Joel Greff Family

June 11-21, 2020

Trip details

 

Date of tour: June 11-21, 2020


Number of participants: 15

 

 

Day 1: Thursday, June 11 

 

Welcome to Israel!

 

 

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport

 

Transfer to the hotel

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama Hotel

 

 

Day 2: Friday, June 12 

 

Tel Aviv - Old New City

 

Each morning you’ll enjoy the legendary Israeli breakfast at your hotel.

 

Start the day learning about an early Israeli “Start-up” by visiting the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunition factory, built in 1945, by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. Eight meters below ground this was a large bullet factory.

 

Return to Tel Aviv

 

Independence Hall is housed in what was one of the first homes in Tel Aviv and the private home of Meir Dizengoff, first mayor of Tel Aviv. On the 5th of 'Iyar, (May 14, 1948), the People's Council gathered to hear David Ben Gurion proclaim the establishment of the State of Israel.

 

In Jaffa, discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archeological discoveries.

 

Home-cooked Shabbat dinner

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama Hotel

 

 

Day 3: Saturday, June 13

 

Shabbat in Tel Aviv

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 on the beach enjoying Israel Shabbat favorites such as yemenite jachnoun and Ashkenazi hamin.

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama Hotel

 

 

Day 4: Sunday, June 14 

 

What These Shores Have Seen

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 

Stop at Caesarea, a city of the past and the future, the new opposite the ancient. Ancient Caesarea reveals the wonders of the past that were built by one of the greatest builders of the ancient world. Caesarea’s antiquities park houses unique building from various periods, bearing silent witness to the upheavals that have visited Caesarea as well as the region over the past 2,300 years.

 

In Haifa, stop at the Bahai Gardens to see the spectacular holy site.

 

Optional: Lunch in a Druze Village

 

Tour Akko, the ancient port city built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the British. Akko's souk (marketplace) is right in the center of the Old City and is a fun and vibrant bazaar full of fresh produce, cheap eats, buckets of spices, and souvenirs.

 

Take a short boat ride from the Akko Port to view Akko from the Mediterranean OR drive to Rosh HaNikra and see the grottos on the border with Lebanon.

 

Drive to the hotel

 

Overnight: North- Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Guesthouse

 

 

Day 5: Monday, June 15 

 

Physical and Spiritual Heights

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Tour the city of Tzfat which sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the city’s charm.

 

Lunch and wine tasting (for adults) at Assaf Winery in Kidmat Tzvi, a family owned winery in the Golan Heights.

 

 

Explore the Golan Heights, one of Israel’s most beautiful and controversial regions, by Jeep. Discover first-hand the strategic importance of the area as you climb the Heights, Explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria.

 

Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and dormant army stronghold.

 

Optional- fruit picking, rafting on the Jordan River

 

Tour and meeting with a kibbutz member

 

Overnight: North-Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Guesthouse

 

 

Day 6: Tuesday, June 16 

 

Digging into Israel

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Depart the north and drive to Latrun.

 

Latrun is of significant strategic value and was often the site of battles mentioned in the Bible. As the last British troops departed from Palestine in May 14, 1948, the British police fort was overtaken by the Jordanian Arab Legion enabling it to attack traffic on the highway from Latrun and effectively imposing a siege on Jerusalem.  In 1967, Latrun was captured by Israeli forces and has since become a museum and memorial for Israel's armored corps.

 

Stop at the Haas Promenade for a scenic overlook of Jerusalem and to bless your first sight of the Holy city.

 

 

 

Evening: Amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l'oeil technology and the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes.

 

Overnight: Jerusalem- Eldan Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7: Wednesday, June 17 

 

Jerusalem - Holy to All

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 

Start learning about Jerusalem at the Tower of David Museum which has pioneered the use of new and interactive digital technologies, games and apps for children, families and adults that, will orient you to what you will see in Jerusalem the rest of the day.

Tour the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day.

