Israel Agriculture Tour 12 Days 11 Nights Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Day
Welcome to your Agriculture Tour in Israel! Upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport, your trusted Mazada Tours representative will be there to assist you with customs clearance, before transferring you to your hotel in Jerusalem in a private, air-conditioned vehicle.
Day 2: Visit Volcani Center and Weitzman Institute
Your tour starts with an in-depth visit to the Volcani Centre, part of the Agricultural Research Organization in Beit Dagan. This is the state research institute in agriculture and an organization that carries out industry-leading studies. Volcani is considered one of the best agricultural institutes in the world and a guided visit makes for the perfect start to your tour. Here, you will learn about the various new methods being discovered through the study of water, plants, and soil, on a thoroughly educational tour. We shall then continue on to Rehovot University, where we’ll find the esteemed Weizmann Institute of Science, a multidisciplinary facility involved in the study of exact and natural sciences. Explore the museum and its interactive displays and enjoy a truly stimulating experience. Your overnight accommodation will be in Tel Aviv.
Day 3: Tel Aviv and Galilee
Our agriculture-enriched journey from Tel Aviv to the north begins with a stop at the Matityahu Research Farm, to discover more about the newest innovations in pest management, fruit agriculture, and more. At Netafim Irrigation Factory, you’ll learn about the effective, targeted use of water that has revolutionized cultivation in this area. This is a unique, water-saving Israeli innovation! Netafim is the world’s largest drip-irrigation manufacturing plant, holding about 30% of the international drip-irrigation market, with subsidiaries all over the world. Your lodging will be at a kibbutz hotel.
Day 4: Upper Galilee
Today, we will start with a drive to the Jordan Valley and, specifically, the foothills of the Golan Heights. It is here that we will visit Sha’ar Hagolan Kibbutz, famous for its plastic engineering, and for its cultivation of fruit and vegetables. Afterward, we head to Mount Bental to enjoy sensational views of the Golan Heights and southern Syria, before our visit to the Merom Golan kibbutz. Situated at the foothills of Mount Bental, Merom is where we will meet and tour with local growers, so you can learn more about the innovative ways in which agricultural projects are carried out here. We will be in Tiberias for overnight lodging.
Day 5: Tiberias
An optional boat ride on the Sea of Galilee starts our tour of Tiberias, one of Israel’s Four Holy cities and a gorgeous place set along the shores of this incredible sea. In the Jordan Valley, we are taken on a tour of the kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. Sde Eliyahu is an outstanding, well-established community, with its synagogue and day school providing for the everyday needs of its residents. You’ll learn about the farming and production of dates, grapes, pomegranates and so much more. If you’re a lover of all things organic and incredibly unique agricultural ideas, you will absolutely love this place. After that, we will visit the Eden Farm to learn about their techniques for growing organic crops without pesticides. A stay at the Dead Sea is planned for overnight accommodation.
Day 6: Dead Sea
Exploring the Dead Sea region is always a highlight on our Agriculture Tours in Israel. In the morning, we’ll visit Qumran and explore the enigmatic caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We’ll then pay a visit to the beautiful Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, a revered haven for Baobab and African sycamore-fig trees – we’ll head to some exceptional lookouts so you can enjoy breathtaking views and the chance to spot endemic and migratory birds. Afterward, you will not want to miss your chance for a therapeutic bathing experience in the Dead Sea – cover your whole body in mud, lie back and enjoy the sensation of floating on air, on one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. We will drive to Jerusalem after your unforgettable Dead Sea experience, where you will stay overnight.
Day 7: Jerusalem
No Agriculture Tour in Israel would be complete without a cultural immersion of a different kind. Today's journey starts with a tour of Old Jerusalem. We’ll explore the enchanting Armenian and Jewish quarters, enjoy a stroll along the Byzantine-era colonnaded Cardo avenue and explore the remains of the ancient perimeter wall of Jerusalem. Continue to the Western Wall (Kotel) and take your time exploring the intricate alleyways of the Christian Quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, the processional route that showcases the Stations of the Cross, all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, before continuing to the New City. Our first stop here is the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament building) before we take a very moving tour of Israel’s official Holocaust homage: the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Should today fall on a Saturday or Jewish holiday, we will make alternative plans and visit the Tomb of King David, the Dormition Abbey, and the Room of the Last Supper. You will spend another lovely evening and night in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Wine tour – Viticulture
Before a tour of the Psagot Winery on the southeastern outskirts of Ramallah, we start the day with a tour of Samaria in the West Bank. Founded in the 9th-century, Samaria was once the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. One of the highest peaks in the West Bank, Mount Gezirim on the Judean Hills, offers spellbinding panoramic views so we’ll stop for a break right here. Our final destination today is Jerusalem, for our overnight accommodation.
Day 9: Judea
Today, we’ll spend a full day exploring the Judean countryside and travel way off the usual tourist trail, to learn more about local farming strategies. After driving to Tel Aviv, we will spend the night there.
Day 10: Tel Aviv City Tour
Your Agriculture Tour in Israel will take in the best highlights in Tel Aviv today, starting with a visit to the Diaspora Museum, where you can learn about the evolution of the Jewish heritage. A fascinating and entertaining museum, this is a particularly valuable for first-time visitors! Enjoy a comfortable, air-conditioned driving tour of downtown Tel Aviv, discovering the business and entertainment districts. Make a poignant stop at Rabin Square and visit the memorial marking the spot where former Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995. We’ll then continue on to discover Old Jaffa, an 8000-year-old port city and now a charismatic neighborhood filled with art galleries, theatres, and excellent restaurants. Discover the remnants of ancient worlds and explore the beautifully restored quarter of the dedicated artists who created this incredible place. Nearby is where we’ll find Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhood which was built in 1909. We’ll leisurely stroll along Nahalat Binyamin, one of the city’s outdoor pedestrian malls and a bustling hub home to boutiques selling handmade souvenirs, jewelry, and objets d’art, as well as ever-present musicians who bring the street to life. By mid-afternoon, it will be time to head to the neighborhood around Sheinkin Street, a colorful and eclectic area renowned for its trendy vibe, unique shops, and outdoor café life. Your overnight accommodation is in Tel Aviv.
Day 11: Free Day Tel Aviv
To complete your whirlwind Agriculture Tour in Israel, enjoy a free day in Tel Aviv; spend the whole day relaxing on the beach, feast on exquisite local specialties or perhaps squeeze in some more souvenir shopping, so you can bring home meaningful mementoes of your journey. Enjoy your last night on tour in the bustling and exciting city of Tel Aviv.
Day 12: Departure from Ben Gurion Airport
This morning, it will be time to say goodbye! You will be transferred to the airport in your private vehicle. At Mazada Tours, we thank you for planning your Agriculture Tour in Israel with us and eagerly await your next visit!