AACI Kosher South Africa - 1 Sold out
January 10-21, 2016 
January 24- February 4, 2016
AACI Kosher Lapland - Wait listed
February 01-7, 2016
March 14-17, 2016
February 20 - March 04, 2016
May 29 - June 8,2016
June 28 - July 5, 2016
May 23 - June 1, 2016
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Barcelona & Surroundings
January 04-07, 2016
You’d be hard-pressed to find a European city that offers more to please as many disparate tastes as Barcelona. The capital of Catalonia, a northern province of Spain, Barcelona has two mountains, eclectic museums and a medieval Gothic quarter that may be the most fascinating in Europe. Mind-blowing Modernista architecture of the iconic Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi dots it like jewels.
Added to this is a day trip to the province of Girona, the perfect complement to Barcelona. Girona caps an experience that reflects Spain’s wide variety of moods and destinations. The artist Salvador Dalí grew up here, in Figueres, and lived much of his life near the fishing village of Port Lligat
Trip Itinerary
Day 1, January 04-Monday Israel to Barcelona
Early meeting at Ben Gurion Airport for our EL AL flight departing at 06:25 and arriving in Barcelona at 10:15.  We will be met at the airport and whisked off for our panoramic tour of Barcelona, including a cable car ride to the top of Montjuich which grants fantastic views of the city and provides a great introduction to Barcelona. 
Time to take a break for lunch, followed by checking into our hotel.  This afternoon, after a short rest after our busy day, we enjoy dinner and then see Barcelona by night.
Day 2, January 05- Tuesday Full day Girona and Figueras
After breakfast at our hotel we drive to Girona, a Medieval Catalan city, visiting one of the oldest and most intact Jewish quarters in all of Europe, 100 kilometers north of Barcelona. The "Call" - Girona's Jewish Community- existed from the 9th century to the latter years of the 15th century. Moreover it was one of the most important centers of Kabbalistic learning in all of Europe.
Our walking tour through the narrow cobblestone lanes, high stonewalls and step streets of the Call de Girona, allows visitors entrée to private courtyards and gardens. The tour starts at Bonastruc ça Porta, an institute of Jewish learning built around the old Synagogue on Carrer de la Força, the main artery of the medieval quarter which has remained amazingly intact over the centuries.
Next we will visit the Museu d'Història dels Jueus (Jewish History Museum), which has developed a map of the maze-like streets and hosts small exhibits on Carrer de la Força. Containing the most accurate information about medieval Jewish communities in Spain, particularly those in Catalonia, the museum's exhibits provide a picture of daily life in the quarter, Jewish traditions and the region's most influential “calls”. The Hebrew lapidary (tombstone) collection is considered to be one of the finest in the world.
We continue on to Figueras and the Dali Museum.  The Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, occupies the building of the former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum.
We return to Barcelona for a late dinner and a well deserved rest.

Day 3, January 06: Wednesday Full-day tour of Barcelona
After breakfast at our hotel we will set off on a visit to the Gothic Quarter.  A stroll through Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter brings to light the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines “the heart of Barcelona”: a neighborhood where the splendor of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.

The centre of the Roman city, today’s Gothic Quarter, was marked by the point where the two main streets, the Cardo and Decumanus, converged. Today the Carrer del Bisbe and Carrer Llibreteria stand on this site. Nearby, we can still see the remains of the Roman temple of Augustus Its maze of narrow streets and squares is steeped in the city’s past and present.  Here, in the Gothic Quarter, we find the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government and the Palau de la Generalitat.  Right in the middle of this Barcelona neighborhood, is the old Jewish Quarter, the Call Jueu, with its endless narrow streets, where some remains of the ancient synagogue still survive.
In the late afternoon we visit the Picasso Museum.  The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the 4,249 works that make up the permanent collection. Furthermore, the Museu Picasso, opened in 1963, also reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.
After dinner this evening we will enjoy a Flamenco Show. 

Day 4, January 7: Thursday Full day tour Barcelona
After breakfast we visit the Poble Espanol, Spanish Village, which is a selection of full-scale replicas of buildings from different parts of the Peninsula.  It was conceived for visitors to enjoy an open-air Spanish architectural museum while strolling around its squares, streets and gardens. The Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition as the pavilion dedicated to art. Right from the start, it was conceived as a real “village” in the heart of a city. The aim was to give an idea of what might be an “ideal model” of an Iberian village that would bring together all the characteristics of all peninsular villages.

After lunch we will view Sagrada Familia from the outside, the best-known symbol of the city and Gaudí’s most ambitious project, considered to be unique in the world. Part of this structure has been declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. After we will proceed to Güell Park, one of the magical spots in the city where Gaudi let his imagination run wild. As well as being a UNESCO World Heritage, it has also been declared a Historical-Artistic Monument of National Interest. In the afternoon we will have a chance to see the Casa Milà, from the outside, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’, which is a most unusual building, constructed between 1906 and 1912 by the architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926) and declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. Today it is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and houses a cultural center that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organizes and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.
