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Tour Highlights

  • 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.....


 

Trip Includes


  • 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
DEPARTURE

  • Depart Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on United Airlines flight #1201 at 5:17 p.m.

OR

  • 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. 

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Monday, December 23, 2013
ARRIVAL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at 4:20pm.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 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 Yemenite Quarter.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY THREE: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948. 
  • 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 Zedek neighborhood.
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • 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 spots.
  • 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 THE NORTH
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

Option 1

  • Check out and depart Tel Aviv for the Upper Galilee.
  • Drive north to Havat Hashomer and hear about the Cleveland supported IDF program for young women and disadvantaged youth.

Option 2

  • Enjoy a morning at leisure in the hotel, to relax and make use of the facilities.

All

  • 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, Upper Galilee


DAY FIVE: Thursday, December 26, 2013
THROUGH THE JORDAN VALLEY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel. 

Option 1:

  • 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.

Option 2:

  • 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 ancient Kabbalists.

All:

  • 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SIX: Friday, December 27, 2013
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

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, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The new Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
    • A concluding Memorial Service

Option 2: Adult returnees:

    • The Children's Memorial
    • The Holocaust Toy Exhibit
    • The Art Museum
    • The Holocaust Film Archive
    • The Exhibitions Pavilion
    • The Sculpture Garden
    • The Valley of the Communities

Option 3: Children and youth over 10 years old:

  • 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 Holocaust.

All:

  • 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).

All

  • 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 congregants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Saturday, December 28, 2013
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Morning Services at a local synagogue.
  • 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 Palestine.
  • 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 Jewish Quarter.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • 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

OR

  • Attend a soccer match of Jerusalem's local team, Beitar Yerushalayim (supplemental cost).

Overnight: Jerusalem


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 leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem


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.

Option 1:

  • Plant a Tree in a Jerusalem Bird Observatory.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on your own.

Option 2:

  • 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 exit)
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.

All:

  • 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 11:10pm.

Overnight: Flight/Jerusalem


DAY TEN: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
RETURN
  • Connect at Newark International Airport to United flight #5128 at 8:49am.
  • Arrive in Cleveland at 10:37am.

** Participants interested in booking Eilat & Petra Extension should check the "post accommodation" box when registering **

 

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.

 

Not Included

 

  • 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.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • 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

 

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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