See the splendor of Israel & learn about our humanitarian projects that improve the lives of thousands. Feel the spirit of a proud nation whose roots in the past are forging the way to a bright future.

105th Anniversary Mission
June 11 to 18, 2013

Mission Highlights

• Visit to a former secret munitions factory important during the War of Independence
• Exploration of Tefen High Tech Industrial Park, Israel’s premier design
and sculpture center
• Wine-tasting at one of Israel’s top wineries
• Jeep tour of the Golan Heights
• Excursion to Neot Kedumim, the biblical landscape park, with an enchanting rustic dinner
• Briefings with dignitaries, government spokespeople and industry experts
• Visits to Bnai Zion projects to see our work firsthand

Itinerary:

Tuesday, June 11
We will provide information so that you can meet the group at a specific location at Ben Gurion Airport to be transferred to the lovely Dan Carmel Hotel in Haifa, where we begin our mission. After checking in, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel with time to relax and anticipate the exciting days to come.
Overnight:  Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa

Wednesday, June 12
We begin the day with a guest speaker* at breakfast, before heading north to visit the lush, sprawling campus of Ahava Village for Children & Youth, a residential center for abused and neglected children at risk ages 6-18 in Kiryat Bialik. We will tour the village, a Bnai Zion project, and meet with staff to learn about the wonderful work done there. We’ll continue to the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, known for its good food, for a tour and lunch. We’ll learn about the role of the hospital on the frontlines of the Second Lebanon War, and why it’s such an important Bnai Zion project. After lunch we continue to Caesarea, the capital of Judea under the Romans, to see excavations of the Crusader city, the Roman port, and the amphitheater that has been restored to its former glory. We’ll visit a Druze village for dinner and to learn more about this special ethnic group, whose members serve in the Israel Defense Forces.
Overnight:  Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa

Thursday, June 13
After breakfast we drive to Tefen High Tech Industrial Park, a place where Israeli art, particularly sculpture, thrives. We’ll tour this inspirational design center and learn about the Open Museum, built to promote creativity in all its forms. We’ll continue to a winery for a tour and wine tasting with lunch. After lunch, enjoy the Golan Jeep Tour of the Golan Heights, one of Israel’s most beautiful regions. Discover first-hand the strategic importance of the area as you climb the Heights and “capture” a former Syrian bunker, affording you a bird’s-eye view of Israel’s expansive Hula Valley below. We’ll continue to Oz 77, a battle heritage site at Kibbutz Elrom, near the Valley of Tears, where you’ll see a fascinating film telling the story of the battle that took place when the Syrian army tried to penetrate the Israeli frontline during the Yom Kippur War and was countered by the Israeli Armored Corps’ 77th "Oz” Regiment of the 7th Armor Brigade, together with soldiers from the 188th Armor Brigade. We then journey to Jerusalem and check into the beautiful Inbal Hotel, with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Overnight:  Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Friday, June 14
Our day begins after breakfast with a visit to another Bnai Zion project, the David Yellin Academic College of Education, where we’ll have a tour and meet with staff to understand the importance of this institution that trains future teachers of Israel. With a dual curriculum catering to both Jewish and Arab students, the College plays an influential and innovative role in education. We continue to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum where we will have time to explore the main building, the Children’s Pavilion, and have a walk down the Avenue of the Righteous. We’ll then stop at Mount Herzl, the military cemetery and museum honoring Theodore Herzl, and the burial site of many great Israeli leaders, including Yitzhak Rabin and Golda Meir. We continue to the colorful, bustling Machane Yehuda market, the largest and busiest outdoor market in all of Israel. Experience the tempo of the aisles as everyone prepares for Shabbat. Later on, take an optional pre-Shabbat walk to the Kotel (the Western Wall), the treasured relic of the Second Temple. We will then enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner in a private room with a guest speaker.*
Overnight:  Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Saturday, June 15 – DAY AT LEISURE
We can suggest an optional guided walking tour of the Old City, or you can enjoy free time to explore on your own or relax at the pool. The evening is open for you to venture to the wonderful Sound and Light Show at the Citadel Museum, depicting the history of Jerusalem through music and colorful pictures (reservation required, additional cost), or to other entertainment that will be suggested.
Overnight:  Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Sunday, June 16
After breakfast we begin the day with a tour of the Knesset, Israel’s House of Parliament, where you can see the giant bronze Menorah sculpture, and where we’ll have a briefing. We’ll then pass the magnificent and modern Supreme Court building while heading to Ma’aleh Adumim, a beautiful city several kilometers from Jersalem that forms part of the “security belt” surrounding Israel’s capital. Another project of the organization, Bnai Zion established the Bnai Zion Library of Peace there, and just completed the impressive new George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory in the city. We’ll have an in-depth tour and briefing with mayor Benny Kashriel to learn more about the strategic importance of Ma’aleh Adumim. We then continue to Latrun Museum, the site of many famous military battles and now a memorial museum, to learn more about Israel’s history. We’ll continue to Hatachanah, Old Jaffa’s railway station that has recently been transformed into one of Tel Aviv’s chicest public spaces, for shopping and dinner on your own. Your luggage will be placed in your room at the Carlton Hotel, where you can check in that evening.
Overnight:  Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Monday, June 17
After breakfast we begin with a tour of the fascinating Bet Hatfutsot (the Diaspora Museum), where works of art, activities and other cultural endeavors tell the story of Jewish communities around the world throughout the years. With brilliant visuals, the museum traces the history of Jewish communities from as early as 2,500 years ago.

