Bnei Bat Mitzvah Tour

Private Bnei Mitzvah Family Tour

Day 1 –Depart the USA –

Today we embark on our Journey to our homeland ISRAEL. Prepare yourself for a life changing experience. ENJOY your 11-hour flight with good meals, movies and I am sure the kids will entertain us all the way.

Day 2 – Shalom and welcome to Israel –

Upon landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport we will be met by an airport representative to help with the luggage and escorted to the driver, waiting to take us to our hotel in Tel-Aviv. After check in and some rest at Crown Plaza TLV Hotel we’ll enjoy our first dinner in Israel.

Overnight at Crown Plaza TLV hotel.

Day 3 – Friday, Tel-Aviv – Dead Sea

Breakfast and check out at the hotel. Start the day with the visit to the 9:00 – Independence Hall where the establishment of the State of Israel was declared. Next we go to Beit Hatefutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People. This unique global institution tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Beit Hatefutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. Beit Hatefutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity. We leave Tel-Aviv and our next stop will be at 12:00 – Ayalon Institute. It is located on Kibbutz Hill and was made to fool the British intonthinking it was a kibbutz during the British Mandate. In fact, it was a secret ammunition factory set up by the Jewish underground. In the 1930s, it became clear to the Zionist leaders that they were going to need weapons to defend themselves against the Arabs and to fight for their
independence. The Jews of Palestine were very resourceful in smuggling weapons and establishing clandestine arms factories. The underground factories churned out relatively easy to build Sten submachine guns, but the Haganah had difficulty obtaining the 9 mm bullets needed for the weapons.

We continue on south to the Dead Sea driving via Judean Desert. After check in at Crown Plaza Dead Sea hotel we can enjoy hotel’s pool, SPA or float in the Dead Sea and just veg out for the rest of the day. We enjoy Friday night dinner together at the hotel.

Overnight at Crown Plaza Dead Sea hotel.

Day 4 –Negev desert

After breakfast we drive into the Negev desert for a full day tour including:

Rappelling, Jeep Tour at the Crater including hiking / walking tour with the local guide and Picnic lunch.

In the late afternoon we’ll be back at our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day by the pool, Dead
Sea or get some treatments at the SPA.

Overnight at Crown Plaza Dead Sea hotel.

Day 5 –Ein-Gedi – Genesis Land

After breakfast we leave hotel at 8 am and drive to Ein-Gedi Nature Resort, Oasis, just west of the Dead Sea shore, that is blessed with two year-round streams, the David Stream in the north and the Arugot Stream in the south and great waterfalls. We continue to the Eretz Bereshit – Genesis Land for a very special experience.

Upon arrival at around 11 – 11:30 am we’ll be greeted by Eliezer, Abraham’s manservant, and by a train of camels which lead us down to Abraham’s tent (by a short camel ride), where we will Experience his legendary hospitality. Perhaps we’ll witness the courtship of Isaac and Rebecca. We might even come across Joseph and his brothers, just before they throw him in the pit. At Genesis Land, the stories of the Bible come to life in the very landscape in which they took place. Then, Bnei Mitzvah children and their parents will have the meeting with Rabbi Epstein and go over preparations for Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony.

During that time (for about an hour) the rest of the group will have a “Pita Baking” workshop. Then the whole group will have a Hafla – Abraham’s Feast lunch. After lunch children and adults can participate in another workshops – calligraphy for adults and pottery or mosaics for children.

In the afternoon we’ll be back to our hotel and have evening at leisure.

Overnight at Crown Plaza Dead Sea hotel.

Day 6 – (Winter)Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony at Masada – Jerusalem – City of David (summer) Bnei Mitzvah ceremony at the Kotel.

Early breakfast and check out at the hotel.

Descending through the Judean Wilderness and along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. Meet our Rabbi Epstein at the 2000 years old synagogue where the Rabbi and the boys will do their Bar Mitzvah Torah partitions (8 – 9:30 am). Then we’ll visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, roman baths and other findings. Descend by cable car. Continue on to Jerusalem. Upon entering Jerusalem, we’ll honor our heritage with a toast, and recitation of the “Shehechayanu” blessing at the Mt. of Scopus and have a panoramic view of the city. Then we drive towards the Old City of Jerusalem and start with the visit at the 3:00 pm – City of David where the story begins… Start with the multimedia presentation, followed by the tour through the Shaft and Hezekiah Tunnel, which was dug around 700 B.C, (131 feet beneath the City of David in Jerusalem) during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judea.

Built as a safeguard for Jerusalem’s water supply, the 1749-foot long, sloping tunnel winds from
the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam for about one-third of a mile.

Check in at the David Citadel Hotel. 8:00 pm – Attend The Night Spectacular, the fabulous new sound and light show at the Tower of David Museum.

Overnight at David Citadel hotel.

