PLANNING YOUR FLIGHT TO ISRAEL

Roundtrip flights are not a part of your trip 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 that you need to consider when scheduling your flights. 

 PURCHASING YOUR AIRLINE TICKETS 

Do not purchase your airline tickets until Emmaus has given you notice to do so. When you do purchase your tickets, please schedule your arrival flight to Israel into the Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) to take advantage of one of two bus transfers to the hotel on April 29. See the bus transfer information below. Should you miss a bus transfer you will need to take a taxi to the hotel (about $50). 

 DEPARTURE DAY: MAY 9 or MAY 10 

Please schedule your departure flight from Tel Aviv to take place between the hours of 6:00 PM May 9 and 3:00 PM May 10. Hotel checkout time on May 10 is 11:00 AM. 

 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. Walk quickly to stay near the front of the crowd since Passport Control can be slow during peak travel seasons. After Passport Control is Baggage Claim. While in Baggage Claim it is recommended you exchange $200 for later incidental personal expenses. After Baggage Claim you will pass through Customs and then enter the Arrival Hall Lobby. At Passport Control you received a small visa document. Keep this visa document until your departure from Israel. 

 BUS TRANSFERS FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL 

Two bus transfers will take place. The first transfer will take place at 1:00 pm on April 29. The second transfer will take place at 6:00 pm on April 29. Please schedule your arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) a minimum of 1.5 hours prior to a bus transfer. Based on the bus transfer schedules your flight should arrive at TLV airport no later than 11:30 am for the 1:00 pm transfer and no later than 4:30 pm for the 6:00 pm transfer. 

 WHERE TO MEET IN THE TEL AVIV AIRPORT 

When you enter the Arrival Hall Lobby go to the right where you will find some seating; beyond that is a coffee bar by the name of Kakao. Remain in the vicinity of these two areas. About 15 minutes prior to the bus departure from the airport Wink and Cris Thompson will begin to gather you all together and escort you to the bus. The hotel is about 40 minutes away. 

 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 your 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. Do not hail a taxi. Pay the driver upon arrival at the hotel. Tipping is not expected; it is optional at 5-10%. Here is your hotel information. Sharon Hotel, 4 Ramat Yam St., Herzliya, Israel. Local phone number is 09-952-5777. 

 HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR FLIGHTS? 

If so, please email Emmaus your complete flight itinerary.