DAY 1 Sunday FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Prepare yourself for an amazing experience as you board your overnight jet flight to Tel Aviv. Dinner will be served as you fly over the Atlantic Ocean. Six back and relax as you prepare for this exciting adventure.
DAY 2 Monday ARRIVAL TEL AVIV / JERUSALEM
“Bruchim Habaim” and welcome to Israel. You will be warmly greeted by our agents at the airport who will assist you through customs and direct you to your local guide and driver who will provide a group transfer (available between 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) to the Holy City of Jerusalem. After you have checked into the hotel you are invited to join us in one of the private lounges of the hotel for a festive welcome cocktail reception where you can mingle with your fellow travelers and enjoy hot canapes and hors d’oeuvres. Overnight in Jerusalem (Welcome cocktail reception light dinner)
DAY 3 Tuesday JERUSALEM (OLD CITY)
Begin the day with a trip to the top of Mount Scopus, one of the few places from which both the Dead Sea and the Dome of the Rock can be seen. Marvel at your first panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade. Together with the members of the tour, we collectively recite the “Shehechayanu” blessing and toast l’Chaim to celebrate your visit to Israel. Enter via the Zion Gate which leads to the Armenian Quarter and walk through the restored Jewish Quarter passing the excavated Roman Cardo. At the revered Western Wall a specially arranged walk takes us through a newly opened 1200 foot long tunnel excavated at the time of King Herod used as an aqueduct to channel water to the Temple.
On our way to the Israel Museum we pass by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament where you will see the 5m – seven-branched bronze Menorah, the symbol of the Jewish people. Across the way is the modern Supreme Court Building, the highest judicial court in Israel. Proudly sitting on a hill in Givat Ram, the Israel Museum was founded in 1965.The white domed Shrine of the Book represents the lids of the jars in which the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found near Qumran. Across the way is the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden, a unique blend of Zen and Western art principles. Marvel at the meticulously recreated 1:50 Scale Model of Ancient Jerusalem during the Second Temple period which was transferred to the Israel Museum in 2006 at a cost of $3.5 million dollars.
Later at the hotel join the Rabbi for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah rehearsal. Free evening dinner is on your own. Overnight Jerusalem. (Breakfast)
DAY 4 Wednesday JERUSALEM / MASADA / DEAD SEA (BAR MITZVAH DAY)
This is YOUR SPECIAL BAR/BAT MITZVAH DAY. Drive through the Judean Wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, some 1200 feet below sea level and continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada. An exciting 3 minute cable car ride will whisk you to the top to view the excavations of the Herodian palace, storerooms, bathhouse and water Reservoirs. Visit the ruins of the small Synagogue which served the Jews of Masada and the Beit Midrash (Torah Study Hall). Your guide will retell the harrowing tale of the 967 zealots (men, women and children) who chose to commit mass suicide rather than be enslaved by the Romans. Here we will meet our Rabbi to witness the joy of your child coming of age.
Descend by cable car and head to the Dead Sea. You are invited to one of the Dead Sea hotels for lunch & swim and to experience the unique sensation of “floating” in the unsinkable waters. Most facilities will be available for you and a spa will be available for the adults (at additional cost) to enjoy the hotel’s many spa packages. Time for relaxation before your exciting evening. (Don`t put your head under the water and don`t drink the water!) After our great lunch and relaxation at the Dead Sea we head to the mountains between Jerusalem and Dead Sea. A convoy of camels will be waiting to pick us up at the “Land Of Genesis” (Eretz Breishit) where the story of Abraham will be recreated.
In Abraham’s tent, enjoy Authentic Bar and Bat Mitzvah Festive Dinner followed by a Menora Lighting Ceremony and entertainment group who will celebrate our Simchah through the evening with dancing, singing, drummer circle and other surprises. A magical evening is in store for us. This will be an evening you will never forget! A short drive back to Jerusalem for overnight. Dress code: casual (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 5 Thursday JERUSALEM / TEL MARESHA / REHOVOT / LATRUN / MACHNE YEHUDA (SHUK)
Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves to take part in a 3-hour program of digging, sifting and touring Beit Guvrin National Park. Who knows what we might find on our archeological dig at Tel Maresha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Rehovot to visit the Ayalon Institute, a secret underground ammunition factory where you will learn of the bravery and ingenuity of pre-state freedom Hebrew fighters. Pay a visit to the Yad La-Shiryon Museum in Latrun (between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv/Jaffa) Famous around the world for its unique and diverse collection of tanks and armored vehicles, this is a `hands on` visit for the children as they can actually climb up on the combat tanks. This was the staging area for the Independence War. At the Armor Corps Museum learn about the battles that secured the road to Jerusalem which led to victory.
