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Congregation Or Ami - Discover Italy Tour with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler

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Pre-tour - 

  • 2 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 5 days of walking tours with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast
  • Portage at the hotel

 

Main trip - 

  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 day walking tour (Shabbat in Florence) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

 

Main Trip

Day One: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ARRIVAL IN FLORENCE 

  • 2:30 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby.
  • 3:15 p.m. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Europe.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Welcome dinner at Trattoria al Trebbio

Overnight: Adler Cavalieri, Florence

Day Three: Thursday, May 16, 2019
FLORENCE - THE CRADLE OF THE RENAISSANCE  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

9:00 a.m. LaDa'at Focus: 2,000 Years of Italian Jewry: Orientation dialogue with Lana Zilberman, your tour educator.

  • Explore the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti.
  • Continue with an exploration of the open-air art museum of Piazza della Signoria, ending at the Ponte Vecchio, or the “Old Bridge.”
  • 12:15 p.m. Visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo's famous David
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 2:30 p.m. Take a closer look at the Jewish world that was once centered in Florence. The stories that emanate from the late 14th-century ghetto and the Moorish-style synagogue built in 1882 will be enhanced by a visit to the Museo Ebraico (Jewish Museum).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package).

Overnight: Adler Cavalieri, Florence

Day Four: Friday, May 17, 2019
LA DOLCE VITA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Life Before the Renaissance: Depart Florence for Siena, beginning your visit with a city tour of this open-air museum of Gothic religious and secular architecture.
  • 10:00 Visit the Duomo di Siena (Siena Dome).
  • 11:30 a.m. Continue to the synagogue in Siena.
  • Lunch (not included in package) in Siena.
  • Enjoy Lana's favorite ice cream in Italy.
  • 2:00 p.m. Drive along the Chianti wine route and stop for a wine tasting with local wine specialists at the Cantina Panzanello winery.
  • Return to Florence.
  • 8:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at the hotel.
  • 9:10 p.m. Shabbat dinner at La Pescatoria

Overnight: Adler Cavalieri, Florence

Day Five: Saturday, May 18, 2019
SHABBAT IN FLORENCE | Walking Tour 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Musical meditative Shabbat service in the lovely Boboli Gardens. 
  • Florence Behind the Scenes - an inside look into Florence as the locals know it. Tour with a local resident of Florence and hear the stories of the aristocracy and culture battles in Florence, visit the secret galleries, and explore the hidden alleys of Florence.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the city on your own or relax.   

Overnight: Adler Cavalieri, Florence

Day Six: Sunday, May 19, 2019
JEWISH STORIES ABOUND ON THE ROAD TO ROME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel, depart Florence, and drive south toward Rome.
  • 11:00 a.m. Stop along the way in Pitigliano, once known as “La Piccola Gerusalemme” - Little Jerusalem - because of its once-thriving Jewish community. Though the Jewish community is no longer, you can still walk through the restored synagogue, mikveh, and kosher butchery, and even enjoy a glass of kosher wine.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Continue to Rome and take a panoramic tour of the “Eternal City” and its vistas.
  • LaDa'at Focus: The Roman Empire and the Jewish People: Introduction by Lana, your tour educator.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Kneading Dough, Chopping Vegetables, and Using Spices - Making Our Own Creative Italian Food: Enjoy a hands-on cooking workshop, and enjoy dinner of your own making.
  • Spiritual closing and sing Shema and Hashkevenu with Rabbi Paul and Cantor Doug.

Overnight: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome

Day Seven: Monday, May 20, 2019
THE GLORY OF ROME WITH HIDDEN TREASURES REVEALED 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Embark on a walking tour to some of Rome's most beautiful structures, including the Spanish Steps, Europe's longest and widest staircase, the Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city; Piazza Navona (Navona Square); and more.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • 2:30 p.m. Tour ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and other monuments that recall Rome's great famous and infamous historic past. View the Arch of Titus, perhaps the best-known symbol of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome

Day Eight: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
JEWISH ROME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. Visit the Great Synagogue, built in 1904, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage housed inside it.
  • Tour the Jewish Ghetto, established by Pope Paul IV in 1555. Rome's Jews were stripped of their rights and forced to live in this walled-in, overcrowded area. The medieval streets wind their way toward the square from which Jews were deported during the Holocaust.
  • Participate in a Kaddish of remembrance of the Italian Jewish community.  Rabbi Paul and Cantor Doug guide us to renew the memory of the ancient Jewish community.
  • Lunch (not included in package) and afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own or relax.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome

Day Nine: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
THE RUINS OF POMPEII

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:30 a.m. Meet in the hotel lobby, depart Rome, and drive south.
  • 11:00 a.m. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, an ancient Roman city which was buried under a large amount of volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city has remained extremely well-preserved and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Return to Rome.
  • LaDa'at Focus: Michelangelo and the Jews: Introduction by Lana, your tour educator.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome

Day Ten: Thursday, May 23, 2019
SACRED ROME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes visit to the Vatican Museum with a unique viewing of some of the seldom-revealed Jewish historic relics preserved there.
  • Continue to the Sistine Chapel, followed by a visit to Peter's Basilica, built during the late Renaissance.
  • Enjoy a special audience with Vatican leadership (pending confirmation).
  • Lunch (not included in package),
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own or relax.
  • 7:30 p.m. Festive farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome

Day Eleven: Friday, May 24, 2019
RETURN HOME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • 12:30 p.m. Transfer to Rome International Airport.

4:10 p.m. Departure Norwegian Airlines flight #7115 to the US, arriving the same day.

Pre Tour to Venice 

Day One: Sunday, May 12, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the US or early arrival to Venice.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, May 13, 2019
ARRIVAL IN VENICE | walking tour

  • 11:00 a.m. Meet in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Visit the Doge's Palace, once the residence of the Venetian Republic's supreme authority. Enjoy the beautiful interiors and explore its hidden dungeons.
  • Begin at Mark's Square for a guided walking tour of romantic Venice, followed by a view of the Golden Basilica of San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Palace Bonvecchiati, Venice

Day Three: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
THE CITY ON THE WATER: VENICE & THE ISLANDS | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Visit the island of Murano to tour one of its many glass-making workshops.
  • Sail to the colorful island of Burano, noted for its lacework and colorfully painted houses.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • 3:00 p.m. Unchanged Legacy: Tour the Jewish Ghetto, the home and center of Venetian Jewish life, 1515-1848. Visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Museum in the Ghetto Nuovo.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner (not included in package) and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Palace Bonvecchiati, Venice

Day Four: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
FROM VENICE TO FLORENCE

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.

8:15 a.m. Transfer to Florence to meet the group arriving from the US.

 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 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.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 to ARZA World is required upon registration. \Final payment for this tour is due January 28, 2019.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 106 days prior to departure (i.e. until January 28, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of $500 per person (the initial deposit) to ARZA World.
    • Cancellations received between 105 and 46 days prior to departure (i.e. from January 29, 2019 to March 29, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 45 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (i.e. as of March 30, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
      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 ARZA World tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 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 ans 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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Important to Know
  • Land-only price does not include arrival/departure transfers unless otherwise indicated.
  • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
  • We highly recommend carefully reviewing those terms for full details about conditions and penalties.
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