So many of you have expressed interest in our tours that our two planned tours are now full! We have just planned a third tour for November 2017. Please have a look below for all the details!

On our tours, you’ll visit places like Caesarea and see the theatre built by King Herod. Visit Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire. Visit Kefar Kedem where you can milk a goat, make fresh pita, ride a donkey. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. Be baptized in the Jordan River. Float in the Dead Sea. Experience the Holy City of Jerusalem. Walk under the modern city on the ancient roads in the Western Wall Tunnels. During our fall tours you’ll also get the chance to visit a couple of the ministries that First Century Foundations supports! You won’t want to miss these special tours of a lifetime!

To learn more about our tours, please continue scrolling below for more details and our itineraries.

May 2017 - Tour to Israel Itinerary

TOUR LEADERS: Joe & Karen Amaral

Full ISRAEL ONLY Package: $3,350*
Land Only package (no airfare): $2,950*
Single Supplement: $1,190*

Full ISRAEL + PETRA Package: $4,850*
Land Only package (no airfare): $4,450*
Single Supplement: $1,660*

Our recommendation is that you secure your spot with a deposit of $300 right away as this tour is likely to sell out quickly.

Day 1 Saturday, May 20
Depart from Terminal 1 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 4:30 pm.

Day 2 Sunday, May 21
We’ll arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:05 am (local Israeli time) and enjoy a bus tour of Jaffa and Old Tel Aviv before being transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean. After dinner there will be a mandatory orientation meeting at 8:30 pm.
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 3 Monday, May 22
Visit Caesarea and see the theatre built by King Herod. Visit Mount Carmel where Elijah called down fire. Visit Kfar Kedem where you can milk a goat, make fresh pita and cheese, and ride a donkey.
HOTEL: Ramot Resort (Deluxe Rooms)—Galilee

Day 4 Tuesday, May 23
Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. Then there will be an opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River (optional $12 USD per person for towel and certificate).
HOTEL: Ramot Resort (Deluxe Rooms)—Galilee

Day 5 Wednesday, May 24
This is day is all about Jerusalem. We’ll visit the Mount of Olives and then spend some reflection time in the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll visit the Upper Room. Enjoy the Ramparts Walk and then onto an evening celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
HOTEL: Dan Panorama (Superior Rooms)—Jerusalem

Day 6 Thursday, May 25
This day we’ll explore some of the underbelly and ancient paths of Jerusalem. We’ll go on the City of David Drainage Tunnel Walk. Visit The Western Wall where you’ll have time to reflect and pray and then go underground, walking parallel to the ancient city wall through Western Wall Tunnels. We’ll also visit the Pools of Bethesda.
HOTEL: Dan Panorama (Superior Rooms)—Jerusalem

Day 7 Friday, May 26
You’ll get to participate in an active archeological project, sifting through soil that has been excavated from The Temple Mount. We’ll visit the memorial at Yad Vashem and then make our way to The Garden Tomb where we’ll partake in communion together. On this night, we’ll enjoy a special dinner in Jerusalem as it is the Sabbath (Sabbath dress code is formal).
HOTEL: Dan Panorama (Superior Rooms)—Jerusalem

Day 8 Saturday, May 27
Enjoy a cable-car ride up to the desert fortress of Masada. We’ll then visit Ein Gedi to see where David hid from Saul. Then we’ll make our way to the Dead Sea where you’ll have the opportunity to float in the mineral-rich waters and have fun putting mud on your skin…don’t forget your swimsuit and water shoes!
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 9 Sunday, May 28
Visit the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath. We’ll then visit the Ayalon Institute where you’ll learn about some fascinating history about how modern day Israel was saved because of the secretive work done there. We’ll enjoy lunch and then some shopping at the Carmel Market.
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 10 Monday, May 29
ISRAEL ONLY: Depart Tel Aviv at 11:50 am.
ISRAEL & PETRA: Transfer to Eilat
HOTEL: Leonardo Plaza—Eilat

Day 11 Tuesday, May 30
Petra Day Tour (Additional $65* USD per person for tips to the Jordanian guide and driver and border entry and taxes). Please note that an entry visa will be issued at the Jordanian border.
HOTEL: Leonardo Plaza—Eilat

Day 12 Wednesday, May 31
On this day we’ll visit Timna National Park where you’ll get to see Solomon’s Pillars and go through a Tabernacle Replica. On our way back to Tel Aviv, we’ll visit Sde Boker – the kibbutz that is open to the public as a museum of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.
HOTEL: Renaissance Hotel—Tel Aviv

Day 13 Thursday, June 1
Depart Tel Aviv at 11:50am.