Tonight we will experience a new type of dinner on our successful program, we will travel to the famous Machne Yehuda market for a bite tasting tour a different type of cuisines will be offered to us exploring the verity of foods Israel has to offer. An experience you do not want to miss out on. Overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast & dinner)
DAY 6 Friday JERUSALEM (SHABBAT)
Our day begins with a somber visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust where tour members take part in a Yizkor service. See the poignant Children’s Pavilion, the new Holocaust Museum and the Valley of Destroyed Communities where the names of 5000 lost communities have been inscribed in the stone walls.
After an emotional visit to Yad Vashem our mood lightens as we visit Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem where it is happening, lots of locals are celebrating the coming of the weekend by spending time on this beautiful exciding and happening street of Jerusalem, Cafes, shops around to explore.
Return to the hotel in Jerusalem to dress for Shabbat. We are blessed to be able to celebrate Shabbat in Jerusalem. Your host for Shabbat will be waiting to take you on a “Shabbat of a Lifetime” experience which includes Kabbalat Shabbat, dinner and hospitality, Jerusalem style. Afterwards a short walk back to the hotel. Overnight Jerusalem. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 7 Saturday JERUSALEM (SHABBAT) DAY AT LEISURE
In observance of Shabbat Today is a free day, families can explore the Old City and the Jewish Quarter, one of the four quarters of the Old City. Or simply relax at the hotel. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Jerusalem. (Breakfast)
DAY 8 Sunday JERUSALEM / KFAR KEDEM / SAFED / TIBERIAS
Leaving Jerusalem behind we head for the Galilee and Kfar Kedem situated between Tiberius and Haifa, next to Tzippori where a hands-on experience will transport us back in time to life as it was in a Jewish village in the Galilee some 2000 years ago. Wearing authentic clothing, you will ride donkeys, turn wheat into bread and feast on a rustic Galilean meal. This is an experience not to be missed. Before we depart for Safed we will have a light lunch at the village.
Safed, one of the four holy cities is also the home of Kaballah (Jewish mysticism). This charming town filled with cobblestoned streets and lined with ancient synagogues and artists’ galleries, offers breathtaking views of the entire Upper Galilee. Arriving to our destination at our hotel, you are invited for our second wind of celebration in the north. Our chef will prepare an outdoor Potjie South African B.B.Q dinner for our families sitting around a Bon fire with a guitar player will pleasuring our evening with Israeli Mediterranean songs and dance.
If you thought we had enough partying and celebrating, mmm… think again, another evening under the open sky in the north with great food and entertainment. Overnight Kibbutz (Breakfast, Light lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9 Monday TIBERIAS / GOLAN HEIGHTS / KUNEITRA / EIN ZIVAN / TIBERIAS
Explore the geo-politically vital Golan Heights by a private jeep this morning. Travelling off-the-beaten-track roads, we will hear about the decisive battles fought in this area. In Biblical times referred to as Bashan, the captivating beauty of the Golan becomes more beautiful as you go higher. Stopping at an observation point overlooking Kuneitra and Syria, you will gain a meaningful perspective as to the significance of the strategic Golan Heights.
Now for some fun as we head to Ein Zivan to participate in chocolate making at the famous De’ Karina chocolate factory. Established by Karina Chaplinski, De Karina Chocolates has gained an impressive reputation as a gourmet chocolatier. Hear about the history and culture and take part in a hands-on workshop. (For the adults we will visit a winery and take part in wine tasting).
This afternoon is set aside for more fun as you river raft and zip line on the mighty Jordan River. Try not to get wet! Driving back along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s sole source of fresh water and a favorite vacations spot we come to Tiberias, once a Rabbinical scholar center. Tonight a special dinner with members of the Kibbutz and engage with kibbutzim on the principals of kibbutz life. Overnight Kibbutz. (Breakfast & Dinner)
DAY 10 Tuesday TIBERIAS / TEL DAN / DRUZE VILLAGE / TEL AVIV
We set our sights on the Tel Dan National Park combining a lush nature reserve with a Biblical archaeological experience with three easy hiking routes and a short wheelchair-accessible trail. At the heart of the park is Tel Dan, the capital of the ancient northern kingdom. The Dan River, one of the sources of the Jordan, flows through the reserve, its water coming from the snowmelt of nearby Mount Hermon. A wading pool offers a refreshing break. On top of Mt. Carmel, we stop at the Druze Village of Ussifiya for a traditional Druze lunch hosted by a Druze family and learn about these unique Israeli citizens. Enroute to Tel Aviv we will visit the ancient port city of Caesarea built by King Herod the Great about 25-13 B.C.E. Your short introduction includes the arched amphitheater and aqueduct.
