Boulder Community-Wide Trip to Israel 2020

price per person from $3369

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Optional 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).

9 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned buses with licensed, English speaking tour educators
and walking tour on Shabbat

1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 7 dinners

Water on the bus on touring days

Portage at the airport and hotel

Day One: Sunday, May 31, 2020

ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Monday, June 1, 2020

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

  • The Boulder Community-Wide Trip to Israel has begun! Welcome to Israel!
  • You’ll arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport where our representatives will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure the smoothest of arrivals.
  • Meet your tour educator, who will accompany you on this journey of experiences, interactions, and education.
  • We’ll make the short drive to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment. 
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Why I Love Israel: Dinner overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and a discussion with David Siegel, former Consul General of Israel to the Southwest United States, on why he’s inspired by Israel. 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day Three: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND STATE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • A New Way to Celebrate Israel: Meet with Joanna Landau, founder of Vibe Israel. This nonprofit, apolitical organization is promoting a new vision of Israel on social media as a multicultural, creative, and innovative society rather than a country dominated by conflict. 
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish State and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and be educated at the Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This doubles as a delicious lunch.
  • § A short drive will take us to the oldest, original part of Tel Aviv, the Old City of Jaffa. We’ll learn about its historical importance and contemporary status as a mixed Jewish-Arab city as we make our way up from its ancient port, where fishing boats dock next to modern cultural centers and restaurants. We’ll walk through the renovated alleyways with their artists’ studios and then shop for bargains at the Jaffa Flea Market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • What’s Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.  
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Return to the hotel with time to swim and relax.
  • Tel Aviv has plenty of great options for dinner (not included in package). We’re happy to make reservations and recommendations including at the Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and cafés right on the water’s edge, OR the Tahana, Tel Aviv’s old train station, which has been transformed into a center of fine dining and shopping.

Overnight: Tel Aviv
 

Day Four: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

DESERT ADVENTURES 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • We’ll drive south to the Negev Desert to understand efforts to both develop and preserve this remarkable natural environment. 
  • Proceed to the Shafdan Wastewater Treatment Plant, which reclaims wastewater from high-density Tel Aviv for use in agriculture. One of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in the world, the plant’s 44-mile piping system transports municipal wastewater from urban areas and industrial zones to the treatment facility at Sorek.
  • Visit the grave of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion, located at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We’ll discuss why Ben-Gurion, the “grand old man” of Israel’s public life and the country’s first Prime Minister abandoned the political scene for life in an isolated Kibbutz in the Negev Desert. 
  • We’ll then take off into the spectacular desert on a jeep tour through the Zin Valley and experience the Negev in all its wildness and beauty.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • How Fast Does This Thing Go? Camel riding is not something you do every day. We’ll take a train of camels for a test drive and ride into the heart of the desert along the ancient trade route. Afterward, relax in a spacious Bedouin tent at the Chan Hashayarot camp and find out what Middle Eastern hospitality is all about.
  • Drive to Ramat HaNegev, partner region of JEWISHcolorado in a program connecting the two communities on many levels.  We’ll view some examples of how Colorado’s involvement is changing people’s lives in this region, after which we’ll join friends old and new from Ramat HaNegev for an event at Shanti Bamidbar, a home for youth at risk. There we’ll learn about an unconventional but very effective approach to integrating these youngsters back into society.  After enjoying a postcard-worthy sunset, we’ll have dinner celebrating friendship and love. 
  • Check into the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh
 

Day Five: Thursday, June 4, 2020

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SOUTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Living on the Edge: Drive to Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and meet Tsameret Zamir. An artist and resident of the moshav, Tsameret is the force behind the Path to Peace – a joint mosaic created by thousands of people which has been placed on the security wall that separates Israeli and Palestinian communities. Hear how the mosaic, which can be seen on both sides of the wall, is spreading a message of optimism and hope of a peaceful future. 
  • Visit Project Wadi Attir, a groundbreaking initiative within a Bedouin community in the Negev to establish a sustainable farm based on traditional Bedouin values, know-how, and experience. The project was initiated by the Sustainability Laboratory, in partnership with the Hura Municipal Council.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Prepare to get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, and (optional) crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Welcome to the fascinating, contentious, and holy city of Jerusalem. We’ll celebrate our arrival by reciting the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanks. 
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant with Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst of the Jerusalem Post. (pending confirmation). 

