Price range
From $5500 per person
Upcoming Date
09-17 September 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Each of us comes with our own notion of how Israel and Judaism might play a role in our new family life.  Through this journey together, those ideas will surely change.  This journey will provide each of you with an expanded sense of self, of your relationship with your partner, and what role Israel and Judaism can play in your family in the future.  In addition to enjoying Israel’s classic tourist sites, delicious food and wine, and local art and nightlife, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Israelis from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds to gain a real understanding of all that Israel has to offer to all of its residents.

Highlights

Journey Israel with your peers
Experience culture through unexpected flavors
Learn how you fit into the Israel story
Immerse yourselves into tradition through a modern lens
Create a close community with your group- and take it home with you!
Understand how shared society plays a role in Israel's future

Itinerary

1 - Friday (September 9) : "Not By Bread Alone"

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Activities:

  • Morning arrival at Ben Gurion airport - After being assisted with arrival procedures you will collect your baggage and have any relevant Covid testing. Meet your guide and be on your way to Jerusalem.

  • Depart the airport for your first stop at The Drive Coffee Truck for an opening brunch - Bread has a very important place in Jewish tradition and faith, and there is no better way to begin our journey together as we break bread. We will stop at the Drive Caffe which is part of a hot trend of coffee and food trucks that have popped up all over Israel in the past few years. Have a light brunch and begin to talk about your trip, Each person will be given a journal and your first entry will be to express your hopes for the trip. You'll share this with your partner and gradually with the rest of the group.

  • Visit the Portzei Haderech Memorial next to the coffee truck - The Portzei Haderech memorial at Shaar Hagai commemorates the breakthrough to Jerusalem in the War of Independence. The story behind this memorial is also one of the most fascinating of all Israeli monuments and has much to teach about acts of commemoration and preserving a sense of continuity. Talk about the founding of the State of Israel and the symbolism of bringing Israel into your lives at this time. And don't miss the reality that in Israel memorials and coffee trucks exist side by side on every inch of the country.

  • Ascend to Jerusalem

  • Stop at Machane Yehuda Market to feel the 'balagan' of the pre-Shabbat hours - Machane Yehuda is the heart of Jerusalem, especially on a Friday. We'll make a stop at the market so that you can experience this amazing energy as people finish their shopping, have a bite to eat, or hang out with friends for coffee. In couples, go into the market with an assignment to buy bread that reminds you of home. Later, we'll share what we bought.

  • Continue to the walls of the Old City-Bimat Yisrael - At this majestic spot with the Old City walls on one side and the New City of Jerusalem opposite, take time to transition from our busy lives at home to the magic of Jerusalem, from the buzz of the shuk to the quiet of Shabbat. We'll do this by dipping our breads that remind us of home into the flavors of the species of the country where we now find ourselves - tehina, honey, olive oil (Dagan - Tiroshe - Yizhar), sitting back, and absorbing the moment with a toast and a Shehechiyanu, the prayer that recognizes the gift of being able experience new things.

  • Drive to your hotel and get settled - Get ready for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Montefiore Windmill - At at this incredible overlook opposite Jerusalem's Old City and the surrounding Judean Desert as far as the eye can see, see Jerusalem's complex geography, strategic setting, and beauty. Continue with Kabbalat Shabbat to welcome Shabbat. One of Jerusalem’s iconic landmarks, the Montefiore windmill was originally a flour mill, built in the 19th century by British philanthropist Moses Montefiore to help the Jews of the Old Yishuv support themselves.

  • OR Walk to the Kotel for Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel with other Honeymoon Israel groups - Table Talk- cards with conversation starters will be at each table.

  • Optional- after dinner night walk

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: lunch, dinner

2 - Saturday (September 10) : Put Yourself in the Story

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Meet the legendary Israeli Breakfast

  • Storytelling Workshop - Option 1 (If shomer shabbat). Learn to tell your Israel story using your imagination, with the help of a professional storyteller.
    Option 2 (If not shomer Shabbat) Learn to tell your Israel story through photos, with a professional photographer. Learn the techniques of taking beautiful pictures with your smartphones.
    In both workshops we train our eyes and our minds to look all around us, above and beyond.

