Summer 2017 is off to a tremendous start as our June 15th group discovers all of Israel. As you can see in the picture above, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah children are so excited to receive their certificates in from of the Menorah in Jerusalem.
What a great group of celebrants! 17 Bar & Bat Mitzvah’s - WOW!
The first three days of their unforgettable Israel experience were spent touring in the beautiful and historic city of Jerusalem while staying at the luxurious and world – renowned Waldorf Astoria.
The next stop on their journey was Northern Israel. While staying at the brand new U Boutique Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias, our group toured the Golan Heights, Safed, Rosh Hanikra and so much more.
After two days in the north it was time to head south to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth for an unsinkable float. Our overnight at the Dead Sea allows us to fully enjoy this unique region and be well rested for Masada. We eliminate the exhausting pre-dawn trip from Jerusalem to Masada and back again.
The families woke up early the next morning for the highlight of the tour – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service on top of Masada. Here, on this historic spot, a place that symbolizes the spirit of the Jewish people, the children became Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our private service takes place as the sun rises over the desert landscape. It was an unforgettable moment for the entire family.
After the thrill and emotion of Jerusalem and Masada, the group traveled to Eilat to relax and enjoy the beach and our fabulous yacht cruise with lunch and snorkeling. Saturday afternoon our group will arrive in Tel Aviv – the vibrant city that never sleeps. We fly back from Eilat to Tel Aviv as we always avoid long tiring drives.
While in Tel Aviv the group will visit (among other things) the Tel Maresha Dig located at Beit Guvrin, where they’ll have the rare opportunity to experience hands-on archaeology and perhaps make a few discoveries of their own as the dig and sift for authentic artifacts. Fun for the whole family!
The group will end the tour with our fabulous Bar/Bat Mitzvah banquet at the Tel Aviv Hilton – the very best hotel in Tel Aviv. The party is a festive celebration with music, dancing, cake cutting and a candle lighting ceremony. A wonderful evening!
Our Winter 2016 tour has returned home and they had an amazing trip!
December is such a special time to be in Israel. Our group lit Hanukkah candles in Jerusalem, celebrated the Bar/Bat Mitzvah's on top of Masada, welcomed the New Year at special Bedouin dinner and had an incredible Bar/Bat Mitzvah party in Tel Aviv. So Much to see and experience and our amazing guides made sure that everyone had a fantastic time.
Our December Tour is always very popular and fills up quickly. If you're considering joining us this coming December 2017, call us now for a brochure and save a place for your family on this journey of a lifetime!
We love hearing from our families and sharing their letters with you. Here's one from the group that just returned:
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Israel Discovery Tours for providing us with a truly unforgettable experience for our son's Bar Mitzvah. Words cannot adequately describe how wonderful the entire trip was. From the moment we landed, to the Bar Mitzvah at Masada, to the moment we departed everything was amazing. Before we even left home, Brad was an invaluable source of information. He was always available to answer our questions and was extremely communicative. Once in Israel, our guide took over and was incredibly well informed, energetic, passionate and funny. He was absolutely adored by the kids, parents and the grandparents - no easy feat. I will recommend his services to anyone who is considering taking a tour of Israel. Each day was a perfect mix of seeing and learning about both ancient and modern sites, cultures, and gorgeous geological wonders. Jerusalem, the desert, the grottoes, the Dead Sea, Tiberias, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, and everything in between were all amazing. Hiking, off-road adventures, archeological digs, museums, Bedouin hut and meal, and a kibbutz visit were just some of the adventures and experiences that we took part in. The Bar Mitzvah at Masada was obviously a high point (no pun intended). It was truly a magical event for everyone. This is something that has to be experienced, as words cannot do it justice. The only thing we did not like about the whole trip was that it had to come to an end. My son is already thinking about when he will return to Israel. We will be recommending IDT, this trip and Israel in general, to everyone we know. Thank you for the memories. Cathy & Lee S. - New York, NY
Families returning from our Summer 2016 tours are raving! Now is the time to start planning your 2017 Summer Family/Bar-Bat Mitzvah tour. Our Special Offer - Book your tour before August 31, 2016 and pay 2016 rates for Summer 2017 is ending soon. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! Call us before August 31 and we'll be happy to hold space for you and your family.
