THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYFriday, February 18, 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.
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.
Kabbalat Shabbat by the Tel Aviv Beach.
Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel, followed by an Oneg Shabbat.
OvernightCarlton, Tel Aviv
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIVSaturday, February 19, 2022
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
Shabbat services at the hotel.
Stroll through Old Jaffa’s renovated artists’ colony and the old port.
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.
Option 1: Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the state of Israel. This secret ammunition factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
Option 2: Dual Narrative in Jaffa: Guided by both Jewish and Arab guides, explore the complexities and current issues that are prevalent in Jaffa society.
All: Three Stars in the Israel Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
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. Afterward, those who love the nightlife can sample the city’s bar, club, and café culture or stroll along the refurbished promenade and port.
OvernightCarlton, Tel Aviv
COMMUNITIES THEN AND NOWSunday, February 20, 2022
Check out of the hotel.
Visit the Zippori National Park, known for its extraordinary ancient mosaics and its central role in Jewish life after the destruction of the Temple. We’ll see remnants of a Roman theater and a Jewish residential quarter from the times of the Mishna and Talmud, as well as a Crusader castle and a Byzantine-period synagogue. Perhaps the highlight of the park is the Dionysus House, a Roman villa with a mosaic floor that includes the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee.”
Option 1: Visit Kfar Kedem in the Galilee for a hands-on family experience, exploring Jewish life of 2,000 years ago, including donkey rides, costumes, pita baking, and a special lunch.
Option 2: Drive to Sindyanna of Galilee, a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change from the ground up. While producing outstanding olive oil and other premium food products, the organization is enhancing Arab-Jewish cooperation, promoting fair trade, creating economic opportunities for Arab women, and assisting local growers and producers, followed by lunch.
All: Drive to the hotel, check in, and enjoy dinner.
Northern Borders, Northern Battles: During this presentation and dialogue, Lt. Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi will analyze the multi-leveled geopolitical and security situation confronting Israel on its borders with Syria and Lebanon. Colonel Zehavi, a senior intelligence officer with the Israel Defense Forces and the founder of the Alma Research and Educational Center, will examine a variety of issues including the impact of Syria’s tragic civil war and the influence of Iran in this area.
OvernightPastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SECURITY & SERENITY: THE GOLAN HEIGHTSMonday, February 21, 2022
Depart the hotel.
Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great biblical city of Dan.
Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with insights into one of Israel's most strategically important areas. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles here during the Six Day War of 1967 and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
Optional Celebrating and Connecting to Our Past: Celebrate the B’nai Mitzvah in Ancient Katzrin. In the authentic reconstructed Talmudic-era synagogue, connect with ancestors from long ago as you celebrate this milestone. Mazel tov!
Northern Borders, Northern Battles: 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.
Option 1: Wine tasting at a local winery on the Golan Heights.
Option 2: Enjoy the culinary delight of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan.
Return to the hotel for dinner.
Thoughts and Experiences Thus Far: Opportunity for group conversation & reflection at the hotel.
OvernightPastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee
THE MOSAIC OF ISRAELI SOCIETYTuesday, February 22, 2022
Check out of the hotel.
Option 1: Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including: - Guided visit to the Ari, Caro, or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages. - A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops, and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
Drive south past Tiberias, an ancient and modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel’s four holy Jewish cities, this is where the “Jerusalem” Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
Option 2: Kibbutz & Start up Nation: Visit the Kaima Farm in Kibbutz Hokuk overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Learn about how modern technology assists in growing crops. Kaima Farm is a non-profit organic farm that employs and empowers Israeli youth (ages 14-18) who have dropped out of school or are on the cusp of doing so. Their yield, grown and harvested by Kaima youth, is sold to the general public through the internationally recognized
All: As we drive south through the Jordan Valley, we’ll discuss the strategic and political situation in this area and consider how Israeli control over it is viewed by some as vital to national security but by others as an impediment to any future agreement with the Palestinians.
Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
(Optional) Visit the renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, 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 – including a visit to the Youth Wing for the kids.
Check into the hotel.
