Sample Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary of a typical IsraelExperts program. While our specialized programs will have components and activities that are specific to them, and certain outdoor activities will vary according to the season (winter programs vs. spring/summer programs), the itinerary below will give you an idea of the type of original and balanced program we strive for and what you will experience when you sign up for an IsraelExperts Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip!

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Welcome to Israel!

Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport where you will be met and assisted through customs by IsraelExperts staff and your Israeli tour guide.

Brief orientation seminar to welcome you to Israel and the program.

Drive up the Mediterranean coast to take in the view of Haifa Bay from the top of the beautiful gardens of the Baha'i Temple in Haifa, the city of co-existence.

Check-in and dinner at the kibbutz hotel in scenic northern Israel. Spend the evening relaxing and getting to know the other people on your trip.

Accommodations - Kibbutz Hotel in the north.

Northern Israel: The Kinneret and Golan Heights

Enjoy a nature hike through water in one of Israel's beautiful national parks.

Tour the Golan Heights, a majestic plateau overlooking Israel's northern Galilee region and the site of important battles between armored units during the 1967 Six Day War and 1973 Yom Kippur War, for a better understanding of its strategic significance to Israel.

Travel to the former military outpost at Mount Bental and take in a stunning 360 degree view of Israel, Syria and Lebanon.

Accommodations - Kibbutz Hotel in the north

Tel Aviv

Engage in a co-existence seminar where you will be able to learn about the challenges that Israeli Jews and Arabs face in the complex yet vibrant Israeli democracy.

Drive south and arrive in Israel's metropolis of Tel Aviv.

Visit Rabin Square, the site of the 1995 assassination of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Have some fun in the sun on Tel Aviv’s beachfront, which made the list of Best Beach Cities in the World (The Huffington Post, 2012).

Enjoy a fun night out in Tel Aviv and experience the world-renowned Israeli night life

Accommodations – Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV AND JAFFA

Meet the group of Israelis who will be joining you on your journey for the next 5 days as part of the Mifgash ("encounter") program.

Visit Independence Hall where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's independence in 1948.

Experience the bohemian atmosphere of picturesque Nachalat Binyamin street.

Visit the ancient port city of Jaffa with its quaint artists' colony and beautiful harbor adjacent to the modern and vibrant city of Tel Aviv.

Drive south to the kibbutz hotel in the Negev in time to prepare for Kabbalat Shabbat.

Enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner at the kibbutz, as well as special evening programs that will allow you and your fellow participants to unwind and experience Shabbat together.

Accommodations – Kibbutz in the Negev

SHABBAT IN THE SOUTH

Engage in the "Changing Map of the Middle East" activity which focuses on the political and historical background that led to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the current situation in Israel and the Middle East.

Shabbat lunch at the hotel.

Free time to relax.

Enjoy a program prepared by the Israelis on the trip to help you better understand what life is like in Israel.

Havdallah - A brief ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and welcoming the new week.

Accommodations – Kibbutz in the Negev

THE NEGEV AND BEYOND

Visit Shvil HaSalat (the Salad Trail) to learn about how Israel made the desert bloom, followed by a hands-on culinary experience.

Travel to Kibbutz Sde Boker, to learn about Israel's first Prime Minister and kibbutz member, David Ben Gurion, while visiting his gravesite overlooking the biblical Wilderness of Zin.

Late afternoon drive to Kfar Hanokdim, a desert experience where you will go for a camel ride as the sun sets.

Enjoy a traditional Bedouin welcome ceremony, coffee and tea, followed by a lavish Hafla dinner.

Israeli songs (guitar in hand) and Turkish coffee late into the night around a campfire in the middle of the desert.

Accommodations – Bedouin style tent or under the stars - the choice is yours

MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

Depart for nearby Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans 2000 years ago and walk up the Roman Ramp built to storm the desert fortress.

Visit Masada's remarkable excavations including Herod's Palace and stables, the ancient synagogue and water system, and hear about the defenders' anguished choice between slavery and death. Descend via the winding Snake Path.

Hike through Nahal David canyon, observe desert wildlife and flora and cool off under a natural waterfall.

Travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth and enjoy plenty of time to float in the extremely salty waters and to experience the therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea mud!

Accommodations – Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – YAD VASHEM AND MT. HERZL

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel's national memorial to the Holocaust, including the Children's Memorial and the Valley of the Lost Communities.

Tour Mount Herzl, named after the founder of Zionism and the burial ground for Israel's past leaders and fallen defenders, including the grave of Yitzhak Rabin, the assassinated Prime Minister of Israel.

Say "l'hitraot" (see you soon) to the Israelis with a wrap-up session.

Spend the night out on Jerusalem's vibrant pedestrian mall, Ben Yehuda Street, filled with pubs, shops and restaurants.

Accommodations – Jerusalem

THE OLD CITY AND BEYOND

Visit the Haas Promenade to take in a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem.

Morning walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Explore the rebuilt Jewish Quarter and the Cardo for some shopping.

Visit the Kotel (Western Wall), Judaism's holiest site.

Experience the vibrant and exciting Mahane Yehuda – Jerusalem's largest outdoor market.

Take a walking tour through the beautiful Rose Garden in Jerusalem where you can see Israel's parliament building known as the "Knesset."

Accommodations – Jerusalem

FLIGHT BACK TO U.S.

Wrap-up session – Reflecting on the Taglit -Birthright Israel experience.

Travel to Ben Gurion International Airport for check-in and flight back to the U.S.

Shalom U'lehitra'ot! Good-bye and see you again soon