Israel Family Journey

8-12 Day Israel Experiences for Adults & Families

Treat your family to a journey where you’ll discover Israel’s rich history, modern culture and natural beauty on a multi-generational tour with guaranteed dates offered during the summer and winter vacation seasons.

You're invited to experience the very best of Israel on a pluralistric Jewish travel experience designed for everyone in the family.

Choose from a core 8-day or 10-day itinerary – both of which can be combined with a 2-day extension to Eilat and Petra. Dates are offered throughout the summer and winter vacation seasons.

Israel Family Journey is a joint program of BBYO and Authentic Israel. The program is organized in-house by our own staff and led by our own elite guides and counselors – which means we can provide a higher level of service, a truly educational experience and an excellent value.

Scroll down to learn about opportunities to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah on Israel Family Journey!

More Than a Tour

  • Hands-on educational touring with a focus on more "experiences" and fewer museums
  • Fantastic food! – Enjoy more genuine local flavor and fewer hotel meals
  • Programming designed for a wide range of ages with activity options offered
  • Absolutely no hidden costs, no surprises, and a near all-inclusive package
  • A thoughtful itinerary through the lens of Jewish history and life welcoming of all
  • Staffed by passionate Israeli guide and an engaging youth counselor (groups of 25+)
  • Backed by a real organization you can count on at every step of the way
  • A focus on creating a sense of community and connection as part of a shared journey
  • Centrally located hotels with exceptional facilities, including outdoor pools
  • Options to customize your experience, before or after the core program

Early Bird Discount + Risk Free Registration = Act Now!

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk free.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Retrace the footsteps of history in the Old City, explore a water tunnel in the City of David and experience the quiet of Shabbat in Jerusalem
Descend to the lowest place on earth to float in the Dead Sea and scale the heights of Masada in the Judean Desert
Navigate the Negev Desert wilderness the old-fashioned way on camels and enjoy a delicious desert tent dinner feast
Experience Israel's pioneering heritage at an authentic kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee shores, and ascend the Golan Heights on an off-road jeep trek
Travel to the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa and discover the stunning Bahà'í Gardens and Temple on Mount Carmel
Soak up the cultural riches, browse colorful street festivals and enjoy the always lively beach culture of Tel Aviv
Make a solemn visit to the Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center and celebrate modern Israel's establishment at Independence Hall
Get your hands dirty on the Dig-for-a-Day Archeological Seminar and cool down on a relaxed rafting trip down the upper Jordan River
Sample Israel diverse cuisine at gourmet restaurants, in a Druze village at a Bedouin tent, and in open-air markets 

Optional Add-Ons

 
Descend into the ocean caves of Rosh Hanikrah and explore the Crusader era history in the ancient seaport of Acco
Luxuriate at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and enjoy a guided day tour of Petra in Jordan

Celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel

Traveling to Israel as a family is an especially meaningful way to mark a child's coming of age. There are so many ways to mark this occassion, and we have some great ideas on how to incorporate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration as part of your journey.

Private Ceremony in Jerusalem (Pre-Tour)

Arrive in Israel a day early and plan a private ceremony as a family at a destination in Jerusalem such as the Western Wall, the Davidson Center, the Haas Promenade, etc. We will connect you with an appropriate local Rabbi to design and lead a ceremony that fits your own family's vision for the experience.

Private Ceremony in Jerusalem (Mid-Tour)

Shabbat in Jerusalem is a less structured day in the itinerary, and as such, it's a good opportunity to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah during the tour.

Symbolic Ceremony on Masada (Mid-Tour)

The world's oldest surviving synagogue is located atop Masada, which makes for an especially moving Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience. For anyone interested, our Israeli guide will lead a short and symbolic ceremony for your child as part of the group tour on Masada. Don't worry — no preparation is required before the tour! (and there is no extra cost)

The Family Journey IS the Celebration

In the most basic sense, becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is simply about reaching a certain age. No ceremony is required in Jewish law! For many families the mere act of traveling the Land of Israel together is the most appropriate way to celebrate this happy occasion.

