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  • 10 nights' accommodation at select hotel.
  • 10 touring days with tour educator (guide).
  • 10 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport.
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 7 dinners.
  • Airport portage is included.
  • Portage is included.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

  • Depart the US.

Overnight: Flight

Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Israel 101 - Our Thoughts, Our Journey: Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation for your trip by your group leader and tour educator.
  • Meet with a representative of Women of the Wall, leaders in the struggle for religious freedom in Israel as a preparation for tomorrow.

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem


Friday, February 12, 2021

  • Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet.
  • Together at the Wall: Celebrate Rosh Chodesh with a prayer service at the Kotel (Western Wall). We'll join with 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.
  • The Jerusalem Archaeological Park is a large-scale excavation that has uncovered vital parts of ancient Jerusalem. A particular highlight is to walk on the Southern Wall steps used by Jewish pilgrims to enter the Temple, 2,000 years ago. But there is much else to see, including Robinson's Arch, the remains of a major Second Temple-period street, and drainage tunnels used by Jewish fighters hiding from the Roman invaders. A museum, including movies and a 3-D model of ancient Jerusalem, add to the experience.
  • Reflection session at the Davidson Center.
  • Boxed breakfast en route.
  • 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 backgrounds provide a fun photo opportunity for you to dress up like Moses, Ruth, or a Temple Priest.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema (pending confirmation).
  • Communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants Kehillat Kol Haneshema / Adom, which specializes in wines and international cuisine, combining local ingredients and flavours with French and Italian influences.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Jerusalem


Saturday, February 13, 2021

  • (optional) Shabbat morning services at Shira Chadasha.
  • Hiking in the Hills: Stretch your legs with a hike that will take you from the tree-laden beauty of the Jerusalem Hills down to the Sataf Springs. Along the way, witness how ancient methods of agricultural cultivation are being revived in modern Israel.
  • Stop in the town of Abu Gosh, the hummus mecca of Israel, for an authentic meal based on fresh local produce.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Jerusalem


Sunday, February 14, 2021


  • 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.

Children under 10 with an adult:

  • Experience Ein Yael, an interactive, living museum, located on a 2,000-year-old archaeological site. Weave, paint, and try your hand at crafts typical of life in ancient times.


  • 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.
  • Diggin' for RootsGet 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.


  • Parents' night out: Explore downtown Jerusalem, including the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall and the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood.


  • Pizza and movies at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Pizza dinner for children
Overnight: Jerusalem


Monday, February 15, 2021

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before setting out to explore the Dead Sea region.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • B'nai Mitzvah ceremony at the Ancient Synagogue of Ein Gedi: Surrounded by the desert and at the mysterious, beautiful remains of a synagogue dating from the 3rd century CE, this will be an unforgettable location for an unforgettable celebration.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • The Last Stand: 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. Descend Masada via the Roman Ramp.
  • Are You Ready for the Desert? Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for the silence and stillness of the Judean desert. At Kfar Hanokdim, we'll experience desert life and hospitality.
    • How Fast Can This Thing Go? Accompanied by Bedouin guides, take a camel for a test drive as you ride into the heart of the Kanaim Valley.
    • Guests are treated like royalty in desert societies. Find out what Bedouin hospitality is all about as we relax in a spacious tent and are served tea flavored with desert herbs. There will also be a traditional coffee-making ritual accompanied by rhythmic drummers and an introduction to Bedouin society.
    • A Desert Feast: Our traditional “hafla” dinner will begin with Arab salads, thick tahini, spicy matbucha, and more. The main dish will be meat accompanied by Bedouin-style pita bread and mansaf, stuffed vegetables with yellow rice and lentils. Bedouin tea and coffee will be served with the Middle East's favorite dessert, baklawa and seasonal fruit.
    • A Night in the Wilderness: Feel the silence and darkness of the desert as we spend the night in a sukkah, a tent woven from goats' hair.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Kfar Hanokdim


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Desert Innovation: Visit the Arava Center for Sustainable Development and learn hands-on about the work they are doing to enhance sustainability and empower communities by supporting locally driven, environmentally focused development programs and methods.
  • Drive through the Arava.
  • Visit the impressive Timna Park with its audio-visual program, ancient copper mines, modern man-made pool, and many unique geological formations.
  • Check into the hotel.


  • Parents' night out: Explore downtown Eilat.


