AACI’s Kosher Tour of France -In the Footsteps of the French Impressionist
September 2-10, 2014
 
With scholar in residence Dr. Shula Laderman
Academic Advisor of: Judaism and the Arts at Bar Ilan University & Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
 
Far more Impressionist paintings can be seen in the region covered by this tour than in any other territory of comparable size. This should be no surprise, as this is the region where Impressionism was born and where it was most practiced. Our AACI tour visits some of the key sites and for the first time offered to the Kosher consumer.
 
As it was for mainstream artists, so it was for rebels and innovators: throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, Paris was the center of the art world. All the French Impressionists spent time here; many lived here for most of their lives.
 
Yet the essence of their art – the recording of the world about them as it presented itself to their eyes in its immediate, transitory aspect – required them to spend time in the countryside. And the countryside they frequented most was in the north and north-west of Paris, the broad valley of the meandering Seine and of its tributaries the Oise and the Epte, and on to the coast.
 
Impressionism was developing at the same time as seaside tourism on France’s northern coast and the relationship between the two is fascinating. Water, fresh or salt, was an important ingredient of Impressionist pictures, its fleeting, changing, evanescent qualities similar to the characteristics of light they sought to capture on canvas. In the 1870’s the Impressionists gathered in the cafés and cabarets. But by the last decades of the 19th century they had disbanded and were searching for new directions for their art. Their fascination with light and pure colour brought them south; away from the grey light of Paris to what were then the simple villages of Provence and the Côte d’Azur.
 
DAY 1 Sep 2, Tuesday
 
We depart Israel on our EL AL morning flight. On arrival to Paris we continue directly to Auvers-sur-Oise, once a popular artists’ colony, frequented by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. See sights associated with Van Gogh, who spent the last few weeks of his life here, and the studio of Daubignyon. Continue to Rouen in Normandy where three nights are spent.
 
Honfleur, Le Havre. Honfleur is an utterly delightful fishing village at the mouth of the Seine, now crammed with art galleries and antique shops. In the museum are many works by Eugène Boudin, a major influence on the Impressionists. Cross the Seine estuary to Le Havre. After a recent donation and refurbishment, the Musée André Malraux has become the second largest collection of Impressionists in France. Overnight Rouen area.
 
DAY 3 Thursday, Sep 4 Lecture/Talk
Rouen, Fécamp, Étretat. Spend the morning in Rouen at the Musée des Beaux Arts, which will host the exhibition Reflected colour, Impressionism and the water’s surface. Paintings depicting the river Seine, rowing boats, bridges, floods and Venice, all such fascinating subjects for the Impressionists, are to be displayed. Drive in the afternoon to Fécamp, site of the dramatic coastline that Monet loved to paint for the exhibition The cliffs of Monet. Continue to Étretat to see the Porte d’Amont and the Porte d’Aval. Overnight Rouen area.
 
AY 4 Friday, Sep 5 Lecture/Talk
Giverny. The morning is devoted to the premier site in the history of Impressionism, Monet’s house and garden at Giverny where he lived from 1883 until his death in 1926, designing and tending the gardens which grew in size as his prosperity increased. Also at Giverny is the newly reconstituted Musée des Impressionismes (formerly Le Musée d’Art Américain) displaying the exhibition Signac, the colors of water. In the afternoon return to Paris and visit the Musée des Beaux Arts in the Petit Palais, an under-appreciated collection for which space has recently been expanded. Check into our hotel with time to prepare for Shabbat in magnificent Paris brimming with a vibrant Jewish population. We will spend the next three nights in Paris
 
DAY 5 Shabbat, Sep 6
Paris. Beautiful Shabbat is spent in Paris.  Services at the local Shul followed by an afternoon lecture The Jews of Medieval France seen through Art” by Prof. Laderman and a walking tour in the area of the hotel.
 
DAY 6 Sunday, Sep 7
Paris. Walk through the Tuileries Gardens to the Orangerie where an excellent collection of Impressionists, Monet’s famous water-lilies and 20th-century paintings are housed. Cross the river to the Musée d’Orsay; here, in newly renovated galleries, are displayed not only the world’s finest collection of Impressionism but also masterpieces by important precursors such as Courbet and Millet. We also will visit the Musée Marmottan which, through a donation by Monet’s son, has one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionists paintings.
 