This was the trip and experience of a lifetime for myself, for my wife and our kids.
Our guide was very knowledgeable about history, culture, and nature - and had a wonderful sense of humor. He preseneted things very objectively, yet it felt like we had a personal touch.
This trip by far superseded my expectations. We saw so much ina  very comfortable and easy manner. The tour guide and the Israeli counselor were amazing. They were so friendly and helpful with my children.

Choose from tour dates scheduled throughout the summer and winter break seasons. All posted program dates are 100% guaranteed but subject to limited availability. Private groups may be organized by special request.

2017 Tour Dates

Tour Arrival Date Program begins Thurday evening 8-Day End Date Program concludes Thursday evening 10-Day End Date Program concludes Saturday evening Eilat Ext. End Date Add-on to the 8-day or 10-day program
June 15, 2017
10 SPACES OR LESS
June 22, 2017 June 24, 2017 June 24, 2017 or June 26, 2017
June 22, 2017
LIMITED AVAILABILITY
June 29, 2017 July 1, 2017 July 1, 2017 or July 3, 2017
June 29, 2017
10 SPACES OR LESS
July 6, 2017 July 8, 2017 July 8, 2017 or July 10, 2017
August 3, 2017
10 SPACES OR LESS
August 10, 2017 August 12, 2017 August 12, 2017 or August 14, 2017
December 21, 2017
Available
December 28, 2017 December 30, 2017 December 30, 2017 or January 1, 2018
NOTE: Availability notes by tour date are not updated in real time online

2018 Tour Dates


Lock in this year's prices for next year's tour dates for a limited time
Tour Arrival Date Program begins Thurday evening 8-Day End Date Program concludes Thursday evening 10-Day End Date Program concludes Saturday evening Eilat Ext. End Date Add-on to the 8-day or 10-day program
June 14, 2018
Available
June 21, 2018 June 23, 2018 June 23, 2018 or June 25, 2018
June 21, 2018
Available
June 28, 2018 June 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 or July 2, 2018
June 28, 2018
Available
July 5, 2018 July 7, 2018 July 7, 2018 or July 9, 2018
July 12, 2018
Available
July 19, 2018 July 21, 2018 July 21, 2018 or July 23, 2018
August 2, 2018
Available
August 9, 2018 August 11, 2018 August 11, 2018 or August 13, 2018
August 16, 2018
Available
August 23, 2018 August 25, 2018 August 25, 2018 or August 27, 2018
December 20, 2018
Available
December 27, 2018 December 29, 2018 December 29, 2018 or December 31, 2018
December 27, 2018
Available
January 3, 2019 January 5, 2019 January 5, 2019 or January 7, 2018
NOTE: Availability notes by tour date are not updated in real time online

What's Included

With the exception of one meal a day on own and staff gratuities, Israel Family Journey is all-inclusive with no hidden costs so that you can enjoy the experience to the fullest. Scroll down to view Program Costs
  • VIP airport greeting and a private transfer to our Jerusalem hotel
    Complimentary for anyone scheduled to arrive to Ben Gurion Airport by 4:15pm on the first day of the program 
  • 4-star and 5-star centrally located accommodations with luggage porterage included
  • Licensed Israeli guide accompanies the group on 24 x 7 basis
    An additional youth counselor joins groups of at least 25 participants
  • Luxury private air-conditioned touring bus with dedicated Israeli driver
    Saturdays in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are designed as walking tour days without a bus
  • Two group meals daily, including tax and gratuities at restaurant meals
    For those including the Eilat Extension, only breakfast is included in Eilat
  • Site entrance fees, activity costs and programming
  • All applicable taxes
    Additional VAT (tax) applies for Israeli citizens at group hotels

What's Not Included

  • Meals not marked as included in itinerary
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Israeli staff gratuities (suggested $100/adult traveler)

What it Costs

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk free.
 

