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FAMILY BAR / BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM IN ISRAEL

DECEMBER 20, 2013 – JANUARY 2, 2014

The best family tour offered in North America
Conducted and organized by the finest most experienced team
Great family activities
, excellent hotels and many meals are included
(Legend: B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

For prices, please click here.

DAY 1  Friday, December 20         Israel

Welcome to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Our representative will meet you after passport control and will escort you to your transfer. Transfer to Golden City of Jerusalem, the ancient and modern capital of Israel. We’ll relax and absorb the sunshine and excitement of being in our land of Israel. Later today, during our scrumptious Friday night welcome dinner at the Hotel, we will be briefed on the program.

Overnight:  Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem   (Dinner included)

 

Day 2  Saturday, December 21     Free in Jerusalem/Optional free walking tour

A free day or take a free walking tour to explore the Old City, or visit relatives, friends. Swim in the enclosed pool, rest before the tour continues. The evening is free to explore the culinary treasures of Jerusalem. Optional: Purchase tickets for the Israel Museum in advance. 

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem   (Breakfast included)

 

Day 3   Sunday, December 22      Old City of Jerusalem

Before entering the Old City we’ll have a historical orientation; then our guide will take us through sites to which very few have access!  We will visit the Jewish Quarter, the Cardo and the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem and the Kotel (Judaism’s holiest site –the Western Wall, in which you may place a note).  Visit the Davidson Exhibition to see a fantastic computer imaging presentation of the Temple.  We’ll see the Hafirot Hakotel (the most recent Wall excavations), Southern Wall Excavations, the Rabbinical Tunnel under the Temple Mount, the stores under the Robinson Arch.  Learn of the illegal excavations by those who are trying to destroy Jewish archaeological evidence of our homeland.  Lunch break at the Jewish quarter. Walk through the Bazaars and more.  If time permits visit the City of David including the 3D presentation. 

Overnight:  Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem   (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

Day 4   Monday,  December 23        New City of Jerusalem

We begin our day with a tour of the New City of Jerusalem. View the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) and the beautiful new Supreme Court building. Ride the Time Elevator, a multi-media attraction which takes you on a fascinating, three dimensional, simulated ride through the last two millennia of Jerusalem’s history.   We stop and have lunch and then proceed to Har Herzl Military Cemetery to pay homage to Theodore Herzl and Israeli leaders and heroes at their final resting place. On to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial, for a tour of its exhibits, Children’s Memorial and the Valley of the Communities.  If time permits visit Israel Museum. Before dinner the families will meet the Rabbi, and then the bar/bat mitzvah children will have a chance to rehearse privately in comfort with him.   

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem   (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

DAY 5   Tuesday, December 24         Archaeological dig

Early departure to the ancient city of Beit Guvrin for archaeological dig at Tel Maresha. We sort through our excavated treasures in the caves! We proceed to Latrun to visit the magnificent Mini Israel. At Mini Israel you’ll be mesmerized by the astonishing miniature replicas of all the major structures and historical sites of Israel, which make this country unique. We’ll then tour the Armored Forces Museum occupying the premises formerly used by the British Army during their mandate. This site was of strategic importance in defense of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem supply route during the War of Independence. Today young soldiers (and visitors) learn of those who preceded them here. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities as you and your children examine all the different tanks and armored vehicles that were in IDF service before we return back to Jerusalem and, time permitting, we stop on the way at the Scrolls of Fire Monument.

Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

Day 6   Wednesday, December25           En route to Galilee

Today we bid farewell to Jerusalem and head up to the North via Jericho and the Jordan Valley. We stop at an observation point to learn about the political significance of the Jordan Valley. We continue to Beit Shean, then view the Roman Amphitheatre and tour the largest excavation site of any Roman city in the Middle East.  Continue via the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, along the borders with Syria and Jordan. Visit Mitzpe Kfar Haruv from which we will have a fantastic view of Lake Kinneret and better understand the political complexities in this part of the Golan Heights. We drive to Golani Junction for a tree planting ceremony. Proceed to the ancient holy city of Safed; we will have ample time to visit the artists’ colony and the tiny old synagogues in the town where Kabala was “mystically” born. Drive to Tiberias to check into our deluxe spa Hotel.

Overnight: Rimonim Galei Kinneret Hotel, Tiberias   (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

Day 7   Thursday, December 26     Galilee/Golan 

Exploring the northernmost part of Israel: What a blast! We begin at Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar’s shooting range to test our target shooting skills as the kids boast about who scored best! Drive north to kibbutz Manara for a ride on a cable car that will take us to the top of the mountain for a breathtaking view of the Lebanese territory. On the way to the Banias we stop at Katzrin, the capital city of the Golan. If time permits visit “Kesem Hagalil.” We will proceed to Har (Mount) Ben Tal. This stronghold overlooks the deserted Syrian city of Kuneitra and provides a magnificent view of the whole area including the kibbutzim below, and shows how vulnerable they had been prior to 1967. Onto the Banias Springs, one of the sources of the Jordan River, where we will have a chance to hike around the site. We visit an army base for yet another unbelievable experience, speak with the soldiers who defend the northern borders and observe the life of a real combat unit! (This northern program and the visit – and the timing of the visit - to the army base is subject to change due to the political situation and the ability of IDF to host groups.) In the evening we drive to Tiberias where we have an evening of surprises, fun and good food at Decks (Israeli grill)Restaurant followed by a short cruise on the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight: Rimonim Galei Kinneret Hotel, Tiberias   (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

