Kosher Travel & Cruises 2015/2016
AACI’s Chanukah Cruise
December 06-13, 2015
AACI Kosher Barcelona- Sold out
January 04-07, 2016
AACI Kosher South Africa - 1 Sold out
January 10-21, 2016 
January 24- February 4, 2016
AACI Kosher Lapland - Wait listed
February 01-7, 2016
March 14-17, 2016
February 20 - March 04, 2016
Coming Soon
AACI Romania - Jewish Heritage Tour
Mid May 2016
AACI Russia
May 29 - June 8,2016
AACI Croatia
June 28 - July 5, 2016
AACI Dolomites/Swiss Alps
Mid August
AACI Travel in Israel
Shabbat Galilee Experience
Thursday to Sunday 26 - 29 November 2015
January 11 – 14, 2016 Guided by Jacky Sivak
AACI’s Chanukah Cruise
December 06-13, 2015
Our Amazing Ports of Call: Marseille, Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca,
Civitavecchia/Rome and La Spezia
We will spend 7 nights on the glorious 5 Star Costa Diadema - a brand new ship (launched in 2014). The Diadema is Costa’s Cruise Line’s flagship at 132,000 tons with 14 decks.  Choose from a variety of luxurious cabins including suites and rooms with balconies!
The ship has around-the-clock entertainment and activities including a heated indoor swimming pool, huge casino, gigantic exercise room, 500 meter jogging deck, 3-story theater, a 2-story children & Youth Center that includes free supervision (age 3+). Complete non-stop fun for all!
We will enjoy three delicious freshly made gourmet glatt kosher meals daily with an amazing choice of foods. Breakfast and lunch will be served buffet style and dinner will be Italian table service. To top it off, there will a rich tea room daily with the most delicious Italian and French pastries as well as a whole variety of sandwiches and snack food.  You will not leave hungry! Don’t worry when we light the Chanukia there will delicious sufganiot!
Enjoy a winter escape for the entire family to have fun and quality time together, romantic moments for couples and singles to meet and mingle. Take a break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and relax with our warm and friendly AACI group led personally by David London, AACI Executive Director.
Ports of call:
Day 1 Sunday, Dec. 6, Marseille (France)
Day 2, Monday, Dec.7, Barcelona (Spain)
Day 3, Tuesday, Dec. 8, Palma De Mallorca (Spain)
Day 4, Wednesday, Dec. 9, Day at Sea
Day 5, Thursday, Dec 10, Civitavecchia/Rome (Italy)
Day 6, Friday, Dec 11, La Spezia (Italy)
Day 7, Saturday, Dec 12, Savona (Italy)
Day 8 Sunday, Dec 13, Marseille (France)
Price includes:
3 Gourmet Glatt Kosher meals & Tea Room serving light meals, and dessert daily.
Round trip flights from Israel + Airport transfers overseas
2 Land Tours: French Riviera and Barcelona
Tips on board ship
Wine on Shabbat
AACI Escorted
Not Included:
Additional Land Tours, Personal items, all beverages etc, Medical insurance
*The program and itinerary is subject to change without notice and minimum participation is required.  Please note that land tours are not final and some tours may include strenuous walking. 
Price does not include Insurance or Personal Expenses.
*Prices are subject to change due to fuel increases or brochure price fluctuation.
For more information, please call Carole Kremer at AACI: 02-5600910
For reservations, please call Frumie Horowitz at Ophir Tours: 03-5269511
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 24 - February 4, 2016
The Rainbow Nation has it all: flamboyant cultures including Jewish, dramatic scenery, diverse wildlife and an easy-going atmosphere. From exhilarating  “Big-5” game drives, to the incredible coastline along the Garden Route to stunning and cosmopolitan Cape Town, South Africa is a perennial favorite.  This trip includes awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and the wild game in neighboring Chobe National Park.
Day 1 Sunday 21 & 25 Jan: Tel Aviv – Johannesburg
Depart Tel Aviv at 22:25 
Day 2 Monday Jan 25: Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma – Knysna
On arrival in Johannesburg at 07:35, proceed through customs to the Domestic Terminal for our flight to Port Elizabeth where we will be met by our local English-speaking guide.
Travel from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma, stopping at Storms River Bridge, the entrance to the Garden Route. Here one can stroll alongside the bridge for spectacular views.
Continue to the Tsitsikamma National Park, situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of clear water". The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos, and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. The forest nature trail to the river mouth and across the suspension bridge is a must. Spectacular!
Continue to Knysna for an early evening arrival and on to a delicious kosher dinner.
Overnight: Knysna Premier Hotel
Day 3 Tuesday, Jan 26: Knysna – Oudtshoorn
Travel to Oudtshoorn via Sedgefield, Wilderness and George. Oudtshoorn, is known as “little Jerusalem” due to the large Jewish Community living there the turn of the 20th century. Visit the C.P. Nel Museum, with the only Synagogue to be situated in a museum; it has an Ark that is extremely tall. What makes the Synagogue and various ceremonial objects so amazing is the fact that they are still being used.
Visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, an endangered species breeding facility. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact center worldwide offers visitors the rare opportunity of interacting with hand-reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction.
On arrival in Oudtshoorn visit the Safari Ostrich Farm for a tour, learning every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. Visitors will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them - a great photo opportunity. Visitors get to sit on an ostrich and those who are brave enough can even try their hand at riding one. Every tour (weather permitting) ends with an "Ostrich Derby" where local jockeys display their riding skills. A highly entertaining tour is guaranteed.
Overnight:  Outdshoorn Hotel
Day 4 Wednesday Jan 27: Oudtshoorn Garden Route Game Lodge 
Early tour of the Cango Caves to view the beautiful chambers of stalactite and stalagmite formations created many thousands of years ago. The Cango Caves are a series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations with names like ‘the bridal couple’, ‘glass flower fantasy’, ‘weird cango candle’ and ‘the hanging shawl’.
Depart from Oudsthoorn via the Robinson Pass to Mossel Bay.  Visit the Dias Museum Complex, where we will find the Post Office Tree and a replica of the Dias Caravel. The hotel marks the spot where the first explorers to South Africa made contact with the local indigenous people.
From here we continue to the deluxe Garden Route Game Lodge.
This private game reserve is home to an abundance of animal and bird life including the BIG 5. Enjoy game viewing in open Landrovers as well as deluxe accommodations. Sightings of the BIG 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) are frequent. Herds of zebra, wildebeest, springbok, eland, impala and other antelope species are also abundant.  Late afternoon depart for an afternoon/evening game drive with a ranger, enjoying a sunset stop at a lookout point on the reserve. Return to the Lodge for dinner.
Overnight:  Botlierskip Private Game Reserve
Day 5 Thursday Jan 28 : GBotlierskip  – Cape Town
Depart on a sunrise game drive in an open Landrover with our experienced game ranger who will bring us sightings of lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah, as well as giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species such as bontebok, red hartebeest, kudu, eland, impala, springbuck and many more.
Return to the Lodge for a full kosher buffet breakfast.
Continue to Cape Town with stops in Swellendam and Du Toits Kloof Pass
Dinner at the Avrons.
Overnight: Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 6 Friday Jan 29: Cape Town
Start the day with a visit to Table Mountain.
Often described as magical and mystical, Table Mountain is Cape Town's most prominent feature and a world famous landmark. This majestic mountain is visible from almost everywhere in Cape Town and is often used as a beacon by which to find direction. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and provides breath-taking views over the city and its beaches.
Continue on a panoramic city tour of Cape Town, passing the houses of Parliament, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope. Visit the South African Museum, the Jewish Museum, the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay quarter & Green Market Square.
Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
Services at Synagogue, followed by Shabbat dinner at hotel.
