Kenes new 11 nights V.I.P Tour

Experience Israel in a small V.I.P guaranteed tour (12 max)

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The best of the best that Israel can offer

Highlights include:

· Yitzhak Rabin Center museum

· The new Sarona (Templar's’ quarter in Tel Aviv)

· Palmach Museum

· Tel Aviv art museum

· Atlit detention camp

· Igal Alon museum

· City of David

· Western Wall tunnels and much more

Special attractions include:

· Ethiopian hospitality including home cooked lunch

· Shuk bites - ( tasting different foods at the Jerusalem Machne Yehuda market )

· Archaeological activity in Jerusalem

· Lunch and spa facilities at a deluxe Spa Dead Sea hotel

· Dinner at a local Middle Eastern Restaurant

· Sound & Light show at the Tower of David Jerusalem

Deluxe hotels – see descriptions below

VIP airport meet and greet services

In order to ease the arrival and departure procedures and avoid waiting in long lines, the travelers will receive a VIP service at Ben Gurion airport – upon arrival you are met just before passport control and escorted through baggage claim to the meeting point with the driver for the private transfer.

Upon departure our representative will meet and escort you through security procedures and passport control.

Wednesday - Day 1

Welcome to Israel – arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met and assisted just before passport control by our VIP representative. After luggage collection transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv –the city that never sleeps, and business and financial center of Israel

Overnight: Royal Beach hotel, Tel Aviv

Thursday - Day 2

Begin the morning with a visit to the Yitzhak Rabin Center – learn about the legacy of the late Prime Minister of Israel and explore the history and the development of the State

Next visit is Independence Hall where the establishment of the State of Israel was declared in 1948 headed by Ben Gurion. The hall where the visit takes place is the actual hall where “it all happened” and it looks exactly like it was then

Drive through Neve Tzedek – the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv established in 1887 when the old walled city of Jaffa became too overcrowded for its residents. While the area has undergone many changes in recent years, it has still managed to retain its charm and beautiful architecture can be seen

Continue to the Carmel market (shuk) and experience the vibrant noises, smells and colors

End the day at the Jaffa Visitors’ Center – enjoy the multimedia presentation of the 8,000 year old port town and its history; walk around the restored old city now an artists’ quarter and see the renovated harbor

Overnight: Royal Beach hotel, Tel Aviv

Friday - Day 3

Begin the day morning with a visit to the Palmach Museum dedicated to the Haganah which was an underground military organization

Proceed to Sarona the 140 year old German Templar’s colony which was occupied by the British forces and handed back to the Israelis in 1947; the complex served as the Israel Defense Force’s headquarters for many years this area has now been restored, preserving the original architecture and converted into a lively pedestrian open air commercial center

Visit the Tel Aviv Museum, Israel’s largest art museum that displays a wide collection of permanent and temporary exhibits of both local and international artists

Orientation tour of Tel Aviv to include Rabin’s Square – site where the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took place in November 1995.

Before returning to the hotel stop at the vibrant old Tel Aviv port with its unique shops, coffee shops and restaurants – one of the popular ‘hang outs’ for the locals

Overnight: Royal Beach hotel, Tel Aviv

Saturday - Day 4

At leisure

Suggest a visit to the old train station within walking distance of your hotel

Overnight: Royal Beach hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday - Day 5

Depart Tel Aviv and drive via the coastal road to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region. Explore the ruins and excavations of the Crusader’s city and the amphi-theater which has been restored and used for cultural events during the summer months. Tour the old port and learn about the history through a multi-media presentation

Proceed to the Atlit – a national monument. This was used a detention camp during the British mandate that detained the illegal Jewish immigrants

Drive through the port town of Haifa, home to the Bahai’i Faith – ascend the Carmel and enjoy the panoramic view of the beautifully sculptured Bahai’i Gardens the Haifa Bay

Visit Acre (Akko) one of the ancient port cities in Israel, declared by UNESXO as a world heritage site. Hear about the history of this city through its unique buildings, fortresses and intact fortifications. Visit the underground Crusader city and walk through the old city with its turrets and mosques and a local market.

Dinner and overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Spa & Resort hotel

Monday - Day 6

Begin the day with a visit to Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel and the center of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mysticism. Tour will include a visit to the Joseph Caro and Ha’Ari synagogues; browse through the artists’ quarter and the picturesque alleyways.

Ascend the Golan Heights and stop at Mitzpe Gadot a former Syrian base. This site commemorates the fallen Israel soldiers of the 33rd Battalion of the Golani Brigade.

