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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).
  • 10 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed with English speaking tour educator + walking tour on Saturday 25, Feb 2017
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, February 16, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • 12:25 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with flight LY002.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and depart for the coast.
  • Enter 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.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • A Window to Israel & Our Journey: Orientation with Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Rabbi Helayne Shalhevet and your tour educator over a private dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Friday, February 17, 2017
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Architecture in Tel Aviv: 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'.
  • 11:30 a.m. Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Lunch on own in the market.
  • 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 St., with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Return to the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Four: Saturday, February 18, 2017
TEL AVIV 24/7 | no guide & bus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free Day in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
    • Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
    • Walk or bike the Blue Route in Tel Aviv, with its beautiful coastline and Mediterranean atmosphere, from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north OR take the
    • Green Route, passing through Ganei Yehoshua along the Yarkon River.
    • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • Lunch and dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv


Day Five: Sunday, February 19, 2017
ALONG THE COAST AND IN TO THE CARMEL MOUNTAINS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coast 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.
  • 12:00 p.m. Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch.
  • From the top of Mount Carmel view the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • 4:00 p.m. Drive to Kababir, and pay a special visit to the Ahmadyyia community, including a visit to the mosque and a dialogue with a member of clergy.
  • Continue to the hotel in the Upper Galilee and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going? Dialogue with kibbutz members on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Monday, February 20, 2017
SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE GOLAN

  • 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, OR
  • Take a nature walk along the Banias Stream at the base of the Golan Heights.
  • 10:30 a.m. 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.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.

Option 1

  • 2:00 p.m. Wine Tasting at Bahat, a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2

  • 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory at Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All

  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • 4:00 p.m. Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
    • 7:00 p.m. Dinner at Roberg, known for its Israeli / Middle-Eastern delicacies with international touches; the breath-taking view of the Sea of Galilee comes free.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Seven: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
ALL ROADS LEAD TO JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south.
  • Visit Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
  • Continue via Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and one of Israel's four holy Jewish cities, where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • LaDa'at Kinneret Cemetery: Enter the world of the early Zionist pioneers and learn about their hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations and their ultimate success. Pause at the graves of legendary personalities such as Rachel the Poetess, Zionist philosopher Ber Borochov and songwriter Naomi Shemer.
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Beit Alfa Synagogue, with its beautiful mosaic floor, for an insight into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period (located on Kibbutz Heftziba, at the foot of the Gilboa range).
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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.
  • 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: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem and 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 and then walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount (tunnel entrance at 11:20 & 11:40 a.m.).
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and continue with a walking tour 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, King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”, and the Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • 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.
  • 7:30 p.m. 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 (weather permitting).

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Thursday, February 23, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:45 a.m. Depart towards the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 8:15 a.m. Ride through the Judean desert on camels in Biblical-style at Genesis Land.
  • Drive 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 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 the base of Masada.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Friday, February 24, 2017
CREATING MEMORIES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive through the Israeli ‘Capitol Hill' - along the Knesset - Israel's parliament; the Famous Menorah; the Supreme Court building; the Prime Minister's office; Israel National Bank & the Israeli national Library.
  • 9:30 a.m. The Jewish family during the Holocaust: Lecture with Holocaust scholar.

Adults

  • 11:00 a.m. 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

Children

  • 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

  • Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin on Mt. Herzl.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on your own.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • 5:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema, led by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Saturday, February 25, 2017
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | no bus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk to the Old City.
  • B'nei Mitzvah Service at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: Mt. Zion and the Religious Challenge: Visit the traditional burial site of King David, a 1948-67 Temple Mount observation point, the Dormition Abbey, a mosque and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • 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).

Option 1

  • Continue exploring the city on your own.

Option 2 (on own)

  • Guided visit of 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).

All

  • 6:00 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 6:30 p.m. Festive farewell dinner at Satya.
  • 8:45 p.m. Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Sunday, February 26, 2017
RETURN

  • 12:45 a.m. Departure flight to the U.S.A., with flight LY001, arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 35 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Nov 08, 2016 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Nov 08, 2016(and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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