Show Me Israel Mission

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MAIN TRIP

6 nights’ accommodation at select 5-star hotels + late check-out on last day

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

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast + 4 lunches & 5 dinners

Water on the bus on touring day

2 field representatives (hostesses)

Tips to guides, drivers & hostesses

Portage at the airport and hotels

For more information about the pre & extension trips please see attached links:

 

ISRAEL PRE-TRIP

3 nights’ accommodation at a select 5-star hotel

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

1 group transfer and assistance from the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast + 1 lunch & 2 dinners

Water on the bus on touring day

Tip to guide and driver

Portage at the airport and hotels

 

PETRA EXTENSION TRIP 

2 nights’ accommodation at a select 5-star hotel

1 day of touring to Petra in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking Jordanian guide

1 group transfer to/from domestic airport in Tel Aviv & Eilat

Round trip domestic flight Tel Aviv/Eilat/Tel Aviv

Border taxes & visa to Jordan

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: Daily breakfast + 1 lunch

Tip to guide & driver

MAIN TRIP

Day One: Sunday, October 27, 2019
ON THE WAY TO ISRAEL

  • Depart the USA

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, October 28, 2019
THE JOURNEY BEGINS

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.


For early arrivals:

  • Welcome by our representative, assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s; the local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Lunch on own
  • Ascend from the port of Old Jaffa through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Proceed to the hotel and check-in.


For later arrivals:

  • Welcome by our representative, assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv.
  • Check into the hotel.


All:

  • Welcome dinner at The Lawrence, an event site housed in an authentic Ottoman structure in a picturesque location, amongst the alleys of Old Jaffa. Opening words by Viva Sarah Press, journalist for the online news magazine ISRAEL21c and an expert on whether Israel’s reputation as the Start-Up Nation represents truth or hype.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
CELEBRATING PEOPLEHOOD

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • State of the Nation: Briefing by David Siegel, former Consul General of Israel to the Southwest United States. Briefing on Israel’s current issues and what Israelis are thinking of this morning.

Explore the diversity of Tel Aviv with journeys that reflect your own interests:

(Lunch is included in all tracks)


TRACK 1:  HI-TECH AND INNOVATION

  • From Uniform to You’re Informed: Explore Tel Aviv’s dynamic start-up and hi-tech fields and learn about the interplay between military and commercial innovation in Israel. We’ll meet alumni of the elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 and hear how their Entrepreneurship and Innovative Support Program (EISP) shares the insights, skills and especially the creativity found in the military area with first-time entrepreneurs. We’ll talk with Nir Lempert, IDF colonel and deputy commander of the 8200 unit who is now CEO of Zap, one of Israel’s leading holding companies, on mentoring a new generation of business and tech “warriors.”
  • He Shoots, He Scores! Check out the hip headquarters of 365Scores (decorated with memorabilia from your favorite sports teams and stars) and learn how some buddies from the army turned their love of sports and hi-tech into one of Israel’s most successful apps, which enables users to create their own personalized sports channel.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Creating the Next Big Thing: Tel Aviv’s new Impact Labs, a project of the Reut Institute is a hi-tech heaven for developers, entrepreneurs and social innovators. Explore the 1,000 sq. meter innovation center and its cutting-edge hardware, design tools and robotics, including the Tikkun Olam Makers initiative which develops hi-tech products to assist people with physical disabilities.


TRACK 2: ARTS AND CULTURE

  • Israeli Fashion: A special window into the world of Israeli fashion, visiting design houses and designers in Tel Aviv’s leading fashion districts, led by Galit Reismann.
  • What’s Up in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure. Explore the latest street art, slang and graffiti and find out what they reveal about life, culture and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Bringing on the Beat: Experience the vital role music schools are playing in Israel’s thriving jazz and music scene at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. We’ll meet musicians from Israel and around the world who are studying at the country’s leading school for advanced studies in modern music and sample some of the sweet, exciting sounds they’re creating.


