ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

 WHEN TO PURCHASE YOUR AIRLINE TICKETS 

Roundtrip flights are not included as part of your excavation cost. You are responsible to purchase your own flights to and from Israel. Plan your flights to arrive at and depart from Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV; Tel Aviv). It is recommended that you do not purchase your airline ticket until all excavation permits have been recertified. This usualloy takes place in January. Emmaus will notify you when it is acceptable to purchse your airline tickets. Once purchased, please email your complete roundtrip flight itinerary to Dr. Wink Thompson. Your itinerary is needed for administrative tasks. There are some dynamics associated with your arrival in Israel and your departure from Israel that you need to consider when scheduling your flights. Please read this entire webpage.

 LATE ARRIVALS TO ISRAEL; HOW TO GET TO MIGDAL 

If your arrival in Israel is after the Saturday morning (June 27 or July 11) tour bus has departed from Tel Aviv to Migdal, it will be necessary for you to take a taxi to our accommodations in Migdal. If you are at the Ben Gurion International Airport follow these instructions. 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 Dispatch” 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 takes about 2.5 hours to drive to the Migdal accommodations. WARNING: You may be approached by an unauthorized taxi driver at TLV airport 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 Migdal. Tipping is not expected. The cost of your taxi to Migdal is about $250. Payment is by cash only; local Israel currency preferred; US Dollars accepted; taxi does not accept credit cards. Give your driver the address for the Fellowship House of Virginia, corner of Hatapuz Street and HaVardim Street, Migdal Israel. It is a complex of 5 buildings.

Click here for a close-up map of Migdal.

Fellowship House of Virginia
9 Hatapuz Street
Migdal, Israel

Wink Thompson’s Israel cell number is:
Local call: 052-813-3913
International call: + (972) 52-813-3913

 ARRIVAL INFORMATION IS BELOW IN RED 
 DEPARTURE INFORMATION IS BELOW IN BLUE 

 

 ARRIVAL DAY IN ISRAEL: JUNE 26 and JULY 10 

June 26 is the scheduled arrival day for Session 1. July 10 is the scheduled arrival day for Session 2.   

 ARE YOU PLANNING TO ARRIVE IN ISRAEL BEFORE JUNE 26 or JULY 10? 

For those of you wanting to arrive at our Tel Aviv hotel earlier than June 26 or July 10, 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 hotel information.  

 ARRIVAL AT BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TLV) 

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 for later incidental personal expenses and field trip lunches. After Baggage Claim you will pass through Customs and then enter the Arrival Hall Lobby.

 TAXI SERVICE FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE TEL AVIV 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 150 shekels (Israel currency) ($45). The taxi does not accept credit cards. 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 Dispatch” 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, but welcomed. 

 YOUR TEL AVIV HOTEL 

Grand Beach Hotel 
250 Hayarkon St. 
Tel Aviv, Israel
Local phone is 03-543-3333
Internation calling: +972-3-543-3333

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. A roof-top pool is availabe and the beach is across the street. 

 WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE TEL AVIV HOTEL 

There are no scheduled activities for June 26 or July 10. Check into your room and enjoy the facilities. Dinner is provided for June 26 or July 10 as well as the next morning's breakfast. Wink Thompson will be at the hotel and make an effort to find you during the dinner hours of June 26 or July 10.

 WILL YOU HAVE A RENTAL CAR IN TEL AVIV? 

Our Tel Aviv hotel does not have car parking available for its guests. You will need to use a nearby public parking lot ($). When you arrive at the hotel drop off your bags, check in, and then take your car to public parking. Here is a MAP to show you when you can park. 

 CHECKING OUT OF THE TEL AVIV HOTEL 

Our tour bus will depart the Tel Aviv hotel at 8:00 am the morning of June 27 and July 11. Have breakfast, check out of your room, meet in the hotel lobby, and be prepared for an 8:00 am departure. We have several historical sites to visit this day. Wear good walking shoes and bring water. Pack a small back-pack or day-bag for items you might need during the day. See the Calendar and Daily Itinerary for the activities this day.

 DEPARTURE DAY FROM ISRAEL: JULY 10 and JULY 24 

The scheduled departure day for Session 1 is July 10 and for Session 2 it is July 24. 

 CHECKING OUT OF THE JERUSALEM HOTEL 

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 some 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 July 10 and July 24. See the Accommodations link for additional information.  

 TRANSPORTATION FROM THE JERUSALEM 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). Taxis are a cash only service. Credit cards are not accepted. Please see the front desk at the hotel to arrange a taxi. To share the cost, 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 needs. Please inquire at the front desk. 

You need to depart the Jerusalem hotel 4 hours prior to your scheduled flight time. The drive time to the airport is approximately one hour. This will allow you three hours to pass through all the airport departure formalities.

If you wish to take a Nesher Sheruit (shuttle van; 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 private taxi during these hours. While the Nesher Sheruit (shuttle van) is perhaps an option for some of you, Emmaus recommends you use a private taxi from the Jerusalem hotel to the airport rather than the Nesher Sheruit service.  

 WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TLV) 

Upon arrival in the departure hall look for the airline check-in board. It will indicate which boarding line you should enter (A, B, C, D, etc.). Prior to entering the check-in line, use a pre-check-in kiosk and then get in line. After the check-in agent has received your luggage and you have received your boarding pass, enter where it says DEPARTURES. Follow the departure signs. You will continue through Security, Passport Control, and eventually arrive at the large Departure Rotunda. When in doubt, follow the locals, they have done this many times before.

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