Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Israel @ 70

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day.
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with 10 days of licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 8 dinners
  • 2 field representative throughout
  • Water on bus on touring days
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

* You will have the opportunity to make your annual campaign pledge while participating on the mission. 


Day One: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Holocaust Memorial Day
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and depart for Jerusalem.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • CELEBRATING ISRAEL @ 70 - Enjoy a Festive Welcome dinner, featuring Israeli cuisine, music and dance, followed by opening remarks by mission chairs.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Three: Friday, April 13, 2018
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM 

  • Private breakfast at the hotel with Dr. Tal Becker, a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and a member of the Hartman Institute's Engaging Israel Team.
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, through various routes and different interests.
  • Among the sites:
    • 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 Dry Canaanite tunnel.
    • 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, followed by a visit to the Hurva Synagogue and gain insight into this wonderful restoration project.
  • 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.
  • 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 four Sephardi synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Lunch on own.

ALL

  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Pre-Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Enjoy a private festive Shabbat dinner at Merkaz Shimshon with musical accompaniment by a cantor or an A-Capella group.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Four: Saturday, April 14, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotels.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at a variety of synagogues, or enjoy a guided synagogue hop of the various and multicultural synagogues in Jerusalem.
  • Optional tour to Masada and the Dead Sea
  • 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.
  • Shabbat Program - Optional Walking Tours:
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • From Mt. Zion to The Tower of David Museum: This museum captures the 3,000 years of the History of Jerusalem. Walk through the city's history, with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids, from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine. Walk to the Zion Gate and visit the unique multi-faith holy site of King David's tomb and the room of the Last Supper.
  • Multi-Faith in the Holy City: Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Nachlaot Walking Tour: Visit the pictorial neighbourhood of Nachlaot, with its multi-cultural houses, households and synagogues. Meet the grandchild of the founder of “Ohavey Zion” synagogue, which is a replica of the original synagogue from Iran.
  • Jerusalem's Neighborhoods - Along Hanevi'im Street: Stroll along Hanevi'im Street, visiting the homes of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the Hebrew language reviver; the Ethiopian Church; Anna Ticho and her husband, the known eye doctor; the Italian hospital and more. Such extraordinary buildings and people shed a new light on Jerusalem's first steps as a modern city outside the walls.
  • Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Shaananim and Mamilla: Get acquainted with Sir Moses Montefiore, the first developer who expanded Jewish life outside the walls of the Old City, through the pastoral neighbourhoods, the windmill, and the artist colony. En route, pass by the King David Hotel and the YMCA with its unique architecture and fascinating stories.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking 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 in a special showing for the Mission OR Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Five: Sunday, April 15, 2018
TO THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.

First-Timers:

  • 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
    • Yad Vashem Returnees:
  • Special program at the Art Museum, the Holocaust Film Archive and the Valley of the Communities on the Yad Vashem campus.

All

  • Participate in a concluding Memorial Service.
  • Depart Jerusalem and drive north with lunch on own, en route.
  • Split into tracks and depart for the North:

Track 1: Art, Culture, Culinary & Wine

  • Guided by a local resident, visit the famous Ein Hod artist colony south of Haifa, and explore some of the many galleries throughout the village.
  • Although we might prefer to think otherwise, Israel is home to thousands of disadvantaged children and teenagers. Whether born into poverty, lacking a safe home environment, or suffering from neglect, up to a sixth of Israeli youngsters live with some level of risk. Visit with JDC and see first-hand how we are helping underprivileged Israeli children and youth from diverse communities across the country overcome their challenges and fulfill their true potential. Speak to youngsters, their families and professionals charged with their care and hear how despair is being transformed into hope.
  • Liqueur tasting at Amiad Winery.

