Kosher Travel & Cruises 2015
October 6 - 20
October 25 - November 8
AACI Delux Kosher Prague
November 16-19  2015
Nov 23-Dec 03, 2015
2016 TRIPS - Details coming soon!
AACI Kosher Barcelona
January 04-07
AACI Kosher South Africa
January 10-21
AACI Kosher Lapland
February 07-14
AACI Kosher Thailand
February 20 - March 04
Jewish Heritage tour of Central Europe/Slovakia (7 days of touring)
August 31 – September 06 2015
General cultural touring will be woven into the Jewish touring, bringing the rich culture of this beautiful region to life. In Bratislava, visit the synagogue, as well as museums and other Jewish cultural sites including the grave of the great Chatam Sofer and the Holocaust memorial site. Explore the Bratislava Castle perched on a scenic hilltop with views of the Danube and the old city.
Sail to Vienna, and visit the Jewish quarter, the Schonbrunn palace and then sail back through the beautiful Danube to Bratislava. Take a break from urban life to travel to the Low Tatra mountains, and visit Banská Štiavnica, a UNESCO world heritage site, known for its mining and view its synagogue and meet with a community leader. Continue to Banska Bystrica to visit the mass grave where famous Israeli parachutists Haviva Reik and Raphael Riess are buried. Relax before Shabbat at the spa town of Piestany and enjoy spa treatments and hot springs.
Day 1 Monday Aug 31 - Bratislava
After arrival at 10:35 to Bratislava, we will meet our bus at the airport and immediately begin our explorations. We will tour the Old Center of the city including the Bratislava castle- The castle, on a hill above the old town, dominates the city of Bratislava. It features in the first written reference to the city, and the area was populated as early as the late Stone Age. In the 16th century, King Ferdinand ordered the rebuilding of the castle in the Renaissance style, while in the 17th century, when the castle became the seat of the provincial chief, it was rebuilt in the baroque style. Since independence, the castle has served as a representative venue for the Slovak Parliament and houses collections of the Slovak National Museum.   
From there we will continue to the Jewish quarter and visit the small moving Jewish museum housed in The Heydukova Street Synagogue. The museum exhibition is installed in the synagogue's disused women's gallery and includes key items from the Judaica collection of the Bratislava Jewish community as well as other objects – some of them associated with the Holocaust – donated by individual community members.
We will then continue to explore the rest of the city including the main square, promenade and Holocaust Memorial.
Check in to the hotel.  Dinner at the Hotel.
Day 2 Tuesday Sept 01 - Vienna
We will start the morning with an hour ride to the stately city of Vienna, the capital of Austria. Once there we will learn about the Jewish life and heritage in Vienna through the years. We will visit the Jewish Museum of Vienna at Palais Eskeles. Besides its extensive collection of Viennese Judaica, the Museum tells the story of Viennese Jewry and its impact on the development of Vienna. You will then walk through the narrow streets to visit the Judenplatz which was the town square of the Jewish Community of Vienna in the Middle Ages.  Jews began settling Vienna in 1150, and medieval Jewish traditions and presence thrived here until the pogrom of 1421, when most of the community were either murdered or imprisoned. Today, the square is dominated by the new Holocaust Memorial; and several Jewish organizations have returned to the surrounding buildings including a branch of the Jewish Museum.
We will then continue onto the The Hundertwasserhaus, an expressionist landmark in Austria which is an apartment house  built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and architect Joseph Krawina.
After dinner at a kosher restaurant we will cruise the Danube back to Bratislava and see the river sites at night.
Dinner in a local kosher restaurant in Vienna.  Return by Danube Cruise to Bratislava.
