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13 Day | Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tour of Israel

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11 nights accommodation in selected hotels

1 night Tel Aviv

2 nights Galilee

1 night Haifa

4 nights Jerusalem*

2 nights Eilat

1 night Tel Aviv

Breakfast daily and 5 dinners  

Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony, preparation and services at an additional cost of $1,250 per family

Roundtrip domestic flights: Tel Aviv--Eilat--Tel Aviv

Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach with panoramic windows, reclining seats and footrests

Services of a friendly and professional English-speaking Expedition Educator throughout the trip

Entrance fees per itinerary

All hotel and airport portage and tipping included

Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday
ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv, known as the “city that never sleeps.”
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Pick up from the hotel for orientation with the tour educator.
  • Welcome to Tel Aviv: Visit the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
  • Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style welcome dinner, with a Yemenite touch, at Maganda, located in Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter. The menu features a delicious selection of salads, grilled meats and vegetarian options.

Overnight: Tel Aviv


Day Three: Tuesday
ALONG THE COAST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the hotel.
  • Introduction and special visit to Independence Hall, site of David Ben Gurion's monumental proclamation of the State of Israel in December 1948.
  • Start Up Nation: Explore the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Boulevard to view examples of the intriguing Bauhaus-style architecture from the 1930s. The local proliferation of the style won Tel Aviv recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nickname of ‘the White City'.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its restored buildings and sidewalk artists, and continue onto the colorful Carmel Market and then to Shenkin, one of Israel's most avant-garde streets.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Depart Tel Aviv, driving north along the coast.
  • Guided visit to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel's most important cities during the Roman Period; visit the Herodian Theater and new excavations along the Mediterranean shore concluding with a visit to the 900-year-old Crusader city built on the same site.
  • Continue to the Upper Galilee and check into the kibbutz hotel.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Four: Wednesday
NATURE AND SECURITY

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Take a jeep tour climbing to the Golan Heights in the footsteps of IDF soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Pelter Winery and distillery, a unique family-owned boutique winery. Try some of the local wines and enjoy a taste of the new Israeli gin.
  • The panoramic views from Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threat from the North, namely ISIS.
  • May to September: Enjoy rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River. (Water shoes recommended.)
  • Between October to April: Visit the Hula Nature Reserve and the Ophoria Interactive Experience, connecting birds, water and the Zionist endeavor.
  • Da'at Encounter Kibbutz Ideology and Israeli Reality in the 21st Century: Meet with second-generation kibbutz member Nancy Yettra Shatz.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.

Overnight: Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Upper Galilee


Day Five: Thursday
THE GALILEE AND THE CARMEL

  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Check out and depart the kibbutz.
  • Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years, and a contemporary artists' colony, including:
    • A guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, with their great stories and mystical messages.
    • A stroll through the quaint Art Galleries and shop in the artists' colony.
  • Drive to Rosh Hanikra, at the northern tip of Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Take a cable-car down to the beautiful sea grottos, carved out of the soft chalk cliffs by eons of wave action.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit Akko (Acre), a UNESCO Heritage Site, and a multi-layered experience from the days of the Crusades through contemporary Israel, including guided visits to:
    • The newly renovated Crusaders' City.
    • The Al-Jazzar Mosque, one of the largest and most interesting in Israel.
    • The Ottoman Fortifications around the city.
  • Da'at Encounter Visit a Druze village in the Carmel Mountains for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, including dinner at a Druze home. Join the local beat as you sing along with the Darbuka players.
  • Continue to Haifa.
  • Check into the hotel.

