Sample Tour

 

Bar Mitzvah Family Adventure to Israel

 

Day 1, Sunday: Welcome to Israel
 
4pm VIP pick up service from Airport. Minivan takes party to Mount Zion Hotel
 
6pm departure to Mount of Olives for sunset view of The Old City. We will view the Old City from the Mount of Olives where our guide and Bar Mitzvah boy will relate a lesson from the bible that they prepared. The Old City covers roughly 220 acres and the surrounding walls date back to the 16th Century. Our time in Jerusalem will cover the traditions and legends of the ancient city with a historical, cultural and archaeological tour of the Old City's four quarters.
 
7:30pm Dinner at Te’enim, Jerusalem. Te’enim (which means ‘figs’ in Hebrew) is one of Jerusalem’s longest-established vegetarian restaurants. From the restaurant’s windows, diners enjoy a marvelous vista over the Old City’s walls David’s Tower, and the Church of the Dormition. Born in Algeria and raised in the South of France, Patrick Melki, the owner of Te’enim, has twenty years of experience cooking colorfulness and ethnic vegetarian delicacies.
 
Overnight:  Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 2, Monday: Jerusalem: Old City, Davidson Center, Western Wall Tunnel, guided

Breakfast at Hotel

9am Davidson Center, Jerusalem Archeological Park. The archaeological park gives you the chance to take a virtual tour of the Temple Mount as archaeologists believe it might have appeared to a pilgrim in Herodian times (late 1st century BC until the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70). Located in the ruins of an early eighth century Islamic palace uncovered by archaeologists at the foot of the Temple Mount, the Davidson Center contains a small museum with artifacts found at the site, as well as videos and computer information on the Temple Mount's history. We will then tour the Old City's legendary Jewish Quarter before visiting the Davidson Center and the Western Wall.
 
11:00am Western Wall Tunnel.  We will walk underneath the Old City’s chaotic maze to the Western Wall for a different perspective on the history of Jerusalem. The extension of the retaining wall, built 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great, was to support the massive compound where the Temple stood. This recently excavated tunnel, whose outlet into the Muslim Quarter has been a source of controversy, is one of the city’s most phenomenal sites.  Strollers and wheelchairs will not fit through this very narrow tunnel.
 
12:30pm Lunch at Bein HaKshatot (Between the Arches). This restaurant, located right off the Western Wall, is a part of the structural system of arches and arched walls constructed by the Mamluks (1250 – 1517) to make the adjacent parts of the city level with the Temple Mount. Recommended dishes include grilled rolls of eggplant, filled with labane in pesto sauce, seared tuna steak in red wine sauce, served with slices of caramelized sweet-potatoes and sauteed mushrooms, salmon filet in teriyaki sauce and tri-chocolate cake.
 
2pm Jewish Quarter, Tower of David Museum, and Hurva Synagogue. The Jewish Quarter is located on the remains of the upper city from the Herodianperiod (37 BCE to 70 CE). The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is located in the Tower of David medieval citadel, near the Jaffa Gate, the historic entrance to the Old City. The museum details the major events in Jerusalem’s history an offer a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the city’s modern areas. The Hurva Synagogue’s name literally means the “Ruin Synagogue” because of the many times it has been destroyed by enemies. The newly rebuilt synagogue in a 19th-century style was dedicated on March 15, 2010.
 
Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel

Day 3, Tuesday, Bar Mitzvah Celebration and Paintball Kids Party

Breakfast at Hotel

10am Bar Mitzvah ceremony and lunch. This ceremony will take place outside the Villa of the Mt. Zion Hotel, overlooking the beautiful Mt. Zion and the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.  A lively, festive, chanting drum circle will greet the Bar Mitzvah Boy and guests before the service. We will have festive traditional dancing immediately after the ceremony and a cocktail hour with appetizers to follow. We will then move to the King David Room for Storah Telling, where we will examine the Bar Mitzvah parsha in a fun way.  Lunch and dessert will be served in the Villa immediately following Storah Telling.
 
