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9-Day Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tour of Israel

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore Caesarea National Park
  • Jeep tour on the Golan Heights
  • Rafting on the Jordan River (seasonal)
  • 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 dialogue
  • The Jezzar Pasha Mosque in Acre
  • Israeli Society @ 2013 Dialogue with an academic scholar
  • Special tour to the Western Wall Tunnels and the City of David
  • The refurbished Yad Vashem complex in Jerusalem


 

Trip Includes


  • 7 nights accommodation in selected hotels:
    • 1 night Tel Aviv
    • 2 nights Galilee
    • 1 night Haifa
    • 3 nights Jerusalem
  • Breakfast daily and 5 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 as per itinerary
  • All hotel and airport portage and tipping included

Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday
ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps.”
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Pick up from the hotel for orientation with the tour educator.
  • Welcome to Tel Aviv: Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • 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 the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the hotel.
  • Introduction and special visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in December 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 Shenkin, one of Israel's most avant-garde streets.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Depart Tel Aviv, driving north along the coast.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of 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.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Four: Wednesday
NATURE AND SECURITY

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Wine-tasting at a winery in the Golan Heights, OR enjoy the culinary delights of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory in Ein Zivan.
  • Cross the Golan Plateau to the border with Syria, overlooking the abandoned town of Kuneitra and the United Nations outpost nearby.
  • Between May to September: Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River. (Water shoes recommended.)
  • Between October to April: Visit the Hula Nature Reserve and the Ophoria Interactive Experience, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor.
  • Adults: Da'at Encounter Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with second-generation kibbutz member Nancy Yettra Shatz.
  • Children: Active walk around the kibbutz.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee

Day Five: Thursday
THE GALILEE AND THE CARMEL

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Check out and depart the kibbutz.
  • 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.
      (Family tours will include a special child-friendly Tsfat tour.)
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottos, carved out of the soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 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.
  • 6:30 p.m. 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.
  • Continue to Haifa.
  • Check into the hotel.

Overnight: Haifa

Day Six: Friday
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the 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.
  • Depart for 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. (Family tours will include a special child-friendly scavenger hunt challenge as an introduction to the Old City.)
  • Take time to pay respects at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Check into the 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 ISRAEL | no guide

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem.(on own no guide)

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eight: Sunday
HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY JERUSALEM

  • Da'at Fitness Walkabout Jerusalem - Integrate wellness and fitness into your trip experience with an athletic trainer in Liberty Bell Park.
  • Breakfast at the 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. (Family tours will include youth programming; a child-friendly tour at Yad Vashem or a visit to the zoo or science museum depending on age.)
  • Ethnic, cultural and tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market; enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes as well as the stories and personal interactions with shopkeepers who add so much to this colourful experience.
  • Visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Da'at Dialogue Israeli Society @ 2015: Dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College.
  • Dinner on own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Nine: Monday
RETURN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight to the U.S.A.
 

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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