Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Pre-trip: Israel's Greatest Hits

Oct 13, 2023 - Oct 16, 2023

  • DESTINATION Israel
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Pre-Trip
  • Duration 4 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $1,975
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

IMPORTANT Please register for the pre-trip after registering for the main-trip.

  •   Active
  •   Archaeology
  •   Heritage
  •   Nature Walks

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Fri. Oct 13, 2023
  • Group arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Depart for Jerusalem.
  • We'll stop at the Haas Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking the Old City.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Shabbat dinner
DAY 2
MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA
Sat. Oct 14, 2023
  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin and ascend by cable-car to Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools, so don't forget your swimsuits. Featured are the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
LAYERS OF HISTORY
Sun. Oct 15, 2023
  • Explore the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • Walk through the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century, King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall” and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Tour the 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
    • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
    • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
    • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight: Jerusalem Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4
CREATION OF A STATE
Mon. Oct 16, 2023
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Sacrifice and the State: Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery, to discuss key events in the nation's history and to honor those who fell while fighting for the state. Our visit will include: The Main Military Cemetery where Israel's fallen soldiers are buried side-by-side regardless of rank, each with a simple, stark gravestone. Visit the graves of Israeli leaders including Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres, and learn how they dealt with the great questions confronting the State. We will also visit the grave of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement.
  • Depart Jerusalem, driving towards Rehovot.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv.
  • Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past.
  • Walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Join the Show Me Israel Trip at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$1,975
Cost p/p in single room
$2,545

Jerusalem: The Inbal

What to expect

  • 3 nights' accommodations.
  • 4 days of touring with a tour educator (guide) in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 Group arrival transfer & assistance at the airport.
  • Daily breakfast & 2 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the airport & hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Gratuities
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Israel.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • 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.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
  • How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A deposit is required in order to complete the registration process. This deposit is refundable until February 1st, 2023.
  • For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: [email protected]
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
  • Credit card | We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Please check with your credit card provider regarding international processing fees. We are unable to process payments of over $1,000 over the phone. Please submit payment online via a credit card or by wiring funds via your bank.
  • Domestic bank wire transfer | Payment should be wired in the same currency that is listed on your invoice. Please add the name of your group or invoice number as a reference and forward a copy of the transfer receipt by email. The bank transfer should clearly state the beneficiary’s name on the wire transfer.
  • Please use the following information: Investors Bank 101 JFK Parkway, Short Hills, NJ 07078 ABA Routing Number: 221272031
  • Beneficiary Instructions: For the benefit of J² Adventures. Account number: 1001858331
  • J² Adventures reserves the right to automatically cancel your reservation on that date and it may be subject to reconfirmation should the final payment not be received.
  • Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
  • Cancelation fees may also include: Hotel or supplier cancelation fees. J² Adventures reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip’s webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.

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