Sample Chabad Itinerary

What follows is only a suggested itinerary, we can easily adjust the itinerary to fit your wishes

When determining the length of your trip, keep in mind that the main cost of any trip is the flight; additional days in Israel do not add that much to your cost but will definitely increase what can be accomplished

Day 1 – Sunday: Depart from your country of origin to Eretz Yisrael

Day 2 – Monday: Enter the Land of Israel
When we arrive at Ben Gurion Airport the Love Israel Tours representative will meet the group by the luggage carousel and assist us on the way out through customs. We will drive through Tel Aviv, the first Jewish city in modern times, founded on sand dunes in 1909. We check into our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea, where we can enjoy the beach and the facilities of the hotel. After dinner at a local Tel Aviv restaurant we can stroll down some of the famous streets in Tel Aviv visiting its shops and cafes. Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3 – Tuesday: Tel Aviv, Yaffo
After a late breakfast we drive to the Independence Museum where David Ben Gurion dramatically declared the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. We’ll stop at the famous Palmach Museum for an intriguing look at the clandestine operations during the time of the British Mandate and the Diaspora Museum, which follows 2,500 years of Jewish life in the Galut. One highlight is a replica collection of miniature synagogues throughout the world, both those destroyed and those still functioning. Another is the computerized genealogy section, where it is possible to look up Jewish family names to determine their origins. We continue to Yaffo where the prophet Jonah set sail. We can walk the alleys and byways of this ancient city with historic evidence dating back to the Pharaoh of the Exodus. We’ll experience the charm of the artists’ area, the flea market and the port area. Dinner in a local restaurant, overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 4 – Wednesday: Along the Coast
Driving north along the coast, our first stop is Caesarea, built by King Herod, and where the first Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire broke out. We will be able to “talk” to some of the personalities connected with Caesarea, such as Rabbi Akiva. We sit in the theater, walk the floor of the great Hippodrome where chariot races were held and get our feet wet in the Mediterranean Sea at the Roman aqueducts. Our next stop is the Atlit Prison camp, which was used by the British as a detention camp for “illegal“ immigrants among whom were Holocaust survivors and who found themselves, yet again, incarcerated behind barbed wire, only this time on the soil of Eretz Israel. We drive to Israel’s third largest city, Haifa, the city on the bay. Dinner in a local restaurant or the hotel, overnight in Haifa

Day 5 – Thursday: Western Galilee, Tzfat
We leave Haifa and stop in Akko (Acre), the ancient port immortalized by the Crusaders, the Turks and the British. We will see the prison where Jews were hanged during the time of the British Mandate. Also in Akko we will see one of the most fascinating synagogues in all of Israel with it’s mosaic tiles which tell the story of the Jewish people. Our next is Rosh Hanikra, on the extreme northwestern border, where we will descend by cable car into the magnificent limestone Grottoes. We continue to Tzporri. Here, Yehudah Hanasi established the Sanhedrin and put the final touches on the Mishna. Then, in true biblical fashion, we adorn traditional garb at Kfar Kedem and take a short donkey ride in the scenic hills of the Galilee. From our donkey’s back we will be able to admire the countryside, which has hardly changed since days of old. We now travel to Tzfat (Safed) for dinner and overnight in Tzfat

Day 6 – Friday: Mystical Tzfat
High in the mountains we will visit Meron and the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the holy book of Zohar. We start our day with an orientation session for our next two days in the mystical city of Tzfat. Tzfat is one of the Four Holy Cities of Israel and is known for its mystical atmosphere and Kabalistic studies. This town was a center of 16th century mysticism and is still a magnet for spiritual ‘searchers’. We will have an in-depth tour of the fascinating synagogues, cobblestone courtyards and ancient cemetery where many of our holy mystics are buried. There will be time for shopping and browsing through the artists’ workshops and galleries and meeting with some individuals in this prominent and flourishing Chabad community. As Shabbat beckons us the men will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Mikvah of the holy Ari. You can daven on the site where the Cabbalists of Tzfat originated the Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat service. After dinner we’ll have a late night walk – the “Bubemaises Tour” of Tzfat. Traditional Shabbat dinner and overnight in Tzfat

Day 7 – Shabbat: Dimensions of Kabala
After a light breakfast at the hotel we will have the opportunity to attend Shabbat Services at one of the many Synagogues of Tzfat such as the Abuhav, Ari-Ashkenazi, Alsheich, Ari-Sephardi, Avritch, Yoseph Caro, or the Tzemach Tzedek Shul. A lavish Kiddush and luncheon will be served at the hotel. There will be time for rest and relaxation before we meet for a talk about the Zohar, the holy book of Kabala by a prominent Chabad Rabbi. After the traditional third meal of Shabbat, there will be a musical Havdalah and concert for Malava Malka. Light breakfast, Shabbat luncheon, third meal and overnight in Tzfat

