Congregation Ohev Shalom Trip to Israel

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7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator (no bus on Saturday, August 3rd) 

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

Porterage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Sunday, July 28, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, July 29, 2019
ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Meet your tour educator, depart the airport and enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner and opening remarks with your tour educator and Rabbi Kay at Maganda, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for the Old City of Jaffa; ascend from the old 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 famous Jaffa Flea Market – “Shuk Hapishpeshim.”
  • Explore the Hagana Museum on Rothschild Boulevard;

OR

  • A State Against the Odds: Learn about the establishment of the State of Israel and consider whether David Ben-Gurion’s proclamation of a Jewish state based on equality and justice was a miracle, madness or both. Stand outside Independence Hall (the interior is currently being refurbished) before moving to their nearby temporary exhibition, and then discuss the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, and sing, as they did on May 14, 1948, Hatikva (The Hope), Israel’s national anthem.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Start-Up Nation: Delve into the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center and meet with an up-and-coming start-up entrepreneur.
  • Stroll down the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market.
  • Challenge, Question, Engage and Enlighten: Visit Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, which represents the Secular Jewish Renaissance and Yahadut Hevratit (Jewish Social Activism) in Israel.
  • Dinner on own and a free evening for an opportunity to:
    • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, with its many cafés and bars.
    • Experience Tel Aviv Port, with its restaurants and clubs.
    • Explore the colorful Neve Zedek
    • Saunter down the Tel Aviv Beach Promenade.
    • Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv’s renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI LIFE

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Lands of Israel’s most important landmarks, built during the Roman Period. Explore the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
  • Continue to Kiryat Motzkin and participate in a program with the sister community.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Proceed to the Kishor Winery overlooking the vineyards and the beautiful Galilean scenery, taste some wine and learn about the process of wine-making and about special inclusive community supported by the winery.
  • Continue to the village of Peki’in in the Upper Galilee, home to Muslims, Christians, Druze and – until recently – the remnants of an ancient Jewish community. Tradition identifies a small local cave as the refuge of the 2nd -century Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, supposed the author of the Zohar, the book of Jewish mysticism.
  • Head north to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, August 1, 2019
NATURE & SECURITY IN THE NORTH

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great biblical city of Dan;

OR

  • Take a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights, following the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War.
  • Watch the panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) and gain sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Drive to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
    • The Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages, including a text study with Rabbi Kay.
    • The quaint Artists’ Colony, its craft shops, and galleries; meet with Sheva Chaya, an artist inspired by Kabbalistic messages.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day Six: Friday, August 2, 2019
ALL ROADS LEAD TO JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Drive to the Hula Nature Reserve and view Ophoria, a 3D interactive film about Israel’s enormous bird migrations. Stroll the swamp trail for beautiful views of the fauna and flora, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor;

OR

  • Passing through Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, continue to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu for an interactive family tour of the Bio-Bee fields and facilities. Gain insight into a local, world leader tackling the challenge of environmental improvement using flies, bees, and owls and experience a real, working and ideological kibbutz.
  • Continue south along the Jordan Valley Rift, stopping for lunch on own, en route.
  • Get a close view of Jordan at Kasser Al Yahud, the narrow part of the Jordan River, and stand at the spot traditionally believed as the place of where the baptism of Jesus took place, and the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River entering Israel.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem stop atop of Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services overlooking the Old City walls.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel with lone soldiers.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, August 3, 2019
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Lunch at Fuchsberg Center.
  • Proceed to the Old City for a walk along its ancient Ramparts.
  • Discover more pathways and passages in the Jewish Quarter and take a Shabbat Walkthrough unexpected paths to Zion, the Temple Mount overlook, and King David’s Tomb.
  • Explore the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • Ascend to the rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
    • Walk through the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century, King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall” and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Walk through the Arab shuk (bazaar).
  • Return to the hotel.
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Meet with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
  • Watch 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 depicting the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, August 4, 2019
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Climb the Snake Path or take the cable car 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 defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Descend via the cable car.
  • Lunch on own at the base of Masada.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem, stopping first to ride camels through the desert in biblical-style.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, August 5, 2019
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check out.
  • Return to the Old City of Jerusalem and explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, exposed in recent years.

Option 1 (with a local guide)

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum, the Children’s Memorial, and a concluding Memorial Service.

Option 2 (with your tour educator)

  • Visit the National Military Cemetery on Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history in which soldiers gave their lives, and continue to the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres in the section for Leaders of the Nation.

All

  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
  • Free time for last minute shopping and exploring.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport to check in for the departure flight to the USA.

Overnight: flight


Day Ten: August 6, 2019
ARRIVAL HOME

  • Arrive in the USA.

 

 


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.

2019 Land Only Status  
Jul 28 $2699 On sale

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



Dan Panorama Image

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.

Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel Image

Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel
Kibbutz Hagoshrim

The Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel is situated in the center of the Galilee, with views of Mount Hermon. Located in a pastoral landscape, it offers comfortable accommodations and facilities as well as an array of nearby activities.

Dan Panorama Image

Dan Panorama
Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Dan Panorama is centrally located in the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively downtown, theaters, shopping and eateries, while still within walking distance of the Old City and other historic sites.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 28 Apr 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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 US. 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 cancellation 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.

Cancellation 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

Cancellation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancellation 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.

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.
  • Water or 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
       
    • Security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
      $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor