Illinois Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages
Israel Experience 2020
Led by Linda Egnatz, ICTFL Webmaster/Advocacy Chair

price per person from $2799

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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

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 & 6 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

ISBE Professional Development credit hours will be available at no charge to participants of this tour.  

Day One: Sunday, June 28, 2020
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, June 29, 2020

ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to 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.
  • Depart for the Old City of Jaffa and stroll through the renovated artists' colony and the old port.
  • Welcome dinner with Tour Educator.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NORTHERN EXPOSURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Ivrit Safa Yafa: Gain necessary tools to communicate with locals through a crash course at Ulpan Or¸ and test your skills on the streets of Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch (on own account) in the Carmel Market.
  • Drive along the coast to Caesarea, one 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.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Dialogue with faculty and students (pending confirmation);


OR

  • Visit the Hand in Hand (“Yad b'Yad”) bilingual school in Wadi Ara and see how this integrated Jewish-Arab educational system is working to show that the two communities learn and live together.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with second-generation kibbutz member.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel Upper Galilee


Day Four: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

THE GOLAN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Take a nature hike to the Suspended Trail above the spectacular canyon of the Banias Stream, at the foot of Mount Hermon.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Visit some of the Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee:
    • Tabgha, the traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes; the modern church preserves fine 5th-century mosaics.
    • Capernaum, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the base of Jesus' Galilean ministry, with it remains of an ancient synagogue. Check into the hotel.
  • Wine Tasting at the Dalton Winery.
  • Return to the hotel for Dinner.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday, July 2, 2020

FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists' colony:
    • The Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Artists' Colony, its galleries and craft shops; meet with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Da'at Encounters Minority Report: Shefaram is a fascinating but rarely-visited ancient town and modern city. An early Jewish rabbinical center operating under Roman rule, it was later a Crusader post and is now an Israeli Arab city with Muslim, Christian, and Druze communities. We'll meet with residents and hear of their determination to maintain close, respectful ties between the town's different populations. Highlights of our tour will include:
    • Visiting a local mosque and talking with a muezzin (Muslim clergy) about Islamic practice and life in Israel.
    • The town's beautiful Roman Catholic church where we'll hear about the variety of Christian denominations in the area and their relations with the Muslim majority.
    • Our visit to Shefaram will conclude at its now abandoned synagogue and a discussion on what, historically and today, it means to be a minority community in the Land of Israel.
  • Drive to Jerusalem and stop at:  Mt. of Olives overlook for a glorious view of the Old and New City of Jerusalem.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own account.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Friday, July 3, 2020

THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ascend to the rooftops of the Old City of Jerusalem for a behind-the-scenes look at the Christian, Armenian, Muslim and Jewish Quarters and learn how these communities live alongside each other.
  • Explore the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • 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.
    • Tour the 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
  • Group lunch at Café Harova in the Jewish Quarter (on own account).
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Proceed to the Christian Quarter.  Walk along the path of the  Via Dolorosa and enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Wander the famous “Arab Shuk” before returning to the hotel (time permitting).
  • Witness how Jerusalemites prepare for the Sabbath.
  • Festive dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, July 4, 2020

INTO THE DESERT, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA -HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea basin.
  • Ascend by cable car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the 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.
  • Lunch (on own account), en route.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul.
  • How Fast Can this Thing Go? Stop for a photo-op on a camel.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own account.
  • 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, July 5, 2020

MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, 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
  • Lunch (on own account), 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 optionally crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner with Israeli teachers and peers in various Jerusalem coffee shops.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday, July 6, 2020

A MOSAIC OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in a Tikkun Olam activity by packing commodity food staples for Israel's poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons, and caps and fill bags of rice, beans, and other commodities.
  • Enjoy a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market; enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop, with Lunch.
  • National Museum, National Identity: Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European art, contemporary Israel art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
  • Festive farewell dinner and group reflection.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the USA


Day Ten: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

HOME AGAIN

  • 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.

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Accommodation Details



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Tal Hotel - DO NOT USE!!!
Tel Aviv

The Tal Hotel is a comfortable base for touring Tel Aviv, within easy walking distance to the city's nightlife, beach and the main shopping and sightseeing areas.

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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.

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Bezalel Hotel
Jerusalem

An 8-minute walk from the lively Machane Yehuda Market, this refined hotel set in a stone building on a street lined with shops and restaurants is 3 km from the ancient limestone Western Wall.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 29 Mar 2020

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 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 $300 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.


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
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor