THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYTuesday, March 15, 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.
Transfer 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.
Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at the hotel / a local restaurant, followed by orientation with your group leader and tour educator.
OvernightDan Panorama, Tel Aviv
FOUNDATIONS OF A CITY & A STATEWednesday, March 16, 2022
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
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.
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.
Munching in the Market:Carmel Market is where Tel Aviv comes to shop and to eat. This tasting tour will prove that, when it comes to food in Israel, variety is the spice of life. We’ll sample the tastes of Middle East and Mediterranean, wander the market’s hidden alleyways and surprising stores, and feel the hustle and bustle of the shuk.
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.
Come in costume and bring your noisemakers! Megillah reading at a local Reform synagogue.
OvernightDan Panorama, Tel Aviv
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEMThursday, March 17, 2022
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.
Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
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 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 climb to the rooftops to see and discuss the ties and tensions between the different faith groups and communities of the Old City. From this one spot, we’ll look out over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated by Christian groups as the burial place of Jesus; the golden Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to Islam; and the Jewish Quarter’s famous Hurva Synagogue. - 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.
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. OR
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.
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.
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 and explore Jerusalem nightlife including: - 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. - Joining the crowds strolling through the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
OvernightDan Panorama, Jerusalem
MEMORY & RENEWALFriday, March 18, 2022
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.
Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
Kabbalat Shabbat services with a local Reform congregation.
Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner / communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
OvernightDan Panorama, Jerusalem
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM | WALKING TOURSSaturday, March 19, 2022
Morning Walking Tour: Tour the Tower of David Museum and walk through observation points, visual and audio-visual aids depicting the city’s history – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
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.
A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the overlapping religions and the complexity of inter-religious relations at Mount Zion. The site is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus’ Last Supper but was once a mosque while, in a room directly below, Jews pray at the place where King David is believed to have been buried.
Afternoon Walking Tour: Jerusalem and its Writers: Explore the streets of Jerusalem through the eyes and words of its poets and authors, including Yehuda Amichai and S.Y. Agnon.
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.
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 with dinner. We’ll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the Israeli restaurant ideal for you.
OvernightDan Panorama, Jerusalem
INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEASunday, March 20, 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: Climb via the Snake Path OR via the Roman Ramp 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.
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.
Desert Delight: Experience how guests were treated like royalty in biblical times. We’ll kick back in a spacious, cool desert tent and enjoy a traditional *“hafla” dinner.
Return to Jerusalem.
OvernightDan Panorama, Jerusalem
ALONG THE JORDAN VALLEYMonday, March 21, 2022
Check out and depart Jerusalem.
As we drive north 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.
Visit the Beit She’an National Park, one of Israel’s largest archaeological sites, with its Biblical period archaeological mound and excavated Roman-Byzantine city.
Kinneret Cemetery: The area around the Kinneret was a stronghold for early Zionist experiments in communal living and collective agriculture. We’ll visit the graves of some of the iconic figures in pioneering Zionist culture buried at the Kinneret Cemetery including Rachel the Poetess, the Zionist Marxist philosopher Ber Borochov, and Naomi Shemer, the “first lady of Israeli song,” and discuss communal life in Israel then and now.
Cruise the Sea of Galilee on a boat inspired by the fishing vessels used here 2,000 years ago. Don’t worry, the safety precautions and comfort levels will be modern rather than ancient!
Drive to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.
OvernightHagoshrim Hotel & Nature, Upper Galilee
NATURE, SECURITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE NORTHTuesday, March 22, 2022
Explore Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights. Overlooking the Hula Valley from former Syrian fortifications, discuss the challenges Israel faced leading up to the 1967 Six-Day War. Cross the Golan plateau to the border with Syria and view the abandoned city of Kuneitra and the nearby United Nations outpost, for an insight into the experiences in the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
Grapes of the Golan: Experience a guided tasting tour at the Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin. Discover the world of Golan wine and hear the winery’s story. Then, visit the barrel room for an explanation of the winemaking process. End your tour in the tasting room, where you’ll learn how to experience wine using all five senses.
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.
Dinner at the hotel.
OvernightHagoshrim Hotel & Nature, Upper Galilee
A MOSAIC OF ISRAELI SOCIETYWednesday, March 23, 2022
A Garden of Glory: Visit the majestic Baha’i Gardens in Akko, the holiest site of the Baha’i faith. We’ll find out why Baha’ullah, their founder-prophet, came to Akko after meeting fierce opposition in his Iranian homeland. We will then wander around the gardens, famed for their serenity and design.
Battling for the Holy Land: Encounter the Christian Crusaders and their Muslim rivals at Akko (Acre). This UNESCO Heritage Site was a stronghold of Crusader power in the Holy Land but was also an important center of Muslim Ottoman rule. Today, it exemplifies the multi-culturalism of northern Israel. Highlights of our visit will include: - The restored Crusaders' Fortress where we’ll look into the lives of the Hospitaller knights, the Christian warrior-monks based here from the 12th century who fought to control the Holy Land. - The el-Jazzar Mosque, one of Israel's largest and most important mosques and an illustration of the Muslim influence in the country, then and now. The mosque is named after its designer, the talented but brutal Ottoman governor Ahmad Pasha el-Jazzar. - Walking on the fortified walls that protected Akko and made it a vital town for controlling the Holy Land. Through the centuries, invaders damaged but could never destroy these walls. We'll see the massive security measures carried out by Ahmad Pasha el-Jazzar in order to defeat Napoleon and his French army at Akko in 1799. - The Templar Tunnel, the underground passageway that stretches from the fortress to Akko’s port. - Lunch (on own account) in the Akko shuk (market). Snack on the best of Galilean cuisine from its famous fish and olives to desserts such as knafeh and baklawa.
Drive to Haifa. Visit the Baha’i Gardens and gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, one of the holiest sites of the Baha’i religion, on the slopes of Mount Carmel.
Farewell dinner in one of the restaurants in the picturesque port of Caesarea.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the USA.
8 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 6 dinners.
8 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
Please note: For travelers who are not members of Temple David, a $100 convenience fee should be mailed directly to: Temple David, 4415 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146.
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.