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7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure Land-only cost includes one-way domestic flights from Rio to Iguazu Falls and from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday
WELCOME TO RIO DE JANEIRO

  • Arrive at Rio de Janeiro International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 12:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Old and New - The Power of Faith: Visit the unique Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian to learn about the history of the city and the place of religion in Brazil today.
  • The OTHER Faith: Stop for a quick visit at the Maracanã Stadium, Brazil's iconic soccer temple.
  • Carnival City: Stop at the Sambadrome, a parade area in downtown Rio, where Samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Leaving Their Mark: Drive through Rio, passing Ben Gurion Square, the Anne Frank Public School, and Weizmann Square.
  • High Above the Clouds, The View from Up High: Board a cog-train for the ride through Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, descend by train.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look into Brazilian Culture - Between Colonial Europe, the African Continent and Right Here: Opening dinner and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Day Three: Tuesday
THE LAYERS OF RIO DE JANEIRO

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Down to Earth, The View from Down Below: Participate in a unique tour of a local favela, one of the many Shanty towns that can be found both on the outskirts and inside the boundaries of Brazil's large urban centers. Experiencing the favela will introduce you to another, a second, less-known Rio. Oftentimes this favela is located in plain view and yet unseen by those who do not live there. There are close to 950 favelas in Rio. Mostly placed on former public areas on the hillsides, they are now home to 20% of Rio's population, and yet remain a mystery to most who live in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Ebb and Flow of a Great Afternoon: Drive along Rio's world-famous beaches as far as Urca District, to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain, 1,200-feet high above the Atlantic Ocean, for a breathtaking view of Corcovado, Guanabara Bay, Niteroi, the downtown area and the beaches.
  • LaDa'at Focus Jewish Brazil - Personalities & Communities: Dialogue with a representative of the Brazilian Jewish Community.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Day Four: Wednesday
IGUAZU - THE BIG WATER

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the airport and check in for the flight to Foz do Iguaçu.
  • Arrive in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, a culturally diverse city and a beacon to tourists from around the world who have come to experience one of the world's widest waterfalls.
  • Visit the Brazilian Falls, a series of 19 different water falls, and walk along the pathways and catwalks that lead you to the most ferocious part of the falls, aptly named the Devil's Throat, 240-feet above the water below.
  • Lunch on your own at Porto Canoas Restaurant inside the National Park.
  • Birds of a Feather: Visit the renowned Bird Park containing more than 500 different species of birds, both local and from different continents.
  • Cross the border to Argentina and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina


Day Five: Thursday
OVERWHELMING POWER AND BEAUTY- IGUAZU IN ARGENTINA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look into Argentina -Where is the Real Wildlife? Elite Urban Culture or the Powerful Expanse of Nature with your tour educator.
  • The Excitement Builds: Begin your tour of the Iguazu Falls in Argentina at the visitors' center and the Iguazu National Park entrance. Board a gas-propelled train at the Main Station to the upper falls circuit and the Argentinian side of the Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo).
  • The Calm Before the Storm: Walk along the Iguazú River Canyon via the upper circuit to gain a better appreciation of the flora and fauna of the sub-tropical jungle, and the many surrounding falls.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Up Close and Personal: Board boats to sail through the Lower Iguazu River, setting out along the rapids, straight towards the waterfall basin. The magnificent view of the falls, which straddle both Brazil and Argentina, will break through the spray, as the rainbows which form will provide the appropriate backdrop for this powerful cacophony of nature at its best.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina


Day Six: Friday
SACRED SPACES IN BUENOS AIRES 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the Puerto Iguazu airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.
  • Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the city center.
  • LaDa'at Focus Living Large in the Big City: An Introduction to the Eclectic Vibrancy of Buenos Aires with your tour educator.
  • Begin your introduction to the city with a visit to Plaza de Mayo, the ‘heart of the city' and the heart of the nation. The Pirámide de Mayo, a white obelisk, stands at attention, commemorating the beginning of the May 25, 1810 revolution that took place here and which led to Argentina's independence from Spain. The thriving passion that is well known and felt throughout Argentina, will become even more evident as you hear about all of the other historic events that took place in this very spot.
  • Visit the La Boca neighborhood, located in the south east of the city. A visit to this colorful area, with its European flare would be incomplete without walking along its famous Caminito Street.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Mosaic of Argentinian Jewry Today: Dialogue with Edy Huberman, the Executive Director of Fundacion Judaica, a network of Jewish Institutions in Argentina.
  • VIP visit to the Jewish Museum at Libertad Synagogue, the Grand Synagogue of Buenos Aires.
  • Check into the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • LaDa'at Focus Meet the Family: Kabbalat Shabbat services with the NCI-Emanuel Congregation, affiliated both with the Conservative and Reform movements, followed by dinner with members of the community.

