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Havurah Shaloms VIP Tour

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Your custom itinerary includes many of Israel’s marvels: Alleys of Old Jaffa, Ayalon Institute, Memorial in London Square, Welcome dinner and orientation, Independence Hall, Palmach Museum, Yitzhak Rabin Center, Old Yemenite Quarter, Israeli Air Force Museum at Hatzerim.

Havurah Shalom’s VIP Tour of Israel, Designed for first timers with special attractions for re-visitors

October 18 – 31, 2018 Hosted by Lenora Hausman

Optional Eilat – Petra extension October 31 – November 4, 2018

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Havurah Shalom's VIP Tour of Israel October 18 - 31, 2018


Thursday, 18 October –

USA Departure - Depart on overnight flight to Israel

Friday, 19 October

When You Come Into the Land (Deut. 26:1) Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative (today’s program depends on arrival time). Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Proceed to check-in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Saturday, 20 October

And on the Seventh Day...in Tel Aviv - Travel to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute – an underground bullet factory used by Jewish forces before the founding of the State of Israel. Visit the "Aliyah Bet" Memorial in London Square to hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees before the founding of the State of Israel. Lunch on own. Free time to swim, explore on your own and watch Tel Aviv's residents folkdance, play raquetball and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Welcome dinner and orientation at hotel. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Sunday, 21 October

Foundations of the Modern State - At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv for a multimedia presentation about the elite underground organization that played a critical role in founding the State of Israel. Lunch on own. Tour the nearby Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society. Return to hotel. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside Promenade. Dinner at Maganda Restaurant in Tel Aviv's old Yemenite Quarter. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Monday, 22 October

Southern Exposure - Meeting the Peoples of the Negev - Travel to the Negev. Visit the Israeli Air Force Museum at Hatzerim to see exhibition of historic Israeli Air Force planes and hear the story of this elite branch of the Israel Defense Forces. Bedouin hospitality lunch in a tent, followed by an explanation about traditional Bedouin culture and camel rides (optional) at Sfinat Hamidbar. Return to Tel Aviv. Dinner on own. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 23 October

The Mediterranean Coast - Depart for northern Israel. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace. Hear about a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Guided tour of the former Atlit detention camp where the British held Holocaust refugees, who tried to enter the country "illegally". Board an “illegal immigration ship" to watch a multimedia presentation about the heroic pre-State immigration. Lunch on own. Drive through Haifa to view Bahai Gardens en route. Travel to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of Israel. Descend by cable car to explore the Grottos of Rosh Hanikra – Beautiful sea caves formed by the forces of wind and water. Check–in to the Hagoshrim Hotel on Kibbutz Hagoshrim in the Galilee Panhandle. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Hagoshrim

Wednesday, 24 October

Mystical Tzfat and the Strategic Golan Heights - Explore the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover where Lecha Dodi was written. Free time for shopping and to explore on your own. Tour the Golan Heights - Visit bunkers from where the Syrian army used to "look down at Israel". Lunch on own. Tour and wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin. Look out from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics. Visit the De Karina Chocolate Factory on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Dinner with Israeli soldiers (Dependent on army approval and availability). Overnight: Hagoshrim

Thursday, 25 October

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society - Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear this community's modern day Exodus story, through the personal story of Chava Almo, the Germachin Center's director, who made Aliyah as a young girl in Operation Moses. See the ancient synagogue of Beit Alfa and ponder why its 1500 year old mosaic floor features a wheel of the Zodiac. Lunch at Kibbutz Sde Eliahu. Visit Bio-Bee on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, world leaders in organic agriculture to hear how they are using biological pest control, rather than toxic pesticides to protect their crops. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Welcome to Jerusalem – Look out from Mt. Scopus at the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Western Wall and connect to an ancient Jewish Legacy. Walk through the Western Wall Tunnels to explore underground Jerusalem. Check-in to the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, 26 October

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity - Briefing on Israeli and Middle East Politics by guest lecturer. Guided tour of Yad Vashem Israel's national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Historical Museum and Children’s Memorial. 2nd Timers Option Multimedia tour of the Menachem Begin Museum to see its presentation on the history of Israel as seen through the life of Menachem Begin. Visit Ketef Hinom – AFirst Temple Period burial site on the grounds of the Begin Center where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Lunch on own. Visit to the 9/11 Memorial – This is the only memorial to victims of the World Trade Center attacks outside of the U.S. (Visit depends on road conditions/accessibility). Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Welcome Shabbat at Kol Haneshama, a local Reform synagogue, followed by a home hospitality Shabbat dinner as a group in the home of a Jerusalem family accompanied by S abbath blessings, stories, songs and a variety of Jewish dishes. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat, 27 October

And on the Seventh Day...in Jerusalem - Optional: Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue. Late morning visit to the Tower of David Museum to explore its exhibits, medieval courtyard and enjoy a stunning panoramic view from its roof. Shabbat afternoon options: See the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Model at the Israel Museum. Havdalah ceremony together as a community. Free evening. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 28 October

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy - Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!" Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter. Tasting tour of the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and on the way, see the picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Dinner on own, if hungry after tasting tour. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 29 October

 Freedom Fighters or Fanatics? - 2nd Timers Option Guided tour of Kibbutz Ein Gedi's lush Botanical Gardens, which remarkably thrive despite the region's extreme desert conditions. Set out across the Judean Desert and ascend Masada by cable car to tour the ruins of Herod's palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Lunch at Dead Sea resort. Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort hotel. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Dinner on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 30 October

Modern Realities and Preparing for Departure - Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill. See the world renowned Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital. Tour the Knesset to hear about Israel's lively parliamentary democracy. Remainder of afternoon free to pack, relax and get in last minute shopping. Late checkout Farewell Dinner at Medita Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon! Overnight at Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem for those on Eilat-Petra Extension. Wednesday, 31 October – Arrive in U.S.A. - Begin planning your next Israel trip with ITC Tours! Optional Eilat/Petra Extension - October 31 – November 4, 2018

Wednesday, 31 October

Eilat on the Red Sea - Morning airport transfer for domestic flight to Eilat. Descend into a Red Sea coral reef at Eilat's Underwater Observatory where you look out the window at the surrounding marine life. Continue exploring Eilat's remarkable undersea world at the obesrvatory's aquarium. Lunch on own Check-in to Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat. Dinner on own. Overnight: Leonardo PlazaHotel, Eilat

Thursday, 1 November

The Wonders of Petra - Early departure for Petra to explore the amazing red sandstone structures carved by the ancient Nabateans. Enter Jordan at the Arava Crossing and travel to Petra by bus (approx. 2.5 hours). Tour its Treasury ("Khaznieh"), Roman theatre, impressive caves and rock formations of this Nabatean City. Buffet lunch included. Return to Eilat. Dinner on own. Overnight: Leonardo PlazaHotel, Eilat

Friday, 2 November

Red Sea Delight - Red Sea Sail - Board a touring yacht at the Eilat marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkeling equipment is available for a closer look with the most exquisite coral reefs and tropical fish to be found in the world. Dinner on own. Overnight: Leonardo PlazaHotel,, Eilat

Saturday, 3 November

At Leisure in Eilat - Day at leisure in Eilat. Lunch and dinner on own. Late check out. Evening domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport. Check-in

Sunday, 4 November

Arrive in USA - Begin planning your next Israel trip with ITC Tours!

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