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Beyond the Headlines:
The Israel You Have Never Seen Before
Led by Yishay Shavit

March 18, 2023 - March 28, 2023
Destination Israel
Duration 11 days
Who’s Going Adults
Trip Type Featured
Group Size Minimum 20
Price From $4,729
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Best Moments

Art & Culture
Food & Wine
Home Hospitality
Local Specialists
  • What’s multicultural about Israel?
  • Inside look at Israel’s diverse communities
  • Enjoy traditional Druze hospitality
  • Cross borders and go beyond the headlines with Yishay
  • Find out what life is like if you’re a minority in Israel
  • Access to leaders and thinkers who are creating a more pluralistic Israel
  • Whiskey tours, cooking workshops, and home hospitality dinners

Program Outline

IT'S TIME Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • Depart the US.
Overnight Flight
MAKING A DIFFERENCE Tuesday, March 21, 2023
OLD AND NEW IN WESTERN GALILEE Wednesday, March 22, 2023
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Thursday, March 23, 2023
COMMUNITIES OF JERUSALEM Saturday, March 25, 2023
CROSSING BORDERS Sunday, March 26, 2023
#COMEBACKSOON Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Expert Educator

Yishay Shavit

Yishay was born on a kibbutz in the Northern part of Israel. It was an “old school kibbutz, with communal childcare and unconditional love for this country and its people.” In 2000 he has moved to Jerusalem, fell in love with the city and hasn’t looked back.

Yishay, a history and hiking lover, was first introduced to the world of guiding at the age of 15, in the youth movement. After high school, he served in a Tank Unit of the Israeli Army for three years. He then started guiding in various museums, in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and the supreme court. In 2007 he received a formal guiding education. “Travelling was part of my day-to-day routine since the day I was born,” he says and explains why it was the most natural career choice.

As a licensed guide, Yishay has vast experience working with Federations, Interfaith groups, families, adults, Birthright groups, etc. The areas of his expertise are history, politics, and theology connected to Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is the place I feel most connected with – both personally and professionally,” he says.

Yishay holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Jewish History from Hebrew University, focusing on Indian Jewry and contemporary Jewry. There isn’t a single trip into which his academic knowledge is not woven.

Yishay strongly believes in what our sages taught in the Mishna: “Make your Torah study a fixed habit. Speak little and do much. And receive every person with a smile.”

Yishay speaks fluent Hebrew and English and a little bit of Hindi. When not guiding, he enjoys spending time with his wife Noa and their two sons – Yotam and Assaf. He also loves reading about history and occasionally enjoys a glass of good wine.

Rates & Lodging

# of participants 20+
Single Supplement $1685
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Choice Lodging
Hilton, Tel Aviv
Nights: 2 Room Category: Deluxe Sea View
Dan Carmel, Haifa
Nights: 2 Room Category: Deluxe Bay View
David Citadel, Jerusalem
Nights: 5 Room Category: Superior New City

What to Expect

  • Included
  • Excluded
  • The small print
  • 9 nights’ accommodations at select hotels.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 5 dinners.
  • Mineral water during all touring days.
  • Water on the bus throughout.
  • Individual transfer and VIP assistance from/to the airport.
  • Portage at the hotels.

  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • 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.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Value Added Tax is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change, you will be notified accordingly, and VAT will be added to your final invoice.
  • Gratuities: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts in US dollars):

  • Group of 20 participants or more: Expert Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day

The small print
  • Group rates: 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, the cost of the trip will be adjusted to reflect the additional expense of operating the

  • Currency: 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.
    • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated.
    • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in
      your invoice.

  • Cancelation policy: All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee
    depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to
    cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.

  • Cancelation fees made:
    • 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit.
    • 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost.
    • 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full
      trip cost.

  • Cancelation fees may also included:
    • 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.

    • Choice lodging:
      • Room categories are based on standard Run of House unless otherwise noted.
      • Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
      • We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for the differences between hotel prices.
      • The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
      • Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
      • All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Dalat Educational Expeditions and its suppliers.
      • Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.

    • Guidelines for registering children (under age 18):
      • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as
        adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18. For this reason, the first
        two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order
        for the registration process to succeed.
      • To register the following room configurations, please follow these instructions:
        For double room occupancy for:
        1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
        2 children - Please select 2 adults.
        For triple room occupancy for:
        2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
        1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
        3 children - Please select 2 adults 

                       (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18.)


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