After farewell dinner we will say “Adios” to beautiful Barcelona as we take our EL AL flight home to Israel, departing at 22:25 and arriving in Ben Gurion at 03:45 January 8th. 
Price: AACI members 1470 Euro per person in a double                                           Currency Converter
Non- AACI members 1520 Euro per person in a double
Single supplement 235 Euro
Flight Schedule:
  • LY 393 04JAN DEPART TEL AVIV:  0625 ARRIVE BARCELONA: 1015    
Price Includes:
  • Flights on ELAL  from Israel
  • 3 night’s 5 star  hotel accommodation
  • Kosher Meals: daily breakfasts in hotels + lunch boxes + kosher dinners.
  • 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
  • AACI staff escort   
Not included:
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
  • Travel/Medical insurance
Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary.
Deposit of 200 Euro per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by December 03, 2015
  • Cancellation from time of registration until December 03, 2015: 80 Euro per person
  • Cancellation between December 03-Decemer 19 2015: 50% of total package
  • Cancellation from December 20 to day of departure: 100%           
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Frumie Horowitz 03-526-9511 or email frumie_h@ophirtours.co.il
AACI Kosher South Africa and Victoria Falls
January 24 - February 4, 2016
The Rainbow Nation has it all: flamboyant cultures including Jewish, dramatic scenery, diverse wildlife and an easy-going atmosphere. From exhilarating  “Big-5” game drives, to the incredible coastline along the Garden Route to stunning and cosmopolitan Cape Town, South Africa is a perennial favorite.  This trip includes awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and the wild game in neighboring Chobe National Park.
Day 1 Sunday 21 & 25 Jan: Tel Aviv – Johannesburg
Depart Tel Aviv at 22:25 
Day 2 Monday Jan 25: Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma – Knysna
On arrival in Johannesburg at 07:35, proceed through customs to the Domestic Terminal for our flight to Port Elizabeth where we will be met by our local English-speaking guide.
Travel from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma, stopping at Storms River Bridge, the entrance to the Garden Route. Here one can stroll alongside the bridge for spectacular views.
Continue to the Tsitsikamma National Park, situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of clear water". The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos, and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. The forest nature trail to the river mouth and across the suspension bridge is a must. Spectacular!
Continue to Knysna for an early evening arrival and on to a delicious kosher dinner.
Overnight: Knysna Premier Hotel
Day 3 Tuesday, Jan 26: Knysna – Oudtshoorn
Travel to Oudtshoorn via Sedgefield, Wilderness and George. Oudtshoorn, is known as “little Jerusalem” due to the large Jewish Community living there the turn of the 20th century. Visit the C.P. Nel Museum, with the only Synagogue to be situated in a museum; it has an Ark that is extremely tall. What makes the Synagogue and various ceremonial objects so amazing is the fact that they are still being used.
Visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, an endangered species breeding facility. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact center worldwide offers visitors the rare opportunity of interacting with hand-reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction.
On arrival in Oudtshoorn visit the Safari Ostrich Farm for a tour, learning every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. Visitors will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them - a great photo opportunity. Visitors get to sit on an ostrich and those who are brave enough can even try their hand at riding one. Every tour (weather permitting) ends with an "Ostrich Derby" where local jockeys display their riding skills. A highly entertaining tour is guaranteed.
Overnight:  Outdshoorn Hotel
Day 4 Wednesday Jan 27: Oudtshoorn Garden Route Game Lodge 
Early tour of the Cango Caves to view the beautiful chambers of stalactite and stalagmite formations created many thousands of years ago. The Cango Caves are a series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations with names like ‘the bridal couple’, ‘glass flower fantasy’, ‘weird cango candle’ and ‘the hanging shawl’.
Depart from Oudsthoorn via the Robinson Pass to Mossel Bay.  Visit the Dias Museum Complex, where we will find the Post Office Tree and a replica of the Dias Caravel. The hotel marks the spot where the first explorers to South Africa made contact with the local indigenous people.
From here we continue to the deluxe Garden Route Game Lodge.
This private game reserve is home to an abundance of animal and bird life including the BIG 5. Enjoy game viewing in open Landrovers as well as deluxe accommodations. Sightings of the BIG 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) are frequent. Herds of zebra, wildebeest, springbok, eland, impala and other antelope species are also abundant.  Late afternoon depart for an afternoon/evening game drive with a ranger, enjoying a sunset stop at a lookout point on the reserve. Return to the Lodge for dinner.
Overnight:  Botlierskip Private Game Reserve
Day 5 Thursday Jan 28 : GBotlierskip  – Cape Town
Depart on a sunrise game drive in an open Landrover with our experienced game ranger who will bring us sightings of lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah, as well as giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species such as bontebok, red hartebeest, kudu, eland, impala, springbuck and many more.
Return to the Lodge for a full kosher buffet breakfast.
Continue to Cape Town with stops in Swellendam and Du Toits Kloof Pass
Dinner at the Avrons.
Overnight: Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 6 Friday Jan 29: Cape Town
Start the day with a visit to Table Mountain.