DAY 7- Monday, Sep 8 Lecture/Talk
Avignon. This morning we board an early train and relax in your seats aboard a TGV high speed train as you travel at up to 170mph through the beautiful countryside into Provence.  This afternoon visit the evocative Musée Calvet whose 19th century art collection contains works by Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir.  Visit to the Palais Des Papes the residence of the sovereign pontiffs in the 14th century is the largest Gothic Palace in the world and ranked as UNESCO world heritage site. Continue on to the 19th-century synagogue, built on the site of a much older one that had been destroyed by a fire, reflects the ancient roots of Jewish culture in Avignon.  Afterwards drive to the old Roman town of Arles, where Van Gogh lived and worked, harassed by the locals and increasingly desperate and destitute. Walk through the streets he staggered down, invariably drunk, and which have hardly changed from when he knew them, and visit the Place du Forum in which he painted “Café at Night”. Afterwards drive out into the fields he painted furiously, at night wearing a straw hat with candles attached around it. You will also be able to visit the asylum of St-Paul-de-Mausolée where Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself and spent hours in silence painting the cloisters and nearby orchards. We spend the next two nights in Avignon.
 
Day 8, Tuesday Sep 9 Lecture/Talk
Avignon - Cézanne’s Aix-en-Provence - Avignon
Travel across country to lovely Aix-en-Provence, considered by many to be the most graceful town in Provence, and home of the painter Paul Cézanne. A walking tour of the delightful pedestrian streets showcases the Cathedral, the colourful Provencal market, the designer shops and the bustling cafés. Drive to the base of the great Montagne Ste Victoire, which so obsessed Cézanne that he painted it continuously throughout his life.  Back in Aix; visit the studio of Cézanne in which he worked, and which remains exactly as he left it at the time of his death in 1906. Continue to Les Baux de Provence for time at leisure and a stroll along the medieval streets of this perched village. Overnight Avignon.
 
DAY 9 Wednesday, Sep 10
Today we say au revoir to France and travel home on a direct EL AL flight from Marseille to Israel.
 
Price:
AACI members 3115 Euro per person in a double room
Non-members 3190 Euro per person in a double room
Single room supplement 650 Euro
Your tour price includes:
  • EL AL  flight from Tel Aviv to Paris and return flight from Marseille to Tel Aviv
  • 3 nights in Normandy
  • 3 nights in Paris
  • 2 nights in Provence
  • Kosher full board (sandwiches for lunch)
  • Daily guided sightseeing
  • Entrance to all museums mentioned in the tour
  • TGV (High Speed Train) from Paris to Avignon
  • Fully escorted
  • Scholar-in-Residence Prof. Shula Laderman
  • All tips
Cancellation fees:
  • From time of registration until August 1, 2014: 250 Euro  per person
  • August 2-12, 2014: 50%
  • Less than 21 days prior to departure: 100%
Not included:
  • 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.
 
Payment:
Deposit of 350 Euro per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by August 1, 2014
 
 
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Livia Berman, Tel/fax:  03-526 9552 or email livia@ophirtours.co.il
 
AACI Kosher & Friendly Adriatic Cruise
October 19-31, 2014
6 Amazing ports of call
Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Chania, Corfu & Agios Nikolaos
 
Scholar-in-residence Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
 
Venice with her romantic canals and Gothic-Renaissance architecture. Kotor - Montenegro's most stunning bay and best preserved medieval town. Dubrovnik - the 'Pearl of the Adriatic’ with her enduring strength and beauty. Mythological Greece, visiting the breathtaking islands of Corfu, Chania and Agios Nikolaos. Our captivating land tours with rich Jewish history are combined with stimulating and varied lectures by our scholar Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.
 
We will be sailing on the wonderful “Golden Iris" - a hotel at sea, enjoying delicious, freshly prepared, Kosher meals (4+) daily. Entertainment programs are offered throughout the day, Jacuzzi, gym, a casino, Duty Free shopping, and more. Escorted by Executive Director David London, you will enjoy the company of a warm and diverse English-speaking group from Israel and around and the world with days at sea where you can relax with new and old friends.
 
