THE BEGINNING OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYFriday, June 10, 2022
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Transfer (on own) to Tel Aviv.
Meet in the hotel lobby, step outside and create a community circle on the glorious beach of Tel Aviv. Enjoy the power of the sand, sea and the rush of the water as you celebrate the beginning of your journey throughout Israel.
Kabbalat Shabbat services on the beach, led by Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz and Cantor Lisa Segal.
Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.
OvernightCarlton, Tel Aviv
SHABBAT IN TEL AVIVSaturday, June 11, 2022
Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
Optional morning Limmud session or Shabbat services by the beach.
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.
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.
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.
Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the sea.
When the Sun Goes Down: Enjoy Tel Aviv’s hot night life, with its boardwalk and cafés, bars, clubs, shows – and more.
OvernightCarlton, Tel Aviv
ALONG THE COASTSunday, June 12, 2022
Check out of 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.
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.
Walk through the 2,000-year-old water tunnel at Park Alona, the water source for ancient Caesarea.
Drive along the coast and back in time 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.
Check into the hotel.
Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Come together to share experiences and feelings from your journey so far.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
OvernightNof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
SERENITY, NATURE & SECURITY ON THE GOLANMonday, 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.
Higher Ground: Hit the ground racing as we go off-road for a jeep tour of the Golan Heights that will combine natural beauty with security insights into one of Israel’s most strategically important areas. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles during the Six-Day War of 1967 and the 1973 Yom Kippur War and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
Proceed to a Druze village in the Golan Heights for a window into the unique world of the Druze community.
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.
Continue to Emek Habecha (“the Valley of Tears”) on the eastern edge of the Golan Heights, the site of one of Israel’s fiercest battles in the Yom Kippur War. View an audio-visual program about the battle of the 77th Battalion – OZ77.
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.
Proceed to an army base for a meeting and dinner with officers and soldiers (pending confirmation).
OvernightNof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
FROM SEA TO SEA ALONG THE JORDAN RIVERTuesday, June 14, 2022
Check out of the hotel.
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. - Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
Drive via Tiberias, an ancient/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.
A Sweet Day: Indulge your sweet tooth and check out the culinary and therapeutic delights of chocolate with a chocolate workshop at the Galita Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Degania Bet.
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.
Check into the hotel and experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
Dinner at the hotel.
OvernightIsrotel Dead Sea Resort & Spa, Dead Sea
THE ANCIENT WAYSWednesday, June 15, 2022
Early breakfast at the hotel, followed by check out.
The Last Stand: Climb via the Snake 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.
Join as a community and bless the B’not and B’nai Mitzvah as they wrap themselves in a talith for the first time at the ancient synagogue in Masada.
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. Nahal David is named after the biblical David, who fled here to escape from the murderous King Saul (time permitting).
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.
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.
Check into the hotel.
I’M DIGGIN’ ISRAELThursday, June 16, 2022
The Art of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll hear personal stories and see the aging artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and check out the fabulous gift shop that supports this endeavor.
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.
Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in a Tikkun Olam activity by packing commodity food staples for Israel’s poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons, and caps and fill bags of rice, beans, and other commodities.
Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
Date Night: Free evening around town and dinner (a list of recommended restaurants will be provided).
Children and youth with youth educator:
Through a unique multimedia expedition – I Am Jerusalem – take a journey to the past, present and future of Jerusalem. Learn why Jerusalem is so important to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity as you take a virtual ride through the streets, alleys, markets, and attractions of the Old and New Cities.
Pizza and ice cream party at the hotel.
HISTORY AND SPIRITUALITY IN JERUSALEMFriday, June 17, 2022
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.
B’nai Mitzvah Tefillin ceremony at Azarat Israel, the egalitarian section of the Kotel (Western Wall)
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.
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 amazing backgrounds provide a fun photo opportunity for you to dress up like Moses, Ruth or a Temple Priest.
Return to the hotel to freshen up, and for B'nai and B'not Mitzvah rehearsal.
Kabbalat Shabbat at Azarat Israel, the egalitarian section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEMSaturday, June 18, 2022
Option 1 - with tour educator:
A Mountain Holy to Many: Experience the complexity of inter-religious relations on Mount Zion. We’ll first visit the Upper Room. It is venerated by Christians as the location of Jesus’ Last Supper but was, for a period, converted into a mosque. In a room directly below, Jews pray at the place believed to be King David’s Tomb.
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.
There will also be time to see the bargains and the bargaining in the Old City Shuk (market) in the Christian Quarter.
Option 2 - on own:
Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, housing more than 5,000 years of cultural treasures. Highlights include the archaeology wing, with the most extensive collection of biblical artifacts in the world; the Jewish art and life wing; the fine arts wing; the sculpture garden; and the open-air model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Don’t miss the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered the world’s oldest existing biblical manuscripts.
Celebrate with Temple Beth Sholom’s B’not and B’nai Mitzvah at the Scottish Guesthouse, overlooking the Old City, followed by a celebratory reception and dinner.
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.
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.
MEMORY & RENEWALSunday, June 19, 2022
Check out of the hotel.
Adults and youth:
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 memorial service where we will pay tribute to those who were lost. It will include the opportunity to talk about family members and loved ones who died during the Shoah.
Children with youth educator:
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.
Plant a tree at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory.
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.
Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mount Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history for which these soldiers gave their lives. Follow with a visit to the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
What We’ve Seen and Felt During Our Journey: Share the experiences and discoveries that have inspired you during this trip as we get ready to say Shalom U’lehitraot (Bye and see you soon) to Israel.
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your flight.
9 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 8 dinners.
10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
Mineral water during all touring days.
1 departure transfer to the airport.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per your final program.
A youth educator for 2 days (June 16 and June 19).
Tips to the tour educator and bus driver.
Flights to and from Israel.
Credit card fees.
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.
Late check-out on the day of departure. If late check-out is requested, confirmation is at the sole discretion of the hotel and is subject to availability.
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.
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
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
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.