SATURDAY March 28th
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)
The schedule for this day will depend on flight arrival times
Sunset Yoga on the Beach
Visit the newly renovated and historical Sarona. German Templers settled this area in 1873 believing that hard honest work in the Holy Land will quicken the second coming of Jesus. Walk along the picturesque European style houses while enjoying the new Israeli shops inside.
It's Israel's largest indoor culinary market and operates seven days a week and is an innovative, contemporary urban market that combines the old world with the new. A gourmet and consumer product market featuring imported products along with the best local produce - fruit and vegetables from Emek Hefer and the Arava, lamb and veal from the Golan Heights, fresh fish from the Mediterranean Sea, local wines, boutique beer, chocolates and hand-made pastries. A central place where you can experience the full intensity of all the flavors of contemporary Israeli culinary art under one roof.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
SUNDAY March 29
You will have some free time to shop and explore Tel Aviv
Take an exciting Bicycle Tour of the Tel Aviv from the promenade to the Port, which is one of the most popular places to relax among the locals.
The White City of Tel Aviv
Walk along Rothschild Boulevard where you can see The White City of Tel Aviv (UNESCO World Heritage). The various architects created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context.
You will walk by one of the most important sites in the modern history of the nation, Independence Hall, where Israeli statehood was declared in 1948. (currently closed for renovations)
Carmel Market w. Moran Broza
Next you’ll head over to Shuk haCarmel, Tel Aviv’s colorful open air market, where foods on display range from exotic spices to the very freshest fish. The market is also home to a number of very cool eateries offering trendy, tasty cuisine prepared by some of Israel’s best chefs. You will arrive just in time for a delicious midday meal. B’tayavon -- enjoy!
Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
The Israeli Innovation Center is the first and largest visitor's center of its kind.
It presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation, and welcomes visitors from Israel and around the world with the aim of promoting a better future of prosperity and peace.
Partners in this journey of innovation include government ministries, multinational corporations, and the start-up community.
From there continue to Jaffa where you will Feel the contrasts as you tour three very different sites: the serenity of St. Peter’s Church, fast and furious haggling over the treasures of the flea market, and the waterfront scene at Jaffa’s historic port.
Private chef meal or dinner joined by some lone soldiers
Overnight in Tel Aviv
MONDAY March 30
Tour along the Gaza border
Travel to Moshav Netiv HaAsara whose security wall, next to homes of residents, divides the Gaza Strip and Israel. Participate in the unique project, Path to Peace, where visitors glue colorful mosaic pieces onto the gray security wall thus taking part in the creation and statement for peace.
We will also the city of Sderot which has been constantly hit by rocket fire from Palestinian terrorist inside Gaza. At the local police station view the pile of Qassam Rockets Galley fire at the city. Then tour the city with its protected playground, reinforced shields on schools, various locations damaged by rockets & the bomb shelter residential project - the first of its kind in the world. Finally from a view point look into Gaza and receive an explanation on security challenges facing Israeli from Gaza.
Meeting with Yuval Roth, founder of Road to Recovery
Road to Recovery is an organization of thousands of Israeli volunteers, driving Palestinians requiring treatment – mostly children – from crossings between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to hospitals in Israel. Road to Recovery is apolitical and motivated solely by humanitarian interests. We believe that our assistance, besides being motivated by compassion, will generate good will, deepen our connection and contribute to peace between our peoples.
Home hospitality lunch with the Cooking Ladies in Sderot
On to the Negev for a Real Desert Experience
You are invited to experience a direct connection between nature and the human being in a harmonic unmediated way. A journey into the deep desert, being an active partner in a revival of an ancient camel caravan way.
Sleeping under million stars. Smelling the natural flora and enjoy traditional food authentically prepared in place
You will meet and experience the way and habits of life and the culture of the caravans –The Bedouin and their tradition in the desert.
You will be able to really taste the everyday activities with them, walking riding feeding the camel, preparing food, telling stories around the fire when the night falls down. Experiencing the wilderness. The contrast between the 21 century way of life and the ancient way will be present.
Overnight in the Desert
TUESDAY March 31
4X4 Jeep ride in the Ramon Crater
On your Ramon Crater jeep tour you will ride through the biggest crater ("Makhtesh") of its kind in the world, while we go some 220 million years back in time to the time of the dinosaurs. You will learn about the formation of this phenomena, search for fossils, taste edible desert plants, trace wild animal tracks and listen to the roaring hum of silence.
Yoga along the rim of the Crater
R & R at the hotel
Overnight at the Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpeh Ramon
After dinner have enjoy a special star gazing activity where you will stare into the endless, dark desert skies, with a private star observatory set up especially for you!
When you go out stargazing in Mitzpe Ramon you can actually do pretty well with a naked eye, but when you add our powerful telescopes into the picture, every star becomes a STAR!
The activity is a combination of spectacular astronomical telescope observations (according to what is visible that night) accompanied by mind-blowing explanations and facts about our universe, along side mythological heroes namedropping and famous myths related to the star constellations you will see.
WEDNESDAY April 1
Visit the Shanti Desert Youth Village
Visit Desert Shanti Youth village The village constitutes a first of its kind model in Israel and throughout the world, and every year addresses the needs of 1000 youths at risk from all corners of the country, especially southern Israel.