Day Three: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 -cont’d
TRACK 3: POLITICS & HISTORY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Joshua Koonin will present a broad overview of Israel’s political structure and will explain the tensions between different factions.
  • Joshua is a political analyst and adviser originally from Australia. In the last 11 years he has served on the staff of numerous political figures including former Australian Prime Ministers John Howard and Malcolm Turnbull, and has worked for the Deputy Prime Minister of Israel. Since 2016 he has managed political study programs and delivered expert briefings to special advisers to three American presidents, journalists and numerous diplomats. 
  • Why is Shabbat a Political Issue? Discuss why Shabbat is one of Israel’s most complex and controversial political debates with the potential to pull down governments and alter the lifestyles of its citizens. A panel discussion will include the following speakers:
    • Tehila Friedman-Nachalon, an activist involved in efforts to create a more tolerant, pluralistic Jerusalem and Founder of the Yerushalmit Movement, which promotes Jerusalem as a “community of communities”, where all populations can maintain their distinct identities.
    • The Reform Jewish World: A glimpse into the world of the Reform Movement in Israel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.
    • Uri Keidar, Executive Director of Israel Hofsheet – Be Free Israel, a grassroots movement involved in struggles against religious coercion.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Living on the Edge: Drive to Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, and meet Tsameret Zamir. An artist and resident of the moshav, she is the force behind the Path to Peace, a joint mosaic created by thousands of people and supported by the Jewish Agency, which has been placed on the security wall that separates the two communities. Hear how the mosaic, which can be seen on both sides of the wall, is spreading a message of optimism and hope of a peaceful future. Accompanying us will be a representative of the Israel Trauma Coalition who will discuss the direct care and ongoing support that the ITC provide to individuals and communities affected by traumatic events near the border with Gaza.


TRACK 4: A CULINARY TASTE

  • Israel’s culinary reputation is sky-high at the moment. Engage in a contemporary Israeli cooking workshop at Dan Gourmet cooking school led by the next generation of chefs aiming for stardom, follows by a fabulous lunch you’ve prepared.
  • A Farm in the City: Venture up to the rooftop of Dizengoff Center, one of Tel Aviv’s most popular shopping malls, to visit the Green in the City Rooftop Farm. Meet representatives from the Livin’Green movement that are growing leafy green organic vegetables in the heart of Tel Aviv and using green transport to sell them to restaurants and supermarkets around the city.
  • From Shuk to Chic: Take a tasting tour through a local favorite: Shuk Hapishpishim – the Jaffa Flea Market. Combining traditional dishes from the Bulgarian, Bukharan, Middle Eastern, Persian, North African and Eastern European kitchens with offerings from hip new cafes and restaurants, the market is a delicious illustration of the diversity of the Israeli culinary scene.


All

  • Return to the hotel.


OR

  • Stroll through the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries, check out the colorful Carmel Market and the hip Sheinkin Street.
  • Dinner on own at the Old Port of Tel Aviv, OR at Sarona Market, each with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops where you can explore a range of cuisines. Our dedicated Da’at representative will be available to suggest restaurants and/or make reservations.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Four: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
THE MOSAIC OF ISRAEL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Briefing by (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former International Adviser and Spokesperson to the Prime Minister of Israel, on the crucial strategic and security complexities Israel is facing, including the most recent developments in Syria and Lebanon, and the changing roles in the region of Iran and Russia.

Select a journey that reflects your own interests:


TRACK 1: HI-TECH AND INNOVATION

  • Ride the train to Be’er Sheva and see how this city in the Negev desert is being transformed into an international R&D capital through an innovative synergy of its academic, cyber park, military, Government, municipal and medical hubs. Highlights include:
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is thriving through combining an innovative and futuristic approach with a diverse student population including from Israel’s Bedouin, Muslim and Christian populations.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Cyber Israel: Visit the GavYam Hi-Tech Park and CyberSpark to see how Beer Sheva is developing into a world leader in cybersecurity and a center in Israel’s far-reaching efforts to protect computers and networks from attack. Cybersecurity is now a key national and industrial priority and we will visit the cybersecurity ecosystem jointly established by the Israeli government, Ben-Gurion University, the Beer Sheva Municipality and leading companies in the field.
  • Visit RoboTiCan and see the cutting-edge robotic technology and autonomous systems solutions being developed and manufactured for defense and security purposes.
  • More than Shared Office Space: Meet founding members of WeWork Be’er Sheva and discover how this Israeli-born idea of communal workspaces has become an international phenomenon. (time permitting).


