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    • 7 nights' accommodation at select hotels
    • 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 2 lunches and 4 dinners
    • Portage at the airport and hotels

    *Itinerary subject to change

     

    Day One: Sunday, May 19, 2019
    DEPARTURE

    • Depart the U.S.A.

    Overnight: Flight


    Day Two: Monday, May 20, 2019
    ARRIVAL 

    • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
    • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
    • Meet your tour educator and depart the airport towards Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps.
    • Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
    • Check into the hotel.
    • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter at Maganda, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
    • Israel at 2019 - Dialogue with a leading journalist regarding current events.

    Overnight: Tel Aviv


    Day Three: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE 

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Israeli Society @ 2019: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.
    • Against The Odds - Building a State: Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
    • Architecture in Tel Aviv: from the International Bauhaus style to the skyscrapers of modern Tel Aviv; walk along Rothschild Boulevard, and through Neve Tzedek and the new Tachana compound, for new insight into how changes in the urban landscape reflect the surrounding culture.
    • LaDa'at EthnicTasting Tour: Walkthrough Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them; lunch on own if still hungry!
    • A Community of Immigrants: Explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv and visit the Bialik-Rogozin School; the school's goal is to provide students from underprivileged and low socio-economic backgrounds -including Israelis, children of immigrants and refugees - with the best opportunities to develop their true potential. Meet with the school's Principal, Eli Nehama, and learn about the challenges and successes in this unique institution of education; OR
    • Strangers in a Strange Land: Explore the reality of the foreign worker in Tel Aviv as you walk through the streets of South Tel Aviv with Sigal Rozen, founder & public policy coordinator for the Hotline for Migrant Workers.
    • Dinner on own and free evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • 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 Four: Wednesday, May 22, 2019/ Eve of Lag Ba'omer
    COMMUNITIES AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH 

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel, head north along the coast and stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water.
    • Participate in a seminar on Arab-Jewish coexistence at the Givat Haviva Seminar Center and meet with Mohammad Darawshe, Co-Executive Director of the Givat Haviva Institute and former Co-Executive Director of the Abraham Fund.
    • Lunch on own en route and drive to the Golan Heights.
    • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Field seminar on the northern border and dialogue with (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, a former senior intelligence officer.
    • Visit the award-winning Golan Heights Winery, located in Katzrin, which launched its first wines in 1984 and has since become world-renowned; wine tasting is included.
    • Drive to the kibbutz hotel on the shores of Lake Kinneret and check-in.
    • Dinner at the hotel.
    • Optional visit to the Kibbutz Lag Baomer Bon Fire.

    Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee  


    Day Five: Thursday, May 23, 2019/ Lag Ba'omer
    SERENITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH 

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel and drive to the Galilee.
    • Visit the Ziv Medical Center where Syrian refugees are being treated by Israeli doctors.
    • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
      • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical me
      • A stroll through the Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
    • Lunch on own en route.
    • 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.
    • Drive south along the Jordan Valley Rift and upon entering Jerusalem 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.
    • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony.

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    Day Six: Friday, May 24, 2019
    HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM  

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Start your day in the Old City with an exploration of 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 (optional dry exit).
    • Archaeology & Politics - Do They Mix? Meet with a representative of Emek Shaveh, an organization consisting of archaeologists and community activists, focusing on the role of archaeology in Israeli society and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    • 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.
    • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
    • Continue your exploration of the Jewish Quarter 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 four Sephardi synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
      • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
      • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
      • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
    • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren.
    • Home Hospitality or communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants, OR a festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    Day Seven: Saturday, May 25, 2019
    SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM  

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Explore Jerusalem's synagogue scene and be exposed to the diversity of this city.
    • Shabbat lunch on own.
    • Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others.
    • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
    • Study and discussion session with HUC staff.
    • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
    • Dinner on own.
    • Evening cultural event (to be determined, cost not included).

    * Those who wish to tour Masada please contact the Customer Service Center.

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    Day Eight: Sunday, May 26, 2019
    THE POWER OF MEMORY 

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, 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
    • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
    • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
    • Meet representatives from Women Wage Peace, a grass roots peace organization.
    • Dinner on own.

    Overnight: Jerusalem


    Day Nine: Monday, May 27, 2019
    GEOPOLITICS FROM THEORY TO FACT 

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check out of the hotel.
    • 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.
    • Drive to Hebron.
    • The Untold Heroes: Tour Hebron with the Foreign Relations Director of Breaking the Silence. Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and who work to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. They strive to stimulate public debate about the price paid for the current reality in which young soldiers are involved in the control of a civilian population's everyday life.
    • Packed lunch.
    • Creating A Joint Future For Palestinians And Israelis: Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Ali Abu Awwad, Shaul Judelman who all live in the Bethlehem / Gush Etzion Area and founded the Roots Co-existence Project. The Roots project draws together Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear- not just fear of each other, but even of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between these two communities will suffocate the political peace agreements.
    • Return to Jerusalem for last minute shopping.
    • Festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the USA.

    Overnight: Flight


    Day Ten: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    ARRIVAL HOME  

    • Arrive to the U.S.A
     

    Need to Know

    • 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.

    • 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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