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Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation Trip to Israel

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to Ben Gurion
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Youth counselor one day in Jerusalem
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

**Itinerary subject to change**

Day One: Saturday, December 16, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, December 17, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities (one group transfer will be provided based on the majority of participants on any one flight).
  • Meet your tour educator and transfer to 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.
  • Lighting of the 6th Hanukah candle.
  • Welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats; orientation with Rabbi Michael and the tour educator.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, December 18, 2017
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel and the Zionist Dream - How Do They Fit Together? Dialogue with social scientist Dr. Raviv Schwartz.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.

OR

  • Guided visit to the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, a multi-sensory museum devoted to the history and culture of the Land of Israel.
  • 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.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • 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 start-up (subject to confirmation).
  • Time permitting, finish the day with a walking tour through the trendy area where the colorful Carmel Market, Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall and Sheinkin Street meet in central Tel Aviv.
  • Lighting of the 7th Hanukah candle.
  • Dinner on own at the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
THE CHALLENGE OF IDENITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive 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 excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.

OR

  • Guided visit to Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first communities established by the early Zionist pioneers, including a walk through the glorious Ramat Hanadiv Gardens, dedicated to Baron de Rothschild (the “Nadiv” or “Benefactor”), located on the outskirts of Zichron Ya'acov.
  • Lunch at own expense en route.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee to the kibbutz hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Lighting of the 8th and final Hanukah candle.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
SERENITY AND SECURITY ON THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from Mt. 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 (time permitting).
  • 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.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Thursday, December 21, 2017
PASSAGES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel and drive to Katzrin Talmudic Village and explore its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community.
  • Hike to Nahal El Al from the Golan Plateau into the heart of the basalt gorges through a canyon with flowing water, beautiful pools and waterfalls.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Drive 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.
  • Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for a family tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities. Gain hands on insight into a very local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement, using flies, bees, owls as well as having an opportunity to experience a very real, working and ideological kibbutz.
  • Continue along the Jordan Valley Rift and 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, December 22, 2017 
I'M DIGGIN' ISRAEL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Ammunition Hill, site of a Jordanian Police Academy until 1967, and one of the most crucial battle sites for the unification of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War.
  • Drive west to take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves; 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). Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with a local Reform congregation, such as Kehillat Mevasseret, or Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, followed by home hospitality dinner with congregants or a festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, December 23, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Visit the 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.
  • Lunch on own (optional: lunch at the Armenian restaurant Bulghourji Restaurant in the Armenian Quarter; not included).
  • Enter the Old City and take a Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Mt. Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb and continue with a walk 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 century.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period "Broad Wall".
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (Shuk).
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, December 24, 2017
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzel to recall landmark events in Modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Follow with a visit to the graves of Theodor Herzel, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres in the adjacent sections for Leaders of the Nation.

Option 1 - Adults

  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim.
  • 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

Option 2 - Kids under the age of 10

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80)

All

  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop; lunch on own if still hungry!

Option 1 - Adults and Youth

  • 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.

Option 2 - Kids under the age of 10

  • Explore Israel through Puzzle Games with the Puzzletime Israel team.

All

  • Dinner on own, perhaps on the vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Monday, December 25, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

First Timers:

  • Decend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Hike to Nahal Arugot the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature REserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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.
  • Possible bat mitzvah celebration atop of Masada
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem

Returnees:

  • Visit the city of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

All 

  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its' fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 BEYOND BORDERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Return to the Old City and explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem. Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Depart Jerusalem and drive south towards Gush Etzion.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel and time to finish packing and to freshen up.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • Festive Farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Arrive in the USA.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 35 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.)

     

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