Personalized Tracks - Montreal Mega Mission 2017

Personalized Tracks

Here is your guide to building your exciting personal track day in Israel as part of the Montreal Mega Mission. Please choose one of the 35 carefully designed itineraries. Whether you’re a foodie, an adventure-seeker, an art lover, or a history buff, we have an itinerary suited to your interests.

Please note that certain tracks are free of charge, while others have a participation fee*, which is clearly labeled. Certain tracks also have both a minimum and maximum number of participants. Tracks are filled on a first come, first served basis, based on registration. All tracks are subject to change and cancellation. 

*All prices are indicated in USD.

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SIGHTSEEING

These are the perfect trips to begin exploring the Holy Land, past and present. Choose from excursions to Jerusalem, Haifa, or Tel Aviv – visiting world-famous sites like Masada and the Dead Sea.

  • Track 1 - Israel 101: Introduction for First-Timers

    Min. 25 participants 
    No additional cost
    • Discover some of the most stunning natural and historical sites in this comprehensive introduction to the holy land!
    • Enjoy spectacular views of the Judean desert and Jordan valley.
    • Ascend Masada and tour King Herod’s private fortress, where you will learn about how a small group of Jewish zealots planned their revolt against the Romans after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE.
    • Dine at the Dead Sea Spa and don’t miss your chance to “float” in the famously salty water!

  • Track 2 - History of the Land

    Min. 25 participants / Max. 135 participants
    No additional cost
    • Learn about Israel’s War of Independence at the Museum of Underground Prisoners, the Yoav Fortress and Kibbutz Negba.
    • Explore Tel Gezer, a biblical archaeological site midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that is now a national park.
    • Visit Mikveh Israel, the first Jewish agricultural school in Israel, which has served not only as a base for the pre-state defense force, the Haganah, but as a home for waves of new immigrant children.

  • Track 3 - Jerusalem of Gold: Go beyond the Old City

    Min. 25 participants
    No additional cost
    • Get an introduction to Jerusalem’s history and architecture, both in and out of the Old City at sites including Mount of Olives, King David Hotel and Mishkenot Sha’ananim.
    • Join leading culinary journalist and television personality Gil Hovav for a unique walking tour of Jerusalem.
    • Admire the twelve brilliantly colored, biblically-themed stained glass Chagall Windows up close at Hadassah University Medical Center’s Abbell Synagogue.

  • Track 4 - Haifa 101: Explore the Haifa region

    Min. 25 participants
    No additional cost
    • Explore dynamic Haifa: enjoy Druze hospitality in a family home, shop in Wadi Nisnas’ bustling shuk, and see the world-famous Bahá’í Gardens, “the Eighth Wonder of the World.”
    • Get a taste of contemporary Israeli society’s diversity during a visit to Katzir, a Jewish community on the border of the Green Line, overlooking the Arab villages of Wadi Ara and Um Al-Fahm.
    • Wander through the labyrinthine alleys of Akko, a strategic port city that once rivaled Alexandria and Constantinople and today boasts a mixed Arab-Jewish population as well as many new olim.
    • Visit Ein Hod, Israel’s only artists’ village, founded by the acclaimed Dada artist Marcel Janco, where residents live and create in every artistic media from the visual arts, to theater, music and literature.

  • Track 5 - Tel Aviv 101

    Min. 25 participants
    No additional cost
    • Shop your way through Tel Aviv’s trendy Carmel Market and mouthwatering Sarona Market.
    • Pay your respects to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at Rabin Square, where the fallen peacemaker’s last speech is engraved in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
    • See a veritable Who’s Who of Tel Aviv at the historical Trumpeldor Cemetery, which was established in the early 1900s.

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FOOD & DRINK

Israel is a leading culinary hotspot – get a taste of all it has to offer! On a culinary adventure not to be missed, we will sample fresh cheeses, gourmet chocolate, top Kurdistani and Moroccan fare, as well as coffee, wine, herbs and spices at Tel Aviv’s scrumptious markets. Or join us for the Wine Culture trip, where we will tour a boutique winery, beer factory, and liquor distillery.

