15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour

Dates: April 30 – May 14, 2017 & October 22 – November 5, 2017

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Jewish culture and connect with your heritage in a deeper, more meaningful way. Enjoy this wonderful 15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour as you visit some of the most notable places in this sacred land. Highlights include visiting the Western Wall, Yad Vashem, the limestone grottoes at Rosh HaNikra, Independence Hall, Beit Shean – the largest archaeological park in Israel, and many more. Participant in a variety of activities such as a Red Sea Yacht Cruise, and perform a mitzvah for Israel by planting a tree. There will be lots to see and do on this incredible journey.

15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour


    Day 1 SUNDAY

    USA / TEL AVIV

    Flight from USA to Tel-Aviv.


    Day 2 MONDAY

    ARRIVAL / TEL AVIV / JERUSALEM

    Arrive in Israel. Upon arrival, meet your guide and driver and proceed to Jerusalem. Upon entering Jerusalem, honor your religious heritage by reciting the “Shehechayanu” blessing. Get together dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.


    Day 3 TUESDAY

    TEL AVIV

    This morning drive to the Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem. Drive to Mt. Zion and enter the Old City via the Zion Gate. Walk through the restored Jewish Quarter, passing the excavated Roman Cardo. Visit the Davidson Center: the multi-media show, the Southern Wall excavations and Robinson Arch. Then visit the Rabbinical Tunnel and the City of David. Depart Jerusalem and drive through the Ayalon Valley to Latrun, the famous Independence War staging area; tour its Armor Corps Museum. End the day at Neot Kdumim, located in Modi’in, where you will be able to fulfill a mitzvah for the land of Israel by planting a tree. Return to Jerusalem. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.


    Day 4 WEDNESDAY

    TEL AVIV / JAFFA

    Drive to the western side of the city to Mount Herzel, Israel’s military cemetery, to pay respects at the tomb of Yitzhak Rabin. Visit the Hertzel Museum. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, for a Yizkor service and visit to the Children’s Pavilion and the Valley of Destroyed Communities. Re-board your motor-coach and drive to the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Scale model of Jerusalem in its new location and the replica of Jerusalem during the 2nd Temple Period. Visit the Time Elevator. End your day with a visit to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament where you will also be able to see the Menorah, symbol of Israel. Dinner on your own. In the evening, attend the Multi-Media special show at the David Tower Museum where the Museum of the History of Jerusalem beautifully explains the 3000-year story of the city. Overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.


    Day 5 THURSDAY

    TEL AVIV

    After breakfast drive to Ein Karem to view Chagall’s famous stained glass windows at the synagogue of the Hadassah Hospital. Stop at Machne Yehuda market to taste the best “Falaffel” and to see preparation for Shabbat. Enter the Old City via the Jaffa Gate and walk through the narrow cobble-stone alleys of the Christian, Muslem and Armenian Quarters. Continue along the Via Dolorosa, the “way of sorrows,” to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Jerusalem.


    Day 6 FRIDAY

    CAESAREA / HAIFA / AKKO

    Depart Jerusalem and drive to Caesarea. Explore the Roman Theater and the Aqueduct. Drive along the Mediterranean shore to Rosh HaNikra for a cable car ride to the beautiful grottoes. Continue on to Acre, a former Crusader stronghold. Roam through the remains including the knights’ center and dining hall. Drive to Tiberias. Shabbat Dinner and overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim.


    Day 7 SATURDAY

    SAFED / GOLAN HEIGHTS / BANIAS

    This morning you’ll explore the geo-politically vital Golan Heights by jeep! Continue by motor-coach to Mt. Bental for an observation of Kuneitra and 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. Visit an Army Base (if conditions permit). At the end of the day you will meet kibbutz members and will hear the story of the kibbutz. Dinner and overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim.


    DAY 8 SUNDAY

    BEIT SHE’AN / BEIT ALPHA / SACHNE / JERUSALEM

    This morning drive to Safed, home to the Kabbala. This charming town, filled with cobblestone streets, lined with ancient synagogues and art galleries, offers breathtaking views of the entire Galilee. We then continue to Zippori to see the large excavations of this prosperous Roman city. Proceed to Haifa. Ascend Mount Carmel; appreciate the spectacular view of the coastline and the magnificent terraced gardens of the Bahai Center. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Haifa.


    DAY 9 MONDAY

    JERUSALEM

    This morning you will visit the Druze Village of Ussifiya – time to learn about these unique Israeli citizens. Continue to Atlit where you will be able to learn about the illegal immigration to Israel before the country was established. Drive along the Mediterranean shores to Tel Aviv. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.


    DAY 10 TUESDAY

    JERUSALEM

    Drive to Rehovot and visit the Ayalon Institute (bullet factory). Return to Tel Aviv and visit Independence Hall where the state of Israel was declared by David Ben Gurion in May 1948. End your touring day in ancient Jaffa where Jonah began his adventure with the whale. Take a short walk along the restored town. Enjoy an overview of Tel Aviv and its narrow byways filled with artist galleries and cosmopolitan shops. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Tel Aviv.


    DAY 11 WEDNESDAY

    DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / MASADA

    Travel through the Judean Wilderness along the shores of the Dead Sea. Visit the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Pass Ein Gedi, the oasis of the Judean desert. Continue to Masada. Ascend Masada by cable car to view the excavations of the Herodian palace, storerooms, bathhouse and waterworks. Drive to your hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea where you with have an opportunity to enjoy the unique sensation of a “float” in the unsinkable Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight: Hotel at the Dead Sea.