* Price is based on Double Occupancy out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
* Price is subject to change due to fluctuating currency.

Tour is operated by International Heritage Tours.

Brochure with Registration Form

THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL

Download the 8.5″ x 11″ PDF Tour Brochure

Tour Inclusions

• Round-trip air from Toronto, ON
• Meeting/assistance at the airport
• Return transfers to/from the airport in Israel
• Accommodations (double occupancy) for the duration of your stay in Israel
• Daily buffet breakfast and dinner
• Porterage at airport and hotels
• Air-conditioned tour bus (with WiFi when available)
• Licensed English speaking driver and tour guide
• All entrance fees to places of interest
• All hotel taxes and service charges
• Personal travel information kit

Tour Exclusions

• Travel to and from departure city
• Airport taxes ($700*)
• Daily lunches ($7 to $15 USD [25 to 50 NIS] per day)
• Tip fee for driver and tour guide ($160* USD) (to be paid at the orientation meeting on the first night in Israel)
• Personal insurance (optional) (please call International Heritage Tours for rates)
• If you would like a single room instead of sharing a double room, it is an additional $1,190 for the ISRAEL ONLY tour package OR $1,660 for the ISRAEL + PETRA package
• If you’re joining the tour to Petra, there is an additional tip fee of $65 that covers the guide, the driver and the border taxes while in Jordan. You’ll also need to obtain an entry visa from the Jordanian Embassy before departure.

* Subject to change due to any currency fluctuations between the U.S. and Canadian dollars.

October 2017 - A Journey Through Israel Tour Itinerary

TOUR LEADER: Jeff Futers

Full Price: $3,425*
Land Only package (no airfare): $2,475*
Single Supplement: $900*

Our recommendation is that you secure your spot with a deposit of $500 right away as this tour is likely to sell out quickly.

Day 1 Sunday, October 29 – Depart Toronto – AC 084 – 5:00pm
Your mission begins today as you depart for Israel. Please check in at Air Canada counter, Terminal 1 at least 3 hours prior to scheduled departure time.

Day 2 – Monday, October 30 – Arrive Tel Aviv / Netanya – 9:15am
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. After clearing passport control, proceed to the luggage belt. Our local representative will escort the group to the arrival concourse where you will be met by your friendly and knowledgeable Israeli guide. Continue to the Mediterranean coast stopping in the ancient port city of Jaffa, with its artist’s quarter and traditional home of Simon the Tanner. Continue with a drive through the modern city of Tel Aviv en route to Caesarea, Roman capital and port where Paul was imprisoned and the first gentile was converted. Walk the excavated ruins including the theatre, still in use today, hippodrome, site of gladiator fights and chariot races, King Herod’s Palace. Visit the ruins of the impressive aqueduct located along the beach before checking in at your hotel at the seaside resort city of Netanya. Overnight in Netanya

Day 3 – Tuesday, October 31 – Netanya / Galilee
This morning depart to the ancient port city of AKKO and be amazed as you walk through the excavated ruins of the Crusader Castle. Proceed to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Jesus announced he would establish a church and gave authority over it to the apostle Simon — whom he renamed Peter. Pass by the Nimrod Castle, a medieval Muslim castle situated on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon, on a ridge rising about 800m (2600 feet) above sea level overlooking the Northern Golan Heights. End the touring day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Sail to Tiberias from Nof Ginosar where you will have an opportunity to see the “Jesus Boat” and learn of its discovery in the lake. Overnight in Tiberias

Day 4 – Wednesday, November 1 – Galilee
Visits around the north end of the Sea of Galilee will include the synagogue during the time of Jesus recently excavated in Magdala, just south of Capernaum. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry. Located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Tabgha, traditional site of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves and the Church of the Primacy of St Peter, where Jesus ended his ministry. Depart for Bethsaida, a 2000 year old fishing village that was once close to the shores of the Galilee. Stop at Chorazin, now a national park and referred to in the book of Matthew. End the day at Yardenit, the traditional Baptismal site at the Jordan River where and have the opportunity to be baptized or renew your vows. Overnight in Tiberias

Day 5 – Thursday, November 2 – Galilee
Following breakfast, drive to Beit Shean and be amazed by the wonderful excavations of this ancient city. Stop in Haifa for a panoramic view of the bay and the beautiful Baha’i Shrine and Gardens. Enjoy lunch at a family run Druze Restaurant. Visit Muhraka (Mt. Carmel), the site prophet Elijah’s fire-lighting challenge; view the Jezreel Valley from the roof top of the Carmelite Monastery. Before returning to your hotel, stop at a family run date plantation for samples and a film outlining the history of the establishment of the farm more than 100 years ago. Overnight in Tiberias

