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Introduction to Israel with Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the ancient port
  • Tour of Independence Hall
  • Tour of clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate at the Ayalon Institute
  • Visit to a winery
  • Explore Safed, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years, and a contemporary artists' colony and meet with an artist who's works are influenced by the Kabbalah
  • Discussion with an expert on the Holocaust
  • Participate in an archaeological dig
  • And much, much more…

Trip Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation + a late checkout using selected hotels:
    • 2 nights Tel Aviv
    • 2 nights Kibbutz Guesthouse, Upper Galilee
    • 4 nights Jerusalem and late check out
  • Arrival & departure transfers (one per group)
  • 13 meals: 8 Israeli buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 7 days of touring in a private motor coach featuring large panoramic windows, reclining seats and foot rests
  • Friendly and professional English-speaking tour educator-guide in Israel
  • An educational coordinator who will ensure that you will have "A fabulous Israel Experience"
  • All program and entrance fees
  • Restaurant tipping in hotels included
  • All hotel and airport portage included

DAY ONE: Sunday, July 1, 2102

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWO: Monday, July 2, 2012
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Drive to 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.
  • Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Tel Aviv 

DAY THREE: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute, near Rehovot, for an eye opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • 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 and walk through the newly renovated and world-renowned Jaffa Flea Market - Shuk Hapishpishim.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists, and continue onto the colorful Carmel open-air market and then to Shenkin, with its hip street cafes and eclectic shops.
  • Visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY FOUR: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive northwards along the coast.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period; visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore concluding with a visit to the 900-year-old crusader city built on the same site.
  • Guided visit to Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first communities established by the early Zionist pioneers, including:
    • A walk along the colorful Pedestrian Mall with lunch on own
    • Wine tasting at the famous Carmel Winery
  • Guided visit to Beit Shearim, site of a 1,800-year-old Jewish necropolis and the graves of some of the most important codifiers of Jewish tradition.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee 

DAY FIVE: Thursday, July 5, 2012
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Israel's security situation on the Golan Heights from Mt. Bental, overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra, for a first-hand view of Israel's security position along the Syrian Border; visit a former Israeli bunker and gain further insight into the challenges Israel faced during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River and the Biblical settlement of Dan.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • 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 dialogue with an Artist inspired by Kabbalistic messages
    • A stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shop in the artists' colony
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

DAY SIX: Friday, July 6, 2012
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive south, stopping first to visit Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the site of Jesus' teachings and the remains of a 2nd century synagogue.
  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery and hear about the dreams of the early young Zionist pioneers, the challenges they faced and the obstacles they overcame.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Drive along the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.
  • 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 the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local reform synagogue.
  • Home Hospitality Shabbat Dinner/Communal Shabbat Dinner with local congregants OR Festive Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY SEVEN: Saturday, July 7, 2012 (No Guide)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to visit (on own, with provided vouchers):
    • 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)
  • Free Evening in Jerusalem on Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall or on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY EIGHT: Sunday, July 8, 2012
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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:
    • The Cardo, a Byzantine street that is now the world's oldest shopping arcade
    • The Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
    • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations
    • The Kotel (Western Wall)
    • The Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Depart Jerusalem for Beit Guvrin and take part in an active dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves as you 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem and rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY NINE: Monday, July 9, 2012
  • Early 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.
  • Short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a lush oasis in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem and dinner at leisure.
  • Evening: optional 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 (supplemental cost).

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY TEN: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim.
  • 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
  • Experience the sites, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda Market, with lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites, OR 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.
  • Return to the hotel and free time to pack and relax.
  • Late check out from the hotel and proceed to the festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for the departure flight to the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

DAY ELEVEN: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
  • Arrive in the U.S.A.

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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.
  • 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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