Day 7 –Ammunition Hill – Yad Vashem – Old City

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day at

8 am – Ammunition Hill: the main official memorial symbolizing the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem. The fortification is preserved as it was in the war and there is an underground museum that commemorates the soldiers who fell in the battle as well as an exhibit displaying the stages of the battle of the three brigades, the Air Force and the Central Command who liberated Jerusalem. 183 soldiers fell in those six days of fighting and the museum of Ammunition Hill is dedicated to their memory. It was here that many lost their lives and it was the capture of this hill that made it possible for the Israeli soldiers to forge ahead into the Old City and eventually allow the paratroopers to raconteur the Old City of Jerusalem. Continue on to Mt. Herzl, Israel’s military cemetery, where we can pay respects at the tomb of Yitzhak Rabin.

10 am – Visit the astounding new museum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial (Volunteers at the entry pavilion can help with age-appropriate exhibits and approaches). Visit to the Children’s Pavilion and the brand new Museum. We’ll end this part of our visit at the Valley of Destroyed Communities.

In the afternoon visit the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, walk through the Roman Cardo and have some moments at the Kotel, the Western / Wailing Wall. (Tour at the Western Wall Tunnels – TBA yet). Olive & Fish restaurant on Nov. 6th . booked it at 07.30 p.2 Jabotinsky St, Jerusalem, Tel: 02-566 5020 …

5 pm – Continue to the TIME ELEVATOR JERUSALEM – a new and exciting simulator-based tourist attraction. The Time Elevator Jerusalem is an absorbing, educational, yet thrilling simulator ride through Jerusalem’s rich 3000-year history. Amid crashing ceilings, splashing water, billowing smoke, computer generated animation and other special effects, lead us on a journey through Jerusalem’s historic turning points – beginning with the city of David and ending in the 1967 Six-Day war.

Group dinner at the olive & fish restaurant (fixed Manu NIS 140 ($35) per person will pay directly to restaurant)

Overnight at David Citadel hotel.

Day 8 –Caesarea – Rosh Hanikra –
Tiberius

After breakfast and check out, depart Jerusalem for the north.

We’ll start at Caesarea National Park, on the coast, with its magnificent remains of Herod’s city, the Roman capital and port and fortified Crusader Town. Tour the Roman Theater and the renovated port area surrounded by 800-year-old walls, where you can see the Caesarea Experience, a multimedia presentation about the city’s history that uses advanced computer techniques to bring the city’s history alive.

Visit Sara Ahronson House in Zichron Yaakov to learn about the valiant underground work and personal sacrifice of this Woman freedom fighter and her Nili compatriots. Drive to Rosh Hanikra, where the rocky cliffs descend steeply into the sea, allowing the waves to carve grottos of thousand shapes. Take the cable car down to the grottos for fun exploring through the rocky passageways.

Continue on to Tiberius through the Galilee and check in at Rimonim Galei Kinneret Hotel.

Overnight at Rimonim Galei Kinneret Hotel.

Day 9 –Golan Heights – Kfar Kedem

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll start the day with the

9 am – Jeep tour to the foot of the Golan. Continue to the Golan Heights; Stop at an observation point over the city of Kuneitra, and the Syrian territory. Stop at Tel Facher, a former Syrian army camp; see where the great tank & paratrooper battles took place on the Yom Kippur War. After lunch stop at the

1 pm – De Carina handmade chocolate factory for the tour of the place and see the actual working process and creation of delicious chocolates. Children can participate in the workshop as well (TBA by you yet)

Next, a visit to Kfar Kedem is like passing through a time tunnel to the Galilee of antiquity. Donkeys are tied to posts as the flock of sheep is going off to pasture while hens are leading their chic’s down the lane. Depending on the season, the olives, figs, grapes or pomegranates are ripening on the trees. But Kfar Kedem can’t be mistaken for a stage show or museum exhibit. The philosophy here is for a hands-on experience. Guests are encouraged to dress in biblical clothes provided by the staff and are kept busy in various parts of the village pressing oil, crushing grapes or baking the pita bread.

Overnight at Rimonim Galei Kinneret Hotel.

Day 10 Beit Guvrin – Tel-Aviv

After breakfast & check out drive to

12:00 – Beit Guvrin for an exciting archaeological dig. Besides a cave crawling adventure (not for the claustrophobic) in the cool interior of some of the hundreds of caves, which first served as quarries for the people of Hellenistic Maresha to build their houses in, you will actually participate in the archaeological dig and can even partake in some findings.

Time permitting (as its Friday) stop at Latrun, an impressive Armored Corps Museum with its unusual displays and moving memorial.

Drive to Tel-Aviv and check in at Crown Plaza Hotel.

Overnight at Crown Plaza Hotel.

 

Day 11 –Tel-Aviv – Depart Israel to the
USA

Sleep late (its Shabbat) hang out at the beach, go shopping, pack up and get ready for our flight back home.

– Farewell dinner
– Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home.

 

 

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