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Student Tour to Israel Sample Itinerary

View a sample itinerary of our student tours to Israel

Tour Info +
Day 1

Group Departure from JFK (New York)

Day 2

Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport
VIP Welcome service to escort you through Baggage Pickup, Passport Control, & Escort to Bus
Transfer to hotel
Political/Security Briefing at hotel by journalists: Avi Issacharoff, Yossi Klein Halevi, David Horivitz
Religious/Demographic briefing by expert in the area at the Kibbutz Ramat Rachel Lookout Point
Visit Mount Zion (the home of three faiths) and enjoy a discussion about Jerusalem’s multicultural atmosphere
Walk through Zion Gate (see bullet holes from 6-Day War) and the Armenian Quarter
Tour of the Hurva Synagogue and other highlights in the Jewish Quarter (Cardo, Broad Wall)
Explore/Overview of the Christian and Muslim Quarters
Visit the Shalom Center (speaker on the US-Israel Relationship/ Strategic challenges facing both countries/ Political Issues)
Middle Eastern Dinner in East Jerusalem and Ice Breakers/Discussion of day
Israeli/Regional history by a prominent Zionist
Palestinian/Regional History by a prominent Palestinian
Group Discussion
Evening Event: The Night Spectacular: Tower of David Sound & Light Show
Overnight: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem or similar

Day 3

Breakfast and headline updates
Tour of Knesset
Meet with Israeli Politician from the Left
Meet with Israeli Politician from Right
Meet with Jerusalem Mayor, discussions of possible resolution for issue of Jerusalem with other experts as well
Group discussions
Group Discussion and travel to Abu Gosh
Dinner out in Abu Gosh
After dinner, discussion by Journalist about censorship/Media in Israel
Return to hotel for a final Group Discussion of the Day
Overnight: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem or similar

Day 4

Breakfast and headline updates
Overview by top Military officials of Security threats facing Israelis
Meet with expert to discuss Iran (Emily Landau?)
Meet with expert to discuss Turkey and Syria
Group Discussions
Travel to West Bank Checkpoints, speak with soldiers on duty
Speak with expert on US-Israeli cooperation on Security Threats
Speak with Palestinians about issues regarding Israeli security/checkpoints
Discussions led by West Point and US Army officer focusing on conflict between security and liberty
Travel to Hotel and Free Time
Enjoy the night life and dinner on your own on Ben-Yehuda Street
Overnight: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem or similar

Day 5

Breakfast and headline updates
Meet with expert on Judiciary in Israel. Discuss Separation of powers
Travel to Supreme Court
Meet with Supreme Court Justice (current or former) and discuss role of judiciary (Maybe Aharon Barak?)
Finish meeting and discuss Israeli Judiciary
Lunch + Continue group discussion
Visit Border with Gaza, tour the security barrier with Army Official
Speak with expert on history of Gaza and the issues surrounding the Disengagement, Hamas’ election, blockade, etc…
Continue Discussion with expert and begin group discussion.
Travel+ Continue group Discussion
Dinner in Jerusalem with Rep from Defense/Foreign Ministry focusing on Israel’s relationship with Palestinian territories
Continue conversation with foreign ministry representatives and begin drive to Haifa
Dinner on your own and free time in Haifa (Bar area on Carmel)
Overnight: Crowne Plaza, Haifa or similar

Day 6

Breakfast and headline updates
Meet with IBM Representative to discuss business practices in Israel. Compare to the US
Meet with students and professionals from the Technion to discuss Israeli technological contribution
Travel to Intel HQ in Haifa and lunch with representative from Company.
Finish lunch and take a tour of Intel and discuss the role of business in Israel paying special attention to effect of IDF
Discuss General business cooperation between Israel and the US
Visit Bahai Gardens and discuss role of minorities in Israel
Travel to Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar for Shabbat (include U. of Haifa, Technion, and High School students of all backgrounds in shabbat stay at Kibbutz)
Free Time
Overnight and Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, Sea of Galilee or similar

Day 7

Breakfast and headline updates
Israelis discuss their senior year of high school experiences vs. American senior year of high school experiences
Continue Discussion. Role of military in society? Discuss Gilad Shalit.
Group discussion on progress of trip so far
Meet with map expert (David Makovsky?) to look at Israeli borders through the years. What would a 2-state solution look like?
Meet with Israeli negotiator/ Palestinian leader and discuss comparative territorial demands of the two peoples.
Haifa tour by night; visit immigrant communities
Continue Tour and visit Beit Hagefen: a Jewish-Arab cultural center
Finish Visit and return to Kibbutz
Final group discussion of the day
Overnight: Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, Sea of Galilee or similar

Day 8

Breakfast and headline updates
Meet with expert and travel to border with Lebanon. Discuss Israeli-Lebanese relationship
Travel to Golan Heights and begin tour and discussion of border.
Travel to Tel Aviv and lunch on the Bus
Begin visit of Better Place R&D Facility. Discuss Sustainability and Oil independence in Israel.
Tour of Tel Aviv
Independence Hall (short discussion on origins of Zionism and its evolution at Independence Hall)
Visit Jaffa
Travel to the beach and group discussion
Dinner at the Nalagaat Center for the Deaf and Dumb
Overnight: Shenkin Hotel, Tel Aviv or similar

Day 9

Breakfast and headline updates
Travel to the Peres Center for Peace
Discuss cooperation in Israel between Arabs and Jews and prospects for peace
Travel to Rawabi: site of planned Palestinian City
Tour Rawabi and meet with founder
Travel to Abu Dis with lunch. Begin meeting with former Palestinian PM, Abu Alaa
Group Discussion
Meet with Palestinian high school students
Discuss education in Palestinian Territories and Arab areas of Israel.
Meet with Head of Palestinian Media Watch and discuss role of media and education in the conflict.
Group Discussion and travel to Tel Aviv shuk
Dinner out in Tel Aviv
Shopping at the shuk
Bus ride back to Hotel
Final Group Discussion of the Day at the hotel
Overnight: Shenkin Hotel, Tel Aviv or similar

Day 10

Breakfast and headline updates
Travel to Jerusalem
Bank of Israel and meet with Stanley Fischer: Israel’s economy and its role in the world economy
Visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Lunch outside the Museum.
Travel and begin discussion of Zionism with Gil Troy or other expert: Zionism did NOT arise from the Holocaust.
Group discussion
Meeting with Daniel Polisar- Shalem Center Pres.-Discussion of education in Israel and need for liberal arts
Meeting with Daniel Gordis- Overview of the trip; relationship between US and Israel
Final group discussion of the day
Overnight: Shenkin Hotel, Tel Aviv or similar

Day 11

Breakfast and headline updates
Discuss Arab Spring with Expert
Continue discussion and consider Israel’s role in the Middle East moving forward.
Meet with top Israeli negotiator. What does Israel want out of the peace process?
Lunch and group discussion
Meet with top Israeli leader, preferably with an American background and discuss the future of America’s role in the Middle East
Group discussion
Overview of the trip.
Any questions? What do students want to discuss that wasn’t touched upon during the trip?
Final Farewell Dinner (included
Transfer to airport