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
Please wait to purchase your airline tickets until you have been notified the trip is confirmed.
When you do purchase your tickets, it is strongly recommended that you confirm cancellation or change of flight policy with the airlines.
ARRIVAL DAY: FEBRUARY 15
February 15 is the scheduled arrival day in Israel. Touring will begin the morning of February 16.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO ARRIVE IN ISRAEL BEFORE FEBRUARY 15?
For those of you wanting to arrive a day or two prior to February 15, 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.
You will first stop at Passport Control, which is a two-step process. At the passport scan kiosk you will scan your passport and receive a small blue visa document. Then proceed to the line for the passport agent to see your visa document. Keep this visa document until your departure from Israel.
Baggage Claim and Money Exchange
After Passport Control is Baggage Claim. While in Baggage Claim it is recommended you exchange $200 USD each for later incidental personal expenses and lunches. After Baggage Claim you will pass through Customs and then enter the Arrival Hall Lobby.
If you arrive by 4:30 PM on November 6 an Emmaus representative will be in the Arrival Hall Lobby to meet you and to direct you to the Emmaus group bus.
TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT
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-$75 USD or 200 shekels (Israel currency).
TAXI SERVICE TO THE HOTEL
Follow these instructions:
1. 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 look for a "Taxi Dispatch” booth and the attendant.
2. 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 60-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.
3. 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
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: February 25
The scheduled departure day is February 25. February 25 is a free day and you may schedule the departure time that suits your preference.
TRANSPORTATION FROM THE HOTEL TO THE AIRPORT
Because participants have different departure dates and times, Emmaus is not providing transportation from the Tel Aviv 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. 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 vehicle. Please inquire.
FEBRUARY 25: CHECK-OUT TIME
Check-out time on February 25 is after dinner. Emmaus is not booking post-trip arrangements at our Jerusalem hotel. Please contact the hotel directly for any additional overnight arrangements you desire beyond February 25. See the Hotels link for additional information.