Family Tour Bar Mitzvah trip for a family with 4 children ages 7-13

Theme: Landmarks, Walking, Religious, For children

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  • Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Israel
  • Jerusalem
  • Nitzanim
  • Safed
  • Sderot
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo
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  • Ben Gurion International Airport

  • 1

    Jerusalem, Israel

  • 2

    Sderot, Israel

  • 3

    Nitzanim, Israel

  • 4

    Safed, Israel

  • 5

    Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

  • Ben Gurion International Airport

Schedule

Day
Arrive in

Day 1 - Jerusalem    

 

Goldman Promenade

We will begin our day at a special vantage point of Jerusalem.  This particular spot is the best place to understand Jerusalem as a city, for in one view, you can see Jerusalem to the west and the Judean Desert to the east. 

 

City of David

The place where Jerusalem began.  Using the Bible as our guide, we’ll explore the city that King David turned into the eternal capital of the Jewish people.  Be sure to bring flashlights and water shoes, as we will be exploring the ancient water system as part of the tour. 

 

Lunch in the Old City

 

Jerusalem Old City Tour

 

Tour at Shevet Achim

Shevet Achim is an organization that brings children with heart problems from countries all over the Middle East to Israel for life-saving operations.  [If you think this is too intense for the kids, I can find something more appropriate.]    

 

Dinner at Israeli-style Restaurant or BBQ in Gan Sacher

 

Free Evening to shop/explore

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 2 – Jerusalem and its Surroundings

Bar Mitzvah Service and Celebration at the Western Wall

 

                        Western Wall Tunnels

Explore the entire Western Wall, learn about the history of the Temple Mount—the holiest place for Jews in the world—and visit the closest place we can get to the Holy of Holies without being on the Temple Mount. 

 

                        Davidson Center/Southern Wall Excavations

What was it like to be a Jewish pilgrim coming to Jerusalem 2,000 years ago?  The Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations is the best place in the world to answer that question.  We’ll walk on the very same road where our ancestors and the great sages of Jewish history walked, and, through archaeology, we, as modern Jewish pilgrims, will relive the experience of ancient Jewish pilgrims. 

 

                        Neot Kedumim

At this biblical nature reserve, we will learn to herd sheep, just as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Joseph, David, and Moses did.  We will also learn about ancient olive oil production, and stroll around the beautiful park.

 

                        Sound and Light Show at Tower of David Museum

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 3 – The Judean Mountains and Welcoming the Sabbath

                        Sataf National Park

We’ll take a short hike through the Judean Mountains surrounding Jerusalem down to one of the areas many springs.  On the way, we’ll wind through terraces used to farm the mountain landscape.  Some of these terraces go back nearly 3,000 years, and they are still in use today.

 

                        Brunch/Cheese-tasting at the goat farm in Sataf

Taste incredible goat cheeses at one of my favorite places in the country; a little goat farm within the Sataf Nature Reserve.  Certainly off the beaten path, if we’re lucky, there might be a newborn baby goat for us to see. 

                       

                        Castel

One of the main points controlling the road to Jerusalem, Castel was the site of one of the most important battles in 1948.  Here, we’ll tell the story of the battle for the roads to Jerusalem in 1948 as we stand on the ruins of the old strongholds and meander through the trenches. 

 

                        Shuk Mahane Yehuda

Take in the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem’s bustling open-air market—on its busiest day—as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. 

 

                        Prepare for Shabbat

 

Shabbat in Jerusalem

 

Day 4 - Shabbat

 

Shabbat

Experience a Shabbat in the Holy City of Jerusalem. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 5 – Judean Desert

                        Masada

What is the story of this nearly impregnable desert fortress that fell to the Romans in 74 CE?  Who were the people who lived here?  And why did it become such a prominent symbol in modern times?  We will answer all of these questions and more.  At the end, we will walk through the new museum located at the mountain.  

 

                        Dead Sea

The lowest place on earth, and what Pliny the Elder called one of the “three wonders of the land of Judea.” 

 

                        Bedouin Experience at Kfar Nokdim

After a long day in the sun, we’ll be treated to Bedouin hospitality, and then sleep under the stars of the desert sky (or in a Bedouin tent, if you prefer).

