A manmade Zion that bloomed in the dry heart of the desert, Israel has long been causing quite the stir. Yet the country is an oasis of many treasures, a place where the cosmopolitan fun of the capital can be found only a stone’s throw away from the somber wonder of the Wailing Wall.
This is a spot where the biblical scenes from history are carved into the landscape, where the trees stand soft and silent in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Sea of Galilee simmers like a mirror beneath the footsteps of those who dream of walking on water. Underneath the fabric of these stories there is another side to Israel, one where the people are youthful, spirited and beautifully diverse, where innovation and creativity run side by side and where the tables groan under the weight of delectable Middle Eastern fare that will leave you weak at the knees.
Presidential Private Jet Vacations invites you to find your footing in the Holy Land on a twelve-day journey that will show you the diverse world of Israel and Jordan. From the jacaranda lined streets of sweet and tantalizing Tel Aviv to the tip of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, to the distinctive vineyards of Golan Heights and to the lowest lying drift of the Dead Sea, this is an event that takes you back in time and ignites the fires of history.
Day 1: Arrival in Tel Aviv
Sit back in the luxury and beauty of your own private jet as you traverse across the arc of blue sky to land in one of the world’s oldest and most exciting destinations. Let the crew pour you a long cool drink, stretch your legs and revel in the serenity of the sky in the company of your family or friends. Touching down in Ben-Gurion you will receive a VIP welcome as you are escorted through immigration and into the comfort of your private luxury vehicle.
Let your personal driver whisk you away to the Bauhaus beautiful neighborhood of Tel Aviv where your five star hotel is waiting. The Norman Hotel was recently named one of the best hotels in the worldwide and with its gorgeous garden suites, signature sushi bar and rooftop swimming pool boasting one of the most sought after views in the city you are sure to feel at home.
This evening you are free to soak up the vivacious vibes of this eclectic city. Start with cocktails at The Norman before moving on to Catit restaurant serving some of the most avant-garde French, fusion and Middle Eastern fare in the city. Those looking for chic class can wander down Dizengoff Street, those seeking the atmosphere of a bygone era can head into Old Jaffa and those wanting young vibrancy can choose Florentine.
Day 2: Tel Aviv
Start the day by diving headfirst into the rich past of Tel Aviv with a visit to Old Jaffa. The maze of time-tested alleyways, markets filled with silver crosses and silken textiles, antique shops stuffed with china and dusty books, and rising minarets set against the flush of the blue sea is enough to make you feel as though you have stepped into a dream. Your guide will take you to the coolest neighborhood in the city known as Neve Tzedek, flourishing since the 19th century this cobblestoned gem is teeming with galleries boasting the very best in the Tel Aviv art scene. Take a private tour through the illustrious galleries, enjoy a one-to-one with a native gallery owner and meet a prestigious artist of the local scene.
This afternoon you can visit Independence Hall, the site where the founding father first saw his dream of the State of Israel realized. Here you can take an in depth look at the history and the stories behind Israel and gain a deeper understanding of the culture, the complexity and the charm of this incredibly complex locale. The Museum is settled in the garden suburb of Ahuzat Bayit and many of the old mansions are still studded with elegant ceramic tiles adding to the flush of pure romance the area is known for. Afterwards you can follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s finest Bauhaus architecture with an illuminating walking tour.
When the night crickets start to chirp in the city you are once again invited to step out into the warmth of night and discover the vibrant side of the city. Delight in dinner at Yafo-Tel Aviv Restaurant with its daily changing menu based on what they find at the markets every morning.
Cap your evening with the live DJs spinning their tracks at the achingly cool Port Said.
Day 3: Tel Aviv
After a delectable breakfast in the pale light of The Norman Hotel you can meet with a high ranking officer from the IDF. The political conflict in the Middle East is a gripping and thoroughly complex issue and this gives you the chance to touch base on a personal level with someone who can weave a true-life picture as to what it’s like being a citizen soldier.
