Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
03-12 January 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday ( January 3 )

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Activities:

  • Arrive Ben Gurion Airport - DL234 Arrive: 5:35 PM

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Opening dinner - Option-Lynn Schusterman's house

  • Intro to Israel-Palestine with Daniel Rubenstein

  • Inbal Hotel

: Inbal Hotel

2 - Wednesday ( January 4 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • The State of the Nation with a journalist

  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City - In the Jewish Quarter, uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and, if conditions permit, visit the one of the holiest Muslim sites, the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Lunch in the Muslim Quarter - Extending from the Damascus Gate to the Via Dolorosa, the Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and has been home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Meet people who have lived in the Old City for generations, practicing their crafts and raising their families. Browse the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more.

  • Afternoon-Explore Israel's Social Landscape - Option: Shimrit Meir- Changes in the region, Iran, Abraham Accords

  • Dinner at Eucalyptus - The Eucalyptus, a modern Israeli restaurant in Jerusalem, is situated in the Artist Quarter of the city, and a stone’s throw away from the magnificent walls of old Jerusalem. Owned and led by Chef Moshe Basson, Eucalyptus serves a modern interpretation of biblical cuisine. Chef Basson’s passions for biblical culture drove him to research and resurrect recipes, spices, and local and wild herbs that were part of the traditional cuisine, and were neglected and nearly forgotten for centuries.

  • Talk with Matti Friedman

  • Night tour of the Christian Quarter with Apo Sahagian - Experience Jerusalem's Old City in a different light- at night. Together with Apo Sahagian, a native of Jerusalem's Armenian Quarter, check out the night life in the Old City. Enjoy wine and cheese and an otherworldly atmosphere.

  • Inbal Hotel

: Inbal Hotel

3 - Thursday ( January 5 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Knesset including meetings with Knesset members pending availability - The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was named after “Haknesset Hagedolah,” the Great Assembly of the Second Temple period. Today it stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy. In lively, often heated, debates, its 120 elected members reflect the divergence of Israeli public opinion, legislate and oversee the workings of the government.

  • Visit the Supreme Court of Israel - Meeting with Justice pending availability

  • Pizur lunch

  • U.S. Embassy with Ambassador Tom Nides

  • Program and dinner at Feel Beit - Feel Beit is a cultural home for creating art, expanding perspectives, and imagining new ways forward for Jerusalem. "We are a group of Israelis and Palestinians who create art and music to bridge divides in Jerusalem. Everything we present is rooted in love for the diverse people of this place. We are driven by the conviction that when all else breaks down, art and music must break through." Mekudeshet is an award-winning, cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from being a center of conflict into a laboratory for connections between people of all kinds.

  • Night out in Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem sits this bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor. At night the market transforms into the city's hottest night scene.

  • Inbal Hotel

: Inbal Hotel

4 - Friday ( January 6 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza - Visit the memorial monument that takes the form of an American flag transforming into a flame at the tip, with a metal remnant from ground zero embedded at the base.

  • Tour Bethlehem with Rami Nazzal - Begin by considering how the residents of a refugee camp in the West Bank, are able to survive living under the hardest possible conditions. Meet with residents of the camp and walk through the narrow streets and alleys, while learning of their origins and hearing stories of their life under occupation. Gaining memories to last a lifetime, you will also discover that the Palestinians are still optimistic about the future and continue to hope and pray for peace. Walking towards the Separation Wall we will see the Jacir Palace Hotel, Banksy’s courageous artwork and “The Walled Off Hotel.” Standing steps away from the birth place of Christ at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square we will make a wish for peace.

  • Enjoy a Palestinian BBQ - Bethlehem is known for its culinary art- and you'll have almost all the salads and Humus you can think of.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and get right into the scene at Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Nachalat Binyamin is an open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is bustling on Friday afternoon.

  • Check into your hotel

  • Processing session

  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel or other - Gather together for Shabbat dinner and host some of Israel's Lone Soldiers.

  • Carlton, Tel Aviv

: Carlton, Tel Aviv

5 - Saturday ( January 7 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day in Rahat to become familiar with the Bedouin community in the Negev

  • Lunch at Shvil Hasalat - At the magical Shvil HaSalatl observe the most up to date agricultural technologies- the “high tech” of agriculture. At every stop of the tour, you will receive an explanation followed by you actually picking and eating your fruit right away!

  • Tour the Gaza border with Grisha yakubovich - Stop at key lookout points for an in-depth discussion of the complexity of the Gaza Border situation. Grisha Yakubovich served in the Israel Defence Forces for 30 years, ending his career as Head of the Civil Coordination Department of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). He now consults and guides educational tour of the Gaza Border and the West Bank.

  • Yamit Walls, Erez Check point - With Joe Perlov or Grisha

  • Night out in Tel Aviv with students

  • Carlton, Tel Aviv

: Carlton, Tel Aviv

6 - Sunday ( January 8 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Thought Leaders-Einat Wilf - Other options: Miri Eisin, Sarit Zahavi

  • Start-Up Nation Central - Start-Up Nation Central is an independent non-profit that builds bridges to Israeli innovation. They connect business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation, offering Israeli innovators access to high-potential and previously inaccessible markets, through highly customized business engagements, and through Start-Up Nation Finder – an easy to use, up-to-date, free online platform for discovering and connecting with the thousands of relevant innovators.

