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
HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE
DEPARTURE INFORMATION IS
HIGHLIGHTED IN ORANGE
WHEN TO PURCHASE YOUR AIRLINE TICKETS
Emmaus recommends that you wait to purchase your airline tickets until after you've received notification from Emmaus that the trip is confirmed.
Emmaus recommends that you purchase "Trip Cancellation" or "Cancel for Any Reason" insurance. Email Emmaus your complete flight itinerary once you have made your purchase.
ARRIVAL DAY: JANUARY 4
Thursday, January 4, is the scheduled arrival day in Israel. Standard hotel check-in time is 3:00 PM. Dinner is provided Thursday evening at the hotel.
FIRST TOURING DAY: JANUARY 5
Friday, January 6 is the first day of touring. You will receive a wake-up call at 6:30 AM. Breakfast is provided Friday morning at 7:00 AM. Plan your morning for an 8:00 AM bus departure Friday morning.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO ARRIVE IN ISRAEL BEFORE JANUARY 4?
For those of you wanting to arrive at our Tel Aviv hotel a day or two prior to January 4, 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. There is a two-step passport control process. You will stop at a kiosk for a biometric scan of your passport. You will receive a small blue visa document. Keep this visa document until your departure from Israel. Then proceed to the line to show a passport control agent your passport and the blue slip you received from the kiosk.
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). Cash only applies; local Israel currency preferred; US Dollars accepted; taxi does not accept credit cards.
TAXI SERVICE TO THE HOTEL
When you enter the Arrival Hall Lobby look for a sign that says "Taxi" – exit there. Once outside walk to the "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%.
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?
When you book your flights, please email your flight itinerary information as listed below:
Flight to Israel
1) Flight numbers for your flights to Israel,
including airport cities
2) Departure date and departure time
3) Arrival date and arrival time
Returning Flight from Israel
1) Flight number for your returning flight,
including airport cities
2) Departure date
3) Departure time
Email your flight information to:
DEPARTURE DAY: JANUARY 14
The scheduled departure day is January 14. Arrange your departure flight that departs after 10:00 PM. Emmaus is not booking post-trip arrangements at our Jerusalem hotel. Please contact the hotel directly for any additional overnight arrangements you desire. See the Hotels link for additional information.
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 a larger transportation. Please inquire. Cash only applies; local Israel currency preferred; US Dollars accepted; taxi does not accept credit cards.