Boomer and Active Senior Birth Right - Israel


"When we illuminate the road back to our ancestors, they have a way of reaching out, of manifesting themselves..."


Welcome to our traditional group tour for Boomers and Active Seniors!

The tour that we are presenting is designed for the generation that was born just before and after the state of Israel was re-established in 1948. This is a tour that is a journey through history. We prefer to let the history of this land tell a story — a truly magnificent story! That does not mean to suggest that the individual won’t find his/her moments of spiritual uplifting.

Israel Celebration Tours thinks you will find our presentation of Israel unique and distinctly thought- provoking. We allow history to speak to you — sometimes it will whisper and other times it will shout. And if you are able to open your mind and maybe your heart, you perhaps, will be changed forever.

We can also arrange customized tour days that we call 'A Day in the Life of Israel'.


Two New Tour Dates

We have two new tour dates available for 2014:

  • February 23 - March 7, 2014
  • May 11 - 23, 2014

Flight Arrangements

We know that many of you may choose to make your own flight arrangements so that you can use frequent flier points or the like. This is not a problem. Please let us know whatever flight arrangements you make. This allows us to meet you after passport control and direct you to the vehicle that will take you to the Jerusalem hotel.

Check-in for the February tour is Monday, February 24th, 2014.

Check-in for the May tour is Monday, May 12th, 2014.

We are excited to show you our Israel!



Include a Bar or Bat Mitzvah!

For those of you that are interested, we offer, at no additional charge, the possibility of having a first or second Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel at a special site in Jerusalem overlooking the Old City. Or, if you are interested in renewing your wedding vows, we can arrange this. Again, there is no additional cost. Just let us know if this is your desire.



Boomer and Active Senior Tour Itinerary

Note: Actual locations, sites, times and details may change according to requirements. This trip is 13 days (including travel days)


Click here for the complete details of the February Trip.

Click here for the complete details of the May Trip.

Day 1, Sunday: depart the U.S.


Mount Scopus overlooking JerusalemDay 2, Monday: "This Year in Jerusalem"
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, and transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem. Drive to Mt. Scopus for a view of Jerusalem and the Old City along with the traditional “shehecheyanu” with wine and challah. We arrive at the hotel and check-in. Before dinner, we will meet for a 'get-together' cocktail in one of the hotel conference rooms. You will get to know your travel mates and guide who will give you relevant information for the coming tour. We then go into dinner in the dining room. Try to stay up as late as you can to 'reset' your internal clock.
Meals: Dinner

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem


Archaeological FindsDay 3, Tuesday: "Digging up our Roots"
After one of those unique Israeli breakfasts, we depart to the area of Bet Guvrin where we will participate in an Archeological Dig for a Day. We enter underground caves, take our trowels and buckets, and start our search of the past. Some of us will be digging, some of us will be “shlepping,” and some of us will be sifting the soil in the buckets searching for special finds—Perhaps a shard? Perhaps a full earthenware pot? Perhaps an inscription from the past? The archeologist joins us to examine our finds and to share their importance. Now for a change, for the young at heart, we join in some “spelunking” in the network of caves in this area. (The claustrophobic amongst us may want to sit this one out!) Then we will visit some of the larger opened caves in Beit Guvrin that have been previously explored. From here, we drive back to stopping at the Sorek caves to see this wonder of nature — stalactites and stalagmites abound. We return to Jerusalem and to our hotel for dinner and then we hear a speaker on "Israel’s Geo-Political Reality Today".
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem


Statue of King DavidDay 4, Wednesday: "The Holiness of Beauty"
Our first stop is the Haas Promenade for a panoramic view of Jerusalem where we can see how the city has grown from the time of King David, 3000 years ago, to today. After learning about King David (who made Jerusalem the eternal city of the Jewish people) by viewing the City of David, where we will also see a brief film. We then enter the Old City and visit the Davidson Center where using a computer simulation, we will 'experience' walking into the Temple built by Herod. Or next stop will be the famous Kotel Tunnel, which traverses the western side of the Temple wall. We leave time for a bit of shopping on the famous Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall. We will then go out for a group dinner in one of Jerusalem’s lovely restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem


MasadaDay 5, Thursday: "The Dead Sea and the Massada Option"
We have an early morning departure from Jerusalem and arrive at Masada and begin a cable car "glide" to the top of this historic mountain. As we begin the story of Masada, we do so role-playing the Zealots who came here 2,000 years ago. Their story is a dramatic one, which teaches us a Jewish lesson for all time. We visit several of the sites atop the mountain. We now descend the mountain, once again by cable car and proceed to one of the hotels on the shore of the Dead Sea for lunch and a 'float'. You can use the Spa facilities (treatments are not included) and the hotel’s private beach with free use of the mineralized mud and the mineral pools. Bring along some plastic sandals or salt proof shoes to enter the sea — no lifeguards are necessary here — you simply can’t sink. Just sit back in the water and read your newspaper. After we clean up, we then travel to a Bedouin tent to enjoy the hospitality and to learn about this culture. (We can go for a short camel ride, as well). We return to our hotel for dinner; after dinner, we have a speaker presenting "Israel — the Start-Up Nation".
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem


Menorah in Jerusalem by KnessetDay 6, Friday: "The Holocaust and Today’s struggle"
We step out of chronology to visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. We will visit many of the sites found here, including the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles, the Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance. Our next stop is the Menorah at the Knesset, symbol of a people seeking justice in ancient times to the very day. We then stop at Machene Yehuda, the open-air market. Make certain you pick up some ruggalach. It’s the best in the world! We return to the hotel to clean up in preparation for the arrival of Shabbat. Tonight, we will enjoy a special Shabbat dinner — A Shabbat of a Lifetime. First we will visit The Wall to greet the Shabbat Queen with the thousands of others. Afterwards, we continue to our host family’s home for Kiddush, a home-cooked dinner and an unforgettable time with local residents. We return to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem


Day 7, Saturday: "The Beauty of Holiness" Isaiah Scroll from Dead Sea Scrolls
The morning is free for those of you who wish to attend synagogue services or just relax at the hotel. Around noon, we offer you an option: choice one — we will walk to the Israel Museum where we will see the Shrine of the Book, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls; the Degem — a scale model of Second Temple Jerusalem of 2000 years ago; the archaeological displays, etc. The second choice is to walk to the Old City, Christian Quarter, where we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Delarosa, and Ethiopian Monastery and Church. We return to the hotel. (This is a good time to meet with family/friends at the hotel).
Dinner is on your own at a recommended restaurant in the hotel vicinity.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem


Day 8, Sunday: "A new Temple: the Synagogue and the Soul" Inside Karo Synagogue in Mystical City of Safed (Tzfat)
We leave Jerusalem and drive north stopping at Beit Alfa to see an ancient synagogue built during the Roman period. Continuing north, we pass through the city of Tiberias. We now drive up into the mountains of the Galil to the mystical city of Safed (Zefat) — the mystics of Safed wanted to change Jewish destiny by reaching higher and climbing into heaven in order to tear the Messiah out of heaven and down to earth to redeem themselves. Here we will visit a couple of the small synagogues from the Middle Ages and walk through the artist quarter. We then drive the short distance to the Dalton Winery. On to our beautiful Kibbutz hotel in the upper Galilee. Dinner at the kibbutz. After dinner, we will enjoy a lecture about the new kibbutz.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hagoshrim kibbutz hotel


Outside of Kfar GiladiDay 9, Monday: "Defense of the State — then and now"
After breakfast, we drive north to Kfar Giladi museum and the visit the "Roaring Lion", located near the Lebanese border. Here we learn about the early settlers of the region who believed that our presence would help establish the future borders of the country. We then for a second time, depart from our chronology and learn about the present defense of the state. We drive to Metulla and the 'Dado' viewpoint for an explanation of the geo-political situation in the region. We will visit the Golan Heights and hear the stories and see the strategic importance of the region from Mt. Ben Tal. We will enter the bunkers and view the comtemporary borders with an overview of the Syrian town of Kuneitra. We visit Katzrin, the capital of the Golan; at the Talmudic Village, we will see the ancient synagogue that shows our connection to this area. At the end of the day, we will take a light hike in Tel Dan. We will enjoy a special fish dinner at the restaurant, Dag al Hadan, on the banks of the Dan River. Back to the kibbutz.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hagoshrim kibbutz hotel


Day 10, Tuesday: "The Road to Statehood — Part 1" Bahai Gardens in Haifa
After breakfast, we travel west to a Druze village, where we will learn about this group of people who have remained loyal to Israel and even serve in the army. We will take the cable car at Rosh Hanikra on the Lebanese border, down to the grottos. We continue southward along the Mediterranean coast and stop at Acco Prison, where the British jailed and hanged Jews for the 'crime' of defending themselves. (The prison breakout in the movie Exodus was filmed here.) Our next stop is the Israel Naval Museum where we will board one of the ships that ran the British blockade of the late 1940’s. On to our hotel in Haifa. Dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Dan Panorama Haifa


Day 11, Wednesday: "The Road to Statehood — Part 2"
Ceasarea Baths We begin our morning with a visit to the beautiful Bahai Gardens. We then drive south to the Atlit Illegal Immigration Camp, (established in the 1940’s by the British for Jews) and meet an American crewmember of one of the ships that brought Jews to Israel during the British Mandate. We will make a stop at Caesarea, the ancient seaport where we will see the ruins, museum and the amphitheatre. We continue south along the coast to Tel Aviv. We will have a special dinner at the Blind Cultural Centre (Nalaga’at) — near the port of Jaffa.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv


Day 12, Thursday: "Next Year in Jerusalem"
Tel Aviv from Shalom Tower After breakfast, we will begin the day with a discussion: "Where do we go from here — Israel’s future" in one of the conference rooms. We will visit the Ayalon Institute, where we manufactured ammunition before we were a state, under the noses of the British. We then visit Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion, 65 years ago, declared the State of Israel on the 14th of May,1948. We then visit Beit Hapalmach museum, which commemorates the pre-state army that was instrumental in the creation of Israel. To end our day, we will drive to Rabin Square, the site of his assassination. We return to the hotel to pack up. We go out for a farewell dinner at a local Yemenite restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

From the restaurant, we go to the airport for our flight home. Depart for the U.S.


Return Home

From the restaurant, we go directly to the airport for the return trip home.

Day 13, Friday: Arrive in the U.S. in the A.M.


Amenities

  • At times, the dinners will be at the hotel; other times, they will be in a nice restaurant.
  • Because the food in Israel is so good, we provide you with a few evenings where you can select the restaurant individually, though we will provide you with a recommendation, if you so desire.


Hotels

Israel Celebration Tours include 4+ star hotels.

  • In Jerusalem, we stay at the Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem.
  • In the North, we stay at the Hagoshrim kibbutz hotel.
  • In Haifa, we stay at the Dan Panorama Haifa.
  • In Tel Aviv we stay at Dan Panorama Tel Aviv.


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If you have friends that join you on this trip, for every couple, we will give you a $50 reduction. And of course, the more people that come, the less expensive the trip is per person.

Note: Actual locations, sites, times and details may change according to requirements.

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Click for May tour itinerary and pricing.




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