Often described as magical and mystical, Table Mountain is Cape Town's most prominent feature and a world famous landmark. This majestic mountain is visible from almost everywhere in Cape Town and is often used as a beacon by which to find direction. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and provides breath-taking views over the city and its beaches.
Continue on a panoramic city tour of Cape Town, passing the houses of Parliament, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope. Visit the South African Museum, the Jewish Museum, the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay quarter & Green Market Square.
Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
Services at Synagogue, followed by Shabbat dinner at hotel.
Overnight:   Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 7 Saturday Jan 30: Cape Town
Day at Leisure - walk around the beautiful beach front near our hotel.
After services, Shabbat lunch at hotel.
Overnight: Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 8 Sunday Jan 31: Cape Peninsula
Travel through Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay – take a short boat trip to Seal Island to view the Seals in their natural environment (weather permitting).
Continue via Chapman’s Peak to the nature reserve of Cape of Good Hope. This is where the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope can be viewed as well as the legendary meeting of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian currents. Return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. En-route visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony. Return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg.
Visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony. Continue onto Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home of some 3500 species of Southern African fauna and flora
Continue to the V & A Waterfront (time permitting). The wide variety of leisure activities and attractions on offer at the V&A Waterfront makes this unique destination the first choice for both local and foreign visitors. The V&A Waterfront is a treasure trove of fun and exciting experiences, to be discovered...new journeys await around every corner.
Overnight: Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 9 Monday Feb 01: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for our flight to Johannesburg, connecting to our flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival we will be met by our representatives to transfer to our hotel.
Victoria Falls, described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders', and in more modern terms as 'the greatest known curtain of falling water'. Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the afternoon we depart for our Zambezi River Sunset Cruise, a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. We hopefully will see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant and sometimes even rhino in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species. This very popular cruise includes, beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets!
Victoria Falls is a Malaria Area – please consult with your doctor
Overnight:  Kingdom Hotel
Day 10 Tuesday Feb 2: Victoria Falls – Chobe – Victoria Falls 
Early morning departure to Chobe National Park where we will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife on our game drives.
Botswana is Africa at its very best - untamed, vast expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with wildlife, alive with expectancy and an ultimate safari destination.
The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, undisputedly boasts one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.
Spend the morning game viewing while cruising along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided. The cruise ends at around 12.30hrs and then we have time for lunch before our afternoon game drive. After lunch, we board our vehicles for an afternoon safari. After the afternoon game drive, we return to Victoria Falls 
Overnight:  Kingdom Hotel
Day 11 Wednesday Feb 3: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg
After breakfast we will have a Guided Tour of the Falls. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. En-route, we may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where we may stop and take photos. We will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest.  Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for our flight to Johannesburg.
Overnight:  Holiday Inn Sandton
Day 12 Thursday Feb 4: Johannesburg
Depart on a panoramic tour of Johannesburg’s affluent suburbs and business district. Continue to Soweto. Soweto is the very symbol of the African's struggle for freedom in South Africa. During the last troubled decades of the twentieth century Soweto represented the struggle against apartheid. This tour also offers insight into the daily lives of the people of Soweto, the origins of “Matchbox City” and its complex relationship with greater Johannesburg.
Dinner at a Kosher Restaurant.
Drop off at the airport for our flight back home.
Flight Schedule:
EL AL 051 Jan 24 from Israel at 22:35 arrival Johannesburg 07:35 (Jan 25)
EL AL 052 Feb 4 from Johannesburg at 21:45 arrival in Israel 07:00 (Feb 5)
Price: AACI members                                                                          CURRENCY CONVERTER
$5650 per person in a double
$5700 non members/ single supplement $590
  This deluxe trip includes:
  • 10 nights accommodations at Hotels mentioned above or similar
  • Entrance Fees to all sites
  • 2 Game Drives in Garden Route Game Lodge
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise
  • 1 River Game Cruise and 1 Game Drive in Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls Visit
  • Kosher Full Board with packed lunches
  • International Flight with ELAL
  • Local Flights with SA Airlines
  • Water on bus (2 per day)
  • Tips to driver/guide, hotel and restaurant staff
  • AACI Staff Escort
Not included:
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any activity not included in above itinerary
  • Visa for Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) $55
  • Deposit of $400 due at time of registration, Final payment due November 10, 2015
  • Cancellation from time of registration until November 24, 2015: $200 per person
  • Cancellation between November 25 - December 26, 2015: $1200 per person
  • Cancellation from December 27 to day of departure: 100%
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Frumie Horowitz 03-526-9511 or email frumie_h@ophirtours.co.il
AACI Kosher Lapland Adventure
February 01-07 2016
  • dog sleighing with Huskies
  • Arctic ice breaker with plunge in the water (optional)!
  • snowmobiling – day & night trips
  • northern lights
  • visit the artic circle
  • over night in Arctic Snow Hotel
Magical Lapland is an area in northern Finland Sweden Russia and Norway. It is most likely that Lapland does not resemble anything else on earth.
