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Sample Itinerary:
Family Summer Tour

Please note: all private package tours are custom designed for your group. Itineraries on the website are just some outlines to give you a sense about different possibilities, and in general, what a package would include. This tour is for all ages. If you have many young children in the group, adventurous teens, or any other special requests, we will adjust the itinerary to create just the right trip for you!

Thursday - Departure - Fly to Israel

For many people, flying at the end of the work/school week is ideal. This way, you'll land in Israel on a Friday which can give you the first Shabbat to unwind and relax in Tel Aviv. It's a good idea good to rest up before the touring begins, especially with kids. You just arrange your own flights, and we will handle everything else!

Note: Ben Gurion Airport is about 25 mins from most Tel Aviv hotels and 45 mins from Jerusalem.

Day 1: Friday - Arrival to Israel

You will be met at the airport by a driver who will take you to your hotel. Whether it's a taxi, rental car, minibus or full size bus, we've got you covered!

If you want your arrival to be seamless, or you need a little extra assistance (travelling with young children or would enjoy some help with your luggage), we can arrange for a VIP representative to meet you at the plane, and walk you through passport control, baggage claim, and directly to the waiting driver with no delays.

Here are some wonderful hotels in Tel Aviv. We can help you choose and reserve just the right place for your group:

Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel

David Intercontinental 

The Best Western 

The Melody or rent an apartment via www.airbnb.com (choose a "Superhost" for the places with the best service).

 

Shabbat dinner can be arranged at the hotel (let us know ahead of time), or the hotel concierge can recommend nearby restaurants.

Day 2: Saturday (free day with no guide or driver)

Enjoy the famous and plentiful Israeli breakfast buffet at your hotel served until around 10:30 am.

Relax at the pool or on the beach, or enjoy exploring Tel Aviv on your own. Most shops will be closed, but many restaurants will be open. Beaches and the promenade that span the entire length of the city are the place to be! Lunch can be ordered in the hotel, and there are options for tours available this day: Old Jaffa walking tour, Graffiti walking tour, Art Museum of Tel Aviv, and others.

Day 3: Sunday (guide and driver)

8am Breakfast buffet

9am Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel. Be ready for an amazing day! 

Visit the port city of Old Jaffa and discover why the name of the city means "beautiful" while walking through its ancient walkways and modern galleries. You will also get amazing views of Tel Aviv, and learn more about this city that grew out of the sand dunes.

Take a driving tour through Tel Aviv’s historic boulevards including Rothschild and Neve Tzedek. Learn about Tel Aviv's striking styles of architecture.

Visit the Israel Innovation Center and take a peek into why they call Israel the "Startup Nation." Learn about the high-tech scene. 

Try a local specialty at Jaffa's famous restaurant called Dr. Shakshuka, or grab a quick lunch while strolling in the Carmel Market (aka the Shuk). Sample local delicacies such as halva, hummous, and dates.  

See Independence Hall where David Ben Gurion read the Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948 and hear the exciting story of the establishment of the State of Israel. (The building is under renovation for the next few years; we will see it from the outside).

Head to Rehovot for a guided tour of the Ayalon Institute which was an underground bullet factory where ammunition was made in secret before Israel’s War of Independence.

Enjoy a relaxing dinner out at the Old Port (The Namal) by the Mediterranean Sea or at the popular Sarona Market.

*Additional options on this day: surfing lesson, Segway tour, experience Dialogue in the Dark at the Blind Museum (9 years old and up) a graffiti tour, a bicycle tour, the Palmach Museum, Jewish Heroes interactive experience at the Museum of the Jewish People (for children ages 6-12) and more. Tel Aviv is an eclectic city with so much to offer!

Day 4: Monday (guide and driver)

8am breakfast buffet 

9am check out, load the luggage on the bus

Depart for the drive North along Israel’s coast towards the Galilee passing the cities of Herzliya, Netanya and more.
Visit Caesarea by the Sea, a two thousand-year-old port city built by Herod the Great. You will be amazed by it's beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and impressive archaeology.

