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13-Day Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tour of Israel

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Tour Highlights

  • Memorable communal Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ceremony
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation with local Israeli Rabbi
  • Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century, night walk and dialogue
  • The Jezzar Pasha Mosque in Acre
  • Camel Ride through the desert
  • Visit the home and meet the children of “Save A Child's Heart” as part of Zedek Project
  • An Inside View into the Israeli Political Arena, dialogue with a Political Analyst
  • Special tour to the Western Wall Tunnels and the City of David
  • The new Davidson Center in Jerusalem
  • The refurbished Yad Vashem complex in Jerusalem
  • Visit Masada and swim in the Dead Sea
  • Rafting on the Jordan River (seasonal)
  • Jeep tour on the Golan Heights
  • Explore Caesarea National Park
  • Optional day trip to Petra (Jordan)

  • Day at leisure in Eilat

 

Trip Includes


  • 11 nights accommodation in selected hotels
  • 1 night Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights Galilee
  • 1 night Haifa
  • 4 nights Jerusalem
  • 2 nights Eilat
  • 1 night Tel Aviv
  • Breakfast daily and 6 dinners
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony, preparation and services at an additional cost of $950 per family
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach with panoramic windows, reclining seats and footrests
  • Services of a friendly and professional English-speaking Expedition Educator throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • All hotel and airport portage and tipping included
DAY ONE: Sunday
DEPARTURE
  • Leave the U.S.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Monday
ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL
  • Land in Israel. Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv, known as the ‘city that never sleeps.'
  • Check into your hotel.
  • 6:30-6:45 p.m - Pick up from your hotel for orientation and dinner in Tel Aviv with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at one of its important, historical reference points.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner, with a Yemenite touch, at Maganda, located in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter. The menu features a delicious selection of salads, grilled meats and vegetarian options.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY THREE: Tuesday
ALONG THE COAST
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Begin the day with an introduction and special visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in May 1948.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists, and continue onto the colorful Carmel Market and then to Sheinkin, a trendy Tel Aviv shopping street.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Depart Tel Aviv.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of ancient Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period. Visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with a visit to the 900-year-old Crusader city built on the same site.
  • Check into your kibbutz guesthouse.  
  • Dinner at the guesthouse.

Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse, Upper Galilee


DAY FOUR: Wednesday
NATURE AND SECURITY
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
  • Take a Jeep tour climbing to the Golan Heights in the footsteps of IDF soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan
  • Cross the Golan Plateau to the border with Syria, overlooking the abandoned town of Kuneitra and the United Nations outpost nearby.
    Lunch on your own.
  • Wine tasting at a local winery.
  • Between May to September: Enjoy rafting or kayaking on the Jordan River (water shoes recommended).

OR

  • Between October to April: Visit the Hula Nature Reserve and the Ophoria Interactive Experience, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dialogue with a kibbutz member.
  • Return to your kibbutz for dinner at the guesthouse.

Overnight: Kibbutz guesthouse, Upper Galilee


DAY FIVE: Thursday
THE GALILEE AND THE CARMEL
  • Breakfast at your kibbutz guesthouse.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years, and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • A guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shop in the artists' colony.
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottoes, carved out of the soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, and a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The newly renovated Crusaders' City.
    • The Al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
  • Da'at Encounter: Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, including dinner at a Druze home.
  • Drive to Haifa and check into your hotel.

Overnight: Haifa


DAY SIX: Friday
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Stop on top of Mount Carmel for a scenic overlook of Haifa Bay. View the Bahai Gardens and Shrine, one of the holiest sites of the Bahai religion.
  • Drive to Jerusalem via the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overview of Jerusalem and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing, followed by an introduction to the city.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Old City of Jerusalem for a guided visit through 3,000 years of Jewish life.
  • Take time to pay respects at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Check into your hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at local synagogues in Jerusalem, on your own.
  • Shabbat Dinner at Beit Shmuel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY SEVEN: Saturday
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM (NO GUIDE)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat services with a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem, at a choice of a wide array of restaurants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY EIGHT: Sunday
HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY JERUSALEM
  • Da'at Fitness: Walkabout Jerusalem: Integrate Wellness and fitness into your trip experience with your athletic trainer in Liberty Bell Park.
  • Early breakfast at your hotel.
  • Guided visit through the newly renovated Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, including the new Historical Museum, the Children's Memorial, and a memorial service.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Return to the Old City and visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall along the Temple Mount.
  • Ethnic, cultural and tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open air market; enjoy the sites, smells, and tastes as well as the stories and personal interactions with shopkeepers who add so much to this colourful experience.
  • Da'at Encounter: Israeli Society @ 2013 Dialogue with a scholar.
  • Enjoy dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant, located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY NINE: Monday
JEWISH STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL
  • Early breakfast at your hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Stop en route for a Camel Ride through the desert in Biblical style.  
  • Ascend the cable car to Masada, Herod's mountaintop fortress and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance for modern Israel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its saline waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem, at a choice of local restaurants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


DAY TEN: Tuesday
DIGGING FOR ROOTS
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounter:Visit a social action project.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute, near Rehovot, for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Take part in an active Dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (crawling is optional).
  • Transfer to the domestic airport.
  • Depart on a domestic flight to Eilat (commuter plane).
  • Arrive in Eilat and transfer to your hotel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy free evening and dinner on your own in Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat


DAY ELEVEN: Wednesday
THE WONDERS OF THE RED SEA
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Eilat with the following possible activities:
    • Guided day tour of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Lunch is included. (Supplement Cost)
    • Visit the Eilat Underwater Observatory on your own and experience the wonders and mysteries of the world beneath the Red Sea. (Supplement Cost)
    • Fun in the Sun in Eilat with optional water sports, hiking, jeep trip and much more (costs not included but reservations can be made).
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Eilat


DAY TWELVE: Thursday
EILAT TO TEL AVIV
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Eilat.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Transfer from your hotel to the Eilat Airport.
  • Check in and depart for the domestic flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Transfer and check-in to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Free evening and dinner on your own in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


DAY THIRTEEN: Friday
RETURN TO THE U.S.
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Transfer to Ben-Gurion International Airport for your departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • The Bar/Bat Ceremony will take place in Jerusalem (please note that the Southern Wall is closed on Saturday). The Bar/Bat ceremony is an experience which is shared by all the families who are participating on the trip. Once you have signed up for the trip, we will put you in touch with a Rabbi who will contact you about the details of the actual ceremony.






Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    • 4 seater - $70  (i.e. 2 pax) - per day
    • 7 seater - $90 (i.e. 3-5 pax) - per day
    • 10 seater - $110 (i.e. 5-7 pax) - per day
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day 


       

Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website atwww.tsa.govto obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.
 
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