Day 1 19/10/14 Haifa   16:00
2 20/10/14 Sea    
3 21/10/14 Chania 08:00 13:00
4 22/10/14 Corfu 14:00 21:00
5 23/10/14 Sea    
6 24/10/14 Venice 08:00 18:30
7 25/10/14 Sea    
1 26/10/14 Dubrovnik 08:00 01:00 (day 2)
2 27/10/14 Kotor 08:00 18:00
3 28/10/14 Sea    
4 29/10/14 Agios Nikolaos 14:00 20:00
5 30/10/14 Sea    
6 31/10/14 Haifa 08:00  
 
Price Includes:
* 12 Nights, Full board + Midnight Snacks (Kosher Cuisine Freshly Prepared) and more!
* Lectures and Land Tours in English with a Jewish flavor. 
* AACI Scholar in residence.
* Kashrut and Religious Services supervised by Rabbi Jay Karzen.
* All Tips; land tours (Bus Drivers, Guides, Staff), Dining Room and Cabin Staff.
* Fully Escorted by AACI Staff.
* All Port Charges, Taxes and Security Fees.
* Round Trip Bus Transport from Central points in Israel to Haifa.
* Pre-cruise Orientation.
*ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISE PRICE LIST 
 
CABIN CATEGORY 
DECK
EURO PRICE PER PERSON IN A DOUBLE CABIN
EURO
SINGLE CABIN
A
INSIDE DECK 2
1895
2551
B
INSIDE DECK 3
2091
2919
C
OUTSIDE DECK 2
1963
2663
D
INSIDE DECK 4
2275
3287
E
OUTSIDE DECK 3
2147
3031
F
INSIDE DECK 5 & 6
2367
3471
G
OUTSIDE DECK 4
2331
3399
H
OUTSIDE DECK 5
2459
3655
I
SUITE DECK 5 , 6 & 7
2551
3839
J
DELUXE SUITE DECK 5
2643
4023

(Add Euro 50 per person for Non-AACI Members)
 
*The program and itinerary is subject to change without notice and minimum participation required. Please note that some land tours may include strenuous walking. Price does not include Insurance or Personal Expenses.
Prices are subject to change due to fuel increases or brochure price fluctuation.
 
For more information, please call Carole Kremer at AACI: 02-5600910
 
For reservations, please call Livia Berman at Ophir Tours: Tel/fax: : 03-526 9552. livia@ophirtours.co.il
 
AACI Kosher China, Beijing, Xian & Shanghai
October 27  -November 07, 2014
 
 
This itinerary includes the country’s two major cities of Beijing and Shanghai and a detour to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors. In Beijing, try to absorb the enormity of Tiananmen Square, the largest in the world, before exploring the Forbidden City on foot. Ride a rickshaw through the neighborhood maze of old Hutongs, watch a Golden Mask Performance and visit the fabulous pearl market. Climb the Great Wall of China and see the Olympic sites. Fly to Xian where ancient history comes alive with its army of warriors, often regarded as the greatest archaeological discovery of our time. We then fly on to Shanghai where there’s time to discover the old town, stroll along the grand colonial waterfront promenade, the Bund, the Jewish Quarter,  get lost among Chinese art and antiquities in the Shanghai Museum and see a vibrant acrobatic performance.
 
Day 1 Monday, Oct 27:  Depart for Beijing – we leave Israel on our EL AL evening flight to Beijing at 21:40. 
 
Day 2: Tuesday, Oct 28:  Arrival in Beijing at 13:25. Meet our local guide at the airport and embark on a scenic tour of Beijing. Then take an exciting tour of Beijing’s Hutongs (old neighborhoods) on a private and exciting Rickshaw ride.   Get familiar with the local atmosphere and rest up before our welcome dinner.  Evening: Introduction to China.  Dinner at Chabad House.
 
