Treasures of Israel / Unique way to discover our special country

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The unique way to discover our small and special country!
9 Days, 8 Nights & 7 Touring Days – 2013 / 2014 Season

Day 1Thursday
Shalom and Welcome to Israel! Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport. After you have cleared passport control an Amiel Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you with assistance to facilitate your luggage identification, handling, customs clearance and escort you to your waiting driver. Overnight in Tel Aviv. Thursday
Day 2Friday
Start the day by reviving history at Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion announced the birth of the State of Israel. Explore Tel Aviv’s World Heritage Site: The “White City” was constructed from the 1930s until the 1950s by European-trained architects who created an architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context. In Old Jaffa you will hear about Jonah and the Whale, Andromeda, Napoleon and others who have passed though this ancient port. Continue to the famous Flea Market, where you can find some really interesting buys and bargain to lower the cost. See the different facets of Tel Aviv as we walk through trendy Shenkin Street and the vibrant Levantine Carmel Market. Onward to Neve Zedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv. It has become Tel Aviv’s answer to New York’s Village with unique boutiques and trendy cafes. Pause at the Guttman Museum to see paintings by Nachum Guttman, who chronicled the first days of Tel Aviv. Visit Dani Karavan’s environmental sculpture “The White Square”. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 3Saturday
Depart Tel Aviv and head south to Tel Beer Sheva – a city dating back to the 10th century BCE. The region is featured in the story of Abraham. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s founding father, first Prime Minister and advocate of the Negev dreamed of turning the desert green. See how Israel is making his dream come true with cutting edge research and development at the Mashabe Sadeh Agriculture R&D Center. Head deep into the desert to the Private Family Farm and other pioneers who are using technology to create agricultural miracles in the desert. Fruit and vegetables are grown, wine and cheeses are made and the dream of a green desert is being fulfilled. Then ascend to the ancient city of Avdat. Once a Nabatean stronghold on the Spice Route from the Orient to Europe. Our last stop in the south is at the gravesite of David Ben Gurion who wanted to be buried in the landscape he loved the most. Return to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv. Saturday
Day 4Sunday
Visit the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. A new audio-visual presentation brings to life the times of the Romans who controlled these shores 2,000 years ago. Ascend the Carmel Mountain to the artist colony of Ein Hod. Ein Hod is a picturesque artists’ village, the only one of its kind in Israel and one of the few such villages in the world. Nestled in natural vegetation and bordered by an ancient olive grove, it lies on the western slopes of Mt Carmel, in a breathtaking landscape looking out toward the Mediterranean Sea. Continue north along the Mediterranean shores to the World Heritage site of Akko. Explore the Knights’ Halls and the secret Crusader escape passage. Walk to the port and see the massive walls that stopped Napoleon’s advance. Cross the Galilee and head for your host Kibbutz. Enjoy a short tour of the Kibbutz and learn more about this unique method of communal living and how it is evolving to meet the needs of the day. Dinner and overnight in a Kibbutz hotel in the area of the Sea of Galilee. Sunday
Day 5Monday
Start the day on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. At Kibbutz Ginnosar we will see the 2000 year old fishing boat salvaged from the Sea of Galilee and meticulously preserved. Visit Capernaum to see the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught. Onward to Nazareth to tour the Basilica of the Annunciation. Later take a moment to orient yourself with some sublime Middle Eastern scents and tastes as you visit a local spice shop. Enjoy the rich aroma of Arabic (Turkish) Coffee, which is served in thimble-sized cups. Pause at Tel Megiddo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers 26 layers of civilization, where each culture built atop each other starting about 7000 BC. Overnight in Jerusalem. Monday
Day 6Tuesday
Start the day with one of the most spectacular views in the world – the view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Enter the Old City and explore the Armenian Quarter and the Jewish Quarter. Highlights will include the Southern Wall excavations, site of the steps that led up to the Holy Temple and site of the Moneychangers’ Stalls; the Western Wall, the holiest place on Earth for the Jewish People, Cardo, an ancient commercial street where you can still shop today, the Arab Bazaar, where haggling has been raised to an art form; and walk along a portion of the Via Dolorosa and to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Learn more of Jerusalem’s 3000 years of history at the Citadel Museum at the Tower of David. Leave the Old City and travel to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the dramatic Shrine of the Book and the model of Jerusalem as it was 2000 years ago. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7Wednesday
We will start our day at the birthplace of Jesus when we travel into the ancient city of Bethlehem. We’ll enter into the Church of Nativity and afterwards have some time to do some shopping to bring home gifts for loved ones and ourselves. Tour in one of the first neighborhood that was built outside the city walls Yemin Moshe a small charming. The neighborhood is mostly home to wealthy writers, academics and artists whose works are sold in the galleries nearby. Machene Yehuda market, where the past meets the present. This market represents today more than ever the Jerusalem of today and Jerusalem of the past. Between a vegetable and fruit market and a lively entertainment section and with all of this he keeps authentic, with the smells, tastes and cries of the sellers. End the day at Yad Vashem, considered the first and most famous memorial to mankind’s darkest period. We will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust. Also the Valley of the Communities - a man-made valley in the form of the European Map built in remembrance of where over 5000 names of communities are engraved on the stone walls, each one remembering a Jewish community that was damaged or destroyed during the Holocaust.
Day 8Thursday
Descend to the lowest place on earth, as you drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. Explore this mountaintop stronghold built by Herod the Great and hear about the Jews who chose death over slavery at the hands of the Romans. At the desert oasis of Ein Gedi, enjoy a nature walk to the waterfall. Enjoy a chance to swim (float) in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Head to the Kibbutz to see the beautiful Botanical Garden and Cactus Park. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9Friday
Travel to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back to the US. Shalom! Friday

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