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Temple Beth El of San Antonio
Led by Rabbi Mara Nathan

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  • 8 nights' accommodation at selected hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide + walking tour on Shabbat
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Sunday, January 29, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, January 30, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Drive to 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.
  • Welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Reform Jewish World: A glimpse at the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Follow the story of Israel's pre-state elite fighting force, the Palmach, while walking through a state of the art multimedia experience that allows a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary people at Beit Hapalmach (pending confirmation); OR visit 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.
  • Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • 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.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Tachana, Tel Aviv's enovated 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 Four: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
COMMUNITIES THEN AND NOW

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period; visit the Herodian theater and the new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Participate in a seminar on Arab-Jewish coexistence at the Givat Haviva seminar alongthe Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and visit a boutique winery.
  • Check into the kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, February 2, 2017
SWEETS, SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at the Novoriya Synagogue in the Biriya Forest.
  • Celebratory lunch at the Bat Ya'ar Galilee Corral.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee 


Day Six: Friday, February 3, 2017
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and continue south past Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery and hear about the dreams of the early young Zionist pioneers, the challenges they faced and the obstacles they overcame.
  • Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the Galita Factory on Kibbutz Degania Bet.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Time permitting, stop at the Old Gesher Museum, once a stop or the train between Cairo and Damascus!
  •  Drive along the Jordan Valley Rift, stopping for lunch on own.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop atop of Mt Scopus to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, February 4, 2017
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services, OR 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Proceed to the Old City for a Shabbat walk through unexpected paths to Mt. Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb.
  • Enter into the Jewish Quarter via Zion Gate and take 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”
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site
  • 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 (weather permitting).

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, February 5, 2017
THE POWERS OF MEMORIES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to the Old City and walk through the Christian Quarter, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Finish the day with a walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, February 6, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend towards the Judean desert and begin with a camel ride in Biblical-style at Genesis Land.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on vibrant Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
DIGGIN' FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 and experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market.
  • Rest of the day at leisure to pack and get in some last minute shopping.
  • Late check-out from the hotel and proceed to the festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • Arrival in the USA.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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.
  • 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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