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Israel Tour / Join Bob and Shelly Grossman’s Israel – Jordan Adventure September 7 – 23, 2019

Join Bob and Shelly Grossman’s Israel – Jordan Adventure September 7 – 23, 2019

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I am Joining Bob and Shelly Grossman’s Friends to Israel/Jordan Tour
September 7-23, 2019

I am Joining Bob and Shelly Grossman’s Friends to Israel/Jordan Tour

September 7 – 23, 2019

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Saturday, September 7

Depart USA

Sunday, September 8 – Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Tour Old Jaffa, where paintings and sculptures have been installed in the alleys of the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Setai Hotel on Jaffa-Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner at Makom Shel Basar Restaurant in Neve Tzedek. Overnight: Setai Hotel, Jaffa/TLV.

Monday, September 9 – The Hebrew City and the Jewish State:

Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv.” Discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood that gave birth to the first Hebrew city in 2,000 years. Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop off at da, da & da for coffee and then see the Nahum Gutman's mosaic fountain dedicated to the history of Jaffa-Tel Aviv. Lunch at Felafel Gabay – The Best Felafel in Tel Aviv (Bograshov 25, Tel Aviv). Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in the founding of the State of Israel. Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society. Discover Tel Aviv's remarkable street art on a graffiti tour of the hip Florentine neighborhood – The Soho of Israel. Dinner at Claro Restaurant, locarted in a restored Templar building in Sarona. Overnight: Setai Hotel, Jaffa/Tel Aviv

Tuesday, September 10 – Cradles of Jewish Civilization

Fly by helicopter from Tel Aviv to Caesarea. See Israel's “narrow waist”, where the width of pre-'67 Israel was only 9 miles from the West Bank to the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Hear about a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Tour of the ornate Bahai Gardens on Mt. Carmel in Haifa Lunch at Ein El Wadi Restaurant for a taste of authentic Arab–Lebanese cuisine in the Lower City of Haifa. Visit to the Tulip Winery in Kfar Tikva (Kiryat Tivon).  The Tulip Winery combines wine making with social responsibility. The Tulip Winery is located in Kfar Tikva, a community for people with special needs, and integrates local residents in the production of fine wines. Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel. Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Check–in to the Effendi Boutique Hotel in Old Acco. Dinner at Uri Buri Restaurant. Overnight: Effendi Boutique Hotel, Acco

Wednesday, September 11 – Acco and the Galilee:

Tour of the Old City of Acco. Venture beneath the streets of Old Acco to explore the Crusader Knights Halls. Then wander through Acco's traditional middle eastern marketplaces and look out across Haifa Bay from its thick walls that withstood Napoleon. Lunch at fabled Hummous Said, which contends for the title best hummous in Israel, where the menu features...hummous. Explore the ruins of Tzippori, seat of the Sanhedrin in the 2nd century and the city where Rabbi Judah Hanasi sealed the Mishna. The most lavish and sophisticated ancient mosaics found in Israel are in Tzippori, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival and Orpheus, who looks like King David? and an ancient synagogue floor featuring a wheel of the zodiac.... Check–in to the Setai Hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Setai Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Thursday, September 12 – Sermon on the Mount, Geopolitics and Israel's Finest

Tour Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), where Jesus began his Ministry in the Galilee and site of an impressive large ancient. Visit the Mount of the Beatitudes – Site of the Sermon on the Mount. Lunch at Shiri Bistro in Rosh Pina. Jeep tour of the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics
as we look down at Israel the way the Syrian army once did and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental. Geopolitical briefing on top of strategic Mt. Bental by Lt. Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi on the current situation along the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers, who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel - Meet the human face of the Israeli army. Overnight: Setai, Sea of Galilee

Friday, September 13 – Across Israel: Many Faces of the Jewish People

Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear the personal story of Chava Almo, Germachin Center's director and who made aliyah as a young girl through Operation Moses and learn about some of the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch at Rozalia in Beit Shean. Tour the lavish Roman ruins of Beit Shean, once a splendid city of the Decapolis. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Check-in to the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. To be accompanied by a local rabbi, who will also join the group for dinner. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, September 14 – And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem:

Optional Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (Recommendations and directions will be provided). OR: Morning at leisure. Walking tour of the Chrisian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and a portion of the Via Dolorosa. Lunch at the Armenian Tavern in the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Time permitting: Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own. Havdalah with local rabbi. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, September 15 – The Old City of Jerusalem:

