A Bar-Mitzvah trip to Israel can be an amazing and unforgettable experience for any Jewish child. If you are limited in time, perhaps you will want to condider a short 3 days Bar-Mitzvah tour, that will cover a few of the siginificant sites relating to the history of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.
Day 1 – “Burma Road” and Jerusalem
Heading Twoards Jeruaslem, after Latrun we get off the highway and join the 1948 “Burma Road”, learning about the battles around Jerusalem in 1948. Upon reaching Jerusalem we park the car, and head to a tour by foot of the Jewish Quarter, the Western wall, and the “City of David“. These sites presents best the core of Jewish history from the time of King David, to our days. The tour could include a walk in “Hezekiah’s Tunnel“, or joining a tour of the “Western Wall tunnels“.
Day 2 – Qumran, Ein-Gedi, and Masada
We head first to Masada, famed for the suicidial acto of 960 Jews some 2000 years ago. The dramatic story is enhanced by rich archaeological remains and a well planned visitors center. The most important finds are on display at the new Masada Museum. In nearby Ein Gedi we can have lunch and then stroll in the beautiful botanical gardens of the kibbutz. We can then head to Ein-Gedi’s Nature Reserve, and can either hike and swim in Nahal David, or explore the well preserved mosaic floor of Ein-Gedi’s ancient synagogue. Our last stop will be at Qumran, famous site for the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. If time and will permits we will also include a stop for a swim at e Dead Sea.
Overnight: Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv
Day 3 – Discover Jaffa and Tel-Aviv
Our last day will be devoted to the modern history of Israel, reflected in Jaffa and Tel-Aviv. We will start with a stroll along the allies of old Jaffa, and its nearby Flea Market. Next we will drive to Palmach Museum to learn about the Jewish resistance against the British in the 1940’s, and then head to Rothschild Boulevard. At Shalom Meir Tower Visitors Center we will review the early history Tel-Aviv, and nearby we will visit the “Independence hall”, where the state of Israel was declared (!). We will end with a drive to Rabin assassination site, and asses the current geo-politics of Israel and its surroundings.
Overnight: Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv
We look forward in working with you to create an unforgettable tour experience. It will be our pleasure, and honor, to be part of your meaningful visit.
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I don’t even know where to begin, but as the jet lag and the natural high from being in Israel gradually wear off, I wanted to thank you for making our first trip to Israel such a spectacular one. It was a hit with all ages. You were the perfect guide for connecting the dots between the religious and archaeological histories that make Israel such a unique and mystical place. You really made the Bible come to life for all of us. In our hearts and minds, Israel is no longer just a distant ancestral home, a dot on a map or a subject in school. It is a living, breathing monument to a past shared by millions — and the peaceful future toward which we must all endeavor. We look forward to returning soon.
Jennifer Zimmer (NYC, USA)