Track 2: Geopolitics, Security, Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Participate in a seminar on Arab-Jewish coexistence at the Givat Haviva seminar center, and meet Avivit Hai of the Inter Agency Task Force, including a discussion with Muhamad Darawshe, advisor for Arab Israeli relations. (This program is in partnership with JDC)

Track 3: Israel for All

  • Visit Nazareth and walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • In the last twenty years, Israel's population has aged significantly: today more than 10% of Israelis are over the age of 65. While longevity is a modern blessing, it also brings many challenges, not least loss of physical and cognitive abilities, and loneliness. Learn how JDC is helping Israeli society reorient itself toward this demographic shift. Visit a program which seeks to help Israeli seniors age with dignity, create a new more effective service paradigm to meet their growing needs and support their primary caregivers.

Track 4: Israel 101

  • 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.
  • Poverty and the growing gap between rich and poor in Israel are inextricably linked to chronic unemployment - hundreds and thousands of Israelis living permanently out of the workforce. Join JDC and see how we are tackling this situation head on, helping Israelis not just gain employment but develop a career, the ultimate tool for financial independence. Meet with a cross section of Israeli society - immigrants, young adults, Haredim, Arabs and Jews - and hear how JDC's programs helped them overcome physical, social and emotional barriers to work, allowing them to support themselves and their families with pride.

All Tracks

  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee 


Day Six: Monday, April 16, 2018
A DAY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Briefing by Colonel (Res) Kobi Marom, former Northern Brigade Commander.
  • Split into day tracks:

Track 1: Art, Culture, Culinary & Wine

  • Walk through the quaint streets and restored buildings of old Rosh Pina, one of the first communities established at the dawn of the Zionist era.
  • 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.
    • Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabala, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism OR with Daniel Flatauer, a local potter, in his studio along one of the alleyways of Tsfat. Around his potter's wheel, experience the texture of the clay and the passion of a master potter and discuss the depth of Kabbalah as it is presented through his work.
    • Enjoy cheese making and wine tasting at the Adir boutique Dairy farm and winery.

Track 2: Geopolitics, Security, Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights to gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan and to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.
  • Visit the Katzrin Olive-Oil Press for a glimpse into the world of olive oil and its role in the story of the Land of Israel. Meet Avner Talmon, local entrepreneur.
  • Stop at the monument erected at Sha'ar Yishuv in memory of the 73 Israeli soldiers killed in a mid-air helicopter collision in 1997.

Track 3: Israel for All

  • Visit Caesarea Philippi (Banias), the site where Jesus revealed his mission to Peter and the other disciples.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, including a dialogue with a local resident.
  • The panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threat from the north, ISIS.

Track 4: Israel 101

  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights to gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan and to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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 stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.

All Tracks

  • Ready Steady Cook: Participate in an outdoor cooking competition led by a local chef.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee 


Day Seven: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Erev Yom Hazikaron
ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the hotel by track.

Track 1: Art, Culture, Culinary & Wine

  • Visit the Umm El Fahem Art Gallery, whose main goal is to be a home for Arab artists and Arab Art and to create a meeting point for a meaningful dialogue between cultures.
  • Drive south along the Trans-Israel Highway along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • ORT visit
  • Lunch en route

Track 2: Geopolitics, Security, Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Visit ReWalk Robotics, , an innovative medical device company that is designing, developing and commercializing exoskeletons allowing wheelchair-bound individuals to stand and walk once again or UPnRIDE, a convertible wheelchair designed for people who cannot benefit from the ReWalk because they are quadriplegic and don't have full functionality in their arms.
  • The World ORT Kadima Mada educational network in Israel represents the international educational organization World ORT. The network's objective is to meet the educational needs of a wide range of young populations in Israel's geographic and social peripheries through the provision of tailor-made learning environments appropriate for junior and senior high school students. The Network offers optimal conditions for study: specialization in science subjects and advanced technologies, a personal approach to education that emphasizes the needs of the individual student, mutual respect and social-environmental responsibility, and international connections via World ORT institutions and friends. Our visit will include a tour of the school including lunch at Hodayot Youth Village, and a joint activity with the students
  • Lunch en route.

