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  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 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, June 28, 2017
DEPARTURE

  • 1:15 p.m. Depart Los Angeles International Airport on El Al Airlines flight #006.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday, June 29, 2017
ARRIVAL

  • 1:45p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer from airport and depart Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 6:15 p.m. Meet your tour educator, Einav Ayalon and Koren Eisner in the hotel lobby.
  • Walk to Yemin moshe for an overlook of the Old and new City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional  blessing.
  • 7:00 p.m. A Window to Israel & Our Journey: Orientation with the tour educator over a private dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Three: Friday, June 30, 2017
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Enter the Old City.
  • Who Controls the Western Wall: Fighting for Equal Space at the Kotel - dialogue with your clergy and tour educator.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for 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.
    • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
    • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel and freshen up.
  • Join Jerusalemites in a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the new Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Four: Saturday, July 1, 2017
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea basin.
  • Stop en route for a quick photo op with a camel.
  • 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 defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Five: Sunday, July 2, 2017
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim.
  • 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
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Depart for Beit Guvrin.

Option 1:

  • 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.

Option 2:

  • The Secrets of Beer-Making: Visit the Abeer Haela Brewery, a rustic craft brewery run by Aram Dekel, including beer tasting.

All:

  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Monday, July 3, 2017
BNA'I MITZVAH CELEBRATION

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • B'nai Mitzvah celebration at the egalitarian section of the Western Wall.
  • Celebratory lunch at a local restaurant.

Option 1:

  • 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 - including a special children's visit to the Youth Wing.

Option 2:

  • 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.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dialogue with KIDS4PEACE activists. Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, KIDS4PEACE is a global movement of Jewish, Christian & Muslim youth, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. Through a network of local chapters, Kids4Peace operates five international summer camps and a six-year, year-round program for more than 250 Palestinian, Israeli and North American youth.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
SERENITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive northwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Swim in the fresh water pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 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.
    • A dialogue with an Artist inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • Strolling the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Reflection time with your clergy and tour educator, with refreshments and wine tasting. Alternative program will be suggested for kids.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Eight: Wednesday, July 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 your own.
  • Cross the Golan plateau to the border with Syria, and a view of the abandoned city of Kuneitra and the nearby United Nations outpost, for an insight into the experiences in the Yom Kippur 1973 war.
  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Group dinner and bonfire with music, S'mores-making and a sing along.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Nine: Thursday, July 6, 2017
THIS IS THE HOPE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Watch a short performance by the Galilee Circus, followed by dialogue with the kids and staff. The Galilee Circus includes Arab and Jewish youth of ages 6-19, from the town of Karmiel in the heart of the Galilee and the villages around it.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Short visit 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.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • 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 Ten: Friday, July 7, 2017
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city
  • 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; lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance and poetry.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Eleven: Saturday, July 8, 2017
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free morning in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
    • 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.
    • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • From the Templers to the Hipsters - a guided tour to the newly renovated Templer town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market, and lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Looking Forward: Summary session with the Rabbi Nickerson and tour educator over a private festive farewell dinner.
  • 9:30 p.m. Transfer 1 to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Sunday, July 9, 2017
RETURN

  • 1:00 a.m. Depart on El Al flight #005.
  • 6:25 a.m. Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • 4:15 a.m. Transfer 2 to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 7:45 a.m. Depart on British Airways flight #166
  • 4:15 a.m. Transfer 2 to Ben Gurion International Airport
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 50 full paying participants. 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 March 15, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 15, 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.

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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