Tour to Israel

Joe and Karen Amaral will be leading our next tour to Israel from May 20th to 29th, 2017 with an option to add on Petra extending the trip to June 1st. On this tour, you’ll visit Caesarea and see the theatre built by King Herod. Visit Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire. Visit Kefar Kedem where you can milk a goat, make fresh pita, ride a donkey. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. Be baptized in the Jordan River. Float in the Dead Sea. Experience the Holy City of Jerusalem. Walk under the modern city on the ancient roads in the Western Wall Tunnels. Then, if you’re hungry for more adventure and site seeing, join us for our additional three day extension where you’ll get to visit Eilat and enjoy the waters of the Red Sea, experience the ancient site of Petra, visit Timna Park where you’ll see an ancient tabernacle replica, and visit Sde Boker. You won’t want to miss this special tour of a lifetime!

Continue scrolling below for more details and our itinerary.


Full ISRAEL ONLY Package: $3,350*
Land Only package (no airfare): $2,950*
Single Supplement: $1,190*

Full ISRAEL + PETRA Package: $4,850*
Land Only package (no airfare): $4,450*
Single Supplement: $1,660*

Our recommendation is that you secure your spot with a deposit of $300 right away as this tour is likely to sell out quickly.


TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 – Saturday, May 20
Depart from Terminal 1 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 4:30 pm.

Day 2 – Sunday, May 21
We’ll arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:05 am (local Israeli time) and enjoy a bus tour of Jaffa and Old Tel Aviv before being transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean. After dinner there will be a mandatory orientation meeting at 8:30 pm.
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 3 – Monday, May 22
Visit Caesarea and see the theatre built by King Herod. Visit Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire. Visit Kfar Kedem where you can milk a goat, make fresh pita and cheese, and ride a donkey.
HOTEL: Ramot Resort (Deluxe Rooms)—Galilee

Day 4 – Tuesday, May 23
Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. Then there will be an opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River (optional $12 USD per person for towel and certificate).
HOTEL: Ramot Resort (Deluxe Rooms)—Galilee

Day 5 – Wednesday, May 24
This day is all about Jerusalem. We’ll visit the Mount of Olives and then spend some reflection time in the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll visit the Upper Room. Enjoy the Ramparts Walk and then onto an evening celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
HOTEL: Dan Panorama (Superior Rooms)—Jerusalem

Day 6 – Thursday, May 25
This day we’ll explore some of the underbelly and ancient paths of Jerusalem. We’ll go on the City of David Drainage Tunnel Walk. Visit The Western Wall where you’ll have time to reflect and pray and then go underground, walking parallel to the ancient city wall through Western Wall Tunnels. We’ll also visit the Pools of Bethesda.
HOTEL: Dan Panorama (Superior Rooms)—Jerusalem

Day 7 – Friday, May 26
You’ll get to participate in an active archeological project, sifting through soil that has been excavated from The Temple Mount. We’ll visit the memorial at Yad Vashem and then make our way to The Garden Tomb where we’ll partake in communion together. On this night, we’ll enjoy a special dinner in Jerusalem as it is the Sabbath (Sabbath dress code is formal).
HOTEL: Dan Panorama (Superior Rooms)—Jerusalem

Day 8 – Saturday, May 27
Enjoy a cable-car ride up to the desert fortress of Masada. We’ll then visit Ein Gedi to see where David hid from Saul. Then we’ll make our way to the Dead Sea where you’ll have the opportunity to float in the mineral-rich waters and have fun putting mud on your skin…don’t forget your swimsuit and water shoes!
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 9 – Sunday, May 28
Visit the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath. We’ll then visit the Ayalon Institute where you’ll learn about some fascinating history about how modern day Israel was saved because of the secretive work done there. We’ll enjoy lunch and then some shopping at the Carmel Market.
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 10 – Monday, May 29
ISRAEL ONLY: Depart Tel Aviv at 11:50 am.
ISRAEL & PETRA: Transfer to Eilat
HOTEL: Leonardo Plaza—Eilat

Day 11 – Tuesday, May 30
Petra Day Tour (Additional $65* USD per person for tips to the Jordanian guide and driver and border taxes). Please note that an entry visa issued by the Jordanian Embassy is required. This must be obtained before departure.
HOTEL: Leonardo Plaza—Eilat

Day 12 – Wednesday, May 31
On this day we’ll visit Timna National Park where you’ll get to see Solomon’s Pillars and go through a Tabernacle Replica. On our way back to Tel Aviv, we’ll visit Sde Boker – the kibbutz that is open to the public as a museum of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 13 – Thursday, June 1
Depart Tel Aviv at 11:50am.

* Price is based on Double Occupancy out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
* Price is subject to change due to fluctuating currency.

