ISRAEL REVISITED

Return to Israel to cover new terrain and discover off-the-beaten-path treasures on a tour that coincides with Israel's major national holidays.

Together, we’ll explore the beautiful Carmel Mountain and the rugged Negev Desert. We'll revisit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv from a new perspective, and we'll tap into the innovative spirit that defines nearly every aspect of Israeli society today.

Israel Revisited is scheduled to coincide with the national holidays of Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day). Together we'll observe the national siren where the entire country stands in honor of those lost, and we'll experience the authentic joy of celebrating Israeli independence, dancing in the streets of Tel Aviv.

On Israel Revisited, you’ll broaden your perspectives and gain a fresh appreciation for a country small in size but big on wonders!

NOTE: Israel Revisited can be connected with a week-long travel experience in Poland as part of March of the Living for Adults

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Below is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change based on local considerations

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2023 | The Land of Renewal

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport
  • Stop for a welcome ceremony at Ramat HaNadiv Park in the Carmel Mountains, the resting place of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, a prime supporter of the 19th century Aliyah Movement
  • Check-in to our hotel in Zichron Yaakov, the historic pioneering town founded by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild in the Carmel Mountains (breakfast included)
  • The rest of the day is free to relax, enjoy the hotel facility and explore the Zichron Yaakov community
  • Evening: Tasting, tour, and welcome dinner at the Binyamina Winery

OVERNIGHT: Elma Arts Hotel, Zichron Yaakov
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2023 | A Young Nation of Immigrants

  • Celebrate the pioneers who risked it all for a new beginning in the Land of Israel at the First Aliyah Museum
  • Experience how Israel absorbs its immigrants of today at Yemin Orde Youth Village – including a shared lunch with the student community
  • Atlit Detention Camp – Learn about the challenges faced by Jewish refugees arriving on the shores of Israel following the Holocaust
  • Ein Hod Artists’ Colony – Explore this picturesque village of artists and craftspeople in the Carmel Mountains
  • Evening: Take part in a local ceremony commemorating the start of Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day
  • Dinner is included at the hotel this evening

OVERNIGHT: Elma Arts Hotel, Zichron Yaakov
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2023 | Remembering the Sacrifice

Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day

  • Depart from the Carmel Mountains and travel towards Jerusalem
  • Stop en route at Kastel Fortress, the site of a key battle for Jerusalem in the 1948 War for Independence – observe a minute of silence as the national Yom HaZikaron siren sounds
  • Arrive to Jerusalem, and sample your way through Jerusalem's iconic Mahane Yehuda open-air market using the“Shuk Bites” tasting card
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the newly dedicated Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, a project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • Evening: Dinner on your own and join Jerusalem’s Erev Yom HaAtzmaut celebrations!

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2023 | Celebrating Independence

Today is Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day

  • Option #1 – Day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea (extra cost)
  • Option #2 – Free day to enjoy Jerusalem on your own
  • Option #3 – Celebrate Independence Day in Jerusalem taking part in March of the Living’s parade from City Hall to the Western Wall
  • Evening: Attend a special Yom HaAtzmaut concert and event sponsored by March of the Living International with dinner included

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2023 | Arts & Culture in Tel Aviv

  • Depart Jerusalem for a day trip to Tel Aviv, Israel's cultural and commercial capital
  • Volunteer at the Jaffa Institute – An innovative charity dedicated to combating poverty
  • Discover the secrets to Israel’s success at the Peres Center for Innovation in Jaffa
  • Break for lunch on own in Jaffa with time to explore the Jaffa Flea Market
  • Tour Independence Hall – explore the story of modern Israel's creation and its founding values
  • Dinner at Balinjera – Enjoy traditional Ethiopian food while being inspired by the restaurant owner's story
  • Return to Jerusalem in the evening

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023 | Returning to the Old City

  • Explore new discoveries at the City of David complex, including the recently excavated Herodian Road, once used by pilgrims on their way to the Temple
  • Enter the Old City at Zion Gate and explore the ancient Jewish Quarter, including a visit to the restored Hurva Shul
  • Break for personal exploration and shopping time in the Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter
  • View of the Temple Mount from the Aish HaTorah rooftop and proceed to the Western Wall
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for our Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Kabbalat Shabbat options followed by a Shabbat dinner is at our accommodations, joined by Lone Soldiers in the IDF

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

All touring today is on foot

  • Relaxed morning to enjoy Jerusalem on your own or attend Shabbat services
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our accommodations
  • Afternoon: Walking tour of Jerusalem's historic Nachlaot neighborhood and explore the graffiti art of Mahane Yehuda that is only visible after market hours
  • Program wrap-up, light dinner, and havdallah ceremony – celebrate the end of our journey
  • Evening: An optional transfer is included to Ben Gurion Airport for those departing on overnight flights

OVERNIGHT: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Light Dinner

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

Benefit from our no-hidden-costs approach so you can enjoy the experience to the fullest! 

  • Airport Transfer
    A VIP airport greeting and a private transfer to our arrival hotel is complimentary for anyone arriving at Ben Gurion Airport between 6:00am and 4:20pm on the first day of the program
  • Deluxe Hotels
    A combination of centrally located, 4-star and 5-star hotels per the itinerary
  • Guide and Program Leader
    A licensed Israeli guide accompanies the group on 24 x 7 basis, and an additional program leader joins groups of at least 25 participants
  • Touring Bus
    A luxury private air-conditioned touring bus with a dedicated Israeli driver
    Saturday in Jerusalem is a walking tour day without a bus
  • Two Meals Daily
    Includes tax/gratuities at restaurant meals
  • All Programming
    Site entrance fees and all touring experiences noted in the itinerary
  • All Applicable Taxes
    Additional VAT (tax) applies for Israeli citizens at group hotels
  • Remote Audio Headsets
  • Israel Sources & Resources booklet

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Israel
    Request assistance from a travel agent
  • 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 travel protection plan. LEARN MORE
  • Meals not marked as included
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Israeli staff gratuities
    Suggested $100-$125/person

TRAVELING TO AND FROM ISRAEL
Travelers are responsible for booking their own travel to and from Israel. A VIP airport greeting and transfer to our hotel will be provided for anyone arriving to Ben Gurion Airport between 6:00am and 4:20pm on the program arrival day. Guaranteed hotel check-in is available starting at 3:00pm (luggage can be stowed earlier). On the final evening of the program, a transfer will be provided back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for flights departing between 11:00pm and 1:00am. A professional travel agent is available for assistance booking your flights.

Travelers arriving in Israel early or staying beyond the tour dates can extend their stay at the group hotels based on our group rates. Contact us for additional details.

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PROGRAM COSTS

Sign up at least five months in advance to guarantee your participation and receive a $100/person discount off the posted program costs. All payments are fully refundable up till December 23, 2022 – so your savings are entirely commitment-free.

Double Room Occupancy  Single Room Supplement
Program Land Costs $2,550/p $1,000/p
Masada & Dead Sea Day Tour
Optional supplement on April 26
$145/p $145/p

ENROLLMENT TERMS

Sign up for Israel Revisited by completing the online REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE: Israel Revisited can be connected with a week-long travel experience in Poland as part of March of the Living for Adults

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person fully refundable deposit is due at the time of your registration (all program costs are listed in US Dollars). The deposit becomes non-refundable four months prior to the program start date.
  • The balance is due by February 15, 2023, after which all payments are non-refundable and exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis at Authentic Israel's discretion
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain a travel insurance policy
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to the initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable
  • Authentic Israel reserves the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to their sole discretion

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FAQs

Who staffs the tour?

Israel Revisited is led by a licensed Israeli guide who accompanies the group on a 24/7 basis. An additional program leader joins groups of at least 25 participants. Our staff are charismatic educators eager to share the beauty of Israel. Each group is assigned a deluxe touring bus with a dedicated driver.

How active is the touring?

Israel Revisited is an active tour designed for adults. Our days are full of experiences designed to provide you with the full flavor of Israel. Although the program does not have age guidelines, the itinerary involves a good amount of walking and some long days. Participants may take a break from the active schedule at their own discretion.

What's the composition of the group?

 Israel Revisited groups generally range from 15-30 travelers. Average group size is 20 travelers.

How is this a Jewish experience?

Israel Revisited is a pluralistic Jewish travel experience open to all. Group meals are kosher, and there is no bus-based touring on Shabbat. The itinerary is designed for travelers of all backgrounds seeking a "second timers" experience in Israel through the lens of Jewish history and identity.

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, accommodations (including luggage porterage), deluxe motorcoach transportation, and round-trip airport transfers on the arrival day and on the last night of the program. You’ll be responsible for one meal a day, specialty beverages at group meals and staff gratuities.

How are special dietary needs accommodated?

Travelers 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 try to accommodate all food and allergy considerations, however, we cannot make absolute guarantees on behalf of our meal-providing partners.

How do I get ready for the trip?

Approximately three months prior to your trip, we'll distribute a pre-trip package to help you prepare for your upcoming travels. You'll also be invited to a trip Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers before the program and stay in touch after.

Can I get professional assistance booking my flights?

Yes! Travelers are responsible for purchasing their own flights to Israel, but you can get all the peace of mind from having a professional travel agency book your international flights without paying a premium. Get started at www.authenticisrael.com/flights.

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