3 – DAY BAR MITZVA TOUR:
DAY 1: BIBLICAL JERUSALEM
Jump straight into the atmosphere of ancient Jerusalem as we open the day with a walk on the 500-year-old city ramparts. We’ll then visit the City of David, the most ancient ruins in Jerusalem, taking us back into the time of the Bible. We’ll see David’s Palace and can walk underground in a tunnel built by King Hezekiah (great fun for kids!). We’ll emerge from the tunnel at the Pool of Siloam, an important stop for Jewish pilgrims at the time of the Temple.
We’ll ascend by foot in the spirit of the ancient pilgrims to the impressive excavations in the Davidson Center where we’ll be able to transport ourselves 2000 years back in time and walk on the very stones that visitors would have walked on in the time of the Second Temple.
We’ll pause at the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) to soak up the atmosphere, and after a great local lunch, we’ll explore the Jewish Quarter (including more ruins from the Biblical period). Our day will conclude with a visit to the King David's Tomb on Mount Zion. Overnight at Hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 2: DELVE INTO THE DESERT
Our day will begin at the Ein Gedi desert oasis. We’ll take a short walk in this marvel of nature and will pause by one of the waterfalls to discuss Saul and David’s meeting here.
Our next stop will be the UNESCO World Heritage Site Masada. After a quick lunch we’ll ascend by cable car and will explore the ruins of this remarkable desert fortress built by King Herod 2000 years ago and discover the tragic end of its final defense. After all that walking, we’ll pause at a private Dead Sea beach for some well-earned relaxation. Float on these saline waters and you’ll come out rejuvenated – guaranteed!
As we head back to Jerusalem, our final stop will be at Genesis Land to transport ourselves back into the Biblical wilderness for a meeting with Abraham. We’ll learn about life in the desert in ancient times and have the opportunity to ride a camel into the sunset. Overnight at Hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 3: BAR MITZVA & MODERN JERUSALEM
The special day is here – mazal tov! Our bar mitzvah will feel like a star as he enters the Old City accompanied by drummers & shofar blowers as we head to the Western Wall. We will be met by our Rabbi who will accompany the bar mitzvah and all of us through this most special ceremony.After an opportunity to change, we’ll continue into modern Jerusalem and get hands-on as we make our own candles. By now we’ll have worked up quite an appetite, so we’ll continue to the Machne Yehuda market for a culinary tasting tour. We’ll conclude our day with a tour of the trail-blazing graffiti around the market and then will have the opportunity to create our own memories in a graffiti workshop.
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