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  • Optional group flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 11 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 12 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
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Hostess throughout
  • Water on the bus
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
  • Gratuities for tour educators, drivers and hostess included

Day One: Thursday, April 5, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • 3:25 p.m. Depart Detroit Metropolitan Airport on board flights # DL 3479 to JFK International Airport.
  • 10:35 p.m. Depart on board flight # DL 468 to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, April 6, 2018|Last Day of Passover
ARRIVAL

  • 4:10 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv and drive through the “city that never sleeps.”
  • Check into the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking the Mediterranean.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, April 7, 2018
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services on your own at one of the local synagogues.

First-Timers:

  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and ancient port.
  • Walking tour through the colorful and gentrified Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods and today's cultural center, with many small boutiques and galleries as well as the Suzanne Delal Dance and Theater Center.
  • Walk down Rothschild Boulevard with its many historical buildings.

Returnees:

  • Walk down 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.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Havdalah & evening cultural event (dance, theater, music - TBD).

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, April 8, 2018
THE WONDER OF INDEPENDENCE

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

First-Timers:

  • Visit Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain.
  • Guided visit 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.
  • Lunch on own in Zichron Yaacov.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Dialogue with faculty and students.

Returnees:

  • 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.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain.
  • Visit Atlit, site of a British internment camp for thousands of Jewish refugees who were caught attempting to immigrate to Israel during the British Mandatory period.
  • Visit Eshbal in the Lower Galilee, a kibbutz established by members of the Noar Ha'oved veHalomed Youth Movement, who have dedicated themselves to improving society through education and adapting kibbutz life to the 21st century.

All:

  • Partnership home hospitality dinner (Pending confirmation).
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral, Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Monday, April 9, 2018
THE CHALLENGES OF THE LAND

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.

First-Timers: 

  • LaDa'at The Hidden Secrets of Tsfat: Explore Tsfat, where mysticism and reality intermingle on every corner; meander through the alleyways of the ancient city, using the writings of mystics and contemporary Israeli pioneers to guide you on a journey, combining the visions of yesterday with the challenges of today.
  • Take a stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shop in the artists' colony of Tsfat.
  • Lunch on own.

Returnees:

  • 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.
  • Stop at Nimrod's lookout in Rosh Pina, built by Hezzi Segev in memory of Nimrod Segev, his son who died in Southern Lebanon during the Second Lebanon War.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Drive back to the Golan and split into tracks:
    • Track 1: Take a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon, followed by a Jeep tour on the Golan Heights to explore its natural beauty, from volcanic hills to deep gorges.
    • Track 2: Visit the Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks and bird-watching and then take an off-road Jeep tour 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 insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
    • Track 3: 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, before taking an off-road Jeep tour 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 insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.

All:

  • Dinner at local restaurant.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral, Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
FROM DREAMS TO REALITY: THE ZIONIST DREAMERS

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

First-Timers:

  • Drive south via Tiberias, a bustling city located on the shores of the Kinneret, one of the four holy cities in Judaism, and the burial site of Maimonides.
  • LaDa'at Kinneret Cemetery: Enter the world of the early Zionist pioneers, their hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations and the vision of their ultimate success through visits to the graves of great Zionist personalities such as Rachel the Poet, Ber Borochov and Noami Shemer.
  • Returnees:
    • Visit the Crusader Castle of Belvoir overlooking the Jordan Valley.
    • Walk along the scenic Mt. Gilboa range for powerful vistas of the Biblical landscape, and with Bible in hand revive the stories of David and Saul unfolding before you.

All:

  • 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.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colourful city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus to recite the traditional shehechiyanu blessing.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Eve of Yom Hashoah
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

First-Timers:

  • Visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount.
  • Guided visit to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Guided walk through the Jewish Quarter for visits to some of the sites excavated over the past 30 years, including:
    • The Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the world's oldest shopping arcade
    • The Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Guided tour through the City of David's new excavations which have redefined the origins of Jerusalem.

Returnees:

  • Visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion, identified as the location of the house in which Jesus and his disciples celebrated the Passover meal (“the Last Supper”) hours before his arrest. It is also believed to be the place where the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus' followers on the Day of Pentecost. Directly below it is the traditional site of the Tomb of King David.
  • Tour the four Sephardi synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
  • Walk though Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on own.