  • Get a bird's eye view of the Old City by walking on the Rampart Walls of the Old City - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Ottomans. Today you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the old city and the surroundings. Descend the walls and walk into the Jewish Quarter. Use your new photography skills!

  • "Jewish Brunch" and Wine Talks Picnic - Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors. We will also take this opportunity to learn about Israeli wine. What is unique about it? How has the industry evolved? Taste some of Israel's native vines and varieties while learning some geography at the same time through 'Terroir Talk."

  • Z'man Schnatz-Shabbat rest - If you really want to feel like a local, take an afternoon nap.

  • Seudat Shlishit and conversation with Avraham Infeld or other relevant person - Why Honeymoon Israel?

  • "Progressive" stroll through the beautiful urban Park Hamesila - In this Havdalah walk you'll progress through the blessings for spices, wine, and light in stations along the path, at each station focusing on the unique element being blessed.

  • Zman Sicha- HMI Processing Session

  • Evening out on the town - Enjoy dinner and night life in the center of Jerusalem.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Sunday (September 11) : Jerusalem-Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Word of the day - Drink of the Day

  • Tour Jerusalem's Old City - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. Have time at the Kotel and the Davidson Center. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. View the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Panel discussion "My Jerusalem" - Meet leaders of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities in Jerusalem for a panel discussion about the meaning of Jerusalem for each one. Continue with text study about the centrality of Jerusalem in Judaism and how this is reflected in Jewish cultural and ritual life.

  • Afternoon program at FeelBeit - FeelBeit is Mekudeshet's new cultural center that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from a center of conflict into a laboratory for connection between people of all kinds. Meet the Israeli and Palestinian leaders of the project experience a taste of the work of Mekudeshet. Mekudeshet promotes a city for all residents of Jerusalem--Israelis, Palestinians, Christians, Jews, Muslims, religious and secular--to enjoy basic rights, including the right to self-definition and equality.

  • Pre - evening Program - After dinner come together to talk about modern day issues of concern to young people with either Yossi Tsabari or Shaanan Streett

  • Optional - The Geography of Jerusalem-Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza - If there is time, meet Danny Tirza while taking a 30 minute ride along the Security Barrier. Tirza is a Security Expert and architect of the Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Monday (September 12) : National Identity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Word of the day - Drink of the Day

  • Z'man Politica-The State of the State Political Briefing with David Horovitz - David Horovitz is a British-born British-Israeli journalist, author and speaker. He is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, a current affairs website based in Jerusalem that launched in February 2012. Previously, he had been the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report.

  • Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust - Tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance. Those in your group who have a family connection with the Holocaust will share their connections with the group.

  • Lunch at Cafe Shalva with members of the Shalva Band - Shalva is a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. The café’s profits go back to the center and graduates of Shalva work at the café. Meet members of the Shalva Band and even listen in on one of their rehearsals. The Shalva Band won Israel's "Kochav Nolad" (A Star is Born) competition and represented Israel in the Eurovision but forfeited their chance for first place because it would require them to perform on Shabbat.

  • Volunteer at Metzilot Mazon- Jerusalem Food Rescuers - Metzilot Mazon, the Jerusalem Food Rescuers, aims to create a more just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Through engagement, we will learn how this group is looking to provide solutions to food insecurity in Jerusalem.

  • Optional-Panel with IDF Spokespeople - Meet peer members of the IDF to listen to their thoughts about the country, the army, and how the army shapes your life in Israel.

  • Z'man Sicha- HMI Processing Session - At Beit Alliance

  • Dinner on your own and free time at the market

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Tuesday (September 13) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Word of the day - Drink of the Day

  • Drive to the Dead Sea area

  • Ascend Masada by cable car - Tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome by siege, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender. Masada has come to symbolize the fierce determination of the people of Israel, but its tragic history also raises questions about the price of freedom. Option to descend by walking.

  • Zman Eichut- Quality time at the Dead Sea - As we head toward the Dead Sea, we will look around us and talk about the ecosystem and the environmental issues connected to the Dead Sea. Once there, grab your Honeymoon Israel beach towel and paint each other with mud at the Dead Sea. At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Venture into the water, enjoy a float (literally AND figuratively), and have some lunch provided before heading north.

