Upcoming Kosher Travel & Cruises 2015
Itineries to be announced in coming weeks. Please keep checking this site.
AACI South Africa
January 19-30,
12 days including a safari in Kruger
AACI Lapland  
February 17-23
with air on Finnair and one overnight in Helsinki
AACI Amsterdam
March 15-19
AACI Japan Discovery
April 29 - May 10  
AACI Poland Experience
April 27 - May 4
AACI Kosher & Friendly Adriatic Cruise
October 19-31, 2014
6 Amazing ports of call
Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Chania, Corfu & Agios Nikolaos
Scholar-in-residence Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Venice with her romantic canals and Gothic-Renaissance architecture. Kotor - Montenegro's most stunning bay and best preserved medieval town. Dubrovnik - the 'Pearl of the Adriatic’ with her enduring strength and beauty. Mythological Greece, visiting the breathtaking islands of Corfu, Chania and Agios Nikolaos. Our captivating land tours with rich Jewish history are combined with stimulating and varied lectures by our scholar Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.
We will be sailing on the wonderful “Golden Iris" - a hotel at sea, enjoying delicious, freshly prepared, Kosher meals (4+) daily. Entertainment programs are offered throughout the day, Jacuzzi, gym, a casino, Duty Free shopping, and more. Escorted by Executive Director David London, you will enjoy the company of a warm and diverse English-speaking group from Israel and around and the world with days at sea where you can relax with new and old friends.
Day 1 19/10/14 Haifa   16:00
2 20/10/14 Sea    
3 21/10/14 Chania 08:00 13:00
4 22/10/14 Corfu 14:00 21:00
5 23/10/14 Sea    
6 24/10/14 Venice 08:00 18:30
7 25/10/14 Sea    
1 26/10/14 Dubrovnik 08:00 01:00 (day 2)
2 27/10/14 Kotor 08:00 18:00
3 28/10/14 Sea    
4 29/10/14 Agios Nikolaos 14:00 20:00
5 30/10/14 Sea    
6 31/10/14 Haifa 08:00  
Price Includes:
* 12 Nights, Full board + Midnight Snacks (Kosher Cuisine Freshly Prepared) and more!
* Lectures and Land Tours in English with a Jewish flavor. 
* AACI Scholar in residence.
* Kashrut and Religious Services supervised by Rabbi Jay Karzen.
* All Tips; land tours (Bus Drivers, Guides, Staff), Dining Room and Cabin Staff.
* Fully Escorted by AACI Staff.
* All Port Charges, Taxes and Security Fees.
* Round Trip Bus Transport from Central points in Israel to Haifa.
* Pre-cruise Orientation.
SUITE DECK 5 , 6 & 7      SOLD OUT

(Add Euro 50 per person for Non-AACI Members)
*The program and itinerary is subject to change without notice and minimum participation required. Please note that some land tours may include strenuous walking. Price does not include Insurance or Personal Expenses.
Prices are subject to change due to fuel increases or brochure price fluctuation.
For more information, please call Carole Kremer at AACI: 02-5600910
For reservations, please call Livia Berman at Ophir Tours: Tel/fax: : 03-526 9552. livia@ophirtours.co.il
AACI Kosher China, Beijing, Xian & Shanghai - SOLD OUT
October 27  -November 07, 2014
This itinerary includes the country’s two major cities of Beijing and Shanghai and a detour to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors. In Beijing, try to absorb the enormity of Tiananmen Square, the largest in the world, before exploring the Forbidden City on foot. Ride a rickshaw through the neighborhood maze of old Hutongs, watch a Golden Mask Performance and visit the fabulous pearl market. Climb the Great Wall of China and see the Olympic sites. Fly to Xian where ancient history comes alive with its army of warriors, often regarded as the greatest archaeological discovery of our time. We then fly on to Shanghai where there’s time to discover the old town, stroll along the grand colonial waterfront promenade, the Bund, the Jewish Quarter,  get lost among Chinese art and antiquities in the Shanghai Museum and see a vibrant acrobatic performance.
Day 1 Monday, Oct 27:  Depart for Beijing – we leave Israel on our EL AL evening flight to Beijing at 21:40. 