All:

  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Yom Hashoah
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Split into day tracks:
    • 10:00 a.m. Stand in silence for the Yom Hashoah Siren.
  • Track 1:
    • Rolling Around Jerusalem: Segway your way along the promenades of the Old City, stop at different observation points to view the old and new Jerusalem, followed by a guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others.
  • Track 2:
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, followed by a cooking workshop.
  • Track 3:
    • Wine-tasting at the award-winning Flam Winery, situated in the picturesque Judean Hills, followed by a visit to a goat cheese farm for cheese-tasting.
  • Track 4:
    • The Palestinian Authority: Depart for Ramallah with Felice & Michael Friedson from the Media Line Agency. Stop for lunch at the Movenpick Ramallah and meet with Palestinian representatives. (Names to be advised - possibly with Saed Nashef and Yadin Kaufmann, founders of the Sadara Foundation.) Time permitting: Visit the new Palestinian city of Rawabi.

All:

  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of its political and diplomatic complexities - including the ‘Security Barrier' - to gain a behind-the-headlines insight into current developments.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Dinner at the Blaustein Hall of Merkaz Shimshon, overlooking the walls of the Old City, followed by a ceremony for renewing vows.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Friday, April 13, 2018
JERUSALEM - INSIDE AND OUT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

First-Timers:

  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with a Holocaust scholar.
  • Guided visit through 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
    • A concluding Memorial Service

Returnees:

  • Visit Mt. Herzl, including the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the world Zionist movement. Continue to Herzl's grave and those of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Shimon Peres and other leaders of the nation.
  • Continue to the National Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives.

All:

  • LaDa'at Machaneh Yehuda: Actively explore the colorful and ethnically diverse Machaneh Yehuda market of Jerusalem, with lunch on your own.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Western Wall.
  • Enjoy a private Shabbat dinner with Lone Soldiers and staff of The Lone Soldiers Center in Memory of Michael Levin.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, April 14, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services on your own or at one of the local synagogues.
  • Lunch on own.

Option 1:

  • Guided visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the city's history from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.

Option 2:

  • Guided walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live together.

Option 3:

  • Free afternoon to enjoy the hotel's facilities.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show which is a celebration of sight and sound, depicting the story of Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Sunday, April 15, 2018
INTO THE DESERT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and descend to the Dead Sea Basin.

First-Timers:

  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Ascend the cable car or walk up the snake path 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.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of a Dead Sea Hotel and enjoy a buffet lunch.

Returnees:

  • Visit Qumran and explore the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Ecological Innovations in the Arava: Visit the experimental fields of Kibbutz Ketura for a glimpse into solar energy fields and more.

All:

  • Drive south towards Eilat.
  • Kibbutz Yahel: Stop en route for a dialogue with kibbutz members on the nature of Reform kibbutz life today.
  • Continue to Eilat and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Royal Beach, Eilat


Day Twelve: Monday, April 16, 2018
PETRA OR EILAT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1 (At additional cost)

  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing.
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan and travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Lunch at a local hotel/restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and transfer back to the hotel.

Option 2

  • Desert excursion to the Red Canyon in the Eilat Hills.
  • Visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory and experience the wonders and mysteries of the world beneath the Red Sea.
  • Free Afternoon for ‘fun in the sun' with optional water sports, swimming with dolphins, Red Sea cruise or just rest and relaxation.

All

  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Royal Beach, Eilat


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
FINAL FAREWELLS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Fun in the Sun in Eilat with optional water sports, hiking and more, on own.
  • 11:00 a.m. Load the luggage on the buses (buses will drive to Tel Aviv with the luggage).
  • Check out by noon and transfer to the Eilat Airport.
  • 2:00 p.m. Depart on a domestic flight to Tel Aviv.
  • 3:00 p.m. Free time in Tel Aviv for last-minute shopping.
  • 6:00 p.m. Closing ceremony on the beach.
  • 6:30 p.m. Festive farewell dinner either at the Rabin Center or at Riverside.
  • 8:45 p.m. Return to Ben Gurion International Airport for your departure flight to the U.S.
  • 11:55 p.m. Depart Israel on board flight # DL 469.

Overnight: Flight


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
RETURN TO THE USA

  • 5:00 a.m. Arrive at JFK International Airport.
  • 9:10 a.m. Depart on board flight # DL 2010.
  • 11:30 a.m. Arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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 Dec 15, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Dec 15, 2017 (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 staff are included.
  • Baggage: 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.
  • Guests at meals.
  • 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.

 
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