    DAY 12 THURSDAY

    DEAD SEA / EILAT

    In the morning enjoy the spa facilities of the hotel or “swim” in the Dead Sea. Around noon depart the hotel and drive south to Eilat along the Arava. Stop at Timna Park where you will be able to view Solomon’s Pillars. Upon arrival, drive to the Arava border crossing shared by Israel and Jordan. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Hotel in Eilat.


    DAY 13 FRIDAY

    TIMNA / EILAT

    Travel south through the Negev desert; Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Overnight in Eilat.


    DAY 14 SATURDAY

    EILAT

    Today everyone is invited to board a Red Sea Yacht Cruise with time for snorkeling and lunch. Balance of the afternoon at leisure. Shabbat dinner and overnight: Hotel in Eilat.


    DAY 15 SUNDAY

    TEL AVIV / USA

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Arrive USA.

    *Subject to Change*

    For additional information about our 15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel tour please email us at israeltoursfl@gmail.com or call our Florida office at (561) 704-2900 or (561) 364-5518.


    Itinerary Highlights

    • Independance Hall
    • Latrun’s “Mini Israel”
    • Ayalon Institute (bullet factory)
    • Visit the Rosh HaNikra grottoes
    • Druze Village
    • Western Wall
    • Rabbinical Tunnels
    • Yad Vashem
    • Jeep tour in the Golan Heights
    • Tour the Old City of Jerusalem
    • Qumran
    • Masada
    • Dead Sea float
    • Timna copper mines
    • Red Sea Yacht Cruise
    • Eilat

    Features Included

    • One way flight Eilat/Tel Aviv
    • Meeting & assistance at the airport in Israel upon arrival & departure
    • Transfer airport/hotel/airport in Israel
    • 13 nights, 5-Star hotel accommodations
      • 4 nights Jerusalem – Leonardo Plaza Hotel
      • 2 nights Tiberias – Kibbutz Hagoshrim
      • 1 night Haifa – Dan Carmel Hotel
      • 2 nights Tel Aviv – Carlton Hotel
      • 1 night Dead Sea – Herod’s Hotel
      • 2 nights Eilat – Herod’s Palace Hotel
      • 1 night Ramat Gan – Leonardo City Tower Hotel
    • Entrance fees to sites per itinerary
    • Centrally located hotel accommodations
    • 14 nights accommodations on bed and
    • Breakfast daily
    • 1 lunch
    • 8 dinners including Farewell Dinner
    • Touring in a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach.
    • Jeep ride in the Golan Heights
    • Licensed English-speaking guide
    • Porterage & service charges at hotels
    • Tips to guide, driver & hotel staff
    • Headsets
    • Farewell dinner

    Not Included

    • Meals not in itinerary
    • Roundtrip airfare – Miami/Tel Aviv/Miami including airport taxes and surcharges (approximately $1,300)
    • Travel insurance – (highly recommended & available at an additional costs
    • Anything not mentioned as included

    For additional information about our 15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel tour please email us at israeltoursfl@gmail.com or call our Florida office at (561) 704-2900 or (561) 364-5518.


    15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel Tour

    Pricing

    $4,590 per person/double occupancy

    Single Room Supplement

    $1,465

    *Deduct $100 for paying by cash, check, or money order

    Deposit

    A deposit of $250.00 per person, along with a completed registration form, is required to ensure your space on this tour.

    For additional information about our 15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel tour please email us at israeltoursfl@gmail.com or call our Florida office at (561) 704-2900 or (561) 364-5518.


    Prices

    Prices are based on double occupancy. For a single room, the single supplement must be added.

    Travel Insurance

    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.

    Deposit

    $250 per person with reservation. Final Payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

    Deviations

    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

    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.

    Cancellation Policy

    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.

    Disclaimer

    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.

    For additional information about our 15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel tour please email us at israeltoursfl@gmail.com or call our Florida office at (561) 704-2900 or (561) 364-5518.

    For additional information or to request a brochure about our 15-Day Jewish Heritage Israel tour please email us at israeltoursfl@gmail.com or call our Florida office at (561) 704-2900 or (561) 364-5518.

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    Everything was amazing, can’t say enough about our experience. Danni, our tour guide, made it the best trip we’ve ever had on a bus tour. Israel is amazingly beautiful and made us very proud of our Jewish heritage.
    Ruth & Alan Press
    Our synagogue has enjoyed three great tours of Israel during the past four years under the leadership of ITAS. They provided a safe, well-planned and exciting tour each time. When we go, we go with ITAS.
    Rabbi J. L. Meril, Temple B’nai Torah Tour
    This was our first guided tour and it was set a very high standard for any tours I book in the future.
    Harry Gusof, Jewish Heritage Tour
    Your commitment and passion to Israel and its people has inspired us… ITAS is very professional, experienced, and committed to providing a pleasant and memorable tour experience.
    Allen & Jackie Pollack, Adult Tour
    Best trip and tour guide. Totally enjoyable, informative and exciting. Would highly recommended ITAS.
    Sheldon Steiner, Jewish Heritage Tour
    We’ve done a lot traveling and never had a better trip – I would definitely recommend ITAS to my friends and especially tour guide Ron Singer.
    Jerome Weisman, Jewish Heritage Tour
    This tour was exceptional. I have been to Israel before but did not have the experiences I had on this tour. I enjoyed everything and Dan, our tour guide, was wonderful.
    Betty Wilinski, Jewish Heritage Tour
    Your tour and your guides were beyond expectation. A well coordinated trip from start to finish. We gave you some (unexpected requests) a bat mitzvah at the Wall and two couples renewing their vows in the beautiful gardens of Israel. You handled each with the professionalism that we expected, and we all love every minute of it.
    Ellen & Stan Hulkower, Bar Mitzvah Family Tour

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