You are going on an adventure where you will see landscapes and places that you have never seen before. You will return with white photographs of snowy hills and rare photos of the famous northern light – the Aurora Borealis. You will ride snowmobiles though breathtaking landscapes, you will sail on a real ice breaker and visit the ice palace.  You will take a crash course in Husky dog sleighs and ice fishing and sleep comfortably (one night only!) in a snow hotel room.   This will be a trip to another world, a journey of a lifetime, and a place so unique you will remember it forever.
Day 1-February 1-Monday
Welcome to Lapland! A Lapland local guide will welcome us at the airport in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and winter paradise! We immediately transfer straight to the safari houses where you will be equipped with all safari gear that you will need for a warm and fun time(thermal overalls, shoes, socks, gloves & caps). Continue by bus to the hotel for a welcome dinner.
Dinner buffet in the hotel and AACI group orientation
Day 2-February 2-Tuesday
After a delicious breakfast, Continue by bus to Vaattunki nature area, where local lumberjacks still live and work.
Vaattunki is a great example of natural unspoiled Arctic forest. We will transfer by coach to the husky farm where hundreds of huskies greet us with their howling and yapping. These friendly husky dog teams are anxious to take us for a safari in the surrounding wilderness. After a short training session, we set out for an unforgettable journey, which will give us a glimpse into the old Lappi way of life (take notice of their working tongues).. On return enjoy a hot drink, as there is nothing better then a hot drink after a cold journey!
Continuing to a reindeer farm where we will have a chance to ride the reindeer sledges for a short while. We then hear from a reindeer shepherd about his everyday life, reindeer and their special habits.
Dinner buffet at the hotel
After dinner, we will have a special AACI exclusive evening snowmobile ride. The lights of our snowmobiles will light up the magical arctic forest, and the moon will guide our way. As this night ride grants us an unmatched opportunity for stargazing, we will plan on the snowmobile ride based on the predicted  appearance of the Northern Lights.
Day 3-February 3-Wednesday
After breakfast we have an hour ride to Kemi. Departure to the harbor and board the Sempo ice-breaking cruise ship.  We sail out into the frozen bay. The ship will stop in the bay to allow you to walk on the ice or for the heroes among to you jump into the icy waters! The ship's crew will hand out special suits to provide floatation and resistance to moisture for this activity.
We will continue to Ounsavaara to see a private ski jump show from the highest ski jump in Lapland!
Dinner buffet at the hotel
Day 4-February 4-Thursday
After breakfast we begin a journey to the area of Posio to visit the “frozen falls” in Korouoma. A short walk through a beautiful winter paradise brings us to the frozen falls, and not to be missed site!
After lunch we continue to the world’s Northernmost Wildlife Park Ranua Zoo. There are about 55 species of Northern and Arctic animals and birds living in their natural habitat. The zoo is set up among the forest, and will take a leisurely walk along well-tended paths. Many of the arctic animals are most active in winter and snow provides a good background for watching them. You will see the few tricks of the Polar bears and meet the speaking black raven. We then take a quick stop the the Fazer chocolate factory to buy a few sweets (kosher).
At night, we will have the opportunity to see a hockey game, a very fitting sport for the arctic!
Dinner buffet at the hotel
Day 5-February 5-Friday
After breakfast we continue to our snowmobile safari!  Before we start out we get a briefing on the use of snowmobiles.  At the end of the training we practice what we learned in our thermal clothing and helmet, riding two on a snowmobile.   Our journey will take us through deep snow at the foot of mountains and river ice. Travel about 10 km to a fishing camp on a frozen river and experience how the local people called "Lapps" live in this land.   Learn to catch fish on a frozen river with a special drill make a hole in thick ice and throw your stick into frozen water.
Return to hotel to prepare for a restful and warm Shabbat.
Friday night dinner Tefillah and Dinner at hotel
Day 6-February 6-Shabbat
After Kiddush and Tefillah, we will take a walking tour to the Arktikum museum. The Artikum exhibitions lead guests on an adventure to Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region. The review of the history of Finnish Lapland spans from Rovaniemi to Upper Lapland and from prehistory to about the 1970s. The Arctic region is examined in light of the Arctic research of today and the future. The exhibitions provide a comprehensive section of the history and culture of Lapland as well as of Arctic knowledge.
Return to hotel for an early “seudah shlishit.” After Havdallah, we move to one of Lapland’s famous snow hotels!! This AACI exclusive adventure is a once in a life time experience. This hotel, which is rebuilt anew each season, will provide us with the proper gear to sleep warmly in sub zero temperatures.
Day 7-February 7-Sunday
After breakfast back we are driven out to the nearby wilderness for some snowshoeing. After a brief lesson (its very easy!) we continue Eskimo style to the Arctic village, located directly on the arctic circle. We then return to the hotel for a farewell lunch, and are transferred to the airport for the flight back to Tel Aviv.
Flight Schedule-Sun D’or Airline
  • LY 5375 01FEB DEPART TEL AVIV:      08:00 ARRIVE ROVANIEMI: 13:50    
PRICE PER PERSON IN A DOUBLE:  AACI MEMBERS-2920 Euro            Currency Converter
Important Facts:
  • Special insurance is needed for winter sports activities
  • Snowmobile drivers and dog sled drivers must be 18 years old with valid driver's license.
