Winter 2017 Israel Tour
Special Adults Only Tour Package
December 21-31, 2017
Book our Winter 2017 Israel Tour!
Enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Israel in the winter! Encounter the splendid sights and sounds of Israel as our exceptional guides take you to all the most notable sights in the country, including a walking tour of the Old City, the Western Wall, Masada, Israel’s wineries and much more. In the evenings, enjoy the comfort of your 5-Star Deluxe hotel accommodations. This adult only Winter 2017 Israel tour package has limited space. Reserve your spot today!
USA / TEL AVIV
Non-stop overnight flight from USA to Tel-Aviv.
ARRIVAL / TEL AVIV / JERUSALEM
Upon arrival in Israel, meet your guide & driver & proceed to Jerusalem. Upon entering Jerusalem, honor your religious heritage by reciting the “Shehechayanu” blessing. After dressing for Shabbat, welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall. Get Together Shabbat dinner & overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
Enjoy a full day at rest to celebrate Shabbat or participate in a walking tour of the Old City starting with a 20-30 minute walk to reach the Old City. The tour then enters via the Jaffa Gate & winds through the narrow cobblestone alleys of the Christian, Moslem & Armenian Quarters. Continue along the Via Dolorosa, the “way of sorrows,” to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the walk at the “Tower of David” where the Museum of the History of Jerusalem beautifully explains the 3000-year story of the city. Take time to climb the 16th century walls of the city to view the inner dynamics of this unique location. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
This morning enter the Old City via the Zion Gate. Walk through the restored Jewish Quarter, passing the excavated Roman Cardo. Visit the Rabbinical Tunnel & the Davidson Center (Southern Wall excavations). Re-board your motor-coach & drive to the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, & the Scale Model of Jerusalem in its new location which is an illustration of Jerusalem during the 2nd Temple period. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, for a Yizkor service. Visit the Children’s Pavilion & the Valley of Destroyed Communities. Dinner out together at a local restaurant. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM / LATRUN / NEOT KDUMIM
Our first stop this morning will be at the Menorah, symbol of Israel located next to the Knesset. Drive to Ein Karem to view Chagall’s famous stained glass windows at the synagogue of the Hadassah Hospital. Visit the Hertzel Museum on Mount Herzel, Israel’s military cemetery & pay respect at the tomb of Yitzhak Rabin. Drive through the Ayalon Valley to Latrun, the famous Independence War staging area & tour its Armour Corps Museum. We’ll end the day at Neot Kdumim, located in Modi’in, where you will have the opportunity to step into the biblical landscape of our ancestors (Seven Spices, Hag Ha’asif, the time of ingathering & the Four Spices tour). We will also fulfill a mitzvah for the land of Israel by planting a tree. Dinner in a restaurant at Abu Gosh. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
DEAD SEA / MASADA / EIN GEDI
Travel through the Judean Wilderness along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend Masada by cable car to view the excavations of the Herodian palace, storerooms, bathhouse & waterworks. Stop at one of the Dead Sea Hotels for lunch & enjoy the spa facilities (optional) including the unique sensation of a “float” on the unsinkable Dead Sea. Continue your Dead Sea adventure with a visit to Ein Gedi, the oasis of the Judean desert. Take a short hike to the waterfalls. On the way back to Jerusalem, pass the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.
CAESAREA / ROSH HANIKRA / ACRE / LATRUN
Depart Jerusalem & drive to Caesarea. Explore the Roman Theater & the aqueduct. Proceed to Haifa; ascend Mount Carmel; appreciate the spectacular view of the coastline & the magnificent terraced gardens of the Bahai Center. Visit the Druze Village of Ussifiya—time to learn about these unique Israeli citizens—including lunch. Drive along the shores of the Mediterranean to Acre, a former Crusader stronghold. Roam through the remains including the knights’ center & dining hall. End the day with a visit to Rosh HaNikra for a cable car ride to the beautiful grottos. Dinner & overnight: Kibbutz Guest House.
GOLAN HEIGHTS / GALILEE
Today we will explore the geo-politically vital Golan Heights by jeep! Continue by motor-coach to Mt. Bental for an observation of Kuneitra & Syria. While in the Golan Heights we will also visit OZ 77 at Kibbutz Elrom, where you will learn the history of the Golan Heights. Visit one of Israel’s famous wineries where you will have an opportunity to taste the wine. End this day with a tour & lecture about life in the kibbutz. Participate in an Israeli folk dance lesson. Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House.
SAFED / ZIPPORI / TEL AVIV
This morning will drive to Safed, home of the Kabala. This charming town, filled with cobblestone streets, lined with ancient synagogues & art galleries offers breathtaking views of the entire Galilee. We then continue to Zippori to see its large excavations of a prosperous city of the Roman period. End your touring day in Tel Aviv visiting the famous Carmel Market & Nachalat Binyamin, the arts & crafts market. Shabbat dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.