We will drive up to Mt. Carmel and stroll in Zichron Yaakov, a charming 1st Aliyah town. We will walk on Founders’ Street where modern Israel was conceived in 1882, and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Tishbi Winery which has a varied menu for all ages.

*Optional visit to Haifa to view the Bahai Gardens and the port, a visit to Acco, the Grottos at Rosh Hanikra or Kfar Kedem biblical experience for donkey rides and pita making.

Check in to hotel up North. There are some wonderful options such as Pastoral on Kibbutz Kfar Blum or Hagoshrim Hotel for a Kibbutz experience (dinner is included there). Or perhaps you would enjoy the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias which is near Decks - an elegant grill restaurant by the Sea of Galilee!

 

Day 5: Tuesday (guide and driver)

8am Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

9am departure

Get ready for a 4 x 4 off road ATV adventure in the Galilee overlooking the Hula Valley! A local guide will lead the way to some of the most incredible views of Northern Israel. The ATVs are appropriate for all ages; anyone with a driver’s license can drive.

Visit Tsfat and fall in love with Kabbalah while strolling the ancient alleyways. Tsfat is known for it's beautiful historic synagogues, jewelry and art made by local Israeli designers, and spectacular mountain top views. Would your family enjoy a hands-on workshop in Tsfat? Let us know.

Lookout over the Lebanese border from Kibbutz Misgav Am. Go close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, and hear from Aryeh Ben Yaakov - a kibbutz member originally from Cleveland who’s been living here for 50 years - about Kibbutz life and the security situation.

Falafel/Shawarma lunch in Kiryat Shmona (The. Best. Falafel. Ever. Promise!)

Rafting on the Jordan River. This is good for all ages, and a must-do in the hot summer. Don't worry, this ain’t the Colorado river, it’s Jewish rafting….

Security briefing  on the Golan Heights including bunkers from the 6 Day War on Mt Bental, literally the end of the road with Syria.

After this full and fabulous day, a quiet dinner back at the hotel or ordering a pizza is just perfect.

*Optional visit to the De Karina Chocolate Factory for a hands-on workshop and chocolate tasting, or to the Golan Heights Winery for tastings, or to the Naot Sandal factory outlet store.
 

Day 6: Wednesday (guide and driver)

8am Breakfast 

9am Check out, and load the luggage on the bus.

Visit Tiberias one of the four holy cities of Israel with its breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee - the Kinneret

*Optional banana boating on the Kinneret, a water hike through Nahal Kibbutzim, or swimming at the Sachne (Gan Hashlosha) Springs.

Tour the impressive ruins of the ancient city of Bet Shean, a key Biblical town and a marvel of Roman era architecture.

Head to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley (2 hour drive) in which we see the border between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In this drive south towards the holy city, we will pass through several landscapes.

Stop for lunch along the way.

Welcome to Jerusalem! We will take a few moments on our arrival for an amazing view and Shehechiyanu blessing upon first seeing Jerusalem from the Mount Scopus lookout at the Hebrew University.
Check in to Jerusalem accommodations.

Here are some great places to stay.

The Waldorf Astoria

The David Citadel

Inbal

The Prima Kings

Vacation apartment rental at 7 Rav Kook
 

Day 7: Thursday (guide, no driver)

8am Breakfast at the hotel

9am be ready for a fun, exciting and fascinating day walking through ancient Jerusalem.

Walk through the new Mamilla Promenade on the way to the Old City, and discover the New City along the way

Old City tour including the surrounding walls, the Roman Cardo, some of the 4 Quarters and much more!

Lunch in the Jewish Quarter - many options.

Approach the Western Wall and walk through the underground tunnels along hidden parts of the Wall in the famous Western Wall Tunnels.

Good walkers will enjoy a visit to the City of David; and for the adventurous (bring your water shoes!), there's an option to walk through Hezekiah’s water tunnel. 

Enjoy a free evening out on famous Ben Yehuda Street for shawarma, or one of Jerusalem's hottest new restaurants.

