13 days for $2598*
from New York

Discovery Tour to Israel

September 9–21, 2006 • Hosted by Carol Pederson

Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers & more!

Map of Israel Even veteran travelers to Israel will find this innovative tour to be full of new sites that are truly "off the beaten track" and well worth visiting. Carol Pederson, experienced Israel tour host and inspired new site sleuth, will show you a side of Israel that will amaze and delight you. Just a few of the highlights of this tour include the latest excavations at Apollonia, the grottoes of Rosh Hanikra, the charming city of Zichron Ya'acov, a stop at a winery to enjoy sampling some of Israel's finest wines, and a night Dead Sea spa, where you'll have a chance to enjoy world-class beauty and health treatments and relax in the bouyant, mineral-filled water of the Dead Sea itself. All of this, plus much more, fills our unique and inspired tour that is aptly named "Discovery Tour" to Israel.

Detailed Itinerary

Saturday, September 9: USA/Israel. We leave the US for our overnight flight to Israel.

Jaffa port, Tel Aviv, Israel
Jaffa port, Tel Aviv, Israel   © IMOT
Sunday, September 10: Tel Aviv. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. If time allows we will visit Jaffa before checking into the Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv. Dinner provided.

Monday, September 11: Tel Aviv, Appolonia & Zichron Ya'acov. After a night's sleep we will visit the Haganah Museum in Tel Aviv.  Then we head north along the Mediterranean Coast to the Crusader Fort at Apollonia Park.  We will visit Misgagah, the Nautical Museum in the old glass factory, the area of Tel Dor/Kibbutz Dor and a chance to explore Zichron Ya'acov in the evening after checking into our hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Eden Inn, Zichron Ya'acov. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Tuesday, September 12: Atlit, Ein Hod & Beit She'arim. Today we visit the First Aliyah Museum in Zichron Ya'acov to learn the history of the early pioneers to pre-state Israel. Our day will include a stop at Atlit where the British built a detention camp for illegal Jewish immigrants trying to enter Palestine between 1934-1948; a visit to Ein Hod Artist Village for lunch; Beit She'arim with its ancient catacombs where Gamliel may have been buried, and finally explore Beit Lehem Haglilit to learn the history of the Templars and see the old church. If time allows we'll also visit the spice factory. Dinner and overnight at the Dan Panorama Haifa. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Wednesday, September 13: Akko & Rosh Hanikra. Our day begins at Akko with a stroll through the Bahai Gardens, where the Baha'u'allah, the faith's founder, is buried and perhaps visit the newly opened Crusader Halls. On the Lebanese border we'll explore Rosh Hanikra and the history of the rail line into Beirut, walk through the grottoes and enjoy the view of the Mediterranean. At Montfort we view the remains of an early crusader castle. Dinner and overnight at Ramot Resort Hotel, Galilee. Breakfast & dinner provided.

