2nd Honeymoon - By 'Honeymoon Israel' - October 2019

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By August 1, the trip dates will be confirmed by 2nd Honeymoon Israel, indicating that the minimum number of participants (20 people) needed have signed up.
If you secure flights prior to this date, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
If the trip is canceled by 2nd Honeymoon Israel, your trip registration fee will be fully refunded.
 

10 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator

1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 5 dinners

Portage at the airport and hotels

12-Day Trip to Israel

October 24 - November 5, 2019

Day One: Thursday, October 24, 2019  

DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

 

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Two: Friday, October 25, 2019

ARRIVAL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer (on own account) to the Carlton hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in.
  • Check into the Carlton hotel.
  • Meet your tour educator in the lobby and depart the hotel as a group.
  • Visit the Old City of Jaffa, ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

 


Day Three: Saturday, October 26, 2019

SHABBAT IN TEL AVIV | FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Jewish Family- Thoughts and Reflections on its Identity: Dialogue with Avraham Infeld, a leading Jewish educator, President Emeritus of Hillel International and head of the Honeymoon Israel education board.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the newly opened Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of Tel Aviv's eclectic architectural history, including Bauhaus buildings from the 1930s that have earned the city recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the reputation of “the White City.”
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the state of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • Enjoy evening at leisure with Dinner on own at one of these areas:
    • Sarona Market Through the smells, flavors, and tastes of this renovated historical Templers town, explore the range of cuisine - from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.
    • Renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water's edge;
    • Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.

 

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

 

 

Day Four: Sunday, October 27, 2019

TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by a check out.
  • Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Dialogue with (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Media.
  • LaDa'at EthnicTasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you'll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them. This multi-cultural tasting tour will double up as a delicious lunch.
  • Depart Tel Aviv.
  • A Time to Glean: Pick your way to a better world as we join the volunteer organization Leket Israel for a hands-on Tikkun Olam opportunity. We'll harvest fruit and vegetables that will be donated to the needy.
  • Drive along the coast and back in time to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
  • Continue north and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Hagoshrim, Upper Galilee



Day Five: Monday, October 28, 2019

MYSTICISM AND SECURITY IN THE NORTH    

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll:
    • Visit the Ari synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mysticsIn Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
    • See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Meet with Avraham Loewenthal, a Tsfat artist inspired by the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism).
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Take a jeep tour off-road on the Golan Heights. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Northern Borders, Northern Battles: We'll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bentaland gain powerful insights into Israel's geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Ready Steady Cook: Participate in an outdoor cooking competition led by a local chef at Moshav Yesud HaMa'alah, followed by dinner.
  • Return to the hotel.

 

Overnight: Hagoshrim, Upper Galilee

 

 

Day Six: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

FROM THE HILLS OF THE NORTH TO THE HILLS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by a check out.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village, one of Israel's most innovative educational institutions, specializing in integrating new immigrant youth into Israeli society. Dialogue with faculty and students.
  • Pioneers and Martyrs: Encounter the successes, struggles, and sacrifices of the Zionist pioneers during a tour of Zichron Ya'acov, one of the first settlements created by the modern Zionist movement. Here, we'll:
    • Learn about the Nili spy ring, the first underground Zionist movement, and their tragic fate outside Aaronsohn House - the Nili Museum.
    • Experience the changing face of Zionism as we walk through the cobblestoned boulevards of Zichron Ya'acov and explore how a place that was initially a malaria - and poverty - stricken village is today a picturesque center of wineries, eateries, and art. With lunch (not included in package).
  • The Growth of Grapes: See and taste the transformation of Israel's wine industry. In the 1950s, the Binyamina Winery was struggling to get off the ground due to governmental red tape. Finally, David Ben Gurion stepped in to help and they started producing a few wines and the “Hard Nut” liqueur, so named because the Prime Minister had proven to be a hard nut to crack. Today, Binyamina produces 2.8 million bottles a year. We'll take a tour before settling down for some tastings.
  • As we drive south on the Trans-Israel Highway, there will be an opportunity to see the Security Barrier which runs along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and to learn about the barrier's effects on Israeli security and Palestinian communities.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Upon entering the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, experience the convergence of the old and the new and stop at the Haas Promenade for an overlook of the city and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.

 

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

 


Day Seven: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for the Old City.
  • Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Western Wall(the Kotel), widely considered Judaism's holiest site. Each year, over one million notes containing prayers and wishes are placed in the cracks of the wall. We'll discuss the wall's historical and contemporary importance and experience its unique atmosphere.
  • Take a walking tour through Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
  • A walk along the rooftops that will provide an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From this one spot, we will see the domes of three great religious landmarks: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (marking where Jesus is believed to have been crucified); the Jewish Quarter's Hurva synagogue; and the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam's most sacred and beautiful sites.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
  • King Hezekiah's “Broad Wall,” a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
  • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • “The Best Falafel in the World! Right Here in the Old City”: The competition for the best street food in the Jewish Quarter is tough. Check out the contestants with lunch (on own account).
  • Proceed to the Christian Quarter - the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Follow the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus is believed to have taken as he walked, holding a cross, to his crucifixion.
  • The final station of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. This church is one of Christianity's great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free time to explore Downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nachalat Shiva neighborhood, with dinner on own.

