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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Group Tour – Thursday Departure

Tour Details

BAR-BAT MITZVAH TOUR

Tour Departs on: Thursday

Tour Highlights
  • Have a breathtaking view over the Old City from Mount Scopus and recite the traditional shehechiyanu blessing
  • Welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • Participate in an interactive “Tour Game” adventure in adventure in a 19th century neighborhood
  • Walk high up on Jerusalem Old city’s ramparts and explore the alleyways of the shuk
  • Enjoy the “Night Spectacular” Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David Museum
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum and Children’s Memorial
  • Walk through bustling Machne Yehudah open air market
  • Visit the Israel Museum, including Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book
  • Go way back in time to King David’s Jerusalem and enjoy sloshing through Hezekiah’s water tunnel
  • Arrive at Masada, the mountain fortress where the Jewish Zealots fought against mighty Rome
  • Stop at the Dead Sea for an unsinkable float
  • Have a biblical experience at K’far Kedem
  • Tour picturesque Akko, with its medieval port and citadel
  • View the spectacular Bahai Gardens in Haifa
  • Enjoy home hospitality and dinner at a Druz Village
  • Visit Safed, the 16th century birthplace of the mystical Kabbalah Movement
  • Ascend the Golan Heights to take an exciting jeep ride
  • Enjoy a raucous kayak ride on the Jordan River (weather permitting)
  • Walk through Tel Aviv’s Nachalat Binyamin Arts & Crafts Fair
  • Participate in an active archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin National Park
  • Visit Machon Ayalon, a secret pre-State ammunition factory
  • Explore the pathways, art galleries, and market stalls of Old Jaffa
General Information

Airfare: You may book your own airfare, or I will book your flights at the lowest available fare.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah: Group – $400 per child. Private Ceremony on Masada – $1,000.

Meals: Full Israeli buffet-style breakfast daily + 3 lunches + 4 dinners.

Touring: Sightseeing per itinerary in a luxury air-conditioned coach with licensed guide and driver.

VIP assistance: Upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion airport.

Fees: All entrance fees to sites en route and porterage at hotels and airport.

Not included in price: Visa fees, insurance and gratuities.

Travel insurance: I advise clients to purchase trip insurance to cover the cost of the trip and situations that may occur with travel. Trip insurance is $279 per person.

 

Payments: $500 deposit per person. Balance due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation fee: Up to 90 days prior to departure $300 per person. 89 – 60 days prior to departure, $1,000 per person. 59 – 30 days prior to departure, $1,500 per person. No refund within 30 days of departure.

2020 Tour Dates
February 13-23 11 day
June 25-July 6 12 day
July 2-13 12 day
August 20-31 12 day
December 23-January 3 12 day
Thursday– DEPARTURE
  • Depart the United States to Tel Aviv.
Friday– WELCOME TO ISRAEL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where you are met and transferred to the King David Hotel. In the late afternoon, drive to Mount Scopus for a spectacular view of the city, the traditional shehechiyanu blessing, and a l’chaim. Continue to the Old City and visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, to welcome the Shabbat.

Friday night dinner and overnight at the King David Hotel

Saturday– SHABBAT SHALOM! A WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD CITY
  • If available, take part in a guided, fun-filled “Tourgame” of Yemin Moshe. Enter the Old City at Jaffa Gate and visit the Tower of David Citadel and Museum, which traces the history of Jerusalem. Explore the narrow alleyways and the colorful shuk (Arab Market). Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Afternoon at leisure. At night (weather permitting) walk to the Tower of David for the Night Spectacular Light Show.

Overnight at the King David Hotel

Sunday– TOUR OF JERUSALEM
  • Drive to Mt. Zion to visit King David’s Tomb and the room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City through Zion Gate and walk through the reconstructed Jewish Quarter with its four restored Sephardic synagogues. Browse the boutique-lined Cardo, once an ancient Byzantine bazaar. Visit the Burnt House. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Tour the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and see the Second Temple excavations. Arrive at the Western Wall and walk through the Western Wall Tunnels. Visit the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s Water Tunnel. (Bring shorts and water shoes. Water is knee deep.)

