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Temple Sinai of Stamford - Trip to Israel

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  • 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 + 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 to and from Ben Gurion International Airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • 10:35 P.M. Depart JFK International Airport on Delta flight #468.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, June 21, 2018  
ARRIVAL 

  • 4:15 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your Tour Educator and transfer to Tel Aviv.
  • Welcome to 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.
  • Enjoy a welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats with guest speaker, Raviv Schwartz of Hebrew University: Israeli Society @ 2018.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Friday, June 22, 2018
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY                                           

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, 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 en route.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Return to the hotel for time to enjoy the beach and hotel pool and to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv, led by Rabbi Meir Azari.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

 Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, June 23, 2018
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters -guided tour to the newly renovated Templer town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market, including a visit to the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • View the collection of Israeli and international art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the revived Tel Aviv port or at the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station and now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Sunday, June 24, 2018
DIVERSITY AND SPIRITUALITY ALONG THE COAST 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.

Option 1

  • Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.

Option 2

  • Guided visit to Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first communities established by the early Zionist pioneers, including a walk along the colorful Pedestrian Mall.

All

  • 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.
  • Drive along the Lebanese Border for powerful overviews and further insight into the strategic realities facing Israel in that region, specifically in the aftermath of the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
  • Drive to kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Monday, June 25, 2018
SWEETS, SERENITY 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.
  • 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 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.

Option 1

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

Option 2

  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel, stopping first at the Naot Shoe Factory at Kibbutz Naot Mordechai.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going? Dialogue with kibbutz members on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.                            

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
THROUGH THE JORDAN VALLEY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the 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 with great stories and mystical messages
  • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.

Option 1

  • Visit the Beit She'an National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites, with its Biblical period archaeological mound and excavated Roman-Byzantine city.

Option 2

  • Swim in the fresh water pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.

All

  • 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.
  • Upon entering the city stop atop of Mt. Scopuos for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Wednesday, June 27, 2018  
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Good Morning Jerusalem: Set your eyes on the city of Jerusalem from the crest of of Olives.
  • 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); OR walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site continue to the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with visits to more archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Return to 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.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Thursday, June 28, 2018  
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin, driving by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own at Masada.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert; delve into the Bible, take a camel ride, experience Biblical hospitality and enjoy a ‘hafla' feast.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, June 29, 2018
CREATING MEMORIES     

  • Private breakfast at the hotel and dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Rachel Korazim: The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society.
  • Drive through the Israeli ‘Capitol Hill' - along the Knesset - Israel's Parliament; the famous Menorah; the Supreme Court building; the Prime Minister's Office; the Israel National Bank and the future site of Israel's National Library.

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

Children

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

All

  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Travel through the city of Jerusalem exploring some of the political and diplomatic complexities of recent years around the seam zone and its effect on the local communities with a representative of Rabbis for Human Rights.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service at Kehillat Kol Haneshema, led by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman (subject to confirmation).
  • Enjoy a private Shabbat dinner with Lone Soldiers and staff of The Lone Soldiers Center in Memory of Michael Levin.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 30, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services.
  • 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
    • 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.
    • Walk through the Old City's Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    • 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.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to the Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 11:55 p.m. Depart on Delta flight #469. 


Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, July 1, 2018
DEPARTURE  


    • 5:00 a.m. Arrive JFK International 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 MARCH 08, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after MARCH 08, 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    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.

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      • 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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