Jerusalem, Masada, Tel Aviv, Galilee,
Haifa, Tiberias, Golan Heights,
Safed, and more!
Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Culture, History, Art, and Adventure!
When: March 3-13, 2024
Led by Lee Friedman
Guided by: Joe Freedman
★ See the new-old, multi-faceted culture of Israel!
★ Meet the Israeli people, learn their songs and dances, visit historic sites.
★ For dancers, non-dancers, and anyone with a love of travel and culture.
★ Folk dancing with Israeli choreographers, Balkan dance with Dunav.
★ 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
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Dancing with the Yemenites
Day 1: Sunday, March 3: Depart on airline of your choice.
Day 2: Monday, March 4 Arrive in Israel: Land transfer on your own to the Dan Panorama Hotel. In the afternoon, an optional guided walking tour of the nearby, quaint neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. Dinner provided at the hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Avi
Day 3: Tuesday, March 5: TEL AVIV: Following breakfast and an orientation meeting we explore the Independence Trail, focusing on the founding and growth of Tel Aviv. Enjoy walking through the arts and crafts fair on Nahalat Binyamin street. On the campus of Tel Aviv University we visit the ANU Museum of the Jewish People, a state-of-the-art museum which tells the story of the Jewish people, including music, dance and the arts. Late afternoon/evening enjoy Israeli dancing at Dizengoff Center with Yaron Meishar. Free for dinner. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel.
Day 4: Wednesday, March 6: Northern Exposure: We head north along the coast to explore the amazing ruins of the ancient city of Caesarea. In Haifa we stop for a breathtaking view of Haifa Bay and the Bahai Gardens. After a lunch break we travel to Deir el-Asad, an Arab village in the Western Galilee, where we will tour and have a dance workshop with the inimitable Yihye Abu-Juma, a world-renowned instructor in Debka dances. We continue crossing the Galilee to check in to our hotel. Dinner and overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel on the Kinneret Sea (Sea of Galilee).
Day 5: Thursday, March 7: To the Heights: In the mystical city of Zfat (Safed) we visit one of the
colorful, historical synagogues and meet with a Kabbalistic (mystical) artist. Free time for shopping and lunch, followed by wine tasting at the Old Zfat Winery. Ascending to the Golan Heights we arrive at the Druze village of Majdal Shams and hear from a resident, Fauzia, about the life of the Druze religo-ethnic group, followed by a unique view into Syria. Return to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel on the Kinneret Sea.
Day 6: Friday, March 8: From the Galilee to Jerusalem: Driving along the shore of the Kinneret Sea we pause to sing and dance to the songs of the poetess Rahel and of the song writer Naomi Shemer. In the charming village of Kafr Kama we learn Circassian dances and hear about the history of the local ethnic Moslems whose origins are in the Caucasus mountains. Traveling down the Jordan River Valley we arrive in Jerusalem. After checking into the hotel, we will be transported to the Western Wall (the Kotel) to observe Shabbat (Sabbath) services there. “Shabbat” dinner provided at the hotel. Overnight: Cassia Hotel (formerly, the King Solomon hotel), Jerusalem.
Day 7: Saturday ( “Shabbat”), March 9: Saturday (“Shabbat”), March 9: Day of leisure. Optional tour to
Bethlehem (at Additional details and cost, TBA). On your own for lunch and dinner. Evening: optional Israeli dancing at one of a variety of folk dance clubs. Overnight: Cassia Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 8: Sunday, March 10: The Old City of Jerusalem: Introduction to the walls around the Old City at the Jaffa Gate. In the Christian Quarter we briefly visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and other sites, as time permits. Moving on to the Jewish Quarter we tour ancient remains as well as the rebuilt Hurva Synagogue. Following a lunch break we descend to the Kotel (Western Wall) and participate in a tour of the Kotel Tunnel. Return to the hotel. Dinner on one’s own. Evening: optional Israeli dancing with Mimi Cogan (see also tomorrow). Overnight: Cassia Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 9: Monday, March 11: Remembering and Celebrating Life: Drive through Jerusalem’s Cultural Mile to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum for a thorough visit. Afternoon: Enjoy lunch on your own, and walking around the colorful Machaneh Yehuda Open-Air Market. After returning to the hotel, an Israeli folk dance seminar with Mimi Cogan – choreographer and folk dance teacher par excellence! Dinner on one’s own. Overnight: Cassia Hotel, Jerusalem.
ay 10: Tuesday, March 12: To The Lowest Place on Earth: We check-out of the hotel and
descend to the area of the Judean Desert, with a brief stop at the beautiful oasis of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. We visit iconic Masada (ascending and descending via cable car) to admire its incredible remains and to learn about its controversial history. Afternoon: transfer to the Dead Sea hotel for use of the spa facilities and to float on the Dead Sea. Group dinner and overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Ein Boqeq, Dead Sea.
Day 11: Wednesday, March 13: Life in the Desert: After checking out of the hotel we
make our way to the Negev desert where we visit with Khalil Alamour in the (unrecognized) Bedouin village of Khan alSira. He will show us how his home is self-sustaining and over traditional coffee and tea will talk about the challenges of the Bedouin community. Other sites in the Negev desert as time permits. Travel to Tel Aviv. Check-in to the Dan Panorama hotel (for those not flying late this night). Final dinner at a Mediterranean style restaurant. Return to the hotel or drop-off at Ben Gurion Airport. Overnight (for those who are staying) at the Dan Panorama hotel.I
Day 12: Thursday, March 14: Transfer to airport on your own. Depart on airline of your choice.
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