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Program #14876RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 8 — Mar 22, 2015

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Day One: Sunday, March 08 - Overnight Flight
In Transit: Overnight Flight from the US to Israel

Type: Hotel

Description: The Prima Kings Hotel, recently restored in typical Jerusalem style, has been a landmark in the posh Rehavia district for three decades. The hotel features on-site meeting / seminar rooms

Contact info:
60 King George Street
Jerusalem, 94262 Israel
phone: +97226201201
web: www.inisrael.com/primahotels/kings/

Room amenities: Room amenities include a shower/bathtub, personal safe, hair dryer, cable TV with remote, telephone with international direct access dialing, coffee/tea making facilities and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The newly renovated "in grand Jerusalem style" lobby, provides a view of both modern and traditional Jerusalem and offers a soothing and calm atmosphere, conversation nooks, and writing tables. Beverage and snack services are also available. Located in the Hotel's lobby, our Kikar Paris Coffee Shop offers a delicious French-accented dairy menu, including salads, pastries, croissant sandwiches, and a wide variety of coffees and teas. Internet portal, free of charge to hotel guests is located in lobby. A wireless Internet connection is also available in rooms at the guest's expense. Secretarial services are also available upon request from the reception desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact for rates
Contact Program Provider for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 09 - Arrival to Israel
Arrive To: Welcome to Israel. Transfer from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem in private coach. Enjoy a twilight panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade for the opening program and introduction.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel dining room.

Evening: There will be a brief program introduction after dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Prima Kings Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prima Kings Hotel, recently restored in typical Jerusalem style, has been a landmark in the posh Rehavia district for three decades. The hotel features on-site meeting / seminar rooms

Contact info:
60 King George Street
Jerusalem, 94262 Israel
phone: +97226201201
web: www.inisrael.com/primahotels/kings/

Room amenities: Room amenities include a shower/bathtub, personal safe, hair dryer, cable TV with remote, telephone with international direct access dialing, coffee/tea making facilities and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The newly renovated "in grand Jerusalem style" lobby, provides a view of both modern and traditional Jerusalem and offers a soothing and calm atmosphere, conversation nooks, and writing tables. Beverage and snack services are also available. Located in the Hotel's lobby, our Kikar Paris Coffee Shop offers a delicious French-accented dairy menu, including salads, pastries, croissant sandwiches, and a wide variety of coffees and teas. Internet portal, free of charge to hotel guests is located in lobby. A wireless Internet connection is also available in rooms at the guest's expense. Secretarial services are also available upon request from the reception desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact for rates
Contact Program Provider for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 10 - Biblical Jerusalem/Second Temple Period Jerusalem
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: We begin the day with a lecture on "Prophets and Kings: Political and Religious Leadership in Ancient Israel". Depart for a field trip to Biblical Jerusalem (City of David), home to prophets and kings.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a restaurant in the Old City.

Afternoon: Explore the "Centrality of the Temple in Israelite and Jewish Religion" at the Southern Wall Excavations OR at the Western Wall Tunnels.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Prima Kings Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prima Kings Hotel, recently restored in typical Jerusalem style, has been a landmark in the posh Rehavia district for three decades. The hotel features on-site meeting / seminar rooms

Contact info:
60 King George Street
Jerusalem, 94262 Israel
phone: +97226201201
web: www.inisrael.com/primahotels/kings/

Room amenities: Room amenities include a shower/bathtub, personal safe, hair dryer, cable TV with remote, telephone with international direct access dialing, coffee/tea making facilities and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The newly renovated "in grand Jerusalem style" lobby, provides a view of both modern and traditional Jerusalem and offers a soothing and calm atmosphere, conversation nooks, and writing tables. Beverage and snack services are also available. Located in the Hotel's lobby, our Kikar Paris Coffee Shop offers a delicious French-accented dairy menu, including salads, pastries, croissant sandwiches, and a wide variety of coffees and teas. Internet portal, free of charge to hotel guests is located in lobby. A wireless Internet connection is also available in rooms at the guest's expense. Secretarial services are also available upon request from the reception desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact for rates
Contact Program Provider for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 11 - Christianity in Jerusalem/Development of Islam
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Trace the development of Christianity with an on-site lecture "In the Footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem" at the Mt. of Olives and the Garden of Gethesmane.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the Garden Tomb, where many remember the crucifixxion and resurrection of Jesus. Time at leisure.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Lecture at the hotel: "Introduction to Islam".

