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Temple Israel of Westport | Clergy-Led Family Israel Trip

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  • 8 nights' accommodation at select hotels + late check-out on last day
  • 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 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, April 11, 2019  
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, April 12, 2019
ARRIVAL 

  • Afternoon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator and drive to the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem  


Day Three: Saturday, April 13, 2019  
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Zion, with a visit to the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb.
  • Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with lunch on your own.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Stroll along the Ben-Yehuda Street and Nachalat Shiva pedestrian malls, joining the many Israelis out on the town, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem 


Day Four: Sunday, April 14, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • 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. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on own at the Masada Visitor's Center.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem 


Day Five: Monday, April 15, 2019   
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Return to the Old City for the B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) to 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.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter and then continue with visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Jerusalem 


Day Six: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
MEMORY & RENEWAL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 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.

Adults & Older Youth:

  • 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.
    • A Community memorial service.

Children under age 10:

  • Learn new Hebrew words through music and dance.
  • Visit Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site with the option of taking part in weaving, ceramics, painting and other crafts typical of life in ancient times.

All:

  • 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.
  • Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and an insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine.
  • Preparing for Passover: Take a night tour to a matzah making Factory.

Overnight: Jerusalem 


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
DREAMS AND CONQUEST ON THE ROAD NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Jerusalem and drive northwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
  • Visit Bio-Bee Biological Systems on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, leading experts in the mass production of beneficial insects and mites for agricultural purposes. There is regional cooperation in this field with Palestinians and Jordanians.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive past 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.
  • 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.
    • A visit to the Tsfat Candle Factory Visitors' Center.
    • Meet with artist, Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing and questions of identity and Judaism.
  • Drive to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Evening Adults' Program:

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.

Evening Children's Program:

  • The Names and Faces of Israel: Israeli game night with your tour educator.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Eight: Thursday, April 18, 2019
SWEETS, SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with lunch on own.
  • The panoramic views from 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, and the new threat from the north, ISIS.

Option 1:

  • Wine Tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.

Option 2:

  • Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

All:

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Nine: Friday, April 19, 2019
FROM THE HILLS TO THE SEA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Hula Lake (Agamon HaHula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks and bird-watching.
  • Drive west to the Mediterranean 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.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • This Year in Jerusalem - Celebrating Passover In Israel: Festive Passover Seder at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Ten: Saturday, April 20, 2019 (PASSOVER)
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and 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.
  • Recite the Song of the sea (Shirat Hayam) over the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Lunch on your own in Tel Aviv.
  • Free afternoon in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
    • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
    • Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
    • Walk or bike the Blue Route in Tel Aviv, with its beautiful coastline and Mediterranean atmosphere, from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north.
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
  • Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Transfer to the Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Eleven: Sunday, April 21, 2019  
RETURN HOME 

  • Arrive in the USA.
 

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.
  • Payment of a non-refundable deposit per person will be required to complete registration.
  • 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.
  • Private Seder Supplement: $150 per person
  • 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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