 

Overnight at Kfar Nokdim

 

Day 6 – The South

                        Bedouin Breakfast and Camel Ride at Kfar Nokdim

 

                        Susiya

What was life like for Jews in the Land of Israel during the Talmudic period?  Susiya is one of the best-preserved Talmudic villages.  We’ll see the synagogue, old oil presses, mikvaot, and explore the town.  We’ll also see a short video about the village, and about life here. 

 

                        Sderot

We hear about Sderot on the news.  Now we’ll see it with our own eyes. 

 

                        Nitzanim

One of the most fascinating, untold stories from Israel’s War of Independence is the heroism of Mira Ben-Ari.  Here, we’ll learn her story and see a monument dedicated to heroic women who made significant contributions to the Zionist movement. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem      

 

Day 7 – The Foothills

                        Dig for a Day at Bet Guvrin

                        For one day, YOU become the archaeologist.  What will you discover? 

 

                        Tour of Bet Guvrin/Maresha

                        After 3 hours of digging, we’ll explore the site that you’ve been excavating. 

 

Bar Kochba Caves at Khirbet Midras

We’ll tell the story of Bar Kochba, who, 1,900 years ago, dared to lead a rebellion against the mighty Roman Empire.  We’ll crawl through the caves where some of his supporters and fighters lived and died. 

 

                        Tel Azeka – Story of David and Goliath

Using the Bible as our guide, we will retell the story of David and Goliath, in the exact spot where it happened. 

 

Israel Museum

Go and see the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore some of the fascinating exhibits at this newly-renovated, world-class museum. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 8 – The Coastal Plain and the Galilee

                        Caesarea

One of Herod’s greatest building projects, it was a port city where there was no natural port.  We’ll explore some of the fantastic ruins, and learn the story of one of the most influential kings in Jewish history, and of his city, which served as the administrative capital in the land of Israel for nearly 700 years. 

           

                        Aqueduct Beach

Explore the remains of one of the great aqueducts that fed the city of Caesarea, and dip our feet in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. 

 

                        Zichron Yaakov

Explore this quaint little town, which is a great example of a settlement created during the First Aliyah (1882-1903), the first wave of Jewish immigration during the modern Zionist movement.  Among other things, we will see the house and learn the story of Sarah Aaronson, one of the key figures in NILI, a Jewish spy network who helped the British conquer the Land of Israel from the Turks during World War I.

 

                        Jeep Tour and Dinner in the Galilee

Explore the mountains and valleys of Israel’s greenest region in an exciting jeep ride.  The jeeps will take us to a hilltop restaurant where we’ll be hosted for a laid-back, delicious dinner of Middle-Eastern cuisine. 

 

Overnight in the North

 

Day 9 – The Golan Heights

                        Rafting on the Jordan River

[There are 2 options for this: 1 ¼ hours, or 2 ½ hours.  Let me know what you’d like.]

 

                        Gamla

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites from the end of the Second Temple Period, and hear the story of the battle where the Jewish defenders were defeated by the Romans. 

 

                        Chocolate-making workshop at De Karina Chocolate Factory

Yes, it’s exactly like it sounds.  And there will be plenty of chocolate-eating as well. 

 

Overnight in the North

 

Day 10 – The Galilee and Hula Valley

                        Sfat

Explore the city of the mystics.  See the same rolling mountains that the AR”I saw as he welcomed the Shabbat every week, and the same beautiful landscapes that inspired Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz to compose Lecha Dodi. 

 

                        Hula Valley Nature Reserve

Take an afternoon stroll through one of the best places in the world to do bird-watching. 

 

                        Prepare for Shabbat

 

Day 11 - Shabbat

Shabbat in Sfat

Experience Shabbat in the city of the mystics, the place that inspired the composition of the Lecha Dodi prayer. 

 

Overnight in Sfat

 

Day 12 – The North and the Coastal Plain

                        Rosh HaNikra

                        Take the cable-car to explore the natural grottos at the Israeli-Lebanese border.