Day 3 Wednesday Sept 02 - Low Tatras,  Banska Bystrica, Banská Štiavnica
After breakfast we will drive east to the Low Tatras. The Tatras are a mountain range of the Inner Western Carpathians in central Slovakia. There we will visit Banská Štiavnica, an old mining town whose old city is a UNESCO declared historical site. Over the centuries, the old medieval mining center grew into a town with Renaissance palaces, 16th-century churches, elegant squares and castles. As Banská Štiavnica was an important silver mining town, Jews were barred from living here until the ban on Jewish residence in mining towns was lifted in 1859. The Jews of Banská Štiavnica, who belonged to the Neolog movement, were prosperous and managed to integrate well into the town's German-speaking middleclass society. We will visit the synagogue, built in 1893, which has recently been restored. We will also visit the Jewish cemetery, which has recently undergone restoration, and occupies a beautiful location on a hillside above town.
We will then drive to Banska Bystrica where we will visit a mass grave from WWII where Haviva Reik and Raphael Weiss, Israeli parachutists are buried. There we will hear about their stories and their heroism.
After some free time in the center of town, we will drive back to Bratislava for dinner.
Dinner tonight at the hotel
Day 4 Thursday Sept 03 - Vienna
In the morning we will take a morning scenic cruise to Vienna for another day of exploring. Today’s tour will include major historical sites that were not seen during our first visit. We will start with a tour of the Old City and see the Hofburg Palace which is the former imperial palace of Vienna. Part of this stately palace forms the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. Built in the 13th century, the palace has housed some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian history, including monarchs of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was the principal imperial winter residence, as Schönbrunn Palace was their summer residence. From there we continue to Maria Theresa Platz, which is flanked by magnicificent buildings. We will see city hall, the Parliament building, and stop by the grandiose Opera House. The highlight of our day will be the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. This Baroque summer residence of the Hapsburgs, known as the “Versailles of Austria,” greets us with an opulent and impressive interior, including the magnificent ceremonial rooms in the central part of the palace.
Dinner in a local kosher restaurant then we return by bus to Bratislava
Day 5 Friday Sept 04 - Piestany
Today will be a relaxing spa day. We will leave after breakfast to the spa town of Piestany. There we will arrive at “Spa Island” located between the two branches of the Vah River. There we will visit thermal springs and relax by their waters. We will also enjoy two short spa treatments at the world famous Piestany Spa Hotel.
After our spa morning and afternoon, we will travel back to Bratislava to prepare for Shabbat.
We will then bring in Shabbat together at the Hydukova Street synagogue, the only remaining active synagogue in the city.
Shabbat Dinner at the hotel
Day 6 Shabbat Sept 05 - Bratislava
Celebrate Shabbat together at the Hydukova Street Synagogue, then return to the hotel for a festive Shabbat lunch.
Spend the afternoon relaxing and strolling in the neighborhoods of Bratislava.
After Shabbat and dinner, we will have an optional night tour of the city.
Day 7 Sunday Sept 06-Bratislava
We will spend Sunday like the locals and stroll along the Danube promenade for our last vista of the city.
Towards mid morning we arrive at the grave of the Chatam Sofer. The Chatam Sofer Memorial in Bratislava is a unique Jewish heritage site, it is the sole remaining part of the centuries-old Jewish cemetery that was destroyed in 1943 when the nearby tunnel was constructed. Only the most important section, with 23 graves surrounding the Chatam Sofer’s tomb, was preserved as an underground compound. In 2000-2002, the whole site was redeveloped and the gravestones were restored. The architect Martin Kvasnica designed a striking new complex that adheres to the strict requirements of halakhah as well as to the highest standards of contemporary architecture.
After some free time to shop and stroll-we will have a farewell dinner then make our back to the airport for a late night flight.