8-Day Core Program

Cost

 
Base cost with double room hotel occupancy $2,200/p  
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $650/p  
Discount for ages 12 and under sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room* -$300/p  
Discount for ages 13-17 sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room* -$150/p  
     

10-Day Core Program

   
Base cost with double room hotel occupancy $2,550/p  
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $885/p  
Discount for ages 12 and under sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room* -$400/p  
Discount for ages 13-17 sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room* -$200/p  
     

Eilat Add-On Package

   
Base cost with double room hotel occupancy Does not include the Petra Day Tour $585/p  
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $260/p  
Discount for anyone sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room -$35/p  
Supplement for guided Petra day tour from Eilat Includes Jordanian visa cost, border crossing fees and all tips $375/p  
     

Acco & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour

   
Optional day tour from Tel Aviv on Saturday (Day 10)  $100/p  
*ROOMING NOTES
  • The triple and quad occupancy room sharing discount requires at least one full paying participant in the room to qualify.
  • Quad family rooms are subject to limited availability, and at the Dead Sea and Tel Aviv hotels, families opting for a quad room can only be accommodated in two adjoining double rooms.
  • Adjoining rooms will be requested by default for families booking more than one room.

Travel Insurance

travel-insured-internationalWe have partnered with Travel Insured International to provide an optional discounted travel insurance package where children under the age of 18 traveling with parent(s) are covered for FREE. The policy includes coverage for medical-related cancellations, travel delays and luggage loss, trip interruption, and medical care. Cancel for any reason coverage is available as an add-on. View the policy for coverage details. The cost of the policy is a function of the total cost of your trip, including airfare booked on your own. The policy must be issued before final payment is made for the program, and some benefits are only available within 21 days of registration. Take advantage of it!

Local Health Insurance

harelGet peace of mind in Israel with a local medical insurance policy. Through a partnership with a leading Israeli insurance provider, Harel, travelers from abroad can obtain local health insurance in Israel that covers treatment and medication for non pre-existing conditions. This short term medical-only policy carries no deductibles or co-pays, and there are no claims or paperwork to submit for care. Even if you have coverage at home that extends abroad, you would still need to pay out of pocket in Israel, and then file a claim with your home insurance provider once you return. The same is true for travel insurance policies that include a medical benefit. In other words, the Harel local medical insurance policy is a convenient way to receive medical care in Israel without hidden costs or paperwork headaches. Learn More: Summary Policy | Detailed Policy

WHAT IT COSTS
• Up to age 59 – $2.50/Day
• Ages 60-69 – $6.50/Day
• Ages 70-79 – $7.50/Day
• Ages 80-85 – $9.50/Day

HOW TO GET COVERED
To include a medical insurance policy as part of your travels, contact us at least 14 days in advance of your arrival date. For travelers age 66+, a health declarations form is required for coverage.

Additional Hotel Nights

Arriving to Israel early or extending your stay after the tour? Take advantage of our group rates at the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat hotels. All rates includes breakfast and are based on our standard cancellation terms. Hotel extensions are subject to availability and can only be booked contiguous to the program itinerary.

 

Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
• Double Room: $260/night
• Single Room: $235/night
• Triple Room: $345/night
• Triple Room (1 child under 13): $300/night
• Quad Room: $420/night
 
Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
• Double Room: $320/night
• Single Room: $300/night
• Triple Room: $395/night
• Triple Room (1 child under 13): $345/night
• Quad Room (2 children under 13): $480/night
 
 

Israel Family Journey tells the story of Israel through the lens of Jewish history. We begin in Jerusalem, follow the path of the Exile to Masada and Galilee and then conclude in Tel Aviv celebrating the establishment of modern Israel.

Actual itineraries and final hotels may vary only slightly and will be re-confirmed about two months prior.

