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 

You may purchase your airline tickets at your convenience. 

 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 Dispatch” 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. The evening meal will be provided at the hotel on April 23.  Breakfast is provided the morning of April 24.  Plan your morning for an 8:00 AM bus departure on April 24.

 HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR FLIGHTS? 

If so, please email Emmaus your complete roundtrip flight itinerary to Sunya Notley 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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  • "Can't thank you enough for your input in putting together our Israel adventure! Phil and I were absolutely amazed how beautifully the whole experience went. The schedule was full, but not overwhelming. Steve was incredibly flexible about tucking in extra sites as time allowed and interest was shown. He is an absolute treasure when it comes to guiding a group. Every site added to the richness of my understanding. I would hate to have missed any of them. Some of my sweetest memories where I was most touched were when we got our first glimpse of Jerusalem at sunset, with the driver playing the song " Jerusalem " on the bus. I was also incredibly moved to touch the Western Wall and have a chance to pray there. I hadn't expected such emotional responses in those places! One of the best parts of our trip was the timing. The Land was green and lush, with wild flowers growing everywhere. I think it really helped our group that Phil had us meet weekly before the trip and go over basic knowledge of the Land. That way we felt engaged before we even got there. The booklet you folks put together was also a great resource. To sum it all up, this was the trip of a lifetime for me! I was totally blessed by the experience and am sensing such new richness when I read the scriptures. Thank you for making it all possible. I know we will all be recommending the trip to our church family!!"
    L.A.O., Israel Trip