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11 nights accommodation in selected hotels:

1 night Tel Aviv

2 nights Galilee

1 night Haifa

4 nights Jerusalem

2 nights Eilat

1 night Tel Aviv

Breakfast daily and 5 dinners

Roundtrip domestic flights: Tel Aviv--Eilat--Tel Aviv

Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach with panoramic windows, reclining seats and footrests

Services of a friendly and professional English-speaking Expedition Educator throughout the trip

Entrance fees as per itinerary

All hotel portage and tipping included

DAY ONE: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Leave the U.S.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Monday
ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL
  • Land in Israel. Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv, known as the ‘city that never sleeps.'
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Pick up from your hotel for orientation and dinner in Tel Aviv with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at one of its important, historical reference points.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner, with a Yemenite touch, at Maganda, located in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter. The menu features a delicious selection of salads, grilled meats and vegetarian options.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY THREE: Tuesday
ALONG THE COAST
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Begin the day with an introduction and special visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948.
  • 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'.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists, and continue onto the colorful Carmel Market and then to Sheinkin, a trendy Tel Aviv shopping street.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Depart Tel Aviv.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of ancient Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the 900-year-old Crusader city built on the same site.
  • Dinner at the guesthouse.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse, Upper Galilee


DAY FOUR: Wednesday
NATURE AND SECURITY
  • Breakfast at your kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
  • Take a Jeep tour climbing to the Golan Heights in the footsteps of IDF soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan
  • Cross the Golan Plateau to the border with Syria, overlooking the abandoned town of Kuneitra and the United Nations outpost nearby.
    Lunch on your own.
  • Wine tasting at a local winery.  
  • Between May to September: Enjoy rafting or kayaking on the Jordan River (water shoes recommended).

OR

  • Between October to April: Visit the Hula Nature Reserve and the Ophoria Interactive Experience, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor.
  • Return to your kibbutz for dinner at the guesthouse.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse, Upper Galilee


DAY FIVE: Thursday
THE GALILEE AND THE CARMEL
  • Breakfast at your kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years, and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • A guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, with their great stories and mystical messages
    • A stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shop in the artists' colony
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of the soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, and a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The newly renovated Crusaders' City.
    • The Al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
  • Continue to Haifa.
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Haifa


DAY SIX: Friday
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Stop on top of Mount Carmel for a scenic overlook of Haifa Bay. View the Bahai Gardens and Shrine, one of the holiest sites of the Bahai religion.
  • Drive to Jerusalem via the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overview of Jerusalem and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing, followed by an introduction to the city.
  • Visit the Old City of Jerusalem for a guided visit through 3,000 years of Jewish life.
  • Take time to pay respects at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at local synagogues in Jerusalem, on your own.
  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Saturday
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM (NO GUIDE) 
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Day at leisure.
  • Optional Shabbat services.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem, at a choice of local restaurants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY EIGHT: Sunday
HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY JERUSALEM
  • Early breakfast at your hotel.
  • Guided visit through the newly renovated Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, including the new Historical Museum and the Children's Memorial.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Return to the Old City and visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount.
  • Ethnic, cultural and tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open air market; enjoy the sites, smells, and tastes as well as the stories and personal interactions with shopkeepers who add so much to this colourful experience.  
  • Enjoy dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant, located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY NINE: Monday
JEWISH STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL
  • Early breakfast at your hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Stop en route for a Camel Ride through the desert in Biblical style.
  • Ascend the cable car to Masada, Herod's mountaintop fortress and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance for modern Israel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its saline waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem, at a choice of local restaurants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TEN: Tuesday
DIGGING FOR ROOTS
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Take part in an active dig at the Beit Guvrin caves, south of Beit Shemesh and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute, near Rehovot, for an eye opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Transfer to the domestic airport.
  • Depart on a domestic flight to Eilat (commuter plane).
  • Arrive in Eilat and transfer to your hotel and check in.
  • Enjoy free evening and dinner on your own in Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat


DAY ELEVEN: Wednesday
THE WONDERS OF THE RED SEA
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Eilat with the following possible activities:
  • Guided day tour of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Lunch is included. (Supplement Cost)
  • Visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory on your own and experience the wonders and mysteries of the world beneath the Red Sea. (Supplement Cost)
  • Fun in the Sun in Eilat with optional water sports, hiking, jeep trip and much more (costs not included but reservations can be made)
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Eilat


    DAY TWELVE: Thursday
    EILAT TO TEL AVIV
    • Breakfast at your hotel.
    • Morning at leisure in Eilat.
    • Check out and departure.
    • Transfer from your hotel to the Eilat Airport.
    • Check in and transfer and check into your hotel in Tel Aviv.
    • Free evening and dinner on your own in Tel Aviv.