Day 8: Friday (guide & driver or ride on the new light rail cable car)

8am Breakfast at the hotel

9am Visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial (children have to be 10 or older to enter the museum)

Lunch and shopping at the Mahane Yehuda Market, the world’s largest kosher open street market. Friday afternoons are packed with pre-Shabbat shoppers, musicians and the best food of the week at the lowest prices.

Touring on Fridays ends at around 2pm to allow time to return to the hotel get ready for Shabbat.
Optional visit to the Western Wall for Shabbat Services (this is recommended to be part of the amazing atmosphere of singing, dancing, and visitors from around the world)

Shabbat dinner at the hotel is a wonderful way for your family or group to experience a traditional Shabbat surrounded by other families doing the same.

Day 9: Saturday - a much needed day of rest (no guide or driver)

Breakfast at the hotel is served until 10:30  

Morning of leisure and sleep in or visit the Western Wall, The Great Synagogue or The Italian Synagogue (all within walking distance).

Time to chill at the pool, optional walking tour in the afternoon or just enjoy Jerusalem on your own. Most of the city is closed, but some museums are open and the Old City is bustling.

Saturday night is perfect for the ‘Night Spectacular’ an amazing light and sound show where the history of Jerusalem is displayed on the Tower of David’s walls.

-Enjoy dinner at the Mamilla Promenade, Ben Yehuda Street, the Tachana Rishona or one of the other Jerusalem hot spots.

*Option for this day: home hospitality: enjoy a Shabbat lunch with a local English speaking family this is happy to open their home to visitors.

Day 10: Sunday (guide and driver)

8am breakfast in the hotel

9am Drive to the Dead Sea area, the lowest place on Earth!

Hike Ein Gedi the largest desert oasis in Israel and bathe in the fresh waterfalls; a perfect way to cool off in the heat!

Cable Car or climb up (weather permitting) Masada the Great Desert Fortress to hear the story of the Jewish rebels who fought the Romans 2000 years ago.

Float in the Dead Sea in a beautiful public beach with access to facilities.

How about Camel rides in the desert?

*Optional for this day, choose to go to a beautiful Dead Sea hotel to have lunch and enjoy their pool and spa facilities and waterfront. Add in a visit or dinner at Genesis Land, where you can experience Abraham and Sarah's hospitality in desert tents.

Day 11: Monday (guide and driver)

8am Breakfast in hotel

9am B’nai Mitzvah Ceremonies for Families and Guests at the Western Wall

Everyone has a different image of how they would like this day to be, so every bar or bat mitzvah day celebration is fully custom designed.  We offer several options for location, Rabbi, photographer, post-ceremony meal and all the extras.

Here are some great options for a festive brunch near the Wall:

The Quarter Cafe

Lucianna in the Mamilla Promenade

Here are some special activity options for the afternoon:

Volunteer project at Pantry Packers where you’ll pack food portions for Israel’s neediest.

Visit with local IDF soldiers and hand out gift packages (items can be brought from home including hand written cards and sporting goods, snacks, chocolates or candy. Any gifts will be appreciated.)

Basketball clinic and inspirational talk by Tamir Goodman ‘Jewish Jordan’

Meet Steve Gar, originally from South Africa; he is an elite combat soldier and speaks about the IDF’s rules and ethics and what it’s like to be on the front lines.

Dinner out on the town at one of Jerusalem’s fabulous restaurants. Reservations can be made in advance for any size group.

 

Day 12: Tuesday (guide and driver)

8am Breakfast at the hotel

9am  Archaeological ‘Dig for a Day’ at Bet Guvrin - discover what it’s like to be an archaeologist by digging through ancient rubble deep inside chiseled caves. It's not at all scary, but is exciting!

Lunch at the Beit Shemesh Mall - it's fun to see what a mall is like in Israel.

Visit Latrun - Israel’s memorial to fallen soldiers from the armored corps - where hundreds of tanks and army vehicles are on display. Kids love to climb up on tanks, and adults enjoy learning about military history in Israel.