3:30pm Paintball: Experience Warfare like IDF Soldiers. In honor of the Bar Mitzvah, you are invited to experience paintball warfare based on the IDF principles. All activities are accompanied by trained and certified guides to ensure a safe activity. Located at an abandoned army base in the Jerusalem Forest, you will find your inner soldier through target-shooting, paintball, army day, tournaments, climbing and rappelling.
 
7pm Dinner at The Eucalyptus Restaurant. There will be a Maklube dish (chicken and rice) unveiling ceremony honoring the Bar Mitzvah boy, conducted by Chef/owner Moshe Basson. Basson is considered a "food archaeologist" who reconstructs biblical dishes from Jerusalem's many cultures and traditions. His menu includes a remarkable array of herbs, spices and original cooking techniques.
 
Overnight:  Mt. Zion Hotel

Day 4, Wednesday: Hezekiah’s Tunnels, Israel Museum, Chagall Windows, guided

Breakfast at Hotel

9am departure to Hezekiah’s tunnels.  Wear your water shoes, hats, and drinks in backpacks for this wet tunnel adventure. Hezekiah's tunnel was dug in the reign of Hezekiah, king of Judea, about 701 BC with the purpose of providing water to Jerusalem and denying water to the Assyrian army that was expected to attack the Jews. It is a winding tunnel 1749 feet in length with a six percent gradient that enables water to flow along its length from the spring to the pool. The tunnel was discovered by the American biblical archeologist Edward Robinson in 1838.  
 
11:30pm Standing Lunch at Mahane Yehuda Market. Often referred to as "The Shuk," the color and commotion of the marketplace is heightened by vendors who call out their wares to passersby. This outdoor marketplace has nearly 300 vendors who sell just about everything: fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat, cheeses, nuts, seeds, spices, wines, liquors, apparel, toys, housewares, textiles and Judaica. There are falafel andshawarma stands, cafes and restaurants, and an interesting juice bars/apothecary with an eccentric owner who will let you sample his youth-preserving concoctions.
 
1:30pm Hadassah Medical Center and Chagall Windows. Hadassah Medical Center operates two University hospitals in Jerusalem and is affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The hospital was founded and is supported by Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. The campus synagogue is famous for its stained glass windows depicting the twelve tribes of Israel, created and donated in 1960 by Marc Chagall. Chagall’s works, rich in the imagery of the folklore of his native Russia and Jewish life, take on the appearance of dream-like fantasies and make him the most celebrated Jewish artist in history and one of the 20th century's great masters of art.
 
3:00pm Israel Museum. The Israel Museum has the world’s most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology and features the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts ever discovered. The Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period will put your whole tour of Jerusalem in perspective. The New Synagogue Route is a truly spectacular display of four original synagogue interiors from around the world, which includes a rare restored 18th century Suriname synagogue authentic to the detail of sand on the floor.
 
7pm Dinner at Mahneyuda Restaurant. Now we go back to the Shuk for a much different kind of meal. This is the hottest restaurant in town, created by three local chefs, with reservations booked months ahead of time. It is located near the Mahane Yehuda markets on a sloped street. The restaurant is designed around the kitchen and almost every table has a view of the activity there. Be ready for outrageously delicious food with a focus on fish and very loud pop music. 
 
Overnight: Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem

 
Day 5, Thursday: Masada, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi Waterfalls and Camel Riding, guided

Breakfast at Hotel

9am departure to Masada.  Ascend Masada and tour King Herod’s historic hilltop fortress, where a small band of Jewish zealots took refuge after the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 BCE, resisting a prolonged siege by the Roman army. Today, Masada is a source of self-reflection for Israelis and Jews around the world. Our guide will lead a Beit Midrash in the shade discussing: Is there any price too high for religious freedom? Is martyrdom a Jewish value? Now, over 50 years after the establishment of the State of Israel, what does Masada mean to the Jewish people?
 
1pm Dead Sea. Lunch and swim at the Hod Hotel. At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. The high concentrations of salt and minerals make it possible to float in the Dead Sea.  You can also take a mud bath and enjoy the hotel’s spa.
 
