The Ultimate Family and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Experience
Including Bar & Bat Mitzvah Celebrations
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: Sunday
Israel here we come!!
Meet your trip companions at the airport as we begin our unforgettable journey.
Day 2: Monday
Welcome to Israel! Our representative will meet you at Ben-Gurion Airport to facilitate your customs clearance, and join you on the deluxe tour bus to 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 Carlton hotel.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel- Aviv (D)
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 Overnight at Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel (B)
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 Mitzpe 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, make cheese, spin wool, press oil from fresh olives and wine from fresh grapes, and take to the trail on donkeys. 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)
Dinner & Overnight at Kibbutz Pastoral Kfar Blum (B, D)
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.
Overnight at Kibbutz Pastoral Kfar Blum (B, D)
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. Check-in at hotel Orient in Jerusalem.
Traditional Friday night dinner and Overnight at Orient hotel Jerusalem (B, D)
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.
Overnight at Orient hotel Jerusalem (B, D)
Day 8: Sunday
Jerusalem New City
After another sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, take a short drive to the 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. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, experiencing Jerusalem at your own pace.
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. Overnight at Orient hotel in Jerusalem (B)
Day 9: Monday
Jerusalem Old City
The big day is here and we’ve made sure that it’s everything you hoped for and more. The Bar Mitzvah service will take place in the Southern Wall Archaeological Park (Davidson Centre) and experience a fascinating presentation describing the Temple Mount and life as it was two millennia ago. Following the service, after the photos, hugs, and joyful tears, take time to wander the site. Go ahead 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. 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. 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…
Overnight at Orient hotel in Jerusalem (B)
Day 10: Tuesday
Masada & Dead Sea
Following breakfast at hotel, descend through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Planet earth. First stop at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve where the landscape and climatic conditions have created an ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in the desolate desert setting. Enjoy an opportunity to cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of this unique oasis. Next ascend Masada by cable car, where the palace of Herod, the ancient synagogue and the remains of the Roman siege camps, offer a marvelous chance to reflect on our shared history. Descend Masada and drive to one of the hotels in Dead Sea for lunch and swim; experience will be unlike any other. Floating effortlessly in the therapeutic mineral-rich waters, covering each other in mud, relaxing together at the beach – all make a perfect family day to remember. Take some time to relax before returning to Jerusalem. Evening: Sound & Light show at the Tower of David Museum, a spectacular show that uses the walls of this archaeological site as the background for a virtual reality show that tells the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight at Orient hotel in Jerusalem (B, D)
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.
Overnight at Orient hotel in Jerusalem (B, D)
Day 12: Thursday
Return to Canada or extend your trip
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)
If there is a family of 5 with no Bar/Bat Mitzvah child a discount of $1150 will be applied
Applies to ONE Bar/Bat Mitzvah child per family of 3 or more
Bar/Bat Mitzvah child age must be 12 or 13.
Rooming for families that include Bar/Bat Mitzvah child
Couple, 1 double room – pays for 2 persons
Family of 3 – 1 triple room – pays for 2 persons – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child is FREE
Family of 4 – 2 double rooms – pays for 3 persons – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child is FREE
Family of 5 – 1 double and 1 triple room – pays for 4 persons – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child is FREE
No discounts for other children
Maximum one FREE Bar/Bat Mitzvah child per family
No additional discounts apply for non-Bar/Bat Mitzvah children in rooms above
Extensions available in Tel Aviv or to Eilat with Optional Petra Day Tour for either Pre or Post the Tour dates
5 Star Deluxe hotel accommodation and Kibbutz Experience
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
Airport transfers on official group arrival and departure dates and for those who book pre and post tour hotels
Israeli Spectacular Buffet Breakfasts Daily
7 Dinners plus Chafla lunch
All taxes and service charges in Israel
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony at the Archaeological Garden at the south wall in Jerusalem 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…
Israeli Buffet Breakfast Daily
Welcome Dinner in Tel Aviv
A Bedouin “Chafla” dinner at Genesis Land
Lunch at a Dead Sea Spa Hotel
Shabbat dinner in Jerusalem
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gala Dinner
Kibbutz Dinner in the Galilee
BBQ dinner in the Galilee
Farewell dinner in Jerusalem
(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner