TRAVELODZER 2018


TRAVELODZER 2018

JOIN RABBI ELI AND CANTOR DAVID

ON A 2-WEEK SUMMER TRIP TO

POLAND AND ISRAEL

June 24-July 8, 2018


Let yourself be blown away by the biggest annual Jewish music festival in the world in old Krakow, spend a Shabbat in the ancient Kabbalistic town of Tzfat, relax with a glass of wine in upper Galilee, admire the grottoes of Rosh ha-Nikra, float in the Dead Sea, feel alive in Jerusalem like never before - all that, in the company of our Rabbi and Cantor, enjoying their warm personalities; enhanced stories; inspiring presentations; entertaining programs; and much more.


It is also possible to come just for the part of the trip; contact us for more information.

ITINERARY  


Depart for Krakow on or before Sun, June 24


Our tour begins in Krakow at 1 PM on June 25th. Our comfortable coach will take you around Jewish Krakow. See the quarter of Kazimierz, Remah Synagogue and its cemetery, the Old Schule and Pinkus Schule.

After getting settled in our hotel and enjoying our welcome dinner, we will attend our first concert of the festival.

Note: the festival program has not yet been published. There will be Klezmer concerts, Cantorial pieces, and other gems of Jewish musical heritage. We will update the festival sessions' chapter as soon as it becomes known.


Tuesday, June 26


Today, we set out to explore the Old Krakow, including Wawel Castle and the Market Square.

We are planning to attend two more festival events on this day, one in the early afternoon and one in the evening.


Wednesday, June 27


While this is not specifically a roots' discovery trip, nor a Holocaust educational program, we would be remiss if we did not offer you, while in Krakow, an opportunity to visit Auschwitz. Those who have been to Auschwitz will have an opportunity to choose another excursion instead. We will attend another Jewish folklore show and enjoy the lights of the night Krakow, along with the Cantor's program on the history of Jewish music in Eastern Europe.


Thursday, June 28


After breakfast, we will depart by coach for Wroclaw.

We will acquaint ourselves with its old city, including the sites of the old synagogue and the famous Jewish Theological Seminary that had been training rabbis here for nearly a century prior to being destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.


Tonight, we are staying at the airport hotel, as our flight to Israel the next morning departs at 6:15 AM.


Friday, June 29


We arrive in Israel just before noon, and go to Tel-Aviv for lunch and a walking tour of Tel-Aviv-Jaffo area. Remember, we need to leave early enough to make it to our hotel in Tzfat before Shabbos begins!


Shabbat, June 30


Spend an unforgettable Shabbat in this medieval centre of Jewish spirituality.

Step into the friendly maze of narrow cobbled streets  and courtyards painted blue, see the ancient synagogues, imbibe the unique atmosphere of this city, go on a Schule-hopping exploratory walk, step to the outskirts of the Old City to give yourself to its beauty and tranquility, before you end Shabbat with a song at a Carlebach Synagogue Havdalah service.


Sunday, July 1


This day will see us in Galilee and the Golan Heights.

Visit the ancient village and synagogue in Katzrin dating back to the Talmudic era, bask in the laid back raw beauty of the Golan views, admire the grottoes of Rosh ha-Nikrah at north-western corner of the country, and run a comparative tasting of cheese and wine in some of the finest wineries in Galilee.


We will return to Tzfat for dinner at the hotel.


Monday, July 2


Start with the Lake of Tiberias (Kinnereth), see the Akko of the crusaders' days, then proceed to Haifa for an encompassing tour of this warm and welcoming city, the capital of Israeli north.


Tuesday, July 3


After breakfast, followed by the visit to the archaeological park Beit She'arim, we will go to the majestic Caesarea, built by Herod in the last decades BCE. Explore the remains of the city and the impressive Roman theatre before proceeding further south, back to Tel-Aviv.

There, you can have a few hours of free time before dinner, with an optional tour offered for those uninterested in either shopping or individual exploration.


We will meet again for dinner and a study session with our Rabbi and Cantor.

Spend the night in Tel-Aviv.


