Family Trips

Family Trips2017-10-27T11:20:53+00:00

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Whether it is a bar/bat mitzvah tour or your summer vacation, your family will have an unforgettable experience in Israel.

Traveling to Israel together as a family brings lots of opportunities to have fun and to reconnect – both to your kids and to your heritage. With diverse activities spanning from swimming with the dolphins in Eilat to praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, we can plan your trip so there’s something for everyone. Your kids will be exposed to new experiences every day that will deepen family bonds and help them remember what is truly important.

Browse below for some of the highlights a family trip might include.

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Walking the walls of the Old City is a great way to get an overview of Jerusalem and its rich history. Built 500 years ago by the Ottoman Sultan, these walls have seen a lot of action.

From here we’ll get our first taste of the diversity of the four quarters of the Old City. We’ll visit the exact location on the ramparts where the Israeli paratroopers broke through, on that famous day during the six days war, and reunited the city of Jerusalem.

Hover for Fun Fact: How many days did it take to win the Six Days War?

This is the last standing remnant of our holy temple. Also known as the Kotel or the Wailing Wall, the Wall has become the focus of prayer for the Jewish people for the last 2,000 years.

Our visit here will include time to pray and reflect, incorporating the site’s significance and meaning. Visitors from all over the world place their personal prayers, in the form of a written note, in the cracks of the Kotel. Whether your prayer is spoken, sung, thought or written, a visit to the Kotel will have lasting effects.

For tips on visiting the Kotel with children, check out this blog post: The Western Wall.

Tucked away in a gorgeous valley on the outskirts of Jerusalem, this zoo is an ideal afternoon family getaway.  We’ll take the Zoo train to visit the Dov and the Aryeh (Bear and Lion) that were once native here.  The zoo offers hundreds of animals and attractions, but we’ll be sure to leave time for climbing at the sculpture park at the end of our visit.

Not like any other zoo, a visit here can help your kids envision many of the animals, flora and fauna from the bible.

Jerusalem’s outside pedestrian mall is the ideal place for an evening stroll. Families, ice cream in hand, can window shop while people watching and taking it all in. This is a great place to get a feel for the city and pick up a few souvenirs.

Boker Tov – That’s good morning in Hebrew.

Next stop is Masada! Famous as the last stronghold of Jewish sovereignty against the Romans in 72AD . We’ll get an early morning start, hike up the snake path and watch the sun rise from this desert fortress.

Now that we’ve worked up a sweat in the morning sun, we’ll head to the beach. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth at 430 meters below sea level (1412 feet) and a great place to relax and rejuvenate.

We can cover ourselves in the mineral rich mud, let it dry in the sun and then float effortlessly in the buoyant waters. For those interested in a more pampered experience, there are some great spas right here, where you can get a massage and other world class spa treatments.

Get ready for a thrilling ride. Jeeping is a popular way to explore the surrounding desert landscape. There are some pretty amazing rock formations and stunning views that will really enhance your experience. Typical jeep rides run about 2 hours, so buckle up!

Once you get your land legs back, we’ll visit with the local Bedouin and the “ships of the desert,” also known as camels. The word Bedouin means desert dweller. They have great knowledge of the desert and many serve as trackers in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Get your cameras out, as a camel ride is a great photo opp.

Hover for Fun Fact: Why are camels called “ships of the desert?”

One of the four holy cities in Judaism, the city of Tzfas represents wind, or spirit (ruach in Hebrew).  We’ll visit synagogues where some of the original Kabalists, like the Ari HaKodesh (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria) themselves prayed.

Tzfat offers a wide variety of interesting things to see and do. A stroll through the mysterious alleyways of this mystical city gives us a chance to see Israel and Judaism through the eyes of the artists represented by the numerous galleries here. The blending of modern art with the feel of the old city is a great example of how Israel blends spirituality with modernity with ease.

Get out your water shoes and clothes that can get wet (put your phone in a Ziploc© while you’re  at it), and get on board. The Jordan river (Yarden in Hebrew) is formed by three tributaries, the Dan, the Banyas and the Chatzbani streams. We’ll cool off and relax while we paddle and splash our way, rafting down the Jordan river. Note the lush landscape which provides plenty of shade.

For those of us feeling a bit more adventurous, we can zip line into the river with a splash.

Once we’re dry we’ll head up to the Golan for a view that will take your breath away. The Golan plateau, formed by volcanic activity, is part of the Jordan rift valley. During our drive up we’ll see the volcanoes up to the north. Not to worry, they are no longer active.

We’ll ascend to Har Bental, one of several extinct volcanoes that line Israel’s border (cease fire line) with Syria. From the top we have a 360 degree view of Israel, Syria and specifically Mount Hermon. We can “hide out” in a bunker built, but never used, right after the Yom Kippur war, while we talk about some of the battles that played out here.

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