Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Culture, Art, History, Adventure!
Jerusalem, Masada, Tel Aviv, Galilee, Haifa, Tiberias, Safed, Golan Heights
When: March 11-22, 2018
- See the new-old, multi-faceted culture of Israel!
- Meet the Israeli people, learn their songs and dances, visit historic sites!
- Folk dancing with Israeli choreographers, Balkan dance
- Meet Yemenite, Bedouin, and Druze cultural groups.
- Attend Arab and Druze Debka dance workshops!
- Price includes city tours, private deluxe motor coach, folk dance workshops, entrance fees, professional tour guide, breakfasts, most dinners.
- Note: Our tour is appropriate for people who keep kosher and observe Shabbat.
Price: Land only: $3995
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Day 1: Sunday, March 11:
Depart on airline of your choice.
Day 2: Monday, March 12:
Arrive in Israel. Transfer to Tel Aviv’s Dan Panorama Hotel.
Overview of Old Jaffa. Orientation. Dinner in Mediterranean-style restaurant in Yemenite Quarter. Overnight Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 3: Tuesday, March 13:
TEL AVIV: Independence Hall, with focus on the founding and growth of Tel Aviv. Enjoy walking through the arts and crafts fair on Nahalat Binyamin street. In the town of Or Yehuda, visit the Museum of Babylonian Jewry to appreciate the history and culture of Jews of Iraqi origin. Return to Tel Aviv. Free for dinner. Evening workshop with an Israeli folk dance teacher/choreographer. Overnight Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 4: Wednesday, March 14:
Check-out and travel south to the northern Negev Desert. In the Bedouin city of Rahat learn first-hand about Bedouin hospitality and their transition from nomadic to urban life. Afternoon transfer to Dead Sea hotel .Use of spa facilities. Float on the Dead Sea while reading a newspaper! Group dinner and overnight:
Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Ein Boqeq, Dead Sea.
Day 5: Thursday, March 15:
Tour the amazing finds on Masada and take a walk through the breath-taking nature reserve of Ein Gedi, ascend to to Jerusalem. Free time for dinner on your own. Evening: Optional Balkan dancing with the Dunav Club. Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem.
Day 6: Friday, March 16:
Old City of Jerusalem: Visit Christian Quarter and Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jewish Quarter, Kotel (Western Wall). Optional Friday night Sabbath services at the Kotel. “Shabbat” dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7: Saturday, March 17
Day of leisure. Optional walking tour of Tower of David. Afternoon walking tour of first neighborhoods outside the City Walls. On your own for dinner. Evening: optional Israeli dancing with in one of a variety of folk dance clubs. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 8: Sunday, March 18:
Drive through Jerusalem’s Cultural Mile to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Afternoon: Tour the various ethnic neighborhoods in the Nahla’ot area as well as the colorful Machaneh Yehuda Open-Air Market. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 9: Monday, March 19:
Check-out and begin traveling north along the Jordan Valley Road. Stop at Qasr al-Yehud – the traditional location of the Israelites’ crossing over the Jordan River and perhaps the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Arriving in the Lower Galilee we learn Circassian dances and hear about the history of these ethnic Moslems, originating in the Caucasus mountains, who live in the village of Kafr Kama. Arriving at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) we pause to dance to the songs of the poetess Rahel and of the song writer Naomi Shemer. Dinner and overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel on the Kinneret Sea.
Day 10: Tuesday, March 20:
In Haifa take-in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay and the Bahai Gardens. With the staff of Bet HaGefen, an Arab-Jewish community center, we will walk through the Arab neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas, with its imaginative street art. In the late afternoon we travel to Deir el Assad to participate in an Arab Debka dance workshop with the amazing Yihye Abu Juma. At a Druze Village we hear about the history and culture of this colorful ethnic group and enjoy their traditional dinner. Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel on the Kinneret Sea.
Day 11: Wednesday, March 21:
In the mystical city of Zfat (Safed) we visit one of the colorful synagogues and meet with a Kabbalistic (mystical) artist. Ascending to the Golan Heights we have a unique view of the north of the country. Tour and wine-tasting at the Golan Heights Winery. Drive down the coast. Farewell Dinner in Tel Aviv (or on the way). Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 12: Thursday, March 22:
Depart on airline of your choice.