My Turn in Israel

MY TURN IN ISRAEL

You’re invited to discover the very best of Israel on our signature 8-12 day tour designed for active adults with guaranteed dates conveniently scheduled year-round.

ADULTS
8-12 DAYS

OVERVIEW

It’s YOUR turn to experience the beauty of Israel on this 8-day or 10-day tour with an optional 2-day extension to Eilat and Petra.

My Turn brings together active adult travelers from North America and beyond to explore Israel’s rich history, modern culture and stunning landscapes. Experience the highlights of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and the Galilee – as well as Israel’s off-the-beaten-path charm and delicious cuisine.

The program is pluralistically Jewish in approach and welcoming to all. The itinerary is ideal for anyone seeking a complete first-time experience in Israel or returning anew. And because My Turn is organized in-house by our own Authentic Israel staff and with our own elite guides and tour educators, we can provide a higher level of customer service, a truly authentic experience in Israel and an excellent value.

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More Than a Tour

We understand that travel to Israel is unlike any other destination, which is why we strive to offer so much more than is expected.

  • Hands-on educational touring with a focus on more “experiences” and fewer museums
  • Fantastic food! – Enjoy more genuine local flavor and fewer hotel meals
  • Thoughtful programming designed for active adults with a range of interests
  • Led 24×7 by passionate staff and backed by an organization you can count on
  • Absolutely no hidden costs, no surprises, and a near all-inclusive package
  • A focus on creating a sense of community and connection as part of a shared journey
Early Bird Discount + Risk Free Registration = Act Now!

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk free.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Discover the four quarters of the Old City, explore millenia of history in the Western Wall Tunnels and experience the quiet of Shabbat in Jerusalem
Descend to the lowest place on earth to float in the Dead Sea and scale the heights of Masada in the Judean Desert

Navigate the Negev Desert wilderness the old-fashioned way on camels, and enjoy a delicious desert tent dinner feast
Take part in Israel’s pioneering heritage planting a tree in the Galilee, and explore the Golan Heights terrain on an off-road jeep trek

Travel to the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa and discover the stunning Bahà’í Gardens and Temple on Mount Carmel
Soak up the cultural riches, browse colorful street festivals and enjoy the always lively beach culture of Tel Aviv

Make a solemn visit to Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center and celebrate Israel’s revival at Independence Hall
Sample Israel’s diverse cuisine at gourmet restaurants, in a Druze village and in open-air marketplaces

Optional Add-Ons

Discover the ocean caves of Rosh Hanikrah, and explore Crusader-era history in ancient Acco seaport
(available as an add-on to the 10-day experience)
Luxuriate at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and enjoy a guided day tour of Petra in Jordan.

DATES

Choose tour dates from one of the three package options below. All My Turn our dates are 100% guaranteed, but availability is limited. Private groups may be organized by special request.

4-Star Hotel Package Dates
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5-Star Hotel Package Dates
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4-STAR HOTEL PACKAGE

Tour Arrival Date

Program begins
Thursday evening
8-Day End Date

Program concludes
Thursday evening
10-Day End Date

Program concludes
Saturday evening
Eilat Ext. End Date

Add-on to THE 10-day program
March 7, 2019

WAITLIST
March 14, 2019 March 16, 2019 March 18, 2019 REGISTER
April 4, 2019

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
April 11, 2019 April 13, 2019 April 15, 2019 REGISTER
May 16, 2019

AVAILABLE
May 23, 2019 May 25, 2019 May 27, 2019 REGISTER
July 4, 2019

AVAILABLE
July 11, 2019 July 13, 2019 July 15, 2019 REGISTER
September 12, 2019

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
September 19, 2019 September 21, 2019 September 23, 2019 REGISTER
October 24, 2019

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October 31, 2019 November 2, 2019 November 4, 2019 REGISTER
November 7, 2019

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November 14, 2019 November 16, 2019 November 18, 2019 REGISTER
April 30, 2020

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May 7, 2020 May 9, 2020 May 11, 2020 REGISTER
July 2, 2020

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July 9, 2020 July 11, 2020 July 13, 2020 REGISTER
October 15, 2020

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October 22, 2020 October 24, 2020 October 26, 2020 REGISTER
October 22, 2020

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October 29, 2020 October 31, 2020 November 2, 2020 REGISTER
October 29, 2020

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November 5, 2020 November 7, 2020 November 9, 2020 REGISTER

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4-STAR HOTEL PACKAGE
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Tour Arrival Date

Program begins
Thursday evening
8-Day End Date

Program concludes
Thursday evening
10-Day End Date

Program concludes
Saturday evening
Eilat Ext. End Date

Add-on to THE 10-day program
March 7, 2019

1 SPOT LEFT!
March 14, 2019 March 16, 2019 March 18, 2019 REGISTER
May 16, 2019

2 SPOTS LEFT!
May 23, 2019 May 25, 2019 May 27, 2019 REGISTER
September 12, 2019

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
September 19, 2019 September 21, 2019 September 23, 2019 REGISTER
October 24, 2019

