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  • Optional group flights to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator + walking tour on Shabbat
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast and 6 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Water on the bus throughout the trip
  • Youth counselor throughout the trip

Day One: Sunday, July 15, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • 3:20 p.m. Depart Fort Lauderdale on Delta flight # 2456
  • 6:29 p.m. Arrive at JFK International Airport.
  • 10:47 p.m. Depart for Tel Aviv on Delta flight #468.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, July 16, 2018
ARRIVAL 

  • 4:50 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator, Doron Wilfand, and transfer to the city of 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 and time to freshen up.
  • Early evening gather together at the lobby and enjoy light refreshments and view the great sunset.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style opening dinner at Maganda, in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter, with a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats, followed by a quick orientation with your tour Educator and Rabbi Salkin.           

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 and walk through the famous Jaffa Flea Market - “Shuk Hapishpishim”.
  • 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 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafés and funky chic shopping, with lunch on own.
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join Guy Sharett and Shirel Horowitz, local residents, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Return to the hotel and time to enjoy the pool and beach facilities.
  • Optional: depart for Jaffa for dinner on own at Café Kapish, offering a variety of appetizing dishes and an out-of-the-ordinary communication experience. The deaf and hearing-impaired waiters of Café Kapish will engage in a dialogue with you in sign language.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
    • Experience the Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv's renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.
    • Walk through the renovated Templer town of Sarona, now a hip and vibrant fashion and culinary center, including free time to stroll through the indoor food and spice market

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
HISTORY AND LEISURE ON THE WAY NORTH 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Tel Aviv, driving north along the coastal plain 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
    • A visit to the Tsfat Candle Factory.
  • Continue to the kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Adults

  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Dialogue with a kibbutz member on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Youth

  • The names and faces of Israel - Enjoy an Israel trivia game followed by Israeli “gourmet” snack tasting.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, July 19, 2018
SWEETS, SERENITY AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH 

  • Optional: Early tour of the kibbutz with a kibbutz member.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Explore Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights. Overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications, discuss the challenges Israel faced leading up to the Six-Day War.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.

Adults

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

Youth

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

All

  • Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River.
  • Return to the kibbutz.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Friday, July 20, 2018
ALL ROADS LEAD TO JERUSALEM                                    

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south 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.
  • Continue to the Beit Shean Valley and visit the 1,500-year-old Beit Alfa Synagogue, with its beautiful mosaic floor, for an insight into Jewish spiritual life during the Byzantine period (located on Kibbutz Heftziba, at the foot of the Gilboa range).
  • Visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for an interactive family tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities. Gain hands on insight into a very local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement, using flies, bees, owls as well as having an opportunity to experience a very real, working and ideological kibbutz.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift and upon entering Jerusalem stop on Mt. Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services at Jerusalem's First Station.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, July 21, 2018 | Tisha B'Av Eve
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at local synagogues.
  • Shabbat lunch on own en route.
  • Leave the hotel for 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 Ramparts of the Old City.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Group blessing led by Rabbi Salkin for all youth becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah this year.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Al Ele Ani Bochiya - For all those I am tearing - a special night tour of the Old City, as Jerusalem is mourning the 2,000-year-old destruction. As you walk through the streets, notice the groups and individuals saying Kinot (Lamentations).
  • Stop by Ezrat Yisrael, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall), for a text study and reflection.
  • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, July 22, 2018 | Tisha B'Av
DREAMS, VISION AND REALITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Adults

  • The Reform Jewish World: A glimpse at the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Uri Regev, President and CEO of “Hiddush - For Freedom of Religion and Equality”.
  • Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court

Youth

  • Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt- discover the fabulous story of the expansion of Jerusalem beyond the Old City.

All

  • 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 - including a special children's visit to the Youth Wing.
  • Lunch on own.
  • For the Future of the People - Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, including bird-watching, bird-banding and an insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Rachel Korazim.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, July 23, 2018
MEMORY & RENEWAL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.

Adults

  • 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.
  • Dialogue and Q & A session with Rami Nazzal, a local Palestinian journalist.

Youth

  • Join the Temple Mount Sifting Operation. Sift through rubble that originated in the Second Temple period. Learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site.

All

  • 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 Ten: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart hotel and descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ride through the Judean desert on camels in Biblical-style at Genesis Land.
  • Continue south and 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 en route.
  • 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.
  • 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: Jerusalem


Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
THE CHALLENGE OF INDEPENDENCE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Jerusalem.
  • Visit the Kibbutz Kfar Etzion Visitors' Center for an explanation and audio-visual program about the heroic defence of the Etzion Bloc in the War of Independence.

Adults

  • The Identity of the Israeli Settlement: Dialogue with Shani Abrams Simkovitz from the Gush Etzion Foundation.

Youth

  • Ride the longest zipline in Israel at ‘Eretz Ha'ayalim' (Deer Land) in the Etzion Bloc.

All

  • Return to Jerusalem for lunch on your own.
  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which these soldiers gave their lives. Visit the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to the Ben Gurion international Airport to check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.
  • 11:55 p.m. Depart on Delta flight # 469.

Overnight: Flight


Day Twelve: Thursday, July 26, 2018
RETURN  

  • 5:17 a.m. Arrive at JFK International Airport.
  • 11:40 a.m. Depart on Delta flight # 2456, arriving in Ft. Lauderdale at 2:44 pm.
 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until April 01, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after April 01, 2018 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
    Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • 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.
  • Credit card fees
  • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 10-19 passengers:
      $10 per participant per day for the tour educator & $5 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 youth counselor is included in the package:
      $1 per participant per day for the youth counselor 
  • 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.
  • 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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