TEL AVIV / FREE DAY
Today is yours – to explore, shop, stroll along the seafront promenade or swim in the Mediterranean Sea! Late check out from the hotel. Farewell Dinner. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.
TEL AVIV / USA
Your flight back departs after midnight. Return home filled with a treasury of family-shared memories for a lifetime! Arrive USA the same day.
*Subject to Change*
- Upon entering Jerusalem, honor your religious heritage by reciting the “Shehecheyanu” blessing.
- Welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall
- Chagall windows at Hadassah hospital
- Walking tour of the Old City
- Dead Sea float
- Israel Museum
- Yizcor service at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
- Jeep ride on the Golan Heights
- Armored Corps Museum tour
- Carmel market
- Bahai Garden tour
- Rosh HaNikra
- Wedding Vow renewals (optional)
- Total of 8 nights +1 late check-out 5-Star Deluxe hotel accommodations
- 5 nights, Jerusalem – Leonardo Plaza Hotel
- 2 nights, Tiberias – Leonardo Plaza Hotel
- 1 night + late check-out, Tel Aviv – Herod’s Hotel
- Breakfast daily at hotels, 2 lunches, 6 dinners including a Farewell dinner
- Meeting & assistance at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel upon arrival & departure
- Transfer airport/hotel/airport with the group
- Touring in a deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach per itinerary
- English-speaking guide throughout the tour
- Sight-seeing per itinerary
- Entrance fees to all included sights
- Baggage handling, hotel taxes & service charges
- Round trip air USA / Israel / USA
- Airport taxes and airline surcharges (if applicable)
- Tips to guide, driver, and hotel staff
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance – (highly recommended & available at an additional cost)
- Anything not mentioned as included
Enjoy 5-Star deluxe hotel accommodations which are centrally located and within walking distance of the Old City in Jerusalem and the beaches of Tel Aviv. For additional hotel information click here.
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Prices are based on double occupancy. For a single room, the single supplement must be added.
Single Room Supplement
A deposit of $250.00 per person, along with a completed registration form, is required to ensure your space on this tour.
Prices are based on double occupancy. For a single room, the single supplement must be added.
Travel Insurance is optional and highly recommended – available at an additional charge.
Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger. Any/all damage or loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
Passports & Visas
Each passenger must have a valid passport, and it must be valid for six months after your arrival in Israel. For U.S. citizens, a visa is not required for Israel; no immunizations or vaccinations are required.
$250 per person with reservation. Final Payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
Any requested change in the basic program will result in a charge of $150 per person/per change plus any additional charges that may apply for revised air or land arrangements.
Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. It is recommended that passengers arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure to insure adequate check-in time.
All cancellations must be sent to ITAS in writing signed by the person who made the reservation and are effective when received by ITAS. No refunds for cancellations received after tour departure, during the tour, or for any unused portion of the tour.
Penalties for Israel Land Portion:
- Up to 90 days prior to departure no penalty
- From 89-61 days prior to departure date $150.00 cancellation fee
- From 60-46 days prior to departure date $250.00 cancellation fee
- From 45-25 days prior to departure date $500
- From 24 days prior to departure or less, including no shows – no refund
Penalties for Air Portion:
Depending on the airline regulations. Penalties may be equal to the cost of the ticket.
Israel Travel Advisory Service, LLC (ITAS) and/or its agents and their representatives abroad, act only as agents for the tour participants in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, touring, restaurants, or any other services in connection with the itinerary. They will exercise reasonable care in making such arrangements. However, they do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity to person or property because of any act or default of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, company, or person rendering any of the services included in the tours. The tickets, coupons, tariffs, rules or contracts currently in use by any carrier, hotel, restaurant, or other contractor rendering services shall constitute the sole contract between such contractor and the tour participants.
ITAS and/or its agents and their representatives abroad, accept no responsibility for any damage, delay, or injury due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, government restraints, hostile acts, terrorism, weather, acts of God, or any other cause beyond their personal control. ITAS and/or its agents and their representatives abroad are not responsible for loss of or damage to your luggage, accidents en route, or ill health which may require travelers to miss parts of the tour or to return home without the group. No carrier shall be responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time tour participants are not on board its own conveyance.
The tour programs are planned in advance. If between planning time and the actual tour operation, circumstances beyond control require changes, ITAS and/or its agents and their representatives abroad reserve the right to vary itineraries and substitute components of tour programs. In the event it becomes necessary or advisable for any reason whatsoever to alter the arrangements of the itinerary, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operators. The right is reserved to accept or refuse any person as a member of the tour.