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Main Trip -
  • Optiona 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 and 6 dinners
  • Youth counselor in Jerusalem for one day
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Extension to the South -

  • 3 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 3 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Portage at the airport

Day One: Sunday, December 23, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • 1:30 p.m. Depart LAX International Airport on El Al flight #6.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, December 24, 2018
ARRIVAL 

  • 1:30 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and transfer to 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.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy a welcome Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Israel 101 - Welcome remarks and orientation led by Rabbi Zylberman and your tour educator.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
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.
  • Start Up Nation: Explore the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center, followed by a dialogue with an up and coming startup entrepreneur.
  • Lunch on own at the Rothschild Allenby Food Market.
  • Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • End the day with a walk along 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 Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps on the trendy Tel Aviv Port.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY ON THE WAY NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, pita baking and more.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple. (B'nai mitzvah option if willing to do on Wednesday).
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Adults

  • The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border: Briefing by (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, a former senior intelligence officer.

Kids

  • Evening activity with your tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, December 27, 2018
SWEETS, SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Katzrin Talmudic Village and explore its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community (possible B'nai Mitzvah ceremony venue).
  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the Syrian town of Kuneitra) illustrate Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threats from the north, ISIS and Iran.

Option 1

  • Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel OR, if following a B'nai Mitzvah ceremony that day, celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Friday, December 28, 2018
ALL ROADS LEAD TO JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • The Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in conversations with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Drive south past Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel's four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • Continue along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift, stopping for lunch on own en route.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem stop atop of Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, December 29, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | No guide 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, December 30, 2018
I'M DIGGIN' ISRAEL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive through the Ella Valley and take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to Jerusalem

Adults

  • 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

Children under 10 with an adult

  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Preparations for the B'nai Mitzvah or free time for shopping.
  • Dinner on own                 

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, December 31, 2018
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Possibility of B'nai Mitzvah services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall)
  • 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.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to
  • 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
  • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on your own, in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Depart the Old City.
  • Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in Tikkun Olam by packing commodity food staples for Israel's poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons and caps in order to fill bags of rice, beans and other commodities.
  • Dinner on own, OR, if following a B'nai Mitzvah ceremony that day, celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 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.
  • Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert. Delve into the Bible, experience Biblical hospitality, take a camel ride and enjoy a ‘hafla' feast.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Wednesday, January 2, 2019
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel. (luggage can be stored at the hotel until departure)
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Guided tour of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament.
  • Take 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 shops; lunch on your own, if still hungry!
  • Take the rest of the afternoon for last minute shopping and packing.
  • Optional late check out of the hotel. (at supplemental cost)
  • Festive farewell dinner at Piccolino, a great Italian restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A, OR return to the hotel for the extension.

Overnight: Flight/Jerusalem


Day Twelve: Thursday, January 3, 2019
RETURN HOME | EXTENSION- INTO THE DESERT  

  • 12:45 a.m. Depart on El Al Airlines flight #5.
  • 5:50 a.m. arrive LAX International Airport.

 

~~~Extension to the South~~~

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Jerusalem and drive south via route # 6 to the Negev Desert.
  • Visit the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, located at Sde Boker, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive via Mitzpe Ramon and explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater while walking to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Continue via the Arava to Kibbutz Yahel and check into the guesthouse.
  • Dinner at the guest house.

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel, Arava


Friday, January 4, 2019
THE ARAVA IN ALL ITS GLORY  

  • Breakfast at the guest house.
  • Visit the Reform Kibbutz Lotan and explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment.
  • Drive to Eilat and enjoy lunch on own and an afternoon by the Red Sea.
  • Return to the kibbutz and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat services with the community members followed by Shabbat dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Yahel, Arava


Saturday, January 5, 2019
SHABBAT IN THE DESERT  

  • Breakfast at the guest house.
  • Morning service and study with Rabbi Zylberman.
  • Kiddush lunch.
  • Check out by noon.
  • Take a tour of the kibbutz followed by a leisurely bike ride and/or a nature walk.
  • Drive north and early evening stop for Havdallah and dinner en route.
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Sunday, January 6, 2019
RETURN HOME 

  • Arrive in the USA.
 

Need to Know

*Cost may fluctuate up or down depending on the final number of participants. All registrants will be notified beforehand.

  • 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.
  • 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 Sep 08, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Sep 08, 2018 (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.
  • 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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