Day 3: Wednesday: Oct 29: Breakfast at the hotel. Departure by deluxe coach to the Great Wall initially built in 221 BC by the first emperor of China as a defense against nomadic tribes and has been renowned as one of the 7 wonders of the world. It extends over 10000 kilometers in the northern part of China from the eastern Pacific Ocean to the western Gobi Desert. Visit the Jade Friendship Store while enjoying the magnificent work done by elite Chinese jade experts on the spot.  Later in the day, visit the Ming Tombs and learn about Chinese Feng Shui as mostly reflected by the layout of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. Return to the city for our Chinese Banquet dinner at the Chabad House.  This evening enjoy the daring Kung Fu Show
 
Day 4: Thursday, Oct 30: Breakfast in the hotel.  Visit the largest city square in the world-Tiananmen Square, which can hold as many as 3 million people. We proceed through the Tiananmen Rostrum to the imperial enclosure - the famed Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, the largest of its kind in the world. It houses more than 9999 rooms.  Five of the rooms had 24 emperors living successively inside them from 1420 until 1911 both the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Climb up the Scenery Hill and have a bird’s eye view of the modern Beijing City as well as the glistening Forbidden City spread out in front of you. Drive to the Olympic Site for a breathtaking view of Bird Nest Stadium and the inspiring Water Cubic Stadium from outside.
Dinner at the Chabad House followed by the amazing Golden Mask performance.
 
Day 5: Friday, Oct 31:  Breakfast in the hotel. Morning tour to the Temple of Heaven and traditional Chinese Park. The Temple is the sacred praying site for Chinese emperors (1420-1911) to pray for a good harvest. Then experience in the park the lives of the everyday Chines citizens through dance and culture. Explore the Pearl Market and learn to how to find the best quality pearls and various pearl products which has been part of the Chinese culture.  Visit the Tibetan style Lamasery housing the world largest single white sandal tree Buddhist carving.  Stop for traditional Chinese foot massage and lecture on Chinese medicine and treatment.  Hotel rest before Shabbat with the Beijing Jewish Community at Chabad.  Evening: Shabbat with Chabad of Beijing.
 
Day 6: Saturday, Nov 01:   Breakfast at the hotel.  Shabbat Services, followed by Kiddush and lunch at the Chabad House.  After lunch we will take an optional walking tour of the unique Flower Market featuring beautiful Asian plants and flowers. Walk back to hotel for Shabbat rest.  Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit and Maariv.
Evening: visit to the exotic Food Market.
 
Day 7: Sunday, Nov 02: Breakfast box on our early morning flight to Xian.  Stop at a Ming Furniture Center. Representing the zenith of Chinese furniture, Ming furniture is treasured for its precious wood, comfortable design, simple decoration and superb craftsmanship. For lunch we will have an authentic Buddhist vegetarian luncheon. In the afternoon we will visit Muslim Street and museum which is a fantastic place to wander around. All shops and restaurants in the street are operated by Muslims. The stalls line the narrow alleys selling almost everything. If you are good at bargaining, you can get some amazing buys.  Dinner will be in the hotel with a delicious kosher fish dinner.  After dinner we will attend our evening show the Tang Dynasty Costume Show.
 
Day 8: Monday, Nov 03: Breakfast in the hotel.   Excursion to the world famous Terra Cotta Warrior Museum, including special visit to panorama movie, Pit1, Pit2, Pit3 and the Bronze Chariot. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. Given time, we will take a glimpse of the warrior duplication site where molds are created to show the original way of creating them. En route back to the city, stop at the local cave dwelling village, a primitive way of living in harsh dry lands.  Early afternoon flight to Shanghai. Dinner at Kosher restaurant in Shanghai.  Night cruise in the harbour over the neon lit Huangpu River, with a spectacular view of the Shanghai skyline.
 
Day 9: Tuesday, Nov 04: Breakfast in the hotel. Morning tour to Jewish Shanghai: the former home of Shanghai's Jewish community, the Hongkou Ghetto and nearby, the former Ohel-Moishe Synagogue. See the Memorial to Stateless Refugees within the ghetto and visit Ohel Rachel Synagogue, also built by the Sassoon family. Drive through the French Concession, where many of Shanghai's fine Jewish estates were once located. Within the French Concession, visit the Arts and Crafts Institute, a historic home and former estate of one of Shanghai's officials. See some of the local crafts designed and created here. Then visit the Sir Elie Kadoorie Mansion (the Marble Mansion), today a Children's Palace, to watch gifted children dance, sing, and play traditional Chinese instruments.  Return to your hotel.  Dinner at the Chabad restaurant Shanghai. Evening: Spectacular Acrobatic Show.
 