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October 31, 2019 November 2, 2019 November 4, 2019 REGISTER
March 19, 2020

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March 26, 2020 March 28, 2020 March 30, 2020 REGISTER
May 14, 2020

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May 21, 2020 May 23, 2020 May 25, 2020 REGISTER
September 3, 2020

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September 10, 2020 September 12, 2020 September 14, 2020 REGISTER
October 15, 2020

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October 22, 2020 October 24, 2020 October 26, 2020 REGISTER
October 22, 2020

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October 29, 2020 October 31, 2020 November 2, 2020 REGISTER

1Small group tours are limited to no more than 25 travelers. Average participation on standard group tours is 25-30 travelers with a maximum of 40 travelers.

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5-STAR HOTEL PACKAGE
Guaranteed small group1

Tour Arrival Date

Program begins
Thursday evening
8-Day End Date

Program concludes
Thursday evening
10-Day End Date

Program concludes
Saturday evening
Eilat Ext. End Date

Add-on to THE 10-day program
April 4, 2019

2 SPOTS LEFT
April 11, 2019 April 13, 2019 April 15, 2019 REGISTER
October 24, 2019

AVAILABLE
October 31, 2019 November 2, 2019 November 4, 2019 REGISTER
April 30, 2020

AVAILABLE
May 7, 2020 May 9, 2020 May 11, 2020 REGISTER
May 14, 2020

AVAILABLE
May 21, 2020 May 23, 2020 May 25, 2020 REGISTER
October 15, 2020

AVAILABLE
October 22, 2020 October 24, 2020 October 26, 2020 REGISTER

1Small group tours are limited to no more than 25 travelers. Average participation on standard group tours is 25-30 travelers with a maximum of 40 travelers.

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COST

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance of the program start date. NOTE: Program package offerings vary according to the tour dates

8-Day Core Program

4-STAR HOTELS

4-STAR HOTELS
Guaranteed small group*

5-STAR HOTELS
Guaranteed small group*

Base cost with double room hotel occupancy $2,375/p $2,550/p $3,075/p
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $725/p $725/p $950/p
Discount for triple room hotel occupancy -$75/p -$75/p $-100/p

10-Day Core Program

4-STAR HOTELS

4-STAR HOTELS
Guaranteed small group*

5-STAR HOTELS
Guaranteed small group*

Base cost with double room hotel occupancy $2,725/p $2,900/p $3,425/p
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $925/p $925/p $1,200/p
Discount for triple room hotel occupancy -$100/p -$100/p -$125/p

Eilat Add-On Package

Base cost with double room hotel occupancy
Does not include the Petra Day Tour
$600/p $600/p $600/p
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $250/p $250/p $250/p
Discount for triple room hotel occupancy -$20/p -$20/p -$20/p
Supplement for guided Petra day tour from Eilat
Includes Jordanian visa cost, border crossing fees and all tips (subject to change)
$375/p $375/p $375/p

Acco & Rosh Hanikrah Excursion

Day tour from Tel Aviv on Day #10
 $100/p  $100/p  $100/p

*GROUP NOTES

  • Small group tours are limited to no more than 25 travelers
  • Standard group tours average 25-30 travelers with a maximum of 40 travelers
  • Travelers on 4-star and 5-star hotel package tours are generally accommodated in separate groups

ROOMING NOTES

  • Double occupancy rooms can be configured with either two twin beds or one queen/ full-size bed (varies by hotel)
  • Travelers opting for a triple room are typically accommodated in a standard size room with a rollaway bed

Additional Hotel Nights

Arriving in Israel early or extending your stay? Take advantage of our group rates at the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat hotels. Rates include breakfast and our standard cancellation terms. Hotel extensions are subject to availability and can only be booked contiguous to the program itinerary. Rates below are for 2019 dates only (contact us for 2018 rates).

Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

  • Double Room: $275/night
  • Single Room: $255/night
  • Triple Room: $425/night
Crowne Plaza Beach Tel Aviv

  • Double Room: $280/night
  • Single Room: $260/night
  • Triple Room: $370/night

Herods Palace Hotel, Eilat*

  • Double Room: $285/night
  • Single Room: $255/night
  • Triple Room: $390/night
Herbert Samuel, Jerusalem

  • Double Room: $345/night
  • Single Room: $335/night
  • Triple Room: N/A
Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

  • Double Room: $340/night
  • Single Room: $320/night
  • Triple Room: $415/night

INCLUDED

Benefit from our no-hidden-costs approach so that you can enjoy your experience to the fullest. Review the official My Turn Prep-Trip Prep Guide for even more program details.

What’s Included

Airport Transfer

A VIP greeting and private transfer to our Jerusalem hotel is complimentary for travelers arriving to Tel Aviv Airport as follows:

  • First day of the program (Thursday) from 6:00am to 4:15pm
  • Day before the program (Wednesday) from 6:00am
    Offered starting in 2019

HOTELS ACCOMMODATIONS

Centrally located accommodations with porterage included
4-star and 5-star hotel package options on select tour dates

Guide + Program Leader

A licensed Israeli guide accompanies the group on 24 x 7 basis
An additional program leader joins groups with over 25 participants

Touring Bus

Deluxe motor coach with AC and an experienced Israeli driver*
Saturdays in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are walking tour days. Groups with 10 or few travelers may be accommodated with a guide who is the driver of an appropriate-sized touring vehicle.

Two Meals Daily

Including tax and tips at restaurant meals
For those adding the Eilat Extension, only breakfast is included

All Programming

Site entrance fees and all touring experiences noted in the itinerary
A tour of Rosh Hanikrah + Acco is offered as an add-on to Day #10 

Applicable Taxes

An additional VAT (tax) applies for Israeli citizens at group hotels

What’s Not Included

Local medical insurance (optional)
Get peace of mind with a local health insurance policy and receive medical care without any co-pays, deductibles or paperwork. LEARN MORE.
Travel insurance (optional)
Insure your investment, and plan ahead for the unexpected with a discounted group travel insurance policy that is not age rated. LEARN MORE
Flights to/from Israel
Meals not included in itinerary
Hotel incidentals
Israeli staff gratuities
Suggested $100 per adult traveler

ITINERARY

My Turn tells the story of Israel through the lens of Jewish historyWe begin where it started in Jerusalem, we follow the path of the Exile to Masada and Galilee, and then we conclude in Tel Aviv celebrating the establishment of modern Israel.

Actual itineraries and final hotels may vary only slightly and will be re-confirmed about two months prior.

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DAY 1 > THURSDAY: Baruch HaBah Welcome to Israel!

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on your self-booked flight
    An airport VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Jerusalem hotel is included for all travelers arriving by 4:15pm this day
  • A complimentary “pre-tour” is available for anyone already in Israel from the night before* or arriving to Ben Gurion Airport by 9:30am this day
    Notify us at least a month in advance if you plan to participate

    • Pick-up at 12:30pm from the Mount Zion Hotel and travel to the open-air Mahane Yehuda Marketplace
    • View the renowned Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem
  • Evening: Enjoy a welcome dinner at J’oy Restaurant in the Mamilla Complex followed by the Tower of David Night Spectacular show in the Old City

Dinner
Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem | 4-Star
Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem | 5-Star

*To best acclimate for the journey ahead, travelers are encouraged to arrive at least a day early. Group rates are available at the Jerusalem hotel.


DAY 2 > FRIDAY: The Old City of Jerusalem

  • Experience a panoramic introduction to Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate – Explore the rooftops, alleyways and ancient squares of the Jewish Quarter
  • Reflections at the Kotel – The Western Wall — explore the Southern Wall Excavations and go deep under the Old City in the Kotel Tunnels
  • Return to our accommodations – Freshen up, relax, and experience the quiet that descends on Jerusalem as the city prepares for the start of Shabbat
  • Evening: Option to experience Kabbalat Shabbat at the Western Wall followed by a festive Shabbat dinner as a group at our hotel
Breakfast & Dinner
Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem | 4-Star
Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem | 5-Star

DAY 3 > SATURDAY: Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Morning Option: Return to the Old City to tour the historic Christian Quarter and Arab Shuk (bazaar), including a visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel
  • Afternoon Option: Jerusalem Beyond the Walls – Montefiore’s Windmill, Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sheananim, and the First Jerusalem Train Station Market
  • Evening: Discover Jerusalem nightlife at Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall, the German Colony, the Russian Compound and beyond (on own)
Breakfast & Lunch
Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem | 4-Star
Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem | 5-Star

DAY 4 > SUNDAY: Loss & Renewal in Israel

  • Docent-led tour of Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
  • Learn about the leaders who shaped the story of modern Israel at Mt. Herzl National Cemetery
  • Walking tour of the Knesset grounds, Israel’s parliament building, and stop for a photo-op at the Knesset Menorah
  • Evening: Travel to the near desert for a short camel ride and a desert tent dinner feast at Eretz Bereisheit
Dinner
Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem | 4-Star
Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem | 5-Star

DAY 5 > MONDAY: Adventures in the Judean Desert

  • Rise early and travel into the deep Judean Desert
  • Ascend Masada via the cable cars or hike up the Snake Path – Tour of Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion
    An optional adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is available for those who wish
  • Experience effortless floating at the Dead Sea with access to the Ein Gedi Spa facilities (mineral mud included!)
  • Travel northwards to the Galilee via the Jordan River Valley, part of the vast Syrian-African Rift
  • Check-in and dinner at our country resort accommodations in the Galilee
Breakfast & Dinner
Ramot Resort Hotel, Galilee | 4-Star
Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel, Galilee | 5-Star