Overnight:   Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 7 Saturday Jan 30: Cape Town
Day at Leisure - walk around the beautiful beach front near our hotel.
After services, Shabbat lunch at hotel.
Overnight: Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 8 Sunday Jan 31: Cape Peninsula
Travel through Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay – take a short boat trip to Seal Island to view the Seals in their natural environment (weather permitting).
Continue via Chapman’s Peak to the nature reserve of Cape of Good Hope. This is where the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope can be viewed as well as the legendary meeting of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian currents. Return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. En-route visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony. Return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg.
Visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony. Continue onto Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home of some 3500 species of Southern African fauna and flora
Continue to the V & A Waterfront (time permitting). The wide variety of leisure activities and attractions on offer at the V&A Waterfront makes this unique destination the first choice for both local and foreign visitors. The V&A Waterfront is a treasure trove of fun and exciting experiences, to be journeys await around every corner.
Overnight: Cape Manor Hotel 
Day 9 Monday Feb 01: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for our flight to Johannesburg, connecting to our flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival we will be met by our representatives to transfer to our hotel.
Victoria Falls, described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders', and in more modern terms as 'the greatest known curtain of falling water'. Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the afternoon we depart for our Zambezi River Sunset Cruise, a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. We hopefully will see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant and sometimes even rhino in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species. This very popular cruise includes, beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets!
Victoria Falls is a Malaria Area – please consult with your doctor
Overnight:  Kingdom Hotel
Day 10 Tuesday Feb 2: Victoria Falls – Chobe – Victoria Falls 
Early morning departure to Chobe National Park where we will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife on our game drives.
Botswana is Africa at its very best - untamed, vast expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with wildlife, alive with expectancy and an ultimate safari destination.
The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, undisputedly boasts one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.
Spend the morning game viewing while cruising along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided. The cruise ends at around 12.30hrs and then we have time for lunch before our afternoon game drive. After lunch, we board our vehicles for an afternoon safari. After the afternoon game drive, we return to Victoria Falls 
Overnight:  Kingdom Hotel
Day 11 Wednesday Feb 3: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg
After breakfast we will have a Guided Tour of the Falls. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. En-route, we may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where we may stop and take photos. We will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest.  Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for our flight to Johannesburg.
Overnight:  Holiday Inn Sandton
Day 12 Thursday Feb 4: Johannesburg
Depart on a panoramic tour of Johannesburg’s affluent suburbs and business district. Continue to Soweto. Soweto is the very symbol of the African's struggle for freedom in South Africa. During the last troubled decades of the twentieth century Soweto represented the struggle against apartheid. This tour also offers insight into the daily lives of the people of Soweto, the origins of “Matchbox City” and its complex relationship with greater Johannesburg.
Dinner at a Kosher Restaurant.
Drop off at the airport for our flight back home.
Flight Schedule:
EL AL 051 Jan 24 from Israel at 22:35 arrival Johannesburg 07:35 (Jan 25)
EL AL 052 Feb 4 from Johannesburg at 21:45 arrival in Israel 07:00 (Feb 5)
Price: AACI members                                                                           CURRENCY CONVERTER
$5650 per person in a double
$5700 non members/ single supplement $590
  This deluxe trip includes:
  • 10 nights accommodations at Hotels mentioned above or similar
  • Entrance Fees to all sites
  • 2 Game Drives in Garden Route Game Lodge
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise
  • 1 River Game Cruise and 1 Game Drive in Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls Visit
  • Kosher Full Board with packed lunches
  • International Flight with ELAL
  • Local Flights with SA Airlines
  • Water on bus (2 per day)
  • Tips to driver/guide, hotel and restaurant staff
  • AACI Staff Escort
Not included:
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any activity not included in above itinerary
  • Visa for Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) $55
  • Deposit of $400 due at time of registration, Final payment due November 10, 2015
  • Cancellation from time of registration until November 24, 2015: $200 per person
  • Cancellation between November 25 - December 26, 2015: $1200 per person
  • Cancellation from December 27 to day of departure: 100%
Click here for registration forms
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
AACI Kosher & Friendly Tour - Rome with a Jewish Flavor
March 14-17, 2016
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can expect Italy’s most popular destination to charm you in one. Rome is a fascinating fusion of old and new, from the lost empires and historical places to modern treasures and mouth-watering Italian cuisine. The staggering range of landmarks in Rome and glories of Renaissance architecture make it one of the most visited cities in the world.  The Jewish presence in Rome reaches back many centuries.  We will experience the Jewish quarter with its charming narrow streets, the famous Jewish catacombs, the arch of Titus,  Moses by Michelangelo, and so much more.