  • Riding two people per snowmobile and dog sled.
  • Important to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and appropriate clothing such as:
  • Warm socks, wool gloves, boots, scarf, woolen hat, tracksuit clothing, wool or any comfortable clothing for use under the thermal clothing you get there.
Included in the price:
  • International air fare and all relevant taxes.
  • 5 nights accommodation at 4 star hotel.
  • 1 night accommodation at Artic Snow Hotel Rovaniemi
  • Fresh and delicious Kosher breakfast and dinner with arrangements for  making sandwiches for lunch
  • Transportation in heated 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 tips for drivers and guides
  • AACI staff escort
Not included in the price:
  • Activities during free time
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional payment for single usage of snowmobile (must be reserved in advance)
Minimum number of participants required
Itinerary is subject to change without notice.  Weather dictates much of our activity in Lapland and we can not be held responsible for alterations to the program.
Please note there are no refunds for unused services or meals
Deposit of 300Euro per person at time of reservation. Final payment due by December 15, 2015
Cancellation from time of registration until December 15, 2015: 120 Euro per person
Cancellation between December 16-January 01 2016: 320 Euro per person
Cancellation between January 02-January 23  2016: 520 Euro per person
Cancellation from January 24-to day of departure: 100%
For reservation and information call Frumie at Ophir Tours 03-526-9511
Russia-Moscow, St. Petersburg & More!
May 29-June 08, 2016
Visit Moscow and St. Petersburg the two cities that define Russia’s past, present and future. Take a quick detour to some magical rural destinations as well!
Moscow is unlike any other city on earth. It is the wealthy economic center for one sixth of the world's land mass and has over 120 ethnic groups and nationalities. A diverse and vibrant city with a strange combination of traditional Russian architecture and newer Soviet style, Moscow is an adventure waiting to happen!
St. Petersburg is one of the world's most beautiful cities with all the ingredients necessary for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured many of the modern world greatest literature, music, and visual art. From the mysterious twilight of White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions, St. Petersburg charms and entices everybody. 
..And more! We visit some classic Russian small towns to get a taste of rural Russia: Tver, Klin, Vasilyovo, Vyshny Volochyok and Valday will show us a side of Russia most tours do not get to see.
Tour Highlights:
  • In Moscow: Choral Synagogue, Red Square, Manege Square, St Basil Cathedral, Kremlin & Armory Chamber, Tretyakov Gallery & The Metro
  • Entrance to the Diamond Fund in the Kremlin to see the Crown Jewels
  • Two-day rural tour including Klin, Tver, Vasilyovo, Vyshny, Volochyok and Valday
  •  In St Petersburg: Choral Synagogue, Peter & Paul Fortress, Peterhof by Hydrofoil, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Summer Gardens & Yusupov Palace
  • 2 Hermitage visits!
  • Cruise the canals of St. Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg by night with the Bridge Opening
  • Folklore show
DAY 1, Sunday, May 29: Israel / Moscow
Early departure from Ben Gurion by Aeroflot flight at 01:05 am arrival in Moscow 05:10 am
Welcome to Moscow Upon arrival we will proceed to the Old Choral Synagogue which recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary. It is a very impressive building, constructed by renowned Moscow architect Roman Klein. This was the only synagogue that continued to operate throughout the Soviet period.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Museum of Russian Jewish History, the first Jewish museum in Moscow, which, after a long interval, was reopened on May 18, 2011. On display are rare documents, photographs and pictures dating back to the 18th century. You will learn about traditional Jewish professions and crafts, and about their relationship with the government before and after the Revolution. Several rooms are devoted to the life of the Jewish community during Soviet times. The museum was founded by Sergey Ustinov, vice-president of the Russian Jewish Congress. Unfortunately the museum doesn't have enough room to accommodate all its exhibits (only 1000 items are on display; more than 3000 exhibits are kept in storage).
DAY 2, Monday, May 30: Moscow
Today we will go on one of the most interesting tours in the world as we explore Moscow's amazing sites. We will visit the famous Red Square and go inside St. Basil’s Cathedral, built by Ivan the Terrible in the 15th century.
Our next stop is beside the Kremlin Walls. After an extensive tour of Moscow’s highlights and  spending time in the middle of the world-famous Red Square, we will proceed to the St. Basil's Cathedral (the colorful church that stands along the Red Square) and then on to the Kremlin.
A visitor un-steeped in Russian history would not guess that the beautiful basilicas and edifices comprising the Kremlin were once part of a royal fortress shielding Moscow from centuries of fierce Mongol invasions.  The Kremlin is so beautiful that Stalin himself did not dare to disturb this crowning treasure, which astounds with an eclectic mixture of playful colors, architectural bravado and eerier sternness of structure and function in the form of Lenin's Mausoleum.
The Kremlin of Moscow is one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia and, as you will experience yourself, its interior is stupendous. Half of its area is reserved for the government and the other half is open to the public. We will explore the Kremlin with our Moscow guide who will tell us many interesting tales about events that took place inside the walls of the Kremlin since 1147. 