Lodging: Prima Kings Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prima Kings Hotel, recently restored in typical Jerusalem style, has been a landmark in the posh Rehavia district for three decades. The hotel features on-site meeting / seminar rooms

Contact info:
60 King George Street
Jerusalem, 94262 Israel
phone: +97226201201
web: www.inisrael.com/primahotels/kings/

Room amenities: Room amenities include a shower/bathtub, personal safe, hair dryer, cable TV with remote, telephone with international direct access dialing, coffee/tea making facilities and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The newly renovated "in grand Jerusalem style" lobby, provides a view of both modern and traditional Jerusalem and offers a soothing and calm atmosphere, conversation nooks, and writing tables. Beverage and snack services are also available. Located in the Hotel's lobby, our Kikar Paris Coffee Shop offers a delicious French-accented dairy menu, including salads, pastries, croissant sandwiches, and a wide variety of coffees and teas. Internet portal, free of charge to hotel guests is located in lobby. A wireless Internet connection is also available in rooms at the guest's expense. Secretarial services are also available upon request from the reception desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact for rates
Contact Program Provider for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 12 - Crossroads of Faith/Israel Museum
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif. Visit an extraordinary escavation on the slopes of Mt. Scopus where archaeologists are sifting through Temple Mount dirt and artifacts.

Lunch: Lunch on own in a Jerusalem neighborhood.

Afternoon: Tour of the Shrine of the Book and the Second Temple Period Model housed at the Israel Museum followed by free time to explore the recently renewed exhibitions.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel dining room.

Evening: Study Session: Lecture by a Holocaust Survivor who will describe his or her personal experiences during this difficult period of history.

Lodging: Prima Kings Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prima Kings Hotel, recently restored in typical Jerusalem style, has been a landmark in the posh Rehavia district for three decades. The hotel features on-site meeting / seminar rooms

Contact info:
60 King George Street
Jerusalem, 94262 Israel
phone: +97226201201
web: www.inisrael.com/primahotels/kings/

Room amenities: Room amenities include a shower/bathtub, personal safe, hair dryer, cable TV with remote, telephone with international direct access dialing, coffee/tea making facilities and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The newly renovated "in grand Jerusalem style" lobby, provides a view of both modern and traditional Jerusalem and offers a soothing and calm atmosphere, conversation nooks, and writing tables. Beverage and snack services are also available. Located in the Hotel's lobby, our Kikar Paris Coffee Shop offers a delicious French-accented dairy menu, including salads, pastries, croissant sandwiches, and a wide variety of coffees and teas. Internet portal, free of charge to hotel guests is located in lobby. A wireless Internet connection is also available in rooms at the guest's expense. Secretarial services are also available upon request from the reception desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact for rates
Contact Program Provider for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, March 13 - From Out of the Crucible/The Jewish Sabbath
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Learn and remember at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial complex.

Lunch: Lunch at the Yad Vashem Cafeteria.

Afternoon: Home Hospitality program with Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to hear the remarkable story of their long trek from Africa to Israel. Later, join thousands of Israelis and visitors from around the world at the Western Wall, welcoming the Jewish Sabbath with prayer, song, and dance.