Day 8 – Sunday: Southern Golan
We ascend to the Golan Heights stopping for an overlook of the Kineret from the top of the Golan. Our next stop is Gamla where the oldest Beit Knesset was found and where according to Josephus 5,000 people jumped to their deaths rather then be sold into slavery by the Romans. We proceed to Katzrin, the capital of the Golan where we will visit the Golan Winery and sample some of the best wines in Israel and view a fascinating audio-visual presentation describing the history of the Golan throughout the ages. At the Talmudic Village we can see what life was like during the time of the Talmud in a re-created village and a partially restored 1,500-year-old synagogue. We continue to the observation point on Mount Bental, a former Syrian bunker, overlooking the entire Golan Heights. From here we can see the mountains of the Galil and Lebanon, and eastward into Syria. We will have an understanding of the wars that Israel fought with Syria at a brand new audio video presentation. Pending Military Authorities’ permission we will have the special privilege of being the guests of an Armored Brigade on their base. During our visit we will meet and talk with soldiers and officers stationed there. In the evening in Tiveria we can visit the tomb of the Rambam and Rabbi Akiva and enjoy a boat ride on the Kineret. Dinner at a local restaurant or the hotel, overnight at a religious kibbutz near the Kineret

Day 9 – Monday: Northern Golan
After a morning tour of the kibbutz, we drive to Tel Dan, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where we will hike through the park and, see foliage and running water. This is the site where the tribe of Dan settled and, where an altar with a golden calf was established when the Jewish kingdom was divided into two parts. At Banias we’ll have a short hike to see these wonderful waterfalls. Driving north in the Golan we will pass a huge Crusader-like fortress that is called Nimrod’s Fortress. No, Nimrod did not live here! We’ll see friendly Druse villages and climb to the highest point in Israel, Mt. Hermon, where we will take a ski lift to the top. To top off the day you will have a rafting adventure on the Jordan River. Bring a waterproof camera and be prepared to get wet! Dinner at a local restaurant or the hotel, overnight at a religious kibbutz near the Kineret

Day 10 – Tuesday: Jordan River Valley, Dead Sea
After checkout we drive to Beit Shean, the largest archeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods. Among the ruins, we will see a 6,000-seat theater and a Roman bathhouse covering one and a half acres of floor space. We travel south along the Jordan Rift passing the Gilboa Mountains where King Saul was killed in the battle against the Philistines (biblical Gilgal) which is the crossing point of B’nai Yisroel and the ancient caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We continue along the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul. We’ll stop for a short hike and experience a small slice of heaven as we hike along a waterfall oasis whose beauty exudes vibrant, colorful hues. We’ll check into our hotel on the Dead Sea and spend the rest of the day resting, relaxing, bathing in the Dead Sea and enjoying the spas and facilities of the hotel. After dinner we board jeeps for an off-road adventure in the desert. Dinner and overnight on the Dead Sea

Day 11 – Wednesday: Dead Sea, Negev Desert
After an early breakfast we’ll take the cable car to the top of Masada, (option of climbing up to see the sunrise) and have a first-hand account of the archeological excavations at Masada. Masada was built and fortified by King Herod and was a stronghold during the time of the destruction of the Second Temple. We’ll descend on foot via the old Roman Ramp and travel to Tel Arad, the only Canaanite city in the world that was not altered by subsequent civilizations. Arad also has an ancient “temple” used by Israelites, indicating a disregard for the ban on worship outside of Jerusalem. Our next stop of the day is a camel ranch in the desert. We’ll ride on camels through the desert, passing sand and palm trees and have an early dinner in a Bedouin tent. After our early dinner we will view the spectacular Masada Sound and Light show on the cliffs of Masada. Overnight on the Dead Sea

Day 12 – Thursday: Negev Desert, Beersheva, Jerusalem
In the morning we travel through the Negev Desert to the Ramon Crater. At 25 miles in length, this is one of the largest and most spectacular craters in the world. We might see one of the Ibex or wild leopards living in the area. We can have the option of rappelling off one of the crater’s edges. Driving to Beersheva we’ll explore the ancient city where Abraham settled, dug his well and made a covenant with the Philistine king. In Beersheva Isaac and Jacob grew up and Isaac and Rebecca settled. We’ll drive through the modern city to our next stop, the Israel Air Force Museum, an outdoor museum with hundreds of aircraft from the Air Force. We’ll be able to see them up close and even climb on some of them. On the way to Jerusalem we will stop and plant trees and help reforest the hills of Jerusalem. As we ascend to Jerusalem, the Holy City, think of the thousands upon thousands of people who went up to Jerusalem before you. We proceed directly to the Kotel (Western Wall) where we can participate in an age-old tradition by saying the Shehecheyanu prayer and davening Ma’ariv. Dinner in a local restaurant or the hotel, overnight in Jerusalem

