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  • Flights to and from Tel Aviv as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the airline).
  • 8 nights' accommodation + late checkout at selected hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 7 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Monday, June 20, 2016
DEPARTURE

  • 3:40 p.m. Depart Tampa on United Flight # 1024.
  • 6:30 p.m. Arrive in Newark for your connecting flight.
  • 10:45 p.m. Depart New3ark on United Flight # 90
    Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
ARRIVAL

  • 4:20 p.m. Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator at the airport and drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Welcome to Israel: Stop at the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv - and to our journey in Israel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 6:30 p.m. Meet the group in the lobby of the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv to depart for dinner.
  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome dinner and orientation with your Tour Educator, Mike Rogoff, joined by friends from Congregation Schaari Zedek.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv

Day Three: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
CAESAREA-MEGIDDO-HAIFA-NAZARETH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart north along the coastal plain to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caeasar and considered the traditional site of Paul's imprisonment before his trial in Rome and the home of the first gentile believer, Cornelius and of Philip the evangelist; the theatre, aqueducts and Hippodrome serve as a backdrop for the events chronicled in the Book of Acts.
  • Visit Megiddo, one of Israel's most famous biblical sites and the traditional site of Armageddon, and walk through the archaeological park and biblical period waterways.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Visit the Mukhraka (Horn of the Carmel), the monastery of the “place of burning” where according to Jewish, Christian, Druze and Muslim belief, the dramatic battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal took place. The panoramic view in all directions is spectacular.
  • Visit Nazareth and walk through the colorful marketplace to the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Four: Thursday, June 23, 2016
SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Short walk along the Banias River at the base of the Golan Heights, also known as Caesarea Philippi, the site where Jesus revealed Peter's leadership role among the disciples.
  • 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
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony and shop in the galleries and crafts shops
  • Lunch on own, en route
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
  • View the spectacular 1st-century AD boat, similar to those used by the disciples.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel with friends from Congregation Schaari Zedek.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Friday, June 24, 2016
AROUND THE SEA AND ALONG THE RIFT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the kibbutz hotel and drive south.
  • Guided visit to some Christian Holy Sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:
    • A visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount', overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
    • A visit to Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the site of Jesus' teachings and the remains of a 2nd century synagogue.
    • A visit to Tabgha, traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and the site of a modern church built on the remains of a Fourth Century church.
  • Drive to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue south along the Jordan Rift Valley and ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean Desert.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Pre-Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony near the Southern Wall, together with our neighbors from Tampa.
  • Time for personal reflection by the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel with Rabbi Birnholz and Congregation Schaarai Zedek.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Six: Saturday, June 25, 2016
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | no guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City (voucher provided).
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
  • 4:45 p.m. Meet in the hotel lobby.
  • 5:00 p.m. Israeli Society @ 2016: Dialogue with scholar, David Mendelsohn
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah at hotel overlooking Jerusalem.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • 9:00 p.m.  The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Sunday, June 26, 2016
JERUSALEM-OLD CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early morning visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion where Jesus spent his last hours with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion; it was also here that the Holy Spirit came upon the 120 on the Day of Pentecost. Directly under the Upper Room, is the traditional site of the Tomb of King David.
  • 10:00 a.m.  Church Service at St Andrews Church.
  • Drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City.
  • Descend to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Afternoon guided visit through the Old City of Jerusalem, including sites holy to Jews, and Christians: the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Monday, June 27, 2016
DEAD SEA-MASADA

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Arrive at Masada and ascend this wilderness mountain fortress in a cable car; walk through the remains of the palace, water cisterns and fortifications built by King Herod, and hear about the Zealots who lived here until the bitter end.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Stop at Qumran and explore the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend to the Inn of the Good Samaritan
  • 4:45 p.m. Visit Genesis Land, a Biblical-style encampment in the Judean Desert; delve into the Bible, take a camel ride, experience Biblical hospitality and enjoy a celebration ‘hafla' feast.
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem

Day Nine: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
NEW CITY-BETHLEHEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. 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
    • A concluding Memorial Service
  • Walk through the picturesque neighbourhood of Ein Karem, site of the Churches of the Visitation and John the Baptist and art galleries and lunch on own.
  • 3:00 p.m. Visit the city of Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
ISRAEL 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Visit to Garden Tomb, traditional Protestant site of Calvary.
  • Drive through the Israeli ‘Capitol Hill' - drive between, the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, the Supreme Court building, the Prime Minister's Office, Israel National bank & the Israeli national Library.
  • Visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls, to Jewish Life and Art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax, pack and get in some last-minute shopping.
  • Late check-out from the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant, Medita along with Congregation Schaarai Zedek.
  • 7:00 p.m. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for the departure flight to the U.S.A.
  • 11:10 p.m. Depart Israel on United Flight # 91.

Overnight: Flight

Day Eleven: Thursday, June 30, 2016
DEPARTURE

  • 4:15 a.m. Arrive in the Newark for your connecting flight.
  • 7:17 a.m. Depart Newark on United Flight # 1915.
  • 10:02 a.m. Arrive back in Tampa

Overnight: Flight.

 

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 March 10, 2016 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 10, 2016 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $200 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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