Israel: Tailored Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Experience

For over 40 years, Gil Travel has helped families just like yours strengthen their ties to Judaism and make cherished memories with personalized Bar & Bat Mitzvah Israel tours.
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    The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony and celebration will be an unforgettable highlight of your tailored Israel trip.
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    Land Only
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  • Tailor Made

    This tour can be booked privately

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For over 40 years, Gil Travel has helped families just like yours strengthen their ties to Judaism and make cherished memories with personalized Bar & Bat Mitzvah Israel tours. Relax, and let us take care of the details! Work with our specialized travel agents who send over 40,000 people to Israel each year. We have the experience and insight to plan every aspect of your celebration.

Your family can climb Masada, take a dip in the Dead Sea, shop and feel the energy of Jerusalem in Mahane Yehuda market, plant a family tree at Neot Kedumim, explore the Palmach Museum to learn of the elite fighting force of the Haganah who fought for the state of Israel, volunteer with an organization in need, enjoy a celebratory lunch in the ancient coastal city of Caesarea, visit some Start-Up Nation stops, or have a meaningful moment at the Western Wall. With your personalized tour, your choice of experiences are endless!

*Please note that the itinerary you can view on this page is an example of one we designed. Think of it as a starting off point!

Gil Travel will go to all lengths possible to make your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Israel trip a special, meaningful and memorable experience!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Arrive at Ben Gurion

You will be met at the jetway by Aerohandling who will escort all of you through airport formalities then out to your guide who will be waiting for you at the arrivals Hall.

You can start by going to Neot Kedumim and planting a tree then proceed to Jerusalem.

Upon arrival in Jerusalem, have a Shehechyanu at the Haas Promenade and have a nice lunch somewhere.

Overnight stay in Jerusalem at Dan Panorama.




Friday, June 22, 2018

Touring the Old City

9:20am - Western Wall Tunnels- a treat for history and archaeology buffs. These tunnels will lead us back in time through the Second Temple era.

1045am – Virtual Reality Experience – see what Jerusalem was like during the 2nd Temple period.

Jewish Quarter - the main residential area for Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem and one of the four traditional quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Cardo- A Roman street built in the 6th century consisting of stores situated between two rows of columns.

3:00pm - Sifting at the Temple Mount.

Shabbat dinner at a local home in Jerusalem

Return to Dan Panorama.




Saturday, June 23, 2018

Israel Museum, Artist workshops

Israel Museum -
On the grounds of the museum visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.

11:00am - Artist workshops at Ein Yael including pottery and musical instruments.

Walk through the Mahane Yehuda and see how young artists turns the closed street into a gallery of famous faces.

Return to Dan Panorama for the evening.




Sunday, June 24, 2018

Scavenger hunt, Sound and light show

9:45AM - Family Scavenger Hunt in Jerusalem, Wandering from the Montefiore Windmill through the winding alleys of Yemin, you will learn the story of a frontier neighborhood that became one of Jerusalem’s most beautiful neighborhood.

9:00pm - Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David inside the Jaffa Gate.

Overnight at Dan Panorama.




Monday, June 25, 2018

Rabbi Meeting, Gush Etzion, Latrun

8:15am – Rabbi Michael Klein Katz will meet you at breakfast to go over the Bar Mitzvah plans.

10:30AM - Gush Etzion – Caliber 3 security training
Enjoy the 2nd longest zipline in the world here.

Proceed to Latrun (Yad Lashiryon) to see the Memorial for the Armored Corps.
Latrun, the site of many famous military battles, now is home to a memorial museum.

Travel to Tel Aviv to stay at the Dan Panorama there.

Overnight:Tel Aviv



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Touring Tel Aviv and Caesaria

9:00AM - Palmach Museum – With remarkably realistic sets, sounds, lighting, special effects and even moving rooms, the visitor learns the history that lead to the founding of the State of Israel.

Depart Tel Aviv for Caesarea to view the magnificent remains of Herod’s city, the Roman capital and port and fortified Crusader town. View a multimedia presentation about the city's history.

Lunch in Caesarea.

Overnight at Dan Panorama.