Dinner: Enjoy Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

Lodging: Prima Kings Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Prima Kings Hotel, recently restored in typical Jerusalem style, has been a landmark in the posh Rehavia district for three decades. The hotel features on-site meeting / seminar rooms

Contact info:
60 King George Street
Jerusalem, 94262 Israel
phone: +97226201201
web: www.inisrael.com/primahotels/kings/

Room amenities: Room amenities include a shower/bathtub, personal safe, hair dryer, cable TV with remote, telephone with international direct access dialing, coffee/tea making facilities and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The newly renovated "in grand Jerusalem style" lobby, provides a view of both modern and traditional Jerusalem and offers a soothing and calm atmosphere, conversation nooks, and writing tables. Beverage and snack services are also available. Located in the Hotel's lobby, our Kikar Paris Coffee Shop offers a delicious French-accented dairy menu, including salads, pastries, croissant sandwiches, and a wide variety of coffees and teas. Internet portal, free of charge to hotel guests is located in lobby. A wireless Internet connection is also available in rooms at the guest's expense. Secretarial services are also available upon request from the reception desk.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact for rates
Contact Program Provider for rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, March 14 - Jewish Sabbath/Contemporary Israeli Society
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure: explore Jerusalem or attend synagogue services on your own.

Lunch: Shabbat lunch at the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon study session on Issues in Contemporary Israeli Society.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a concert or other cultural event.

Lodging: Prima Kings Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On the shores of the Dead Sea in heart of Ein Bokek's tourist area, lies the Isrotel Ganim Hotel. The hotel is known for its warm and relaxed atmosphere, is just two minutes walk from the Beach.

Contact info:
Ein Bokek
Ein Bokek, 86930 Israel
phone: +97286689090
web: www.isrotel.co.uk/isrotel_ganim/

Room amenities: Rooms are equipped with bed, sofa, armchair, desk, coffee kit, balcony. All rooms have a/c, telephone, private bath with shower.

Facility amenities: Isrotel Ganim Hotel is the only hotel in the area with two covered Dead Sea water pools,at different temperatures all year round. Also in the spa there are 2 Jacuzzies, dry sauna and shower pressure. There is a variety of spa treatments (massage, mud treatments, shiatsu, reflexology, cosmetic and hair). Guests are invited to use the gym, outdoor swimming pool with fresh water (there is also children's pool ).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, March 15 - The Dead Sea
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure: explore Jerusalem or attend church services on your own. Travel to the Dead Sea Region, the lowest point on earth.

Lunch: Lunch at Kibbutz Kalia en route.

Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel. Time to float in the Dead Sea, known for its therapeutic properties, or enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and spa facilities.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Isrotel Ganim

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located on Kibbutz Ginossar and situated in an outstanding location hugging the Sea of Galilee shores and nestled at the foot of Mount Arbel, facing the Golan-Heights.

Contact info:
Kibbutz Ginossar
Kibbutz Ginossar, Israel
phone: +972-4-0000
web: www.ginosar.co.il/hotele.html

Room amenities: TV, a/c, phone

Facility amenities: The hotel facilities include: Swimming Pool, Private Beach, Kosher Restaurant, Lobby, Bar, Coffee-Shop, Convention and Seminar Halls, exceptional souvenir Shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, March 16 - Masada-What Price Freedom?
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Ascend the mountain fortress of Masada by cable car to explore this UN World Heritage Site.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Ein Gedi.

Afternoon: Explore Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Travel north along the Jordan River Valley to the Galilee. Check-in at hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Nof Ginossar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located on Kibbutz Ginossar and situated in an outstanding location hugging the Sea of Galilee shores and nestled at the foot of Mount Arbel, facing the Golan-Heights.

Contact info:
Kibbutz Ginossar
Kibbutz Ginossar, Israel
phone: +972-4-0000
web: www.ginosar.co.il/hotele.html

Room amenities: TV, a/c, phone

Facility amenities: The hotel facilities include: Swimming Pool, Private Beach, Kosher Restaurant, Lobby, Bar, Coffee-Shop, Convention and Seminar Halls, exceptional souvenir Shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, March 17 - The Ministry of Jesus in the Galilee
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Optional tour of the Kibbutz. In nearby Nazareth, we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. On site lecture on "Early Christianity and the Life of Jesus" at Capernaum (Kfar Nahum).

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch near the Sea of Galilee.

