Opening ceremony in Caesarea

Welcome ceremony on a Mediterranean beach under the backdrop of an ancient Roman Aqueduct, with some icebreakers and fun with your new Israeli staff and 40 new friends.

Drive North

Day 1 - The Adventure begins

Zichron Yaakov and Ramat Hanadiv

Explore one of Modern Israel’s earliest towns, and learn about the founders of the modern state of Israel. Make your first real connection.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel near Lake Kinneret

  • Caesarea
  • Caesarea
  • Caesarea
  • Caesarea

Day 2 – Northern Exposure

Gilabon Water Hike

To really experience Israel, you gotta walk it! Descend through the canyon of the Gilabon stream, along a lush hiking trail with beautiful waterfalls in the southern part of the Golan Heights.

What To Bring:

Bental

Site of a former Israeli miltary bunker, Mount Ben Tal is an observation point over-looking the Golan Heights and Israel's border with Syria. Explore the authentic, underground tunnel system, and army posts gazing into Kunetra, while listening to stories of some of Israel's harshest battles for survival..

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Katzrin Olive Factory

An ancient village from Talmudic times, with one of the oldest Synagogues in the world, also retains remnants of a thriving wine and olive oil industry. Meet a true Israeli entrepreneur who gave up the high life in Tel Aviv to become a farmer in the north – and with a bit of “Chutzpa” has managed to exploit nature's treasure -the olive- to produce some amazing products.

What To Bring:

Tiberius Night Out

Enjoy some down time at night in the lakeside town of Tiberius. After a restaurant dinner with the group, take some free time to check out the bars or cafes.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel near Lake Kinneret

  • Mount Bental
  • Mount Bental
  • Gilabun hike
  • Gilabun hike
  • Gilabun hike

Day 3 - Rafting and Riffing

Pick Up Your Soldiers

Meet and greet your new Israeli friends. These eight young Israeli guys and girls - who are active soldiers in the Israeli army – will be joining you, touring with you, and hangin’ out with you for the next 5 days.

Banyas Nature Trail

Walk through a magnificent forested gorge in the Golan Heights while exploring ancient ruins and breathtaking waterfalls.

What To Bring:

Border Tour

Glimpse into Lebanon from an Israeli army post and meet the residents living on the border. Hear first-hand accounts about the Lebanon war, and about life on a kibbutz on Israel’s frontier. Get an inside peek into army life by meeting soldiers at their posts.

What To Bring:

Jordan River Rafting

Get ready for a wet and wild run down the Jordan river. Bounce over the rapids with your new friends, then lie back and relax as the river widens, and soak in the sun and the surroundings.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel near Lake Kinneret

  • Misgav Am Border Tour
  • Meeting Israeli Soldiers
  • Meeting Israeli Soldiers
  • Banyas Nature Trail

Day 4 - History and Mystery

Mount Arbel Lookout

After a stunning view of the city of Tiberius, Lake Kinneret, and the Galilee, descend down a steep cliff trail riddled with ladders and holds. Explore the ancient caves used by the Jewish fighters in the rebellion during the Roman period!

What To Bring:

Mystical city of Tzfat

This ancient Jewish city, birthplace of Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism, was home to many illustrious Jewish sages and mystics during the 16th Century. Set high in the Galilean Mountains, the city is steeped in history with ancient Synagogues, ornate and colorful architecture, and some really interesting characters. Now home to a flourishing artist colony, the city has a unique and magical atmosphere.

What To Bring:

Kabbalistic Artist

Kabbalah - ancient Jewish Mysticism, and contemporary art are combined in the unique work of Tzfat artist Avraham Levinthal. He gives an awesome and inspiring peek into Jewish spirituality, mysticism, and the power of your name.

Drive To Jerusalem

Lecture – Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict

Gain an insight to Israeli society, the peace process and the region’s delicate and violent political situation. This comprehensive yet humorous lecture is presented by a leading Middle Eastern Studies educator.

Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem

  • Arbel Hike
  • Kabbalistic Artist
  • Tzfat

Day 5 – Destruction to Freedom

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

Take a guided tour through one of Jewish history’s darkest moments, in Israel’s most comprehensive Holocaust museum and memorial. Hear a survivor’s testimony.

What To Bring:

Jerusalem Market

Explore the pre-Shabbat rush at Jerusalem’s “Machaneh Yehudah Shuk”. Taste some of the freshest foods you’ve ever had, and meet the full cross section of Israeli society as they prepare for Shabbat. The contrast from hustle and bustle to total quiet and serenity as the city shuts down is an experience to remember.

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Preparation for Shabbat

Traditional Shabbat Night Dinner at the Hotel

Western Wall

Enjoy a spirited Friday night service with thousands of others at the holiest of Judaism’s sites - the Western Wall. Walk back to the hotel for a delicious traditional Shabbat meal.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem

  • Machane Yehudah Market
  • Machane Yehudah Market
  • The Western Wall
  • Yad Vashem

Day 6 - Magical Shabbat in Jerusalem

Optional
Shabbat Services

Lunch at families

Take time out from being a tourist and experience a Shabbat lunch with an Israeli family in their home.

Walking Tour

Stroll through some of Jerusalem’s beautiful and quaint neighborhoods, soaking up the unique Shabbat in Jerusalem atmosphere.