Monday, March 14th

EL AL flight departs Tel Aviv at 06:10 arriving Rome at 09:00.
We begin our journey of Rome with a panoramic tour of the eternal city. Lunch at a kosher restaurant followed by checking into our hotel for a rest. Before dinner we will have a walking tour of our area in Ancient Rome. 
Tuesday, March  15th
After breakfast we will start our morning tour by foot.
Jewish Rome has the oldest uninterrupted Jewish community on earth!
You’ll hear about its 23 centuries of history.  We’ll visit the Jewish museum, walk through the longest lasting ghetto in Europe and marvel at one of the most spectacular synagogues on earth. Afternoon Rome - Ancient City tour includes the Colosseum, Roman Forums, Arch of Constintine and the infamous Arch of Titus. Visit the site of the legendary Temple of Peace where the MENORAH and the KEILIM (sacred vessels), looted by the Romans from the Holy Temple, were on display for four centuries.  The tour also includes a visit to Michelangelo's Capitol Hill with its impressive statues, especially the statue of Antoninus Marcus Aurelius (a very good friend to the Jews). At the end of the tour, we will lead you from Capitol Hill down through the web of medieval lanes and right into the bustling heart of the Jewish Ghetto.  Dinner at a local kosher restaurant
Wednesday, March 16th
Breakfast followed by our morning tour.
The Vatican & The Sistine Secrets.   With over 2,000 rooms stuffed with objects on this special tour we will show you the Jewish content and other secrets that most visitors don’t notice.  Your guide will lead you through the maze of halls and chambers, telling you all the while the gossip and great stories from the Renaissance. Figures like Michelangelo, Julius II, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci will come alive at every turn. The highlight will be the awe inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling. You will also learn the philosophy behind the artwork, the Renaissance and the Museum itself.
Afternoon- Let the Eternal City enchant you as you stroll through its picturesque cobblestone alleyways and discover some of the world’s most famous sites. Our walking tour starts at The Spanish Steps, one of the most atmospheric spots in Rome. From there we trace a path through the cobbled streets of the city to the colossal Trevi Fountain.  You’re in the very heart of Rome now, where narrow streets snake out in every direction.  We make our way to the Rome Pantheon. Here you’ll see Raphael’s tomb and learn the real cause of the famous artist’s death. Perhaps the most beautiful square in all of Rome, Piazza Navona is home to spectacular Renaissance buildings and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s beautiful "Fountain of Four Rivers", the sculpture that saved his reputation after he almost tore St. Peter’s Basilica in half.
Our tour ends at Campo dei Fiori, a favorite hangout among locals.  Either return to the hotel for a rest or enjoy the piazza. Dinner in a local kosher restaurant.
