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The Tour from Hell

This tour was the tour from hell … for me. For the group absolutely not, because they had loads of fun, costing me my hair of course. We are talking about a tour, which shows what Israel actually is, a mixture of culture, adventure, exploration and Israeli sights in all the major touristic centers of Israel. This article is part of the Tour Guide Diaries September 2016.

I’m working on whole range of new tours, like the so called low-budget tours and the tours, which mixes several things together in a more exciting tour then currently exists, and this tour is one of them (for example, we go on concert in the evening, visit festivals, workshops, join even a work camp to dig into the ground with the archeologists, visit the sights, do a little gem-touring, etc.). We were out for 12 days, our group was 50 (originally 30) strong from all over the United States, ages were between 17 and 63, and the group arrived at the airport 13 days ago (from the date of publishing)(so I’m recovering already for three days).

Welcome to Israel from the Ben Gurion Airport
Welcome to Israel from the Ben Gurion Airport

We went to the airport in a very good mood, I had my junior guides with me (Igor and Lena or together “the Juniors”), our new bus and the driver with the nickname “the Beast” (he’s small and overly polite and never shows any emotion, so his nickname is “the Beast” and his real name is Eddie) to pickup our new group for our new mixture tours.

One thing about nicknames! I really didn’t gave them their nicknames. I’ve no nickname … except ‘the Sheik’, because of some small misunderstanding last August, where some Bedouin men on the goat market of Be’er Sheba were advising me to take ten women as wives to drink coffee with me, but nobody remembers that, thank goodness for that.

I double checked my nice, sign-board (so people know it’s us) I was holding with our names on it to welcome our group. I really don’t want to repeat that prank from the last time where the driver changed the text into “Here’s the Idiot” or something like that. The board covered our names nicely.

When the people started to stream out of the checkout I held up my board and voila! People noticed and streamed to us with smiles on their faces. I spoke before their flight with them in a conference call over the Internet and I’m happy they were in such a good mood.

Hi Sheik! How are you?!” one yelled cheekily with a big grin on his face (someone has been talking)! And soon we were almost overwhelmed with the thirty people … and some … more? We moved our group from the hall to let them drink something and have maybe a bite to eat, but I realized that the group was much larger then 30! I was already upset about the Sheik thing and now this. Maybe some people they met during their flight? The Juniors were already suspiciously grinning.

It turned out that at the last moment they found more people who wanted to join this tour, but ‘forgot’ to tell me. So, suddenly instead of 30 people, we have now 45 people! And not to forget the payments. And the reservations. And the bus! And my heart! And what’s left of my hair! And not to forget my blood pressure.

You know, I’m just 56 years old and I’m old man and it’s really in those times that I’m thinking about going on pension. Maybe a pension on an island somewhere with nobody else then my wife. Well … when my wife comes with me, then she wants her cats also to come with us. And her aquarium with those bl**dy fish too. And the kids too and they have dogs.

I suddenly realize that we have a problem. The hotel reservation with our hotel is in Jerusalem and I know that they have no additional place; they are booked full (they had place for us of course, but with 30 people, not 45). One of my Juniors grabbed my hand, which was busy to pull out my hair (not joking). While the group was amusing themselves, five more people came in to join the group (they said ‘sorry, we’re late’, carrying large boxes with toys they bought at Duty Free). That’s 50!

I called a colleague, who must find us a hotel in or near Jerusalem, who can place a group of 53 people that same day. In high season! I quickly broke the connection with the swearing colleague (he’s called ‘The Pipe’, because he smokes … guess what? Correct, large cigars).

Feeling better, I processed the extra people, gave a pep talk to the Juniors and moved the army … eh … group to the Beast (to our bus). The poor man’s face lit up when he saw us coming. When the people started to enter his bus, slowly his expression turned from happy into confused … then shocked and was trying to find me … only I was at a safe distance looking at the scene and waiting for the expected eruption of ‘the beast’ soon to be … erupting.

‘The Beast’ came out of his bus and walked straight at me. I pointed at the Juniors with my thumb and blamed them for the problem of overcrowding his new and shiny bus. Before the juniors could react and recover from the shock, I was already moving quickly into the bus to tackle the next problem. That’s called strategical thinking. I don’t remember who advised something like that, but what I do remember was the advise “… never admit you’re wrong, always blame the one next to you …”. It never works with my wife though.

So in the bus, I started to bring the problem in front of our group. They came up right before they left to Israel with an additional 20 people for the group without telling us and we have only reservations for 30 people and the hotel is booked full. There will be no chance in hell that we would find another hotel for 50 people  within a couple of hours, then maybe a beach … but no beach in Jerusalem. And not to forget the damage for the hotel if we cancel at the last moment, the money would not be returned and the tour would be more expensive for all of us.

So the group decided that they would room together for this night. Not that they cared, because it was a rowdy group, who would be visiting a pop-concert that night after dinner in the old city and I saw already several girls checking out several gents. I felt my blood pressure going up when I also saw the expression of several of the people of this group who were already grinning mischievously.

