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Temple Israel of West Bloomfield

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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  

  • Depart the U.S.

Overnight: Flight


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

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and transfer to Tel Aviv, 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: Tel Aviv


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

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters: Guided tour to the newly renovated Templers town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market with lunch on own
  • 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'.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Havdalah & evening cultural event (dance, theater, music - TBD).
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


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

  • 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.
  • 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 excavations along the Mediterranean shore.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Dinner en route.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


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

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • 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 guided visit through the Tsfat Cemetery, including the grave of the mystical master, Rabbi Isaac Luria - ‘the Ari'.

OR

  • A dialogue with an Artist inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 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 (with optional hike).
  • Home hospitality dinner with dinner with local members of the partnership community.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: 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.
  • 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.
  • Swim in the fresh water pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 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.
  • Drive south along the Jordan Rift Valley towards 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
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


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

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Progress in the West Bank? Visit the Palestinian cities of Ramallah & Rawabi with local journalist Rami Nazzal to gain insight into daily life and progress. Drive by a refugee camp and the separation barrier.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Lunch en route.

Option 1

  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, followed by a cooking workshop.

Option 2

  • 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.

Option 3

  • Free time for shopping
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight: Jerusalem


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

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Guided tour through the City of David's new excavations which have redefined the origins of Jerusalem.
  • Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • 10:00 a.m. Stand in silence for the Yom Hashoah Siren - Israel's commemoration of the Six Million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Enter the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Continue on a 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.
    • Walk though Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


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

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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
  • A concluding Memorial Service

Option 1

  • Wine-tasting at the award-winning Flam Winery, situated in the picturesque Judean Hills.

Option 2

  • Visit the Shai Seltzer goat cheese farm for cheese tasting situated in the picturesque Judean Hills.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah and Vow Renewal Ceremony at the Tower of David.
  • 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: 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:

  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.

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.

All:

  • 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.
  • Drive south to the Negev desert.
  • Stop at the rim of the Ramon Crater for an overview.
  • Bedouin hospitality lunch overlooking the crater.

Option 1:

  • Bedouin life in the 21st century: Dialogue with a representative of one of the local Bedouin tribes.

Option 2:

  • Drive through the massive natural Ramon Crater, stopping for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Continue south towards Eilat and upon arrival, check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

 Overnight: Eilat


Day Twelve: Monday, April 16, 2018
PETRA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

 Option 1: Optional Petra Tour on own account

  • 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: Optional guided Eilat Tour

  • Visit the impressive Timna Park with its audio-visual program, ancient copper mines, modern man-made pool and many unique geological formations.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory and experience the wonders and mysteries of the world beneath the Red Sea.
  • Ascend Mount Yo'ash on the outskirts of Eilat for a four-country overview: Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. (time permitting)

All

  • Dinner at the hotel.

  Overnight: 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.
  • 8:45 p.m. Return to Ben Gurion International Airport for your departure flight to the U.S.

 Overnight: Flight


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

  • Departure flight to the U.S., arriving the same day.
 

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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