Day 6 – Friday, November 3 – Galilee / Dead Sea / Jerusalem
Early departure from the Galilee via the Judean Mountains to first stop in the region of the Dead Sea, lowest point on earth. Pass Qumran, best remembered as the location where a shepherd looking for a lost goat discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls encased in pottery jars and hidden in caves. The ruins have been successfully excavated and history writes that a sect of men referred to as the Essenes lived a celibate life transcribing these scrolls. Continue to Masada, last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans around 73CE, who rather than be murdered, enslaved, their women raped and denying their religion, committed mass suicide depriving the Romans of the victory they envisioned. Stop at the beach to enjoy an opportunity to experience weightlessness by floating in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Ascend to the Holy City before the beginning of Shabbat and check in at your hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 7 – Saturday, November 4 – Jerusalem
Walk the streets of the old city, along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Explore many of the other sites important to Christians, Jews and Muslims; including the Church of St Anne, Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man. Later, stop at the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Holy City and the Kidron Valley crossed over by Jesus many times and the traditional site of the tomb of Absalom. Drive (optional walk) down the Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane and see up close the ancient olive trees. Before departing, spend a few quiet minutes inside the basilica of the Church of All Nations End the day at the Garden Tomb with a special service next to the tomb itself. It will be one of the highlights of your tour. Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8 – Sunday, November 5 – Jerusalem

Enjoy a fascinating and history filled morning beginning at Mount Zion, the traditional site of the Upper Room, better known as the Room of the Last Supper. Continue into the Old City. Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park the Ophel (Southern Wall Excavations). Walk on the very same ancient steps that Jesus and the Galilean pilgrims used to enter and exit the Holy Temple. Continue to the Western Wall, Judaism’s most sacred site. Proceed to the City of David for a sifting excursion (“Emek Zurim”) of artifacts brought from the Temple Mount. Participate in services at the King of Kings Pavilion. Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 9 – Monday, November 6 – Bethlehem / Jerusalem
This morning depart for Bethlehem and spend time at Shepherd’s Field. Proceed to Beit Jala and the Lifegate Rehabilitation Centre to observe the efforts of Palestinian/German/Israeli professionals with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with physical and mental concerns. They have a handicraft centre where products are sold to support the centre and pay the “artists” for the products of all kinds that they make. Returning to Jerusalem, pay respect to the victims of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, National Holocaust Memorial including the Museum, Children’s Memorial and Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles. Farewell dinner this evening at the hotel joined by your guide and driver. Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 10 – Tuesday, November 7 – Ben Gurion / Toronto – AC 085 – 11:55am / 4:00pm
After breakfast check out and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for security and check in procedures. Clear passport control and customs on arrival in Toronto. Welcome home!

* Price is based on Double Occupancy out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
* Price is subject to change due to fluctuating currency.

Tour is operated by Go Israel Travel.

Brochure with Registration Form

THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL

Download the 8.5″ x 14″ PDF Tour Brochure

Tour Inclusions

• 8 night’s hotel accommodation twin share basis
• Return flights Toronto / Tel Aviv / Toronto
• Airport taxes, fuel surcharges, security & related fees
• Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at hotels
• Sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
• Group transfers on arrival & departure
• Government licensed tour guide
• Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff

Tour Exclusions

• Travel insurance – optional but recommended
• Lunches or beverages not indicated as included
• Items of a personal nature
• Any items not mentioned above as “included”
• Extension in Israel or deviations
• Single room supplement
• Add on airfare & fees from other Canadian cities

* Subject to change due to any currency fluctuations between the U.S. and Canadian dollars.

Insurance

Medical + Cancellation + Trip Interruption
ALL INCLUSIVE Up to $3425.00
AGES          PREMIUM
30 to 59        $288.36
60 to 64        $352.08
65 to 69        $532.00
70 to 74        $591.84
75 to 79        $745.20
80 to 84        $967.68

Age 75+, we will be pleased to provide the cost of the premium based on answers to a medical questionnaire.


Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption Up to $3425.00
AGES        PREMIUM
30 to 59        $230.04
60 to 64        $261.36
65 to 69        $282.96
70 to 74        $327.24
75 to 79        $481.68
80 to 84        $624.24


Insurance Provided by TIPS Reliable Insurance

Insurance prices include 8% PST


• Please include the appropriate payment with your registration.
• Premium per person covers base tour cost up to $3425.00 from Toronto, October 29 – November 7, 2017.
• Additional cost for single supplement, add on air, extensions, etc. & quoted on an individual basis.
• Rates valid as of January 1st, 2017 and are subject to change.
• We offer coverage but you are free to arrange your own travel insurance.
• If you have medical coverage with your company or individually, cancellation & interruption only is necessary.

Terms & Conditions

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Canadian passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the conclusion of their journey. Visa for Israel not required by Canadian passport holders. Go Israel Travel requires a photocopy of each passport for their protection regarding correct names on tickets and to provide to Israeli security. If you have a non-Canadian passport, it is your responsibility to inquire at the Israeli Consulate if a Visa is required.

RESERVATIONS & DEPOSIT: Early reservations are recommended. A minimum deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to confirm your request for participation. Full and final payment is required no later than 60 days prior to departure.

REFUNDS, CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
PENALTIES for Cancellations:
• Up to 61 days – $500.00
• 60 – 46 days – 25% of tour cost *
• 45 – 31 days – 50% of tour cost *
• 30 – 0 days – No Refund

* Plus any non recoverable payments made to land operator or airline[s]. No refund will be made for any accommodation, tour service or tour feature that the passenger does not utilize. Cancellation penalties for air is subject to individual airline Terms & Conditions. Once airline tickets are issued, name/date changes of ticket are subject to a $300.00 per person penalty or higher as determined by the carrier. All cancellation requests will be required in writing and refunds are processed in due course.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: To protect yourself against cancellation charges, we highly recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance, which must be purchased with deposit. If you have credit card coverage, it is important to confirm that they cover cancellation penalties.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Per itinerary or best available. All hotel taxes, service charges & government taxes are included in the price. Accommodation is based on 2 persons sharing a twin or double room. Single room supplements apply to all persons requesting a room for single occupancy. Requests for upgrading rooms are subject to additional charges. Where available handicapped or non smoking rooms are always on a request basis but not subject to additional costs. The right is reserved by the supplier to substitute hotels when necessary from those listed in the brochure or final mission documents for reasons of our/their own high standards, for client comfort and for reasons beyond our/their control.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Go Israel Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to accept or decline any participant should it be determined that the participant’s health, mental, emotional condition or physical needs impedes with the smooth operation of the mission or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of the other participants. The refund of the unused services is limited to Go Israel Travel liability when these rights are exercised.

Participants with mobility concerns must be accompanied at their own cost by their own companion. Leaders and guides cannot be responsible for assisting with walkers or wheelchairs.

PRICES LISTED: Cost of the tour includes planning, communication, handling and operational charges and are quoted at the current rate of exchange and tariffs as of January 1, 2017. In the event of a increase of more than 7% in airfares & foreign exchange or tariff rates, costs are subject to revision.

RESPONSIBILITY: Go Israel Travel purchases transportation, hotel rooms, restaurant & other services from various suppliers who are not affiliated with Go Israel Travel in any way. All vouchers, coupons or receipts issued by Go Israel Travel are issued subject to all tariffs, terms & conditions under which all transportation, including airlines, coach, limousine companies, hotels, tour and cruise operators restaurants & other service are contracted. Participants agree not to hold Go Israel Travel responsible for any loss, injury or damage to any person, property or otherwise in connection with any accommodation, transportation or resulting from any Acts of God, dangers, incident at sea fire, breakdowns in machinery or equipment, act of governments or authorities, de jure or de facto, wars declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, defaults, delays, cancellations or any causes beyond Go Israel Travel control for any loss or damage resulting from improperly issued visas or other documents, and that Go Israel Travel or its staff will not be responsible for any additional expenses or liability sustained for or incurred by the mission participant as a result of any of the forgoing clauses. The payment for a reservation on a customized itinerary shall constitute consent to all provisions in the terms & conditions published herein.

AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airline[s] is not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft. The passenger tickets in use by the airline, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airline & the passenger. All airfares & conditions thereof are those in effect as of January 1, 2017 & are subject to change.

OTHER FEES: A convenience fee of 3% will apply to Visa or MasterCard purchases.

November 2017 – A Journey Through Israel Itinerary

TOUR LEADER: Jeff Futers

Full Price: $3,425*
Land Only package (no airfare): $2,475*
Single Supplement: $750*

Our recommendation is that you secure your spot with a deposit of $500 right away as this tour is likely to sell out quickly.