 

Reflect at the Kotel, tour the Davidson Center and head underneath the Old City’s chaotic maze of buildings to the Western Wall Tunnels.

 

Visit the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion

 

Overnight: Jerusalem-Eldan Hotel

 

 

Day 8: Thursday, June 18 

 

Masada & the Dead Sea

 

Early breakfast at the hotel

 

Depart for Masada.

 

 

Take the cable car up to Masada to witness the spectacular views from the top of this majestic fortress. The site was cited by UNESCO as a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel and the last stand of the Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman Army in A.D. 73. Hear the chilling story of this rugged natural fortress, built by Herod the Great 100 years before it came under siege by the Romans.

 

Bar Mitzvah at Masada!

 

At one of the hotels at the Dead Sea, have lunch, relax, and experience the uniqueness of the Dead Sea. Float motionless in the uniquely salty waters and cover yourself with the black Dead Sea mud.

 

Return to Jerusalem

 

Early evening-Machane Yehuda - explore the biggest and most famous Shuk in Israel! Meet shop owners, hear how the market has transformed, and taste its unique treats. Eat dinner in one of the restaurants near the market.

 

Overnight: Jerusalem-Eldan Hotel

 

 

Day 9: Friday, June 19 

 

Memory and Memorial

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Today, as we move freely around Jerusalem from east to west, few signs remain of the bitter battles waged to achieve the unity of the city in 1967, during the Six Day War. A visit to Ammunition Hill reminds us of the fierce fighting and high death toll exacted in these battles. The site, which serves as a memorial to those who fell in the battle for Jerusalem, is where paratroopers began their successful campaign to reunite the city.

 

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the underground Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

Zoo option for children

 

Optional-Continue to Mt. Mount (Har) Herzl, the burial place of Israel's founders, the country's leaders, and military cemetery. Pay tribute to those whose vision helped build Israel and those who gave their lives to keep it safe.

 

Drive by the Knesset and the Supreme Court.

 

Shabbat dinner with “Shabbat of a Lifetime” hosting in a private home

 

Overnight: Jerusalem-Eldan Hotel

 

 

Day 10: Saturday, June 20

 

Shabbat in Jerusalem

 

Breakfast and lunch at the hotel

 

Suggestions: Israel Museum

 

Overnight: Jerusalem- Eldan Hotel

 

 

Day 11: Sunday, June 21

 

L’hitraot- We look forward to your next visit!

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Transfer to the airport for departure

 

 

Costing:

 

Group of 15-19 people*

 

Double room - $2580

 

Single room - $3420

 

Triple room - $2300

 

*If fewer than 15 people join the group, an additional fee of $250 per person will be added.

*If 20 or more people join the trip, the cost per person will be reduced or applied to additional meals.

 

Price includes:

 

  • Group transfer to and from the airport
  • Hotels with standard rooms as per the itinerary (upgrades available)
  • Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama
  • North- Nof Ginosar
  • Jerusalem- Eldan Hotel
  • All sites and museum entry fees listed in itinerary
  • 7 days with a private, licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • Breakfast each day, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 7 days driver and minibus, bottles of water on the bus
  • Porterage at hotels- unloading and loading luggage, delivering to room.

 

Excluded Services:

 

  • Airfare 
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tips for tour guide and driver
  • Additional special unplanned snacks/meals
  • Alcohol at meals

 

Terms of Payment:

 

  • Deposit of $500 per person due upon registration.
  • Balance due one month before the beginning of the trip.
  • The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or cash. Please note there is a 2% service fee for Credit Card.

 

Cancellation Policy

 

  • For cancellations up to 90 days prior the cancellation penalty will be $500.00 per person (the deposit)
  • 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
  • 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person

 

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change

 

 

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Cancellation Policy
• cancellations up to 90 days prior to departure $500.00 p/p will be charged (non-refundable deposit)
• 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
• 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
• 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
• Up to 7 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person