VFI PLUS ADVANCED

VFI PLUS ADVANCED

Reside and work on an IDF base for 9 days; tour Israel in style for 8 days. For those interested in seeing fantastic and historic places not often visited on basic Israel tours.
  • Multiple Departures

    Mar 20, Nov 20
  • Duration

    17 days / 16 nights
  • Highlights

    Haifa, Akko, Rosh Hanikra, Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Masada, Dead Sea, Ramon Crater
  • Notes

    Land Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: Please Request
  • Activity Level

    Challenging

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VFI PLUS ADVANCED 17 Days17D16 Nights16N

Interested in working arm-in-arm with Israeli soldiers on an IDF base to help support the state of Israel? Interested in touring this beautiful country and learning the history from a private guide? Our highly rated 17-day All-Inclusive program combines volunteering on an IDF base for 2 weeks with custom, quick-paced touring of unique, feature-rich sites.  The program starts with a Friday evening Shabbat dinner followed by touring on Saturday.  The IDF volunteer work week starts on Sunday through Thursday at noon.  Touring resumes Thursday, Friday and all-day Saturday.  Returning to base on Sunday, the second work weekends noon on Thursday when custom touring resumes until Sunday evening, ending at the airport.

  • This extended program is ideal for first-time and repeat visitors seeking a unique, enriched, insider experience, balanced with quick-paced intensive touring.

Dates:
March 20-April 5
Signup Link Coming Soon
November 6-22  Click here to register!

Note: 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.

TESTIMONIALS:

“Overall the VFI program was wonderful and represented one of the greatest travel experiences we have ever had. An opportunity to interact with the “real Israel” through wonderful young people.” —Terry & Bob 2017

“Israel has a commitment to 3rd world countries, and nations who have experienced disasters. We become a part of that commitment with our volunteer work and support. Our tour guide, did an exceptional job in bringing the Land and the People of Israel alive for our group; it was a unique program.” —Dr. Wes from CA 2016

“Never could I have imagined the wonderful experiences that awaited me/us/before we began our trip.” —Annette from VA 2016

“This, my first trip to Israel and VFI experience, affected me in ways that I had not anticipated. As a secular Jew, it helped clarify where I fit in regard to my Judaism and relationship with Israel. The volunteer work was meaningful and fulfilling, and the touring aspect of the program was fascinating and top notch.” —Adele D. from Panama 2016

I have been to Israel 5 times: twice on tours and 3 times with the VFI.  Every trip has been a wonderful experience and an adventure. This last trip by VFI PLUS ADVANCED has been the best of all 5 (somewhat a little more expensive but cheaper than a tour).”  2018

There is so much more to write about this wonderful program with the VFI PLUS ADVANCED.  I highly recommend it for those who like to see Israel, have a great adventure and meet people from all over the world and not cost an arm and a leg as a tourist.”   2018

Best experience ever.  Rewarding, nourishing, rich, vibrant and brought my heritage to life. Formed lasting friendships with Israeli’s and VFI team.” – Shoshana – a nurse from Philadelphia   2018

Tours of several places instrumental in Israel’s struggle to become a nation gave me a deeper and clearer understanding of the more recent history of this ancient place.  Touring Haifa, Akko, the Herodium…I could go on and on.  But I will stop with “add VFI PLUS ADVANCED to your bucket list!“” 2018

VFI PLUS ADVANCED is the Israel experience that offers something for everyone.  A true sense of helping, as well as being there for Israelis was achieved along with the excitement of touring new and different areas of a country, I thought I had experienced before.  There were numerous ventures previously unknown to me.” 2018

 

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 8 Days of private touring - unique sites
  • Israeli guide, private bus and driver
  • 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

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 and Rosh Hanikra

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.

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, L, D).

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, L, D).

Day

5

Volunteering on IDF base

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

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

Day

6

Volunteering on IDF base

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

Overnight:IDF Base (B, L).

Day

7

Volunteering and Isreal Museum

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

Drive to Jerusalem. Tour the Israel Museum with it's famous collection including the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Then, off to a food tasting at Machane Yehuda market before dinner at your hotel in Jerusalem.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

8

Old City Jerusalem, Yehuda Market

Breakfast at hotel. Start the day at Gush Etzion Light and Sound Museum for a spectacular light and sound show.

Enjoy a delicious wine tasting this afternoon followed by a walking tour of the Old City.

A visit to Yehuda market will follow before Shabbat dinner at your hotel.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

9

Masada and Dead Sea

Today will be spent at the famous fortress of Masada, now an Israeli national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then off to the Dead Sea, or Yam Ha-Melach, the lowest point on earth for you to soak in the healing properties of the water, and float naturally without the ability to sink!

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).

Day

10

Return to IDF Base

Return to IDF Base - afternoon
work assignments

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

Day

11

Volunteering on IDF base

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

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

Day

12

Volunteering on IDF base

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

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

Day

13

Volunteering on IDF base.

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

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

Day

14

Volunteering and Revim in the Negev

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.
Then, departure for the Negev Desert where you will visit Revivim, one of the first 3 Kibbuzim in the Negev that struggled and survived the War of Independence.

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon (B, L, D).

Day

15

Mitzpe Ramon, Avdat park, Jeep Tour

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.

Your day will continue to a visit to Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center and Avdat National park before returning back to the hotel for Shabbat dinner.

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon (B, D).

Day

16

Negev

Your first stop is Sde Boker - In 1953, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigned from office and moved to the kibbutz. You will also pay a visit to Ben Gurion's grave and his house. This will be followed by Ein Avdat National Park before stargazing at the Ramon Crater. Observe the sky both unaided and with the use of telescopes.

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon (B, D).

Day

17

Touring and Departure

Observe 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.

Conclude your day with a tour of Old Jaffa followed by a farewell dinner at local restaurant.

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

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