Day 1. Arrival
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport. Meeting & assistance by an Amiel Tours representative. Transfer from airport to your hotel for check-in. Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 2. White City of Tel Aviv
Independence Hall, where Prime Minister David Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Meet with a lecturer. Embark on an architectural tour of the White City of Tel Aviv, conducted by the Bauhaus Center. UNESCO declared Tel Aviv a world heritage site thanks to the concentration of Bauhaus style buildings found in the city. Explore the city’s architecture and learn about the city’s effort to renovate the buildings while keeping their distinctive character and allowing it to integrate into the city. Enjoy a tour of Tel Aviv Art Museum with a professional guide in the new Herta & Paul Amir Building as well as the Israeli Collections and a temporary exhibition. Explore the old city of Jaffa, with its narrow passageways and alleys. Visit the Ilana Goor Museum followed by a private dinner . Ilana Goor is more than a world-renowned artist who has displayed her sculptures in the world’s leading galleries. Her passion for injecting art into life, and giving everyday objects an artistic life of their own, has led her to design distinctive, eye-catching jewelry and fashionable, one-of-a-kind clothing. Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Day 3. Tel Aviv
Stroll through the alleys of Neve Tzedek and the Nachum Gutman Art Museum. Gutman, a painter, sculptor, and author, is considered one of the most popular and revered artists in Israeli. He pioneered a distinctively Israeli style, moving away from the European influences of his teachers. Relax over lunch at Maganda, a Yemenite restaurant in the Yemenite Quarter. In addition to great food, the restaurant offers a unique ambiance mingled with a bit of history. Continue to the Helena Rubenstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, the city’s most prestigious venue for contemporary art exhibitions. This relatively small but open multi-floor edifice houses a mélange of video, sculptural, glass, and porcelain contemporary art. Visit the Alon Segev Gallery and meet the next generation of young promising Israeli artists. The Alon Segev Gallery opened in Tel-Aviv in 2000, and has since then focused on promoting and displaying the work of young and new artists, alongside well-established contemporary artists; both Israeli and foreign. Return to the hotel. Dinner this evening is independent. Depart for an optional excursion to Mayumana Theater to see Mayumana, an extraordinary show that combines elements from various art disciplines and rhythm.idea of creating a show that would combine elements from various art disciplines based on. Overnight : Tel Aviv
Day 4. Excursion to Caesarea and Haifa
After breakfast, drive north to Caesarea National Park. Be taken back into history as you are led through Ancient Caesarea including visits to the famous synagogue, the Roman aqueduct and the most-recent excavations. Continue to the Ein Hod Artists Village. Ein Hod became an artists’ colony in 1953. The driving spirit behind the project was Marcel Janco, an acclaimed Dada artist, who kept the village from being demolished by the security forces and convinced the government to let him build an artists’ colony there. Today, many Israeli painters, sculptors and musicians live there, and maintain studios and galleries that are open to the public. Drive further north to Haifa, the world center of the beautiful gardens of the Bahai faith. Free time will be given for lunch at the Carmel center. Drive to Ein Harod to visit the fascinating Ein Harod Museum of Art. Be warmly welcomed by the director who will briefly discuss the uniqueness of an art museum in the peripheral areas of Israel. Designed by architect Samuel Bickels, the Museum overlooks the Jezreel Valley and it is unique in its social context, its marvelous architecture and its collections. Relax during a gastronomic wine-paired dinner this evening at the Binyamina Winery. Overnight: Tel Aviv/
Day 5. Eco Art Village – Jerusalem
Visit the home and studio of an artist. Continue to the Eco Art Village at Kibbutz Netiv HaLamed Hei, home to the Eco-Art Village, an intentional community of environmentally friendly artists. Enjoy lunch at the kibbutz. Drive to Jerusalem via the scenic road of the Judaea Hills. Upon arrival, visit the Old City of Jerusalem including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Muslim Quarter, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Garden Tomb.Following time for an independent dinner, depart to explore the underground Western Wall Tunnels.Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 6. Jerusalem:Mount of Olives & Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Have an early breakfast at the hotel. Depart for a walking tour of the Mount of Olives, an important site for both Jewish and Christian religions. Continue to Zedekia’s Cave, recently reopened to the public. King Zedikiah (Tzidkiyahu), the last of the Jewish kings of the First Temple period, used the cave to escape towards Jericho from the conquering Babylonians. Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Musem, designed by Moshe Safdie. This powerful new museum and memorial to the Holocaust is situated atop Har HaZikaron, literally the “Hill of Memory.” The visit will be followed by a discussion about architecture and the design of the museum spaces. Take a culinary tour with an Israeli chef at the vibrant Mahane Yehuda Market. This evening, depart for a special dinner at a private venue with Israeli artists. Overnight: Jerusalem.
Day 7. Masada, Dead Sea & Qumran
Following breakfast at the hotel, depart Jerusalem for Massada. Masada lies atop a lone rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert and is King Herod’s private fortress, which became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in the revolt against the Romans following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE. Masada has come to symbolize the fierce determination of the people of Israel, but its tragic history also raises questions about the price of freedom. Ascend Masada. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing lunch and the use of spa facilities at the Dead Sea. At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Venture into the water and “float”, suspended by the high concentrations of salts and minerals.On the way back to Jerusalem, stop in Qumran, best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of the sheer desert cliffs and beneath, in the marl terrace.. Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 8. Jerusalem: Israeli Museum & Abu Gosh.
Following breakfast , visit the Israel Museum with Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Head of the Shrine of the Book and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Meander through the contemporary Sculpture Garden, designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi.Enjoy the flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine over lunch in Abu Gush, famous for its hummus. Following lunch, take a walking tour of Abu Gosh. Time permitting, take a walking tour in the picturesque green neighborhood of Ein Kerem, exploring the unique churches and the special atmosphere. Return to the hotel. Dinner this evening is independent. Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 9. Final day in Jerusalem.
Start the morning with a breakfast session with an artist. Explore the ‘new neighborhoods’ of Jerusalem on foot including the German Colony, Rehavia and Talbia. Free time will be given for lunch in the German Colony, an upscale neighborhood lined with trendy shops, restaurants and cafes. The afternoon will be at leisure for last-minute shopping, relaxing, or revisiting your favorite sites in Jerusalem. Time permitting, visit the contemporary National Campus for the Archeology of Israel, designed by Moshie Safdie. Tonight, gather for an unforgettable Farewell Dinner, an evening of wine and music at a private venue. Be joined by Israeli performer and composer who will partake in the festivities and tell us about Hebrew music and foreign influences. The evening will be accompanied by a tasting of Israeli wines from a boutique winery. Overnight: Jerusalem