Israel Family Journey

ISRAEL FAMILY JOURNEY

Treat your family to Israel’s rich history, modern culture and natural beauty on an 8, 10, or 12-day multi-generational tour with guaranteed dates offered during the summer and winter vacation seasons.

MULTI-GENERATIONAL
8-12 DAYS

OVERVIEW

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Discover the very best of Israel on this pluralistic Jewish travel experience designed for everyone in the family and welcoming to all. 

Our carefully crafted itinerary covers Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada, the Judean Desert, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, and Tel Aviv –with plenty of off-the-beaten-path discoveries and delicious meals your family will cherish along the way. Choose from an 8-day, 10-day, or 12-day itinerary, with the option to include a Petra day tour. Our fixed tour dates are scheduled throughout the summer and winter vacation seasons, and we guarantee no more than 30 travelers in a group.

Israel Family Journey is a joint program of BBYO and Authentic Israel (prior involvement with BBYO is not necessary). The program is organized in-house by our staff and led by our elite guides and counselors, allowing us to provide you with a higher level of service, a truly educational experience, and an exceptional value.

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CELEBRATING A BAR/BAT MITZVAH?


Traveling to Israel as a family is an especially meaningful way to mark a child’s coming of age. For those who wish to take part, there will be a brief and symbolic ceremony led by our staff in the Galilee (summer) or Masada (winter) to mark the occasion. This brief ceremony does not involve reading from the Torah, and no prior preparation is required. If you are interested in organizing a more traditional ceremony including Torah reading in Jerusalem or elsewhere, there are opportunities to do so before, during or after the tour. Contact us for planning advice, if you wish to be referred to a local rabbi who can design and lead a ceremony that fits your own family’s vision, or if you are seeking “mitzvah project” ideas. Keep in mind that becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is simply about reaching this milestone age. No ceremony is required in Jewish tradition, and for many families, the mere act of traveling through the Land of Israel together is the most impactful way to celebrate this happy occasion. Mazal tov!

Dates  |  Cost  |  Included  |  Itinerary  |  FAQs  |  Register  |  Preparing

Pricing Update | Program costs will be increasing by $100-$150/person on May 31. Plan ahead and save! Sign up commitment-free to lock in current prices.
Early Bird Discount + Risk Free Registration = Act Now!

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk-free.

More Than a Tour

We understand that travel to Israel is unlike any other destination, which is why we offer so much more than expected.

  • Hands-on educational touring with a focus on more “experiences” and fewer museums
  • Fantastic food! – Enjoy more genuine local flavor and fewer hotel meals
  • Programming designed for a wide range of ages with activity options offered
  • Led by passionate 24×7 staff and backed by an organization you can count on
  • A focus on creating a sense of community and connection as part of a shared journey
  • Absolutely no hidden costs, no surprises, and a near all-inclusive package

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Retrace the footsteps of history in the Old City, explore a water tunnel in the City of David and experience the quiet of Shabbat in Jerusalem
Descend to the lowest place on earth to float in the Dead Sea and scale the heights of Masada in the Judean Desert

Navigate the Negev Desert wilderness the old-fashioned way on camels and enjoy a delicious desert tent dinner feast
Experience Israel’s pioneering heritage at a kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee shores, and ascend the Golan Heights on an off-road jeep trek

Travel to the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa and discover the stunning Bahà’í Gardens and Temple on Mount Carmel
Soak up the cultural riches, browse colorful street festivals, and enjoy the always lively beach culture of Tel Aviv

Make a solemn visit to Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center and celebrate Israel’s revival at Independence Hall
Get your hands dirty on the Dig-for-a-Day Archeological Seminar, and cool down on a relaxed rafting trip down the upper Jordan River

Sample Israel’s diverse cuisine at gourmet restaurants, in a Druze village and in open-air marketplaces

Optional Add-Ons

Discover the ocean caves of Rosh Hanikrah, and explore Crusader-era history in ancient Acco seaport (available as an add-on to the 10-day experience)
Explore hidden Nabatean Kingdom treasures on a guided day tour of Petra in Jordan. (available as an add-on to the 12-day experience)

DATES

TOUR ARRIVAL DATE
Program begins
Thursday DAY OR EVENING
8-DAY END DATE
Program concludes
Thursday evening
10-DAY END DATE
Program concludes
Saturday evening
12-DAY END DATE
Program concludes
MONDAY evening
PROGRAM TYPE
Program Hotel
Group Options
December 16, 2021
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December 23, 2021
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December 25, 2021
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December 27, 2021
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December 23, 2021
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December 30, 2021
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January 1, 2022
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January 3, 2022
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December 23, 2021
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December 30, 2021
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January 1, 2022
from $3,350
January 3, 2022
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December 30, 2021
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January 6, 2022
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January 8, 2022
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January 10, 2022
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February 17, 2022
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February 24, 2022
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February 26, 2022
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February 28, 2022
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June 16, 2022
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June 18, 2022
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June 20, 2022
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June 9, 2022
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June 16, 2022
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June 18, 2022
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June 20, 2022
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June 23, 2022
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June 30, 2022
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July 2, 2022
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July 4, 2022
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June 23, 2022
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June 30, 2022
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July 2, 2022
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July 4, 2022
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June 30, 2022
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July 7, 2022
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July 9, 2022
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July 11, 2022
from $3,600
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July 7, 2022
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July 9, 2022
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July 11, 2022
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August 18, 2022
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August 25, 2022
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August 27, 2022
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August 29, 2022
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August 18, 2022
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August 25, 2022
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August 27, 2022
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August 29, 2022
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August 25, 2022
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September 1, 2022
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September 3, 2022
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September 5, 2022
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September 1, 2022
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September 3, 2022
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November 24, 2022
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November 26, 2022
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November 28, 2022
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November 24, 2022
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November 26, 2022
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November 28, 2022
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December 22, 2022
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December 29, 2022
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December 31, 2022
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January 2, 2023
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December 22, 2022
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December 29, 2022
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December 31, 2022
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January 2, 2023
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December 29, 2022
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January 5, 2023
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January 7, 2023
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January 9, 2023
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December 29, 2022
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January 5, 2023
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January 7, 2023
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January 9, 2023
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Pricing Update | Program costs will be increasing by $100-$150/person on April 30. Plan ahead and save! Sign up commitment-free to lock in current prices.

