In 2018, we took a group of friends to Israel. It was the first trip there for all of us, and aside from having some of the best meals of our lives, we were awestruck by this tiny land, its mighty culture – and challenges.

From October 24 to November 4, 2022, we’ll be touring Israel again and we’d love it if you could come along.

It’s early days yet. Right now, we can show you an outline of the suggested itinerary, with some of the people, places and things we hope to enjoy. Others are to be filled in or substituted. But we hope you’ll get the gist: real expert insiders, unknown and famous places, and jaw-dropping cuisine.

Because our trips have a way of filling up quickly – and there will be 25 of us at most – we’re taking reservations now.

So…

The Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday, October 24

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to our Tel Aviv Hotel: either The Norman or The Jaffa. Welcome dinner with speaker Nir Zuk, founder of Palo Alto Networks.

Day 2 – Tuesday, October 25

Breakfast at hotel. Speaker, Joanna Landau. Tour Tel Aviv starting at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange hosted by Yehuda Van Der Walde. Then on to Independence Hall, Neve Tzedek, Rabin and Habima Squares. Lunch with food guide David Kichka followed by a private tour of the Museum of the Jewish People. Dinner in the home of local chef, Tomer Tal. Speaker, Shiki Shani.

Day 3 – Wednesday, October 26

Breakfast at hotel.  Speaker, Nitzana Darshan Leitner. Tour ancient Caesarea and Megiddo. Lunch, typical Galilean fare at a Druze or Arab home. Meet with Prof. Hossam Haick of Technion University. Check in to the Efendi Hotel followed by dinner hosted by the renowned Israeli chef, Uri Jeremias of Uri Buri. 

Day 4 – Thursday, October 27 

Breakfast at hotel. Speaker, former deputy director of the Mossad. Encounter art, culture and diversity, with ice cream and lunch at Aluma Restaurant, as we journey across the Galilee. Check in to Mizpe Hayamim. Dinner with Chef Erez Komarovsky at the Wood Grill.

Day 5 – Friday, October 28

Before breakfast, meet an ornithologist at Agmon Hahula (Hula Lake) to witness the seasonal marvel of migratory birds. Breakfast at hotel. Speaker: Rami Gazit on  new businesses in Galilee. Tour of organic gardens and farms. Jeep tour of Golan Heights with outdoor gourmet lunch. Security briefing on Syrian border, possible visit to the IDF Air Force Iron Dome. Dinner in private home – locally-raised lamb. 

Day 6 – Saturday, October 29

Day at leisure. Spa treatments and optional tours can be pre-booked: 1) Strategic outposts on the Northern Border; or 2) Gems in the Finger of the Galilee or 3) Antiquities on the road to Damascus. Breakfast, lunch & dinner at the hotel. 

Day 7 – Sunday, October 30

Breakfast at hotel. Speaker, Dror Tamir, CEO of Hargol. Travel south. Tour Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. Take a helicopter ride to Masada, flying over parts of the Galilee, Israel’s “narrow waist”, Jerusalem, Judean Hills, then landing near Masada followed by gourmet picnic lunch. Tour Masada, built by King Herod the Great, later the last Jewish stand in the “War with Rome.” Then at the Hod hotel bathe in the Dead Sea, (you cannot sink!). Continue through the Judean wilderness and mountains to Jerusalem. Check in to David Citadel Hotel. Speaker, Sylvan Adams. Dinner on Rooftop at Notre Dame. 

Day 8 – Monday, October 31

Breakfast at hotel. Speaker “New directions for Start-Up Nation.” Tour of Machne Yehuda Market with Uri Navon, lunch and cooking workshop at Yudale. Hilltop tours around Jerusalem, including Mt Scopus, Mt Olives, Haas Promenade and Security Fence briefing with Dr Danny Tirza. Dinner at the Albright Institute with Prof Dan Bahat. 

Day 9 – Tuesday, November 1 

Breakfast at hotel. Speaker, Rabbi Shaul David Judelman. Tour Yad Vashem. Archaeological and historical tours of sites in and around the Old City, including windows into the past in The Cardo, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Light lunch at the Austrian Hospice. Speaker, Bassem Eid on human rights and the PLO. Afternoon tour includes King David’s City, Southern Wall archaeological Park, and Western Wall Tunnels. Dine around – at Talbiye, Mona and Satya.