DAY 6 > TUESDAY: Mystics in the Galilee

  • Walking tour of a local kibbutz – Learn about the history of the kibbutz movement and modern kibbutz life
  • Explore ancient Tsfat – The historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee
  • Lunch on own and personal exploration time in the Tsfat artists’ colony and meet with Kabbalistic artist, Avraham Lowenthal
  • Embark on a Sea of Galilee cruise from Tiberias followed by dinner on the waterfront at Decks Restaurant
Breakfast & Dinner
Ramot Resort Hotel, Galilee | Deluxe
Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel, Galilee | 5-Star

DAY 7 > WEDNESDAY: Perspectives from the Golan Heights

  • Ascend the Golan Heights and explore this rugged region of Israel on a historical off-road jeep trek
  • View Israel’s neighbors and navigate former IDF bunkers at the summit of Mt. Ben-Tal, a dormant volcano on the Golan
  • Tasting and tour at the Pelter Winery on the Golan, one of Israel’s most acclaimed boutique wineries
  • The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel facilities with dinner included
Breakfast & Dinner
Ramot Resort Hotel, Galilee | 4-Star
Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel, Galilee | 5-Star

DAY 8 > THURSDAY: Along the Mediterranean Coast

  • Leave your mark taking part in a tree planting ceremony in the JNF’s Tzomet Golani Forest
  • Travel westward toward the Mediterranean Coast, and take in the views of Haifa from the Bahai Temple Gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel
  • Discover the culture of Israel’s Druze community, enjoying traditional hospitality and lunch at Ussafiya village in the Carmel Mountains
  • Explore Caesarea – Herod’s Roman amphitheater and grand palace on the beach
  • Arrive to Tel Aviv in the early evening, Israel’s cultural and commercial capital
    • 10-day tour travelers will check-in to our resort hotel on the coast and enjoy a free evening with dinner on own
    • 8-day tour travelers will have limited free time prior to a scheduled transfer to Ben Gurion Airport leaving from our Tel Aviv hotel at 7:30pm
      Accommodations in Tel Aviv are not included tonight for 8-day travelers unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
Breakfast & Lunch
Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv | 4-Star
Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv | 5-Star

DAY 9 > FRIDAY: Founding of Modern Israel

  • Visit the Ayalon Institute – Learn about the story of the Haganah and the quest to create a modern Jewish State at this secret ammunition factory
  • Tour the ancient port city of Jaffa and browse the Jaffa Flea Market
  • Continue on to explore Tel Aviv’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard, and view Independence Hall where the modern State of Israel was founded
    Independence Hall is currently closed for renovations and will re-open in 2020
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon celebrating the Tel Aviv spirit at the Nahalat Binyamin street festival and Carmel Market in the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood
  • Program wrap-up and farewells on the beach
  • Option to attend a Kabbalat Shabbat service on the beach (summer only) or at a local synagogue
  • Evening: Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner experience as a group at our hotel
Breakfast & Dinner
Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv | 4-Star
Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv | 5-Star

DAY 10 > SATURDAY: Shabbat on the Beach
An optional day tour of Acco & Rosh Hanikrah is also offered this day

  • Relaxed morning to explore Tel Aviv on own or enjoy the city’s Mediterranean beach culture
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel along with late check-out till 2:00pm
    Accommodations are not included tonight unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
  • Walking Tour — Rabin Square Memorial, HaBimah Theater Grounds, and the classic Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv
  • Included evening airport transfers:
    • Pick-up at 7:30pm for a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those traveling home on an overnight return flight
    • Pick-up for a transfer to Sde Dov Airport for those including the Eilat Package
      Flight schedules vary and typically depart from Tel Aviv between 5:30pm-7:30pm
Breakfast & Lunch

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Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

4-STAR

Featuring a dramatic view of the Old City and in close walking distance to the city’s main cultural attractions, the Mount Zion Hotel truly embodies a feeling of being in Jerusalem. The hotel dates back to the 19th-century Ottoman-era and reflects an eclectic combination of cultural styles with a lush private garden and one of the best (seasonal) outdoor pools in Jerusalem.

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Herbert Samuel Hotel

Herbert Samuel, Jerusalem

5-STAR

One of Jerusalem’s newest luxury hotels, the Herbert Samuel is located in the heart of the city center’s lively pedestrian malls and is in easy walking distance to Jerusalem’s Old City, cultural venues, and other historical sites. The hotel features deluxe amenities and an all-season pool.

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Ramot Resort Hotel, Galilee

Ramot Resort Hotel, Galilee

4-STAR

Located at the foot of the Golan and overlooking the magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee, Ramot Resort Hotel features indulging guest rooms surrounded by open lawns, breathtaking views, a swimming pool (in season), spa treatments, adventure trails and above all – first class service.

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Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel, Galilee

Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel, Galilee

5-STAR

Located within the grounds of an active kibbutz in Israel’s lush Upper Galilee region, Pastoral Kfar Blum is a country resort hotel featuring an Olympic size pool (open in the spring/summer) and plenty of room to explore the uniquely Israeli phenomenon of modern kibbutz life.

