Post Bar Mitzvah family trip to Israel

Suggested clients Itinerary: Day 1 – Sunday Arrive Ben Gurion airport on flight TBA VIP Airport meeting assistance Private transfer no guide to Jerusalem hotel Overnight: Tel Aviv (B) Day..

Suggested clients Itinerary:

Day 1 – Sunday

  • Arrive Ben Gurion airport on flight TBA
  • VIP Airport meeting assistance
  • Private transfer no guide to Jerusalem hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv (B)

Day 2 – Monday

  • After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the Old Port City of Jaffa (Yafo), just south of Tel Aviv for a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv and a sense of the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909.
  • Visit Independence Hall where we will listen to an audio presentation including David Ben Gurion’s moving Declaration of Independence establishing the State of Israel.
  • The White City of Tel Aviv (UNESCO World Heritage: Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine and was planned by Sir Patrick Geddes. The various architects created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context
  • Experience Tel Aviv with a unique perspective. Tour the White City and see first-hand the “100 years to Tel Aviv” biking the streets of Tel Aviv. Starting at the Tel Aviv port you will make your way through

Tel Aviv to Overnight: Tel Aviv (B)

Day 3 – Tuesday

  • Drive to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater, with its acoustic and theatrical sound, which was used for many performances throughout the centuries. A new audio-visual presentation brings to life the times of the Romans who controlled these shores 2,000 years ago. Today, it draws major venue attractions, for concerts and festivals. We will walk through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water to the city.
  • Then we’ll arrive in Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel for a Panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the beautiful Bahai Gardens with it’s impressive Temples
  • Then we will travel to the ancient crusader port city of Acco, the fascinating UNSCO town with new excavations 1000 years old. Visit the Crusader Halls and to see the underground tunnels and pathways.
  • Have lunch on our own in the Acco old city market
  • Next we’ll drive to Rosh Hanikrah to visit the famous northern boarder point with the cable car going to the amazing grottos
  • Dinner at hotel dinning room

Overnight: Kibbutz hotel (B,D)

Day 4 – Wednesday

  • After breakfast, we will enjoy a day of adventure and head to kibbutz Malikiye on the Lebanese border. A local guide will join the family to give an insiders view of life along this unique border by 4x 4 jeeps. We will encounter the IDF soldiers and have an opportunity to share some goodies with them.
  • Ascend Mt. Benthal for a stunning panoramic view of the Golan Heights and learn about the Geopolitics of the region.  You can also enjoy a quick drink on your own at the restaurant Coffee Anan (“Coffee in the Clouds”).
  • Visit De Karina Visitors’ Center, located at Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights. The Visitors’ Center offers chocolate workshops, for a hands-on chocolate making experience to prepare truffles, desserts and sweets.
  • End the day with a fun rafting adventure on the Jordan River.
  • Dinner at hotel dinning room

Overnight: Kibbutz hotel (B,D)

Day 5 – Thursday

  • Continue to the Mystical City of Safed (the birthplace of Kabbalah) one of the Four Holy Cities according to tradition with its Kabalistic studies. We will stroll through the narrow, winding alley’s, visit some of the beautiful synagogues and browse through the artists’ workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artists’ quarter.
  • We’ll continue our drive south to the ancient remains of Beit Shean. We will tour one of the biggest excavated sites in Israel. The Talmud mentions this city as being the “entrance to  paradise.” Visit the bathhouse and the Cardo.
  • We’ll ascend up the Judean Mountains and upon arriving in Jerusalem, we will go to Mt. Scopus which overlooks the Old City where we’ll commemorate our arrival to the heart of Judaism with a special She’hecheyanu ceremony, a blessing introduced for Jews to offer thanks for new and unusual experiences, and is typically recited at the beginning of holidays and to celebrate special occasions.
  • Hotel check in

Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

Day 6 – Friday

  • After breakfast, we’ll travel to Yad Vashem, considered the first and most famous memorial to mankind’s darkest period. We will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, commemorating the death of over 1.5 million Jewish children in the Holocaust.  Also the Valley of the Communities – a man-made valley in the form of the European Map built in remembrance of where over 5000 names of communities are engraved on the stone walls, each one remembering a Jewish community that was damaged or destroyed during the Holocaust.
  • We will continue to the Herzl Vision Museum, to witness “Herzl’s Dream”, an interactive tour though the life and times of Zionism’s founder.
  • On to Shuk Machne Yehuda to stimulate you senses with the aromas, flavors, and sounds of the Jerusalem market (including Shuk bites tickets)
  • Dinner at hotel dinning room

Overnight: Jerusalem (B, D)

Day 7 – Saturday

  • Day at leisure
  • Evening tickets included to see sound and light show at the Tower of David in the evening.(transportation on own)

Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

Day 8 – Sunday

  • Start the day at the holiest place in Judaism today, the Western Wall – “Kotel”.
  • Next we begin to descend through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, a most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the nearest spot to the “Holy of Holies”.
  • Visit City of David and see the newest and exciting excavations of Jerusalem during the time of the first Temple period.  Here we’ll also walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel which still flows with water
  • We’ll then walk through the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified after the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is the “Cardo”, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. View the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns.

Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

Day 9 – Monday

  • After an early breakfast, we will depart to the Dead Sea area. Traveling north we will arrive at the shores of the Dead Sea and descend to the lowest point on earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level.
  • On the way to the Dead Sea will stop at Eretz Bresheit and have adventurous Camel Ride in the Judean Desert and learn all about the surrounding area and its rich history
  • We will continue south to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada and ascend by cable car to the ancient synagogue of Massada and explore the ancient fortress. Here, was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. The Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva and chose to die as free men at their own hands rather than submit to Roman slavery. From the top of Massada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below
  • We will visit the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve. See the waterfalls at this Oasis in the desert, which is mentioned several times in the Book of Psalms, waterfalls, and discuss the biblical stories of King David hiding from King Saul. The combination of Ein Gedi’s abundance of water and tropical climate provides wonderful exotic plant and animal life.
  • Lunch is included at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. Cover yourselves with mud and enjoy the unsinkable therapeutic waters of this mineral-rich Sea. Relax by the pool or take a spa treatment!
  • Drive to Mitzpeh Ramon  for dinner and overnight

Overnight: Mitzpeh Ramon (B, D)

Day 10 – Tuesday

  • After breakfast take and exciting 4×4 Jeep Tour of the desert and learn about this amazing and beautiful landscape along with Bedouin hospitality.
  • Afternoon at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities
  • After dinner at the hotel, take a walk into the desert for some unique interactive star gazing.

Overnight: Isrotel Beresheet (B, D)

Day 11 – Wednesday

  • Visit the Ilan Ramon Visitors Center
  • Drive to  Sde Boker and learn about “Making the Desert Bloom”.  This is Israel’s Founding President David Ben Gurion final resting place.  Visit his Hut as well.
  • visit the Israel Air Force Museum.  The museum represents a huge collection of airplanes and helicopters, which were the part of standard equipment of the Israel Air Force, as well as those captured from her enemies.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv (B)

Day 12 – Thursday

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion airport
  • Airport check in assistance for departure flight


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