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We are joining Shaarei Tikvah's Exploring Israel Adult 2nd Timers Tour Led by Rabbi Adam Baldachin February 27 – March 11, 2019
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Israel Tour / We are joining Shaarei Tikvah’s Exploring Israel Adult 2nd Timers Tour Led by Rabbi Adam Baldachin February 27 – March 11, 2019

We are joining Shaarei Tikvah’s Exploring Israel Adult 2nd Timers Tour Led by Rabbi Adam Baldachin February 27 – March 11, 2019

per person

Your custom itinerary includes many of Israel’s marvels: Ayalon Institute, Old Jaffa, Palmach Museum, Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society. City of Sand and Sea, Nachalat Binyamin, Aliyah Bet Memorial, Beit Hagefen, Bahai Gardens, Mystical Tzfat, Golan Heights and more!

We are joining Shaarei Tikvah’s Exploring Israel Adult 2nd Timers Tour

Led by Rabbi Adam Baldachin

February 27 – March 11, 2019

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Wednesday, February 27

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Israel
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Thursday, February 28

Going up into the Land Arrive in Israel to be met and assisted by your ITC representative. Tour Old Jaffa, where paintings and sculptures have been installed in the alleys of 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 the Sheraton Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner at Maganda Yemenite Restaurant. Overnight: Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv.
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Friday, March 1

The Hebrew City and the Jewish State Visit the Palmach Museum in Ramat Aviv to learn about the elite underground organization which played a critical role in the founding of the State of Israel or Tour the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli history and society. ITC Touch: Discover City of Sand and Sea, a mosaic fountain created by artist and writer Nachum Gutman portraying scenes from the history of Jaffa and Tel Aviv. At Independence Hall relive David Ben Gurion declaring the new State of Israel. 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 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch on your 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". Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Attend a creative Friday evening service at Beit Tefila Yisraeli. Festive Shabbat dinner at hotel. Overnight: Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv.
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Saturday, March 2

Shabbat in Tel Aviv Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (directions and recommendations will be provided). Traditional Shabbat lunch at hotel. Walking tour along the coast to the Aliyah Bet Memorial in London Square to hear about the daring "illegal immigration" operations which smuggled Jewish refugees into Israel during the British Mandate period. Free time to enjoy the beach and watch Tel Aviv's residents folk-dance, play racquetball, walk the promenade and enjoy Shabbat afternoon by the sea. Havdallah with Rabbi Baldachin. Free evening. Dinner on own. Recommendation for the evening: Check out the Sarona neighborhood, a new restaurant- café and shopping area in the recently restored fomer German colony. Overnight: Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv.
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Sunday, March 3

Coexistence and Diversity in the North Depart for northern Israel. Visit Beit Hagefen in Haifa, which works to foster bonds of friendship and intercultural dialogue between Jews and Arabs beyond mere coexistence in multi-ethnic Haifa. Walking tour of picturesque Wadi Nisnas, a nearby Arab neighborhood in which significant art work has been installed outdoors making it a 'museum without walls' and a symbol of Jewish-Arab coexistence. Lunch on own. Visit the Masorti synagogue (Haminyan
Hamishpachti) in Kfar Veradim and hear the personal story of its leader Rabbi Natalie Lastreger, who grew up in an ultra-Orthodox home. Tour mystical Tzfat's old synagogues and picturesque alleyways and discover the origins of our Friday night service in the city where Lecha Dodi was written. Check–in to the Lavi Hotel in the Galilee. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Lavi.
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Monday, March 4

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Natural Wonders Tour of the Golan Heights for a special perspective on Israel's complex geopolitics as we "look down at Israel" the way the Syrian army once did and then look out at the border from the peak of strategic Mt. Bental. Geopolitical briefing on top of Mt. Bental by Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Sarit Zehavi on the current situation along the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire lines in the Golan Heights. Lunch on own. Walk in the lush Tel Dan Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where you'll discover biblical intrigue and one of the oldest arches in the world or Hike in the Banias Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River to see its magnificent waterfall. Tour Agamon Hahuleh by golfcart to explore "a paradise for birds and people" and see thousands of migrating birds coming to roost for the night. Early evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.
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Tuesday, March 5

Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea Travel South through the Jordan Valley to the Ein Gedi Reserve, passing en route Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve opportunity to bathe in a waterfall and hear how David hid there from King Saul. Lunch at Dead Sea resort. 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. Travel to Negev Highlands. Time permitting: Look out at the majestic Zin Cliffs from Ben Gurion's Gravesite. Check in to the luxurious Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon. Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon.
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Wednesday, March 6

Negev Highlands: Primeval Desert Beauty Learn about the natural history of the region at the multimedia Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center dedicated to fallen Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. Explore Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) on foot and by jeep to discover magnificent desert landscapes and a fascinating window into the earth's past. Lunch on own. Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the hotel's spa and recreational facilities or Challenging hike up and across Mt. Saharonim on Makhtesh Ramon's south eastern rim. Dinner at Beresheet Hotel. Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon.
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Thursday, March 7

Nature, Vision and Development in the Negev Hike in the beautiful white canyon of Ein Avdat springs in the Zin Valley (varied lengths/ routes suitable for different fitness levels). Lunch on own. Tour of David Ben Gurion's House on Kibbutz Sde Boker to learn about his vision for developing the Negev. Travel
to Jerusalem. Check-in to the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. Option: Cooking class in the Machane Yehuda Market (may be dependent on minimum number of participants). Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem.
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Friday, March 8

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy 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 or Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes of Jewish life in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations, including a new discovery connected to the Chanukah story. Visit the traditional prayer area of the Western Wall. Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter. Tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall and Rooftops. Tour of the Christian Quarter, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, part of the Via Dolorosa and Deir Es-Sultan (the Ethiopian compound on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher's roof). Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Greet the Sabbath at the the "Masorati Kotel", the egalitarian section of the Western Wall near Robinson's Arch. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem.
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Saturday, March 9

And on the Seventh Day....in Jerusalem Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of your choice (Recommendations and directions will be provided). Traditional Shabbat Lunch at hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: Late 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 the First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found or Israeli literature walking tour through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others. Havdalah with Rabbi Baldachin. Free evening. Dinner on own. Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem.
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Sunday, March 10

The New City: A Mosaic of Modern Jerusalem After breakfast Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport See you again soon! Arrive in USA same day, begin planning your next Israel trip with Rabbi Baldachin and ITC Tours!

Prices are per person in a double room
Land Only Package $4055 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Land and Air Package *$5655 Discounted rate for payment by check;
Single Room Supplement $1490 Discounted rate payment by check
Land only Package $4218 Full cost for credit card payment
Land and Air Package * $588 Full cost for credit card payment
Single Room Supplement $1550 Full cost for credit card payment
Reductions Third person adult in triple room: subtract $400
Tips $190 by check (guide, driver, restaurants, porterage) are added to the above
* Included are airport tax and fuel surcharge and are subject to change until purchased
Not included in price
Trip cancellation, health insurance - highly recommended !