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Midway Jewish Center | Family Trip to Israel
Led By Rabbi Joel Levenson

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8 nights’ accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day

7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator + walking tour 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 5 dinners (+1 pizza dinners for kids only)

Youth counselor on Yad Vashem day

Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, December 22, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A.


Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, December 23, 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 and time to freshen up.
  • Opening Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.


Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, December 24, 2018
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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”.
  • 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; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • 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
    • 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 Four: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
COMMUNITIES PAST AND PRESENT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and the new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Stop atop of Mt. Carmel for a view of Haifa Bay and and the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi's codification of the Mishna and extraordinary ancient mosaics, with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Adults

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with second-generation kibbutz member.

Children

  • Meet the Kibbutz: participate in an interactive game exploring kibbutz life.


Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
SPIRITUALITY AND SERENITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned 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.

Option 1

  • Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • Lunch on 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.
    • A visit to the Tsfat Candle Factory Visitors' Center.
  • LaDa'at Families in Tsfat: Find your way through the alley ways of Tsfat, uncovering the hidden words, secret codes and mystical messages on a family scavenger hunt through the Old City of the ancient Kabbalists.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight:  Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Thursday, December 27, 2018
ALL ROADS LEAD TO JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out.
  • Visit the Hula Nature Reserve and view Ophoria, a 3D interactive film about Israel's enormous bird migrations. Stroll the swamp trail for beautiful views of the fauna and flora, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor.
  • Drive via 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.
  • Visit Bio-Bee Biological Systems on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, leading experts in the mass production of beneficial insects and mites for agricultural purposes. There is regional cooperation in this field with Palestinians and Jordanians.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • 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: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, December 28, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and enter via Zion Gate for a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter, 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
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Return to the hotel and time to relax before Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a local congregation.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, December 29, 2018  
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat Services Moreshet Yisrael -Fuchsberg Center.
  • Shabbat lunch at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism.
  • Return to the Old City.
  • Guided visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.

Adult Options

  • Parents' Night Out! Chance to enjoy dinner on own (without the kids!) at one of Jerusalem's great restaurants, OR Jerusalem at Night: Take a night tour of hidden treasures of Jerusalem.

Children

  • Pizza party and movie night at the hotel!        


Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, December 30, 2018
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

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 new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial

Youth:

  • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. There is the option of taking part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.

All

  • Lunch on your own.
  • Depart Jerusalem for the Beit Guvrin Caves to take part in an archaeological dig; prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional).
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the 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 Ten: Monday, December 31, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, King Herod's mountain fortress and palace.
  • B'nai Mitzvah service atop Masada.
  • Tour the site where the Jewish Zealots' had their last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Descend via the cable car and lunch on own at the base of Masada.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem and time for last minute packing.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell and New Year's Eve dinner.
  • Transfer to the Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.


Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
ARRIVAL  

  • Arrival in the U.S.A.


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.

2018 Land Only Status  
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Flight Details


Accommodation Details



Renaissance Tel Aviv  Hotel Image

Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel
Tel Aviv

The Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel is located on the Mediterranean shore and within the very heart of Tel Aviv's business and entertainment centers. A step outside the door and you're on the white sands of the blue Mediterranean, while Tel-Aviv's bustling city center is only a few minutes walk away.

Pastoral Hotel Image

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.

Dan Panorama Image

Dan Panorama
Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Dan Panorama is centrally located in the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively downtown, theaters, shopping and eateries, while still within walking distance of the Old City and other historic sites.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
     

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.)