In less than one hour we will be in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv with time to relax on the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. Tonight, you will be dropped off at Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv a seen you have never seen before in your eyes, Even South beach will be amazed. Time on your own to explore the great Cafes and amazing famous restaurants in the area where you will find different type of fusion food you can find only in Israel. We can recommend some restaurants nearby. Overnight in Tel Aviv. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 11 Wednesday TEL AVIV / JAFFA / TEL AVIV
The morning is at leisure to spend time with your family swimming at the beach or at the hotel pool or walking along the promenade or you can take our Optional “Flying a Powered Parachute” program. You will be transferred to Kibbutz Ga’ash where you will meet your trainer / pilot and fly with him for about 20 minutes over the Mediterranean shore and will be able to see Israel from both sides. (Ask for details)
Around noon time we will start our day by visiting the famous in door Sarona Market and you will have time for taste a large variety of food & cuisine only created in Israel. Enjoy lunch on your own from a large variety of different cuisine the market will offer you.
This afternoon moving on to ancient Jaffa where Jonah began his adventure with the whale. A perfect place for people watching and good food.
Take a short walk through the restored town before returning to Tel Aviv with its narrow byways filled with artist galleries and cosmopolitan shops. A city full of secrets, surprises and adventures. We finalize our tour today with the Independence Hall, originally the Dizengoff House, where the Declaration of Independence was signed by the first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in May of 1948. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at Goshen restaurant a five stars cuisine. Overnight in Tel Aviv. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 12 Thursday TEL AVIV / CANADA
After breakfast for those who book their return flight in the morning a transfer will be provided to the airport for your return flight home. For those who book their late night flight you have a chance to enjoy a free day in Tel Aviv on your own. You can check out from the hotel between 11am – 12pm keep your luggage at the lobby with the bell boy and stroll along the Tel Aviv famous promenade, have a great lunch at one of the great restaurants at the port of Tel Aviv just 10-15 minutes by taxi from the hotel. Return to the hotel for your transfer pick up to the airport for your late evening flight departing right before or after midnight. (Breakfast)
RATES & RATES 2018:
ISRAEL BAR MITZVAH TOURS FEATURES:
**Free trip for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child (ask for details)
Jerusalem: Inbal Hotel (2018)/ Orient Jerusalem (2019)
Kibbutz: Hagoshrim (2018) / Kibbutz Kfar Blum – Pastoral Boutique rooms (2019)
Tel Aviv: David Intercontinental (2018)/ Royal Beach hotel (2019)
YOUR LAND TOUR INCLUDES
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport by a local agent
- Escorted group transfer on arrival and departure
- Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
- 10 night’s hotel accommodation based on double occupancy at the above five star deluxe hotels
- Full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily with chefs standing by to take your orders
- The services of a Government licensed English speaking tour guide throughout (the services of a local guide only in Eilat depending upon the number of participants)
- FREE Rabbi Service on Masada and preparatory disc with Torah readings
- Porterage of one normal sized piece of luggage per person at the airport and hotels
- 10 Full days sightseeing as per the program including entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Machne Yehuda Shuk bites tour dinner
- “Shabbat of a Life Time“ dinner and hospitality
- A BBQ dinner with bonfire and entertainment
- A unique Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration & dinner (special event)
- 8 dinners throughout the 12 day tours
- 3 lunches 12 day tour (Dead Sea Lunch & swim / Kfar Kedem Light lunch / Autentic festive Druze lunch)
- Special gift to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child
- Archeological dig
- And much much more….
YOUR LAND TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Round trip airfare to Tel Aviv and return
- Departure taxes, fuel surcharge and airport improvement fees (subject to change without prior notice)
- Insurance – non-refundable insurance premium
- Single supplement quoted separately
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Optional tours not specified
- Early check in – late check out
- Any items not mentioned
- E. & O.E.