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 ORANGE
DEPARTURE INFORMATION IS
HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE
WHEN TO PURCHASE YOUR AIRLINE TICKETS
Wait to purchase your airline tickets until you are notified the trip is confirmed. When you do schedule your airline reservations, it is important that your flight arrives in time to connect with the bus to the first hotel.
ARRIVAL DAY: MAY 27
May 27 is the scheduled arrival day in Israel. You are responsible to book a flight that will arrive to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) by 4:30 PM on May 27 in order to connect with the group bus arrangement.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO ARRIVE IN ISRAEL BEFORE MAY 27?
For those of you wanting to arrive a day or two prior to May 27, Emmaus is not booking advance arrangements. Please contact a hotel directly for any advance overnight arrangements you wish to make. You will be responsible to arrive to the airport by 4:30 PM on May 27 in order to connect with the group bus arrangement.
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
Reserve a flight that will arrive to Ben Gurion airport no later than 4:30 PM on May 27. The Emmaus bus will depart the airport for the hotel around 5:30 PM. If you do not schedule your flight to arrive by 4:30 PM on May 27 and you do not make the Emmaus bus connection, you are responsible to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, about a 45-minute drive. The cost is approximately $100-$150.
TAXI SERVICE TO THE HOTEL
If you miss the scheduled bus transfer, you will need to take a taxi 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 walk about 75 yards to the left until you see 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 1-hour drive to the hotel. It will cost approximately $100-$150.
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%.
Leonardo Plaza Hotel
1 Yam HaTichon Blvd.
Tel: + 972 86 353535
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
When you have booked your flights, please email your flight information to:
DEPARTURE DAY: JUNE 7
The scheduled departure day is June 7, late evening departure.
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.
June 7: CHECK-OUT TIME
Check-out time is after dinner on June 7. Emmaus is not booking post-trip arrangements at our Jerusalem hotel. Please contact the hotel directly for any additional overnight arrangements you desire beyond June 7. See the Hotels link for additional information.