Dan Tours is proud to offer our 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.
12 days Tour
Winter Break Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah Experience
December 20 – 31, 2020
Eilat and Tel Aviv and other extensions are optional
DAY 1: Sunday
Dec 20 – Israel here we come!
Depart on your flight to Israel and begin an unforgettable journey.
Day 2 – Monday
Welcome to Israel
Welcome to Israel! Arrive at Ben Gurion where you will be met and assisted for your transfer to the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city.
Take some time to refresh after the flight or walk along the promenade, enjoying the Mediterranean Sea breeze and feeling the city’s vibe.
Evening: Meet your guide and enjoy the welcome delicious dinner at the Carlton Hotel. (D)
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel- Aviv
Day 3 – Tuesday
Tel Aviv Area
After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, drive to Machon Ayalon, a secretive bullet factory established by the Haganah underground movement in 1945. As the largest bullet factory during that time, it produced 2.23 million bullets between 1946- 1948, while keeping the secret from the ruling British military.
Continue to Neot Kedumim, an eco-tourism site and a “living museum” that recreates the physical setting of the Bible, in all its depth and detail. Here you will have the opportunity to plant a tree in the soil of Israel.
Drive back to Jaffa to explore the reconstructed Artists’ Quarter with its galleries and boutiques. We’ll head to Tel-Aviv’s popular Nachalat Benyamin, an open pedestrian Arts and Craft Fair where you will find a variety of hand made products as well as performance artists making this a lively event and definitely in Tel Aviv. Free evening tonight. (B)
Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel
Day 4 – Wednesday
Caesarea to Galilee
Drive to Caesarea, the “Dream by the Sea” constructed by Herod the Great between 22 and 10 BC and named after Caesar Augustus. Enjoy a tour of the rich remains spanning from the time of the Romans to the Islamic period: the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, the Crusader harbour, and Herod’s palace– all will be brought to life in a brand new multi-media show dedicated to the events and personalities who shaped this seaside wonder.
Then, head to Haifa; see the meticulous Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, often described as the “eighth wonder of the world.” Then proceed to a nearby Druze Village where we will learn about the Druze people and their way of life.
Continue to Mitzpeh Hoshaya’s Kfar Kedem, where the day-to-day life of this ancient land is recreated. Hear the words of the prophets as you thresh grain, spin wool, press oil from fresh olives and wine from fresh grapes, and take to the trail on donkeys. Leave with a Homing pigeon and send a special message back to Kfar Kedem as you release the pigeon on his path back home.
Get an adrenalin rush in the afternoon kayaking* in the Jordan River, and dare the 300-feet long zip-line journey, ending with a splash in the Jordan waters (*not in December). (B.D)
Dinner & Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Day 5 – Thursday
Galilee / Golan
Today our journey through the Golan starts with a blast. We’ll start out shooting range to test your shooting skills –this is great fun for all and a highlight of the trip.
Following this, we’ve arranged for a rare treat – subject to the political situation, we’ll visit an Army Base, speak with the soldiers who defend the northern borders and observe the life of an active combat unit.
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 sites to visit in the North.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a traditional Israeli dinner followed by an exciting jeep tour beginning in the twilight hour traveling into the darkness. Traveling in open jeeps, we’ll hear the sounds of the night and observe the active wildlife. Returning from this exhilarating ride, we’ll head for a cosy get together around a bonfire “Kumzits” to roast some marshmallows while we star gazing into the glorious Israeli skies. (B.D)
Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum
Day 6 – Friday
En-route to Jerusalem
Following breakfast and hotel checkout, proceed to Safed, the ancient city that was home to the mystics of the Kabala. Wandering the twisting alleyways, you’ll encounter tiny, historic synagogues and have an opportunity to visit the galleries of Safed’s celebrated artists’ colony.
Drive through the Jordan Valley, homeland of the Prophet Elisha, to Beit Shean. Visit the largest excavated Roman city in the Middle East that was home to approximately 40,000 people. See the Roman temple, artisan workshop, public baths and a magnificent amphitheater that is still used for performances.
En route to Jerusalem driving through the Judean Desert Road. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, stop for a ceremony of Shehecheyanu, a blessing that celebrates special occasions in thanks for new and unique events, while taking in the sweeping views of the Old City.(B.D)
Check-in at Orient Hotel in Jerusalem.
Traditional Friday night dinner at hotel
Day 7 – Saturday
Jerusalem at Leisure
Spend the day at leisure in honour of Shabbat. Consider resting or catching up with friends and relatives, attending a Shabbat service, taking a dip in the pool, or enjoying Jerusalem at your own pace. (B)
Overnight: Orient Hotel
Day 8 – Sunday
Jerusalem Old City
After another sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, drive to the City of David, an exciting area of discovery in the heart of ancient Jerusalem- home to many of the most impressive finds of recent years. A true highlight of the tour is a visit to the underground water system including brand new discoveries from the Canaanite Period. You might explore the cool wet Hezekiah’s Tunnel, or choose the recently opened (and dry…) tunnel which brought water to the city in the time of Herod.
