Tuesday, December 04, 2007

FYI - My Itinerary while in Israel


16:15 Arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Air France

17:15 18:15 Drive to Jerusalem

18:15 18:45 Historical presentation and welcome with guides David Wajntraub and Michael Bauer
Walk through Jaffa Gate and view old city in the night

19:00 20:15 Check in and time to freshen up

20:30 Politicos: Dinner at Olive & Fish restaurant with Yossi Klein Halevi

20:30 Student leaders: Dinner at Darna restaurant with Gerald Steinberg, Director of Conflict Resolution Center, Bar-Ilan University

Overnight: Prima Royal Hotel, Jerusalem

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, Old / New State

07:45 08:15 Breakfast

09:15 10:15 Visit to the Supreme Court

11:00 11:30 Politicos: Tour of the Knesset

10:45 11:45 Student Leaders: Visit Museum on the Seam

12:00 13:00 Meet with 2 foreign journalists at the Notre-Dame Hotel

13:30 14:30 Lunch on own

14:30 18:00 Tour of Old City: Temple Mount/ Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Via Dela Rosa, “Kotel” (Western Wall), 4 quarters and free time

19:30 Dinner at Grill Bar in downtown Jerusalem

21:40 Politicos: Visit the Western Wall Tunnels

22:00 Student Leaders: Visit the Western Wall Tunnels

Overnight: Prima Royal Hotel, Jerusalem

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, Day of Remembrance

07:15 07:45 Breakfast

08:30 09:00 Meet with a Holocaust Survivor

09:00 12:00 Visit Israel's National Holocaust Museum: Yad Vashem

12:15 13:15 Visit Mount Herzl (military cemetery)

13:30 14:30 Lunch on own and free time in the “Mahane Yehuda Shuk” (market)

15:00 16:00 Meeting with representatives of the Palestinian Negotiation Support Unit at the Notre-Dame Hotel

16:00 17:00 Meeting with One Voice representatives
at the Notre-Dame Hotel

17:30 Kabbalat Shabbat at the “Kotel”

19:00 Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Prima Royal Hotel, Jerusalem

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, Fun in the Judean Desert

07:30 08:00 Breakfast

08:00 09:00 Drive south

09:00 12:00 Guided tour of Massada fortress (hike up the Snake Path)

12:30 14:00 Packed lunches (picnic) and hike Ein Gedi

14:30 16:45 Rest, Lunch and Swim at the Ein Gedi Dead Spa

17:00 18:15 Drive to Jerusalem

18:30 19:30 Meeting with Jerusalem Post's Palestinian Affairs journalist, Khaled Abu Toameh

20:00 Dinner on own on Ben-Yehuda downtown pedestrian mall

Overnight: Prima Royal Hotel, Jerusalem


07:30 08:00 Breakfast

08:00 08:15 Mifgash (meeting/ exchange with Israeli students) starts for both groups

08:15 Check out

08:30 10:30 Student Leaders - Jerusalem security barrier

08:30 10:30 Politicos – Jerusalem security barrier

11:00 12:00 Visit Ma’ale Adumim - the largest Israeli town/ settlement in the West Bank

12:00 15:00 Drive north (lunch on own) – stop to ride camels

15:00 16:00 Golan Heights security briefing from Mount Bental

17:00 19:15 Check-in and time to freshen up

19:30 Dinner at Kibbutz Afikim

Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House Afikim, Kineret

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, Minorities in Israel

08:00 08:30 Breakfast

09:00 11:00 Visit the Christian Holy Sites around the Sea of Galillee- Mt. Beatitudes, Capernaum etc

12:00 14:00 Druze hospitality and lunch in Daliat El Carmel

15:00 17:00 Visit Givat Haviva

17:30 19:30 Drive to Tel Aviv

19:30 20:15 Check-in and time to freshen up

20:30 Dinner at old port in Jaffa

Mifgash ends

Overnight: Basel Hotel, Tel Aviv

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, Global Responsibility

08:00 09:00 Breakfast

08:30 09:15 Drive to Holon

09:15 10:45 Visit "Save a Childs Heart Project" in Holon

11:15 13:15 Lunch on own at Nahalat Binyamin (artists market) and free time at Shuk Ha’Carmel and on trendy/funky Sheinkin street

13:30 14:30 Meet with Itai Pinkas: Tel Aviv council Member at the municipality

14:45 16:00 Yemin Orde – Ethiopian village

17:45 19:15 Return to hotel and time to freshen up

19:30 Farewell dinner at Maganda

21:30 Blues by the Beach screening at hotel
Followed by outing to Mike’s Place

Overnight: Basel Hotel, Tel Aviv

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, It’s “L’hitraot” (see you later) not goodbye!

08:30 09:00 Breakfast

09:30 Check out

10:00 11:00 Meeting with a representative of the Canadian Embassy

11:15 12:15 Group Summary on the beach

12:30 14:00 Lunch at Banana Beach

14:00 Depart to airport

17:30 Flight to Canada on Air France


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