Plant a tree together as a family in Neot Kedumim a Biblical nature reserve.


Wednesday

Return flight. Leave Israel with wonderful photos, memories and experiences.

Please note:

Package tours are all custom designed; the pace and sites are chosen to fit your family. Of course, your group being ready on time each day means we will get to do everything planned.   Please see more information about how to pack for your trip and our terms and conditions on our FAQ page.

 

What’s included:

  • Private licensed tour guide for 9 days of guided tours

  • Transportation for 8 days of guided tours with a professional driver on a luxurious air-conditioned full size bus or minibus and driver, and with complimentary water bottles

  • Airport pickup and drop off for the group

  • All entrance fees to the sites and activities listed: (this is a sample; you will receive list of included activities for your specific itinerary)
    • Independence Hall

    • Ayalon Institute (aka the Bullet Factory)

    • Caesarea National Park

    • ATV/Rangers off road adventure

    • Kibbutz Misgav Am on the Lebanese border

    • Falafel lunch

    • Jordan River Rafting

    • Beit Shean National Park

    • Masada National Park

    • Ein Gedi National Park

    • Dead Sea Beach

    • City of David National Park

    • Western Wall Tunnel Tour

    • Yad Vashem

    • Light and Sound show at the Tower of David

    • Archaeological Dig for a Day

    • Tree planting

    • Several lunches and some dinners

 

What's not included:

  • Cell phone rental (recommended) TalknSave or just get an overseas plan from your local cell phone provider

  • Travel and health insurance

  • Most lunches and dinners

  • Post B’nai Mitzvah brunch

  • Photographer and/or videographer and costs pertaining to the B’nai Mitzvah ceremony

  • There may be additional fees for individuals the tour who are not part of the group (such as Israeli relatives joining for the B'nai Mitzvah day).

  • A taxi or larger vehicle can be arranged if your group is larger on a specific day for a surcharge

  • Optional activities and others may be added as a surcharge. Fees will be detailed in advance. 

  • Charges pertaining to a B'nai Mitzvah ceremony like Rabbi fee, photographer and meal are not included but can be added as a surcharge.

  • Gratuities, suggested $50 a day for driver and $75 for the guide (total, not per family)


 

Hotel options and pricing:

 

The charge for accommodations is separate from the touring package fees, and is billed by World Class Travel a travel agent in Jerusalem. If you prefer, you can choose to book your own accommodations.

For overnights in Northern or Southern Israel (ie, not near Jerusalem), the client will also cover accommodations for the driver and guide.

All rates below are "per night" for standard rooms and include daily breakfast.

Upgrades and additions are possible according to availability. Dinner is added to this charge when applicable (Up North and in Jerusalem for Shabbat).

 

Prices can vary by season or even weekly. This list will give you a general idea of prices:

 

Tel Aviv

Sheraton TLV:

Double occupancy –  $350

3rd pax adult - $60

3rd pax child (3-12) - $30

Single occupancy – $330

 

Dan TLV:

Double occupancy –  $390

3rd pax child/adult - $35

Note – 3rd pax is applicable only in Deluxe rooms and up. Supplement for Deluxe room $55.

Single occupancy – $370

 

Up North

Hagoshrim:

Double occupancy –  $220

3rd pax adult - $85

3rd pax child (3-18) - $55

Single occupancy – $175

 

Kfar Blum:

Double occupancy - $275

Child sharing DBL room - $70 supplement.

 

Galei Kinnereth Tiberias:

Tower/Spa room: Double occupancy - $235

 

Jerusalem

David Citadel:  

Premium Superior double occupancy- $485

Premium Deluxe Old City View (w Balcony) - $545

Inbal:

Double occupancy –  $370

3rd pax adult - $105

3rd pax child (3-18) - $40

Single occupancy – $350

 

Leonardo Plaza JLM: - (4+ star)

Double occupancy –  $290

3rd pax adult - $115

3rd pax child (3-18) - $40

Single occupancy – $270

 

Prima Kings:

Double occupancy - $185

child sharing DBL room - $40 supplement.

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