Beyond Borders Tour

OVERVIEW

This small group journey through Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank gives participants exclusive access to the culture, politics, and environment of the region.  Led by regional experts, this luxury trip goes beyond borders and takes you off the beaten track to delve into the complex environmental realities in the Middle East.

Registration is open now!

March 27 – April 6, 2022

Optional post-tour extension in the United Arab Emirates: April 6 – April 8, 2022 

The Beyond Borders Tour costs $13,000 per couple or $7,500 per solo traveler.

The optional extension to the UAE costs an additional $1,770 per traveler. 

Please contact beyond@friendsofarava.org if you have any questions!

Please note: transportation to and from the Middle East is not included in the price of the tour

  • Transportation during the tour is included in the tour price
  • Luxury coach buses will be provided for the duration of the trip
  • Transport to and from the airport with VIP services
  • Transportation to and from the Middle East is not included in the price of the tour; if desired, our American travel agent can assist you book your flights:

Rebecca Craft
203-814-3553
rebecca@traveland.net

Throughout the journey through Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, participants will enjoy accommodation in 5-star hotels.

The safety and security of our participants is our primary concern. We consult with Israel’s security services and receive all security alerts posted by the Security Department of Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and its subsidiary company, The Israel Experience.

Insurance is not included in any tour package. We require tour participants to purchase trip insurance; our travel agent can assist you:

Rebecca Craft
203-814-3553
rebecca@traveland.net

To speak with someone about the Beyond Borders Tour, please call 617-266-7100 or email beyond@friendsofarava.org, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

You can register now here.

ITINERARY

This itinerary is subject to detail changes. You can view the full itinerary here.

Sunday, March 27: Arrival in Jerusalem
Monday, March 28: Jerusalem
Tuesday, March 29: West Bank
Wednesday, March 30: Tel Aviv
Thursday, March 31: Bedouin Village of Wadi Aricha and Mitzpe Ramon
Friday, April 1: Kibbutz Ketura / Arava Institute / Optional travel to Eilat
Saturday, April 2: Kibbutz Ketura / Arava Institute / Optional Travel to Eilat
Sunday, April 3: Aqaba and Wadi Rum
Monday, April 4: Petra and Dead Sea
Tuesday, April 5: Amman
Wednesday, April 6: Departures from Amman

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

After the Beyond Borders tour officially ends, you have the option to extend your time with us and travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to visit Dubai, one of the most exciting, up-and-coming cities in the Middle East. You can view the full itinerary here.

Wednesday, April 6: Dubai
Thursday, April 7: Greater Dubai
Friday, April 8: Departure

MEET THE TRIP LEADERS

  • Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Executive Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Miriam May, Chief Executive Officer of the Friends of the Arava Institute
  • Ambassador Daniel Shek, Former Israeli Ambassador to France and Chair of the Public Council for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate?

Yes, proof of vaccination within six months will be required. 

What is your cancellation policy?

The Beyond Borders Tour will follow all rules and policies as determined by the governments of Israel and Jordan. In the event that COVID-19 policies make the Beyond Borders tour impossible, the tour will be postponed, and all participants will have the following options regarding their payment: receive a full refund; roll their payment over to the next Beyond Borders tour; or make their payment a donation to the Arava Institute.

In the event that you need to cancel your participation in the Beyond Borders tour due to personal reasons, our cancellation policy is as follows:
Cancellations between January 21 – February 17: 50% refund
Cancellations between February 18 – March 3: 25% refund
Cancellations after March 3: no refund

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to participate?

Not necessarily, but please contact beyond@friendsofarava.org for specifics.

Do I need to have traveled to Israel or the Middle East beforehand?

No, this tour is open to all, including seasoned travelers and first-timers!

How much does this tour cost?

$13,000 for a couple or $7,500 per solo traveler. Our optional post-tour extension to the United Arab Emirates will be an additional $1,770 per traveler.

Is travel to and from the Middle East included in the tour price?

No, but we can connect you with our American travel agent to assist you in booking your flights and trip insurance:

Rebecca Craft
203-814-3553
Rebecca@Traveland.net

Will we need to travel on group flights to and from the Middle East?

At this point, we do not anticipate that you will need to travel on a group flight. However, our travel agent will have a recommended itinerary.

Will someone pick me up from the airport?

Yes, we will pick you up from the Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, or we can work with you on coordinating your arrival if you have different plans. For those departing upon the conclusion of the tour, we will provide transportation to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. At the conclusion of the tour, you may also choose to fly back to Israel from the Amman airport.

Are there kosher options at every meal?

There will be kosher meals in Israel, and vegetarian options in Jordan and Palestine.

I keep Shabbat; how are the activities structured during Shabbat?

Our schedule will accommodate those who keep Shabbat.

What should I bring?

Friends of the Arava Institute staff will be in touch with suggested packing lists closer to the trip date.

I’d like to know more information about the optional extension in the UAE.

Please contact beyond@friendsofarava.org with any questions.

How many people will come on this tour?

This tour is capped at 20 participants, so reserve your spot today!