- Visit the Old City of Jaffa
- Tour the city of Safed, city of the Kabbalah
- Jeep tour in the Golan Heights
- Visit to a chocolate making factory
- Tikun Olam activity
- Participate in an archaeological dig
- Bar mitzvah ceremony
- Biblical experience and camel ride
- and much, much more.....
- Round trip flight Cleveland-Tel Aviv-Cleveland (based on $1,050 and not including fuel charges).
- 7 nights accommodation + late check out using the hotel plan listed below:
- 2 nights Tel Aviv
- 1 night Upper Galilee
- 4 nights + late check out
- Arrival & departure transfers (one per group)
- 13 meals: 7 Israeli buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
- 6 days of touring in a private motor coach featuring large panoramic windows, reclining seats and foot rests and walking tour on Shabbat
- Friendly and professional English-speaking tour educator-guide in Israel
- All program and entrance fees
- Youth counselor on day when visiting Masada
- Restaurant tipping in hotels included
- All hotel and airport portage included
DAY ONE: Sunday, December 22, 2013
- Depart Cleveland
Hopkins International Airport on United Airlines flight #1201 at 5:17 p.m.
- Depart Cleveland Hopkins
International Airport on United Airlines flight #5129 at 7:05 p.m.
- Connect at Newark
International Airport to United Airlines flight #90 at 10:45pm.
DAY TWO: Monday, December 23, 2013
- Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at
- Welcome by our representative and assistance with
- Meet your guides, Uri Feinberg and Shari Robins,
at the airport and depart as a group for Tel Aviv.
- Enter the city of Tel Aviv,
known as the “city that never sleeps” with its centers of culture and
recreation and national history such as the Habima Theater, sprawling beaches,
Dizengoff Street and Rabin Square.
- Check into the hotel.
- Depart from the hotel to the visit the
Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place
where it all began, for a shechianu overlooking the city at night.
- Welcome Dinner at Maganda, a
great Middle Eastern Restaurant with a Yemenite flavor in Tel Aviv's
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY THREE: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Visit to Independence Hall, site
of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May
- Visit the Ayalon Institute, near
Rehovot, for an eye opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used
during the British Mandate with Lunch at the museum.
- Drive to the Beit Guvrin caves
to 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.
- Return to Tel Aviv.
- Dinner on own.
- Free Evening in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
- Stroll down Rothschild
Boulevard with its many cafes and bars.
- Experience the Tel Aviv Port
with its restaurants and clubs.
- Explore the newly gentrified Neve
- Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach
- Wander through the
Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train
station, now a center of music, good food and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot
- Optional visit to the Nalaga'at Theater to view a
production of Lo AL HaLechem Levado - Not by Bread Alone, performed by a
deaf/blind theater group. (Cost not included.)
- Optional Guided Night Walk with a local city
guide, shedding light on the night-time atmosphere characterizing the local
restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
DAY FOUR: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
SWEETS, SERENITY AND SECURITY IN
- Check out and depart Tel Aviv for the Upper
- Drive north to Havat Hashomer
and hear about the Cleveland supported IDF program for young women and
- Enjoy a morning at leisure in the hotel, to relax
and make use of the facilities.
- Arrive in Beit Shean, Cleveland's partnership
region for lunch with local ethnic cooks.
- Visit the Beit Shean National Park, Visit the
Beit Shean National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites with
its biblical period archaeological mound and on-going excavations exposing the
vast Roman-Byzantine City;
- P2G program with residents of Beit Shean,
Cleveland's partnered city including a light dinner.
- Check into the kibbutz hotel.
Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel,
DAY FIVE: Thursday, December 26, 2013
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Check out of 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.
- Strolling the quaint Artists' Colony and shop
in the galleries and crafts shops.
- lada'at Families in Safed - Find your way through
the alley ways of Tsfat, uncovering the hidden words, secret codes and
mystical messages on a family scavenger hunt through the Old City of the
- Lunch on own en route.
