From the north to the south, Israel is filled with exciting sights for the whole family, especially the children. This tour is dedicated for families (tourists or Israelis) and as you will see, we will take care of you and your whole family.
We have four guides and one or more drivers with the tour. One guide is the ‘old guide’ (for the parents and older persons, the other guide is the ‘babysit guide’ for the younger kids, and two guides are the ‘cool guides’ for the older children and young adults.
All guides are working 24 hours a day during the tour. That means that if you or the group decides to go an evening, we all have the baby sit (we all get to know during the tour). All the guides will stay with you from the first moment you meet them until the moment you return home.
This tour is unique and specially designed as a private tour, designed for a collection of families coming from north Europe, who wanted this tour in October 2015. Those families decided to come to Israel with this tour in May 2016. In the mean time they gave permission to make this tour public for all of you.
|Day 1||Arrival||Tel Aviv|
|Day 2||The beat of the White City||Tel Aviv|
|Day 3||From Caesarea, via Acre to the Sea of Galilee||Tiberias|
|Day 4||From Sea of Galilee to the Golan and back||Tiberias|
|Day 5||From the Sea of Galilee via Safed, Tsippori to Jerusalem||Jerusalem|
|Day 6||The Exciting Holy City||Jerusalem|
|Day 7||Jerusalem blues||Jerusalem|
|Day 8||The New Jerusalem||Jerusalem|
|Day 9||Judean pleasures in heath and water||Dead Sea area|
|Day 10||From Masada via Timna to Eilat||Eilat|
|Day 11||Paradise near the Red Sea||Eilat|
What do you see?
- Day 1 – Tel Aviv promenade and beaches and evening out in the Tel Aviv night life and cinema.
- Day 2 – Ramat Gan Safari, Luna Park, Tel Aviv Port
- Day 3 – Caesarea, Acre, Knights Halls, the Al-Jazaar Mosque, the bathhouse, Rosh Hanikra, Montfort, Nahal Kziv, Sea of Galilee, Boat trip on Sea of Galilee
- Day 4 – Hula Valley, Manara Cliff, cable-car ride, mountain-slide coaster cars, rappelling, zip-line, Mey Kedem Water Tunnel, Katsrin
- Day 5 – Safed, Tsippori, Jerusalem
- Day 6 – Biblical Zoo, Bloomfield Science Museum, Time Elevator, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, City of David
- Day 7 – Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus 99, Mahane Yehuda Market, Givat Hatachmoshet, Augusta Victoria, Lions Gate, City of David, Dung Gate, Mount Zion, Jaffa Gate, Safra Square (Jerusalem Municipality), King David street (King David Hotel, YMCA, etc.), Haas Promenade, Biblical Zoo, Herzl Museum, Yad Vashem, Israel Museum and Bible Lands Museum, The Knesset and the Supreme Court, Cinema City Jerusalem
- Day 8 – Old City Scavenger Hunt, First Railway Station, Dig For A Day
- Day 9 – Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi
- Day 10 – Masada, Arava Valley, Timna Park, Bowling at Eilat
- Day 11 – Kings City, Eilat’s Camel Ranch, Motor Park, Botanical Garden, Nightmare Eilat, Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Eilat’s Isrotel Theater
- Day 12 – Ice Space
|Size group||Price P.P.|
Day 1 – Arrival
This is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.
For those who are arriving in Israel, will be picked up from the airport by the guide and driver from Shalom Israel.
For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Tel Aviv.
For those from Israel, they can arrange one or several central pickup point(s), where our buses will pick them up at a certain time.
During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so.
Evening tour: The Tel Aviv promenade and beaches and of course ice cream eating, Tel Aviv night life and the children can go to the cinema (with ice creams, drinks, popcorn and the whole complete ‘thing’) with two of our guides (the babysit and cool guide).
Day 2 – The beat of the White City
Places: Ramat Gan Safari, Luna Park, Tel Aviv Port
We awake early (as the kids usually do) and then we have breakfast at the hotel. We must be prepare for today, because we have a Safari to visit, the Luna park and the Tel Aviv Port.
