Uzbekistan Excursion with Jewish New Haven

March 16- March 26, 2020

The History:



Uzbekistan is the proud home to fascinating architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the history of the Silk Road. According to legend, the Jewish community in Uzbekistan was established more than 2,000 years go after the destruction of the First Temple. The first documented Jewish presence in the region dates back to the 4 century C.E.





Experience the Thrill of History


Excursion Highlights:

  • Visit exotic bazaars, traditional tea houses, and ancient villages

  • Discover cultural treasures of Central Asia: magnificent synagogues and ancient palaces.

  • Meet and interact with hospitable Central Asians including a home hospitality Shabbat dinner with a local Jewish family

  • Enjoy traditional music, dance, and fashion shows

  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat at a Bukharan Synagogue

  • Attend a briefing with the Israeli Ambassador to Uzbekistan 


The Cost

$4,630 per person based on double occupancy ($668 single supplement) *Cost for Uzbekistan only. Optional Israel extension at additional cost. 


Deposit Required

$700/person, non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due at the time of reservation. Deposits should be paid to the “Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven” by September 15. Your spot cannot be guaranteed if the deposit is received after September 15.


Federation Annual Campaign

A meaningful gift to the Jewish Federation's 2020 Annual Campaign is required.


Final Payment 

Final payment is due November 13, 2019. Payments should be made to the "Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven."




What is Included in Cost:

  • All Breakfasts are included, Shabbat lunch and 6 dinners are included. Tips are not included.
  • 9 nights’ accommodation.
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus, one afternoon Shabbat walking tour, English speaking local tour guide.
  • Da’at tour educator accompanying the group throughout (in addition to local guide).
  • Business train ticket from Samarkand to Tashkent.
  • Domestic flight from Tashkent to Urgench on 3/18.
  • All site entrance fees and programs per itinerary.
  • Portage at hotels and airports.



What is NOT Included in Cost:

International airfare is not included. Tips are not included. For dinners that are not included, transportation to and from dinner is not included. Transportation to and from airport to hotel, on arrival and departure from Uzbekistan, is not included but can be arranged (note, transportation to and from airport for an internal flight to Urgench is included).


*Passports Must be Valid through September 30, 2020




There are non-stop flights with Uzebekistan Airlines from JFK to Tashkent.


There are also flights with stops in Istanbul or Moscow with Turkish Airlines or Aeroflot, respectively. Each participant will need to obtain his/her own international flight ticket and meet Jewish New Haven in Tashkent, on the evening of March 17.


Da’at, our tour operator, is available to assist with international flights. To do this, you can contact Da’at directly 1-888-811-2812.

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Optional Israel Extension

March 26-30, 2020


The Art of Movement: Israel is considered a world center of modern dance. See why with a performance by the Vertigo Dance Company that combines exhilarating movement with a social message. We will talk with Vertigo’s dancers and their artistic director, choreographer, and co-founder, Noa Wertheim, about what’s local and what’s international in their work.  

What is Included:


Flight from Tashkent to Israel ● 4 nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) + late check out at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv ● 4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator ● 1 group transfer and assistance from and to the airport ● All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary and water on the bus throughout ● All breakfasts, one lunch, 3 dinners ● Portage at the airport and hotels.

The Cost:


$3598 per person based on double occupancy ($840 single supplement) for Israel extension only (this does not include the Uzbekistan trip). This is for Israel land only PLUS it includes the flight from Tashkent to Ben Gurion airport (but does not include return flight).


Israel Trip Highlights


● What’s Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.

● Kabbalat Shabbat services: As the sun sets over Tel Aviv, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds in welcoming Shabbat through prayer, song, and community. This musical Shabbat service will be with Beit Tefilah Israeli.

● Anochi – Talking to and About God in Modern Israeli Poetry: Dr. Rachel Korazim will demonstrate that the need to connect to God is alive in modern Israeli poetry, secular and religious alike.

● From Templars to Chefs: Sarona was once a colony of Templars, German Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, but is now a center of Tel Aviv cuisine. Tour its food and spice markets and sit the Historic Olive Mill and Press House for olive oil tasting.

● In Jerusalem, tour the Bukharan Quarter, founded in the 1880s by Bukharan Jews who wanted to build a new European-style neighborhood in the holy city.

● Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market.

● Meet with participants of the Alma Pre-Army Academy (Mechina) a JAFIsponsored gap year program designed to empower young women before they enlist in the army.

● A Hive and Hub for Innovation: Lod is only a 20-minute drive from Tel Aviv but is one of Israel’s most impoverished cities. It is also the home of a major, JDC supported, attempt to bring opportunities to the country’s most economically vulnerable populations. We’ll visit Hackaveret (based on the Hebrew word for “hive” and the English term “hack”) which provides expert guidance, tools, and seed funding to young “social business” entrepreneurs from disadvantaged populations.

● Visit the award-winning Ella Winery at Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Hey, established by a Napa Valley vineyard owner in order to create a true-blue Israeli winery; wine tasting is included.

Travel Requirements & Important Contacts


Required Vaccinations:

Which travel vaccines will I need? 

Apply for travel visas:

A $30 tourist visa is required for this excursion. 



Sign a Photo Release:

Tour Operator/Educator:

Da'at Travel:

Need help with travel plans and flight information? Contact Da'at Travel directly at 1-888-811-2812

Jewish New Haven Contact:

Lisa Stanger, The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven Executive Director

(203) 387-2424 x382 |


Cancellation policy and refunds are based on our tour operator and unfortunately, we have no flexibility concerning this issue. Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the $500 per person deposit cannot be refunded.
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost per person cannot be refunded.
  • 45 days prior to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost cannot be refunded.

For more information, please contact Lisa Stanger, The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven Executive Director, at (203) 387-2424 x382.