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Temple Emanuel of Denver -Culture Food & Wine in Israel

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  • 7 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, May 28, 2018

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Stop at the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, located on the pristine beaches of Caesarea. With the ruins of a past empire to your backs, enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
  • Guided by a local resident, visit the famous Ein Hod artist colony south of Haifa, and explore some of the many galleries throughout the village.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Opening dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Western Galilee

Day Three: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a journey through the Ethnographic Museum Exhibit, "Treasures in the Walls." Located inside the north-eastern walls of old Akko, this museum boasts a beautiful and rare collection which gives insight into the fabric of life in the Galilee during the 19thand the beginning of the 20th
  • Visit the restored Crusaders' Fortress and the al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel, and stop for lunch on own account in the colorful Akko shuk (market).
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Meet with Natan Golan, co-founder of the Galila Foundation, for a tour of various communities in the Galilee, including an in-depth visit to the town of Ma'alot to explore a new model of a development town.
  • Visit Kibbutz Ga'aton to meet with the dancers of The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) from Israel and around the world. Hear about the cultural renaissance that is taking place in the Galilee, participate in a dance seminar, take a brief tour of the kibbutz and view one of their rehearsals for insight into the “working world” of a dancer.
  • Drive to the village of Arab El-Aramsheh, located partly in Israel and partly in Lebanon and enjoy local home hospitality including dinner.

Overnight: Western Galilee

Day Four: Thursday, May 31, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore the village of Peki'in in the Upper Galilee, home to Muslims, Christians, Druze and - until recently - the remnants of an ancient Jewish community. Tradition identifies a small local cave as the refuge of the 2nd -century Rabbi
  • Hands-on experience in modern-day goat farming at the Ein Kamonim, with cheese-tasting and lunch.
  • Visit Eshbal in the Lower Galilee, a kibbutz established by members of the Noar Ha'oved veHalomed Youth Movement, who have dedicated themselves to improving society through education and adapting kibbutz life to the 21st century.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem and upon entering the city stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanublessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine, then head to Machane Yehuda to view some huge, captivating spray-painted portraits which are the work of a 22-year-old unschooled British-born artist named Solomon Souza, who works all night to make the market as colorful when it's closed as when it is open. Souza began painting these murals in January 2015 at the urging of his friend and former fellow yeshiva student Berel Hahn. Inspired by the film about famed elusive street artist Banksy, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” and the work of Korean-American graffiti artist David Choe, Hahn had a vision of turning the market into a place bursting with art and color.Solomon Souza is the Jewish grandson of famous avant-garde Indian artist Francis Newton Souza

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Friday, June 1, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Archives of a Nation: Behind-the-scenes tour of the National Library archives to view various historical documents that are not open to the public.
  • Lunch on own in the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem, beneath the Jerusalem Forest.
  • LaDa'at Central Israel Wine Route : Take part in a Vintner's Journey along the Ella Valley and the Judean Hills wine route, exploring some of the new and very successful wineries that have sprouted in recent years, among them Elah, Tzora, Flam, Kastel, Tzuba and Katlav Wineries. Conversation with wine-makers and connoisseurs, as well as wine tasting included.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Yozma in Modi'in.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Saturday, June 2, 2018  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • LaDa'at Hebrew Writers: Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, Y. Agnon and others.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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:  Jerusalem

Day Seven: Sunday, June 3, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood and continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol, and ending at the Old City. Get a chance to see first-hand the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population. Discuss the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Special visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, focusing on the Art Museum led by Yehudit Shendar, senior art curator.
  • Enjoy a dairy dinner (on own account) and browse through the bookshelves at the cozy T'mol Shilshom Restaurant, which combines a good eatery and a second-hand bookstore where Israeli authors and artists meet. .

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Monday, June 4, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Enter the studio of Avner Moriah, best known for his striking on-site paintings of Israel's landscapes and his inspiring interpretations of Biblical themes, and engage in a dialogue about his art.
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Visit the Rubin House, the former residence and studio of one of Israel's pioneering modern artists, Reuven Rubin, featuring interactive presentations. The tour will be guided by Carmela Rubin, his daughter-in-law and curator of the collection.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Creating Reality: The Visionaries and Builders: Walk through the Trumpledor Cemetery for a glimpse into the lives of some of the dreamers and builders of Tel Aviv, including writer Chaim Nachman Bialik, Mayor Meir Dizengoff and Zionist thinker, Ahad Ha'Am.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own at the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Nine: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Enter the open-air Carmel Market, with its fresh local produce, and participate in a cooking demo and tasting workshop with a local chef, followed by lunch. (not included in cost-organized by rabbi)
  • Drinks on us! Tour and whiskey tasting at Milk and Honey, the first single-malt whiskey distillery in the Land of Israel.
  • 6:00 p.m. Late check out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner at the renovated Templers town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center.
  • Transfer to the airport and check in for the flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight

Day Ten: Wednesday, June 6, 2018  

  • Arrival back in Denver.

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.
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 10-19 passengers and more:
      $12 per participant per day for the tour educator & $6 per participant per day for the driver
    • 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.

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