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Winter Family Bonding Experience with Bar/Bat Mitzvah Option

Suitable for Family

OVERVIEW

From art tours to outdoor activities, lunches with Bedouins and going on a Tel Aviv mystery tour, a trip to Israel with the family is one of the best ways to create memories and connect.

Take time from your busy schedule, where everyone in the family goes off to their various jobs, schools, and activities, to experience something new, exciting, and meaningful together.

If your children are Bar and Bat Mitzvah age,  that time period is ine of the most memorable moments in a young Jewish person’s life. They’re an important rite of passage, and there are a myriad number of ways to celebrate them.

Celebrate the monumental milestone in your family’s life with a Winter Family Bonding Experience in Israel.

Highlights*

  • F-16 top gun experience
  • Tel Aviv mystery tour
  • Graffiti tour of Tel Aviv Bohemian neighborhood
  • Archeological Excavation in Beit Guvrin
  • Bedouin lunch
  • Watch the stars in MITZPE Ramon
  • Fauda Base
  • Yad Vashem, old city of Jerusalem and more

*Some experiences are subject to minimum group size

Day by Day Suggested Program

SUNDAY, DAY 1
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Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport

Meet a VIP Service representative as you exit the plane, who will guide and assist you through the airport arrivals process, including passport control, customs, and baggage claim. The representative will connect you with your driver for your transfer. Welcome to your Israel Bar Mitzvah Tour!

Transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv

Check into the hotel

Overnight Tel Aviv

MONDAY, DAY 2
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Breakfast at the hotel

The Gateway to the Land of Israel
Explore the ancient port city of Jaffa. For more than 5,000 years this magical port city brimming with life, color, and excitement served as the setting for the first leg of the journey for the sailors, pilgrims, and adventurers who “washed upon the shores” of the Holy Land. Step foot in the place where Jonah the Prophet embarked on a journey that would become one of the most famous stories ever told.

Lunch at Jaffa’s Flea Market [on own account]
Just next to Jaffa’s picturesque Old City and ancient Clock Tower, is a treasure trove of antiques, handmade and secondhand items over at the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpushim). Restaurants and coffee shops line the streets for weary shoppers to refresh and watch the crowds go by.

No Room for Small Dreams
Built in 1996 and named after its founder, the late Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shimon Peres, visit the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation non-profit. Discover the incredible story of the Innovation Nation, and the people behind it with the aim of promoting a better future of prosperity and peace.

Rothschild Boulevard
Walk along the main avenue of Tel Aviv, which used to be known as Rehov HaAm (the Street of the People) at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel.

Overnight Tel Aviv

TUESDAY, DAY 3
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Breakfast at the hotel

Top Gun
At 1,320 mph and 50,000 ft high, gain a heightened understanding of Israel’s geopolitical challenges from the seat of an F-16. Suit up, and after learning to maneuver your jet prepare for your family mission – using maps and satellite images, navigate and fly together to locate dangerous targets! A unique addition to any Israel Bar Mitzvah Tour.

Travel North
Herod’s Legendary Port City
Herod the Great built Caesarea around 25–13 BCE as the port city Caesarea Maritima. It served as an administrative center of Judaea Province of the Roman Empire, and later the capital of the Byzantine Palaestina Prima province during the classic period. Archaeological excavations uncovered remains from many periods, in particular, a complex of Crusader fortifications and a giant Roman city that boasted the largest harbor on the eastern Mediterranean coast.

Lunch Lunch [on own account]

Haifa’s Market Tour
Visit Haifa in December when it is covered with festive lights for the Holiday of Holidays. In the main street, observe Menorahs, Christmas trees and Crescents, symbolizing the three religions.

Travel Back to Tel Aviv

Overnight Tel Aviv

WEDNESDAY, DAY 4
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Breakfast at the hotel

Tel Aviv Mystery Tour
Mystery Tour: Nothing is what it seems, and everything (and anything) around you could be part of the game – trust no one! Submerge yourself in a fantastic experience that is part walking tour, part mystery show, part adventure. It’s a race to solve enigmatic riddles, as you navigate the city, and meet the people around you. Sounds too vague? Revealing any more would spoil the fun!

Lunch Lunch [on own account]

A Taste of Tel Aviv
Wind your way through the largest and busiest market in Tel Aviv and in Israel – Shuk HaCarmel (Hebrew for “The Carmel Market”). Savor the noise, smells and excitement as you taste spices, pickled treats, fresh fruits & veggies, and some local delicacies. Whether you prefer salty or sweet, you will be able to try new foods and hear the stories of the vendors. Their stories hail from Morocco, Yemen, Ethiopia, and more, bringing an international flavor to the Middle East. A must see on your Israel Bat Mitzvah Tour.

The Writings on the Wall
Come decipher the “writing on the walls” as you explore southern Tel Aviv’s bohemian neighborhoods. Smoke out graffiti, street signs, and bumper stickers filled with humorous Hebrew gems and insights into contemporary Israeli culture. The do’s and don’ts of Tel Aviv’s underground art scene intertwine with the history of this bustling and dynamic part of Tel Aviv.

Overnight Tel Aviv

THURSDAY, DAY 5
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Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Full Metal Jacket
Bringing alive one of the most fascinating chapters in the story of the establishment of the State of Israel, go on a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute. Here, right under the nose of the British, Palmach fighters ran an underground munitions factory the size of a tennis court! Concealed inside in an innocent-looking laundromat, look for the secret entrance and descend to see the still-working machinery.

