61 Year Grand Reunion




We will travel with two buses and will have two professional guides with us:  Sarit Mayer and Zvi Harpaz.  Don't be late for the buses or we might leave you behind!  All our excursions depart at 9.00 except for the desert tour on 29 October which departs at 7.30!!! 

This is our final itinerary:

Day 1.   Sunday 23 October.   Tel Aviv

Official arrival day, with classmates arriving until late afternoon.

Our agent will meet you on arrival and guide you through immigration and customs to your hotel transport.

Your day until evening is at leisure, with no activies planned. 

Suggested meeting point to connect with early-arriving friends:  Noon and 16.00 in the hotel lobby.

19.30  Transfer to our Welcome Reception in a private residence.   Dress: Informal.  Please be on time!

11.00  Bus 1 returns to the hotel.

11.30  Bus 2 returns to the hotel.

Our hotel is the beachfront  Marriott Renaissance ((https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/tlvbr-renaissance-tel-aviv-hotel/overview/ ) 


Day 2.  Monday 24 October.  Tel Aviv

Breakfast at hotel (included).  

Full day tour of Tel Aviv White City, the ancient port of Jaffa, and the Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation.

9.00:  Bus 1 will start touring in Tel Aviv and Bus 2 will start touring at Peres Centre.

All meet in Jaffa for lunch on your own.  Guides will advise when to return to the buses.

Afternoon:  Bus 1 will start at Perez Centre and bus 2 will start at Tel Aviv.

16.30: Return to hotel.

19.30:  Transfer to dinner at La Republica restaurant (included).  Dress: informal.


Day 3.  Tuesday 25 October. Tel Aviv

Breakfast at hotel (included).

North coast drive to visit Caesarea National Park (Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader archaeology); the port city of Haifa, noted for its beautiful gardens; and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Akko (Acre).

9.00:  Depart for Caesarea, arriving 10.00 for tour.

Light picnic lunch (included).  Guides will advise when to return to the buses.

After lunch:  depart for Haifa, and then for tour of Akko.

16.00.  A repast of fish at the famed Uri Buri restaurant in Akko (included).

18.00:  Return to the hotel.

Evening at leisure.


Day 4.  Wednesday 26 October. Tel Aviv

Breakfast at hotel (included).

9.00: Day trip to North Israel biblical sites.

10.30: Nazareth with Church of the Annunciation.

12:30  Lunch on your own in Nazareth.  Guides will advise when to return to the buses.

After lunch:  Galilee,  Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha.

15.00 Return to hotel.

Evening at leisure.


Day 5.  27 October.  Jerusalem

Breakfast at hotel (included).

8.30.  Hotel check out.  Please give yourself time as there may be delays if many other guests are leaving simultaneously.

9.00:  Transfer to Jerusalem.

10.20:  Visit to Yad Vashem holocaust museum en route.  Guided tour.

13.00:  Lunch on your own in Yad Vashem cafeteria.

14.30  Visit to Ein Karem, a charming village area of Jerusalem.

16.00:  Drive into Jerusalem for hotel check in.

Evening at leisure.

Our hotel in Jerusalem is the Herbert Samuel (https://herbertsamuel.com/en/herbert-samuel-jerusalem-hotel)


Day 6.  Friday 28 October.   Jerusalem

Breakfast at hotel (included).

9.00. Full day tour of Jerusalem Old City:  Oriental Bazaar -- Christian Quarter - Via Dolorosa -- Church of Holy Sepulchre -- Armenian Quarter -- Mount Zion -- King David's tomb -- Jewish Quarter.

11.20 and 11.40: Western Wall tunnels.

13.30:  Lunch on your own.  Guides will advise when to resume the tour.

17.00: The Western Wall for Shabbat.

Return to the hotel.

Evening at leisure.


Day 7.  Saturday 29 October.  Jerusalem

Breakfast at hotel (included).

7.30. Day trip to the desert.  Note early departure time!

9.00: Visit the dramatic mountain fortress of Masada (a UNESCO World Heritage site).

11.00 Swim opportunity and Lunch at Vert hotel on the Dead Sea (included).  

Return to the hotel.

Evening at leisure.


Day 8.  Sunday 30 October.   Jerusalem

Breakfast at hotel (included).

9.00.  Trip to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.

9.30.  Bethlehem tour.

12.00. Lunch on your own in the Machane Yehuda area.  Guides will advise when to return to the buses.

Tour of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, one of the world's leading museums especially for art and archeology.

Return to the hotel.  

19.00:  Transfer to Farewell Dinner at St Andrews Guest house (included). Dress: informal.

21.00  Return to the hotel.


Day 9.  31 October.  Jerusalem

Breakfast at hotel (included).

Transfers to the airport during the day. 

The main group transfer for El Al flight LY 51 to Joburg will leave the hotel at 18.15.

We will advise other pickup times from the hotel, but note that you should be at the airport THREE hours before your departure time.


Note:  Our local agent, G2 Travel, has an illustrated, but otherwise less detailed, version of this itinerary which you can access online, or with your phone when you have a wifi connection in Israel:  https://travefy.com/trip/6yw9rqu3udvsqz2a58p5nswkr5swz5a