HOTEL PACKAGE OPTIONS

CLASSIC HOTELS

  • Offered on all dates
  • 4-star equivalent hotels
  • Centrally located hotels
  • Max group size of 30
PREMIUM HOTELS

  • Offered on select dates
  • Mostly 5-star equivalent hotels
  • Centrally located hotels
  • Max group size of 30
Nof Ginnosar Hotel, Galilee
PACKAGE NOTES

  • View the projected hotels we offer by date along with hotel extension rates
  • When more than one hotel package option is offered on the same dates, travelers will be accommodated in separate groups with separate staff teams.
  • We reserve the right to consolidate hotel package options on the same dates with a complimentary package upgrade

ROOMING NOTES

Double Occupancy Rooms

  • Will be accommodated with either a double bed or two twin-sized beds depending on your rooming request.

Triple Occupancy Rooms

  • At least one full-paying traveler is required in the room for the discount to apply for children ages 17 and under.
  • Triple rooms are typically standard size rooms and can be configured with either two twin beds and a roll-away bed or one queen-style bed and a roll-away bed.
  • No discount applies for triple rooms without a child who is age 17 and under, but in some cases, the room provided will be a larger-sized room.

Quad Occupancy Rooms:

  • According to hotel rules, two full-paying travelers and two travelers age 13 and under must be present to qualify for a quad occupancy room and the associated discounts.
  • Quad rooms are slightly larger than standard rooms, and they are subject to limited availability. Typical quad rooms have one bathroom and can be configured with either two twin beds and a two-person sofa bed or one queen-style bed and a sofa bed.
    Families of four who prefer more space and/or an extra bathroom should opt for two adjoining double rooms, however, no child discounts will apply.
  • Some hotels may not offer a quad occupancy room, in which case, two double rooms will be provided, and the quad occupancy discount will still apply assuming the age rules are met.
  • Quad occupancy rooms have limited availability and are not guaranteed.

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TOUR DURATION OPTIONS

Israel Family Journey can be experienced as an 8, 10, or 12-day tour. Here’s how it works:

TOUR ARRIVAL DATE
The program begins at either 12:30pm or 6:30pm at our hotel in Jerusalem on Thursday. Travelers are encouraged to arrive on Wednesday to acclimate and participate in the early touring on Thursday – and an additional Jerusalem hotel night is available on Wednesday evening. A complimentary airport transfer is provided on Wednesday or Thursday for flights arriving between 6:00am and 4:20pm.

8-DAY PROGRAM
The 8-day itinerary covers Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, and the Galilee – concluding as we arrive to Tel Aviv on Thursday evening. No hotel in Tel Aviv is included on Thursday night unless it is requested as an extra booking.

10-DAY PROGRAM
The 10-day itinerary covers Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, the Galilee, and Tel Aviv. An optional tour of Rosh Hanikrah & Acco is also available as an add-on. The 10-day experience concludes on Saturday evening. No hotel in Tel Aviv is included on Saturday night unless it is requested as an extra booking.

12-DAY PROGRAM
The 12-day itinerary covers Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, the Galilee, Tel Aviv, and Eilat. An optional tour of Petra and/or Rosh Hanikrah & Acco is also available as an add-on. No hotel in Eilat is included on Monday night unless it is requested as an extra booking.

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COST

Early Bird Discount + Risk Free Registration = Act Now!

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk-free.

Scroll right for 8, 10, and 12-day end dates.

8-DAY PROGRAM

CLASSIC HOTELS

Offered on ALL dates

PREMIUM HOTELS

Offered on limited dates
Base cost with double room hotel occupancy $2,600/p $2,950/p
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $725/p $800/p
Discount for ages 13 and under sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room
Hotels require two travelers 13 and under in a quad room
-$250/p -$350/p
Discount for ages 14-17 sharing a triple occupancy hotel room -$75/p -$100/p
10-DAY PROGRAM

CLASSIC HOTELS

Offered on ALL dates

PREMIUM HOTELS

Offered on limited dates
Base cost with double room hotel occupancy $2,950/p $3,350/p
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $950/p $1,150/p
Discount for ages 13 and under sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room
Hotels require two travelers 13 and under in a quad room
-$400/p -$450/p
Discount for ages 14-17 sharing a triple occupancy hotel room -$100/p -$125/p
12-DAY PROGRAM

CLASSIC HOTELS

Offered on ALL dates

PREMIUM HOTELS

Offered on limited dates
Base cost with double room hotel occupancy
The Petra Day Tour is extra
$3,600/p $4,000/p
Supplement for single room hotel occupancy $1,200/p $1,400/p
Discount for ages 13 and under sharing a triple or quad occupancy hotel room
Hotels require two travelers 13 and under in a quad room
-$500/p -$550/p
Discount for ages 14-17 sharing a triple occupancy hotel room -$125/p -$150/p
Supplement for guided Petra Day Tour from Eilat
Includes Jordanian visa cost, border crossing
fees and all tips (subject to change)
$375/p $375/p
ACCO & ROSH HANIKRAH TOUR

CLASSIC HOTELS

Offered on ALL dates

PREMIUM HOTELS

Offered on limited dates
Scheduled on Day #10 $100/p $100/p
Pricing Update | Program costs will be increasing by $100-$150/person on May 31. Plan ahead and save! Sign up commitment-free to lock in current prices.

HOTEL PACKAGE OPTIONS

CLASSIC HOTELS

  • Offered on all dates
  • 4-star equivalent hotels
  • Centrally located hotels
  • Max group size of 30
PREMIUM HOTELS

  • Offered on select dates
  • Mostly 5-star equivalent hotels
  • Centrally located hotels
  • Max group size of 30
Nof Ginnosar Hotel, Galilee
PACKAGE NOTES

  • View the projected hotels we offer by date along with hotel extension rates
  • When more than one hotel package option is offered on the same dates, travelers will be accommodated in separate groups with separate staff teams.
  • We reserve the right to consolidate hotel package options on the same dates with a complimentary package upgrade

ROOMING NOTES

Double Occupancy Rooms

  • Will be accommodated with either a double bed or two twin-sized beds depending on your rooming request.

Triple Occupancy Rooms

  • At least one full-paying traveler is required in the room for the discount to apply for children ages 17 and under.
  • Triple rooms are typically standard size rooms and can be configured with either two twin beds and a roll-away bed or one queen-style bed and a roll-away bed.
  • No discount applies for triple rooms without a child who is age 17 and under, but in some cases, the room provided will be a larger-sized room.

Quad Occupancy Rooms:

  • According to hotel rules, two full-paying travelers and two travelers age 13 and under must be present to qualify for a quad occupancy room and the associated discounts.
  • Quad rooms are slightly larger than standard rooms, and they are subject to limited availability. Typical quad rooms have one bathroom and can be configured with either two twin beds and a two-person sofa bed or one queen-style bed and a sofa bed.
    Families of four who prefer more space and/or an extra bathroom should opt for two adjoining double rooms, however, no child discounts will apply.
  • Some hotels may not offer a quad occupancy room, in which case, two double rooms will be provided, and the quad occupancy discount will still apply assuming the age rules are met.
  • Quad occupancy rooms have limited availability and are not guaranteed.