Thursday, March 17th
Breakfast followed by a morning tour of the Extraordinary Tour of the Castel Sant' Angelo - Private Fortress of the Popes! Forget all the hot, overcrowded tours of the usual tourist sites.  This unique tour is such a fantastic opportunity, that you will notice many of the other visitors around us will be Italians and even Romans! What makes this visit so amazing? The Castle was first built by the mad Emperor Hadrian (in the Talmud known as Adrianus) to be his own tomb – a gigantic round mortuary with an entire artificial forest on top of it! Then, after the fall of Rome, it was ravaged by the barbarians and remodeled by the popes to be their private fortress when the Vatican was under enemy attack. In peaceful times, the popes had it decorated and re-decorated according to their very elaborate tastes. So, the huge structure is a sort of time machine – starting in the bottom at 18 centuries ago, and then working our way up through different styles and transformations. On the rooftop is the greatest view of Rome. For opera fans, this is where the last act of Puccini’s Tosca takes place – we can even show you where the diva is supposed to have jumped off the roof. For fans of the Dan Brown novel Angels and Demons, we will actually be able to show you the entrance to the forbidden Passetto – the secret escape tunnel of the popes!  You will hear stories from the Talmud and from the Renaissance, stories of our ancestors and of the scandalous carrying-on of several Popes.
En route to the airport, we will visit the Jewish Catacombs of Vigna Randanini. The catacombs were discovered in an area once known as “Vigna Randanini” between the via Appia Pignatelli and the via Appia Antica in 1859. The underground burial sites feature tombs carved into the volcanic stone. During the 3rd and 4th centuries CE the catacombs were fully developed and contained several thousand burial sites. Some sites have decorations such as flowers and animals, and also Jewish subjects such as the Ark of the Covenant and the seven-branch candelabrum.
Transfer to the airport our EL AL flight departing Rome at 21:55 arriving in Tel Aviv at 02:25 Mar 18th
Price per person for AACI members in a double room Euro €1670                        Currency Converter
Price per person for non AACI members in a double room Euro €1720
Single Supplement Euro €260
Price Includes:
  • Round trip flights with EL AL airlines 
  • 3 nights at a luxurious 4 star hotel.
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners in restaurant
  • Wine with Dinner
  • Take away sandwiches on last day for dinner
  • Sightseeing including entry fees
  • Special Vatican & Castel Sant’ Angelo tour with a Jewish perspective  
  • AACI host
  • Local tour guide for all sightseeing
  • All tips
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.
PAYMENT: Deposit of euro 220 per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by February 7th
Cancellation from time of registration until February 7th - Euro 120 per person
 February 7-February 25 Euro 700   per person
 February 25-until day of departure- 100% of total package
 All reservations and cancellations must be sent in writing.
There will be an orientation session for all participants.  Date to be announced
For further details or to make your bookings please contact:
Frumie Horowitz Ophir Tours
Telephone: 03-526-9511  Fax: 03-526-9619 Email:
AACI Deluxe Thailand
5 Star deluxe hotels
Feb 20-Mar 04, 2016
Exciting Bangkok, beautiful beaches, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, frantic shopping and divine massages, fun finds and handicrafts describe Thailand.  Our kosher and friendly group will explore the essential sites of Thailand, while discovering the secrets of this exotic country.
Visit Damnern Saduak’s floating markets, and sip a tropical fruit drink, tour the Royal Grand Palace, the home of Thailand’s royals, and a testament to Thai craftsmanship. Fly to Chiang Rai, and stop at the White and Black Temples, to visit the stunning White Temple.
Visit the Golden Triangle, and shop in the market which borders have a both Myanmar and Laos. Stop in Mae Thaman Elephant Camp, for a exciting elephant ride, and spend some time getting to know the local hill tribes.
On to Phuket, with pristine beaches, which also includes a trip on a visa boat to the Khao Phing Khan, where the famous James Bond movie was filmed. Enjoy a Snorkeling day in Phi Phi Island, and get a chance to see colorful fish of all species. All this, beautiful 5 * Hotels and much much more await us on this Deluxe Trip!
Saturday 20 Feb, 2016
Depart Tel Aviv at 23:05 on LY081.
