THE BEGINNING OF A SPECIAL JOURNEYThursday, June 16, 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.
Welcome to Jerusalem: Drive to the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem, and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
Check into the hotel.
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 Yemin Moshe famous windmill for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate our arrival with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEMFriday, June 17, 2022
Looking Out, Taking In: We’ll climb to the top of the Tower of David, one of the best places to see Jerusalem in all its beauty.
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.
Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
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.
At the Heart of It All: Explore the City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period. Our visit will include: -Archaeological discoveries illustrating how the wealthy and powerful lived in ancient Jerusalem. -The Gihon Spring, the source of Jerusalem’s water, which was integral to its survival and religious ceremonies. -Wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels (there’s an optional dry exit), an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah’s. -Traveling through time as we walk in ancient drainage channels from the City of David to the Western Wall’s massive foundation stones at the foot of the Temple Mount.
Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema, (pending confirmation).
Festive private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
INTO THE DESERT: MASADA & THE DEAD SEASaturday, June 18, 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 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.
Lunch and a “Swim” in the Sea of Salt: Float into happiness on 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. We’ll also enjoy a buffet lunch at the hotel.
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).
Return to Jerusalem.
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.
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.
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.
MEMORY & RENEWALSunday, June 19, 2022
Option 1: The Holocaust and Contemporary Israeli Society: Dr. Rachel Korazim will examine how Yad Vashem reflects the Israeli understanding of the Shoah. In particular, we’ll explore the radically different ways in which secular Zionist and ultra-Orthodox leaders understood the causes and meaning of the Holocaust. Dr. Korazim is a renowned educator and expert on Israel and the Holocaust.
Option 2: Israeli active games in the hotel courtyard.
All: Depart the hotel.
Option 1: 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.
Option 2: Plant a tree at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and gain insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem through birdwatching and bird-banding.
All: Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
Little Guy versus Big Guy: As we drive by Tel Azeka, the site of David’s biblical battle against Goliath, we’ll read the old story through new eyes.
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.
Optional : 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.
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.
FUN & ADVENTURE ON THE WAY NORTHMonday, June 20, 2022
Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC). at Azarat Israel, the egalitarian section of the Kotel (Western Wall).
Check out of the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
Drive to the hotel and check in.
Ready-Steady-Cook! Who are the champion cooks on the trip? Find out in a cooking competition where laughter and fun are at the top of the menu. Guided by a professional chef, we’ll split into teams and prepare a meal using the flavors of the Galilee. And after the cooking comes the eating with dinner.
OvernightPastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee
SERENITY & SECURITY IN THE GOLANTuesday, June 21, 2022
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.
Option 1: 60 Minutes – Israel’s Security Challenges Along Its Syrian Border: Meet with a research expert and reserve IDF officer from the Alma Research and Education Center for a security briefing at observation points along Israel’s border with Syria. Find out about the security implications of Syria’s civil war, Iran and the Shi’ite axis on the border, Operation "Good Neighbor," United Nations (UNDOF) activity in Syria, and security challenges on the Syrian border.
Option 2: 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. After that, we will go through the original bunkers and gain insight of the daily life of the soldiers.
Lunch at Kibbutz Merom Golan Restaurant.
Option 1: From Little Things, Great Things Grow: The Golan Heights is wine country. Sample some of its best at the Pelter Winery. Nir and Tal Pelter used to run this winery out of the backyard of their family farm. The brothers have proven their expertise since then, but the winery remains a boutique family affair. We’re doing the driving, so you’re welcome to treat yourself to Pelter’s Israeli gin along with the grapes.
Option 2: Comfort You Can Eat: Enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Chocolatier Karina Chepelinski continues her family’s tradition of creating handmade premium chocolate. During this tour and workshop, taste various chocolates and learn what makes it so delicious. Then, experiment with quality ingredients to create your own chocolate masterpiece.
Dinner at the hotel.
OvernightPastoral Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
THE COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTHWednesday, June 22, 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.
Engage in a musical session with the local Agadata band, playing Kabbalah inspired music on authentic musical instruments.
Growing More with Less: During this AgriTour of Kibbutz Magal, discover how the Kibbutz has become a global leader in smart irrigation while building a thriving agricultural presence. We’ll see the Netafim Greenhouse Park, which is creating greenhouse solutions for climates around the world; tour the Kibbutz and surrounding area with its spectacular views of the Haviv Valley and Israel’s narrow waist; and sample olive oil from Israel’s leading producer, Masik, on the Kibbutz.
Check into the hotel.
A free evening to sample, again, the excitement of Tel Aviv after dark with dinner (on own account). Don't forget, whether you'll strolling along the promenade and the refurbished port or hanging out the restaurants, cafes and bars.
OvernightDavid Intercontinental, Tel Aviv
THE MOSAIC OF THE FIRST HEBREW CITYThursday, June 23, 2022
Option 1: 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 2: I Like Bike: Tel Aviv’s waterfront is one of the city’s most beautiful areas. It’s even more fun on two wheels, so we’ll take to our bikes and cruise along the coast from the Jaffa Port to the Charles Clore Park with sights and stories of the city along the way.
All: Special program with the Institute for the Advancement of Education in Tel Aviv-Jaffa (“The Jaffa Institute”), a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency, established in order to assist thousands of severely disadvantaged children and their families.
Ethnic Tasting Tour: Eat, drink and learn at Levinsky Market, where we’ll sample food, sweets and spices from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East and try to figure out what is Israeli about Israeli food. This ethnic tasting tour can double up 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.
Return to the hotel.
Option 1: The US - Israel Relationship: Origins, Present and Future: Briefing with Major (Res.) Dan Feferman, a fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a leading think-tank focusing on issues of importance to Israel and the Jewish people, and a former foreign policy and national security analyst, strategist and adviser in the IDF.
Option 2: Enjoy the rest of the afternoon crashing the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
OvernightDavid Intercontinental, Tel Aviv
FOUNDATIONS OF CITY & STATEFriday, June 24, 2022
Option 1: Neve Zedek was one of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods as the city grew outside of Jaffa. Stroll through this stylish area with its boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel's world-class home of contemporary dance.
Option 2: Stylish Scavengers: Cryptic clues and madcap missions will let you to discover, on this scavenger hunt in Neve Zedek, why one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhoods feels so young and cool.
Stop by the famous Anita ice cream parlor and buy the scoop of your choice.
All: 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.
Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market.
Return to the hotel.
Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Israeli (location TBD). As the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds welcoming Shabbat through prayer, song, and joy.
Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
OvernightDavid Intercontinental, Tel Aviv
CREATING MEMORIES FOR GENERATIONS TO COMESaturday, June 25, 2022
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.
Enjoy lunch at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors, and tastes of this renovated historical Templars town, explore the range of cuisine – from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.
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.
Return to the hotel and enjoy free time to prepare for your journey back home, with dinner on own.
Three Stars in the Israeli Sky: At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Late check out of the hotel, transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport, and check into your flight home.
9 nights' accommodations, including portage at the hotels.
Guaranteed late check-out on day of departure.
10 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 5 dinners.
10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
Mineral water during all touring days.
1 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
Hostess (when included in the package):$4 per participant per day or a minimum of $100 per day total
The small print
Rates: Rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of
40 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.