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Day 1 – Arrival, Caesarea

Bar Mitzvah tour Israel

WELCOME TO ISRAEL!. Upon arrival we head first for a few days in the north. Our first stop could be Caesarea   or Atlit Detainee Camp .

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flight over israel

If time and wind permits we could set a more extreme activity such as  Caesarea Bakai flight Paragliding .  Passing by Haifa we view Bahaian Terraced Gardens  before checking in and setting dinner.

Overnight: Western Galilee

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Day 2 – Jewish Heritage and Charity

Bar mitzvah tourThe day begins with an act of charity by collecting food for the need at LEKET We then continue to Sepphoris , an important Jewish center in Talmudic times, and at nearby Beth Shearim  we explore the burial caves of the biggest Jewish cemetery in the Galilee in antiquity.

Overnight: Western Galilee

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Day 3 – Exploring the Galilee

akko boat rideThis day begins with touring Akko , a central city since Canaanite times and former capital of the Crusaders. We stroll among the antiquities and local market, and visit the British era prison where Jewish underground members were arrested and some executed, as well as the mediavel Templars Tunnel 

Rosh Hanikrah GrottoesWe then continue to Rosh Hanikra Grottoes , where we take a cable car into the caves carved in the soft chalk rock, all at the very border between Israel and Lebanon. After lunch we head up into the upper Galilee, visiting Jewish sites Pqi’in and Bar’am on the way.

Overnight: Eastern Galilee

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Day 4 – Safed and Kayaks

Atv tour IsraelThis rather spiritual morning is devoted to Safed , former center for Kabbalah philosophy and now a known Jewish Artists colony.  We continue to the sources of the Jordan River   and possibly hike the Ayun Stream  or Banias hike and water fall , and visit Tel Hai  where we learn about Trumpeldor and Jewish Pioneering heroism in the early 20th century.

Kayaking in IsraelAfter a lunch break we could enjoy a refreshing Kayaks  experience along the Jordan River, and in the afternoon tour the Hula Lake Park   seeking some of the plentiful migrating birds common to the site.

Alternatively we can go swimming in the  Hidden Waterfall  join an ATV by the Sea of Galilee , or get our feet wet walking the Majrasa .

Overnight: Eastern Galilee

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Day 5 – the Golan Heights

Golan Heights tourThis day is devoted to explore the Golan Heights . We ascend to top of Mt. Bental , where one can view both to the Golan heights as well as into Syria, and also explore an unmanned IDF bunker. Nearby we can watch a movie about the OZ 77 unit in 1973 war  , climb on some tanks at the 7th Brigade Tank Monument , and even go on an ATV tour against the Syrian Border .

Chocolate workshop IsraelFor lunch we go to Katsrin where we can also visit the Golan-Magic Visitors center , as well as a local winery and / or brewery, and possibly got for a chocolate workshop experience at De Karina Chocolatiere . On the way back we could visit “Kol Shofar“ , a workshop for making a shofar out of rams horns.

Overnight: Eastern Galilee

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Day 6 – Along the Jordan Valley

Jewish tour israelStarting to head to Jerusalem, we stop at ancient Jewish sites like Capernaum  , Ancient Tiberias , and Hamat Tiberias . At Kinneret Farm  we learn about the first Jewish pioneers and poets who also invented the “Kibbutz” farms concept, and nearby we can kanoo on the Jordan river at “Rob Roy“ .

Israel tourAfter lunch we can explore the Roman city of Beit She’an  , the nearby mysterious ancient synagogue at Beth Alpha  , and possibly go for a swim at the Sachne  or Nahal HakibutsimTowards sunset we get to Jerusalem, and great it with a “Sheheyanu” from the Mount of Olives Viewpoint .

Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 7 – City of David

tour of jerusalemWe begin exploring Jerusalem at the Biblical site City of David  . Watching a 3d movie at the visitors center we continue into the city’s ancient water systems and possibly walk along the pitch dark 1700 feet from along “Hezekiah’s Tunnel  “. Reaching Pool of Siloam  , we enter the  Herodian Drainage Channel , which takes straight to the face of the Western wall  .

Jerusalem tourAfter a lunch break we continue to explore the Jewish Quarter  at sites like the Karaite Synagogue , the “Burnt House” , or a tour of the Hurvah Synagogue .

In the evening you could go to the Tower of David Night Spectacle  or the City of David Night time Show .

Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 8 – Western Wall

Bar Mitzvah Westwern wallThis special day begins with Bar-Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall , followed by a tour of the Western Wall tunnels   and the “Chain of Generations” exhibition and/or the Virtual Tour of the Second Temple  

live shooting israelAfter branch we head to Gush-Ezion for some unique fan activity in the shape of Live Shooting  and Zip-line .

We could also visit the rehabilitation farm for teenagers in danger in Sde Bar and crawl in caves in search for the tomb of king Herod at Herodium  .

