J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.
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- Home Hospitality
- Local Specialists
- Food & Wine
- Nature Walks
- Street Food
- Arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport.
- Check into hotel.
- Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
- Orientation on the program, followed by welcome dinner.
- Visit the Old City of Jaffa, the location where Jonah departed on a ship attempting to disobey God’s instructions for his life. Also visit St. Peter’s Church that commemorates where Peter raised Tabitha back to life in Acts 9, and is near the house of Simon the Tanner where “the sheet came down” indicating to Peter that the gospel was now to be extended to the Gentiles.
- Walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
- Stroll through the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
- Return to the hotel.
- Dinner at the hotel.
- Check out of the hotel and drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the Roman Empire’s Judean protectorate built by Herod the Great. Dive into the Book of Acts and see where Peter led a Roman Centurion and his family into faith, and where the Apostle Paul was held in prison and had the opportunity to share the gospel with two Governors and a king!
- The One True God: Visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah the Prophet served as a conduit to declare the power of the one true God.
- Explore Old Testament Megiddo, the Biblical “battlefield of the nations,” overlooking the valley traditionally identified as Armageddon.
- Drive to the city of Nazareth and stop at Mt. Precipice for a grand view of the Jezreel Valley (and its many Biblical stories) and of Jesus’ own hometown.
- Continue to Tiberias and check into the hotel.
- Dinner at the hotel.
- From the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee, read from the Book of Matthew and hear the words that were taught by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount.
- Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
- The panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights, the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threats from the north, Iran and Russia.
- Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee inspired by the fishing vessels used here 2000 years ago.
- Dinner at the hotel.
- Making sense of it all: Use this time to gather your thoughts and reflect on your experiences.
- Check out of the hotel and with Bible in hand, visit the sites of:
- Capernaum (Matt. 4:13).
- Tabgha and the site of the Restoration of Peter (John 21).
- The Sea of Galilee yielded an unexpected catch in 1986 — the hull of a fishing boat old enough to have been on the water in the time of Jesus and his disciples. See the remains of the so-called Jesus Boat which were found in the muddy lakebed of the Sea of Galilee during a time of severe drought.
- Continue to a Baptismal Site on the Jordan River.
- Proceed south via the Jordan Valley with a view of Jericho, the city conquered by Joshua as the Israelites were led into the Land of Israel.
- Stop at Kasr el-Yahud, considered the actual site of Jesus’ baptism.
- Pass through the Judean Desert and ascend to Jerusalem through the wilderness where Jesus wandered and was tempted by the devil.
- Upon arrival in Jerusalem stop for an overlook of the Old City from atop the Mount of Olives. Walk through the ancient Jewish cemetery, via the Dominus Flevit Church and down to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Kidron Valley.
- Continue to the hotel and check in.
- Dinner at the hotel.
- Proceed to the Old City.
- Visit Mt. Zion and the Upper Room where Jesus spent his last hours with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. Visit the traditional Tomb of King David and recount the messianic covenant of the Davidic line.
- Take a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
- Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
- The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
- King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
- Visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus told the lame man to take up his mat and walk. Continue along the Via Dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
- Take communion at the Garden Tomb, traditional site of Calvary.
- Return to the hotel.
- Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem’s German Colony.
- Return to the Old City to visit the Temple Mount, site of the First and Second Temples, and today the location of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest in Islam (contingent on security).
- Visit the Western Wall and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site followed by a tour of the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
- Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
- Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem.
- Return to the hotel for dinner.
- Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
- The Avenue of the Righteous.
- The Historical Museum.
- The Children’s Memorial.
- A concluding Memorial Service.
- Explore the Israel Museum, housing more than 5,000 years of cultural treasures.
- Free time to explore on own.
Visit the city of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
- Free time to explore downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighbourhood.
- Descend to the Dead Sea Basin, driving by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
- Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaire; discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
- Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul, found him in a cave and cut his cloak.
- Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
- Return to Jerusalem.
- Enjoy a traditional family Shabbat and farewell dinner with members of Shabbat of a Lifetime.
- Check out and transfer to Ben Gurion International airport or join the Petra extension.
RATES & LODGING
What to expect
- 9 nights' accommodations.
- 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide), in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- Arrival transfer from airport to hotel, departure transfer from hotel to airport.
- Daily breakfast, 7 dinners.
- The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
- Water on the bus.
- Porterage at the hotels.
- All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
- Credit card fees.
- Flights to & from Israel.
- COVID related expenses, including tests.
- Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
- Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
- Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
- US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
- Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
- Peace of Mind Travel Protection Program (POM).
- Gratuities: Recommend guidelines for tipping are provided in the terms section.
- Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
- Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
- How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A non-refundable deposit is required in order to complete the registration process.
- For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: [email protected].
- Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
- Credit card | We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Please check with your credit card provider regarding international processing fees. We are unable to process payments of over $1,000 over the phone. Please submit payment online via a credit card or by wiring funds via your bank.
- Domestic bank wire transfer | Payment should be wired in the same currency that is listed on your invoice. Please add the name of your group or invoice number as a reference and forward a copy of the transfer receipt by email. The bank transfer should clearly state the beneficiary’s name on the wire transfer.
- J² Adventures reserves the right to automatically cancel your reservation on that date and it may be subject to reconfirmation should the final payment not be received.
- Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
- Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
- Cancelation fees may also include: Hotel or supplier cancelation fees. J² Adventures reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits.
- Protect your investment for $495 p/p: Should you cancel your trip up to 5 days before your departure for any reason, our POM program offers you a trip refund. Call 888-230-6008 or e-mail: [email protected].
- Please click here to view our full terms (T&C’s). These T&C’s apply to all reservations created within J2 Adventures.
DISCOVER NEW WORLDS.
A family vacation to Israel. An adventure of a lifetime traveling with friends to Morocco. A trip to Poland or Portugal with your community. What do these trips have in common? No matter where you go, you will come back with a fresh perspective and appreciation of the place you visited as well as a heightened awareness of your identity as part of the global Jewish community.
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