Day 10: Wednesday, Nov 05: Breakfast in the hotel.   Our guide will meet us this morning for a 1 1/2 hours' drive to the ancient water town – Zhouzhuang which is known as the Venice of China.  Famed as China's No.1 water town, Zhouzhuang reveals its beauty with various Ming and Qing Dynasty residences and dozens of classic bridges while the two most famous residences are Shen House and Zhang House. A cruise along the canal will give you a view of a unique waterside lifestyle. Return to Shanghai in late afternoon.  Dinner at the Chabad restaurant Shanghai.  This evening enjoy free shopping time on Nanjing Road.
 
Day 11: Thursday, Nov 06: Breakfast in the hotel. Tour of Shanghai Museum. Also known as the Museum of Ancient Chinese Art, the Shanghai Museum was established in 1952 and relocated twice before finding a permanent home at its present location, south of the centrally located People's Plaza, in 1996. More than 120,000 precious and rare works of art in 21 categories make the Shanghai Museum the most remarkable cultural institution in the city. Stroll around the People's Square outside the museum overlooking the stylistic buildings including the City Hall, the City Planning Museum and the Shanghai Opera House.  Visit an Embroidery Gallery at the city center given time. Afternoon departure from Shanghai at 16:20 on Dragon Air to Hong Kong arriving at 19:05 and connect with EL AL at 20:55 back to Israel arriving at 03:15am.
 
 
Price: AACI members $3893 per person in a double
Non- AACI members $3968 per person in a double
Single supplement $540
Price Includes:
  • Flights on EL AL  from Israel and Dragon Air from Shanghai to Hong Kong
  • 2 domestic flights Beijing/Xian-Xian/Shanghai
  • 9 night’s good 4 star  hotel accommodation- as mentioned or similar                  
  • Beijing (5 nights)       Metro Park Lido     
  • Xian      (1 nights)     Titan Times Hotel
  • Shanghai (3 nights)  Salvo Hotel
  • Kosher Meals: daily breakfasts in hotels + 7 lunch boxes.  Dinners in Beijing and Shanghai at kosher resturants. Freshly prepared  vegetarian / fish dinner at hotel in Xian + authentic Buddhist Vegetarian lunch and specially prepared Chinese banquet dinner
  • Transportation in air conditioned coach as per itinerary
  • Local guides for the excursions and visits as per program including entrance fees   
  • Israeli English speaking tour leader
  • Porterage at hotels and all tips
  • 4 varied evening Chinese shows
  • River cruise in Shanghai
  • AACI staff escort   
Not included:
  • Chinese Visa
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned in included
  • Travel/Medical insurance
Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary.
 
Payment:
Deposit of $400 per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by September 10, 2014
 
Cancellation:
Cancellation from time of registration until September 10, 2014: $250 per person
Cancellation between September 11-October 01, 2014: 50% of total package
Cancellation from October 02 to day of departure: 100%
 
          
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Livia Berman, Tel/fax: 03-526 9552 or email livia@ophirtours.co.il
 
AACI Moroccan Kosher Tour with a Jewish Flavor
November 16-26, 2014
 
Experience the exotic and little-known Kingdom of Morocco. Populated by the fierce and indigenous Berbers and conquered by the Arabs 1300 years ago, Morocco is the bridge between Europe and Africa, the gate to Black Africa, a country where Jews and Muslims have flourished side by side for over 1,000 years. You might find yourself buying fresh spices in the labyrinthine souks of Fez as you stroll through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter). Or you could discover the fabulous gardens, winding alleys and mysterious doorways of Marrakech; Visit historic Rabat, with its 12th century walled MEDINA.  Travel through time in Morocco’s ancient cities and experience its modern sensibilities and exotic atmosphere.  Let the magic mesmerize you!
 
Day 1 – Nov 16 Sunday Casablanca / Rabat (60 Miles)
Morning departure with Alitalia Airlines from Israel at 5:50am via Rome and arrival in Casablanca Mohammed V airport at 12:00noon.   Orientation tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. Casablanca is home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco and has numerous congregations, active communal institutions, and many highly recommended kosher restaurants. Early dinner in Casablanca before proceeding for our overnight in Rabat.
 
Day 2 – Nov 17 Monday Rabat / Meknès / Fès (150 Miles)
Visit to the Chellah and Kasbah of Oudayas located next to the Medina within the ramparts of the old city. The Mellah (Jewish Quarter), with its narrow lanes and colorful courtyards, is now the home to only a few Jewish families. Departure to Meknès (the Moroccan Versailles), which was founded at the end of the 17th century by Moulay Ismail, where Hebraic epitaphs dating from the Christian era evidence the Jewish presence, and Greek inscriptions still appear in local Synagogues. It’s a place of pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi David Benmidan; “The Patron of Meknès” is located. The crowded old Mellah, known for its historic Jewish street names is not to be missed. Highlights will also include Bab El Mansour, the Hedim square and the mosque of Moulay Ismail. Continue to Fès. Check-in at the hotel for our two night stay.
Day 3 – Nov 18 Tues day Fès
Fès is among the best known cities in medieval Jewish history. Indeed, it was once the home of one of the most influential Talmudic scholars of all times, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as of Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. Highlights will also include the Mellah with all its Synagogues and old Jewish Cemetery. Return to the hotel in Fès for overnight stay.
 
Day 4 –Nov 19 Wednesday Fès / Midelt / Erfoud (336 Miles)
Morning departure to Erfoud via Azrou and Ifrane. It is said that Ifrane was the capital of a Jewish Kingdom in the distant past. Not to be missed: the village’s only Synagogue and the cemetery has been a centre of pilgrimage for Moroccan Jews for centuries. Stop in Midelt and continuation to Erfoud. Overnight stay in Erfoud at the hotel.
 
Day 5 – Nov 20 Thursday Erfoud / Ouarzazate (181 Miles)
We start our day with a very early departure from the hotel by jeeps and then camels to watch the sunrise over the Merzouga Hills.  We then return to the hotel for breakfast.  Before leaving Erfoud we visit the tomb of the Baba Sali-Rabbi Abu Hatzeira.   Continue to Tineghir and visit its Mellah gateway and the ancient and colorful Jewish quarter. Continue on to Ouarzazate via El Kelaa Des M’Gouna and visit of Tiliit (5 miles from El Kelaa Des M’Gouna), known as the ancient city of the Jews of the Dades. The fortress of Tiliit has been the centre of a Jewish region ruled by the Spanish-Jewish family of Perez from the end of the 15th century until the reign of Moulay Ismail in 1672. Continue to Ouarzazate, check-in and overnight stay.
Day 6 – Nov 21 Friday Ouarzazate / Marrakech (126 Miles)
Morning departure to Marrakech with a visit at Ait-ben Haddouvia and continue through the Tiz-in-Tichka pass (2260m) and Taddert. In the afternoon, sightseeing tour of Marrakech. The Saadian dynasty made Marrakech their capital and converted the El Badii Palace to a Mellah, which became home of a thriving community of native and Spanish Jews, famed for their rabbinical schools and scholars. Prepare to welcome in Shabbat.
 
Day 7 – Nov 22 Shabbat Marrakech
This morning we will gather together for Shabbat services.  In the afternoon perhaps you will like to take a leisurely stroll through the city.  After dinner experience the party atmosphere at Djma El Fna Square, one of the most colorful and mysterious sites in all of Africa with its snake charmers, street vendors, musicians, jugglers, fortune-tellers and storytellers.
 
Day 8 – Nov 23 Sunday Marrakech
This day will be devoted to the sightseeing of Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city known as the “Pearl of the South” and home to the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Garden. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, exploration of the souks and the world’s famous Djamaa El Fna place, this offers various entertainments such as storytellers, acrobats, snake-charmers and magicians.  Afternoon excursion to the Ourika valley, the site of the famous tomb of Rabbi Salomon Bel Hens.  Evening Fantasia “Chez Ali” show. 
 
Day 9 – Nov 24 Marrakech/Casablanca (148 Miles)
This morning we drive to Casablanca and on arrival we have a guided tour of the city including visit of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues such as Beth-El, Em Habanim and Neve Chalom, the Jewish Museum, the Great Mosque.  Overnight in Casablanca.
 
