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Israel Tour / Join Rabbi Richard and Lisa Plavin

Join Rabbi Richard and Lisa Plavin

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August 5 – 16, 2018 -Your tour will cover many of Israel’s marvels: Old Jaffa, Walking tour of historic Little Tel Aviv, City of Sand and Sea, Yitzhak Rabin Center, Zichron Yaakov, Yemin Orde youth village, Druze Hospitality, Mystical Tzfat, Banias Nature Reserve, Jordan River, Jeep tour of the Golan Heights,

Join Rabbi Richard and Lisa Plavin

On a very special trip “Israel Off the Beaten Track”

August 5 – 16, 2018

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Join Rabbi Richard and Lisa Plavin August 5 – 16, 2018


Sunday, 5 August

Depart USA from Logan Airport in Boston

Monday, 6 August

Going up into the Land - 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 on top of Tel Jaffa overlooking modern Tel Aviv. Check-in at the Shalom and Relax Hotel on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Coast. Welcome dinner and orientation at Goshen Restaurant. Overnight: Shalom and Relax Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, 7 August

The Hebrew City, the Jewish State and its Neighborhoods - Walking tour of historic "Little Tel Aviv" to discover the quaint Neve Tzeddek neighborhood that gave birth to the "first Hebrew city in 2,000 years". 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. Visit the Israel Guide Dog Center on Moshav Beit Oved, an innovative school for training seeing eye dogs to help visually impaired person. Lunch in the dark at Black Out Restaurant at the Na Lagaat Center in Jaffa Port – A sensory culinary experience. Tour of the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critcal look at Israeli society, including a visit to the new exhibition on the Entebbe raid. Free time to swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beach side Promenade. Free evening. Dinner on own Overnight: Shalom and Relax Hotel, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 8 August

The Multi Ethnic Carmel and Mystical Tzfat - Depart for northern Israel. Visit the Taglit Innovations Center at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to see the latest from the “start up nation.” Visit Yemin Orde, a youth village helping underprivileged immigrant youth. Interact with members of the Ethiopian Israeli community. Lunch and Druze hospitality at Nora's Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmel on Mt. Carmel and hear a Druze women speak about her community. 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. Followed by free time to shop and explore on own. Visit the studio Chaya Sheva, a local glassblower and hear how Jewish spirituality influences her work. Time permitting: Tour of Tzfat's Artists Colony, established in the 1950's by artists who were inspired by Tzfat's unique atmosphere, especially its sense of light and color. Check–in to the Ramot Resort Hotel on Moshav Ramot overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Dinner at hotel Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel

Thursday, 9 August

Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Israel's Finest - Hike through the Banias Nature Reserve, one of the sources of the Jordan River, to see its magnificent waterfall. Raft or Kayak down the Jordan River – Great way to cool off on a hot day. Lunch on own. Jeep tour to 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. Please choose one of the following two "touring and tasting" options. Both located on nearby Kibbutz Ein Zivan (Possibility of splitting the group): Chocolate making workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory. OR: Guided tour of the boutique Bahat Winery including wine tasting. BBQ dinner with young Israeli soldiers who are giving some of the best years of their lives to the defense of Israel. Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel

Friday, 10 August

Rescuers of Brothers and Preparing for Shabbat - 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. Travel to Jerusalem. Shekhiyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Time permitting: 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 Mt. Zion Hotel in Jerusalem. Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat. Friday/Shabbat evening options: Time Permitting: Attend the "Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat" service at the First Station Compound. Friday night services together as a congregation near the Montefiore Windmill. Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, 11 August

And on the Seventh Day... in Jerusalem - Shabbat morning services at a local synagogue – Special Anniversary Mishaberach for Barbara and Ted Zupnik. Traditonal Shabbat Lunch at our hotel. Shabbat afternoon options: Free time to relax, explore on own and enjoy hotel pool. Israeli literary walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon and others. Walking tour to First Temple period burial site at Ketef Hinnom – Where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found. Havdalah with Rabbi Plavin. 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: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, 12 August

Social Responsibility and Digging Up the Past - Tour of Yad Sarah's Jerusalem headquarters to hear about their work providing medical equipment to people in need. Lunch on own. Engage in a hands on archaeological excavation digging up Israel's past at Dig for A Day in Beit Guvrin National Park. Dinner on own. Watch the Night Spectacular – Sound and light show at the Tower of David. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Monday, 13 August

The Old City of Jerusalem: An Ancient Jewish Legacy - Optional Shacharit service at the egalitarian Masorati Kotel (near Robinson's Arch). Discover the archaeological story of the Western Wall and episodes from rabbinic texts while standing where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago at Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall Excavations. While touring the Robinson's Arch area we will also see and discuss the Masorati Kotel and the Women of the Wall movement. Tour the Western Wall Rabbinic Tunnel to stand on bedrock next to the Temple Mount's 2,000 year old foundations. Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter. Tour less visited sites in the Jewish Quarter: The Israelite Tower, a 2,600 year old archaeological puzzle beneath the modern day neighborhood. Then visit some of the Jewish Quarter's unique synagogues, including the Four Sephardic Synagogues, Karaite Museum and hear about the remarkable discoveries under the ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue. Multimedia tour of the new Six Day War Heritage Museum at Ammunition Hill, the site of the fiercest battle in the Six Day War. Dinner on own. Free evening. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Tuesday, 14 August

