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Cantor Einhorn's Victory Tour to Greece & Israel 2020

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • Greece: 3.5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide
  • Israel: 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group in Greece throughout
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from and to each airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • One-way flight from Thessaloniki to Athens
  • One-way flight from Athens to Tel-Aviv
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Portage at Ben Gurion airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, January 30, 2020
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday, January 31, 2020
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY

  • Arrival at Thessaloniki International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Begin your tour with a panoramic view of the city from the north-eastern corner of the Kastro (castle) walls. Enjoy the powerful vista and the clear evidence that the old, the ancient, and the new have learned to live in a symbiotic relationship. The mesh is painfully seamless.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue and meet with members of the local Jewish community, followed by Shabbat dinner.

Overnight: Thessaloniki


Day Three: Saturday, February 1, 2020
SHABBAT IN THESSALONIKI & ITS ENVIRONS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Introductions: Patron Saints, Dragon Slayers, and Victory Arches: All of these will come alive as you travel and gain perspective of the multi-layered and historically rooted city. These sites include the White Tower (the city's symbol), the long seafront promenade, the Agios Demetrios or Agia Sophia Byzantine churches, the Rotunda, which started life as a Roman temple of Zeus, and the Arch of Triumph of Galerius and the ruins of his palace.
  • Painful Memories: Visit the old railway station, a painful reminder of the horrors that took place there more than 70 years ago during the Holocaust. It was from this station that the Jews of Thessaloniki were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau March of 1943.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • The Refugee Crisis in Greece & the Israel Connection: Depart Thessaloniki with a representative of IsraAID and learn about the remarkable efforts of this Israeli-based aid organization to assist refugees. We'll also visit a refugee shelter outside of Thessaloniki and talk with asylum seekers.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Thessaloniki


Day Four: Sunday, February 2, 2020
ON TOP OF THE WORLD

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Visit the Monastiriotes Synagogue.
  • LaDa'at Focus Ladino: The Yiddish of the Sefaradi Jews with your tour educator.
  • Jewish Past and Present: Visit the Jewish Museum.
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens.
  • Lunch (not included in package) at the airport.
  • 2:00 p.m. Deep Roots, Blossoming Branches: Arrive in Athens, and enjoy a panoramic orientation of the city which stands tall as a symbol of Greece itself. Starting with the seed, dropped by the god Athena, a city grew up to become the capitol of the Greece as it is known today, with evidence of human existence here as far back as the 7ooo BCE.
  • Visit Syntagma Square (Constitution Square), the central square of Athens.
  • Tour of the Acropolis Museum.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.
  • Optional: Late-night visit to a Greek music club.

Overnight: Athens


Day Five: Monday, February 3, 2020
JEWISH LIFE IN ATHENS

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • This IS Greece: Visit the Acropolis, an ancient citadel located above the city and the most well-known landmark of Greece. Whether to the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, or to any of the other world-famous structures that sit high above the city, this visit will seamlessly bridge what you thought about Greece and what you see with your own eyes.
  • Integrated, foundational, productive, creative, inspirational - all can describe the vast history of the Jewish community in Greece. Visit the Jewish Museum for a better understanding of the rich history of the local Jewish community.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Jewish Community of Athens - Past, Present, & Future with your tour educator.
  • Visit Beit Shalom Synagogue and the Hetz Haim Synagogue.
  • Deep Roots Uprooted: The painful loss felt throughout Greece as a result of the attempted destruction of the Jewish community is still acute. Stop at the Holocaust monument and participate in a memorial service.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Transfer to Athens International Airport.
  • 5:00 p.m. Depart Athens International Airport.
  • 7:00 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Remainder of the evening to rest.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Six: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
A LAND OF ANCIENT PEOPLE

  • Eat a biblical-style brunch at Neot Kedumim, a large interactive biblical landscape reserve, dedicated to the flora and lifestyle of ancient Feel the Land of Israel with your own hands and help it bloom with a tree-planting ceremony that celebrates our journey together.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • An afternoon art tour of South Tel Aviv led by a leading art critic, including meeting with several new, innovative artists. This could possibly include:
    • Benno Kalev, who houses one of the largest Israeli art collections.
    • Visit the Rosenfeld Gallery, Israel's “veteran” gallery, and dialogue with Tsaki Rosenfeld, the owner.
    • Nir Hermet, curator of the Tel Aviv house of Art, “Makom LeOmanut.”
  • From Templers to Chefs: Sarona was once a colony of Templars, German Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, but is now a center of Tel Aviv cuisine. Tour its food and spice markets and visit the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting. Afterward, there will be time on your own to explore Sarona's eating options (dinner not included in the package) which range from great street food to fine dining with top chefs.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Seven: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
THE CHALLENGE OF INDEPENDENCE

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly-opened Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.