We start this day with the Ramat Gan Safari.
The bus brings us there in no time and arrived there, we have a whole program for you. The ‘park’ combines the safari and zoo experience. Driving our bus through the open-air exhibits, then we stop at the zoo area for a closer look at your favorite furry friends. The Safari has the largest animal collection in the Middle East. Check out the elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, hippos and lions wandering freely on 250 acres.
To be amused, we are now talking about an Israeli amusement park, so we visit the Luna Park. If there’s one thing that will truly grab your child’s attention it’s amusement parks, and the Luna Park has established itself as one of the very best amusement parks in Israel. Its signature ride is the Anaconda, an incredible roller-coaster ride that really delivers in the thrills department. It will definitely allow your kids to have a whale of a time screaming while they hang on for dear life. If your kids are a little more timid, there’s always the Miniconda, and the old fairground stalwarts, like Bumper Cars or the Ghost Train. Don’t forget to try the traditional funfair stalls that give you a chance to win prizes by ring-flipping or rifle shooting. The funfair atmosphere is convivial and you’ll definitely be in your kids good books with this one.
Don’t forget that there are four guides in the group, so the parents can hide away in one of the many restaurants, while the guides are amusing the kids.
We are all tired (except the kids of course). And we’re not finished yet, we will visit the Tel Aviv Port, where we will also eat. For those who love fish, it’s paradise for them, but for those who don’t (like the old man guide), there is always chips. The ever rejuvenating Tel Aviv Port is a great place for all the family, with a huge, decked area perfect for the little ones to run around, skate, or bike on. There are usually some great exhibitions on during the holiday season for all the family, and there are also some great kid-friendly restaurants to try.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 3 – From Caesarea, via Acre to the Sea of Galilee
Places: Caesarea, Acre, Knights Halls, the Al-Jazaar Mosque, the bathhouse, Rosh Hanikra, Montfort, Nahal Kziv, Sea of Galilee, Boat trip on Sea of Galilee
Today we have excitement, but no amusement parks.
We start our tour today with the Caesarea National Park, on the coast, with its magnificent remains of Herod’s city, the Roman capital and port and fortified Crusader town. Tour the Roman Theater and the renovated port area surrounded by 800-year-old walls, where you can see the Caesarea Experience, a multimedia presentation about the city’s history that uses advanced computer techniques to bring the city’s history alive. It’s hot there!
We dip our hurting feet in the Mediterranean next to the ancient aqueduct before we continue north to Acre. One of the cool guides knows foot massage! Our bus has air conditioning and that brings us to the next destination, Acre or Akko. This historic walled port-city has lots of interesting tunnels and towers to explore going back to Crusader times and beyond.
We visit the Knights Halls, the Al-Jazaar Mosque, the bathhouse with its multi-media display and the new ethnic museum, built right into the rooms of the old wall, showcasing the everyday implements people used in the old days. Have lunch at a seaside Mediterranean restaurant.
We drive quickly to the Jordan river.
River rafting is a great activity for older kids, especially along the historical Jordan River. Starting at the foot of the Golan Heights, the pleasure-packed 10-minute ride passes through a scented eucalyptus grove. With wind in your hair, see the mountains cradling the Jordan as whitewater licks your nose and toes. While the ride is short, a number of other activities can complement a rafting ticket, like kayaking, paint ball and jeep tours. Especially the paint ball is funny, everyone against th guides. In those cases, the guides will spend the rest of the day in different colors.
We have evening tours prepared in Tiberias for the adults and kids (separate). One of the tours will be a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight in Tiberias
Day 4 – From Sea of Galilee to the Golan and back
Places: Hula Valley, Manara Cliff, cable-car ride, mountain-slide coaster cars, rappelling, zip-line, Mey Kedem Water Tunnel, Katsrin
We are heading for Israel’s far north this morning, and stop at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve has lovely walking trails, including a “floating bridge” over the wetland, and special lookout points where visitors can observe the avian wildlife. While at the reserve, include Oforia, a fun, experiential multimedia display that tells the story of the migratory route across the region and the millions of birds that use it.
