16 Days Grand Classic Israel & Eilat

https://ibmt.manageyourtour.com/admin/api/getTour.php?id=765

Tour Overview Dates & Rates Inclusions View / Print Brochure

This tour is available also with a private tour. For information call us at 1.877.977.4268 

 

DAY 1 Tuesday

FLIGHT TO ISRAEL

Overnight flight to Israel


DAY 2 Wednesday

ARRIVE TO TEL AVIV

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by IBMT Tours representative and transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Remainder of the day is free to spend at lei-sure.
Take advantage of this opportunity to mingle with the locals. Shop at the amazing shopping malls, relax at an authentic Israeli restaurant and enjoy the amazing food Tel Aviv has to offer, or just enjoy a relaxing day at one of the beautiful beaches. Overnight in Tel-Aviv.


DAY 3 Thursday

LATRUN / TEL AFEK / AYALON INSTITUTE / WEIZMAN HOUSE

Start your journey with a visit to Latrun, where you can explore the renowned Armored Corps Museum and Memorial. This museum stands as a remarkable collection of tanks and armored vehicles from various eras, making it one of the most diverse tank museums globally. Continue your exploration of Antipatris, also known as Tel-Afek National Park, a historically significant site that has played a crucial role throughout the ages in the Holy Land. Next, proceed to the Ayalon Institute, a once-secret underground ammunition factory established by the Haganah, the Jewish underground movement before May 1948. Discover the fascinating history behind this clandestine operation and gain insights into the struggles and perseverance of those involved. Continuing your journey, visit the Weizmann House in Rehovot, a stunning structure built in 1936, which was the private residence and later the official residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of the State of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Explore the impressive house and its captivating gardens, which now form part of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Overnight Tel Aviv.


DAY 4 Friday

DAY 4 Friday

TEL AVIV / ANU MUSEUM / OLD JAFFA

Your day starts with a visit to the Anu Museum, a remarkable site that narrates the compelling story of the Jewish people through the ages, up to the present day. Next, drive through the vibrant main streets of Tel Aviv, widely recognized as the heart of business and entertainment in Israel. This bustling metropolis, famously known as the "White City," boasts an impressive collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, leading to its declaration as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. As you explore further, make a poignant stop at Rabin Square, where Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was tragically assassinated in 1995. Continue your journey to Old Jaffa, one of the world's oldest port cities, and be mesmerized by the ancient ruins while strolling through the captivating Artists Quarter. Head on to Neve Tzedek, the inaugural neighborhood of Tel Aviv, established in 1887, which still exudes its unique charm. Followed by a visit to Nachalat Binyamin, the lively pedestrian mall offering an array of live street music, arts, crafts, and handcrafted jewelry, providing a delightful and vibrant experience.
Overnight Tel Aviv.


DAY 5 Saturday

DAY 5 Saturday

FREE DAY AT LEISURE IN TEL AVIV

Take advantage of this opportunity to mingle with the locals. Shop at the amazing shopping malls, taste the unique food Tel Aviv has to offer, or just enjoy a relaxing day at one of the beautiful beaches.

Overnight in Tel-Aviv.


DAY 6 Sunday

DAY 6 Sunday

CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / DRUZE VILLAGE / HAIFA

Embark on a captivating coastal drive to Caesarea. In this former Roman capital, you can witness fascinating excavations, explore remnants of the Roman port and aqueduct, and marvel at the restored amphitheater. Proceed to Megiddo, steeped in biblical history, and explore its well-preserved water system and intriguing archaeological sites. Continue your journey driving through the Druze villages and Mount Carmel to Haifa and be mesmerized by the panoramic view of Haifa Bay, the Golden-domed Bahai Shrine, and its breathtaking gardens blending seamlessly with the surrounding natural beauty.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.


