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Optional : Pre Trip to Eilat & Petra

  • 2 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 1 day of private motor-coach touring to Petra with licensed English-speaking guide
  • Transfers and assistance between all airports, hotels and borders
  • Round trip flight Tel Aviv-Eilat-Tel Aviv
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Jordanian Visa, Israeli and Jordanian border taxes and tips to Jordanian guide
  • Daily Breakfast and lunch in Petra

Israel Main Trip

  • Optional round trip flight Boston -Tel Aviv-Boston, based on an estimated rate of $1,220 including fuel charges and taxes, and subject to change.
  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels + late check-out on the last day
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • 3:05 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on El Al Flight #016.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Group transfer to Dov Hoz Domestic Airport in Tel Aviv and check in for the flight to Eilat.
  • Upon arrival in Eilat transfer to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Eilat

Thursday, April 20, 2017
PETRA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing and upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • 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 or restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and transfer back to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Eilat


Friday, April 21, 2017
BACK TO TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Check out of the hotel by noon, transfer to the Eilat Airport and check in for the flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Upon arrival transfer to the international terminal at Ben Gurion and meet with the rest of the group.

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Day One: Thursday, April 20, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday, April 21, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • 3:05 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on El Al Flight #016.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and depart for Haifa.
  • Stop on the top of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Or Hadash, led by Rabbi Oshrat Morag.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel with invited guests from Haifa.

Overnight: Haifa

Day Three: Saturday, April 22, 2017                                                      
A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI SOCIETY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive 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.
  • Visit Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first communities established by the early Zionist pioneers, including a walk along the colorful Pedestrian Mall, stopping for lunch on own, followed by wine tasting at the Somek Winery.
  • Visit the Mukhraka (Horn of the Carmel), the monastery of the “place of burning” where according to Jewish, Christian, Druze and Muslim belief, the dramatic battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal took place. The panoramic view in all directions is spectacular.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, including a dialogue with a local resident.
  • Return to Haifa.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking Haifa.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Haifa


Day Four: Sunday, April 23, 2017
SPIRITUALITY, SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Lunch on own en route.
    • 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.
  • Drive though the Golan Heights with a chance to sea first hand Israel's achievements, economic development and agricultural innovation. In addition to the challenges of protecting the northern borders with Syria and Lebanon from pre-1967 until today.
  • Stop at Mitzphe Gadot for an orientation of the Golan Heights.
  • The panoramic views from Mt. Bental or the Kuneitra outlook give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Return to Haifa. The Memory of the Holocaust: meet a holocaust survivor and take part in “Zikaron Basalon” a project created order to preserve the memory of holocaust while there are still survivors that can share their stories.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Haifa

Day Five: Monday, April 24, 2017 (Yom Ha'Shoah)
ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Special program on issues related to Arab society and to Jewish Arab relations in Israel with Mohammad Darawhse.
  • 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.
  • 10:00 - Honor the 6 million victims of the Holocaust as you stand for the Yom Ha'Shoah siren.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Tour of Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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.
    • The Al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel, and meet the Kadi, religious leader for a dialogue regarding religious minorities in Israel.
    • The colorful Akko shuk (market)
  • Return to Haifa.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Haifa


Day Six: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and transfer to the train station to board a train for Tel Aviv (the bus will continue with the luggage and will meet you in Tel Aviv).
  • Welcome to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters - take a guided tour to the newly renovated Templer town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including a visit to the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting and free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market.  
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Walk along 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.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv, including a dialogue with volunteers from Elifelet - Citizens for Refugee Children. This NGO rescues hundreds of the refugee babies and children in southern Tel Aviv from the devastating cycle of poverty and hunger in which they are trapped in Israel.
  • Depart for Jerusalem and upon entering the city 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.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
MEMORY AND RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
    Building a Jewish Society in a Modern State: Special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with a leading scholar.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shops.
  • 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
  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, April 27, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional: Return to the Old City and join the Women of the Wall for the monthly Rosh Chodesh service.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem. Then walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and then take a walking tour to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
    • 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.
    • The 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner at Eucalyptus in front of the Old City walls at the Artist Quarter.
  • 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: Friday, April 28, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • 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.
  • Ascend by cable-car 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 en route.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma in Modi'in, led by Rabbi Kinneret Shirion followed by Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner.
    Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, April 29, 2017
SHABBAT AT LEISURE 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.
    • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with time for lunch on own.
    • 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).
    • The new Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • Time to finish packing and freshening up.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive Middle-Eastern farewell dinner at Naura, located in the pastoral Arab village of Abu Ghosh, outside of Jerusalem. Abu Gosh is synonymous with hummus and the village has turned into Israel's “hummus center.”
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight.

Overnight: Flight
   
Day Eleven: Sunday, April 30, 2017
RETURN TO THE USA

  • 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 20 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 Jan 07, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Jan 07, 2017 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

  
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