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Beth David | Israel In-Depth | Led by Michael Rubin

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10 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator + walking tours on Shabbat

1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 6 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart Canada.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, November 1, 2018
ARRIVAL 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner and program orientation at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day Three: Friday, November 2, 2018  
THE PULSE OF A CITY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Israeli Bookshelf: Explore different issues in current and past Israeli society through Israeli literature, with Rachel Korazim.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and 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 and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Free time for to 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.
  • Shabbat Candle lighting in the lobby.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Neve Zedek, led by Rabbi Roberto Arbiv.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, November 3, 2018  
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY | walking tour 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure, with optional morning services at various synagogues.
  • Shabbat lunch 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.
  • Old and New Tel Aviv: Visit the Shalom Tower, Israel's first skyscraper, including the famous Nachum Gutman mural and models of the city.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Walk down Bialik Street in Tel Aviv for a visual journey through Tel Aviv's past and present, including a view of the houses of artist Reuven Rubin and writer Chaim Nachman Bialik.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Free Evening and dinner on own in Tel Aviv, for an opportunity to:
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
    • 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: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Sunday, November 4, 2018  
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive to Haifa along the coastal plain.
  • Stop on the slopes of Mount Carmel to visit the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • Walking tour of Wadi Nisnas, an Arab neighborhood in the city of Haifa; the whole neighborhood becomes an outdoor gallery, featuring 100 works of art by Arab and Jewish artists from across the country.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Co-existing Past and Present: Enter the city of Shefaram, located between the Carmel Ridge and the entrance to the Galilee. This ancient-modern Arab town, once a Jewish center during the Talmudic period, later became one of the Crusades posts, and was eventually taken over by the Muslim Ottoman Empire. On this tour, which will be accompanied by a local Arab guide, you will experience various meetings with local residents, including:
  • A visit to a Mosque and a dialogue with the Muezzin (the Muslim clergy) about Islam and the life of a Muslim Arab in Israel.
  • A visit to the Roman Catholic Church with its beautiful art, where you will hear the unique story of the Eastern Christians living in Israel.
  • A visit to the Old Synagogue of Shefaram abandoned in the 1900's, and engage in a conversation about the minorities in the land throughout the ages.
  • Drive to the Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Six: Monday, November 5, 2018
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk to the Arbel Cliffs for a beautiful overlook of the mountains and the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit Kibbutz Hanaton, a Masorti Movement Kibbutz, meet with staff from the Hanaton Educational Center to discuss some of the challenges and triumphs of modern Zionist pioneering.
  • Conclude with wine tasting at the Jezreel Valley Boutique Winery.
  • Visit Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led, fair-trade NGO promoting the concept of “business for peace” in Israel by selling Arab producers' olive oil in the international marketplace and channeling all of the profits back into Arab women education while bridging cultural divides, encouraging sustainable agriculture, and supporting organic farming.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee


Day Seven: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
THE BEAUTY OF NATURE IN THE VALLEY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive east past Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel's four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • LaDa'at Kinneret Cemetery: Enter the world of the early Zionist pioneers and learn about their hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations and their ultimate success. Pause at the graves of legendary personalities such as Rachel the Poetess, Zionist philosopher Ber Borochov and songwriter Naomi Shemer.
  • Visit the Beit She'an National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites, with its Biblical period archaeological mound and excavated Roman-Byzantine city.
  • Lunch on own and then continue along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Stop at Kasser Al Yahud, the traditional spot where Christians believe the baptism of Jesus took place. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, 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 Eight: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
HISTORY AND REALITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Creating A Joint Future For Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Ali Abu Awwad, Shaul Judelman who all live in the Bethlehem / Gush Etzion Area and founded the Roots coexistence project. The Roots project draws Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear- not just fear of each other, but even of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between these two communities will suffocate the political peace agreements.
  • Visit the Kibbutz Kfar Etzion Visitors' Center for an explanation and audio-visual program about the heroic defence of the Etzion Bloc in the War of Independence.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The Identity of the Israeli Settlement: Meet with Shani Abrams Simkovitz from the Gush Etzion Foundation.
  • Visit the city of Bethlehem for a dialogue and tour of the streets of the city with Rami Nazzal, a local journalist and guide.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem 


Day Nine: Thursday, November 8, 2018
JERUSALEM UNTANGLED  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood and continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol, and ending at the Old City. Get a chance to see first-hand the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population. Discuss the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in Tikkun Olam by packing commodity food staples for Israel's poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons and caps in order to fill bags of rice, beans and other commodities.
  • 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 Ten: Friday, November 9, 2018  
MEMORY & RENEWAL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • State & Religion OR State of Mind? Discussion with Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel.
  • 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 Art Museum
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres on Herzl, followed by a walk through the National Military Cemetery.
  • Return to the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
  • Walk back to the hotel.
  • Festive private Shabbat dinner at the hotel with lone soldiers (pending confirmation).

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, November 10, 2018  
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | walking tour 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • Explore Christian East Jerusalem through visits with Christian personalities and institutions with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations.
  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, Y. Agnon and others.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Festive Farewell dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Sunday, November 11, 2018
DEPARTURE  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Please note – prices are in CAD
2018 Land Only Status  
Oct 31 $4239 On sale

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Accommodation Details



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Metropolitan Hotel
Tel Aviv

Metropolitan hotel is located in the very center of Tel Aviv, and at the same time only one block away from the Mediterranean sandy beaches and 10 minute steady walk to Dizengoff Street which is ideal for shopping lovers.

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Ein Gev Holiday Resort
M.P. Jordan Valley

A few steps from the Sea of Galilee, this relaxed resort set on a kibbutz is 8 minutes' walk from the Beit ha-Ognim Museum and 9 km from Golan Beach.

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Prima Kings Hotel
Jerusalem

The Prima Kings has been a landmark in Jerusalem's Rehavia district for three decades, featuring a glatt kosher diningroom and coffee shop, on-site synagogue and excellent amenities.


  • 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.
  • Payment of a non-refundable deposit per person will be required to complete registration.
  • Tour prices are per person in Canadian 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.
  • Credit card fees
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 10 – 19 passengers and more:
      CAD $12 per participant per day for the tour educator & CAD $6 per participant per day for the driver 
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      CAD $12 per participant per day for the tour educator & CAD $6 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.