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  • 7 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels
Day One: Saturday, January 27, 2018
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, January 28, 2018
ARRIVAL

  • Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer on own to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby and drive to Jaffa.
  • One God for All Believers: Dialogue with Rabbi Mira Raz, the community Rabbi at Mishkenot Ruth Daniel, Rabbi Meir Azari of Tel Aviv's Reform Beit Daniel Synagogue and local Clergy of St Peters Church of Jaffa for an overview and panel discussion regarding the successes and challenges regarding the co-existence in Jaffa.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Monday, January 29, 2018
A MOSAIC OF ISRAEL 

  • 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 excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Special visit to Shfaram, an Arab village, including meetings with residents, walking through the ancient synagogue, the local church, the mosque, and concluding with a Knafe workshop with members of Sikkuy a shared organization of Jewish and Arab citizens, working to implement full equality on all levels between the Arab Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel
  • Drive to the city of Nazareth and stop at Precipice for a grand view of the Jezreel Valley (and its many Biblical stories) and of Jesus' own home town.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Building a Shared Future for Israeli Jewish and Arab Citizens: Meet with Mohammad Darawshe, Director of Givat Haviva Center for Equality & Shared Society.

 Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginorsar, Sea of Galilee

 

Day Four: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit to some of the Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:
  • The spectacular 1st-century AD boat, similar to those used by the disciples.
  • The Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount,' overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with its remains of an ancient synagogue.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive Northwest towards the Golan Heights.
  • Take a nature walk along the Banias Stream at the base of the Golan Heights.
  • Visit 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, provides a snapshot of the security situation on the Golan Heights and reveals the enormous challenges Israel confronted during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The panoramic views also illustrate the current threats Israel face in the north, from ISIS to Iran.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Thoughts and Experiences Thus Far: Opportunity for group conversation & reflection.

 Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginorsar, Sea of Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
FROM THE GALILEE TO THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and Drive via 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.
  • Get a close view of Jordan and visit Kasser Al Yahud, the narrow part of the Jordan River, and stand at the spot traditionally believed as the place of where the baptism of Jesus took place, and the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River entering Israel.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Drive by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.

 Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Six: Thursday, February 1, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Harem esh-Sharif, site of Mohammed's ascension to heaven. View the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the site of the ancient Jewish First and Second Temples.
  • Visit Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Explore The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism in Israel: Dialogue Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Lunch on the go in Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • Visit the city of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
  • Meet with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Noor A'wad, members of the Roots /Shorashim Project - a project that draws on Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear, not just fear of each other but even of the price of peace. Without building trust, the suspicions between them will suffocate the political peace agreements.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

 Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Friday, February 2, 2018
THE POWER OF MEMORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration.
  • LaDa'at Machaneh Yehuda: Actively explore the colorful and ethnically diverse Machaneh Yehuda market of Jerusalem, with lunch on own.
  • From the Diaspora to Jerusalem- Take a walking tour through the colourful neighborhood of Nachlaot. Visit the various synagogues, walk through the narrow alleys and learn more about the different ethnic communities who make up the neighborhood's mosaic.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue followed by home hospitality Shabbat dinner.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Eight: Saturday, February 3, 2018
PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BEAUTY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Start the day with a drive to the beautiful Of Olives to behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City.
  • Descend to Gethsemane and visit the olive grove where tradition holds that Jesus prayed prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through Stephen's Gate (aka Lions' Gate).
  • Visit the Pool of Bethesda and Anne's Crusader church, followed by a walk along the Via Dolorosa
  • In the Middle of Everything: Meet with the Nuns of the Ecce Homo Sisters of Zion Convent. This Monastery is located in the Muslim Quarter, on the Via Dolorosa, and its famous Struthion Pool is divided with the Western Wall Tunnel Archeological site. Take a guided tour of the 19th Century building, and learn about the special programs they are running on site, such as Hebrew and Arabic lessons. (Pending confirmation)
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Explore the fascinating medieval Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by many as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Reflections and Conclusions: A chance to review and discuss your experiences.
  • Late check out from the hotel.
  • F arewell dinner at Piccolino, located in Music Square.
  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Individual departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the following day.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, February 4, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • Return to the U.S.A.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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: 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.
  • 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.

  
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