School Trip Sample Itinerary

The following is a sample of a program held in the winter; please remember that each trip is customized to the needs and themes of the group.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Israel
Transfer to Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh in the Negev, group dinner, ice-breakers and orientation.

Overnight: Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh

 

Day 2: The Living Desert
Tefillot overlooking Nahal Zin, Ben Gurion’s cabin, hike Ein Avdat, special program at Mitzpe Revivim. Evening program of group games.

Overnight: Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh

 

Day 3: BaMidbar – The Wonders of the Makhtesh
Hike in the Ramon Crater, travel to a Bedouin tent for a camel ride and ‘hafla’ Bedouin dinner.

Overnight: Bedouin tent.

 

Day 4: A Question of Freedom in the Wilderness
Climb Masada via the Roman ramp, dip in the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi hike and travel to Jerusalem. Evening program on Israeli society.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 5: Jerusalem – The Center of the World
Overview of the Old City from the Tayelet (Haas Promenade). Inside the Western Walls: Virtual model of the Second Temple at the Davidson Center, rooftops activity and lunch in the Jewish Quarter, followed by a visit to Shuk Machane Yehuda. Evening visit to the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Kotel tunnels.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 6, Digging Up Our Past – and Back to the Future
Dig-for-a-Day program at Tel Maresha/Beit Guvrin and visiting Emek HaEla, where David fought Goliath. Return to Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat. Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel, walk back to the hostel for Shabbat dinner and Oneg.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 7: Shabbat in Jerusalem
Services in a choice of local synagogues, Shabbat lunch and rest, walking tour of the area around the hotel, havdalah, evening outing to the Jerusalem Malha mall.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 8: Yizkor – Those Who Sacrificed
Yad Vashem seminar, Mount Herzl and the Herzl Museum. Evening activity at the Jerusalem Time Elevator and supervised free time downtown on Ben Yehuda Street. Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 9: The First Modern Hebrew City and Foundations of the State
Yad Lekashish (Lifeline for the Aged workshop), travel to Tel Aviv and visit Independence Hall, the Jaffa Institute. Spend the evening in Old Jaffa.

Overnight: Tel Aviv area

 

Day 10: Caesarea – the Gateway to the West
Late wake up, walking tour through Neve Tzedek neighborhood and Palmach museum. Travel up the coast for the Caesarea harbor multimedia program.

Overnight: The Galilee

 

Day 11: The Golan Heights – The Eyes of the Nation
  Hike in Nahal Jilaboon or one of the amazing nearby riverbeds. Stop at Mitzpe Gadot for a view onto the Hula Valley, and Har Bental to see Syria and Mount Hermon, followed by a visit to the Talmudic village in Katzrin.

Overnight: The Galilee

 

Day 12: Mountaintops and Mysticism in the Galilee
Ramah activity at Tzippori National Park, Tour Tzfat and meet local mystic artist and a festive dinner.

Overnight: The Galilee

 

Day 13: Putting Down Roots in the Land
Drive to the area of Modiin for tree planting, and a visit to the Latrun fortress. Travel to Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat, followed by Shabbat dinner and oneg.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 14: Ideal Time in an Ideal Place
Services in a choice of local synagogues, Shabbat lunch and rest, summary and reflection session. Shabbat ends with havdalah, depart for Ben Gurion airport (arrival in North America the next day).