Overnight:Tel Aviv



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Ayalon Institute, Carmel Market

10:00am - Ayalon Institute
Visit this secret military industry factory plant created by the Haganah in 1945 in a kibbutz accessed only through a hole in the floor under a washing machine.

Nachalat Benyamin - Located in one of the oldest Tel Aviv Neighborhoods, this is the best place in the city to find original, handmade items.

Carmel Market - We will visit the largest open-air marketplace in the city. Smell the spices, the fruits and fresh vegetables.

Late afternoon departure for the Dead Sea. Overnight stay in Ganim Dead Sea.

Overnight:Ein Bokek, Dead Sea



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bar Mitzvah on Masada

10:00 am - Proceed to Masada for the Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Michael Klein Katz.

Hike at Ein Gedi - Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is home to beautiful hot springs, a variety of plans, and wildlife.

On to your hotel to experience the Dead Sea and the hotel's facilities.

Overnight at Ganim Dead Sea

Overnight:Ein Bokek, Dead Sea



Friday, June 29, 2018

Bedouin visit, Sde Boker, Ein Avdat

Depart for the South.

11:00am Stop at Kfar Hanokdim for camel ride and Bedouin Hospitality

Sde Boker - Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigned from office in 1953 and moved to the Sde Boker where he lived the rest of his life even after returning to politics. He believed that eventually the Negev would be home to many Jews who would move to Israel after having made Aliyah, and he felt that Sde-Boker was an example for what should follow.

Ein Avdat - Enjoy the water springs at the narrow canyon at Ein Avdat.

9:30pm - Stargazing this evening with Ira Machefsky.

Spend the night at Ramon Inn.

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Jeep tour, hiking, Alpaca and llama farm

9:30 am - Jeep tour at the crater.

The balance of the day can be spent hiking, repelling, and visiting the alpaca and llama farm.

Overnight - Ramon Inn at the Ramon Crater

Overnight:Mitzpe Ramon



Sunday, July 01, 2018

Beersheva National park

Morning at leisure

Late morning departure.

Visit Beersheva National park or Karaso Science Park .

Stop for dinner on the way to the airport.

Late night departure for home.
Day 1 - Sunday, August 16
Departure from the US

Depart the US on your flight to Israel on El Al Flight 28 departing at 1:30PM from Newark Airport

Overnight: En Route

Day 2 - Monday, August 17
Welcome to Israel

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport at 7:00am. Upon arrival, we will meet our guide and begin our journey through amazing Israel!

Drive to Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve responsible for preserving local Israeli agriculture and landscapes. We may herd sheep and make pita bread!

Continue to Jerusalem for a Shehecheyanu at Mt Scopus.

Relax upon checking in to our hotel and an arrival dinner at the fabulous Olive and Fish Restaurant which is right across the street. 

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem    

Day 3 - Tuesday, August 18
Old City

Rampart Walk on top of the old city’s walls. From here you can enjoy a scenic panorama of the walls and the Old City. Explore the Jewish Quarter, the main residential area for Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem

Continue to the Davidson Centerat the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens and enjoy a modern, kid-friendly, interactive virtual presentation. Through the films and exhibits, the Visitor’s Center explains the archaeology of Jerusalem covering the First and Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic and Crusader periods.

Enjoy the mesmerizing Sound and Light Show at the Citadel Museum.  The show depicts Jerusalem’s history through music and the most colorful pictures cast on walls of the museum.  Make sure to bring a jacket!

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem 

Day 4 - Wednesday, August 19
Massada and Dead Sea

Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada. Ascend by cable car and tour the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans in 73 AD.  Descend by cable car, time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to enjoy a Lunch and Swim at a Mineral Beach.

Hike in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve home to beautiful hot springs, fascinating plants and wildlife along with great hiking trails.

On your way back to Jerusalem stop at Genesis Land for some of Abraham’s hospitality and a camel ride.

Meet the Rabbi for the Bar Mitzvah rehearsal. Continue to the hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem 

Day 5 - Thursday, August 20
Bar Mitzvah Day

Enjoy your incredible Bar Mitzvah day at Ezrat Israel! Continue with an incredible Kiddush at the Southern Wall in the Old City.