Here are some of the letters we've received from our 2016 returning families:
Our Israel trip experience exceeded all our expectations. The depth and breadth of our guides knowledge was outstanding. The service was impeccable. From the minute we were met upon arrival at the airport to the minute we left, when we once again met at the airport to help us with our luggage and navigate the ticket counter. I had been concerned about going as family of just 3, but the other people on the tour were friendly, warm and welcoming. It truly was the trip of a lifetime!
Carol F. - Glastonbury CT
I cannot say enough regarding how wonderful our IDT trip to Israel was! First, it was always a pleasure to interact with the home staff at IDT - they were incredibly knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. Then from the moment we arrived in Israel until the moment we left, we all felt incredibly well taken care of. Our tour guide was expecially wonderful - remarkably well informed, energetic, passionate, funny and fun. Adults and kids equally adored him. Our days were a perfect mixture of seeing both ancient and modern sites, cultural venues and suprisingly beautiful geological wonders. I really had no idea Israel was as gorgeous as it is. We loved seeing the Old City in Jerusalem, the high desert, the grottoes, the unique rock formations and swimming in the Red, Dead and Mediterranean Seas. Our days were busy but never exhausting and planned to appeal to both adults and kids. We found our fellow travelers friendly and our guide encouraged us to get to know one another. By the second day, the kids were in the back of the bus hanging out together and often would all have breakfast together. When we all dined together at night there was a spontaneously formed kids table to which they flocked. We felt that we got to know everyone by the end of the trip and it was hard to say goodbye. The Bar Mitzvah party on our second to last night was a wonderful end to a magnificent trip. We are recommending it to everyone we know.
Debbie W. - Glen Mills, PA
My wife, two sons and I went on the 12 day deluxe IDT Bar Mitzvah Tour in the summer of 2016. After careful consideration we chose IDT because of the efficient routing, quality of the itinerary, hotel, timing of the tour and online reviews. I was very confident that IDT was the right choice for us, and even with this high expectation, we were blown away by the experience. We saw nearly the entire country and had fun experiences along the way. The highlight was the Bar Mitzvah on Masada, but there were many others as well. Everything went smoothly and we were cared for from the time we arrived until the time we left. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. IDT also handled special requests for us and were always available. Top notch all the way and we recommend other families taking the same tour. On a final note, even though my family wasn't concerned about traveling to Israel, we understand other families are. We felt extremely safe the entire time. I am one that believes that any time is a good time to visit Israel. People should not be deterred for any reason as it is extremely safe. People who choose not to go to Israel based on erroneous safety concerns are robbing themselves of a major life experience.
Jonathan F. - Potomac, MD
We decided to have our son's Bar Mitzvah in Israel about a couple of years ago. We quickly realized that having a Bar Mitzvah tour would be the way to go. After looking around online, we chose Israel Discovery Tours, and I must say, IDT blew us away as far as professionalism, experience, quality of staff and quality of hotels. From day one to the day we came back from Israel, IDT guided us in every possible way. The tour guide, driver and the event coordinator truly made our experience in Israel a very memorable one. It was such a great feeling being in Israel, knowing that that place is like a second home for us and all Jews around the world. We highly recommend Israel as a travel destination, Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience and without hesitation - Israel Discovery Tours.
Ted M. - Alpharetta, GA
We just returned from a 10 day trip with Israel Discovery Tours - a Bar Mitzvah trip for my son - and it was a truly memorable experience. It is a very full agenda, with early mornings, but the tour guides were top notch - funny and informative, and the itinerary was interesting and worthwhile. The air conditioned bus was very comfortable, and the hotels were very nice. The Waldorf in Jerusalem was really outstanding and a super location. We felt well taken care of both before and during the trip, and it was a great bonding experience for families. Masada was a truly amazing place for a Bar Mitzvah and I can't say enough about it. It was stunning and moving. Israel Discovery Tours is a class act, and I sincerely recommend their Bar Mitzvah trip for the experience of a lifetime.
Robin G. - Great Neck, NY
Our first summer group has already returned home from their extraordinary Israel experience and judging from the phone calls - they had an awesome tour!
Not only did they see all of Israel - they experienced it as a family and celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs high atop Masada at an amazing sunrise service.