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TOUR DURATION OPTIONS

Israel Family Journey can be experienced as an 8, 10, or 12-day tour. Here’s how it works:

TOUR ARRIVAL DATE
The program begins at either 12:30pm or 6:30pm at our hotel in Jerusalem on Thursday. Travelers are encouraged to arrive on Wednesday to acclimate and participate in the early touring on Thursday – and an additional Jerusalem hotel night is available on Wednesday evening. A complimentary airport transfer is provided on Wednesday or Thursday for flights arriving between 6:00am and 4:20pm.

8-DAY PROGRAM
The 8-day itinerary covers Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, and the Galilee – concluding as we arrive to Tel Aviv on Thursday evening. No hotel in Tel Aviv is included on Thursday night unless it is requested as an extra booking.

10-DAY PROGRAM
The 10-day itinerary covers Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, the Galilee, and Tel Aviv. An optional tour of Rosh Hanikrah & Acco is also available as an add-on. The 10-day experience concludes on Saturday evening. No hotel in Tel Aviv is included on Saturday night unless it is requested as an extra booking.

12-DAY PROGRAM
The 12-day itinerary covers Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, the Galilee, Tel Aviv, and Eilat. An optional tour of Petra and/or Rosh Hanikrah & Acco is also available as an add-on. No hotel in Eilat is included on Monday night unless it is requested as an extra booking.

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INCLUDED

Benefit from our no-hidden-costs approach so that you can enjoy your experience to the fullest. Review the official Prep-Trip Prep Guide for even more program information.


What’s Included

Airport Transfer

An airport greeting and private transfer to our Jerusalem hotel is complimentary for travelers arriving by flight to Ben Gurion Airport on the:

  • First day of the program (Thursday) between 6:00am–4:20pm
  • Day before the program (Wednesday) between 6:00am–4:20pm

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Centrally located with porterage included
Classic and Premium options offered – Learn More

EDUCATIONAL STAFF

A licensed Israeli guide accompanies the group on 24 x 7 basis*
A youth counselor joins groups with over 25 participants

TOURING BUS

Deluxe motorcoach with AC and an experienced Israeli driver
Saturdays in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are walking tour days

Two Meals Daily

Including tax and tips at restaurant meals
For those adding the Eilat Extension, only breakfast is included

All Programming

Site entrance fees and all touring experiences noted in the itinerary
A tour of Rosh Hanikrah + Acco is offered as an add-on to Day #10

Israel Sources & Resources Booklet

Preview the booklet in advance of your trip

Applicable Taxes

An additional VAT (tax) applies for Israeli citizens at group hotels

*The Eilat Extension (i.e. Days 11-12) is generally not escorted apart from the optional Petra Day Tour.

What’s Not Included

Local medical insurance (optional)
Get peace of mind with a local health insurance policy and receive medical care without any co-pays, deductibles, or paperwork. LEARN MORE
Travel protection (optional)
Prepare for the unexpected with a travel protection plan where children age 17 and under are included at no additional cost with a paid adult. LEARN MORE
Flights to/from Israel
Book your flights via a travel agent
Meals not included in the itinerary
Hotel incidentals
Israeli staff gratuities
Suggested $100-$150 per adult traveler

HOTEL PACKAGE OPTIONS

CLASSIC HOTELS

  • Offered on all dates
  • 4-star equivalent hotels
  • Centrally located hotels
  • Max group size of 30
PREMIUM HOTELS

  • Offered on select dates
  • Mostly 5-star equivalent hotels
  • Centrally located hotels
  • Max group size of 30
Nof Ginnosar Hotel, Galilee
PACKAGE NOTES

  • View the projected hotels we offer by date along with hotel extension rates
  • When more than one hotel package option is offered on the same dates, travelers will be accommodated in separate groups with separate staff teams.
  • We reserve the right to consolidate hotel package options on the same dates with a complimentary package upgrade

ROOMING NOTES

Double Occupancy Rooms

  • Will be accommodated with either a double bed or two twin-sized beds depending on your rooming request.

Triple Occupancy Rooms

  • At least one full-paying traveler is required in the room for the discount to apply for children ages 17 and under.
  • Triple rooms are typically standard size rooms and can be configured with either two twin beds and a roll-away bed or one queen-style bed and a roll-away bed.
  • No discount applies for triple rooms without a child who is age 17 and under, but in some cases, the room provided will be a larger-sized room.

Quad Occupancy Rooms:

  • According to hotel rules, two full-paying travelers and two travelers age 13 and under must be present to qualify for a quad occupancy room and the associated discounts.
  • Quad rooms are slightly larger than standard rooms, and they are subject to limited availability. Typical quad rooms have one bathroom and can be configured with either two twin beds and a two-person sofa bed or one queen-style bed and a sofa bed.
    Families of four who prefer more space and/or an extra bathroom should opt for two adjoining double rooms, however, no child discounts will apply.
  • Some hotels may not offer a quad occupancy room, in which case, two double rooms will be provided, and the quad occupancy discount will still apply assuming the age rules are met.
  • Quad occupancy rooms have limited availability and are not guaranteed.

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ITINERARY

Israel Family Journey tells the story of Israel through the lens of Jewish historyWe begin where it started in Jerusalem, we follow the path of the Exile to Masada and Galilee, and then we conclude in Tel Aviv celebrating the establishment of modern Israel.

FINAL ITINERARIES MAY VARY ONLY SLIGHTLY AND WILL BE RE-CONFIRMED ABOUT TWO MONTHS PRIOR. VIEW PROJECTED HOTELS BY TOUR DATE.

JUNE, JULY & AUGUST TOURS

Summers in Israel tend to be hot, and our itinerary features more opportunities for swimming, a hands-on archeological dig, rafting on the Jordan River, and more time in the Galilee.

Summer Experiences in Israel

VIEW SUMMER ITINERARY

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DAY 1 > THURSDAY: Baruch HaBah Welcome to Israel!
NOTE: To best acclimate for the journey ahead, travelers are encouraged to arrive at least a day early. Group rates are available at the Jerusalem hotel.

