THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYThursday, December 23, 2021
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Transfer (on own) to Jerusalem and check into the hotel.
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEMFriday, December 24, 2021
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
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 Historical Yemin Moshe Windmill Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
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. - Become Your Favorite Biblical Character! Live the Bible’s authentic costumes and backgrounds provide a fun photo opportunity for you to dress up like Moses, Ruth, or a Temple Priest.
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.
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.
“The Best Falafel in the World! Right Here in the Old City.” The competition for the best street food in Jerusalem’s Old City is tough. The Christian Quarter swears by the hummus at Lina and Abu Shakri. Locals in the Jewish Quarter claim the falafel at the Rova Courtyard can’t be beat. You can judge for yourself.
There will also be time to see the bargains and the bargaining in the Old City Shuk (market) in the Christian Quarter.
Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
The City of Shabbat: Join Jerusalem in welcoming the Sabbath, the high point of the Jewish week, with Kabbalat Shabbat services. You can celebrate Shabbat alongside people from countless different traditions and countries at Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel (Western Wall).
Return to the hotel.
Shabbat dinner at local restaurant or the hotel.
INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEASaturday, December 25, 2021
Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
As Low as It Goes: We'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 Stand: Climb 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). We'll learn about Masada's importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel.
Lunch and a “Swim” in the Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at a private beach on the Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest piece of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun. You’ll also enjoy a buffet lunch at a Dead Sea hotel.
(Time permitting) Hike in Nahal David, part of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. This is a desert oasis with springs, waterfalls, and freshwater pools so don’t forget your swimsuits. Another feature is the ibex, hyraxes, and other desert mammals that live in this area. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul.
Return to Jerusalem.
Free time in the Mamilla Mall, an upscale shopping street and the only open-air mall in Jerusalem, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.
Lights! Action! Jerusalem! 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.
JEWISH MEMORY, JEWISH RENEWALSunday, December 26, 2021
Depart the hotel.
The Art of Tikkun Olam for the Whole Family: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and making beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll take a tour of this inspirational organization. Then, guided by professional artists, get creative as a family and make your own Judaica or handicraft.
Adults and children over 12: Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, an essential emotional and educational experience. Your guided tour will include: The Avenue 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, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust. A personal educational “twinning” program at Yad Vashem will be a powerful part of Eva’s Bat Mitzvah experience. Eva will learn about and establish a special connection with a girl of her age who perished during the Holocaust.
Children under 12 with an adult: Reach Out and Touch Science: The Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem aims to make science and technology fun for the whole family. Their exhibits, workshops, and shows change frequently, but the focus is always on interaction, amazement, and education.
Take a multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of this vibrant area where Jerusalemites shop. This doubles as a delicious lunch.
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.
Return to the hotel.
I’M DIGGIN’ ISRAELMonday, December 27, 2021
Check out of the hotel.
Visit the Armored Corps Memorial and Museum at Latrun, a key point and a battleground on the road that links Jerusalem with the coastal plain, from biblical times through the 1967 Six Day War.
Drive through the Ella Valley.
Little Guy Versus Big Guy: As we drive by Tel Azeka, the site of David’s biblical battle against Goliath, we’ll read the old story through new eyes.
Diggin’ for Roots: We’ll literally get in touch with the land and history of Israel during an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago before crawling through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth. The non-crawlers among us will visit a more spacious part of the cave complex in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue to the Negev Desert.
Drive to Mitzpe Ramon and check into the hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.
OvernightBeresheet, Mitzpe Ramon
FROM CRATER TO CREATIVITYTuesday, December 28, 2021
Meditate in the wilderness of the Ramon Crater.
Enjoy a morning of fun and activities in the Ramon Crater area. - Embark on a jeep tour to explore the geological wonders of the crater and stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop. - Test your skills at desert archery. - View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater at the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors’ Center.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, using the hotel’s amenities and spa.
Dinner at hotel.
Stargaze on the cliff of the Ramon Crater (weather permitting).
OvernightBeresheet, Mitzpe Ramon
DESERT BEAUTY AND ISRAELI INGENUITYWednesday, December 29, 2021
Depart the hotel.
The Old Man and the Desert: Visit the grave of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We’ll discuss why Ben-Gurion, the “grand old man” of Israel’s public life and the country’s first Prime Minister, abandoned the political scene for life in an isolated Kibbutz in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve.
Visit the Chan Hashayarot encampment in the Negev Desert for Bedouin-style hospitality, a camel ride, and a ‘Hafla’ lunch.
Sandboarding in the Negev: With more than 60 percent of the country certified as desert, this extreme sport is perfectly suited to Israel. Go down a 90-feet-high Negev slope and learn how to navigate on sand surfboards and sleds, lying on your stomach or sitting.
Return to the hotel for dinner.
OvernightBeresheet, Mitzpe Ramon
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EVA’S BAT MITZVAH IN ISRAEL!Thursday, December 30, 2021
Check out of the hotel.
A Special Celebration. A Special Location: Celebrate with pride and togetherness Eva’s Bat Mitzvah ceremony, followed by a celebratory lunch overlooking the awe-inspiring Ramon Crater. Mazal Tov, Eva!
Depart Mitzpe Ramon and drive north toward Tel Aviv.
Enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea; learn why Jaffa, mentioned in the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, is so historically important; and see how its Old City reflects the present as well as the past, followed by a walk through Jaffa's famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
Check into the hotel.
Free evening in Tel Aviv.
OvernightDavid Intercontinental, Tel Aviv
FREE DAY IN TEL AVIV | no guide | New Year’s EveFriday, December 31, 2021
Breakfast at the hotel.
Free day in Tel Aviv with an opportunity to: - Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. - Walk through the colorful Carmel Market. - Meander through the Old City of Jaffa, including Jaffa’s famous Flea Market - - Shuk Hapishpeshim. - Explore the colorful Neve Zedek neighborhood. - Visit some of Tel Aviv’s legendary Art Galleries. - Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River. - Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. - Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv’s renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food. - Walk the Blue Route, with its beautiful coastline and Mediterranean atmosphere - from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north, or the Green Route, passing through Ganei Yehoshua along the Yarkon River. - Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
Check out of the hotel by noon.
Transfer on own to airport for departure flights.
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN | | Happy New Year!Saturday, January 1, 2022
7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary.
Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 4 dinners.
Portage at the hotels.
Credit card fees: $185 per person.
Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
For a group of 20 passengers and more
$8 per participant per day for the tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
Transfers to and from the airport.
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.
US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
Value Added Tax is not included in our proposal and is currently not applicable to tourists visiting Israel. Should the law change you will be notified accordingly and V.A.T. will be added to your final invoice.
The small print
Rates: Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of
25 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
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.