Starting in Jerusalem at the brand new 5 star Waldorf Astoria, they toured all the sites of this amazing city where new and old converge at the epicenter of religious history. From the top of Mount Scopus to the busy narrow streets of the Old City, not a sight, sound or flavor was missed.
From Jerusalem it was on to Northern Israel stopping along the way at Caesaria, Haifa and the magnificent grottoes at Rosh Hanikra. From centrally located Tiberias our group was able to easily tour all of the interesting and exciting sites including the beautiful and strategically important Golan Hights on a private jeep tour, the ancient city of Safed - home of Kabballah, and rafting on the Jordan River. In the evening our group had a fun filled boat ride on the Sea of Galilee complete with music and Israeli dancing and a visit with Kibbutzniks at Kibbutz Ein Gev.
Before leaving the north on their way to the Negev Desert, the families met with some very special newcomers to Israel at GanGaroo - Kangaroos, Koala Bears and exotic birds! Not just a zoo, an adventure where everyone gets to feed, pet and play with the animals.
The luxurious Isrotel Dead Sea Resort and Spa was our groups desert oasis for one night. From here they were able to float in the Dead Sea and be close to Masada - the location of the highly anticipated Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony the next day! The beautiful sunrise Bar/Bat Mitzvah service took place in the ancient synagogue a top Masada. Afterwards, it was back to the hotel for breakfast and then on to Eilat!
What could be better than two nights in the fabulous resort city of Eilat after a week of touring? The group thoroughly enjoyed the calm clear waters of the Red Sea, the beautiful beaches and a fantastic boat cruise with lunch and snorkeling. After a short flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv (we always fly to avoid a long bus ride), our families arrived at the incomparable Tel Aviv Hilton ready to celebrate at their festive Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gala Party. What a celebration it was - music, dancing, cake cutting and candle lighting. An incredible evening!
It was time to say goodbye after one more day of touring in Tel Aviv. Although their journey of discovery and celebration has ended, their memories and connection to Israel will last a lifetime. If your thinking about taking our fantastic Family - Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour - We're sure any one of our families would love to tell you about their journey!No One Gives You More Israel Than Israel Discovery Tours!The best hotels in each cityOur own staff of Israeli guides - the most requested in IsraelExciting, fun and well balanced itinerariesOvernight at the Dead Sea - You're right there to go to Masada2 Nights in Fabulous EilatAll Breakfast, Most Dinners, 1 Lunch CruiseComplimentary Arrival & Departure Airport transfers on tour datesComplimentary Bottled water on the busComplimentary Video of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service and Party
This Spring our two Adults Only tours used our NEW and IMPROVED itinerary. In order to keep our status as the #1 Tour to Israel, we are constantly changing, improving and updating our itinerary. Judging by the response of our recently returned passengers, we hit a home run!
In the Negev Desert, at the Ramon Crater, we added a visit to the new Visitor's Center which houses the emotional museum and memorial to Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut. On our way to Tiberias we have added a tour of the Atlit Detention Camp. Contructed by the British, Atlit was used to imprison desperate Jews arriving in spite of the British Mandate 1939 - 1948. In the Golan Heights a refreshing visit to the award winning Golan Heights Winery is new for 2016/17, including a tasting to sample some of the best wine Israel has to offer.
We are always working to improve our routing and scheduling, allowing us to see the most and maximize your time to shop, relax and enjoy every minute of your Israel experience.
As always, whether you choose the Deluxe or Value tour, the intinerary is exaclty the same.
Just a few notes from our Spring 2016 returning passengers:
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what a fabulous trip we had to Israel. We immediately gelled with everyone and became one harmonious group. We even decided that we would go to dinner together on our night off! Besides all of the interesting sights and amazing countryside, our guide was fantastic. His knowledge and ability to transfer his love of Israel to everyone in the group was astonishing. We are so delighted that we were finally able to make this trip. We always felt safe and had a fabulous time. Many friendships were made and we hope to be able to come back for a secone time - maybe even with some couples from the group Iris & Sy - Mount Sinai, NY
A note to let you know that the Israel trip was an unbelievable adventure. Every minute of everyday was just amazing. Our guide was fabulous in every way; he was so knowledgeable and interesting. The entire trip is something we will talk about for a very long time and we will never forget our experiences. Myra & Michael, Wilton Manors, FL