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on your self-booked flight
    An airport VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Jerusalem hotel is included for all travelers arriving between 6:00am and 4:20pm today and the day before
  • A complimentary “pre-tour” is available for travelers already in Israel from the night before or travelers arriving to Ben Gurion Airport by 9:30am today
    Notify us at least a month in advance if you plan to participate

    • Pick-up at 12:00pm from our Jerusalem hotel and travel to the bustling open-air Mahane Yehuda Marketplace for lunch on own
    • Discover the foundations of Jerusalem at the City of David archaeological park and navigate the Hezekiah water tunnel, fed by a natural spring (pack water shoes, and prepare to get wet!)
  • Evening: Get oriented over a welcome dinner at Joy Restaurant in the Mamilla Complex followed by the Tower of David Night Spectacular in the Old City
Dinner
JERUSALEM

DAY 2 > FRIDAY: The Old City of Jerusalem

  • Experience a panoramic introduction to Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • Enter the Old City via Zion Gate – Explore the rooftops, alleys and squares of the Jewish Quarter
  • Free time for shopping and lunch in the Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter
  • Reflections at the Kotel – The Western Wall — and go deep under the Old City in the Kotel Tunnels
  • Return to our accommodations – Freshen up, relax, and experience the quiet that descends on Jerusalem before the start of Shabbat
  • Option to attend a Kabbalat Shabbat experience at a local synagogue or at the Western Wall
  • Evening: Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner as a group at our hotel
Breakfast & Dinner
JERUSALEM

DAY 3 > SATURDAY: Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Morning Option: Return to the Old City for a tour of the Christian Quarter and Arab Shuk (bazaar)
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel
  • Afternoon Option: Jerusalem Beyond the Walls – Montefiore’s Windmill, Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sheananim, and the First Jerusalem Train Station Market
  • Evening: Discover Jerusalem nightlife at Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall, the German Colony, the Russian Compound and beyond (on own)
Breakfast & Lunch
JERUSALEM

DAY 4 > SUNDAY: Loss & Renewal in Israel

  • Docent-led tour of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    Children’s alternative: Tour of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
  • Visit the grounds of the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament Building — and stop for a photo-op at the famous National Menorah
  • Pick up new skills on Dig-for-a-Day – A hands-on archaeological workshop at Beit Guvrin National Park
    Less active alternative: Tour of Tel Maresha and the Bell Caves
  • Travel deep into the Judean Desert for a camel riding adventure and a memorable desert tent dinner feast at Kfar Hanokdim encampment
    Camel riding is limited to ages 5-67 according to Kfar Hanokdim’s rules
  • Descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and check-in to our resort accommodations at Ein Bokek Beach
Breakfast & Dinner
DEAD SEA

DAY 5 > MONDAY: Adventures in the Judean Desert

  • Rise early and summit Masada — Hike the Snake Path or take the cable cars
  • Explore and recount the story of Masada – Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion
  • Descend Masada via the cable cars and return to our accommodations
  • Experience the wonder of effortless floating on the Dead Sea while enjoying our deluxe resort hotel facilities (spa access is available for ages 16+)
  • Take a short nature walk to the desert oasis at Ein Gedi National Park and view wild ibex in their natural habitat (time permitting)
  • Travel northwards to the Galilee via the Jordan River Valley, part of the vast Syrian-African Rift
  • Check-in and dinner at our kibbutz-based hotel accommodations located on shores of the Sea of Galilee
Breakfast & Dinner
GALILEE

DAY 6 > TUESDAY: Mystics in the Galilee

  • Walking tour of ancient Tsfat – The historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee highlands
  • Lunch on own and personal exploration time in the Tsfat artists’ colony
  • Cool off with relaxed rafting down the upper Jordan River
    Less active alternative: Tel Dan archaeological complex
  • View across Israel’s lush Upper Galilee and Golan regions from the Mitzpe Liran lookout point
  • Cruise on the Sea of Galilee followed by a gourmet dinner at Decks Restaurant in Tiberias on the waterfront
Breakfast & Dinner
GALILEE

DAY 7 > WEDNESDAY: Perspectives from the Golan Heights

  • Ascend the Golan Heights, and explore this strategic region on a historical off-road jeep trek
  • View Israel’s neighbors and navigate former IDF bunkers at the summit of Mount Ben-Tal, a dormant volcano in the northeast corner of the Golan
  • Travel to Ein Kinya village to learn about Druze culture over a traditional lunch
  • Free time and/or swimming in the Sea of Galilee and hotel pool
    Participants celebrating a B’nai Mitzvah have the opportunity to take part in a brief ceremony here on the banks of the Sea of Galilee
  • Evening: Dinner on own and personal exploration time in the village of Rosh Pina
Breakfast & Lunch
GALILEE

DAY 8 > THURSDAY: Along the Mediterranean Coast

  • Travel westward from the Galilee toward the Mediterranean Coast
  • View Haifa from the Bahai Temple Gardens on the slopes of Mt. Carmel
  • Tasting, tour, and lunch at Binyamina Winery with a separate activity for children
  • Explore Caesarea – Herod’s Roman-era amphitheater and grand palace ruins along the rugged Mediterranean Coast
  • Arrive to Tel Aviv in the early evening, Israel’s cultural and commercial capital
    • 10-day tour travelers will check-in to our resort hotel on the coast and enjoy a free evening with dinner on own
    • 8-day tour travelers will have limited free time prior to a scheduled transfer to Ben Gurion Airport leaving from our Tel Aviv hotel at 7:30pm
      Accommodations in Tel Aviv are not included tonight for 8-day travelers unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
Breakfast & Lunch
TEL AVIV

DAY 9 > FRIDAY: Building Modern Israel

  • Visit the Ayalon Institute – Learn about the story of the Haganah and the quest to create a modern Jewish State at this secret ammunition factory
  • Tour the ancient port city of Jaffa and browse the Jaffa Flea Market
  • Continue on to explore Tel Aviv’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard, and view Independence Hall where the modern State of Israel was founded
    Independence Hall is currently closed for renovations and will re-open in 2020
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon celebrating the Tel Aviv spirit at the Nahalat Binyamin street festival and Carmel Market in the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood
  • Program wrap-up and farewells on the beach
  • Option to attend an outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat (pluralistic) at the Tel Aviv Port
  • Evening: Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner experience as a group at our hotel
Breakfast & Dinner
TEL AVIV

DAY 10 > SATURDAY: Shabbat on the Beach
An optional day tour of Acco & Rosh Hanikrah is also offered this day

  • Relaxed morning to explore Tel Aviv on your own or enjoy the city’s Mediterranean beach culture
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel along with late check-out till 2:00pm
    Accommodations are not included tonight unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
  • Walking Tour — Rabin Square Memorial, HaBimah Theater Grounds, and the classic Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv
  • Included evening airport transfers:
    • Pick-up at 7:30pm for a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those traveling home on an overnight return flight
    • Pick-up for a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those including the Eilat Package (Days #11-12)
      Flight schedules vary and typically depart from Tel Aviv between 5:30pm-7:30pm
Breakfast & Lunch


