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Duration

12 Days

Tour Type

Group Tour

Group Size

10 - 40 People

Languages

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Overview

PEERLESS TRAVEL is proud to offer our Ultimate Family and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Winter Experience, including Bar & Bat Mitzvah Celebrations

On this most comprehensive winter family tour offered in North America, you’ll be amazed, delighted, and intrigued as each day unfolds. Meticulous planning by our team of experts ensures a perfect blend of history, archaeology, adventure, action, and just pure fun!

Join us for a life-altering experience you will never forget.

Itinerary

Day 1          Wednesday, Dec. 22 - Israel here we come!

Depart on your flight to Israel and begin an unforgettable journey.

Day 2           Thursday, Dec 23 - Welcome to Israel

Dinner

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met and assisted for your transfer to the beautiful Orient Hotel in eternal Jerusalem.
Take some time to refresh after the flight, enjoying the facilities and the wonderful “Tachana”, the open-air pedestrian mall located behind your hotel.

Evening: Meet your guide and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 3           Friday, Dec 24 – Jerusalem Overview (Eve of the Sabbath)

Breakfast

Dinner

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, drive to the top of Mt. Zion for a Shehecheyanu ceremony, a blessing that celebrates special occasions in thanks for new and unique events, while taking in the sweeping views of the incredible Old City.

On to the historic heart of the Jewish people – the Old City of Jerusalem. Our expert guide will provide us with a rich and detailed background as we pass through gates erected by Suleiman the Magnificent — all have entered the same way, on the same stones, for 450 years. Our visit begins with the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Jerusalem during the Roman, Byzantine, and later eras. After, we wander down the winding streets lovingly rebuilt after the 6-Day war (1967) reaching the Kotel, the Western Wall, and the holiest site in Judaism. You’ll witness the devotion of our people to this place and again, have your own opportunity for prayer. We’ll visit the Rabbinical Tunnel walking back in time on this fantastic route running under the Temple Mount (tunnel schedule permitting).

Continue to the Southern Wall Archaeological Park (Davidson Centre) and experience a fascinating presentation describing the Temple Mount and life as it was two millennia ago. On to the City of David, an exciting area of discovery in the heart of ancient Jerusalem- home to many of the most impressive finds of recent years including brand new discoveries from the Canaanite Period.

Evening: A unique and moving experience as we join Jerusalemites welcoming Shabbat at the illuminated Kotel (Western Wall) followed by the traditional Shabbat Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem.

Day 4           Saturday, Dec 25 – Jerusalem

Breakfast

Spend the day at leisure in honor of Shabbat. Consider resting or catching up with friends and relatives, attending a Shabbat service, or enjoying Jerusalem at your own pace. An optional walking tour will be arranged by your guide.

Evening: Get ready for the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum.
The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant, breathtaking, virtual reality images using spectacular laser technology. Show runtime: 45 minutes. The Night Spectacular will not take place in the event of rain. Return to the hotel.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 5           Sunday, Dec 26 – Jerusalem Old City

Breakfast

After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll head to Mount Herzl, the site of Israel’s national cemetery and see the final resting place of the founders of modern-day Israel including former prime ministers and presidents.

Continue to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Memorial- strategically situated on the green slopes of Har HaZikaron (“Mount of Remembrance”). The museum tells the story of the Holocaust from a unique perspective by emphasizing the experiences of Jewish victims and survivors using original artifacts, testimonies, and personal possessions. Tour this sprawling complex and visit the Grove of the Righteous among the Nations, the Children’s Memorial and take part in a special “Yizkor” (memorial service) in Bikat Ha Kehilot (The Valley of Communities). A special program will be provided for children (accompanied by one parent).

After, enjoy the famous Machane Yehuda Market and immerse yourself in the bustling energy of Jerusalem’s Shuk (market). Wander around the many local vendors selling delicious cheeses, pastries, spices, nuts, and much more. Taste halva, ice cream, and fruit drinks. Return to your hotel.

This evening, meet with the Rabbi for a final rehearsal before tomorrow’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Overnight: Orient Hotel in Jerusalem

Day 6           Monday, Dec 27 – Masada - Dead Sea - Ceremony Day

Breakfast

Dinner

The big day is here and we’ve made sure that it’s everything you hoped for and more. Following breakfast at the hotel, descend through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Planet Earth, continuing straight to Masada. Ascend the mountain by Cable Car to this last stronghold of the Zealots who chose death rather than surrendering to the Roman Legion in the Jewish Revolt against Rome some 2000 years ago. Masada is not declared a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”. Join the Rabbi for the Bat/Bat Mitzvah service at a select location overlooking the Dead Sea and the Mountains of Moab. After, tour Herod’s Palace, the synagogue, the bathhouse, the water system, and the fascinating storage rooms.