  • Pizza and movies at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Pizza dinner for children
Overnight: Eilat


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Option 1:

ROCKING THE RED SEA                          

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • free day to enjoy Eilat. Despite its ancient history, Eilat is a modern city and a growing tourist destination. Take your choice from Eilat's many attractions including:
    • The Underwater Observatory: Eilat's coral reefs and marine life make it a favorite haunt for divers. But this popular marine park and observatory lets you experience what going on underwater while staying dry. There are stingrays and sea turtles, rare and beautiful fish, and yes, an awesome gathering of sharks.
    • Kick back at the beach or get active and swim with the dolphins, scuba dive, take a cruise on the Red Sea, or, for the especially adventurous, go parachuting.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Eilat

Option 2 (supplemental cost):


  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • A transfer will bring you from Eilat to the Yitzhak Rabin Border Crossing where a representative will assist with passport procedures. After crossing into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, you'll be met by your local guide and driver.
  • Begin your 2-hour drive to Petra.
  • A Wonder of the WorldExplore the astonishing natural and man-made features of Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataean empire, half-built, half-cut into rock. UNESCO considers Petra one of humanity's most precious cultural possessions and has declared it a World Cultural Heritage Site. Despite being one of the most world's most famous archeological sites, the “City of Pink” still retains its mystery and its capacity to amaze. Our Petra experience will include:
    • The Siq: From the 4th century BCE, the nomadic Nabataean tribes established a kingdom that stretched from present-day Saudi Arabia to Damascus. They chose Petra as their capital, in part because it was easy to defend. Every visitor had to approach Petra through this winding canyon, known as the Siq, which is surrounded by 200-meter-high walls of stone. We'll take the same magical path and, along the way, see examples of how this area was also an ancient religious site.
    • The Treasury: This breathtaking monument, which was featured in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is the most famous structure in Petra. It was the tomb of a Nabataean king and was carved out of iron-laden sandstone. It is called the Treasury because it is believed that the Egyptian Pharaoh, while pursuing his former Israelite slaves, buried his treasures here. Whether that happened or not, this tomb certainly reflects the fabulous wealth that the Nabataeans secured through trade and taxation.
    • The Theater: This stunning theater was built by the Nabataeans, but when the Romans took over Petra (and the Nabatean Empire) in 106 CE they wasted no time in enlarging it. Carved out of the mountainside, around 8500 people (a third of Petra's population) would gather here to watch performances.
    • The Royal Tombs: Carved into the cliffs are more thrilling examples of the architectural brilliance of the Nabataeans. Among the highlights of these massive tombs are the colors and craftsmanship of the interior rock structures.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • In the late afternoon, we'll return to Israel via the Yitzhak Rabin Border Crossing. A transfer will bring you to the hotel.

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (for participants going to Petra)
Overnight: Eilat


Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Embark on a jeep tour to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater and stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the Carpentry Shop.
  • Explore the geological wonders of the crater on foot.
  • Rappel down the cliffs of the Ramon Crater.
  • The Old Man and the Desert: Visit the grave of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker. We'll discuss why Ben-Gurion, the “grand old man” of Israel's public life and the country's first Prime Minister, abandoned the political scene for life in an isolated Kibbutz in the Negev Desert, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.
  • Drive north on the Trans-Israel Highway.
  • Enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps.” A place of sun and fun, its centers of culture and history are complemented by great beaches, stores, and entertainment.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Tel Aviv


Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Dialogue with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign media.
  • 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.
  • Walk through Jaffa's famous flea market - Shuk Hapishpeshim.
  • Understanding the City Through Its Stomach: 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 our voucher system to create your own taste of Tel Aviv.
  • Calling Boutique-Loving Hipsters: Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv's arts and crafts market before we check out the hustle and bustle at the Carmel Market.
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Building a Community: Meet with Rabbi Naomi Efrat, the spiritual leader of Kehilat Halev, who sees her role as an opportunity to reshape Jewish life in Tel Aviv. 
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Halev in Tel Aviv. 
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel with teens from Kehilat Halev

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv


Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Farewell dinner will be at The Old Man and the Sea, a longtime favorite of locals for its fresh fish, seafood, and friendly atmosphere.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Tel Aviv


Sunday, February 21, 2021

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



Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: 12 October 2020
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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 cancellation 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.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
    Cancellation 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
      Cancellation fees may also include:
      - Hotel or supplier cancellation 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.
  • Hotel Accommodations: 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.
  • 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.


  • Petra touring day from Eilat: $460 per person including: Transfers to/from border, Visa and border tax to Jordan, lunch in Petra.
  • 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.
  • Water or 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

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