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Moments and Memories

Create family memories that will have you and your family smiling and laughing for decades. Enjoy a multigenerational Jewish travel experience to Israel, where you won’t just “see the sights” – you will immerse yourselves in the beauty that is Israel. Whether it’s through eating, cooking, culture, history, religion, spirituality, or adventure, this journey is certain to bring you closer together while meeting new people and making new friends along the way. We can’t wait to share our love for Israel with you and your family. 

Israel as a Family

  • Connect to Israel as a family
  • Memories that will last a lifetime
  • Expert educator who will become part of the family
  • Programming designed to keep all ages happy
  • Photo memories – capture special moments
  • Tastes and flavors you’ll never forget
  • Deep knowledge of Israel you’ve always wanted

THE DA'AT DIFFERENCE

  • Small & intimate group
  • Off-the-beaten-track activities
  • Access to gems known only by the locals
  • Authentic and raw experiences
  • Led by passionate staff and backed by a company you can count on

DAY BY DAY

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

  • You’ve made it. We’re so happy you are here! Our representative will help you get out of the airport as smoothly and quickly as possible, so you can head over to your hotel in Tel Aviv and check in.
  • Meet your expert educator. Hillel Meyer will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Ancient port city of Tel Aviv. 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.
  • Your first meal in Israel. Begin the trip on a high note with dinner at Maganda, a Middle-Eastern style restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter, and get to know Hillel and the other families on this trip.
  • Hit the pillow. You are still awake… somehow… but it’s time to get some sleep. Laila Tov!

 

Meals Included: Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

  • Israeli breakfasts. They are known to be so delicious and filling that it is unlikely you will be thinking about lunch anytime soon. A smorgasbord that will keep the cries of “I’m hungry” and “when’s lunch?” at bay. Betéavon.
  • Ayalon Institute. In a space no larger than a tennis court, 45 members of a Zionist youth group labored day and night and produced millions of bullets for Jewish defense forces all over the country. Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. It’s a winner with all ages.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and check out of the hotel.
  • Levinsky Market. Eat, drink, and learn at the Levinsky Market, where you’ll sample food and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This multicultural tasting tour will double as a delicious
  • Time to leave bustling Tel Aviv and explore what life was like 2,000 years ago in one of the Land of Israel’s most importance cities during the Roman period. Keep your eyes peeled for an ancient theater, palace, and bathhouse.
  • Upper Galilee. Continue to the Kibbutz hotel in the Upper Galilee and check in. Enjoy a dinner combining international cuisine with local flavors and the freshest of produce.
  • Basket weaving. Through the ancient art of weaving, discover hidden talents as you connect with the land and the people around you. In Salima’s Peace Weaving workshop, artist Sima Oren will guide you as you use natural materials to create your own unique basket to take home as a memento of your experience in Israel.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim

  • Paradise Springs. Who wouldn’t want to start their day in paradise? Paradise Springs is everything its name suggests and one of the places we’ll visit at the Tel Dan Nature Reserve.
  • Ancient Katzrin. Ever wondered what it was like to live during Talmudic times? Recreate life in the Talmud and explore the archaeological remains, including the partially reconstructed synagogue from a once-thriving Jewish community. You’ll be baking pita too. While we’re there, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch in the olive orchard.
  • Jeep tour. An amazing way for the entire family to take in the Golan’s natural beauty while learning about the area. You’ll retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles here during the Six Day War of 1967 and talk with jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Mount Bental. As you gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental, gain powerful insights into Israel’s geopolitical and security situation.
  • Dinner and dancing. Enjoy dinner at the hotel followed by an invigorating and fun dance session with Dance Israel, a unique initiative that offers exciting educational encounters and multi-faceted experiences through Jewish and Israeli folk dance.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Kibbutz Hagoshrim

  • Breakfast followed by checkout. Enjoy those incredible Israeli buffet breakfasts while you can. 
  • Tsfat scavenger hunt. Inhale the mountain air, mysticism, and art in Israel’s highest city. A scavenger hunt is a fun way for all ages to explore magical and mystical Tsfat.
  • Relax in the beauty of Tsfat as you enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafés.
  • Jordan Valley. As you drive south through the Jordan Valley, discuss the strategic and political situation in this area.
  • This year in Jerusalem. It doesn’t matter if this is your first time or you have been many times before, there is something magical about entering the city that is the heart and soul of the Jewish people.  
  • Time to say thanks. The breathtaking views of Jerusalem are definitely a reason to give thanks. We will say the “shehechiyanu” blessing at the Western Wall in the Old City and experience Judaism’s holiest site.
  • Western Wall Tunnel. Explore the underground continuation of the Kotel, and examine important archaeological discoveries that are revising our understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • Evening to yourself in Jerusalem. After checking into your hotel and freshening up, discover how the locals let their hair down and explore Jerusalem nightlife. A few suggestions:
    • 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.
    • Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast
Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Early breakfast. Then set out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • Genesis Land. You’ll get a taste of life and travel in biblical times as you take a camel for a test drive and ride into the heart of the desert. Afterward, see how you would have managed living in the wilderness during the time of the patriarchs and matriarchs with a biblical letter-writing workshop. You’ll use quill, ink, and parchment to write a letter in ancient Hebrew and re-create how our ancestors kept in touch before email.
  • Everyone’s heard of Masada. Well, now you get to climb to the top – or take a cable car – with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains. It’s here where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE).
  • Dead Sea. It’s the most awesome and relaxing sensation floating in the sea – your kids will be in heaven! Just be careful; it might sting a little.
  • Return to Jerusalem for an evening on your own.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast
Overnight: Jerusalem