An Ancient Jewish Legacy: Explore the City of David, using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem's stones tell the story of the city's ancient past. Tour includes includes biblical Jerusalem's fascinating ancient water systems (possibility of wading through Hezekiah's Tunnel, a 2,700 year old still flowing water tunnel that saved the city in the 8th century B.C.E.) Then discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Lunch at Between the Arches Restaurant, located in an ancient cistern. Unique tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, including impressive new discoveries with Dr. Avi Solomon, the site's chief archaeologist (subject to availability). Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops. Visit Yvel, a jewelry factory just outside of Jerusalem, where Ethiopian Jewish immigrants are trained for trades in jewelry making. Free evening. Dinner at Eucaplyptus Restaurant Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, September 16 – Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity:

Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by Steve Linde, editor-in- chief of the Jerusalem Report and former editor-in- chief of the Jerusalem Post. Palestinian Perspective on the Peace Process: Lecture by Jerusalem Post correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh. Tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial, including a moving visit to the Children's Memorial, followed by a tour of the Holocaust History Museum. Lunch at Gavna Restaurant in the Etzion Bloc. Lecture on settlements and Gush Etzion regions by Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat, the largest community in the Etzion Bloc (at Gavna Restaurant). Geopolitical tour of the Greater Jerusalem area to
examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the region, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence. Dinner at Chakra Restaurant. Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, September 17 – Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

Set out early across the Judean Desert and ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? What decision did our ancesters make? Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at Herods Dead Sea Resort. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Lunch at Dead Sea resort. Alternate 2nd timer option (TBA) Travel south through the Arava Valley towards Eilat. Sunset tour of Timna Park, to see its amazing natural rock formations and ancient Egyptian copper mining site, including the only Pharonic drawing found in Israel. BBQ dinner in Timna Park. Check in to the Royal Beach Resort. Dinner on own. Overnight: Royal Beach Resort, Eilat

Wednesday, September 18 – From the Red Sea to the Negev Highlands:

Red Sea Sail – Board a touring yacht at the Eilat marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkeling equipment is available for a closer look with the most exquisite coral reefs and tropical fish to be found in the world. Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Reef in the clear waters of the Red Sea or relax on beach. Dinner at Whale Restaurant in Eilat Overnight: Royal Beach Resort, Eilat

Thursday, September 19 – The Wonders of Petra:

Early departure for Petra to explore the amazing red sandstone structures carved by the ancient Nabateans. Enter Jordan at the Arava Crossing and travel to Petra by bus (approx. 2.5 hours). Tour its Treasury (Khaznieh), Roman theatre, impressive caves and rock formations of this Nabatean City. Buffet lunch included. Check into the Petra Movenpick Resort Hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Petra Movenpick Resort Hotel

Friday, September 20 – Wadi Rum:

Desert Jeep Adventure: Jeep tour to explore Wadi Rum's magnificent desert landscapes, which Lawrence of Arabia crossed in the course of his World War One exploits in the Middle East. Return to Israel via Arava Border Crossing. Travel to Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev Highlands overlooking stunning Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater). Check in to the luxurious Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon. Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

Saturday, September 21 – Negev Highlands:

Primeval Desert Beauty: Sunrise flight in a Hot Air Balloon over the majestic landscapes of Makhtesh Ramon and Sde Boker. Return to hotel for breakfast. Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificent desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth’s past. Light picnic lunch following jeep ride. Afternoon free to enjoy the hotel's spa and recreational facilities. OR: Cycling tour in the Makhtesh Ramon region. Dinner at Beresheet Hotel. Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon.

Sunday, September 22 – Vision and Development in the Negev:

Depart Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon. Walk in the beautiful white canyon of Ein Avdat springs in the Zin Valley Tour of David Ben Gurion's House on Kibbutz Sde Boker to learn about his vision for developing the Negev. Enjoy Bedouin hospitality, camel rides and lunch at Khan Hashayarot. Tour of Yerucham with a local social activist to hear about its transformation from a downtrodden development town to a dynamic growing community. Meet Michael Biton Yerucham's dynamic activist mayor. Farewell dinner with the Kitchen Queens of Yerucham – a true gastronomic experience. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Land Only Package $9995.00 (cost of tour $8920 incl. tips. $1075 pre collected for changes and         extras (potential speakers, guest/visitor meals, etc.) .  Excess to be returned at end of trip.  Discounted rate payment by check
Single Room Supplement $3555.00 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $10,395.00   Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $3698 Full cost for credit card payment

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