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Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv

Crowne Plaza Beach Tel Aviv

4-STAR

Tap into the vibrant spirit of Tel Aviv at this beachfront hotel with direct access to the Mediterranean promenade and adjoining the Tel Aviv Marina. Take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor pool (May-October) and deluxe amenities. It’s the perfect way to enjoy Tel Aviv — with late checkout included on Saturday!

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Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

5-STAR

Experience the pinnacle of Tel Aviv style at this luxury hotel adjoining the Tel Aviv Marina and local beaches. In addition to its unique rooftop pool, the Carlton Hotel is known for its culinary experience, starting with an award-winning breakfast and dining run by world-renowned Chef Meir Adoni.

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Acco (Acre) & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour (Optional)

A day tour of the Western Galilee is offered as an alternate to the final Saturday in Tel Aviv. This optional tour covers the Rosh Hanikrah ocean caves and the ancient seaport of Acco – including the Templar Tunnels and Crusader-era castle. The tour starts in the morning at our Tel Aviv hotel and returns to Tel Aviv that evening in time for connecting flights back to North America or on to Eilat. The cost of the Acco & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour is $100 per person, and it covers all transportation and touring costs. Lunch is not included.
Acco
Rosh Hanrika

Eilat & Petra Extension (Optional)

Conclude your stay at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat – with the option to visit Petra, Jordan’s wonder of the world. The package includes two nights at a resort hotel with breakfast daily, round-trip domestic flights and all airport transfers. The Eilat extension is designed as a vacation package and is not guided. The guided day tour of Petra in Jordan costs an additional $375 per person. It includes round-trip transfers, entrance fees, border/visa fees (subject to change), tips, and lunch (not kosher).
Eilat
Petra

DAY 10 > SATURDAY: Depart for Eilat

  • Evening: Travel on a domestic flight to Eilat
  • Arrive at Eilat Airport and transfer to our resort accommodations on the Red Sea
Herods Palace Hotel, EilatBreakfast & Lunch

DAY 11 > SUNDAY: Optional Petra Tour

  • Option #1: Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
  • Option #2: Guided day tour of Petra including lunch (not kosher)
Herods Palace Hotel, EilatBreakfast

DAY 12 > MONDAY: Red Sea Relaxation

  • Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
    Check-out is at 11:00am, however, guests will retain access to hotel facilities all day
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Eilat Airport for a domestic flight to Tel Aviv*
    Accommodations are not included tonight unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
Breakfast

Herods Palace Hotel, Eilat

Close out your experience in Israel at resort accommodations located directly on the Red Sea beachfront of Eilat. The Herods Palace Hotel is one of Eilat’s classic luxury hotels and provides ample opportunities for relaxation and leisure.

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*EILAT FLIGHT LOGISTICS

The Eilat Extension begins with a 50-minute domestic flight from Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport on Saturday in the early evening, and it ends with a return domestic flight on Monday. If you departing from Israel immediately after the Eilat Extension, we encourage you to book an international flight that departs between 10:30pm (Monday) and 1:00am the next day (Tuesday).

Unless otherwise requested by the traveler, your domestic flight will be selected by our office according to a schedule that will bring you to Ben Gurion Airport’s international terminal 3-5 hours ahead of your scheduled international flight. If no such domestic flight exists we will contact you with alternate options. Domestic flight delays and airport transfer delays are infrequent but can occur. Any such delay resulting in a missed international flight is the responsibility of the traveler alone, and travel insurance is recommended accordingly.

If you are considering an international return flight that departs Ben Gurion Airport before 1:00pm, keep in mind that there are limited or no early morning flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv, and you will almost definitely need to spend the night before at a Tel Aviv hotel or at a hotel near the airport such as Sadot. Ground transportation is not provided by the program in such scenarios.

We can only book your domestic flights after we first receive your connecting travel plans. Since domestic flight availability is limited, we encourage you to send us your post-Eilat travel plans as soon as possible. If you have any questions about coordinating your international flights, please do not hesitate to contact us. Shortly before the start of the program, we will provide you with a logistics plan based on your personal travel arrangements to and from Eilat.

FAQS

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions are answered below, and you can access the official Pre-Trip Prep Guide for even more background about the tour. Contact us if you have additional questions.

How do the 8, 10 or 12-day options work?

The core program is offered as an 8- or 10-day experience. The 8-day experience ends as we arrive to Tel Aviv on Thursday evening (no overnight in Tel Aviv is included). The 10-day core experience includes touring in the Tel Aviv region on the final Friday and Saturday, including two overnights at a beach-side hotel in Tel Aviv*. An optional two-day Eilat & Petra Extension is offered at the end of both the 10-day program.

*Although not formally offered, a 9-day core program is possible including a full day of touring in Tel Aviv on Friday. Contact us for additional details.

Who staffs the tour?

My Turn is led by a licensed Israeli guide who accompanies the group on a 24/7 basis. An additional program leader joins groups with over 25 participants. Our staff members are charismatic educators eager to share the beauty of Israel. Finally, our travel takes place on a spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned bus with a dedicated driver.

