VFI PLUS ADVANCED – for Repeat Volunteers

Reside and work on an IDF base for 9 days; tour Israel in style for 8 days. For repeat volunteers and those who have already seen the major must-see tourist sites.
  • Date

    Multiple Departures
  • Duration

    17 days / 16 nights
  • Highlights

    Haifa, Akko, Rosh Hanikra, Jerusalem, Negev Desert, Mizpe Ramon
  • Notes

    Land Only ,Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $735 and $635
  • Activity Level

    Easy

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VFI PLUS ADVANCED – for Repeat Volunteers 17 Days17D16 Nights16N

You’ve climbed Masada, floated in the Dead Sea, you stuck your note in the Western Wall, stood in line at Jesus’ burial place, walked the Tel Aviv beach eating your falafel, shopped at the Carmel shuk, viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls and cried your heart out at Yad Vashem. Now what?

VFI PLUS ADVANCED is designed specifically for repeat volunteers. Touring includes unusual and interesting experiences rarely encountered during basic touring of this creative nation

Dates:
April 20 – May 6, 2018
December 7 – 23, 2018

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 8 Days of private touring - unique sites
  • Starts in Haifa on Friday
  • Israeli guide, private bus and driver
  • High quality lectures and discussions
  • While Touring: 4-star hotels in 3 cities
  • 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

Arrival - Haifa

Arrive in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion airport by Friday afternoon, transfer to hotel in Haifa.

Freshen up in hotel room before dinner.
Enjoy a welcoming Shabbat supper at the hotel to start the trip.

Overnight:Haifa (B, D).

Day

2

Haifa

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Start your day with a walking tour to Bahai Gardens. Located in the heart of Haifa, these gardens comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel.
Proceed to Mane Katz Museum – Mane-Katz was one of the most prominent artists of the “School of Paris”, a group of young artists, some Jewish, who came to Paris from Eastern and Central Europe in the beginning of the twentieth century.

Continue to Akko- Walk along the city’s old harbor and visit the local market. Visit the underground Templar Tunnels.
Drive to Rosh Hanikra to see the amazing cliffs and grottoes.

Overnight:Haifa (B, D).

Day

3

Transfer to IDF Base

Transfer
to airport IDF meeting point, bus transport to IDF
base, begin orientation and work assignments

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

4

Volunteering on IDF base

Breakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

5

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on
IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

6

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on
IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

7

Volunteering and Touring

Volunteer on IDF base, at noon
begin weekend touring in private bus,

Drive to Jerusalem. Tour the Knesset (Committee Rooms, the Plenary Chamber, the Chagall Hall, and the display of the Declaration of Independence) and proceed to the Davidson Center Davidson Center – The Davidson Center describes what Jerusalem looked like in the late Second Temple Period through a combination of exhibitions of artifacts, illustrations, interactive multimedia, and its highlight, a virtual reality reconstruction of the Temple Mount on the eve of its destruction.

Visit the Herodian Mansion and Burnt House and finish the day with a food tasting at Machane Yehuda market.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

8

All day Touring

Breakfast at hotel. Start the day at Gush Etzion Light and Sound Museum for a spectacular light and sound show. Stop at Lonely Oak Tree to witness an amazing look out point from this strategic region.

Enjoy a delicious wine tasting this afternoon.

Yemin Moshe walking tour - Created as a solution to the overcrowding within the old city walls, this area is now an upscale Jewish neighborhood surrounded by gardens and a panoramic view of the old city walls.

Yehuda market visit and continue to the Western Wall.

Shabbat dinner at your hotel.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

9

All day Touring

Visit Judean Desert
Herodian – an amazing fortress in the Judean Desert, located on a higher northern plateau of Masada, is believed to be the location of the tomb of the legendary King Herod. His place of residence and central headquarters are also believed to be located here.
Visit to the ancient village of Ein Kerem, where the Hadassah Medical Center is located.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

10

Return to IDF Base

Return to IDF Base - afternoon
work assignments

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

11

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on
IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

12

Volunteering on IDF base

Volunteering and residing on
IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

13

Volunteering on IDF base.

Volunteering and residing on
IDF base, work assignments, evening activities

Overnight:IDF Base (B).

Day

14

Volunteering and Touring

Conclude IDF volunteer service. Breakfast, morning work assignments, prepare for departure with luggage.
This afternoon, travel to Bethlehem - visit the church of Nativity and meet a local Palestinian.
Departure for the Negev Desert.
Sde Boker - In 1953, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigned from office and moved to the kibbutz. Although he returned to politics in 1955, he continued to live in the kibbutz until his death in 1973. He believed that eventually the Negev would be home to many Jews who would move to Israel after having made aliyah, and he felt that Sde-Boker was a trailblazer and an example for what should follow.
Visit Ben Gurion's grave and his house in the kibbutz.

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon (B, D).