 

                        Tel Dor/Nahsholim – Tekhelet Tour

Discover the secrets of the lost Tekhelet dye of the ancients and come face to face with the mysterious sea-snail that started it all! Swim, snorkel, gather the murex snails from the ocean, dye genuine Tekhelet, and learn about the  world’s most valuable color, Biblical Blue. Learn Torah, Chemistry, Biology, Archaeology, Jewish History and more.

 

                        Old Jaffa

Explore the alleyways of Old Jaffa, taking in its beauty and history, and wander through an area of great shopping as well.  After a nice dinner, we can stroll along the boardwalk of the Tel Aviv beach.

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

 

Day 13 – Tel Aviv and More

                        Tel Aviv

Take an interactive tour through the Palmach Museum and learn about the Jewish underground, then visit Independence Hall, the place where the modern state of Israel was born.  We’ll finish off our tour in Tel Aviv with a visit to the open-air markets. 

 

                        Ramat Gan Safari

Take a car ride through a safari.  We’ll see ostriches, rhinos, deer, oryx, hippos, lions, and more—all roaming freely, and some of them coming right up to the car. 

 

Tel Gezer

Listed as one of the cities fortified by King Solomon, we’ll see the gates that Solomon built.  In addition, we’ll learn a little archaeology, and hear the story of one of the oldest pieces of Hebrew writing ever found, which was uncovered during excavations at this site. 

 

                        Rehovot – Tour of Underground Bullet Factory

The Ayalon Institute was a secret, underground bullet factory that produced over 2 million rounds of ammunition for the Israel Defense Forces in its infancy.  Learn the story of this place and of the people who worked here. 

 

                        Dinner and Relaxation in Jerusalem

 

For the adventurers: Moonlight Night Hike from Gush Etzion to the Dead

                                   Sea

                       

For the chill ones: A free night on the town in Jerusalem

 

Overnight in Jerusalem/on the trail

 

Day 14

 

Get-away Day –Pack up and head to the airport.  

Day 1
Arrive in

Day 1 - Jerusalem    

 

Goldman Promenade

We will begin our day at a special vantage point of Jerusalem.  This particular spot is the best place to understand Jerusalem as a city, for in one view, you can see Jerusalem to the west and the Judean Desert to the east. 

 

City of David

The place where Jerusalem began.  Using the Bible as our guide, we’ll explore the city that King David turned into the eternal capital of the Jewish people.  Be sure to bring flashlights and water shoes, as we will be exploring the ancient water system as part of the tour. 

 

Lunch in the Old City

 

Jerusalem Old City Tour

 

Tour at Shevet Achim

Shevet Achim is an organization that brings children with heart problems from countries all over the Middle East to Israel for life-saving operations.  [If you think this is too intense for the kids, I can find something more appropriate.]    

 

Dinner at Israeli-style Restaurant or BBQ in Gan Sacher

 

Free Evening to shop/explore

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 2 – Jerusalem and its Surroundings

Bar Mitzvah Service and Celebration at the Western Wall

 

                        Western Wall Tunnels

Explore the entire Western Wall, learn about the history of the Temple Mount—the holiest place for Jews in the world—and visit the closest place we can get to the Holy of Holies without being on the Temple Mount. 

 

                        Davidson Center/Southern Wall Excavations

What was it like to be a Jewish pilgrim coming to Jerusalem 2,000 years ago?  The Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations is the best place in the world to answer that question.  We’ll walk on the very same road where our ancestors and the great sages of Jewish history walked, and, through archaeology, we, as modern Jewish pilgrims, will relive the experience of ancient Jewish pilgrims. 

 

                        Neot Kedumim

At this biblical nature reserve, we will learn to herd sheep, just as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Joseph, David, and Moses did.  We will also learn about ancient olive oil production, and stroll around the beautiful park.

 

                        Sound and Light Show at Tower of David Museum

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 3 – The Judean Mountains and Welcoming the Sabbath

                        Sataf National Park

We’ll take a short hike through the Judean Mountains surrounding Jerusalem down to one of the areas many springs.  On the way, we’ll wind through terraces used to farm the mountain landscape.  Some of these terraces go back nearly 3,000 years, and they are still in use today.