This afternoon you can awaken every sense and really tempt your taste buds with a stimulating visit to the market of Tel Aviv. Pull back the curtain on the real Tel Aviv as you wander through the bustling covered marketplace where gleaming fruit and vegetables are piled up high. Peruse the bountiful spices, taste the sesame seed bread, barter over the homegrown hummus, sip a fresh juice and let the myriad of colors and textures wash over you.
Continue the personalized tour of Tel Aviv with behind the scenes graffiti tour of Tel Aviv and learn all about the underground street art war or visit with some native top fashion designers.
As the daylight starts to dwindle take a stroll along the promenade, watching the last fingers of light grip the azure Mediterranean waters and the last few surfers catch their waves. The cultural hub of the city ignites after hours and this is the excellent moment to visit the opera or catch a live show.
Indulge in a heavenly spa or massage session at the Norman’s own The Spa followed by dinner especially catered for you by chef Barak Aharoni at the Pavillion in a secluded al fresco setting.
Day 4: Galilee
Before breakfast, meet with an analyst from the Israeli equivalent of the FBI who can give a unique and fascinating insight into the security system of the country. Then, depart for a breathtaking drive towards Galilee. Leave the silver skyscrapers behind as you enter the green belt of the alluring countryside. Along the way you will pass through Caesarea, an ancient town built by Herod the Great and one of the most impressive antiquity parks you could ever hope to see.
Continuing your drive north you pass through Haifa, a cultural melting pot of Christians, Jews and Muslims existing side by side and home to the Baha’i Gardens. This location is a popular pilgrim site for followers of Baha’I and a space of sheer tranquility and color as the garden beds bloom in dazzling shades against the backdrop of the mountains. Further north you will come to Akko where the crusader history runs deep and the lofty fortifications pierce the terrain and hide vaulted forts, underground tunnels and centuries of rich entwined past.
Tonight you can experience the refined hospitality of the Scots Hotel Tiberias, built in the historic 19th century compound of the Scottish Hospital. Antique rooms boast beautiful soaring ceilings and authentic basalt rock with all the lavish luxuries. Admire the fragrant flora that adorns the charming beach garden and freshen up with a dip in the pool or indulge in a long massage before ordering room service.
Day 5: Galilee
Start your day swathed in the riches of history as you visit Tzipori - Sepphoris, said to be the home of the Virgin Mary’s parents prior to their move to Nazareth. This is also the hometown of Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi making it a popular spot for Jewish practice. The area is full of attractive mosaics and elegantly restored villas.
This afternoon you can roam at your own pace the historic town of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and the the Basilica of the Annunciation where the angel Gabriel spoke with Mary – making it the cradle of Christianity.
Later on, embark on a culinary discovery with a special Druze cooking workshop. Home-picked olives, freshly bashed baba ganoush, the trickle of tahini and decadent and colorful tabbouleh’s, this is a occasion to immerse yourself in the indigenous culture as you pick, prepare and taste the very soul of this region.
This evening you will proceed north and into the mystical city of Tzfat - Safed. The artist’s town is perched high on the elevated slopes and is a picture-perfect maze of golden alleyways, painted blue doors and ancient synagogues. In the artists quarters you can peruse the inspired local talent in the private galleries before enjoying an up close and personal Kabbalah experience.
For dinner, treat yourself to the amazing blend of Israeli and Galilean cuisines proposed by the Scots Hotel’s Torrance restaurant in the midst of lush gardens. All produce is grown in the very hotel garden and the wines are from small farms in the North of Israel.
Day 6: Golan Heights
After a bountiful breakfast you can go on a drive into the dizzying twists and turns of the impressive Golan Heights. Here the whole of the Hula Valley spreads beneath your feet, the single highway shimmers and the crumbled farmhouses and olive groves provide a delightful scenery of folklore. You will have the possibility to visit Nimrod Fortress, a fabulously fortified Mamluke castle with astounding views across the Golan and even as far as Lebanon. Continue into the emotional battle sight known as the Valley of Tears before dropping by an armored corps base to see the mighty Merkavah tanks.
Indulge in a gourmet lunch in the breath of nature as you nibble on exquisite autochthonous cuisine whilst soaking up the momentous scenery. After lunch it is time to take an exhilarating jeep ride through the rugged terrain of the Golan Heights and along the border of Syria. Splash through streams and climb to golden hills where caves yawn deep in the rocks as you pass towards Israel’s final frontier.
