Upcoming Travel & Cruises 2013
Upcoming Travel & Cruises 2014
AACI Kosher Tour - Jewish Bulgaria
More details to following on our upcoming trips
  • Georgia Jeep tour, May 25-29, 2014
  • Scandinavia, June 11 - 23, 2014
  • Russia, June 22 - July 3, 2014
  • European 7 & 4 Night Cruises - dates and details to follow
AACI Kosher Tiyul & Shabbat Negev Experience

Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24, 2013
AACI Kosher Tour to Malta
December 8-13, 2013
Malta surrounded by the majestic Mediterranean Sea stands as the midpoint between Europe and Africa.  Join us on AACI’s 5 night kosher and friendly tour while absorbing the architecture, history and beauty of this vibrant island.
Day One: Sunday December 8
Israel to Malta /Half-day tour to Valletta
Morning departure from Israel on Malta Air. On arrival we start our tour of Valletta with a visit to the Barraka Gardens where you can admire views over the magnificent fortified Grand Harbour. We continue our tour through the heart of Valletta; en route admire the beautiful architecture and large open piazza's. A visit to St. John’s Co-Cathedral which was the conventual church of the order and historically the most important building built by the Knights and the magnificent Grandmasters Palace State Rooms and Armory. We end our tour of the city with the Malta Experience. The Malta Experience is a superb 45-minute show illustrating the history of the Maltese Islands - from Neolithic to modern times. The show features 3000 colour slides displayed by 39 projectors and outstanding audio effects. Our tour ends here and we make our way back to our hotel. Leisure time in the afternoon and dinner.
Day Two Monday December 9
Full-day tour to Mdina, Rabat, San Anton Gardens & Artisans
Breakfast. Our first stop in this tour we is the medieval city of Mdina. Mdina is built on a plateau in the center of the island. The cities’ old Baroque buildings, cathedral and magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta until the modern city of Valletta was built in 1565 has had many names, including Melita (Roman occupation), Mdina (Arabic occupation), Cita Notabile (Knights of St. John) and Cita Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred to as the Silent City since it inspires tranquility at any time of the day or night. The only way to really experience and enjoy this city is on foot; explore the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views from the high bastion walls.
Our tour will then continue to the old town of Rabat. Here we will make our way through the narrow streets to the center which is dominated by the imposing St. Paul's Church which overlooks the piazza. Rabat can claim the origins of Maltese Christianity and good examples of the Roman period are also found here. It was here in AD60 that the Apostle St. Paul (Saul before he converted to Christianity) is said to have stayed after being shipwrecked on the Islands. We will visit the St. Paul's Grotto which is said to be the resting place of St. Paul during his stay on the islands. Our visit to Rabat also features the Roman Domus. In 1881 remains of a Roman townhouse where discovered on this site. There are some excellent exhibits and the museum houses the principle remains of Malta’s Roman period (218 BCE – 870 BCE) and encloses the Roman Villa, notable for its fine mosaics. After a lunch break we proceed to San Anton Gardens. These magnificent gardens are located in the grounds of the San Anton Palace – the official residence of the President of Malta. Probably the best known of our public gardens, San Anton was first laid out by Grand Master Antoine de Paule between 1623 and 1636. You can wander along paths and terraces which are lined with enormous trees, hedges, flower beds and old stone pots full of plants to any of five ponds with ducks, fountains and water lilies. Our final stop includes a visit to an artisans center. Here you can view the local crafts and it is also the ideal place to purchase some gift from a good selection of locally made pottery and ceramics, filigree and jewelry, cane works, wrought iron and much more. Do not miss out on the glassblowers – decorative glass made in the traditional manner by hand and mouth; also etching and crystal cutting. Our tour comes to an end and we make our way back to our hotel and dinner.
Day Three: Tuesday December 10
Half-day tour to Three Cities Traditional Boat Trip
Breakfast. This half-day tour visits the oldest part of the Grand Harbour. Our first stop includes the Gardjola Gardens; here you can admire the magnificent view from the Vedette (watch tower used by the Knights). We continue with the tour of this area visiting Birgu. Birgu is the oldest city of the Grand Harbour. In 1530 the Knights of St. John first settled in this area, and we will give you an insight into an era dominated by the Knights of St. John. Our walking tour will take us to the heart of the city, the narrow streets and quaint alleys known as the 'collachio', an area of old Palazzo's which is where the original Auberge’ s occupied by the Knights. We finish this tour with a trip around the harbour on a traditional Dghajsa (type of gondola) or motor boat (weather permitting).  We return to our hotel for a free afternoon to explore or shop on our own. Dinner.