    Overnight: Tel Aviv


    DAY THIRTEEN: Friday
    RETURN TO THE U.S.
    • Breakfast at your hotel.
    • Check out and transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport for your departure flight to the U.S.A., 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.

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    Dan Panorama Image

    Dan Panorama
    Tel Aviv

    Ideally located on Tel Aviv's lively seafront, the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama has a pool and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just across the road.

    Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel Image

    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.

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    Pastoral Hotel
    Kibbutz Kfar Blum

    Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

    Dan Panorama Image

    Dan Panorama
    Haifa

    Haifa's Dan Panorama Hotel rises twenty-one stories high above Mount Carmel Bay and Israel's beautiful Mediterranean coastline, and is a short walk from the nearby entertainment  venues and sightseeing areas.

    Dan Panorama Image

    Dan Panorama
    Jerusalem

    The Jerusalem Dan Panorama is centrally located in the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively downtown, theaters, shopping and eateries, while still within walking distance of the Old City and other historic sites.

    Dan Panorama Image

    Dan Panorama
    Eilat

    Eilat's Dan Panorama Hotel overlooks the city's lovely lagoon, and is just a few minutes walk from the beach and the clear waters of the Red Sea. It is ideally located for a vacation that blends sun and fun with Eilat's spectacular natural attractions.

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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.

    Pastoral Hotel Image

    Pastoral Hotel
    Kibbutz Kfar Blum

    Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

    Dan Carmel Image

    Dan Carmel
    Haifa

    The Dan Carmel Hotel is perched on Mount Carmel with breathtaking views of Haifa Bay  and the Mediterranean coastline. The hotel is situated on Haifa's beautiful hilltop promenade, just a short walk from the many entertainment venues of the Carmel neighborhood.

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    Inbal Hotel
    Jerusalem

    The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel provides its guests with the most luxurious facilities, pampering services and discerning cuisine. Overlooking Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park, on the corner of King David Street, the Inbal's rooms and suites are within walking distance of the city's main cultural venues and the Old City.

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    Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem
    Jerusalem

    The Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem is a glatt kosher hotel is noted for its central location within walking distance of Jerusalem's Old City sights and downtown amenities. The view from the rooms offers the old and new cities, encompassing 3,000 years of history.

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    Dan Tel Aviv
    Tel Aviv

    The Dan Tel Aviv on Tel Aviv's lively seafront promenade offers luxurious accommodations overlooking the soft sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and easy access to leisure venues.

    Pastoral Hotel Image

    Pastoral Hotel
    Kibbutz Kfar Blum

    Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

    Dan Carmel Image

    Dan Carmel
    Haifa

    The Dan Carmel Hotel is perched on Mount Carmel with breathtaking views of Haifa Bay  and the Mediterranean coastline. The hotel is situated on Haifa's beautiful hilltop promenade, just a short walk from the many entertainment venues of the Carmel neighborhood.

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    David Citadel
    Jerusalem

    Located in Western Jerusalem on the prestigious King David Street, this Jerusalem hotel faces the ancient walls of the Old City. With modern decor, 384 sumptuous suites and guestrooms with state of the art communication facilities, fine restaurants and a wide range of amenities for its discerning guests.

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    King David Hotel
    Jerusalem

    The King David Hotel Jerusalem is Israel's majestic landmark hotel, steepedin history and the preferred choice of world leaders and celebrities alike. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the King David is superbly located, withinwalking distance from the historic sites ofthe Old City, and modern Jerusalem's lively center.

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    Dan Eilat
    Eilat

    The magnificent Dan Eilat is a self-contained vacation paradise, located on Eilat's striking Red Sea beachfront, with modern architecture, a fabulous pool complex,
    excellent cuisine and the highest standards of service.


    Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars and are based on a minimum of 4 participants. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.

    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-bed rooms 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 Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.

    Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.

    Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages 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 time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.

    The Bar/Bat Ceremony will take place in Jerusalem (please note that the Southern Wall is closed on Saturday). The Bar/Bat ceremony is an experience which is shared by all the families who are participating on the trip. Once you have signed up for the trip, we will put you in touch with a Rabbi who will contact you about the details of the actual ceremony.



     

    Not Included

     

    Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.

    Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.

    Guide and Driver Gratuities:

    4 seater - $70  (i.e. 2 pax) - per day

    7 seater - $90 (i.e. 3-5 pax) - per day

    10 seater - $110 (i.e. 5-7 pax) - per day< >10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day 


     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.govto obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.

    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.