Places & Pleasure

Trip Highlights

  • Vistas and waterfalls, high and low
  • Historic and contemporary wonders
  • Sacred sites for all
  • Independence Hall and the birth of the nation
  • Greenery in Golan and Galilee
  • Jerusalem and its wonders
  • Wine-tasting along the way
  • Desert surprises

Trip Highlights

Lifetime Discovery staff will welcome you, our guests, at the Ben Gurion International Airport and stay connected at the hip to insure a stellar experience from start to finish.  This program includes eleven memorable days, comprised of a fine balance of the old and the new, the serious and humoristic, indoors and out. Each day promises to be a complete menu of classic Israel discovery. The following is a suggested itinerary which can be altered and tailor-made to each guest’s preferences and provide a trip that’s fit to measure and the discovery of a lifetime.

* 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 3 4

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 | Mitspe Ramon

Days: 5

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.

Bayit Bagalil | Upper Galilee

Days: 6 7 8

Located within a national nature preservation, the location of Bayit BaGalil Hotel  is also home to protected wildlife. The estate overlooks Lake Kineret (Sea of Galilee) and gazes upon Israel’s Golan mountain range. Each of its 26 suites and presidential terrace suite have breathtaking views of the hillsides and forest surrounding it.

 

Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Days: 9

Akkotel 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: 10 11

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 Israel

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport you will be greeted by a VIP chaperone arranged by Lifetime Discovery  who will expedite arrival formalities before setting out to Jerusalem.  Spend your first few moments in the city of gold at the Haas Promenade, followed for a scenic overlook of Mt. Zion and having lunch  before checking in to your hotel  to acclimate to the magic of being in Israel.

 

Day 2: Jerusalem Old City (Act I)

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

After your Mediterranean breakfast, begin the day at the one-of-a-kind “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.  Return to the hotel for another overnight in the golden city.

Day 3: Old City (Act II)

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

We will start our day with a visit to the Tower of David Museum, followed by another guided walking tour, entering the old city to walk the Via Dolorosa  before stopping at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher  and  Zedakiah’s Cave. You will then have time to browse the stalls of old city’s the “shuk” (market) to your heart’s content.  The suggested evening program is the spectacular “Sound and Light at the Citadel”. 

Day 4: Jerusalem New City (Act III)

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

The day begins with the somber “Yad Vashem” Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Your spirits will lift as we arrive at the colorful and vibrant “Machane Yehuda” open-air market followed by lunch.  We then suggest a stop at the Supreme Court with its prize-winning design before going to the Israel Museum, and the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls – another design gem. We then head to the Knesset (Parliament) with its wonderful overlook of the city as the last stop of Day Four.

Day 5: Down in the Desert

Accomodation: Beresheet Hotel | Mitspe Ramon

We get up early to head to the desert with our first stop at the Dead Sea and Ein Gedi with its striking waterfalls.  After a lunch of your choice, we climb 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.  We will be treated with Bedouin hospitality before arriving at one of Israel’s most luxurious hotels.

Day 6: Driving the Rift to Galilee

Accomodation: Bayit Bagalil | Upper Galilee

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.  The next stop the Sea of Galilee in Tiberius, sacred to the Jews.  This  followed by the visits to the sacred destinations of Capernaum, Tabgha, and Mt. of Beatitudes before climbing driving towards the Upper Galilee and the fabulous luxury hotel set on a nature preserve in the Galilee hills.

Day 7: Waterfalls and Wine

Accomodation: Bayit Bagalil | Upper Galilee

Wake up and set out to one of the most spectacular walks of the trip, the ancient fortress of   Gamla.  After a stop at the Katzrin Visitors Center for an enlightening film about the region, we will visit the Golan Wineries followed by lunch at the on Druse village Massade.  Next we climb to see the now in-active volcano at Mt. Bental on the Syrian border, getting an insight to the complexity of quest for peace.  We will then reach the magnificent nature reserve at Banias with its miraculous waterfalls.  We will end the day with the scenic overlook at Metula before returning to the lap of luxury at your hotel.

Day 8: Kabbalah & Nature

Accomodation: Bayit Bagalil | Upper Galilee

Traversing the Galilee to for a stop at artist colony Rosh Pina, we will continue towards sacred city of “Zefat” (Safed) we will discover the home of  Kabbalah, the  Jewish mysticism born in the 16th century.  You may see the Ari, Caro and Abuhav synagogues and stroll   leisurely through the city’s stoned alleyways. We will stop at the Dalton Winery where you may have lunch before stopping at the  “Neot Mordechai”  shoe factory.  We finish the day with a ride through the nature reserve at the Hula Lake , which will conclude Day 8.

Day 9: Glory of Western Galilee

Accomodation: Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Wake up to a drive on the picturesque North Road through the Galilee mountains with a stop at the Baram Synagogue  shared in the past with the Arab village of Biram.  We then cross deeper into the Western Galilee towards the shoreline and reach the striking overlook on the Montfort crusader fortress.  Nearby, in Kibbutz Adamit, you are treated to a walk to the unique miracle of nature “Mearat HaKeshet” (Arched Cave) followed by another spectacle, this one water-based, at the Rosh Hanikra grottos. A cable car transports guests to the sea-level caverns and grottos, at Israel’s border crossing with Lebanon.  The next and final stop of the day is in the ancient port city ”Akko” (Acre), with its great bizarre in the old city and its fabulous fish restaurants by seaside.

Day 10: Along the Coast

Accomodation: Carlton Hotel | Tel Aviv

Leave Acre by the coastal road heading for Haifa on the 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 in Zichron Ya’akov and have lunch after a visit at the Pavo Brewery.  We continue hugging the coast with a stop at the ancient ruins in Caesarea on the sea, with its mix of ancient and modern wonders.  Continue south for overnight in Tel Aviv, the modern metropolis.

Day 11: Best of Tel Aviv-Jaffa & Homeward Bound

Accomodation: Carlton Hotel | 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 walk further of along the boulevard to see the newly renovated Habima National Theater before heading to stop at the Rabin Museum and finally reaching the bustling “Namal”, the re-gentrified marina with its many restaurants, shops and music for everyone, to cap off your final day of discovery.