 

                        Brunch/Cheese-tasting at the goat farm in Sataf

Taste incredible goat cheeses at one of my favorite places in the country; a little goat farm within the Sataf Nature Reserve.  Certainly off the beaten path, if we’re lucky, there might be a newborn baby goat for us to see. 

                       

                        Castel

One of the main points controlling the road to Jerusalem, Castel was the site of one of the most important battles in 1948.  Here, we’ll tell the story of the battle for the roads to Jerusalem in 1948 as we stand on the ruins of the old strongholds and meander through the trenches. 

 

                        Shuk Mahane Yehuda

Take in the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem’s bustling open-air market—on its busiest day—as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. 

 

                        Prepare for Shabbat

 

Shabbat in Jerusalem

 

Day 4 - Shabbat

 

Shabbat

Experience a Shabbat in the Holy City of Jerusalem. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 5 – Judean Desert

                        Masada

What is the story of this nearly impregnable desert fortress that fell to the Romans in 74 CE?  Who were the people who lived here?  And why did it become such a prominent symbol in modern times?  We will answer all of these questions and more.  At the end, we will walk through the new museum located at the mountain.  

 

                        Dead Sea

The lowest place on earth, and what Pliny the Elder called one of the “three wonders of the land of Judea.” 

 

                        Bedouin Experience at Kfar Nokdim

After a long day in the sun, we’ll be treated to Bedouin hospitality, and then sleep under the stars of the desert sky (or in a Bedouin tent, if you prefer).

 

Overnight at Kfar Nokdim

 

Day 6 – The South

                        Bedouin Breakfast and Camel Ride at Kfar Nokdim

 

                        Susiya

What was life like for Jews in the Land of Israel during the Talmudic period?  Susiya is one of the best-preserved Talmudic villages.  We’ll see the synagogue, old oil presses, mikvaot, and explore the town.  We’ll also see a short video about the village, and about life here. 

 

                        Sderot

We hear about Sderot on the news.  Now we’ll see it with our own eyes. 

 

                        Nitzanim

One of the most fascinating, untold stories from Israel’s War of Independence is the heroism of Mira Ben-Ari.  Here, we’ll learn her story and see a monument dedicated to heroic women who made significant contributions to the Zionist movement. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem      

 

Day 7 – The Foothills

                        Dig for a Day at Bet Guvrin

                        For one day, YOU become the archaeologist.  What will you discover? 

 

                        Tour of Bet Guvrin/Maresha

                        After 3 hours of digging, we’ll explore the site that you’ve been excavating. 

 

Bar Kochba Caves at Khirbet Midras

We’ll tell the story of Bar Kochba, who, 1,900 years ago, dared to lead a rebellion against the mighty Roman Empire.  We’ll crawl through the caves where some of his supporters and fighters lived and died. 

 

                        Tel Azeka – Story of David and Goliath

Using the Bible as our guide, we will retell the story of David and Goliath, in the exact spot where it happened. 

 

Israel Museum

Go and see the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore some of the fascinating exhibits at this newly-renovated, world-class museum. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 8 – The Coastal Plain and the Galilee

                        Caesarea

One of Herod’s greatest building projects, it was a port city where there was no natural port.  We’ll explore some of the fantastic ruins, and learn the story of one of the most influential kings in Jewish history, and of his city, which served as the administrative capital in the land of Israel for nearly 700 years. 

           

                        Aqueduct Beach

Explore the remains of one of the great aqueducts that fed the city of Caesarea, and dip our feet in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. 

 

                        Zichron Yaakov

Explore this quaint little town, which is a great example of a settlement created during the First Aliyah (1882-1903), the first wave of Jewish immigration during the modern Zionist movement.  Among other things, we will see the house and learn the story of Sarah Aaronson, one of the key figures in NILI, a Jewish spy network who helped the British conquer the Land of Israel from the Turks during World War I.

 

                        Jeep Tour and Dinner in the Galilee

Explore the mountains and valleys of Israel’s greenest region in an exciting jeep ride.  The jeeps will take us to a hilltop restaurant where we’ll be hosted for a laid-back, delicious dinner of Middle-Eastern cuisine. 

