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THE ULTIMATE “ALL INCLUSIVE” BAR/BAT MITZVAH EXPERIENCE

MARCH Break - 08 to 19, 2012
Prices on request

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner) 

DAY 1:- Arrival in Jerusalem
Welcome to Israel! Eagerly awaiting your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, our guide will help you through customs and porters will load your bags onto our super deluxe, air conditioned motor coach.  We’ll drive to Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, at the gates of Jerusalem participate in a Shehechiyanu’ ceremony check into our luxurious, hotel in Jerusalem.   You might be too excited to relax and absorb some sunshine with the thrill of being in our land of Israel. During the welcome dinner, we will be briefed on the program. In the evening, walk through people friendly Ben Yehuda pedestrian street with its sidewalk cafes and restaurants. BD 

DAY 2:Old City of Jerusalem
This morning we drive to Mount Scopus for a view of the Old City. We enter the gates of the Old City into the Jewish Quarter and walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem, for a timely, guided, introduction to the history of Israel and region. Inside the Davidson Center you’ll see a fantastic computer imaging presentation of the Temple, continue to the Southern Wall Excavations, and of course, the Kotel – the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, the “Hafirot Hakotel" (the new Wall excavations). See the stores under the Robinson Arch. Get first hand information on all the new developments in the area, including the bulge created by the illegal excavations of the Islamic authorities. Visit the Rabbinical Tunnel along the Western Wall of  the Temple Mount, another monumental achievement of the ancient Israelites who inhabited Jerusalem thousands of years ago. In the evening we return to the wall to join the Friday night prayers, return to the hotel for a traditional Shabbat DinnerBD

DAY 3:  - Jerusalem
A free day to rest, explore the Old City, visit relatives, friends. Swim in the enclosed pool or participate in a walking tour of the Old City and the Citadel Museum. The afternoon and evening are free. B 

DAY 4:  – New City of Jerusalem
Today begin with a Tree Planting ceremony in Jerusalem. On to the new Yad Vashem the holocaust memorial for a lecture followed by a tour of the museum, Children=s Memorial, walk along the Avenue of the Righteous and Dead Communities Valley. After a special "Izkor" (memorial service), we proceed to visit Har (Mount) Herzle the military cemetery where Theodore Herzle and most of Israel's great statesmen are buried. After a stop for lunch we’ll visit the City of David that was the Capital of the Israeli kingdom. Learn about Jerusalem’s water supply in ancient times; walk through the water collected at the bottom of Hezekiah Tunnel and return to our hotel.
Before dinner time there will be a meeting and rehearsal with the Rabbi for the families, and individually with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah children (to ensure their comfort with the Rabbi). The evening is free to discover night life and the great culinary options this city has to offer. Dinner at the hotel.  BD

DAY 5:  – Masada/Dead Sea 
A pre-dawn departure to Massada.  We ascend by the new cable car to view the gorgeous view of the mountains of Moab and Dead Sea from this fortress which staved off the arduous Roman advance and earned a position as one of one hundred “World Heritage Sites” by the United Nations. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah service will be held in our shaded spot, ensuring everyone’s maximum enjoyment of the ceremony. You’ll have some time to visit the famous palace, synagogue, bathhouse and more, built here by Herod the Great.  We proceed onto our Desert Experience – a day of exceptional family excitement! 
We’ll encounter the desert Bedouins at Havat Hanokdim. A caravan of camels will take us for a ride through the desert where we’ll have a “Chafla” lunch, enjoying Bedouin hospitality. Return to the Dead Sea to enjoy dipping ourselves into the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, cover our bodies with black mud (good for what ails you!) and have fun. We stay at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight at our deluxe hotel. BLD 

DAY 6:– Enroute to Galilee
Begin our tour driving to the north.  Visit the Oasis of Ein Gedi continue via the Jordan Valley where we will stop at an observation point to view the Kingdom of Jordan and the Jordan Valley. Proceed to Beit Shean, to view the Roman amphitheatre and tour the largest excavation site of any Roman city in the Middle East. End the day at Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar’s shooting range to test our target shooting skills!  As the kids boast about who scored best. We check into our Kibbutz hotel, for Dinner and overnight. Those interested will meet with Kibbutz member to learn about Kibbutz life.  BD 

Day7:– Galilee/Golan
Exploring the northernmost part of Israel: What a blast! We begin at Safed the City of Kabala old Synagogues and artist colony. Visit an army base, a real Army Base – not just a museum!! - for yet another unbelievable experience.  We speak with the soldiers who defend the northern borders and observe the life of a combat unit! We Ascend by a cable car to Kibbutz Manara for a fantastic view of Lebanon and continue to the Banias Springs, one of the sources of the Jordan River, afterwards, we’ll proceed to Har (Mount) Ben Tal.  This stronghold overlooks the deserted Syrian city of Kuneitra and provides a breath taking view of the whole area including kibbutzim below and how vulnerable they had been, prior to 1967. Proceed to Katzrin the Capital of the Golan Heights.  In the evening we drive to Tiberias where we have an evening of fun and good food at Decks Restaurant on Lake Kinneret. Overnight in Tiberias. Overnight at the Kibbutz.  BD           

DAY 8:  – Enroute to Tel Aviv
After a bountiful breakfast, we visit Kfar Kedem a replica of a biblical time village to see the life of our ancestors. Continue to Haifa, Israel’s major port city. View the Baha’i Shrine and beautiful Persian Gardens and the Haifa Bay.
Visit a Druze village  for lunch and continue to Caesarea the most famous port city built by King Herod, visit the newly excavated Hippodrome and experience the new Multi Media presentation that depicts the history of this ancient city and with which you will have one on one “animated” conversation with the people who lived there two thousand years ago.  Drive south to Tel Aviv – our last stop. Check into our deluxe hotel for Dinner and overnight. BD        

DAY 9:  – Tel Aviv
After your delicious buffet breakfast, we drive to Machon Ayalon near Rehovot, the pre-state underground ammunition factory and see how the early Israelis prepared for battle under the noses of the British Army. Continue to the ancient city, Beit Guvrin for archeological digging at Tel Maresha. We sort through our excavated treasures then visit caves! In the afternoon – on the way back to Tel Aviv we visit the Carmel Market and Nachlat Binyamin promenade, have authentic Israeli falafel, mingle with the crowd and become part of this bustling life style. We return to the hotel to prepare for our traditional Shabbat Dinner at the Hotel.  BD 

DAY 10:  – Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration – Tel Aviv
Free in Tel Aviv to enjoy the sun and the sea. Take advantage of the vast activities this city is offering or visit with relatives.  Tonight, we will have our Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration dinner. Guests may be invited (must be coordinated in advance).   BD            

DAY 11:Tel Aviv & Back Home
This morning is free to finish our shopping and packing. At 14:00 we check out and get on the bus to visit the Independence Hall where in May 1948, the proclamation of the establishment of the State of Israel was declared by its first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. You’ll see the original documents and drafts created by the pioneer leaders of the fledgling Jewish nation and stand beneath an inspiring portrait of Theodore Herzle, in this, the room where history was made! Enjoy a city tour and see the “White City” Tel aviv was declared as a Heritage site by the UN for the many structures designed by Bauhause architects.  We visit the 4,000 year old port city of Jaffa, you’ll have a breath-taking view of modern Tel Aviv and the ancient/modern contrast of the two. We go to a restaurant for our farewell dinner and transfer to the Airport.BD 

Prices for this program are not available yet, as we await 2012 contracts. Please contact us so that we can forward you the pricing information as soon as we have it.