Day

15

Negev

Breakfast at hotel.
Jeep Tour in the Crater – ride along the edge of the crater’s cliffs taking in the fabulous views at the top of the Atzmaut Ascent. Continue across the floor of the Crater to the summit of Mt Gvanim where it offers a stunning view of the entire Machtesh and from there, stopping in some shade of an Acacia tree for an explanation of the flora and fauna in the region.
Mizpe Ramon Visitor Center Understand the natural processes that occurred in creating the world’s largest Makhtesh.
Visit Desert Song Farm - Marvel at this site that specializes in growing herbs and spices in the almost impossible desert conditions.
Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon (B, D).

Day

16

Negev

Revivim - one of the first 3 Jewish Kibbuzim in the Negev, which struggled and survived the Independence War.
Avdat - the ruins of the greatest Nabatean city in the Negev, lie on a limestone hill overlooking the desert. The remains include two impressive Bysantine churches, a wine press and many other interesting finds
9:30pm - Stargazing at the Ramon Crater with Ira Machefsky – join Ira “The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon” Machefsky for an evening of stargazing. Observe the sky both unaided and with the use of telescopes. Ira will help in identifying constellations, learning sky lore, and understanding how the sky works.

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon (B, D).

Day

17

Touring and Departure

Lakiya Bedouin Weaving - established in 1991 as an income generation project for Palestinian Bedouin women living in villages and encampments in the Negev desert in the southern Israel.
Tel Arad - Meet locals in one of the settlements near the Gaza Strip to hear of their life in this difficult and problematic region.
Visit Weitzmann Institute of Science - The State of the Art Levinson Visitors Center is the gateway to the Institute giving visitors a window into the unique nature of scientific investigation and discovery at the Institute.
Farewell dinner at local restaurant.

After dinner, proceed to Ben Gurion Airport for your night time return flight

Day 1 - Friday
Arrival

El-AL-Airplane

Travel day – Arrive in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion airport by Friday afternoon, transfer to hotel, welcoming Shabbat supper, remain overnight.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 2 - Saturday
Tel Aviv

Breakfast, group touring in Tel Aviv, lunch on own, group supper, remain overnight in hotel. Walking tour option for observant. Pickup at hotel for all-day group touring.

nahalet binyamin artist

Nahalet Binyamin
IsraelTourism/flickr

This morning, enjoy some time at leisure enjoy the Tel Aviv Beaches and promenade or visit Ayalon Institute (Bullet Factory). In 1945, the Haganah determined that at the end of the British Mandate a struggle would ensue between the Jews and Arabs of the land. A decision was made by the Haganah to establish a secret plant. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute, a military industry factory in the early pre-state days. Continue to a wine tasting and tour at a local winery in the Carmel Region.

For the observant, enjoy a walking tour at the Old Port of Jaffa, a colorful hub of artists’ quarters, studios and art galleries. Shops catering for Judaica, archaeology, jewelry and art line its narrow alleys, all named after the signs of the Zodiac.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 3 - Sunday
Transfer to IDF Base

IDF LogoBreakfast, Transfer to Sar-El meeting place at Ben Gurion airport arrivals area with all luggage by 9:00 a.m. Report to Sar-El representative, receive base assignment. Travel to IDF base by Sar-El bus, lunch and supper on base.  Welcome orientation, room assignments, get uniforms, supper, evening welcoming group program, reside in barracks.

Day 4 - Monday
Volunteering on IDF base

IDF LogoBreakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Day 5 - Tuesday
Volunteering on IDF base

IDF LogoBreakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Day 6 - Wednesday
Volunteering on IDF base

IDF LogoBreakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Day 7 - Thursday
Volunteer on IDF base in the morning, touring in the afternoon
beit shean archaeology site israel

Beit Shean

Breakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments, pack to depart for weekend, lunch on base. Private bus pickup at base and begin afternoon private weekend touring.

  • Travel North. Stop at Beit Shean, also called “Scythopolis”, the biggest archaeological park in Israel with beautiful excavations from Roman and Byzantine periods.

Supper, reside in hotel.

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 8 - Friday
All-Day touring

Breakfast, group morning touring, lunch on own, afternoon touring, Shabbat group supper, reside in hotel.

All-Day touring

  • Safed, an orthodox community and the center of Jewish mysticism (kabala), where you will visit the Joseph Caro and Ha’ Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city and stroll down the famous Artists quarter.
  • Continue to Oz 77 Memorial in the Golan Heights, where we will watch a short film about the battle at the Valley of the Tears.
  • Golan Heights

    Golan Heights

    This afternoon, we will tour the Golan Heights with Jeep Tour – The tour will start in the Hula Valley between the Galilee Mountain and the Golan Mountain. On this journey we will walk the footsteps of the soldiers dating back to 1967. This journey took them over the Golan Heights overlooking a valley inhabited by settlers trying to leave normal life. We will travel over the slopes of the Golan Heights through a natural environment filled with beautiful wildlife and breath taking lookouts. Along our drive through a former Syrian army base, we will take a break to talk about the background and history of the environment.

