We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program will vary. A confirmed itinerary is distributed no later than two weeks prior to the start of the program.
DAY 1 | DEPARTURE FLIGHT
Meet your staff and teens at the airport before traveling together to Europe on an overnight flight. This program starts with our Western Europe Discovery program. Once we land, your trip officially begins! We’ll break the ice with some fun and engaging activities so that you get to know everyone in the group. To learn more about how we organize travel to and from the program, click here.
DAY 2–5 | LONDON, ENGLAND
Our adventure begins with a tour of Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. We’ll watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and explore Borough Market. Spend your first Shabbat abroad in the city with your new friends. We’ll walk to Marble Arch before enjoying Kabbalat Shabbat services.
Spend Shabbat relaxing at Coram’s Field with sports activities and free time with the group. View the treasures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia, and Rome at the British Museum. Take the London Underground—famously known as “the tube”—to Greenwich, the center of London. Then, walk to the hilltop of Greenwich Park and enjoy a panoramic view of London City. The group will have some free time at Greenwich Market before we go ride the London Eye, London's iconic Ferris wheel. We’ll take a walking tour of London and see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben clock tower, and 10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister's residence. Before you know, it’ll be time to say cheerio to London. We’ll drive to Brighton for an afternoon in the city, then cross the English Channel on a ferry out of Newhaven.
DAY 6–8 | PARIS, FRANCE
When we arrive in France, you’ll have time to solemnly explore Mémorial De Caen—Caen’s Peace Museum—as well as Normandy's U.S. military cemetery from World War II and recount the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach. Say Bonjour to Paris and all its breathtaking beauty! We’ll explore the palace and grounds of Versailles, home to French Royalty and Marie Antoinette. The group will walk through the Parisian Jewish Quarter—Le Marais—the center of Europe's largest Jewish community.
Learn about the experience of French Jews during World War II at the Shoah Memorial. Experience Paris on foot, passing by the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Élysées. Spend a morning at the Louvre and view Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting in addition to thousands of centuries-old artwork. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for an unforgettable view. Watch the magic unfold as you walk through Disneyland Paris.
DAY 9–11 | BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
After Paris, we’re bound for Bruges! Teens will spend time at Choco-Story Bruges—the Chocolate Museum in Bruges—and sample some delicious Belgian chocolate. Everyone will also have a chance to eat some delicious Belgian fries at the Frietmuseum.
Our final stop in the region is to Brussels. Stop to see Fort Breendonk, a former military installation in Belgium which served as a Nazi prison camp during World War II. Then, drive by the NATO and EU Headquarters. We’ll spend our second Shabbat relaxing and exploring the Grand Place, which is the central square of Brussels, before we walk by the famous “Manneken Pis” fountain sculpture. We’ll continue towards Amsterdam for the final stop of our European adventure!
DAY 12–14 | AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Take a walking tour of Amsterdam, stopping at the “I Am Sterdam” sign in front of Rijskmuseum. Enjoy some time to explore the Jewish Historical Museum and Portuguese Synagogue. We’ll visit the Anne Frank House to understand the legacy she left before seeing the masterpieces of Vincent Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum.
Our last day will be spent in the picturesque Dutch countryside's windmills on a bicycle ride. Learn about Dutch cheese-making techniques at Henri Willig Farm before we head back to Amsterdam and go to A’DAM Lookout, an observation deck with an unrivaled panoramic view of Amsterdam. Enjoy your final evening in Europe on a river cruise through Amsterdam. The Pancake Boat takes you around the city and provides an all-you-can-eat pancake meal.
DAY 15–17 | JERUSALEM
Teens will continue to build on this awe-inspiring adventure by connecting into one of our Israel Journey trips. We’ll head to the airport for a transfer flight to Israel. Once we arrive, our journey begins in Jerusalem. We’ll gather at the Haas Promenade—overlooking the unique topography of the city—for a Shehecheyanu blessing, which is a Jewish prayer said to celebrate special occasions. Walk along the ramparts of the Old City walls from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate, explore the ancient squares and rooftops of the Jewish Quarter, then reflect on your time in Jerusalem at the Kotel, also known as the Western Wall. Before departing, your group will splash through Hezekiah’s underground aqueduct deep beneath the city and enjoy a night out on Ben Yehuda Street, arguably the most famous street in Jerusalem.
DAY 18–23 | NORTHERN ISRAEL
Our adventure north to the Galilee region begins with a quick stop to explore the ancient city of Caesarea. Enjoy a day at the beach before crawling through the catacombs of Beit Shearim, where we’ll learn how the center of Jewish life shifted to the Galilee following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. The group will spend their first Shabbat in the Holy Land relaxing on a boat cruise across the Kinneret—or Sea of Galilee—and end the Sabbath with a group night in Tiberias.
Take a walking tour of the mystical Tsfat—the historic center of Judaism’s Kabbalah movement and Jewish life during the exile period—to see awe-inspiring works by Kabbalistic artists in the artists’ colony and hear their story about how the movement inspires their designs. After this, we’ll hike to the waterfalls of the Banias Nature Reserve and finish the day rafting down the Jordan River.
