GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY TOUR
In the footsteps of the 6 Day War & beyond
The Eretz Israel Movement – Yom Yerushalayim Tour
MAY 14th to MAY 28th 2017
32 Years of providing the best way at the best price to experience Israel
The above prices are LAND ONLY, and per person double occupancy.
We will gladly help you obtain your airfare for the trip, or you may choose to do it yourself.
Please book this early, as flights are already filling up.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – $100 DISCOUNT
IF HALF THE PAYMENT IS MADE BY NOV. 30, 2016 AND THE BALANCE BY DEC. 31, 2016
ITINERARY – HIGHLIGHTS
Sun. May 14th – Deaprture– Schedule your departure to coincide with arrival into Israel at about noon on Monday. There will be one group pick up at the airport and as we are going directly up north from the airport, [if you are early, please wait for the rest of the group, if you are very late please take a taxi to meet up with the group].
Mon. May 15th – Arrival at Ben Gurion– Welcome and Shehecheyanu ceremony and drive to the Galil for an overnight in a hotel in the area. Evening introduction to the tour.
Tue. May 16 – Trees of the Past – we will start the day visiting the Golani Brigade Memorial and museum with an emphasis on the Six Day War, continue to Pekiin picturesque town. Travel to the hiding place of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai and home to the famous Zinati family that never exiled form the land of Israel, after a walking tour we will drive through the upper Galil to Meiron and end the day in Tzefat.
Wed. May 17th – The Water Wars & Syria-Today we will explore the Syrian front in the Six Day War. We will drive through the Hula Valley and imagine living below the Syrian bunkers, enjoy a walk to the Banias Springs and learn about the devious plan to dry the Jordan River, continue to Tel Facher where one of the heroic battles took place.
Then enjoy the Golan of today – Mount Bental a view into Kuneitra to discuss defeat and honour. Tour the DeKarina Chocolate factory. After visiting Katzrin we will stop at a Syrian Bunker of Mitspe Gadot. We will still overnight in the north.
Thu. May 18th – The Jordan Front, a tour of the Bikaa – We will start the day visiting the Rambam’s tomb and museum in Tiberias with the thought of Jews under the Muslims and Christians. Then we will start driving south along the eastern border of Israel stopping at Ashdot Yaakov Memorial Garden. Lunch at Beit Shean, continue to the Abrbel Farm to learn about living in the Bikaa today. Learn about “Eretz Hamirdafim” – the challenges of the post Six Day war in this area.
Fri. May 19th – “Shalom lach Yerushalayim” – Today we will start learning about Jerusalem during the Six Day War. We will start the day on Mt. Scopus and learn about its unique situation for 19 years, then continue our visit with Beit Orot and Ammunition Hill Museum for an in depth look into the battles for the city. We will end the day with a visit to Zaka headquarters.
Sat. May 20th – Shabbat Shalom
Sun. May 21st – Jerusalem our Eternal Capital– We will start the day with a tour of our parliament building – the Knesset and meet with a Knesset member, strolling through the beautiful rose garden we will continue to the Supreme Court then we will visit the Israel Museum an end the day with a driven tour discussing the development of the city before and after the six day war.
Mon. May 22nd – Gush Etzyon – Story of exile and return, we will experience the new movie in Kibbutz Kfar Etzyon, visit Oz veGaon site dedicated to the Three Boys. Meet with locals trying to create an environment of peace at Shorashim Judur. Visit the Chavayot therapeutic zoo in Elazar, drive to Mitspe Haelef for a 360 degree view of the country to understand the strategic importance of Judea and Samaria.
Tue. May 23rd – “And in her heart a Wall” -for 19 years [1948-1967] Jerusalem was a divided city, as we approach Yom Yerushalayim we will tour along this “city line” that was created by a was crayon. Start the day at Rachel’s Tomb, continue to Kibbutz Ramat Rachel and the Paamon outpost. Drive along the line to the Abu Tor neighborhood and hear about living on the border with your next door neighbor. Walk to the Cable Car Museum – a secret operation threat Israel used during those years, visit the Begin Museum and Yemin Moshe. Drive along the northern city line and visit Nebi Samuel Shmuel ‘s yartzeit falls on Yom Yerushalayim. In the evening – festive prayers.
Wed. May 24th – Yom Yerushalayim — Today we celebrate the return of the Old City and the Kotel — we will have a behind the scenes tour in the Kotel Tunnels to new areas, visit Mt. Zion and the Jewish quarter. Enjoy the parade in the afternoon.
Thu. May 25th – West Bank? Territories? Bible Land? — Today we will explore the area of Samaria. We will drive north of Jerusalem to the village settlement of Ofra. We will visit the girls high school and meet the new olot to the area, [maybe art gallery] we will enjoy a local winery and then continue to Ariel for lunch and a driven tour of the town, afterwards we will drive up Mt. Gerizim, the mountain of blessing. Here we will visit and meet with Samaritans and view Shechem. Along the way we will discuss many of the biblical stories that took place in this area and the current situation.
Fri. May 26th – Free Day — A day to tour on your own, shop or just relax.
Sat. May 27th – Shabbat Shalom — For those who have an evening return flight we will be having a group transfer to the airport.
PLEASE NOTE: Monday May 29th is Memorial Day & Tue. May 30th is the first night of Shavuot — we will be offering a special Shavuot extension for anyone interested in staying in Yerushalayim to experience the Yom Tov here. If you would like to take advantage of this offer please call the office for prices and reservations.
All plans are subject to changes. We are planning to add meetings with key figures and some other nice surprises.
Due to the large amount of early inquires for this special tour it is expected to sell out very quickly therefore we highly recommend taking advantage of the early bird special and booking as soon as possible.
It is also important to book your flights very early on as they are expecting a large volume of visitors coming to celebrate this special 50th anniversary.