A Toast to Israel
Wine, Dine & Celebrate with the Associates
Led by Jim Smith & Joel Marks
May 10-21, 2020


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May 10, 2020
A Toast to Israel
Wine, Dine & Celebrate with the Associates
Led by Jim Smith & Joel Marks
May 10-21, 2020
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Tour Overview:

INCLUDED IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY TRIP:

2 nights David Intercontinental, Tel Aviv
2 nights Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Galilee
5 nights David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem, Jerusalem
All touring and sightseeing in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with an expert English-speaking guide
Breakfast daily
Welcome dinner in Tel Aviv with wine
Levinsky Market chef tour and dinner
1 kibbutz dinner
Dinner at Dubrovin Farms
Shabbat home hospitality dinner
Dinner at Eucalyptus
Farewell dinner at Derech Hagefen
Light lunch at Abulafia
Lunch and wine tasting at the Carmel Winery
Lunch at Ein Kamunim
Snacks at Neot Kedumim
Lag B'Omer bonfire
Tel Aviv graffiti tour
Tour of Kibbutz Malkia
Golan Heights jeep tour
Golan Winery tour and tasting
Mt. Tabor Winery tour and tasting
Optional Sound and Light show
Tzuba Winery tasting
Kosher cheese and wine tasting at Machane Yehuda
VIP wine themed tour of the Israel Museum
Ella Valley Winery tour
Sternbach Winery tour
Archaeological dig at Beit Jibrin
Briefing with leaders from the Ministry of Foregin Affairs (subject to confirmation)
Jeep tour to dessert cheese and wine reception at Jerusalem monastery
Gush Etzion winery tour
Transfer included if arriving/departing with the main group
Entrance fees per itinerary
Porterage
Bottled water on the bus
Whisper headsets

NOT INCLUDED:

Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges (group flights coming soon)
Border taxes or visa fees
Tips to guide, driver and dining room waiters ($22 per person, per day; pre-collected)
Meals not listed above
Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (highly recommended)




 


Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday, May 10, 2020: DEPARTURE

• We depart the United States on our overnight flights to Israel.

Day 2: Monday, May 11, 2020: WELCOME TO ISRAEL!

• We arrive in Israel this morning and are greeted by an Ayelet Tours representative. (Plan to arrive by 8am today or earlier).
• We meet in our hotel lobby, store our luggage and begin our tour at 10am.
• Our first stop is at Neot Kedumim, the biblical botanical garden, to learn about grape history from the vines to wine processing during biblical times. After planting a grape shrub to connect us physically to Israel, we sample delicious wine, goat cheeses and fresh vegetables.
• Our next stop is at the Ayalon Institute, where we discover the underground ammunition factory that played a pivotal role in Israel's pre-statehood days.
• We check into our hotel later this afternoon and refresh.
• This evening, we join together for a bonfire on the beach celebrating Lag B'Omer, followed by a welcome dinner, local wines and orientation at a delicious Middle Eastern restaurant.

Overnight at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3: Tuesday, May 12, 2020: TEL AVIV AND MODERN ISRAEL

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day at the Rabin Center, where the spiraling exhibits lead us through the modern history of the state and broader world history, through the prism of the life of one of Israel's most beloved leaders, Yitzhak Rabin.
• Next, we set out on a graffiti tour through southern Tel Aviv to view the images created by young Israelis, illegal immigrants and protesters.
• We stop for lunch at Abulafia Bakery in Old Jaffa.
• After lunch, we enjoy a walking tour of Old Jaffa, strolling through the winding streets to view the art galleries and take in the views of the sea while learning about this historically important port.
• This evening, a chef leads us through Levinsky Market for a sensual immersion, engaging with the vibrant colors, smells and flavors that are found in this bustling marketplace. We wander through the pyramids of spices, bright-colored exotic vegetables, nuts, olives, and delicious halva creations. Our chef will introduce us to the most characteristic ingredients of the local cuisine and to the Israeli food habits, while we prepare dinner together with our purchases. During dinner, our chef will discuss the art of wine pairing as we experience it.

Overnight at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 4: Wednesday, May 13, 2020: MEIR SHFIA AND ZICHRON YAAKOV

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning, we travel north and visit Hadassah's Meir Shfeya Youth Village, where we interact with the kids and staff and visit the village, including their working farm and winery.
• We continue to the European style village of Zichron Yaakov to visit the Carmel Winery, the largest winery in Israel producing more than 15 million bottles a year. They have wineries and vineyards all over the country from north to south. Founded by Baron D. Rothschild in the 19th century, Carmel offers a wonderful tour of their facility, including lunch.
• We travel north to the Galilee to check into our kibbutz, then take a tour of their herb garden to learn about the uses of the different herbs in Israeli cooking.
• We enjoy dinner together at our kibbutz this evening.

