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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.Shari Robins will accompany you and your family on this journey of inspiration, education, and celebration.
  • Your first meal in Israel.Begin the trip on a high note with dinner as a group and get to know Shari 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.
  • 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.
  • Shuk Hapishpeshim. In Jaffa’s famous flea market, you’ll come across everything from clothing and jewelry to antiques and Judaica.
  • Neve Zedek. Everything about the area is eye-catching and different – from the magnificent buildings to the quaint boutiques, galleries, and craft shops. Neve Zedek is also home to the Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv’s dance center.
  • Anita’s Ice Cream Parlor. Sample some unique “only-in-Israel” flavors.
  • Carmel Market. There’s no better way to experience the energy of Tel Aviv than to join locals lunching at the Carmel Market, which sizzles with food options from all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Choose from one of our recommended restaurants and eateries, then use your Yamishuk voucher to keep even your pickiest ­of eaters happy!
  • Independence Trail. You will be enthralled by the walk down Independence Trailas you hear the fascinating story of Tel Aviv’s foundation and the birth of Israel.
  • 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 Institutenear Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. It’s a winner with all ages.
  • It’s been a powerful and action-packed day. Return to Tel Aviv for dinner and some family time. Check out some of our highly recommended restaurants in Tel Aviv.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Tel Aviv

  • 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.
  • Israel National Trail or Ein Hod artists’ colony – take your pick.

Option 1: Israel National Trail. Hike part of this 700-mile long trek – which stretches from Israel’s Lebanese border up north all the way south to Eilat on the Egyptian border – while listening to Shari’s stories about her experience hiking the Israel Trail. 

Option 2: Ein Hod artists’ colony. In the foothills of the Carmel Mountains, Ein Hod is home to artists working in every cultural medium imaginable. You’ll explore galleries and studios and talk with artists about their techniques and inspiration. Sculptor and painter Dan Ben-Arye will be your guide and you’ll enjoy a demonstration of how artist Lea Ben-Arye uses an old industrial technique to create modern wearable art.

  • GalilEat cooking workshop. You’ll be welcomed into the home of an Israeli Arab family to talk, over tea and coffee, about their lives and to join them for a cooking workshop. The Arab villages of the Galilee are famous for their food, including fish and olive dishes and delicious desserts like knafeh and baklawa. Find out the local culinary secrets and, mentored by your host family, whip up and eat a traditional early dinner.
  • Continue to the hotel and check in.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight: Hagoshrim, Upper Galilee
  • Hula Lake. You’re in for a treat. Hula Lake is Israel’s best place for birdwatching and is home to thousands of storks, cranes, pelicans, and flamingos. And for those with a need for speed, there’s bike riding and golf carting.
  • 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.
  • Picnic lunch. Drive to Katzrin, the “Capital of the Golan,” where you’ll stop for a picnic lunch in the olive orchard.

Adults:
Golan Heights Winery. Discover the world of Golan wine and hear the winery’s story, as well as a guided tasting tour.

Children:
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.

All:

  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • 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: Hagoshrim, Upper Galilee

  • Breakfast followed by checkout. Enjoy those incredible Israeli buffet breakfasts while you can. 
  • Inhale the mountain air, mysticism, and art in Israel’s highest city. Visit the synagogues that inspired famed mystics and walk the cobbled streets and alleyways to the artists colony with its galleries, shops, and studios. Create your own piece of Galilee art as you enjoy a hands-on experience with ceramics, soap-making, or weaving at one of Tsfat’s leading Kabbalah galleries.
  • 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 one of the city’s many overlooks.
  • Western Wall. You will head to the Old City and experience Judaism’s holiest site.
  • 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

  • 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:

Adults on own:

    • 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. 

 Children with tour educator:

    • “No Child’s Play,” which presents the toys, games, diaries, and personal stories of children trapped in the Shoah.
    • The Valley of the Communities, a 2.5-acre monument dug out of bedrock. Engraved on its stone walls are the names of 5,000 Jewish communities that were swallowed up by the Shoah.
    • The Sculpture Garden with its powerful and poignant artworks.
    • The Yad Vashem Synagogue which includes Torah Arks and other sacred items rescued from synagogues destroyed by the Nazis.

All:

    • The Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children lost during the Holocaust.
    • Memorial service. At the end of the visit, you will take part in a memorial service paying tribute to those who were lost.  
    • The Biblical Zoo. You don’t need to love animals to love this zoo with its stunning grounds and incredible views of Jerusalem Hills all around you. Of course, if you are an animal lover, you will be in heaven. 62 acres of open areas where animals live, a petting zoo, and a train to hop on if you don’t feel like walking. The most awesome part, of course, is the zoo’s special focus on creatures mentioned in the Bible.
    • Time to return to the hotel and freshen up for your Shabbat in Jerusalem.
    • Kabbalat Shabbat & dinner. Join Jerusalem in welcoming in the Shabbat with services at Kol Haneshama community. After prayers, you’ll enjoy a communal Shabbat dinner while getting to know local members of the community.
    • Return to the hotel. Shabbat Shalom.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Free morning. Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore Jerusalem on your own.
  • Walking tour. 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 Shari 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Look 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.
  • Stroll along the Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem with its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
  • King Hezekiah’s Broad Wall. View the “Broad Wall” that was built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
  • Hurva Square. Walk through Hurva Square, experiencing modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Havdalah & reflections. Bid farewell to Shabbat and reflect on your journey so far together.

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.
  • 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

  • Ella Valley. No better way to start the day than a drive through the beautiful and historic Ella Valley and Tel Azeka, where the biblical standoff between David and Goliath took place.
  • Beit Guvrin Caves. Archaeological digs are another great way to get in touch with the land and history of Israel. In the Beit Guvrin Caves, you will be unearthing pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago. How cool is that? You then have two choices: to crawl – or not to crawl – through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth. 
  • Mahane Yehuda. Return to Jerusalem for a multicultural tasting journey – AKA lunch – in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Israel Museum. If you have even a mild interest in art, you must visit the Israel Museum. And even if you are not an art lover, still go. Its exhibits are so fascinating and eclectic, there will be something to capture your interest in Israel’s largest cultural institution. 
  • Farewell dinneratOlive and Fish. This meat and fish restaurant specializing in contemporary Israeli cuisine is a long-time favorite of Jerusalem foodies and families.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 SHARI ROBINS

Shari Robins preferred

Take advantage of the treasured opportunity to connect as a family with your heritage, history, tradition – all while having fun!

In our ten days together, there will be not only be new memories but new family conversations, allowing for a deeper bond around the Jewish holidays and a new appreciation and understanding of Israel and Judaism.

In my 27 years of guiding families, I’ve loved helping families connect with Israel and witnessing the transformation on the ground. I can’t wait to experience the same with your family!

Don’t take our word for it…

  • 9 nights’ accommodations at select hotels.
  • 9 days of touring with a tour educator (guide).
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 5 dinners.
  • Mineral water during all touring days.
  • Individual transfer and VIP assistance from/to the airport.
  • Portage at the airport.
  • Portage at the hotel.
  • 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: January 17th, 2021
  • 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.
  • MEALS: Are included as specified in the itinerary.  
  • TOUR EDUCATOR OR GUIDE: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour. 
  •  GRATUITIES INCLUDED: All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.