- Welcome to Jerusalem - Enter the vibrant and
colourful 3,000-year-old city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of
the old and the new.
- Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the New
and Old Cities of Jerusalem and to say the traditional shehechiyanu blessing.
- Check into your hotel.
- Dinner on own.
- Enter the Old City via the Dung Gate and after a
stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) continue to a special night visit
to the Western Wall Tunnels, the underground continuation of the Western
Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
DAY SIX: Friday, December 27, 2013
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE
Option 1: Adult first timers:
- Guided visit through the Yad Vashem complex, the
Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust,
- The Avenue of the Righteous
- The new Historical Museum
- The Children's Memorial
- A concluding Memorial
Option 2: Adult returnees:
- The Children's
- The Holocaust Toy
- The Art
Holocaust Film Archive
- The Exhibitions Pavilion
- The Sculpture Garden
- The Valley of the Communities
Option 3: Children and youth over 10 years
- Special children/youth program at the Yad Vashem
complex the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in
the Holocaust, including guided visits to the Holocaust Toy Exhibit, the
Children's Memorial and the Sculpture Garden, using interactive programming,
arts & crafts and children's stories and diaries from the time of the
- A concluding Memorial Service
Option 4: Children under 10 years old:
- Visit the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, a
beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical
fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
- Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mt. 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.
- Free time to prepare for Shabbat.
- Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Kehillat Yozma in
Modi'in led by Rabbi Kinneret Shirion and Rabbi Nir Barkin, followed by Home
Hospitality Shabbat Dinner/ Communal Shabbat Dinner with local
DAY SEVEN: Saturday, December 28, 2013
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Optional Shabbat Morning Services at a local
- Enter the Old City via the Jaffa Gate and visit
the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem for a walk through the
city's history from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over
- Walk through Jerusalem's famous Old City Market
(shuk), with lunch on your own.
- Walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a
behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they
live together, continuing with a walking tour through the Jewish Quarter to
visit some of the sites excavated over the past 30 years, including:
- The Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the
world's oldest shopping arcade
- The Hurva Square, the central square of the
- Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old
- Free time in the Mamilla Pedestrian Arcade, a new
and contemporary shopping area with a taste of the past, located outside the
Jaffa Gate of the Old City, and 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 which
is a celebration of sight and sound, depicting the story of Jerusalem
- Attend a soccer match of Jerusalem's local team,
Beitar Yerushalayim (supplemental cost).
DAY EIGHT: Sunday, December 29, 2013
THE LOWEST PLACE ON EARTH
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Descend to the Dead Sea Basin
- Ascend the cable car or walk up the snake path to
Masada, Herod's mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand
against the Roman Legionnaire; discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish
defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
- Bathe in the relaxing and healthy sulphur springs
at Mineral Beach and float in the Dead Sea with lunch on your own.
- Visit Genesis Land, a biblical-style encampment
in the Judean Desert, delve into the Bible, experience biblical Hospitality
and a “hafla” feast and take a camel ride through the desert.
- Return to Jerusalem and evening at
DAY NINE: Monday, December 30, 2013
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at the Jerusalem Press Club
in the hear of Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem.
- Plant a Tree in a Jerusalem Bird
- Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of
Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with
lunch on your own.
- Guided visit through the City of David's new
excavations which have redefined the origins of Jerusalem; and wade through
the 2,600 year old Hezekiah's Water Tunnel in the Kidron Valley. (optional dry
- Lunch on own in the Old City.
- Return to the hotel with time to freshen up.
- Late check out from the hotel and proceed to your
Festive Farewell Dinner at Gallery 28.
- Continue to Ben Gurion International Airport and
check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A., OR return to the hotel.
- Depart onboard United Airlines flight #91 at
DAY TEN: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
- Connect at Newark International Airport to United
flight #5128 at 8:49am.
- Arrive in Cleveland at 10:37am.
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Need to Know
Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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.
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 Sep 01,2013 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Sep 01, 2013(and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
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.
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Guide and Driver Gratuities:
In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day
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