Kosher Travel & Cruises 2015/2016
October 6 - 20
October 25 - November 8
AACI Delux Kosher Prague- Sold Out
November 16-19  2015
AACI Kosher Sri Lanka - Cancelled
Nov 23-Dec 03, 2015
AACI Kosher Barcelona
January 04-07, 2016
January 10-21, 2016
February 01-7, 2016
AACI Kosher Thailand - Details coming soon
February 20 - March 04, 2016
AACI Travel in Israel
Jewish Spirit of Jerusalem
Wednesday 2 September 2015
AACI Continuing Education -Study Vacation #152 - Much to See in the Western Galilee - Wait List Only
October 12-15, 2015
Shabbat Galilee Experience
Thursday to Sunday 26 - 29 November 2015
AACI’s 14 Night  Cruise - Wonders of the Mediterranean - Few cabins remaining
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 - Wait List Only
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
Kosher Travel & Cruises 2016
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
AACI Kosher South Africa and Victoria Falls
January 10-21, 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 10 & 11 Jan: Tel Aviv – Johannesburg
Depart Tel Aviv at 22:25 
Day 2 Monday Jan 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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:  Garden Route Game Drive 
Day 5 Thursday 14 Jan : Garden Route Game Lodge  – 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 15: 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 16 Jan : 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 17: 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 journeys await around every corner.
Overnight: Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 9 Monday Jan 18: 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 Jan 19: 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
y 11 Wednesday Jan 20: 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 Jan 21: 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 10 from Israel at 22:35 arrival Johannesburg 07:35 (Jan 11)
EL AL 052 Jan 21 from Johannesburg at 21:45 arrival in Israel 07:00 (Jan 22)
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 10, 2015: $200 per person
  • Cancellation between November 11-December 12, 2016: $1200 per person
  • Cancellation from December 13 to day of departure: 100%
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Frumie Horowitz 03-526-9511 or email
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
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