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  • 9 nights' accommodation + a late check out on Jan 1, 2017 at selected hotels
  • 9 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 & 8 dinners
  • Tips for Tour Educator & Driver
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, December 22, 2016
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, December 23, 2016
ARRIVAL

Arrival 1

  • 06:50 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on EL AL Flight #028
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your Tour Educator, Yishay Shavit and wait for 2nd arrival flight.

Arrival 2

  • 9:25 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.

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  • Drive as a group towards Mizpeh Ramon.
  • Visit the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue your drive southwards.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Welcome & Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mizpeh Ramon


Day Three: Saturday, December 24, 2016
LET THE DESERT BLOOM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat Service and a walk at Nahal Havarim - Named for the marl (“havarim”) at the end of the route, the wadi passes through an ancient water cistern, a flint gate, a small canyon, a dry waterfall and other hidden geological curiosities, providing a beautiful and challenging hike.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Jeep Tour to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater, with a stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Return to the hotel for free time to enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • Lighting of the 1st Chanukah candle.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mizpeh Ramon


Day Four: Sunday, December 25, 2016
DESERT, CITY & MOUNTAINS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive towards Tel Aviv.
  • Continue to drive north.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive to the Upper Galilee along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Check in to the Kibbutz hotel.
  • Lighting of the 2nd Chanukah candles.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Monday, December 26, 2016
SPRITUALITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
      Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabala, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Explore Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights. Overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications, discuss the challenges Israel faced leading up to the Six-Day War. 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.
  • 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.
  • Return to the kibbutz hotel.
  • Lighting of the 3rd Chanukah candles.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
GIVING BACK, MAKING SENSE OF THE PAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, for a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
     The restored Crusaders' Fortress.
     The al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
     The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
     The Templar Tunnel to the port of Akko.
     The colorful Akko shuk (market).
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Guided visit 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.
  • Continue to drive towards Jerusalem.
  • Visit Kehillat Shoham with Rabbi Rinat Tzfaniah for a chance to meet a local reform committee, light 4th Chanukah candles together including a light communal dinner.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, December 28, 2016
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk to an overview of the old city walls and stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • 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.
     The 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Lighting of the 5th Chanukah candles.
  • Free evening with dinner on own.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day Eight: Thursday, December 29, 2016
THE LOWEST POINT ON EARTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Lighting of the 6th Chanukah candles.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Friday, December 30, 2016
MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • 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
  • LaDa'at Machaneh Yehuda - ?? ????: Actively explore the colorful and ethnically diverse Machaneh Yehuda market of Jerusalem, with lunch on your own.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Ezrat Israel pluralistic section of the Western Wall. And a visit to the Kotel and lighting of the 7th Chanukah candles.
  • Depart the old city and check in to the hotel.
  • Time to freshen up for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, December 31, 2016
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | No Guide Nor Bus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Bat Mitzvah Ceremony at Beit Shmuel - Merkaz Shimshon, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Lunch at Bulghourji, a traditional Armenian restaurant, hosted by the Koplon family.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Meet Rabbi Micah in the hotel lobby for Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah and lighting the 8th Chanukah candles.
  • 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: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Sunday January 1, 2016
LEAVING YOUR MARK

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, including bird-watching, bird-banding and an insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem.
  • Join the Temple Mount Sifting Operation. Sift through rubble that originated in the Second Temple period. Learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Free afternoon for last minute shopping and packing
    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.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • 6:00 p.m. Festive farewell dinner at Satya, a local chef restaurant.
    8:00 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight.

Departure 1

  • 11:10 p.m. Depart Israel on United Airlines Flight # 091.

Departure 2

  • 12:30 a.m. (2nd Jan) Depart Israel on ELAL Flight # 027.


Overnight: Fight

 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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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