Achva Israel

Achva Israel is an exciting touring program in Israel for girls and boys finishing 10th grade.

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Overview ________

Building on our over 30 years of experience touring in Israel, Achva Israel is a fabulous five-week comprehensive tour of Israel that includes a solid chesed component and, of course, all the fun and excitement that Achva tours are famous for.

From Jeep rides in the Negev to Shabbat in Tzfat, and from snorkeling in Eilat to rappelling at Dalton Cliff, this tour will make you appreciate our homeland of Israel like never before. Packed with activities that are both fun and meaningful, this tour provides an incredible array of experiences that will make your summer the best ever.

Three meals a day are provided at various hotels and restaurants. Transportation is provided by full-size coach buses. There is one free weekend to spend with relatives or friends. Those who wish to stay in Israel longer are welcome to extend their plane ticket.

The tour includes topical Torah learning sessions and lively Shabbatot. The tour is supervised by a combination of talented American and Israeli senior staff and counselors, a local Israeli tour guide and security guard/medic.

Unfortunately, this tour could not run in summer 2020. Feel free to contact us or give us a call for more information.

Dates and Price TBA

Price includes flight from NY/NJ and basically everything except spending money. Please see the financial information below for full details regarding the prices, payments and refund schedule.

Select Highlights ________

  1. Western Galilee: Carmel ATVs, Surfing Lessons, Druze Lunch, Rosh Hanikrah, Tunisian Synagogue, IDF Training Day
  2. Tsfat: Har Meron, Kever Rashbi, Mystical Shabbat, Kinneret Cruise, Rappel the Dalton Cliffs
  3. Golan: Jeep tour, Har Ben Tal, Katzrin Movie, Aqua Kef Water Park, Tavaria, Leket Volunteering
  4. Jerusalem Area: Haas Promenade, Yad VaShem, Ir David/Water Tunnel, Jewish Quarter Sites, Kotel, Shabbat in Jerusalem, Hevron, Gush/Deer Park Zip Line
  5. Masada Area: Kfar HaNokdim, Camel Riding, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Masada
  6. South/Eilat: Ethiopian experience at Atachit, Sderot, Ein Avdat, Snorkeling, Banana boating, Ice Mall, Har Zephachot View, Timna Jeeps
  7. Ramon Crater: Colored Sand Project, Yotvata Tour, Sandboarding with Dror BaMidbar, Astronomy Israel Guided Tour
  8. Tel Aviv Area: Dialogue in the Dark, Jaffa Flea Market, Azrieli Tower, Desalination Plant in Ashkelon, Independence Hall
  9. More Jerusalem: Har Herzl, Mahane Yehuda, Southern Wall Excavations, Kotel Tunnels, Ben Yehuda

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ________

Please review the information below to be better prepared for your Achva tour.

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Financial ________

Please read carefully our financial policies listed below.  There is important information regarding the timing of payments and the amount refunded, if any, for cancellations.  By submitting a deposit, you agree to abide by these policies.

Payment

The $8,450 price includes all accomodations, three meals a day, attractions and admission fees for all scheduled activities, airfare from NY/NJ, and basically everything except spending money.

Scholarships may be available for Achva Israel including through many local Federations depending on where you live.  Check with your local Federation for information regarding summer teen travel scholarships to make this program more affordable. We will do everything we can to help with the process if any documentation needs to be provided.

All prices found on our website, printed on a brochure, or given out over the phone or email are subject to possible change.  You can lock in the current price with a deposit and up-to-date payments toward the program.

Methods of Payment

You are welcome to pay for Achva by the following methods:

  • For the first $500 deposit, we accept check, cash or credit card with no fee. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Amex and Discover.
  • For the balance of payments, we accept payment by check, cash or credit card. Credit card payments will incur a 2 percent fee to cover the fee charged by the credit card company. Please do not send cash by mail. Checks should be payable in U.S. funds only. Call us for alternative payment methods if required.

To make a payment by credit card (secured by Authorize.net), please proceed to our Payment Page.  A 2 percent fee will be added to credit card payments aside from the $500 deposit.

Checks should be made out to Achva and sent to:

Achva
50 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 102
Paramus, NJ  07652

Discounts

  • Second Child (each receives) – $300 (Israel, West) $200 (East) $100

Discounts are not combinable; largest discount applies. All discounts are subtracted from the final balance due and are not applicable to deposits or the first payment. Discounts may be forfeited if payments are not made on time. The discount for multiple children also applies to kids attending different programs as listed above.

Payment Schedule

Achva pays for services including hotels, chartered buses and attraction admissions well in advance of the program.  Therefore, we need to collect payments upfront on a timely basis. Of course, you are welcome to pay in full upon registration, but for the majority of you, we have a schedule of payments which need to be made as the summer approaches.

Here is the normal schedule of payments:

  • A $500 deposit is due upon registration.
  • A $4,000 payment is due on February 25
  • The balance of your bill is due on May 1

No participant will be allowed on the program without a fully paid balance. Those who require a special payment schedule should contact the Achva office. All special payment schedules MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE . If you do not make your payments on time, you could risk losing your place on the program or incur late fees.

Refund Schedule

Many of the expenses that Achva pays in advance to our vendors are non-refundable. Therefore, we have developed the following refund schedule to help us cover some of those non-refundable expenses should you choose to cancel from the program.

Upon cancellation, please notify our office by phone or email immediately. However, refunds are processed solely upon receipt of WRITTEN NOTIFICATION to Achva. To accomplish this, you are welcome to fax, send a signed letter, or email (using the email address we have for you on file) with your official notice of cancellation.

If your written cancellation is received on or before:

  • January 1- payments are refundable less $250
  • March 15 – payments are refundable less $500
  • May 1 – payments are refundable less $2,000
  • June 1 – payments are refundable less $3,500
  • Up to 7 days prior to program start, payments are refundable less $5,000
  • Within 7 days prior to program start, payments are no longer refundable.

For people with serious and unexpected medical emergencies, please contact us to determine the amount of your refund. Also, please remember that once the program begins, there are no refunds upon ejection for any reason from the program. Fully refunded credit card payments will be refunded less a 2% service fee to recover the percentage kept by the credit card company.

Late Fees

Late fees are not a punishment or a penalty but simply our way of covering expenses associated with not having the funds we need in advance of the program. The following fees will apply to all accounts (unless approved for a special payment schedule):

  • If you are not fully paid for the program by May 15, there is a fee of $50.
  • If you are not fully paid for the program by June 3, there is a fee of $150 (including the $50 fee above.)

These late fees apply regardless of when you actually registered for the program or the reason for the delay.