Overnight at Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Galilee

Day 5: Thursday, May 14, 2020: SAFED & THE GOLAN WINERY

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• Today, we drive along the Israeli-Lebanese border, with views into Lebanon, stopping at Kibbutz Malkia. Here, we will meet with an IDF unit on the border and kibbutz security personnel to learn about the steps they take to protect a small frontier community.
• Next, we explore the mystical city of Safed, center of Kabbalah study and practice. Here, we visit the Ha'ari and Caro Synagogues and stroll through the cobblestone streets of the artists quarter to view the galleries and meet local artists.
• This afternoon, we enjoy a delicious lunch, including local cheeses and wines at Ein Kamunim.
• Later this afternoon, we set out on an exciting jeep tour through the Golan Heights, passing former Syrian bunkers and vineyards where they are picking grapes with a representative of the Golan Winery on the way to the top of Har Bental, where we take in the views reaching far into Syria.
• We visit the Golan Winery for a tour and tasting.
• We complete our day with a delicious dinner at Dubrovin Farms.

Overnight at Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Galilee

Day 6: Friday, May 15, 2020: THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM

• Breakfast and check out of our kibbutz.
• This morning, we visit Shadmot Dvora and learn about the honey industry in Israel.
• Our next stop is at the Mt. Tabor Winery for a tour and wine tasting.
• We ascend to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, we stop atop Mt. Scopus to recite a special “Shehecheyanu” blessing overlooking the City of Gold.
• We check into our hotel and refresh.
• This afternoon, we enter the Old City for a tour of the Jewish quarter, including a stop in the Cardo market.
• Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure exploring Jerusalem on own.
• As the sun sets, we join together for a special Shabbat dinner hosted and personally prepared by Danby Meital, in her home. From her patio, we have a clear view across the valley to the new US Embassy.

Overnight at the David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 7: Saturday, May 16, 2020: SHABBAT SHALOM!

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Free morning in Jerusalem to attend Shabbat services or relax.
• We return to the Old City for a chance to tour and shop in the Arab market (shuk).
• Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore Jerusalem and have dinner on own.
• Optional: We visit the Tower of David for the spectacular Sound and Light show tonight.

Overnight in the David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8: Sunday, May 17, 2020: WINE IN THE HILLS OF JERUSALEM

• Breakfast at our hotel joined by a speaker on the significance of wine in the Bible.
• Today, we visit the Tzuba Winery for a taste of their local varietals.
• We continue to the lively Machane Yehuda, where we take in the sights, smells and sounds of the market and enjoy a taste of kosher cheese and wine.
• Later this afternoon, we take part in a special VIP wine themed tour of the Israel Museum.
• Tonight, we enjoy a delicious “slow food” dinner at Eucalyptus with Chef Moshe Basson.

Overnight at the David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 9: Monday, May 18, 2020: ELLA VALLEY WINE CONTRY

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we visit Latrun's silent monastery and learn about their wine making and the history of the winery.
• Our next stop is to see the new excavations at Tel Qeiyafa and learn about the connection to King David.
• This afternoon, we visit the Ella Valley Winery that reopened in 1998 and brought back the biblical heritage of wine making in the area.
• Later this afternoon, we stop at the family owned Sternbach Winery and learn the process of their wine making.
• We complete our day at Beit Jibrin, where we take part in an archaeological dig.
• Dinner on own this evening.

Overnight in the David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 10: Tuesday, May 19, 2020: HADASSAH AND ISRAEL

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day with a visit to Ein Kerem Hadassah Hospital, where we tour the Mother and Child Pavilion. We also visit the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower, featuring the most modern hospital facilities in the region, and view the synagogue featuring the famed Chagall windows.
• Next, we see Yad Vashem in a completely new light, as we view the moving exhibitions focusing on children's drawings and art created during the Holocaust. We complete our visit with a memorial ceremony at the Valley of the Lost Communities.
• At Mt. Herzl, we visit the new Remembrance Hall built to honor those who gave their lives fighting for Israel. We also take a walk through the military cemetery, where we pay our respects and hear important stories about the life and work of Israel's past leaders, such as Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, as well as stories of lesser known heroes who are buried here.
• We participate in a briefing by leaders at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• We complete our day with a jeep tour to our Jordanian dessert cheeses and wine reception overlooking a monastery, followed by dinner on own.

Overnight at the David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 11: Wednesday, May 20, 2020: TRAVELING SOUTH

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we visit Hebron to see the Cave of Machpelah and the Hadassah house.
• Next, we travel to Gush Etzion to learn about the history of the villages in 1948 and 1967 and visit the winery.
• We return to Jerusalem for time at leisure.
• This evening, we check out of our hotel and join together for a festive farewell dinner at Derech Hagefen.
• We transfer to the airport for our overnight flights back to the United States.

Day 12: Thursday, May 21, 2020: WELCOME HOME!

• We land back in the United States this morning.



The Memories Last Forever!!
*itinerary subject to change