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  • 9 nights' accommodations at select hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator + 1 walking tour on Shabbat in Tel Aviv
  • Youth counselor from August 20 to the end of the trip
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • Water on the bus on touring days
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Tips for guide, driver and youth counselor
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, August 17, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart from the U.S.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, August 18, 2017
WELCOME TO ISRAEL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet with your tour educator and depart the airport.
  • Enter the city of Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Check into the hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the hotel.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, August 19, 2017
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning Shabbat services the Masorti Congregation of Neve Zedek, led by Rabbi Roberto Arbib. The community is located in Neve Schechter, a creative Jewish center serving Tel Aviv and Jaffa, introducing the world of Jewish sources, Judaism with Israeli culture, sacred with secular, traditional learning methods with the artistic media, and the individual and family with community.
  • Shabbat lunch with local congregants at Neve Schechter or at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station and now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Dinner on own and free evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
  • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
  • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
  • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
  • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
  • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, August 20, 2017
THE WONDER OF INDEPENDENCE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Experience the state-of-the-art Levinson Visitors Center of the Weizmann Institute of Science offering a glimpse into the fascinating world of scientists who uncover the secrets of nature and decipher the codes of the universe. Interactive exhibits and multi-media presentation of highly advanced technology are included in the adventure.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Enjoy the evening with dinner on own, possibly attending a cultural event (TBA, cost not included).

Overnight: David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv


Day Five: Monday, August 21, 2017
A NEW STATE WITH AN ANCIENT HISTORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Drive north along the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Ride a Tornado Boat and crash the waves of the Mediterranean opposite the shores of Caesarea.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Afternoon activities with your Afula/Gilboa Partnership 2Gether project.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Adults

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Dialogue with a kibbutz member on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Youth

  • Names and Faces of Israel: Israeli game night.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
SERENITY SECURITY AND SPIRITUALITY 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 visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • Strolling the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Cross the Golan Heights 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.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • KUMZITZ! Enjoy an Israeli style bonfire, including hot potatoes, Israeli style smores and Israeli snacks.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Seven: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
ANCIENT AND PRESENT BORDERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit an IDF base for a dialogue with officers and soldiers (pending confirmation).
  • Drive to Jerusalem; stop for lunch on own en route.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City, from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate.
  • Stop at the Western Wall to recite the “shehechiyanu” blessing, traditionally recited upon entering Jerusalem.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem. View the Gihon Spring and wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah (optional dry exit).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, August 24, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Return to the Old City. Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, 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.
    • The 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on your own.

Adults

  • 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
    • A concluding Memorial Service

Children

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).

All

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Parents' night out! While the children enjoy a Pizza and Ice cream night with the guide, the parents will enjoy a night out in Jerusalem, with dinner on own (reservations can be made).

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Friday, August 25, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Join Jerusalemites in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the new Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, August 26, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.
  • Lunch at the Hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Jerusalem.
  • 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.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Sunday, August 27, 2017
FINDING ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional). Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem; lunch on your own en route.
  • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to the Ben Gurion international Airport.


Day Twelve: Monday, August 28, 2017
RETURN

  • Departure flight to the U.S.
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 paying participants. 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

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Guidelines for Registering Children (under age 18):

 

  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18.)

     

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