Bnai Zion funded the auditorium, used for a variety of presentations, at the museum. We’ll continue to Independence Hall, where we’ll hear the poignant audio of David Ben Gurion proclaiming the foundation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. We’ll drive to Yaffo to see its picturesque art studios, galleries and boutiques lining narrow alleys named after signs of the Zodiac, and you’ll have time for shopping and lunch. Then we’ll visit Ayalon Institute, the fascinating underground ammunitions factory operating during the time of the British occupation, to learn about the significance of the factory. You will then enjoy a very special outing to scenic Neot Kedumim, the enchanting biblical landscape park, where a tram ride and tour will be followed by Abraham’s Feast - dinner with grilled Israeli specialties in a charming and memorable rustic setting.
Overnight:  Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Tuesday, June 18
After breakfast we begin with a visit to the Rabin Center, a national institute dedicated to improving the shape of Israeli society by ensuring that the legacy of Yitzhak Rabin continues to impact the youth and people of Israel. We’ll continue to Nachalat Binyamin, We’ll then visit Neve Tzedek, the trendy historical neighborhood now boasting some of Israel’s most fashionable shops in its village-like setting. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to enjoy on your own, then the group will re-convene for a lovely farewell dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of the Carlton Hotel. Your will have your hotel room until check-out at 9pm for a transfer to the airport for participants taking the 1am flight back to the States.

*Speaker to be confirmed.
Itinerary subject to change


Price includes:
7 nights of hotel accommodations plus one dayroom June 18 at the properties on the itinerary, Israeli buffet breakfast daily, five dinners, one lunch, meeting and assistance at Ben Gurion Airport by Kenes Tours representative, transfers within Israel, tours as per program with special guides and deluxe buses, entrance fees to visited sites as per program, and luggage handling within Israel (one piece of luggage per person at each hotel).

Program and itinerary subject to change.
Land package $2,525 per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement $1,250.


For payment of the land package by cash or check, there is a reduction of $60 per person.

Price excludes: Round-trip air; tips to driver, guide, hotel and restaurant staff; drinks with dinners; any meals not mentioned in this program; personal expenses; travel insurance; airport taxes, border taxes and visa fees.

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Donna at Gil Travel: 215 568 6655, ext. 260 or 800 223 3855, ext. 260 or
donnap@giltravel.com

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