Israel Second Timer
ISRAEL SECOND TIMER
11 Days/9 Nights Tuesday Departures
An Exceptional Tour for Israel’s Second Timer
During your first visit to Israel, you undoubtedly covered many of the religious and historical points of interest, but were limited in time and therefore may have missed out on the other side of Israel. The country is certainly even more special “The Second Time Around,” as we provide you with the personal attention of a private guide at a relaxed pace, incorporating sites and visits that will astound and intrigue. As each day unfolds, you will be filled with sensations that will leave you wanting to see more and more. We at Dantours enjoyed this very special tour and found ourselves eager to begin each day of touring. We hope you will be just as excited as you embark on this journey to Israel . . . “The Second Time Around.”
Day 1 - Wednesday: Jerusalem
Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv; meeting and transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem. Balance of the afternoon/early evening to unpack and get familiar with your hotel. Tonight, we’ve provided tickets to the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum located just minutes from your hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 2 - Thursday: Jerusalem
A fantastic and unusual day as we begin with the Segway experience – riding through the three magnificent Jerusalem promenades –Haas, Shorever and Goldman Promenades. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Old City, Mount of Olives, Mt. Scopus and much more. After, we’ll continue to the City of David and explore the excavations, Warren’s shaft and walk through the waters at the bottom of Hezekiah’s Tunnels to the Shiloach Pools. Return to the hotel. As an evening activity, your guide will suggest all the wonderful newly established pedestrian areas in Jerusalem, all just a short walk or taxi ride from your hotel. The shops and restaurants are open late as it’s the eve of the lively Israeli weekend .
Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 3 - Friday: Jerusalem
A revisit to Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust, is a must, following the decade long restoration project which expanded the museum with many more exhibitions. On to the Mahane Yehuda Market for a delightful “shuk bites” experience . Meet with the colorful vendors who will captivate you with their personal stories while you taste their Israeli grown vegetables, spices, freshly baked breads, meat delicacies, pastries and so much more! A culinary delight! Return to the hotel and in the early evening join the throngs of visitors at the illuminated Western Wall for a unique and moving experience. You’ll see the soldiers and Jerusalemites sing and dance welcoming the Jewish Sabbath. Join a Jerusalem family for home hospitality on the “Shabbat of a Lifetime” program, and enjoy an absolutely delicious home cooked meal. Or, if you wish, you may have Shabbat dinner at your hotel—the choice is yours. (B.D)
Day 4 - Saturday: Jerusalem
A lovely day totally at leisure. Enjoy the hotel’s facilities and the ambiance of the golden city. Tonight, don’t miss the Mamilla Pedestrian walkway with its many cafes, boutiques and pubs located close to your hotel. (B)
Day 5 - Sunday: Jerusalem
You’ll love the Menachem Begin Museum, one of the newest additions to Jerusalem’s fantastic museums. Using the life story of the 6th Prime Minister of Israel, the visitor is taken on a journey through history using reconstructions, original items, rare documentary films as well as reenactments, interactive elements, dramatic lighting and an inspiring soundtrack. We’ll then head to Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem only 10 minutes away. Through an exciting audio-visual presentation at Kibbutz Etzion, the heroic story and fierce battle of Gush Etzion is brought to life. . It is also here in Gush Etzion that you will be offered a choice of “surprise activities” which you will definitely “write home about”. Your Dan Tours travel expert will make your activity choices available to you at the time of booking---this will surely be one of the most memorable highlights of your trip! Then visit a local winery for some wine tasting before returning to the Old City of Jerusalem for yet another incredible experience—the Old City Rooftop tour to see Jerusalem in an entirely different prospective (from the top looking down!). If you’ve wondered how the affluent families of Jerusalem live, you may be able to see their gorgeous private homes and gardens in the courtyards of the old city. Revisit some of your favorite areas of the old city. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)
Day 6 - Monday: Mitzpeh Ramon
Sleep a bit later this morning before heading south on your way to Mitzpeh Ramon stopping first at the Dead Sea, 1400 feet below sea level. Stop at a Dead Sea Spa hotel where we’ve arranged for use of the facilities, enjoying a “float” in the sea’s unique waters enriched with minerals. Lunch at the Spa Hotel before continuing through the Negev to Mitzpeh Ramon and the most spectacular resort in all of Israel—the Beresheet Hotel & Spa built on the edge of the Ramon Crater one of the most impressive geological natural phenomena on the face of the earth. A stay at the Beresheet Resort is simply breathtaking—you’ll never want to leave! We’ve reserved a fabulous 50 minute Spa treatment during your stay. This evening, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the resort. (B.L.D)
Day 7 - Tuesday: Mitzpeh Ramon
A fabulous desert adventure today as we enjoy a morning Jeep Ride with our expert naturalist. Discover the Ramon Crater, the largest of its kind and one of only seven like it in the world. Its formation dates back 220 million years! Return to the Beresheet for optional spa treatments, rest and relaxation. Dinner at the Hotel. (B.D)
Day 8 - Wednesday: Tel Aviv
Drive north to Kibbutz Sde Boker, desert home of Israel’s founder and first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. The hut in which he lived from the day he moved there until his death in 1973 is preserved exactly as it was when he lived there. Continue to Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa, where you’ll be amazed at the newly developed flee market area full of cafes and great shopping! Time permitting, stroll through the artists’ galleries in Jaffa. We’ll also make a quick stop at the “Tachana” another newly developed area, converted from an old railroad station, now filled with beautiful restaurants and shops. You may choose to stay and dine at the Tachana or return to the hotel with your guide. Many restaurant choices are available on the beachfront promenade or at the Tel Aviv Port (“Namal”) also a newly developed area not to be missed. During the summertime, you can enjoy the “White Nights” festivals with many open air concerts. Your guide will be happy to suggest the most happening spot during these special evenings in the Tel Aviv/Jaffa area. Overnight in Tel Aviv at your hotel on the Mediterranean Shore. (B)
Day 9 - Thursday: Tel Aviv
Full day at leisure to enjoy the vibrancy of Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps.
Overnight Tel Aviv. (B)
Day 10 - Friday: En Route
Transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.
Optional Extensions are available to Eilat, Jordan, or Turkey. Please inquire!
Departure day of the week may be altered; sites featured may be modified according to your personal interests.