Overnight: Jerusalem

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Day 9 – to the Dead Sea

camel riding israelA day devoted to the region of the Dead Sea begins with a drive to Masada, with an optional  stop for a Camel Ride  on the way. At Masada   we admire the site which witnessed a great drama 2000 years ago. We could also conduct a Bar-Mitzvah ceremony on Masada  .

israel beautyWe then continue to a nearby hotel for a lunch + spa break at the Dead Sea, or drive to Kibbutz Ein Gedi   for kibbutz style lunch and a short walk amidst the Ein-Gedi Botanical Gardens . We end the day with a hike to a waterfall in Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve , and on the way back we stop for a view of the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered (Qumran  ), learn how Biblical Tsitsit was made at the unique Tekhelet Factory , and possibly have a camel ride.

Overnight: Jerusalem

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 Day 10 – Secrets of the Shefela

samson land tourChecking out, we move to Tel-Aviv for the last day, yet on the way visit sites like Battle site of David and Goliath , and crawl in Bar Kokhba caves  carved by revolting Jews some 2000 years ago.

independence war tour israelAfter a lunch break we  drive along the historical 1948 ““Burma Road” , and visit the contemporaneous Secret Bullet Factory (“Machon Ayalon”)  .

If time permits, we also visit the noble institution Israel Guide Dog Training Center for Blind  , Plant a tree ,OR the popular Palmach Museum  near Tel-Aviv.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

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Day 11 – Tel-Aviv

indepdence war The last day is devoted to exploring Tel-Aviv and its heritage sites. We start with a visit to Independence Hall , where the state of Israel was declared. We continue to Jaffa  and learn about its rich history and scenic views.

tel aviv panoramaFor lunch we can proceed to the Flea Market  , and continue to Carmel Market  and Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair , ending at Rabin Assasination site , and/or possibly trying an extreme F16 flight simulator (“The Squadron” ) at the end of the day, before heading to the airport for a flight back home. 

Overnight: Over the Atlantic..


A Selection of Bar-Mitzvah tours conducted by me.. :

Liz Weiss Group (14) tour plan, August 2019 – Private Tour Guide Israel – Danny the Digger

Aug 13 (TUE) 17:10 – Delta 468: Arrival, WELCOME TO ISRAEL!. Upon arrival you will meet the driver of a minibus transfer, and get to Jerusalem, check-in, and relax, wash up, and go for a light dinner in the area. O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem .


Gersten Bar-Mitzvah trip, July 2016 – Private Tour Guide Israel – Danny the Digger

July 20 (WED) Welcome to Israel!. Arrival, transfer to Jerusalem. . O/N: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem . July 21 (THUR) We start where it all began! – after a visit to the Tower of David Museum we head into the City of David : King David’s Palace , Warren’s shaft , and an optional walk along Hezekiah’s Tunnel (dark, water up to your knees..), Pool of Siloam .


Katz Bar-Mitzvah tour, March 2016 – Private Tour Guide Israel – Danny the Digger

March 21 (MON) Welcome to Israel!. 6:50 Arrival, to Caesarea , Beth Shearim , Safed . Guide: Fredi O/N: Hagoshrim . March 22 (TUE) Golan Heights : “Golan Magic” Visitors Center , Mt. Bental , 11:00 ATV tour against the Syrian Border . Guide: Fredi O/N: Mamilla hotel, Jerusalem. .


Hausner Bar-Mitzvah tour, April 3-9 2016 – Private Tour Guide Israel – Danny the Digger

April 3 (SUN) Early Arrival, Safed , 10:50 De Karina Chocolatiere ? + lunch. 14:30 ATV / Jeep tour in the Golan Heights . O/N: “Pastoral” Hotel, Kfar Blum. . April 4 (MON) Bird watching at Hula Lake Park ?, Kayaks , Lunch. Beth Shearim ?, Caesarea .


TESTEMONIALS:

Yesterday my family completed a 10 day tour around Israel with Danny The Digger. We couldn’t have asked for a more knowledgeable and personable guide, and we all came away with a much deeper appreciation of this special land. Danny is an archeologist, and he brings the ancient sites to life in such a special way. He also has a great sense of humor, and my teenaged kids loved hanging out with their friend Danny. He cares deeply about his clients, and it shows. Even when we left him in Tel Aviv, he still was busy arranging things for us to do. I could not recommend him any higher.

(Weiss Family, from Tripadvidor)


Hi Danny,

Hope all is well.  I just wanted to thank you again for making our trip so memorable.  Thinking back over our eleven days, I realize again how much we learned about Israel’s history, politics and culture because of you and just can’t thank you enough.  Plus, you’re a super fun guy, which is a true bonus.  🙂

Thanks for sharing your incredible knowledge of Israel, for your flexibility and planning, for the shared pictures, and for just being a great person to spend time with.  We hope to tour again with you some day soon.

Cheers,  Vicki Gersten, USA


Dear Danny.

Thank you for giving us a great time. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip a lot. Your sensitivity and kindness to our needs and catering To 3 generations is not an easy task but you did it with a lot of care and love.

We felt very safe and the tours were appropriate to our needs. We  went to independence hall and that felt very emotional Our grandchildren went to. Keep up the good work and hope to see you soon.

Ben  and Fay  Elisha, Australia


Dear Danny,

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.

Warmly,

Jennifer Zimmer, USA