Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on various flights.
Individual transfers on own to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel. With prior arrangement, Da'at can arrange your transfer.
6:00 p.m. Meet in the Carlton Hotel lobby to begin our special journey.
Opening dinner will be at Deca, a gourmet restaurant blending elite French cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. Established by chef (and television personality) Haim Cohen, this kosher dairy restaurant is especially renowned for its fish and cheese creations.
OvernightCarlton, Tel Aviv
EAT, DRINK, & BREATHE TEL AVIVMonday, April 4, 2022
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
A Tale of Two Cities: Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are only forty miles apart but often appear to belong to different worlds. In this presentation, Rachel Korazim will show how in the eyes of Israeli writers such as Naomi Shemer, Nahum Gutman, and Yehuda Amichai, the two cities represent two very different visions of what Zionism is all about.Dr. Korazim is a renowned educator who uses song, poetry, and literature to shine a light on Israeli life and society.
The Innovation Nation: The newly opened Israeli Innovation Center celebrates the people and companies that are making Israel the “innovation nation.” Located at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, it includes continually updated, high-tech exhibits on everything from artificial intelligence to the latest developments in water use.
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 cafés and restaurants, the market is a delicious illustration of the diversity of the Israeli culinary scene.
Jaffa Stories and Coffee: You're warmly invited into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab in Jaffa. Over coffee brewed by her family and Arabic sweets, she'll talk about whether the area's Jewish, Muslim, and Christian population mix or merely make do. We'll also find out how female entrepreneurs like Doris are bringing change to this socio-economically deprived neighborhood.
Return to the hotel.
The City at Night: Israel's food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants; see and taste for yourself. We'll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the ideal Israeli restaurant for you.
OvernightCarlton, Tel Aviv
ALTNEULAND: DREAMS & REALITIES IN TEL AVIVTuesday, April 5, 2022
An Avenue for Art: Walk down Bialik Street, home to many of Tel Aviv's finest early artists and authors. We'll see where cultural leaders, including Israel's National Poet Haim Bialik, lived and created, and examine the street's outstanding, eclectic architecture including Beit Ha'ir (the old municipal center), before taking a guided tour of Rubin House, the home and studio of the painter Reuven Rubin.
Strangers in a Strange Land: South Tel Aviv is now "home" to thousands of migrant workers, asylum seekers, and refugees from war-torn and impoverished African countries. BINA, The Jewish Movement for Social Change will lead us on a tour of the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood as we explore what life is like for non-Jews seeking a new start in the Jewish state. The tour will include: - Talking with African immigrants about their experiences in Israel and what brought them here. - A visit to one of the crowded, “unauthorized” kindergartens where migrant parents, lacking finance and access to official daycare facilities, leave their children. - A look at what the traditional Jewish sources, including the Talmud, have to say about Jewish obligations to non-Jewish newcomers in our midst. An educator from BINA, a secular yeshiva and educational institute dedicated to social action, will lead the discussion.
Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This multi-cultural tasting tour will double as a delicious lunch.
What’s Going on in Bohemian Tel Aviv? Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
Enjoy free time to explore on your own.
Dinner at Kandinof House: Imagine a table filled with beautiful, colorful foods from surrounding markets, surrounded by art, sitting in a historical Jaffa building situated in one of the oldest Jaffa alleys the Kandinof Complex is the first of its kind to combine an art center with a restaurant, a center for great food and contemporary art, with five galleries displaying changing exhibitions.
OvernightCarlton, Tel Aviv
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ALL ROADS LEAD TO JERUSALEMWednesday, April 6, 2022
Check out of the hotel.
A Fallen Leader, A Fallen Soldier: The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was one of the great traumas of Israeli political history, shocking Israel similarly to the way that President Kennedy's death affected America. The Rabin Center Museum examines the life of one of Israel's most storied soldiers and politicians and illustrates how his death was linked to the wider conflicts and dilemmas that continue to shape Israel.
Head north to the Galilee.
A Taste of the Galilee: We'll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to hear about their lives and to enjoy a mini workshop on the culinary traditions of the Galilee. Our GalilEat host family will prepare some delicious local delicacies and provide expert advice as we whip up a classic local dish for lunch.
There's Art in Them Thar Hills: Experience the Ein Hod artists' colony in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains. Founded by a leading Dadaist painter, Ein Hod is now home to artists working in every cultural medium imaginable. Sculptor and painter Dan Ben-Arye will be our guide as we explore the galleries and studios and talk with artists about their techniques and inspiration, after which we will join Lea Ben-Aryeh for an art workshop to prepare individual silk screen designs.
As we drive south 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.
A First Look at the Holy City: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of 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 shehecheyanu.
Check into the hotel.
Enjoy Jerusalem's nightlife. We'll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the ideal Israeli restaurant for you.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
THE NEW JERUSALEMITES OF THE ANCIENT CITYThursday, April 7, 2022
Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Rabbi Noa Sattath, the director of the Israel Religious action Center (IRAC), the social justice arm of the reform movement in Israel.
The People of the Book: The National Library of Israel contains more than five million books, including the world's largest collection of Hebrew-language and Jewish books. We'll look through the stacks and reading rooms, explore some special collections, and see the famous Ardon windows, the stained-glass windows expressing Isaiah's image of Jerusalem as a city of everlasting peace. We'll also talk with library curatorial staff about how technology is changing the way that Israel's literary heritage is protected and made available to all.
Lunch on own.
Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court building; meet with a present or former Supreme Court justice.
Cinema as a Window into Israeli Life: Examine Israeli society through cinema at the Ma’aleh School of Film and Television, with special screenings and discussion. Ma’aleh is producing 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.
Dinner at Hamotzie, located in one of the picturesque alleyways of the Mahane Yehuda Market, offering a fresh, yet authentic culinary approach to North African cuisine. Chef Avi Levy's personal story - a journey from prison and drug rehab to television MasterChef winner - initially drew many to this North African meat restaurant. But they stayed because of the authentic yet innovative dishes, including boulettes (Algerian meatballs) and salmon with spicy chreimah sauce.
(Optional, on own) When the Shutters Go Down: When the stalls close at night, a different sort of Jerusalem springs into life as the city's hipsters come out to play and to paint. As you wander through the Mahane Yehuda Shuk (market) at night, notice the graffiti portraits of local celebrities from rabbis to rockstars that have been painted on shop shutters and find out what they tell us about life, art, and ideology in the Holy City. To help you get into the night-market mood, sample the drinks that are popular with the city's trend-setters.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
THE MOSAIC OF JERUSALEMFriday, April 8, 2022
8:30 a.m. See the beautiful campus of the Reform Movement's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary and graduate school training Reform rabbis, cantors, and educators for North America and Israel.
A brief shiur (lesson) at HUC with Rabbi Michael Marmur D, Associate Professor of Jewish theology at HUC in Jerusalem. Until July 2018 Rabbi Marmur served as the Provost of HUC, having previously been dean of the Jerusalem campus.
The Geopolitics of Jerusalem: Drive through the city of Jerusalem and explore some of its political and diplomatic complexities.
Lunch on own.
Nahlaot Walking Tour: Experience the feeling of Jerusalem as it prepares for Shabbat with a journey through the courtyards of Nahlaot, where dozens of synagogues and Jewish traditions from around the world are maintained within a radius of just a few blocks.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren.
Home hospitality Shabbat dinner with local congregants at Kehillat Mevasseret.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
THE CITY OF SHABBATSaturday, April 9, 2022
Shabbat services at Azarat Israel, the pluralistic section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
Tour Christian East Jerusalem with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations. Meet local personalities and visit some of the significant Christian institutions.
Jerusalem and Its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and Y. Agnon.
Explore on your own the wonderfully creative Israel Museum with its eclectic collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European art, contemporary Israeli art, and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Your tour educator can provide a suggested list of not-to-be-missed exhibits for a brief visit to the museum.
Lunch on own.
Return to the hotel to freshen up before departure.
Late check-out from the hotel.
Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Reflect on your trip with your group leader and tour educator.
Farewell dinner at Chakra, where food made with love and a good atmosphere make for a delightful experience.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
6 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure.
7 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 5 dinners.
7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
Mineral water during all touring days.
1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per your final program.
Flights to and from Israel.
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
Rates: Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of
30 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 inyour 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.