3:30pm Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at this reserve have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. You can hike up to and swim in the refreshing pools and waterfalls. The stunning Ein Gedi oasis consists of two separate waterways:  Nahal David (David’s Stream), where David took refuge from King Saul; and Nahai Arugot, where the remains of a 6th Century synagogue were discovered.
 
5pm Negev Camel Riding and Desert Hospitality Dinner The Negev Camel Ranch is in the Eastern-Negev along the northern Incense Route, near the ancient Nabataean city of Kurnub-Mamshit. The ranch offers a fun desert experience of riding camels then eating on pillows with low tables like Bedouins.  Come and enjoy the calm and serenity of the biblical landscapes surrounding the Negev.
 
Overnight: Dead Sea Israhotel

Day 6, Friday: Kibbutz Sde Boker, Mitzvah Project in Sderot, Ramon Crater, guided

Breakfast at Hotel

9am departure to Kibbutz Sde Boker, David Ben-Gurion’s Desert Home. Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion championed the settlement of the Negev Desert and practiced what he preached. In 1953, he and his wife, Paula became members of Kibbutz Sde Boker and made their permanent home there ten years later in a small cabin, which is now a museum that documents his political career and the history of the State of Israel.
 
11:30am Falafel on the Street in Sderot (and possibly time to walk around the outdoor Shuk).

12:30pm Mitzvah Project with Children’s Program in Sderot. Our Bar Mitzvah boy raised $10,000 for the children’s center in the city of Sderot. We are going to see the facilities, meet the faculty, and do a project with the children of this center that helps at risk children. Sderot is less than a mile from Gazaand has been the target of Palestinian rocket attacks that have killed several Israelis living near the Gaza border, wounded dozens, caused millions of dollars in damage, and profoundly disrupted daily life. During its eight month height of activity, 771 rockets and 857 mortar bombs were fired at Sderot and the western Negev, an average of three or four each a day. There is now an alarm system to warn people of approaching rocket attack that gives them only 15 seconds to reach shelter after the alarm sounds.
 
4pm Ramon Crater. The largest one of the three Negev craters located in the largest nature reserve in Israel, Ramon Crater is a phenomenon with geological formations unparalleled elsewhere in the world. It contains vegetation and rich mineral content that is unique to this region. Together with magnificent panorama, it presents a fascinating story of geomorphologic evolution. We will go on a rugged jeep trip here and go rappelling off the cliff.
 
7pm Dinner and Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon

Day 7, Saturday: Jaffa and Tel Aviv

Breakfast at Hotel

9am departure to Tel Aviv, unguided
 
You can walk to Jaffa from your hotel in the morning, then make your way to Tel Aviv for the afternoon.
 
Jaffa. Jaffa is a charming little city with a gorgeous Mediterranean backdrop. It is also very romantic. Enjoy the flea market, museums, galleries and beautiful Old Port of Jaffa. To give your day an authentic start, visit Abu-Hasan to enjoy their fresh pita and hummus. According to Arab tradition, hummus should be eaten when it's fresh, early in the morning. Shuk Ha Pishpishim is full of Arabic knick knacks and clothes and a great opportunity to practice your haggling. While in the market, stop for a coffee or a bite at Puah. Stroll through the picturesque alleys of Old Jaffa and check out the sightseeing attractions in the area, such as Jaffa's Visitor's Center, the many art galleries or the Ilana Goor Museum. The Ilana Goor museum is a must see for those who appreciate eclectic art collections and amazing architecture. It is located in a renovated arched structure overlooking the port of Jaffathat used to serve as a seaside inn for pilgrims seeking shelter on their way to Jerusalem. There are a number of good restaurants in the area, such asNoa or Abdu Hadayag (Abdu, The Fisherman).  
 
Tel Aviv. Relax on the beach in Tel Aviv, or partake in a water sport at the Tel Aviv Marina, where you can kayak, windsurf, catamaran, or kite surf. All the west side of Tel Aviv is one long beach and there are bars on the beach where you can have drinks and food or walk south to the Port of Tel Aviv for one big promenade of retail stores, restaurants, bars, cafes, and ice cream shops.  
 