Price: AACI members
Euro1949 per person in a double room                                              
 Non member’s euro 1999 per person in a dbl. room  
Single room supplement: Euro 405
Minimum travelers required  
Included in the price for this tour:
  • Chartered Flights
  • 6 nights at the 4star Superior Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Full board
  • All airport transfers in Bratislava
  • Tour the Jewish quarter in Bratislava and Vienna
  • Cruise to and from Bratislava to/from Vienna on the Danube
  • Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
  • Spanish Riding School show
  • Schonbrunn Palace
  • Full day tour of Tatra mountain range
  • Visit to Piesteny including 2 spa treatments
  • Tips for local guides & drivers and Israeli tour leader
  • Israeli Tour Leader
  • AACI escort
Flight Schedule:
  • Aug 31 departure 08:00 from Tel Aviv arrival at 10:35 to Bratislava
  • Sep 06 departure 23:59 from Bratislava arrival at 04:30 to Tel Aviv
Not included in the price:
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any items not mentioned in above itinerary
Cancellation Policy:
  • Cancellation from time of registration until July 29, 2015- euro75 per person
  • July 30- Aug 10, 2015 – euro 375 per person
  • Aug 11 until day of departure- 100%
  Passports must be valid until at least February 2016
  Please send a photo copy of your passport with application form
  Minimum number of participants required. Itinerary is subject to change without notice
  Please note there are no refunds for unused services or meals.
AACI’s 14 Night  Cruise - Wonders of the Mediterranean
October 06-20, 2015
Our Amazing Ports of Call
Florence, Tuscany, Rome,
Naples, Sicily, Malta, Agios Nikolaos & Chania
Florence: Uffizi, Michelangelo's David, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Gates of Paradise. Tuscany: Breathtaking rolling hills, quaint villas to charm. Rome: The Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, the Forum-all dripping in rich history. Pompeii: full of mysteries. Sicily’s mesmerizing charm.  Malta: sail into one of the most stunning port in Europe and Greece:  enchanting islands, one after the other*.
Scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Yosef Wolicki
Rabbi Yosef Wolicki, an alumnus of Yeshiva University, with a degree in Psychology from McGill University, was a congregational rabbi and educator in the U.S., Canada and Israel, for 39 years. He also worked as a psychologist at Shaare Zedek Hospital, and currently is one of the most popular lectures at the OU Center.
Trip Includes:
  • 14 Nights, Full board
  • Lectures and Land Tours in English with a Jewish flavor.
  • Supervised Kashrut and Religious Services
  • Fully Escorted by AACI Staff.
  • Scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Yosef Wolicki
  • Port Charges, Taxes and Security Fees.
  • Round Trip Bus Transport from Central points in Israel to Haifa
  • All Tiprs and land tours (bus drivers, guides, staff), dining room and cabins taff
  • Wine/beer or soft drink at dinner
  • Cruise Booklet and Jacket
  • Pre-cruise Orientation.
*ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISE PRICE LIST                                      CURRENCY CONVERTER
Cabin Category Deck Euro Price Per Person in a Double Cabin Euro Single Cabin
I (*sold out)
SUITE DECK 5 , *6 & 7
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 land tours are not final and some tours may include strenuous walking.
*Price does not inlcude insruance 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 Frumie Horowitz at Ophir Tours: 03-5269511
China In-depth
Hong Kong, Guilin, Shanghai, Xian, Beijing
Oct 25 - Nov 08, 2015
14 Days of touring!
China’s textured and ancient history seamlessly melds into a fascinating, modern country, brimming with breathtaking sights.  This in-depth tour will open up this vast and wondrous country to the traveler-and will leave no stone unturned.
We will explore the major cities of Hong Kong, Guilin, Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.  In Hong Kong we will visit the Aberdeen Fishing Market and its floating stalls. In Beijing we'll stand in the midst of Tiananmen Square and have a walking tour through the Forbidden City and of course climb the Great Wall of China. In Xian we will view the Terra Cotta Warriors.  We will fly to Shanghai where we discover old quarters, stroll along the Grand Colonial Waterfront Promenade, the Bund and the Jewish Quarter and see a breathtaking acrobatic performance. The highlight of our extensive trip is Guilin and its environs. Guilin’s natural beauty will leave us breathless and its history will astound us. In Guilin we will explore the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill, in Yangshuo we will view the spectacular Impression Show, enjoy a cruise on the Li River and so much more
Day 1 Sunday, Oct 25: 
Depart for Hong Kong – we leave Israel on our EL AL evening flight to Hong Kong at 20:50
Day 2: Monday, Oct 26: 
Arrival in Hong Kong at 13:55. Meet our local guide at the airport and embark on a scenic tour of Hong Kong. En route to hotel we will view The Man Mo Temple, which is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), Nathan Road-formerly known as Golden Road, and the great many impressive and sleek skyscrapers that make up this world financial center.
