Day 1: Arrival Tel Aviv Airport
Welcome to Israel! We will assist you at the airport once you get off the plane, and then drive you in an air-conditioned vehicle to your Tel Aviv overnight accommodations.
Day 2: Tel Aviv City Tour
We will begin your tour in Israel in Tel Aviv, the cultural capital. You will see the famous Bauhaus architecture that has become the trademark of the city. We will go to Rothschild Boulevard, a beautiful tree-lined street in Tel Aviv, where we will stop to see Independence Hall, where Ben Gurion declared the State of Israel.
Then, we will turn into the gentrifying Florentine neighborhood, where we will see the colourful, edgy street art, which rivals the graffiti of other major cities in the world. Even the law has de facto decided to let the graffiti to stay on the walls between hip eateries untouched.
We will then head to Jaffa, to see the ancient port city. Then, we will head to the small art galleries peppered in the area. Following this, we will go North to Neve Tzedek, a cute neighborhood with graffiti and street art to admire. We will visit the Susan Dallal Dance Center, which is architecturally beautiful even when a show isn’t playing, with a courtyard with trees and murals.
You will be returned to your Tel Aviv hotel after a long day of touring.
Day 3: Caesarea Zikron Yaacov – Ein Hod – Tiberias
After breakfast, we will drive North to Caesarea, where we will see the incredible bird mosaic, that was accidentally discovered 65 years ago but was not open to the public until years later. The mosaic is a taxonomic record of sorts but is also visually striking and beautiful.
Then, we will head to Zikron Yaacov to see the First Aliyah Museum, where you will see the creations of the first immigrants to Israel. The town is beautiful and has a very different feeling from the rest of Israel.
Next, we will head to Ein Hod, where there is an artists colony, with over a dozen workshops, over 20 galleries, 2 museums, and more. You could spend all day taking in the sites.
Finally, we will transfer to Haifa for overnight accommodations.
Day 4: Haifa
We will see the sights of Haifa, starting with a view from Mount Carmel, which overlooks not only the city, but also the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Then, we will head to the Baha’i Gardens, to see the steps and flower arrangements that make up this holy site.Afterwards, we will head the Hecht Museum, located on the University of Haifa’s campus. The museum not only has art, but also artifacts, so there is inspiration from myriad sources.
We will then drive to see one of the first museums in Israel, the Museum of Art Ein Harod. The museum has over 10,000 pieces of art to peruse.
Finally, we will continue to Tiberias for overnight accommodations.
Day 5: Tiberias
We will have a tour of Tiberias in the morning, and you will leave understanding why this is one of the holy cities of Israel. Not to mention you will take in the beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee.
Then, we will head to Rosh Pina to see the Jerusalem Chimes, an artisanal wind chime studio. We will also see Inbar’s Pottery Gallery, to see the plates, mugs, and more authentic pieces that you cannot find anywhere else.
Finally, we will head back to Tiberias to spend the night.
Day 6: Tel Hai
We will travel to Tel Hai to see the cemetery and memorial with the famous roaring lion sculpture. Then, we will head to the Baram Kibbutz, to see the ruins of the famous synagogue- one of the oldest in the Jewish State.
Then, we will head to the Bar David Museum of art and Judaica. The museum has, along with religious items, paintings, photographs, sculpture, and more.
We will pass by the beautiful Hula Valley, where birds flock from Europe on their way to Africa during their migration season.
Finally, we will stop for the night at a kibbutz hotel.
Day 7: Jordan Valley – Jerusalem
The day will begin at Belvoir Fortress, a crusader fortress which is incredibly well preserved. Yigal Tumarkin, an Israeli artist, created a sculpture garden in the surrounding area which is not to be missed. The old and new creations will be a great source of inspiration for any artist.
Then, we will go to the Beit Alpha Synagogue, to see the famous ancient floor mosaic. This mosaic portrays the sacrifice of Issac, zodiac signs, and more.
Them, we will head to the Jordan River for a view of the biblical city. Then, we’ll continue to Jerusalem for your overnight accommodations.
Day 8: Jerusalem Old City
We will begin the tour of Israel’s capital in the Old City where we will see all the highlights as per your preferences. The synagogues and churches and mosques are holy sites, and also works of art in their own right.
We will visit the Western Wall tunnels for an incredible underground journey into the layers of history. You will see how ancient artists and engineers moved massive stones and build walls and columns with your own eyes.
By ascending Mount Scopus, we will get an amazing view of Jerusalem that you will never forget.
Finally, you will finish the day by heading back to your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 9: Jerusalem New City
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the Israel Museum to see the latest artwork, photography, fashion exhibitions. We will also see the Dead Sea Scrolls, and numerous other world-famous artifacts found in Israel.
After this, you will see the famous Chagall Windows at the Hadassah Medical Center. Afterwards, we will see Nachlaot, a local neighborhood where you can take in the local aesthetic in an authentic site outside of the normal tourist destinations.
Overnight accommodations are back in the same Jerusalem hotel.
Day 10: Jerusalem – Beer Sheva / Beduin Hospitality
We will begin the day by heading South to the capital of the Negev, Be’er Sheva (Seven Wells). After taking in the sites and vibes of the city, we will head to a Bedouin community to learn about their culture.
The Bedouin people have a history of handicrafts, embroidery, art, and more to show off, and has not been widely displayed. We will also have lunch in the Bedouin community, in their traditional style.
After eating, we will drive to the Dead Sea for overnight accommodations.
Day 11: Masada
We will drive through the Judean hills from Jerusalem in the morning to Masada. By cable car, you’ll ascend to this incredible Herodian fortress and enjoy the view of Israel and Jordan. The history of this incredible place is also why people visit until today.
Then, we will go to the nearby Ein Gedi national park, to see the ancient flour mills and bathhouses found on the land there.
Finally, you will go to the Dead Sea to relax. You can float in the famously salty water, put on the nutrient-rich mud, or simply lie on the sand.
After a whirlwind day, we will drive to Tel Aviv for your last night in Israel.
Day 12: Transfer to airport
We will transfer you to the airport from Tel Aviv for your flight home. Thank you for visiting and bon voyage!