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Rabbi Gary G. Perres

Rabbi Gary G. Perres

$100

per person

VIP Visit to Israel By invitation only

Led by Rabbi Gary G. Perras

October 15 – 26, 2017

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Sunday, 15 October

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, 16 October

Going up into the Land

Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Tour the alleys of Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as the Gate of Zion. Shekhiyanu-Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in to Metropolitan Hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner at hotel. Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv

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Tuesday, 17 October

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State

Walking tour of the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighbourhood in historic “Little Tel Aviv” to discover the origins of the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years”. Relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel at Independence Hall. Hear about the establishment of Tel Aviv at the Founders’ Monument then stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv’s “White City” was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on our own and free time to explore the Nachalat Binyamin crafts fair. While there checkout the nearby Carmel Market and bohemian Sheinkin Street – All Three of these Tel Aviv icons meet at the “Magen David Junction”. 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. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv

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Wednesday, 18 October

Cradles of Jewish Civilization in the Galilee – Depart for northern Israel. Visit the ruins of Caesarea, including its Roman Theater, Amphitheater, Hippodrome and Promontory Palace, and ponder a rabbinic debate over Jews attending gladiator games. Lunch on own. 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. Check–in to the Lavi Hotel on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.

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Thursday, 19 October

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel’s Finest – Tour the old synagogues and picturesque alleyways of the mystical city of Tzfat and discover the origins of our Friday night service where Lecha Dodi was written. Lunch on own. Tour to the Golan Heights for a perspective on Israel’s complex geopolitics as we visit former Syrian bunkers overlooking Israel and strategic Mt. Bental. Barbeque dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi

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Friday, 20 October

Across Israel: A Multicultural Jewish Society – Hear about kibbutz life first hand on a tour of Lavi led by a local kibbutznik. Discover Ethiopian Jewish culture at the Germachin Center in Beit Shean. Hear a personal account of this community’s modern day Exodus story and about the challenges facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Lunch on own. Continue south through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. Explore the raucous Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as you see Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. On the way, see the nearby picturesque Nachalaot neighborhoods. Check-in to the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evenings options: Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray together as a congregation at the “Masorati Kotel”, where men and women can stand together. OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

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Saturday, 21 October

And on the Seventh Day… in Jerusalem – Shabbat morning services at the Magnificent Great Synagogue, followed by Kiddush. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: Afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with Rabbi Perras. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat morning services at the Magnificent Great Synagogue, followed by Kiddush. Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: Afternoon walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighbourhood built outside the walls of the Old City. AND/OR: Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with Rabbi Perras. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Visit the First Station Compound, Jerusalem’s restored Ottoman railway station turned restaurant – cafe area. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

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Sunday, 22 October

The Old City of Jerusalem – An Ancient Jewish Legacy

Ancient Jerusalem touring options for the group: Explore the City of David, including its ancient water systems (without getting wet), using the Bible and archaeology to make Jerusalem’s stones tell the story of the city’s ancient past. Then discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson’s Arch, Southern Wall Excavations and Hulda Gates. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall to connect to an ancient Jewish legacy. Discover underground Jerusalem in the Western Wall Tunnels. Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem –

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Monday, 23 October

Masada and the Dead Sea: Freedom Fighters or Fanatics?

Set out early 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. Discussion: Which Jewish Legacy – Masada or Yavne? Swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, at a local resort. The resort also has a fresh water pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments available by prior reservation at own expense. Lunch at Dead Sea resort Time permitting: Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bath in waterfalls and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Dinner on own. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

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Tuesday, 24 October

Holocaust, Remembrance and Continuity

Tour of Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum and Children‛s Memorial. Lunch on own. Discover the story of Zionism’s founding father Theodore Herzl at the multimedia Herzl Museum. Meaningful visit to Mt Herzl Cemetery to discover chapters in the history of Israel while vidsiting the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl and Hannah Senesch. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill. Meeting with Dore Gold (tba). Dinner on own in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

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Wednesday, 25 October

Wrapping Up and Departure – Visit St. Ann’s Basilica near Lion’s Gate to enjoy its remarkble accousitics. See the Knesset Menorah, a remarkable bronze sculpture in front of Israel’s parliament building, Knesset, depicting scenes from the Bible and Jewish history. Visit to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book and the Model of Jerusalem in the first century. Free time to explore additional exhibitions on own – Recommendations: Modern Israeli art, Synagogue interiors in the Judaica section and the Archaeology Wing. Remainder of afternoon free to explore on own and get in last minute shopping. Late check out. Farewell Dinner at Olive and Fish Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!. Overnight at Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem for travellers on Eilat extension.

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Thursday, 26 October

Arrive in USA

Begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Perras and ITC Tours! Itinerary for Eilat-Petra Extension on next page- Optional Eilat Extension – October 26 – 30, 2017 Eilat extension

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Thursday, 26 October

Eilat on the Red Sea

Morning domestic flight to Eilat. Descend into a Red Sea coral reef at Eilat’s Underwater Observatory to look out the window at the surrounding marine life. Continue exploring Eilat’s remarkable undersea world at the observatory’s aquarium. Lunch on own Afternoon free to Swim, snorkel or relax. l. Overnight: Dan Panoama, Eilat

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Friday, 27 October

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. Shabbat dinner at hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Eilat

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Saturday, October 28

A Day of Rest – Day at leisure. Meals on own. Overnight: Dan Panorama, Eilat

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Sunday, October 29

Red Sea Delight. Red Sea Cruise – Board a touring yacht at the Eilat marina for a leisurely sail 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. Evening domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport. Check-in for U.S. flight at Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 3.

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Monday, October 30

Arrive in USA

Begin planning your next Israel trip with ITC Tours!

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Tour Rates

Payment in Full by Credit Card

Land Only: $2803/person (double room)

Air and Land Package $4559

Single Room Supplement: $811

Payment in Full by Check

Land Only: $2695/person (double room)

Air and Land package $4440

Single Room Supplement: $780

Tips (guide, driver, restaurants, portage) are added to the above costs in the amount of $180.

REDUCTIONS

Third Person in a Triple Room: Subtract $130

VIP Visit to Israel: By invitation only – Led by Rabbi Gary G. Perras October 15 – 26, 2017

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