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Winter Tour 2022

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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 21, 2022 - Israel here we come!

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

Day 2           Thursday, Dec 22, 2022 - Welcome to Israel

Dinner

Welcome to Israel! Arrive at Ben Gurion where you will be met and assisted for your transfer to the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city.

Take some time to refresh after the flight or walk along the promenade, enjoying the Mediterranean Sea breeze and feeling the city’s vibe.

Evening: Meet your fellow tour participants and your expert guide during the delicious Welcome Dinner at the Hotel.

Dinner & Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel- Aviv

Day 3           Friday, Dec 23, 2022 – Tel Aviv Area

Breakfast

Dinner

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, we’ll first have the opportunity to Plant a Tree in the soils of Israel.

Continue to Tel Maresha in the area of Beit Guvrin, 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.

Then, head 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, time permitting, 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.

Return to the hotel to freshen up before Friday Night Dinner

Dinner & Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel- Aviv

Day 4           Saturday, Dec 24, 2022 – Free Day

Breakfast

Spend the day at leisure in honour of Shabbat. Consider resting or catching up with friends and relatives, attending a Shabbat service or enjoy Tel Aviv at your own pace. Your hotel is well situated along the splendid beach promenade and near the “Namal” a chic port whose promenade is filled with cafes, pubs and sheer vibrancy. 

Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel- Aviv

Day 5           Sunday, Dec 25, 2022 – Caesarea to Galilee

Breakfast

Dinner

After breakfast and checkout, we’ll visit the old port city of Jaffa; take in the breath-taking view of modern Tel Aviv alongside ancient Jaffa with its striking contrasts. Stroll through the narrow picturesque alleyways of this old city, passing the quaint Art Galleries while enjoying the special Mediterranean ambiance.

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 new multi-media show dedicated to the events and personalities shaping this seaside wonder.

Then, head to Haifa; see the meticulous Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, often described as the “eighth wonder of the world.”  Then proceed to a nearby Druze Village where we get acquainted with the Druze people and their way of life. On to your Kibbutz Hotel.

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Pastoral Kfar Blum

Day 6           Monday, Dec 26, 2022 – Galilee - Golan

Breakfast

Dinner

Today our journey through the Golan begins with a special opportunity (subject to the political situation) where we’ll visit an Army Base, speak with the soldiers who defend the northern borders and observe the life of an active combat unit.

Descend from the heights of the Golan, taking in spectacular views of the area as we make our way to Tel Dan, a town that has seen many different occupants in the course of 6000 years. Its setting in the lush valley supplied by the Dan River makes it one of the loveliest sites to visit in the North.

On 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.

Afterwards, a sweet treat as we head to De Karina Chocolate Boutique and Factory established by a family of chocolatiers who settled in Israel in 2003 from Argentina. The guided tour will take us through the factory where we learn about the history of the chocolate making industry before tasting some of the most delicious chocolate ever.

We complete our day with an exciting Jeep Tour. Traveling in open jeeps, we’ll hear the sounds of natural inhabitants of this area and observe the active wildlife.

Return to the Kibbutz Hotel.

Dinner and Overnight: Kibbutz Pastoral Kfar Blum

Day 7           Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 – En route to Jerusalem

Breakfast

Following breakfast and hotel checkout, proceed 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.

Continue to Mitzpeh Hoshaya’s Kfar Kedem, where the day-to-day life of this ancient land is recreated. Hear the words of the prophets as you thresh grain, spin wool, press oil from fresh olives and wine from fresh grapes, and take to the trail on donkeys.  Leave with a Homing pigeon and send a special message back to Kfar Kedem as you release the pigeon on his path back home.

Drive through the Jordan Valley, homeland of the Prophet Elisha, to Beit Shean. Visit the largest excavated Roman city in the Middle East that was home to approximately 40,000 people. See the Roman temple, artisan workshop, public baths and a magnificent amphitheater that is still used for performances.

Drive enroute to Jerusalem through the Judean Desert road. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, stop for a ceremony of Shehecheyanu, a blessing that celebrates special occasions givng thanks for new and unique events, all while taking in the sweeping views of the eternal city.

Check-in at Orient Hotel in Jerusalem and Meet with the Rabbi for  rehearsal before we approach the big day…

Day 8           Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 – Jerusalem Old City

Breakfast

Dinner

After another sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, drive 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. A true highlight of the tour is a visit to the underground water system including brand new discoveries from the Canaanite Period. You might explore the cool wet Hezekiah’s Tunnel, or choose the recently opened (and dry…) tunnel which brought water to the city in the time of Herod.

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. Arrive at the Kotel – the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, and finish the day’s adventure walking back in time through the Western Wall (Rabbinical) Tunnels, a fantastic route running under the Old City.

Drive to Genesis Land (Eretz Beresheet), located in the heart of the Judean Desert.

Here you’ll 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 we’ll enjoy “Hafla”, local dinner.

Dinner & Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9           Thursday, Dec 29, 2022 – Masada, the Dead Sea – Ceremony

Breakfast

Lunch

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 now declared a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”.  Join the Rabbi for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service at a select location overlooking the Dead Sea and the Mountains of Moab.  After, tour Herod’s Palace, the synagogue, the bath house, the water system and the fascinating storage rooms. Descend Masada and drive to one of the hotels at the Dead Sea for lunch and “swim”; float effortlessly in the therapeutic mineral-rich waters before proceeding to Ein Gedi for a hike through this beautiful oasis to the most spectacular waterfalls—a perfect family day to remember.

Return to Jerusalem and get ready this evening for the “Night Spectacular” Sound & Light Show at the Citadel Museum.

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10           Friday, Dec 30, 2022 – Jerusalem New City

Breakfast

Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then ccontinue 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 artefacts, 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).

Proceed to Mt. Herzl, the site of Israel’s national cemetery which is named after Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism, whose tomb lies at the top of the hill.  See the burial place of Israel’s former prime ministers and presidents, prominent Jewish and Zionist leaders, as well as those of young men and women who paid the ultimate price to make the dream of modern Israel a reality.

Enjoy the 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 the hotel with time to relax and freshen up before Shabbat services and Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

Dinner & Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 11           Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 – Jerusalem at leisure

Breakfast

Dinner

Enjoy sleeping in a little later today, and after breakfast we will have an optional walking tour available of Jerusalem with our guide.

Tonight, we’ve planned a Festive Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration/Farewell Dinner in honour of the children’s hard work and the dedication they have shown. Enjoy a specially arranged dinner planned around the freshest of local bounty and live entertainment (subject to group size) as we welcome in 2023! It will be a night to remember.

Dinner & Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 12         Sunday, Jan 1, 2023 –New Year’s Day. En Route

Breakfast

Unfortunately, our journey has come to an end……

Check-out from hotel and transfer to the airport for your international departure flight arriving the same day.

Price

All rates in US Dollars
Rates are based on $4,699 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 21, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023 $9,398
Family of 4 (3 Persons, 1 BM child- 2 rooms) Pay for 3 persons Dec 21, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023 $14,097
Family of 5 (4 Persons, 1BM child- 2 rooms) Pay for 4 persons Dec 21, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023 $18,796
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 $1,850 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
  • PCR or other Covid-19 tests
  • 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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