  • Optional: Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat or in kayaks and see amazing salt formations and scenery. During this unique experience you will enjoy the wondrous muds, salt pearls, salt diamonds, water springs streaming to the sea and sink holes filled with sweet water.

  • Drive north through the Jordan Valley, along the Syrian-African Rift

  • Happy Hour at Mt.Tavor Brewery - Mt. Tavor Brewery is a boutique Galilean Brewery using all natural high quality ingredients and made by hand. Here we will have a chance to create our own Honeymoon Israel "label" infusing our own spirit. Each couple will get a 6-pack of this private label brew to enjoy throughout the rest of our journey together.

  • Check into your hotel - Time to refresh for the evening

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Zman Sicha- HMIProcessing Session - Spend the rest of the evening enjoying the Galilean evening air, sharing, and being together, Israeli style. Guided discussions between couples to check in about the trip so far.

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Wednesday (September 14) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Word of the day - Drink of the Day

  • 2 MORNING OPTIONS: - OPTION #1:
    Morning grape harvest with Mika Winery. Pick grapes at a small, elevated vineyard, taste wines and sit down for a talk with Mika, a 38 year old farmer-winemaker-owner of this garage, family owned winery
    OPTION #2:
    Tour a majestic 7th century synagogue. Partially renovated, this place tells the untold story of the scattered Jewish communities living in the Golan, 1500 years ago.

  • Z'man Kef-Off-Road ATV or Jeep tour - Explore the Golan Heights area with its scenic views, fresh air and excellent routes, and varied terrain . You'll be in the driver's seat!
    Security briefing on the border with Syria

  • Couscous in Merom Golan - Come together for a real cultural experience - couscous making. Couscous serves a symbol of harmony, and is found in many cultures. In fact, couscous has received intangible cultural heritage status from UNESCO, a distinction reserved for the world’s most treasured cultural practices

  • Tour the mystical city of Tzfat - Discover Tzfat which sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbala, Jewish mysticism. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways, and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in the artist row.

  • Z'man Limud - Traditional Jewish law is complex, detailed, and often seems irrelevant. Tzfat, being a truly spiritual city, offers many oportunities for learning. Here we will meet with a young religious couple who moved to Tzfat and have a discussion about what drew them to this mystical city.

  • Knafe workshop with Farah Raslan-another kind of Israeli story - Farah, originally from Lebanon, is one of Israel's up and coming chefs, She is taking the culinary scene by storm after making it to the finals of Israel's Master Chef by preparing authentic Lebanese cuisine. Learn Farah's fascinating story of how she came to Israel in 2006, and how for so long she felt foreign in her own home.

  • Z'man Sicha- HMI Evening processing session

  • Z'man Mesiba - Party Time - Mesibat Teva!!! - Barbecue party "Mamash Yisraeli" (Really Israeli) Style! Meat, Music, and Fun!

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Thursday (September 15) : The Mosaic of the Galilee - Shared Society at its Best

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out - Drive to Akko

  • Word of the day - Drink of the Day

  • Akko - Mixed City - Arrive to Akko, one of Israel's 7 official mixed cities where Jews and Arabs live together. Throughout the city there are examples of how Jews and Arabs live together and work together to ensure a better life for all.

  • Continue to the Akko Tunisian Synagogue - The Ohr Torah Tunian synagogue in Akko is unique even in a land of synagogues. Built by a community of Tunisian Jews from Djerba, it offers four stories of glorious mosaics and stained-glass windows both inside and out, showing a varied range of stories, plants, and animals.

  • Tour Akko, Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. And see some of the modern initiatives that are opening in the Old City as well - arts, tourism, food, and culture.

  • Druze Cooking Workshop and lunch - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv-Jaffa

  • Jaffa - Another Mixed City - We will begin our time in Tel Aviv with a tour of Jaffa, another of Israel's official mixed cities (though Jaffa is the southern quarter of Tel Aviv, not its own city). Feel how this area differs from the old city of Akko, and how it might be similar. On a walk through Jaffa, discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archaeological discoveries.

