VFI PLUS- combine volunteering to work on an IDF base with touring

In conjunction with Volunteers for Israel (VFI), discover and enjoy the experience of an All-Inclusive volunteer adventure. Reside and work on an IDF base for 9 days; tour Israel in style for 8 days.
  • Date

    Multiple Departures
  • Duration

    17 days / 16 nights
  • Highlights

    Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Beit Shean, Safed, Golan Heights, Qumran, Dead Sea, Massada, active IDF base
  • Notes

    Land Only ,Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $603
  • Activity Level

    Easy

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VFI PLUS- combine volunteering to work on an IDF base with touring 17 Days17D16 Nights16N

VFI PLUS is a unique opportunity to both tour Israel for eight nights 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 nine nights.

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.

Dates:
February 23 – March 11, 2018
October 5-21, 2018

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 17-day All-Inclusive program
  • 8 Days of private touring
  • 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
  • While volunteering: Housing and uniforms
  • Kosher meals + evening programs on base
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Day

1

Friday, February 23, 2018

Arrive in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion airport

Arrive in Israel and transfer to hotel, welcoming Shabbat supper

Overnight:Tel Aviv (D).

Day

2

Saturday, April 21, 2018

All-day group touring

Walking tour option for observant. Ayalon Institute, Old Port of Jaffa

Overnight:Tel Aviv (B, D).

Day

3

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Transfer to IDF Base

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

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

4

Monday, April 23, 2018

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

Day

5

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Volunteering on IDF base

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

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

6

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Volunteering on IDF base

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

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

7

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Volunteering and Touring

Volunteer on IDF base, at noon begin weekend touring in private bus.
Visit Beit Shean

Overnight:Tiberias

Day

8

Friday, April 27, 2018

All day Touring

All-Day touring, Safed, Golan Heights, Jeep Tour.
Shabbat supper.

Overnight:Tiberias

Day

9

Saturday, April 28, 2018

All day Touring

All-Day touring, Gamla Synagogue, Kibbutz Gesher, Kibbutz Degania,
Walking tour option for observant.

Overnight:Tiberias

Day

10

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Return to IDF Base

Return to IDF Base - afternoon work assignments

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

11

Monday, April 30, 2018

Volunteering on IDF base

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

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

12

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Volunteering on IDF base

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

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

13

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Volunteering on IDF base.

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

Overnight:IDF Base

Day

14

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Volunteering and Touring

Volunteer on base, volunteering ends, weekend touring beings.
Jerusalem — Tower of David, Hezekiah Tunnels.

Overnight:Jerusalem

Day

15

Friday, May 04, 2018

All-Day touring in Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter, Shabbat group supper. Western Wall Tunnels, Cardo, Christian Quarter, Via Dolorosa leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden of Gethsemane, Machane Yehuda.

Overnight:Jerusalem

Day

16

Saturday, May 05, 2018

All-Day touring

Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea, Mea Shearim and the Old City.
Walking tour option
for observant.

Overnight:Jerusalem

Day

17

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Touring and Departure

Yad Vashem, Mount Herzl,Israel Museum, Farewell
supper, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in evening,
fly home.
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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