Price range
From $3050 per person
Upcoming Date
20-30 June 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Follow in the footsteps of the MJDS 8th graders
Visit classic sites and explore important issues
Deepen your understanding of Israel
Explore ways to integrate Israel into your classroom
Single supplement- $750

Itinerary

1 - Monday (June 20) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport - You will be greeted at the Airport by your guide and driver who will welcome you and you'll set off on your journey!

  • Stop at a spot overlooking Jerusalem - Say Shehechiyanu to bless the beginning of your journey together in Israel!

  • Drive to the Dead Sea area

  • Dinner at the hotel - After dinner take a night walk

  • Masada Hostel

Overnight: Masada Hostel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Tuesday (June 21) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Early snack before setting off for Masada

  • Hike up the snake path or take the cable car up Masada National Park - 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.

  • Swim in the Dead Sea and lunch

  • Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurio - Ben Gurion was Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the tour you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Evening Desert Dinner in the Bedouin-style tent

  • Mashabe Sade Kibbutz Hotel

Overnight: Mashabe Sade Kibbutz Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Wednesday (June 22) : Tales from the Land

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and early check out at the hotel

  • Early morning hike in Ein Avdat-National - Ein Avdat is a beautiful canyon in the Negev desert. The Ein Avdat Spring flows down in a waterfall towards an 8-meter deep pool of water. The canyon is part of Nahal Zin, which is the longest wadi or dry riverbed in the Negev desert.

  • Lunch and program at Beta Yisrael Ethiopian Project - The Beta Israel Village Project is a unique social-educational center on the outskirts of Kiryat Gat, which combines agricultural and educational activities with the intent of preserving Jewish-Ethiopian heritage and establishing it as a sustainable national asset.

  • Explore Beit Guvrin National Park where you will be able to take part in an archeological dig - The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that visitors like you have uncovered over the years.

  • Burma Road Overlook at Mitzpe Harel - Burma Road was formed during the Independence War as part of the struggle to break into Jerusalem and stop the siege. Explore the complexity of capturing Jerusalem "at all costs."

  • Dinner on your own

  • Eyal Hotel

Overnight: Eyal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Thursday (June 23) : Jerusalem-Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour the Jewish Quarter - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Lunch on your own

  • Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour - The Western Wall is impressive, but its greatness is truly discovered when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters (1601ft) of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens - Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern, interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Explore Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Mahane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Dinner at Hatzot - Two brothers, Abraham and Michael Ajami founded this landmark family restaurant in 1970. Located in one of the older neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Legend has it that Meurav Yerushalmi - the favorite Israeli mixed grill dish - was born at Hatzot Restaurant.

  • Eyal Hotel

Overnight: Eyal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Friday (June 24) : Remembering and Transforming

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Guided tour of Yad Vashem - Yad Vashem is 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. You'll be guided by a member of the Yad Vashem educational staff.

  • Workshop with Kol HaOt - Now is your opportunity to reflect on the time you’ve spent in Israel and to share the experiences, sites, and people you’ll want to remember most after you’ve returned home. With the "Kol HaOt" team, we will explore the personal meaning of Israel using colors and symbols to give ourselves and our fellow participants a visual picture of what this journey meant to us

  • Lunch on your own

  • Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • Eyal Hotel

Overnight: Eyal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Saturday (June 25) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shabbat morning Tefilot at Kehillat Har El - Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Lunch at the hotel - After lunch will be afternoon visiting time for guests and park time.

  • Optional walking tour in Yemin Moshe or another neighborhood - Yemin Moshe was established with the financial support of British Jewish banker Moses Montefiore in 1891 outside Jerusalem's Old City as a solution to the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions inside the walls. The original houses were built with a wall around them and a gate that was locked at night. Montefiore left an indelible mark on the Jerusalem landscape by building the landmark Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe. Walk through this special neighborhood.

  • Rest and visiting time

  • Havdalah with MJDS friends in Israel

  • Dinner on your own

  • Eyal Hotel

Overnight: Eyal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Sunday (June 26) : Living Together

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Mount Herzl - As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 23,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Biblical lunch and tour at Neot Kedumim - Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Try your hand at shepherding a small herd of sheep and goats. Understand why many Biblical leaders, including Moses and David led animals before leading people.

  • Givat Haviva Co-existence program - Dinner on your own

  • Drive north to Sovev Kinnert for a celebratory welcome! - Dinner with partnership

  • Degania Bet

Overnight: Degania Bet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Monday (June 27) : Partnership Together

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Easy hike with partner teachers in Nahal Amud - Nahal Amud has it all- gorgeous scenery, a beautiful trail, water, and history. Hike this trail and take part in the national pastime of Israel!

  • Partnership activities - Get to know Milwaukee's partners in the Sovev Kinneret

  • Afternoon and evening in Home Hospitality

  • Degania Bet

Overnight: Degania Bet
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Tuesday (June 28) : The Cultural Mosaic of the North

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Akko - 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. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • 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.

  • Druze cooking workshop - 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 and check into your hotel

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit 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.

  • Dinner on your own in the Carmel Market

  • Embassy Hotel Tel-Aviv

Overnight: Embassy Hotel Tel-Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

10 - Wednesday (June 29) : Tel Aviv-Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Old Jaffa - 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. Discover which Jewish and Christian stories took place in the city.

  • Continue to 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 and a good place to try some Israeli Gelato!

  • Lunch on your own

  • Visit key stops on the Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Visit ANU Museum of the Jewish People - In June 2021, after ten years of planning and construction, the largest Jewish museum in the world opened its doors. 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.

  • Dinner at a restaurant

  • Embassy Hotel Tel-Aviv

Overnight: Embassy Hotel Tel-Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

11 - Thursday (June 30) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Graffiti Tour - Explore Florentine on 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.

  • 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.

  • Free time

  • Final dinner at Gueta - On Jaffa's Jerusalem Boulevard, across from the Gesher Theater, Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

Overnight: Final dinner at Gueta
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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The rules for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. Beginning November 1, 2021, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Israeli government has outlined a plan to allow tourists to enter Israel. There are some minor differences between guidelines for individual tourists and those who will be participating in an organized tour. **Please note that all travelers are still required to be either vaccinated (all vaccinations approved by the WHO will be accepted) or recovered. Testing requirements may vary according to whether you are traveling on your own or with a group. All of our tours are planned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health. We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. For all groups ranging from 2-6 people, it is suggested that you tip the tour guide $70 -$100 (from the group) per day. For groups larger than 8, it is recommended to tip $8-$12 per person, per day + 50% for your bus driver. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

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.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Partnership activities and meals during Partnership time v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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