8pm dinner at Herbert Samuel. Herbert Samuel was voted the best restaurant in Tel Aviv. Overlooking the promenade and the sea, it treats its guests not only to a delicious meal but also to a delightful Mediterranean Sea view. The second floor features a large, modern open-plan kitchen, allowing diners to watch its personnel in action. Another attraction is an impressive bar with horizontally placed wine bottles reaching up to the very ceiling. The place is always packed with lively and diverse diners, all there to enjoy really good food.
 
Overnight: Tel Aviv Intercontinental

Day 8, Sunday: Morning: Tel Aviv unguided, Afternoon: Segway Tour
 
See Shuk HaCarmel, Tel Aviv's largest food and vegetable market and is the heart of Tel Aviv's culinary culture. Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the walls of ancient Jaffa and is now one of Tel Aviv's most fashionable and expensive areas and home to many Israeli artists. The Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theatre is one of the most beautiful cultural centers in the city. Rabin Square is the place where Prime Minister Rabin was murdered by an Israeli fanatic on November 4th 1995. Museum of the Jewish Diaspora at Tel Aviv University’s campus, documents the wide array of cultures and the history of Jewish people throughout the world. The Palmach Museum provides a special interactive experience, where guests get to follow a unit of the Palmach forces through a series of training exercises and missions. Similarly, the Hagana Museum archives the history of the early version of the modern Israeli Defense Forces.
 
4pm Tour of Tel Aviv. Guided tours on Segway Personal Transporters are the newest and most exciting way to discover the dynamic and vibrant city of Tel Aviv. Enjoy the sounds, sites and people as you glide effortlessly through the fast-paced city. Your tour guide will lead you through the modern city and the fascinating stories from the past.
 
8pm Dinner at Manta Ray. Recently voted the Best Seafood Restaurant and Best Restaurant by the Sea, Manta Ray is the quintessential beach restaurant, with an open-air pavilion that looks out on the rolling surf of an empty stretch of Tel Aviv's coast. Manta Ray is famous for its plate of twelve ever-changing small appetizers. The restaurant’s always delicious combination of Middle Eastern, contemporary or exotic dishes comes with delicious bread worthy of spoiling your appetite.
 
Overnight: Tel Aviv Intercontinental

Day 9, Monday: Safed, Druze Lunch, Rafting on the Jordan River, Dining at the Sea of Galillee, guided

Breakfast at Hotel

9am departure to The Mystical Ancient City of Safed. Tour the ancient city of Safed (Tzfat in Hebrew), home of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). We will be greeted off the bus by a musical Klezmer parade in honor of the Bar Mitzvah boy, then go off to see the historic synagogues, ancient alleyways, and artist markets. We will visit the centuries old Safed Cemetery and the graves of famous rabbis in Jewish history. We will see the Crusaders citadel, Ottoman mosque (now a wedding hall), and Old Turkish Government Headquarters (now a community center). At the model of the Davidka weapon used by Jewish defenders, we will learn more about the battle for Safed during the 1948 War of Independence.  We will visit the Great Stairs, used by the British to separate the Arab and Jewish Quarters prior to the War and see Defender’s Square, the former headquarters of the Palmach.
 
1pm Traditional lunch in the Druze Village of Pekiin. Peki'in is one of the most ancient villages in the country and frequently mentioned in sources from the thirteenth century, regarding its many springs, flourishing gardens and orchards, and its small Jewish community, which has existed continuously there since the Second Temple period. The village houses a restored Jewish synagogue dating back to the Roman Period.
 
3pm Relaxed rafting & tubing on the upper Jordan River. Glide along the reed filled banks of the Jordan river by raft, tube, or kayak, smooth enough for families with young children to enjoy. Along the stream, you can see egrets, king-fishers, mongoose, porcupine, and even wild boars.
 