Acco (Acre) & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour (Optional)

A day tour of the Western Galilee is offered as an alternate to the final Saturday in Tel Aviv (Day #10). This optional tour covers the Rosh Hanikrah ocean caves and the ancient seaport of Acco – including the Templar Tunnels and Crusader-era castle. The tour starts in the morning at our Tel Aviv hotel and returns to Tel Aviv that evening in time for connecting flights back to North America or on to Eilat. The cost of the Acco & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour is $100 per person, and it covers all transportation and touring costs. Lunch is not included.
Acco
Rosh Hanrika

Eilat & Petra Extension (Optional)

Conclude your travels at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat (Days #11-12) – with the option to visit Petra, Jordan’s wonder of the world. The package includes two nights at a resort hotel with breakfast daily, round-trip domestic flights, and all airport transfers. The Eilat extension is designed as a vacation package and is not guided. The guided day tour of Petra in Jordan costs an additional $375 per person. It includes round-trip transfers, entrance fees, border/visa fees (subject to change), tips, and lunch (not kosher).
Eilat
Petra

DAY 10 > SATURDAY: Depart for Eilat

  • Evening: Travel on a domestic flight to Eilat
  • Arrive at Eilat Airport and transfer to our resort accommodations on the Red Sea
Breakfast & Lunch
Herods Palace, Eilat | Classic & Premium

DAY 11 > SUNDAY: Optional Petra Tour

  • Option #1: Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
  • Option #2: Guided day tour of Petra including lunch (not kosher)
Breakfast
Herods Palace, Eilat | Classic & Premium

DAY 12 > MONDAY: Red Sea Relaxation

  • Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
    Check-out is at 11:00am, however, guests will retain access to hotel facilities all day
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Eilat Airport for a domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport*
    Accommodations are not included tonight unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
Breakfast

Herods Palace Hotel, Eilat

Classic & Premium Hotel

Conclude your travels in Israel at resort accommodations located directly on the Red Sea beachfront of Eilat. The Herods Palace Hotel is one of Eilat’s classic luxury hotels and provides ample opportunities for relaxation and leisure.

WEBSITE | MAP


EILAT FLIGHT LOGISTICS

The Eilat Extension (Days #11-12) begins with a 50-minute domestic flight from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Saturday in the early evening (Day #10), and it ends with a return domestic flight on Monday. If you are departing from Israel immediately after the Eilat Extension, we encourage you to book an international flight that departs between 10:30pm (Monday) and 1:00am the next day (Tuesday).

Unless otherwise requested by the traveler, your domestic flight will be selected by our office according to a schedule that will bring you to Ben Gurion Airport’s international terminal 3-5 hours ahead of your scheduled international flight. If no such domestic flight exists we will contact you with alternate options. Domestic flight delays and airport transfer delays are infrequent but can occur. Any such delay resulting in a missed international flight is the responsibility of the traveler alone, and travel insurance is recommended accordingly.

If you are considering an international return flight that departs Ben Gurion Airport before 1:00pm, keep in mind that there are limited or no early morning flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv, and you will almost definitely need to spend the night before at a Tel Aviv hotel or at a hotel near the airport such as Sadot. Ground transportation is not provided by the program in such scenarios.

We can only book your domestic flights after we first receive your connecting travel plans. Since domestic flight availability is limited, we encourage you to send us your post-Eilat travel plans as soon as possible. If you have any questions about coordinating your international flights, please do not hesitate to contact us. Shortly before the start of the program, we will provide you with a logistics plan based on your personal travel arrangements to and from Eilat.


DECEMBER TOURS

Winters in Israel range from cool to mild, and our itinerary features extra time exploring Haifa, additional experiences in Jerusalem, and a ‘safari tour’ in the Hula migratory bird reserve.

Winter Experiences in Israel

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DAY 1 > THURSDAY: Baruch HaBah Welcome to Israel!
NOTE: To best acclimate for the journey ahead, travelers are encouraged to arrive at least a day early. Group rates are available at the Jerusalem hotel.

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on your self-booked flight
    An airport VIP greeting and complimentary transfer to our Jerusalem hotel is included for all travelers arriving between 6:00am and 4:20pm today and the day before
  • A complimentary “pre-tour” is available for travelers already in Israel from the night before or travelers arriving to Ben Gurion Airport by 9:30am today
    Notify us at least a month in advance if you plan to participate

    • Pick-up at 12:00pm from our Jerusalem hotel and travel to the bustling open-air Mahane Yehuda Marketplace for lunch on own
    • Discover the foundations of Jerusalem at the City of David excavations
  • Evening: Get oriented over a welcome dinner at Joy Restaurant in the Mamilla Complex followed by the Tower of David Night Spectacular in the Old City
Dinner
JERUSALEM

DAY 2 > FRIDAY: The Old City of Jerusalem

  • Experience a panoramic introduction to Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • Enter the Old City via Zion Gate – Explore the rooftops, alleys, and squares of the Jewish Quarter
  • Free time for shopping and lunch in the Cardo area of the Jewish Quarter
  • Reflections at the Kotel – The Western Wall — and go deep under the Old City in the Kotel Tunnels
  • Return to our accommodations – Freshen up, relax, and experience the quiet that descends on Jerusalem before the start of Shabbat
  • Option to attend a Kabbalat Shabbat experience at a local synagogue or at the Western Wall
  • Evening: Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner as a group at our hotel
Breakfast & Dinner
JERUSALEM

DAY 3 > SATURDAY: Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Morning Option: Return to the Old City for a tour of the Christian Quarter and Arab Shuk (bazaar)
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel
  • Afternoon Option: Jerusalem Beyond the Walls – Montefiore’s Windmill, Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sheananim, and the First Jerusalem Train Station Market
  • Evening: Discover Jerusalem nightlife at Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall, the German Colony, the Russian Compound, and beyond (on own)
Breakfast & Lunch
JERUSALEM

DAY 4 > SUNDAY: Loss & Renewal in Israel

  • Docent-led tour of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    Children’s alternative: Tour of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
  • Visit the grounds of the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament Building — and stop for a photo-op at the famous National Menorah
  • Learn about the leaders who shaped the story of modern Israel at Mt. Herzl National Cemetery
  • Travel deep into the Judean Desert for a camel riding adventure and a memorable desert tent dinner feast at Eretz Breisheit encampment
  • Descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and check-in to our resort accommodations at Ein Bokek Beach
Breakfast & Dinner
DEAD SEA

 


