VFI PLUS ARCHAEOLOGY – 2

VFI PLUS ARCHAEOLOGY – 2

Visit Israel with class and style. Volunteer on an archaeological dig for two weeks, and tour Israel on your days off, with VFI’s all-Inclusive adventure-travel program.
  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights
  • Highlights

    Haifa, Atlit museum, Mt. Carmel Jeep tour, Caesarea, IAA dig site, Utopia Orchids Park, Armored Corps Museum Latrun, Crusaders' cloister
  • Notes

    Land Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $984
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

Only  $2,995
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VFI PLUS ARCHAEOLOGY – 2 14 Days14D13 Nights13N

Awaken your inner Indiana Jones and get your hands dirty on an active archaeological site guided by professionals from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

This 14-day, All-Inclusive program is for both first-timers and repeat volunteers.  It includes 10 days of work at a professional IAA dig, and 4 days of custom touring out-of-the-way locations in an air-conditioned bus.

Ideal for all ages, 18 to 80. Trip provides the opportunity to work alongside Israeli university students and also offers a memorable experience various tasks directly aiding the archaeologists in their important mission.

All required services are bundled: assignments, transportation, transfers, housing, most food, touring, admissions, tips, etc.  This is not a sterile “mission”, but rather an on-site, hands-on working volunteer experience that creates memories.

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NOTES
Volunteers may participate for only the first week, or for both weeks. The one-week program starts on November 17 until delivery to the airport on November 23. Price for 7-day option is $1970 with a single supplement of $438.

-Tour attractions, detailed schedule & additional details subject to change.
-Program open to all English-speaking VFI & Sar-El volunteers.
-The volunteer group will remain together for all dig and touring activities.

In addition to signing up through Gil Travel, all U.S. volunteers must apply through regional VFI (Volunteers for Israel) channels for the application and screening process, including medical consent and personal interview, and pay the VFI non-refundable $125 application fee. See www.vfi-usa.org.  Non-U.S. English-speakers apply through their home country; see www.sar-el.org.


THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

The official IAA dig site is anticipated to be in the Central Israel – Tel Aviv region and will be selected in mid-2019.

We are presenting an exciting and unique opportunity for VFI/Sar-El volunteers to spend five days excavating alongside a large team of IAA archaeologists.  We may qualify to have our own dedicated guide who will discussing the history of the site and the area and provide personalized attention to our group’s work.

The work area is said to be shaded and the work is clearly physical.  Participants will have to be physically fit and have stamina to enjoy this experience.  Traditional digging and excavation tools such as picks, shovels, hand trowels, etc., will be provided.

 

TESTIMONIALS

“It was a new and exciting program and time.  We had excellent accommodations and facilities on base and at the dig.  We met new and exciting people on base and at the dig.  I recommend it to anyone.”  Said William from CA in 2018

“We are back to Germany after having a wonderful time in Israel. There were many important and interesting parts of our journey.  The following was particularly important to me: conversations with the group and with the young female soldiers while working in the warehouse.  Also, the explanations regarding archaeological procedures.  Finally, the very competent knowledge of Julia and her guidance through Israel.”   Said Christa from Germany

“I really didn’t know what to expect.  I enjoyed actually doing the exhausting physical work of digging, carefully removing dirt around stones, moving debris with the wheelbarrow, sifting, and washing pottery shards, small animal bones, and flint stones.  Learning about the site history from our archeology madricha was valuable. I am now more aware of the labor and skill involved in uncovering and preserving historical treasures. It was mindboggling to find objects from 5 to 7 thousand years ago. To sum it all up, I’d say it was a great adventure: team work, patience, exposure to different cultures, learning and discovery.”   Said Naomi from Boston 2018