TRACK 2: ARTS AND CULTURE

  • Experience Mayumana, a purely theatrical event that combines elements from various art disciplines based on music, movement, acting, dance and rhythm. Participate in an interactive workshop with members of the company using a combination of these disciplines and a large dose of humor to free the creative spirit.
  • Backstage Tel Aviv: VIP backstage tour of Habima, Israel’s national theater with a worldwide reputation. Join Israel’s artistic elite in a conversation on the influences on and importance of Israeli theater and learn how the Habima Theater and its building have become iconic features of Israeli cultural life.
  • Lunch on own at Tel Aviv’s new food market, Rothschild Allenby Shuk.
  • Art in Tel Aviv: Gain backdoor access to galleries and art spaces with a leading art critic artist and meet the artists and gallery owners who have put Tel Aviv at the forefront of the national and international art scene.


TRACK 3: POLITICS & HISTORY

  • Meet with Rami Nazzal, a Palestinian, Jerusalemite reporter who writes for the New York Times, MSNBC and Time Magazine and drive to Ramallah.
  • Visit the Palestinian city of Ramallah and meet with local business leaders for an informal conversation. With no media present, this is a unique opportunity to hear the candid opinions of Palestinian peers.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Briefing by a representative of the Palestinian Authority.
  • Settlements & Settlers: Visit a Jewish settlement located in the heart of Samaria/ West Bank and meet with Oded Revivi, Chief Foreign Envoy of the YESHA Council, which represents Jews living in the settlements.

Day Four: Wednesday, October 30, 2019- cont’d


TRACK 4: A CULINARY TASTE

  • Our Sweetest War (a Hummus): dialogue with Gil Hovav, a leading culinary journalists and television personality and the great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language.
  • Depart hotel.
  • Lada’at Central Israel Wine Route: Travel on a Vintner’s Journey along the Ella Valley and the Judean Hills wine route, exploring some of the new and successful wineries that have sprouted in recent years, including the Elah, Castel, and Tzuba Wineries. Talk with winemakers and writers, and sample some of the best new Israeli wines.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • A Sweet Way to Finish a Day: Indulge your sweet tooth and check out the culinary and therapeutic delights of chocolate at a chocolate


All

  • Return to the hotel.
  • Cooking and eating as a community: Come together to exhibit and hone your cooking skills in a fun, hi-tech cooking workshop. And after the cooking comes the eating with a delicious dinner.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Five: Thursday, October 31, 2019
NORTHERN EXPOSURE

  • Check out of the hotel.

Select the journey that reflects your own interests:


TRACK 1:  HI-TECH AND INNOVATION

  • Entrepreneurship from Day One: Special seminar at the IDC (Interdisciplinary Center) Herzliya will introduce us to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Students in the Zell Program, mentored by top entrepreneurs and business leaders, are launching real companies as part of their university studies. Talk with the students and faculty members about the successes and challenges of these new companies.
  • Lunch en route.
  • At the Ra’anana logistic center, we’ll meet Leket CEO Gidi Kroch, who was named one of The Marker’s (a prestigious Israeli magazine) top one-hundred most influential leaders in Israel in 2016, and hear how innovative entrepreneurship can be combined with Tikkun Olam.
  • Depart for the Yokneam Industrial Zone, which has brought almost 150 R&D companies to the area and major changes to the town and environment, making Yoknean one of the few startup eco-systems not located in a major urban area.