After strolling inside the Kremlin walls we will proceed to the highlight of the Kremlin grounds - the Armory Chamber museum exhibiting the most unique and precious artifacts from different times in Russian history. This is where you have a chance to look at the famous Faberge Eggs and Catherine the Great’s Imperial dresses, giving you the feeling of traveling back in time.
In the afternoon we will visit one of the most exciting sites in Moscow, located deep beneath the surface. On Stalin’s order, the Moscow Subway was built to display the advantages of socialism. Today the Soviet Union is gone, but the beautiful underground city is still active and transports millions of passengers each day. The Moscow Subway was constructed not only to streamline the city's transportation, but also to celebrate the accomplishments of the Soviets. The entire subway comprises works of socialist realism, making passengers feel as though they are entering various underground palaces, not merely riding the subway to work. Apart from its immense cultural value, Moscow's subway is a highly efficient transportation system that carries three million passengers daily and spans the entire city in a star-like fashion. Interestingly, the subway can also serve as a nuclear shelter in case of war.
After dinner we will go on a night tour of Moscow.
DAY 3, Tuesday, May 31: Moscow
Moscow's most famous collection of art and one of the world's top galleries is the Tretyakov Picture Gallery. It began as the private collection of a wealthy Muscovite merchant, Tretyakov, who lived in the 19th century and donated his collection to the city. The State Tretyakov Gallery possesses a unique collection of Russian art which includes masterpieces which span a period of a thousand years. 
We then visit Victory Park which was only completed in the mid-nineties, and is something of a last gasp for the Soviet tradition of monumental triumphal art. Located on and around the Poklonnaya Gora, the hill where Napoleon waited in vain to be given the keys to the city when his troops surrounded Moscow in 1812, the park is set in an area steeped in Russian military history.
Onto the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue. The memorial site was built in 1998 by architect Moshe Zarhy from Israel and it is located on Poklonnaya Gord in Moscow. The synagogue was built to complement an Orthodox church and a mosque that are also part of the outdoor museum dedicated to Russia's victory in World War II.  En route to the hotel we view the Bolshoi theater.
In the Evening – Folklore show.
DAY 4, Wednesday, June 01: Moscow-Tver
The next two days we can learn about the "real" Russia, what people do, think and how they live outside the big two cities.
Depart Moscow early in the morning and arrive in ancient Klin, admire the traditional Christmas ornaments at Klin glassworks. Learn what life of a farmer is like in the Tver region and move on to Torzhok, famous for its golden embroidery. Arriving in Tver for a panoramic tour and dinner. Overnight in Tver.
DAY 5, Thursday, June 02: Tver-St Petersburg
Travel to Vasilyovo village to learn about traditional Russian log cabins and proceed to Vyshny Volochyok, "the city of seven islands", for a visit to the local history museum to learn about its unique canal system constructed by Peter the Great. Finish the day’s touring in Valday, homecity of bell manufacture in Russia, with its superb Iversky monastery. Arrive in St.Petersburg at late evening.
DAY 6, Friday, June 03: St. Petersburg
The culmination of the world’s best capitals, St. Petersburg is the crown jewel of travel destinations. To visit St. Petersburg without sailing along its rivers and canals means not having seen "the Venice of the North"! Starting our trip from the very heart of the city - Admiralteyskaya Embankment – we will enter the Neva water area viewing one of the historical city sights, Strelka of Vasilievsky Island, famous for its Rastrelli Columns. We will admire the panorama of the majestic Hermitage and Peter and Paul Fortress, continue along the Moyka River under the widest bridge of St. Petersburg,  the Blue Bridge. Enjoy the magnificent sight of St. Isaac's Cathedral, turn to the Fontanka River and the Kryukov Canal, catch a glimpse of the Mariinsky Theater,  and return back to the moorage. Having seen the main historical sights of the Russian Northern Capital you will at the same time have the most romantic trip you could imagine! Our guide will take us to the Peter and Paul Fortress and St Isaac's Cathedral. Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat. 
Services at Coral Synagogue.
DAY 7, Shabbat, June 04: St. Petersburg
On Shabbat if you wish you can attend services at the lovely Choral Synagogue. After Shabbat lunch, we will go on a walking tour of the area, including our first tour of the Hermitage (Shabbat friendly).
DAY 8, Sunday, June 05: St. Petersburg
Today we have a second guided excursion to the Hermitage. The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage situated in the center of St Petersburg consists of the Winter Palace, the former state residence of the Russian emperors, the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theater and the Auxiliary House. The museum complex also includes the Menshikov Palace and the Eastern Wing of the General Staff building, the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Center and the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory.
In the afternoon we will visit the Yusupov Palace. Located on Moika Embankment, it is one of the most beautiful examples of classicism style constructions in St. Petersburg. Decorated with a six-column portico, the Palace delights with a harmony of proportions and silhouette elegancy. It is best known as the Palace on the Moika River where Grigory Rasputin was murdered in 1916. Grigory Rasputin was one of the most controversial figures in Russian history. After the demise of the royal family to which he himself had greatly contributed, he was on the run. Prince Felix Yusupov lured Rasputin to the Palace and poisoned him. Nowadays, the cellar where the dramatic events took place houses the exhibition “Grigory Rasputin: Pages of Life and Death”. Visitors can see the wax figures of Rasputin and the plotters, as well as other interesting exhibits.