Day 1
Thursday: Baruch HaBah – Welcome to Israel!
  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on your self-booked flight
    All travelers arriving to Ben Gurion Airport by 4:15pm this day are entitled to a VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Jerusalem hotel
  • Discover the foundations of Jerusalem at the City of David archaeological park and navigate the Hezekiah water tunnel, fed by a natural spring
    Available for travelers arriving to Ben Gurion Airport by 12:00pm this day
  • Get oriented to Israel and enjoy a welcome dinner at J’oy Restaurant in the Mamilla Complex
  • Evening: Tower of David – Night Spectacular show in the Old City
  • Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, JerusalemDinner


Day 2
Friday: The Old City of Jerusalem
  • Experience a panoramic introduction to Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • Enter the Old City via Zion Gate – Explore the rooftops, alleys and squares of the Jewish Quarter
  • Free time for shopping and lunch in the Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter
  • Reflections at the Kotel – The Western Wall — and go deep under the Old City in the Kotel Tunnels
  • Experience the color and energy of the open-air Mahane Yehuda Marketplace as Jerusalem prepares for Shabbat
  • Return to our accommodations – Freshen up, relax, and experience the quiet that descends on Jerusalem before the start of Shabbat
  • Option to attend a Kabbalat Shabbat experience at a local synagogue or at the Western Wall
  • Evening: Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner as a group at our hotel
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem Breakfast & Dinner


Day 3
Saturday: Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Morning Option: Return to the Old City for a tour of the Christian Quarter and Arab Shuk (bazaar)
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel
  • Afternoon Option: Jerusalem Beyond the Walls – Montefiore’s Windmill, Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sheananim, and the First Jerusalem Train Station Market
  • Evening: Discover Jerusalem nightlife at Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, JerusalemBreakfast & Lunch


Day 4
Sunday: Loss & Renewal in Israel
  • Morning: Docent-led tour of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    Children's alternative: Tour of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
  • Visit the grounds of the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament Building — and stop for a photo-op at the famous National Menorah
  • Learn about the leaders who shaped the story of modern Israel at Mt. Herzl National Cemetery (winter only)
  • Pick up new skills on Dig-for-a-Day – A hands-on archaeological workshop at Beit Guvrin National Park (summer only)
    Less active alternative: Tour of Tel Maresha and the Bell Caves
  • Travel deep into the Judean Desert for a camel riding adventure and desert tent dinner feast at Kfar Hanokdim encampment
  • Descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and check-in to our resort accommodations at Ein Bokek Beach
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort Hotel Breakfast & Dinner


Day 5
Monday: Adventures in the Judean Desert
  • Rise early and ascend Masada – Option to hike the Snake Path or take the cable cars to the summit
  • Tour Masada - Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion
    Participants celebrating a B'nai Mitzvah have the opportunity to take part in a brief ceremony here
  • Descend Masada via the cable cars and return to our accommodations
  • Experience effortless floating at the Dead Sea and enjoy our deluxe resort hotel facilities
  • Take a short nature walk to the desert waterfalls at Ein Gedi National Park and view wild ibex in their natural habitat
  • Travel northwards to the Galilee via the Jordan River Valley, part of the vast Syrian-African Rift
  • Check-in and dinner at our kibbutz accommodations on the Sea of Galilee shores
Overnight: Kibbutz Maagan Guest House, Sea of GalileeBreakfast & Dinner


Day 6
Tuesday: Mystics in the Galilee
  • Walking tour of ancient Tsfat – The historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee highlands
  • Lunch on own and personal exploration time in the Tsfat artists' colony
  • Cool off with relaxed rafting down the upper Jordan River (summer only)
    Less active alternative: Tel Dan archaeological complex
  • Nature walk and bike riding in the Hula Valley migratory bird reserve (winter only)
  • Free time for relaxation and/or swimming in the Sea of Galilee and hotel pool
  • Option: Visit the Kinneret Cemetery to discover the accomplishments of the poets and pioneers who shaped today’s Galilee
  • Take a Sunset cruise on the Sea of Galilee with Israeli dancing followed by a gourmet dinner at Roberg overlooking the water
Overnight: Kibbutz Maagan Guest House, Sea of Galilee Breakfast & Dinner


Day 7
Wednesday: Perspectives from the Golan Heights
  • Ascend the Golan Heights and explore the region on a historical off-road jeep trek
  • View Israel’s neighbors and navigate former IDF bunkers at the summit of Mt. Ben-Tal
  • Discover a new culture, enjoying traditionalDruze hospitality and lunch in the village of Ein Kinya
  • Return to Maagan for a guided tour of the community and an explanation of the kibbutz idea
  • Evening: Dinner on own in Tiberias along the Sea of Galilee waterfront
Overnight: Kibbutz Maagan Guest House, Sea of GalileeBreakfast & Lunch


