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  • Optional group 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).
  • 8 nights' accommodation + late check out at selected hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Sunday, June 11, 2017

  • 9:15 p.m. Depart from San Francisco International Airport on United flight #954.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, June 12, 2017

  • 9:15 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Enter 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Late lite dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • 12:00 p.m. Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Visit 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 St., with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping with a chance to get Lunch on own.
  • 3:00 p.m. On Our Streets: Participate in an urban, multi-participants game, and get acquainted with locations and stories from the past and the present of the city.
  • Free afternoon in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
    • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
    • Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities in the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and the new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Visit the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi's codification of the Mishna and extraordinary ancient mosaics, with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.
  • 12:00 p.m. 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 lunch.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Free time to enjoy the hotel's pool and facilities.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Thursday, June 15, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Golan Heights.
  • 10:00 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah Service at the Katzrin Talmudic Village, followed by an exploration of its archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue and homes from a thriving ancient Jewish community.
  • The panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 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.
  • 3:00 p.m. Enjoy kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Six: Friday, June 16, 2017

  • 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.
  • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
    • A visit to the Tsfat Candle Factory.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Drive via Tiberius, 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.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem - ?????? ?????: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local Reform synagogue, followed by home hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants (pending confirmation).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
    Option 1:
  • Shabbat Services at a local synagogue.
    Option 2:
  • Morning at leisure.
    Option 3:
  • On your own, cost not included: Visit 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.
  • Proceed to the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with lunch on your own.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • One Mountain, Three Religions: Mt. Zion and the Religious Challenge: Visit the traditional burial site of King David, a 1948-67 Temple Mount observation point, the Dormition Abbey, a mosque and the Room of the Last Supper.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda St. and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.


  • 9:00 a.m.  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 new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memoria


  • Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • 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.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on your own.
  • 7:00 p.m. Return to the Old City for a special evening tour of the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • 10:00 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah Service at the ancient Ein Gedi synagogue.
  • Ascend by cable-car 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 your own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on your own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighbourhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment. With a special surprise from Temple Isaiah.
  • 8:30 p.m. 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 Ten: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Tikkun Olam interactive visit to Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Meet the employees in their workshops, and take the opportunity to visit the shop that proudly presents their beautiful wares.
  • 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.
    Depart Jerusalem.
  • 2:00 p.m. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

  • 12:55 a.m. Depart on United flight #955.
  • 6:00 a.m. Arrive in San Francisco International Airport.

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.
  • 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 01, 2017 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 01, 2017 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $200 per ticket.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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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