THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYThursday, October 20, 2022
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
Group transfer to Jerusalem.
A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. We'll stop at the Haas Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
Check into the hotel.
Enjoy a relaxed, homey-style welcome dinner at Ima, located near the Machaneh Yehuda market, offering a menu of Middle-Eastern, Kurdish-style food.
Nighthawks at the Shuk: Jerusalem at night provides a very different vision of the Holy City. We’ll visit the Mahane Yehuda Shuk (open air market) with its bars and cafes, see the portraits of local personalities that have been painted on store shutters, and get into the night-market mood by sampling the drinks popular with the city’s hipsters.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEMFriday, October 21, 2022
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
Jumping Through History: Rappelling down Jerusalem’s historic Old City walls is sure you get your adrenaline rushing. Over the centuries, many invaders have sought to overcome the Old City walls, but we’ll be focusing on peace, excitement, and fun with an abseiling experience led by trained instructors.
One City or Two? Go beyond the headlines as we explore the geopolitics of Jerusalem with site visits and discussions on key issues. Learn more about the complex relationship between predominantly Arab East Jerusalem and the city’s mostly Jewish western part. We’ll encounter the Security Barrier and discuss its effects.
No visit to Israel is complete without experiencing the Kotel (Western Wall), 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.
Togetherness at the Wall: We’ll return to the Old City for Kabbalat Shabbat services at Ezrat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall). This space for egalitarian prayer at the Kotel was only established after sustained struggle and the issue of progressive prayer at Judaism’s most sacred site remains one of the most controversial issues in the Jewish world. Nonetheless, the dominant themes as we welcome Shabbat will be of joy and togetherness.
Festive Shabbat dinner with lone soldiers (soldiers living in Israel without their immediate families).
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
HEAVENLY & EARTHLY JERUSALEM | WALKING TOURSaturday, October 22, 2022
(Optional) Shabbat services. (Many synagogues are within walking distance of the hotel.)
Return to the Old City
Take a tasting tour in the Christian and Muslim Quarters of the Old City. Check out the culinary diversity and shared influences in multicultural Jerusalem by sampling hummus, tahina and other classic local dishes.
Jerusalem and the Cross: Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, will take us on a tour of the communities and holy sites of the Old City’s Christian quarter. We’ll experience the long history and astonishing variety of Christian groups in Jerusalem, and contemplate the complex situation facing Christian minority groups living in Israel and the modern-day Middle East.
An Unhealthy Obsession? The Media and Israel: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict receives extensive, some would say disproportionate, coverage in the international media. Journalist and author Matti Friedman spent years on the Israel beat for the New York Times and the foreign press corps. In this presentation, he’ll examine why the media’s eyes are fixed so firmly on Israel and argue that the extensive coverage is leading to less, rather than more, understanding of the situation.
Dinner at Angelica, with its impressive menu of kosher Euro-Mediterranean fare and a readily apparent devotion to local produce.
Late night festivities on “own” in Jerusalem.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
THIS IS THE HOPESunday, October 23, 2022
The Palestinian-Israel Peace Talks: Dead in the Water or Ready to be Revitalized? Talk with Dr. Tal Becker, Principal Deputy Legal Adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, about the current state of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Dr. Becker has served as a senior member of the Israeli team in peace negotiations, was Vice-Chairman of the UN’s Legal Committee, and authored the prize-winning book, Terrorism and the State.
Speaking Common Languages of Peace: Examine the role of shared Jewish-Arab education in creating integrated communities and in turning fear into friendship. We’ll tour the Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) school in Jerusalem, part of a network of bilingual, multicultural educational institutions which aim to show that the two communities can learn and live together.
Visit the 9/11 memorial in the Judean Hills, highlighting the bridge between two nations (subject to vehicle accessibility).
As we drive north 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.
Visit Yokneam, the St. Louis Partnership region, meet members of the community who are involved in programs Federation invests in and participate in a hands-on community service project.