DAY 1 – Friday, November 10th
Check in at Air Canada (Flight AC 084)—Terminal 1 at least 3 hours prior to scheduled departure time (departure is at 5:00 PM).

DAY 2 – Saturday, November 11th
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (10:15 AM) and be met by your friendly and knowledgeable Israeli guide. Continue to the Mediterranean coast  stopping in the ancient port city of Jaffa, with its artist’s quarter and traditional home of Simon the Tanner. Drive through the modern city of Tel Aviv en route to Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and the first gentile was converted. Walk the excavated ruins including the theatre, hippodrome, King Herod’s Palace and the impressive aqueduct located along the beach. Overnight in Netanya

DAY 3 – Sunday, November 12th
Be amazed as you walk through the excavated ruins of the Crusader Castle in Akko. Proceed to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Jesus announced he would establish a church and gave authority over it to the apostle Simon — whom he renamed Peter. Pass by the Nimrod Castle, a medieval Muslim castle situated on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon. End the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Sail to Tiberias from Nof Ginosar where you will have an opportunity to see the “Jesus Boat” and learn of its discovery in the lake. Overnight in Tiberias

DAY 4 – Monday, November 13th
Visit the recently excavated synagogue from the time of Jesus in Magdala. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum—the centre of Jesus’ ministry. See the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Tabgha, traditional site of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves and the Church of the Primacy of St Peter. Depart for Bethsaida, a 2000 year old fishing village. Stop at Chorazin. End the day at Yardenit, the traditional Baptismal site at the Jordan River where you’ll have the opportunity to be baptized or renew your vows. Overnight in Tiberias

DAY 5 – Tuesday, November 14th
Visit the ancient city of Beit Shean. Stop in Haifa for a beautiful panoramic view. Enjoy lunch at a family run Druze Restaurant. Visit Mt. Carmel and view the Jezreel Valley from the roof top of the Carmelite Monastery. Stop at a family run date plantation for samples. Overnight in Tiberias

DAY 6 – Wednesday, November 15th
Early departure from the Galilee to visit the Dead Sea. Pass Qumran—where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada, the last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans. Stop at the beach to enjoy an opportunity to experience weightlessness by floating in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Ascend to the Holy City. Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 7 – Thursday, November 16th
Walk the streets of the Old City along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Explore many of the other sites important to Christians, Jews and Muslims including the Church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man. Stop at the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Holy City and the Kidron Valley and the traditional site of the tomb of Absalom. Drive (optional walk) down the Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane and see up close the ancient olive trees. Spend a few quiet minutes inside the basilica of the Church of All Nations Visit the Garden Tomb and take in a special service next to the tomb itself. Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 8 – Friday, November 17th
Visit the traditional site of the Upper Room. Continue into the Old City. Visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park the Ophel (Southern Wall Excavations). Walk on the very same ancient steps that Jesus and the Galilean pilgrims used to enter and exit the Holy Temple. Continue to the Western Wall. Proceed to the City of David for a sifting excursion of artifacts brought from the Temple Mount. Enjoy a Shabbat dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 9 – Saturday, November 18th
Visit Bethlehem and spend time at Shepherd’s Field. Proceed to the Lifegate Rehabilitation Centre to observe the efforts of Palestinian/German/Israeli professionals with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with physical and mental concerns. Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial. Enjoy a farewell dinner with our driver and guide. Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 10 – Sunday, November 19th
After breakfast check out and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight home (AC 085 departing 11:55 AM / arriving 3:55 PM in Toronto).

* Price is based on Double Occupancy out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
* Price is subject to change due to fluctuating currency.

Tour is operated by Go Israel Travel.

Brochure with Registration Form

THIS TOUR IS NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

Download the 8.5″ x 14″ PDF Tour Brochure

Tour Inclusions

• 8 night’s hotel accommodation twin share basis
• Return flights Toronto / Tel Aviv / Toronto
• Airport taxes, fuel surcharges, security & related fees
• Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at hotels
• Sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
• Group transfers on arrival & departure
• Government licensed tour guide
• Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff

Tour Exclusions

• Travel insurance – optional but recommended
• Lunches or beverages not indicated as included
• Items of a personal nature
• Any items not mentioned above as “included”
• Extension in Israel or deviations
• Single room supplement
• Add on airfare & fees from other Canadian cities

* Subject to change due to any currency fluctuations between the U.S. and Canadian dollars.

Insurance

Medical + Cancellation + Trip Interruption
ALL INCLUSIVE Up to $3425.00
AGES          PREMIUM
30 to 59        $288.36
60 to 64        $352.08
65 to 69        $532.00
70 to 74        $591.84
75 to 79        $745.20
80 to 84        $967.68

Age 75+, we will be pleased to provide the cost of the premium based on answers to a medical questionnaire.


Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption Up to $3425.00
AGES        PREMIUM
30 to 59        $230.04
60 to 64        $261.36
65 to 69        $282.96
70 to 74        $327.24
75 to 79        $481.68
80 to 84        $624.24


Insurance Provided by TIPS Reliable Insurance

Insurance prices include 8% PST


• Please include the appropriate payment with your registration.
• Premium per person covers base tour cost up to $3425.00 from Toronto, November 10th – 19th, 2017.
• Additional cost for single supplement, add on air, extensions, etc. & quoted on an individual basis.
• Rates valid as of January 1st, 2017 and are subject to change.
• We offer coverage but you are free to arrange your own travel insurance.
• If you have medical coverage with your company or individually, cancellation & interruption only is necessary.

Terms & Conditions

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Canadian passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the conclusion of their journey. Visa for Israel not required by Canadian passport holders. Go Israel Travel requires a photocopy of each passport for their protection regarding correct names on tickets and to provide to Israeli security. If you have a non-Canadian passport, it is your responsibility to inquire at the Israeli Consulate if a Visa is required.

RESERVATIONS & DEPOSIT: Early reservations are recommended. A minimum deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to confirm your request for participation. Full and final payment is required no later than September 5th, 2017.

REFUNDS, CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
PENALTIES for Cancellations:
• Up to 61 days – $500.00
• 60 – 46 days – 25% of tour cost *
• 45 – 31 days – 50% of tour cost *
• 30 – 0 days – No Refund

* Plus any non recoverable payments made to land operator or airline[s]. No refund will be made for any accommodation, tour service or tour feature that the passenger does not utilize. Cancellation penalties for air is subject to individual airline Terms & Conditions. Once airline tickets are issued, name/date changes of ticket are subject to a $300.00 per person penalty or higher as determined by the carrier. All cancellation requests will be required in writing and refunds are processed in due course.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: To protect yourself against cancellation charges, we highly recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance, which must be purchased with deposit. If you have credit card coverage, it is important to confirm that they cover cancellation penalties.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Per itinerary or best available. All hotel taxes, service charges & government taxes are included in the price. Accommodation is based on 2 persons sharing a twin or double room. Single room supplements apply to all persons requesting a room for single occupancy. Requests for upgrading rooms are subject to additional charges. Where available handicapped or non smoking rooms are always on a request basis but not subject to additional costs. The right is reserved by the supplier to substitute hotels when necessary from those listed in the brochure or final mission documents for reasons of our/their own high standards, for client comfort and for reasons beyond our/their control.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Go Israel Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to accept or decline any participant should it be determined that the participant’s health, mental, emotional condition or physical needs impedes with the smooth operation of the mission or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of the other participants. The refund of the unused services is limited to Go Israel Travel liability when these rights are exercised.

Participants with mobility concerns must be accompanied at their own cost by their own companion. Leaders and guides cannot be responsible for assisting with walkers or wheelchairs.

PRICES LISTED: Cost of the tour includes planning, communication, handling and operational charges and are quoted at the current rate of exchange and tariffs as of January 1, 2017. In the event of a increase of more than 7% in airfares & foreign exchange or tariff rates, costs are subject to revision.

RESPONSIBILITY: Go Israel Travel purchases transportation, hotel rooms, restaurant & other services from various suppliers who are not affiliated with Go Israel Travel in any way. All vouchers, coupons or receipts issued by Go Israel Travel are issued subject to all tariffs, terms & conditions under which all transportation, including airlines, coach, limousine companies, hotels, tour and cruise operators restaurants & other service are contracted. Participants agree not to hold Go Israel Travel responsible for any loss, injury or damage to any person, property or otherwise in connection with any accommodation, transportation or resulting from any Acts of God, dangers, incident at sea fire, breakdowns in machinery or equipment, act of governments or authorities, de jure or de facto, wars declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, defaults, delays, cancellations or any causes beyond Go Israel Travel control for any loss or damage resulting from improperly issued visas or other documents, and that Go Israel Travel or its staff will not be responsible for any additional expenses or liability sustained for or incurred by the mission participant as a result of any of the forgoing clauses. The payment for a reservation on a customized itinerary shall constitute consent to all provisions in the terms & conditions published herein.

AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airline[s] is not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft. The passenger tickets in use by the airline, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airline & the passenger. All airfares & conditions thereof are those in effect as of January 1, 2017 & are subject to change.