Enjoy a breezy drive back past the sparkling Sea of Galilee, through the Jordan Valley and past Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet. Arriving in Jerusalem you can rest easy in the grace of the Mamilla Hotel with its homely soft suites and cascading bathtubs.
Day 7: Jerusalem
Friday mornings in Jerusalem are brimming with life as everyone prepares for the coming of the Shabbat. This morning you will have the chance to get right in the heart of the action at the Mahane Yehuda market. A feast for the eyes and the senses is waiting for you as chef Tali Friedman takes you through the winding stalls and past trendy eateries where young people laugh with dancing hands. Touch and savor everything as you push through the crush of people all buying the freshest hummus, just baked breads, stacks of ripe red tomatoes and eggplant. Afterwards you can participate in an curated cooking lesson to perfect your Israeli recipes.
After the hustle of the market, you will encounter the most solemn and emotional event of your journey as you take a guided visit with the curators of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. You will be able to meet a holocaust survivor who can tell you the harrowing tales of the darkest part of modern times.
To lift your spirits as you return to the hotel you can stop by the enticing Haas Promenade Park and hear about the fascinating events that hang in the boughs of this once upon a time no man’s land.
This evening you will be able to experience something truly special in Jerusalem, to celebrate the coming of the Shabbat at the Kotel, the sacred site of the Western Wall. In the daylight hours the stones throb with tears and visitors pushing prayers in the cracks, yet on Friday nights thousands upon thousands of Jews come together to sing, to dance and to celebrate the Shabbat from all walks of life.
Day 8: Jerusalem
Start the day as never before, with the opportunity of witnessing fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Israel Museum. The Israel Museum is overflowing with important collections that cover everything from archeological history to the Shrine of the Book, models of old Jerusalem and much more making for a fascinating morning.
This afternoon you can wander through the Old City with a poignant tour of the Via Dolorosa – the Way of Sorrow. Following the Stations of the Cross you trace the path where Jesus carried the cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where the resurrection took place. Leaving the Old City and its singing Pilgrims behind you will be taken to the security fence separating Israel from Palestine for an up close and personal view of the ongoing conflict that has shaken the beau.
As evening draws in the Old City of Jerusalem there are many traditional eateries where you can sample authentic cuisine. Whether its side street falafel stalls where the pitta is dunked in oily hummus before being filled with the fried chickpea balls or whether its high-class restaurants, the ambience is always a wonder to behold in the Holy City.
Mona is an inviting restaurant-bar in the old headquarters of the Bezalel Academy of Design with an array of informal quality food and an unbeatable Jerusalemite atmosphere.
Day 9: Jerusalem
At breakfast you can engage in an intriguing in-depth conversation with a Palestinian-Israeli journalist and former producer for NBC News who can add a local’s perspective to salient quotidian news topics. Afterwards you ascend the impressive Mount of Olives, a sacred site offering splendid views across the city’s skyline littered with spires, domes and minarets. From here you can see the Dome on the Rock and meander past the Church of Mary Magdalene. Down beneath the Mount you can witness the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have received the fatal kiss. The trees stand shrouded in grief but the air is calm and the quiet of centuries has fallen over the flowers.
This afternoon you can traverse the City of David with a team of authoritative archeologists. This is a rare experience to view the palace and homes before you duck down into the darkness of the underground. Beneath the earth you are sure to get wet but you will see the excavations of ancient Jerusalem, the actual remains of the Temple and the Western Wall tunnels where above thousands pray.
Back in the bliss of the Mamilla Hotel you can rest your weary muscles with a signature spa treatment at the Akasha Wellbeing Center.
When you are ready, rise to the hotel’s top floor and sip cool cocktails on the beautiful roof terrace before sitting down for al fresco dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant with a striking view of the Old City. After the gourmet dinner, slip into a golden slumber.
Day 10: Dead Sea
This morning an extraordinary adventure waits as you have the chance to paraglide over the lowest point on earth. Imagine taking to the air with a seasoned certified instructor, breathing in the bright orange blossom from Sharon, seeing the salt water sparkle below and feeling the freedom of seamlessly floating above the earth.