Visit the Western Wall Tunnels and the Kotel and the Jewish Quarter

In the City of David (Ir David), explore the recently excavated fortresses and passageways. Here you can relive King David’s conquest of the Jebusite city. Visit the Hezekiah Tunnels. These tunnels were dug underneath the city as an aqueduct to provide water during an impending siege by the Assyrians.  They date back as far as the 8th century B.C.

Enjoy dinner a Gala Bnai Mitzvot dinner at Picolino Restaurant.

Overnight:  Inbal, Jerusalem 

Day 6 - Friday, August 21

Begin the day with a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum where you can walk through the Children’s Pavilion, visit the museum, and explore the Avenue of the Righteous. (Children under 10 years of age will be taken to another site as they are not allowed in Yad Vashem).

Continue to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, famous for its collection of wildlife featured in the Torah.

Explore Machane Yehuda, the largest and busiest outdoor market in all of Israel. Buy all sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables and experience the excitement as everyone prepares for Shabbat.

Have a Shabbat of a Lifetime experience at a local home including Shabbat dinner and home hospitality.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem 

Day 7 - Saturday, August 22

Morning you may want to go to early services

Late morning/early afternoon –  Participate in a fun filled scavenger hunt  Nachlaot is one of Jerusalem’s best-kept secrets, and on this tour game, you will discover this colorful, surprising and eclectic neighborhood.  On your navigation adventure, you will get to know the pioneers of the early Jerusalem neighborhood, you will make your way through alleys with timeless charm and you will peek into the Machaneh Yehuda market – all this while engaging with the unique Nachlaot vibe.

Afternoon at leisure

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem 

Day 8 - Sunday, August 23
North of Israel

Head north via the Jordan Valley to the Golan Heights, and learn about its strategic significance to Israel.

Have an exciting tour of the Golan by ATV at Merom to get the lay of the local land.

Stop by Mt. Bental, overlooking the Golan and nearby Mt. Hermon.

Continue to a delicious chocolate factory and indulge in the Golan’s favorite culinary offerings!

Visit Kesem Hagolan, the Golan Visitors center that boasts a movie theatre, a large model of the Golan that explains the area, as well as a famous brewery.

Overnight: Kibbutz Kfar Blum including dinner 

Day 9 - Monday, August 24

Begin the day in Safed, an orthodox community and the center of Jewish mysticism (kabala), where you will visit the Joseph Caro and Ha’ Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city and stroll down the famous Artists quarter. Meet local soldiers to get a feel for the diverse Safed community.

Enjoy an afternoon of rafting on the Jordan River, and continue to explore the Hulu Valley Nature Reserve.

Overnight: Kibbutz  Kfar Blum including dinner

Day 11 - Wednesday, August 26
Tel Aviv

Begin the day at the Palmach Museum. The aim of the museum is to give a sense of the period, which led to the founding of the State of Israel. Appropriately, the main exhibit takes place underground in a series of chambers. Remarkably realistic sets, sounds, lighting, special effects and even moving rooms, make the visitor feel part of this extraordinary experience.

Visit the Ayalon Institute (Bullet Factory). In 1945, the Haganah determined that at the end of the British Mandate a struggle would ensue between the Jews and Arabs of the land. A decision was made by the Haganah to establish a secret plant. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute, a military industry factory in the early pre-state days. 

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv 

Day 12 - Thursday, August 27
Tel Aviv

Enjoy a morning archeological dig at Tel Maresh, a historical site near Tel Aviv.

Continue to Latrun, the site of many famous military battles. A memorial museum now stands in its place.  Explore the history of the Israeli Defense Force at the Yad Lashiryon Corps Museum where you will enjoy the rich history of Israel’s famous military forces.

Your rooms are held until 6pm.

End the evening with a farewell dinner at the festive Maganda Restaurant  and transfer to the airport for departure.

Day 13 - Friday, August 28
Departure from Israel

Departure via El Al 027 at 1230am arriving back into Newark at 5:40am this morning.

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