DAY 5 > MONDAY: Adventures in the Judean Desert

  • Rise early and summit Masada — Hike the Snake Path or take the cable cars
  • Explore and recount the story of Masada – Herod’s desert mountaintop fortress and the bastion of an ancient Jewish rebellion
    Participants celebrating a B’nai Mitzvah have the opportunity to take part in a brief ceremony on the summit of Masada
  • Descend Masada via the cable cars and return to our accommodations
  • Experience the wonder of effortless floating on the Dead Sea while enjoying our deluxe resort hotel facilities (spa access is available for ages 16+)
  • Take a short nature walk to the desert oasis at Ein Gedi National Park and view wild ibex in their natural habitat (time permitting)
  • Travel northwards to the Galilee via the Jordan River Valley, part of the vast Syrian-African Rift
  • Check-in and dinner at our kibbutz-based hotel accommodations located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee
Breakfast & Dinner
GALILEE

DAY 6 > TUESDAY: Mystics in the Galilee

  • Explore the Hula Valley migratory bird reserve on a safari wagon tour
  • View across Israel’s lush Upper Galilee and Golan regions from the Mitzpe Liran lookout point
  • Walking tour of ancient Tsfat – The historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee highlands
  • Lunch on own and personal exploration time in the Tsfat artists’ colony
  • Sunset cruise on the Sea of Galilee with Israeli dancing followed by a gourmet dinner at Decks Restaurant in Tiberias on the waterfront
Breakfast & Dinner
GALILEE

DAY 7 > WEDNESDAY: Perspectives from the Golan Heights

  • Ascend the Golan and explore the region on a historical off-road jeep trek
  • View Israel’s neighbors and navigate former IDF bunkers at the summit of Mount Ben-Tal, a dormant volcano in the northeast corner of the Golan
  • Travel to Ein Kinya village to learn about Druze culture over a traditional lunch
  • Continue west to Haifa, and check-in to our hotel on the slope of Mount Carmel
  • Evening: Dinner on own in the historic German Colony neighborhood of Haifa
Breakfast & Lunch
HAIFA

DAY 8 > THURSDAY: Along the Mediterranean Coast

  • Explore the port city of Haifa and tour the Bahai Temple and Gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel
  • Explore Caesarea – Herod’s Roman-era amphitheater and grand palace ruins along the rugged Mediterranean Coast
  • Tasting, tour, and lunch at Binyamina Winery with a separate activity for kids at the solar garden
  • Arrive to Tel Aviv in the early evening, Israel’s cultural and commercial capital
    • 10-day tour travelers will check-in to our resort hotel on the coast and enjoy a free evening with dinner on own
    • 8-day tour travelers will have limited free time prior to a scheduled transfer to Ben Gurion Airport leaving from our Tel Aviv hotel at 7:30pm
      Accommodations in Tel Aviv are not included tonight for 8-day travelers unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
Breakfast & Lunch
TEL AVIV

DAY 9 > FRIDAY: Building Modern Israel

  • Visit the Ayalon Institute – Learn about the story of the Haganah and the quest to create a modern Jewish State at this secret ammunition factory
  • Tour the ancient port city of Jaffa and browse the Jaffa Flea Market
  • Continue on to explore Tel Aviv’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard, and view Independence Hall where the modern State of Israel was founded
    Independence Hall is currently closed for renovations and will re-open in 2020
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon celebrating the Tel Aviv spirit at the Nahalat Binyamin street festival and Carmel Market in the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood
  • Program wrap-up and farewells on the beach
  • Option to attend a Kabbalat Shabbat in Tel Aviv
  • Evening: Enjoy a festive Shabbat dinner experience as a group at our hotel
Breakfast & Dinner
TEL AVIV

DAY 10 > SATURDAY: Shabbat on the Beach
An optional day tour of Acco & Rosh Hanikrah is also offered this day

  • Relaxed morning to explore Tel Aviv on your own or enjoy the city’s Mediterranean beach culture
  • Shabbat lunch is included at our hotel along with late check-out till 2:00pm
    Accommodations are not included tonight unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
  • Walking Tour — Rabin Square Memorial, HaBimah Theater Grounds, and the classic Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv
  • Included evening airport transfers:
    • Pick-up at 7:30pm for a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those traveling home on an overnight return flight
    • Pick-up for a transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those including the Eilat Package (Days #11-12)
      Flight schedules vary and typically depart from Tel Aviv between 5:30pm-7:30pm
Breakfast & Lunch


Acco (Acre) & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour (Optional)

A day tour of the Western Galilee is offered as an alternate to the final Saturday in Tel Aviv (Day #10). This optional tour covers the Rosh Hanikrah ocean caves and the ancient seaport of Acco – including the Templar Tunnels and Crusader-era castle. The tour starts in the morning at our Tel Aviv hotel and returns to Tel Aviv that evening in time for connecting flights back to North America or on to Eilat. The cost of the Acco & Rosh Hanikrah Day Tour is $100 per person, and it covers all transportation and touring costs. Lunch is not included.
Acco
Rosh Hanrika

Eilat & Petra Extension (Optional)

Conclude your stay at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat (Day #11-12) – with the option to visit Petra, Jordan’s wonder of the world. The package includes two nights at a resort hotel with breakfast daily, round-trip domestic flights, and all airport transfers. The Eilat extension is designed as a vacation package and is not guided. The guided day tour of Petra in Jordan costs an additional $375 per person. It includes round-trip transfers, entrance fees, border/visa fees (subject to change), tips, and lunch (not kosher).
Eilat
Petra

DAY 10 > SATURDAY: Depart for Eilat

  • Evening: Travel on a domestic flight to Eilat
  • Arrive at Eilat Airport and transfer to our resort accommodations on the Red Sea
Breakfast & Lunch
Herods Palace, Eilat | Classic & Premium

DAY 11 > SUNDAY: Optional Petra Tour

  • Option #1: Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
  • Option #2: Guided day tour of Petra including lunch (not kosher)
Breakfast
Herods Palace, Eilat | Classic & Premium

DAY 12 > MONDAY: Red Sea Relaxation

  • Relaxed day to enjoy Eilat and the Red Sea
    Check-out is at 11:00am, however, guests will retain access to hotel facilities all day
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Eilat Airport for a domestic flight to Ben Gurion Airport*
    Accommodations are not included tonight unless otherwise requested (group rates available)
Breakfast

Herods Palace Hotel, Eilat

Classic & Premium Hotel

Conclude your travels in Israel at resort accommodations located directly on the Red Sea beachfront of Eilat. The Herods Palace Hotel is one of Eilat’s classic luxury hotels and provides ample opportunities for relaxation and leisure.