  • Track 6 - Culinary Adventure

    Min. 25 participants / Max. 180 participants
    Additional cost: US $173 per person
    • Sample fresh cheeses at dairy farm Shai Zeltzer, located at the Jerusalem Mountains, and tour Tel Aviv’s markets with chef, food blogger and Haaretz columnist Limo Laniado Tiroche.
    • Indulge in a hands-on chocolate workshop at trendy boutique chocolatier Galita.
    • Tour the beautiful Emek Haela region and visit the homes of its top ethnic cooks to celebrate Kurdistani and Moroccan culture and cuisine.
    • Take a VIP tour of Emek Haela’s outstanding wineries with world-renowned winemakers like Eli Ben Zaken and Israel Flam.

  • Track 7 - Wine Culture: Tasting of Israeli Wine & Spirits

    Min. 25 participants / Max. 135 participants
    Additional cost: US $86 per person
    • Delve into Israel’s wine culture with a visit to Castel Winery’s new estate and a private tour of Bravdo Winery, one of Israel’s leading boutique wineries, led by Prof. Ben Ami Bravdo.
    • Tour Jem’s Beer Factory with the beer master, Jeremy.
    • Taste delicious liquors made from unusual Israeli fruits at the Morad Winery.
    • Discover the secrets behind the famous local spirit Arak, an anise-flavored aperitif, at its distilling plant.

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CUTTING EDGE ISRAEL

Israel is an international leader in business, and these tracks will showcase the diversity of its offerings. Meet with leaders from the world of high tech and start-up; finance, venture capital and real estate; gas and oil; and biomedical R & D and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of their facilities!

  • Track 8 - Outside the Box: High Tech and Start-Up

    Min. 25 participants / Max. 90 participants
    No additional cost
    Please note: Locations and speakers will differ by bus. 
    • Hear opening remarks from American-Israeli journalist and author Saul Singer, co-writer of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, and the former editorial page editor at The Jerusalem Post.
    • Meet with high-tech leaders ranging from Prof. Amnon Shashua (Mobileye) to Daniel Schuldenfri (OrCam Technologies), Oded Ben Dov and Giora Livne (Sesame Enable).
    • Visit SOSA (South of Salame): a community comprised of leaders and innovators in the start-up world.

  • Track 9 - Finance, Venture Capital and Real Estate

    Min. 15 participants / Max. 45 participants
    No additional cost
    • Don’t miss this unique chance to explore potential investment opportunities in Israel.
    • Meet a top Israeli Minister; hear from Chemi (Nechemia) J. Peres, Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital.
    • Visit the Israeli Stock Exchange with CEO Yossi Benhart.
    • Experience bustling Tel Aviv from the helipad atop the Circular Azrieli Tower.

  • Track 10 - Biomedical R&D

    Min. 15 participants / Max. 45 participants
    No additional cost
    • Learn what puts Israel at the forefront of medical research and treatment.
    • Meet with top Biomed R&D projects/companies.
    • Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau will discuss medical ethical dilemmas in Jewish sources

  • Track 11 - Cyber Security: From Intelligence to Start-Up

    Min. 25 participants / Max. 90 participants 
    No additional cost
    • Visit an IDF elite intelligence base and get a security briefing by a leading IDF intelligence officer.
    • Learn about modern challenges facing Israel: cyber war and beyond.

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POLITICS

Get the inside scoop on Israel’s most pressing political issues! During these thought-provoking trips, you will meet with Knesset members, media personalities and correspondents, or individuals with insight into the Palestinian-Israeli relationship.