All our tours are operated by International Heritage Tours.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS

• Round-trip air from Toronto, ON
• Meeting/assistance at the airport
• Return transfers to/from the airport in Israel
• Accommodations (double occupancy) for the duration of your stay in Israel
• Daily buffet breakfast and dinner
• Porterage at airport and hotels
• Air-conditioned tour bus (with WiFi when available)
• Licensed English speaking driver and tour guide
• All entrance fees to places of interest
• All hotel taxes and service charges
• Personal travel information kit


TOUR EXCLUSIONS

• Travel to and from departure city
• Airport taxes ($700*)
• Daily lunches ($7 to $15 USD [25 to 50 NIS] per day)
• Tip fee for driver and tour guide ($160* USD) (to be paid at the orientation meeting on the first night in Israel)
• Personal insurance (optional) (please call International Heritage Tours for rates)
• If you would like a single room instead of sharing a double room, it is an additional $1,190 for the ISRAEL ONLY tour package OR $1,660 for the ISRAEL + PETRA package
• If you’re joining the tour to Petra, there is an additional tip fee of $65 that covers the guide, the driver and the border taxes while in Jordan. You’ll also need to obtain an entry visa from the Jordanian Embassy before departure.

* Subject to change due to any currency fluctuations between the U.S. and Canadian dollars.


FAQs

AIRPORT INFO
Q. What do I do when I arrive at Pearson International Airport (YYZ) before departure?
A. Please make sure to arrive 3 hours before departure. Go to the International Air Canada counter in Terminal 1. When you get to the area, please make sure to introduce yourself to Joe and Karen Amaral and to get checked in with them before going through the ticketing line. They will give you your name tag and travel pack. Your name tag will let the security team know you are traveling with our group. Joe and Karen will also give you further instructions before you go through to the gate of departure.

LAND ONLY PACKAGE
Q. What is a Land-Only Package?
A. Let’s say you have air miles and want to use them to pay for the flight portion of your trip or let’s say you want to fly in a day or two ahead of the group and you want to arrange your own flight to Israel. You can purchase a land-only package from International Heritage Tours and join us for the hotels, meals and sites. It includes everything a normal tour package does…just without the flight.

EXTENDED STAYS IN ISRAEL
Q. If I want to stay longer in Israel, can I do that?
A. Absolutely! If you’d like to stay longer, you can arrange with our tour operator beforehand to extend your stay and change your flight arrangements. This should be done at the time of registration.

Q. If I fly to Israel ahead of the group, how do I meet up with them?
A. Our first night is always spent at the Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv. You can join us for dinner at the hotel at 7 pm and then for the orientation meeting after dinner.

TICKETING & INFORMATION PACKAGE
Q. When will I receive my ticket and information package?
A. Approximately two weeks before departure you will receive a phone call from a representative of International Heritage Tours to confirm your mailing address and to arrange a shipping time.

CLOTHING TO WEAR IN ISRAEL
Q. What kind of clothing/accessories should I bring?
A. Comfortable clothes that you would wear in the spring or summer. For religious sites (such as churches and sites deemed holy) women must wear modest clothing that covers their shoulders and knees at all times. We also recommend dressing in layers as the mornings and evenings are often much cooler than mid-day (especially in Jerusalem).

Q. What kind of footwear should I bring?
A. Comfortable shoes as we do a lot of walking. Steps and pathways are often uneven and you’ll want shoes that will keep you stable on your feet. It is also recommended that you bring water shoes or flip-flops for when we go to the Dead Sea and for the Jordan River Baptismal site. The sand at the Dead Sea is extremely hot and there are rocks at the edge of the water.

Q. Do I need to bring a swimsuit?
A. It is optional but recommended especially if you want to be baptized. There will be an opportunity for you to swim in the Mediterranean on our first day. There will also be a time to swim in the Dead Sea and to be baptized in the Jordan River. Each hotel also has a pool and/or is within close proximity to water.

Q. Do I need to bring dress clothes?
A. Yes. We will be at a Shabbat dinner and it is traditional to dress up for that evening.

Q. Are there any other recommendations?
A. We recommend bringing a hat and sunglasses with you along with some SPF sunblock.

Click on this LINK to see our printable recommended packing list.

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS
Q. How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
A. You may bring one mid-sized case to check into the plane that may not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs) and you may bring one carry-on bag not to exceed 8 kg (17 lbs).

Q. What can I not bring with me on my carry-on bag?
A. For security reasons, you are not allowed to board with potentially dangerous articles such as scissors, cutters, Swiss army-type knives or tools and instruments for agricultural, scientific, sporting or industrial use and the like, nor can you board with any type of imitation or toy firearm. All liquids, gels, creams and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers.

MONEY/CURRENCY IN ISRAEL
Q. What is the currency in Israel?
A. Shekels — although, U.S. Dollars are widely accepted. Canadian Dollars are not usually accepted.