Day 10 – Wednesday, November 2

Breakfast at hotel. Speaker, Kher Albaz. Drive through Eshtaol to visit Beit Guvrin Maresha and Lachish. Visit Sderot, the world capital of incoming missiles, and have lunch with Mayor Alon Davidi at a local family’s home. Learn about a solar energy farm, on the way to Ben Gurion’s tomb. Check into Beresheet Hotel, dinner in the hotel and star-gazing.

Day 11 – Thursday, November 3

Breakfast at hotel. Jeep tour of Machtesh Ramon, the world’s largest erosion crater, with geologist. Lunch and tour of the Nana Winery, followed by camel rides at Han Hashayrot and a catered desert dinner.

Day 12 – Friday, November 4

After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for flights home. Or transfer to Eilat for Jordan extension. Or transfer to Six Senses Hotel Southern Negev for an optional two or three night stay.

THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY VARY IN THE ORDER YOU VISIT

Tour Cost*: The cost of the trip will change according to the number of people on it and whether you pay by credit card or cheque, email or bank transfer.

* The tour price is per person for land only, based on 2 people sharing a room and a minimum of 15 participants. Note the reductions in the per person cost once we have 20, then 25 participants. 

Payment by cheque, email or bank transfer:

15 people: Cost per person – US$25,380
20 people: Cost per person – US$22,670
25 people: Cost per person – US$20,650

The single supplement is US$3,795 

Payment by credit card:

15 people: Cost per person – US$26,128
20 people: Cost per person – US$23,330
25 people: Cost per person – US$21,258

The single supplement is US$3,904 

Terms and conditions to follow

A deposit of $4,500 is required to secure your spot. 

For more information or to make your deposit contact Avie Esakov via email at avie@ihtours.com or call 416-444-6666 ext 424, 1-877- 999-8868 ext 424, mobile 647-500-6992.

Trans-Atlantic Flights

We can book your flights to and from Israel at competitive rates. We recommend direct nonstop flights on either Air Canada or EL AL. 

Pre- and Post-Tour Options

1) Beat Jet Lag. Arrive in Tel Aviv one or more days before the tour begins.

Arrive at Ben Gurion airport to VIP assistance from the gangway. Transfer to the hotel, The Jaffa – a luxury collection hotel – Tel Aviv.

On October 24 – visit Naot Kedumim, a Biblical Botanical Garden for a private tour with some “biblical” finger food.

2) Extend your stay. Take an optional Jordan tour to see Wadi Rum, Petra and more. 

Day 12 – Friday, November 4

Transfer to the Eilot, Arava Yitzhak Rabin Border crossing. Arrive at the border crossing between 10 and 11 am. Walk across No Man’s Land. Lunch in Wadi Rum, followed by jeep and camel tour in the land of Lawrence of Arabia fame. Travel north, check in to the Movenpick Resort Petra and (time permitting) enjoy a unique Turkish bath followed by dinner & folklore at Siq al Barid or Little Petra with the Director of Petra Tourism. 

Day 13 – Saturday, November 5

Get an early start to tour Petra including the Monastery A Dir. Late lunch at the hotel.  Continue north to the Dead Sea – stop at Shobak Castle and Mukawir, then view the Kerak Castle on the way to the Kempinski luxurious Dead Sea resort Hotel and Spa Dinner ~ demonstration cooking with Executive Chef. Speaker TBA. 

Day 14 – Sunday, November 6

Enjoy the spa facilities at the hotel. 11:30am depart for Madaba to visit the Madaba mosaic map at St. George’s Church. Light lunch at Herat Jedudna. Continue to Um al-Rasas to visit the fine Byzantine mosaics. Check in to day rooms at the Four Seasons hotel Amman. Dinner at Fakhr El Din with former Minister of Communication Marwan Juma or Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. Transfers to Amman airport / VIP assistance.

You can extend your stay at the luxurious Kempinski Dead Sea resort with a transfer to Amman Airport.

3) Extend your stay. Visit the Six Senses, Israel’s newest resort in the middle of the Negev wilderness.

Day 12 – Friday, November 4

Noon transfer through the Negev Desert. Stop at Neot Semadar to learn about the holistic community and for light lunch. Arrive early / mid-afternoon.

Day 13 – Saturday, November 5       

Pamper yourself at this remarkable oasis in Shacharut or partake of some superb biking and hiking options.

Day 14 – Sunday, November 6          

Transfer to Eilat airport for the flight to Ben Gurion then continue on your flights home. 

Insurance

Israel requires all those entering have an all-inclusive policy that covers Medical and Covid contingencies. We strongly advise that you secure a good all-inclusive travel insurance policy. We can provide a policy underwritten by Old Republic at competitive premiums. You are not obliged to purchase travel insurance from us.