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Sample Itinerary


SAMPLE ITINERARY

FlyingHomeDAY 1 | Monday
TAKE OFF for Israel
You’ll meet your group at one of our gateway airports and spend the night above the clouds – and headed to Israel.


MediterraneanCoast_125DAY 2 | Tuesday

Along the MEDITERRANEAN COAST
Shalom! And welcome to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport!  Today you’ll meet your Israeli Staff and begin traveling north along the coast.

Start with a welcome ceremony at the beach-side amphitheater in ancient Caesarea and then to Haifa to see the beauty, grandeur, and inspired design of the Bahai Gardens. Continue north for a view of the Kinneret, or the Sea of Galilee, from above. Spend the evening relaxing and getting to know your fellow travelers.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House in the Galilee

Caesarea_125DAY 3 | Wednesday
In the GREEN Galilee
Visit the ancient and mystical city of Tzfat. Meet with a local Kabbalistic artist,  and enjoy free time walking the cobblestone streets and exploring the colorful artists colony.

If you’re on a winter trip, you’ll visit the Hula Valley migratory bird sanctuary, and if it’s summer, get ready to cool down rafting down the Jordan River. No matter the season, spend the evening unwinding at the Hamat Gader hot springs.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House in the Galilee

GolanHeights_125DAY 4 | Thursday
PERSPECTIVES from Golan Heights
Ascend the beautiful Golan Heights for a spectacular view of the region from Mt. Bental. Then the views get even more breathtaking as you hike down the water-filled Zavitan Canyon. Follow that with a fantastic tour (and tasting!) at the Golan Heights Winery.

Travel south to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley where you’ll spend the evening getting acquainted with Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

OutdoorMarket_125DAY 5 | Friday
Ancient JERUSALEM
Open your time in Jerusalem with a panoramic view of the Old City at the Haas Promenade. Then, see this ancient city up close as you walk along the Rampart Walls. You’ll tour the legendary Jewish Quarter and have time for personal reflection at the Western Wall.

If it’s Summer, you’ll visit the City of David complex and discover the joy of splashing through Hezekiah’s water tunnel; if you’re traveling in Winter, you’ll go to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall excavations.

As the day comes to a close, there’s no better place to get a feel for Jerusalem than the hustle and bustle of the Machane Yehuda open-air market. Local Jerusalemites fill the marketplace just before Shabbat begins. Explore, eat, shop. Take it all in!

Friday night marks the beginning of Shabbat, and we’ll celebrate it together in Jerusalem, the historic center of Jewish life.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

StreetArt_125DAY 6 | Saturday
SHABBAT in Jerusalem
It’s Shabbat in Jerusalem! If you choose, you can partake in a Shabbat service at a Jerusalem synagogue. Spend a relaxing afternoon and take a walking tour of Jerusalem’s colorful neighborhoods, and then finish with some fun at a local park. End Shabbat with a Havdallah ceremony to mark the start of the new week. Finally, it’s time for a group night out to the famous Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall as Jerusalem comes alive.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

YadVashemDAY 7 | Sunday
REMEMBRANCE and REDEMPTION
Today begins with a somber visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum, then continue on to Mt. Herzl – Israel’s National Cemetery. After time of reflection, you’ll descend from the heights of Jerusalem into the Judean Desert and check-in to our Dead Sea hotel — the lowest place on earth.

In the evening, you’ll spend time engaging in a mifgash (cross-cultural) discussion with the Israeli peers who join the journey.

Overnight: Dead Sea Hotel

DAY 8 | Monday
DeadSeaADVENTURE in the Judean Desert
Wake up long before the sun comes up for your pre-sunrise ascent to Masada via the Roman Ramp (it’s worth the early hours). Explore the desert mountaintop fortress, and then cool off swimming under the desert waterfalls at Ein Gedi Reserve.

And no trip to Israel is complete without a float in the Dead Sea. You’ve got to feel it to believe it! Then travel westwards through the Negev Desert wilderness where you’ll get to ride a camel and enjoy a traditional Bedouin hafla dinner feast. Enjoy a group bonfire and then sleep under the Negev Desert stars in an open-air Bedouin tent.

Overnight: Bedouin Tent, Negev Desert

Nahal-Haverim_150x150DAY 9 | Tuesday
Deep in the NEGEV Wilderness
Start with a desert hike in Nahal Haverim cavern, and then visit the desert community of Sde Boker to learn about David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, and his vision for a blossoming desert. Experience his vision for yourself at Shvil Hasalat, the Salad Trail, an incredible desert farm where you’ll lunch on what you harvest. Continue north to the dynamic metropolis of Tel Aviv – Israel’s cultural and financial capital. Celebrate the spirit of Tel Aviv at the Nahalat Binyamin street festival and Carmel Market. End the evening with a night out in one of Tel Aviv’s trendy neighborhoods.

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel


TelAvivDAY 10 | Wednesday

The PULSE of Tel Aviv
Our final day in Israel begins learning about what it meant to establish the modern State of Israel at Independence Hall. And then reflect Israel’s democratic ideals at the Rabin Square Memorial. Unwind with some well-deserved beach time in Tel Aviv followed by a walking tour of the historic Jaffa seaport, a model for co-existence in Israel.  Our day concludes looking to the future with a visit to one of Tel Aviv’s innovative start-ups.

Sadly, tonight is also your farewell dinner and closing session, where you’ll have a chance to process everything that you’ve experienced – and make plans to keep in touch with all the amazing people you’ve met on your 10 days in Israel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel


Sunrise_Masada-150x150DAY 11 | Thursday

Return HOME
You’re flying over the sea now and back home after 10 amazing days with Israel Outdoors. During your time in Israel, you’ve been challenged by new ideas, discover extraordinary truths, and return home with a renewed understanding of the world.

And once you’re home, there’s still more to discover.  Explore your post-trip options.

This Trip is a gift from birthright israel

Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).

People Riding Camels in Israel