Overnight at the King David Hotel

Monday- BAR/BAT MITZVAH ON MASADA AND TOUR OF THE DEAD SEA
  • Drive through the wilderness of the Judean Desert to the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea. Continue along the sea, passing the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Arrive at Masada, the mountain fortress where the Jewish Zealots fought against mighty Rome. Ascend by cable car to the plateau to celebrate the Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. After the service, tour Herod’s palace, the Zealots’ synagogue and the Roman bathhouses. Hike through the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to the waterfall, and observe the wildlife and lush foliage in this oasis. Stop at the Dead Sea for an unforgettable “float.” Return to Jerusalem.

Celebration dinner and overnight at the King David Hotel

Tuesday- TOUR OF JERUSALEM
  • Participate in a special service at Yad Vashem, memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, and visit the Museum and Children’s Memorial. Continue to Mt. Herzl, burial place of Israel’s leaders and site of the military cemetery. Walk through the colorful Machne Yehudah open air Market, abounding with fruit, vegetables, and tasty delights. Enjoy a Middle Eastern lunch. Drive to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Stroll through the outdoor Billy Rose Sculpture Garden and see the scale model of Jerusalem as it looked in Herod’s time. Stop at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, to see the bronze Menorah sculpture, symbol of the State of Israel.

Overnight at the King David Hotel

Wednesday- TOUR OF THE GALILEE
  • Depart Jerusalem and drive north to the Valley of Jezreel. Visit Beit Shearim catacombs, burial place of Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi, compiler of the Mishna. Stop at K’far Kedem for a biblical experience and lunch. Drive to the picturesque Bay of Akko, with its medieval port and Citadel, and visit the underground Crusader City. Drive along Haifa Bay and ascend Mt. Carmel with breathtaking views of Haifa Harbor. See the golden-domed Bahai Temple and the beautiful Persian Gardens. Drive to the unique Druze villages and enjoy home hospitality and dinner. Return to Haifa.

Overnight at the Dan Carmel Hotel

Thursday- TOUR OF THE GALILEE AND THE GOLAN
  • Drive through the mountains of the Upper Galilee to Safed, 16th century birthplace of the mystical Kabbalah movement. Stroll the cobbled streets to explore the ancient synagogues and galleries of this quaint Artists’ Colony. Drive to the Golan Heights and take an exciting jeep ride through the rugged hills of the Golan. Stop at a former Syrian fortification to view the Hula Valley below. Conditions permitting, go kayaking on the Jordan River. View the Sea of Galilee, Lake Kinneret. Return to Haifa.

BBQ dinner and overnight at the Dan Carmel Hotel

Friday- TOUR OF CAESAREA AND TEL AVIV
  • Drive along the Mediterranean seashore to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the country. See King Herod’s ancient port, the Roman amphitheater, the aqueduct and the fortifications of the Crusaders. Drive past the seaside resorts of Netanya and Herzilya to Tel Aviv, Israel’s center of culture and commerce, with outdoor cafes and beautiful Mediterranean beaches. The “White City” was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Walk through Nachalat Binyamin to see artisans selling their crafts. Stop at the colorful Carmel fruit and vegetable market for a “taste” of Israel.

Overnight at the Dan Hotel

Saturday- SHABBAT SHALOM! TEL AVIV
  • Day of leisure. Enjoy the beach, swim in the Mediterranean, and stroll along the seaside promenade. In the evening, on your own, walk to the Old Tel Aviv Port.

Overnight at the Dan Hotel

Sunday- TOUR OF BEIT GUVRIN AND TEL AVIV
  • Drive south to explore the unusual Bell Caves and excavations of Beit Guvrin. Participate in an archaeological dig where visitors young and old “Dig Israel.” Continue to Machon Ayalon, an underground ammunition factory that operated during the British Mandate. Drive to the Neot Kedumim, a biblical landscape reserve, to plant trees. Return to Tel Aviv. Visit the biblical seaport of Old Jaffa and meander through the galleries in the Artists’ Quarter. Last minute shopping. Evening transfer to Ben Gurion Airport.
Monday- DEPARTURE
  • Flight back home.

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