  • Is there an Israeli Abrahamic Vision? Jaffa Tour - Tour the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa

  • Meeting with Dan Feferman - Dan Feferman is the Director of Communications and Global Affairs at Sharaka, an NGO that works to build people-to-people peace between Israel and the Arab world. Dan is also a founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council, and founded and heads the Gulf-Israel Policy Forum.

  • Dinner at restaurant

  • Carlton, Tel Aviv

: Carlton, Tel Aviv

7 - Monday ( January 9 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Depart hotel 9:00 a.m.

  • 1:00 p.m. Flight to Dubai LY973

  • Arrive: 6:30 PM - After completing the formalities of immigration, you will be met by a member of the local staff and your English-speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel. Check in to the hotel.

  • Dinner with young adults from around the world who are currently living, working and/or studying in Dubai

  • Vida Hotel

: Vida Hotel

8 - Tuesday ( January 10 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - PCR tests for Abu Dhabi

  • Begin the day at the Burj Khalifa - The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building. It is an incomparable feat of engineering. More than just the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa is an unprecedented example of international cooperation, a symbolic beacon of progress, and an emblem of the new, dynamic and prosperous Middle East. In addition, it is tangible proof of Dubai's growing role in a changing world. In fewer than 30 years, this city has transformed itself from a regional center to a global one. This success was not based on oil reserves, but on reserves of human talent, ingenuity and initiative. Burj Khalifa embodies that vision.

  • Opening Program at the Abraham Miracle Center of Learning - “Breaking the Stereotypes- The New Narrative - Israel and her Neighbors.”
    Suggested Speakers:
    - Israeli Consul General
    - JDC Entwine Intern
    - Jewish Agency Emissary

  • Visit the Crossroads to Civilization Museum - This museum is dedicated to the importance of universal values, such as tolerance and respect. Visit the first ever Holocaust exhibit in the Arab world hosted by a former member of the UAE Federal National Council and Founder of the museum.

  • Lunch at Sheik Muhammad Center for Cultural Understanding - The Center for Cultural Understanding is in the Al Fahidi historical district, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bur Dubai. We will be introduced to our Emirati host who will talk to us about UAE culture, customs, and religion. ‘Ask any Emirate you happen to see what’s the best……

  • Take an Abra - a traditional boat - Cross the Creek towards the Spice Market where you will discover new flavors as we learn about the traditional use of aroma to fend off anything from stress to insomnia. Next take a plunge into the Gold Souk where the trade has been passed down from generation to generation.

  • Watch the sunset from Ain Dubai - the world's biggest and tallest Ferris wheel - Located on Bluewaters Island near the Dubai Marina.

  • Dinner at the Gordon Ramsey ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ restaurant

  • Depart for drop off ‘downtown’ (free time at Dubai mall/IMAGINE water and light show)

  • Vida Hotel

: Vida Hotel

9 - Wednesday ( January 11 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 8:00am Depart for Abu Dhabi

  • NYU with Professors, Faculty, and students: ‘‘NYU Abu Dhabi: An example of Co-Existence’ including lunch

  • Louvre Museum - The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District with 8,000 sq/m of galleries,making it the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Abrahamic Family House - The Abrahamic Family House is an interfaith complex on Saadiyat Island which houses a synagogue (Moses Ben Maimon Synagogue,) mosque (Imam Al-Tayeb)) and a church (St. Francis Church.)

  • Qasr Al Watan - Private Tour of Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential Palace including the grand hall, the collection of presidential gifts and the library.

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the country and the key place of worship for daily prayers.

  • Depart for dinner with Sharaka team - Sharaka is a non-profit organization established in 2020 by people from Israel, The United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain after the signing of The Abraham Accords.

  • 10:30pm Anticipated arrival at hotel

  • Vida Hotel

: Vida Hotel

10 - Thursday ( January 12 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Closing Session

  • Morning Safari including dune bashing, sand boarding, camel rides and a falcon show including lunch

  • The Frame - Rising 150 meters from Dubai’s Zabeel Park, the “World’s Largest Picture Frame”, offering up panoramic views of the skyline while framing views of iconic buildings such as the Burj Khalifa.

  • Museum of The Future - Zoom up to the 5th floor in a simulated space shuttle and begin your venture into the future. Trickle your way down one floor at a time and re-imagine the future through themes of space, humanity, and wellness.

  • Global Village and Dinner on Own - Discover 80 different cultures across 26 pavilions this season. From artisans to entertainers, you can discover wonders from all four corners of the world at Global Village.

  • 10:00 p.m. Arrive Dubai International Airport - Friday, January 13th 2023 AF655 Depart: 1:30 AM Arrive: 6:25 AM

: 10:00 p.m. Arrive Dubai International Airport

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.

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