7pm Dinner at Decks Restaurant on the Sea of Galilee. Decks Restaurant is famous for its amazing view, excellent food, and entertaining floating theater. It is the only restaurant in Israel with a dock for guests arriving by boat from Tiberias and around the Sea of Galilee. In honor of our Bar Mitzvah boy, there will be a music and fireworks show after dinner. You will also have the opportunity to take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee.
 
Overnight: Sheraton Hotel Tiberias

Day 10, Saturday, Hiking in the Golan Heights, ATV Riding, Hot Springs and Winery Tour, guided

Breakfast at Hotel

9am departure to Nature and Waterfall Hike in Golan Heights. Join us for a nature hike in the lush Gilaboon Nature reserve, one of three water sources that feed into the Jordan River. We will visit a hidden natural pool created for Syrian officers when this land was part of their country, then Tour the Golan Heights, a majestic plateau overlooking Israel's northern Galilee region. We will visit sites of important battles between armored units during the 1967 Six Day War and 1973 Yom Kippur War and learn about this area’s strategic significance to Israel. We will travel to the former military outpost at Mount Bental and take in a stunning 360 degree view of Israel, Syria and Lebanon.
 
12pm Lunch at Koffe Einan.  This restaurant, situated at the center of the “bartal” volcano crater, has by far the best view in Israel. Right outside the restaurant you will find remnants of the Six Day War with a recorded voice explanation. (Not for wheelchairs and strollers because of the climb up the hill.)
 
1:30pm ATV and Buggy or Ranger Riding.  This fun and challenging adventure will take place on the Ramim mountain range overlooking the Hula Valley, the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon. Adults will need to bring their driver’s license. Kids can also enjoy this activity in a small track with instruction and supervision.
 
3:30pm Hot Springs. We will visit Hamat Gader and take a swim in its hot springs. The Romans built the second-largest bath complex in the entire Roman Empire in Hamat Gader. We will enjoy the ancient springs, which have medicinal properties, then visit the crocodile farm.
 
5:30pm Tasting and Tour at the Golan Heights Winery. The Golan Heights Winery re-wrote the book on wine-making in Israel and turned it into a huge business. The tour explains how the grapes are grown and harvested as well as how the wine is aged and bottled. The highlight of the tour, of course, is the wine-tasting session at the end.
 
7pm Dinner at The Big Restaurant. Katzrin holds the largest Jewish settlement in the Golan Heights and a tiny eatery with a sizable name. But what’s truly big about this restaurant are the flavors and aromas of the authentic Yemenite food. Homemade by the owner himself, you will enjoy a nourishing meat soup, fresh pitas, flavorful salsas, just harvested salads, and other Yemenite delicacies.
 
Overnight: Sheraton Hotel Tiberias

Day 11, Sunday, Flight Back Home
 

 Bar Mitzvah Family Adventure to Israel  Sample Tour #2

 Suggested itinerary for 2 adults + 3 children ages 6, 10 and 13 years

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Overnight:  

Wed, July 17

Day 1

Arrival

 

Tel Aviv  

Thur, July 18   Day 2

Old Jaffa and the Children’s Museum

 

Tel Aviv

Fri, July 19

Day 3

Zionism to Independence, Tel Aviv Bauhaus, Fun Markets

Tel Aviv

Sat, July 20 

Day 4

Caesarea, Zichron Yaacov, Daliat El Carmel

Haifa

Sun, July 21 

Day 5

Rosh Hanikra and Acco

Haifa

Mon, July 22

Day 6

Safed, Jeep Tour, Jordan River Rafting

Galilee

Tue, July 23 

Day 7

Kfar Kedem, Monkey Forest, Latrun Tank Museum

 Jerusalem

Wed, July 24  Day 8

Extreme fun, water and dirt in City of David and Tel Maresha

Jerusalem

Thur, July 25  Day 9

Bar Mitzvah Day, Jerusalem tour, Tower of David Light Show

Jerusalem

Friday, July 26  Day 10

Yad Vashem or Biblical Zoo, Ein Gedi Waterfalls, Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Sat, July 27  Day 11