We drive to the the Manara Cliff and enjoy adventures including a cable-car ride, mountain-slide coaster cars, rappelling and a zip-line.
And then we have the Mey Kedem Water Tunnel. We supply the flashlights, you the bathing suit and water shoes and we head over to the Mey Kedem archaeological site in Alona Park, near Zichron Ya’akov and Binyamina. This may very well be your most favorite experience for this tour. Mey Kedem is part of a complex water system built by the Romans. A 280-meter stretch of the tunnel was restored for the public to walk through. We start with a short movie about the history of the Roman water canal system. Then our guides will take you underground and through the tunnel. Children do not need to know how to swim, but they must be comfortable in water.
Then, it’s on to the Talmudic village of Katsrin to visit the restored house and synagogue and see the audiovisual presentation linking past and present in a way that’s fun for all ages.
Overnight: in the Tiberias area.
Day 5 – From the Sea of Galilee via Safed, Tsippori to Jerusalem
Places: Safed, Tsippori, Jerusalem
Today, early after breakfast, we drive to the mystical city of Safed (Tzefat), where you can walk the old streets, tour historic synagogues and art galleries, and even visit a candle factory and store. At the charming Meiri House Museum, see artifacts of daily life dating back a century and more.
We continue to the Tsippori National Park, with its remains of a Jewish city from Talmudic times, where you’ll see beautiful mosaics of a synagogue and the famous “Mona Lisa of Galilee,” and you can wander through its cave-like water system. Look into the possibility of joining a mosaic-making workshop on weekends and holidays.
In the late afternoon drive via the coastal road to Jerusalem to have dinner there and check in our hotel.
Day 6 – The Exciting Holy City
Places: Biblical Zoo, Bloomfield Science Museum, Time Elevator, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, City of David
Today we will visit the Biblical Zoo, Bloomfield Science Museum, Time Elevator, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, City of David and we know that some families might prefer longer time to spend at a few of those sights. That’s okay, we have four guides and we can split.
Biblical Zoo. No visit to Jerusalem for families with kids is complete without a visit to Jerusalem’s unique Biblical Zoo. The zoo conserves species mentioned in the Bible, as well as other endangered species from all over the world. In keeping with its conservation efforts, the zoo works to breed those species that have been driven out of their natural habitats in Israel and slowly reintroduce them into the wild. In total the zoo features over 170 species, including kiddie favorites such as lions, cheetahs, and crocodiles. There’s also a lovely petting zoo with goats, chickens and more, as well as a sculpture garden filled with more exotic creatures. Children (and adults) may enjoy the regular rain-rides through the massive grounds.
Bloomfield Science Museum. With something on offer for all ages, the Bloomfield Science Museum makes the perfect family outing in Jerusalem. The museum is filled with original and creative interactive displays and exhibits that invite one and all to touch, experiment, get involved and have fun. There are various ongoing popular exhibits that should not be missed such as Footprints of Light that lets visitors try out the latest technology – light writing – using colored beams of light.
Time Elevator. Parents who want to give their kids (over the age of 5) an overview of the history of Jerusalem in a fun, engaging way in under half an hour should not miss out on the Time Elevator. Narrated, the Time Elevator takes audience members on a journey through time from the Jerusalem of the Bible to the modern city. The experience is made immersive by surround sound and motion-based seating (adjustable according to the needs of individual audience members), and for those who prefer, there are several stationary seats. Fans of a good 3-D experience can take the opportunity to choose from several additional films, such as a journey into the human body and a journey to India.
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Families with kids who appreciate flowers and nature will not want to miss out on a trip to the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens that features over 10,000 floral varieties from every continent in the world. Highlights include the “flower train” that runs through the gardens every hour, the tropical hothouse, visitors center with changing exhibitions, bonsai gardens, and 500-meter-long “Bible Path” lined with the flora scientists have identified with the 400 species of plants mentioned in the Bible. Families can enjoy a drink or meal at the restaurant near the entrance or may prefer to bring a picnic lunch to eat by the pond.