 

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem 

 

 

Day Eight: Thursday, October 31, 2019

MEMORY & RENEWAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visiting Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, is an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include:
    • TheAvenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and camps.
    • The Children's Memorial, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Diggin' for Roots: Get in touch with the land and history of Israel. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy a night out at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

 

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem


 

Day Nine: Friday, November 1, 2019

THE NEW JERUSALEMITES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • 1 City, 2 States, 3 Religions, and 4 Quarters: Take a ride on Jerusalem's light rail, starting at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, continuing through the Arab villages of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and the ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol, and ending at the Old City. Experience the mosaic and diversity of the Jerusalem population and discuss the difference between East and West Jerusalem and the ongoing struggles between the city's different communities.
  • From the Diaspora to Jerusalem- Take a walking tour through the colorful neighborhood of Nachlaot. Visit the various synagogues, walk through the narrow alleys and learn more about the different ethnic communities who make up the neighborhood's mosaic.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machane Yehuda open-air market, with lunch (not included in package).
  • Afternoon at leisure and return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services overlooking the Old City.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

 

 

Day Ten: Saturday, November 2, 2019

SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | No Guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along its ancient walls (a voucher will be provided).
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
    • The renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
    • The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own on Emek Refaim Street, in the heart of Jerusalem's German Colony.

 

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem


 

Day Eleven: Sunday, November 3, 2019

INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea
  • As Low as it GoesWe'll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth. The desert, the landscape and the views are breathtaking.
  • The Last StandClimb via the snake path or take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE) before committing mass suicide. We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
  • Kicking Back at the Dead Sea: A blissful afternoon will include floating at a private beach in the Dead Sea. Not much can live (or swim) in the “Sea of Salt”, which is nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. We'll also enjoy a buffet lunch at a local hotel and feel the relaxation seep into our bodies as we check out their spa facilities.
  • We'll drive by Qumran, where a separatist Jewish sect from the Second Temple period created an isolated community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most ancient and important religious manuscripts in existence, were discovered.
  • How Fast Can this Thing Go?Stop for a photo-op and a quick ride on a camel.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Discover the local and quaint restaurants and bars hidden in Machaneh Yehuda Market's trendy night scene, with dinner on own.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem


 

Day Twelve: Monday, November 4, 2019

THE CHALLENGE OF INDEPENDENCE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounters Navigate Your Way Through the Labyrinth of Israel Politics: Join Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for an introduction into Israel's turbulent political scene where coalition governments and powerful ideological divisions are a fact of life.
  • Da'at Encounters The Art of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We'll hear personal stories and see the aging artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and check out the fabulous giftshop that supports this endeavor.
  • Tour on the grounds of Israel's “Capitol Hill”: The Rose Garden, presenting more than 400 species of roses imported from all around the world; The Knesset - Israel's Parliament building and its famous Menorah - Israel's symbol monument built from bronze; the Supreme Court - designed to reflect Jewish and democratic values of Justice.
  • Lunch (not included in package), en route.
  • Looking forward: Wrap-up session with the tour educator over a private festive farewell dinner.
  • Late check out
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the next day.

Overnight: Flight

 

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

  • Return to the U.S.A.


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

By August 1, the trip dates will be confirmed by 2nd Honeymoon Israel, indicating that the minimum number of participants (20 people) needed have signed up.
If you secure flights prior to this date, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
If the trip is canceled by 2nd Honeymoon Israel, your trip registration fee will be fully refunded.

Prices (per person):
Double Occupancy - $4,200
Single Occupancy - $5,400

 

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Carlton
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's Carlton Hotel is for tourists who want to fully experience the dynamic city of Tel Aviv. Centrally located in the heart of the city, and a short walk from the city's expansive Mediterranean beaches, many of its guestrooms offer a gorgeous view of the sea.

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Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel
Kibbutz Hagoshrim

The Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel is situated in the center of the Galilee, with views of Mount Hermon. Located in a pastoral landscape, it offers comfortable accommodations and facilities as well as an array of nearby activities.

Inbal Hotel Image

Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem

With the new room collection, The Inbal offers you elegant comfort and luxury, combining a minimalistic yet warm approach to design. State-of-the-art amenities and premium services guarantee you a luxuriant and serene stay – tranquil and harmonious, in the heart of the thriving, bustling city of Jerusalem.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 24 Jul 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full-paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.

PAYMENT POLICY

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • The deposit for this trip is $500, refundable up to 90 days prior to the trip
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.

CANCELATION POLICY

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We, therefore, recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The trip price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

MEALS

Are included as specified in the itinerary.

TOUR EDUCATOR OR GUIDE

All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.

GRATUITIES INCLUDED:

All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 20 participants and more:
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor