THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYTuesday, June 7, 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.
Individual transfers to Jerusalem (on own, cost not included).
Check into the hotel.
6:00 p.m. 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 Haas Promenade for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
Dinner will be at Piccolino, an intimate Italian restaurant in Jerusalem’s historic city center. Known for its pastas, pizzas, and fish, Piccolino is located in a lovely building of Jerusalem stone and graceful arches that adds to the enjoyment.
OvernightThe Inbal, Jerusalem
THE NEW JERUSALEMITES OF THE ANCIENT CITYWednesday, June 8, 2022
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, is 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, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
Sacrifice and the State: Visit Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, to discuss key events in the nation’s history and to honor those who fell while fighting for the state. Our visit will include: - The Main Military Cemetery, where Israel’s fallen soldiers are buried side-by-side regardless of rank, each with a simple, stark gravestone. - A Visionary from Vienna: See the museum dedicated to Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement, including a reconstruction of his Vienna study where he wrote his visions of a Jewish homeland. Leaders of the Nation: Visit the graves of Israeli leaders including Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres, and learn how they dealt with the great questions confronting the State. We will also visit the grave of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement.
Return to the hotel.
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.
Lighting the Way: Get a different view of Jerusalem, its epic history, and diverse communities on a nighttime tour of the Old City Ramparts. With lanterns lighting our way, we’ll walk from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate, hearing stories and seeing sights of times both ancient and new.
OvernightThe Inbal, Jerusalem
INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEAThursday, June 9, 2022
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: 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.
The Sea of Salt: Float into happiness at 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.
(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.
We’ll drive by Qumran, where a separatist Jewish sect from the Second Temple period created an isolated community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most ancient and important religious manuscripts in existence, were discovered.
How Fast Can This Thing Go? The patriarch Abraham will welcome us to Genesis Land for a taste of life and travel in biblical times as we take a camel for a test drive and ride into the heart of the desert. We’ll also try our hand at pita baking, like in biblical times.
Return to the hotel.
OvernightThe Inbal, Jerusalem
HISTORY & SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEMFriday, June 10, 2022
Enter the Old City.
B’nai Mitzvah Service at Azarat Yisrael, the pluralistic section of the Western Wall.
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.
Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, view the Gihon Spring, and wade through the 2,700-year-old water tunnel of King Hezekiah (optional dry exit).
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.
Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at Birkat Shalom Synagogue on Kibbutz Gezer, led by Rabbi Steve Burnstein.
Communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
OvernightThe Inbal, Jerusalem
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | NO GUIDESaturday, June 11, 2022
(Optional) Shabbat Services.
Free Shabbat in Jerusalem with an opportunity to explore (on your own): - The Tower of David Museum for a walk through the city’s history – with observation points, an animated film, and visual and audio-visual aids – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine. - The renewed and 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. - The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
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.
OvernightThe Inbal, Jerusalem
FROM MYSTICS TO DREAMERSSunday, June 12, 2022
Check out of the hotel.
Diggin' for Roots: Get in touch with the land and history of Israel. Take part in an archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get your hands dirty uncovering pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2300 years ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
Perhaps it's the combination of mysticism and art, and maybe it's the mountain air in Israel's highest city; entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you'll: - Visit the Ari synagogue and share in the inspiration and innovation that moved Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath. - See the Caro synagogue, built originally, like the Ari, in the 16th century. It is where Rabbi Joseph Caro, one of the greatest of all Jewish legal authorities, taught and lived. Hear the story of how he was visited here by a maggid, an angelic messenger, who revealed secrets of the Torah. - Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios. - Meet with artist Sheva Chaya in her studio, for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing, and questions of identity and Judaism.
Continue to the Kibbutz hotel, check in, and enjoy dinner.
OvernightPastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee
HILLTOPS & VALLEYS, NEIGHBORS IN THE GALILEEMonday, June 13, 2022
Take a nature hike to the Hanging Trail at the Banias Nature Reserve. The trail is suspended above the gorge and the rushing waters of the Banias Stream, the second largest source of the Jordan River, at the foot of Mount Hermon. We’ll end at the famous Banias Waterfall, the largest in Israel.
Stop by Tel Faher, an abandoned Syrian outpost that once threatened the northern towns of Israel, and follow the footsteps of Israeli soldiers who fought there in the 1967 Six Day War. The view offers an invaluable insight into the challenges of the war and its rapid and unexpected conclusion.
We’ll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain powerful insights into Israel’s geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Cool Off Down the Jordan River: With the hot weather, it’s time to take to the water with rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River. This is the parched Middle East rather than the Rockies, so the current is mainly calm and suitable for ages five and up. Water shoes are recommended. Other activities include: - Climb and Clamber: After cooling down, get your adrenaline levels up at the adventure park. It includes a 40-foot high, all-levels climbing wall and 20 different rope bridges. - Zip: You can also ride on a 300-foot zipline that will send you careening into to the Jordan River.
Return to the hotel for dinner.
Behind the Scenes: Find out what it’s like to be a reporter on the northern border of Israel. In this presentation by well-known journalist and KAN’s northern correspondent Rubi Hammerschlag, you’ll get an up-close look at the world of journalism in an area that changes by the day, and sometimes by the hour. Rubi will share news stories that were never published and discuss some of the challenges of reporting from the Israel-Lebanon border.
OvernightPastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee
THE RUSH OF THE WATERTuesday, June 14, 2022
Check out of the hotel.
Making Our Mark: Feel the land and help it flourish with a tree planting ceremony in the Lavi Forest. This forest, first established by KKL-JNF in the 1950s, was named for the Jewish community that was here during the times of the Mishna and Talmud. We’ll connect with our ancestors as we help to beautify the land.
A Way Forward in the North: Visit Sindyanna of Galilee and sample some of their award-winning olive oil. We’ll learn how this non-profit organization is producing fine, fair-trade products and creating economic opportunities for Arab women, one of Israel’s most underemployed sectors. The tour will include: - A Za’atar workshop. Mix some za’atar leaves, sesame seeds, sumac, olive oil, and sea salt, and presto, you’ve produced one of the great spices of local Arab cuisine. We’ll then combine our za’atar with Sindyanna olive oil and pita bread for a delicious manakish munch. - A Palestinian Arabic meal prepared by the women of Sindyanna. Our lunch will include maqluba (a rice dish), mujadara (a lentil concoction), salads, yogurts and more.
Continue to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore life 2,000 years ago with its ancient amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
Underwater Wonders: Take a guided snorkeling tour of the underwater archeological park in Caesarea. Two thousand years ago King Herod the Great built the city of Caesarea, a major city in his kingdom, together with the magnificent harbor of Sebastos, the largest and most sophisticated harbor in the known world at the time. See the ruins of this magnificent harbor and sunken archeological artifacts amidst the Mediterranean marine life.
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.
Check into 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
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITYWednesday, June 15, 2022
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.
Walk through Jaffa’s famous flea market – Shuk Hapishpeshim.
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.
Visit ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, the largest Jewish museum in the world, and join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history.
Late check-out from the hotel.
From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
Petrozilia may be Hebrew for parsley, but it’s also the name of a grill restaurant on Tel Aviv’s fashionable Rothschild Boulevard where meat is very much on the menu. Our venue for dinner is also known for its Israeli wine list and hummus starters.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight.
8 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure.
8 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners.
8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
Mineral water during all touring days.
1 group departure transfer to the airport.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per your final program.
Flights to and from Israel.
Arrival transfer to Jerusalem.
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
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.
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.