During our talk, my disgruntled Juniors were already in the bus and my driver in his place. When he started the motor, I could hear how upset he was. The bus is exactly for 53 people and we always have a golden rule to have a larger bus then we there are people in the group. Well, technically we still have (three reserve places), but it was not ideal. They will suffer during the tour.

While we were on our way to Jerusalem, I got a phone call with a swearing Pipe (the guide my age checking out hotels) and he said he moved the reservations to another hotel the days after for 52 people and claimed that I could sleep outside and hung up. Funny boy. Oof. Two things down. Now a bigger bus and that would be even perfect. So instead of chatting with ‘the Beast’ myself, I sent him a SMS. Much more manly, not? I could have sent the Juniors, but they were angry at me for some reason.

American Colony Hotel
American Colony Hotel

All went well during our trip to our hotel in Jerusalem. We only had four bathroom stops, so nothing more then normal in such situation (never happened like that, but who cares at that point). We arrived at last at the American Colony Hotel.

We all got out of our bus and we moved into our hotel, with a smiling hotel manager who was looking at us happily and welcomed us in Israel with open arms. That continued – smiling and all – until he realized that there were not 30 of us, but the whole “g&^^%^$^%$%#$%d” US army!  Suddenly he was not smiling anymore and I saw him already looking for me. The cowards of a Juniors ran already in the hotel, so I was forced to confront the manager myself.

After calming the manager down (and pay a fortune to do that), he clearly didn’t care anymore to welcome us to his hotel, he disappeared posthaste. After everyone was checked in, and disappeared into the hotel, I could sit in one of those easy sofas at last.

That evening I discovered that I forgot to check myself in. “Well, sorry, no place!” But I arranged a bigger bus (the bus was called Fat Bertha, like that super gun), the Beast was happy again. The Juniors were alright after they found out I slept on the sofa. What else? Oh yes. One woman hurt her foot during wild dancing (is the Polkas a dance?), another one discovered that she’s pregnant, one man thought he lost his way and was in the wrong hotel, while he was wandering around at the back of our hotel and we experienced yesterday evening an example what Israeli rock sounded.

The concert hall was a cafe and the rock turned out to be House Music, but that was really great and everyone danced and had fun. They didn’t want to go back to the hotel at the end, but the bouncers almost kicked us out. We took Fat Bertha and went back to our hotel, still singing and dancing.

I had pain in my head and my back was hurting because of sleeping on the sofa. The Juniors had fun and were in a good mood, the Beast was still polishing Fat Bertha and our group was in a super good mood after a great breakfast (I ate chips). At the end we moved into Fat Bertha and drove to the Jerusalem markets and shopping streets. Why? We rented off a restaurant for the day, where everyone could demonstrate that they wanted to cook and we suppose to eat what the volunteers would prepare for us. The Chef of the restaurant refused to allow us ‘barbarians‘ in his kitchen alone, so he would stand guard (in the middle of his kitchen).

I skip a couple days of the tour and move to the 5th day, the day that we go to Be’er Sheba. But one more remark about the cooking in the restaurant. It was so much fun and we ate so well that evening after loads of shopping (we went back three times to the market and it was a fortune what they bought). The group didn’t burn down his kitchen nor the restaurant! And the cook hid the large knifes for some reason.

We arrived at our usual hotel in Be’er Sheba. Be’er Sheba is a very nice place, but the choice in hotels is limited and they can’t be compared with the hotels in Eilat, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. But this Be’er Sheba hotel would do. And who was there waiting for us while we were checking in the hotel? Right, the same worried looking manager from last August, who was confronted with the fact that there were two small goats running rampage in his hotel in the middle of the night in August and one totally destroyed (or better eaten) room.

Bedouin Goat Market
Bedouin Goat Market

The manager didn’t look pleased. He asked me though if we plan to go to the goat market today. Of course we would go to the goat market and not to forget the chicken market too. And this time I arranged also a small tour on camels and we would maybe see a small auction of buying and selling camels (and we have also chicken speed running organized). I told him that, and he really didn’t look pleased. I guaranteed him that we this time inspect everyone coming in and out of the bus for hidden goats, chickens and camels. The only thing he said was that he would do the same when we would come back to the hotel.

I was happy at that time, because we would only stay one night at his hotel, before we would spent two days in the desert with carts and camels. I really didn’t look forward to meet Fred the Camel again, so I could avoid having a camel tour in Eilat.

Market in Be’er Sheba
Market in Be’er Sheba

We indeed went to the markets in Be’er Sheba (the normal one, and the goat and chicken markets). Nothing exciting happened, except that our group was very hard to keep together (50 rowdy people in a very good mood with loads of energy) with three guides (the Juniors and I). We didn’t pickup any other group, they didn’t buy any goats or chickens, nobody got upset, but there were some people who bought some strange Bedouin dresses for women for some reason. We also tried the camels. That was so much fun that others have problems climbing on camels like I usual have. But no auction of camels, otherwise I could change my Juniors for a camel or three goats maybe, damn that manager.

