Trailblazers

Trip Highlights

  • Jerusalem, old and new
  • Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi
  • Beit Shean, Safed
  • Rosh Hanikfra Grottos, Acre
  • Haifa, Atlit, Ein Hod, Caesarea
  • Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa
  • Your family's footprints

Trip Highlights

Israel is a land of pioneers, some coming earlier, some later, but all of them brought their own national heritage that contributed to enriching this land of mega-multi-multiculturalism. Lifetime Discovery invites you to design a tour based on the path that your ancestors paved in the holy land and the destinations where they set down their early roots. Whether to Kfar Hanassi founded by British members of the Habonim movement in the Hula Valley in the north, to Ramat Yochanam with its American founders near Haifa, or Kibbutz Lotan in the Arava, with a mixed brew of English speakers one at this pioneer location of organic food growers, or nearby Kibbutz Yahel, Americans joined hardy "sabras" to pioneer a new brand of melons, watermelons and dates, we'll enhance your visit with a hike through the hills of your cultural heritage while covering the classic destinations of Israel.

* Rate is per person per night based on double occupancy, depending on time of travel, chosen hotels, availability and number of passengers.

David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

Days: 1 2

The David Citadel Hotel, with a majestic view of the Old City, is within walking distance from the city center and is situated directly across from Alrov Mamilla Avenue and other major attractions. The hotel boasts impeccably designed suites and guestrooms, fine cuisine, a luxury gym and a holistic innovative spa, year-round heated pool, and private Executive Lounge. The hotel’s exquisite modular banquet halls and reception rooms host a variety of social and business gatherings.

Beresheet Hotel & Spa | Mitspe Ramon

Days: 3

The Beresheet Hotel, part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, is located amid a breathtakingly beautiful primeval landscape, near the ancient Spice Route, and right on the edge of the towering cliffs that slope down into the Ramon Crater – an extraordinary natural phenomenon without equal anywhere in the world. The hotel’s unique location, at 800m above sea level, ensures a cool and comfortable climate.

Mitspe HaYamim Hotel & Spa | Mitspe HaYamim

Days: 4

In the Eastern Galilee, the Mitspe HaYamim Hotel & Spa has a spectacular panoramic view of The Hermon Mountains, The Golan Heights, The Sea of Galilee.  It is situated  between the artist village Rosh Pina and the deep-rooted Kabbalistic city of Safed.

Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Days: 5

Akkotel in Acre is a boutique hotel built into the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the old city of Acre. The building is a beautifully renovated historical building that was constructed by the Ottomans and served as an accommodation for the army officers.  Akkotel is the winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards for the Middle East region in the categories of service and bargain.

Carlton Hotel | Tel Aviv

Days: 6 7

Perfectly situated on the beachfront, The Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel is all about details and comfort; from our award-winning breakfast to our exclusive Carlton bath amenities.  Our personal service and ‘We’ve got you covered’ attitude will guarantee an unforgettable experience; whether you’re in town for business or leisure.

Day 1: Welcome to the Homeland

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport or Haifa port if you are connecting from our Jewish Heritage program in Greece, you will be greeted by the Lifetime Discovery  representative to expedite arrival formalities before setting out to Jerusalem.  Spend your first few moments in the city of gold at the Haas Promenade before checking in to your hotel and acclimating to the magic of being in Israel.  In the evening, walk the walls around the old city by star-light in a specially marked trail.

 

Day 2: Jerusalem and its History

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

After your Mediterranean breakfast, we will start each morning with a story about your “landsmen”, or even your particular family, and where they walked on the path you are about to re-live.  Day 2 begins with the one-of-a-kind  and recently opened “Ir David” (City of David) taking you back 3000 years in the blink of an eye.  Continue with a guided walking tour to the Jewish Quarter, including the Cardo Davidson Center archaeological park and of course to the “Kotel” (Western Wall).  This meaningful moment is followed by an exciting visit to the Western Wall Tunnels, below the Wall.  There is time to browse the amazing “shuk” (market), to smell and sample the food or take away souvenirs.

In the second part of the day a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial can be made, committed to commemoration, documentation, research and education.  The mood lifts when the family plants a tree in the Jerusalem Forest. on the way out of the Old City on the way back to the hotel for another overnight in the golden city.  We recommend the “Sound of Light at the Citadel” show as a program for the evening.

Day 3: Desert, Dead Sea and Great Revolt

Accomodation: Beresheet Hotel & Spa | Mitspe Ramon

After having the family’s footsteps mapped out  for you by the Lifetime Discovery guide who has come to know your family narrative like the back of his or her hand, we head south from Jerusalem towards the desert .  We will start by climbing Masada, the last stronghold against the Romans and deemed a World Heritage site by UNESCO.  A cable car assists in the expedition, but if someone wants to brave the steep climb, it’s doable.  Next is the fascinating walk through the Ein Gedi nature reserve before stepping into the world-famous Dead Sea, at the lowest spot on earth.  The option of getting muddy with the world famous Dead Sea mud treatment is totally  up to you Next we head for our overnight digs, which is also a choice to make: either the super-luxurious Beresheet Hotel near the Ramon Cater, or,  going to the other extreme, an overnight of campfire and  Bedouin hospitality.  This is also up to you.

 

Day 4: Galilee, Tiberius, Safed and Environs

Accomodation: Mitspe HaYamim Hotel & Spa | Mitspe HaYamim

Picking up the trail of the Syrian-Africa Rift, we will head north through the Jordan Valley for Beit Shean to see its fascinating archaeological site.  We will stop for  lunch at Bet Gavriel, the conference center situated on the Sea of Galilee, famous for meetings between the two peace-makers, the late  Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s  King Hussein.  We will drive the parameter of the “Kinneret” seeing Tiberius, one of the four sacred cities to Judaism.  We will take a trip to the Ancient Tiberias Synagogue, with it’s beautiful zodiac mosaic floor.

Next is another of the Jewish sacred cities, Safed,  also the seat of the mystical preaching of the Kabbalah. Our overnight will be in the very special artist colony town of Rosh Pina at one of the country’s most in-demand luxury hotels.

Day 5: Western Galilee Wonders

Accomodation: Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Wake up and, after your daily “debriefing” about where your “landsmen” figured into the northern scenario, we will drive on the picturesque North Road through the Galilee mountains to reach the Montfort Crusader fortress. Next visit one more spectacle of nature, “Mearat HaKeshet” (Arched Cave) followed by another spectacle, this one water-based, at the Rosh Hanikra grottoes. A cable car transports guests to the sea-level caverns and grottoes, at Israel’s border crossing with Lebanon.  The next and final stop of the day is in”Akko” (Acre), visit the ancient fort where during the British mandate, it was turned into a prison where the Jewish Underground Movement were held.  Later on we will also take a moment to take a walk around the ancient port, with its great bazaar in the old city and its fabulous fish restaurants by seaside, where we will have dinner before checking into the great boutique hotel we have reserved.

Day 6: Bahai, Atlit, ruins in Caesarea and on to Tel Aviv

Accomodation: Carlton Hotel | Tel Aviv

Leave Akko by the coastal road heading for Haifa, the city built into the spectacular Carmel mountain, specifically to see the gorgeous Bahai Temple and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue south with the Mediterranean on your right to the Atlit historical landmark commemorating the plight of the Jewish refugees after WWII in their efforts to reach the homeland.  We will lunch at the Ein Hod artists’ colony before reaching Caesarea on the sea, with its mix of ancient and modern wonders.  Continue south for overnight in Tel Aviv, the modern metropolis.

Day 7: Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa Roots

Accomodation: Carlton Hotel | Tel Aviv

Today we will explore Ancient Jaffa, the time when the Jewish people broke out of the walls and founded Tel Aviv.

Awake and enter the bustle of Old Jaffa and the popular “Shuk HaPishpashim” (flea market) before a walk through the gentrified neighborhood of Neve Tzedek.  Continue a stroll on Rothschild Boulevard, site of the 2011 “tent-city” with a stop at Independence Hall to see where the declaration of independence from the British was announced in 1948.  We will stop at “Kikar Rabin” (Rabin Square) to pay tribute to one the country’s foremost trailblazers before heading back down the coastline towards Jaffa and the unique stop at “HaTachana” (The Station), once the Jaffa-Jerusalem Railway that now features a museum and fabulous restaurants from which you can choose on the last evening of your trailblazing discovery.

Day 8: Signing off and Homeward Bound

Today the Lifetime Discovery representative will sign off after you are safely on your way after an enriching discovery about your roots.

Have a safe trip and come back soon for more discoveries of a lifetime.