OTHER FEES: A convenience fee of 3% will apply to Visa or MasterCard purchases.

General Tour FAQ's

AIRPORT INFO
Q. What do I do when I arrive at Pearson International Airport (YYZ) before departure?

A. Please make sure to arrive 3 hours before departure. Go to the International Air Canada counter in Terminal 1. When you get to the area, please make sure to introduce yourself to your tour leader (Joe and Karen Amaral or Jeff and Sharon Futers) and to get checked in with them before going through the ticketing line. They will give you your name tag and travel pack. Your name tag will let the security team know you are traveling with our group. They will also give you further instructions before you go through to the gate of departure.

LAND ONLY PACKAGE
Q. What is a Land-Only Package?

A. Let’s say you have air miles and want to use them to pay for the flight portion of your trip or let’s say you want to fly in a day or two ahead of the group and you want to arrange your own flight to Israel. You can purchase a land-only package from the tour company and join us for the hotels, meals and sites. It includes everything a normal tour package does…just without the flight.

EXTENDED STAYS IN ISRAEL
Q. If I want to stay longer in Israel, can I do that?
A. Absolutely! If you’d like to stay longer, you can arrange with our tour operator beforehand to extend your stay and change your flight arrangements. This should be done at the time of registration.

Q. If I fly to Israel ahead of the group, how do I meet up with them?
A. Find out from the tour operator the first night’s hotel. You can join us for dinner at the hotel at 7 pm and then for the orientation meeting after dinner.

TICKETING & INFORMATION PACKAGE
Q. When will I receive my ticket and information package?
A. Approximately two weeks before departure you will receive a phone call from a representative of International Heritage Tours to confirm your mailing address and to arrange a shipping time.

CLOTHING TO WEAR IN ISRAEL
Q. What kind of clothing/accessories should I bring?
A. Comfortable clothes that you would wear in the spring or summer. For religious sites (such as churches and sites deemed holy) women must wear modest clothing that covers their shoulders and knees at all times. We also recommend dressing in layers as the mornings and evenings are often much cooler than mid-day (especially in Jerusalem).

Q. What kind of footwear should I bring?
A. Comfortable shoes as we do a lot of walking. Steps and pathways are often uneven and you’ll want shoes that will keep you stable on your feet. It is also recommended that you bring water shoes or flip-flops for when we go to the Dead Sea and for the Jordan River Baptismal site. The sand at the Dead Sea is extremely hot and there are rocks at the edge of the water.

Q. Do I need to bring a swimsuit?
A. It is optional but recommended especially if you want to be baptized. There will be an opportunity for you to swim in the Mediterranean on our first day. There will also be a time to swim in the Dead Sea and to be baptized in the Jordan River. Each hotel also has a pool and/or is within close proximity to water.

Q. Do I need to bring dress clothes?
A. Yes. We will be at a Shabbat dinner and it is traditional to dress up for that evening.

Q. Are there any other recommendations?
A. We recommend bringing a hat and sunglasses with you along with some SPF sunblock.

Click on this LINK to see our printable recommended packing list.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Q. Are there a minimum age requirement?
A. To avoid any disruptions or distractions to the other guests traveling on the tour, our policy is that your child(ren) should be in Grade 9 or above to join our tour. That said, you know the maturity of your child(ren) and what they would be able to manage.

Q. Is there a maximum age limit?
A. In short, no. All we ask is that you be mobile as many of the sites cannot accommodate items like walkers or wheelchairs.

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS
Q. How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
A. You may bring one mid-sized case to check into the plane that may not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs) and you may bring one carry-on bag not to exceed 8 kg (17 lbs).

Q. What can I not bring with me on my carry-on bag?
A. For security reasons, you are not allowed to board with potentially dangerous articles such as scissors, cutters, Swiss army-type knives or tools and instruments for agricultural, scientific, sporting or industrial use and the like, nor can you board with any type of imitation or toy firearm. All liquids, gels, creams and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers.

MONEY/CURRENCY IN ISRAEL
Q. What is the currency in Israel?
A. Shekels — although, U.S. Dollars are widely accepted. Canadian Dollars are not usually accepted.

Q. Do I need to get shekels here in Canada or will I be able to change my money in Israel?
A. On our first day after we check-in to the hotel, feel free to explore the streets of Tel Aviv where you will find several places to change your money to shekels.