Day Four: Wednesday December 11
Full-day tour to Gozo Island
Breakfast. We start our tour to Gozo with a pleasant 25 minute ferry crossing. The charm of Gozo is apparent the moment you arrive there. It is greener, more rural and smaller than Malta. Our tour is a combination of scenic spots, historical sites and local culture. We feature most of the main highlights during our tour including the oldest free standing temples in the world, known as Ggantija Temples, we will pass through quaint sleepy villages that characterize Gozo’ s unique charm, visit stunning sites such as Calypso Cave which offers magnificent views over the red sands of Ramla Bay. We will also stop at the Fontana Cottage where you can buy locally made goods; you will also have some time for a spot of shopping for popular buys such as lace. Free time for lunch will be at the pretty bay of Xlendi. After lunch we continue our tour with visits to one of the most photographed sites in Gozo, the Azure Window and Inland Sea. Here you can take a boat trip (the boat trip depends on the weather) around the sea-locked lake. Our final stop before we head back to the ferry for Malta includes a visit to the main town on Gozo, Victoria and The Citadel. The Citadel is a small fortified city that dominates the heights above Victoria. The history of The Citadel dates back to an early period when Gozo was under Roman and Arab occupation. The views from its fortified walls offer panoramas of the whole island. Our tour comes to an end and we make our way back to the ferry terminal for our return to the main island to our hotel and dinner.
Day Five: Thursday December 12
Full-day Ghar Dalam, Tarxien, Hypogeum, Hagar Qim, Grotto & Marsaxlokk
Breakfast. We will be touring the south of the island during this tour, starting at the Blue Grotto. This picturesque grotto and its neighboring system of sea caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colors of underwater flora. Boat trips, which take around 25 minutes, allow you to explore these grottoes and sea caverns along this stretch of coast. We continue with our tour to the Hagar Qim temple site. Set in a rural area this ancient temple is particularly interesting as it has the largest and heaviest megaliths of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons. Our guide will unfold the history related to this temple which dates back to 3300BC, an era dominated by Neolithic man. Our next stop includes a visit to Marsaxlokk. This quaint fishing village on the south coast is characterized by low lying buildings and the colorful traditional fishing boats known as the 'luzzu'. A small local market lines the seafront. You will have free time for lunch. In the afternoon we continue with our tour and our first stop includes a visit to Tarxien. Tarxien was the first temple site to be excavated and it offers a unique collection of circa. 3000 BC sanctuaries. Stone idols and tablets, domestic animals carved in relief, altars and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns, oracular chambers and niches enhance the attractions of these temples. Our next site is considered as the most unique archaeological discoveries, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. This ancient underground monument is 12 meters below street level. It consists of a network of passages, chambers and caves cut on three levels, similar to the interior of a megalithic temple. The most impressive part of the temple is the "Holy of Holies" and one of the most important prehistoric masterpieces known as the "Sleeping Lady" was also found here.
Our tour continues to Ghar Dalam. The Ghar Dalam Cave is a highly important site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago, was discovered. This huge cavern is some 144 meters deep, but only the first 50 meters are open to visitors. The lowermost layers, more than 500,000 years old, contained the fossil bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, micro-mammals and birds. Our tour ends here and we make our way back to St. Paul’s Bay and dinner before we proceed to the airport for our return flight home.
Price per person for AACI members in a double Euro 999
Price per person for non-members in a double Euro 1074
Single Supplement Euro 150
Price Includes:
  • Round trip air on Air Malta from Israel
  • 4 nights 4 star Dolmen Resort Hotel & Casino, located on the bay with a spa, indoor pool and gym
  • 4 BREAKFAST at the hotel plus lunch sandwich preparations
  • 5 Dinners in a Kosher Restaurant
  • All sightseeing as indicated including entrances
  • Tips for the local guide & driver
  • Fully escorted by Israeli tour guide and by AACI escort
Price Does Not Included
  • Any items of personal nature
  •  Insurance
Minimum number of participants required
Itinerary is subject to change without notice
PAYMENT: Deposit of euro 225 per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by November 10, 2013
Cancellation from time of registration until November 10, 2013- euro75 per person
Nov. 11-Nov. 26–euro 400 per person
Nov. 27 - day of departure- 100%
All reservations and cancellations must be sent in writing.
