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Temple B'nai Israel of Clearwater | Trip to Israel
Led by Rabbi Daniel Treiser

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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
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels


~~~Extension to Eilat & Petra~~~

  • 2 nights Royal Beach, Eilat new bellavista rooms on bb
  • Round trip flt TLV-ETH-TLV
  • Full day guided trip to Petra (not private) on motorcoach tour
  • Jordanian visa , Jordanian and Israeli border taxes
  • Lunch in Petra
  • Tips to Jordanian staff
  • Transfer to/from all borders and airports (including domestic airports)

Day One: Saturday, June 9, 2018 
DEPARTURE

  • Depart from U.S.A.

 

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Sunday, June 10, 2018
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • 4:20 p.m. Those arriving on United Airlines flight #90 at 4:20 p.m. will be met by your tour educator, Jeremy Aron, and depart the airport together.
  • Drive through Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps” and pass by centers of culture and recreation such as the Habima Theater, sprawling beaches, Dizengoff Street and Rabin Square.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Get a good night's sleep!

 

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day Three: Monday, June 11, 2018
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Depart Jaffa toward Rehovot.
  • 10:30 a.m. Visit the Ayalon Institute for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to Tel Aviv for lunch on own account.
  • 1:00 p.m. Visit Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930's; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • 4:00 p.m. Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local artist and resident of the Florentine neighborhood, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure in Tel Aviv.

 

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day Four: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
SERENITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north to Hadera, to take part in a Partnership2Gether program with the community there.
  • Continue 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 to the Galilee.
  • 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. (Time permitting)
  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking on the Jordan River.
  • Drive to the kibbutz hotel, check in and enjoy time to enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Take part in an Israeli-style bonfire, called a kumzitz (campfire), with folk songs around the fire and of course - roasted marshmallows!

 

Overnight:  Kibbutz Hagoshrim Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
  • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with lunch on your own.
  • 2:00 p.m. Take a jeep tour off road in the Golan Heights to explore some hidden spots, and gain further insights into Israel's security situation on its Northern borders.
  • 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory at Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight:  Kibbutz Hagoshrim Hotel, Upper Galilee

 

Day Six: Thursday, June 14, 2018
NATURE AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple.
  • 12:30 p.m. Visit Sindyannna of Galilee, a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change from the ground up, including spices workshop.
  • Visit Nazareth and walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Lunch on own in the market.
  • Drive through the Jordan Valley.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem enter the Old City and stop at the Western Wall to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 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.

 

Overnight:  David Citadel, Jerusalem

 

Day Seven: Friday, June 15, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Take a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem 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.
  • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th
  • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk).
  • Free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Shlomo Fox.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

               

Overnight:  David Citadel, Jerusalem

 

Day Eight: Saturday, June 16, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Dead Sea Basin, passing by Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and 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 own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.

 

Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Sunday, June 17, 2018
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM           

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem toward Beit Guvrin.
  • 9:30 a.m. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as 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.
  • Take 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 shop.
  • Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem.

 

Overnight:  David Citadel, Jerusalem

 

Day Ten: Monday, June 18, 2018
DIGGING FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 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 Memorial
  • Participate in a concluding Memorial Service at Yad Vashem.
  • Younger children (with an adult): Visit the Tisch Biblical Zoo, OR spend time at the interactive Bloomfield Science Museum.
  • Lunch on own at Yad Vashem.
  • 1:30 p.m. Proceed to Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall) to begin with the B'nai mitzvah ceremony.
  • Free time in the Old City, with time for souvenir shopping, OR, return to the hotel with time to freshen up.
  • 5:30 p.m. Depart Jerusalem toward the Judean Hills.
  • 6:15 p.m. Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert. Delve into the Bible, experience Biblical hospitality, take a camel ride and enjoy a ‘hafla' feast.
  • Enjoy time at the camp for a wrap-up discussion and take-aways from the trip.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

 

Overnight:  David Citadel, Jerusalem

 

Day Eleven: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
DAY AT LEISURE BEFORE DEPARTURE | no guide     

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check out by noon. (Luggage can be left in storage until departure)
  • Free day in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
  • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city.
  • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • 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.
  • 7:15 p.m. Group transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for departure flight on United #91, scheduled to depart at 11:30 p.m., or Delta flight #467, scheduled to depart at 11:55 p.m.

 

Overnight:  Flight  

 

Day Twelve: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
RETURN HOME

 

  • Arrival in the US.

 

PETRA EXTENSION

 

Day One: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
TO EILAT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel by noon.
  • 12:30 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport, Terminal 1 to check in for your domestic flight.
  • 3:30 p.m. Depart on Arkia flight #2823 to Eilat. Check in with group PNR number 7603388.
  • Upon arrival in Eilat, exit the airport to meet your transfer driver, who will bring you to the hotel.
  • Check into hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure in Eilat.

 

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Eilat

 

Day Two: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
PETRA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:30 a.m. Pickup at the hotel and transfer to the Arava border.
  • Upon completion of border control, depart toward Petra.
  • Guided tour of the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra, half-built, half-carved into the rock, is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges, and is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.
  • Lunch at a restaurant or hotel.
  • Return to the Arava border, and transfer to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

 

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Eilat

 

Day Three: Thursday, June 21, 2018
AT LEISURE IN EILAT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel by noon. (Luggage may be stored at the front desk)
  • Day at leisure in Eilat to relax on own, take advantage of the hotel facilities or local attractions, such as water sports on the Red Sea, the Underwater Observatory, desert treks and more.
  • 4:30 p.m. Transfer to the Eilat Domestic Airport to check in for the flight to Tel Aviv. Check in with group PNR number 7603388.
  • 6:30 p.m. Depart on Arkia flight #1820 to Sde Dov Domestic Airport in Tel Aviv.
  • Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the return flight to the US, OR transfer on own to Tel Aviv for extension.

 

Overnight: Flight


Day Four: Friday, June 22, 2018
RETURN HOME

  • Arrival in 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.
  • 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
    • 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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