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 9 - Saturday
All-Day touring

Breakfast, group morning touring, lunch on own, afternoon touring, group supper, reside in hotel. Walking tour option for observant.

gamla synagogue remains, green fields

Gamla Synagogue
IMOT

All-Day touring

Visit Gamla. Known as the “Massada of the north,” Gamla serves as the nature area for the vulture. You will learn of the terrible defeat taken place here during the Great Jewish Revolt. You can also hike to a waterfall.

Head south to Kibbutz Gesher. During the War of Independence, the kibbutz was the first settlement to face attack by a regular army, the Arab-Jordanian Legion.

Afterwards, we’ll visit Kibbutz Degania and learn about Israel’s first Kibbutz.

For the observant, enjoy a walking tour provided by your tour guide around Tiberias.

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 10 - Sunday
Return to IDF Base

IDF LogoBreakfast, private bus transfer to Savidor Center, Tel Aviv Train Station by 10:00 a.m. Return IDF to base via military bus, possible touring, lunch on base, afternoon work assignments, supper, group evening program. Retire in barracks.

Day 11 - Monday
Volunteering on IDF base

IDF LogoBreakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Day 12 - Tuesday
Volunteering on IDF base

IDF LogoBreakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Day 13 - Wednesday
Volunteering on IDF base

IDF LogoBreakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments. Lunch. Afternoon work assignments. Supper. Early evening group programs. Retire in barracks.

Day 14 - Thursday
Volunteer on IDF base in the morning, touring in the afternoon
Tower of David

Tower of David

Breakfast, flag raising, morning work assignments, pack for departure. Lunch. IDF volunteer work is completed. Private bus pickup at base and begin afternoon private weekend bus touring. Supper, reside in hotel.

  • City of David (Ir David) – explore the recently excavated fortresses and passageways. Here you can relive King David’s conquest of the Jebusite city. Visit the Hezekiah Tunnels. These tunnels were dug underneath the city as an aqueduct to provide water during an impending siege by the Assyrians. They date back as far as the 8th century B.C.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 15 - Friday
All-Day touring
jewish quarter jerusalem jewish man walking

Jewish Quarter

Breakfast, group morning touring, lunch on own, afternoon touring, Shabbat group supper, reside in hotel.

All-Day touring

  • Jewish Quarter, the main residential area for Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Western Wall Tunnels under the foundations of the city exposing the full length of the Western Wall. These tunnels will lead us back in time through the Second Temple era.
  • Cardo – A typical Roman street built in the 6th century consisting of stores situated between two rows of columns. The remains of the tall columns, arches, and stone floor can still be seen in the Cardo.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter and walk down the Via Dolorosa leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Take the historic Palm Sunday Road and walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18) between the ancient olive trees.
  • Machane Yehuda, the largest and busiest outdoor market in all of Israel. Buy all sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables and experience the excitement as everyone prepares for Shabbat. It is widely recognized as a symbol of Jerusalem. Jerusalemites see it as a place that represents them, symbolizes them and gives them a unique identity in a larger Israeli social context.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 16 - Saturday
All-Day touring
Qumran, tours to israel

Qumran

Breakfast, group morning touring, lunch on own, afternoon touring, group supper, reside in hotel. Walking tour option for observant.

All-Day touring

First visit Qumran. Qumran is located on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, several kilometers south of Jericho. In a cave in the Judean Desert cliffs south of Qumran, a young Bedouin boy in 1947 found the first Dead Sea scrolls. Following this discovery, Qumran was excavated by the Dominican Father R. de Vaux in the years 1951-56. A complex of buildings, extending over an area of 100 x 80 m. was uncovered, dating to the Second Temple period. The park offers an audio-visual presentation of its history and rappelling through the nearby canyon and desert views.

massada aerialContinue to Massada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans in 73 AD. Descend by cable car, time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to enjoy a swim at a Dead Sea resort.

For the observant, enjoy a walking tour in Jerusalem, visiting Mea Shearim and the Old City.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 17 - Sunday
Touring and Departure

Breakfast, group morning touring, lunch on own, afternoon touring.

Touring

ya vashem holocaust museum in israel exit trapezoid exit opening to blue skies

Yad Vashem Exit

Some will transfer to the train station for volunteer extension opportunities. Others will visit:

  • Yad Vashem holocaust memorial and museum where we can walk through the Children’s Pavilion, visit the museum, and walk down the Avenue of the Righteous.
  • Mount Herzl, a military cemetery and museum honoring Theodore Herzl. Many great Israeli leaders have been buried here including Yitzhak Rabin and Golda Meir.
  • Israel Museum where we’ll explore an extensive collection that includes works by European masters such as Rembrandt up through modern and contemporary European, American and Israeli artists. On the grounds of the museum visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. On the same grounds of the Museum we will visit the Miniature model of Jerusalem as it was 2000 years ago during the 2nd Temple period.
  • Farewell supper at a local restaurant

Farewell supper at a local restaurant, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in evening, fly home.

Itinerary and guide are subject to change due to timing and unforeseen circumstances.

 

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