Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tours

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Experience first-hand Israel’s historic and modern sites, magnetic culture and winning activities.

Choose from countless things to do in Israel

  • Explore caves and tunnels
  • Take selfies on Masada
  • Ride a camel
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Meet Israeli kids
  • Shop at craft markets
  • Take a mountain jeep tour
  • Do a mitzvah

A momentous celebration in Israel for teens and the whole family

Some teens choose a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour over a large party, meaning that for the cost of a one-night reception, families can bond together on two adventurous weeks, discovering Israel and returning with memories that last a lifetime. Others celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah both at home and in Israel, taking a well-deserved Kenes Tours vacation after the synagogue event and festivities.

The tour that speaks to you: an action-packed customized itinerary or travel package

There are endless right ways to tour Israel:

  • Exploring the most significant sites in the history of Judaism
  • Conducting an Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or Reconstructionist ceremony at the Western Wall, Masada or synagogue of your choosing
  • Diving into a hands-on, family-oriented adventure with only-in-Israel activities for generations young and old
  • Volunteering for a family mitzvah project focused on helping people in need
  • Traveling with other Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids

Why travelers choose and trust Kenes Tours for Bar/Bat Mitzvah tours to Israel

  • The signature Kenes Tours vision: a world of possibilities – backed by 50 years of experience
  • A tour that engages, inspires and transforms – targeted toward Bar/Bat Mitzvah ages and families
  • A showcase of fascinating sites and eclectic culture specially designed for youth on the cusp of adulthood
  • A moving celebration and ceremony personalized to your preferences
  • Wow-factor experiences that will have kids and adults raving

What you can expect from Kenes Tours

  • Full trip planning (convenient flights, superior hotels, quality restaurants, deluxe buses, engaging tours and more …)
  • A team of Israel-based specialists covering targeted areas of interest, such as culture, sports and religious content
  • Peace of mind with on-the-ground planners and excellent service, 24/7
  • The best value for your money, with our buying power translating into excellent tour prices
  • Personable, knowledgeable, kid-friendly tour guides who live to entertain and educate
  • Affordable prices and special offers for families

What type of tour are you interested in?

Discover the Kenes Tours Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey that matches your vision. Contact us to discuss your tour.

 

Day 1, Friday: Arrival-Welcome to Israel

  • Arrival at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. We will be met and assisted by a Kenes Tours representative and our tour educator who will accompany us to our awaiting transportation.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel’s main cultural and commercial hub and the City that Never Sleeps!
  • Tour Tel Aviv and the Old City of Jaffa
  • Hotel check-in
  • Enjoy dinner at leisure in Tel Aviv’s trendy Neve Tzedek area

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 


Day 2 , Saturday – At Leisure

Free day at leisure in Tel Aviv.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

 


Day 3, Sunday: The Many Faces of the Country

  • After breakfast, we check-out of our accommodations.
  • Visit Independence Hall, the site where David Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence on May 14th, 1948.
  • Travel north along Israel’s coastal highway.
  • Visit Explore the 2,000year-old Roman amphitheater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts.  This ancient city, now an archaeological park located on the Mediterranean Sea was constructed by Herod the Great between 22 and 10 BCE and was named for the Roman Caesar Augustus.  It was once one of the most spectacular cities in the Land of Israel and served as the Capital of the province for almost 600 years.
  • Continuing further into the Galilee, we stop at Kfar Kedem for a pita-making workshop, donkey riding, and to gain a glimpse into the lifestyles of Galilean residents as they lived over 2,000 years ago.
  • Next, visit the Kabbalistic old city of Safed. One of the Land of Israel’s traditional four holy cities, Safed’s history can be traced back more than 2,000 years; residents lived in the city during the time of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem and since then, many different communities and cultures have passed through, resulting in a rich and fascinating history.  Currently, Safed is considered to be the City of the Kabbalah, and in addition, the city has become home to many talented artists whose work can be seen in the many galleries located throughout the Old City.
  • Check-in to our Kibbutz guest house accommodations.
  • Dinner at the Kibbutz

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse in the Galilee

 


Day 4, Monday: From Borders to Birds

  • This morning, we ascend to the Golan Heights. Beginning our experience from the majestic viewpoint at Mount Bental, we explore old Syrian military bunkers and a strategic view over neighboring Syria.
  • Next, we shall enjoy a Chocolate-Making workshop at the De Karina chocolate factory located at Kibbutz Ein Zivan (for adults, there is an adjacent winery…)
  • Afterwards, enjoy an off-the-beaten-path jeep tour of the region. From the vantage point of an off-road vehicle, we shall learn the history of this unique and contested land, placing a special emphasis on its multi-layered military history and current status (enjoy lunch en route)
  • Later this afternoon, we will stop at the Agmon HaHula Nature Reserve. A special place in nature, Agmon HaHula is an oasis in the migration path of thousands of different kinds of birds-one of the few places in the world to provide an opportunity to see migrating birds travel between Africa, Europe, and Asia in their natural environment.  A train covering over eight kilometers surrounds the natural lake and enables visitors to experience the wildlife close-up.
  • Return to hotel for some much needed rest and relaxation.
  • This evening, we will travel to the city of Tiberias, located along the shores of the Sea of Galilee for a festive dinner at Decks restaurant.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse in the Galilee

 