Day 10 – Nov 25 Casablanca/Israel
We will visit the Habbous quarter, the United Nations square, the exterior of the Royal Palace and an interior visit of the Hassan II mosque, one of the Islamic world’s greatest and stunning monuments.   Afternoon departure from Casablanca airport at 14:400pm with a connection in Rome arriving in Israel at 02:10am on Nov 26th.
AACI Group picture, Morocco 2012
Price: AACI Members $2772 per person in a double room
Price: Non Members $2847 per person in a double room
Single Supplement: $365
 
The trip includes:
  • Round trip flights via Europe with Alitalia Airlines
  • Good 4 star Hotels
  • Meals: half board plus provisions for making sandwiches for lunch
  • Transportation by deluxe coach as per itinerary
  • English speaking  local guide
  • Entrance fees: as per the itinerary
  • Tour Leader from Israel
  • AACI escort
  • Porterage Hotels and tips  for driver, local guides, waiters & Israeli tour guide
Not included:
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Any items of personal nature
  • Items not mentioned above
  • Medical insurance
**Itinerary and Airline are subject to change without notice
**Minimum number of participants required
 
PAYMENT:
Deposit of $400 per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by Oct 22, 2014
 
CANCELLATION:
Cancellation from time of registration until Oct 22, 2014- $100 per person
Oct 23- Nov 02- $600 per person
Less then 14 days prior to departure- 100%
 
INSURANCE:
WE STRONGLY SUGGEST EVERYONE TAKES MEDICAL INSURANCE
 
TOUR ORIENTATION:
There will be an orientation session for all participants.  Date to be announced
 
 
For reservations and additional information please contact:
Livia Berman Ophir Tours, Tel/fax: 03-526 9552
 
 
 
AACI Kosher & Friendly Tour - ROME with a Jewish Flavor
 
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 its 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 is very very old.  We will show you the Jewish quarter with its charming narrow streets, the Synagogue in Ostia Antica with the surrounding archaeological area, The Arch of Titus and The Moses by Michelangelo and so much more.

Nov 9th Sunday

EL AL flight departs Tel Aviv at 06:05 arriving Rome at 08:55
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 Roma. 
 
Nov 10th Monday
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.  Lunch at local restaurant for authentic Italian kosher pizza.
Afternoon Rome- Ancient City tour includes the Colosseum, Roman Forums, Arch of Constintine and the infamous Arch of Titus. Visit the site of the infamous 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
 
ov 11th Tuesday
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. You will also learn the philosophy behind the artwork, the Renaissance and the Museum itself. Lunch in local kosher restaurant
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 – part water feature, part magnificent sculpture.  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 in 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
 
Nov 12th Wednesday
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.
Lunch in a local kosher restaurant
Afternoon drive to Ostia Antica, one of the most beautiful and intriguing sites near the capital. Here you will discover the life of middle-class Jews of the ancient world, who once thrived here as tailors, butchers, blacksmiths and actors.  The synagogue in Ostia is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to the 4th century C.E. and its nearby kitchen, dining room and stone benches, once slept on by traveling Jewish merchants, are some of the unique facets of this tour.
Transfer to the airport our EL AL flight departing Rome at 21:35 arriving in Tel Aviv at 02:05 Nov 13th
 
 
Price per person for AACI members in a double Euro €1880
Price per person for non AACI members in a double Euro €1955
Single Supplement Euro €350
 
Price Includes:
  • Round trip air with EL AL airlines 
  • 3 nights’s at the Hotel Fortyseven a 4 star boutique hotel just across from the Temple of Vesta, inside the Roman Forum and a short stroll to Circus Maximus, the Arch of Janus and walking distance from Jewish quarter.
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches (one will be pizza) in a restaurant
  • 3 dinners in restaurant
  • Wine with both Lunch and Dinner
  • Take away sandwiches on last day for dinner
  • Sightseeing including entrances
  • Special Vatican & Castel Sant’ Angelo with a Jewish perspective  
  • Israeli escort & AACI host
  • Local tour guide for all sightseeing except walking tours
  • All tips
Price Does Not Included
  • 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 225 per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by October 5th
CANCELLATION:
Cancellation from time of registration until October 5th - euro 100 per person
 October 5-October 23 Euro 675 per person
 October 23-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:
Livia Berman Ophir Tours, Tel/fax: 03-526 9552 or email LIVIA@OPHIRTOURS.CO.IL
 
 
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