Dear Travelers and Lovers of dance in Israel,
Please join us for the trip of a lifetime to the land of the bible: Folk dance, and more in: Israel.
Below is our Israel itinerary plus our 2018 tour schedule. Also see it at: https://www.jimgold.com/folk-tours-2018/israel-march-11-22-2018/
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March 11-22, 2018
Jerusalem, Masada, Tel Aviv,Galilee, Haifa,
Tiberias, Safed, Golan Heights, and more!
Led by Jim Gold and Dr. Joe Freedman
See the new-old, multi-faceted culture of Israel!
Meet the Israeli people, learn their songs and dances, visit historic sites!
Folk dancing with Israeli choreographers, Balkan dance with Dunav.
Meet Yemenite, Bedouin, and Druze cultural groups.
Attend Arab and Druze Debka dance workshops.
Price includes city tours, private deluxe motor coach, folk dance workshops, entrance fees, professional tour guide, breakfasts, most dinners.
Note: Our tour is appropriate for people who keep kosher and observe Shabbat.
Day 1: Sunday, March 11: Depart on airline of your choice.
Day 2: Monday, March 12: Arrive in Israel. Meet in late afternoon to check-in to Tel Aviv’s Dan
Day 3: Tuesday, March 13: TEL AVIV: Independence Hall, with focus on the founding and growth of Tel Aviv. Arts and crafts fair on Nahalat Binyamin street. In the town of Or Yehuda, visit the Museum of Babylonian Jewry to appreciate the history and culture of Jews of Iraqi origin. Return to Tel Aviv. Free for dinner. Evening workshopwith an Israeli folk dance teacher/choreographer. Overnight Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 4: Wednesday, March 14: Travel to the northern Negev Desert. In the Bedouin city of Rahat learn first-hand about Bedouin hospitality. Afternoon transfer to Dead Sea hotel .Use of spa facilities. Float on the Dead Sea while reading a newspaper! Group dinner and overnight: Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Ein Boqeq, Dead Sea.
Day 5: Thursday, March 15: Tour the finds on Masada and walk through the nature reserve of Ein Gedi, ascend to Jerusalem. Free time for dinner. Evening: Optional Balkan dancing with the Dunav Club. Overnight: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem.
Day 6: Friday, March 16: Old City of Jerusalem: Visit the Christian Quarter and Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jewish Quarter, Kotel (Western Wall). Optional Friday night Sabbath services at the Kotel. “Shabbat” dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 7: Saturday ( “Shabbat”), March 17: Day of leisure. Optional walking tour of Tower of David. Afternoon walking tour of first neighborhoods outside the City Walls. On your own for lunch and dinner. Evening: optional Israeli dancing in one of a variety of folk dance clubs. Overnight at Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 8: Sunday, March 18: Drive through Jerusalem’s Cultural Mile to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Afternoon: Tour the various ethnic neighborhoods in the Nahla’ot area as well as the colorful Machaneh Yehuda Open-Air Market. Evening Yemenite dance workshop. Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 9: Monday, March 19: Travel north along the Jordan Valley Road. Stop at Qasr al-Yehud – the traditional location of the Israelites’ crossing over the Jordan River and perhaps the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Arriving in the Lower Galilee we learn Circassian dances and hear about the history of these ethnic Moslems, originating in the Caucasus mountains, who live in the village of Kafr Kama. Arriving at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) we pause to dance to the songs of the poetess Rahel and of the song writer Naomi Shemer. Dinner and overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel on the Kinneret Sea.
Day 10: Tuesday, March 20: In Haifa take-in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay and the Bahai Gardens. With the staff of Bet HaGefen, an Arab-Jewish community center, we will walk through the Arab neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas, with its imaginative street art. In the late afternoon we travel to Deir el Assad to participate in an Arab Debka dance workshop with the amazing Yihye Abu Juma. At a Druze Village we hear about the history and culture of this colorful ethnic group and enjoy their traditional dinner. Overnight: Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel on the Kinneret Sea.
Day 11: Wednesday, March 21: In the mystical city of Zfat (Safed) we visit one of the colorful synagogues and meet with a Kabbalistic (mystical) artist. Ascending to the Golan Heights we have a unique view of the north of the country. Tour and wine-tasting at the Golan Heights Winery. Drive down the coast. Farewell Dinner in Tel Aviv (or on the way). Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 12: Thursday, March 22: : Depart on airline of your choice.
Israel: Land Only: $3995
REGISTRATION: I can’t wait to go! Enclosed is my registration deposit of $200 per person. Israel single supplement: $995. Additional charges: $85 for hotel taxes and service charges. Gratuities not included. Program and prices subject to change without notice. Group air: Minimum 10 people needed for group air rate to apply. If not met, additional fees will be added. Air taxes and fuel surcharges not guaranteed until ticketing one month before departure. Group rate: Cancellations 60 days prior to departure: Total refund: Less than 60 days: No refund. Travel insurance strongly recommended. Total balance due December 10, 2018
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