Overnight: Jerusalem
 

Day Six: Friday, June 5, 2020

THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period and how its wealthy lived. See the Gihon Spring, the source of Jerusalem’s water supply, which was integral to its survival and religious ceremonies. Then (optional) wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels, an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah’s, before experiencing the transformation from the First Temple to the Second Temple. 
  • A highlight of any journey to Israel is a visit to the Kotel (the Western Wall), widely considered Judaism’s holiest site. We’ll discuss its historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • Continue to the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and enjoy access and explanation of the archaeological new discoveries that are rewriting our understanding of daily life in Jerusalem. 
  • Lunch (not included in package) in the Jewish Quarter. 
  • Walk through the Old City’s Jewish Quarter: 
  • Walk to the rooftops for a bird-eye view of the remarkably disparate yet closely bound communities of the Old City. 
  • Explore the Cardo – the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem, with its spectacular Byzantine-era columns, King Hezekiah’s Broad Wall – a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago, and Hurva Square – the center of life in the Jewish Quarter today. 
  • Return to the hotel with time to relax and to enjoy the atmosphere as Jerusalem prepares and slows down for Shabbat.
  • Candle lighting at the hotel.
  • Pre-Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony (location to be advised).
  • Be part of the diversity and spirituality of Jerusalem as people from all over the world gather to welcome Shabbat at the Kotel or at a local synagogue.
  • Festive private Shabbat dinner at the hotel with lone soldiers who came (without their families) from countries outside Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

Overnight: Jerusalem
 

Day Seven: Saturday, June 6, 2020

A JERUSALEM SHABBAT or MASADA AND DEAD SEA DAY

A JERUSALEM SHABBAT – Option 1 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Sample the enormous variety of Jerusalem’s synagogues with Shabbat morning services or enjoy a morning of leisure.
  • Lunch (not included in package).
  • A free afternoon to relax or join one of these special walking tours (pre-registration required).
  • Jerusalem and Its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
  • A Street of Modern Prophets: Discover Hanevi’im Street (Street of the Prophets) and the extraordinary people who lived in one of Jerusalem’s first modern neighborhoods. Visit the homes of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language, and artist Anne Ticho, see the Ethiopian Church, the Italian Hospital, and other buildings that made this known as Jerusalem’s most beautiful street outside the Old City walls. 
  • Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Shaananim, and Mamilla: Get acquainted with Sir Moses Montefiore and the pastoral neighborhoods, famous windmill and artists’ colony that he developed, which transformed Jerusalem. En route, view two of modern Jerusalem’s most storied and important landmarks: the King David Hotel and the YMCA building.

MASADA AND DEAD SEA – Option 2 – supplemental cost of $160 per person 

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to the Dead Sea. 
  • As Low as It Goes: We'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape, and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last Stand: A cable car will bring us to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE) before committing mass suicide. We’ll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • The Sea of Salt: Go floating, rather than swimming in the Dead Sea. Not much can live in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. 
  • While returning to Jerusalem, we’ll drive by Qumran, where a separatist Jewish sect from the Second Temple period created an isolated community and the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most ancient and important religious manuscripts in existence, were discovered.

ALL:

  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Join your community in a beautiful Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City as we bid farewell to Shabbat and look forward to the experiences still to come.
  • Free time to enjoy the city, including the Mamilla Pedestrian Arcade, a contemporary shopping and dining area with a touch of the past; a great location for dinner (not included in package).
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
  • Meet at Jaffa Gate and walk back to the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day Eight: Sunday, June 7, 2020

GOING DEEPER INTO JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • A Light unto the Nations: IsraAID provides disaster relief and ongoing rehabilitation assistance to crisis areas around the world. Meet their co-CEO, Navonel (Voni) Glick, and hear the inspiring story of how this Israel-based organization is saving lives and creating long-term partnerships with people struck by disaster.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Our tour, a profound experience, both emotionally and educationally, will include:
    • § The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah. 
    • § The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps. 
    • § The Children’s Memorial. 
    • § The visit will conclude with a special memorial service allowing us to pay personal tribute to those who were lost. 
  • § Explore the sights, smells, sounds and especially the food during a tasting tour in Jerusalem’s exciting and ethnically diverse open-air market, Mahane Yehuda. This doubles as a delicious lunch. 
  • § The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Go beyond the headlines for an in-depth discussion on the political situation in East and West Jerusalem and the effects of the Security Barrier on local communities, including visits to key areas along the seam zone.
  • Return to the hotel with dinner (not included in package). 

