Sunday, March 31:  Overnight transatlantic flights from New York, or Dallas.

Monday, April 1:  Landing at Ben Gurion airport. Meet and assist by aviatours staff. Transfer to your Tel Aviv hotel (Herods or similar). Check in.

  • We meet for dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, April 2:  After enjoying a buffet Israeli breakfast we drive to visit the Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion announced the Declaration of Independence in 1948. We proceed to meet with Tzevet – the IDF veterans organization where we listen to a security brief. After lunch we drive to visit the Haganah Museum telling the story of the pre-military organization that defended Israel before the IDF was established. Back to our hotel for rest.

  • Dinner on your own. The hotel concierge will assist with restaurants recommendations or ask your guide.

Wednesday, April 3:  We depart Tel Aviv towards Latroun – Armored Corps museum and memorial site as well as the Jewish Warrior Museum. Continue to the underground bullet factory at Givat Hakibbutzim. This illegal factory was hidden under a laundry place during the British Mandate times. From here we proceed to the Weizman Institute, one of Israel’s pride for scientific innovations that helps humanity and whose scientists received Noble prizes.

We reach Jerusalem and check into our Leonardo Plaza hotel (or similar).

  • We meet for dinner at the hotel.

Thursday, April 4: After our rich breakfast we ascend to Mount of Olives to enjoy the magnificent view of Jerusalem. Proceed to Mt. Zion to see the room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. We enter the Old City and walk the Way of the Cross which ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Afternoon visit to Bethlehem – birth place of Kind David and Jesus.

  • Dinner on your own.

Friday, April 5: Today we visit Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Museum. Nearby is the new National Memorial Center (the Arlington of Israel). Proceed to the Israel Museum to see the Model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple times. Near by the original Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. We continue to the Davidson Center, an archeological park that tells the story of the southern slopes of Temple Mount. Our last stop just before Shabbat is the Kotel (Western Wall).

Return to our hotel for rest.

  • We meet for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner.

Saturday, April 6: We head east towards the Dead Sea and stop at the Tomb of Patriarch.  Further south we ascend Masada with a cable car. This is the palace-fortress built by King Herod. Here hundreds of Jews preferred a group suicide rather than falling into Roman hands. We take a dip in the Dead Sea, rich with minerals, nature’s gift to your skin. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

  • Dinner at the hotel.

Sunday, April 7: Depart Jerusalem towards the Galilee. Our first stop is Nazareth where we visit the Church of Annunciation. Continue towards the Sea of Galilee. On the way we stop for a tree planting. You now have a physical share in Israel. After lunch we visit Kfar Nahum, the synagogue where Jesus preached.  Tiberias is next. Between the 2nd and the 10th centuries, Tiberias was the center for the Jews who remained in the Holy Land after the destruction of the second temple and the expulsion by the Romans. We will visit the house of Donna Gracia – a unique woman who took part in rebuilding the city. We check into our Kibbutz hotel Lavi.

  • Dinner at the hotel.

Monday, April 8: We ascend the Golan Heights. Our first stop is at Mitzpeh Shalom where we understand the strategic importance of the Golan. Proceed to Katzrin to see remains of a Talmudic Jewish town. We continue to Mount Bental, previously an IDF bunker overlooking Syria. After a short briefing we return to our kibbutz hotel. After dinner enjoy a talk with a kibbutz member about life in a kibbutz.

  • Dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, April 9:  Ascend to Zfat, where Kabbalah flourished before it was spread worldwide. This is also a center of local art. Not too far is Misgav Am, a kibbutz overlooking Lebanon. Here we get a short briefing about the situation in that front. We then head west towards the Mediterranean Sea. We stop at Nahariya to visit its hospital. Wounded Syrian refugees are treated hear. After lunch we had south towards Haifa where we enjoy the panoramic view of the spectacular Baha’i Gardens. We end the day at the Herods Herzeliya hotel where we enjoy a farewell dinner. Those who fly home tonight will be transferred to the airport. Others will spend the night here.

  • Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday, April 10:  Airport transfer. Your flight home will reach the USA in the afternoon or evening.

Welcome home!  You have just returned from a lifetime experience!

Package includes:

  • Round trip coach class tickets from JFK or DFW. ATL and other cities by request.
  • Airport transfers in Israel for main group. Others will be quoted separately.
  • Superior 4 star hotels (see program)
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily, except for 3 dinners on your own.
  • Daily sightseeing tours in an air-conditioned deluxe bus with the services of a licensed English speaking guide (the wonderful Ronit!).
  • All entrance fees to sites, taxses and service fees as per program.
  • Helper for people who may need special attention
  • Bottles of water on the bus
  • Tips of $14.00 per day, per person, for guide, driver, helper, and hotel restaurant staff.

Not included:

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included in package cost.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Cost:   Based on double occupancy.  Price includes air and land fare, and airport tax and fuel surcharge as known on June 26, 2018. (Airport taxes subject to increase based on oil prices  until ticket is issued. Please note that published price is guaranteed until November 26, 2018).

  • Departing New York with EL AL -$4499.00

(You may deduct $149.00 if paid by check)

  • Departing Dallas Ft. Worth with Air Canada – $4250.00

(You may deduct $265.00 if paid by check)

  • $3289.00 for land fare only.

(You may deduct $130.00 if paid by check)

  • $990.00 additional for single room supplement.
  • Airline Business Class upgrade upon request. (approx. $3,000.00; subject to availability when requested)
  • Premium Economy Class upgrade upon request. (approx. $1640.00; subject to availability when requested)

For more information including itinerary, cost, and registration, please contact Christy Turner at: cturner@jwv.org or 202-265-6283.