TAO Jewish Renewal – Summer 2021 Israel Experience

Come encounter the goodness, the people, the natural beauty and the epic story of Israel with Rabbi Marc and the TAO Community.

Together we will journey throughout Israel on an itinerary designed for first-time travelers and returners alike. We’ll walk in the footsteps of our ancestors in the Judean Desert, we’ll tap into the mystical energy of a Shabbat in Tsfat, we’ll wander through the Old City of Jerusalem, and we’ll sample the delights of Tel Aviv’s colorful food and craft markets. Our journey also coincides with Ocean’s bar mitzvah, and all who are celebrating their coming of age are welcomed to mark this special occasion together with the TAO community in the Jewish Homeland.

Yes, bring yourself prepared for delights to all five of your senses; but more, be prepared for a journey that fills your heart and mind with the gift that is Israel.

The double occupancy cost of our package is $3,095, and space is limited. Sign up online to reserve your spot. For program questions, contact Renee Greene at renee@taocenter.net or 954-888-1408. For travel registration questions, contact Authentic Israel at register@authenticisrael.com or 202-537-6056.


PROGRAM ITINERARY

The following is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change based on availability and local considerations

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Depart for Israel on your self-booked flight

Thursday, 17 June 2021

  • VIP airport greetings and transfers to our hotel in Jerusalem are available to all travelers arriving between 7:00am and 4:30pm today
  • Travelers arriving early today will be treated to a tour of the City of David Excavations and the Hezekiah underground water tunnel
  • Orientation with our staff team and the journey begins!
  • Welcome gourmet dinner at Eucalyptus restaurant overlooking the Old City

OVERNIGHT: Tryp Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Dinner

Friday, 18 June 2021

  • Panoramic introduction to the contours of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • Enter the Old City at Zion Gate and explore the ancient corridors of the Jewish Quarter
  • Mahane Yehuda – Experience this colorful open-air marketplace as Jerusalem prepares for Shabbat
  • Arrive to back to our accommodations and prepare for the start of Shabbat
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat experience in Jerusalem and optional B’nai Mitzvah ceremony
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel, joined by a Lone Soldier in the IDF

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

Saturday, 19 June 2021

All touring today is on foot today

  • Morning yoga at Montefiore Windmill overlooking the Old City
  • Walk the Rampart Walls surrounding the Old City from above, starting at Jaffa Gate and descending at Damascus Gate
  • Explore the Christian and Muslim Quarters of the Old City, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Arab Bazaar (Shuk)
  • Break for a group hummus and falafel lunch along the way at Versavee in the Christian Quarter
  • An optional bus-based tour of Bethlehem lead by a local guide will be offered this afternoon for an additional fee of $80/person.
  • Early Evening: Optional B’nai Mitzvah ceremony
  • Mark the end of Shabbat with Havdalah, followed by a free evening to explore Jerusalem on own

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

Sunday, 20 June 2021

  • Morning Options:
    • Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    • Discover our ancient musical traditions at the Hebrew Music Museum
  • Travel to the countryside for lunch Pichonka Restaurant in the Jerusalem foothills
  • Nature walk to the ancient cisterns, natural springs and organic farm at Sataf Park 
  • Return to Jerusalem for a free evening and dinner on own

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

Monday, 21 June 2021

  • Travel into the Judean Desert and take the cable cars to the summit of Masada
  • Masada – Tour of Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion
  • Descend Masada via the cable cars and continue to the Dead Sea
  • Experience effortless floating at the Dead Sea’s Ein Bokek Beach with access to the Crowne Plaza resort facilities and private beach (with lunch included)
  • Camel riding and Bedouin tent hafla dinner feast followed by a stargazing walk in the desert

OVERNIGHT: Kfar Hanokdim Desert Encampment (Private Cabins)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

  • Dig-for-a-Day Archaeological Seminar at Beit Guvrin National Park and explore the Bell Cave
  • Learn about how Israel has addressed its persistent water challenges on a tour of its world-leading desalination plant in Ashkelon
  • Arrive to Tel Aviv – Israel’s cultural and commercial capital – and check-in to our accommodations along the Mediterranean Coast
  • Explore the ancient port city of Jaffa, and browse the Jaffa flea market
  • Evening: Experience a gourmet meal in the dark with new senses at Blackout in the Nalagaat Center, a groundbreaking theater and cultural complex for the deaf and blind

