ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

Roundtrip flights are not included as part of your excavation cost. You are responsible to purchase your own flights to and from Israel. You are required to email Emmaus your complete flight itinerary so proper arrival and departure information can be managed. There are some dynamics associated with your arrival in Israel and your departure from Israel that you need to consider when scheduling your flights.  

 ARRIVAL INFORMATION IS INDICATED BY RED TITLES 
 DEPARTURE INFORMATION IS INDICATED BY BLUE TITLES 

 

 WHEN TO PURCHASE YOUR AIRLINE TICKETS 

Do not purchase your airline tickets until Emmaus has given you notice to do so. This notice will take place approximately 6 months prior to your scheduled arrival in Israel. Once you have purchased your airline tickets, please email your complete roundtrip flight itinerary to Dr. Wink Thompson at info@EmmausOnline.net.

 ARRIVAL DAY: JUNE 14 and JUNE 28 

June 14 is the scheduled arrival day for Session 1. June 28 is the scheduled arrival day for Session 2.   

 ARE YOU PLANNING TO ARRIVE IN ISRAEL BEFORE JUNE 14 or JUNE 28? 

For those of you wanting to arrive at our Tel Aviv hotel earlier than June 14 or June 28, Emmaus is not booking advance arrangements. Please contact the hotel directly for any advance overnight arrangements you wish to make. See the Accommodations link for additional information.  

 ARRIVAL AT BEN GURION AIRPORT 

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) follow the people exiting the plane. Many are locals or seasoned travelers to Israel. Your first stop is at Passport Control, which can take time during peak travel seasons. At Passport Control you will receive a small visa document. Keep this visa document until your departure from Israel. After Passport Control is Baggage Claim. While in Baggage Claim it is recommended you exchange $200 per person for later incidental personal expenses and field trip lunches. After Baggage Claim you will pass through Customs and then enter the Arrival Hall Lobby.

 TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL 

Because participants will arrive in Israel at various times of the day or evening, no transportation from the airport to the Tel Aviv hotel is provided by Emmaus. You are to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The cost is approximately $40 or 140 shekels (Israel currency). 

 TAXI SERVICE TO THE HOTEL 

When you enter the Arrival Hall Lobby directly in front of you and over the main door is a sign that says "Taxi" --- exit there. Once outside walk about 75 yards to the left until you see a "Taxi” booth and the attendant. See the taxi attendant for a taxi to your hotel. The taxi attendant will assign you a taxi and give you the exact cost upon request. All private taxis are white, 4-door sedans. A taxi can manage 3 persons with luggage. It is about a 30-minute drive to the hotel. WARNING: You may be approached by an unauthorized taxi driver offering you a ride. It is best to avoid these taxi solicitations. To avoid them, follow the instructions above to have the official taxi attendant assign you a taxi. Pay the driver upon arrival at the hotel. Tipping is not expected; it is optional at 5-10%.

A shared taxi service known as a "Sheruit" is also available from the airport to the hotel. The cost is about $15 or 50 shekels (Israel currency). A Sheruit van will collect 11 persons and then depart the airport. Be sure you get on a Tel Aviv Sheruit. When you enter the Arrival Hall Lobby directly in front of you and over the main door is a sign that says "Taxi" --- exit there. Once outside and straight in front of you will see van drivers requesting passengers to various cities throughout Israel. You want a Sheruit van to Tel Aviv. Inform the drive of your hotel. Some restricted hours of operation apply Friday evening (June 14 and June 28) since it is the beginning of the Shabbat. Drive time to the hotel in a Sheruit can take an hour or more since passengers are going to different locations within Tel Aviv.

 YOUR HOTEL 

Grand Beach Hotel 
250 Hayarkon St. 
Tel Aviv, Israel
Local phone is 03-543-3333

The check-in time is listed as 3:00 pm. However, you can arrive earlier and use the hotel facilities prior to check-in time. In some cases, you may be able to receive your room prior to 3:00 pm. 

 DEPARTURE DAYS: JUNE 28 and JULY 12 

The scheduled departure day for Session 1 is June 28 and for Session 2 it is July 12. 

 TRANSPORTATION FROM THE HOTEL TO THE AIRPORT 

Because participants have different departure dates and times, Emmaus is not providing transportation from the Jerusalem hotel to the airport for your departure. It will be necessary for you to take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. The cost is approximately $100 or 350 shekels (Israel currency). Please see the front desk at the hotel to arrange a taxi. Taxis can manage 3 persons with luggage. For 4 or more persons traveling together to the airport, the front desk may be able to provide a taxi-van for your transportation. Please inquire. 

If you wish to take a Nesher Sheruit (shared taxi; 11 persons) to the airport, you must make your pickup reservation 24 hours in advance. The cost is approximately $20 or 70 shekels (Israel currency). The front desk can assist with your reservation. Please note that Nesher Sheruits do not operate from midnight Friday to 9:00 pm Saturday evening. You will need to plan for a taxi during these hours. 

 CHECK-OUT TIME 

Check-out time is 11:00 am. If you desire a later check out time you may make a request at the front desk. In most cases, a fee may apply. Emmaus is not booking post-excavation rooms at our Jerusalem hotel. Please contact the hotel directly for any additional overnight arrangements you desire beyond the scheduled departure days of June 28 and July 12. See the Accommodations link for additional information.  

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