  • Start up Nation - Meet with young entrepreneurs that are part of 50:50 Startup . 50:50 Startups is built on the idea that the Palestinian-Israeli status quo cannot be sustained and that peace must start in the hearts and minds of individuals – through meaningful connections in venture creation and technological innovation.

  • Check into your hotel

  • Dinner at Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture.

  • Z'man Sofash- the weekend begins - Enjoy Tel Aviv's nightlife

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Aruhat Eser Coffee Break

8 - Friday (September 16) : Tel Aviv - Modern, Multicultural, Anything But Ancient

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Word of the day - Drink of the Day

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People - You’re invited to join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.

  • Market tasting tour and... Street Food Brief - Your guide to Israel's Best Street Food

  • 3 options for afternoon activities:

  • 1. Meet The White City - Architectural tour - Explore Lev Ha'ir, the Heart of the City, where the first roots of Tel Aviv were planted in 1909. Lev Hair contains some of Tel Aviv’s most beautiful buildings, being at the center of the UNESCO designated “White City” known for it’s Bauhaus, Eclectic, and International Style architecture.

  • 2. Florentine Graffiti Tour - Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti tour. Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • 3. The Association for Urban Farming - Visit an urban garden in a school for children of Asylum Seekers - a project of the Association for Urban Farming, a non-profit organization based in Tel Aviv that promotes urban agricultural infrastructure in cities around the world. The association sponsors programs throughout the city, including urban gardening in schools and commercial centers.

  • Free time

  • Explore Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Nachlat Binyamin, an open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Prepare for Shabbat

  • Not By Bread Alone - part 2 - Divide into groups as we once again learn how bread plays a role in Jewish communal life. We will go into the homes of different community leaders and bake challah with these members of different communities, as we prepare to observe Shabbat in this secular city of Tel Aviv.

  • Z'man Sicha- HMI Session

  • Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Dinner - Join together with the other Honeymoon Israel groups in Tel Aviv.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

9 - Saturday (September 17) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Early morning run, walk, or yoga on the promenade

  • Word of the day - Drink of the Day

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional-Shul hopping in Neve Tzedek - Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood was resorted and became a trendy fun beautiful part of the city. For those who wish, we will stop into various Shabbat morning services and see how no two communities are the same. After, we can even stop and try some amazing Israeli gelato!

  • Optional-Conversation about Religious Pluralism in Israel - With speakers such as Rani Jaeger, Meir Azari, Gilad Kariv, among others, pending availability.

  • Free time to enjoy the beach and pack

  • Zman Siyum-Final Processing Session

  • Israeli Cocktail Workshop - Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well. What a great way to end Shabbat and go into Havdallah as we end our journey here in Israel!

  • Final Dinner and Havdalah

  • Transfer to the airport - Or overnight depending on flight

Overnight: Transfer to the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting tour

FAQ

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are highly recommended as well. For warmer days, natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing clothing that can be layered, as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm jacket/raincoat, as well as T-shirts. TALK TO US TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OTHERS BY DONATING YOUR COAT AT THE END OF YOUR TRIP.

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

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Shabbat (the Sabbath), the Jewish holy day of the week, starts at sunset on Friday and ends shortly after sundown on Saturday evening. All public offices, banks and many stores are closed on Shabbat. Museums, national parks and most art galleries are open. Restaurants (not supervised kosher) and entertainment spots are open. On Shabbat, buses and trains do not run in every city, but taxis do. Airports are open as well. Naturally, cities differ from each other. For example, while Tel Aviv is mostly open on Shabbat, Jerusalem will mostly be closed. But there is still lots to do around the country, even on Shabbat. Just ask us for some recommendations!

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19,  a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 45 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure, 25% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
Security guard for a full day in Jerusalem + expenses v
2 Free staff members in 2 single rooms v
Designed booklet and printed materials and swag v
Full time, on-site coordinator (part time when it's a single bus) v
Specially brewed, bottled and branded beers for honeymooners v
Whisperers - silent guiding systems between guide and guests v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019

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