Descend Masada and enjoy the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea floating effortlessly in the therapeutic mineral-rich waters.

We’ll then proceed to Ein Gedi for a hike through this beautiful oasis to the spectacular waterfalls.

In the later afternoon, continue to Genesis Land (Eretz Beresheet), located in the heart of the Judean Desert. Have a chance to experience life as it was in biblical times. You will be greeted by Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, and by a train of camels which lead you down to Abraham’s tent, where you will have the “Hafla”, local dinner. Return to Jerusalem with memories of this day to last a lifetime.

Overnight: Orient Hotel Jerusalem

Day 7           Tuesday, Dec 28 – Galilee

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Today we depart Jerusalem and drive north via the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, the largest excavated Roman city in the Middle East. Its magnificent Amphitheatre is still used for performances and the evidence of the earthquake that destroyed the city in 749 is most impressive.

At Old Gesher, you’ll enjoy the Naharayim Experience, a visitor center where flowing water, sounds, voices, and colored lights bring the fascinating story to life. We’ll enjoy a light lunch before continuing to the Galita Chocolate Farm at Degania. Enjoy a mouthwatering, colorful tour and workshop through chocolate, designed to teach participants how to begin working with the marvelous raw material – simply, at home – including some great recipes.

End this delightful day at your Kibbutz Guesthouse for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum

Day 8           Wednesday, Dec 29 – Galilee - Golan

Breakfast

Dinner

Following breakfast, our adventure continues with a thrilling Jeep Ride through the rolling hills of the Golan Heights. Continue north to the Banias Waterfall which is, without a doubt, the most impressive waterfall in Israel. The Banias Spring comes out of the foot of Mount Hermon, flows for a powerful 3.5km, and becomes the waterfall.

We’ll then continue to Mt. Ben Tal, the site of a courageous battle fought during Israel’s war for the Golan. A short drive up, the mountain-top provides both scenic beauty and a glimpse back at the past – including former bunkers.

We’ll continue to Metulla for great fun for the whole family as we test our skills at a shooting range. Onward for a visit to an Army Base; speak with the soldiers who defend the northern borders and observe the life of an active combat unit.

Return to the Kibbutz Guesthouse for Dinner.

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum

Day 9           Thursday, Dec 30 – Tel Aviv

Breakfast

Dinner

Following breakfast, drive to Safed, the ancient city that was home to the mystics of the Kabala. Wandering the twisting alleyways, you’ll encounter tiny, historic synagogues and have an opportunity to visit the galleries of Safed’s celebrated artists’ colony.

Then, head to Haifa; see the meticulous Bahai Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, often described as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Drive to Caesarea, the “Dream by the Sea” constructed by Herod the Great between 22 and 10 BC and named after Caesar Augustus. Enjoy a tour of the rich remains spanning from the time of the Romans to the Islamic period: the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, the Crusader harbour, and Herod’s palace– all will be brought to life in a brand new multi-media show dedicated to the events and personalities who shaped this seaside wonder.

Continue to Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city and check-in at your spectacular hotel on the Mediterranean Sea.

Tonight, we’ve planned a Festive Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration in honour of the children’s hard work and the dedication they have shown. Enjoy a specially arranged dinner with live entertainment (subject to group size). Another special evening to be remembered.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 10           Friday, Dec 31 - Tel Aviv - Archaeological Dig

Breakfast

Dinner

Following breakfast, head to Tel Maresha in the area of Beit Guvrin, the ancestral home of King Herod, and participate in an archaeological dig. This hands-on experience includes digging, sifting, pottery examination, and a tour in Beit Guvrin National Park with an exciting crawl through unexcavated cave systems.

Drive to Machon Ayalon, a secretive bullet factory established by the Haganah underground movement in 1945. As the largest bullet factory during that time, it produced 2.23 million bullets between 1946- 1948, while keeping the secret from the ruling British military.

On to Tel-Aviv’s popular Nachalat Benyamin, an open pedestrian Arts and Craft Fair where you will find a variety of hand-made products as well as performance artists making this a lively Friday afternoon event in Tel Aviv.

