Israel 2005

Saturday, May 14 – Departure

Depart LAX Airport at 11:50pm

Arrive at airport four hours early

Monday, May 16 – Arrival

Landing at Ben-Gurion Airport at 3:20am

Transfer to Jerusalem

Welcoming ceremony – Hass Promenade

Davidson Center – Southern Wall Excavations

Western Wall – The Kotel

Walking tour of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City

Jerusalem Time Elevator – interactive experience

Evening activity: Opening session

Overnight: Maale HaHamisha Guest House

Tuesday, May 17 – Jerusalem & Judean Desert

City of David – ancient Jerusalem

Transfer to Judean Desert

Floating on the Dead Sea

Day hike: Nachal David

Overnight: Ein Gedi Guest House

Wednesday, May 18 – Massada and Negev

Climb Massada – desert mountain fortress

Ein Gedi Hot Springs

Large Machtesh – natural desert crater

Colored sand dunes

Camel trek in the desert

Desert navigation & survival seminar

Bedouin hospitality & traditional hafla dinner feast

Evening activity: Bedouin tent bonfire (Kumsitz)

Sephinat HaMidbar Hot Springs

Overnight: Sephinat HaMidbar Bedouin Tent

Thursday, May 19 – Transfer Northwards

Bet Guvrin – ‘Dig for a Day’ archeological seminar

Welcome Israeli soldiers for “mifgash” experience

Transfer Northwards

Metzer / Maisser – Arab-Israeli co-existence project

Transfer to hotel

Evening activity: Party at kibbutz club

Overnight: Kfar Giladi Guest House

Friday, May 20 – Tzfat 

Metzudat Koach Observation Point

Walking tour of Tzfat

Water hike: Ein Tina

Kabbalat Shabbat program

Festive Shabbat meal

Overnight: Kfar Giladi Guest House

Saturday, May 21 – Shabbat in Kfar Giladi

“Roaring Lion” Observation Point

Relax and swim

Evening activity: Boat ride on Sea of Galilee

Overnight: Kfar Giladi Guest House

Sunday, May 22 – Golan Heights

Tel Facher

Day hike: Banyas waterfalls

Mt. Bental observation point

Golan Wineries – Tasting & Tour

Kayaking on Jordan River

Ropes course & zip-lining into Jordan River

Overnight: Kfar Giladi Guest House

Monday, May 23 – Return to Jerusalem region

Water Hike: Nachal HaKibbutzim

Transfer to Jerusalem

Volunteer service project

Evening activity: Israel: The situation today

Overnight: Maale HaHamisha Guest House

Tuesday, May 24 – Tel Aviv

Israeli culture: Ma’aleh Film school seminar

Israel’s Independence Hall

Nachalat Binyamin open air craft market

Swimming on beaches of Tel Aviv

Rabin Square

Evening activity: Yad VaShem Preparation

Overnight: Maale HaHamisha Guest House

Wednesday, May 25 – Yad VaShem, Final day

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial & Mt. Herzl

Closing session, dinner & party at Pinat Shorashim

Transfer to airport

Thursday, May 26 – Flight home

Departure from Ben Gurion Airport at 12:55am

Arrival at 10:20am in LAX Airport

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