Proceed to the Talmudic village of Katzrin and experience the ancient life through the restored home, olive press and ancient synagogue

Proceed to Mt. Bental a dormant volcanic mountain and enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Hermon and the Golan Heights. Hear about the story of one of the largest tank battles that took place during the 1973 war. End the day with a visit to Banias known as Caesarea Philippi which has one of the largest waterfalls in Israel that runs into the Jordan River. The water no longer gushes from the cave but seeps from the rocks below it. There are grottos in a nearby cliff that are remnants of a shrine to the god Pan

Dinner and overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Spa & Resort hotel

Tuesday - Day 7

Descend the Upper Galilee and visit Capernaum – explore the ruins of the synagogue and church of St. Peter. Enjoy a serene boat ride across the Sea of Galilee

Visit the Igal Alon Museum where an ancient 2,000 year old ancient boat was discovered

Drive to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in Israel.

Proceed to Beit Shean called the ‘Scythopolis’ and one of the biggest archeological parks in Israel with beautiful excavations from the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Stop at the Ethiopian cultural center and hear about the legacy and culture of the Ethiopians through real life stories, taste their traditional dishes and enjoy the unique hospitality and ceremonies. Proceed via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem – ascend MT. Scopus of a blessing as you enter the city. Overnight: David Citadel hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday - Day 8

Today will be spent touring the old city of Jerusalem

Walk along the Cardo – former market place during the 2nd Temple

Visit the Western Wall (waiting wall) directly below the Temple Mount

Continue to the City of David that began more than 3,000 years ago when King David left Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem

Depart the old city and drive to the foot of the Mt. of Olives for a unique archeological project at Emek Tzurim – a short lecture followed by a ‘hands on’ sifting through debris removed from the Temple Mount

Return to the old city for a tour through the labyrinth of underground Western Wall tunnels directly below the Western Wall/Temple Mount and learn about the history from centuries ago, Return to the hotel and freshen up.

Dinner at a Middle Eastern restaurant

Evening: the spectacular Sound & Light show at the Tower of David

Overnight: David Citadel hotel, Jerusalem

Thursday - Day 9

Explore the new city of Jerusalem

Visit the Israel Museum and enter the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed; see the new holy land model a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the 2nd Temple

Drive past the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems in the gardens of the Knesset

Experience the contemporary Jerusalem at the renowned Machane Yehuda Market (shuk) with its authentic and colorful stands. Enjoy the shuk bites (a card) that enables you to sample the delicacies of the market

Continue to Yad Vashem – Holocaust Memorial

Overnight: David Citadel hotel, Jerusalem

Friday - Day 10

Drive through the Judean Desert home of the Bedouin (nomads of the desert) and along the shore of the Dead Sea, lowest spot on earth Visit the Ein Gedi nature reserve and explore the lush oasis with its waterfalls, vegetation and rare wildlife. Continue to the mountain top fortress of Masada – ascend by cable car and explore the ruins of this ancient fortress built by King Herod – explore the palace, synagogue and ritual bath houses. Descend by cable car Buffet lunch at one of the hotels at the Dead Sea Experience a float in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea (towel and locker provided for your convenience) Return to Jerusalem and bid farewell to your guide and driver

Overnight: David Citadel hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday - Day 11

Day at leisure

Overnight: David Citadel hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday - Day 12

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met and assisted by our representative through the airport procedures including passport control

Have a safe return flight – Shalom and see you again!!

Hotel information

Tour pricing

The above rates include the following:

· VIP meeting and assistance service upon arrival and departure.

· Private transfers to/from the hotel upon arrival and departure.

· 11 nights’ accommodation in deluxe category hotels;

· 2 Dinners included at the hotel in the north.

· 8 sightseeing days as per the itinerary in a modern air-conditioned vehicle and a professional English speaking licensed guide.

· Entrance fees to the sites as described in the pro

Not Included:

  • Tips
  • 2. Travel Insurance
  • 3. Personal expenses
  • 4. Air tickets to / from Israel
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Terms and Conditions

"Israel Deluxe – a Small Group Experience" package

Valid from 1.3.2015 – 29.2.2016

1. Rates are net and non-commission able

2. Hotels might be replaced with similar ones.

3. The tour will operate with a minimum of 2 passengers; 1 passenger upon availability.

4. The tour includes a large amount of walking and is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties and/or wheelchairs.

5. Tourists should arrange their own travel, luggage and health insurance.

6. Kenes Tours will not be responsible for any loss, damaged luggage, accidents or illness during the tour.

7. Valuable belongings should not be left unattended in the vehicle and/or suitcases.

9. Tourists carrying a foreign passport are exempt from the 18% V.A.T upon receipt of their full passport details showing the name, passport number, nationality and address

10. Tourists carrying an Israeli passport will be charged the 18% V.A.T. tax.

11. Cancellation fees:

2 weeks prior to the beginning of the tour 20%

1 week prior to the beginning of the tour 25%

24 hours prior to the beginning of the tour 50%

12. Changes in the touring program might occur during the year or during the tour due to holidays or unforeseen circumstances.

13. No refund for unused services: transfers, sites, accommodations or any other changes.