Israel Family Holiday
Family holiday in Israel offers an experience of its rich history, diverse culture and rich natural beauty. It’s packed with fun activities suitable for all family members such as; walking through the Old City of Jerusalem, water parks near the Sea of Galilee, floating on the Dead Sea or hiking in the desert. Begin in Jerusalem with a visit to the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Western Wall.
Enjoy a private excursion to Masada, a 2000-year-old mountaintop fortress, or choose to hike in the lush Ein Gedi oasis. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and swim in the salt and mineral-laden water, famous for its buoyancy and therapeutic qualities. Return to the Sea of Galilee, an area renowned for its beautiful landscapes, historical and biblical sites. Tour ancient ruins at Caesarea and Meggido and then travel to Tel Aviv, a vibrant city on the Mediterranean Sea coast.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10 DAY FAMILY TOUR OF ISRAEL…
And, also spend time at water fun parks around the Sea of Galilee.
Israel Family Holiday
Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Tel Aviv
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Jerusalem VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights
Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Jerusalem Begin in Jerusalem. Built entirely from white stone, Jerusalem glows and changes from white to pink to rose to gold with the changing of the light. Your expert private guide will bring the beautiful city and its incredible, multi-layered history alive. Of immeasurable religious, historic and archaeological importance, the entire Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa and the Western Wall, including the Western Wall tunnels.
Day 3 – City Highlights Tour
Jerusalem Explore the narrow streets, twisting alleyways and airy plazas, ancient synagogues and churches, and bazaars and boutiques of the Old City's Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian quarters. Touring will be customized to your family's interests. Perhaps visit the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, the Ein Yael Living Museum or the Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital, or enjoy a guided walk through the ancient tunnel that once delivered the city's water. Tour the Mount of Olives and walk along the Old City ramparts or the Haas Promenade, with its iconic view over the city.
Day 4 – Culinary & Culture Tour
Jerusalem Also tour the Mahane Yehuda Market, which is a great place to sample local culinary specialties such as burekas (flaky filled pastries), chocolate rugelach and halvah while shopping for pantry staples such as tahini, za'atar, dried fruits and nuts. Other options include visiting the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea scrolls, planting a tree, participating in an archaeological dig, hiking in the Judean Hills, watching a sound & light show at the Tower of David, enjoying the Time Elevator Jerusalem, or visiting caves in the Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park.
Day 5 – Masada & Dead Sea Tour
Jerusalem Today, enjoy a private excursion to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. En route, visit Masada, a UNESCO-listed 2000-year-old mountaintop fortress, or choose to hike in the lush Ein Gedi oasis. Visit a beach on the Dead Sea and, if desired, swim in the salt and mineral-laden water, famous for its buoyancy and therapeutic qualities.
Day 6 – Sea of Galilee Tour
Galilee Full-day private excursion around the Sea of Galilee, including Nazareth, Safed (Tzfat), Acre (Akko)
Continue to the Galilee region. Enjoy private touring around the Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Tiberias and Lake Kinneret), an area renowned for its beautiful landscapes and proximity to important historical and biblical sites. While in the area, visit a local kibbutz and, if desired, stop at Gan Hashelosha National Park for a dip in swimming holes fed by natural hot springs. You may choose to visit the ruins at Beit Shean, first settled 7,000 years ago.
Day 7 – Golan Heights Tour
Galilee Also take a private four-wheel drive excursion into the Golan Heights, a beautiful region of springs, waterfalls and historic ruins. Options include hiking, rappelling, visiting the Crusader-era Nimrod's Castle, exploring the streams and forests of the Tel Dan Nature Reserve or kayaking on the Jordan River.
Day 8 – Transfer with Touring Enroute
Tel Aviv Tour ancient ruins at Caesarea and Meggido en route to Tel Aviv, a vibrant city on the Mediterranean Sea coast. En route, visit the Roman ruins of Caesarea, one of Israel's major archaeological sites. Also visit the ancient seaside town of Acre (Akko), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another option is to tour a Druze village to learn about their traditional way of life. Families with younger children might like to visit Kfar Kedem, a re-creation of 2,000-year-old Galilean town, where you can learn to make pita bread or ride in a donkey caravan.
Day 9 – City Highlights Tour
Tel Aviv While in Tel Aviv, enjoy private touring that includes Old Jaffa, markets, UNESCO-listed Bauhaus architecture, the Eretz Israel Museum and the Diaspora Museum. If desired, we can arrange a tour of the fascinating Ayalon Institute, a kibbutz that hid a secret underground ammunition factory. Also enjoy free time to relax on the beach in Tel Aviv or shop in the city's markets and leisure districts.
Day 10 – Depart
Tel Aviv Take a private transfer to the airport and connect with your onward flight.
Make this your holiday
When to Go Apr-May: In April, the rainy season is ending, the temperature is in the 70s, and the pools and beaches are open to the public. Easter and Passover are quite an experience for pilgrims and Israelis have a two-week long vacation. May brings perfect weather, no crowds and beautiful scenery.
June - August: This can be a busy time as American families arrive during their school break. But Tel Aviv nightlife picks up even more steam than usual in summer, since the universities have let out.
Sept-Oct: The weather starts to cool and the crowds disappear. A good time to travel but avoid arriving on the eve of Yom Kippur, as the whole country grinds to a halt and the week-long holiday of Sukkot when Israelis go on vacation.
Nov- Jan: There is beautiful weather and no crowds, but the summer brings dusty skies and beige slumber. December and January can be cool and wet, but great for the authentic Christmas experience.
Feb-Mar: February is a perfect time for trekking. The hills of Judea, Galilee, and the Golan Heights are covered with wildflowers and grass, and the weather is cool. The Jewish holiday of Purim has become a major week-long celebration in March. A cross between Halloween and Mardi Gras, there are day and night festivals and street parties in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. There may be some rain.
Getting There Israel’s main international airport Ben-Gurion (TLV) is approximately 20 minutes by train or taxi from Tel Aviv and 45 minutes by taxi from Jerusalem. The other international airport is Eilat, at the southern tip of Israel, but it is mainly used for direct charter package flights from Europe and flights from inside the country.
Visa British nationals do not need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist. On entry, visitors are granted leave to enter for a period of up to 3 months. In the past the Israeli immigration authorities stamped passports and on request agreed to stamp landing cards instead. Since January 2013 a pilot scheme has been introduced whereby visitors are given an entry card instead of an entry stamp on arrival. You should keep this card with your passport until you leave. This is evidence of your legal entry into Israel and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
For more information, contact the nearest Israeli Embassy.