Overnight: Jerusalem
 

Day Nine: Monday, June 8, 2020

KEEPING THE VALLEY GREEN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and drive north through the Jordan Valley.
  • § Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu is the site for an interactive tour of the Bio-Bee fields, where environmentally friendly ways to protect crops using flies, bees, and owls rather than pesticides, are developed. We’ll see how this collective Kibbutz is thriving in 21st-century Israel and is strengthening environmentalism in the international marketplace. 
  • Kinneret Cemetery: Moshava Kinneret was one of the first Zionist agricultural settlements. We’ll discuss the iconic figures in Zionist collective culture buried here, including Rachel the Poetess, philosopher Ber Borochov, and the “first lady of Israeli song,” Naomi Shemer. 
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Swim in freshwater pools and natural springs at the Gan Hashlosha Nature Reserve (Sachne), situated at the foot of Mount Gilboa.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. A chance for the adults to toast their journey together while the kids let their hair down with dancing and music. 
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

MYSTICS AND DREAMERS IN THE GALILEE

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Perhaps it’s the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it’s the mountain air in Israel’s highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you’ll:
    • Visit the Ari Synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists’ Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Meet with artists inspired by the Kabbalah and by their Jewish identities. 
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • The Balance of Power on Israel’s Northern Border: Dialogue with Maj. (Ret) Sarit Zehavi, a former senior intelligence officer and now a security analyst, on the complex and fast-changing military, diplomatic, and strategic challenges confronting Israel from the north. 
  • A Sweet DayIndulge your sweet tooth and check out the culinary and therapeutic delights of chocolate with a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory in Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
  • Ready-Set-Cook! Who are the champion cooks in the Boulder community? Find out in a Middle Eastern comparative cooking workshop where laughter and fun are crucial parts of the menu. We’ll join into teams and create some great local dishes with help from a top chef from the Galilee region. After the cooking, comes the eating with dinner. 
    • Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Sea of Galilee 

 

Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY PAST AND PRESENT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Relatively few overseas visitors have seen the fascinating ancient-modern city of Shefaram, located between the bottom of the Carmel Ridge and the entrance to the Galilee. Once a Jewish rabbinical center operating under Roman rule, Shefaram was later a Crusader post and is now an Arab city with tightly interwoven communities of Muslim, Christian, and Druze residents.   We’ll meet with leaders and residents and hear of their efforts to maintain close, respectful ties between the town’s different faiths and with the Israeli Jewish population. Highlights of our visit will include:
    • A muezzin (Muslim clergy) will welcome us into a local mosque and discuss Islamic practice and life in Israel.
    • Entering the town’s beautiful Roman Catholic church, with an opportunity to talk with locals about the variety of Christian denominations in the town. 
    • A visit to the town’s abandoned synagogue, where we’ll discuss what, historically and today, it means to be a minority community in the Land of Israel. 
    • Our tour of Shefaram will conclude with a cooking workshop as we’ll whip up some knafeh, the iconic dessert of the Western Galilee. 
  • Drive to the innovative Zippori National Park, site of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi’s codification of the Mishna and extraordinary ancient mosaics, with a special mosaic-making program for children and youth.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Caesarea was one of the Land of Israel’s most important cities in the Roman Period. We’ll explore the town, the Herodian Theater, and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore.
  • Proceed to Neot Kedumim, an interactive Biblical landscape reserve dedicated to preserving the lifestyles and flora of ancient times. Afterward, we’ll join together as a community to celebrate our journey through Israel and to leave our mark on the country with a tree-planting ceremony and farewell dinner. 
  • (Optional) Day use rooms and check-out from the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.
  • It has been our privilege to be with you on the Boulder Community-Wide Trip to Israel.

Overnight: Flight 

 

Day Twelve: Thursday, June 11, 2020

ON THE WAY HOME

  • Arrival in Colorado. 

 

 


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

*Registration opens September 10th.

 
2020 Land Only Air & Land Status  
May 31 $3519 $5618 On sale

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Dan Panorama
Tel Aviv

Ideally located on Tel Aviv's lively seafront, the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama has a pool and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just across the road.

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Isrotel Ramon Inn
Mitzpe Ramon

Isrotel's Ramon Inn is located in Israel's Negev Desert, a short drive to one of the world's natural wonders, the Ramon Crater, as well as Ein Avdat archaeological site and several other natural wonders and sites. The hotel combines its hospitable family suites with the pleasures of the pastoral landscape and action-packed outdoor activities for an unforgettable desert vacation.

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Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem

With the new room collection, The Inbal offers you elegant comfort and luxury, combining a minimalistic yet warm approach to design. State-of-the-art amenities and premium services guarantee you a luxuriant and serene stay – tranquil and harmonious, in the heart of the thriving, bustling city of Jerusalem.

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Ramot Resort Hotel
Sea Of Galilee

At the foot of the Golan, overlooking the magnificent Sea of Galilee.surrounded by open lawns & breathtaking views


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 01 Mar 2020

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 60 full-paying participants. 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.


PAYMENT POLICY
Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.


CANCELATION POLICY
Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We, therefore, recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

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 Feb 08, 2020 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Feb 08, 2020 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.

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.
 


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.


MEALS
Are included as specified in the itinerary.


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 at group meals are included.


PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Credit card fees
  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 20 participants and more:
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor


GUIDELINES FOR REGISTERING CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 18)

  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18)