Day 13 – Friday: Jerusalem, the Holy
This morning we see how people prepare for Shabbat as we stroll through Machaneh Yehudah, the wonderful outdoor market where native Jerusalemites buy their food. The sights and smells of everything from fish to fresh-baked bread will stir your appetite. Then we explore the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem where David made his capitol 3,000 years ago and where most of the Tanach was written. We will walk upon the area of King David’s palace, then take out our flashlights for a walk through one of the marvels of King Hezekiah’s reign: the Water Tunnel. Leaving the Tunnel, we will walk the short distance to the Pool of Shiloah. We return to the hotel to get ready for Shabbat and then, as the sun sets, we make preparations to welcome the Shabbat with prayers and dancing at the Kotel. As we enter the Old City, look around you and notice how people from all corners of the world enter through the various Gates with one purpose in mind, to welcome the Shabbat Bride at Judaism’s holiest site on earth. Traditional Shabbat dinner on a rooftop overlooking the Kotel or the hotel, overnight in Jerusalem

Day 14 – Shabbat: In Jerusalem
We will have the opportunity to attend Shabbat Services at the Great Synagogue, the Kotel or the Tzemach Tzedek Shul in the Jewish Quarter. Kiddush, Shabbat luncheon and a Farbrengen will take place at the hotel. After lunch we will have a walking tour of the Old City. We walk through the “shuk”; we will see the Cardo (the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and an ancient marketplace lined with shops); Hezikiah’s Broad Wall, which dates back to the First Temple; and Mount Zion, the traditional site of the Tomb of King David. As Shabbat comes to an end, we will perform the traditional Havdalah service under the stars. As the city becomes active again we can enjoy shopping and dinner on Ben Yehuda Street, the outdoor pedestrian mall. Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 15 – Sunday: Jerusalem the Ancient
We walk through the Jaffa gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, where everyday life and customs within narrow, crooked streets have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. We tour the Kotel Tunnels, one of the most amazing archaeological sites in all Israel. We can walk alongside the Western Wall’s massive foundation stones and stand opposite the place where the Holy of Holies once stood. We will explore the Southern Wall Excavations where we will be able to understand what life was like at the time of the Second Temple. In the restored Jewish Quarter we can visit the Burnt House, which tells the story of the Priest’s house and how it was burned along with the Temple; the Herodian Quarter where we can see the opulence of the Cohanim and the Temple Institute where Jews are preparing for the Third Temple. We will have the unique privilege of working alongside archaeologists as we sift through soil from beneath the Temple Mount looking for ancient Temple-era artifacts. Dinner in a local restaurant or the hotel, overnight in Jerusalem

Day 16 – Monday: Gush Etzion, Chevron
Traveling in a specially protected “secured” bus in the direction of Yehuda, the first stop is the place which Avraham “saw from afar” as he gazed upon Har Moriah and prepared for the sacrifice of his son Yitzchak. We’ll stop for an inspiring visit to Kever Rachel with time for prayer. Passing the thriving community of Efrat, we will stop at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion where an incredible audio-video presentation depicting Israel’s struggle for independence can be seen. Then it’s on to Chevron, infused with the awesome sanctity of the Ma’arat Ha’machpala, burial place of Adam and Chava, Avraham, Yitzhak, Yaacov, Sarah, Rivka and Leah. In Chevron we will see the possible archaeological sites of King David’s Palace from the time when he ruled in Chevron for seven and a half years, as well as the graves of Ruth and Yishai and the Ohel of Menucha Rachel. We will have an opportunity to meet some of the brave Jewish residents of Kiryat Arba and Chevron, including the Chabad Rabbi of Chevron, Danny Cohen. Security permitting, we will visit an army base and meet some of the young men and woman defending Israel’s borders. Before dinner we’ll stop in Mea Shearim where we can shop for Judaic items with exceptional values and learn about the unique lifestyle of this ultra orthodox community. Dinner in a local restaurant or the hotel, overnight in Jerusalem

Day 17 – Tuesday: Coastal Plain
We start the day by driving past the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the Supreme Court building and continue to Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s memorial to the murdered Six Million during the Holocaust. Our next stop is the Latrun fort. In Israel’s War for Independence, some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place at Latrun. In this same valley Yehoshua asked Hashem to make the sun stand still. In Rechovot we’ll stop at the Ayalon Institute for a fascinating look at the clandestine manufacturing of bullets during the time of the British Mandate. We continue to Kfar Chabad, Israel’s first Chassidic settlement established by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1949. At the Kfar we will see “Shtetle life” re-created the matzah factory or Etrog Orchard and the famous brick replica of “770”. Dinner in a local restaurant or the hotel, overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 18 – Wednesday: Say Shalom: Jerusalem, Airport
After a late breakfast and check out we begin our last day in Israel with a visit to the Israel Museum, which houses the Shrine of the Book, is the home of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Then we go back to the Old City and say our goodbyes to Jerusalem with a walk around the walls, ending up at the Kotel for a final prayer. Our farewell dinner will be in a local restaurant and then we proceed to the airport where a representative of Diesenhaus Unitours will assist us with our departure. Say Shalom until the next visit to Eretz Yisroel!