University of IL – Professional MBA Israel Program

Come join the Professional MBA Israel Program of the University of Illinois’ trip to Israel! Enjoy your program as you make memories that will last a lifetime and will connect you to your community and form a bond with a country that can become your second home. Whether it is your first, second or third trip to Israel, we have crafted an itinerary that is engaging and exciting for all. We can’t wait to see you!

Hotels

Enjoy your trip to Israel to it’s fullest at these beautiful hotels:

 

Tal on the Beach, Tel Aviv

Just a minute’s walk from Tel Aviv’s Metzizim Beach, the exquisitely renovated Tal by the Beach is the ultimate location for those seeking the most fun from the White City. Combining upscale style and design, the beautiful property offers guests a superb Israeli buffet breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner options, a range of seminar halls, a breezy rooftop and also a gym and sauna. The definition of comfort and convenience, the hotel resides at the epicenter of all things Tel Aviv, including trendy restaurants, bars, nightclubs, the port, the designer boutiques of Dizengoff St and the sprawling beaches. 123 elegant rooms have been designed to meet the needs of all types of travelers.

 

The Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem

The Harmony Hotel is located in the heart of Jerusalem’s charming Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, within walking distance of many of the city’s main attractions. Blending traditional style with contemporary elegance, our tranquil sun-filled lounge exudes the unique character of Jerusalem in its brick walls, sleek decor and stunning photographic ceiling depicting the colors, faces, and fabrics of this captivating city. Guests can also make themselves at home in our charming English Lobby, featuring traditional games and billiard table and adjoining sundeck overlooking the streets below. 60 stylish rooms have been designed to offer guests a relaxing space after a day of sightseeing.

FAQ's

We’ve carefully crafted a document that answers many frequently asked questions. Feel free to browse through or you can always be in touch with your Israel Maven representative – David Abraham – at david@IsraelMaven.com.

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● Depart on El Al flight #24 from Chicago to Israel

● Welcome to Israel! Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport at 2:35 PM where you will be met by our representatives once you clear passport control & assisted through baggage claim & customs


● Check in to hotel


● Opening of the program at the historic Old Port of Jaffa with its charming alleyways, artists’ galleries & stunning views over Tel Aviv


● Dinner at Abrage Restaurant (included)

Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel


● Depart from Tel Aviv


● Explore the ancient water tunnels hewn into the rock at Mei Kedem in Park Alona. (Prepare to get wet; maximum height of water is +/- 30 inches; bring watershoes.)


● Travel to Zichron Ya’kov


● Lunch on own in Zichron Ya’akov


● Discover the magnificent port of Caesarea – the city that was built using cutting edge,
innovative techniques by Herod the Great. Tour includes the Roman Theater, Hippodrome,
Palace and multi-media presentation


● Travel back to Tel Aviv


● Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel


CONSULTING ACTIVITIES DAY Please notice that on this day groups will be divided to different companies around the Tel Aviv area for internships


● Lunch on own during day


● Return to hotel


● Dinner on own

Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel


CONSULTING ACTIVITIES DAY Please notice that on this day groups will be divided to different companies around the Tel Aviv area for internships


● Lunch on own during day


● Return to hotel


● Dinner on own


Optional Activity – Experience the famous Tel Aviv night life during a private Dizingoff Street Pub Crawl. Stop at 4 different bars and clubs, shots and complementary beer, meet people from around the world and don’t waste time waiting in line! – not included

Overnight: Tal by the Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel


CONSULTING ACTIVITIES DAY Please notice that on this day groups will be divided to different companies around the Tel Aviv area for internships


● Lunch on own during day


● Welcome to Jerusalem in the beautiful neighborhood of Yemin Moshe – overlooking the Old City


● Arrive at hotel, check in and relax


● Dinner on own in Jerusalem

Overnight: Harmony Hotel – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel


● Ascend the Temple Mount & see the Dome of the Rock & Al Aksa Mosque


● Experience the sites & sounds of the historic Jewish Quarter including the Cardo, Broad Wall, Batei Machase & more


● Lunch on own in Jewish Quarter


● Explore the Christian Quarter including the Via Dolorosa & Church of the Holy Sepulcher


● Explore the fascinating Western Wall Tunnels that unlock the secrets of Jerusalem’s glorious past


● Dinner on own

Overnight: Harmony Hotel – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel


● Visit to Israel’s Foreign Ministry


● Enjoy a culinary tour at the bustling open-air Machane Yehuda Market with its lively vendors & colorful displays of fresh produce


● Visit CityBook, the largest outsourcing company in Israel employing more than 400 highly skilled, native English-speaking Ultra-Orthodox women providing services to North American companies in the real estate, medical and financial industries.


● Dinner on own

Overnight: Harmony Hotel – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli breakfast at hotel


● Pay tribute to the Memory of Six Million at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Children’s Memorial


● Lunch on Own


● Experience the picturesque Ein Karem neighborhood, with its artist galleries, charming alleyways, churches and restaurants.


● Join thousands of people from around the globe in joyous celebration of the Jewish Sabbath at the Western Wall


● Festive Sabbath dinner at the home of a Jerusalem Family

Overnight: Harmony Hotel – Jerusalem

● Full Israeli Breakfast at the hotel


● Depart for the Judean Desert. (Don’t forget protection against the sun, comfortable walking shoes, bathing suit, water shoes & towel)


● Ascend the formidable desert fortress of Masada where the Zealots contested the might of the Roman Empire


● Lunch on own at the Masada Food Court


● Explore the beautiful desert oasis of Ein Gedi where David fled from King Saul and cool off under a waterfall


● Experience the sensation of floating in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth – at Kalya Beach


● Return to Jerusalem


● Final dinner of the trip at Piccolino restaurant (included)

Overnight: Harmony Hotel – Jerusalem

● Early breakfast and check out


● 6:30 AM Travel to airport


● 10:35 AM Depart on El Al flight #23 at 12 PM


● 8:20 PM Arrival back in Chicago at 4:30 PM




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