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  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 11 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Guard from arrival to farewell dinner.

Inspired by the popular Honeymoon Israel program for young couples, "2nd Honeymoon Israel” is for couples ages 50+. On "2nd Honeymoon Israel,” you will join 40 other people from throughout North America on a luxurious trip throughout Israel. You will have the opportunity to experience Israel's people, land, food and art, as well as dive deep into Israel's complex geography, politics and economy. “2nd Honeymoon Israel” is an extraordinary trip built to be equally engaging for first time visitors as well as for prior visitors to Israel.

“Our experience on ‘2nd Honeymoon Israel' was unparalleled. The five-star quality of this trip is unmatched - from the accommodations to our extremely knowledge tour educator, the trip was packed with engaging tours, visits to historical sites, cultural programming and eating some of the most delicious food. One of the best aspects was having the chance to travel with so many other couples from across the U.S. There's simply no better way to travel to Israel with your partner than to go on '2nd Honeymoon Israel'” - couple from inaugural 2nd Honeymoon Israel, October 2016


Day One: Saturday, October 21, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, October 22, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer (on own account) to the hotel in Tel Aviv and store your luggage at the hotel.
  • 3:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator in the lobby and depart the hotel as a group.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Travel to the hotel and check in, with time to freshen up.
  • A Window to Israel & Our Journey: Orientation with the tour educator over a private dinner.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, October 23, 2017
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Dialogue with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Media.

OR

  • The Correlation Between Israel and Its Neighbors: Dialogue with Alon Pinkas, foreign affairs analyst, and former advisor consul General in the United States.
  • Walking tour through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods. Today it is a cultural mecca, with many small boutiques and galleries, and the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Stop at Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own at the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv, driving north along the coastal highway.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Dialogue with faculty and students.
  • Drive east towards the Sea of Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
SPIRITUALITY, SECURITY AND SWEETS IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A dialogue with an Artist inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Explore Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights. Overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications, discuss the challenges Israel faced leading up to the Six-Day War. Cross the Golan plateau to the border with Syria, and a view of the abandoned city of Kuneitra and the nearby United Nations outpost, for an insight into the experiences in the Yom Kippur 1973 war.
  • Wine tasting at a local boutique winery.
  • Ready Steady Cook: Participate in an outdoor cooking competition led by a local chef at Moshav Yesud HaMa'alah, followed by dinner.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee


Day Six: Thursday, October 26, 2017
MOSAIC OF ISRAEL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
  • Visit the Arab Town of Shefaram, a mixed city for centuries. Shefaram was a village where Jews, Muslims and Christians dwelled together up until the 1920's. Meet with local residents and tour the city.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Drive south along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, October 27, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Prof. Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Depart the hotel for a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • A walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount;

OR

  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Explore the fascinating medieval Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by many as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem 


Day Eight: Saturday, October 28, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. The Jewish Family- Thoughts and Reflections on its Identity: Dialogue with Avraham Infeld, a leading Jewish educator, President Emeritus of Hillel International and head of the Honeymoon Israel education board.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: Mt. Zion and the Religious Challenge: Visit the traditional burial site of King David, a 1948-67 Temple Mount observation point, the Dormition Abbey, a mosque and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, October 29, 2017
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Lunch on your own in the picturesque neighbourhood of Ein Kerem, beneath the Jerusalem Forest.
  • Visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls, to Jewish Life and Art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
  • Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Enjoy a night out at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Monday, October 30, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of one of the Dead Sea hotels and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Afternoon at leisure including dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
INTO THE STORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, 4 Quarters: Take a ride on the Jerusalem light rail, and gain a first-hand and authentic look at the mosaic and diversity of Jerusalem's population, along the various stops:
    • East Jerusalem Streets: Meet with a local journalist In Shuafat.
    • The Ultra-Orthodox Community from the Foundation of Israel until Today: Background and basics by Dr. Neri Horowitz, Head of Agora think tank and a teacher at Hebrew University.
    • The Jerusalemites: Meet with Tehila Friedman-Nahalon, Director of Kolot's center for Jewish leadership and a fellow in Shaharit, a think tank promoting new social covenant in Israel.
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Looking forward: Summary session with the tour educator over private festive farewell.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
RETURN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport (on own account).
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included

  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $10 per participant per day for the tour educator & $5 per participant per day for the driver
    • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
      $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.


Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

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