Back to the hotel to refresh before our farewell Shabbat Dinner.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 11           Saturday, Jan 1 – Shabbat & New Year’s Day

Breakfast

A full day at leisure to relax, pack, visit with friends and enjoy Tel Aviv.

For those who have a late evening flight, a departure transfer will be arranged.
For others, final overnight at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 12         Sunday, Jan 2 - Return to North America or Extend your trip.

Unfortunately, our journey has come to an end.
Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. It’s a long flight, but home is on the other end

Price

All rates in US Dollars
Rates are based on $4,596 per person when sharing a Double Room

 

*Total Rates for Families that include a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child Tour Date Land Tour Rate
Family of 3 (2 parents, 1 BM child in 1 room) Pay for 2 persons Dec 22, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022 $9,192
Family of 4 (3 Persons, 1 BM child- 2 rooms) Pay for 3 persons Dec 22, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022 $13,788
Family of 5 (4 Persons, 1BM child- 2 rooms) Pay for 4 persons Dec 22, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022 $18,384
PRICE IN USD
* No additional discount applies for non Bar/Bat Mitzvah children in rooms above
** Maximum ONE Free Bar/Bat Mitzvah child per family

A Single Supplement surcharge of $1,769 is added to the base price for a single person in a room

Terms and Important information

Air transportation is available from anywhere in the USA and Canada. Airport transfers are included on the scheduled tour dates. Passengers arriving earlier and departing later will receive transfers if pre and post hotels are booked by Peerless Travel Inc. No refunds are made for missed sightseeing tours, missed transfers, or unused hotel accommodations on our summer tours.

Payments

Credit cards are accepted for all deposits, payments for the tour, insurance, and air transportation. Partial payments can be made in Israel Bonds!

Registration

A deposit of $450 US per person is required to secure space on the tour and is not required for the Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Celebrant (Deposit becomes non-refundable 90 days prior to departure).

Insurance

Insurance will be issued 90 days prior to departure to protect your deposits and subsequent payments.

Passports

Must be valid six months from the date of return. If you are not a US or Canadian passport holder please check visa requirements.

Cancellation Policy

The deposit is 100% refundable up to 90 days prior to departure. Land services are subject to a 50% cancellation fee up to 14 days prior to departure and 75% 14 days or less, prior to departure.

Peerless Travel has gained an excellent reputation operating Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tours. In order to maintain this reputation, we wish to advise you that minor changes may be made in the itinerary or the accommodations. These changes may occur prior to departure and even during the Tour itself. The changes are usually a result of insufficient space, changes in site schedules, safety and ease of transportation, or the inability of the supplier to provide services to meet our standards. We will make every effort to ensure that any changes made to the Tour comply with our high standards.

Time Table

Please note that the itinerary or even accommodations could change according to conditions.

  • Registration
  • Finalize extensions of stay, additional tours, and other individual arrangements. It is highly recommended to finalize these arrangements no later than 6 months before departure!!
  • Final payments must be made 30 days prior to departure
  • Travel insurance must be issued 3 months prior to departure

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Old City special tour
  • New Herodian Excavations
  • The City of David
  • The Rabbinical Tunnel
  • Archaeological Dig
  • Camel ride in the Negev
  • BM Ceremony at Masada
  • Rehearsal with Rabbi prior to Ceremony
  • Certificate from the State of Israel
  • Candle Lighting Ceremony
  • Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Celebration Dinner party
  • Target shooting
  • Special Shehecheyanu Welcome in Jerusalem
  • Mount Ben Tal observation point
  • Army base visit.
  • Meeting families and making memories that last a lifetime

DELUXE HOTELS

  • Jerusalem Orient
  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Kibbutz Guesthouse
  • Tel Aviv Carlton

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance at the airport upon arrival & departure
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 10 nights Deluxe Hotels & Kibbutz Guesthouse.
  • Israeli Buffet Breakfast daily, 7 dinners & 1 lunch
  • 8 days sightseeing in a Deluxe air-conditioned coach according to suggested program.
  • English speaking guide on all touring days.
  • Entrance fees to all sites and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Rabbi service for the BM ceremony at Masada
  • Gratuities to all porters and waiters
  • Services of our office in Israel
  • Gratuities to Guide and driver
  • Meals and drinks which are not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)

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FAQs

Air transportation is available from USA?
Yes, Air transportation is available from anywhere in USA and Canada
Refunds are made for missed sightseeing tours?
No refunds are made for missed sightseeing tours, missed transfers or unused hotel accommodations on our summer tours.
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