Tour the City of David, including Warren’s Shaft, the new Visitor’s Center and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. An unforgettable Jerusalem adventure is walking along in the tunnel through which water has flowed since the days of King Hezekiah some 2,700 years ago. There are also some newly discovered dry tunnels whose dramatic lighting also highlights this amazing ancient feat of engineering.
And we have an evening tour here again. This time it’s Jerusalem by night (evening though) and it’s exciting. And we will eat pancakes and ice creams (and/or together).
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 – Jerusalem blues
Places: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus 99, Mahane Yehuda Market, Givat Hatachmoshet, Augusta Victoria, Lions Gate, City of David, Dung Gate, Mount Zion, Jaffa Gate, Safra Square (Jerusalem Municipality), King David street (King David Hotel, YMCA, etc.), Haas Promenade, Biblical Zoo, Herzl Museum, Yad Vashem, Israel Museum and Bible Lands Museum, The Knesset and the Supreme Court, Cinema City Jerusalem
The best way to explore Jerusalem is by the special Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus 99 and that’s exactly what we do. We can make one trip passing all the sights and another trip to hop off and see the sights more in details; all of us have the daily ticket.
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus 99. Ride around Jerusalem in the city’s only double-decker bus, run by Egged and City Tour. This hop-on hop-off tour bus has an open roof above and air conditioning below. It is appropriate for all ages and it passes around many of Jerusalem’s most important attractions during its two-hour route and with the daily ticket, you can get off and back on at any of the 28 stops. We will see Mahane Yehuda Market, Givat Hatachmoshet, Augusta Victoria, Lions Gate, City of David, Dung Gate, Mount Zion, Jaffa Gate, Safra Square (Jerusalem Municipality), King David street (King David Hotel, YMCA, etc.), Haas Promenade, Biblical Zoo (again), Herzl Museum, Yad Vashem, Israel Museum and Bible Lands Museum, The Knesset and the Supreme Court. Our guides will fill in for the ‘build-in’ guiding system in the bus.
After all the excitement, it’s time to split everyone up in the adults shopping and the kids to the movies.
Cinema City Jerusalem, which opened the end of February 2014, is the largest entertainment and cultural center in Jerusalem measuring in at 20,000 square meters and including eight floors, 19 movie theaters, including themed theaters, an indoor mall with dozens of restaurants, cafes and stores, a theater for plays, a cinema museum and many other attractions. The 19 movie theaters include some set up in different styles based on film genres, for example theaters designed in the theme of children’s movies, romantic comedies and horror films. There is also a theater for plays which seats up to 600, a performance hall with 450 seats and two VIP halls. For the adults, we have The shopping area spreads over two floors and 5,000 square meters. Part of it sits under a large glass dome which allows in natural light. The space includes over 54 establishments including restaurants, fast food eateries, cafes, and convenient, clothing and accessory stores.
You all will be too tired for an evening tour. But if you really want to go out, we have the Food evening tour. We eat Chinese food here!
Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 8 – The New Jerusalem
Places: Old City Scavenger Hunt, First Railway Station, Dig For A Day
Today we start with the Old City Scavenger Hunt.
Jerusalem scavenger hunts offer a hands-on way to learn about Jerusalem neighborhoods. Designed for groups of four or more, the hunts are appropriate for all ages, starting from school-aged children to adults. You’ll have loads of fun figuring out the clues, finding your way, and learning lots of cool facts in the process. This is one of our most highly recommended kids activities. The Old City Scavenger Hunt leads you through the Jewish Quarter, discovering fascinating untold secrets. Tales of inspiring people, remains of ancient places and over 3000 years of Jewish history come to life as you explore the Old City, only to discover that throughout the game, you have been fulfilling the words of an ancient prophecy. Old City Scavenger Hunts are available in English, Hebrew, French or Spanish.
After we survived the Hunt, we move quickly to the First Railway Station.