“Working on an IDF Air Force base was a privilege and their hospitality was stellar.  Julia’s touring sites were as-advertised, off-the-radar and wonderful, each an exquisite learning experience.  But the highpoint was the excitement of extracting 6,000-year-old artifacts from the soil with my own dirty hands, while learning from professional archaeologists.  That is quality, tough to match anywhere.”  Said Steve from DE 2018

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 14 all-inclusive days in Israel
  • 10 Days at IAA's dig site
  • 6 Days of private touring
  • High quality lectures and discussions
  • While Touring: 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Entrance fees, tips and transportation
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Kosher meals + evening programs on base
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Day

1

Sunday, November 17

Arrival - Tel Aviv

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Arrivals area by morning, meet with tour leaders. Travel in private bus to hotel and check-in after abbreviated touring. Receive IAA orientation & presentation, supper at hotel, evening activities; overnight Tel Aviv hotel.

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, D).

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2

Monday, November 18

IAA dig site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

Day

3

Tuesday, November 19

IAA dig site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

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4

Wednesday, November 20

IAA dig site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

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5

Thursday, November 21

IAA dig site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

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6

Friday, November 22

Haifa, Atlit, Mt. Carmel, Shabbat Dinner

Breakfast in hotel. Private touring all day; tasting tour in Haifa market, self-picking organic farm visit & lecture, Detention camp in Atlit museum, Muchraka on Mt. Carmel, Hiria (Ariel Sharon park), Armageddon. Shabbat dinner in hotel. Overnight Tel Aviv hotel.

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, D).

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7

Saturday, November 23

Jeep tour, Caesarea, Zichron Yaaqov

Breakfast in hotel. Private touring all day; Mt Carmel jeep tour; Caesarea town, Rally museum of art; Zichron Yaaqov. Supper in hotel. Overnight Tel Aviv hotel. One-week volunteers are transported to the airport for flight home.

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, D).

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8

Sunday, November 24

IAA Dig Site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

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9

Monday, November 25

IAA Dig Site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

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10

Tuesday, November 26

IAA Dig Site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

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11

Wednesday, November 27

IAA Dig Site

IAA dig site

Overnight:Grand Beach, Tel Aviv (B, L, D).

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12

Thursday, November 28

Dig Site, Utopia Orchids park, Latrun

IAA dig site and then begin touring. Start with Utopia Orchids park, then on to Armored Corps Museum at Latrun, and back to the Jerusalem hotel for dinner. Overnight Jerusalem hotel.

Overnight:Prima Kings, Jerusalem (B, D).

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13

Friday, November 29

Jerusalem, Judean Mountains, Beit Guvrin

Breakfast at hotel; private touring all day; stalactite cave at the Judean mounts, Beit Guvrin national park & caves, Khirbet Qayafa biblical town.
Shabbat dinner at hotel. Overnight Jerusalem hotel.


Overnight:Prima Kings, Jerusalem (B, D).

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14

Saturday, November 30

Wailing Wall, Neve Shalom, Dinner

Breakfast at hotel; hotel checkout, private touring all day; Shabbat morning at the Wailing Wall; hidden gems of the Old City - Lithostratos, Austrian Hospice, Crusaders' cloister and more. Lecture by resident of Neve Shalom, an Arab-Jewish community. Farewell dinner in old Jaffa; travel to airport for evening flight home.

Overnight:Prima Kings, Jerusalem (B, D).

Itinerary and guide are subject to change due to timing and unforeseen circumstances. 
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Where you will rest your head...

Grand Beach Hotel Tel Aviv

Deluxe Room

In the heart of the bustling city of Tel Aviv, the Grand Beach Hotel offers you spacious rooms, stylish urban design, and the unmatched sensation of a truly relaxing vacation.

Prima Kings Jerusalem

Standard Room

At Prima Kings you will get a sense of the mosaic of Jerusalem’s diverse cultures, history and religions, and enjoy a unique Jerusalem experience. It is centrally located along one of the City’s most famous intersections – where modern Rehavia meets Old City with the Great Synagogue just meters away.

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