VFI PLUS ARCHAEOLOGY

Visit Israel with class and style. Volunteer on an archaeological dig and volunteer on an IDF Base, 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: $675
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

From  $2,499
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VFI PLUS ARCHAEOLOGY 14 Days14D13 Nights13N

VFI PLUS ARCHAEOLOGY melds three major personal experiences in 14 days: one week of volunteering on an IDF base, one week volunteering on an archaeological dig managed by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), and 4.5 days quick-paced touring to eclectic, lesser-known sites in Israel.  There is no day of leisure, and nobody is bored.

This 14-day program is offered as an all-inclusive opportunity, bundling all services including transportation, housing, most food, touring, admissions, tips, etc.

Touring includes unusual and interesting experiences rarely encountered during basic touring in this awesome, historic nation.

November 18 – December 1, 2018

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THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has opened a new and exciting flagship excavation located at the foot of Tel Assar, a mature dig site not far from the town of Pardes Hanna-Karkur, in the Haifa District. The site covers the Chalcolithic period, right up to the Early Bronze Age.  The Chalcolithic period began in the late 5th millennium BCE and lasted for 1,000 years before it gave rise to the Early Bronze Age (approximately 4300 – 3300 BCE). The Tel Assar excavation began in May 2018 and will continue until December 2019.  It is quite a huge undertaking with about 300 archaeologists and workers devoted to this project.  This is a well-established archaeological site.

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.

Notes:

-Tour attractions, detailed schedule & additional details – subject to change.

-Program open to all English-speaking VFI & Sar-El volunteers.

-IDF base location is revealed at the airport meeting on Day 1.

-The volunteer group will remain together for all IDF, dig, and touring activities.

-Provision for Shabbat observant volunteers is very difficult due the nature of this program, but will be attempted without guarantees.

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 14 all-inclusive days in Israel
  • 5 Days at IAA's dig site
  • 4.5 Days on IDF base with room and board
  • 4.5 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 18

Arrival - Tel Aviv

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport by morning, meet at airport Arrivals area to join with other volunteers and IDF leaders. Travel in military bus to assigned IDF base. Lunch at base mess hall; bunking assignments; uniforms; supper at base mess hall; evening enrichment program; reside on base.

Overnight:IDF Base (B, L, D).

Day

2

Monday, November 19

Volunteering on IDF Base

Breakfast in mess hall; flag raising; work at assigned job; lunch at base mess hall; afternoon work; supper at base mess hall; evening enrichment program; reside on IDF base.

Overnight:IDF Base (B, L, D).

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3

Tuesday, November 20

Volunteering on IDF Base

Breakfast in mess hall; flag raising; work at assigned job; lunch at base mess hall; afternoon work; supper at base mess hall; evening enrichment program; reside on IDF base.

Overnight:IDF Base (B, L, D).

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4

Wednesday, November 21

Volunteering on IDF Base

Breakfast in mess hall; flag raising; work at assigned job; lunch at base mess hall; afternoon work; supper at base mess hall; evening enrichment program; reside on IDF base.

Overnight:IDF Base (B, L, D).

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Thursday, November 22

IDF base, Hiria, Armageddon

Breakfast in mess hall; flag raising; work at assigned job; lunch on base. IDF volunteering is now completed.
Depart base on private tour bus. Private touring in afternoon; Hiria (Ariel Sharon park), Armageddon, Supper in hotel. Overnight Haifa hotel.

Overnight:Haifa (B, D).

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6

Friday, November 23

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. Shabbat dinner in hotel. Overnight Haifa hotel.

Overnight:Haifa (B, D).

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7

Saturday, November 24

Jeep tour, Caesarea, Zichron Yaaqov

Breakfast in hotel #1. Private touring all day; Mt Carmel jeep tour; Caesarea town, Rally museum of art; Zichron Yaaqov. Travel to Haifa hotel. Supper in hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Overnight:Haifa (B, D).

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Sunday, November 25

IAA Dig Site

Early Breakfast at hotel & prepare lunch; 6:30 a.m. travel to IAA dig site; 6:30 a.m. site orientation; begin performing work assignments; 2:30 p.m. travel to hotel; dinner at hotel. Overnight in Haifa hotel.

Overnight:Haifa (B, D).

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Monday, November 26

IAA Dig Site

Early Breakfast at hotel & prepare lunch; 6:00 a.m. travel to IAA dig site; 6:30 a.m. begin work assignments; 2:30 p.m. travel to hotel; dinner at hotel. Overnight Haifa hotel.

Overnight:Haifa (B, D).

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Tuesday, November 27

IAA Dig Site

Early Breakfast at hotel & prepare lunch; 6:00 a.m. travel to IAA dig site; 6:30 a.m. begin work assignments; 2:30 p.m. travel to hotel; dinner at hotel. Overnight Haifa hotel.

Overnight:Haifa (B).

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Wednesday, November 28

IAA Dig Site

Early Breakfast at hotel & prepare lunch; 6:00 a.m. travel to IAA dig site; 6:30 a.m. begin work assignments; 2:30 p.m. travel to hotel; dinner at hotel. Overnight Haifa hotel.

Overnight:Haifa (B).

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Thursday, November 29

Dig Site, Utopia Orchids park, Latrun

Early breakfast at hotel & prepare lunch; check out with luggage, 6:00 a.m. tour bus pickup with luggage; travel to IAA dig site; 6:30 a.m. perform work assignments. At 2:30 p.m. volunteering at IAA dig site is complete. Tour bus pickup with guide at 2:30 p.m.; tour remainder of day: Utopia Orchids park, Armored Corps Museum at Latrun; travel to Jerusalem hotel; dinner at hotel. Overnight Jerusalem hotel.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).

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13

Friday, November 30

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:Jerusalem (B, D).

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Saturday, December 01

Wailing Wall, Neve Shalom, Dinner

Breakfast at hotel; 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:Flight (B, D).

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About the hotel: The Colony Hotel Haifa is situated in the German Colony, the restored historic center of Haifa, in a unique preserved more than 100 year-old building.

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