Day 5, Tuesday: The Jordan Valley-Pioneering & Innovation

  • After breakfast, we check-out of our accommodations and depart heading south, towards the Jordan Valley. Forming a part of the Great Syrian-African Rift Valley (stretching from northern Syria all the way south to far away Mozambique), this natural dividing zone forms the ancient and modern border between Israel and Jordan.
  • On the way, enjoy an overview of the Sea of Galilee and the surrounding region from Arbel, where we will have an opportunity for a short hike.
  • Visit the ancient city of Beit Shean and view the largest example of an excavated Roman city in the country.
  • Tour the ecological ‘Bio Bee’ project at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu: Israeli agricultural hi-tech has come up with yet another practical application-breeding bees and other insects to fight pests. Kibbutz lunch included.
  • At Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi, meet kibbutznik Yossi for a mezuzah carving workshop.
  • Drive through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem
  • Upon arrival, we will mark our entrance to Israel’s capital with a special ‘Shehechiyanu ceremony overlooking the Old City from the Haas Promenade.
  • Check-in to our hotel
  • Free evening at leisure.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 6, Wednesday: Into the Depths-Visit to the Dead Sea Region

  • This morning we depart Jerusalem, travel east towards the Jordan Valley and descend to the basin of the Dead Sea region.
  • Hike up the “Snake Path” to summit Masada (or by cable car for those feeling less adventurous). Tour the ancient fort, a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel with its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 CE.
  • Enjoy swimming and floating, at the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
  • Lunch at Dead Sea
  • Visit Ein Gedi national park and desert oasis. Experience the natural beauty of the desert as you enter its many pools and are treated to nature’s own massage as you stand under one of its many waterfalls.
  • On the way back to Jerusalem, stop at Eretz Beresheet for a short camel ride and to meet Abraham’s servant, Eliezer for some biblical hospitality.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • This evening, we will enjoy a dinner together at Olive & Fish restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 7, Thursday: Jerusalem: B’nai Mitzvah Amongst History & Diversity

  • Originally built by King David, the Old City of Jerusalem is considered by many to be the center of the world. Here the Temples were built and stood, Jesus was believed to be crucified, and Mohammad rose to heaven.  The city is now a magical mix of cultures, colors, and history.  Surrounded by a four kilometer wall, the ancient city is divided into four unique quarters-Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.  We will enjoy a special walking tour of the city, including its ramparts, Roman Cardo, and parts of the Via Dolorosa.
  • Partake in a life-changing and memorable Bar Mitzvah ceremony under Robinson’s Arch, adjacent to the Western Wall.
  • Tour the Davidson Center and view the Southern Wall Excavations of the Temple Mount.
  • Afterwards, enjoy a Celebratory Bar Mitzvah Luncheon in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.
  • Visit the recently excavated discoveries at the City of David, where Jerusalem was centered at its founding during the 1st Temple period and have an opportunity to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel which helped secure the city during its many sieges (caution: wet!)
  • Explore the famous Western Wall Tunnels, as they stretch under the homes of the Muslim Quarter and make their way along the entirety of the length of the Temple Mount (subject to availability)
  • Evening at leisure.
  • Optional: Take in the Night Spectacular sound & light show at the Tower of David, as it tells the story of Jerusalem’s history using awesome audiovisual displays of sound and color against the background of Herod’s Citadel at the Jaffa Gate.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 8, Friday: From the depths of the Shoah to the heights of Shabbat

  • This morning, visit Yad Vashem, considered the foremost memorial to mankind’s darkest period and Israel’s official memorial and historical museum to the victims of the Shoah. Explore the issues of the legacy and impact of the Nazi Holocaust on the nascent State of Israel.
  • Next, explore the vibrant Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s largest shuk (open air market). Enjoy lunch here on one’s own alongside the market’s many alleyways, home to over 250 vendors selling their own part of the taste of Israel.  Witness all types of Jerusalem’s residents as they make their Friday afternoon preparations for the Shabbat.
  • Return to the Old City of Jerusalem, where you will be guided through the crowds of thousands of Jews welcoming the Sabbath at the Western Wall.
  • Continue to the residential neighborhood of Nachlaot for a Shabbat of a Lifetime home hospitality dinner with local host families.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 9, Saturday: Celebrating the Sabbath

  • Today, we will have a much needed opportunity to enjoy Shabbat at leisure in Jerusalem.
  • Optional: Shabbat morning services at a local Jerusalem synagogue
  • Optional: Enjoy a walking tour of Jerusalemneighborhoods.
  • Optional: Visit the Israel Museum. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.  While here, we will also visit the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts, as well as the adjacent Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, which reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine’s presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  There is also a Youth Wing, making the museum exhibits meaningful and relevant to children of all ages.
  • Enjoy dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


Day 10, Sunday: Farewell but Not Goodbye

  • After breakfast, we check out of our hotel accommodations and bid farewell to Jerusalem as we travel west towards the Judean foothills.
  • Join archaeologists at Beit Guvrin as we have the opportunity to join and participate in a real archaeological dig. Perhaps you will find the next groundbreaking find!
  • Have a farewell lunch at a Goat Cheese Farm in the Ella Valley, where David fought Goliath.
  • On our way to the airport, we make one last stop along the Burma Road, to reflect amongst this most meaningful and picturesque of surroundings. It was here that the first Jewish army in over 2,000 years sacrificed so much to gain access to Jerusalem and here where Israel confronted its own identity as it encountered non-Jewish habitants of the land.  We will have a chance to reflect on our time spent together and our own special coming of age as Bar Mitzvah in this profound setting and time.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for our international departure.

 

*Itinerary is subject to change pending circumstances beyond our control*

 

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