Contemporary Realities and Complex Geopolitics - Visit Kibbutz Kfar Etzion's Museum and watch its new Audio Visual presentation about the the Etzion Bloc, which was conquered by the Jordanians during the War of Independence and resettled by its founders' children after the Six Day War. Encounter with Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat, the largest community in the Etzion Bloc to hear about West Bank settlement and the Gush Etzion region. Lunch on own at Hadar Mall. Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the city, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and Israel's security fence. Guided tour of the new Hebrew Music Museum in downtown Jerusalem's Nachalat Shiva neighborhood to learn about the history of Jewish music from biblical times and through seven different regions of the Diaspora. Listen to open air musical performance in Music Square (Kikar Hamusica) next to museum. Free evening. Continue on to dinner on own in the vibrant Nachalat Shiva area. Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Wednesday, 15 August

Wrapping Up and Departure - Visit Yad Lakashish, a unique employment project helping Jerusalem's elderly, including a stop in its shop "where shopping is a mitzvah!" 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. Our 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 Darna Restaurant. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport – See you again soon!

Thursday, 16 August

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

  • Discounted price for check payment: Land Only Package $3,595
  • Full price for credit card payment: Land Only Package $3,739
  • Discounted price for check payment for Single Room Supplement: $1150
  • Full price for credit card payment for Single Room Supplement: $1196
  • Reduction off the price for 3rd adult in room: subtract $200
  • Added to the costs above are tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and Porterage $190 Tour
  • price is based on minimum of 25 participants.
  • Round trip Air available through ITC Tours call Janine at 800 247 7235

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    *Airport Tax and Fuel Surcharge are Subject to Change until purchased Pricing is based on 25 paying participants We offer Group Rate Travel/Medical Insurance. Please check our website for coverage or call for insurance costs and details, including coverage of preexisting conditions 800 247 7235
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    TERMS AND CONDITIONS ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at supplementary cost. $1150 ck $1196 CC TAXES: Airport tax and fuel surcharge are included in the ticket price when ticketed TIPPING: Tips for guides and drivers are added to the tour price $190 INSURANCE: Insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. MEDICAL CONDITION: ITC is not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour. We offer Group Rate Travel/Medical Insurance. Please check our website for coverage or call for insurance costs and details, including coverage of preexisting conditions 800 247 7235 CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing to us and must be signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are received by us. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the date the tour departs. Penalties will apply. If you cancel your tour, cancellation fees and penalties will be deducted from your refund or deposit. Cancellation fees will apply to all deposit checks (Airline penalties could be equal to the total cost of the ticket.) Cancellation fees apply to each person. MINIMUM FEE OF $ 100.00 PER.PERSON. FOR ANY CANCELLATION PRIOR TO DEPARTURE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE 90 - 79 Days 78 – 69 Days 68 Days or less CANCELLATION FEE $300.00 per person $400.00 per person No Refund *Plus any penalties applied by airlines, hotels and tour operators. No refunds are issued for cancellations on private tour itineraries. After itinerary is complete there will be a $100. Change fee assessed per charge. BAGGAGE: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger and that of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline directly. SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: There is no advanced seat selection for tour departures; however, we will try to meet individual requests upon availability. Three hours advance arrival to the airport is necessary to insure adequate time for check in. RESPONSIBILITY FOR FLIGHT AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES: ITC is responsible for making all arrangements for tour services offered in the itinerary. The airlines, hotels, land operators and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and not agents, employees or associates of ITC. Acceptance and confirmation of your reservation is at the discretion of the airlines even after full payment has been made. ITC, Rabbi RICHARD and LISA assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the service of an aircraft, motor coach, taxi, or other conveyances, which may be used in the performance of its duty to the passengers. All vouchers and other documents for services issued by the company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers and to the laws of the country where services are supplied. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ITC, we will arrange for provision of comparable services. ITC reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever ITC deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. The participant agrees that ITC shall not be liable for any changes in flight schedules, delays, weather conditions, damages, losses (including personal injuries, death and property losses) or expenses occasioned by acts or omissions of any person, including suppliers providing services, or for any acts of war, insurrection, revolts, or other civil uprisings, military actions, strikes, or acts of G-d occurring either in the country of origin, through passage or destination. No person other than an authorized representative of ITC by written consent is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this agreement. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of the other tour passengers. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Each passenger participant must have a valid passport. Please make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past your date of departure. IMMUNIZATIONS: No immunization shots or vaccinations are required at present, unless otherwise noted. NOTE: The sequence of activities in the itinerary may change or be reversed some may be omitted due to circumstances beyond our control. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full.