DAY 9, Monday, June 06: St. Petersburg-Pushkin-Pavlovsk-St. Petersburg
Catherine's Palace was a gift from Peter the Great to his wife Catherine, whom he loved very much, ironically he build the palace on the other side of the city. Catherine's Palace is located in the town of Pushkin (also known as Tsarskoe Selo). We will experience the wonder of the Summer Palace, where gold and marble statutes adorn the beaming sea entrance from the cold stormy waters of the Baltic to this sun-drenched gold-dripped masterpiece. Enter the Amber Room, a beautiful room built of pure amber that disappeared during the German occupation in World War II but is now restored to its original magnificence.
DAY 10, Tuesday, June 07: Peterhof
Today we will venture to the outskirts of St. Petersburg via hydrofoil to visit Peterhof Palace, the summer residence of Russia’s royalty. Stroll in the vast Lower Park with 176 glorious fountains of various forms and styles, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, including the famous Samson Fountain. Visit the magnificent, beige and white Grand Summer Palace, lavishly decorated with two white pavilions with gilded cupolas. While walking through its lavish parks and elegant rooms, you can easily imagine that you have been transported to Versailles.
DAY 11, Wednesday, June 08: Flight home
In the morning we bid Russia farewell and transfer to the airport for our return flight home with Aeroflot at 08:10 on the morning of June 08 arriving in Israel at 12:40.
SU 505  29 MAY Tel Aviv - Moscow        Departs-0105.  Arrives-0510                     
SU 6627 08 JUN St Petersburg -TelAviv  Departs-0810.  Arrives-1240                   
Price: AACI members $3995 per person in a double room
Non - AACI members $4045 per person in a double room
Single supplement $910
Price Includes:
  • Flights on Aeroflot airlines from and return to Israel
  • 3 nights deluxe hotel in Moscow
  • 1 night four star hotel in Tver
  • 6 nights deluxe hotel in St. Petersburg
  • Meals: Full board, breakfast and dinner daily with provisions for making sandwiches for lunch.   
  • Transportation in air-conditioned coach as per itinerary
  • Local guides for the excursions and visits as per program including entrance fees   
  • Tour leader from Israel
  • Porterage of one bag per person at hotels
  • AACI staff escort   
Not included:
  • Visa fee for Russia where relevant
  • Any item of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’
  • Travel/Medical insurance
Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary. Minimum number of participants needed for this tour to operate.
Deposit of $300 due at time of registration
  • Cancellation from time of registration until March 29th  2016: $150 per person
  • Cancellation between March 30th-April 20th  2016: $1200 per person
  • Cancellation between April 21st-May 7th  2016: 50%
  • Cancellation from May 8th  to day of departure: 100%
For reservations and information please contact Frumie Horowitz at Ophir Tours:
Telephone: 03-526-9511
Email: frumie_h@ophirtours.co.il
Croatia and Slovenia
June 28-July 05, 2016
Our exciting tour to Croatia and Slovenia highlights will include the Plitvice Lakes - National Park which is included on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites   Split - one of the Croatian fortified jewels on the clear blue Adriatic coast the National Park Krka, natural phenomenon with its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 meters the city of Trogir  Zagreb – the capital of Croatia Varaždin and Castle Trakošćan, Čakovec Jasenovac, the largest concentration camp in Croatia during the Holocaust.
During this tour you will also visit the Postojna Cave in Slovenia - the largest known cave system in Slovenia with expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations and the enchanting Lake Bled, the most beautiful lake within the Slovenian Alps.
Departure from Israel at 16:30 arrival in Zagreb at 19:10
On arrival at the Zagreb International Airport we will be met by our guide and driver and stop for dinner, before checking into ourhotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, after which we depart by bus to Slovenia and the Postojna Cave, the largest known cave system in Slovenia with expansive cave areas and stalactite and stalagmite formations. After visiting of the Cave, we will continue our drive   toward Bled. There we will visit the 11th century castle of Bled sitting on a cliff overlooking the lake. The castle terraces offer spectacular views of the lake and the island and over to the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps. We will take a relaxing walk around fairytale Lake Bled.  Dinner & overnight in Kranska Goro.
After breakfast at the hotel we depart by bus to Varaždin, a beautiful city filled with cultural and architectural treasures. Jews settled in Varaždin in 1777 and the first Jewish school in Croatia was founded here in 1826. The city center of Varaždin is one of Europe's most intact baroque centers dotted with numerous museums and galleries. You will see the oldest city hall in Europe - the Croatian National Theater, built in 1873, in the neo-renaissance style. This theater attracts visitors from all over the world. After sightseeing the old part of town, we will proceed to the cemetery which is under UNESCO protection. It is characterized by its baroque style and its trees that are over a 100 years old. The well-known Varaždin cemetery was created at the beginning of the 20th century with the planting of thuja shrubs that are trimmed into hedges and arcades modeled after the parks in France's Versailles. The cemetery is a real monument to horticulture.  