Track 3: Israel for All

  • Visit to some of the Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:
    • The Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount,' overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
    • Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
    • ORT visit (as above)
  • Lunch en route.

Track 4: Israel 101

  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • ORT visit (as above)
  • Lunch en route.

All Tracks

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Join hundreds of MASA participants from around the world at a moving ceremony commemorating Yom Hazikaron at Latrun.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and to the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv 


Day Eight: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Yom Hazikaron
TRACKS IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Split into day tracks:

Track 2: Geopolitics, Security, Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Start Up Nation: Explore the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center, followed by a dialogue with an up and coming startup entrepreneur.
  • Walk through the museum at the Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel. The life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin serves as a time-thread connecting the faces and events of modern Israeli history.

Track 1: Art, Culture, Culinary & Wine

  • Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • LaDa'at EthnicTasting 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.

Track 3: Israel for All

  • 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.
  • Walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • Enjoy a guided tour and lunch at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs.

Track 4: Israel 101

  • Against The Odds - Building a State: 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.
  • 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.

All

  • Enjoy a guided tour at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine from local street food to fine dining by world renowned Israeli chefs, followed with lunch on your own.
  • Return to the hotel and relax.
  • Join our brothers and sisters in Modi'in as the sun goes down, marking the end of Yom Hazikaron and the beginning of Yom Ha'Atzmaut.
  • Festive dinner hosted by our partners in Modi'in.
  • Celebrate the country's 70th Birthday with fireworks, street performances and parties.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv 


Day Nine: Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Independence Day
THE WONDERS OF INDEPENDENCE

  • Late breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Along the Water: Challenge yourself on two wheels as you bike from the Yarkon River, through the Tel Aviv Port and along the shore-side Tel Aviv promenade, ending at the old port of Jaffa.
  • Guided tour of Bialik Street in Tel Aviv, with a visit to the Rubin House, the former residence and studio of Reuven Rubin. Delve into the special world of this pioneering Israeli artist.
  • 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.
  • Watch the Fly-Over by the Israel Air Force and the IDF Navy Flotilla.
  • Continue to the Castel which consists of a fortified summit located in the Judean Mountains, and was the site of one of the key battles during the War of Independence. The Castel exchanged hands several times in the course of the fighting. The tides turned when the revered Arab commander, Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, was killed. Many of the Arabs left their positions to attend al-Husayni's funeral so on that same day, the Castel fell to the Israeli forces, virtually unopposed.
  • Picnic lunch en route.
  • Ammunition Hill was a fortified Jordanian military post in the northern part of Jordanian-occupied East Jerusalem and was the site of one of the fiercest battles of the Six-Day War.
  • Return to Jerusalem and check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, April 20, 2018
PEOPLE TO PEOPLE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for Modi'in.
  • P2G Modi'in - learn about projects of our partnership region and see how our involvement is affecting the lives of the residents of this region.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services in the area near the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel with Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF and whose families don't reside in Israel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, April 21, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM| no bus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • 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.
    • Light meal (“Farewell Seuda Shlishit”) at the hotel, followed by Havdallah.
  • Late check-out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, April 22, 2018
RETURN

  • Arrival in the U.S.A.


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Orient Residence Jerusalem
Jerusalem

Orient Isrotel Exclusive Collection will provide a unique hospitality experience in a building that reflects Jerusalem's history while providing all the comfort of a modern-day luxury hotel. Orient Isrotel Exclusive Collection is located in the German Colony, a central and a much sort-after location at the heart of Western-Jerusalem. The site was inhabited by the members of the German Temple Society from the 2nd half of the 19th century until the mid 20th century

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Pastoral Hotel
Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

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Carlton
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's Carlton Hotel is for tourists who want to fully experience the dynamic city of Tel Aviv. Centrally located in the heart of the city, and a short walk from the city's expansive Mediterranean beaches, many of its guestrooms offer a gorgeous view of the sea.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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 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.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 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.
  • 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.