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Tour Highlights

  • Jeep or horse ride along the Burma Road
  • Meeting with social scientist Paul Liptz
  • Attend the Sound & Light Show at David's Citadel
  • Tour of the City of David
  • Study session at the Hartman Institute
  • Visit to the Bio-Bee Biological Systems Plant
  • Security seminar on the Golan Heights
  • Meet with a representative of the Druse community
  • Meet with IDF soldiers
  • Meet with an artist in Safed
  • Full day tour to Petra in Jordan
  • Meet with members of the Israel Reform Movement
  • and much, much more.....


Trip Includes

  • Flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are not included).
  • 12 nights accommodation + late check out using the hotel plan listed below
    • 6 nights Jerusalem
    • 2 nights Upper Galilee
    • 2 nights Eilat
    • 2 nights Tel Aviv and late check out 
  • Arrival & departure transfers (one per group)
  • 18 meals: 12 Israeli buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • 9 days of touring in a private motor coach featuring large panoramic windows, reclining seats and foot rests (including full day of touring in Petra)
  • Round trip flights Tel Aviv-Eilat-Tel Aviv
  • Friendly and professional English-speaking tour educator-guide in Israe
  • All program and entrance fees
  • Restaurant tipping in hotels included
  • Jordanian and Israeli border taxes
  • All hotel and airport portage included

DAY ONE: Sunday, April 14, 2013

  • 8:15 a.m. Depart Portland on Alaska Airlines flight AS568 to Los Angeles.
  • 10:34 a.m. Arrive in Los Angeles and connect to international flight.
  • 1:15 p.m. Depart Los Angeles on El Al flight LY006 to Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWO: Monday, April 15, 2013
  • 1:45 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 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 the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the New and Old Cities of Jerusalem and to say the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel
  • Festive Yom Hatzma'ut dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

DAY THREE: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Jerusalem.
  • Jeep Ride in the Judean Hills, along the famous Burma Road, which was urgently constructed during the War of Independence in an attempt to break the siege on Jerusalem.
  • BBQ lunch in the field.
  • Return to Jerusalem and visit the renewed Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world, concluding with a visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shrine of the Book and the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem.
  • Free time to explore downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall and Nachalat Shiva Street, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

DAY FOUR: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Prof. Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Guided visit through the City of David's new excavations which have redefined the origins of Jerusalem. Walk through the newly opened tunnel into the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, and conclude with a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Walk through the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for guided visits to some of the sites excavated over the past 30 years, including:
    • 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.
    • The Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the world's oldest shopping arcade
    • The Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
  • Dinner on your own at a choice of a wide array of restaurants
  • 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.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

DAY FIVE: Thursday, April 18, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Mt. Herzl, including the Herzl Center dedicated to the life and achievements of the founder of Political Zionism, Theodore Herzl, followed by a visit to his grave and the graves of Yitzhak Rabin and other leaders of the nation.
  • Guided visit through the newly renovated 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
  • Ethnic, cultural and tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open air market; enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes as well as the stories and personal interactions with shopkeepers who add so much to this colourful experience and lunch on your own
  • Living as a Jew in the Modern World: Special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with a leading scholar.
  • LaDa'at The Geopolitics of Jerusalem - Travel through the city of Jerusalem exploring some of the political and diplomatic complexities of recent years, including the ‘Security Barrier' with further insight into the ramifications of current developments. (time permitting)
  • Return to the hotel and dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

DAY SIX: Friday, April 19, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and 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 Legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Bathe in the relaxing and healthy sulphur springs at the Mineral Beach and float in the Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem and time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehillat Kol Haneshema led by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman. (pending confirmation
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

DAY SEVEN: Saturday, April 20, 2013 (No Guide)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services at Hebrew Union College.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Free Shabbat on your own with optional visits on own to:
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city.
    • 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.
    • 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)
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free evening in Jerusalem on Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

DAY EIGHT: Sunday, April 21, 2103
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Jerusalem, and drive north along the Jordan Valley Rift.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Bio-Bee Biological Systems on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, leading experts in the mass production and implementation of beneficial insects and mites for agricultural purposes, cooperating on a regional level with Palestinians and Jordanians.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery and hear about the dreams of the early young Zionist pioneers, the challenges they faced and the obstacles they overcame.
  • Drive via Tiberias and continue to the Upper Galilee.
  • Visit the Hula Lake (Agamon Hahula) for bike-riding, golf-carting, nature walks and bird watching.
  • Check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

DAY NINE: Monday, April 22, 2103
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel
  • Visit Misgav Am for a security briefing overlooking the Southern Lebanon border and a dialogue with a local resident.
  • Short hike along the Banias River at the base of the Golan Heights.
  • Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, including a dialogue with a local resident.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Visit Emek Habecha, the Valley of Tears, on the Eastern edge of the Golan Heights, site of one of Israel's fiercest battles during the Yom Kippur War and view an audiovisual program, depicting the battle of the 77th Battalion - OZ77
  • Visit the Bahat Winery for a dialogue with wine makers and wine tasting.
  • Return to the kibbutz hotel to freshen up and relax
  • Dinner and meeting with IDF combat soldiers at the Le Charolais, situated at the foot of the Golan Heights.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

DAY TEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and travel to Safed.
  • Dialogue with David Friedman, a Kabbalistic artist in Safed.
  • Explore Safed, 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.
    • A stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shop in the artists' colony.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Visit Given Imaging, an Israeli company developing micro-medical testing and imaging devices, including a camera in a pill that can be swallowed, which directly affect and improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases all over the world.
  • Drive to the Sde Dov Domestic Airport in Tel Aviv and check in for your flight to Eilat. (some luggage will be taken to the Tel Aviv hotel)
  • Fly to Eilat. (Approximately 7 p.m.)
  • Upon arrival in Eilat, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Eilat

DAY ELEVEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing.
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan and travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Lunch at a local hotel/restaurant.
  • Late afternoon return to the Arava Border Crossing and transfer back to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Eilat

DAY TWELVE: Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory and experience the wonders and mysteries of the world beneath the Red Sea, accompanied by Rabbi Cahana's cousin. (on own account)
  • Morning on own at leisure for ‘fun in the sun', with optional water sports, snorkeling, underwater observatory, hiking, jeep trip and much more.
  • Check out of the hotel by noon.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Mid-afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. (Approximately 2 p.m.)
  • Arrive in 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.
  • Transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

DAY THIRTEEN: Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the ancient port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Walk through the museum at the new Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel, with the life of Yitzhak Rabin serving as a connecting thread between the various sections of the exhibition, both chronologically and substantively.
  • Walking tour through the trendy area where the colorful Carmel Market, and Shenkin Street meet in downtown Tel Aviv and after lunch on your own, visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehillat Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv led by Rabbi Meir Azari.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

DAY FOURTEEN: Saturday, April 27, 2012
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day in Tel Aviv with optional visits on own to:
  • Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
  • Meander through the Old City of Jaffa.
  • Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek Neighborhood.
  • Visit some of Tel Aviv's legendary Art Galleries.
  • Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
  • 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.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Festive farewell dinner at Old Man and the Sea in the newly renovated Jaffa Port.
  • 9:45 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

DAY FIFTEEN: Sunday, April 28, 2012
  • 1:10 a.m. Departure on El Al flight LY005 to Los Angeles.
  • 6:35 a.m. Arrive in Los Angeles and connect to domestic flight
  • 10:05 a.m. Depart Los Angeles on Virgin America flight VX802 to Portland.
  • 12:25 p.m. Arrive to Portland.

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.
  • 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 Jan 01, 2013 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Jan 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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