Wednesday, July 4


Today, we are going to Beit Hatfutzot; the Museum of the Jewish People, whose exhibits span over thousands of years and hundreds of Jewish communities in every corner of the planet.


After lunch, the coach will take us to the Dead Sea for a pleasant laid back evening in the lowest place on the (dry) earth.


Thursday, July 5


If you wanted to float on that salty surface in broad daylight, bright and early is the way to do it.

Not just since it's not as hot in the morning but also because right after breakfast we'll be heading for Massada, only making a brief stop on the way in Ein Gedi.

Massada, once nearly invincible fortress atop of the mountain, remains to the day a symbol of Jewish heroism back from the Roman rule' era. Ascend by the cable car, or take the serpentine road up (it's called just that, The Snake Path) to feel what it was like in the pre-cable times.

After lunch, it will be less than 2 hours drive to Jerusalem. Upon arrival in the capital, we will head to the Yad Va-Shem museum & Holocaust Centre.


Dinner will be followed by a night walk&talk program in the city.


Friday, July 6


In the morning, choose between visiting the Israel Museum and Ir David (The City of David), an ancient settlement with over 6,000 years of history.

Visit Machaneh Yehudah market, the Old City, the ultra-Ortodox neighbourhood of Me'a She'arim, and the new city centre.

Kabbalat Shabbat at the Wailing Wall will be followed by festive Shabbat meal at the hotel.


Shabbat, July 7


Between services, Shabbat meals, and programs, we will take walks around the city (their length and distance will be largely determined by the weather).

We will end Shabbat with the Havdalah led by Cantor David, followed by a special farewell dinner.


This is our last night in Jerusalem.


Sunday, July 8


After breakfast, we say our goodbyes. If you are leaving this morning, we will arrange for your transfer to Ben-Gurion airport.

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS


- The price for the entire trip is CAD$4,620 based on double occupancy.

- Single occupancy supplement is CAD$1,350


The price includes:

-           High quality 4* hotels in prime locations

-           Half-board meals (breakfast and dinner), starting first night dinner and ending last morning breakfast

-      Pack your-own takeout lunch during breakfast on June 26 and 27

-           Full 3 meals on Shabbat

-           All buses and transfers as indicated

-      LOT flight Wroclaw-Tel Aviv on June 28, tourist class

-      Local English-speaking guides at all destinations

-           Entry to all the sites included in the itinerary

-           Rabbi Eli's and Cantor David's full-time guidance, stories and programs

-      Tax receipt for $200 donation to Lodzer Centre


The price does not include:

-           Transatlantic flights

-           Insurance (personal health, flight, luggage etc.)

-       Lunches (opportunity to purchase hot and filling kosher lunch will be provided at every destination in Israel)

-           Gratuities for the ground service staff (optional)

-           All personal goods and service purchases, including laundry, souvenirs, excess baggage etc

-      Anything not included in the trip description

Itinerary arrangements may be subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. In case of changing any part of the itinerary, we will work to replace it with one of equivalent or better quality.

If purchasing your own flight, please wait with booking it for the confirmation that the trip has reached the minimum number of participants required, or purchase cancellation insurance. We need at least 20 participants for the trip to take place.

FAQS


Do I have to stay kosher during the tour?

Your levels of kashrut observance are up to you. All our organized meals take place either in kosher facilities, or restaurants offering ample choice of food satisfying every participant’s kosher demands. We are not going to judge you by what you eat.


Will the Rabbi and the Cantor be with us all of the time during the tour, or will they just do the lectures/workshops and leave us to the local guides otherwise?

Absolutely, at all times. When we do anything as a group, Rabbi Eli and Cantor David are with us, all the way from beginning to the end.

 

I have special dietary/sleeping arrangements/other needs. Can you help me?

Please talk to Rabbi Eli. We are proud of our flexibility, and happy to do our best accommodating needs ranging from dull to surreal.

 

Do I have to take the entire trip in order to go?

No. You can join the group in the middle of the trip, or leave us in the middle. Please contact us for a quote.

Coming soon:

- Payment schedules

- Pictures


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