 

Overnight in the North

 

Day 9 – The Golan Heights

                        Rafting on the Jordan River

[There are 2 options for this: 1 ¼ hours, or 2 ½ hours.  Let me know what you’d like.]

 

                        Gamla

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites from the end of the Second Temple Period, and hear the story of the battle where the Jewish defenders were defeated by the Romans. 

 

                        Chocolate-making workshop at De Karina Chocolate Factory

Yes, it’s exactly like it sounds.  And there will be plenty of chocolate-eating as well. 

 

Overnight in the North

 

Day 10 – The Galilee and Hula Valley

                        Sfat

Explore the city of the mystics.  See the same rolling mountains that the AR”I saw as he welcomed the Shabbat every week, and the same beautiful landscapes that inspired Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz to compose Lecha Dodi. 

 

                        Hula Valley Nature Reserve

Take an afternoon stroll through one of the best places in the world to do bird-watching. 

 

                        Prepare for Shabbat

 

Day 11 - Shabbat

Shabbat in Sfat

Experience Shabbat in the city of the mystics, the place that inspired the composition of the Lecha Dodi prayer. 

 

Overnight in Sfat

 

Day 12 – The North and the Coastal Plain

                        Rosh HaNikra

                        Take the cable-car to explore the natural grottos at the Israeli-Lebanese border.

 

                        Tel Dor/Nahsholim – Tekhelet Tour

Discover the secrets of the lost Tekhelet dye of the ancients and come face to face with the mysterious sea-snail that started it all! Swim, snorkel, gather the murex snails from the ocean, dye genuine Tekhelet, and learn about the  world’s most valuable color, Biblical Blue. Learn Torah, Chemistry, Biology, Archaeology, Jewish History and more.

 

                        Old Jaffa

Explore the alleyways of Old Jaffa, taking in its beauty and history, and wander through an area of great shopping as well.  After a nice dinner, we can stroll along the boardwalk of the Tel Aviv beach.

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

 

Day 13 – Tel Aviv and More

                        Tel Aviv

Take an interactive tour through the Palmach Museum and learn about the Jewish underground, then visit Independence Hall, the place where the modern state of Israel was born.  We’ll finish off our tour in Tel Aviv with a visit to the open-air markets. 

 

                        Ramat Gan Safari

Take a car ride through a safari.  We’ll see ostriches, rhinos, deer, oryx, hippos, lions, and more—all roaming freely, and some of them coming right up to the car. 

 

Tel Gezer

Listed as one of the cities fortified by King Solomon, we’ll see the gates that Solomon built.  In addition, we’ll learn a little archaeology, and hear the story of one of the oldest pieces of Hebrew writing ever found, which was uncovered during excavations at this site. 

 

                        Rehovot – Tour of Underground Bullet Factory

The Ayalon Institute was a secret, underground bullet factory that produced over 2 million rounds of ammunition for the Israel Defense Forces in its infancy.  Learn the story of this place and of the people who worked here. 

 

                        Dinner and Relaxation in Jerusalem

 

For the adventurers: Moonlight Night Hike from Gush Etzion to the Dead

                                   Sea

                       

For the chill ones: A free night on the town in Jerusalem

 

Overnight in Jerusalem/on the trail

 

Day 14

 

Get-away Day –Pack up and head to the airport.  

Day 2
Arrive in

Day 2 – Jerusalem and its Surroundings

Bar Mitzvah Service and Celebration at the Western Wall

 

                        Western Wall Tunnels

Explore the entire Western Wall, learn about the history of the Temple Mount—the holiest place for Jews in the world—and visit the closest place we can get to the Holy of Holies without being on the Temple Mount. 

 

                        Davidson Center/Southern Wall Excavations

What was it like to be a Jewish pilgrim coming to Jerusalem 2,000 years ago?  The Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations is the best place in the world to answer that question.  We’ll walk on the very same road where our ancestors and the great sages of Jewish history walked, and, through archaeology, we, as modern Jewish pilgrims, will relive the experience of ancient Jewish pilgrims. 

 

                        Neot Kedumim

At this biblical nature reserve, we will learn to herd sheep, just as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Joseph, David, and Moses did.  We will also learn about ancient olive oil production, and stroll around the beautiful park.

