Israel: Timeless Wonders

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MAR. 15-26, 2016 $4,895
Tel Aviv, Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Dead Sea
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Israel: Timeless Wonders

MAR. 15-26, 2016
Tel Aviv, Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Dead Sea

Begin the 12-day tour in Tel Aviv, Israel’s arts and culture capital, with a guided tour including Independence Hall and the “White City” district. Visit the ancient port of Jaffa then travel north to the artists’ village of Ein Hod. In Galilee, stay at a hotel on the grounds of a kibbutz founded in 1916. Visit the biblical sights of Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Nazareth. Continue to Jerusalem for a five-night stay at the legendary King David hotel. Extensive touring through this incredible historic city includes the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Ein Karem, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Old City. Travel to the shores of the Dead Sea to explore the Qumran Caves. Continue to Jordan to visit Petra and Amman on an optional post-tour extension.

Cost: $4,895
Odysseys Unlimited
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Tel Aviv touring including “White City” of Bauhaus architecture
  • Jaffa’s ancient port
  • Artists’ village of Ein Hod
  • Overnight stay on a working kibbutz
  • Biblical sights of Tiberius, Nazareth, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee
  • Winery visit and cooking class
  • Five-night Jerusalem stay at legendary King David Hotel
  • Jerusalem touring including Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Old City, Western Wall, Church of Holy Sepulcher, Israel Museum, Ein Kerem
  • Dead Sea Qumran Caves
  • Fortress ruins of Masada

UCLA Faculty on Tour

David Myers
Department of History
David Myers is a professor of Jewish history and chair of the UCLA History Department. He has written extensively in the field of modern Jewish history, with a particular interest in the history of Zionism, pre-State Palestine, and the State of Israel. Among his books are a number of re-Inventing the Jewish Past: European Jewish Intellectuals and the Zionist Return to History and Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz. Myers has taught or served as a research fellow in Jerusalem, Paris, Moscow, Philadelphia, and Nanjing, China. He is co-editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review and an elected fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. Myers usually makes a trip to Israel once a year.

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DAY 1 | March 15. Depart U.S. for Tel Aviv, Israel

DAY 2 | March 16. Arrive Tel Aviv
We arrive this afternoon in Tel Aviv then transfer to our hotel in the heart of the city. Tonight’s welcome dinner is at the hotel. (D)

DAY 3 | March 17. Tel Aviv
Today we encounter the vibrant modern city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s arts and culture capital. Our tour features Independence Hall, where the state of Israel was declared in 1948; the “White City” district of distinctive Bauhaus architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and the recently renovated neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. We end the day in nearby Jaffa, visiting the ancient port, flea market, and Artists’ Quarter of galleries and shops. (B, L)

DAY 4 | March 18. Tel Aviv / Upper Galilee
We travel north along the coast today to Caesarea to see the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater and harbor. We continue on to the artists’ village of Ein Hod, set amidst olive groves at the foot of Mt. Carmel overlooking the sea, where artists of all media come to live and work in a stunning natural setting. Here we visit the Janco-Dada art museum featuring the work of founder Marcel Janco and other artists of the Dada movement. Then we travel through the hills of Galilee to our hotel on the grounds of a kibbutz founded in 1916. Later we visit a working farm. (B, D)

DAY 5 | March 19. Mount Bental / Tiberias
Today begins with a special tour of the kibbutz followed by a visit to a local winery. We continue on to Mount Bental in the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Next: the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath; Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes; and Kibbutz Ginosar, where we see the “Jesus Boat” carbon dated to 100 bce. We travel on to Tiberias and our historic hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Important in both Judaism and Christianity, this ancient city has attracted visitors, settlers, and invaders for more than two millennia. (B, D)

