ACPE Mission to Israel- January 2018

 

Trip Overview

Whether you are a veteran traveler or a first-time visitor to the Holyland, you are invited to join the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in a meaningful journey of Israel.

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THE TOUR WILL INCLUDE:

  • The baptismal site of Yardenit in the Jordan River
  • Visit the beautiful Baha'i Gardens
  • The magnificent port of Caesarea 
  • Bethlehem for tour of the Church of Nativity
  • Travel to Abu Gosh and meet with local Imam
  • The Temple Mount
  • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle with expert driver
  • Services of top-level guide for all outings
  • Entrance fee into all sites and attractions
  • Full backing Israel Maven support staff to ensure smooth running of the trip
  • Unforgettable, Amazing, Memories for Life
  • And much more!
Day 1

DAY ONE- MONDAY, JANUARY 15TH – ARRIVAL- COASTAL PLAIN

  • Welcome to Israel!! Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met by our representatives once you clear customs. Meet with tour educator. All participants will be meeting at the Airport
  • Opening of the program in the magnificent port of Caesarea - the city that was built using cutting edge, innovative techniques by Herod the Great. Here we will experience the tension between the “modern advanced” world of the Romans that was bitterly opposed by the Sages (Shabbat 33).
  • Lunch with at a Druze Village- meet with local Druze community and enjoy an authentic lunch at local Druze home
  • Travel to the amazing City of Akko- including Crusader halls, Al Jazzar Mosque and the infamous prison where Jews were held by the British. Meet with City representative to talk about co-existence in the City and the challenges it faces
  • Opening dinner at hotel

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa

 

Day 1
Day 2

DAY TWO- TUESDAY, JANUARY 16TH – HAIFA AND THE TZFAT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • 9:00AM- Professional visit at Rambam Hospital
  • Overlook/tour of the International Center for the Baha’i religion as we walk through their beautiful gardens in Haifa with local Baha’i representative and hear first-hand about their unique religion
  • Lunch on own
  • Discover the Secrets to Jewish Mysticism- Kabbalah as we walk through the small alleyways of the City of Tzfat. Meet with local Kabbalist and hear their thoughts about Kabbalah
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Group meeting for reflection

Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel, North

Day 2
Day 3

DAY THREE- WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17TH - GALILEE

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Nature walk in the beautiful springs of Tel Dan including the Ancient Biblical City of Dan- using biblical texts and overlook into Lebanon
  • Meet with local Kibbutz Misgav Am member and hear first- hand of the challenges living on the Lebanese border
  • Lunch on own
  • Overlook the Sea of Galilee from Mount of the Beatitudes – location of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Explore the ancient town of Capernaum including the house of Peter and the Ancient Synagogue
  • Dinner at Hotel
  • Group meeting for reflection

Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel, North

Day 3
Day 4

DAY FOUR- THURSDAY, JANUARY 18TH – GOLAN HEIGHTS- TO JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Overlook into Syria from the old Israeli outpost on top of Mount Bental
  • Meet with Israeli soldiers at their base (pending army authorization)
  • Lunch on own
  • Visit the baptismal site of Yardenit in the Jordan River
  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Welcome to Jerusalem!! Overlook into the City of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Group meeting for reflection

Overnight: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 4
Day 5

DAY FIVE- FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH – JERUSALEM AREA

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Travel to Abu Gosh- and meet with local Imam to discuss the integration of Arabs in Israeli society
  • Stop at the pastoral neighborhood of Ein Karem and walk through the picturesque streets and visit some of the Churches and sites
  • Lunch on own in Ein Karem
  • Time on own in the Machane Yehuda Market
  • Time to rest and relax at the hotel
  • Friday night experience at the Western Wall. Join thousands as they bring in the Sabbath with singing and dancing
  • Friday night dinner with host families

Overnight: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5
Day 6

DAY SIX- SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH – BETHLEHEM AND SABBATH IN JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Morning options:
    • Travel to Bethlehem for tour of the Church of Nativity and the other sites
    • Experience one of the many synagogues in Jerusalem for Sabbath experience
    • Rest and relax at hotel- time on own
  • Lunch on own
  • Meet with speaker from the Jerusalem Post and receive a political update
  • Walking tour of the new neighborhoods of Jerusalem
  • Sound and light show at the Tower of David Museum
  • Dinner on own at the 1st station or Emeq Refaim street
  • Group meeting for reflection