What To Bring:

Group Discussion

Jewish identity is defined in different ways and has a different meaning for everyone. Discuss this focal point of the Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip with your American peers and new Israeli friends.

Shabbat Closing Ceremony- Havdala

Join together for a beautiful, musical and spiritual closing to an incredible Shabbat in Judaism’s holiest city.

Night On The Town

After a peaceful and restful Shabbat, Jerusalem is up ready to hit the new week with a blast, and it all happens on the famous Ben Yehuda street in the center of town. Dance in the streets, enjoy the very best falafel or Shwarma, and do some great souvenir shopping.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem

  • Group Discussion in Jerusalem
  • Night out at Ben Yehudah

Day 7 – War and Peace

Mount Herzl

Set in the Jerusalem forest, Mount Herzl is Israel’s national cemetery for the military leaders of the nation. Walk amongst the graves of Israel’s fallen and hear first-hand stories from the soldiers in your group about those that perished defending the people of Israel and the Jewish homeland.

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Tour of Old City of Jerusalem

Jerusalem means “City of Peace”. Explore the ancient alleys of the Jewish quarter, the Roman Cardo and the Southern Wall excavations. Browse the shops that line the streets for gifts for your family and friends.

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Southern Wall Excavations

Step back in time to the period of the Second Temple, walk along the authentic 2,000 year old Market Place Road and feel ancient Israel come alive.

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City of David

Creep through King Hezkiah’s water tunnel, and view the archeological wonders of King David’s capital city including ancient houses, castles and guard posts and original parts of the Old City wall.

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Farewell To Israelis

After only 5 days you’ve become so very close. Bid farewell to your eight new friends, as they return to their national service and you continue on your Journey. But stay in touch, because according to the stats… you may have just met your spouse ;)

What To Bring:

Drive down to Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Night out

Tel Aviv-it-up up on the waterfront and experience the famous Tel Aviv nightlife. Party with Israelis in one of the city’s hottest night clubs, or relax and enjoy a coffee in a trendy café.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv

  • City of David
  • Southern Wall Excavations
  • Mount Herzl
  • Western Wall
  • Tel Aviv Night out

Day 8 - City by the Sea

Tel Aviv Beach

Swim in the cobalt blue Mediterranean sea, and soak it all up on a hot Tel Aviv beach, or take a stroll down the promenade.

What To Bring:

Independence Hall

Tour the original site, and stand where David Ben Gurion stood, when officially declaring the independent State of Israel in 1948.

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Rabin Square

In the bustling center of Tel Aviv, see the site and memorial of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Discuss the complex sequence of events surrounding this tragedy, and chat with locals to hear their views.

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Jaffa Port and Market

Explore this buzzing Mediterranean port, and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the market. Try your hand at bargaining in the flea market, and enjoy a famous Shakshuka!

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv

  • Independence Hall
  • Jaffa Port
  • Rabin Square
  • Rabin Square
  • Tel Aviv Beach

Day 9 - Secrets of the Desert

Drive South Towards
Negev Desert

The Salad Trail

See how they actually make the desert bloom! Enjoy this hands-on, taste-testing agricultural tour which includes visits to unique high-tech hothouses with floating strawberries, colorful cherry tomatoes, a miniature orange orchard, organic veggies and more.

What To Bring:

Ein Ovdat Canyon

This oasis in the Negev Desert lies in the mouth of a steep canyon. The glass-like pool makes for some awesome pics, then scale the cliff to the top alongside the native mountain goats.

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Camel Riding

Head south to the Negev desert and a Bedouin camp. Enjoy the serenity of the desert while riding an Arabian Camel in the Negev.

What To Bring:

Bedouin Experience

Enjoy the traditional welcome with music, a coffee ceremony and a Bedouin feast. Dance by the bonfire and spend the night under a billion stars in a Bedouin tent.

What To Bring:

Desert Meditation

There is nowhere quite as silent and serene as the desert. Take this opportunity as a group to leave the confines of the camp, or take some alone time to sit, stare at the billions of stars, reflect, and just take in all you’ve experienced so far.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Bedouin Camp Negev Desert

  • Bedouin Experience
  • Bedouin Experience
  • Camel Riding
  • Camel Riding

Day 10 – Epic Story, Epic Adventure

Masada

Hike the original Roman ramp up to the mighty fortress of Masada. This world heritage site is an ancient mountain fortress and Herodian Palace on the shores of the Dead Sea. After climbing the mountain, you'll re-live the final stand-off between the Jews and the Romans from 2000 years ago.

What To Bring:

Ein Gedi Hike

A stunning desert oasis with pools and waterfalls, Ein Gedi was also the site of David’s hiding place from King Saul thousands of years ago.

What To Bring:

Dead Sea

Enjoy the amazing feeling of floating at the lowest place on earth! The mineral-rich Dead Sea is located in the South of the Jordan Valley, 398m below sea level!!!

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Closing Session and Farewell Party

Ten incredible days have passed, and you’ve done more than you could have imagined. The 40 strangers from the flight you arrived on are now some of your closest friends, and you’ll laugh and cry and relive your adventure together before finally bidding farewell to each other and your incredible staff.

What To Bring:

Overnight: Hotel near the Dead Sea

  • Dead Sea
  • Ein Gedi
  • Masada
  • Masada

Drive to the airport

Day 11 – Farewell, but not Goodbye

Departure from Ben Gurion Airport

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