Day 8
Thursday: Along the Mediterranean Coast
  • Travel westward from the Galilee toward the Mediterranean Coast
  • Take in the views of Haifa from the Bahai Temple Gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel
  • Continue on to Zichron Yaakov, an early village founded by Jewish immigrants in the 1800’s
  • Tasting, tour and lunch at the Tishbi Winery with a chocolate tasting option for children
  • Explore Caesarea – Herod’s Roman amphitheater and grand palace on the beach
  • Arrive to Tel Aviv in the late afternoon and enjoy a sunset walking tour of the ancient Jaffa seaport*
  • Check-in to our luxury hotel on the Tel Aviv beachfront
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel AvivBreakfast & Lunch

*NOTE: The 8-day option for Israel Family Journey ends this evening with a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for return flights or a domestic flight to Eilat for those extending to Eilat (hotel not included in Tel Aviv).


Day 9
Friday: Building Modern Israel
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute – Learn about the story of the Haganah and the quest to create a modern Jewish State at this secret munitions factory
  • Independence Hall – Recount the creation of modern Israel where it happened and learn about the Jewish State’s founding values
  • Celebrate the spirit of Tel Aviv at the Nahalat Binyamin street festival and the nearby Carmel Market
  • Afternoon walking tour of Tel Aviv’s historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood and trendy Rothschild Blvd.
  • Return to our accommodations to freshen up and relax
  • Option to attend an outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat service (pluralistic) at the Tel Aviv Port (summer only)
  • Evening: Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner experience as a group at our hotel
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel AvivBreakfast & Lunch


Day 10
Saturday: Shabbat on the Beach
An optional day tour of Acco & Rosh Hanikrah is also offered this day
  • Relaxed morning to explore Tel Aviv on your own or enjoy the city's Mediterranean beach culture
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel along with late check-out through 2:00pm
  • Walking Tour — Rabin Square Memorial, HaBimah Theater Grounds, Dizengoff Fountain and the classic Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv
  • Program wrap-up and farewells on the beach
  • Evening: Transfer to Sde Dov Airport for flight to Eilat -or- Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights back to North America
Breakfast & Lunch

Acco (Acre) & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour (Optional)

A day tour of the Western Galilee is offered as an alternate to the final Saturday in Tel Aviv. This optional tour covers the Rosh Hanikrah ocean caves and the ancient seaport of Acco – including the Templar Tunnels and Crusader-era castle. The tour starts in the morning at our Tel Aviv hotel and returns to Tel Aviv that evening in time for connecting flights back to North America or on to Eilat. The cost of the Acco & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour is $100 per person, and it covers all touring costs (lunch not included).
 

Eilat & Petra Extension (Optional)

Conclude your stay at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat – with the option to visit Petra, Jordan's wonder of the world. The package includes two nights of hotel with breakfast daily, roundtrip domestic flights and all airport transfers. The Eilat extension is designed as a vacation package and is not guided. The guided day tour of Petra in Jordan costs an additional $375 per person. It includes round-trip transfers, entrance fees, border fees, the Jordanian visa fee, tips, and lunch (not kosher).
Day 8 or 10
Thursday or Saturday: Depart for Eilat
  • Evening: Travel on domestic flight to Eilat
  • Arrive at Eilat Airport and transfer to our resort accommodations on the Red Sea
Overnight: Herods Palace Hotel, EilatBreakfast & Lunch


Day 9 or 11
Friday or Sunday: Optional Petra Tour Red Sea Relaxation
  • Option #1: Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
  • Option #2: Guided day tour of Petra including lunch (not kosher)
Overnight: Herods Palace Hotel, EilatBreakfast & Lunch


Day 10 or 12
Saturday or Monday: Red Sea Relaxation
  • Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
  • Evening: Domestic flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv*
Breakfast

*Return flights from Eilat Airport to Ben Gurion Airport will be booked according to the traveler's schedule. Participants wishing to stay longer in Eilat may do so with prior arrangements.

