Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
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12 Day Bat Mitzvah Trip Itinerary: 888-373-8687

 

Day 1 – Tue - En route

Depart the US on your flight to Israel.

 

Day 2 – Jerusalem – “Shecheyanu” “Our feet will be standing within your gates, o Jerusalem…Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…”

Welcome to Israel! Arrive Ben Gurion Airport. Meeting and assistance through customs and transfer to your Jerusalem hotel. Your discovery of Israel begins as we travel through the mountains surrounding Jerusalem to MT Scopus. It is here you’ll see the most breathtaking panoramic view of the “Golden City” and the Judean Desert. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem (D).

 

Day 3 – Jerusalem – Second Temple era

Today after breakfast, we will go to Shabbat morning services. After lunch at the hotel, continue with a walking tour, enter the Old City. Walk to the Western Wall – the “Kotel”, a remnant of the Temple, where for centuries Jews came to pray and mourn. We then tour the Jewish quarter. We walk along the restored Cardo, main shopping center of Byzantine times and stop at the ancient reconstructed Sepharadic Synagogue.

On through the Shuk (the Arab market) with the colorful stores. Continue to the Tower of David museum, where we can experience a journey through time of 3000 years of Jerusalem history. This evening we experience a taste of Israeli foods and shopping at the pedestrian street – Ben Yehuda. Dinner on your own. Overnight at our Jerusalem hotel (B,L)

 

Day 4 – Fri - Jerusalem – The Modern History

We wake up in the morning for our first touring day in Israel. After breakfast, we will drive through the Menorah outside the Knesset. Continue via the impressive new Supreme Court Building on to the Hadassah Hospital, where we will see the famous Chagall windows. We continue our day with a visit to a JNF forest where everyone will have the opportunity to plant a tree, leaving our mark for the future.

Then we will participate in a very special service at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Spend time at the Museum and the Children’s Memorial, walk along the street of the Righteous where Oskar Schindler and many others are honored and visit the Valley of the Destroyed Communities. In the evening, we will experience the thrill of entering the Old City by walking through Zion Gate and the Hurvah Synagogue to view “Kabalat Shabbat” at the Kotel by Hasidic Jews. Shabbat dinner and overnight at our hotel (B,D)

 

Day 5 – Jerusalem – Independence and Memorial

We begin the day with a drive to Rehovot and stop at Ayalon Institute, which was the code name of a secret weapon factory for the Hagana before the establishment of Israel. Continue to Latrun, the tanks Museum and the memorial for the Israeli soldiers who fought in the tank units. Drive to the new “Mini Israel” where most of the impressing buildings and monuments of Israel can be seen in one hour… We will next stop at Neot Kedumim, the biblical garden, where you can find most of the plants mentioned in the Bible.

Back to Jerusalem, along the Biblical road passing the new town of Modieen, the tomb of the prophet Samuel and the new suburb of Ramot. On to the Ammunition Hill, site of the heroic Six Day War battle which united the city of Jerusalem. Continue to Mount Herzel to pay our respects to the leaders of our nation. Visit the graves of Theodor Herzel, Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and others. We will also pay tribute to the thousands of graves of IDF soldiers, who died while defending our country in the many wars.

Visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls are kept in special conditions. We conclude the day with a visit to the scale model of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. Here we can understand the geography and orientation of all famous sites in the Holy City. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem (B)

 

Day 6 – Jerusalem – Second Temple era

Today in the morning, we will visit the Southern Steps – the original entrance to the Temple. Continue to the Old City for a visit to the Hashmonai Tunnels. Visit the magnificent Herodion Quarter and the Burnt House. These are two sites that were discovered while rebuilding the Jewish Quarter. Get impressed by the luxury of the rich homes. At the Burnt House you will live through the last moments of Jerusalem under siege, just a few hours before the whole city was put on fire by the Romans. Continue to the Temple Utensils Museum, where we can see the preparations for the next temple. Dinner and overnight at our hotel (B,D)

 

Day 7 – Mon – Jerusalem to Massada - Bat Mitzvah Service

After breakfast we will drive south Qumran to visit the essence village and caves, where the “Dead Sea Scrolls” were found in 1947. We continue along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, pass the oasis of Ein Gedi and continue to Massada, The Roman ramp built by the Romans enabled them to get to the top of Massada and defeat the Zealots. You will experience the magnificent panorama of the Dead Sea landscape as we ascend by cable car to the summit. In this most awesome setting, we will celebrate the Bat Mitzvah atop the mountain fortress. We can imagine how the Jewish heroes felt, a lasting memory you will always treasure.