Adults:

  • Yad Vashem. Be prepared for a highly emotional and meaningful experience today. You are going to visit the largest Holocaust museum and memorial in the world. Your guided tour will include:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where brave non-Jews are honored for their heroic actions which saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust. 
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display, where you will hear the stories of individual victims and learn about personal possessions that were salvaged from the ghettos and camps. 
    • The Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.

Children:

  • Tree planting at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, and gain insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem through birdwatching and bird-banding.

All:

  • Mahane Yehuda. Enjoy the unique local market atmosphere in the Mahane Yehuda Shuk (market), a great place for people-watching. Choose from one of our recommended restaurants and eateries, then use your Yamishuk voucher to enjoy lunch in the Shuk.
  • Time to return to the hotel and freshen up for your Shabbat in Jerusalem.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat is powerful and inspiring, no matter where you are in the world. But in Jerusalem, you will experience it on a whole new level.
  • Shabbat dinner at your hotel. Hope you’re hungry. Enjoy!

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Free morning. Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore Jerusalem on your own.
  • Meet in the hotel lobby for an afternoon walking tour.
  • The Old City of Jerusalem.Here is where you are going to be thrilled to have Hillel with you. The best way to soak in the atmosphere of Jerusalem’s Old City and Jewish Quarter is to walk its cobbled streets and alleyways.
  • Together, you will be:
    • Climbing up to the rooftops where you will talk about the complicated, often sizzling, relationship between the different groups and communities that make up the Old City.
    • Looking out over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed by Christians to be the burial place of Jesus; the golden Dome of the Rock, which is sacred to Islam; and the Jewish Quarter’s famous Hurva Synagogue.
    • Strolling along The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem with its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
    • Viewing King Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall” that was built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
    • Walking through Hurva Square, experiencing modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • The Old City Ramparts. Follow the ancient outer walls for a bird’s-eye view of the remarkably diverse yet closely bound communities of Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • Mount Zion. Experience the overlapping religions and the complexity of inter-religious relations at this site. Return to the hotel.
  • Havdalah & reflections. Bid farewell to Shabbat and reflect on your journey so far together.
  • Farewell 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.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US. It’s been an incredible journey none of us will forget.
  • Have a safe and wonderful trip back home. We are so thrilled you and your family chose to experience Israel with us. Le’hitraot. #WeDontLikeGoodbyes

ACCOMMODATIONS

Crowne Plaza
Tel Aviv
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Hagoshrim
Kibbutz Hotel
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Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem
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Why You Should Join me: Message From HILLEL MEYER

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Traveling as a family anywhere in the world is memorable and meaningful. Traveling as a family to Israel is not only an unforgettable experience but you are giving your family the ultimate gift: Strengthening your Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish homeland. I can’t wait to share with you everything I love, respect, and admire about this colorful and diverse country – from our people, language, and heritage to our nature, cuisine, and culture. 

Each family that travels to Israel gains something different when they come – a perspective and an experience that is uniquely theirs. What do I like best about guiding families? I am not just showing you incredible sights but I get to see and experience Israel through YOUR eyes. Join me for ten amazing days of adventure, fun, and laughter – as well as deep discussions late into the night, eye-opening encounters, and new insights into the Jewish people. 

Don’t take our word for it…

  • 7 nights’ accommodations at selected hotels.
  • 7 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
  • 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 5 dinners.
  • Portage at the hotel.
  • Mineral water during all touring days.
  • Individual transfer and VIP assistance from/to the airport.
  • Portage at the airport.
  • Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.
  • 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.
  • Snacks on the bus.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 20 participants and more: Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 – per participant per day
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 13th, 2020
  • Group 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 above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program. 
  • 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. \
    • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip.
    • 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.
    • Cancelation fees:
      • Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit.
      • Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost.
      • Cancelations made 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.
      • The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
      • Group airfare penalty fee.
    • Da’at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip’s webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.
  • 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.
  • HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
    • The trip price includes hotel accommodations. 
    • 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 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 Da’at 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.
  • GRATUITIES INCLUDED: All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.