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Saturday Night, 9 July

USA Departure

Sunday, 10 July

When You Come Into the Land (Dev. 26:1)

Late afternoon arrival in Israel to be met and assisted at Ben Gurion Airport by your ITC representative. Explore the pathways, art galleries, and market stalls of Old Jaffa, once the gateway to Eretz Yisrael; review the biblical story of Jonah the Prophet on site. Hotel check-in and welcome dinner. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Monday, 11 July

Foundations of the Modern State

At Independence Hall, relive Ben Gurion‛s moving declaration of the State Walk through the historic Tel Aviv neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, replete with funky new shops and art galleries, including a possible visit to the new Masorti Center; continue to Shuk Hacarmel and Rabin Square Enjoy an extremely impressive presentation of the amazing achievements of the Palmach at the new multi-media Palmach Museum. Visit the Museum of the Diaspora for a special encounter with Jewish communities around the world and throughout the ages. Free evening in Tel Aviv Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 12 July

Layers of History

See ancient history come to life at the multi-media center against the backdrop of ancient Casesaria. Excavations include an impressive amphitheatre and aqueduct. Take in a wonderful overview of the Carmel region at Mukhraka-Keren HaCarmel, where Elijah the Prophet faced off against the prophets of Ba‛al. Take a panoramic bus tour of the sparkling port city of Haifa, including views of the spectacular Bahai Gardens Dinner on one‛s own on the Tiberias promenade. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias

Wednesday, 13 July

Tzefat and the Golan Heights

Visit the ancient synagogue of Hammat Tiberias, featuring a fascinating mosaic floor. Tour the synagogues, courtyards, and art galleries of the mystical city of Tzefat. Ascend the Golan Heights; gaze down over the Galilee as the Syrians once did. Enjoy a tour, tasting, and a chocolate- making workshop at the delicious chocolate factory at Kibbutz Ein Zivan, run by immigrants from Argentina (time permitting) Glide down the Jordan River in a kayak. Free time for dinner on own on the Tiberias Promenade. Overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias

Thursday, 14 July

The Jordan River Valley

Drive south along Israel‛s border with Jordan Tour the remarkable excavations of the ancient Roman city of Beit Shean, including a magnificent Cardo, Roman baths, residences, and amphitheatre. See some of the Qumran caves, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, while driving along the Dead Sea coast. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to the waterfall and review the biblical story of kings David and Saul “on site”. Check-in to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dead Sea. Swim in the Dead Sea and experience the remarkable buoyancy of the lowest place on the face of the earth. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dead Sea

Friday, 15 July

Masada: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics

Ascend Masada by cable car; tour this impressive excavation and discuss the terrible dilemma faced by its Jewish population during Roman times Descend Masada by the Roman Ramp. Camel ride and Bedouin hospitality, including an explanation about Bedouin culture at Kfar Hanokdim. Lunch on own in Arad. Drive through the Judean and Negev deserts to the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Fine on the Mediterranean Sea, Ashkelon. Shabbat dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Ashkelon

Shabbat, 16 July

Shabbat in Ashkelon – Parashat Hukkat

Shabbat services at Netzach Yisrael. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and our hotel‛s pool. Shabbat lunch buffet at the hotel. Saturday night encounter with members of Netzach Yisrael. Overnight: Leonardo Hotel, Ashkelon

Sunday, 17 July

Ascent to Jerusalem of Old

Travel north for the ascent to Jerusalem. Take in a breathtaking view of the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. Go way back in time to King David‛s Jerusalem in David‛s City and enjoy sloshing through Hezekiah‛s water tunnel (strap-on water shoes and flashlights needed) Free time for lunch (on one‛s own) in the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter. Explore the Southern Wall Excavations and learn more about the ancient Jerusalem Temple at the Davidson Center. Kotel Tunnels, walk alongside the massive foundation stones of the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Free evening in Jerusalem. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 18 July

Those Who Made a Difference

Visit the new state-of-the-art Memorial Museum (age 12 and over only), Children‛s Memorial, and Valley of the Communities at Yad Vashem Enjoy a truly fascinating multi-media presentation about the life of the Father of Modern Zionism at the newly opened Herzl Exhibit (if available) At Har Herzl Military Cemetery encounter the “silver platter” on which the Jewish people have acquired – and continue to acquire – our state Walk through colorful, bustling Machaneh Yehuda open-air market – am yisrael chai! Free evening in Jerusalem. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel Jerusalem

Tuesday, 19 July

Enjoy free time this morning for last minute shopping. Late hotel check-out (early afternoon) At Ammunition Hill, see a terrific new audio-video presentation about the fierce Six Day War battle for Jerusalem; enter former Jordanian bunkers. Stop at the Knesset Menorah for a “Kodak moment” and a view of Israel‛s center of government. Visit the recently renovated Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book; the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem. Farewell dinner at Ema Restaurant. Depart for the airport

Wednesday, 20 July

A Temporary Departure – Return to USA

Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi and Alla Fine and ITC Tours!

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Tour Rates

Land and Air* Package $4,735

Land Only $3,195 Per person in a double room – Single Room Supplement $995 Third adult in a triple room: subtract $380 Reduction

3rd in a room up to 12 years child sharing with parents $490 Reduction 3rd Bar Mitzvah child sharing with parents $550 Reduction for 3rd and 4th child shraing a Quad with parents

$200 Added to the above pricing are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage $165 per person.

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