DAY 7 Monday

DAY 7 Monday

SAFED / KATZRIN / GOLAN WINERY

Set off on an enriching journey to Safed, the renowned center of Jewish mysticism, where you can immerse yourself in the ancient synagogues and soak in the creative atmosphere of the Artists' Colony. Continue your adventure to the beautiful Golan Heights, where you will have the chance to marvel at the remnants of former Syrian bunkers and catch a glimpse of Quneitra. Head on to the thriving Israeli town of Katzrin, known for its vibrant charm. Before concluding your expedition, make a stop at the esteemed Golan Winery, where a wonderful tour and delectable wine tasting await you.
Overnight in a Kibbutz guesthouse.


DAY 8 Tuesday

DAY 8 Tuesday

SEA OF GALILEE / NAZARETH / BEIT ALPHA

Head out on a fascinating day, beginning with a visit to the sacred city of Nazareth. Explore the revered Church of Annunciation, a site of great significance. Continue your journey to Sea of Galilee, where you can delve into the history of Capernaum and marvel at the ruins of the ancient synagogue and the beautiful octagonal Church of St. Peter. Ascend to the serene Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the iconic Sermon on the Mount. As you drive through Beit Shean, make a stop at Beit Alpha to admire the remarkable remains of an ancient synagogue's mosaic floor, depicting the captivating zodiac.
Overnight Jerusalem.


DAY 9 Wednesday

DAY 9 Wednesday

JERUSALEM: MOUNT OF OLIVES / OLD CITY / BETHLEHEM

Begin your day with a breathtaking panoramic view from Mount of Olives. Next, make your way to the magnificent Old City, where you can explore the revered Tomb of King David and the sacred Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Enter the walled city and stroll through the newly restored Jewish quarter, witnessing its vibrant ambiance. Discover the remnants of the Roman Cardo, marvel at the historic Herodian quarter, and make your way to the iconic Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Conclude your day with a visit to Bethlehem*, where you can immerse yourself in the profound atmosphere of the Church of the Nativity and the iconic Manger's Square, capturing the essence of this sacred destination.

Overnight Jerusalem.


DAY 10 Thursday

JERUSALEM: ISRAEL MUSEUM / KNESSET / MT. HERZL / YAD VASHEM

Start your day with a visit to the esteemed Israel Museum; Discover the remarkable Shrine of the Book, where the ancient Dead Sea scrolls are safeguarded, and marvel at the intricate miniature model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Drive by the Knesset, Israel's parliament, and continue your journey to Mount Herzl cemetery and pay your respects at Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Holocaust. Delve further into Jerusalem's history with a tour of Nachlaot. Walk through its narrow alleys while listening to heartwarming tales and uncover the rich tapestry of the city's past that shaped its very foundations.
Overnight Jerusalem.


DAY 11 Friday

QUMRAN / MASADA / DEAD SEA

Drive through the Judaean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. Stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 AD. Descend from Masada via cable car and continue your adventure to the Dead Sea.  Immerse yourself in its mineral-rich mud and indulge in a therapeutic float on its waters, believed by many to offer revitalizing effects.

Overnight Jerusalem.


DAY 12 Saturday

DAY 12 Saturday

FREE DAY AT LEISURE IN JERUSALEM

Enjoy a stroll on your own at the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the local colorful bazaar were you can work on your negotiating skills, or visit the local cafes and amazing restaurants to enjoy the feel of local habits and culture.

Overnight stay in Jerusalem. 


DAY 13 Sunday

DAY 13 Sunday

NEGEV DESERT / TIMNA / EILAT - UNDERWATER OBSERVATORY

Leave Jerusalem and enjoy a captivating southbound journey through the Negev Desert. Make a stop at Timna, a vast geological and archaeological park, where you will be enchanted by the breathtaking multi-colored rock formations and fascinating copper mines. Do not miss the chance to witness the impressive Solomon's Pillars, adding a touch of historical wonder to your experience. Continue your expedition to the vibrant city of Eilat, nestled on the northern shores of the Red Sea. Discover the remarkable Underwater Observatory Marine Park, ingeniously built into a coral reef, offering you an up-close and immersive encounter with the vibrant marine life of the Gulf of Eilat, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the wonders that lie beneath the Red Sea's surface. Overnight Eilat.


