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Winter Family Trip to Israel 2019

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* 10 nights' accommodation at select hotels

* 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator

*Family transfer and VIP assistance from and to the airport

* All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

* Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 7 dinners

* Youth Counselor throughout

* Water on the bus during touring days

* Portage at the airport and hotels


* 1 nights' accommodation at select hotel

* 2 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed,
   English speaking Israeli tour educator & Jordanian guide in Petra

* Flight Eilat - Tel Aviv

* Border taxes & visa

* 1 Transfers and VIP assistance from and to the airport

* All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

* Meals: daily breakfast & 1 lunch

* Water on the bus during touring days

* Portage at the airport and hotels

Day One: Thursday, December 19, 2019


  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Friday, December 20, 2019


  • Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 3:30 p.m. (Optional) Visit the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists. Continue to the colorful Carmel open-air market, and then to Shenkin Street, with its hip street cafés and eclectic shops.
  • Time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • 5:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services at Beit Tefila Israeli.
  • 7:00 p.m. Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv


Day Three: Saturday, December 21, 2019


  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience itself. Help yourself to a bounteous buffet.
  • Drive toward Rehovot.
  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the Ayalon Institute for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate. 
  • 12:00 p.m. Join the Etgarim Sailing Team for a short sail on the Mediterranean Sea. Etgarim is an organization that empowers and socially integrates people with physical disabilities through the challenge of outdoor and extreme sports (weather permitting).
  • Return to Tel Aviv. 
  • 3:30 p.m. Urban Culture Tours of Tel Aviv: Combining Street Art, Language, & Graffiti: Join Niro Taub, a local resident, to explore the urban culture of the city.
  • Free time in Tel Aviv.
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Chadar HaOchel (dining hall), a multi-cultural restaurant featuring Chef Omer Miller's interpretation of a wide variety of Sephardi, Ashkenazi, Arab, and Jerusalem-style dishes. Its traditional setting is reminiscent of an Israeli Kibbutz. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv 


Day Four: Sunday, December 22, 2019 | 1st night of Hanukkah


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Tel Aviv.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled in Ramat Gan. Meet with the director, staff, and children.
  • Drive north.
  • 2:00 p.m. Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Light the 1st candle of Hanukkah.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel, Golan Heights 

Day Five: Monday, December 23, 2019 | 2nd night of Hanukkah


  • Hike in the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great biblical city of Dan.
  • 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, from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. 
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists' Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios.
  • Light the 2nd candle of Hanukkah.
  • 5:30 p.m. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel, Golan Heights 


Day Six: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 | 3rd night of Hanukkah


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive south on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
  • Kinneret CemeteryEnter the world of the early Zionist pioneers and learn about their hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations, and their ultimate success. 
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit Park Hama'ayanot for bike riding, golf carting, and nature walks. 
  • § Drive south along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift, and west through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.
  • 2:00 p.m. How Fast Can This Thing Go? Take a camel for a test drive as you ride into the heart of the desert. The patriarch Abraham will welcome us to Genesis Land as we get a taste of hospitality and travel in biblical times.  
  • Welcome to Jerusalem: Enter the vibrant and colorful ancient city of Jerusalem and experience the convergence of the old and the new.
  • Upon entering the city, stop atop Mount Scopus to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Light the 3rd candle of Hanukkah.
  • 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. We'll be happy to make reservations and recommendations so that you can enjoy a night out at the ideal Israeli restaurant for you. 

Meals: Breakfast 

Overnight: King David Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Seven: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 | 4th night of Hanukkah


  • Proceed to the Old City.
  • Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter with visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them: 
  • A walk along the rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
  • King Hezekiah's First Temple-period Broad Wall.
  • Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
  • Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson's Arch, and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
  • 1:50 p.m. Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site. Then walk through the Western Wall Tunnelthe underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount. 
  • Chanukah - Ready, Set, Dough! Stop by a local gourmet bakery and explore the sufgania (jelly doughnut) revolution, from classic jelly to gourmet fruit and liquor fillings.
  • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area. 
  • 7:00 p.m. The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this nighttime show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.
  • Light the 4th candle of Hanukkah.
  • The City at Night: Israel's food scene is on fire with world-class chefs and a huge range of happening restaurants. 