DAY 6 | March 20. Tiberias / Nazareth
This morning we visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Then the New Testament comes to life as we travel to Jesus’ boyhood home of Nazareth, now a center of Christian pilgrimage. Here we visit the Church of the Annunciation, the largest church in the Middle East and where the archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Although plans for this visit are still being worked out, we hope to visit Polyphony, an ArabIsraeli youth program, before returning to our hotel, where we dine tonight. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 | March 21. Tiberias / Jerusalem
On our way to Jerusalem today we stop at the archaeological site of Beit Shean, where ongoing excavations have revealed the ruins of numerous cities dating as far back as the 4th century bce. We travel on to Jerusalem, the 3,000-year-old “City of Gold,” sacred to the world’s three major religions. We get our first look from a panoramic lookout on Mt. Scopus. After lunch at a local restaurant, we get acquainted with the New City, Jerusalem’s downtown area. Then we spend the afternoon at the Israel Museum, the nation’s leading cultural institution, whose treasures include the Dead Sea Scrolls, Shrine of the Book, a unique sculpture garden, and a scale model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple era. (B, L)

DAY 8 | March 22. Jerusalem
Our day begins with a tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s living memorial to the Holocaust set on a 45-acre site on the Mount of Remembrance. Then we travel to the Judean Hills to the picturesque village of Ein Karem, where we enjoy an ethnic cooking class followed by lunch served with local Israeli wines. We return to Jerusalem’s New City to absorb some of the flavor of this multicultural enclave at the bustling outdoor market of Machane Yehuda (“Shuk”), encountering local residents as they shop. After a visit to Haas Promenade for spectacular panoramic views of the city, the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure. Dinner tonight is on our own. (B, L)

DAY 9 | March 23. Jerusalem
This morning we visit Jerusalem’s Old City for a tour of the excavated tunnels beneath the Western Wall. Then we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditional site of Golgotha where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried. The remainder of the day is then free to explore Jerusalem independently or return to the hotel. (B)

DAY 10 | March 24. Jerusalem/Old City
We return to the Old City today, starting at the original settlement of the City of David, dating to at least the Middle Bronze Age of 1800 to 1550 bce. An archaeologist gives us an in-depth account of Jerusalem’s role throughout history before we embark on a walking tour through the Old City: the Jewish Quarter; the ancient Cardo marketplace still in use today; and the Western Wall, sacred to Jews as the last remaining trace of the wall that enclosed and supported the Second Temple on the Temple Mount. Tonight we dine at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 11 | March 25. Jerusalem / Masada / Dead Sea
Today we travel to the shores of the Dead Sea to explore the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956. We continue on to the ruins at Masada, the celebrated mountain stronghold (and UNESCO site) where outnumbered Jews held out against a three-year Roman siege in the first century ce then committed suicide rather than surrender. We ascend the mountain fortress by cable car to tour the ruins, overlooking the Dead Sea. Then we have the opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea at a hotel beach with indoor and outdoor pools before lunch together at the hotel. We celebrate our Israel adventure tonight over a farewell dinner at our hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 12 | March 26. Depart Tel Aviv for U.S.
Very early this morning we transfer by motorcoach to Tel Aviv for our connecting flights to the United States. (B)

Accommodations
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Enjoy a five-night stay at the legendary King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Pricing

Pricing: $4,895
Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.

What’s Included

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 10 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 22 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
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  • You can’t get better having David Myers as the UCLA Lecturer – having friends in Tel Aviv, our group was invited to view a private and prized collection of Judaica that was well worth the trip to Israel."
    Elaine Cole ’87
  • Getting to do the 8-clap on the Sea of Galilee and wine, bread and prayers on top of Mt. Scopus; added meaning to a wonderful travel experience."
    Susan Clamage ’67 and Arthur Zweben ’68

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Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (11.2 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • You can’t get better having David Myers as the UCLA Lecturer – having friends in Tel Aviv, our group was invited to view a private and prized collection of Judaica that was well worth the trip to Israel."
    Elaine Cole ’87
  • Getting to do the 8-clap on the Sea of Galilee and wine, bread and prayers on top of Mt. Scopus; added meaning to a wonderful travel experience."
    Susan Clamage ’67 and Arthur Zweben ’68