Q. If I run out of cash, can I get more while I’m in Israel?
A. Yes. Your North American bank card should work in any ATM machine in Israel. You will receive the cash in local shekels. (There is usually a charge from your bank associated with doing this. If you plan to withdraw cash while in Israel, please inquire about the fee(s) at your local branch before departure.) We always recommend contacting your bank and/or credit card company to make them aware of your travel plans. This will help to ensure your bank card and/or credit card accounts are not frozen while you’re in Israel.

Q. How much should I expect to pay for lunches?
A. Approximately $7 up to $15 U.S. per person per day (Approximately 25 NIS to 50 NIS per person per day.)

Q. When is the Tip Fee collected and what is it for?
A. We collect the tip fee on the first night at our orientation meeting in Israel. This fee is to pay the driver, the tour guide, the luggage porters and also the wait staff at hotels for our breakfasts and dinners. If you want to tip the housekeeping staff or your lunch server, that is at your discretion.

FOOD
Q. What is the food like in Israel?
A. If you like Mediterranean food, you’ll love the food in Israel! There are a wide variety of foods in the breakfast and dinner buffets to please everyone. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Q. Is the food kosher?
A. At the hotels we stay at, breakfasts and dinners are kosher. At breakfast you won’t find any meat as there will be dairy products served and then at dinner, you won’t find any dairy products as meat is being served. For our lunches, it may vary between kosher and non-kosher restaurants.

BUS/TRANSPORTATION
Q. What can you tell me about the bus and bus driver?
A. Our bus driver is very friendly. He owns the bus so we always want to be respectful of his property. Our bus driver has purchased Wi-Fi for the bus so that you can Facebook, Tweet and Instagram all the pictures you just took at that amazing site you just visited! There is air-conditioning and comfortable seating with overhead storage for your bags. There is no assigned seating and we encourage you to switch up your seat everyday.

Q. Is there a bathroom on the bus?
A. No . . . due to terrorism years ago (a bomb was placed in the toilet of the bus), no bus in Israel is permitted to have washroom facilities on board. We will make rest-stops if our journeys are going to be extended.

SAFETY
Q. Is it safe to travel to Israel?
A. Joe Amaral has brought several groups to Israel including members of his family and it has always been safe. If there is any area of conflict, we always avoid it completely. Our tour guides are highly trained and know the areas to avoid if any conflict arises in Israel.

Q. Is my passport and are other personal items safe to leave in the hotels?
A. Every room has its own safe which you set and secure with your own protected code.

MEDICAL
Q. Do I need to bring any medication?
A. As your body may be adapting to a new and different climate and water system or if you tend to have a sensitive stomach, it is not required but it is recommended that you bring Immodium (loperamide hydrochloride). It may also be helpful to bring items such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Gravol (dimenhydrinate). If you have a medical condition and are on medication for it, please remember to bring it with you. Also, if you have a medical condition, please make us aware of it during the orientation meeting at the beginning of the trip.

Q. Do I need any vaccinations before I go to Israel?
A. No, there are no immunization requirements for Israel.

Q. Can I fly if I’m pregnant?
A. Most airlines will permit you to fly up until the end of the 35th week of your pregnancy. Starting the 36th week of the pregnancy, medical approval by an airline doctor is required. Due to medical considerations, pregnant women may not fly after the end of the 37th week of pregnancy.

ELECTRONIC ITEMS
Q. Do I need a voltage converter to plug in my electronic items?
A. That depends on your electronic item. The voltage in Israel is 220 V. Check your device (usually the information is listed on the plug itself)—it should say something like: Input: AC 100V – 240V. If your device is within the 100 to 240 volts range, then you can simply purchase a plug adaptor at your local dollar store as the plug/outlet system in Israel is different from North America. If you need a voltage converter you can purchase them for a cost of about $15 to $25 at most retail stores.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS
HAIR DRYERS – We recommend you don’t bring your own hair dryer. Several ladies have burned out their hair dryers because the voltage in Israeli hotel bathrooms isn’t compatible with North American hair dryers. The voltage is set mainly for shavers. If you do bring your hair dryer along with an adaptor, please remember to plug it into an outlet that is not in the bathroom to avoid frying your hair dryer. Most hotels have hair dryers and if you don’t see one you can ask at the front desk for one.

FACE CLOTHS – if you prefer to wash up with a face cloth, you will need to bring your own as most hotels do not have them.

• PACKING LIST – Download and print off our PDF Packing List. Use it as a guide when you’re packing for your trip with us!

Don’t see a question you have answered here? Contact us and we’ll see how we can help you. You can also contact Ari Bauer at International Heritage Tours – 1-877-999-8868 ext 415.

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