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  • As per itinerary


Tour Includes


  • 9 nights' accommodation + late check out using selected hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide + walking tour on Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels


DAY ONE:  Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWO: Sunday, October 27, 2013
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 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.
  • Creating Reality: The Visionaries and Builders: Guided visit through the Trumpledor Cemetery for a glimpse at the lives of some of the dreamers and builders of Tel Aviv, including writer Haim Nahman Bialik, Mayor Meir Dizengoff and Zionist thinker, Ahad Ha'Am (contingent on arrival time).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation with the Tour Educator.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY THREE: Monday, October 28, 2013
  • 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.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Take part in an active 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, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and evening at leisure, perhaps along the trendy Tel Aviv Port or at the Tachana, Tel Aviv's newly renovated old train station and now a center of music, good food and one of Tel Aviv's blooming hot spots.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY FOUR: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal plain 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 Somek Winery, a small, family-run winery for great wine and conversation
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Where Is My Kibbutz Going?  Dialogue with kibbutz members on the ever-changing nature of kibbutz life today.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

DAY FIVE: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jeep tour climbing to the Golan Heights in the footsteps of IDF soldiers and their battles in the Six Day War, to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River and the Biblical settlement of Dan, followed by a guided visit to the ongoing excavations.
  • Lunch on 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
  • Dinner at the home of Genine and Ronnie Bar-El in Safed, for a unique combination of Jewish artistic creativity and gourmet culinary expertise, located in one of Safed's oldest and most special homes.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

DAY SIX: Thursday, October 31, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart the Upper Galilee.
  • Visit the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi's codification of the Mishna and a renowned mosaic collection with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.
  • Special interactive program at the Makom BaGalil Seminar Center designed to further dialogue and understanding between Jews and Arabs in the Galilee.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem 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 and rest of the day on own.

Overnight:  Jerusalem

DAY SEVEN: Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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
    • The Holocaust Toy Exhibit
    • The Valley of the Communities
    • A concluding Memorial Service
      (for those who might have been in the past few years following the massive renovations of Yad Vashem, alternative programs at the Memorial can  be arranged).
  • Ethnic, cultural and tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open air market; enjoy the sites, smells, and tastes as well as the stories and personal interactions with shopkeepers who add so much to this colourful pre-Shabbat experience, with lunch on own.
  • Free time to enjoy the pre-Shabbat atmosphere.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Kehillat Mevakshei Derech, one of Jerusalem's first and pioneering Progressive congregations.
  • Home hospitality with congregants OR Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel*

Overnight:  Jerusalem

DAY EIGHT:  Saturday, November 2, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services.
  • Lunch on own and then  proceed to the Old City for a Shabbat Walk through hidden alleyways to Mt. Zion, including the Temple Mount Overlook and King David's Tomb.
  • Enter the Old City via Zion Gate and 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, followed by a visit to the Cardo, a Byzantine street which is now the world's oldest shopping arcade, the Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter
  • Return to the hotel and free time.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own at a choice of a wide variety of restaurants in the city.
  • 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:  Jerusalem

*Subject to confirmation

DAY NINE:  Sunday, November 3, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) (subject to confirmation).
  • Guided visit through the City of David's new excavations which have redefined the origins of Jerusalem and walk through the newly opened tunnels which bring you up into the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, under Robinson's Arch, followed by a visit to the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Late lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Afternoon at leisure to wander through the Arab bazaar.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight:  Jerusalem

DAY TEN: Monday, November 4, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea.
  • Visit Qumran and explore the area where the Dead Sea Sect established a community, see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and view the interactive audio-visual program.
  • Ascend the cable car 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 sulfur springs at a Dead Sea Resort Hotel and float in the Dead Sea, including Lunch at the hotel (those who wish to not visit Masada may spend more time at the resort).
  • Return to Jerusalem and rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY ELEVEN: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel in the Arab World: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.
  • 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' for further insight into the ramifications of current developments.
  • Lunch on own, followed by free time for last minute shopping and packing.
  • Check out of the hotel and proceed to the renewed Israel Museum, one of the most creative and innovative museums in the world with a wide and eclectic collection, ranging from Judaica and archaeology to Renaissance and contemporary Israeli art, concluding with a visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shrine of the Book and the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem.
  • Festive farewell dinner at the Museum's Modern Restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWELVE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
  • Arrival in the USA.

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 atwww.tsa.govto 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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