Overnight: Haifa


Day Six: Friday
THE LAYERS OF JERUSALEM

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the hotel.
  • Visit the Beit Hagefen Community Center, including a walking tour of Wadi Nisnas and a dialogue on coexistence in Haifa with some members of the Arab community.
  • Stop on top of Mount Carmel for a scenic overlook of Haifa Bay.
  • View the Bahai Gardens and Shrine, one of the holiest sites of the Bahai religion.
  • Depart for Jerusalem, via the Trans-Israel Highway for a close-up view of the ‘Security Barrier' along the seam zone between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an overview of Jerusalem and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing, followed by an introduction to the city.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Old City of Jerusalem for a guided visit through 3,000 years of Jewish life.
  • Take time to pay respects at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at local synagogues in Jerusalem, on your own.
  • Shabbat dinner at Beit Shmuel.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Seven: Saturday
SHABBAT IN ISRAEL | no guide

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Free Shabbat in Jerusalem for an opportunity to explore (on own):
    • The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, for a walk through the city’s history – with observation points, an animated film and visual and audio-visual aids – from the time of Abraham to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.
    • The renewed and wonderfully creative Israel Museum, with its wide-ranging and eclectic collection, from Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls, to Jewish Life and Art, European art, contemporary Israeli art and the open-air model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.
    • The Biblical Zoo, a beautifully landscaped habitat with a special focus on preserving Biblical fauna, geared to children of all ages (2-80).
  • Enjoy dinner on own in Jerusalem.
  • The Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show - a celebration of sight and sound - that depicts the story of Jerusalem. (on own no guide, voucher will be provided)

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Eight: Sunday
HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY JERUSALEM

  • Da'at Fitness Integrate wellness and fitness into your trip experience with an athletic trainer in Liberty Bell Park.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through the newly renovated Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jews, who perished in the Holocaust, including: the new Historical Museum, the Children's Memorial, and a memorial service.
  • All-inclusive ethnic cultural and tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market; enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes as well as the stories and personal interactions with shopkeepers who add so much to this colourful experience.
  • Visit the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Western Wall alongside the Temple Mount.
  • Da'at Dialogue Israeli Society @ 2017: Dialogue with Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Enjoy a night out on own at the Old Train Station Plaza, with its fashionable restaurants featuring local and international cuisine. On certain evenings one can enjoy street musicians, Israeli dancing and other attractions.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Nine: Monday
JEWISH STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the Dead Sea basin.
  • Stop en route for a camel ride through the desert in Biblical-style.
  • Ascend the cable car to Masada, Herod's mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada's role as a symbol of Jewish defense and its current significance in modern Israel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Experience the weightlessness of the Dead Sea as you float in its waters.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own in Jerusalem, at a choice of a wide array of restaurants.

Overnight: Jerusalem


Day Ten: Tuesday
DIGGING FOR ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounter Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in Tikkun Olam by packing commodity food staples for Israel’s poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons and caps in order to fill bags of rice, beans and other commodities.
  • Depart for Rehovot.
  • Visit the Ayalon Institute, near Rehovot, for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions factory used during the British Mandate.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Take part in an active dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago, followed by a crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth.
  • Transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Eilat.
  • Fly to Eilat and upon landing, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure in Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat  


Day Eleven: Wednesday
EILAT AND PETRA

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day at leisure to explore Eilat on your own.

OR

  • Guided day tour of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in Jordan, recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Lunch is included. (Supplemental cost for Petra package.)
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure in Eilat.

Overnight: Eilat


Day Twelve: Thursday
EILAT TO TEL AVIV

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Eilat.
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Eilat Airport.
  • Check in for your domestic flight to Tel Aviv.
  • Depart for Tel Aviv.
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Free evening and dinner on your own in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Tel Aviv / Flight


Day Thirteen: Friday
RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your departure flight to the U.S.A.


Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Accommodation Details



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Dan Panorama
Tel Aviv

Ideally located on Tel Aviv's lively seafront, the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama has a pool and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just across the road.

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Pastoral Hotel
Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

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Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel
Kibbutz Hagoshrim

The Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel is situated in the center of the Galilee, with views of Mount Hermon. Located in a pastoral landscape, it offers comfortable accommodations and facilities as well as an array of nearby activities.

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Dan Panorama
Haifa

Haifa's Dan Panorama Hotel rises twenty-one stories high above Mount Carmel Bay and Israel's beautiful Mediterranean coastline, and is a short walk from the nearby entertainment  venues and sightseeing areas.