Day 8   Friday, December 27       En route to Tel Aviv

After a bountiful breakfast, alas, we bid farewell to the Galilee and drive west to Haifa.  View the Baha’i Shrine and beautiful Persian Gardens and drive through a Druze village where we stop for lunch and then to Caesarea, the most famous port city built by King Herod. We will visit the newly excavated Hippodrome and enjoy the new multimedia presentation that depicts the history of this ancient city, and have a chance to experience its new attractions. Drive to Tel Aviv, the modern business capital of Israel. We check into our deluxe hotel.  Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv   (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

Day 9   Shabbat, December 28           Celebration

A free day to enjoy Tel Aviv, a free optional walking tour of the “White City.” Tel Aviv was declared a world heritage site by the UN for its large concentration of structures designed in at the beginning of the last century in the “Bauhaus” architectural style. Tonight at 7:30 pm, we will participate in our Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration dinner party. Guests may be invited (must be coordinated and paid for in advance).

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv   (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

Day 10   Sunday, December 29            Tel Aviv

After a delicious buffet breakfast, you’ll start your orientation tour at Independence Hall, where the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel was proclaimed in 1948 by David Ben Gurion, who became Israel’s first prime minister. We will learn about the first steps of the newly established Jewish state. See the 4,000 year old port city of Jaffa, from which you’ll have a breathtaking view of modern Tel Aviv and the ancient/modern contrast of the two. You’ll want to stroll through the narrow, picturesque streets of this old city, view the art galleries and enjoy the special Mediterranean ambiance. After a short lunch break we drive to the Dead Sea and proceed to the hotel for a dip in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, cover our bodies with black mud and have fun.

Overnight: Isrotel Hotel, Dead Sea   (Breakfast and dinner included)     

 

Day 11   Monday, December 30       Masada/Ceremony/Eilat

A pre-dawn ascent of Masada by cable car to view the gorgeous sunrise over the desert 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. Then to Kfar Hanokdim for 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.  We begin our journey to Eilat. We drive through the desert to arrive in Eilat just before sunset.

Overnight: Hilton Queen of Sheba Hotel, Eilat   (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

 

Day 12   Tuesday, December 31          Eilat/Optional tour to Petra

This morning you are free to enjoy Eilat, and to pack. Participate in snorkeling and other water sports, visit the exciting Underwater Observatory, do some great shopping or just relax on the beach. 

OR enjoy an optional tour to Petra (at additional cost)

Tonight we have our farewell dinner.

Overnight: Hilton Queen of Sheba Hotel, Eilat   (Breakfast and dinner included)

 

DAY 13   Wednesday, January 1              Eilat

This morning we will have a half day tour to the copper mines of Timna and visit Solomon’s Pillars. Upon our return we will have a city tour of Eilat the city that borders two countries, and enjoy the special spirit for which this town is famous; undoubtedly, many names and phone numbers will be exchanged and many good-byes will be said.  Return to Tel Aviv late this afternoon by air and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your late night flight back to the USA.

 

Shalom and Le’Hitra’ot!

 

WINTER 2013/2014

 

Prices include:

  • 12 night hotel accommodation, as follows:
    • 5 nights at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem
    • 2 nights at the Rimonim Galei Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias
    • 2 nights at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv
    • 1 night at the Isrotel Hotel at the Dead Sea
    • 2 nights at the Hilton Queen of Sheba in Eilat
  • Daily Israeli breakfast and 12 meals as follows:
    • 11 dinners including: Welcome dinner, Farewell dinner, Celebration dinner
    • 1 Bedouin Chafla lunch
  • B’nei Mitzvah ceremony on top of Masada
  • 9 days of sightseeing as per itinerary on deluxe motor coach
  • English speaking fully licensed guide
  • All entrance fees to places of interest and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers with assistance for passengers who are joining our official group flights                                          
  • Transfers to local restaurants for included dinners outside the hotel as per the above program
  • One way domestic flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv
  • Porterage at the airport and hotels
  • Gratuities to outside restaurants and hotel staff
  • Welcome kit upon arrival
  • All taxes and service charges for foreign tourists in Israel
  • And much more….

 

Not Included:

  • International airfare: Flights are available from the US and Canada.  Please let us know if you are interested in booking our group flights.
  • Airport transfers for passengers who are not traveling on the official group flights
  • Services of a personal nature
  • Meals and drinks not included in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tour: Petra one-day tour from Eilat
  • Gratuities to driver and guide
  • VAT for passengers who hold Israeli passports (this also applies to passengers who have dual citizenship, with one passport being an Israeli passport)

 

Payments & registration: 

A deposit of $350 per person is required to secure space on the tour.  This amount becomes non-refundable 3 months prior to departure.

Final payment is due 2 months prior to departure

Payment is by check. For credit card payments a credit card processing fee will apply.

Credit cards are processed in US$ by our partners in Canada. Foreign transaction fees may apply and are the responsibility of the passengers

 

Insurance:  

Travel insurance is available.  To cover pre-existing conditions, the insurance must be paid in full at the same time the deposit is made.  Otherwise insurance must be purchased at time of final payment latest.

 

Passports:  

Must be valid six months beyond your return travel date. If you are not a US passport holder, please check visa requirements.

 

Cancellation Policy:

The deposit is refundable up to 3 months prior to departure.

Air tickets are subject to full penalty after they are paid for and ticketed

Land services are subject to 50% cancellation fee up to 14 days prior to departure and 75% 14 days or less, prior to departure.

                                                  

Disclaimer:

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