Thank you for your interest in New Israel Fund’s study tours. Below you will find answers to some of our frequently asked questions. If you have a question not addressed below, please contact:
May Pundak, Director of Israel Travel
firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.543.5055 phone
What are the goals of the Study Tour program?
Study Tours are designed for current and prospective donors to learn about NIF’s work in an intensive and meaningful way. We are committed to introducing our supporters and friends to the extraordinary activists on the ground who are paving the way for a stronger and more democratic Israel.
What does the price of the trip include?
Tour fees include first-rate hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, an average of one additional meal daily, luxury motor coach ground transportation, professional English-speaking tour guides, program costs, reading materials, entrance fees, porterage, and basic gratuities. The price does not include your international flight. Wifi is often an extra cost at Israeli hotels.
Is a donation to NIF included in the cost of the trip?
No. The fee reflects the actual costs to NIF to operate the Study Tour. However, participants will be asked to make a contribution to NIF upon their return and we hope the program will inspire you to increase your level of support.
What is your cancellation policy?
NIF will refund your payment and deposit up until six weeks prior to the trip start date. NIF reserves the right to cancel a trip in two instances: 1) if an insufficient number of travelers have signed up, or; 2) if NIF deems there are safety concerns that require trip cancellation. In either case, NIF will refund all deposits and payments.
I am traveling alone. Why do I have to pay a “single supplement”?
The cost of each hotel room is based on double occupancy. When you travel alone, you bear the full cost of accommodations on your own, as prescribed by the hotel.
Can I be matched with a roommate to avoid the single supplement?
Upon request, we will do our best to match you with a roommate. However, these arrangements depend on other participants’ willingness to share a room. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that a match will be found.
Can you accommodate someone who keeps kosher?
Many restaurants and hotels in Israel are kosher certified, but not all. At times we stay in hotels and eat in restaurants that are not kosher. Vegetarian options are offered at all meals.
Will I have time to sightsee and shop on my own?
While most of our time is devoted to visiting NIF’s grantees and meeting and hearing from speakers, we do visit some tourist attractions and shopping stops along the way. In addition, we always have an outstanding tour guide who accompanies us on all our travels, and uses our walking and bus travel time to introduce the group to Israel’s rich history. On Shabbat (Saturday) we offer optional touring of the Old City and other sites in Jerusalem.
Can I break away from the group and visit family during the tour?
Our preference, in order for you to get the most out of our trip and limit disruptions to the group, is to limit your break-away time to either the free evenings we have in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, or to plan personal visits for Shabbat (Saturday.)
Is the tour physically demanding?
Study Tours are not strenuous, but do require mobility. While trips do not include hiking or prolonged periods of exertion, we do spend time walking around communities, and some of our meetings are held in buildings with stairs but no elevators. By the very nature of Israel’s hilly terrain and older cities, it can sometimes be difficult to get around for those who have accessibility challenges. At this time, we are not able to accommodate travelers in wheelchairs on our Study Tours.
Can I go on a Study Tour if I have health problems?
If you have any questions about your ability to travel based on health concerns, please consult with your doctor. You should make sure your domestic health insurances covers you while traveling abroad, or purchase an international medical policy. If you need medical assistance while on the Study Tour, NIF will do its best to direct you to a hospital or doctor, but NIF cannot take responsibility for health care provision while you are traveling.
What is the average age of participants?
Participants generally range in age from 40s through 80s.
Can families with children go on a Study Tour?
Our standard Study Tours are not geared toward families traveling with young children.