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Dan Panorama
Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Dan Panorama is centrally located in the city, within easy reach of modern Jerusalem's lively downtown, theaters, shopping and eateries, while still within walking distance of the Old City and other historic sites.

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Dan Panorama
Eilat

Eilat's Dan Panorama Hotel overlooks the city's lovely lagoon, and is just a few minutes walk from the beach and the clear waters of the Red Sea. It is ideally located for a vacation that blends sun and fun with Eilat's spectacular natural attractions.

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Carlton
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's Carlton Hotel is for tourists who want to fully experience the dynamic city of Tel Aviv. Centrally located in the heart of the city, and a short walk from the city's expansive Mediterranean beaches, many of its guestrooms offer a gorgeous view of the sea.

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Pastoral Hotel
Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

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Dan Carmel
Haifa

The Dan Carmel Hotel is perched on Mount Carmel with breathtaking views of Haifa Bay  and the Mediterranean coastline. The hotel is situated on Haifa's beautiful hilltop promenade, just a short walk from the many entertainment venues of the Carmel neighborhood.

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Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem

The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel provides its guests with the most luxurious facilities, pampering services and discerning cuisine. Overlooking Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park, on the corner of King David Street, the Inbal's rooms and suites are within walking distance of the city's main cultural venues and the Old City.

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Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem
Jerusalem

The Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem is a glatt kosher hotel is noted for its central location within walking distance of Jerusalem's Old City sights and downtown amenities. The view from the rooms offers the old and new cities, encompassing 3,000 years of history.

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Herods Palace & Forum
Eilat

The Herods Palace Eilat is one of the newest hotel complexes in this resort city, and is comprised of three buildings, the Herods Palace, the Herods Forum and the Herods Vitalis.  Built with magnificent views of the Red Sea, the complex is on the beachfront of Eilat's North Shore.

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Dan Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv

The Dan Tel Aviv on Tel Aviv's lively seafront promenade offers luxurious accommodations overlooking the soft sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and easy access to leisure venues.

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Pastoral Hotel
Kibbutz Kfar Blum

Kfar Blum's Pastoral Guesthouse is a comfortable, tranquil hotel located in the Upper Galilee and close to the sites of Mount Hermon, the Golan Heights, the nature reserves of the Hula Valley and other attractions of the north.

Dan Carmel Image

Dan Carmel
Haifa

The Dan Carmel Hotel is perched on Mount Carmel with breathtaking views of Haifa Bay  and the Mediterranean coastline. The hotel is situated on Haifa's beautiful hilltop promenade, just a short walk from the many entertainment venues of the Carmel neighborhood.

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King David Hotel
Jerusalem

The King David Hotel Jerusalem is Israel's majestic landmark hotel, steepedin history and the preferred choice of world leaders and celebrities alike. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the King David is superbly located, withinwalking distance from the historic sites ofthe Old City, and modern Jerusalem's lively center.

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Dan Eilat
Eilat

The magnificent Dan Eilat is a self-contained vacation paradise, located on Eilat's striking Red Sea beachfront, with modern architecture, a fabulous pool complex,
excellent cuisine and the highest standards of service.


Tour departure dates that are not marked as Guaranteed Departure will be confirmed once a minimum number of participants register.
Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.

Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.

Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.

Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.

Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.

The Bar/Bat Ceremony will take place in Jerusalem (please note that the Southern Wall is closed on Saturday). The Bar/Bat ceremony is an experience which is shared by all the families who are participating on the trip. Once you have signed up for the trip, we will put you in touch with a Rabbi who will contact you about the details of the actual ceremony.



 

Not Included

 

Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.

Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.

Guide and Driver Gratuities:

4 seater - $70  (i.e. 2 pax) - per day
7 seater - $90 (i.e. 3-5 pax) - per day
10 seater - $110 (i.e. 5-7 pax) - per day
10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day 


 Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.

If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.

Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.govto obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.

Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.

Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.