NOTE: The Eilat Extension is generally not escorted.

How active is the touring?

Because we want you to get the most out of your time in Israel, our touring days are full, and there is quite a bit of travel on foot. While none of the walks are strenuous, you will find at the end of the day that you have taken a large number of steps! Be prepared for an average of 3-4 hours of walking a day over all manner of surfaces (cobblestones paths, nature trails, and uneven walkways, etc.). Additionally, the weather in Israel is warm, particularly from April to September, and the sun is more intense than you may be used to at home. Where necessary, we will adjust the itinerary for your comfort, and participants may take a break from the active schedule at their own discretion after coordinating with the guide.

Who participates in the program?

My Turn typically attracts travelers from across North America and beyond. Travelers are adults seeking a first-time Israel experience or returning to Israel for a fresh perspective. Groups are comprised of solo travelers as well as travelers with a companion.

What's the typical size of the group?

A typical My Turn group brings together 25-30 travelers, however, group sizes can vary widely. There is no minimum participation (since all tour dates are guaranteed), and we limit groups to no more than 40 travelers. We also may host more than one group at a time, in which case each group will have its own staff team and travel independently. Tour dates designated as a “Guaranteed Small Group” are limited to 25 travelers.

What's the difference between Deluxe and Premium Hotels?

My Turn travelers can choose from Deluxe Hotels as well as Premium Hotels offered (on select dates). Deluxe indicates 4-star equivalent hotels and Premium indicates 5-star equivalent hotels. For travelers including the Eilat Extension, we offer a single 5-star equivalent resort hotel on the Red Sea. Standard hotels are noted in the program itinerary, and in special circumstances, we will offer a hotel substitution of equivalent quality.

How Jewish is the experience?

My Turn is a pluralistic Jewish travel experience welcoming to all. Group meals are kosher, and there is no bus-based touring on Shabbat. The program is unaffiliated with any specific approach to Judaism. Travelers on My Turn arrive with varying degrees of Jewish affiliation, and non-Jewish family members and friends are welcomed. Our goal is to provide a complete first-time experience in Israel through the lens of Jewish history and identity.

How much of a group experience is this?

Our goal on My Turn is to create a sense of community among individual travelers – with participants gaining lasting new friendships and a richer experience as a result. There are also ample opportunities for personal exploration during the tour and many of the dinners are intentionally left free. In particular, Saturdays are designed to be less structured, and no programming is mandatory on any day. Participants are encouraged to arrive in Jerusalem earlier or stay in Tel Aviv longer to explore even more on their own. Group hotel reservations can be extended accordingly.

How all-inclusive is the experience?

In short, you’re responsible for arranging your own flights to and from Israel, and we take care of most everything else! The program covers two meals a day, all touring, a fantastic staff team, hotel accommodations including luggage porterage, and deluxe motor coach transportation. A VIP airport greeting and roundtrip airport transfers are offered on the arrival day, the day before the arrival day (starting in 2019), and on the final evening of the program. You’ll be responsible for one meal a day, specialty beverages at group meals and staff gratuities. Learn more about what’s included.

What's the suggested staff gratuity?

It is customary in Israel to tip the Israeli guide and driver at the end of the program. As a rule of thumb, $100 per adult traveler is appropriate – or in the shekel equivalent. We recommend splitting that amount – 1/3 for the driver (~$35) and 2/3 for the guide (~$65). Although not customary, you may also provide a gratuity to the program leader if applicable for your group. Gratuities for hotel staff and wait staff at group meals are already included in the cost of the program.

How are special dietary needs accommodated?

Be sure to note any special dietary needs as part of your registration. We will coordinate with our hotel and restaurant meal providers to arrange special accommodations as necessary. We make a good faith effort to accommodate food allergy considerations, however, we can not make absolute guarantees on behalf of our meal providing partners.

How do I get ready for the trip?

Take a moment to review the Pre-Trip Prep Guide. Luggage tags are distributed approximately a month prior to arrival, and you’ll also be invited to a program Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers before the program and stay in touch afterward.

How should I arrange my travel to and from Israel?

Basic guidelines for planning your travel to/from Israel are summarized below. More detailed advice is contained in the Pre-Trip Prep Guide. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or for advice on booking flights.

