7 to 10 Days Family Tour Plan
Day 1 – to Jerusalem
Welcome to Israel!. Upon arrival, Our first few days are going to be in Jerusalem. We first head Mount of Olives Viewpoint , and greeting the City with the Jewish Tradition “Shehecheyanu” Blessing, we get intrםduced to the city, the country, and its unique history, beauty, and complexity..
Day 2 – City of David
Our second day begins with exploring “where it all began” – the City of David . Descending into Warren’s shaft , and walking in the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel , all the way to the Pool of Siloam . We can also walk along the newly opened Herodian drainage channel and so reach the Southern Wall Archaeological Park and “Davidson Center“ .
After a lunch break we continue exploring the Jewish Quarter with a visit the to Burnt House , and possibly joining a tour of the “Chain of Generations“, or tour famed tour of the Western Wall tunnels .
Day 3 – Temple Mount
Our third day in Jerusalem begins early with a visit to Temple Mount . We learn about the Muslim present and the Jewish past of the mountains, and later experience participating in the exciting project of the Temple Mount Debris Sifting Project . For lunch we head to Mahane Yehudah Market , and after lunch we could learn about the foundation of the Zionist by a visit to Herzl Musum , and possibly visit its nearby National Holocaust memorial at “Yad Vashem” .
Optional Day Tour of “Extreme” Activities
If time, will, budget (and parents) permit, we could also book some “extreme” activities in the vicinity of Jerusalem, such as a Segway Tour around the old city; an ATV tour in the Jerusalem Mountains; Crawling in Bar Kokhba caves in the Shephela; Zip-line in the longest zip-line in Israel in Gush Ezion; or live shooting in an anti-terror shooting range!.
We can contemplate these experiences with a refreshing swim in a spring in Gush-Ezion area, or in Wadi Qelt (Ein Prat ).
Day 4 – to the Dead Sea
This day is devoted to fun and experiences in the vicinity of the Dead Sea. We first Head to Masada , to learn about the famed site for Jewish resistance against the Romans, and possibly conduct a Bar-Mitzvah cremony on Masada .
We then proceed to Ein-Gedi , where we experience lunch in the local Kibbutz, and a stroll in its Botanical gardens . We then continue with a hike to the waterfall in Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve , and of course end the day with a swim at the Dead Sea .
Day 5 – Along the Jordan Valley
Leaving Jerusalem, we head north along the Beit She’an valley, making our first major stop at Beit She’an , famed site for it rich remains. We can continue then to a swim at the Sachne or possibly try Ski on plastic, or joing a chocolate workshop at Galita .
If spending the night in Beit-She’an valley we can also experience the spectacular audio-visual night show at Beit She’an (“Leylot She’an “).
Optional Day tour to the Golan Heights
If our time frame enables, we could a day to exploring the Golan Heights . We start the day ascending to the top of Mt. Bental , where we can duck into an Israel bunker, and appreciate panoramic views of Israel as well as Syria. Nearby we can join an ATV tour against the Syrian Border ; a workshop at De Karina Chocolatiere ; watch a movie about the OZ 77 unit in 1973 war ; or visit at “Golan-Magic” Visitors center in Katzrin. Heading back we could Kayak on the Jordan River (!), swim at the Hidden waterfall , or get our feet wet walking the Majrasa .
Day 6 – Caesarea and Atlit
Starting to head back to the center, we have a long drive today, but we could stop for unique experiences like walking in an underground section of the aquaduct to ancient Caesarea at “Mei Kedem“ , explore the historical site of Atlit Detainee Camp , or a great Paragliding or Bakai Flight experience near Netanya!. Towards the evening we reach Tel-Aviv for the night.
Day 7 – Tel-Aviv
Our last day is devoted to exploring Tel-Aviv . We start with a visit the important historical “Independence hall” site, and a possibly stroll a bit on Rothschild Boulevard . We then head for lunch in the Flea Market or the the Carmel Market , and end the day with a visit to the Palmach Museum , or Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair .
* if we have another day to spend in Tel-Aviv we could we could tour Jaffa and Neve Tzedek , by foot or on segways (!), and later drive along the historical 1948 “Burma Road” , and visit the contemporanaous Secret Bullet Factory (“Machon Ayalon”) .