Jewish family tours
by the family vacation experts
@ da’at educational expeditions
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Along with other families, engage with history and heritage, tradition and culture. Come to an appreciation that Israel is both old and new, anchored in the past even while reaching for the stars.

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The birth of the State in Tel Aviv will set the story in motion. Ancient ruins of Caesarea, the modern development of the kibbutz, incredible stories of heroism and beautiful nature reserves along the slopes of the Golan will both blur and focus, to create an amazing picture. Wine, chocolate, Crusader fortresses and the interesting culture of the Druze all materialize before the trip is even half-way over. The alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem, Shabbat dinner with Israeli soldiers, painful memories of the Holocaust and powerful stories of Masada, not to mention a really cool archaeological dig, make this the trip of a lifetime. Adding to this, just a short flight away is the beachfront town of Eilat, and a gateway to the desert marvels of the ancient city of Petra, nestled deep in the mountains of neighboring Jordan.


Needless to say, your tour educator will engage your family with all the dynamic history, culture, and cuisine that Israel has to offer.


But being on our unique family tour you will also…

  • Take a jeep tour climbing the Golan Heights
  • Engage in a special family program in Tsfat
  • Enjoy dinner in a Druze home for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt in the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Overload your senses with a tasting tour in the Machaneh Yehudah open-air market
  • Ride a camel through the desert in Biblical style
  • Take part in an active archaeological dig in the Beit Guvrin Caves
  •  Have the opportunity to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service atop Masada, at the ancient synagogue of Ein Gedi, at the Southern Wall of Jerusalem's Old City, or at a view-point overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem


Tour Includes

  • 11 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English-speaking tour guide
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Round-trip domestic flights Tel Aviv-Eilat-Tel Aviv
  • Day-trip to Petra including all border fees
  • Meals: daily breakfast, & 5 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels




Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday
ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL

  • Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • 5:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Opening family orientation with your tour educator.
  • Welcome to Tel Aviv: Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Enjoy a Middle Eastern-style welcome dinner in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter.
  • Return to the hotel or stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City.' 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Tuesday
ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the hotel.
  • Introduction and special visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben-Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian street, with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists, and continue on to the colorful Carmel Market and then to Shenkin, one of Israel's most avant-garde streets.
  • Depart Tel Aviv, driving north along the coastal plain.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the 900-year-old Crusader city built on the same site.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Four: Wednesday
NATURE AND SECURITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Walk through 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.
  • Take a jeep tour climbing the Golan Heights in the footsteps of IDF soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Wine-tasting at a winery in the Golan Heights, OR enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory in Ein Zivan.
  • Cross the Golan Plateau to the border with Syria, overlooking the abandoned town of Kuneitra and the United Nations outpost nearby.
  • Between May to September: Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River. (Water shoes recommended.)
  • Between October to April: Visit the Hula Nature Reserve and the Ophoria Interactive Experience, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Adults: Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with a second-generation kibbutz member.
  • Children: Active walk around the kibbutz.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Thursday
THE GALILEE AND THE CARMEL

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Check out and depart the kibbutz.
  • LaDa'at Families in Tsfat - Find your way through the alley ways of Tsfat, uncovering hidden words, secret codes and mystical messages on a family scavenger hunt through the Old City of the ancient Kabbalists.
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottos, carved out of the soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, and a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The restored Crusaders' City
    •   The Al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
  • Continue to Haifa and check into the hotel.
  • Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home hospitality dinner.

Overnight: Haifa 

Day Six: Friday
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the hotel
  • Stop on top of Mount Carmel for a scenic overlook of Haifa Bay and view the Baha'i Gardens and Shrine, one of the holiest sites of the Baha'i religion.
  • Depart for Jerusalem, driving along the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop at Mount Scopus for an overview of the city and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Stop for lunch on own and then proceed to the Old City for a scavenger hunt in the Jewish Quarter, followed by 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 and how they live alongside each other
    • 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
  • Take time to pay respects at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a synagogue of your choice.
  • Shabbat dinner at Beit Shmuel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday
SHABBAT IN ISRAEL | no guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Bar/Bat Mitzvah service at the Southern Wall or at a viewpoint overlooking the Old City. (Supplemental cost).
  • Lunch on own.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Old City Ramparts for a walk along the ancient walls of the city. 
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city's history - with observation points and visual and audio-visual aids - from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
    • The renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, 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.
    • Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a very contemporary shopping area with a whiff of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
    • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem 

Day Eight: Sunday
HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY JERUSALEM

  • Walkabout Jerusalem - Integrate wellness and fitness into your trip experience with an athletic trainer in Liberty Bell Park.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through the newly renovated Yad Vashem complex, the National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, including the new Historical Museum, the Children's Memorial, and a memorial service.  

OR

  • Younger children (ages 10 and under): Visit the Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna.
  • Take an ethnic, cultural and tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market; enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes as well as the stories and personal interactions with shopkeepers who add so much to this colorful experience.
  • Return to the Old City to visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Israeli Society @ 2016: Dialogue with an academic scholar.
  • Enjoy dinner on own at a restaurant of your choice.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday
JEWISH STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend towards the Dead Sea Basin, stopping en route for a Camel Ride through the desert in Biblical style.
  • Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Optional Bar/Bat Mitzvah service atop Masada or at the Ein Gedi ancient synagogue. (Supplemental cost).
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Experience weightlessness as you float in the super-saline Dead Sea.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Tuesday
DIGGING FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Visit Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Meet them in their workshop and visit their shop which proudly presents their beautiful wares.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute, near Rehovot, for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Take part in an active dig in the Beit Guvrin Caves, and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth.
  • Transfer to Sde Dov Airport for a domestic flight to Eilat.
  • Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Eilat

Day Eleven: Wednesday
EILAT AND PETRA | no guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day at leisure to explore Eilat on your own.
  • OR
  • Guided day tour of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in Jordan, recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Lunch is included. (Supplemental cost for Petra package.)
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Eilat

Day Twelve: Thursday
EILAT TO TEL AVIV | no guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Eilat Airport to check in for the flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Upon arrival at Sde Dov Airport, transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Thirteen: Friday
RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to Ben-Gurion Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants. 
  • 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 educator are included.  
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour 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. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin (not full- or queen-size) beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach. Please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.



Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. 
  • Supplemental cost for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony (to be advised upon request).                
  • Petra day tour.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants):
      • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
        $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator & $5 per participant per day for the driver  
      • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
        $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator & $4 per participant per day for the driver
         


    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S., you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures: Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.






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