  • Track 12 - FCJA’s An Insider View of Israel Advocacy: Presented by CIJA

    Min. 3 participants / Max. 40 participants
    Additional cost: US $25 per person
    • Get a compelling overview on this explosive region from (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman,former Deputy National Security Advisor for Foreign Policy and International Affairs.
    • Hear opposing views from an ambassador and different members of the Knesset.
    • Learn about the Palestinian perspective from the Canadian Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority and a former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.
    • Be privy to an off-the-record briefing and discussion with Israeli Diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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ART & CULTURE

Israel’s dynamic art scene is just as active in the galleries as is it on the streets. This track will give you a unique chance to interact with renowned contemporary artists of all stripes, in a variety of inspiring locations! Take master classes and vocal workshops with legendary musicians; get acquainted with the next generation of Israeli fashion designers; check out art schools, museums, markets and galleries; take a hands-on photography or graffiti art workshop.

  • Track 17 - Musicians & Songs: Music Workshops and Master Classes (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
  • Track 18 - Fashion & Design: From Studio to Runway (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
  • Track 19 - Photography & The Land: Hands-On Workshop and Tour (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

  • Track 20 - The Art of Graffiti: Politics, Art & Culture (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

  • Track 21 - Art & Artists: Explore the Israeli Art Scene (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

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SPORT & WELLNESS

Israelis are known over the world for their love of physical fitness and the outdoors. This track gives you the chance to get active at any level with cycling, hiking, caving, rappelling; beach and water activities; yoga and tai-chi; a spa day and more!

  • Track 13 - The Best of the Mediterranean: Beach Activities

    Min. 25 participants
    Additional cost: US $173 per person
    • Embrace your inner beach bum with an eclectic mix of sea and sand activities.
    • Strap on your snorkel and go scuba diving, enjoy the traditional Israeli sport of Hasake, ride a catamaran, or breathe the fresh air on a sea kayak.
    • Back on dry land, take part in a game of beach volleyball or Matkot, Israel’s unofficial national sport.

  • Track 14 - Dynamic Outdoor Israel: A Scenic Hike

    Min. 25 participants
    No additional cost
    • Explore Wadi Kelt on a scenic hike that will take you through a deep desert gorge (with perfect water for a swim), past a cluster of caves used by ancient hermit monks, and to several spectacular historical monuments and archaeological remains.
    • Cross Wadi Kelt on a pedestrian bridge (imagined by many to be the Valley of the Shadow of Death) to St. George’s Monastery, a striking sixth-century cliffhanging complex that is still actively inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks today.
    • Climb up to the ruins of Herod’s famous fortress in Cypros, overlooking the Jerusalem-Jericho highway and with a spectacular view of the Jericho Plain and the Dead Sea.

  • Track 15 - Advanced Biking: For the Seasoned Rider

    Min. 10 participants
    Additional cost: To be determined according to participants biking level (as advanced biking cost vary according to gear demands)
    THIS TRACK IS GEARED TO ADVANCED BIKERS ONLY.
    BIKE ROUTES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGES ACCORDING TO TRAIL CONDITION AND WEATHER.
    • Brave the hot Israeli sun and challenge yourself to a cycling trip you won’t soon forget.
    • Take part in an expert 90-100 km bike ride from the Dead Sea’s northern edge to Masada.
    • After all of the action, relax on the beach or “float” in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

  • Track 16 - The Great Biking Adventure: Leisurely Ride for all Levels

    Min. 25 participants
    Additional cost: US $69 per person
    BIKE ROUTES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGES ACCORDING TO TRAIL CONDITION AND WEATHER.
    • Survey Israel’s magnificent scenery as you ride through the Adullum Grove Nature Reserve, with its chalk hills, pastoral valleys, and archaeological sites.
    • Bike to Burma Road, a legendary bypass road created during Israel’s War for Independence, when the Arab Legion had blockaded the main route in and out of Jerusalem, effectively cutting off the city’s supply of food, ammunitions and re-enforcements.