Afternoon: Set off for a boat ride on the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Nof Ginossar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located on Kibbutz Ginossar and situated in an outstanding location hugging the Sea of Galilee shores and nestled at the foot of Mount Arbel, facing the Golan-Heights.

Contact info:
Kibbutz Ginossar
Kibbutz Ginossar, Israel
phone: +972-4-0000
web: www.ginosar.co.il/hotele.html

Room amenities: TV, a/c, phone

Facility amenities: The hotel facilities include: Swimming Pool, Private Beach, Kosher Restaurant, Lobby, Bar, Coffee-Shop, Convention and Seminar Halls, exceptional souvenir Shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, March 18 - Zefat-City of Mystics/Golan Heights
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the mystical city of Zefat and discuss the development of Jewish mysticism in the city in the 15th century. Study session: "Art and Mysticism" with a local Kabbalistic artist.

Lunch: Lunch (on own) in Katzrin, the capital of the Golan Heights.

Afternoon: Excusion to the Golan Heights Winery for a tour and wine-tasting. Strategic briefing along the northern border.

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner with a spectacular view.

Lodging: Nof Ginossar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Metropolitan is located in the center and very heart of Tel Aviv, within easy walking distance from major city attractions and a block from the sandy shores of the Mediterranean Sea. For the business traveler, we offer easy access to major transportation arteries, business lounge and facilities, state of the art meeting rooms and relaxation after a long day. Our holiday traveler will enjoy the excitement and delight of the big city where culture and art, shopping and night life are just around the corner.

Contact info:
11 Trumpledor Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
phone: +972-3-5192727
web: http://www.hotelmetropolitan.co.il/?page_id=2

Room amenities: •Central air-conditioning and heating •Direct dial phones with voice mail •Cable television with more than 20 stations •Complimentary WIFI •Small refrigerator •Tea & coffee facilities •Safe •Hairdryer •Double glazed sound insulated windows •Full bathroom with amenities •Single guest room equipped with shower or sitting bath

Facility amenities: The Metro Café restaurant serves a lavish buffet Israeli breakfast, delicious lunches and dinners. The Lobby Bar offers daily snacks, light meals and pastries from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Room Service served from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Health Club •Outdoor swimming pool and sundeck open from 1 April to 31 October •Fitness room •Sauna 2 Computer Stations in the hotel lobby for guests use.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Keshet for pricing
It is possible to add nights. Please contact Keshet for pricing.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, March 19 - Crusader Kingdom/Ancient Caesarea
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the ancient port city of Acco (Acre), once a Crusader capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Al-Jazaar Mosque.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a local hotel.

Afternoon: Travel south along the Mediterranean Coast to the ancient port city of Ceasarea. On site lecture: "Crossroads of Civilization: Rome and Jerusalem". Continue south to the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture: Perspectives on the Peace Process I

Lodging: Metropolitan Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Metropolitan is located in the center and very heart of Tel Aviv, within easy walking distance from major city attractions and a block from the sandy shores of the Mediterranean Sea. For the business traveler, we offer easy access to major transportation arteries, business lounge and facilities, state of the art meeting rooms and relaxation after a long day. Our holiday traveler will enjoy the excitement and delight of the big city where culture and art, shopping and night life are just around the corner.

Contact info:
11 Trumpledor Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
phone: +972-3-5192727
web: http://www.hotelmetropolitan.co.il/?page_id=2

Room amenities: •Central air-conditioning and heating •Direct dial phones with voice mail •Cable television with more than 20 stations •Complimentary WIFI •Small refrigerator •Tea & coffee facilities •Safe •Hairdryer •Double glazed sound insulated windows •Full bathroom with amenities •Single guest room equipped with shower or sitting bath

Facility amenities: The Metro Café restaurant serves a lavish buffet Israeli breakfast, delicious lunches and dinners. The Lobby Bar offers daily snacks, light meals and pastries from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Room Service served from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Health Club •Outdoor swimming pool and sundeck open from 1 April to 31 October •Fitness room •Sauna 2 Computer Stations in the hotel lobby for guests use.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Keshet for pricing
It is possible to add nights. Please contact Keshet for pricing.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Friday, March 20 - Contemporary Israel/Modern Tel Aviv
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: Perspectives on the Peace Process II. Visit Independence Hall. On site lecture "Israel 1948: Decisions and Dilemmas in Declaring Statehood."