TRAVEL TO ISRAEL

  • All participants are expected to make their own air travel arrangements to and from Israel. The only international airport in Israel is “Ben Gurion” (airport code: TLV), located just 40 kilometers from Jerusalem (approx.25 miles) and 15 kilometers (approx. 9 miles) from Tel Aviv. Non-stop flights are available from several major North American cities, including NYC, DC, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark, Miami, and Toronto. Many connecting flights options are available via Europe.
  • A VIP airport greeting and a private transfer to our Jerusalem hotel is complimentary for anyone arriving to Ben Gurion Airport as follows:
    • The first day of the program (Thursday) between 6:00am and 4:15pm
    • The day before the program begins (Wednesday) as of 6:00am
  • NOTE: The transfers are private for My Turn travelers with a maximum wait time of 20 minutes if travelers on multiple flights are to be accommodated together. 
  • Those travelers arriving outside of these covered times can receive the same VIP airport greeting and transfer service to our hotel in Jerusalem for an additional fee depending on the size of the party (note: the cost of a standard taxi to Jerusalem is $80-$100)
  • Travelers arriving at Ben Gurion Airport after 4:15pm on the first day of the program will likely miss the welcome dinner and programming this evening and will be responsible for their own transportation to the restaurant. We do not recommend it!
  • Those travelers arriving in Israel early (which we recommend for acclimating in advance of the tour) can be accommodated by prior arrangement at our hotel in Jerusalem based on our group rates, which includes breakfast and our standard cancellation terms.

 

TRAVEL FROM ISRAEL

  • At the end of the core program (Thursday or Saturday night), participants will be escorted back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for overnight flights departing between 10:30pm and 1:00am the next day. No hotel is included this evening unless arranged separately.
  • Participants booked on return flights outside of this window can be accommodated with an airport transfer by special arrangement, and additional fees will apply (note: taxis from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport are inexpensive, ubiquitous, and reliable).
  • Those travelers extending their stay in Tel Aviv can be accommodated at the Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel based on our group rates, which include breakfast and our standard cancellation terms.

 

TRAVEL WITH THE EILAT EXTENSION

For those taking part in the Eilat Extension, we will arrange your connecting domestic flight from Eilat back to Tel Aviv according to your international departure time from Ben Gurion Airport. In some cases, the flight from Eilat will be to Ben Gurion Airport and in other cases, it will be to Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv. If the latter is the case, your transfer from Sde Dov to Ben Gurion Airport is included. We encourage you to book an international flight that departs between 10:30pm and 1:00am the next day. If you are booked on a flight that departs Ben Gurion Airport after 1:00am you will likely need to spend the night at an airport hotel (additional cost applies) or make separate arrangements.

Those travelers extending their stay in Eilat can be accommodated at the Herods Palace Hotel based on our group rates, which include breakfast and our standard cancellation terms.

What are the passport and visa rules for Israel?

Check to make sure that you know where your passport is and that it is not expired or about to expire. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive in Israel. If your passport expires within this period, please start the renewal process today. Many airlines will deny you boarding if your passport is not valid according to this policy. If you are traveling to Israel on a USA, Canadian, or European Union member country passport, a visa is not needed to enter Israel. If you are traveling on a passport from another country, you may need a visa to enter Israel. Our office is able to provide you with an official ticket confirmation if needed.

NOTE: If you’re including Petra, a Jordanian visa and all border crossing fees are included as part of the day tour package.

How do we approach safe travel in Israel?

Safe travel in Israel has been our guiding consideration for decades. We appreciate the responsibility that travelers entrust in us, and we care about your well-being in like family. Key security-related protocols that we follow include:

  • Traveling on private transportation only
  • Traveling with a licensed Israeli guide at all times who has been trained in security response
  • Avoiding travel to areas of heightened concern
  • Use of hotels with a guard and a secure area
  • 24/7 support from our headquarters office in Israel
  • Close coordination with the Israeli security services via the “Situation Room”
  • Willingness to modify our programming, staffing structure, and/or overall protocols as needed based on actual conditions where we travel in Israel.

Finally, in the rare event of an acute security event in Israel, we have issued full refunds at our own discretion in the past, and we will continue to do so in the future should we deem the situation appropriate.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about our approach to providing travel experiences which are safe, meaningful and joyous.

 

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REGISTER

To sign up, complete the online REGISTRATION FORM

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk free.

Enrollment Terms

Be sure to review these simple enrollment steps and terms 

  • To reserve your spot on the program, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of your registration
  • The deposit is fully refundable up to four months in advance of the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance of payment is due no later than two months in advance of the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain our group-discounted travel insurance policy
  • Travelers cancelling the Rosh Hanikrah/Acco Day Tour or the Petra Day Tour will receive a 50% refund if we are notified at least 72 hours in advance
  • Payment for the deposit may be made by check or credit card, and no credit card fees apply
  • Payment for the balance of program costs may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3.5% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments, and credit card fees are not refundable
  • All program dates are guaranteed, however, participation is subject to limited availability, and excess hotel rooms are typically released within 60 days of the program start date
  • Authentic Israel reserves the right to consolidate My Turn package options offered on the same dates according to its sole discretion
  • Authentic Israel reserves the right to deny acceptance to the program according to its sole discretion

Statement of Understanding

I have voluntarily applied to participate in My Turn in Israel (the “Program”) organized by Authentic Israel along with its affiliated entities, partners, and other representatives (collectively known as the “Organizer”).

