisine.
The Golan Heights
Tour Israel’s Northern border on All-Terrain vehicles and stop for a lookout over Syria from Mt. Bental. Visit a Druze village followed by a private wine tasting and catered lunch.
Travel to Jerusalem to enjoy a viewpoint of the city from the Mt. of Olives.
Jerusalem: The Center for Three Great Monotheistic Religions
Visit the City of David, the ancient capital of Jerusalem, established 3,000 years ago by King David. Continue to the Southern Wall Excavations, including the steps leading to the ancient Temple and the site where Jesus overturned the moneychangers’ tables and explore The Western Wall.
Tour the narrow alleyways and authentic markets of the Old City and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.
Jerusalem: Triumph, Tragedy and the Future
Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations.
Taste local delicacies at the Machane Yehuda market before embarking on a geo-strategic tour of Jerusalem and the area.
Masada and the Dead Sea
Hike (or ride cable cars) to the top of the historic Mt. Masada where 960 men, women, and children resisted the Romans during the Great Jewish Revolt almost 2000 years ago. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the Dead Sea, enjoying the natural effects of its unique minerals.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight home.