Day 2: Tuesday, Oct 28:  Arrival in Beijing at 13:25. Meet our local guide at the airport and embark on a scenic tour of Beijing. Then take an exciting tour of Beijing’s Hutongs (old neighborhoods) on a private and exciting Rickshaw ride.   Get familiar with the local atmosphere and rest up before our welcome dinner.  Evening: Introduction to China.  Dinner at Chabad House.
Day 3: Wednesday: Oct 29: Breakfast at the hotel. Departure by deluxe coach to the Great Wall initially built in 221 BC by the first emperor of China as a defense against nomadic tribes and has been renowned as one of the 7 wonders of the world. It extends over 10000 kilometers in the northern part of China from the eastern Pacific Ocean to the western Gobi Desert. Visit the Jade Friendship Store while enjoying the magnificent work done by elite Chinese jade experts on the spot.  Later in the day, visit the Ming Tombs and learn about Chinese Feng Shui as mostly reflected by the layout of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. Return to the city for our Chinese Banquet dinner at the Chabad House.  This evening enjoy the daring Kung Fu Show
Day 4: Thursday, Oct 30: Breakfast in the hotel.  Visit the largest city square in the world-Tiananmen Square, which can hold as many as 3 million people. We proceed through the Tiananmen Rostrum to the imperial enclosure - the famed Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, the largest of its kind in the world. It houses more than 9999 rooms.  Five of the rooms had 24 emperors living successively inside them from 1420 until 1911 both the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Climb up the Scenery Hill and have a bird’s eye view of the modern Beijing City as well as the glistening Forbidden City spread out in front of you. Drive to the Olympic Site for a breathtaking view of Bird Nest Stadium and the inspiring Water Cubic Stadium from outside.
Dinner at the Chabad House followed by the amazing Golden Mask performance.
Day 5: Friday, Oct 31:  Breakfast in the hotel. Morning tour to the Temple of Heaven and traditional Chinese Park. The Temple is the sacred praying site for Chinese emperors (1420-1911) to pray for a good harvest. Then experience in the park the lives of the everyday Chines citizens through dance and culture. Explore the Pearl Market and learn to how to find the best quality pearls and various pearl products which has been part of the Chinese culture.  Visit the Tibetan style Lamasery housing the world largest single white sandal tree Buddhist carving.  Stop for traditional Chinese foot massage and lecture on Chinese medicine and treatment.  Hotel rest before Shabbat with the Beijing Jewish Community at Chabad.  Evening: Shabbat with Chabad of Beijing.
Day 6: Saturday, Nov 01:   Breakfast at the hotel.  Shabbat Services, followed by Kiddush and lunch at the Chabad House.  After lunch we will take an optional walking tour of the unique Flower Market featuring beautiful Asian plants and flowers. Walk back to hotel for Shabbat rest.  Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit and Maariv.
Evening: visit to the exotic Food Market.
Day 7: Sunday, Nov 02: Breakfast box on our early morning flight to Xian.  Stop at a Ming Furniture Center. Representing the zenith of Chinese furniture, Ming furniture is treasured for its precious wood, comfortable design, simple decoration and superb craftsmanship. For lunch we will have an authentic Buddhist vegetarian luncheon. In the afternoon we will visit Muslim Street and museum which is a fantastic place to wander around. All shops and restaurants in the street are operated by Muslims. The stalls line the narrow alleys selling almost everything. If you are good at bargaining, you can get some amazing buys.  Dinner will be in the hotel with a delicious kosher fish dinner.  After dinner we will attend our evening show the Tang Dynasty Costume Show.
Day 8: Monday, Nov 03: Breakfast in the hotel.   Excursion to the world famous Terra Cotta Warrior Museum, including special visit to panorama movie, Pit1, Pit2, Pit3 and the Bronze Chariot. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. Given time, we will take a glimpse of the warrior duplication site where molds are created to show the original way of creating them. En route back to the city, stop at the local cave dwelling village, a primitive way of living in harsh dry lands.  Early afternoon flight to Shanghai. Dinner at Kosher restaurant in Shanghai.  Night cruise in the harbour over the neon lit Huangpu River, with a spectacular view of the Shanghai skyline.
Day 9: Tuesday, Nov 04: Breakfast in the hotel. Morning tour to Jewish Shanghai: the former home of Shanghai's Jewish community, the Hongkou Ghetto and nearby, the former Ohel-Moishe Synagogue. See the Memorial to Stateless Refugees within the ghetto and visit Ohel Rachel Synagogue, also built by the Sassoon family. Drive through the French Concession, where many of Shanghai's fine Jewish estates were once located. Within the French Concession, visit the Arts and Crafts Institute, a historic home and former estate of one of Shanghai's officials. See some of the local crafts designed and created here. Then visit the Sir Elie Kadoorie Mansion (the Marble Mansion), today a Children's Palace, to watch gifted children dance, sing, and play traditional Chinese instruments.  Return to your hotel.  Dinner at the Chabad restaurant Shanghai. Evening: Spectacular Acrobatic Show.
Day 10: Wednesday, Nov 05: Breakfast in the hotel.   Our guide will meet us this morning for a 1 1/2 hours' drive to the ancient water town – Zhouzhuang which is known as the Venice of China.  Famed as China's No.1 water town, Zhouzhuang reveals its beauty with various Ming and Qing Dynasty residences and dozens of classic bridges while the two most famous residences are Shen House and Zhang House. A cruise along the canal will give you a view of a unique waterside lifestyle. Return to Shanghai in late afternoon.  Dinner at the Chabad restaurant Shanghai.  This evening enjoy free shopping time on Nanjing Road.
Day 11: Thursday, Nov 06: Breakfast in the hotel. Tour of Shanghai Museum. Also known as the Museum of Ancient Chinese Art, the Shanghai Museum was established in 1952 and relocated twice before finding a permanent home at its present location, south of the centrally located People's Plaza, in 1996. More than 120,000 precious and rare works of art in 21 categories make the Shanghai Museum the most remarkable cultural institution in the city. Stroll around the People's Square outside the museum overlooking the stylistic buildings including the City Hall, the City Planning Museum and the Shanghai Opera House.  Visit an Embroidery Gallery at the city center given time. Afternoon departure from Shanghai at 16:20 on Dragon Air to Hong Kong arriving at 19:05 and connect with EL AL at 20:55 back to Israel arriving at 03:15am.
Price: AACI members $3893 per person in a double
Non- AACI members $3968 per person in a double
Single supplement $540
Price Includes:
  • Flights on EL AL  from Israel and Dragon Air from Shanghai to Hong Kong
  • 2 domestic flights Beijing/Xian-Xian/Shanghai
  • 9 night’s good 4 star  hotel accommodation- as mentioned or similar                  
  • Beijing (5 nights)       Metro Park Lido     
  • Xian      (1 nights)     Titan Times Hotel
  • Shanghai (3 nights)  Salvo Hotel
  • Kosher Meals: daily breakfasts in hotels + 7 lunch boxes.  Dinners in Beijing and Shanghai at kosher resturants. Freshly prepared  vegetarian / fish dinner at hotel in Xian + authentic Buddhist Vegetarian lunch and specially prepared Chinese banquet dinner
  • Transportation in air conditioned coach as per itinerary
  • Local guides for the excursions and visits as per program including entrance fees   
  • Israeli English speaking tour leader
  • Porterage at hotels and all tips
  • 4 varied evening Chinese shows
  • River cruise in Shanghai
  • AACI staff escort   
Not included:
  • Chinese Visa
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned in included
  • Travel/Medical insurance
Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary.
Deposit of $400 per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by September 10, 2014
Cancellation from time of registration until September 10, 2014: $250 per person
Cancellation between September 11-October 01, 2014: 50% of total package
Cancellation from October 02 to day of departure: 100%
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Livia Berman, Tel/fax: 03-526 9552 or email livia@ophirtours.co.il
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Thursday to Sunday 27-30 November, 2014
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AACI Art Exhibit
Jack Cohen - Manifestations
Gala Reception July 7, 18:00-20:00 details
AACI Memorial
September 30, 2014, 16:00
AACI Sukkot Walking Tours
Oct 6 - Oct 17, 2014
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