This afternoon you can visit Masada, the rugged natural fortress carved far down the Judean Desert. This was King Herods stronghold and a place where death came to the Jewish rebel fighters who stood strong against the romans. Touring the remains of the ritual baths, the palaces, the cisterns and the oldest synagogue in existence is like wading through the pages of history. To cool down from the desert heat you can wander through the Oasis of Ein Gedi. This green garden of Eden is the only desert spot where a waterfall tumbles providing you the ideal shaded site for an afternoon swim.
Finally in the last throes of the sunlight you have the chance to strip down and drift away in the Dead Sea. The natural mineral rich mud is perfect for slathering your body and the weightless feeling of floating without effort on water is mesmerizing indeed.
Day 11: Wadi Rum to Petra
This morning your private jet is waiting to whisk you away to the blushing beauty of Jordan. On this short flight to Israel’s southern tip you can savor freshly roasted coffee and your preferred newspaper as you drift over the striking landscape below. Touching down in Eilat you will be transferred to Wadi Rum.
This afternoon you can explore the lunar-like topography of Wadi Rum with a 4x4 exploration across the pockmarked land. Known as the Valley of the Moon you can roll through dazzling rock formations and colors that seem to capture every shade of the sun. This is the real life setting of the film Lawrence of Arabia and the pure poetry of the desert dreams stitched into the mirage of colors will leave you breathless. A Bedouin camp will welcome you to flop on soft pillows and enjoy a thoroughly delectable lunch in supremely surreal surroundings.
After your desert tour, you will a have a pleasant ride to Petra where you can go directly to your room at the Mövenpick Resort. The natural stone, the exotic fabrics and the beautiful views over the Great Rift Valley is enough to inspire even tired minds. Rest easy in the tranquility of your room before sitting down for a lavish dinner beneath the dessert stars.
Day 12: Petra
Enter Petra with your hair streaming and romance riding on your tails as you take a horse ride to the old gate of the city. Walk along the Siq as you catch your first sight of the rose petal city blushing a beautiful shade of pink in the morning light. The temples and elaborate buildings carved into the red cliffs will make you stop in your tracks as you admire the grace and timeless wonder of this special spot on Earth.
Back at the Mövenpick Resort, relish in a leisurely lunch. Enjoy one final pool lap, stop by the massage room or simply take a restful nap to prepare for the commencement of your smooth trip back home.
The luxury transportation will await you for the drive back to Eilat airport and departure to your chosen airport closes to your residence. As your private jet lifts gently above the clouds you can sip a glass of the bold dark red you picked up in the Golan Heights, you can kick off your shoes, stretch out and remember the flavors of Israel, the fun of Tel Aviv and the scent of mineral dead sea mud on your skin as you head for home.
The number of guests, the type of aircraft elected and the origin city define the cost of the vacation. The following two types of private jets are suggested for this itinerary:
Heavy Jet –Gulfstream G-V or similar
This is the aircraft of choice for groups up to 16-18 guests. Prices begin at $44,900 per person for a group of 12 guests flying from the East Coast.
VIP Airliner – Airbus 319 or similar
This aircraft is suited for groups larger than 18 guests. Prices begin at $37,500* per person for a group of 30 guests flying from the East Coast. The airplane is never shared with travelers from different groups of guests.
- Return flights on selected private jet
- Onboard gourmet catering
- All hotel accommodations in suites or equivalent, including breakfast **
- Most meals and all activities, including entrance fees for listed sites where applicable
- Best available ground transportation to and from all activities
- Private guidance by professional guides and historians for the entire trip
- Unique events and surprises
* Due to capacity limitations at some of the itinerary venues, groups larger than 18 guests may necessitate alternate accommodations or slightly different activities.
** If the number of suites at any given property is insufficient to host the entire group, next best available rooms will be used for some guests.
All itineraries are fully customizable to accommodate our guests’ interests, lifestyle and desired purposes.
You may also create your own journey by selecting any worldwide destinations of choice. We will build a custom-crafted experience for you.