ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

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 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 12-9 months prior to your scheduled arrival in Israel. 

 ARRIVAL DAY: APRIL 23 

April 23 is the scheduled arrival day in Israel. Touring will begin the morning of April 24.  

 ARE YOU PLANNING TO ARRIVE IN ISRAEL BEFORE APRIL 23? 

For those of you wanting to arrive at our Tel Aviv hotel a day or two prior to April 23, Emmaus is not booking advance arrangements. Please contact the hotel directly for any advance overnight arrangements you wish to make. See the Hotels 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 each for later incidental personal expenses and 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 $50 or 175 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 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. 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%.

 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. 

 HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR FLIGHTS? 

If so, please email Emmaus your complete roundtrip flight itinerary to Dr. Wink Thompson at info@EmmausOnline.net.

 DEPARTURE DAYS: MAY 4 and MAY 5 

The scheduled departure day is May 5. However, May 4 is a free day in Jerusalem and some of you might want to depart on May 4 rather than May 5. That is perfectly acceptable. 

 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. For 3 or more persons traveling together to the airport, the front desk may be able to provide larger transportation. Please inquire. 

 MAY 5: CHECK-OUT TIME 

Check-out time on May 5 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-trip arrangements at our Jerusalem hotel. Please contact the hotel directly for any additional overnight arrangements you desire beyond May 4. See the Hotels link for additional information.  

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  • "What a wonderful time we all had in Israel. Steve cannot be beat, as you well know. Seeing unplanned sites and doing impromptu excursions was icing on the cake; this can only happen with people like Steve and Slava who know the areas and care about the interests of the group. Both are people with servant-hearts. I learned a great deal more than I had expected, and have a much better understanding of the setting for Christ's birth and the circumstances/environment of his death. I enjoyed the hikes and we were blessed with perfect weather. Size of the group was a bonus; enjoyed lasting fellowship; never felt like I couldn't get close enough to hear what Steve was saying. Steve deserves many kudos for his spiritual insights, his kindness, knowledge, flexibility, sense of humor, and all-round positive attitude. Thank You!"
    C.J., Israel Trip