Meals: Breakfast 

Overnight: King David Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Eight: Thursday, December 26, 2019 | 5th night of Hanukkah


  • 9:00 a.m.   B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony on the rooftop of HUC's Skirball Museum of Biblical Archaeologyoverlooking the Old City. 
  • Return to the hotel to change clothes.
  • 11:00 a.m.  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. 
  • Depart Jerusalem. 
  • 2:00 p.m. 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem and to the hotel with time to freshen up and prepare for the B'nai Mitzvah celebration.
  • 7:00 p.m. B'nai Mitzvah celebratory dinner at the Khan Theatre Gallery.
  • Light the 5th candle of Hanukkah.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: King David Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Nine: Friday, December 27, 2019 | 6th night of Hanukkah


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m.  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 an expert on Israel and the Holocaust.


  • 10:30 a.m. 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.


  • 10:30 a.m. Yad Vashem for Kids: Special children's/youth program at the Yad Vashem complex. Guided visits to the No Child's Play exhibit, the Children's Memorial, and the Sculpture Garden, with interactive programming, arts & crafts, and children's stories and diaries from the time of the Holocaust.


  • 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.
  • Enjoy free time to explore more of Jerusalem on your own as Jerusalemites hurriedly prepare for Shabbat.
  • Light the 6th candle of Hanukkah.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at various synagogues around Jerusalem.
  • 6:00 p.m.  Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: King David Hotel, Jerusalem


Day Ten: Saturday, December 28, 2019 | 7th night of Hanukkah


  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • 7:30 a.m. 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.
  • 9:00 a.m. The Last Stand: Take the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and 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) before committing mass suicide. 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • Light the 7th candle of Hanukkah.
  • 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.

Meals: Breakfast 

Overnight: King David Hotel, Jerusalem 

Day Eleven: Sunday, December 29, 2019 | 8th night of Hanukkah


  • 7:00 a.m. Together at the Wall: Celebrate Rosh Chodesh with a prayer service at the Kotel (Western Wall). We'll join Women of the Wall, leaders in the struggle for religious freedom in Israel, in welcoming the arrival of the new month with a service of joy and togetherness. 
  • 9:00 a.m. Engage in a dynamic family experience at the Kol Ha'Ot Art Gallery. Through the magical power of the arts and the special atmosphere of the location, grapple with Jewish texts in a transformative, interactive program that will leave you with a long-lasting family memory. 
  • Free afternoon.


  • Explore the wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its eclectic collection, ranging from archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish life and art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period, including a special children's visit to the Youth Wing.
  • 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at Chakra, where “food made with love” and a good atmosphere make for a delightful experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: King David Hotel, Jerusalem 


Day Twelve: Monday, December 30, 2019


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport and check in for your return flight to the US.


Overnight: Flight / King David Hotel, Jerusalem (for Petra trip)



Day Twelve: Monday, December 30, 2019


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive south to the Israeli Desert.
  • Stop at the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, located at Sde Boker in the Negev Desert.
  • Explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater while overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn, followed by a short hike in the Ein Avdat Nature Reserve. 
  • 12:00 p.m. Rappel down the cliffs of the Ramon Crater OR take a jeep tour.
  • (Optional) View the multi-faceted nature of the Ramon Crater at the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors' Center. 
  • Drive through the Arava Desert and arrive in Eilat.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Dan Eilat Hotel, Eilat  

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | New Year's Eve 


  • Check out of the hotel.
  • 7:00 a.m. Early departure for the Arava Border Crossing. 
  • Upon completion of passport procedures, cross into Jordan.
  • Travel through the Arava to the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea which was an important crossroad between Arabia, Egypt, and Syria-Phoenicia.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Return to Israel via the Arava Border Crossing.
  • 5:00 p.m. Transfer to the Eilat Ramon Airport.
  • 6:50 p.m. Flight to Ben Gurion Airport's domestic terminal on Arkia flight IZ1820. 
  • 7:35 p.m. Land at Ben Gurion Airport's domestic terminal and transfer to the international terminal.
  • § Assistance and check in for your return flight to the US. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Flight


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year


  • Arrival home.

Need to Know


  • 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.

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 or seminar.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total 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.

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.

The trip price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

Are included as specified in the itinerary.

All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.

All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.


  • Transportation in the 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 (unless indicated otherwise)
  • 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
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor


  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18)

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