Overnight: Buenos Aires, Argentina


Day Seven: Saturday
SHABBAT SHALOM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • View the famous steel and aluminum Floralis Genérica sculpture that has become a symbol of the city. The closure of its giant petals at night and their re-birth with the sun is reflective of constant pulsating movement of the people of the city.
  • Stop at the Israeli Embassy Memorial as a reminder of the explosion that took place on March 17, 1992. Twenty-nine people lost their lives in the tragedy when the bomb ripped through the Embassy building.
  • Visit the Recoleta area, one of the city's most glamorous spots and home to elegant boutiques, excellent restaurants and the cemetery where Eva (Evita) Perón is buried.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Free afternoon for an opportunity to:
    • Visit Palermo with its beautiful parks, City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track and National Polo fields.
    • Visit MALBA, the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, which houses the works of many well-known Latin American artists.
  • Get your Dancing Shoes on: Dinner and Tango: In the heart of San Telmo, the typical tango neighborhood of Buenos Aires, enjoy a night of music, dance, food and wine.

Overnight: Buenos Aires, Argentina


Day Eight: Sunday
EXPLORING LEISURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit San Telmo, the best kept historical neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Hundreds of years old, cobble stone streets, tango parlors and cafes, Plaza Dorrego is the place to visit on a Sunday with its local antique market and constant buzz of visitors from near and far.
  • Explore the city's history through a guided visit to the Zanjon de Granados, an unusual house that demonstrates the city's history within its walls. The house was built over a series of old tunnels, sewers and cisterns above a river tributary which provided the base for one of the city's oldest settlements. Explore the house and the restored underground tunnels.
  • Drive to the town of Tigre. Tigre River Delta offers porteños (Buenos Aires residents) and tourists alike a playground for everything from horseback riding and hiking to fishing and swimming.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • LaDa'at Focus Join your tour educator for a discussion on The Argentinian Jewish Community and Argentinian History: A Part Of, or Apart From - Baron Hirsch until Today.
  • Drive by the Hakoach Jewish Sports Club. Although the institution was founded as a rowing club, Hacoaj hosts a wide range of activities nowadays, including basketball, field hockey, football, golf, softball, tennis and volleyball, and more.
  • Boat ride from Tigre to Buenos Aires, with a chance to see another way of Argentine life.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure. We recommend exploring the Puerto Madero area, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in Buenos Aires. Time and again, the city has adapted its physical space to ensure it stayed relevant. These former docks from 120 years ago, reflect those changes as today the former port is a myriad of modern architecture, gentrification, ecological reserve and walkways, cafes and restaurants galore.

Overnight: Buenos Aires, Argentina


Day Nine: Monday
JEWISH LIFE IN BUENOS AIRES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Once, a neighborhood within a neighborhood. With little ‘green' space, this cacophony of concrete contains within it the core of Jewish life in Buenos Aires. A layering of Jewish institutions, including the Hebraica JCC, numerous synagogues, Jewish theatres, Jewish schools, as well as rabbinical seminaries, mark the neighborhood as having deep Jewish roots and the place to come for some good kosher meat.
  • Visit the site of the terrorist bombing at the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building in 1994. See the new building and the memorial dedicated to the 89 victims.
  • LaDa'at Tikkun Olam Volunteer at the Community Medicine Bank Refuot, a central pharmacy, a facility that centralizes the purchase of medicines for all the beneficiaries in the welfare system of the Jewish Community.
  • Final Thoughts and Reflections: Farewell lunch at the iconic 150-year-old Café Tortoni, regarded as one of the most beautiful cafes in the world.
  • Visit the Teatro Colón, the main opera house in Buenos Aires. With roots that go back 150 years, a grand re-birth that occurred in 2010, the 2,500 seats (with another 1,000 spots for those who wish to stand), this theatre is considered by many one of the best opera houses in the world.
  • Return to the hotel with free time for last-minute packing or to refresh.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Transfer on own to Buenos Aires International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the next day.

Overnight: Flight


Day Ten: Tuesday
RETURN HOME

  • Arrive in the U.S.A.
 

Need to Know

  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars base don minimum 15 full paying participants.
  • All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • 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 Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages 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 your insurance company.


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 passengers and more:
    • $8 per participant per day for the tour conductor, $5 per participant per day for the guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver



 

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.
  • 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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