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Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Trip Includes


  • 7 nights accommodation (as shown in the itinerary)
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

 

This program is suitable for adults only.

DAY ONE: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
DEPARTURE

  • Departure on individual flights.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ARRIVAL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on individual flights.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities. (1 for the group, individual assistance and transfers can be booked through our Customer Service Center.)
  • Enjoy a biblical-style breakfast at Neot Kedumim, a large interactive nature reserve dedicated to the flora and fauna of the Bible. (pending arrival time)
  • Drive to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. (Pending arrival time.)
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Ein Bokek


DAY THREE: Thursday, February 28, 2013
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • More Ebb and Less Flow - Dead Sea 2013:  Introduction with the tour educator.
  • Hike through the Barak River Canyon.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Drive to the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment; gain insight into why Kibbutz Lotan is a world leader in sustainable living.
  • Check into the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Dinner at the Lotan Tea House.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan, Arava


DAY FOUR: Friday, March 1, 2013
INNOVATION IN THE ARAVA
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Ecological Innovations in the Arava: Visit the experimental fields of Kibbutz Ketura for a glimpse into solar energy fields and more.
  • Drive to Kibbutz Neot Smadar and enjoy a guided tour of this unique community for further perspective on coexistence with the world around us, including lunch.  
  • Return to Kibbutz Lotan.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with the kibbutz community.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner on the kibbutz.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan, Arava


DAY FIVE: Saturday, March 2, 2013
SHABBAT IN THE ARAVA
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Life in the Desert: Morning hike with Dr. Michael Livni.
  • Lunch at the Kibbutz.
  • Free time, with optional Watso treatments. (on own account)
  • Drive to Eilat as a group for free afternoon and dinner on own.
  • Return to Kibbutz Lotan.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan, Arava


DAY SIX: Sunday, March 3, 2013
FROM CRATERS TO VINEYARDS IN THE NEGEV
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Check out of the kibbutz guesthouse and drive north to the Ramon Crater.
  • One of a Kind: Jeep tour to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater with a stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Opportunity to meditate in the wilderness of the Crater.
  • Enjoy lunch and visit the Carmei Ovdat Farm; this exquisite farm was built on the remnants of an ancient Byzantine farm. Entering past the length of the grapevines, which were planted on terraces and have been preserved here for thousands of years, the farm is presented and the wine and cheese tasting are only moments away.
  • Water from the Rock to Water from the Water: Visit the Shefdan Wastewater Plant, the largest waste water treatment plant in the Middle East…and the best. See why Israel can recycle 75% of its sewage.
  • Continue north along the coastal plain and check into the guesthouse.
  • Dinner at the guesthouse.

Overnight: Nahsholim Guesthouse, Carmel Region


DAY SEVEN: Monday, March 4, 2013
CLEANING OUR AIR, OUR WATER, AND OUR EARTH
  • Breakfast at the guesthouse.
  • Check out of the guesthouse.
  • Yertle the Turtle Never had it so Good: Visit the Alexander River Project for a glimpse at one of Israel's great environmental success stories of the past generation, with a variety of options, including the Turtle Park.
  • We Are What We Eat Visit Hardof Organic Farm, the largest supplier of organic food in Israel with lunch on your own.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz guesthouse.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse, Upper Galilee


DAY EIGHT: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
SERENITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE NORTH
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • At the Heart of Their Journey: Special bird watching seminar at the Hula Lake (Agmon Hahula), located in the center of the Hula Valley.
  • Ascend to the Golan Heights.
  • On Eagles Wings: Visit the Gamla Reserve to view the nesting eagles and the flora in the Gamla Canyon with a preservation specialist.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Working the Land, Then and Now: Visit the Bell Ofri farm, located on Moshav Kidmat Tzvi in the Golan Heights, and meet its founders, gain insight into this very hands-on, sustainable farm, and on what Jewish life was like 2000 years ago and what it is today- in many ways, not as different as one might think.
  • Friends of the Earth, Local Chapter: Visit the Jordan River Project.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner at Dag Al HaDan fish restaurant, located in a pastoral setting along the river.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse, Upper Galilee


DAY NINE: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
DEPARTING WITH ROOTS IN THE GROUND
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Check out of the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Plant a Tree in a Jewish National Fund forest.

OR

  • Work the land at Bikat Beit Netofa with Derech Eretz Bagalil, a project dedicated to the Memory of Danny Gomez, Israeli Air Force helicopter pilot, who died in August 2006; this project prepares vistas, nature overviews and trails throughout Israel in his memory. 
  • Judaism, the Environment and Social Justice: Dialogue with Jeremy Benstein from the Heschel Center.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Israel Goes Green Visit to the Sharon (Hiriya) Recycling Park, a unique ecological project transforming a garbage disposal center into one of Israel's largest parks.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the ancient port.
  • Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for departure flights. 

Overnight: Flight


DAY TEN: Thursday, March 7, 2013
ARRIVAL HOME
  • Arrive home.

* Please bring your own environmentally friendly reusable water bottle on this trip.*

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 10 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

 

  • 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.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day

 

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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