Sunday 21 Feb, 2016
Arrive Bangkok at 15:00 and transfer immediately upon arrival to hotel. After check in, we have a night tour and visit the Flower Market (open 24 hours!), Khaosan Road, the tourist street of Bangkok, and enjoy dinner at Chabad House.
Return to hotel.
Overnight at Swissotel Nailert Park Hotel.
Monday 22 Feb, 2016           
Breakfast at hotel.
Our guided sightseeing of today will take us for a drive across the city into the inner core to see the contrast between old and new Bangkok. Visit to the outstanding temples (Wat) such as - Wat Pho famous for its Reclining Buddha, Wat Trimitr, and the world's largest Golden Buddha believed to be about 700 years old. Then visit the Royal Grand Palace, the most important landmark in Bangkok. It is famous for its impressive architecture and buildings. Explore the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew, with the revered Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of jade, and other key attractions such as the Coronation Throne Hall, Royal Reception Hall, Royal Funeral Hall, the Golden Chedi, and the Royal Pantheon. Today we will have our first head and shoulder massage!
Dinner at Chabad
Return to hotel.
Overnight at Swissotel Nailert Park Hotel
Tuesday 23 Feb, 2016           
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning drive to Damnern Saduak floating market. We will see the market by long-tail boat, which provides the most up close and personal experience and a chance to taste colorful and flavorful tropical fruits from the region.
We then continue to drive to Kanchanaburi where we will visit the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, which was part of the notorious death railway. After a short boat ride on the river which provides varying views of the bridge, we will visit the War Museum and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, where Dutch, British and Australian prisoners of war are buried.  Transfer back to Bangkok for dinner at Chabad House.
Return to hotel.
Overnight at Swissotel Nailert Park Hotel.
Wednesday 24 Feb, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer from hotel to airport for flight to Chiangrai. Upon arrival we immediately begin exploring this magical ethnic area. We start off with a visit to the Wat Rongkhun (White Temple) Thailand’s most unique Temple, which is a Bhuddist temple but with modern surrealist twists. On to the Baan Dam (Black House) another modern structure among ancient temples. Standing in contrast to the white temple, we find many spooky and dark corners to explore.
We will then continue on to Union Hill Tribes Center. Here we get a hands on experience as to how the hill tribes of the area live, including Yao, Akha, Lahu, and the Long Neck Tribe. Transfer to hotel after a long and exciting day!
Dinner at hotel.
Overnight at Dusit Island Resort.
Thursday 25 Feb, 2016          
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning visit to Doi Tung Mae Fah Luang Botanic Garden, this garden of mostly temperate flowers was built over 10 acres of land in accordance with a Thai Royal’s wish to give Thai people who have never travelled overseas an opportunity to enjoy a temperate flower garden. Continue to Mae Sai, the northernmost town of Thailand next to Myanmar border. Visit border market, if you love shopping and negotiating for some great bargains then the market at Mae Sai is the place for you.
Then we drive to the Golden Triangle – where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Laos meet up at the Mekong River. In the past this was the center of the opium trade run by the local hill tribes. Here we board for a motor boat ride along the scenic Mekong River. At the end of our river cruise we visit the ancient fortified city Of Chiang Saen situated on the banks of the Mekong River.
Dinner at hotel.
Overnight at Dusit Island Resort.
Friday 26 Feb, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
After check out, transfer to Chiangmai via Mae Kajan hot spring, and enjoy a quick dip of our feet. Proceed to visit Doi Suthep hill top Temple, with a special cable car, and see this beautiful golden structure including views of the valley below.  Continue to check-in at the Shangri-La Chiangmai Hotel.
Evening; Shabbat Dinner at hotel.
Overnight at Shangri-La Chiangmai Hotel. 
Saturday 27 Feb, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
After Tefillah and Shabbat lunch, spend the day at leisure in our beautiful hotel or join us on a lovely walking tour of the area and have a chance to rest up after a busy week!
Overnight at Shangri-La Chiangmai Hotel.