DAY 14 Monday

FREE DAY IN EILAT OR OPTIONAL DAY TOUR TO PETRA

After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra, the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe). Petra is renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams, and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback ride for about 700m until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, Roman theatre, Roman street, Qasr al-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter), and many other smaller fascinating monuments. The city itself is almost 45 km² and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, it is time for lunch in a nearby restaurant. After lunch, drive back to the border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 and cross back to Eilat.
Overnight Eilat.

(for the tour to Petra, a visa is required in advance)


DAY 15 Tuesday

DAY 15 Tuesday

MITZPE RAMON / SDE BOKER / BEDOUIN HOSPITALITY / TEL AVIV

Leave Eilat behind and head to Mitzpe Ramon. Take a captivating pause to marvel at the geological wonder of the Ramon Crater, while also visiting the remarkable Mitzpe Ramon Visitors’ Center, which offers unique insights into this extraordinary natural formation. Continue your adventure to Sde Boker, where you can witness both Ben Gurion's hut and grave, offering a breathtaking view overlooking the magnificent Zin Valley. As your exploration continues, make a stop to visit an authentic Bedouin tent to learn about the rich culture of the Bedouin people and enjoy a delightful light lunch, leaving you with cherished memories of this culturally enriching journey.
Overnight Tel Aviv.


DAY 16 Wednesday

DEPART TEL AVIV

Aboard the transatlantic flight, and with time to think about your exciting visit and vibrant memories, you can start planning your next visit to Israel! Arrive back home the same day.


*  Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.

The program sequence is subject to change without advance notice.
 


Choose your preferred dates and book your trip today

BOOK NOW

Dates & Rates


Departure date Start Date End Date Starting At Double Occupancy Single Price Child Price Book
25 Jun 2024 26 Jun 2024 10 Jul 2024 $3,790 $5,606 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
9 Jul 2024 10 Jul 2024 24 Jul 2024 $3,790 $5,606 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
30 Jul 2024 31 Jul 2024 14 Aug 2024 $3,790 $5,606 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
20 Aug 2024 21 Aug 2024 4 Sep 2024 $3,655 $5,331 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
27 Aug 2024 28 Aug 2024 11 Sep 2024 $3,616 $5,258 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
3 Sep 2024 4 Sep 2024 18 Sep 2024 $3,616 $5,258 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
10 Sep 2024 11 Sep 2024 25 Sep 2024 $3,616 $5,258 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
17 Sep 2024 18 Sep 2024 2 Oct 2024 $3,616 $5,258 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
29 Oct 2024 30 Oct 2024 13 Nov 2024 $3,679 $5,384 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
5 Nov 2024 6 Nov 2024 20 Nov 2024 $3,679 $5,384 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
12 Nov 2024 13 Nov 2024 27 Nov 2024 $3,679 $5,384 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
19 Nov 2024 20 Nov 2024 4 Dec 2024 $3,488 $5,153 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
26 Nov 2024 27 Nov 2024 11 Dec 2024 $3,488 $5,153 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
10 Dec 2024 11 Dec 2024 25 Dec 2024 $3,488 $5,153 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
17 Dec 2024 18 Dec 2024 1 Jan 2025 $3,488 $5,153 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
7 Jan 2025 8 Jan 2025 22 Jan 2025 $3,374 $4,885 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
11 Feb 2025 12 Feb 2025 26 Feb 2025 $3,374 $4,885 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW
18 Feb 2025 19 Feb 2025 5 Mar 2025 $3,447 $5,031 $2,662 BOOK BOOK NOW

* All prices in USD

Included services:

