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Temple B'nai Israel of Clearwater | Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbi Daniel Treiser

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  • Optional group flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, June 9, 2018  
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, June 10, 2018
ARRIVAL 

  • 7:00 pm Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities
  • Drive through Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps” and pass by centers of culture and recreation such as the Habima Theater, sprawling beaches, Dizengoff Street and Rabin Square.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, June 11, 2018  
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Depart Tel Aviv 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 new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the interactive audio-visual program, The Stars of Caesarea, located in the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Stop on the top of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay.
  • Check into the hotel.

Adults

  • Media Coverage of Israel: Discussion with Nathan Jeffay, Senior Columnist and Contributing Editor of the New York Jewish Week and Israel correspondent for the Australian Jewish News, to gain a behind the scenes look at the process of reporting news from this complex country.

Youth  

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

Overnight:  Haifa


Day Four: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
SERENITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
    • Continue to the Upper Galilee.

Adults

  • 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.

Youth

  • 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.

All

  • Drive across to the Upper Galilee, check into the hotel and enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight:  Kibbutz Hotel Upper Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH 

  • 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.
  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory at Kibbutz Ein Zivan (adults will have an opportunity to taste wines at a local winery).
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) give further insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the contentious border with ISIS.
  • Take a jeep tour off road to explore some hidden spots, and to appreciate the natural beauty of this area.
  • Lunch on own in a Druze village.

All:

  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking on the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel followed by a kumzitz (campfire).

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel Upper Galilee


Day Six: Thursday, June 14, 2018
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Visit Nazareth and walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Lunch on own in the market.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as 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.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem enter the Old City and stop at the Western Wall to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 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.

 Overnight:  Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, June 15, 2018
MEMORY & RENEWAL                                                 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Adults and youth: 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
    • Participate in a concluding Memorial Service at Yad Vashem.
  • Younger children: visit the Tisch Biblical Zoo, OR spend time at the interactive Bloomfield Science Museum.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Depart the city of Jerusalem towards the Judean Desert, passing by the Security barrier, exploring some of the capitol's political and diplomatic complexities to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Drive to the Jerusalem Hills for Kabbalat Shabbat with Kehillat Tzur Hadassah.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
  • Return to Jerusalem.   

Overnight:  Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, June 16, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services at HUC.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city (a voucher will be provided).
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a 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.
    • 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.
    • The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, June 17, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM               

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • B'nai Mizvah ceremony.
  • 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 water tunnel of King Hezekiah (optional dry exit).
  • Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • 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.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Lunch on own,in the Old City.
  • Take a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem 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.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert; experience Biblical hospitality, take a camel ride and enjoy a ‘hafla' feast.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight:  Jerusalem


Day Ten: Monday, June 18, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Dead Sea Basin, passing by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Wrap up conversation at the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at Olive & Fish, a great meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.

Overnight:  Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
DEPARTURE/ ARRIVAL                                    

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check out from the hotel, transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until MARCH 01, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after MARCH 01, 2018 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
    Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • 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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