Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel - 7 days
Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel - 7 days
|Purpose:||Tradition, Faith, History, Culture|
|No. of days:||7 days - 6 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Tel Aviv|
|Other cities:||Old Jaffa, Wed: Tel Aviv, Ayalon Institute, Weizmann House, Latrun, Beit Guvrin, Jerusalem, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea, Eretz Breishit|
|Starting cost:||On request|
Day 1 – Mon: Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv. [D]
Day 2 – Tue: Tel-Aviv (Diaspora Museum, Old Jaffa)
Visit Beit Hatfutsot, the Diaspora museum; drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, the center of business and entertainment in Israel. Also known as the "White City," Tel Aviv was declared as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site for its collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings. Stop at Rabin Square, the site of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin in 1995. Continue to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the Artists Quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887, following by Nachalat Binyamin, the pedestrian mall of the city where you can enjoy live street music, arts, crafts and handmade jewelry. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv. [B/D]
Day 3 – Wed: Tel Aviv, Ayalon Institute, Weizmann House, Latrun, Beit Guvrin, Jerusalem
Proceed to Ayalon Institute, once a secret underground ammunition factory established by the "Haganah," who were the Jewish underground movement before May 1948. Continue to Weizmann House in Rehovot built in 1936, the private home and later the formal residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of the state of Israel and founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Visit the house with its impressive structure and fascinating gardens, which now form part of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Learn the story of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, an outstanding scientist and head of the Zionist movement for over 30 years. Then, drive to Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Museum and memorial, also considered as one of the most diverse tank museums in the world. Continue to Beit Guvrin National Park, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site; explore parts of the archaeological remains and unique caves. After the visit head to Jerusalem to check-in at your hotel. This evening, take a tour of the Mahane Yehuda market and taste the large variaty Israel of foods: Georgian baked goods, imaruly (savory pastry stuffed with cheese or spinach) or sambusak with hummus/half a sabih (traditional baked goods); chili con carne and a beer chaser, or a choice of 3 dim-sums; a health drink, a cup of fresh health juice; an Angus patty or portobello mushroom a la plancha or a taste of hummus; kubbeh soup or stuffed vegetables (Moroccan cigar, kubbeh and stuffed grape leaf or red kubbeh soup; a taste of unique ice-cream or cortado, espresso, or fresh mint tea. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B/D]
Day 4 – Thu: Jerusalem (Qumran, Massada, Dead Sea, Bar/Bat Mitzvah)
Drive through the Judaean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to Massada, ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans; visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue and bathhouse; descend by cable car. Enjoy the services of a Rabbi and get a preparatory with readings from the Torah. Next, stop for lunch at a spa facility in one of the leading hotels in the area and enjoy a swim in the mineral rich Dead Sea (weather permitting). After lunch, we head northwest to enjoy an incredible evening under the stars for an ancient experience at Eretz Bereshit when you are greeted by Eliezer and brought into the tent of Abraham. Be a part of the Biblical story when you ride a camel to the tent and partake in some light refreshments from the couple known for their hospitality. Visitors are given clothes to wear from Biblical times, and have a chance to meet Biblical characters (not all characters are present each day). In zraham’s tent, enjoy an authentic festive Bar/Bat Mitzvah Dinner followed by a Menorah Lighting Ceremony. An entertainment group will celebrate our Simchah through the evening with dancing, singing, a drummer circle and well as other surprises. It will be an evening that you’ll never forget! At the end of your visit make sure to pick up your camel license. After the ceremony, a short drive back to Jerusalem for overnight. [B/L/D]
Day 5 – Fri: Jerusalem (Shabbat)
Our day begins with a somber visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust where tour members take part in a Yizkor service. See the poignant Children’s Pavilion, the new Holocaust Museum and the Valley of Destroyed Communities where the names of 5000 lost communities have been inscribed in the stone walls. After an emotional visit to Yad Vashem we need some time to change our mood by visiting to the Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, lots of locals are celebrating the coming of the weekend by spending time on this beautiful exciting and happening street in Jerusalem. Return to the hotel in Jerusalem to dress for Shabbat. This evening, meet with Jewish residents for a homemade kosher meal. Traditionally, Shabbat meals begin with the lighting of the candles just before sundown, the kiddush (the blessing over the wine) and the prayer over the bread. The quintessential Shabbat bread is the challah, a braided loaf that symbolizes the miraculous ‘bread from heaven’ that fell on Fridays during the biblical 40 years of desert wandering. Beyond that, the menu can vary widely. Return to the hotel for overnight [B/D]
Day 6 – Sat: Jerusalem (Mt. Herzl, Ammunition Hill, Israel Museum)
Enjoy seeing the Bar Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall. Drive through Mea Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem and learn about the unique lifestyle of the ultra-orthodox communities. Proceed to Mount Herzl, the military cemetery. Visit Ammunition Hill, a former Jordanian army stronghold, conquered by the Israeli army in the six- day war, and later converted into a national memorial site and museum. Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems. Next visit Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the Holyland model, a miniature replica of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. [B/D]
Day 7 – Sun: Jerusalem, Ben Gurion Airport, USA
After breakfast, you may have some time on your own depending on your flight schedule. At the appointed time, you’ll be picked-up by your guide and transferred to Ben Gurion Airport to board your flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
· Round-trip USA-Tel Aviv
· Private round-trip transfers:
o Ben Gurion Airport to your Hotel in Tel Aviv
o Hotel in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv Airport
o Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport
· 6 nights’ accommodation:
o Tel Aviv 2 nights
o Jerusalem 4 nights
o Breakfast Daily
o 1 lunch
o 6 dinners
§ Machne Yehuda Shuk bites tour dinner
§ Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration dinner
§ Traditional Shabbat dinner with songs & prayers
§ Shabbat dinner with Locals
§ 6 regular dinners
· Visit the Diaspora Museum
· Tour Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa
· Excursion to the Ayalon Institute and Weizman House
· Visit the Armored Corps Museum and memorial
· Explore Beit Guvrin National Park
· Tour Jerusalem old city
· Discover Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found
· Rabbi Service on Masada for Bar/Bat Mitzvah
· Receive preparatory disc with Torah readings
· HWDT special gift to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child
· Swim at one of the Dead Sea Spa Hotels
· Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration evening
· Visit Yad Vashem the Holocaust Memorial
· English speaking guides
· All entrance fees and attractions as per the above itinerary
· All local taxes
· Walk through the famous Western Wall Tunnels
· Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
· Travel insurance
· All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
· Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
· Extras and gratuities
· Early check-in, late check-out
· Portage at the airport and hotels (1 bag per person)
· Expenses of personal nature
· Tips to driver and guide
|Superior Tourist Class|
|Tel Aviv||Dan Panorama||4|
|Tel Aviv||Renaissance-Sea View room||4|
|Tel Aviv||Dan-Deluxe room||4|
|Jerusalem||King David-Deluxe New City View room||4.5|
Hotels above are for guidance only and may be changed at time of booking.
MEAL PLAN: Normally we include daily breakfast and dinner for all groups. However, the meal plan may vary depending on the organizer's request
· All hotels will be requested after discussion with the group Organizer
The price for the group will be quoted based on the number of passengers, season, hotel type and meal plan.
Group organizers always travel for free if the group has 15 or more paying passengers.
Inclusion of tour conductors must be considered at time of request.
· If you wish to use this program for your group please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
· In either case our specialists will work with you to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the land journey.
· Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our special Leisure Fares, buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
· We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.
Tour Code: IS09TLV22VT
· Lunches and dinners can be arranged for groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
· We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
· Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.