  • Track 17 - Extreme Sports: Caving and Rappelling

    Min. 25 participants
    Additional cost: US $86 per person
    YOU SHOULD BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION TO TAKE PART IN THIS TRACK.
    • Fortune favors the bold. Push your body to its limits as you rappel through the dry waterfalls of Nachal Tur, ending near the beach of the Dead Sea.
    • Go spelunking in Haritun Cave, a vast network of dwellings carved into the mountainside by Byzantine monks, said to be the largest system of its kind in the Middle East.
    • Your hard work will be amply rewarded with breathtaking views and heroic tales of glory.

  • Track 18 - Mind, Body and Spirit: Spa Day

    Min. 10 participants 
    Additional cost: US $115 per person* 
    *Spa treatments are not included in the price
    • Start your day with a yoga or tai-chi lesson in the fresh air of the Jerusalem Mountains overlooking a majestic desert panorama.
    • Visit the Tur-Sinai Organic Farm, nestled into the Emek Ha’arazim (Valley of the Cedars) near Jerusalem, and learn about medicinal herbs, fruit trees, permaculture and history.
    • Pamper yourself at Cramim, anew spa and wine hotel near Jerusalem that features unique vino-therapy treatments.
    • End your day with a tour and wine-tasting at one of the area’s boutique wineries.

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RELIGION

See why they call Israel the Holy Land! Tour the 100 She’arim neighborhood and learn about the Haredi community; visit holy sites like the Temple Mount, the Bahá’í Gardens, and the Latrun monastery; or travel to the final resting spots of Judaism’s revered sages in the tradition of kivrei tzadikim.

  • Track 29 - All Things Haredi (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

  • Track 30 - Religions and Religious Centres (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

  • Track 31 - Kivrei Tzadikim: Resting Places of our Most Righteous Sages (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
  • Track 32 - Judaism Through the Ages (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

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SECURITY & THE IDF

Given the complex geopolitical situation in the Middle East, it’s no wonder that Israel has a highly-developed counter-terrorism network. During these security-themed trips, you can participate in a MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) session; meet with special IDF units; visit contested border regions near Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza; and learn more about security challenges from military and media figures.

  • Track 19 - Counter-Terrorism Training Bootcamp

    Min. 25 participants / Max. 80 participants
    Additional cost: US $173 per person
    YOU SHOULD BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION TO TAKE PART IN THIS TRACK.
    • Get a feel for what it’s like to serve in the IDF.
    • Participate in Military Operations in Urban Terrain training session, which includes shooting, hand-to-hand combat techniques (Krav Maga) and Israeli Counter-terrorism tactics. All instructors have real battlefield experience and are weapons experts.
    • Cross a scenic valley at Deerland Adventure Park on the second longest zip line in the world (600 meters long and 120 meters high).

  • Track 20 - A Day in the Life of an IDF Special Unit

    Min. 30 participants / Max. 90 participants
    Additional cost: US $250 per person
    • Visit some of the fascinating IDF special units: 8200, Oketz, Magav, 669.
    • Meet with soldiers and officers and participate in a simulated military briefing.
    • Experience the challenges IDF soldiers are facing on a day to day basis.

  • Track 21 - Security, Defense and Nature by Helicopter (OPTION 1: Mount Hermon and the Northern Border)

    Min. 3 participants / Max. 70 participants
    Additional cost: US $1,955 per person
    • Ascend Mount Hermon by cable car for a once-in-a-lifetime tour with the IDF Alpine Elite Unit.
    • Arrive at the IDF outpost at Israel’s highest peak for a security briefing about Syria and current events.
    • Next, fly to Mount Adir for a spectacular view of Lebanon.
    • Cap it all off with a wine tasting at one of the Galilee boutique wineries before flying back to Tel Aviv.

We hope to accommodate your top choice, but will do so on a first come, first served basis, based on registration. Please note, all tracks are subject to change and cancellation. 

For any questions about the personal track days, please call our Mega Mission team at 514.345.2017

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