In conjunction with Volunteers for Israel (VFI), discover and enjoy the experience of an All-Inclusive volunteer adventure. Tour Israel for 4 days and volunteer on a base for 5!
  • Duration

    9 days / 8 nights
  • Highlights

    Caesarea, Ayalon Institute, Masada, Dead Sea, Old City Walking Tour
  • Notes

    Land Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $374
  • Activity Level


From  $1,705
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VFI PLUS 9 Days9D8 Nights8N

VFI PLUS is a unique opportunity to both tour Israel for 4 days and immerse yourself in Israeli culture by volunteering to provide needed civilian services to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while living and working on an active military base for 5 days.

This is the only program in the world which places you in an active military setting for extended immersion. Your volunteer services are meaningful and a greatly appreciated contribution to the defense of the State of Israel. We look forward to greeting you in the Land of the Bible where time seems to have come to a stand-still, and where the history comes alive.

This short program is suitable for anyone with limited time, yet seeking to make a quick difference with a unique, enriching, fast-paced insider personal contribution to Israel that will stimulate memories and stories for years.

Friday, Sept. 4 – Saturday, Sept 12 – 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.


“This Volunteers for Israel PLUS was one of the most rewarding experiences of my lifetime. I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer on a military base to help support the IDF soldiers and to have a fabulous tour with other volunteers in the land of Israel was a time to cherish.” —Dale F. 2017

“The VFI Plus experience is a magnificent experience for all people who desire to travel to the Holy Land. As an observant Jew I was fully accommodated by the people who organized the VFI Plus program.” —Michael M. Esq 2017

“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

“I can say without hesitation that VFI PLUS was one of the most rewarding experiences of our lifetimes. The opportunity to work as volunteers on a military base to help support the IDF soldiers and to have a fabulous tour with other volunteers in the land of Israel was a time we will cherish and look forward to doing again. —Larry H. from FL 2016

The VFI Plus program was a real Plus in my life! While I am not Jewish it taught me about the need for Israel, the importance of the work that we did while on base, showed me the important sites in Israel and brought a better understanding of why Israel is an important partner for us in the U.S.”   2018

“The top two personal reasons for participating in the program were: To gain a better (basic) understanding of what exactly is happening in the Mideast and why; and  to see the holy lands and all the historical sites in Israel. Thanks – we had a good trip and mission accomplished on my goals!” Wes from CA




What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 9-day All-Inclusive program
  • 4 Days of private touring
  • Israeli guide, private bus and driver
  • High quality lectures and discussions
  • While Touring: 4-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Entrance fees, tips and transportation
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • While volunteering: Housing and uniforms
  • Kosher meals + evening programs on base
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Arrive in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion airport

Arrive in Israel and transfer to hotel, welcoming Shabbat supper

Overnight:Tel Aviv (D).



Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Rabin Square, Jaffa

After your breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a walking tour of Old Jaffa and a drive and walk through Tel Aviv to see and learn about the famous Bauhaus architecture. The, you'll be off to the location where Ben Gurion announced the the declaration of Israel's independence. This will be followed by a visit to Rabin Square and on to Caesaria, a magnificent site, a national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. Caesarea is an ancient Herodian port city located on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast.

Overnight:Tel Aviv (B, D).



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).



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).



Volunteering on IDF base

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

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



Volunteering on IDF base

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

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



IDF Base and Ayalon Institute

Volunteer on IDF base, at noon begin weekend touring including a visit to the Ayalon Institute, a secret ammunition factory disguised as part of a kibbutz to fool the British back in the 1940s. You will then make your way to Jerusalem.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, L, D).



Old City Walking Tour

Today will be spent on a tour of Old City, Jerusalem. You will see everything from the wailing wall and Jewish Quarter to the Tomb of David, and Christian Quarter.

Overnight:Jerusalem (B, D).



Masada, Dead Sea

Today will be spent at Masada, a fortress built by King Herod. At the beginning of the great revolt against Rome in the year 68 CE, the site was conquered by a group of Jewish zealots, and Masada became their last stronghold.

You will make your way to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. The healing minerals in the water will sooth you as you float in the water surrounded by a stunning landscape.

Your trip will end with a farewell dinner in Jaffa before going to the airport.

Overnight:En Route (B, D).

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