The Great Finale, Masada

Dead Sea

Sun, July 28  Day 12

Departure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details

 

July 17-21 – Tel-Aviv

Wed./ Day 1  - July 17

Arrival to Israel – Meeting and assistance at the airport.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Thur./ Day 2 – July 18  Old Jaffa, the Tahana, and the Children’s Museum

Today, visit the Old Jaffa, the 8000 years old port city; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artist's quarter.  Visit the Ilana Goor Museum in Jaffa in an 18th century building surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the shoreline of Tel Aviv and the Old City with fascinating architecture and the museum boasts over 500 Israeli, international and authentic works of art.  Walk into the artist shops, visit the Shuk HaPishpishim, enjoy lunch in one of the authentic Arab restaurants such as HaZaken ViHaYam (the Old Man and the Sea). Continue to the “Tahana” (The Station in Hebrew), the Old railway station of Tel Aviv all restored as a lively and trendy neighborhood, offering beautiful public spaces and “cuisine fine” restaurants.  The Israel Children's Museum is an unforgettable experiential journey in which the child goes on a fascinating imaginary adventure with added educational value. The museum trails are in fact a story, and the child is an active character in the plot. Touching the exhibits here is not only permitted but desired, to feel them and even enter them. At the end of the visit the child emerges with many emotional and cognitive insights and what's more important - with a smile.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Friday/ Day 3 – July 19 Zionism to Independence, Tel Aviv Bauhaus, Fun Markets

Start the day at Kibbutz Ayalon and the Ayalon Institute near Rechovot to go to the secret underground munitions factory, built in 1945, by the Haganah, which had foreseen an armed struggle between Jews and Arabs in Israel (and neighboring Arab countries) with the termination of the British Mandate. Visit Tel Aviv’s “White City,” a breathtaking unique collection of Bauhaus architecture. Visit Ahuzat Bayit, where the First Hebrew City outside of Jaffa was established. Wander in the streets of Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1909 and onto Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, handmade jewelry and artifacts and Shuk HaCarmel, at its liveliness. Next, stop on Sheinkin St., the lively and colorful street well known for the unique shops, café life, the Rothschild Avenue. You may chose for a day at leisure at the beach, you can rent bikes anywhere on the shore and ride to the Port of Tel Aviv, with lively shopping and restaurants.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Sat./ Day 4 – July 20  Caesarea, Zichron Yaacov, Daliat El Carmel

Leave Tel Aviv to the Northern part of the country, the Galilee. Visit Caesarea, the port and fabulous City on the Mediterranean coast, dedicated by Herod the Great to Caesar Augustus more than 2000 years ago.  Continue to Park Alona but before, stop in the picturesque town of Zichron Yaacov, established by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild in late 19th century. In Park Alona, you will continue your journey in the ancient days, walking a part of the system which the Romans have built for the conveying of water into Caesarea, also called “Mey Kedem” (the ancient water). Continue via Mt Carmel and the Druze village of Daliat El Carmel where you will enjoy the warm hospitality typical to the Druze people. And arrive in Haifa, at sunset to admire the breathtaking view over the bay from the top of the Bahai Gardens.

Overnight in Haifa

Sun./ Day 5 – July 21  Rosh Hanikra and Acco

Today, you will ride Tornado Boats over the waves in Rosh Hanikra (if weather permits), an unforgettable experience of adrenaline and fun. Visit the marine grottoes and continue to the city of Acco, the ancient St Jean of Acre, the City of the Templar, visit the Knights Halls and the Turkish bath. Wander in the narrow streets of the bazaar and the open market, have lunch on the port near the water.

Overnight in Haifa

Mon./ Day 6 – July 22 Mystical City of Safed, Jeep Tour, Jordan River Rafting

Travel through the Galilee to Safed, the city of the mystical “Kabala,” walk through the Artists village and enjoy the many galleries. Stop at “Batyaar” for a Jeep tour and fun activities. The Rimon winery will provide you with a tasty experience (and not only to the adults). This winery specialized in the production of pomegranate wine. Continue with a refreshing family rafting ride on the Jordan River.

