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Wilshire Boulevard Temple - 2018 B’nei Mitzvah Trip to Israel

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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 guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • 1 Youth counselor throughout the trip
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Water on the bus on touring days
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Sunday, December 23, 2018  
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Monday, December 24, 2018
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Enter 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.
  • 6:30 p.m. Private welcome dinner at the hotel.
  • Optional: Night walk along the beach to the Old Port of Jaffa.

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day Three: Tuesday, December 25, 2018  
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel toward Rothschild Boulevard.
  • How It All Started: Learn about the historic day that David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948, near the original Independence Hall building. [Building will be undergoing historical renovations at the time of your trip]
  • Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv, Combining Street Art, Language & Graffiti: Join local resident and street artist Niro Taub to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • EthnicTasting Tour: Walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them.
  • 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; lunch on own.
  • Depart Tel Aviv toward Rehovot.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
  • Enjoy dinner on your own at Sarona Market. Explore the range of cuisines offered in the marketplace and surrounding restaurants, from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.
  • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
  • Explore the gentrified Neve Zedek
  • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.

Overnight: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day Four: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
THE CHALLENGE OF IDENTITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled for an interactive program and a chance to put yourself in the shoes of someone who is less-abled, while playing sports!
  • Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, pita baking, lunch and more.
  • Visit the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi's codification of the Mishna and extraordinary ancient mosaics, with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel, Golan Heights


Day Five: Thursday, December 27, 2018   
A DAY IN THE GALILEE AND THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
  • Guided visits to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues with their great stories and mystical messages.
  • Youth Program: Find your way through the alleyways of Tsfat, uncovering the hidden words, secret codes and mystical messages on a family scavenger hunt through the Old City of the ancient Kabbalists.
  • A dialogue and demo with glass-blowing artist, Sheva Chaya, whose work is inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Strolling the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel, Golan Heights

 

Day Six: Friday, December 28, 2018
ALONG THE JORDAN VALLEY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a leisurely morning at the Ramot Resort, enjoying time to relax and pack, and take in the natural beauty of the resort's grounds.
  • 10:00 a.m. Check out of the hotel and depart.
  • Tamar B'kfar: Visit Moshava Kinneret in the Jordan Valley for an in-depth look at communal living then and now in one of Israel's first Moshavim or farming villages. Meet descendants of the Schneiderman pioneer family who run a spice farm and enjoy a tasting of dates and local spices.
  • Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley; stop for lunch on own en route.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Gather together as a group at the overlook on Scopus to take part in a Tallit Ceremony, and to recite the “shehechiyanu” blessing, traditionally recited upon entering Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Festive private Shabbat dinner at the hotel, with Lone Soldiers.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Seven: Saturday, December 29, 2018
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Services: Celebrate the B'nei Mitzvah of Ben Liss and Dylan Penn-Kraus, in a private room at the Hebrew Union College
  • Depart for the Old City via the Jaffa Gate, walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market (shuk), with time for lunch on your own.
  • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City.
  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
  • 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.
  • 5:34 p.m. Ben Kodesh Lechol: Gather together for Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Return to the hotel.

Adults:

  • Date night (!) and dinner at your own expense.

Youth & Kids:

  • With the youth counselors and Wilshire Boulevard Staff: pizza dinner and game night.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Eight: Sunday, December 30, 2018
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ride through the Judean desert on camels in Biblical-style at Genesis Land.
  • Ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path 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.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of one of the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea hotel, and enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Nine: Monday, December 31, 2018
MEMORY AND RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1:

  • 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

Option 2:

  • Visit the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem, an informal cultural and educational institution that presents exhibitions consisting of interactive exhibits on subjects of science and technology and integrates these exhibits into a context through a wide range of educational activities.

All Together:

  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Return to the hotel, with time to get ready for the B'nei Mitzvah service.
  • 6:00 p.m. B'nei Mitzvah service at the glass-domed Blaustein Hall, a unique architectural structure, overlooking the spectacular view of the Old City walls the Tower of David.
  • Celebratory dinner and New Year's Eve Party at Blaustein Hall.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day Ten: Tuesday, January 1, 2019  
BELOW THE SURFACE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem toward Beit Guvrin.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover 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.
  • Return to the Old City; free time for lunch on your own and shopping in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount's Western Wall, exposed in recent years.
  • Return to the hotel; late check out for those departing on January 1st. Families flying on January 2nd or later can remain in the hotel for the full night (rooms are booked through January 2nd).
  • 7:00 p.m. Private festive farewell dinner at Piccolino, a delightful Italian style restaurant in the heart of downtown Jerusalem.

Overnight:  Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem / Flight

 

Day Eleven: Wednesday, January 2, 2019   
DEPARTURE

  • 3:15 a.m. Group transfer provided for those departing on British Airways #162 at 7:00 a.m.

Rest of the group:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out of the hotel and transfer on your own to Ben Gurion Airport.

 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 full paying participants per bus based on a minimum of 2 buses. 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.
  • 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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