View over Sea of Galilee from Capernaum Thursday, September 14: Galilee visits. Our day begins with a drive around Moshav Almagor just north of the Sea of Galilee with its mango fields and citrus & olive groves. Next stop is Kefar Giladi & Tel Chai to view the Lion Memorial. On our way to ancient Hatzor we'll enjoy a stop at a local winery. Time permitting, visit the ruins of the ancient Israelite town of Kadesh. Dinner and overnight at Ramot Resort Hotel, Galilee. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Nazareth, Israel Friday, September 15: Kfar Tavor, Nazareth Village & Jerusalem. Today we'll visit the village of Kfar Tavor, established in 1901, its heritage Museum dedicated to the early pioneers of Israel, the Hashomer Memorial & its youth movement history and time permitting, a visit to the Marzipan Museum for some sweet samplings. Stop at the new Nazareth Village to learn about the life and times of Jesus, then drive south to Jerusalem, arriving before Shabbat, and enjoy sharing of bread and wine (as Melchizedek's greeting of Abraham) as we enter the Holy City. Dinner and overnight at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Zion Square, Jerusalem
Zion Square, Jerusalem   © IMOT
Saturday, September 16: Jerusalem. This morning we will briefly visit services at the Great Jerusalem Synagogue (Orthodox), a Conservative and a Reform Synagogue. Following lunch, we will have the opportunity to visit the Old City to shop in the souk or walk on the walls or just rest. In the evening we'll have a special event. Dinner and overnight at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Sunday, September 17: Latrun & Mt. Herzl. Today our visits will remind us of the dedication and sacrifice Israelis have made to bring about the modern State of Israel. We begin at Latrun and the creation of the Burma Road and view the Scroll of Fire. We'll visit Ammunition Hill to learn about the 1967 Battle for Jerusalem. And finally we will honor those who died when we visit Mt Herzl Cemetery and Museum. Dinner and overnight at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem
Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem   © Willem Proos
Monday, September 18: Jerusalem, Beersheva & Yad Mordechai. We'll begin our day with an early morning visit to the Western Wall and a stop at Shorashim (gift store)in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. The Tower of David Museum by the Jaffa Gate will complete our time in Jerusalem and we will begin heading south. Along the way we'll visit Yad Mordechai, the Kibbutz established by survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 1948 they turned back the Egyptian Army's land assault on Tel Aviv. Dinner and overnight at Beersheva. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Swimming in the Dead Sea Tuesday, September 19: Beersheva & Dead Sea. A tour of Ben Gurion University begins our day as we learn of the tremendous advances made here to make the desert "come alive". At Beersheva National Park we'll view an early Israelite settlement (10th Century BCE) with its meticulously planned water system. Then head to the Dead Sea for a swim & maybe enjoy a spa. Dinner and overnight at the Royal Hotel & Spa, Dead Sea. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Wednesday, September 20: Beersheva & Tel Aviv. As we head back to Tel Aviv we'll stop along the way at Mamshit. Time permitting we'll make a stop at Mazkeret Batya, another quaint village with a lot of modern Israel history. Upon reaching Tel Aviv we'll visit the new Rabin Museum. We'll enjoy our final dinner together. Overnight at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Thursday, September 21: Israel/USA. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in the wee hours of the morning for our early flight home, arriving in the US later today.

Discovery Tour to Israel Included Features

• Flights from New York (other gateways on request) via United/Lufthansa German Airlines

• Accommodations in first class & superior hotels, in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities

• Israeli buffet breakfast and table d'hôte dinner daily

• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary

Israel Tour Prices

New York $2598
Minneapolis $2748
Single Occupancy: add $490
Airport Taxes, fuel surcharges & Fees: $350 (not included)
Personal Tips: $90 (not included)

Let us know if you wish to depart from a gateway other than New York or Minneapolis. Additional departure gateways are available at low through fares. Airport taxes and fees may vary based on gateway selected.


Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $300 per person deposit. Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

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For additional information, please contact:

Carol Pederson
1006 Hill Court
Shoreview, MN 55126

About your tour host, Carol Pederson

Carol Pederson on the Sea of Galilee After a career working for The Wall Street Journal, retirement has given Carol Pederson plenty of time to pursue her absolute favorite activity in the world: planning and hosting tours to Israel. Carol's love of Israel began with her first visit, followed by years of supporting Israel through volunteering with the US branch of Bridges for Peace, an international Christian organization headquartered in Jerusalem, and through working closely with the local Jewish community in the Twin Cities. She has visited 12 times and is expert enough to know that there's so much more to discover. This is why she is known as our super-sleuth for finding new, exciting and fascinating sites to show her groups of travelers.

A message from your tour host, Carol Pederson

Carol Pederson at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem Maybe you've been to Israel several times and would like to return to see some less visited sites. Or perhaps you want to make your first visit because you have an interest in Israel's history, modern and ancient. Whether you're a veteran traveler to Israel or a first-timer, the Discovery Tour is for you!

As you look over the itinerary, you'll see the unique places we will be visiting in September 2006. Most of these places are well off-the-beaten track and promise to offer up new and exciting experiences in this endlessly fascinating land. Please come along.