We will continue toward Trakošćan Castle, which It retains classical 12th and 13th century features. The surrounding attractive park with exotic trees and an artificial lake make it the most impressive castle in Croatia. From Varaždin, we proceed to Čakovec. The afternoon tour of the town includes the Jewish sites such as the synagogue that was built in 1836, and the Jewish cemetery, which is part of the municipal cemetery established in 1897, and is still used today. The cemetery is listed as a historical landmark and maintained by the local authorities and the Čakovec Jewish community.  Return to Zagreb for dinner & overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel.  The bus will take us to Mirogoj, one of the most famous cemeteries in Europe, designed in 1876 by Herman Bolle. He built a majestic arcade from a string of cupolas which is like a fortress from the outside but is calm and graceful inside. The cemetery is lush and green and the paths are interspersed with sculpture and artfully designed tombs. Departure for Jasenovac, the largest concentration and extermination camp in Croatia during World War II. At the outbreak of the War, 23,000 Jews lived in Croatia. Jasenovac was established in August 1941, and was dismantled only in April 1945. According to incomplete lists some 60,000 names were identified in the Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška camps, mostly Serbs, Jews and Gypsies. According to some estimates, the total number of victims is far greater. Visit to Jasenovac Memorial Center. Return to Zagreb to welcome in Shabbat.  Dinner & Overnight.
Shabbat morning with light breakfast at the hotel.  Free time, Shabbat  services and lunch with the local Jewish community. Afternoon walking tour near our hotel and time to rest. 
Walking Tour of Zagreb: Zagreb, the capital of Croatia with 1000 years of history, friendly people and beautiful parks, will surprise you with its rich and fascinating Jewish history. We will take a walk through the ages, starting at 11th century foundation of Zagreb, to the 14th century and the first arrival of Jews in Zagreb, through the golden years of the late 19th and early 20th century, when Zagreb developed rapidly, with the Jewish community reaching its peak - just before almost completely perishing during the Shoah.  Our tour includes visits to all the landmarks and sites of Zagreb, with detailed insight into the history of the Jews in Croatia and surrounding areas, and the revival of Jewish life today.  Dinner & overnight in Zagreb.
We start our tour with a visit to the Plitvice Lakes.  Sightseeing tour of Plitvice - unique phenomenon under the protection of UNESCO, and Croatia's beautiful National Park. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species.  Visitors will enjoy the beauty of the park with its specially made paths and will enjoy a boat ride as well.  Afterward we will drive towards the area of Solin for dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Trogir for a short sightseeing tour.  Trogir is known as a town museum, included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. We will walk through its narrow streets passing stone houses, churches, palaces, monasteries and walls.  We continue with our drive to Split.  This tour includes the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian, with Peristyle, Jupiter’s Temple and St. Duimus Cathedral. There are carvings of menorahs on the walls of the same room that houses the marble dining table in the Diocletian’s Palace. These carvings provide evidence of an early Jewish presence in Split. We visit the restored Synagogue of Split, located along the narrow street called Židovski prolaz (Jewish Passage), the Jewish Ghetto and Morpurgo Library. Visit to the Jewish Community Center in Split. Afternoon drive to Marjan Hill for a visit to the Old Jewish Cemetery dating from 1537, from where we will have a magnificent view of Split. Return to Solin for dinner & overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Our day takes us to the National Park Krka, one of the most amazing in Dalmatia, surrounded by untouched nature - enjoy the sights of crystal clear waters, waterfalls and small lakes. Embark on a boat for a cruise on the Krka River. Continue to the airport for our flight home. Departing flight 20:20 to arrive in Tel Aviv at 00:35
Flight information:
28 June- LY 5181 16:30 Depart Tel Aviv 19:10 Arrive Zagreb   
05 July-  LY 5182 20:20 Depart Zagreb 00:35 Arrive Tel Aviv
Price: AACI members 2390 Euro per person in a double room
Non - AACI members 2440 Euro per person in a double room
Single supplement 330 Euro
Price Includes:
  • Charter Flights to Zagreb
  • 4 star hotels throughout trip
  • Meals: Full board, breakfast and dinner daily with provisions for making sandwiches for lunch.  
  • Transportation in air-conditioned coach as per itinerary
  • Local guides for the excursions and visits as per program including entrance fees    
  • Tour leader from Israel
  • Porterage of one bag per person at hotels
  • AACI staff escort   
Not included:
  • Visa fee where relevant
  • Any item of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’
  • Travel/Medical insurance
Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary. Minimum number of participants needed for this tour to operate.
Deposit of 300 Euro  due at time of registration
  • Cancellation from time of registration until April 14th 2016: 150  Euro per person
  • Cancellation between April 14th-May 8th  2016: 700 Euro per person
  • Cancellation between May 9th-June 7th   2016: 50%
  • Cancellation from June 8th - to day of departure: 100%
For reservations and information please contact Frumie Horowitz at Ophir Tours:
Telephone: 03-526-9511
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