In the Village’s construction, great emphasis was placed on green building, use of environment-friendly materials, water recycling, and the capability to utilize solar power. It offers youth an exceptional opportunity for rehabilitation and growth.
The desert permits the development and application of innovative treatment methods such as a therapeutic horse ranch, agricultural therapy, hydrotherapy, involvement in the Village’s social activities and no less importantly connection to the developing community of the South and contributing back to the community.
Lunch & Swim at the Dead Sea
Lunch & Swim at one the hotels on the shores of the Dead Sea. Cover yourselves with mud and enjoy the buoyant therapeutic waters of this mineral-rich Sea. Relax by the pool or take a spa treatment
Ein Gedi Reserve
We will visit the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve. See the waterfalls at this Oasis in the desert, which is mentioned several times in the Book of Psalms, and hear the biblical stories of King David hiding from King Saul. The combination of Ein Gedi’s abundance of water and tropical climate provides the ability for wonderful exotic plant and animal life to flourish.
Overnight in Jerusalem
THURSDAY April 2
Meet Danny Tirza
Meet Danny Tirza, a former security official who helped designed the route of the Security Fence that Israel has built to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers & terrorists. Here we can discuss the security dilemmas that constantly plague the State of Israel & Jerusalem in particular.
A meeting with The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF)
The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas.
Roots - Palestinian and Israeli Settlers in joint dialogue
A unique network of local Palestinians and Israelis who have come to see each other as the partners they both need to make changes to end conflict. Based on a mutual recognition of each People's connection to the Land, they are developing understanding and solidarity despite ideological differences
Meeting with Fleur Hassan
Overnight in Jerusalem
FRIDAY April 3
After breakfast, we’ll visit Yad Vashem, considered the primary museum and memorial for the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honoring Jews who fought against their Nazioppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.
Meeting with Harry Rosenberg
Old City of Jerusalem
Explore the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. Go beyond the typical tourist sightseeing; instead, connect to yourself and your spirituality as you visit sacred sites of the world’s 3 monotheistic religions Learn from your expert guide about the rich history and the deep meaning of Jerusalem to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Shabbat Evening Service
At night fall you may enter the Old City and walk to the Western Wall (Kotel), Judaism’s Holiest site, for a Shabbat evening service unlike anything you have ever experienced. You can have a festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel or dine at a restaurant.
Shabbat of a Lifetime
The Shabbat of a Lifetime program offers an opportunity for incoming tourists of all backgrounds to experience an authentic Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) at the home of a host family in the heart of Jerusalem. Shabbat of a Lifetime participants receive an informative introduction to Shabbat while dining on a five-course meal with their hosts
Overnight in Jerusalem
SATURDAY April 4
The West Bank with Sami Awad and Antwan
Start with a visit at Rawabi and meet with Bashar Masri.
Next, we explore Ramallah, the modern, vibrant, cultural capital of the West Bank, where we’ll walk through the city and visit Arafat’s Tomb, before moving on to the city of Jesus’s birth, Bethlehem.
Lunch with local students
The final stop is Bethlehem, where we will visit the unique Walled Off Hotel with its gallery of Palestinian art and museum dedicated to the history of the wall; you’ll gain a profound understanding of the conflict from the Palestinian point of view. See how life is in a Palestinian city, for both the Muslim majority and the Christian minority.
Meeting with Combatants for Peace
Overnight in Jerusalem
SUNDAY April 5
We’ll visit the Mystical City of Tzfat/ Safed (the birthplace of Kabbalah) one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition with its Kabalistic studies. We will stroll through the narrow, winding alleys, visit some of the beautiful synagogues and browse through the artists’ workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artists' quarter.
Lunch at a Winery
Visit a winery. Take a tour of the winery and afterwards partake in delicious wine tasting.
Kibbutz Misgav Am Security Lecture
Drive to Kibbutz Misgav Am, on the border of Lebanon for a lecture on the precarious security situation between Hezbollah and Israel and how the Civil War in Syria affects this problem.
Yoga at sunset along the Sea of Galilee
Overnight in Jerusalem
MONDAY April 6
Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for your return journey home
Pricing for this trip includes:
- 7 days of private guided touring by Ma'ayan Leshem (not on Shabbat) including transportation by bus.
9 hotel overnights as follows:
- 2 at the Royal Beach in Tel Aviv
- 1 Desert experience
- 1 at the Beresheet hotel in Mitzpeh Ramon
- 5 at the Orient in Jerusalem
- Breakfast daily at the hotels
- Chef meal in Tel Aviv
- Dinner in the desert
- Dinner at Beresheet hotel
- Friday night dinner, Shabbat of a Lifetime
- Tastings at the Carmel Market
- Home hospitality in Sderot
- Light lunch in the Crater
- Lunch & Spa at a hotel along the Dead Sea
- Lunch with students in Ramalah
- Lunch & wine tasting at a winery up North
Pricing for this Trip does not include:
- Gratuities for the guide & driver
- International flights
- Travel and medical insurance
- Anything not mentioned above