After arrival at the hotel, get familiar with the local atmosphere and rest up before our welcome dinner. Dinner at local kosher restaurant.
Day 3: Tuesday: Oct 27:
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a full day exploring this wondrous city. We will start our day visiting Victoria Peak, the tallest mountain on Hong Kong Island. Because of its height, it offers spectacular view of the city and surrounding islands. In order to reach the mountain, we will take the Peak Tram-enjoyed by both locals and tourists. From there we continue to Ohel Leah synagogue. The Hong Kong Jewish Community was formally established in the 1850s in premises leased by the Sassoon family. The Ohel Leah Synagogue has been in continuous use since its completion with the exception of a short period during World War II when Hong Kong was occupied by the Japanese. The synagogue is built in a colonial style and incorporates elements from the Edwardian free classical-style. The polished Aberdeen granite columns, central elevated bimah enclosed by carved wood balustrades on three sides, and heavy, rich wood benches are reflective of Baghdadi and Sephardic heritage. After a tour of the synagogue and an opportunity to learn about the Jewish community, we will continue to Aberdeen. Aberdeen is famous to not only tourists but also Hong Kong locals for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants located in the Aberdeen Harbour.
After our sightseeing filled day we will drive to a local Kosher restaurant for dinner and a night tour of the city.
Day 4: Wednesday, Oct 28:
Breakfast in the hotel and morning flight to Guilin. Located in south China, Guilin and its environs is considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters and wonderful caves make the city an appealing destination. It is also an important cultural city with a history of more than 2,000 years. However, adventures in Guilin City will have to wait, as upon arrival, we will drive to Yangshuo, which is a gateway to the beautiful scenery of the region, specifically the karst mountains, formed by a unique geological process. We will enjoy a cruise on the peaceful Li River, a perfect place to view the unique karst rock structures. After our cruise and lunch, we will drive to Fuli Town, one of the few preserved ancient towns in Guilin. Locals still keep their traditional way of living in old stone houses, boat fishing and making rice wine.
At night we will view the amazing Yangshuo Impression Show, which is the world largest natural theater which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, with twelve mist shrouded hills and the heavens as its backdrop.
Overnight in Guilin with dinner at hotel.
Day 5: Thursday, Oct 29: 
Breakfast in the hotel. Today we explore the county of Longsheng in Guilin County. Famous for its rice terraces and hot springs, it is also home to widely diverse cultural minorities, all with their own flavor and flair. Once we arrive, we will visit various charming villages which preserve and display age old traditions including Yingshui Dong Village, where the Dong people prospered, Jinzhu Zhuang Village, the home of the Zhuang people, which also boasts the best views of the rice terraces. We will also visit two villages of the Yao people, Baimian Yao Village and Huangluo Yao Village, and experience their culture.
Drive back to Guilin for dinner at the hotel.
Day 6: Friday, Oct 30:
Today is a day to explore the city of Guilin. We start with the Reed Flute Cave, a natural phenomena of limestone rock lit up by multicolored lights. We then continue on to Elephant Trunk Hill, a hill nicknamed such because of its appearance of an elephant drinking water. Lastly-before we end off the day, we stop at a Pearl factory to shop and learn about this elegant stone.
We will then return to the hotel prepare for Shabbat, and enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Saturday, Oct 31:
Breakfast at the hotel.  Shabbat Services, followed by Kiddush and lunch.  After lunch we will take an optional walking tour of the city.
Evening: evening tour including a cruise on the four lakes of Guilin and a view of the two illuminated pagodas-one named the Sun and the other appropriately named the Moon.
Day 8: Sunday, Nov 01:
Early afternoon flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival we will have an introductory tour of Shanghai, including the Yu Garden, a prime example of a Chinese Garden and the Chenghuang Miao Bazaar, whose center is a world famous temple.
