Ultimate Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah Experience
On this most comprehensive family tour offered in North America, you’ll be amazed, delighted and intrigued as each day unfolds. Meticulous planning by our team of experts insures a perfect blend of history, archaeology, adventure, action and just pure fun!
Join us for a life-altering experience you will never forget.
DAY 1: Thursday, March 7
Meet at the Airport, enjoy the farewell hugs of friends and loved ones, meet fellow travelers and board our long-anticipated Journey ….
DAY 2: Friday, March 8
Arrival in Tel Aviv
Welcome to Israel! Our representative will meet us at Ben Gurion Airport, facilitate our customs clearance and join us on our deluxe tour bus bound for Tel Aviv. On our way to Tel Aviv we will visit the old port city of Jaffa; you will have a breath-taking view of the modern Tel Aviv and the ancient/modern contrast of both cities. You will want to stroll through the narrow picturesque streets of this old city, view the Art Galleries and enjoy the special Mediterranean ambiance. Back to the hotel and prepare for our traditional Shabbat/Welcome Dinner. D
Day 3: Saturday, March 9
White City Tour – Sarona
Enjoy a leisurely morning walking tour to Ben Gurion Blvd and visit Ben Gurion’s home in Tel Aviv. In the museum you will have a chance to look into his private and public life with lots of books and pictures, all the items that belonged to Paula & David Ben Gurion are in the house. Continue to the Old Port of Tel Aviv, recently renovated and center of cultural life, bustling with restaurants. In the afternoon transfer to ‘Sarona’, the recently opened Historical center situated in the area settled by German Templers in the mid-19th century; which is now the new entertainment district in the heart of Tel Aviv. Enjoy the shops and cafes while learning about the Templers in Palestine as well as the architectural restoration work. B
DAY 4: Sunday, March 10
Tel Aviv and Archeological dig
After your delicious buffet breakfast (this may be the best one yet…), we’ll drive to nearby Rehovot and the Machon Ayalon, the pre-state underground ammunition factory and see how the early Israelis prepared for battle under the noses of the British Army – from past responses, this is invariably a highlight of the trip! From here you’ll head to the ancient city Beit Guvrin and the chance to join a real archaeological dig at the neighboring Bell-Caves of Tel Maresha. As we make our way back to Tel Aviv, we’ll visit the famed Carmel Market, the Nachlat Binyamin promenade, have authentic Israeli falafel, mingle with the crowd and become immersed in this bustling scene. We’ll get you back to the hotel in plenty of time to have a rest.. BD
DAY 5: Monday, March 11
Enroute to Tiberias
After breakfast, journey to the seacoast of Caesarea, the port city built by King Herod. The seaside setting and fascinating ruins make this special stop – the newly excavated hippodrome is the best-preserved in Israel. While here we’ll take in a new multi-media presentation that depicts the history of this ancient city, Herod’s “jewel on the sea”. From here we’ll travel to Haifa and the beautiful Mediterranean cost. You’ll see the lovely Baha’i Shrine and its spectacular Persian gardens; explore a Druze village. We’ll head to Kfar Kedem a recreated biblical village offers a glimpse into the daily lives of our ancestors. Overnight in Tiberias. BD
Day 6: Tuesday, March 12
Today our journey through the Golan starts…what a blast! We’ll start out at Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar shooting range to test our shooting skills-this is great fun for all and a highlight of the trip. Continue to Safed, birthplace of Kabala and home to wonderful, tiny synagogues and a thriving colony of artists. We hope to share a rare treat – subject to the political situation, we’ve arranged to visit an Army Base, speak with the soldiers who defend the northern borders and observe the life of an active combat unit! From this once in a life time experience we’ll head down from the heights of the Golan, taking in spectacular views of the area as we make our way to Tel Dan. A town that has seen many different occupants in the course of 6000 years, its setting in the lush valley supplied by the Dan River makes it one of the loveliest visit to the North. For a little excitement, its time get off the beaten path – we’ve got a jeep tour that will run us up the Golan Heights following the same route taken by Israel’s defenders when they took the heights during the 1967 Six Day War. As we continue on, we’ll pass through Katzrin, the central city of the Golan and arrive back in Tiberias. We’ll spend the night here. BD
DAY 7: Wednesday, March 13
Today, we head south…As we wind our way along the Jordan Valley, our first stop is Beit Shean, the largest excavated Roman city in the Middle East. Its magnificent Amphitheatre is still used for performances and the evidence of the earthquake that destroyed the city in 749 is most impressive. Our next destination is the enchanting oasis of Ein Gedi, one of the most important of Israel’s many nature preserves. Winding our way to the Dead Sea where our hotel and dinner await. Before dinner this evening the families will meet the Rabbi and the bar/bat mitzvah children will have a chance to visit with him and rehearse individually. BD
DAY 8: Thursday, March 14
This is the day you came for and we’ve made sure that it’s everything you’ve hoped for and more. We’ll depart early — before dawn, you’ll board a cable car and ascend the face of Masada to witness one of the most glorious sunrises imaginable – the ruins around you seem almost to glow…. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah service will take place in a special area, shaded and looking out over the great expanse of desert. Your child holds center stage and the setting could not be more appropriate. Following the service, after the photos, after the hugs, take time to wander the site – from the palace of Herod, the early synagogue and the remains of the Roman siege camps, this is a marvelous chance to reflect on our shared history. Departing Masada, it’s time to play… Eretz Bereshit (Genesis Land) and our Desert Experience, promises a day of fun and relaxation. Here we’ll meet the Bedouin – people for whom the desert is home — a caravan of camels will carry us across the parched landscape toward a traditional “Chafla” lunch. We depart the desert and continue to Jerusalem. BL
DAY 9: Friday, March 15
New City of Jerusalem
We’ll start the day with Yad Vashem, the nation’s memorial to victims of the holocaust, is an appropriate next stop. We’ll receive an introductory lecture, tour the exhibits and grounds and participate in a moving “Yizkor” (memorial) service. A short drive will bring us to Har (Mount) Herzl, military cemetery and final resting place of Theodore Herzl and many of Israel’s leaders.