TRACK 2: ARTS AND CULTURE

  • Walk down Bialik Street, home to many of Tel Aviv’s finest early artists and authors. We’ll see the homes of some of the cultural leaders who lived here, including Israel’s “National Poet” Haim Nachman Bialik, examine the street’s outstanding, eclectic architecture including Beit Ha’ir (the old municipality), before taking a guided tour of Rubin House, the home and studio of Israel’s most famous early painter-chronicler of Tel Aviv, Reuven Rubin.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Visit the Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW), a non-profit organization in Israel dedicated to improving women’s lives through economic empowerment. Their mission is to supply low-income women in Israel with the knowledge and tools to create and grow their own small businesses as a means for gaining self-sufficiency and alleviating the cycle of poverty in which they live.
  • There’s Art in those Hills: Experience the Ein Hod Artists’ Colony, at the foothills of the Carmel Mountains. Founded by a famous Dadaist painter, Ein Hod is home to artists working in every cultural medium imaginable. Explore the galleries and studios and talk with artists about their techniques and inspiration.


TRACK 3: POLITICS & HISTORY

  • Living as a Minority in the Jewish State: Meet with Professor Dalia Fadila, President of the Technology and Science College of Baqa al Garbia, for a tour of the campus and a conversation on situation confronting the Arab citizens of Israel. Dr. Fadila is an educator, founder of the Q School System and the first Arab woman to be nominated president of an institution of higher education in Israel.
  • Lunch en route.
  • The challenge of loyalty in the Druze community: Visit a Druze village for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, and meet with Ramzi Halabi a businessman and former Mayor of Daliat el-Carmel.


Day Five: Thursday, October 31, 2019- cont’d
TRACK 4: A CULINARY TASTE

  • Picking Our Way to a Better Israel: Carry out Tikkun Olam with your own hands by joining Leket and picking fruit and vegetables that will be donated to the needy.
  • Visit Sindyanna of Galilee and learn how this non-profit organization led by Arabs and Jews is creating social change, economic opportunities and fine, fair-trade products. We’ll sample their award-winning olive oils before enjoying an Arab-style lunch prepared by local women from local produce.
  • Get Holistic, Get Herbal: Bara Herbs uses Israeli plants, Chinese medical knowledge and Western herbalism to manufacture herbal medicines as well as natural food additives and cosmetics. See how plants mentioned in the Bible are turned into modern medicines and find out how healthy can also be delicious with a smoothie-making workshop.


All:

  • Visit the Jewish Federation of St Louis’ Partnership2Gether partners in Yokneam – Megiddo and explore the projects that connect the communities together on so many levels.
  • Partnership Party.
  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Six: Friday, November 1, 2019
JERUSALEM’S HIDDEN TREASURES

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Is Israel at a Crossroads? Talk with Dan Ben David, founder and president of the Shoresh Institute for Socioeconomic Research on what Israel needs to do to raise living standards and reduce its alarming income and educational inequality rates.

Explore the diversity of Jerusalem with journeys that reflect your own interests:

(Lunch is on own)


TRACK 1: THE ART OF JERUSALEM

  • Visit the Artists’ Colony of Jerusalem (Hutzot Hayotzer) and meet Israeli artists working in fields ranging from traditional calligraphy and Judaica to mixed media and modern design. Located in a beautiful location just outside the Old City’s walls, this Artists’ Colony was established in 1969 and has been recently refreshed with new energy, exhibitions and artists. And then make your own art in a workshop guided by a leading artist.


TRACK 2: THE CITY UNDERNEATH

  • A guided tour of both the Citadel moat and the “Kishle” in the Tower of David museum. Discover a fascinating underground military complex and prison compound from the 19th century that also provides remarkable archaeological evidence on the history of Jerusalem since the First Temple.


TRACK 3: 1 CITY, 2 STATES, 3 RELIGIONS

  • A ride on the Jerusalem Light Rail provides a fascinating new perspective into the city and the diversity of its communities. Personal headphones will allow the tour educator to describe the journey, which begins in Pisgat Ze’ev, a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem predominantly populated by a mix of religious and secular Jews. The journey will continue through the Arab neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and the ultra-Orthodox area of Ramot Eshkol before stopping near the Old City. We will occasionally leave the train for discussions about the differences, tensions and contacts between east and west Jerusalem and for conversations with local activists.


