Family Winter Tour
Including Eilat and Petra Option
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
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.
Enjoy exploring Tel Aviv on your own. Most shops will be closed, but many restaurants will be open. Walk along the beautiful seaside promenade that stretches from Old Jaffa along most of Tel Aviv. 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, tour at the Sarona visitor center and others.
Day 3: Sunday (guide and driver)
8am Breakfast buffet
9am Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel at 9 am. 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 see 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: experience Dialogue in the Dark at the Blind Museum (9 years old and up), 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, or "Af Al Pi Chen” the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum in Haifa.
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 Pagoda Restaurant; in the wintertime Pagoda offers both their year round Chinese food menu and the elegant grill menu of Decks.
Day 5: Tuesday (guide and driver)
8am Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
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!).
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 Battle of Tel Chai Court, De Karina Chocolate Factory for a hands-on workshop and chocolate tasting, to the Golan Heights Winery for tastings, or to the Naot Sandal factory outlet store.
Day 6: Wednesday (guide and driver)
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 Tour the impressive ruins of the ancient city of Beit 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. Optional visit to Ancient Beit Alfa Synagogue in the event of heavy rain.
Check in to Jerusalem accommodations.
Here are some great places to stay.
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.
Enjoy a free evening out on famous Ben Yehuda Street, or one of Jerusalem's hottest new restaurants. Option for B’nai Mitzvah ceremony on this day.
Day 8: Friday (guide and 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 atmopshere 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). Optional walking tour in the afternoon or just enjoy Jerusalem on your own. Most of the shops and restaurants are closed, but some museums are open and the Old City is bustling.
-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. Option for B’nai Mitzvah ceremony on Masada.
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.
Overnight: Spa Hotel in Ein Bokek or Beresheet Hotel (which has exquisite architecture and a magnificent view of the Ramon Crater).
Day 11: Monday (driver only, no guide)
8am breakfast in the hotel
9am Check out of the hotel.
Optional sand boarding in the Negev. How often do you get a chance to do that?
Drive to Eilat and check in your hotel with some time to relax and enjoy the beach. Dinner out on the boardwalk; enjoy the tropical getaway vibe, the shops, and the sea air.
Day 12: Tuesday (driver and guide with group to Petra)
You will be fully guided through this incredible experience, crossing over into Jordan, visiting Petra – a magical city carved out 2,000 years ago in the red sandstone mountains – and returning to Eilat.
Day 14: Wednesday (driver only, no guide)
8am Breakfast in the hotel.
9am Check out of hotel. Visit to the Eilat Underwater Observatory. See the coral reef that Eilat is famous for. Driver will take you to the to Eilat airport to fly to Ben Gurion Airport. From Ben Gurion airport, you will fly back home with amazing memories!
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 on what to pack and terms and conditions on our FAQ page.
Private licensed tour guide for 7 days of guided tours
Transportation for 7 days of guided tours with a professional driver on a luxurious air-conditioned, private, full size bus or minibus and driver, and with complimentary water bottles
Airport pickup 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)
Israel Innovation Center
Ayalon Institute (aka the Bullet Factory)
Caesarea National Park
ATV/Rangers off road adventure
Kibbutz Misgav Am on the Lebanese border
Beit Shean National Park
Masada National Park
Ein Gedi National Park
Dead Sea Beach
City of David National Park
Western Wall Tunnel Tour
Petra Excursion (driver, guide and sites included in a group tour)
Eilat Underwater Observatory
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 such as 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.