Continue to the Southern Wall Archaeological Park (Davidson Centre) and experience a fascinating presentation describing the Temple Mount and life as it was two millennia ago. Arrive at the Kotel – the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, and finish the day’s adventure walking back in time through the Western Wall (Rabbinical) Tunnels, a fantastic route running under the Old City.
Return to the hotel and Meet with the Rabbi for a final rehearsal before the big day…
Special Dinner: drive to Genesis Land (Eretz Beresheet), located in the heart of Judean Desert.
Have a chance to experience life as it was in biblical times. You will be greeted by Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, and by a train of camels which lead you down to Abraham’s tent, where you will have the “Hafla”, local dinner. (B.D)
Overnight: Orient Hotel in Jerusalem
Day 9 – Monday
Masada, the Dead Sea – Ceremony Day
The big day is here and we’ve made sure that it’s everything you hoped for and more.
Following breakfast at the hotel, descend through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Planet earth, continuing straight to Masada . Ascend the mountain by Cable Car to this last stronghold of the Zealots who chose death rather than surrendering to the Roman Legion in the Jewish Revolt against Rome some 2000 years ago. Masada is not declared a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”. Join the Rabbi for the Bat/Bat Mitzvah service at a select location overlooking the Dead Sea and the Mountains of Moab. After, tour Herod’s Palace, the synagogue, the bath house, the water system and the fascinating storage rooms. Descend Masada and drive to one of the hotels at the Dead Sea for lunch and swim; float effortlessly in the therapeutic mineral-rich waters before proceeding to Ein Gedi for a hike through this beautiful oasis to the spectacular waterfalls—a perfect family day to remember.
Return to Jerusalem and get ready this evening for the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum. (B.L)
Overnight: Orient Hotel Jerusalem
Day 10 – Tuesday
Jerusalem New City
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then, take a short drive to Ammunition Hill and learn of the site’s epic battle between Israeli paratroopers and Jordanian legionnaires during the Six Day War – a battle resulting in the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.
Continue to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Memorial- strategically situated on the green slopes of Har HaZikaron (“Mount of Remembrance”). The museum tells the story of the Holocaust from a unique perspective by emphasizing the experiences of Jewish victims and survivors using original artefacts, testimonies, and personal possessions. Tour this sprawling complex and visit the Grove of the Righteous among the Nations, the Children’s Memorial and take part in a special “Yizkor” (memorial service) in Bikat Ha Kehilot (The Valley of Communities). A special program will be provided for children (accompanied by one parent).
Proceed to Mt. Herzl, the site of Israel’s national cemetery which is named after Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism, whose tomb lies at the top of the hill. See the burial place of Israel’s former prime ministers and presidents, prominent Jewish and Zionist leaders, as well as those of young men and women who paid the ultimate price to make the dream of modern Israel a reality.
Enjoy the Machane Yehuda Market and immerse yourself in the bustling energy of Jerusalem’s Shuk (market). Wander around the many local vendors selling delicious cheeses, pastries, spices, nuts and much more. Taste halva, ice cream and fruit drinks.
Tonight we’ve planned a Festive Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration in honour of the children’s hard work and the dedication they have shown. Enjoy a specially arranged dinner planned around the freshest of local bounty and live entertainment (subject to group size). It will be a night to remember. (B.D)
Overnight: Orient Hotel Jerusalem.
Day 11 – Wednesday
Following breakfast and hotel checkout, head to Tel Maresha in the area of Beit Guvrin, ancestral home of King Herod, and participate in an archaeological dig. This hands-on experience includes digging, sifting, pottery examination and a tour in Beit Guvrin National Park with an exciting crawl through unexcavated cave systems.
Continue to Yad LaShiryon at Latrun, Israel’s official memorial site for fallen soldiers from the armoured corps with an open-air museum, featuring more than 200 tanks and military vehicles dating back to WWI. Explore the museum and learn of its location, which was a major battle ground during the War of Independence.
Back to hotel to refresh before farewell dinner
For those who have midnight flight, a departure transfer will be arranged
For others, drive back to hotel Orient in Jerusalem for the last overnight . (B.D)
Day 12 – Thursday
Return to Canada
Unfortunately, our journey has come to an end…
Check-out from hotel and have a transfer to the airport for your international departure flight. B
Hotel Accommodations: Deluxe
Tel Aviv – Carlton – (Premium Sea View)
Jerusalem – Orient
Galilee – Kfar Blum
Eilat – Isrotel Royal Beach
Please note that the itinerary or even accommodations could change according to conditions.
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.
Payments:Partial payments can be made in Israel Bonds! Credit cards are accepted for all deposits, payments for the tour, insurance and air transportation.
Registration: 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!!
Pre and Post tour nights in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem are available at special rates
Airport transfers are included on the scheduled tour dates. Passengers arriving earlier and departing later will receive transfers if pre and post hotels are booked by Peerless
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.
Old City special tour
New Herodian Excavations
The City of David
The Rabbinical Tunnel
Camel ride at Genesis Land
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
Special Shehecheyanu Welcome in Jerusalem
Mount Ben Tal observation point
Army base visit.
Meeting families and making memories that last a Lifetime.
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
Welcome & Farewell Dinners
Dinners on all touring days except for one
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Dinner Party
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
And many more surprises…..
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)
(B)Breakfast (L)Lunch (D)Dinner