TOUR ORIENTATION: There will be an orientation session for all participants. Date to be announced
For further details or to make your bookings please fill out the enclosed application form and mail/fax/ e-mail it with your deposit to:
Livia Berman Ophir Tours, 68 Ahuza St, Raanana 43209
Telephone: 09-777-7100 or email LIVIA@OPHIRTOURS.CO.IL Fax: 09-777-7101
Study Vacation #146 - Arad/Beer Sheva & Surrounding Neighborhoods
December 9 -12, 2013 - Yochi Gordon, Guide 
We’re on the road again - Starting our trip in Jerusalem and heading out for the Lehavim Train Station where we will meet our travelers joining us from the North, further South, and Center of the country. After a lunch break we will start our adventure with a visit to the Hura Ecological Farm, a joint project with Ben Gurion University. We will then wend our way to Arad and the Inbar Hotel which will be our home base for our four day sojourn.
Continuing our tour of the area - our bus will take us to Ha’Makhtesh Hakatan (the small crater) traveling along its eastern cliffs, getting geological explanations, and hearing about nature and scenic conservation issues, plus some extra added attractions along the way.Our next stop will be a guided tour of the Dead Sea Works. Have we got salt! Lunch (without salt) at Dead Sea Works.
Then on to the Sound & Light Show Masada Youth Hostel and a tour of the Herodian Exhibit at the Masada Museum. Back to Hotel Inbar for dinner and our evening program. Yes, we will let you rest until the next day, at least.
Wednesday will focus on Arad where we will visit the Glass Museum featuring the work of Gideon Fridman and other Israeli artists and the Arad Doll Museum featuring beautiful figures made of porcelain and dressed ‘to the nines’. We’ll also be able to use our creative skills when we join art workshops led by various artists. Then on to a winery at Bika’at Arad (maybe to overcome our lack of talent or celebrate our newly acquired skills).
Prior to returning to our Hotel for dinner and our evening program we will finish the days touring with a visit to the Bedouins in Dragot.
Our Study Vacation ends in Beer Sheva with a tour of a newly opened Museum and we will have an opportunity to see the changes that have taken place in the city since our last visit.
Those taking the train may depart from the Beer Sheva train station - and the bus will return the Jerusalem travelers to home base.
* Please note: Program subject to change - but you will be informed if changes are necessary.
Cost of the trip NIS 1800 per person sharing a double room - NIS 2400 Single supplement
Cancellation Fees: NIS 200 6 weeks prior to trip – NIS 250 one week prior to trip
Participants must be members of AACI
Mark your calendars for future trips -
March 10-13, 2014 - Ashkelon/Ashdod/Sderot - Jacky Sivak - Guide
May 19-22, 2014 - Heading North with Ilan Levin - Guide
September 8-11, 2014 - Roaming the Jerusalem Hills - Mina Glatzer - Guide
For additional information or registration - Call 02-5661181 - Ext. 306 Monday or Wednesday 9:30 -12:30
Or send an email to conted@aaci.org.il or to telman1@zahav.net.il
Continuing Education Committee - Judy, Stew, Maurene, Prudence, Fridel, Marsha & Dorothy
Upcoming Travel & Cruises 2014
AACI Kosher Tour - Jewish Bulgaria
March 25 -April 2, 2014
With breathtaking and majestic Prehistoric, Thracian, Jewish, Byzantium, Roman and Slav cultures blended with European and Asian influence, Bulgaria is Europe’s most ancient civilization. A country with 8000 years of history, lying across the border between Europe and Asia, Bulgaria is an enticing mix of the cultures of East and West, North and South. During our journey we trace the abundant heritage of this Balkan country - and learn how Bulgaria saved the Bulgaria Jews were saved during WWII. Being isolated for many years behind the Iron curtain, nowadays Bulgaria is on the move and changes are happening every day. We will observe the rise and fall of communism, and the challenges of united Europe. We discover a fascinating country and see how it fits into the new realities.
Price: AACI members
Euro 1685per person in a double room
Non-members Euro 1760 per person in a double room
Single room supplement: Euro 280
Minimum 25 travelers
This kosher trip includes:
  • Round trip flights from Israel on EL AL
  • 8 nights 4 & 5 star Hotels
  • Kosher full board (sandwiches for lunch)
  • 2 treatments in Sandanski
  • Full sightseeing
  • Folklore show in Sofia
  • Light show in Veliko Tarnovo
  • All tips
  • Israeli Tour Leader
  • AACI escort
For reservations and information please call Ophir Tours
Livia Berman 09-777-7100 or email livia@ophirtours.co.il
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AACI Kosher Ireland
MAY 14-22, 2014
It’s not known as the Emerald Isle for nothing – a tour of Ireland’s lush meadows and wild woodlands will treat you to a natural display of every colour green imaginable. You’ll also discover dramatic coastlines and fantastic local produce that only this pristine environment can provide, all the while enjoying the famous Irish hospitality. Our weeklong Ireland travel adventure includes some of the Emerald Isle's most notable places, from sophisticated cities to small towns throughout the quintessential Irish countryside. Explore the County of Wicklow, known as “the Garden of Ireland”, see the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and the Book of Kells. A week in Ireland is... a week well spent!
Day 1: Wednesday May 14 – Israel to Ireland
This morning we depart Israel with British Airways at 07:35am with a connection in London and arrival in Dublin at 14:45pm. Meet with your coach driver and transfer directly to hotel. Time to rest before dinner.
Day 2: Thursday May 15 – Dublin to Galway
This morning depart for Galway visiting Clonmacnoise en route. Situated in the wilds, on the banks of the Shannon, sixth century Clonmacnoise is nowadays partly in ruins. You visit the Visitor Centre where the original Celtic crosses are exhibited, followed by a tour of the site where you will see high towers, the eleventh century cathedral and the wonderful reproductions of the High Crosses. Continue and spend some time at leisure in Galway. Galway City is a delight with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts. The city has attracted a bohemian crown of musicians and artists, which add so much to the character of the city. A visit can start at Galway’s modern Cathedral, which was built in 1965. The visit can then continue across the Salmon Weir Bridge and along the trout stream to the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra, which was built in 1320. The Collegiate is close to Nora Barnacle’s house (Mrs. James Joyce) and to the famous Lynch window from which the English language received the word to “lynch” (hang). The visit can then continue along Shop Street to the Kings Head. It is worth a visit to this pub in order to get the true version of how the pub got its name. Along Shop Street there is evidence of the splendor of the rich merchants houses during the time that they controlled the commercial life of the City, Lynch’s house being an excellent example. The visitor will conclude on Eyre Square, the accepted centre of Galway City. On the western side of the square is Browne’s doorway which is all that remains of a mid-17th century merchant’s house. The square also has a statue of Padraic O’Conaire, a noted Irish writer and a curious rusted metal sculpture representing the famous Galway hooker,  a boat which is unique to Galway. Check in to hotel in the area.
Day 3: Friday May 16 – Burren and Cliffs of Moher to Kerry
This morning depart for Kerry. Travel through The Burren, part of which forms the 100 sq. km Burren National Park, a unique place. It is a Karst limestone region of approximately 300 sq. km, which lies in the northwest corner of Co Clare. It is composed of limestone pavements, which have been eroded to a distinctive pattern. This pavement is crisscrossed by cracks known as grykes in which grow a myriad of wild flora and under which are huge caves and rivers that suddenly flood when it rains. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses as well as a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th century. You will discover small villages abandoned during the famine period and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. The flora on the Burren is a mixture of Arctic and Mediterranean, and rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and bloody cranesbill are the rule rather than the exception. The Burren is truly an exceptional part of Ireland. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher.
Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 meters above the ground at their highest point and 8 km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. To the south of the cliffs is Hag's Head which was once the site of a castle. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O' Brien's Tower. Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru (who defeated the Vikings in battle), built a tower at the cliffs in order to enjoy some tea with his lady friends. The tower is adjacent to the sea stack, Breanan Mór, which stands over 70 meters above the foaming waves and is home to some of the Burren’s wildlife. Drive through Limerick and Adare; continue to Kerry.  Check in to hotel in Killarney/Tralee
Day 4: Shabbat May 17 – Day at leisure
Today enjoy a day at leisure in Kerry – Overnight in Killarney/Tralee 
 Day 5: Sunday May 18 – Ring of Kerry 
Today travel along one of the most famous coastal roads in Europe. The Ring of Kerry (166km) is the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. The astonishing beauty of this large peninsula, Iveragh, comes from the great diversity of its scenery, which offers incessant contrasts. En route around the Ring, take in spectacular scenery mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean -  as one travels along the coast road. Leaving Killarney, pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh, where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Continuing to Cahirciveen, you’ll pass the birthplace of our national hero, Daniel O’Connell. Next, continue on through peat bogs to the town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses. The road then continues through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.
Visit to Muckross House and Gardens. Muckross is a magnificent Victorian mansion built in 1843 and is one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. Built on the shores of Muckross Lake, it is beautifully situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyle of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement area one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. The Gardens of Muckross House are famed for their beauty worldwide. In particular, they are noted for their collections of azaleas and rhododendrons. However the extensive water garden, the children’s sunken garden and the outstanding rock garden, hewn out of natural limestone, are just some of the features to be discovered. Return to hotel in Killarney/Tralee.
Muckross House and Gardens note: Please note that the visit to the House has limited availability because it is very popular. Please note that we will check availability at the moment of confirmation.
Day 6: Monday May 19 – Kerry to Kilkenny via Cork
This morning depart for Kilkenny via Cork. Cork was designated the European Cultural Capital of Europe for 2005. The city is engagingly small, but it bustles with visitors and students all year round. 
Visit Blarney Castle. Attracting visitors from all over the world, Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney,  8 km from Cork City. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy's, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, and indeed one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone. The Stone of Eloquence - which is traditionally believed, to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend?
Continue to the Rock of Cashel for a photo – op.
Travel to Kilkenny the Capital of County Kilkenny. The town of Kilkenny is often referred to as “the Marble City”. It is the most interesting and best preserved of the medieval Irish cities. It owes its immense charm to the various impressive historical monuments. A medieval city of 24,000 people, it is characterized by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways. It is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants. The ancient city of Kilkenny was named after a 6th century monk, St. Canice. A native of the area, St. Canice built a monastic enclave on the site where today we find the beautifully restored 13th St. Canice’s Cathedral. The town is dominated by the 12th century Kilkenny Castle, built by the Normans on their arrival in this part of Ireland. There are a number of other interesting visits to be made while in Kilkenny. No visit of Kilkenny can be considered complete without a visit to the following venues: the Black and Grey Abbeys, Rothe House, the Smithwicks Brewery and the Shee Alms house, which today is used as the local tourist office. Overnight, in the Kilkenny area.
Day 7: Tuesday May 20– Return to Dublin
This morning depart Kilkenny for Dublin. Travel through the Wicklow Mountains. South of Dublin is County Wicklow. Known as “the Garden of Ireland” it is home to Powerscourt, Mount Usher and Russborough, to name a few of its many houses and gardens. This region features all the various types of scenery that make Ireland so beautiful. The coastline is bordered by charming sea resorts such as Bray or Greystones. In the heart of its gentle and rounded hills are nestled Enniskerry and Avoca, both very picturesque villages. Discover its romantic and quiet beauty, the deserted mounts where nothing but heather grows, the small forests and the lush prairies illuminated by yellow gorse in spring. Glendalough, a 6th century monastic site, and Powerscourt House and Gardens are a must for any visit to Wicklow.
Visit to Powerscourt Gardens. Powerscourt Gardens are a magnificent example of aristocratic gardens from the 19th century. The gardens were initiated around 1745 and restyled in the 19th century. The gardens have many features, including the Triton pool with its 100-ft fountain. There are statues of winged horses (emblems of the Wingfield coat of arms) flanking a grotto by the pool. To the left are American and Italian gardens, while below them is a Japanese garden. The Bamberg Gates to the walled garden are believed to have come from a German Cathedral in Bamberg in Bavaria. There are many rare plants and wonderful views of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. Not to be missed is the pet cemetery with its headstones dedicated to the family dogs. Overnight in Dublin area.
Day 8: Wednesday May 21 – Dublin’s Fair City and Farewell
Today discover Ireland’s capital. Meet with guide in the City Centre. A panoramic half-day tour is the ideal introduction to “Dublin’s Fair City”. The tour will introduce you to the principal sites, which you may then revisit at your leisure. You will visit the elegant Georgian squares, famous for its architecture and of course its famous doors. Pass by Trinity College, with the 8th century Book of Kells and the long room with its 200,000 books. Pass by St Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in 1192, it is one of Ireland’s largest cathedrals, made famous by its former dean, Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels.” Pass by Christ Church, built by the Anglo-Normans in 1172 to replace an earlier church built by the Vikings in 1038, on your way to the Phoenix Park with its many monuments including the papal cross. Return to the city centre via the Quays, passing by the Guinness brewery, and Collins Barrack, now part of the national museum, before arriving back into O’Connell Street and the city centre.
Visit to Trinity College with Book of Kells. Thomas Burgh built the Old Library building in the 18th century. Today it houses one of Ireland’s most illustrious books, the 9th century “Book of Kells”. Before viewing the famous book, visitors pass through an excellent exhibition based on the Book of Kells and other important books written in monasteries around Ireland from the 9th century. After viewing the Book of Kells, visitors are invited to visit the long room, built in 1745. Once the principal library of the University, it now contains over twenty thousand books and manuscripts of the Trinity’s oldest volumes. Brian Boru’s harp is said to be the “oldest harp in Ireland,” and a copy of the 1916 proclamation, one of the most important documents relating to Irish history, are also on display in the long room.
This evening we transfer to the airport for our flight from Dublin at 19:20pm with a connection in London and arriving in Israel at 05:30am on Thursday May 22.
AACI members Euro per person in a dbl. room 
Nonmembers Euro per person in a dbl. room
Single room supplement Euro
Your Tour price includes:
  • flights on British Airways from Israel
  • 7 nights hotel in 4-star accommodations
  • Kosher full board (sandwiches for lunch)
  • Daily guided sightseeing (except Shabbat)
  • Fully escorted & hosted by AACI group leader
  • All tips
  • Cancellation from time of registration until April 13, 2014:150 Euro per person
  • April 14-29, 2014: 50%
  • Less than 15 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. Minimum number of participants is needed.
Deposit of 250 Euro per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by April 13,2014              
For reservations and information please call Livia Berman at Ophir Tours
Tel: 09-777-7100
Email: livia@ophirtours.co.il Fax: 09-777-7101
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AACI's  2nd Kosher Verona Opera Festival & Shabbat in Turin
July 06-14, 2014
Verona, besides setting the scene for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is also home to the "Arena di Verona" where you will enjoy three world famous operas: Aida, Carmen & Turandot performed in the magnificent ancient Roman Amphitheatre. The ambience of the arena and the sheer joy of experiencing these great performances will make your heart soar and take you to new heights in the world of opera. During the day we will also tour in and around Verona visiting the Ghetto, Lake Garda as well as other important and interesting Italian sites. We then head for Turin where we will tour this beautiful city and spend a restful Shabbat. We end our magical visit in the region of Piedmont wit all it’s Jewish History.
  • AACI members’ 2849 euro per person in a double
  • Non- AACI members’2899 euro per person in a double
  • Single supplement 495 euro
This trip includes:
  • flights on El AL from Israel
  • 5 nights Verona area & 3 nights Turin first class hotels
  • 3 operas in the centered numbered seats
  • Cruise on Lake Garda
  • Tours to Modena, Padua, Parma & Piedmont
  • Full board
  • Transportation in air conditioned coach
  • Local guides for the excursions and visits
  • Tour leader
  • Porterage at hotels and tips for drivers and guides
  • AACI staff escort 
For more information or for reservations please contact:
Livia Berman at Ophir Tours: 09-777-7100 email: livia@ophirtours.co.il
*Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases. The itinerary & Operas may vary. Minimum number of participants needed in order for this tour to operate.
AACI Kosher & Friendly Adriatic Cruise
October 19-31, 2014
6 Amazing ports of call
Venice, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Chania, Corfu & Agios Nikolaos
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. Charming Corfu and mythological Greece. Our captivating land tours with rich Jewish history are combined with stimulating and varied lectures with our scholar-in-residence plus time to relax with new and old friends.
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. You will enjoy the company of a warm and diverse English-speaking group from Israel and around and the world.
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 under Rabbinical supervision.
* 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.
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 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: 09 7777100. livia@ophirtours.co.il
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