Q. Do I need to get shekels here in Canada or will I be able to change my money in Israel?
A. On our first day after we check-in to the hotel, feel free to explore the streets of Tel Aviv where you will find several places to change your money to shekels.

Q. If I run out of cash, can I get more while I’m in Israel?
A. Yes. Your North American bank card should work in any ATM machine in Israel. You will receive the cash in local shekels. (There is usually a charge from your bank associated with doing this. If you plan to withdraw cash while in Israel, please inquire about the fee(s) at your local branch before departure.) We always recommend contacting your bank and/or credit card company to make them aware of your travel plans. This will help to ensure your bank card and/or credit card accounts are not frozen while you’re in Israel.

Q. How much should I expect to pay for lunches?
A. Approximately $7 up to $15 U.S. per person per day (Approximately 25 NIS to 50 NIS per person per day.)

Q. When is the Tip Fee collected and what is it for?
A. We collect the tip fee on the first night at our orientation meeting in Israel. This fee is to pay the driver, the tour guide, the luggage porters and also the wait staff at hotels for our breakfasts and dinners. If you want to tip the housekeeping staff or your lunch server, that is at your discretion.

FOOD
Q. What is the food like in Israel?
A. If you like Mediterranean food, you’ll love the food in Israel! There are a wide variety of foods in the breakfast and dinner buffets to please everyone. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Q. Is the food kosher?
A. At the hotels we stay at, breakfasts and dinners are kosher. At breakfast you won’t find any meat as there will be dairy products served and then at dinner, you won’t find any dairy products as meat is being served. For our lunches, it may vary between kosher and non-kosher restaurants.

BUS/TRANSPORTATION
Q. What can you tell me about the bus and bus driver?
A. Our bus driver is very friendly. He owns the bus so we always want to be respectful of his property. Our bus driver has purchased Wi-Fi for the bus so that you can Facebook, Tweet and Instagram all the pictures you just took at that amazing site you just visited! There is air-conditioning and comfortable seating with overhead storage for your bags. There is no assigned seating and we encourage you to switch up your seat everyday.

Q. Is there a bathroom on the bus?
A. No . . . due to terrorism years ago (a bomb was placed in the toilet of the bus), no bus in Israel is permitted to have washroom facilities on board. We will make rest-stops if our journeys are going to be extended.

SAFETY
Q. Is it safe to travel to Israel?
A. Joe Amaral has brought several groups to Israel including members of his family and it has always been safe. If there is any area of conflict, we always avoid it completely. Our tour guides are highly trained and know the areas to avoid if any conflict arises in Israel.

Q. Is my passport and are other personal items safe to leave in the hotels?
A. Every room has its own safe which you set and secure with your own protected code.

MEDICAL
Q. Do I need to bring any medication?
A. As your body may be adapting to a new and different climate and water system or if you tend to have a sensitive stomach, it is not required but it is recommended that you bring Immodium (loperamide hydrochloride). It may also be helpful to bring items such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Gravol (dimenhydrinate). If you have a medical condition and are on medication for it, please remember to bring it with you. Also, if you have a medical condition, please make us aware of it during the orientation meeting at the beginning of the trip.

Q. Do I need any vaccinations before I go to Israel?
A. No, there are no immunization requirements for Israel.

Q. Can I fly if I’m pregnant?
A. Most airlines will permit you to fly up until the end of the 35th week of your pregnancy. Starting the 36th week of the pregnancy, medical approval by an airline doctor is required. Due to medical considerations, pregnant women may not fly after the end of the 37th week of pregnancy.

ELECTRONIC ITEMS
Q. Do I need a voltage converter to plug in my electronic items?
A. That depends on your electronic item. The voltage in Israel is 220 V. Check your device (usually the information is listed on the plug itself)—it should say something like: Input: AC 100V – 240V. If your device is within the 100 to 240 volts range, then you can simply purchase a plug adaptor at your local dollar store as the plug/outlet system in Israel is different from North America. If you need a voltage converter you can purchase them for a cost of about $15 to $25 at most retail stores.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS
• HAIR DRYERS – We recommend you don’t bring your own hair dryer. Several ladies have burned out their hair dryers because the voltage in Israeli hotel bathrooms isn’t compatible with North American hair dryers. The voltage is set mainly for shavers. If you do bring your hair dryer along with an adaptor, please remember to plug it into an outlet that is not in the bathroom to avoid frying your hair dryer. Most hotels have hair dryers and if you don’t see one you can ask at the front desk for one.

• FACE CLOTHS – if you prefer to wash up with a face cloth, you will need to bring your own as most hotels do not have them.

• PACKING LIST – Download and print off our PDF Packing List. Use it as a guide when you’re packing for your trip with us!

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