Sample Orthodox 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 city of origin to Israel

Day 2 – Monday: Welcome to Israel
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport; the Love Israel Tours   representative will meet you at the luggage carousel and assist you through customs. We begin our tour by driving north through the Galil to Kfar Kedem. We get right into the mood by dressing up in traditional biblical garb and taking a short donkey ride into the scenic hills of the Galil; Enjoy the rugged, hilly countryside, barely changed since days of old. After dinner we will have a talk about the Zohar, the book of Kabbala, in preparation for our tour the next day. Dinner & Overnight at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Day 3 – Tuesday: Mystical Tzfat
We start our day by visiting Meron and the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the holy Zohar. Next on to Tzfat, one of the four holy cities in Israel and known for its mysticism and Kabalistic studies. Here we tour fascinating synagogues, cobblestone streets and the ancient cemetery, the burial place of many of our holy mystics. Shopping and browsing in the workshops and galleries of the Artists’ Quarter is next. We now drive to the Golan Heights, and visit the audio-visual presentation at OZ 77 for a fuller understanding of the Yom Kippur War that Israel fought with Syria. We then go to the observation point on Mount Bental, a former Syrian bunker, with an overlook of the entire Golan Heights; from here we can see the mountains of the Galil and Lebanon, and eastward into Syria. Our next adventure is a rafting trip down the Jordan River; bring a towel cause you will get wet! We return to Tiberias where we visit the tombs of the Rambam and Rabbi Akiva. After dinner we will have a presentation called The Jewish Snake Workshop Dinner & Overnight at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Day 4 – Wednesday: Western Galil
After breakfast we proceed to Peki’in to meet with a Jewish woman who traces her ancestry back 2,000 years; Here we visit the cave where Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai hid for 13 years. We drive towards the coast to our next stop – the Atlit Prison camp, used by the British for detention of “illegal“ immigrants; some were Holocaust survivors who found themselves, yet again, incarcerated behind barbed wire – but this time on the soil of Eretz Israel. We stop in Akko, the ancient port immortalized by the Crusaders, the Turks and the British. We find one of the most unique synagogues in all of Israel, with its beautiful mosaic walls and ceilings, depicting the history of the Jewish people. Our next stop is Rosh Hanikra, on the northwestern border of Israel. Here we descend by cable car into the magnificent limestone Grottos; next, on to Nahariya where we visit a new Young Israel Synagogue and meet with members of the community. Dinner in a local restaurant; Overnight at the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

 