TRACK 4: A MULTI-CULTURAL TASTING JOURNEY

  • Join Chef Moshe Basson to reveal how to prepare Israeli food inspired by the Bible and by the Jewish-Aleppo, Jewish-Iraqi and Palestinians cuisines. Chef Moshe Basson owner of famous Jerusalem restaurant, Eucalyptus uses raw materials grown in the hills of Jerusalem. Moshe is an expert in the field of edible plants and medicinal local herbs. Moshe grows a spice garden in the complex in which all the restaurant staff takes part in the cultivation and picking the special herbs and the edible flowers.


All:

  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Depart the hotel for the Old City.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services as a group at the Western Wall.
  • Savor the joy, community and tastes of a Jerusalem Shabbat with a festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday, November 2, 2019
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services. Take your choice of Jerusalem’s vast variety of synagogues or embark on a guided synagogue-hop sampling the different cultures and ways of worship in Jerusalem.
  • Lunch at the hotel.


Shabbat Afternoon Program – O
ptional Walking Tours (upon pre-registration):

  • Jerusalem and its Writers: A guided tour exploring the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
  • From the Tower of David Museum to Zion: The Tower of David Museum tells the story of Jerusalem, from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine, with exciting exhibitions and in an astonishing location. Continue to Mt. Zion and see sites holy to three religions crowded together in one building. Its upper area is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus’s Last Supper, but was once a mosque. In a room directly below, Jews pray at the place where King David is believed to have been buried.
  • Multiple Faiths in the Holy City: Explore the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian sites.
  • Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Mamilla: Get acquainted with Sir Moses Montefiore, the first developer who expanded Jewish life outside the walls of the Old City, through the pastoral neighborhoods, the windmill and the artist colony. En route, pass by the King David Hotel and the YMCA building, and discover their unique architecture and fascinating history.
  • Ben Kodesh L’chol: Bid farewell to Shabbat and welcome in a new week of experiences and excitement with a special St Louis community Havdallah.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure in Jerusalem.
  • Optional evening activities:
  • When the Shutters Go Down: When the stalls are closed for the night, an alternative Machane Yehuda market for the young comes to life. Check out the graffiti paintings that spring up on the shop shutters and get into the night market vibe by sampling the drinks popular among Israel’s hipsters!


OR

  • Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.


OR

  • 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday, November 3, 2019
THE MANY SIDES OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Professor Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University on the turbulent Israeli political scene where coalition governments and powerful ideological divisions are a fact of life.


TRACK 1:  HI-TECH AND INNOVATION

  • Driverless Cars The Ride of the Future: “Look Ma, no hands!” See an autonomous car in action and witness the revolutionary technology being developed at Mobileye, which provides software technology for driverless cars. Mobileye is Israel’s most successful start-up and was recently sold to Intel for over $15 billion, the largest-ever foreign acquisition of an Israeli company.


TRACK 2: ARTS AND CULTURE

  • Cinema as a Window into Israel: See what Israeli film reveals about Israeli life at the Ma’aleh School of Film and Television with select screenings and discussion. Ma’aleh produces many of the country’s most talented directors and scriptwriters while using film to inquire into questions of Jewish and Israel identity. It has also created a groundbreaking program using video therapy for youth at risk, Ethiopian immigrants, terror victims and adults with special needs.


TRACK 3: POLITICS & HISTORY

  • The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Go beyond the headlines for an in-depth discussion on the political situation in Jerusalem with visits to some of its most talked-about areas, including the Security Barrier. Drive along the seam zone and delve into current developments with (Res.) Danny Tirza, one of the seam zone’s designers.
  • At the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) meet with Knesset members from different parties to discuss current political issues.


Day Eight: Sunday, November 3, 2019- cont’d
TRACK 4: A CULINARY TASTE

  • Make your own boutique goat cheese: Enjoy a workshop and cheese-tasting tour that takes you through each stage of the cheese-making process.


All:

  • Festive farewell lunch at Modern (in the Israel Museum), known for its artistic atmosphere and traditional Jerusalem dishes recreated in a contemporary Israel style. Celebrate your journey together and relive great experiences with a festive meal.
  • Building on our Journey: Closing remarks by Avraham Infeld will focus on how we can use the experiences and excitement of this mission to enrich our lives, families, and Federation. Avraham is the former President of Hillel International, current board member for Honeymoon Israel and is renowned as one of the Jewish world’s most inspirational educators.
  • Optional: Tour the Israel Museum with its fascinating collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea scrolls to Jewish life and art, and from an open-air model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple to contemporary Israeli and European art.