High Times in the Holy City: Jerusalem at night provides a very different vision of the Holy City. Check out how the locals let their hair down during a free evening, perhaps visiting: - The Mamilla Mall, an upscale, open-air food and shopping area located outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate. - The First Station. Jerusalem’s rail link from the late 19th century has been transformed into a center of restaurants, shops, and culture. - The crowds strolling along the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEMWednesday, February 23, 2022
Option 1 – Adults: Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Meet with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
Option 2 – Kids: Yemin Moshe Scavenger Hunt: There will be lots of family fun as we search for clues and explore the beautiful and historic Yemin Moshe neighborhood. By uncovering the riddles and with some ace detective work, we’ll make our way through Yemin Moshe’s winding alleys, explore its legendary windmill, and discover how Jerusalem expanded beyond the Old City.
All: 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 Jerusalem Archaeological Park is a large-scale excavation that has uncovered vital parts of ancient Jerusalem. A particular highlight is to walk on the Southern Wall steps used by Jewish pilgrims to enter the Temple, 2,000 years ago. But there is much else to see, including Robinson’s Arch, the remains of a major Second Temple-period street, and drainage tunnels used by Jewish fighters hiding from the Roman invaders. A museum, including movies and a 3-D model of ancient Jerusalem, add to the experience.
Option 1: Join the Temple Mount Sifting Operation. Sift through rubble that originated in the Second Temple period. Learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site.
Option 2: The Secrets of Jerusalem: Walk along the streets of the Old City for a behind the scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem including: - A meeting with an Armenian Ceramic Artist and a visit to his workshop, followed by a short tour of the Armenian Quarter, the smallest of the four quarters with the smallest number of residents. - Is it a Church or a Synagogue? A visit to Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East, which looks exactly like a synagogue. - A visit to the Austrian Hospice, a European enclave in the heart of the Old City, known for its breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace.
Option 3: Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
All: Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
Return to the hotel.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
INTO THE DESERTThursday, February 24, 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.
B’nai Mitzvah ceremony at the Ancient Synagogue of Ein Gedi: Surrounded by the desert and at the mysterious, beautiful remains of a synagogue dating from the 3rd century CE, this will be an unforgettable location for an unforgettable celebration. Mazal tov!
OPTION 1 – MASADA 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.
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.
OPTION 2 – INTO THE DESERT (HIKERS) 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.
Walk through Arugot Stream in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, the largest and most beautiful in the Judean Desert, into a world of canyons and waterfalls.
All: Return to Jerusalem.
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
JEWISH MEMORY, JEWISH RENEWALFriday, February 25, 2022
Adults and children over 10: 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, where candles shine like stars in the sky to commemorate the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust. - A memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost.
Children under 10 with an adult: Two by Two the Animals Went into the Ark: The Biblical Zoo is one of Jerusalem’s loveliest places. It has a great collection of animals with a special focus on creatures mentioned in the Bible. It includes 62 acres of open areas where the animals live, a zoo train if you don’t feel like walking, a petting zoo, and plenty of other activities to keep all ages enthralled.
All: Return to the hotel and enjoy free time to prepare for Shabbat.
Depart the hotel for Mevasseret Zion.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Mevasseret in Mevasseret Zion, led by Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren.
Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel (pending confirmation).
OvernightDavid Citadel, Jerusalem
THE CITY OF SHABBATSaturday, February 26, 2022
(Optional) Shabbat morning services at a local community.
Option 1: The Old City Ramparts: Stroll along the ancient outer walls for a bird’s-eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of Jerusalem’s Old City.
The Tower of David Museum where the story of Jerusalem, from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine, is told with exciting exhibitions and in a remarkable location.
Following the Path: The Old City is rich in Christian significance. Our exploration of the Christian Quarter will include following the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus took when he walked, holding a cross, to the crucifixion.
At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. This is one of Christianity’s great pilgrimage sites and a testament to the remarkable diversity of the Christian world. It includes an empty tomb where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected.
All: 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 with time to freshen up.
Three Stars in the Jerusalem Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
Late check-out from the hotel.
Festive farewell dinner.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
8 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure.
9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners.
9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
Mineral water during all touring days.
2 group transfers 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
60 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.