Get wet hiking down Nahal Jilaboun Canyon and step underneath the Devora Waterfalls in the Golan Heights. Encounter with Druze culture and share a traditional meal in the Golan village of Ein Kinya, then view Israel’s neighbors on the summit of Mount Bental, a dormant volcano. Learn the remarkable story about Israeli super-spy Eli Cohen from Mitzpe Gadot, a lookout point in the Golan.
Discover Israel's frontier pioneering history in the Galilee and view Israel's border with Jordan from Old Gesher, overlooking the Island of Peace and its complicated history. Continue south and view the Jezreel Valley from Mount Gilboa. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon swimming in the natural spring pools of the Sachne and learning about the Tower & Stockade tradition of the Galilee pioneers. We’ll travel to the Western Galilee—stopping to view Keshet Arch along the way—before descending to the ocean caves of Rosh HaNikra. Tour the Templars’ Tunnel that date back to Crusader times and immerse yourself in one of Israel’s most diverse communities, Akko. Spend the rest of the afternoon in Haifa and explore the beauty of the Bahai Temple Gardens on Mount Carmel.
DAY 24–26 | TEL AVIV
Travel to Tel Aviv and volunteer at the Jaffa Institute, an innovative charity dedicated to combating poverty in one of Israel's most diverse communities. Then, enjoy a traditional Ethiopian meal while learning about the cultural and historical experience of Ethiopian-Israelis at the Battae Center in Tel Aviv. We’ll spend the rest of the day touring old Jaffa Seaport and browsing the colorful Jaffa Flea Market.
Honor the bravery of the pioneers who helped establish modern Israel at Machon Ayalon, a secret underground ammunition facility. We’ll visit Netiv HaAsara on the frontier of Gaza to learn how this community has adapted to its surroundings while maintaining a hopeful outlook for peace. After that, surf’s up on the Mediterranean Coast as we enjoy a surfing lesson at Palmachim Beach. We’ll welcome our second Shabbat with a joyous, musical experience and spend the rest of the Sabbath relaxing in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
DAY 27–29 | CENTRAL ISRAEL
Take part in an archaeological dig with the professionals at Beit Guvrin National Park and explore the impressive natural wonder of the Bell Caves. Spend some time learning about David Ben Burion—Israel’s first prime minister—in Sde Boker at his modest desert hut. We’ll drive further south to view the world’s largest erosion crater, Makhtesh Ramon. Enjoy running, rolling, or even tumbling down the massive Kassui sand dunes as we make our way to Eilat for a guided snorkeling tour in the Red Sea. See fish and coral of all shapes, sizes, and colors before we take a banana boat ride on the sea. Stop for fresh ice cream at Israel’s famous Yotvata dairy farm.
Learn how kibbutzim—agricultural settlements in Israel—thrive in the desert, protects its ecology, and stay self-sustaining. Experience effortlessly floating in the salt water at the Dead Sea's Ein Bokek beach, the lowest point on Earth. The group will spend one night camping in the desert at a Bedouin encampment. Together, we’ll embark on a camel trek, share a Bedouin feast and stargaze after a unique bonfire experience.
DAY 30 | MASADA
One of the most anticipated moments of the trip, the group will take a pre-sunrise climb up Masada via the Roman Ramp Trail and arrive just as the sun starts to peek over the horizon. Teens will tour Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion before descending via the Snake Path or cable cars. Then, we’ll spend the rest of the day cooling off under the desert waterfalls in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
DAY 31–34 | JERUSALEM
Our trip ends right where it started, in Jerusalem, but this time is different. Teens will have three weeks of travel under their belt and a completely different perspective on Israel. We’ll start with a visit to the Theodor Herzl Museum and explore the grounds of Mount Herzl National Cemetery, honoring Israel's founders, national leaders, and fallen soldiers. Then, we’ll experience the colorful Mahane Yehuda open-air marketplace. Tour the Knesset—Israel’s supreme state body—and learn about their parliamentary system and how it safeguards the Jewish State’s democratic laws and traditions.
Pay your respects at Yad Vashem—The World Holocaust Remembrance Center—and reflect on your journey in Mifletzet Park. We’ll re-enter the Old City to experience one last Kabbalat Shabbat together at the Kotel, an emotional experience for all after the experiences we’ve had together. Spend Shabbat viewing the Dead Sea Scrolls, Temple Model, and Israel’s most prized cultural and historic treasures at the Israel Museum. Enjoy a group night out at First Station Market.
Explore the geopolitical complexity of Jerusalem in the Gilo neighborhood and take part in an eye-opening conversation about conflict through the Roots program, a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians. We’ll explore a few additional spots before celebrating the end of our time in Israel with a tree planting ceremony in Neot Kedumim Park. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to the airport for an overnight flight back to the U.S.
DAY 35 | RETURN FLIGHT
It’s never goodbye, just see you later. Give your friends one last hug and part ways once your flight arrives at the airport. While your summer trip with us is over, the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime!