Israel Revisited

2020 Program Dates
AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED
April 26 - May 2, 2020  |  7 DAYS
April 26 - May 5, 2020  |  10 DAYS

Israel Revisited connects with a weeklong travel experience in Poland as part of March of the Living for Adults

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!

PROGRAM ITINERARY

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

DAY #1 | SUNDAY, APRIL 26 | Welcome in the Carmel Mountains

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on your self-booked flight
    An airport VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Carmel Mountains hotel is included for all arriving by 4:20pm this day
  • Check-in to our hotel in Zichron Yaakov, the historic pioneering town founded by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild in the Carmel Mountains
  • Welcome dinner, wine tasting and orientation at the Tishbi Winery

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

DAY #2 | MONDAY, APRIL 27 | 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

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

DAY #3 | TUESDAY, APRIL 28 | Remembering the Sacrifice

Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day 

  • Depart from the Carmel Mountains and travel to Tel Aviv
  • The Rabin Center – Recount modern Israel's story through the lens of its most famous soldier-statesman, and then pay respects at the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial
  • Break for lunch at Café Jaffa Restaurant
  • Explore the ancient port city of Jaffa, and then travel up the coastline on a bicycle tour from Jaffa to the Tel Aviv Port (Segways and e-bikes are available)
  • The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Tel Aviv on your
  • Evening: Join in Tel Aviv’s local Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) celebrations!

OVERNIGHT: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY #4 | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 | 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 Tel Aviv on your own
  • Option #3 – Celebrate Independence Day in Jerusalem
    After a relaxed morning in Tel Aviv, you'll travel to Jerusalem to take part in March of the Living's march from City Hall to the Western Wall
  • Evening: Attend a special Independence Day concert and event sponsored by March of the Living (dinner included)

OVERNIGHT: Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY #5 | THURSDAY, APRIL 30 | Arts & Culture in Tel Aviv

  • Embark on a Hebrew graffiti art walking tour in Tel Aviv's Florentine neighborhood
  • Sample your way through the Levinsky Market with a “Shuk Bites” tasting card
  • Depart from Tel Aviv, and ascend to Jerusalem, stopping en route to visit Latrun Fortress, the site of a key battle for Jerusalem in the 1948 War for Independence
  • Check-in to our hotel in Jerusalem and enjoy dinner on your own

OVERNIGHT: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY #6 | FRIDAY, MAY 1 | Returning to the Old City

  • Enter the Old City and visit the Western Wall complex with the option to tour the Kotel Tunnels or the Southern Wall Excavations
  • Continue on to the heart of the Jewish Quarter at Zion Gate – Explore the restored Hurva Shul and view the Temple Mount from the Aish HaTorah rooftop
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Shabbat dinner is included at our hotel, joined by Lone Soldiers in the IDF

OVERNIGHT: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY #7 | SATURDAY, MAY 2 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

All touring today is on foot

  • Morning Option #1: Attend Shabbat services in Jerusalem
  • Morning Option #2: Explore the layered history of Jerusalem at the Tower of David Museum, and follow the path of the Rampart Walls around the Old City from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate, including a visit to David’s Tomb on Mount Zion
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel
  • Afternoon: Walking tour of Jerusalem’s historic Rehavia neighborhood, viewing the Prime Minister’s and President's residences along the way
  • Free evening and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: TRYP Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

NOTE: Travelers have the option to end their program on Saturday night, and a transfer will be provided to Ben Gurion Airport this evening at no additional cost. This package option does not include the hotel in Jerusalem on Saturday night unless otherwise arranged through our office.


DAY #8 | SUNDAY, MAY 2 | To the Negev Desert

  • Depart from Jerusalem, and head south towards the Negev Desert
  • Explore the Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin National Park
  • Ethiopian cooking workshop and lunch at Atachlit
  • Encounter with Israel's Bedouin community at Lakiya women’s weaving cooperative
  • Arrive to the Ramon Crater and check-in to our accommodations in this thriving desert town by the edge of the crater
  • Evening: Free evening and dinner on own in Mitzpe Ramon

OVERNIGHT: Ramon Suites, Mitzpe Ramon
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY #9 | MONDAY, MAY 4 | The Desert Blooms

  • Morning Option #1: Go for a hike in the wilderness on the Ramon Crater floor
  • Morning Option #2: Learn about the geological phenomenon of the crater at the Ramon Crater Visitor Center
  • Honor Paula & David Ben Gurion's legacy at their modest desert home in Sde Boker
  • Discover how Israel is fulfilling their vision for a desert in bloom at the Ramat HaNegev desert agriculture research facility
  • Discover the hidden beauty of the desert on an off-road jeep tour in Nahal Tzin 
  • Experience a traditional Poike Pot dinner and bonfire in the desert wilderness

OVERNIGHT: Ramon Suites, Mitzpe Ramon
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY #10 | TUESDAY, MAY 5 | Innovation & Adaptation in the Desert

  • The Salad Trail – Taste the wonders of Israel’s desert agriculture revolution
  • Continue to Sderot near the Gaza frontier – Learn how this community adapted to its reality visiting a fortified playground
  • Tour of the Yaakov Agam Museum of Art, and learn about one of Israel's more pre-eminent modern artists
  • Return to Tel Aviv for final shopping and a closing dinner at Goshen Restaurant
  • Evening – Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights onwards

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

Benefit from our no-hidden-costs approach so you can enjoy the experience to the fullest! With the exception of one meal a day and gratuities, Israel Revisited is an all-inclusive package.

  • 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

What's Not Included

  • Flights to/from Israel
  • Local medical insurance (optional)
  • Travel insurance (optional)
  • Meals not marked, as included in the itinerary
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Israeli staff gratuities (suggested $100/adult traveler)

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 6am and 4:20pm on April 26th. 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.

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WHAT IT 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 to four months in advance, so your savings are entirely commitment-free.

Double Room Occupancy  Single Room Supplement
7-Day Program | April 26 – May 2, 2020 $2,375/p $600/p
10-Day Program | April 26 – May 5, 2020 $2,875/p $850/p
Masada & Dead Sea Day Tour  $120/p  $120/p

REGISTRATION

Sign up for Israel Revisited by completing the online REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE: Israel Revisited connects with a weeklong travel experience in Poland as part of March of the Living for Adults

ENROLLMENT TERMS

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of your registration (all program costs are listed in US Dollars)
  • The deposit is refundable up to four months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance is due no later than two months prior to 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
  • 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 non-refundable
  • Authentic Israel reserves the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to its 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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