After check-in at the hotel, we transfer for dinner at Chabad house in Shanghai and finish the night with a cruise in the harbor over the neon lit Huangpu River, with a spectacular view of the Shanghai skyline.
Day 9: Monday, Nov 02:
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: Tuesday, Nov 03:
Breakfast box on our early morning flight to Xian. Upon arrival 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.  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 11: Wednesday, Nov 04: Breakfast in the hotel.   Morning visit to The Shaanxi History Museum, regarded as “the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures”, gives a miniature overview of the thousands of years of Chinese history and the splendid ancient cultures of olden times. 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.. 
Afternoon flight to Beijing. En route to hotel drive to the Olympic Site for a breathtaking view of Bird Nest Stadium and the inspiring Water Cubic Stadium from outside. Get familiar with the local atmosphere and rest up before our dinner. 
Dinner at Chabad House.
Day 12: Thursday, Nov 05:  Breakfast in 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.
Dinner at the Chabad House followed by the amazing Golden Mask performance.
Day 13: Friday, Nov 06: 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. 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.  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 14: Shabbat, Nov 07:  
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 and Wangfujing Street.
This evening enjoy the daring Kung Fu Show
Day 15: Sunday, Nov 08:  
Visit the Summer Palace, an imperial garden which is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. 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.  Then take an exciting tour of Beijing’s Htongs (old neighborhoods) on a private and exciting Rickshaw ride. 
After dinner evening departure from Beijing at with EL AL at 22:00 back to Israel arriving at 03:10am.

Price: AACI members $5185 per person in a double room        CURRENCY CONVERTER
Non members $5235 per person in a dbl. room
Single room supplement: $865

This trip includes:
  • Round trip air from Israel with EL AL
  • Domestic flights in China
  • Full board kosher meals
  • Aberdeen Cruise
  • Yangshuo Impression Show
  • Golden Mask Performance
  • Visit in Xian to the Terra Cotta Soldiers
  • Tang Dynasty Costume Show
  • Tour of Jewish Shanghai
  • Full day tour to Zhouzhuang, famed Watertown
  • Acrobatic Show
  • All Tips: driver, local guide & Israeli tour leader
  • Israeli Tour Leader
  • AACI escort
Flight Schedule:
  • Oct 25 departure 20:50 from Tel Aviv arrival at 13:55 Hong Kong
  • Nov 08 departure 22:00 from Beijing arrival at 03:10 Tel Aviv
Price Includes:
  • Flights on EL AL  from Israel
  • 4 domestic flights Hong Kong/Guilin; Guilin/Shanghai; Shanghai/Xian; Xian/Beijing
  • 13 night’s good 4 star  hotel accommodation- as mentioned or similar     
  • Hong Kong 2 nights Regal Oriental Hotel
    Guilin 4 nights Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
    Shanghai 2 nights Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel
    Beijing 5 nights Metro Park Lido
    Xian 1 nights Titan Times Hotel
  • Kosher Meals: daily breakfasts in hotels + lunch boxes.  Dinners in Beijing and Shanghai at kosher restaurants. Freshly prepared  vegetarian / fish dinner at hotel in Xian and Guilin 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
  • 5 varied evening Chinese shows
  • 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, 2015
Cancellation from time of registration until September 09, 2015: $250 per person
Cancellation between September 10-September 30, 2015: 50% of total package
Cancellation from October 01 to day of departure: 100%
AACI Delux Kosher Prague - 4 days of touring
November 16-19  2015
The City of a Thousand Spires has seen it all.
Day 1, Monday Nov 16 arrive in Prague
We will meet at Ben Gurion airport for our flight to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.  After landing, we will meet our bus and tour guide for a tour of the city. We will enjoy a walking tour of Vaclav Square, founded by Charles IV in 1348.  Then, continue towards the old city surrounded by walls and fortifications. This lovely area has been declared a world heritage site. We will view the Powder Gate, the old town square, the "clock square", the famous astronomical clock and the Church of Tyne. We will continue towards the Vltava River, the longest river in the Czech Republic, followed by a leisurely cruise on the river. Dinner at a local kosher restaurant. All nights at the 5* Deluxe Jalta Hotel.
