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Beth Emeth Experience Israel – A Trip for All Ages

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  • Optional 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).
  • 9 nights' accommodation at select 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 and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Saturday, July 13, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • 4:30 p.m. Depart Toronto Pearson International Airport on board Air Canada flight # AC 84.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, July 14, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • 10:00 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv, also 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 and time to freshen up.
  • Meet in the hotel lobby for the opening of the program and then depart for the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Welcome dinner in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter at Maganda, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, July 15, 2019
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.

Adults:

  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local resident and explore the urban culture of the city.

Children:

  • LaDa'at Scavenger Hunt in Tel Aviv: Explore the city of Tel Aviv as part of a special family program.

All:

  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Drive to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and walk through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv's earliest neighborhoods, nowadays a cultural mecca hosting small boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal dance and theater center.
  • Beach time in Tel Aviv.
  • Dinner on own at the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés, and shops, right on the water's edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa's old railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, July 16, 2919
FROM WAVES TO HILLTOPS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv.
  • Song of the Day: learn a new Israeli song in a sing-along on the bus.
  • Drive along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important landmarks, built during the Roman Period. Explore the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Head north to the Upper Galilee, stopping for lunch on own.
  • Proceed to Nahalal, a sister community in the Jezreel Valley for an in-depth look at communal living then and now in Israel's first moshav (farming village), and the cemetery where Moshe Dayan, Ilan Ramon (Israel's first astronaut) and his pilot son, Asaf Ramon are buried: visit the secret weapon hideaway from the War of Independence.
  • Continue to Beit She'arim, site of an 1800-year-old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition, declared a UNESCO site.
  • Drive to the kibbutz hotel and check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, July 17,2o19
SERENITY AND SECURITY ON THE GOLAN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a nature hike to the new Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.

OR

  • 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.

Adults:

  • Wine and gin tasting at the Pelter Winery and Distillery.

Children:

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All:

  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Watch the panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Thursday, July 18, 2019
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS  

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Depart the hotel and drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony.
  • Song of the Day: learn a new Israeli song in a sing-along on the bus.

Adults:

  • Explore the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages; 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.

Children and Families:

  • LaDa'at Families in Tsfat: Find your way through the alleyways of Tsfat, uncovering the hidden words, secret codes and mystical messages through the Old City of the ancient Kabbalists.

All:

  • Swim in the freshwater pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mt. Gilboa.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Head south and drive along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and west through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful city of Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, July 19, 201
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Old City and begin by exploring the ancient ramparts.
  • Continue on a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter, its archaeological treasures and other highlights, including the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to 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.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Depart for Kabbalat Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Stacy Blank and Kehillat Tsur Hadassah, followed by home hospitality Shabbat dinner OR Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, July 20, 2019
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to the Old City for a Shabbat Walkthrough unexpected paths to Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb.
  • Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt- discover the fabulous story of Jerusalem's expansion beyond the Old City. Wandering from the Montefiore Windmill through the winding alleys of Yemin Moshe with an Israel ScaVentures picture pack, you will learn the story of a frontier community that became one of Jerusalem's most beautiful neighborhoods.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Watch 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 depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, July 21, 2019
THE POWER OF MEMORY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults:

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum and the Children's Memorial.

Children and Youth:

  • LaDa'at Yad Vashem for Kids: Special children/youth program at Yad Vashem, including the “No Child's Play” exhibit, the Children's Memorial and the Sculpture Garden. Arts & crafts and children's stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust are used throughout the program.

 All:

  • Gather for a concluding Memorial Service.
  • Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds where Jerusalemites shops; lunch on own if still hungry!

Adults:

  • Creating a Joint Future for Palestinians and Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Ali Abu Awwad, and Shaul Judelman who all live in the Bethlehem/Gush Etzion area and founded the Roots Coexistence Project, drawing Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living side by side, are separated by walls of fear - not just fear of each other, but also of the price of peace.

Children and Youth:

  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves: prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, and optionally crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem for free time and dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Monday, July 22, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Song of the Day: learn a new Israeli song in a sing-along on the bus.
  • Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires, and a symbol of Jewish defense.
  • Take a 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters
  • Continue to Genesis Land, a biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert. Experience biblical hospitality, take a camel ride and enjoy a farewell “hafla” feast.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
DEPARTURE  

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 11:45 Depart on board Air Canada flight # AC 85.
  • 4:25 p.m. Arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
 

Need to Know

  • Airfare is not provided. Airfare can be booked independently or through Traveland at 800-246-0452.
  • Before booking airfare please check with the Temple's office to ensure the minimum number of participants has been met.
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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.
  • 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 23, 2019 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 23, 2019(and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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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