Lunch: Lunch (on own) in Tel Aviv.

Afternoon: Walk through historic Tel Aviv and the Bauhaus District, a UNESCO World-heritage site. Time at leisure to stroll through the weekly crafts fair at Nahalat Binyamin or along the beach promenade.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy Tel Aviv's unique atmosphere.

Lodging: Metropolitan Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel Metropolitan is located in the center and very heart of Tel Aviv, within easy walking distance from major city attractions and a block from the sandy shores of the Mediterranean Sea. For the business traveler, we offer easy access to major transportation arteries, business lounge and facilities, state of the art meeting rooms and relaxation after a long day. Our holiday traveler will enjoy the excitement and delight of the big city where culture and art, shopping and night life are just around the corner.

Contact info:
11 Trumpledor Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
phone: +972-3-5192727
web: http://www.hotelmetropolitan.co.il/?page_id=2

Room amenities: •Central air-conditioning and heating •Direct dial phones with voice mail •Cable television with more than 20 stations •Complimentary WIFI •Small refrigerator •Tea & coffee facilities •Safe •Hairdryer •Double glazed sound insulated windows •Full bathroom with amenities •Single guest room equipped with shower or sitting bath

Facility amenities: The Metro Café restaurant serves a lavish buffet Israeli breakfast, delicious lunches and dinners. The Lobby Bar offers daily snacks, light meals and pastries from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Room Service served from 10.30AM to 10.30PM. Health Club •Outdoor swimming pool and sundeck open from 1 April to 31 October •Fitness room •Sauna 2 Computer Stations in the hotel lobby for guests use.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact Keshet for pricing
It is possible to add nights. Please contact Keshet for pricing.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Saturday, March 21 - Summary and Conclusions
Breakfast: Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure to enjoy Tel Aviv or walk along the promenade by the beach. Optional walking tour in Tel Aviv.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in Tel Aviv.

Afternoon: Summary and conclusion session.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter.

Lodging: Metropolitan Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Sunday, March 22 -
Depart From: Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure on group flight.