 

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions are answered below. Contact us for more.

The core program is offered as an 8- or 10-day experience. The 8-day version ends in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening. The 10-day version includes additional touring in Tel Aviv on the final Friday and Saturday. An optional two-day Eilat & Petra Extension is offered at the end of both the 8- or 10-day program.

Israel Family Journey is led by a licensed Israeli guide who is with the group on a 24/7 basis. Our guides are charismatic educators with an expertise in informal education -- many of them also staff our BBYO teen groups. For groups with at least 25 participants, the program is joined by an Israeli counselor who primarily focuses on the experience of younger participants. Each group is assigned a deluxe touring bus with a dedicated driver. NOTE: The Eilat Extension is generally not escorted.

Israel Family Journey is an active tour designed for both adults and families. Each day is full of experiences that are designed to provide you with the full flavor of Israel, regardless of age. Although the program does not have any formal age limits, the itinerary involves a good amount of walking and some long days in general. Participants who wish to take a break from the active schedule can opt-out of some experiences like rafting on the Jordan River and off-road jeeping on the Golan Heights.

See the Overview page for guidance on how to incorporate a formal or informal Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony into your experience.

Groups are comprised of couples traveling without children, solo adults and families traveling with children. Because of the active nature of the program, children traveling with their parents are typically age 8 or older. Group sizes typically range from 15-40.

The Israel Family Journey is a pluralistic Jewish travel experience for all. Group meals are kosher, and there is no bus-based touring on Shabbat. The program is unaffiliated with any specific religious approach – rather it is designed for travelers of all backgrounds seeking a complete first-time experience in Israel through the lens of Jewish history and identity.

Our goal for the program is to create a sense of community among individual travelers – with participants gaining lasting new friendships and a richer experience as a result. There are also ample opportunities for personal exploration during the tour. In particular, Saturdays are designed to be less structured, and no programming is mandatory on any day. Participants are encouraged to arrive in Jerusalem earlier or stay in Tel Aviv longer to explore even more on their own. Group hotel reservations can be extended accordingly.

In short, you're responsible for arranging your own flights to and from Israel, and we take care of most everything else! The program covers two meals a day, all touring, a fantastic staff team, deluxe transportation within Israel and round trip airport transfers on the arrival day and on the last night of the program (see below for details). You'll be responsible for one meal a day, any hotel gratuities, specialty beverages at group meals and gratuities.

It is customary in Israel to tip the Israeli guide and driver at the end of the program. As a rule of thumb, $100 per adult traveler is appropriate – or in the shekel equivalent. We recommend splitting that amount – 1/3 for the driver (~$35) and 2/3 for the guide (~$65). Although not customary, foyou may also provide a gratuity to the Israeli counselor who joins groups of at least 25 travelers. Gratuities for hotel staff and wait staff at group meals are already included in the cost of the program.

Detailed pre-trip material and program luggage tags are distributed approximately three months prior to arrival. You'll also be invited to a trip Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers before the program and stay in touch afterwards.

Here are some basic guidelines for planning your travel to/from Israel. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or for advice on booking flights. TRAVEL TO ISRAEL
  • Participants are responsible for arranging their own air travel to/from Israel
  • All travelers arriving to Ben Gurion Airport by 4:15pm on the first day of the program are entitled to a VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Jerusalem hotel
  • Those travelers arriving to Ben Gurion Airport by 12:00pm on the first day of the program can take part in a guided tour of the City of David archeological complex
  • Those travelers arriving before the first day or after 4:15pm on the first day can receive the same greeting and airport transfer service for an additional fee depending on the size of the party (note: the cost off a standard taxi to Jerusalem is $80-$100)
  • Travelers arriving to Ben Gurion Airport after 4:15pm on the first day of the program will likely miss the welcome dinner and programming this evening and will be responsible for their own transportation to the restaurant
  • Those travelers arriving to Israel early (which we recommend for acclimating in advance) can be accommodated by prior arrangement at the Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem based on our group rates, which includes breakfast and our standard cancellation terms:

