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Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation (as shown above)
  • 6 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, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Security guard / medic May 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Tips to the guide and driver

 


 

An additional tax receipted donation to City Shul of $300 (CA for those in Canada, US for those coming from the US) per person is required of ALL participants in this special tour. The donation is due at the time of paying the tour fees. Please make check out to City Shul and mail to 360A Bloor St. West PO Box 19044 Walmer, Toronto, ON M5S 3C90


Day One: Sunday, May 11, 2014
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, May 12, 2014
ALONG THE COAST

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Drive north along the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Visit Acre (Akko), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The newly renovated Crusaders' City.
    • The Templar Canal to the port of Acre.
    • The famous Acre Shuk (Market).
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Descend the cliffs of Rosh Hanikra via cable car to explore the natural grottos and experience the crashing Mediterranean waves against the caves. Gather water from the Mediterranean Sea, which will travel with you to the Sea of Galilee. 
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Dolphin Village Country Lodging Hotel, Moshav Shavei Zion


Day Three: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
THE WESTERN GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Commence the Sea to Sea trek, with Lebanon at your back and the far reaches of the Western Galilee before you; enjoy a short hike at Ma'arat Keshet, the Rainbow Cave, a stone arch, which hangs over a precipice with an amazing view.
  • Continue by bus to the Monfort Crusader Fortress. From the ruins of the ancient conquerors, descend deep into the valley and hike along the dry Kziv riverbed with its various springs along the way (4 hour hike).
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Ascend from the valley floor and drive to the adjacent city of Ma'alot.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hacienda Forest View Hotel, Western Galilee


Day Four: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
SERENETY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Start the day travelling by bus to the Mount Meron, Israel's highest mountain, a long time beacon for Jewish mystics, and a beautiful nature reserve. Walk along the mountain top, which towers high above Safed, and is host to the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Continue hiking down the mountain, along the banks of the Amud Stream (4 hour hike).
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Possible visit to the historic cave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
  • Take the bus to Moshav Amirim.
  • Check in and free time to freshen up.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Amirey Hagalil Boutique Hotel, Moshav Amirim


Day Five: Thursday, May 15, 2014
ALONG THE AMUD STREAM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Short bus ride to the hiking trail. 
  • Continue your walk along the Amud Stream, the highest of the flowing wadies in Israel, as it meanders through the hills of the Upper Galilee with its 26 flourmills, which once served the residents of Safed and the villages nearby; a great place to wander through pools and rest in the orchards. (4 hour hike)
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Return to the hotel; free time to enjoy the facilities.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Amirey Hagalil Boutique Hotel, Moshav Amirim
 


Day Six: Friday, May 16, 2014
FINALLY SEEING THE SEA OF GALILEE

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Sun rise hike at the already familiar Nahal Amud, beginning in its lower region and hiking all the way to the Sea of Galilee, with packed breakfast along the way.
  • Enjoy the longest bus ride of the week, resting your legs, driving south towards Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Enter the city of Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps” with its centers of culture and recreation and national history such as the Habima Theater, sprawling beaches, Dizengoff Street and Rabin Square.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Kehillat Yozma in Modi'in led by Rabbi Kinneret Shirion .
  • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Seven: Saturday, May 17, 2104
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV | no guide/no bus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services.
  • Free Shabbat in Tel Aviv with an opportunity to:
    • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
    • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
    • Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek Neighborhood.
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station, now a center of music, good food and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
    • Walk or bike the Blue Route in Tel Aviv, representing Tel Aviv-Yafo's beautiful coastline and the city's Mediterranean atmosphere, from the Yafo Ridge in the south to the Tel Aviv Port in the north OR take the Green Route in Tel Aviv, passing through Ganei Yehoshua along the Yarkon River.
  • Guided walk with a local city guide through Tel Aviv's magnificent Bauhaus architectural area, known as the ‘White City' and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • Free evening and dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv
 


Day Eight: Sunday, May 18, 2014
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Along the Water: Challenge yourself on two wheels as you bike from the Yarkon River, through the Tel Aviv Port and along the sea shore on the Tel Aviv boardwalk, concluding in the ancient port of Jaffa.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Israel Goes Green: An interactive visit to the Sharon (Hiriya) Recycling Park, a unique ecological project transforming a garbage disposal center into one of Israel's largest parks.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy a festive farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Nine: Monday, May 19, 2014 
DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

 

  • 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.
  • $300 per person non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reservation. 
  • 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.


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 atwww.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation a nd 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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