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Co-Existence Tour

Dates

7 Nights/8 Days

Destinations

Tel Aviv, North, Jerusalem.

Accommodations

Boutique Hotels, 4 or 5 star Hotel

Travel

Private Guide

Our Socially Responsible Touch

Your participation in the tour will support the effort to promote a better society in Israel.

Dreaming of a tour in Israel? Every tour of ours is crafted to our clients’ exact specifications. The below itinerary is just a sample of what is possible.

Contact us and we’ll create your custom Jewish tour to Israel!

Trip Description

Esperanso is featuring a unique collaboration with Shared-Paths, a non-profit organization which specializes in tailor made tours which tell the story of the Arab society in Israel. We are proud to present the most unique and exciting tour in our 8-day Co-Existence Tour of Israel. Your trip is carefully designed to give you the ultimate experience of the country from multiple environments and aspects.

This complex country holds an amazing opportunity for travelers to support Co-Existence and learn how different cultures are finding ways to live together and send a message of peace and love.

You will explore the highlights of Israel such as the Western Wall, Tzfat and Tel Aviv while experiencing the most authentic and local activities that not every regular traveler to Israel will experience. You will visit an Arab village where you will meet the local people, taste their authentic and delicious food, and learn about the complexities of the shared society in Israel. Get to know all about the Druze community in the north and explore some unique organizations with a blessed mission. Experience an amazing Authentic Israeli bon-fire.  There is no better way to really get to know this country other than through the eyes of those who live there. Make the right decision and join Esperanso and Shared-Paths for an experience like no one else can offer you.

Your participation in the tour will support the effort to promote a better society in Israel through tourism.

About Shared-Paths:

Shared-Paths is a joint platform of Jewish and Arab entrepreneurs working together to develop social change through tourism.  As mentioned earlier, they specialize in tailor made tours, that tell the story of the Arab society in Israel, while touring Arab towns and villages with local guides.  In these tours the group can get a more nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the Arab minority in Israel.  Hear and see things through the point of view of the Arab citizens: their history, narrative, culture and traditions.

Sample Trip Itinerary

Day 1
ARRIVAL- TEL AVIV
  • Shalom and welcome to Israel
  • Greeting and meeting with an Esperanso representative
  • Transfer to our hotel- Rest of the day at leisure in Tel Aviv
Day 2
JAFFA- TEL AVIV

We will begin our day with a fascinating Co-Existence tour of Jaffa with Beit Daniel – The Center for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. We will enjoy the smells and the aroma of the sea as we explore the ancient alleys of Jaffa, we will be exposed to the various historical narratives of Jaffa through the eyes of a Zionist Jew and a Palestinian Arab. We will finish the tour in the Jaffa Flea Market where you will have time to do some shopping.
We will continue to the Neve Tzedek Neighborhood – One of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods, home to several boutique art galleries, independent cafes and cultural centers. The rest of the day will be on your own to explore the city of Tel Aviv, the beaches, the markets and all that this city has to offer.

Day 3
KAFR QARA- GIVAT HAVIVA

We will begin our day with a visit to the Arab village of Kafr Qara, we will visit a mosque and learn about its architecture and of the importance of The Five Pillars of Islam. We will than continue to Umm-el-Fahm, the second largest Arab-Muslim city in Israel and the social, economic and cultural center for residents of the Wadi-Ara region. We will drive up to the spectacular observation point on Mount Iscandar for an overview of the area. We will then continue with a walking tour of Umm-el-Fahm’s Old Village Center, learn about the development of the city from the core of the village, and visit some of the traditional shops that have been around for many years. We will end the tour with a delicious lunch at Manal’s (A professional cook who specializes in Palestinian culinary) along with a meeting with members of the Neighbors for Peace initiative which promotes integration and equality in Israel through a growing network of Jewish-Arab shared communities.
We will finish the day in Givat Haviva – The Center for a Shared Society at Givat Haviva aims to build an inclusive, socially cohesive society in Israel.

Day 4
KIBBUTZ- TZFAT

We will begin our day with a walking tour in the kibbutz with a local resident exploring and learning about this unique place and the life there. From there we will visit Maarag – a place that employs people with special needs, we will get coffee and hear about their work there. We will then climb our way up to the mystical city of Tzfat. Tzfat is one of the four holiest cities for Jewish people in Israel, you will walk in the narrow alleyways lined with ancient synagogues and artists’ galleries blended in a mystical atmosphere. We will finish our day at Nimrod Lookout- a beautiful and unique Lookout in picturesque Rosh Pina. Built in memory of his son who died in the 2006 Lebanon war, Hezi will tell you about the complexities of the life in Israel and the life of a soldier in Israel.

Day 5
SHEFARAM- HAIFA

We will begin our day with a visit to the city of Shefaram, a city where Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze have dwelled together up until the 1920’s. We will start the tour at the heart of the Old Village, visiting a church and a mosque, and meeting with the local clergy. We will then walk to the Old Synagogue that is still kept in the city, there we will learn about the shared life of the past. We will stop at some of the city’s most famous culinary attractions: Coffee roasting shops, Arab Patisseries and Special Ice Cream shop. From there we will continue by driving up to an observation point to discuss the current situation of Shefaram – Druze, Muslims and Christians living together, the expansion and development of the city, alongside the challenges of Arab citizens in Israel today. We will end the tour with an authentic home cooked meal and meeting at a local residence. We will have the chance to experience the culture and tradition of Arab society through an enjoyable lunch and encounter with our gracious host. From there we will make our way to Haifa to witness the beautiful Bahai Gardens and explore the German colony.

Day 6
JORDAN VALLEY- JERUSALEM

We will begin making our way to Jerusalem. Our first stop of the day will be at Ma’ayan Harod National Park- a beautiful place featuring springs of water, a large swimming pool, and a presentation at the Hankin Museum. We will then continue to Gan HaShlosha National Park which was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful parks. Our last stop before getting to Jerusalem will be at the Jericho Valley Lookout Point that offers stunning panoramic views of the Dead Sea, Jordan River, the ancient city of Jericho and the surrounding hills.

Evening activity: Friday Night Tour to the Western Wall.
Our tour will pass through Jaffa gate and the Golden Menorah, and end at the Wall right as Shabbat begins.

Day 7
SHABBAT- FREE DAY

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and lunch at the hotel.
Optional activity: A visit to the Israel Museum- the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and one of the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Evening Activity: Tower of David Night Spectacular- We will head to the Tower of David’s rooftop to view an epic nighttime extravaganza of sight and sound.

Day 8
JERUSALEM- BEN GURION AIRPORT

We will begin our day at with a Western Wall Tunnels Tour – The famous underground tunnels that contain remnants of entire rooms from the Second Temple period. We will continue with a visit to The Western Wall – the remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple. After the visit we will have some free time to wander the Jewish and the Arab quarter with its unique flavors and tastes. We will conclude our tour in a festive farewell lunch and after will make our way to the airport. We will miss you…

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