Day 2, Tuesday Nov 17, after a Kosher breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Prague Castle which has been the seat of Czech princes, kings, and also presidents in the modern history of the state, since the end of the 9th century. The tour comprises all courtyards, leads around the St Vitus, St Wenceslas and St Adalbert Cathedrals and the Old Royal Palace to Jiřské Square, from where it continues to the Golden Lane and to Opyš. We will walk across the Charles Bridge which represents the interesting history of this oldest preserved connecting line between both Prague embankments. Special attention will be given not only to its beautiful sculptural decoration, but also to the Old Town and Lesser Quarter bridge towers.  Dinner at a local kosher restaurant followed by a performance at the Black Theater (a theatrical performance style characterized by the use of black box theatre augmented by black light illusion)
Day 3, Wednesday Nov 18, after a kosher breakfast, we will tour The Jewish Quarter which is part of Prague's Old Town and forms a self-contained area that can be easily covered on foot. The district was named Josefov after emperor Josef II and was added to Prague's historical center in 1850. Prague's Jewish population has lived in this area for centuries and was nearly wiped out during the war. We will visit the Jewish Cemetery and a number of synagogues, Maisel, the Pinkas Synagogue that serves as a memorial to the victims of the holocaust with almost 80,000 names inscribed on its walls and the astonishing Spanish Synagogue. All of the synagogues have been beautifully restored and house priceless exhibits collected throughout the past. Visit to Kafka’s House. Your walk will end on Old Town Square. Dinner at a local kosher restaurant.
Day 4, Thursday Nov 19, after a kosher breakfast, Depart Prague for Lidice, the Czech town destroyed by Hitler, and visit the extraordinary new multi-media museum and children's monument. Travel to Terezin to visit what the Nazis called the "Model Concentration Camp" Tour the fortress and the recently discovered Holocaust era secret synagogue of the Danish Jews. Dinner at a local kosher restaurant. Then we depart for our return flight.
Price: AACI members
Euro 1415 per person in a double room                     CURRENCY CONVERTER
 Non members Euro 1465 per person in a double room  
 Single room supplement: Euro160 
This deluxe trip includes:
  • Direct flights from Israel
  • 3 nights @ the deluxe Jalta hotel 5 stars
  • 3 kosher breakfast plus lunch  sandwich preparations 
  • 4 dinners in a local kosher restaurant
  • All airport transfers in Prague
  • Tickets for the famous Black Theater
  • Afternoon River Cruise on the Vltava River
  • All sightseeing as indicated including entrances
  • Accent on Jewish History
  • Tips for local guides & drivers and Israeli tour leader
  • Israeli Tour Leader
  • AACI escort
Price does not include
  • Any items of personal nature
  • Insurance
Minimum number of participants required
Itinerary is subject to change without notice
Please note there are no refunds for unused services or meals
Deposit of 200 Euro per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by October 16, 2015
Cancellation from time of registration until October 15, 2015: 100 Euro per person
Cancellation between October 16 - November 01, 2015: 50% of total package
Cancellation from November 02 to day of departure: 100%
TOUR ORIENTATION: There will be an orientation session for all participants on Sunday, November 8th at the AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center in Jerusalem at 17:30
AACI - Secrets of Sri Lanka
November 23- December 3, 2015
Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, fun finds, famous tea and flavorful spices describe Sri Lanka.  Our kosher and friendly group will explore the essential sites of Sri Lanka, while discovering the secrets of this exotic country.
Visit Sigiriya, a dramatic fortress and palace site which is by far the most important historical site in Sri Lanka. Tour Polonnaruwa, the royal ancient city with hundreds of ancient structures – tombs and temples, statues and stupas . En route to Kandy, stop to experience the plentiful spices and tea that make the island famous. In Kandy, visit the Tooth Relic Temple and shop for unique Sri Lankan goods. Spend Shabbat with the local community in Colombo, and experience this fast paced central city.
Stop in Galle, a testament to the islands European past, where an impressive fort still stands. Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery to see the great work being done to preserve this abused species.
On to Beruwala, with pristine beaches, which also includes a trip to the Madu River for a boat ride, the best way to experience the sites and sounds of this eco system. Join a Safari Tour in Yala, and get a chance to see leopards, water buffalo, elephants and sloth bears in their natural habitat. And last but not least, we will get a chance to spend time with what Sri Lanka is most know for, its elephants!
Monday November 23:  Depart Tel Aviv at 21:20 via Istanbul to Colombo
Tuesday November 24: Arrive Colombo at 15:10-“Ayubowan”
On arrival you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality, a local representative will welcome us at the Airport and we will immediately make our journey to the city of Habarana, about a three hour drive away.
After check in and a delicious kosher dinner, we will rest up at our beautiful hotel for the busy and exciting days ahead!
Dinner and Overnight at the Cinnamon Lodge Hotel.
Wednesday November 25: Sigiriya-Dambula-Polonnaruwa
After breakfast, we drive through golden paddy fields and lush greenery to arrive at Sigiriya, the magnificent 5th Century fortress.  It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. 
After our morning tour of the ancient palace, we will visit the Dambulla Cave Temple which first came to use as a refuge for King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful frescoes, some of which dates back to over 2,000 years. The frescoes depict Buddhist mythology and the tales of the Buddha's previous births. The temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place, including a 14 meter long colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock.
After a stop for lunch, we continue on to explore Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital. It remained Sri Lanka’s capital until the late 13th century, but became increasingly susceptible to Chola invasions and became lost to the jungle once more as the capital drifted south-west. Today, the ancient city’s ruins remain in good shape, and is a fascinating site to visit. The most impressive site are the ancient sculptures of Lord Buddha at the Gal Viahara cut into granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th century.
Dinner and Overnight at the Cinnamon Lodge Hotel.
Thursday November 26:  Dambulla – kandy 
After breakfast we bid farwell to this ancient region, and continue our journey towards the lush hill city of Kandy. En route, we stop at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. First conceived as a Queen’s garden in the 14th century and a Kandyan Prince’s residence in the 18th century the gardens were formally opened to the public in 1821. Walking around these tranquil, immaculately-designed lawns, borders, pavilions and plant houses, you could easily think you are in England, except for the extraordinary diversity of tropical plants, including a wide variety of orchids.
We then continue towards Kandy, and get acquainted with the city.  Kandy is the second largest city after Colombo, and is considered its cultural capital. We will sped the afternoon visiting famous sites such as the Tooth Relic Temple, where the Bhuddas tooth is rumored to be found and Lake Drive, which surrounds Kandy’s central lake and provides wonderful views. We will continue to browse the markets of Kandy, which contain unique treasures of Sri Lanka, including gems and bathik (silk screen cloth).
After our busy day, we will have the opportunity to witness a colorful cultural Sri Lankan dance performance, which shows us a glimpse into the unique culture of the island.
Dinner and Overnight at Earls Regency Kandy.  
Friday November 27: Kandy-Colombo
After breakfast and check out, we will drive to the Mawanella Spice Gardens which are among the best on the island. Sri Lanka is famous for its spices, and the Spice Gardens is a lovely place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger.
After our tour, we will continue to Colombo, the capital of the island. Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815, and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948.
We will check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat with Chabad of Colombo.
Dinner at Chabad House and Overnight at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
 Shabbat November 28 – Colombo
After Shabbat morning Tefillah and lunch at Chabad, we will enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Colombo, leaving ample time for a Shabbat rest!
Dinner at Chabad House and Overnight at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
Sunday November 29    Colombo-Beruwala
After breakfast and checkout, we bid farewell to Colombo, for now, and make our way to Beruwala, Sri Lanka’s stunning resort destination! On our way we will stop at Galle, which is a not to be missed destination in the south. It's at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings, a town of great beauty. We will tour the fort that has withstood time as a powerful monument to the Portuguese and Dutch history of Sri Lanka.