Drive to the hotel, check in, and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
ACTION ALONG THE COASTMonday, October 24, 2022
Option 1: Hit the Links: Caesarea is home to Israel’s only international golf course, established in the 1960s by the Baron de Rothschild Family. In 2009, the course was entirely reimagined and redesigned by renowned golf course designer Pete Dye, who specializes in designing golf courses while maintaining the values of nature and landscape. Enjoy 18 holes on Caesarea’s 6,750 meters of green and manicured lawns, where the Maccabia Games are hosted every four years. Option 2: Enjoy a free morning with time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities.
Meet with local residents at Amigour the Jewish Agency’s public housing initiative that strives to provide hope to underprivileged Israelis. Learn how this program is changing people’s lives.
Become an IAF Combat Pilot for A Day! The Squadron’s world-class flight simulators put you into the cockpit of an F-16 fighter plane on a secret operation over Israel. After briefings from real-life Israel Air Force pilots, design your mission and show off your Top Gun skills. You can fly solo or in formation with your squadron. Getting any closer to reality would be dangerous.
Drive to Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complimented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
Check into the hotel.
The City at Night: Tel Aviv’s food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. See and taste for yourself during a free evening with dinner (on own account). Afterwards, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
OvernightDan, Tel Aviv
INNOVATION & COOPERATION: OUR STORYTuesday, October 25, 2022
Don’t Worry, I Trust You: We will be joining Etgarim, an organization that empowers people with physical disabilities through outdoor and extreme sports, for a tandem bike ride where one of the riders is blindfolded and relies on support from their friend. Aside from being an amazing insight into the world of the blind, it’s also a great example of the power of partnership. OR We are Sailing: Teamwork and trust will be our themes as we take a brief sailing excursion on the Mediterranean Sea with Etgarim (Challenges). This organization brings empowerment and integration to people with physical disabilities by helping them face the challenges of outdoor and extreme sports.
Return to the hotel with time to change and pack, and then check out.
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.
From the Beginning of the State to Our Future: Visit the Peres Center for Peace, promoting lasting peace and advancement in the Middle East. Meet Chemi Peres, son of the late President Shimon Peres, who will share with us the innovative vision of his late father and visit the recently opened innovation center.
An Israeli Scotch?! Enjoy dinner and a tasting tour at the Milk & Honey Whisky Distillery, Israel’s first whisky distillery. Learn how Israel got into the Scotch game, see the stages of making spirits – from grain to glass – and then raise your own glass in celebration of your journey. L’chaim! Cheers!
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.
5 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
6 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners.
5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus / van.
Mineral water during all touring days.
1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.
Gratuities to the tour educator and driver.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per your final program.
Flights to and from Israel.
Late check on the day of departure.
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.
The small print
Rates: Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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.
An 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.
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 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.
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.
We have created a Da’at COVID-19 safety protocol to protect everyone in the group.*
Masks are required on Da’at trips and are provided at no extra charge.
Social distancing is strictly observed and trips are limited in participation. All venues, meals, and vehicles are reserved to ensure that there is additional space and that they conform to COVID safety protocols.
Cleanliness is our top priority and we ensure that all surfaces and high-traffic areas used by our trip participants and team are clean and disinfected.
In order to give you peace of mindwhen making future travel plans, we have suspended our cancellation policies.** If your travel has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, you can change or cancel your travel without any cancellation fees up to 30 days before your departure date. If you need to change your travel plans due to Coronavirus 30 days or less before your departure date, no change fee will apply and funds received to date for your trip will be refunded to you as an e-Credit that you will be able to use toward a future Da’at trip.
Using common sense during a global pandemic is key to having a safe, healthy, worry-free, and enjoyable trip. If you have questions about our COVID protocols, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team so that we can reassure you.
* To protect the safety of all our travelers, we cannot allow anyone to join a trip who has been exposed to COVID-19 within 2 weeks of the trip’s departure date. Check your destination’s entry requirements before departure, as several countries may have issued travel regulations that may affect your trip.
** In cases where our cancellation policy differs from what is written, you will be personally notified well in advance.