The First Railway Station has many activities the whole family may enjoy. There are bike rentals of all sorts, from electric bikes to tricycles, Segways and tandems and a lovely bike trail. Restaurants, a juice bar and ice cream shop provide refreshments. There is often live music and whole schedule of events. And for younger kids, there’s a children’s pavilion with play areas and even a bubble station!
The kids will become dirty with the Dig For A Day.
It’s a hands on archaeological dig for families in the Beit Guvrin National Park in Israel. Great Family Activity – Participate in an actual excavation in underground caves from the time of the Maccabees and tour through the ancient subterranean city of Maresha. Excavations are done at the Hellenistic or Second Temple Period. Begin with the excavation and then continue on a tour of the cave complexes where you may see an olive press, water cisterns and columbaria. Finish at the pottery shed where you will see examples of the most important and rare finds. The wonderful mix of historical, educational and hands-on activities makes it an ideal experience for families- highlight of your trip to Israel!
For tonight we have planned SPA for the adults and swimming for everyone else.
Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 9 – Judean pleasures in heath and water
Places: Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi
After a good breakfast, we need to prepare for another interesting day. We will go into the desert and visit the Judean wilderness.
We drive to the Dead Sea area and visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Walk through the ruins with their signs illustrating how people used the various buildings, and see the audiovisual presentation that shows how the ancients lived and prospered in the desert and also has an exciting “flyover” segment.
We continue to Ein Gedi and hike through its Nature Reserve to the beautiful waterfalls. We hike with the adults over the many hiking paths, while the kids and a few of our guides stay to swim and explore the grottoes.
Tonight we eat with the Bedouins!
Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Day 10 – From Masada via Timna to Eilat
Places: Masada, Arava Valley, Timna Park, Bowling at Eilat
After breakfast, prepare for the day, because we will leave the area and move to the direction of Eilat.
We visit Masada and we can hike (via the Snake Path) or go by cable and explore the fortress built by Herod the Great, which was the scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the visitor’s center reveals the secrets of the rebels’ daily life, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.
Then we drive south along the Dead Sea and the Arava Valley. We stop at the Hai Bar Nature Reserve, where biblical animals are being fostered and take a safari-like drive through the reserve and see its reptile enclosure, nocturnal animals and other four-footed and winged surprises.
We are approaching Eilat already, but before that we will visit the Timna Park to see the multimedia presentation “the Mines of Time,” and climb through “Solomon’s Pillars” among other attractions. And we will hike there, because it’s too beautiful to miss that.
In the evening we reached our hotel already and we will have dinner.
For the evening tour, we will have bowling at Eilat, a place for the whole family, tourists and locals alike, that offers numerous amusements and entertainment for all ages
Day 11 – Paradise near the Red Sea
Places: Kings City, Eilat’s Camel Ranch, Motor Park, Botanical Garden, Nightmare Eilat, Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Eilat’s Isrotel Theater
Because there are too many attractions and sights for this day, we must choose and split our group into different groups, who can visit the following attractions:
1. Kings City. A visit to Eilat’s Kings City is an enjoyable experience for the whole family that will take you back in time.
2. Eilat’s Camel Ranch, only a 10 minute drive from the city center, provides treks and desert tours, hosts a variety of attractions, and activities
3. The Motor Park in Eilat offers a challenging attraction for all the family
4. The Botanical Garden in Eilat is built on ancient agricultural terraces and offers marked trails, a reconstructed stream, lakes, waterfalls and more.
5. Nightmare Eilat is a horror Maze, built as a dark maze, providing an extraordinary adrenaline rush experience
6. Coral Beach Nature Reserve Eilat is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world and thus also one of the most popular
In the evening, after dinner, we will visit the Eilat’s Isrotel Theater.
Eilat’s Isrotel Theater is a large and splendid venue that hosts different shows every night
Overnight in Eilat.
Day 12 – Departure
Places: Ice Space
For those whose check-in time (at the airport or harbor) is later or in the evening or night, we have the Ice Space.
Ice Space, a bar sculpted entirely out of ice, features 150 tons of ice sculpted into polar bears and penguins, eighteen meter slides
The bus will bring you to the locations, where you are picked up.