After steeping into history, we will visit something a little more light, turtles! We will take an hour drive towards the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where we learn about fascinating sea turtles, who are in danger of extinction. This local conservation project, aims to repopulate the turtle population on the island by encouraging more births. We will be able to see these turtles hatch and then make their way back to sea.
We then arrive at Beruwala for check in at the hotel.
Dinner in hotel and Overnight at Cinnamon Bey Beruwela.
Monday November 30: Beruwala
Its time to explore the beautiful environs of Beruwala. We will start our day with a visit to the moon stone mine. Sri Lanka is famous for its gems, one of which is the moonstone. At Meetiyagoda you can see how the stones are actually mined. The miners climb down a 10-metre-deep shaft on a frame made of strong coconut wood. A machine pumps out water, but all the digging is done by hand. The buckets of soil that are wound regularly to the surface yield around 50-100 rough moonstones a day, though not all of them are saleable quality.
The small adjoining factory cuts, polishes and sets the stones into glamorous Jewellery.
We then continue slightly north to enjoy a boat road on the wetlands of the Maduganga River. The estuary of the Madu Ganga river is a complex coastal ecosystem of mangroves and islands. It may be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka.
A boat trip is a wonderful way of seeing some of the hundreds of species of plants and animals – monkeys eat fruit in the trees, a water monitor lizard glides slowly through the water, and cormorants, egrets and kingfishers wait patiently on the banks, eyeing the water for prey. There are around 64 islands in the river and lagoon, from a tiny speck housing a deserted shrine to one housing 250 families connected to the mainland with a very long footbridge. The main occupations of the local inhabitants are producing cinnamon and fishing.
Dinner in hotel and Overnight at Cinnamon Bey Beruwela.
Tuesday December 01: Yala
Today we have an early start to make our way to a Safari Jeep Tour!
We will drive to Yala in order to arrive early afternoon to take a four hour jeep ride in this magical national park. Yala (Ruhuna) National Park is situated in the Arid Zone of Sri Lanka’s South East region.  The Park covers an area of 151,778 hectares. Yala’s historical significance dates back to 500 B.C and evidence shows that the park was inhabited in the past. 

Being in the Arid Zone Yala receives an annual rainfall of less than 1,000 mm. The rest of the year remains dry with the period from July to September showing severe drought conditions.  Mean temperature is around 27 C..  Yala National Park is comprised of several major habitat including dunes, scrub forest, riverine forests, rocky out-crops, secondary forests and coastal lagoons with mangrove forests.  This diverse collection of vegetation has resulted in many species of animals and birds who call Yala National Park their home.
After visiting the homes of many animals and birds, we make the return journey to Beruwala for a well earned rest.
Dinner in hotel and Overnight at Cinnamon Bey Beruwela.
Wednesday December 02:  Beruwala-Colombo
After a relaxed morning in Beruwala, we drive to Colombo for our departure. On the way, well take in a panoramic tour of the city, including Fort, the business district of Colombo, and Sea Street. After a farewell kosher dinner, we make our way to the airport for our flight to Istanbul at 21:20
Price: AACI members $3,375 per person in a double                              CURRENCY CONVERTER
Non- AACI members $3,425 per person in a double
Single supplement $760
Flight Schedule:
  • TK 789 23NOV DEPART TEL AVIV:  2120 ARRIVE ISTANBUL: 2340    
Price Includes:
  • Flights on Turkish Airlines  from Israel
  • 8 night’s 5 star delux hotel accommodation- as mentioned or similar                  
  • Kosher Meals: daily breakfasts in hotels + lunch boxes +freshly delivered 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:
  • Sri Lankan Visa
  • 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.
Payment:   Deposit of $400 per person at time of reservation.
                   Final payment due by October 11, 2015
  • Cancellation from time of registration until October 11, 2015: $250 per person
  • Cancellation between October 12-October 25 2015: 50% of total package
  • Cancellation from October 26  to day of departure: 100%
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Frumie Horowitz 03-526-9511 or email
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