Free Time Opportunities


Jerusalem
Tower of David MuseumThe museum's permanent exhibition is housed in several guard rooms of the old citadel, and tells the eventful 3,000-year-long story of Jerusalem. While exploring the permanent exhibition, the visitor becomes aware of the continuous ''dialogue'' between it and the citadel, and studying the one becomes an intriguing architectural exploration of the other as well. The exhibition offers primary sources for the existence of Jerusalem as far back as the Canaanite period, and illustrates the city's history through to early 20th century. Each room is devoted to a particular historical period and highlights the central events of the time.
For additional information, visit: www.towerofdavid.org.il/eng/
Arab Shuk (Market)Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, the Arab shuk (market) is a colorful place to shop. Bargaining is welcome. Enter at Jaffa Gate, and walk down David St. to Christian Quarter Road.
Bible Lands MuseumEach object in the Museum has been carefully chosen for its historic importance and often for its aesthetic beauty. Today, the Museum is a center for cultural and educational programming. It is the only museum in the world displaying the history of the biblical period in the various lands of the Bible. In just six years the museum has produced numerous outstanding special exhibitions such as "The Jewish Presence in Ancient Rome" which marked the first cultural exchange between the Vatican and State of Israel following the opening of diplomatic relations. And, in 1996 the Museum presented "Jerusalem – A Capital For All Times; Royal Cities of the Biblical World" as the primary exhibition for the Jerusalem 3,000 celebrations, and brought record breaking crowds into the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna as the first stop on its international tour. Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: Museum Row, 25 Granot Street, P.O Box 4670, Jerusalem 91046. Tel: +972-2-5611066. Fax: +972-2 5638228.
For additional information, visit: www.blmj.org/Main/Main.html
L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic ArtResearch on the art of Islamic countries focuses on architecture and ornamental objects from the 7th century C.E. to present times, and covers a vast geographical area - from Spain to India and even further eastward. The L.A. Mayer Museum was founded by the late Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons, realizing her long-standing idea of giving expression to the impressive artistic achievements of Israel's Muslim neighbors. Mrs. Salomons dedicated the Museum to her friend and teacher, Prof. Leo Arie Mayer. Many scholars of international renown took part in the establishment of the Museum, attracted to both its research activities and to the challenge of bridging the gap between the two cultures. The Museum was opened to the public in 1974.
For additional information, visit: www.islamicart.co.il/default-eng.asp
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem-Biblical ZooThe Tisch family zoological garden, also known as The Biblical Zoo, is situated in south-western Jerusalem. The zoological collection of the Zoo includes species mentioned in the Bible (most of them are now extinct from the Land of Israel), and many other rare animals. Names of biblical animals on the tags are followed by relevant quotations from the Bible. The landscape of the Zoo is very unusual, because the Zoo is surrounded by Jerusalem stony hills and in fact itself lies on a hill slope. So, for example, prairie beasts placed in Jerusalem landscape may look strange. But this adds to your exciting experience.
For additional information, visit: www.jerusalemzoo.org.il
Rockefeller Archaeological MuseumThe Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, situated in a magnificent white limestone edifice in East Jerusalem, houses the extraordinary collection of antiquities unearthed in excavations conducted in the country mainly during the time of the British Mandate (1919-1948). The Museum was opened in 1938. Opening Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. Saturday and Holidays 10 am - 2 pm. Tuesday, Friday - closed. The Rockefeller Museum: Sultan Suleman Street, East Jerusalem, (Near the Flower Gate).
For additional information, visit: www.imj.org.il/eng/branches/rockefeller/
The Jerusalem Centre for the Performing ArtsThe Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, located in one of the most beautiful residential neighborhoods in the centre of the city, is the largest and most active cultural center. In 1971 the Sherover Theatre, with one large hall, opened its doors. A construction of a new wing comprised of three additional halls - funded by a donation from the Crown family of Chicago with the assistance of the Jerusalem Foundation - was completed in 1986. Housed in the modern complex are four well-equipped and beautifully designed halls: the Sherover Theatre which seats 950, the Henry Crown Symphony Hall (home of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra) with 750 seats, the Rebecca Crown Auditorium with 450 seats, and the 110-seats Little Theatre. In addition, the Centre includes spacious foyers, a bookshop, a cafeteria, a restaurant and large plazas outside. While it has no dramatic, dance or musical repertory companies of its own, the Centre plays host to top local and foreign productions. It offers plays in the best tradition of Israel's repertory companies, from large- scale and chamber productions to one-man's shows, features both original and translated experimental theatre (about 50 different plays a year). More than 150 orchestral and chamber-music concerts as well as recitals are given each year at the Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, and include the participation of Guest Soloist, vocal groups and conductors from Israel and abroad.
For additional information, visit: www.jerusalem-theatre.co.il/about_en.asp