 

                        Sound and Light Show at Tower of David Museum

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 3
Arrive in

Day 3 – The Judean Mountains and Welcoming the Sabbath

                        Sataf National Park

We’ll take a short hike through the Judean Mountains surrounding Jerusalem down to one of the areas many springs.  On the way, we’ll wind through terraces used to farm the mountain landscape.  Some of these terraces go back nearly 3,000 years, and they are still in use today.

 

                        Brunch/Cheese-tasting at the goat farm in Sataf

Taste incredible goat cheeses at one of my favorite places in the country; a little goat farm within the Sataf Nature Reserve.  Certainly off the beaten path, if we’re lucky, there might be a newborn baby goat for us to see. 

                       

                        Castel

One of the main points controlling the road to Jerusalem, Castel was the site of one of the most important battles in 1948.  Here, we’ll tell the story of the battle for the roads to Jerusalem in 1948 as we stand on the ruins of the old strongholds and meander through the trenches. 

 

                        Shuk Mahane Yehuda

Take in the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem’s bustling open-air market—on its busiest day—as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat. 

 

                        Prepare for Shabbat

 

Shabbat in Jerusalem

Day 4
Arrive in

Day 4 - Shabbat

 

Shabbat

Experience a Shabbat in the Holy City of Jerusalem. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 5
Arrive in

Day 5 – Judean Desert

                        Masada

What is the story of this nearly impregnable desert fortress that fell to the Romans in 74 CE?  Who were the people who lived here?  And why did it become such a prominent symbol in modern times?  We will answer all of these questions and more.  At the end, we will walk through the new museum located at the mountain.  

 

                        Dead Sea

The lowest place on earth, and what Pliny the Elder called one of the “three wonders of the land of Judea.” 

 

                        Bedouin Experience at Kfar Nokdim

After a long day in the sun, we’ll be treated to Bedouin hospitality, and then sleep under the stars of the desert sky (or in a Bedouin tent, if you prefer).

 

Overnight at Kfar Nokdim

Day 6
Arrive in

Day 6 – The South

                        Bedouin Breakfast and Camel Ride at Kfar Nokdim

 

                        Susiya

What was life like for Jews in the Land of Israel during the Talmudic period?  Susiya is one of the best-preserved Talmudic villages.  We’ll see the synagogue, old oil presses, mikvaot, and explore the town.  We’ll also see a short video about the village, and about life here. 

 

                        Sderot

We hear about Sderot on the news.  Now we’ll see it with our own eyes. 

 

                        Nitzanim

One of the most fascinating, untold stories from Israel’s War of Independence is the heroism of Mira Ben-Ari.  Here, we’ll learn her story and see a monument dedicated to heroic women who made significant contributions to the Zionist movement. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem      

 

Day 7
Arrive in

Day 7 – The Foothills

                        Dig for a Day at Bet Guvrin

                        For one day, YOU become the archaeologist.  What will you discover? 

 

                        Tour of Bet Guvrin/Maresha

                        After 3 hours of digging, we’ll explore the site that you’ve been excavating. 

 

Bar Kochba Caves at Khirbet Midras

We’ll tell the story of Bar Kochba, who, 1,900 years ago, dared to lead a rebellion against the mighty Roman Empire.  We’ll crawl through the caves where some of his supporters and fighters lived and died. 

 

                        Tel Azeka – Story of David and Goliath

Using the Bible as our guide, we will retell the story of David and Goliath, in the exact spot where it happened. 

 

Israel Museum

Go and see the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore some of the fascinating exhibits at this newly-renovated, world-class museum. 

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8
Arrive in

Day 8 – The Coastal Plain and the Galilee

                        Caesarea

One of Herod’s greatest building projects, it was a port city where there was no natural port.  We’ll explore some of the fantastic ruins, and learn the story of one of the most influential kings in Jewish history, and of his city, which served as the administrative capital in the land of Israel for nearly 700 years. 

           

                        Aqueduct Beach

Explore the remains of one of the great aqueducts that fed the city of Caesarea, and dip our feet in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. 