Day 5 – Thursday: Ascending to Jerusalem
After breakfast and check-out we drive to the Southern Golan Heights, stopping to see a recently excavated ancient synagogue, one of the most magnificent and important in the Golan. Traveling south along the Jordan Valley we pass Beit Shean where the Philistines hung the body of King Saul, the Gilboa Mountains, biblical Gilgal, and the place where Yehoshua Ben Nun and B’nai Yisroel entered the land of Israel. We arrive in the eternal Holy City, Jerusalem. We go directly to the Kotel to say “Shehecheyanu”. We now explore the original Jerusalem – the City of David, King David’s capital city three thousand years ago; here most of the Tanach was written. We will tread where King David’s palace once stood; then take out your flashlights for a walk through one of the marvels of King Hezkiyahu’s reign – the Water Tunnel. From there we walk the short distance to the Pool of Shiloah. Dinner in a local restaurant or the hotel; Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 6 – Friday: Hevron
Traveling in a specially-protected “secure” 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 Yitzhak. From there we visit one of the most fascinating sites in the country; Herodian built by King Herod as a palace – fortress. The palace had halls, courtyards and opulent bathhouses. At its foot, Herod built a kind of royal ‘country club,’ including a bathhouse and a roofed pool. The recent discovery of Herod’s magnificent tomb shows the special attachment that the Judean “builder-king” had to this site; Then, an inspiring visit to Kever Rachel with time for prayer. On to Hevron, 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 Hevron we will see the possible archaeological site of King David’s palace at the time of his seven and a half year reign in Hevron and visit the graves of Ruth and Yishai. Security permitting, we will visit an army base to meet some of the young men and woman defending Israel’s borders and bring them some treats too! We return to the hotel to get ready for Shabbat. As the sun sets we welcome the Shabbat with prayers and dancing at the Kotel. Upon entering the Old City look around you and notice people from all corners of the world entering the gates with one purpose in mind – to welcome the Shabbat Bride at Judaism’s holiest site on earth. After dinner there will be an optional walking tour of Mea Shearim, with visits to “tishes” of various Rebbes. Traditional Shabbat dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 7 – Shabbat: The Holy Shabbat in Jerusalem
After breakfast, Shabbat prayers; Choose to go to the Kotel, a Young Israel Synagogue, the magnificent Great Synagogue, or any synagogue of your choice. Kiddush and Shabbat luncheon at the hotel. After lunch we will be shown properties that have been purchased for brave and dedicated, young Jewish families in the Moslem and Christian Quarters. We will also visit the Young Israel of the Old City. We will walk to the Cardo, the main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace, see Hezkiyahu’s Broad Wall dating back to the First Temple and walk to Mount Zion, the traditional site of the Tomb of King David. When Shabbat ends, we will recite the Havdalah service together, under the stars. The city now begins to hustle and bustle; Shopping on Ben Yehuda Street, the outdoor pedestrian mall. Dinner on your own. Shabbat Luncheon and overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 8 – Sunday: Solidarity with Gush Katif and Sderot
Roll up your sleeves at Project Leket, an initiative for volunteers working in fields and orchards, gathering produce donated or left by farmers, and then delivered to Israel’s needy. Then we visit former residents of the Gush Katif/Gaza communities. Years after the expulsion they continue to live as refugees, many of them in trailer camps throughout the western Negev. Drive to Sderot and visit one of the newest Young Israel Synagogues in Israel and meet some members of the community. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 9 – Monday: Jerusalem
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 will explore the Southern Wall Excavations in order to understand what life was like at the time of the Second Temple. In 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. In the restored Jewish Quarter we visit the Temple Institute where Jews are preparing for the Third Temple. We then have the unique privilege of working alongside archaeologists as we sift through soil from beneath the Temple Mount looking for ancient Temple-era artifacts. After dinner we will see the breathtaking Sound and Light show at David’s Citadel. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant virtual- reality images and original music. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 10 – Tuesday: Dead Sea
After an early breakfast we drive towards the lowest point on the face of the Earth, the Dead Sea. We pass the ancient caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; Then on to Masada where we take the cable car to the top, for a fascinating account of Masada, built and fortified by King Herod and a stronghold during the time of the destruction of the Second Temple. Floating in the Dead Sea is an experience you will not want to miss! We travel to Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and have a short hike along a waterfall oasis. On our way back to Jerusalem we visit the Tekhelet Factory and see how the “blue thread” is made. We’ll stop at Eretz Brashit where we will be met by Eliezer and taken by camel to Avraham’s tent. We will enjoy a festive, biblical-style dinner on the edge of the desert. Dinner at Eretz Brashit, overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 11 – Wednesday: Jerusalem, Airport
After breakfast and check out we begin our final day of the tour, by viewing the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the award-winning Supreme Court building on our way to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the six-million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Traveling west, we will visit the first all Jewish City in modern times, Tel Aviv, founded on sand dunes in 1909. In Tel Aviv we will visit the Independence Museum where David Ben Gurion dramatically declared the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948 and the Palmach Museum, which tells the story of the Palmach, the precursor to the Israeli Army. We continue to the port city of Jaffa to walk the alleys and byways of this ancient city; it is from here the prophet Jonah set sail; After our Farewell dinner we proceed to the airport for the trip home. Say Shalom to Israel until your next trip