Afterwards, we explore the impressive archeological excavations. We will walk down. Visit a Bedouin camp where we will experience the Nomad hospitality while listening to some stories about their life in the desert. They live like our ancestors did in Abraham’s time. We will also experience a Camel ride. On the way to Dear Sea Spa hotel, we will pass the salt mountains of Sedom Enjoy an exceptional experience of an “Unsinkable” Dead Sea swim. We will return to our hotel, get refreshed and prepare for a special evening, when we will celebrate with a Banquet Bat Mitzvah Dinner. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 8 – Dead Sea to Galilee – The Jordan Valley

We depart our hotel after a full breakfast going north through the Jordan Valley pass by Jericho to visit Beit Alpha where we can see the beautiful mosaic floor of the ancient synagogue. Continue to a refreshing swimming experience at the Sachne (Gan Hashlosha) if weather permits. On to Beit Shean, view the Roman Theater and the excavations. Beit Shean was one of the Decapolis cities in the Roman times and was considered to be a very important strategic place. Drive north to the Sea of Galilee to our Kibbutz hotel for overnight. In the evening you can stroll the colorful streets Tiberias and try one of the many restaurants or shop for souvenirs.

 

Day 9 – Galilee – The Golan Heights and Kabalah Center of Safed

This morning, after breakfast, we will explore the Galilee and the Golan Heights. First, we visit the old synagogue at Capernaum and than we will ascend the Golan Heights to visit Katzrin. On to view the border with Syria and the city of Qunetra. We will stop at one of the main sources of the Jordan River – the Banias. We continue to the northern most tip of Israel and visit the beautiful site of Tel Dan, which is another source of the Jordan River. Here you can feel the cool breath while exploring the nature reserve.

Stop at Tel Hai – site of the heroic fight of Yosef Trumpeldor and his friends against the Arabs. At the preserved ranch house you will hear the story of the struggle of the settlers, which contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel. We next visit the Upper Galilee mountain city of Safed, the center of Jewish Mysticism “Kabala”. Wander through the cobble streets visiting the artists’ colony and ancient synagogues. This evening we will board our boat for a “fun” cruise on the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at our Kibbutz hotel (B,D)

 

Day 10 – Galilee to Tel Aviv – A day of More History

After an Israeli breakfast, we depart our hotel and drive west to arrive at the picturesque old city of Zippori from the Mishna times. We will see the beautiful mosaic floor in the old Synagogue including the Mona Lisa of the Galilee. We continue to the medieval port of Akko where we will visit the best-preserved Crusader’s town and the Knights’ Halls as well as the ancient port.

We continue along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the ancient Roman city. We will visit the impressive excavations and see the Roman theater and aqueduct as well as the moat and walls from the Crusaders period. On to Beit Shearim to visit the amazing complex of monumental tombs from the Mishna and Talmud times. Onward to our hotel in Tel Aviv for Shabbat dinner and overnight (B,D)

 

Day 11 – Fri – Tel Aviv Jaffa – Relaxing and shopping

This morning is free in Tel Aviv to go to a Synagogue or stroll the streets of the big modern city. In the afternoon, we will check out of the hotel and drive to Jaffa. We will explore the old streets and its galleries. Later in the evening we will celebrate with a Farewell dinner at a restaurant, summarizing our experiences in Israel. Late evening, transfer to Ben Gurion airport. Fly back to the USA. (B,D)

 

Day 12 – Back home

Arrive at USA and back to home city.

 

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Testimonials from our Travelers

Sara,

I wish to let you know how much Beth and I enjoyed our recent tour of Israel and Jordan.  We enjoyed the Biblical itinerary and the expertise of our guide, Kobi,  who is superior to any guide we have had (including 3 European "Rick Steves") tours with guides.  The comprehensive itinerary, the quality of the hotels, food, bus and driver all helped contribute to an unforgetable  experience of a lifetime.   Jerusalem Tour's attention to detail really stood out in a positive way.  We had very few additional expenses during the entire trip and that is noteworthy.

The pairing and reading  of scripture by tour members and by Kobe  with the places we visited in Israel, and Jordan were quite  impactful and help us to have even a stronger faith in Jesus and a fresh perspective and admiration for Israel and Jordan and its citizens.

Thanks for a great life experience.

Blessings,
Bob and Beth Lockwood