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Israel 2009: First Week’s Itinerary

I’m leaving for Israel tomorrow morning. My family understands how I feel about Israel. Its a cross between one child’s love of Camp Newman, another’s love of hanging with friends, and the third’s love of all things baseball. I’m blessed to be able to visit Israel yet again.

Here is my itinerary for the first week:

Thursday, Feb 19: Arrival
5:05 Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport
Take taxi to Jerusalem hotel – Citadel David
Eve Dinner in hotel (or walk into city)

Friday, Feb 20: The Old City
Early Breakfast in Hotel
7.30 Depart hotel by sherut (taxi)
8.00 City of David (nrn)
9.30 Walk up to Kotel
10.00 Kotel tunnel tour (r)
11.30 Continue touring Old City of Jerusalem.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Cardo, Arab Shuk and rooftops.
Stop for lunch in this time.
Depart Old City between 2 and 3pm and return to Hotel

Eve Shabbat Dinner and Evening Plans to be finalized in Israel
Possible: walk to Kotel/Western Wall for Shabbat experience

Saturday, Feb 21: Masada
AM Early Breakfast in hotel
Taxi to Masada
Ascend Masada – group decides if we walk up, down or both
Tour Masada
Descend Masada
Lunch nearby
Possible visit to Dead Sea
Eve Evening in Jerusalem

Sunday, Feb 22: Jerusalem: The New City
Breakfast at Hotel
8.10 Depart Hotel
8.40 Har Herzl Museum (r)
10.00 Tour Har Herzl
11.30 Travel to Supreme Court (nrn) (ft)
12.00 Supreme Court tour
1.30 Arrive at Knesset for tour at 1.45 (nrn) (ft)
3.15 Late lunch and poetry discussion at Tmol Shilshom
5.15 Shopping and wandering around Downtown, Nachalat Shiva area
Eve Dinner and Shopping in Jerusalem’s German Colony

Monday, Feb 23: Tel Aviv – The Old-New City
Breakfast at Hotel
8.30 Depart Jerusalem
9.30 Approx arrive in Tel Aviv
10.00 Independence Hall
11.00 Walking tour of Bauhaus Tel Aviv or Old Jaffa
12.30 Lunch
2.00 Palmach Museum
3.30 Depart Tel Aviv
4.30 (approx – Arrive in Jerusalem)
Eve Dinner and Nightlife in Jerusalem

Tuesday, Feb 24:
Breakfast in hotel
8:30 Depart hotel
9:00 Yad Vashem: Israel’s Holocaust Museum
Lunch Machane Yehuda Open Air Market
Possible visit to Yad L’Kashish, Lifeline to the Elderly
Eve Dinner (hopefully with Rabbi Jan Offel, Kol Tikva)


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