Overnight in the Galilee

Tue./ Day 7 – July 23  Kfar Kedem,  the Monkey Forest, Latrun Tank Museum

Leave the Galilee and drive to Kfar Kedem, A recreated ancient Galilean village that enables you to "touch the past." At Kfar Kedem, you can be a shepherd, plow your fields and bring in the harvest to the village threshing floor. Join a donkey caravan heading to the hills above Nazareth and end the day with a feast in the shepherd`s tent. Recreate the day-by-day life of ancient times in the Land of the Fathers by connecting tangible experiences of producing household staples such as milk, wool, and bread with the values and spirit of the ages from the time of the Bible and the Mishnah.  The moment that you pass through the gates of the Monkey Forest, you enter the wonderful world of squirrel monkeys, sheep, deer and many other animals. It sets itself apart by ensuring the animals` contentment and providing spacious living conditions, while placing an emphasis on the fact that their living conditions are as close as possible to those in their natural environment. On the way to Jerusalem, stop at the Latrun fortress, a fortified police station used by the British Mandate authorities until 1948 and the site of several bloody battles during Israel's War of Independence. It was handed by the British soldiers to the Jordanian Legion, and repeated attacks by the young Israeli army failed to conquer it. Latrun remained an enclave until the Six Day War of 1967, when it finally passed into Israeli hands. Today the Latrun fortress area is a memorial site for the Israeli Armored Corps with over 150 tanks. When you see the 4,965 names of fallen soldiers' inscribed on the Wall of Names, you realize the heavy price Israel has paid for achieving its independence and maintaining it.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Wed./ Day 8 – July 24 - Educational day of extreme fun, water and dirt  City of David and Tel Maresha

Start the day at the City of David build by the prestigious King David centuries ago on the edge of the Judean Hills. Walk in illuminated darkness through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets. Join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses at the City of David, the place where Jerusalem was born. Then, experience a real archeological dig experience in Tel Maresha in the area of Beit Guvrin, ancestral home of King Herod. Vast underground labyrinths of man-made rooms are being systematically cleaned and give evidence of underground industrial complexes dating from the Hellenistic period.

Overnight in Jerusalem (You will deserve a good rest at the end of this day.)

Thu./ Day 9 – July 25  Bar Mitzvah Celebration Day, tour of Jerusalem, Tower of David Light Show

Mazel Tov… After the ceremony at the Davidson center, visit the Western Wall tunnels (and the Chain of Generations).  Celebration lunch (Pamela to plan this with you) and continue through the Jewish Quarter, the Roman Cardo and walk on the ramparts to Jaffa Gate. Enjoy shopping all kind of Middle Eastern goods, typical to the region in the picturesque Arab Bazaar then on to the treats and sweets in the Jerusalem Shuk, Machne Yehuda and return to your hotel. In the evening, attend to the outdoor light show presented on the wall of the Citadel at the Tower of David.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Fri./ Day 10 – July 26   Yad Vashem or Biblical Zoo, Ein Gedi Waterfalls, Dead Sea

Before leaving Jerusalem today, arrive in Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the Holocaust. (The younger children will be taken to the Biblical Zoo during the visit.) Then, leave Jerusalem and drive through the Judean Desert towards the Dead Sea. Stop in Ein Gedi for a short hike to the waterfalls and arrive to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day “floating” on the Dead Sea or enjoying Spa treatments.

Overnight in Dead Sea

Sat./ Day 11 – July 27 – The Great Finale, Masada

Wake up before sunrise to “conquer” the fortress of Masada – Climb through the Snake Path up to the top - Visit the fortress of Masada built by King Herod and was the last stronghold of the Jews in their war against the Romans. Drive back to your hotel from a late breakfast and to rest and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel’s spa, pool and on the Dead Sea beach. Enjoy your last night in Israel. 

Overnight in Dead Sea

Sun./ Day 12 – July 28 – Departure