WEBSITE | MAP


EILAT FLIGHT LOGISTICS

The Eilat Extension (Days #11-12) begins with a 50-minute domestic flight from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Saturday in the early evening (Day #10), and it ends with a return domestic flight on Monday. If you are departing from Israel immediately after the Eilat Extension, we encourage you to book an international flight that departs between 10:30pm (Monday) and 1:00am the next day (Tuesday).

Unless otherwise requested by the traveler, your domestic flight will be selected by our office according to a schedule that will bring you to Ben Gurion Airport’s international terminal 3-5 hours ahead of your scheduled international flight. If no such domestic flight exists we will contact you with alternate options. Domestic flight delays and airport transfer delays are infrequent but can occur. Any such delay resulting in a missed international flight is the responsibility of the traveler alone, and travel insurance is recommended accordingly.

If you are considering an international return flight that departs Ben Gurion Airport before 1:00pm, keep in mind that there are limited or no early morning flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv, and you will almost definitely need to spend the night before at a Tel Aviv hotel or at a hotel near the airport such as Sadot. Ground transportation is not provided by the program in such scenarios.

We can only book your domestic flights after we first receive your connecting travel plans. Since domestic flight availability is limited, we encourage you to send us your post-Eilat travel plans as soon as possible. If you have any questions about coordinating your international flights, please do not hesitate to contact us. Shortly before the start of the program, we will provide you with a logistics plan based on your personal travel arrangements to and from Eilat.

FAQS

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions are answered below, and you can access the official Pre-Trip Prep Guide for even more background about the tour. Contact us if you have additional questions.


How do the 8, 10 or 12-day options work?

The program is offered as an 8-day, 10-day or 12-day experience, but everyone travels as part of one group regardless of the duration chosen. The 8-day experience ends as we arrive to Tel Aviv on Thursday evening. The 10-day experience includes touring in the Tel Aviv region on the final Friday and Saturday, with two overnights at a beach-side hotel in Tel Aviv. The 12-day experience includes two nights and two days at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat with an optional day tour of Petra offered. No hotel overnights are included on the final day of the program unless arranged with us separately.

Although not formally offered, a 9-day program is possible including a full day of touring in Tel Aviv on Friday. Contact us for additional details.

Who staffs the tour?

The program is led by an experienced, licensed Israeli guide who is with the group on a 24/7 basis. Your guide will be fluent in English and deeply knowledgeable about the history, culture, environment, and landscapes of Israel. Our guides are charismatic educators with expertise in informal education — many of them also guide our BBYO teen groups. If your group has over 25 travelers, your tour will also be accompanied by an Israeli counselor who focuses on the experience of younger participants and provides additional support to the group in general. Finally, our travel takes place on a spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned bus with a dedicated driver.

NOTE: The Eilat Extension (i.e. Days 11-12) is generally not escorted apart from the optional Petra Day Tour.

How active is the touring?

Because we want you to get the most out of your time in Israel, our touring days are full, and there is quite a bit of travel by foot. While none of the walks are strenuous, you will find at the end of the day that you have taken a large number of steps! Be prepared for an average of 3-4 hours of walking a day over all manner of surfaces (cobblestones paths, nature trails, and uneven walkways, etc.). Additionally, the weather in Israel is warm, particularly over the summer, and the sun is more intense than you may be used to at home. When necessary, we will adjust the itinerary for your comfort, and you’ll find that most days have opportunities to cool down with swimming or getting wet in general.

NOTE: Travelers who wish to take a break can opt-out as needed after coordinating with the guide, and in some cases, we offer less active programming alternatives for those who wish. Travelers requiring walking support or with mobility constraints will not be well accommodated on this program. 

How can I incorporate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as part of the experience?

Traveling to Israel as a family is an especially meaningful way to mark a child’s coming of age. There will be a brief ceremony led by our staff in the Galilee to mark the occasion for those who wish to participate (scheduled during free time). No preparation is required before the tour, and there is no extra cost. If you are interested in organizing a personalized ceremony, there are opportunities to do so before, during or after the tour.

Contact us for planning advice, if you wish to be referred to a local rabbi who can design and lead a ceremony that fits your own family’s vision, or if you are seeking “mitzvah project” ideas. Finally, keep in mind that becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is simply about reaching this traditional Jewish milestone age. No ceremony is required by Jewish law, and for many families, the mere act of traveling through the Land of Israel together is the most appropriate way to celebrate this happy occasion. Mazal tov!

What's the age composition of the group?

Groups are comprised of families spanning three generations and couples traveling without children are welcomed as well! Because of the active nature of the program, children traveling with their parents are typically age 8 or older. Group sizes typically range from 15 to 30 travelers max, and average group size is 25 travelers.

How is this a Jewish experience?

Israel Family Journey is a pluralistic Jewish travel experience open to all. Group meals are kosher, and there is no bus-based touring on Shabbat. The program is unaffiliated with any specific approach to Judaism. Travelers arrive with varying degrees of Jewish affiliation, and non-Jewish family members and friends are welcomed. Our goal is to provide a complete first-time experience in Israel through the lens of Jewish history and identity.

How much of a group experience is this?

Our goal for the program is to create a sense of community among individual travelers – with participants gaining lasting new friendships and a richer experience as a result. There are also ample opportunities for personal exploration during the tour and many of the dinners are intentionally left free. In particular, Saturdays are designed to be less structured, and no programming is mandatory on any day. Participants are encouraged to arrive in Jerusalem earlier or stay in Tel Aviv longer to explore even more on their own. Group hotel reservations can be extended accordingly.

How all-inclusive is the experience?

In short, you’re responsible for arranging your own flights to and from Israel, and we take care of most everything else! The program covers two meals a day, all touring, a fantastic staff team, hotel accommodations including luggage porterage, and deluxe motorcoach transportation. An airport greeting and roundtrip airport transfers are offered on the arrival day, the day before the arrival day, and on the final evening of the program (see below for full details). You’ll be responsible for one meal a day, specialty beverages at group meals, and staff gratuities.

How are special dietary needs accommodated?

Be sure to note any special dietary needs as part of your registration. We will coordinate with our hotel and restaurant meal providers to arrange special accommodations as necessary. We make a good faith effort to accommodate food allergy considerations, however, we can not make absolute guarantees on behalf of our meal-providing partners.

What's the suggested staff gratuities?

You’ll soon discover that our staff pours their hearts into the success of your experience, and at the end of the tour, providing a cash tip (dollars or shekels) is a customary and thoughtful gesture. Although the amounts and allocation are ultimately at your discretion, we recommend budgeting for a tip pool of $100-$150 per adult traveler to be divided as follows:

  • 1/2 for the guide
  • 1/4 for the driver
  • 1/4 for the counselor (if applicable)

How do I get ready for the trip?