 

                        Zichron Yaakov

Explore this quaint little town, which is a great example of a settlement created during the First Aliyah (1882-1903), the first wave of Jewish immigration during the modern Zionist movement.  Among other things, we will see the house and learn the story of Sarah Aaronson, one of the key figures in NILI, a Jewish spy network who helped the British conquer the Land of Israel from the Turks during World War I.

 

                        Jeep Tour and Dinner in the Galilee

Explore the mountains and valleys of Israel’s greenest region in an exciting jeep ride.  The jeeps will take us to a hilltop restaurant where we’ll be hosted for a laid-back, delicious dinner of Middle-Eastern cuisine. 

 

Overnight in the North

Day 9
Arrive in

Day 9 – The Golan Heights

                        Rafting on the Jordan River

[There are 2 options for this: 1 ¼ hours, or 2 ½ hours.  Let me know what you’d like.]

 

                        Gamla

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites from the end of the Second Temple Period, and hear the story of the battle where the Jewish defenders were defeated by the Romans. 

 

                        Chocolate-making workshop at De Karina Chocolate Factory

Yes, it’s exactly like it sounds.  And there will be plenty of chocolate-eating as well. 

 

Overnight in the North

Day 10
Arrive in

Day 10 – The Galilee and Hula Valley

                        Sfat

Explore the city of the mystics.  See the same rolling mountains that the AR”I saw as he welcomed the Shabbat every week, and the same beautiful landscapes that inspired Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz to compose Lecha Dodi. 

 

                        Hula Valley Nature Reserve

Take an afternoon stroll through one of the best places in the world to do bird-watching. 

 

                        Prepare for Shabbat

 

Day 11
Arrive in

Day 11 - Shabbat

Shabbat in Sfat

Experience Shabbat in the city of the mystics, the place that inspired the composition of the Lecha Dodi prayer. 

 

Overnight in Sfat

 

Day 12
Arrive in

Day 12 – The North and the Coastal Plain

                        Rosh HaNikra

                        Take the cable-car to explore the natural grottos at the Israeli-Lebanese border.

 

                        Tel Dor/Nahsholim – Tekhelet Tour

Discover the secrets of the lost Tekhelet dye of the ancients and come face to face with the mysterious sea-snail that started it all! Swim, snorkel, gather the murex snails from the ocean, dye genuine Tekhelet, and learn about the  world’s most valuable color, Biblical Blue. Learn Torah, Chemistry, Biology, Archaeology, Jewish History and more.

 

                        Old Jaffa

Explore the alleyways of Old Jaffa, taking in its beauty and history, and wander through an area of great shopping as well.  After a nice dinner, we can stroll along the boardwalk of the Tel Aviv beach.

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

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Day 13 – Tel Aviv and More

                        Tel Aviv

Take an interactive tour through the Palmach Museum and learn about the Jewish underground, then visit Independence Hall, the place where the modern state of Israel was born.  We’ll finish off our tour in Tel Aviv with a visit to the open-air markets. 

 

                        Ramat Gan Safari

Take a car ride through a safari.  We’ll see ostriches, rhinos, deer, oryx, hippos, lions, and more—all roaming freely, and some of them coming right up to the car. 

 

Tel Gezer

Listed as one of the cities fortified by King Solomon, we’ll see the gates that Solomon built.  In addition, we’ll learn a little archaeology, and hear the story of one of the oldest pieces of Hebrew writing ever found, which was uncovered during excavations at this site. 

 

                        Rehovot – Tour of Underground Bullet Factory

The Ayalon Institute was a secret, underground bullet factory that produced over 2 million rounds of ammunition for the Israel Defense Forces in its infancy.  Learn the story of this place and of the people who worked here. 

 

                        Dinner and Relaxation in Jerusalem

 

For the adventurers: Moonlight Night Hike from Gush Etzion to the Dead

                                   Sea

                       

For the chill ones: A free night on the town in Jerusalem

 

Overnight in Jerusalem/on the trail

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Day 14

 

Get-away Day –Pack up and head to the airport.  

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  • Landmarks
  • Walking
  • Religious
  • For children

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Duration: 14 Days
Language: English
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