Double Room: $260/night
Single Room: $235/night
Triple Room: $345/night
Triple Room (1 child under 13): $300/night
Quad Room: $420/night

TRAVEL FROM ISRAEL
  • At the end of the core program (Thursday or Saturday night), participants will be escorted back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for overnight flights departing between 10:30pm and 1:00am the next day. No hotel is included this evening unless arranged separately.
  • Participants booked on return flights outside of this window can be accommodated with an airport transfer by special arrangement, and additional fees will apply (note: taxis from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport are inexpensive, ubiquitous, and reliable).
  • Those travelers extending their stay in Tel Aviv can be accommodated at the Carlton Hotel based on our group rates, which include breakfast and our standard cancellation terms:

Double Room: $320/night
Single Room: $300/night
Triple Room: $395/night
Triple Room (1 child under 13): $345/night
Quad Room (2 children under 13): $480/night

For those taking part in the Eilat Extension, we will arrange your connecting domestic flight from Eilat back to Tel Aviv according to your international departure time from Ben Gurion Airport. In some cases the flight from Eilat will be to Ben Gurion Airport and in other cases it will be to Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv. If the latter is the case, your transfer from Sde Dov to Ben Gurion Airport is included. We encourage you to book an international flight that departs between 10:30pm and 1:00am the next day. If you are booked on a flight that departs Ben Gurion Airport after 1:00am you will likely need to spend the night at an airport hotel (additional cost applies) or make separate arrangements. Those travelers extending their stay in Eilat can be accommodated at the Herods Palace Hotel based on our group rates, Contact us for additional details.

Check to make sure that you know where your passport is and that it is not expired or about to expire. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive in Israel. If your passport expires within this period, please start the renewal process today. Many airlines will deny you boarding if your passport is not valid according to this policy. If you are traveling to Israel on a USA, Canadian, or European Union member country passport, a visa is not needed to enter Israel. If you are traveling on a passport from another country, you may need a visa to enter Israel. Our office is able to provide you with an official ticket confirmation if needed. NOTE: For participants traveling to Petra, a Jordanian visa and all border crossing fees are included as part of the day tour package.

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To sign-up, download and complete the Registration Form

Your completed form can be submitted by fax to 1-202-315-3269, by email to info@bbyopassport.org, or by mail to:
Authentic Israel / 5185 MacArthur Blvd NW #640 / Washington, DC 20016

Enrollment Terms

Be sure to review these simple enrollment steps and terms

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of registration
  • The deposit is fully refundable up to four months in advance of the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance is due no later than two months in advance of the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain travel insurance*
  • A late registration fee of $50/person applies for enrollments within two months of the program start date
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3.5% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (fees are not refundable)
  • All program dates are guaranteed, however, participation is subject to limited availability
  • Authentic Israel and BBYO reserve the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to their discretion

*Our travel insurance policy must be issued before final payment is made. Some benefits are only available if the policy is purchased within 21 days of your initial registration.

Statement of Understanding

Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, Authentic Israel and BBYO assume no liability or responsibility for any injuries, inconvenience, illness, theft, property damage, irregularity, or incidental damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator or by any person or reason whatsoever including but not limited to events such as strikes, revolts, wars, natural disasters, closures of airports and/or hotels, default or omission of any common or private carrier or the default, negligence or omission of and by any third party providing services or facilities to or included in this tour or any part thereof.

Any and all disputes between the parties arising out of or relating to this agreement, whether grounded in contract, tort or statutory law, shall be resolved exclusively by arbitration in Washington, DC.  The arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the Dispute Resolution Rules of JAMS.  The prevailing party in the arbitration shall be entitled to its attorneys’ fees and costs plus any fees and costs incurred in connection with confirming the arbitrator’s award. Enrollment in and payment for the tour constitute your acceptance of the program conditions and this Statement of Responsibility.

More Opportunities for Teens + Young Adults

The journey doesn't end here. Invite your kids to keep exploring! After completing Israel Family Journey, they'll be officially eligible for a one-time $250 discount off any future BBYO Summer Experience (ages 13-18).
 
 
 

Israel Family Journey