Take a moment to review our Pre-Trip Prep Guide. Luggage tags are distributed approximately a month prior to arrival, and you’ll also be invited to a program Facebook group to connect with fellow travelers before the program and stay in touch afterward.

How should I arrange my travel to and from Israel?

Basic guidelines for planning your travel to/from Israel are summarized below. More detailed advice is contained in the Pre-Trip Prep Guide. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or for advice on booking flights.

TRAVEL TO ISRAEL

  • All participants are expected to make their own air travel arrangements to and from Israel (book your flights via a travel agent). The only international airport in Israel is “Ben Gurion” (airport code: TLV), located just 40 kilometers from Jerusalem (approx.25 miles) and 15 kilometers (approx. 9 miles) from Tel Aviv. Non-stop flights are available from several major North American cities, including NYC, DC, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark, Miami, and Toronto. Many connecting flight options are available via Europe.
  • An airport greeting and a private transfer to our Jerusalem hotel are complimentary for anyone arriving at Ben Gurion Airport by flight as follows:
    • The first day of the program (Thursday) between 6:00am and 4:20pm
    • The day before the program begins (Wednesday) between 6:00am and 4:20pm
  • NOTE: The transfers are private for Israel Family Journey travelers with a maximum wait time of 30 minutes if travelers on multiple flights are to be accommodated together. Due to logistical considerations, this transfer service is only available to travelers arriving at the airport by flight. 
  • Those travelers arriving outside of these covered times can receive the same airport greeting and transfer service to our hotel in Jerusalem for an additional fee depending on the size of the party (note: the cost of a standard taxi to Jerusalem is $80-$100)
  • Travelers arriving at Ben Gurion Airport after 4:20pm on the first day of the program will likely miss the welcome dinner and programming this evening and will be responsible for their own transportation to the restaurant. We do not recommend it!
  • Those travelers arriving in Israel early (which we recommend for acclimating in advance of the tour) can be accommodated by prior arrangement at our Jerusalem hotel based on our group rates, which includes breakfast and our standard cancellation terms.

TRAVEL FROM ISRAEL

  • At the end of the core program (Thursday or Saturday night), participants will be escorted back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for overnight flights departing between 10:30pm and 1:00am the next day. No hotel is included this evening unless arranged separately.
  • Participants booked on return flights outside of this window can be accommodated with an airport transfer by special arrangement, and additional fees will apply (note: taxis from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport are inexpensive, ubiquitous, and reliable).
  • Those travelers extending their stay in Tel Aviv can be accommodated at our beachfront hotel based on our group rates, which include breakfast and our standard cancellation terms.

TRAVEL WITH THE EILAT EXTENSION

For those taking part in the Eilat Extension, we will arrange your connecting domestic flight from Eilat back to Ben Gurion Airport according to your connecting flight departure time. We encourage you to book an international flight that departs between 10:30pm and 1:00am the next day. If you are booked on a flight that departs Ben Gurion Airport after 1:00am you will likely need to spend the night at an airport hotel (additional cost applies) or make separate arrangements.

Those travelers extending their stay in Eilat can be accommodated at the Herods Palace Hotel based on our group rates, which include breakfast and our standard cancellation terms

Can I have a professional book my flights?

Yes! Get all the peace of mind from having a professional travel agency book your international flights without paying a premium. Get started at www.authenticisrael.com/flights.

What are the passport and visa rules for Israel?

Check to make sure that you know where your passport is and that it is not expired or about to expire. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you arrive in Israel. If your passport expires within this period, please start the renewal process today. Many airlines will deny you boarding if your passport is not valid according to this policy. If you are traveling to Israel on a USA, Canadian, or European Union member country passport, a visa is not needed to enter Israel. If you are traveling on a passport from another country, you may need a visa to enter Israel. If needed, our office is able to provide you with a program participation letter.

NOTE: If you’re including the Petra in your travels with us, a Jordanian visa and all border crossing fees are included as part of the day tour package.

How do we approach safe travel in Israel?

Safe travel in Israel has been our guiding consideration for decades. We appreciate the responsibility that travelers entrust in us, and we care about your well-being in Israel like our own family. Key security-related protocols that we follow include:

  • Traveling on private transportation only
  • Traveling with a licensed Israeli guide at all times who has been trained in security response
  • Avoiding travel to areas of heightened concern
  • Use of hotels with a guard and a secure area
  • 24/7 support from our headquarters office in Israel
  • Close coordination with the Israeli security services via the “Situation Room”
  • Willingness to modify our programming, staffing structure, and/or overall protocols as needed based on actual conditions where we travel in Israel.

Finally, in the rare event of an acute security event in Israel, we have issued full refunds at our own discretion in the past, and we will continue to do so in the future should we deem the situation appropriate.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about our approach to providing travel experiences that are safe, meaningful, and joyous.

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To sign up, complete the online REGISTRATION FORM

Sign up at least five months in advance to lock in your spot and receive a $100/person discount. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are risk-free.

UPDATE | We look forward to the resumption of safe and meaningful international travel with optimism. In the meantime, please review our no-risk registration terms and plan ahead for the future with confidence.

Enrollment Terms

Be sure to review these simple enrollment steps and terms 

    • To reserve your spot on the program, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of your registration
      All program costs are listed in US Dollars
    • The deposit is fully refundable up to four months in advance of the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
    • The balance of payment is due no later than two months in advance of the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
    • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to consider purchasing travel insurance
      Must be issued before your final trip payment is made. Some benefits are only available if your policy is purchased within 21 days of your initial trip registration.
    • Payment for the deposit may be made by check or credit card, and no credit card fees apply
    • Payment for the balance of program costs may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments, and credit card fees are not refundable
    • All program dates are guaranteed, however, participation is subject to limited availability, and excess hotel rooms are typically released within 60 days of the program start date
    • Authentic Israel reserves the right to consolidate package options offered on the same dates according to its sole discretion – in such situations, complimentary upgrades will be offered
    • Authentic Israel reserves the right to deny acceptance to the program according to its sole discretion
    • Special terms apply to the Rosh Hanikrah & Acco Day Tour and the Petra Day Tour as follows:
      • Day tour availability is guaranteed up to 60 days prior to the program start date; within 60 days of arrival availability is not guaranteed
      • Participants withdrawing from a day tour within 60 days of the program start date will receive a 50% refund provided a cancellation notification is made in writing to Authentic Israel at least five days in advance of the day tour

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