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Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
Israel, Return Again
and post trip to Petra

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Main Trip -
  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from Jerusalem to the airport.
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast 3 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver
  • All gratuities for restaurant staff 
Extension to Petra -
  • 1 nights' accommodation at a select hotel
  • 2 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • All group transfer to/from Domestic airport
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to Ben Gurion airport.
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 Dinner
  • Round trip domestic flight Tel Aviv/Eilat/Tel Aviv
  • Border taxes and visa to Jordan
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver
  • All gratuities for restaurant staff

Day One: Saturday, March 30, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, March 31, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Arrive independently to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
  • Welcome to Israel: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, April 1, 2019
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 walk through the museum at the Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel. The life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin serves as a time-thread connecting the faces and events of modern Israeli history.
  • Challenge, Question, Engage and Enlighten: Proceed to Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel; participate in a Limmud session with students and tour the area of South Tel Aviv to understand the reality of the foreign workers in Tel Aviv.
  • LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour: walk through 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, followed by lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Continue for a guided tour of Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Start-Up Nation: Delve into the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center and meet with an up-and-coming start-up entrepreneur.
  • Time permitting: Stop at Rabin Square, a center of Tel Aviv's cultural and political life, named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated here. Take a quiet moment at the Rabin Memorial.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner on own, perhaps at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine - from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • From the top of Mount Carmel view the Baha'i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • Proceed to Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Community Center in Haifa and meet with coexistence activists.
  • Return to Tel Aviv for dinner on own in 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 Five: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
BEN GURION'S DREAM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive south.
  • Building Identity and Strengthening Heritage: Arrive in the town of Kiryat Gat and meet with members of the Atachlit Farm, a community empowerment program that helps Ethiopian Israelis connect to their agricultural heritage, and at the same time provides a platform for the broader community to learn about Ethiopian culture.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Proceed to the Bedouin town of Lakiya for an insight into contemporary Bedouin lifestyles; meet with residents and artisans.
  • Drive to the Negev, stopping at the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve

OR

Visit the home and gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.

  • Continue to Mitzpe Ramon and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon


Day Six: Thursday, April 4, 2019
THE POWER OF THE MACHTESH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater at the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors' Center.
  • Explore the vast Ramon Crater on the back of a jeep, meandering through canyons and unique geological phenomenon.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue to the Lasha Bakery for a hands-on baking experience with Hadas Meir.

Option 1

  • Explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater while walking to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.

Option 2

  • Free time to enjoy the desert, the hotel pool and spa facilities (on own account).

All

  • Dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon


Day Seven: Friday, April 5, 2019
LIVING ON THE FRONTIER 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Living on the Edge: Visit Sderot, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, and delve into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home; meet with a resident.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services overlooking the Old City.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with Kehillat Achva Bekerem led by Rabbi Tamir Nir (pending confirmation) OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Saturday, April 6, 2019
BEYOND BORDERS  

  • Breakfast at 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.
  • Progress in the West Bank? Tour the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Rawabi with local journalist Rami Nazzal to learn about daily life and progress in the region. Drive by a refugee camp and the separation barrier;
  • Lunch in Ramallah.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of 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, April 7, 2019
AGENTS OF CHANGE  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Women of the wall.
  • The Identity of the Israeli Settlement: Visit Gush Etzion and meet with Shani Abrams Simkovitz from the Gush Etzion Foundation.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • 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 coexistence project, drawing Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear - not just of each other, but also of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between these two communities will suffocate the political peace agreements.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Monday, April 8, 2019
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City and stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to experience the special atmosphere of this holy site; tour the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter, its archaeological treasures and other highlights.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Head to the Christian Quarter, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: An inter-denominational exploration of Zion, the traditional burial site of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and a mosque - all sharing a single building.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
A NATION'S CAPITAL  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Meet with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Tour on the grounds of Israel's “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, presenting more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset - Israel's Parliament building and its famous Menorah - Israel's symbol monument built from bronze; the Supreme Court - designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of Justice.
  • Embark on a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop; lunch on own if still hungry!
  • Take a VIP tour of the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) and meet with a Knesset member to discuss current political issues (contingent on confirmation).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Wrap-up session, followed by a festive farewell dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
DEPARTURE  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the USA, arriving the same day.

OR

Day Twelve: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
EXTENSION TO PETRA   

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Sde Dov Domestic Airport to check in for the flight to Eilat.
  • Upon arrival in Eilat transfer to the Arava border with Jordan and upon completion of passport procedures cross into Jordan and meet your driver and guide.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Drive through the colorful Wadi Rom, site of the filming of “Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Continue north to Petra and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Petra


Day Thirteen: Thursday, April 11, 2019
PETRA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Guided tour of the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra, half-built, half-carved into the rock, is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges, and is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.
  • Lunch in Petra.
  • Return to the border, cross back into Israel and check in for the flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Upon arrival in Tel Aviv transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the USA, arriving the same day.

Overnight: flight


Day Fourteen: Friday, April 12, 2019
ARRIVAL  

  • Arrive in the U.S.A.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.
  • 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: gratuities for tour educator, driver and 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.
  • 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 and 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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