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The tour begins Monday morning, March 13, 2023, and ends on the evening of Monday, March 20, 2023.

The departure date from the U.S. is Sunday, March 12, 2023. The return date to the U.S. is Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

Hotel stay is not included for Monday night, March 20. It is recommended to book return flights for the evening of Monday, March 20, or early morning of March 21st, at around midnight (late Monday night).

A. Tours and Admission Fees
Guided educational tours of the sites, and entrance fees to all sites and activities on the itinerary: the tour is uniquely designed with “option” days, providing built-in flexibility for a tailored experience based on the preferences you submit before the trip.

B. Hotel Accommodations
Includes seven nights at luxury hotels (see below)

C. Transportation
Includes ground transportation arrangements to and from the airport on March 13 and March 20 for a group of ten participants or more arriving or departing at the same time. Does not include ground transportation for those not traveling with a group of at least nine other participants.

D. VIP Airport Service (with group arrival)
Participants traveling with a group of ten or more will be met at the airport, whisked through customs, and provided luggage transfer service directly to their hotel rooms.

E. Meals
We provide a world-famous Israeli breakfast each day of the trip. Lunches and dinners are included per the following schedule:

Monday: Lunch and Dinner
Tuesday: Lunch
Wednesday: Lunch and Dinner
Thursday: Lunch
Friday: Dinner
Shabbat: Lunch
Sunday: Lunch and Dinner
Monday: Dinner

Meals provided by the tour will also include additional programming such as guest speakers. A bounty of fine kosher restaurants and eateries will be conveniently close for the other meals.

F. Tips
Gratuities are not included in the price of the trip. Recommended tip per participant is $100 U.S., to be divided between the guide, driver, hostess and group coordinator.

There are multiple hotel options to choose from at different rates. Kindly consult with your local group leader before choosing your hotel accommodations.

For the first days of the trip: The Hilton Tel Aviv, The Ramot Resort, or The Setai Sea of Galilee.
For the latter days of the trip: The David Citadel, or The Waldorf Astoria, in Jerusalem.

Starting rates for 8 days, 7 nights:
- Double Occupancy, per person $3999
- Single Occupancy $5499

Please refer to the registration tab on our site for the Setai Sea of Galilee and the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem accommodations rates. Room upgrades, children’s rates, and triple occupancy can also be found on the registration form.

The Land and the Spirit - JLI has enlisted the services of Joy Travel to assist with flights to Israel. As one of the leading travel agencies in New York for travel to Israel, Joy Travel offers discounted rates from all major U.S. airports. They also handle connections from smaller cities which will allow for a smooth transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Joy Travel also offers the ability to pay for tickets using American Express Membership Rewards points. You may contact Joy Travel at 718-473-7622 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Mention the Land and Spirit (JLI) group when you contact them for special rates.

For many days of the trip, participants will choose from one of six tracks to join for the day. Tracks are designed around a theme such as biblical sites, food and wine, modern Israel, etc. Participants can join any track on any day for a distinctive experience.

This unique feature of the trip will allow those returning to Israel to explore new places, while those visiting Israel for the first time will be able to see the primary, not-to-be-missed sites.

JLI or your group coordinator will communicate with you before the trip to ascertain your preferences and create a tailored itinerary.

Each community affiliated with Land and Spirit has an Invitation Code. If you don’t know your Code, kindly consult with your local Chabad rabbi.

Once you have registered for the trip and booked your airline tickets, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance and supplemental medical insurance to help protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances, including: trip cancellation, interruption, and delay; baggage loss; emergency sickness or accident; and more. You may contact Sima from Joy Travel to assist you in booking the coverage at 718-473-7622 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Yes. On the online registration form is a checkbox requesting help with a trip extension. If you select the appropriate box, Israel Maven Tours, the tour and travel company assisting JLI with land arrangements in Israel, will contact you to provide you with information and assistance with hotel accommodations, land transport, guides, and/or suggested activities.

All prices and payments are in US dollars. A deposit of $1,000 per person will be charged upon registration. Full payment of the trip will be processed by December 1st, 2022.

For your convenience payment installment plans are available. Please contact us for more information.

‣ If notice of cancellation is received before September 1, 2022, a $300 cancellation fee per person will apply.
‣ If notice of cancellation is received between September 1, 2022, and November 1, 2022, a $500 cancellation fee per person will apply.
‣ If notice of cancellation is received between November 2, 2022, and January 1, 2023, an $1,000 cancellation fee per person will apply.
‣ After January 1, 2023, no refund is available.
‣ There is no refund for sites not visited or individual program events not participated in for any reason.

Disaster/emergency cancellation:
If the Land and Spirit organizers are forced to cancel the trip for reasons beyond their control such as a natural disaster, pandemic, unstable security, etc. a $300 fee per person will apply to help cover upfront costs.

Children and teens thoroughly enjoy the awesome, fun experiences and learn a great deal on the trip. With advice from your group leader, families may plan and select the more child-friendly tracks on the tour. Go to the registration page of this site to see the children’s rates.

Yes. When registering, select 1 Adult with double occupancy. We will be in touch with you to arrange a suitable roommate. (Based on availability, not guaranteed)

One of the advantages of the flexible nature of the tour is that it allows participants to choose options that have less walking and stairs. Discuss how much hiking and/or stairs you can handle with your group leader prior to the trip, so that this can be taken into consideration.

March is a beautiful time of the year in Israel. Tel Aviv is pleasant, with temperatures averaging between 60 and 75 degrees F. Jerusalem is a few degrees cooler.

Comfortable clothing and footwear for walking is recommended. Include appropriate clothing and head coverings (i.e., yarmulkes, scarves) for visiting holy sites. We suggest slightly more formal attire (i.e. business casual) for Shabbat and the gala banquet. A light jacket or sweater is recommended for after dark.

Safety and security are of utmost priority and the first consideration in planning our tour. Our tour operators are in constant contact with the “Situation Room,” receiving security updates from the IDF, Israeli Police, SPNI, and other security agencies. The agencies are informed of our exact itinerary and will provide us with real-time guidelines and detailed information concerning potential security threats, etc. We will not hesitate to make changes to the itinerary should they be deemed necessary. As a precaution, we will be traveling to Hebron in armored buses, accompanied by armed security personnel. All the hotels we will be staying at have 24-hour security.

The JLI Land and Spirit is not affiliated with any charities in Israel and there is absolutely no solicitation allowed on the trip. Participants seeking philanthropic opportunities may request suggestions from their group leader.

The currency in Israel is the shekel (officially called the New Israel Shekel or NIS). You can find ATMs in the airport and throughout the cities. ATMs in Israel dispense shekels from international ATM cards. You may want to check with your home bank as there may be a limit to how much you can take out each day. Also, some banks in your home country may require you to notify them that you are leaving the country so that they can activate your card for overseas transactions.

Most shops and restaurants in Israel accept credit cards. However, not all vendors accept credit cards—mainly in outdoor markets like Machane Yehudah in Jerusalem. You can exchange cash at change points located in shopping areas.