Sunday 28 Feb, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed to Mae Thaman Elephant Camp, to see Elephants in their natural habitat. We will enjoy an exciting Elephant ride, and learn about this graceful animal.
After our visit, we continue to a special ride on a Bamboo Raft along Mae Tang River and see the exceptionally green foliage.
On to the Orchid Farm to see the most beautiful and delicate flowers in the world. To end, we will visit the famous Thai Handicraft Center, and have an opportunity to see and purchase Thai silk, Paper Umbrella, Teakwood carving, Silverware and Lacquer ware.
Tonight we have a special evening ahead of us; after a full diner we will partake in a kosher version of a Khan Toke Dinner (fruits only) and show. As you enjoy your meal, let yourself be entertained by a selection of northern cultural performances including the charming Ram Dab (Thai Sword Dance), Fon Thiean (Thai Candle Dance), and Ram Wong (Group Dance).
Overnight at Shangri-La Chiangmai Hotel.
Monday 29 Feb, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer from hotel to Airport for flight to Phuket.
After arrival in Phuket, we immediately begin our tour of the world’s most beautiful beaches. See the white sand and crystal clear waters of Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach. We will visit the Island’s three bay view point, and the floating Sea Gypsy Village. We finish our day with a stop at a Pearl factory for some shopping!
Evening dinner at hotel
Overnight at Deevana Plaza Phuket
Tuesday 01 March, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
Today we will venture out of Phuket towards the region’s of Phang-Nga. First stop will be the Rubber Plantation to learn about the region’s main former source of income. We continue through the beautiful countryside, and arrive at the pier to embark on long-tail boat to take us to James Bond Island (Khao Phing Khan). We will tour around the island  and enjoy relaxing and swimming. On the way we stop at Koh Panyee, inhabited by descendants of two families whose community is built on stilts.  Return to pier and en route back to Phuket visit Cashew Nuts Factory.
Evening dinner at hotel and FantaSea show. Phuket FantaSea Show, or Fantasy of a Kingdom, is a Thai cultural show infused with cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art show elements.
Overnight at Deevana Plaza Phuket.
Wednesday 02 March, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
Departure from pier to Phi Phi Islands for a unique day. Start off with snorkeling and fish feeding at Monkey Beach (the colors are unbelievable!). Continue to Maya Bay (where The Beach was filmed), to snorkel and relax. Continue to Bida Islands, Loh Samah Bay, Pileh Bay & Viking Cave to experience crystal clear waters. After lunch enjoy free time to explore the surroundings. Depart from Phi Phi Island back to Phuket.
Evening dinner at hotel
Overnight at Deevana Plaza Phuket.
Thursday 03 March, 2016
Breakfast at hotel.
We bid farewell to paradise and make our way to Bangkok and transfer from Suvarnabhumi Airport to MBK Shopping Center, an 8 story tall shopping center with unending shops. Even if nothing is purchased, this is still a site to see. Our day ends with a visit to the Siam Ocean World, the largest aquarium in South East Asia, including its ocean tunnel.
Continue to farewell dinner at Chabad House and transfer to Bangkok airport for our flight home at 00:20, and land in Tel Aviv at 6:40 on Friday, March 4, 2016. Welcome home!
Price: AACI members $4,615 per person in a double room
Non - AACI members $4,665 per person in a double room
Single supplement $760
Flight Schedule:
20 Feb 16
4 Mar 16
Price Includes:
  • Flights on Elal  from Israel
  •  5 star  hotel accommodation- as mentioned or similar                  
  • 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
The itinerary is subject to change.
Final Payment Due by December 20th.
 Deposit of $400 due at time of registration
  • Cancellation from time of registration until December 20th, 2015: $200 per person
  • Cancellation between December21st-January 4th  2016: $1200
  • Cancellation between January 5th-January 30th 2016: 50%
  • Cancellation from February 1st to day of departure: 100%
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Frumie Horowitz 03-526-9511 or email
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