OR

  • Free time for last minute shopping and to explore the city.


Extension departures to Petra.


All:

  • Return to the Hotel.
  • Late checkout from the hotel.
  • Before departure, enjoy Happy Hour and Hors D'oeuvres at the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.


Day Nine: Monday, November 4, 2019
BACK TO ST. LOUIS

  • Return to St. Louis.
  • It was our privilege to be with the Jewish Federation of St Louis on this journey of interactions, experiences and education.



ISRAEL PRE - TRIP

October 24-28, 2019


Thursday, October 24, 2019 
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the USA

Overnight: Flight


Friday, October 25, 2019 
ARRIVAL 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative, assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Haas Promenade (time permitting)
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue or at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Saturday, October 26, 2019 
INTO THE DESERT, MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel and descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Experience an astonishing sense of weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Buffet lunch.
  • Take a short hike to Nahal David, the freshwater spring and waterfalls in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where David hid from King Saul (time permitting).
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own in the vibrant Emek Refaim Street, at the heart of Jerusalem's German Colony.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Sunday, October 27, 2019 
MEMORY NEAR AND FAR 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel for Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Historical Museum
    • The Children's Memorial
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Explore the archaeological treasures and other highlights of the Jewish Quarter:
    • Walk through the Cardo - the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century, King Hezekiah's First Temple-period “Broad Wall” and Hurva Square - the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
    • Tour the 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
  • Walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • Dinner in a Middle Eastern restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Monday, October 28, 2019 
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY AND A STATE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and drive to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of “the White City”.
  • Check in at hotel
  • Free afternoon before joining the main mission.



PETRA EXTENSION TRIP

November 3-6, 2019


Sunday, November 3, 2019  
TO EILAT  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Morning activities with the main mission including a festive farewell lunch.
  • Drive to Sde Dov domestic airport for flight to Eilat.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check-in.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Eilat


Monday, November 4, 2019  
PETRA 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing.
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • Travel through the Araba to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt, and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Dairy lunch at a local hotel/restaurant.
  • Late afternoon returns to the Arava Border Crossing and transfers back to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Eilat


Tuesday, November 5, 2019
DEPARTURE    

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure. Enjoy a variety of activities that Eilat has to offer possibly including:
    • The Eilat Underwater Observatory
    • Water sports
    • Swimming with dolphins
    • Red Sea cruise
    • Rest and relaxation.
  • 12:00 Check out of the hotel.
  • Midafternoon domestic flight to Tel Aviv and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Departure flight


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

  • Return to U.S.A.
  •  check in for the departure flight to the USA, arriving the same day.


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.

  • Registration opens on November 1st 2018. 
  • Additional $150 discount for first-time visitors to Israel or those who have not visited in the past 18 years.
  • Discounts may be combined, and are available only for those with primary residence in the greater St. Louis area.
  • Flight information will be available in December 2018.

 

Main-mission prices (per person):
Single occupancy - $4,770
Double occupancy - $3,800 

Israel pre-trip - prices (per person):
Single occupancy - $1,690
Double occupancy - $1,250

Petra extension - prices (per person):
Single occupancy - $1,356
Double occupancy - $1,099
 

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

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Jerusalem

The Orient Jerusalem hotel, part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, is nestled at the heart of the German Colony, walking distance from countless cultural, tourist, and historic attractions: the First Station, Liberty Bell Park, and Mishkenot Sha'ananim, as well as charming boutiques and bistros.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 80 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.
  • The $300 individual deposit is refundable only unitl December 31st, 2018.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour 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. Two-bedrooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / 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, guides, drivers and hostesses.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at the time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to the permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

 

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guests at meals.
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one piece per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. Da'at shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at the time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company.
  • 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.
  • Snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

 

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be canceled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. The package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.