Overnight: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6
Day 7

DAY SEVEN –SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST- JERUSALEM- CITY OF THREE RELIGIONS

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Introduction at the City from Mount of Olives
  • 9:40AM- Discover the secrets of the Temple as we walk through the Western Wall tunnels
  • Time for reflection at the Western Wall
  • Explore the Christian Quarter including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher- Meet with local priest to understand the mission of local priests in Jerusalem
  • Visit Temple Mount!
  • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter on own
  • Meet with local family in the Jewish Quarter to hear about life in the Old City today
  • Visit some of the amazing site in the Jewish Quarter- Cardo, synagogues and rooftops
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Group meeting for reflection

Overnight: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day 7
Day 8

DAY EIGHT-MONDAY, JANUARY 22ND – JUDEAN DESERT

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Travel to the Judean Desert
  • Ascend the fortress of Masada and hear the fascinating story of the Jewish Zealots and the battle against the Romans
  • Lunch on own at the footsteps of Masada
  • Nature walk in the beautiful oasis of the Ein Gedi Springs
  • Float on the Dead Sea!
  • Overlook the St. George Monastery and time for meditation in the Judean desert
  • Dinner and Camel riding at Abraham’s Tent at “Genesis land”
  • Return to Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8
Day 9

DAY NINE- TUESDAY, JANUARY 23RD – NEW JERUSALEM

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel
  • Introduction to the holocaust at the Righteous of Gentile Gardens
  • Pay tribute to the Six Million Jews who perished in the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Memorial and Museum
  • Meet with Holocaust Survivor
  • Lunch on own at the Yad Vashem Cafeteria
  • Hear the stories of the heroes and leaders of the State of Israel as we walk through the National Cemetery of Mount Herzl
  • 4:00 PM- Professional visit with Alan Abrams
  • Dinner at Jerusalem restaurant
  • Group meeting for reflection

Overnight: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9
Day 10

DAY TEN- WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH – TEL AVIV- MODERN ISRAEL

  • Full Israeli breakfast at hotel- check out
  • Load busses and depart to Tel Aviv
  • Introduction to the City of Tel Aviv in the Old port of Jaffa- the “Gateway to the Holy Land”
  • Time for shopping at the local Flea Market
  • Relive the declaration of the State of Israel at the Independence Hall
  • Lunch on own
  • Meet with local entrepreneur/CEO of high Tech company and discuss Israel as the “startup Nation”
  • 4:00 PM- Test your senses as you walk through the Dialogue in the Darkness at the Blind Museum
  • Farewell dinner and summary at local restaurant
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport

Return flight to the US

Day 10
Pricing

We are pleased to present to you the itinerary and tour package for your Israel trip. These have been carefully crafted to provide an experience that is engaging, fun, uplifting, informative and inspirational for both first-timers and repeat visitors. All of our tours adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and you can be sure to expect the friendly, warm & dedicated service that have endeared us to thousands of satisfied clients.

Hotels

Enjoy your trip to it's fullest as you stay in a variety of hotels in central locations

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Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa

The Dan Panorama Hotel, rising twenty-one stories high on Mount Carmel, offers you a choice of spectacular views: one side commands a splendid panorama of the city of Haifa, Mount Carmel and the sea. Another vantage point presents the huge curve of Haifa Bay and the endless stretches of Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline. The only Haifa hotel that’s a city landmark, the Dan Panorama Hotel is contemporary in style with spacious public areas and guestrooms featuring floor to ceiling windows. The hotel also adjoins the city’s upscale Panorama Mall that houses fine boutiques, elegant cafes and entertainment venues. Close by are the outdoor coffee bars and stores of the bustling Carmel Center, a favorite gathering place for visitors and locals. Designed for the young at heart, the informal, easy-going ambiance of this Haifa hotel invites you to relax and feel at home.

The Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem

The Dan Boutique Jerusalem Hotel with its youthful, cool ambiance introduces new levels of personal hospitality to Jerusalem. A true designer hotel with a special intimate identity, the Dan Boutique Jerusalem Hotel boasts of elegant and sophisticated interiors and an atmosphere that is both cozy and informal. The Dan Boutique is an excellent choice for both corporate guests or vacationers and is equipped with the latest amenities to ensure your stay is a pleasurable and memorable one.

Ramot Resort, Golan Heights

At the foot of the Golan, overlooking the magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee, Indulging guest rooms for couples and families, surrounded by open lawns, breathtaking views, a swimming pool (in season), spa treatments, adventure trails and above all – first class luxurious service.

The Resort features 123 beautifully decorated deluxe rooms, Nature Cabins and Chalets set among the lush landscaping of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee

 

Cell Phone

We at Israel Maven work together with NES Mobile and recommend them for all cell phone and SIM card rentals during your trip to Israel.

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NES Mobile provides tourists visiting Israel cell phones and SIM card rentals, as well as NetSticks and other mobile solutions. We chose to work with NES Mobile since they provide our customers with a simple, honest service with no strings attached. There are no hidden costs, tricks or shticks. All information, including the website and bills, are in easy to understand English; and their customer service staff is made up of native English speakers.

A summary of the services and prices for daily rentals are as follows: (More information can be found on the NesMobile site)

  • $6/day UNLIMITED calls to US & Israel (includes FREE phone rental)
  • For those who are bringing their own smartphones and wish to also use Data, the cost is 9.50/day for UNLIMITED calls to US & Israel, UNLIMITED texts in Israel and  UNLIMITED Data. You would need to bring your own unlocked SIM free device with you.
  • You can also rent a NetStick or MiFi Device ($6/day or $7.5/day respectively) which work virtually everywhere in Israel.
  • Most tourists also take a Virtual US number which rings on the Israeli cellphone for just $1/day. This way their friends and family back home can reach them by dialing a local number.

Delivery is FREE and you will receive your phones upon your arrival at the airport.

*Prices do not include VAT.

If you have any questions or comments you can sign up on the link above, call NES Mobile at 1-201-464-2180, or email them at: service@nesmobile.com

FAQ

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Israel Maven Tours representative by emailing Info@IsraelMaven.com or you may call us toll free on 1-866-317-9307.

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Q: What will I gain out of joining this trip?

Our hope is that by the end of the trip, you will have a stronger connection to the Israel. It is the job of our terrific guides to make that connection happen through their eyes and their love to the land and its people. The Itinerary has many elements to it including different aspects of Israel: History, the different religions, challenges facing the Israeli society, security and many others. The combination of these elements, make Israel such a unique place to visit!

Q: Will there be free time on the trip?

Yes, we try to balance touring and programming with unstructured free time in different locations around the country so that you are free to shop, explore the local culture, meet with friends and family, sit by the pool or simply relax. Should you wish to “opt out” of any of the activities of the program, you are requested to coordinate this with the group leader and tour operator so that we can plan accordingly.

Q: What are the security issues facing Israel today- should we be concerned?

The security in Israel is always a concern on travelers to Israel. As of today, there are no security warnings or alerts for travelers coming to Israel. Israel Maven is daily contact with the "security room" which is the office of the Ministry of Defense dealing with travelling in Israel. We receive daily updates, and get updated on a regular basis through SMS and phone on any irregularity in the daily routine of Israel. Note, that although what is seen around the world on the media about what goes on in Israel is usually conflict, the reality is different. Millions of visitors come to Israel annually and some of them even feel safer here than in their own country. Changes in itinerary that need to be made due to safety or security concerns are done without hesitation. We are also in close contact with Israeli Police & SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) to ensure that all safety & security guidelines are updated in real-time based on changing circumstances. Both participants & staff receive detailed guidelines aimed at ensuring that the no one is hurt or harmed in any way. These guidelines range from appropriate footwear on hikes to keeping hydrated, to avoiding certain areas if necessary. Public transportation on busses and/or trains is not utilized at any time during the program. We do not approach or enter the Gaza Strip or any areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Q: Do you offer travel insurance?

Please note that most insurance policies require purchase within 14-21 days of your date of registration for the trip. Israel Maven Tours has made arrangements with SMS Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Our contact person is Yonah Engel. Please mention this promo code when making your purchase: ISRAELMAVEN. For more information, please send an email to yonah@travelinsuranceisrael.com. You may also contact Yonah by phone in the USA at (402) 404-5205 or in Israel at 0522-873-665. Please note that Israel Maven Tours cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failure to secure adequate coverage.

 

Q: This trip sounds amazing! I am coming, but I want to stay longer to tour on my own. Is it possible to extend my trip?

YES! Please indicate this on your registration form. The team at Israel Maven will work with you to provide a customized experience that will include assistance with choosing hotels, activities, and transportation.

Q: Who do we contact with questions?

Please feel free to contact your Israel Maven Tours representative JJ or Marc Medwed, the ACPE program manager with any questions you may have. They can be reached by email at JJ@israelmaven.com or marc@acpe.edu or call toll free on 1-866-317-9307 for the Israel Maven office.

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