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Land and Spirit FAQ Sheet



What are the dates of the trip?

Departure will be on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The return date to the U.S. is Monday, March 13, 2018. The tour will begin in the morning on March 5th and end on March 12th, in the evening.



Which hotels will participants be staying at throughout the trip?

The trip will kick off in Tel Aviv. Participants will spend two nights at the David Intercontinental or the Hilton Tel Aviv. The cost is the same at both hotels; JLI will be assigning participants to one of the hotels. Groups will be accommodated together at the same facility. For the latter five nights of the trip, we will be based in Jerusalem. Participants choose between the David Citadel and the Waldorf Astoria when registering. (There is a differential in cost of $200 per person).



What is the cost of the trip?

» David Citadel:
- Double Occupancy $2,999
- Single Occupancy $4,274

» Waldorf Astoria:
- Double Occupancy $3,199
- Single Occupancy $4,624



What is included in the cost of the trip?

  • » Hotel Accommodations
    Seven nights at the luxury hotels described above.


  • » Transportation
    All ground transportation to all destinations on the tour throughout the trip. (Excluding Shabbat). For participants traveling with the official group flights, transportation from the airport upon arrival in Israel and to the airport for the trip back to the U.S. is provided. Airport transfers for those not travelling with the group (at least ten tour participants on the flight) is not included. Accommodations for those arriving or departing at the same time as an official group flight can be arranged upon request.


  • » VIP Airport Service (with group arrival)
    Participants traveling on the official group flight (with at least nine other tour participants on board) will be met at the airport, whisked through customs and provided luggage transfer service directly to their hotel rooms.


  • » Meals
    World-famous Israeli breakfast will be provided every day of the trip.
    Please see the schedule below for Lunches and Dinners that are also included. During the meals provided by the tour, various programming will take place including addresses to the group by leading Israeli personalities. For the other meals, participants will be conveniently close to a choice of fine kosher restaurants and eateries.

    Monday, March 5: Lunch and Dinner
    Tuesday, March 6: Lunch
    Wednesday, March 7: Lunch and Dinner
    Thursday, March 8: Neither
    Friday, March 9: Dinner
    Shabbat, March 10: Lunch
    Sunday, March 11: Lunch and Dinner
    Monday, March 12: Dinner


  • » Tours
    Entrance fees to all sites and activities on the itinerary are included.


  • » Tips
    Gratuity is not included in the price of the trip. Recommended tip per participant is $100 US which will be divided between guide, driver, hostess and group coordinator.


How do I book airline tickets?

The Land and the Spirit - JLI has enlisted the services of Joy Travel to assist with travel to Israel. As one of the leading travel agency in New York for travel to Israel, they have offered competitive rates from Boston, L.A., JFK and Newark airports. They can also handle all connections from other locations to one of the four departure cities at equally low rates. The joint travel will allow for smooth transfer to the hotel upon arrival in Israel. You may contact Joy Travel at 718-473-7622 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mention the Land and Spirit (JLI) group when you contact them.



What about Travel Insurance?

Once you have registered for the trip, and booked your airline tickets, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance & supplemental medical insurance to help protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances. We have made arrangements with Travelex, who provide coverage for the following: Trip cancellation, interruption, and delay, baggage loss, emergency sickness or accident and more. There are several levels of coverage to choose from. Click here to order your travel insurance. Please note that most insurance policies of this type require purchase within 14 days of your date of registration for the trip.



Are you able to assist me with extending my trip (booking hotel accommodations, land transport, guides and/or activities)?

On the online registration form is a checkbox requesting help with a trip extension. If you select the appropriate box, Israel Maven Tours, the tour and travel company assisting JLI with land arrangements, will contact you to provide you with information and assistance.



Terms of payment:

All prices and payments are in US dollars. A deposit of $500 per person will be taken upon registration. Full payment for the trip will be processed before December 1st, 2017.



Payment plan:

For your convenience payment plans are available, providing full payment has been completed by January 2018. Please contact us for more information.



What is the cancellation policy?

  • » Up until November 1, 2017 – No cancellation fee applies and your deposit will be fully refunded.
  • » If notice of cancellation is received between November 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017, a $300 cancellation fee will apply. All other monies received will be refunded.
  • » If notice of cancellation is received between December 2, 2017 and January 1, 2018, an $800 cancellation fee will apply. All other monies received will be refunded.
  • » After January 1, 2018 – No refund is available. There is no refund for sites not visited or individual program events not participated in for any reason.


How do the ‘Options Days’ work?

On four days of the trip, the group will be divided into six. Each of the six groups will follow a different itinerary. Each participant will be assigned a group based on their choices and preferences that we will obtain prior to the trip. In this way, each participant will have a custom-made itinerary. This unique feature of the trip will allow those returning to Israel the opportunity to see and explore new places, while allowing those visiting Israel for the first time the opportunity to visit the primary sites not to be missed.



Can I register for the trip alone, without a group?

There will be many communities/groups joining from across America and beyond, however we are happy to welcome and accommodate individual participants.



I am coming alone, but prefer the double occupancy rate, can I be assigned a roommate?

Yes. When registering, select the “1 Adult (Double Occupancy)” option. We will be in touch with you to arrange a suitable roommate. (Based on availability, not guaranteed).



Is there a dress code? Any specific clothing suggested?

We suggest the following:

  • » As there is considerable walking on the trip, pack comfortable clothing and footwear.
  • » Include appropriate clothing and head coverings [i.e. yarmulkes, scarves] for visiting holy sites.
  • » We suggest slightly more formal attire, i.e. business casual for Shabbat and the Banquet Gala.


What will the weather be at the time of the trip?

March is a beautiful time of year in Israel. The weather is generally around 70 degrees.