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Congregation Emanu El of Houston - Family Trip to Israel

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  • Round trip flight Houston-Tel Aviv-Houston, based on an estimated rate of $1,600 including fuel charges and taxes. Taxes are estimated at $690 and subject to change until ticketed.
  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels + late check out on last day
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned motor-coach with licensed, English speaking tour educator + walking tours on both Shabbats
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to Ben Gurion International Airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
  • Youth counselors on 3 days in Jerusalem
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, June 1, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • 3:55 p.m. Depart Houston on Lufthansa flight #441.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, June 2, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • 8:40 a.m. Arrive Frankfurt.
  • 10:20 a.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #686.
  • 3:25 p.m. Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and transfer to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with the Rabbi along the seashore.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, June 3, 2017
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services at Kehillat Beit Daniel.
  • Depart mid-morning from the hotel and 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'.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean
  • Dinner on own and free evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, June 4, 2017
ALONG THE COAST

  • 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 Mediterranean Coast.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stop on the top of Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and visit the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion, on the slopes of Mount Carmel.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • Drive east and check into the kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Monday, June 5, 2017
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.
  • The panoramic views from Mt. 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 the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory at  Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the kibbutz.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Option 1 - Adults

  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going?  Dialogue with kibbutz members on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Option 2 - Children (with staff)

  • The Names and Faces of Israel: Israeli game night.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE
 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Tsfat.
  • 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.

Option 1

  • Time to stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.

Option 2

  • 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 south via Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, numbered among the four Jewish holy cities in the land because of its connection with the codification of the Talmud some 1,600 years ago,
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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 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.
  • Shehecheyanu at the Yemin Moshe Promenade, overlooking the Old City.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.
      
    Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and begin with a stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site and for a discussion about the issue of egalitarian Judaism in Israel.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • 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),
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with 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.
    • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Guided visit to Mt. Zion, including the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey, OR visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Take a journey to the past, present and future of Jerusalem. Through this new Multimedia expedition - I am Jerusalem, learn why Jerusalem is so important for Judaism, Islam and Christianity and take a virtual ride to the old and new city, through its streets, alleys, markets and sites.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, June 8, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and 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.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • 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 Nine: Friday, June 9, 2017
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin on Mt. Herzl, followed by a walk through the National Military Cemetery.

Option 1 - Adults with Guide

  • 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
    • Visit to the Valley of Communities

Option 2 - Children with Staff

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).

All

  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.

Option 1 - Adults with Guide

  • 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; follow up with a discussion.

Option 2 - Children with Staff

  • Take a guided walking tour on the grounds of Israel's “Capitol Hill”. Learn more about:
    • The Knesset- Israel's Parliament building.
    • The Menorah - Israel's symbol monument built from bronze.

All

  • Free time to relax prior to Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a local Reform synagogue Or at the Old Train Station.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, June 10, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | no bus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit 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. (transportation on own) OR time to relax.
    Late afternoon:

Adults:

  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: 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.

Children:

  • Participate in the Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt - discover the fabulous story of the expansion of Jerusalem beyond the Old City. Wandering from the Montefiore Windmill through the winding alleys of Yemin Moshe with an Israel ScaVentures picture pack, you will learn the story of a frontier neighborhood that became one of Jerusalem's most beautiful neighborhoods.

All:

  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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 Eleven: Sunday, June 11, 2017
CREATING MEMORIES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tikkun Olam interactive visit to Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Meet the employees in their workshops, and take the opportunity to visit the shop that proudly presents their beautiful wares.
  • Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, including bird-watching, bird-banding and an insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem.
  • Depart Jerusalem with a packed lunch..
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon for last-minute shopping and packing.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Return to the hotel for a few hours rest.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Monday, June 12, 2017
RETURN

  • Early morning departure from the hotel and transfer to the Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.
  • 4:50 a.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #691.
  • 8:25 a.m. Arrive Frankfurt.
  • 10:00 a.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #440.
  • 1:50 p.m. Arrive Houston.
 

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 Feb 21, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Feb 21, 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 15 - 19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the tour educator & $5 per participant per day for the driver
    • 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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