The foundation of an Israelite capital and a holy center – learn about King David’s life, while viewing the City of David. Walk in the underground tunnels of the immense water system down to the newly excavated Siloam Pool. Then we’ll walk all the way up to the Temple Mount in the ancient drainage tunnel of the Jewish city.
At the southern wall excavations, we’ll walk on the same paving stones, climb the very same steps Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago and see the remains of the gates they used when visiting the Temple.
The unique sight of people praying day and night next to the Wailing (or Western) Wall will make us wonder what made this part of the wall so holy.
The visit to the Temple Mount will open our eyes as to what transformed it into a Moslem holy site.
The day will start with the most magnificent view of Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives. From here, we can point out all of Jesus’ stations in the city, then walk down the mountain to Gethsemane.
Stroll through the charming area of Yemin Moshe and learn about its history.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
One day tour around Jerusalem
In the morning, you’ll learn about the private history of the greatest Jewish king – King Herod, at the incredible artificial mountain Herodium, which was built by Herod, and where his tomb was recently discovered.
Exploring the Israel museum is a must, pairing it with the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Ein Kerem – visit the birthplace of John the Baptist, the place of the Virgin Mary’s visitation and wander through an extremely lovely neighborhood filled with amazing stories.
An afternoon tour of Sataf – a place in the mountains where two families restored ancient agriculture. We will see the irrigation systems and springs, and crawl through a cave, into which one of the springs flows.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
One day tour in the Judean Hills
See the site of the battles of Joshua in the Ajalon Valley and the place of the real Emmaus.
Driving by the ancient town of Beit Shemesh, we will stop nearby at a beautiful area, which was the place where Samson killed the lion. Learn of Samson’s extraordinary story. We’ll also ponder the conflicts between the Israelites and the Philistines.
Was David an innocent boy when he fought Goliath? View the battlefield in the Elah Valley from the top of Tel Azeka, and learn about the mind of a politician in formation.
This morning, we will drive to the Dead Sea area, and will focus on facts, myths and symbols concerning the famous fight of a bunch of Jewish zealots against masses of Roman soldiers over the mighty cliff of Masada.
Enjoy the many colors of nature, and see some unique animals at the lovely oasis of Ein Gedi. Take showers and dips at the waterfalls and pools.
In the afternoon we will lose all sense of gravity, while floating on the heavy water of the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the therapeutic black mud, for which the Dead Sea is famous.
One day tour in Tel Aviv
We will walk the alleys of old Yaffo (Jaffa, Joppa), a town built of sandstone, see its excavations, listen to its outstanding stories and visit the port and the flea market.
We will start the tour of restless Tel Aviv by visiting Independence Hall, where the State of Israel was declared, and have a fascinating look into these times.
After lunch, we’ll drive out of town to hear the amazing story of a 1940’s clandestine bullet factory, the Ayalon Institute.
Relax on the public beach of Tel Aviv and in the hotel’s pool and enjoy the Old Port. You can also rent bicycles and ride along the beaches.