  • Welcome to Israel meet & greet upon arrival by an IBMT Tours representative  
  • Sharing transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • 2 Dinners in Kibbutz Lavi
  • Bedouin hospitality lunch on Tuesday on the way from Eilat to Tel Aviv
  • 8 touring days in a Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach 
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide
  • All transport and entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary

 

Hotels:

HOTEL PLAN Plan A Plan B Plan C Plan D
Tel Aviv Dan-Deluxe room Renaissance-Sea View room Dan Panorama Prima City Tel Aviv
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi-Hadar wing Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing Kibbutz Lavi-Eden wing
Jerusalem King David-Deluxe New City View room Orient Dan Panorama Prima Kings
Eilat Dan-Deluxe room Royal Beach  Dan Panorama Prima Music


Not included services:     

  • Airfare & Departure taxes
  • Tips to guide/drivers & hotel staff
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal extras on meals not mentioned above
  • Optional 1 Day Petra Tour is offered at the cost of  USD $280 per person - lunch included
    • Border tax and visa to Jordan are to be paid locally, approximately USD $130/person.

 

*The hotels appearing in the table might be replaced with similar ones.

*Bethlehem site is under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation

*Dead  Sea visit subject to weather conditions

*The sequence of the tour, border crossing points used and sites visited and hotel used may be amended due to circumstances

*Child min. age - 5 years old

Book This Tour Today

CLICK HERE

TestimonialsTestimonials

Still traveling but wanted to thank you for planning a marvelous trip.  It is truly a trip of a lifetime.

Best, 

Susan Lachtman

 

The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!

We went on a church group to the Holyland with IBMT Tours and had a great trip, everything was planned for us perfectly. There was over 123 people in four different bus groups and things went smoothly, I thought it was going to be hectic with that many people in the group but IBMT did a wonderful job and made sure the buses did not go convoy, every bus had its own time table and itinerary for the day, our guide Dani was so knowledgeable and loving. We love you IBMT and we will recommend you guys. Thanks for everything you have done for us.

We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons.  We had enough family members to warrant our own bus.  After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did.  The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so.  From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more.  Our meals were equally excellent.  Beginning with a welcome reception at the INBAL to the closing dinner at the CANAAN restaurant in Tel Aviv one and all loved them.

It was a busy tour made even more so by my husband who was determined the grandchildren see “everything”.  Fortunately for us, we had the best guide when Ornan (from IBMT) gave us GADI.  All of the groups loved their guides but Gadi was  special.  He was able to reach the kids (ages 7-13) as well as the adults.  His knowledge, willingness to adjust the schedule, and good nature gave him a soft spot in all of our hearts.  He filled in at Yad Vashem when the guide droned on a bit too much for some of us.  He searched out a cemetery where a father, grandfather and great grandfather was buried and proceeded to enlighten us on the rituals and customs of a military cemetery.  He adjusted our times to include those little extras.  When weather precluded the camels, we visited Qumran.  After the Bar Mitzvahs, some wanted to walk down Masada - again, no problem. 

We loved everything.  Friday night dinner with an Israeli family (coincidentally the husband was from Toronto), meeting the soldiers on the kibbutz, the Druze lunch, sampling different foods at the shuk, the bullet factory and on and on.  Although the weather was precarious in December, it didn’t stop us and we were able to celebrate Chanukah in Israel...menorahs  everywhere, sufganiyot of every kind, celebrations in the street galore.

Would we recommend this tour...without a moments hesitation.  We had a family trip of a lifetime.  Thank you also to our bus driver Louie, whom we all loved and who got us around safely. 

“Gadi” - what else can we say ... g double o - d, j-o-b. Good job, good job.  V-e-r-y-n-i-c-e, very nice, very nice.💕

 

 

I cannot imagine a better, more organized, more perfect experience! IBMT went above and beyond all expectations!

Loved the trip! The itinerary was fantastic and really kept us moving. We were able to see and do so much. Best of all was our tour guide Natalie. She was very kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of Israel.

5/5
Call: 1.877.977.4268

Please, enter a valid value

Incorrect values!