OR

  • Visit the Israeli Opera at the Tel Aviv Performing Art Center, including a backstage tour and a short performance. (pending confirmation)
  • Munching in the Market: Carmel Market is where Tel Aviv comes to shop and to eat. This tasting tour (doubling as a delicious lunch) will prove that, when it comes to food in Israel, variety is the spice of life. We'll sample the tastes of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, wander the market's hidden alleyways and surprising stores, and feel the hustle and bustle of the Shuk.   
  • Depart Tel Aviv to the Negev.
  • The Old Man and the Desert: Visit the grave and the house of Israel's “founding father,” David Ben Gurion, at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We'll discuss why Ben Gurion, the “grand old man” of Israel's public life and the country's first Prime Minister, abandoned the political scene for life in an isolated Kibbutz in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Stargaze on the cliff of the Ramon Crater (weather permitting).

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon


Day Eight: Thursday, February 6, 2020
FROM CRATER TO CREATIVITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities, followed by check-out.
  • Embark on a jeep tour to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater, and stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Drive through the massive natural Ramon Crater.
  • Travel through the Valley of Elah, the site of the famous biblical battle between David and Goliath.
  • Stop at the Ella Valley Winery for wine-tasting and some insight into the Israeli wine revolution.
  • A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional shehechiyanu blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Sing and Dance the Jewish Soul Way: Join Bat Ella for a musical workshop of fun and friendship as we sing classic Jewish prayers and melodies familiar from synagogue and summer camp experiences and learn some great new Israeli songs. Bat Ella has released several albums of “music of the Jewish soul” based on Jewish prayers and Modern Hebrew poetry. She'll also teach us some dance moves that will have everybody smiling and swinging.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner (not included in the package).

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Friday, February 7, 2020
THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE OLD CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The City Underneath: Tour the Citadel moat and the “Kishle” in the Tower of David Discover the underground military complex and prison compound from the 19th century which includes newly-discovered archaeological evidence on the history of Jerusalem since the First Temple.
  • The “Four Sephardic” Synagogues: These synagogues, housed in one complex, are both a cohesive whole and a beautiful example of the diversity of Sephardi Jewish life in Jerusalem. Built at different times, they served distinct communities and roles, had differing styles of prayer, and were inspired by a variety of architectural and cultural influences. Together, they were a center for the Old City's rapidly growing Sephardi population from the 19th century.
  • Living, Praying, and Building in the Jewish Quarter: Visit Hurva Square, the hub of the modern-day Jewish Quarter, and visit one of its major places of worship, the Hurva Synagogue. This synagogue's architecture and history reveal much about the transformations in this area over the last 150 years. It was destroyed by the Jordanian Army during Israel's War of Independence in 1948 but has been, after a long process, restored to its former glory.
  • Hummus, Markets, and Crafts in the Old City: Tour and taste (doubling as lunch) from the best hummus spots in and around the Old City; drink Arabic coffee or mint tea with Abu Mussa in the Cotton Market; visit the textiles trader specializing in original Syrian Damasks; take in the scent of sesame in a 130-year-old Tahina factory and taste unique cheese pastries at Zalatimo's.
  • Walk through the Christian Quarter, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, February 8, 2020
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Attend Shabbat morning services at Hebrew Union College; meet and talk with faculty and cantorial students. (pending confirmation)
  • From the Diaspora to Jerusalem: Take a walking tour through the colorful neighborhood of Nachlaot. Visit the various synagogues, walk through the narrow alleyways, and learn more about the different ethnic communities who make up the neighborhood's mosaic.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • One of the most exciting hikes in the Jerusalem hills, Nahal Katlav works its way down the mountain from the Bar Giora Ridge to the Sorek Stream, a beautiful and challenging walk through trees, reeds, and archaeological ruins.
  • Festive farewell dinner at Rama's Kitchen, a unique and creative restaurant overlooking the Judean Hills.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Sunday, February 9, 2020
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the US.

 

 

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 30, 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full-paying participants. 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.

PAYMENT POLICY

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due October 17, 2019 (105 days before the scheduled trip begins), or as specified in your invoice.

CANCELATION POLICY

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 105 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 104 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

MEALS

are included as specified in the itinerary.

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 at group meals are included.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Transportation in the 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 (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
    • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
      TRIPS TO ISRAEL:
      Group of 20 participants and more:
      Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day

      TRIPS TO DESTINATIONS OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL:
      Group of 20 participants and more:
      Da'at Tour Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day

      Hostess (when included in the package):
      $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
      A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
      $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor
 
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