OVERNIGHT: Prima Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

  • Leket – Volunteering project harvesting for the hungry of Israel at a local farm
  • Learn how Israel became the ‘Startup Nation’ at the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation in Jaffa
  • Tasting tour at the Levinsky Market, an iconic Tel Aviv hub of ethnic culinary delights
  • The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy Tel Aviv’s beach culture on your own

OVERNIGHT: Prima Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Thursday, 24 June 2021

  • Head north along the Mediterranean Coast towards the Galilee
  • Horseback riding along Israel’s rugged Mediterranean Coast
    An optional nature walk will be offered for those who prefer it
  • Ein Hod Artists’ Colony – Explore this picturesque village in the Carmel Mountains
  • Continue to Haifa, Israel’s most diverse city, including a visit to the Bahai Temple Gardens
  • Arrive to Tsfat and check-in to our accommodations
  • Evening: Cruise on the Sea of Galilee followed by dinner at Decks in Tiberias along the waterfront

OVERNIGHT: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tsfat
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Friday, 25 June 2021

  • Kol Shofar – Visit a workshop producing hand-crated shofarot on the Golan
  • Explore the history and terrain of the Golan Heights on an off-road jeep tour
  • View Israel’s neighbors and navigate former IDF bunkers at the summit of Mt. Ben-Tal
  • Tasting and tour of the Pelter Winery  (adults) or chocolate making workshop at Dekarina (kids)
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Kabbalat Shabbat experience in Tsfat followed by dinner at the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tsfat
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday, 26 June 2021

No guide or bus is provided today

  • Shabbat programming and Bar Mitzvah experience (TBD)
  • Shabbat lunch at our hotel
  • The rest of the day is free to relax or explore Tsfat on your own

OVERNIGHT: Ruth Rimonim Hotel, Tsfat
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Sunday, 27 June 2021

  • Explore the Tsfat artists quarter, and meet with glass artist, Sheva Chaya
  • Visit an absorption center for Ethiopian immigrants in Tsfat
  • Tour of the Derech HaTavlanim spice farm in Bethlehem of the Galilee and explore this restored Templar Colony village
  • Tree planting project, wrap-up session and closing dinner celebration at Neot Kedumim’s JNF Forest
  • Evening: Return transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday, 28 June 2021

Arrive back to North America in the morning

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our arrival hotel
    Included for all travelers arriving between 7:00am and 4:30pm on the arrival day
  • Return transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
    Included for travelers departing on the final evening of the program (overnight flights) 
  • 10 days with licensed Israeli guide
  • 9 days with a luxury touring bus
  • Accommodations per the itinerary (4* equivalent), including hotel porterage
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals per the itinerary
    Including taxes and tips for restaurant meals
  • Entrance fees and programming per the itinerary
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver budgeted at $100/person
  • All applicable taxes
    A 17% VAT (tax) applies for Israeli passport holders at hotels. Contact us to make arrangements

Not Included:

TRAVELING TO AND FROM ISRAEL
Travelers are responsible for booking their own travel to and from Israel. Airport transfers will be provided for anyone arriving to Ben Gurion Airport between 7:00am and 4:30pm on June 17th. At the end of the program, travelers will be escorted back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for overnight flights departing on the evening of June 27th. Travelers wishing to arrive early or stay later will be accommodated at the group hotels by special request based on the group hotel rate.
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WHAT IT COSTS

Land Package: $3,095/person

  • Based on double room hotel occupancy
  • Single room supplement: $775/person
  • Discount for children 12 and younger sharing a room with two full paying travelers: $500
  • Discount for children 13 and older sharing a room with two full paying travelers: $150
  • A $360 supplement applies for non-member adult travelers

REGISTRATION

Sign up for the program by completing the online Registration Form

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS

  • To reserve your place on the program, a $300/person non-refundable deposit is due. The deposit will become fully refundable if the program is canceled due to public health considerations or enrollment.
  • A late fee of $100/person will apply for travelers registering after October 1, 2020, and a $200 late fee will apply for travelers registering after January 1, 2021.
  • The balance of payment is due no later than April 1, 2021 and is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation must be made in writing to Authentic Israel. We encourage you to obtain travel
    insurance prior to making the final payment.
  • The program may be paid for by check or credit card. However, if you wish to pay by credit card, a
    3.0% processing fee applies (credit card fees are not refundable).
  • This program is most suitable for travelers comfortable touring ~eight to ten hours in a day
  • Pricing is subject to a minimum of 30 confirmed participants as of October 1, 2020, and we
    encourage you not to book any flights until the program is fully confirmed.

*Our travel insurance policy must be issued before final payment is made. Some benefits are only available if the policy is purchased within 21 days of your initial registration.
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