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Echoes and Dreams | Sample Itinerary


Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 2 meals daily (breakfast and additional meal)
  • 7 days of bus touring in luxury motorcoach with panoramic windows and headrests
  • Group transfer from airport upon arrival in Israel and upon departure from Israel
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program

Israel: Echoes and Dreams come to answer the needs of the lover of quality educational
touring whose available time for travel is restricted. The program visits most of the sites
and subjects covered in our "Israel: Wresting with the Angels" seminar, so that the primary
purposes of that seminar are also achieved - in a more intensive travel experience.

Day One: Thursday

    Campus or Sanctuary: Between Ideals and Reality
    (Exploring Mount Scopus and The Hebrew University)

      Longing for Jerusalem: Who Are We and Why Are We in Israel?
      (Personal introductions at opening dinner)

        O/N: Jerusalem

        Day Two: Friday

          Early Jerusalem (Study session overlooking David's City)

            Who Was/ Is King David? (Study session on Mount Zion)

              Late Second Temple Period
              Jerusalem in Her Glory… Society and Religion Prior to the Destruction

                Summary Study Session: Why Was Jerusalem Destroyed?

                  p.m. Jerusalem Prepares for Shabbat

                    Visit to Machaneh Yehuda fresh produce market

                      SHABBAT EVENING: Lekha Dodi Likrat Kalah...

                        Departure for King David's Tomb on Zion

                          Candle lighting on Mount Zion and Evening services at the Kotel

                            Shabbat dinner at the hotel, with shared reflections

                              O/N: Jerusalem

                              Day Three: Shabbat
                              SHABBAT: VAYINAFASH... A TIME TO REST

                                Morning services at synagogue(s) of your choice

                                  12:00 Parshat Hashavua: A Look at the Torah Portion (Study session)

                                    p.m. Yehuda Amichai's Jerusalem (Walking the Poem, in Yemin Moshe)

                                      Se'udah Shlisheet (special group Shabbat snack and shmooze)

                                        Havdalah and debriefing

                                          O/N: Jerusalem

                                          Day Four: Sunday
                                          IN APOCALYPTIC TIMES: CHALLENGES TO JERUSALEM AS CENTER

                                            a.m. The Forces of Light Reject the Center (Qumran, at the Dead Sea)

                                              p.m. Masada: Fighting for the Future of the Jewish People? (tour and study)

                                                Relax and swim in the Dead Sea
                                                And What About the Messiah? (Study about the Bar Kochba revolt)

                                                  O/N: Jerusalem

                                                  Day Five: Monday
                                                  RESPONDING TO CALAMITY AS OPPORTUNITY: FATEFUL DECISIONS

                                                    a.m. Between Caesarea and Jerusalem (Field trip and study at Caesarea)

                                                      p.m. The Period of the Mishnah: Responding to New Jewish Realities
                                                      (Field trip and study session at Beit Shearim)

                                                        Check in and dinner at Rimonim, Tsfat

                                                          The Fable of the Goat (Evening session on Agnon's story)

                                                            O/N: Tsfat

                                                            Day Six: Tuesday
                                                            FROM OLD TO NEW (ZIONIST) JEWS

                                                              a.m. Redemptive Visions, Old and New (Tsfat's story through its alleys, synagogues and texts)

                                                                New Starts: Breaking the Mold (Rosh Pina)

                                                                  p.m. Farmers and Poets: What Motivated the New Jew? (Field trip to Kinneret Cemetery)

                                                                    Drive to Jerusalem

                                                                      O/N: Jerusalem

                                                                      Day Seven: Wednesday
                                                                      BECAUSE OF THOSE WARS …

                                                                        a.m. The Shoah and Israeli Society (visit and study at Yad VaShem)

                                                                          Difficulties and Dilemmas of Sovereignty (Visit to Mount Herzl)

                                                                            p.m. The Six Day War: Blessing or Curse? The Post-'67 Territorial Issue
                                                                            (Introduction to the issues, field trip and home visit)

                                                                              O/N: Jerusalem

                                                                              Day Eight: Thursday
                                                                              TEL AVIV: BACK TO THE FUTURE?

                                                                                a.m. A City Rises From the Dunes (The View from the Beach)

                                                                                  How Did it All Start? Exercises in Mosaic interpretation

                                                                                    “We Hereby Declare the Establishment…” Visit Independence Hall

                                                                                      Are there “Self-Evident Truths” in This Document? (Discussion and text study)

                                                                                        p.m. How Can We Build Anew by Learning from Our Past? Visit Beit Bialik

                                                                                          Between Gedaliah and Rabin: Lessons from Two Tragedies (Visit to Kikar Rabin)

                                                                                            Festive farewell dinner in Tel Aviv

                                                                                              Depart for airport

                                                                                              For more information or to be notified when travel dates and prices are available for this seminar, please contact us.


                                                                                              Need to Know

                                                                                              • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
                                                                                              • Payment of a non-refundable deposit per person will be required to complete registration.
                                                                                              • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
                                                                                              • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
                                                                                              • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
                                                                                              • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
                                                                                              • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
                                                                                              • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

                                                                                              Not Included

                                                                                              • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
                                                                                              • Credit card fees
                                                                                              • Tips to the guide and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
                                                                                                • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
                                                                                                  $8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
                                                                                                • In the case where a hostess is included in the package:
                                                                                                  $2 per participant per day for the hostess or a minimum of $50 per touring day in total
                                                                                              • Guests at meals.
                                                                                              • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
                                                                                              • Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.
                                                                                              • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
                                                                                              • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
                                                                                              • Water or snacks on the bus.
                                                                                              • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

                                                                                              Additional Information

                                                                                              • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
                                                                                              • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
                                                                                              • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
                                                                                              • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
                                                                                              • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
                                                                                              • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

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