Israel and Petra – June 14-24, 2015

Sunday, June 14*

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv (Travelers are responsible for their own international flight arrangements.)
  • Transfer to hotel in Jerusalem
  • Hotel check-in (5-star King David Jerusalem Hotel or 4-star Dan Panorama Jerusalem Hotel)
  • Welcome dinner and discussion
  • Overnight stay in Jerusalem

Monday, June 15

  • Discussion of the changing seasons in the Middle East
  • A look at Jerusalem's Holy Basin from the Mt. of Olives
  • Tours with archaeologists and other experts of the City of David, the Western Wall, and the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Overnight stay in Jerusalem

Tuesday, June 16

  • Tour of the Supreme Court of Israel, including meetings with Justices, the Attorney General of Israel, and the Judge Advocate General
  • A view from the Knesset, including meetings with ministers and other top government officials
  • Private night tour of the Shrine of the Book and the Israel Museum followed by dinner with the museum's director
  • Overnight stay in Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 17

  • Briefing with a local journalist on Israel's current position in the Middle Wast
  • Discussion of the future of legal education with local scholars and practitioners
  • Visit to Rabin's Square, site of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995
  • Tour of the Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center, interweaving the life of Yitzhak Rabin with the history of Israel
  • Overnight stay in Jerusalem

Thursday, June 18

  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv, incorporating historic, culinary and architectural aspects of the first Hebrew city
  • Visit to Rothschild Boulevard, home to the largest concentration of start-up businesses per square meter in the world
  • Meeting with local dignitaries and university officials
  • Overnight stay in Jerusalem

Friday, June 19

  • Discussion of Israel today with local journalist
  • Tour of Yad Vashem, the Jewish people's living memorial to the Holocaust
  • Visit to Mt. Herzl, the cemetery for Israel's military and great leaders
  • Tour of Jerusalem's ring neighborhoods and the security barrier
  • Welcoming the Sabbath at the Western Wall
  • Overnight stay in Jerusalem

Saturday, June 20

  • Visit to Masada, an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel
  • Swimming and relaxation at the Dead Sea
  • Overnight stay in Jerusalem

Sunday, June 21

  • Tour of the to the Golan Heights, including rides all-terrain vehicles along the line of volcanic hills, and views of Israel's border with Syria
  • Lunch and wine tasting at the Pelter Winery
  • Drive through the Druze villages of the Golan to the Galilee Pan Handle, including views of Israel's border with Lebanon
  • Overnight stay in Galilee (Mizpe Hayamim Hotel)

Monday, June 22

  • Visit to the Christian sites of Galilee: Tabha, Capernaum and the Mt. of Beatitudes
  • View from Alfei Menashe towards the Mediterranean Coastline and discussion of the issues of the West Bank
  • Flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat (Included in tour package)
  • Overnight stay in Eilat (5-star Herod's Palace or 4-star Isrotel Agamim)

Tuesday, June 23

  • Tour of the ancient city of Petra, an archaeological site in Jordan and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv (Included in tour package)
  • Overnight stay in Tel Aviv (5-star Hilton Tel Aviv or 4-star Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel)

Wednesday, June 24

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv
  • Departure for home or for optional trip extension to Istanbul, Turkey (Travelers are responsible for their own international flight arrangements.)

Istanbul, Turkey (optional trip extension) – June 24-28, 2015

Wednesday, June 24

  • Flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, Turkey (Not included in tour package. Recommended flight: Turkish Air #785, Tel Aviv to Istanbul, 9:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.)
  • Arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport
  • Transfer to cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait between Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea
  • Hotel check-in (Pera Palace Hotel)
  • Welcome reception, discussion, and dinner
  • Overnight stay in Istanbul

Thursday, June 25

  • Sightseeing, including visits to the Roman Hippodrome, the Egyptian Obelisk, the Blue Mosque, the church of Haghia Sophia, the Underground Cistern (Basilica Cistern)
  • Afternoon tours of the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar)
  • Dinner with views of the city
  • Overnight stay in Istanbul

Friday, June 26

  • Visits to Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and Nisantasi, often called "a miniature Rodeo Drive" with Art Nouveau buildings
  • Overnight stay in Istanbul

Saturday, June 27

  • Tours of the Suleymaniye Mosque, the Church of St. Saviour, antique Ottoman wooden houses, the church of Aya Yorgi, and the official residence of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch
  • Visit to the Istanbul Modern Art Museum
  • A walk through the Pera district from Taksim Square to Galata Tower, including sights along the backstreets of Istiklal. Stops at the Balik Pazari fish market, the bohemian neighborhoods of Tunel and Asmalimescit, and the vintage and local artisan boutiques in the neighboring quarter of Cukurcuma, Galata and Karakoy
  • Farewell dinner
  • Overnight stay in Istanbul

Sunday, June 28

  • Transfer to Istanbul Atatürk Airport
  • Departure for home

*Agenda is subject to change.