Bar Mitzvah Tours Itinerary – Summer 2013
Day 1Monday
We will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and will be met by an Amiel Tours representative, who will assist us with our luggage, escort us through customs and to our transfer vehicle. We will continue to our hotel in beautiful Tel Aviv, where we will check-in. We’ll all meet in the hotel for an introductory session with our guide and be briefed and introduce the program and activities we will experience during the tour and afterwards go to our Welcome Dinner at Maganda Restaurant.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

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Day 2Tuesday
After breakfast, we start our day at the new and magnificent “Palmach Museum” where through a modern multi-media presentation; we can watch the history of the Palmach from 1941 to the War of Independence and the establishment of the State of Israel. Follow the lives and experiences of the young men and women who founded Israel’s Defense Forces. We’ll visit Independence Hall where we will listen to an audio presentation including David Ben Gurion’s moving Declaration of Independence establishing the State of Israel. Visit the ‘underground’ at the Ayalon Institute, where to a once-secret munitions factory existed during the Mandate Period under Britain. Stroll through the funky shops and cafes along Sheinken Street, the “Greenwich Village of Tel Aviv.” Shop for unique craft items in Nachalat Binyamin’s colorful, open-air market and see modern Tel Aviv in action. We will end our day with a visit to the Old Port City of Jaffa (Yafo), just south of Tel Aviv for a beautiful panoramic view of Tel Aviv and a sense of the first Jewish city of the modern era, established in 1909.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

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Day 3Wednesday
After breakfast, we will leave Tel Aviv and travel north to visit the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater, with its acoustic and theatrical sound, which was used for many performances throughout the centuries. After a short drive, we will continue to Park Alona to Mei Kedem. Here we will walk through the water tunnel (in the water itself) that provided water to the residents of Caesarea throughout the city’s early history. Travel to the ancient crusader port city of Acco, the fascinating UNSCO town with new excavations 1000 years old. Visit the Crusader Halls and to see the underground tunnels and pathways.

Overnight and Dinner at Kibbutz

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Day 4Thursday
After kibbutz style breakfast, we will enjoy a day of adventure with an exciting jeep ride tour of the Golan Heights. We will enjoy the scenic hills, the strategic importance and history of this land and its physical beauty. Afterwards we will visit OZ 77 and will see a dramatic film about the 1973 Yom Kippur War. This is the site of the main Syrian attack and where only a few Israeli tanks held off the massive armored assault against the IDF. Next we’ll have a hands-on experience with the “fruits of the land” as we go fruit picking in the orchards of Kibbutz Ein Zivan. See why Israelis agricultural products are praised world over. Learn the geography and history from a large unique model of the Golan Heights. We will conclude our day with a ‘wet and wild’ exciting adventure kayaking down the Jordan River.

Overnight and Dinner at Kibbutz

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Day 5Friday
After kibbutz style breakfast, our first visit will be to the mystical city of Safed one of the Four Holy Cities, according to tradition and its Kabalistic studies (the birthplace of Kabbalah). We will stroll through the narrow, winding alleyways and visit some of the beautiful synagogues, browse through the artist’s workshops and galleries found in the flourishing artists’ quarters. We will leave the north and drive south towards Jerusalem. We will stop along the way at Beit Alpha to see a magnificent mosaic floor from an ancient synagogue showing the 12 signs of the zodiac. We will stop for lunch (on your own accord) along the way. We’ll ascend up the Judean Mountains and upon arriving in Jerusalem, we will go to a point overlooking the Old City, where we commemorate our arrival to the heart of Judaism with a special Shehecheyanu ceremony, a blessing introduced for Jews to offer thanks for new and unusual experiences. After checking into our hotel, we will enter the Old City and walk to the Western Wall (Kotel), Judaism’s Holiest site, for a Shabbat evening service unlike anything you have ever experienced. We will return to the hotel for a festive Shabbat dinner with Lone Soldiers as our special guests. Get to know these brave youths who have left their families in their native counties to live in Israel and serve in the IDF.

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Day 6Shabbat
After breakfast at the Hotel we’ll have the day at leisure to rest or walk around the quiet city of Jerusalem during Shabbat. Enjoy Shabbat services at one of Jerusalem’s fabulous synagogues! 1  15  ms1.rvf 1 Bar Mitzvah Tours Itinerary   Summer 2013
Day 7Sunday
After an early breakfast, we will depart to the Dead Sea area. Traveling south through the Judean Wilderness, we will arrive at the the lowest point on earth at 1388 feet (423m) below sea level. We will continue south to the legendary mountaintop plateau of Masada. We will ascend by cable car to the ancient synagogue of Masada and explore the ancient fortress. provides wonderful exotic plant and animal life.
After lunch at a Dead Sea Hotel we will enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to put mud on us and to float in the waters of the Dead Sea at the Beach. We will return north and visit the beautiful Ein Gedi reserve. See the waterfalls at this oasis in the desert, which is mentioned several times in the Book of Psalms, the place where King David hid from King Saul. The combination of Ein Gedi’s abundance of water and tropical climate

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Day 8Monday
After breakfast at hotel, we will enter the Old City and proceed to the Southern Wall excavations. Here we will meet our Rabbi, and celebrate the Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies. Then we’ll head to holy Western Wall – the “Kotel”. We begin at the passageways descending through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, a most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the nearest spot to the “Holy of Holies”. We then proceed to the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified after the Six-Day War in 1967. We’ll then walk through the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified after the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is the “Cardo“, meaning the “heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. At the end the day we will visit at the City of David and see the newest and exciting excavations of Jerusalem during the time of the first Temple period. Here we’ll also walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel which still flows with water. Dinner will be in the hills of Judea at the “Land of Genesis“. Here, after a desert camel ride, “Abraham” and his family will host us for a biblical-style dinner in their tent.

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Day 9Tuesday
After breakfast, we will drive around the new city of Jerusalem to see the modern capital of Israel. At our first stop we will have the opportunity to ‘give something back’ to Israel by volunteering at HAZON YESHAYA, the soup kitchen that feeds Jerusalem’s needy. Then we will visit Yad Vashem. It is considered the first and most famous memorial to mankind’s darkest period. We will visit the very moving exhibit at the Children’s Pavilion, We will continue to the Herzl Vision Museum, where we will visit Herzl’s Dream, an interactive tour though the life and times of Zionism’s founder. We will also visit Har Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, where we can visit the gravesites of Israel’s greatest leaders and heroes, including Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinski, and Yitzchak Rabin. We will return to our hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Free evening on your own to explore Jerusalem and Ben-Yehuda Street and experience the night life of a modern and young Jerusalem

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Day 10Wednesday
After breakfast we will drive to the Jerusalem forest for a Tree Planting Ceremony. Feel your connection with the land of Israel by planting a tree with your own hands. Next we will visit Latrun, the armored corps museum which presents visitors with the magnificent spirit of the armored corps since Israel’s Declaration of Independence…the technological accomplishments of the corps, exhibitions of the Armored Corps legacy and a sense of the Zionist spirit that infuses our national sites.
Then we will have an exciting archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin. This site served as a major crossroad for commerce in ancient Israel and to this day, new discoveries are being made that shed more light on our past. We return to our hotel to prepare for our farewell dinner at the famous and historic Anna Ticho House.

Overnight in Jerusalem

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Day 11Thursday
After a wonderful Israeli buffet breakfast, those leaving we will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back home. airplane Bar Mitzvah Tours Itinerary   Summer 2013

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