Lunch Lunch [on own account]

Dig for a Day
Visit the Beit Guvrin National Park and participate in hands-on archaeological excavations in the subterranean complexes of the ancient City of Maresha. Dig, shlep and sift as you excavate the 2-year-old subterranean complex of this ancient city. Followed by a spelunking expedition through the “Land of a Thousand Caves” to discover the impressive cisterns, olive presses, columbarium caves, and burial caves.

Travel South and check in to the hotel on your Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

Overnight South

FRIDAY, DAY 6
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Breakfast at the hotel

Life on the Edge
Pump yourself up as you rappel down the northern wall of the Makhtesh Ramon while enjoying the stunning view of this unique natural phenomena on the way down.

Jewel of the Negev
Embark on an exciting jeep ride and descend into Makhtesh Ramon where you’ll get a rare view of fossils, colorful sands, volcanic rocks and more. Cross half its width to Wadi Ramon and hear about the formation of this geological natural phenomena that’s unique to the Negev desert but commonly mistaken to be “crater”.

Bedouin Lunch
Visit a Bedouin tent and about the Bedouin lifestyle. Experience the Bedouin cuisine with a traditional Bedouin lunch during your Bar Mitzvah Tour.

Wish Upon a Star
The dark dry and clear air desert skies make for the perfect stargazing setting. Explore deep space with advanced robotic telescopes, and hear fascinating explanations of constellations and galaxies.

Overnight South

SATURDAY, DAY 7
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Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Israel’s Founding Father
Visit David Ben Gurion’s Hut, the home and burial ground of Israel’s first Prime Minister. Learn about his legacy and pay tribute at his grave overlooking the Zin riverbed.

Travel to Jerusalem

Welcome to Jerusalem
A panoramic overlook of Jerusalem and Shehechiyanu from the Haas Promenade.

Check into the hotel

Overnight Jerusalem

SUNDAY, DAY 8
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Breakfast at the hotel

The Historic Nucleus
Visit the City of David, the ancient capital of Jerusalem, established 3000 years ago by King David. Inaccessible for 19 years, the site has been continuously excavated since the reunification of Jerusalem with fascinating revelations constantly emerging. You’ll be introduced to the excavations and recent archaeological developments with a comprehensive tour of the site with your own private guide.

Lunch Lunch [on own account]

The Great Bridge
After years of development work and archaeological preservation, get a glimpse of the Western Wall Tunnels newest revelations. Embark on a private guided tour and descend even lower and deeper down the ground. Walk beneath the Great Bridge that led to the Second Temple and explore the different rooms and halls that served the people of that glorious time.

Four Quarters, Three Religions, One God
Walk through the alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem and discover the intertwined stories of Jews, Christians & Muslims throughout all four quarters. Make a wish and slip a note to the cracks of the Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, home to the empty tomb of Jesus.

Overnight Jerusalem

MONDAY, DAY 9
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Breakfast at the hotel

A Modern Celebration in an Ancient Land
Join the family for the Bat Mitzvah Ceremony in Israel!

Festive Lunch

FAUDA! Organized Chaos
Fauda Base is a unique space inspired by the world-renowned TV series “Fauda” (Arabic for “Chaos”) that gave the world a glimpse on the exhilarating and mysterious daily realities of real fighters defending the State of Israel. Feel like an actual Special Undercover Forces soldier and take part in an extraordinary operation! Train with specialist instructors on how to save lives by learning Krav Maga, how to shoot and more. The operation is held in the constructed “Arab Village” including actors dressed as terrorists and innocent civilians to create a unique and unforgettable experience.

Overnight Jerusalem

TUESDAY, DAY 10
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Breakfast at the hotel

Remembering the Holocaust
A comprehensive private tour of Yad Vashem including the Historical Museum, The Children’s Memorial, and the Hall of remembrance. As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Take part in a special twinning program that matches the Bar and Bat Mitzvah children with children from the Holocaust, highlighting connections, and creating a special understanding of the tragedy of the past.

The Heart of Jerusalem
A tasting tour through the Machane Yehuda fresh produce market, take in the sights and sounds of this fantastic Jerusalem institution and grab some lunch on the way. Hear the stories of the many different ethnic backgrounds of the vendors who bring the wares to the market and see the influence of the incredible diversity of cultures: Morocco, Yemen, Iraq, Ethiopia, and so many more.

Overnight Jerusalem

WEDNESDAY, DAY 11
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Breakfast at the hotel

From Narrative to Symbol
Take a cable car or hike to the top of Masada to tell the ancient story of the 960 men, women, and children that were the last to resist the Romans during the Great Jewish Revolt almost 2,000 years ago. The story of Masada has become synonymous with Israel’s quest for freedom and independence in modern times.

The Lowest Point on Earth
At 1,385 feet below sea level, visit the lowest point on Earth and experience effortless floating on the Dead Sea’s hypersaline waters. Have lunch, swim and relax at a Dead Sea hotel.

Overnight Jerusalem

THURSDAY, DAY 12
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Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Transfer from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport

Israel Departure
Arrive at the airport, and be greeted by a VIP Service representative who will assist you through the airport with the check-in process, security, passport control, and to the gate of the plane.

Return flight home

*This is a sample itinerary and can be fully customized to your family’s Israel Bar Mitzvah Tour.

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