Join Shared World Tours and the Center for Healthy Aging for an all-inclusive two week tour of Israel, learning about its senior service sector, connecting with professionals and academics, and taking in the sites.
*All prices per person. Airfare not included. Itinerary subject to change.
May 26 to May 29 – Tel Aviv (City walk, museums, swim in the Mediterranean).
May 29 to May 30 – Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv (We will stop on our way in Haifa, and Acre while traveling from Tel Aviv.) The Kibbutz has a winery and is situated very close to the Mediterranean coast north of Acre. Gesher HaZiv will give everyone a taste of modern kibbutz life.
May 30 to May 31 – Nazareth (We will likely stop at Safed and Capernaum as we travel to our next stop, Hamat Gader. Depending on directions and other stops, we will visit both while we are in the North).
May 31 to June 2 – Hamat Gader (Hot springs resort just southeast of Yam Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee. From here, we will travel around the area, up through the Galil to the border at Metula, the city of Qiryat Shemona, and south through the Golan Heights.).
June 2 to June 4 – Dead Sea area (We will stop at Beit Shan on the way to the Dead Sea, Kibbutz Ein Gedi, and Masada).
June 4 to June 9 – Jerusalem, it is impossible to describe how much there is here. We have a long list of experiences we are hoping to offer to people while here, including Shabbat.
What is included?
Fifteen hotel nights, Check-in Wednesday, May 26 to Check out, Thursday, June 10.
All meals beginning with lunch Wednesday, May 26 through dinner Wednesday, June 9.
Taxis in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and other cities, if necessary.
Ten days of bus travel to our destination cities and to tour sites (which can include trailheads or the beach)
Organizer and accompanying trip leader
Museum, event, and tour fees.
Professional guides on occasions, which will be specified in the final itinerary
Here are the exceptions:
Airfare to and from Israel.
Transfers to and from Ben Gurion Airport. It will be challenging to have a single bus pick-up for everyone if arrival times are very different. However, if you send us your arrival information, we will make an effort to meet you at Ben Gurion Airport. Getting to and from Ben Gurion airport to Tel Aviv is pretty straightforward, but depending on how you choose to travel, it will cost $16 or $17 to $70. More in a later email.
Regarding travel to and from Israel, we suggest you arrive in Israel on May 25 or the morning of May 26. There are a large number of overnight flights from the U.S. leaving mid/late evening and arrive the next morning. Plan to depart (unless you are planning an "after-trip") on June 10. If you need help planning your flights let us know and perhaps we can help you choose a flight schedule or preferred airlines.
Regarding the field of aging, During the trip, we will meet with people like Dr. Yitzchak Brick, of Haifa University, immediate past chair of IAGG, and the previous CEO of Eshel, among other things. We'll also spend time with Yossi Heyman, CEO of Eshel (kind of a country-wide r and d organization in the field if aging) and former Jerusalem City Manager. Also, Erez Shani, Executive VP of Amigour, the largest provider of housing for low-income older adults in Israel. We will likely be visiting one of the finest adult day dementia programs I have ever seen. They have a great story to tell about the field of aging.
About the hotels, these will be clean, smaller hotels with excellent accessibility to the places we are visiting, city centers, on the grounds of a kibbutz, or close to our major tour sites. Most of the hotels have an Internet connection, although we cannot vouch for its reliability. Ira and I have been to many of the hotels we are likely to choose either as guests or for meetings.
Transportation. We will travel either in a tour coach, usually a 20 seater, while traveling outside Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The bus will comfortably fit our group. We will do our best to find, and confirm, a coach that has wi-fi. In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv we are more likely to use taxis and/or Gett (a shared-ride company, think Uber or Lyft).
Phone Service. Your cell phone provider in the U.S. may be able to provide you with an affordable package for calling, and receiving, calls from the U.S.
Cancellations & Deposits
- The total cost of your reservation is due 60 days before the trip (Saturday, March 27, 2021).
- 60 days before the trip (Saturday, March 27, 2021) or more: 90% of the total cost of the trip will be refunded.
- Between 59 and 30 days before (Sunday, March 28, 2021 to Monday, April 26, 2021): 50% of the total cost of the trip will be refunded.
- 29 days before the trip (Tuesday, April 27, 2021) or less: the entirety of your payment is non-refundable.