Travel Associated Risk
I understand that there are risks associated with my participation in such a Program, including without limitation risks associated with general touring activities, outdoors activities, sporting activities, overnight stays, transportation, and travel as well as increased security and safety risks in Israel due to the prevalence of crime, political conflict, and limited availability of medical facilities that meet standards to which I am accustomed. I acknowledge that the nature of the Program may expose me to hazards or risks that may result in my illness, personal injury or death, and I understand and appreciate the nature of such hazards and risks.

I hereby accept all risk that may result from my participation in the Program, and I hereby fully and unconditionally release and forever discharge the Organizer from any and all liability to me, all members of my family, my personal representatives, estate, executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin and successors and assigns for any and all claims and causes of action for loss of or damage to my property (either owned or rented by me) and for any and all illness or injury to my person, including my death, that may result from or occur during and/or related to my participation in the Program, whether caused by the intentional acts, negligence or carelessness of any person or entity, including but not limited to any claims for negligence, negligent supervision and/or negligent provision of medical care and/or medication. This release extends and applies to, and covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated, and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability, and the consequences thereof, occurring in connection with and/or in any way related to my participation in the Program at any time after the execution of this Waiver and Release.

Right to Participate
I understand that acceptance to the Program is conditioned upon submission of payment and all required travel information according to the posted deadline. Completion of these steps does not guarantee acceptance to the program, and I understand that the Organizer reserves the right to deny or revoke acceptance, in its sole discretion, at any point.

Modifications to the Program
I understand that the Organizer reserves the right to consolidate and/or cancel specific trips and/or trip dates, in its sole discretion, without prior notice. I further understand that the published sample itinerary and/or program description included in any marketing material is subject to change at the sole discretion of the Organizer. I further understand that any itinerary documentation distributed as part of pre-trip preparation materials is also subject to reasonable change at the sole discretion of the Organizer.

Property and Financial Responsibility
I understand that I will be required to pay for any damage I cause to property of others. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Organizer from any financial liability or obligation which I personally incur, or for any injury or damage to the person or property of others which I cause or contribute to, while participating in the Program. I understand that the Organizer shall not be liable for any of my property (whether owned or rented) which is damaged, lost or stolen throughout the duration of the Program, including property contained in my luggage or within my hotel/accommodations – regardless of the circumstances.

Food Allergies, Medical Contingencies and Consent to Treat
I understand that I am solely responsible for providing the Organizer with all relevant dietary and medical considerations pertaining to my well-being through the designated forms. I understand that Program staff will make a good faith effort to ensure that food is available on the Program that is consistent with any special dietary considerations I have specified but that I am nonetheless solely responsible for food that I consume. Further, I understand that the Organizer cannot guarantee an environment accommodating me if I have an airborne food allergy.

I understand that participation in the Program can be physically challenging and can involve irregular sleeping and eating schedules. I have consulted with a physician and have been advised that I am in good health. I do not suffer from any illnesses, conditions or disabilities that would make participation in the Program unwise, harmful or dangerous to myself or others.

Further, I agree that, if I become ill or incapacitated, the Organizer may take any action it deems necessary for my safety and well-being, including securing medical treatment (at my own expense) and making arrangements for transporting me home. I understand that in such instances I will not be entitled to any refund of paid Program fees or costs and that all travel arrangements, costs and liabilities associated with being returned home, including the cost of an escort if necessary, will be my sole responsibility.

I understand that the provision of available healthcare services in Israel may not meet the standards to which I am accustomed. I further understand that in the event I need medical care, I may be taken to and receive care from local clinics at the sole discretion of Program staff. In some instances, healthcare facilities expect upfront payment. I understand that I am responsible for all such payments, whether upfront or otherwise, and I have been advised that I should have access to travelers’ checks or a credit card at all times while in such countries in case of a medical emergency.

Dispute Resolution
Any and all disputes between the parties arising out of or relating to this agreement, whether grounded in contract, tort or statutory law, shall be resolved exclusively by arbitration in Washington, DC. The arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the Dispute Resolution Rules of JAMS. The prevailing party in the arbitration shall be entitled to its attorneys’ fees and costs plus any fees and costs incurred in connection with confirming the arbitrator’s award.

Severability
If any provision of this Waiver and Release shall be found to be unenforceable, then a court making such determination shall have the authority to narrow the provision, which shall be enforceable in its narrowed form. Moreover, each provision is independent and severable from each other, so in the event any portion is found unenforceable and not modified, then the remainder of the Waiver and Release shall remain in full force and effect.

I hereby acknowledge that I have fully read, understood, and accepted each of the above provisions. I have had the opportunity to consult with an attorney at my own expense to discuss and review the terms of this Waiver and Release. I acknowledge that this Waiver and Release includes a release of liability which legally prevents me or any other person from filing suit, or making other claims for damages, in the event of death, personal injury, or property damage.

I understand and agree that this Waiver and Release is binding on me and members of my family, my heirs, estate, executors, administrators, personal representatives and next-of-kin and their successors and assigns. My acceptance of the Waiver and Release and participation in the Program signifies my understanding of and agreement with these statements and their implications.

 


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