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Cinci Civ & Biz Israel 2019

Mar 24, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
Day 1
Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Various arrivals throughout the day with VIP assistance at the sleeve of the plane.
  • Individual transfers to Herzliya.
    • Possible group transfer if arriving on a group flight.
  • Check in to the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
  • Free time for rest and relaxation.
  • Opening welcome cocktail at the hotel.
  • Festive welcome dinner at Lumina restaurant, with leading Israeli chef, Meir Adoni.
Overnight: Setai Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Understanding Israel @ 2019, with the Tour Educator, in a room overlooking the sea.
  • Meet with Venture Capitalist Yadin Kaufman, a pioneer in Israel’s venture ecosystme and founder of Veritas, Israel’s most experienced venture fund (http://www.veritasvc.com/team.asp), and Sadara,   an Israeli-Palestinian tech fund (https://www.sadaravc.com).
  • Innovation Then and Now, drive to Tel Aviv and continue to Rothschild Blvd. for a guided walk through the original neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Ahuzat Bayit, which has now become one of Israel’s leading global innovation hubs, and glimpse at part of the White City, the UNESCO World Heritage collection of Bauhaus building.
  • Visit a leading Cyber Security company in the Tel Aviv area. (pending confirmation)
  • Stop at the Levinsky Balkan Market, established by new immigrants from Balkan countries, who brought their bourrekas, pickles, drinks, stuffed vegetables, spices, marzipan and much more, with some shopping time.
  • Continue to a local restaurant for a fast lunch.
  • Return to Herzliya to The Squadron, a new flight simulation center developed by IDF reserve pilots, for a unique flight simulation experience flying IDF F-16 fighter jets, under the guidance of actual IDF reserve fighter pilots. https://www.pilots.co.il/
  • Return to the hotel for shopping, rest and relaxation.
  • Dinner at the residence of a leading Israeli industrialist/philanthropist/innovator, such as Daniel Birnbaum of SodaStream.
Overnight: Setai Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Herzliya Airport.
  • Israel: A Bird’s Eye View, board helicopters and fly to the Golan Heights along Israel’s coast and continuing over the Lower Galilee to the Mount Bental landing pad.
  • Board jeeps and drive to the Booster Outpost, overlooking Syria, for an in depth briefing on the current status of the conflict in Syria and its impact on the Syrian-Israeli relationship, with reserve intelligence officer Ilan Shulman, a resident of Kibbutz Merom Golan.
  • Visit a United Nations outpost for a unique look at how the international community is involved in the Syrian conflict and, conversely, relates to Israel on the Golan, including dialogues with United Nations officers.
  • Drive to one of the Golan Heights’ wineries for a special tasting and lunch.
  • Re-board the helicopters and fly toward the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit the Christian sites on the shores of the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, where Jesus taught, Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, and concluding at the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • En route back to Herzliya, view the Seam Zone Barrier, the Samarian Mountains (northern West Bank) and the Coastal Plain from above.
  • Land at Herzliya airport and return to the Ritz Carlton Hotel for rest and relaxation.
  • Depart for Old Jaffa and the home of Hela Solomon.
  • Take part in an Old Jaffa Dining Experience at Spoons, located in a renovated Jaffa loft, with the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai.

An alternate day program will be offered for those who choose not to fly.

Overnight: Setai Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Riman Barkat of Experience Palestine will spend the day with the group http://rimanbarakat.wixsite.com/experience

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Understanding Israel’s Approach to the Palestinian Authority, with (Res.) Grisha Yakubovich, former senior officer in the Coordinator of Government Affairs office in the Territories. http://grishaconsulting.com/
  • Depart for Ramallah for a short guided visit and meeting with Pollster Khalil Shikaki, for a snapshot of contemporary Palestinian society. https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/a-palestinian-research-center-comes-under-threat-in-a-government-crackdown
  • Possible meetings with:
    • High ranking officials of the Palestinian Authority
    • Mid-level officials involved in the day-to-day discussion and negotiations, such as Amal Jadu, Assistant Foreign Minister of European Affairs, and Xavier Abu Eid of the PLO Negotiations Department
    • The Mayor of Ramallah
    • Members of the Ramallah YPO chapter
  • Possible lunch at the home of Bashar el Masri.
  • My Palestine 1, visit Rawabi, the new Palestinian city north of Ramallah, for a glimpse at this unique project, a synthesis between private enterprise and public resources, creating one of the anchors of the future Palestinian State, including a meeting and dialogue with developer, Bashar el Masri. https://www.rawabi.ps/
  • My Palestine 2, visit Taybeh, a Christian Palestinian village and home of the world-famous Taybeh Brewry, established by the Khouri Family, who returned to Taybe after the Oslo Accords, for beer tasting and a conversation of national identity. http://taybehbeer.com/
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for a Jerusalem Spiritual Moment of Arrival, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Check in to the Orient Hotel.
  • Dinner and processing with Micah Goodman of the Ein Prat and Hartman Institutes and author of Catch 67, for an exploration of some of the conflicts within Israeli society, at the Mamilla Hotel Rooftop. (pending confirmation) 
Overnight: The Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Jewish Responsibility of Power, visit the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a dialogue with Tal Becker, ministry legal advisor and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.
  • Guided walk through the Western Wall Tunnel along the base of the Temple Mount, including a visit to the newly-found (now underground) Roman Theater (as yet unopened to the public), with the archaeologist who made the discovery, Joe Uziel. https://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-section-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-uncovered-after-1700-years/
  • Continue to the Kotel (Western Wall), a center of Jewish worship and longing for over 2,000 years.
  • Visit the Temple MountHaram el Sharif and the location of the Al Aqsa Mosque, with Muslim guide Ibrahim Gazawi, for a special meeting with representatives of the Palestinian Waqf.
  • The Definition of Security in Jerusalem, lunch with a senior Jerusalem Police official in the Old City.
  • In the early evening, depart for Beit Alliance, a center of social and tech innovation.
  • Cocktail reception with mentors and mentees of Mass Challenge Jerusalem and hear about some of the innovation projects that have developed and blossomed under the auspices of Beit Alliance and the Mass Challenge.
  • Walk to Machane Yehudah Market for dinner at Jacko’s Restaurant, with an opportunity to explore the market, one of Jerusalem’s hottest night spots, after dinner.
Overnight: The Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Meaning of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society, with scholar Rachel Korazim. https://www.rachelkorazim.com/about-rachel
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Israeli national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations, the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s Memorial.
  • Lunch with David Horovitz, editor of the Times of Israel.
  • Free afternoon for shopping, rest and exploration.
  • Welcome in the Sabbath possibilities:
  • Walk through the Old City to the Western Wall and join in with Jerusalemites and guests as they welcome in the Sabbath.
  • Festive Sabbath Dinner at the Wine Temple, in Jerusalem’s German Colony.  https://www.winetemple.co.il/
Overnight: The Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Late morning departure.
  • Guided walk through the Old City of Jerusalem, beginning at Jaffa Gate and ascending to the Market Rooftops for a look at Jerusalem’s Four Quarters from above, continuing in to the Jewish Quarter, with Hurva Square and the back alleyways of the Quarter.
  • Lunch in the Old City.
  • Visit the Christian Quarter, including the rooftop of the Austrian Hospice and the last stops of the Via Delarosa, concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by a visit to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and an audience with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Patriarch Theophilos III. http://en.jerusalem-patriarchate.info/curriculum-vitae/
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Drive to Bethlehem for a visit to the Church of the Nativity and an opportunity to visit Shephard’s Field.
  • Return to Jerusalem and attend Evening Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Havdallah, a ceremony of separation between the Sabbath and the rest of the week, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Dinner with the Mayor of Jerusalem at one of Jerusalem’s leading restaurants or a private home.
Overnight: The Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel’s Thriving Democracy, meet with the Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli Edelstein, preferably at the Knesset, if not, at the hotel.
  • Continue to the headquarters of Mobileye, one of the world leaders in vehicular automation and the Israeli company with the largest exit in Israel’s history when Mobileye was sold to Intel for $15.3 billion, to meet with founder and inventor Professor Amnon Shashua.
  • Free afternoon for relaxation and shopping (with lunch on own).
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, festive farewell dinner with Yossi Klein Halevy, author of a new book by the same name, which is an attempt to understand another’s narrative, at the Tur Sinai Farm on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with music by the Solomon Brothers.
  • Main Group: Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States.
  • Petra Extension: Depart for Ben Gurion or Sde Dov Airports for flight to Eilat, overnight in Eilat.
Overnight: Flight OR Eilat
Day 9
Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early morning departure for the Yitzhak Rabin Border Crossing.
  • Cross into Jordan and drive through the Araba Desert to Petra.
  • Guided visit through the Nabatean City of Petra, a 2,000-year-old city carved out of stone, which once served as one of the main cities on the Nabatean Spice Route, including a walk through the Siq, a viewing of the famed Treasury, and a walk in to the Basin, past the Roman Theater and Monastery.
  • Return to Eilat via the Yitzhak Rabin Border Crossing.
  • Transfer to the Eilat Airport for flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Flight to Tel Aviv and continue to international flight to the United States.

Please note: it is also possible to add a day on to the Petra Extension with another night in Eilat, to avoid exhaustion. 

Overnight: Flight
Price per person, based on double-occupancy
Single supplement

* Prices do not include flights



3 nights Setai Hotel, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
4 nights Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

*Hotel upgrades possible upon request and availability.



  • VIP Assistance from the sleeve of the plane upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
  • One Transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor throughout
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus throughout
  • Hotel Accommodations per above
  • All site admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 6 Lunches
    • 8 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • Porterage at hotels



  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide, Hostess, and Driver
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

January 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

February 15, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before January 15, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between January 15 and February 15, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between February 15 and March 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after March 1, 2019 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Keren at keren@igt.co.il



We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers pre-existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.

We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Yonah Engel is our contact person.


Please note:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).
  • even if you do not yet know the final trip cost (e.g. flights), write down the amount you do know – and then at a later date, we can amend the insurance premium.
  • trip dates are for the entire period away from home
  • trip costs are all pre-paid expenses (e.g. airfare + land costs)
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There are no group flights organized for this tour.

To be confirmed