Mount Herzl Military CemeteryThis memorial park and cemetery is the final resting place of Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, and other noted leaders including Golda Meir, Levi Eshkol and Yitzhak Rabin. There is also a multi-media museum about Herzl (reservations required, entrance fee).
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Art MuseumThe Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel's main art museum, first opened to the public in 1932 in the home of Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. The Museum quickly became the cultural center of the Tel Aviv, presenting local and foreign artists. In addition to its steadily growing collections, the museum serves as a platform for free-thinking cultural and artistic exchanges. The success of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and its growth of collections led to the need for more space. The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art opened in 1959, and the present main building of the museum in 1971. In 1999, a New Wing was established along with a Sculpture Garden. The Museum hosts more than half a million visitors per year with a dynamic program of changing and permanent exhibitions, and exciting cultural programs of classical and jazz music, performance arts, lecture series, special events, children's programs, dance, and cinema. Visiting Hours: Sun. - closed., Mon. & Wed. - 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues. & Thurs. - 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art - 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd. - Tel Aviv 64329.
For additional information, visit: www.tamuseum.com/museum/index.htm
Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish DiasporaBeth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, exists to convey the story of the Jewish people from the time of their expulsion from the Land of Israel 2,500 years ago to the present. It relates the unique story of the continuity of the Jewish people through exhibition, education and cultural endeavours, providing multiple avenues of personal historical identification. Our hope is that by sharing the unique story of Jewish endurance, new generations may find the key to their own. Many come and experience: young and old, religious and secular, Israelis and tourists, civilians and soldiers. The idea to establish Beth Hatefutsoth was originally proposed in the late 50's by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, the founder and President of the World Jewish Congress. The idea was to create a monument to the Jewish Diaspora, past and present. The final concept of the Museum was based on the proposal of the poet Abba Kovner to divide the Permanent Exhibition into six thematic parts. When it opened in May 1978, Beth Hatefutsoth was regarded by many museum experts as one of the most innovative museums in the world. It created a whole new concept of what a museum is and has influenced museum culture since. Today Beth Hatefutsoth has evolved into far more than a museum: it impacts and touches the lives of Jews not just in Israel but throughout the world. It is truly, in every sense of the word, the Museum of the Jewish People.
For additional information, visit: www.bh.org.il/
Eretz Israel MuseumThe Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, is a multidisciplinary museum that depicts the history and culture of the Land of Israel through an extensive permanent exhibit and temporary exhibits on diverse subjects: Archaeology, Ethnography, Folklore, Judaica, Cultural History and local identity, and traditional arts and crafts. The Museum's pavilions are located in a spacious park at whose center is Tell Qasile, an ancient Bibbical mound.The Planetarium offers a program entitled "Voyage into Space". The Museum shop offers a unique selection of Israeli-made gifts and objects d'art. A Museum map can be purchased at the box office. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9 AM to 3 PM. Friday and Saturday, 10 AM through 2 PM.
For additional information, visit: www.eretzmuseum.org.il
Dizengoff CenterDizengoff Center, located on Dizengoff Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv offers stores and shops of all kinds.
Ilana Goor MuseumThe museum is located in a structure which once served as a seaside inn for pilgrims seeking shelter on their way to Jerusalem. You gaze forward, into the spacious atrium as you enter the museum. Two hundred and fifty years ago, this house served as a first stop for pilgrims who entered the Holy Land. Today, in the shining, restored citadel of ancient Jaffa in Israel, the city's first Jewish hostel has been transfigured by the vision of one artist into a sanctuary of a different kind. Ilana Goor, internationally renowned artist, designer and sculptress, has created in this space an odyssey of the soaring spirit. A museum. The museum serves today as the artist' s home, and you are invited to explore the chambers she has set before you. Thanks to reconstruction efforts initiated by Ilana Goor and her husband Leonard Lowengrub, the museum offers you arches, internal vaulting, rooms and ancient stones all of which expose the Jewish hostel which was built at the beginning of the 18th century. 4 Mazal dagim st. - Old Jaffa - 68036 Israel - Fax 972:3:6836699
For additional information, visit: www.ilanagoor.com/
Rubin MuseumReuven Rubin painted Tel-Aviv throughout the early 1920s', documenting the "miracle" of a city growing on the sand dunes. He painted the seashore and the paved streets which seem like little rivers pouring into the blue sea. He painted also the old sycamores and the people: the milkman, the street-sweeper and others who collectively form the human identity of the first Hebrew city. For Rubin painting these canvases was as much a pioneering activity as it was a search of aesthetic values. It is therefore not surprising that when Tel Aviv gradually became a metropolis he substituted it's urban landscape with the pastoral Galilean olive groves and the Arab villages on the mountain slopes along the way to Jerusalem. 14 Bialik Street, Tel Aviv. Tel: 03-5255961
For additional information, visit: www.rubinmuseum.org.il

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