The rest of the day we’ll celebrate the vital city Jerusalem has become. A visit to Machane Yehuda market – strolling the alleys of the market, taking in incredible mounds of spices, fruit and nuts, tasting locally – made halva, ice cream, fresh fruit drinks – a trip to the super market back home will never seem the same again. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. In the evening we’ll make our way back to the Western Wall and join in Friday night prayer – an experience you’ll remember forever. Tonight we’ll share a traditional Shabbat Dinner, conversation and maybe another stroll…. BD
DAY 10: Saturday, March 16
Take today at your own pace – take in the stunning Israel Museum, catch up with relatives or friends – for some, a swim and a rest might be just the thing. Tonight we will have a very special event – a dinner party (15 or more people) in celebration of the work and dedication of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah children – you are welcome to invite guests and we’re happy to arrange for them to join our “simcha”. BD
DAY 11: Sunday, March 17
Old City of Jerusalem
This morning we’ll head to Mount Scopus for a stunning, panoramic view of Jerusalem and gain a sense of the old city and the day’s journey. We’ll enter the Old City through the Jewish Quarter and walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main-street of Byzantine Jerusalem. As you stroll this ancient street, our expert guide will bring to life the people and the events of the period. We’ll wander through the twisting streets of the Quarter and arrive at the Davidson Centre where you’ll be treated to a computer imaging presentation of the Temple through time. With a short walk, you’ll find yourself in the centre of the Jewish world – we’ll explore the Kotel – the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, the Southern Wall and exciting new excavations revealing the shops beneath the storied Robinson’s Arch. The Rabbinical Tunnel, running along the western wall of the Temple Mount, will bring us back to today’s Jerusalem and a chance to relax and reflect. BD
DAY 12: Monday, March 18
Flight back home
You’ve packed a lot into this short time and provided the kids and yourselves with memories for a lifetime – it’s a long flight, but home is on the other end… B
Please note that the itinerary or even accommodations could change
according to conditions.
Deluxe category *
Tel Aviv – Carlton
Dead Sea – Isrotel Dead Sea
Jerusalem – Inbal
Galilee – Pastoral Kfar Blum
Terms and pertinent information: Air transportation is available from anywhere in USA and Canada. Airport transfers are included on the scheduled tour dates. All other dates are subject to a transfer charge. No refunds are made for missed sightseeing tours, missed transfers or unused hotel accommodations on tours.
Partial payments can be made in Israel Bonds! Credit cards are accepted for all deposits, payments for the tour, insurance and air transportation.
A deposit of $450 US per person is required to secure space on the tour and is not required for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrant (Deposit becomes non-refundable 90 days prior to departure).
Insurance: Insurance will be issued 90 days prior to departure to protect your deposits and subsequent payments.
Passports: Must be valid six months from the date of return. If you are not a US or Canadian passport holder please check visa requirements.
Cancellation Policy: The deposit is 100% refundable up to 90 days prior to departure. Land services are subject to 50% cancellation fee up to 14 days prior to departure and 75% 14 days or less, prior to departure.
Extensions:Special hotel discounts for additional nights. Special packages to Eilat, Egypt and Jordan are available!!
Terms and Conditions:
Dan Tours and Peerless Travel have gained an excellent reputation operating Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tours. In order to maintain this reputation we wish to advise you that minor changes may be made in the itinerary or the accommodations. These changes may occur prior to departure and even during the Tour itself. The changes are usually a result of insufficient space, changes in site schedules, safety and ease of transportation or the inability of the supplier to provide services to meet our standards. We will make every effort to ensure that any changes made to the Tour comply with our high standards. The terms and conditions printed on the back of the Dan Tours Brochure, apply to this Tour.
5 Star Deluxe hotel accommodation
Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
Exciting Comprehensive itinerary designed for families
Expert Licensed English speaking Guide and Driver
Assistance at airport upon arrival and departure
Welcome kit upon arrival
All entrance fees to places of interest and activities mentioned in the itinerary
All transfers on official group arrival and departure dates
Israeli Spectacular Buffet Breakfasts Daily
All Dinners included (except for one) plus Chafla lunch
All taxes and service charges in Israel
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony atop Masada performed by our English speaking Rabbi
Services of our office in Israel
Special travel accessories
Gratuities to all porters and waiters
Porterage at the airport and hotels
Gratuities to Guide driver
Services of personal nature
Meals and drinks not included in the program
Insurance (must be in place 90 days prior to departure – see our payment policy)
Old City special tour
New Herodian Excavations
The City of David
The Rabbinical Tunnel
Camel ride in the Negev
BM Ceremony at Masada
Rehearsal with Rabbi prior to Ceremony
Certificate from the State of Israel
Candle Lighting Ceremony
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration Dinner party (15 or more)
Jeep Ride through the Golan Heights
Hiking at Ein Gedi waterfall
Special Shehecheyanu Welcome in Jerusalem
Har Ben Tal observation point
Army base visit.
Meeting families and making memories that last a Lifetime.