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Am Shalom of Glencoe- Family Trip to Israel 2019

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  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • Transfers & VIP assistance to and from the airport for each family
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: Daily breakfast + 2 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • Individual departures from the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, March 22, 2019

  • 9:15 a.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on AC 84 ( 9 pax)
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Depart the airport and d Drive to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores and entertainment.
  • 12:00 a.m. Meet with participants who arrived earlier & leave your luggage at the hotel.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists, and continue onto the colorful Carmel open-air market and then to Shenkin, with its hip street cafes and eclectic shops.
  • Check into the hotel. ( if not possible earlier)
  • Time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • 5:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Beit Tefila Israelit.
  • 7:00 p.m. Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Carlton Tel Aviv

Day Three: Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Join the Etgarim Sailing Team for a short sail on the Mediterranean Sea. Etgarim is an organization that empowers and socially integrates people with physical disabilities through the challenge of outdoor and extreme sports (weather permitting).
  • 11:30 a.m. Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Lunch on own.
  • 2:00 p.m. Drive towards Rehovot to visit the Ayalon Institute for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Free time in Tel Aviv.
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner at Chadar HaOchel (dining hall), a multi-cultural restaurant featuring Chef Omer Miller's interpretation of a wide variety of Sephardi, Ashkenazi, Arab and Jerusalem-style dishes. Its traditional setting is reminiscent of an Israeli kibbutz.

Overnight: Carlton Tel Aviv


Day Four: Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. 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.
  • 10:30 a.m. Depart Tel Aviv and visit the Israel Sport's Center for the Disabled in Ramat Gan for a meeting with the director, staff and children.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive north.
  • 2:00 p.m. Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies, at Nahalal.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Monday, March 25, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River and the Biblical settlement of Dan.
  • Ascend Bental, overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra, for a firsthand view of Israel's security position along the Syrian Border, including a visit to a former Syrian bunker.
  • Drive to Tsfat.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • LaDa'at Families in Tsfat - ?????? ??????? ????: Find your way through the alley ways of Tsfat, uncovering the hidden words, secret codes and mystical messages on a family scavenger hunt through the Old City of the ancient Kabbalists.
  • 5:30 p.m. Ready Steady Cook: Participate in an outdoor dinner cooking competition led by a local chef.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Tuesday, March 26, 2019  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Check out of the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks and bird-watching.
  • Continue south past Tiberias on the shores of Lake Kinneret.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift, and west through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem : Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering the city, stop atop of Scopus to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Old City.
  • Walking tour through 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 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 own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 own.
  • 7:30 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: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, March 28, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony on the rooftop of HUC's Skirball Museum, overlooking the Old City.
  • Return to the hotel to change clothes.
  • 11:00 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.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 1:00 p.m. Depart Jerusalem for the Ella Valley
  • 2:00 p.m. 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel with time to freshen up and prepare for the B'nai Mitzvah celebrations.
  • 6:30 p.m. B'nai Mitzvah celebratory dinner at the Khan Gallery.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day Nine: Friday, March 29, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:45 a.m. Meet with Holocaust survivor Hannah Pick, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, and discuss the meaning of the Holocaust for contemporary Jewish society, at the hotel. (TBC)
  • 10:30 a.m. Guided visit through the renovated 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
  • YOUTH : LaDa'at Yad Vashem for Kids -  Special children/youth program at the Yad Vashem complex, the National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Guided visits to the “No Child's Play” exhibit, the Children's Memorial and the Sculpture Garden use interactive programming, arts & crafts, and children's stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust.
  • Enjoy 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.
  • Enjoy free time to explore more of Jerusalem on your own as Jerusalemites hurriedly prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat at various synagogues around Jerusalem.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, March 30, 2019

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend by cable-car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires.
  • 1:00 p.m. Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of the Herods Dead Sea Resort and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • Time permitting, take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • Return to Jerusalem & time to pack.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at Chakra: “Food made with love” and a good atmosphere makes for a delightful experience.

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem - flight


Day Eleven: Sunday, March 31, 2019

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

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.
  • A $300 deposit (unless otherwise indicated) per person is due at the time of reservation. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Online payment of the deposit can be made by credit card only (AMEX, VISA or Mastercard). To pay by check or wire transfer, please call our customer service center. Completion of the payment can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer. After the deposit is paid, you will receive an invoice which includes full details on how to complete payment.
  • 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
      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 for Promotional Purposes: We may use for promotional purposes photographs, images or videos taken by tour participants or by anyone associated with the tour operator. No payment or compensation will be made for use of this material. If you do not want images of yourself or your tour party to be included in our marketing activities, you are required to notify us by 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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