Bedouin Goat Market
Bedouin Goat Market

We met those same Bedouin men who were asking about my 10 women and again explained to the group that I’ve a harem and 20 children, but I got my coffee. That reminded me about ordering the evening amusement and this time we had real Bedouin musicians not such phony flop of a so called d^&&*^*%&^$%^ magician and his sexy belly dancer like back in August during the goat disaster. The Juniors were giggling! I was highly suspicious seeing that, but at that moment my attention was drawn to my camel, who was trying to bite me. All camels in the world only try to bite me and nobody else.

In the evening back to the hotel, we met the manager, who was indeed inspecting everyone (I forgot to check anyone for hidden goats, chickens and camels), but he obviously not. After that, he insisted in inspecting Fat Bertha and when The Beast finally understood what the manager wanted, they together almost tore the bus apart for their ridiculous quest for goats, chickens and camels! Honestly, who do they think we are?

That evening there was no original Bedouin music, but that belly dancer and her bl**dy so called magician who was loudly calling me “The Sheik” again. I will get my revenge on my Juniors for that!

But thank goodness, I slept wonderful (even when the Beast was snoring loudly), no goats on the rampage, but I heard in the morning that the manager couldn’t sleep all night.

Ramon Crater
Ramon Crater

The next day we visited the Ramon Crater and met our Bedouins. Guess who? My old Bedouin man and his many children and camels and … Fred the Camel. Fred the Camel was the camel only for me, according the Bedouin. Damn him and his camel. The same for the Juniors. I will cook them and feed them to Fred the camel. Never met something so smelly and with such awful sounds he makes when he sees me. Always in a bad mood too. And he bites. And tries to throw me off when I finally manage to climb on his back.

Experience Eilat's Mountains

We moved to the desert with the group on the back of the camels. I knew that the Bedouin with his many children were waiting somewhere with jeeps. They suppose to pick us up tomorrow evening for a big party with the Bedouins. That evening we finally could sleep at 3 am, after I translated again the campfire stories of the old Bedouin. Instead of his usual horror theme, he was telling about the old caravans of ancient times, who were stranded in the middle of the desert and were forced to eat their own camels … and scorpions and other insects to survive.

Experience Eilat's Mountains

I changed the story and translation somewhat (the man speaks only Arabic) and told the group that camel meat tasted just like what we all ate that evening (we ate lamb). The woman who discovered (at the beginning of the tour) that she was pregnant started to puke and the Bedouin who didn’t understand English was looking at me and pointed threatening at Fred the camel and shook slowly his head, frowning and all that jazz.

So he was telling another story about the young Bedouin woman, who fell in love with a boy her age from another tribe, while her father promised her to someone else (three times her age). He translated dutifully, but every time I wanted to make his story sound more … juicy (?), the old Bedouin man (who didn’t understand English?) was pausing and frowning at me. No fun like that.

Under the stars of the desert, it would quiet anyone, so impressive it was. The old Bedouin suddenly had deep knowledge of the stars and demonstrated it. He was trying to explain to us how you could navigate in the desert and with only the stars.

The next morning was a disaster. Fred the camel managed to bite me straight in my behind and couldn’t sit very well any more after that. According Junior, Fred’s teeth were visible for days after that. It seems to be funny for the group though.

Eilat
Eilat

When we finally arrived at our hotel in Eilat, I could find relieve there. For whatever reason, the group tipped the Bedouin man extra! Not fair. They can’t handle some teasing? Especially when everyone was calling me Sheik.

Hilton Eilat Queen Of Sheba Hotel
Hilton Eilat Queen Of Sheba Hotel

I skip the tour here to the tenth day and we are in Jericho. Until then we survived, we didn’t pick additional guests up in our group, we didn’t loose anyone, neither additional goats or any other animals, my behind was alright again and could sit (tenderly). We still were using Fat Bertha the bus and the Beast our driver was still happy. I couldn’t exchange my juniors for camels or goats, so they were still there, looking wearily at me when I could prank them back.

Tel al-Sultan near Jericho
Tel al-Sultan near Jericho

But now we arrived in Jericho and that’s a special place in Israel. Not only it’s the oldest place you can find anywhere in Israel and surroundings, but also very mysterious. There were so many cultures and civilizations arriving and disappearing in Jericho over the many thousands of years, nobody really could even count them. There are hundreds of layers of different buildings built once in Jericho and the archeologists are still counting.

The Canaan were a bunch of wild people, who believed in all kind of gods, who are now classified as demons or devils. So everyone was interested in my horror stories and that I did. So they were already in the proper mood for the Mount of Temptation!

Mount of Temptation
Mount of Temptation

Then we came to the Mount of Temptation near Jericho, where everyone was highly impressed about my strange stories. They wanted to see proof and so we did. We didn’t take the cable cars but walked and climbed the mountain.

Mount of Temptation, the mountain and the monastery
Mount of Temptation, the mountain and the monastery

Half way some people were murmuring something bad of course, until we reached the promised caves and showed them the scratches the devil once had made thousands of years ago, when Jesus was tempted by the same devil to make bread from stone. I showed them the caves of the hermits of old, who dedicated their lives to live there and to pray, never talked to anyone else anymore for more then 40 years.

Or the Hermit who became mad after seven years in a narrow cave and who received food from people from Jericho. He became too fat to exit his cave and he died there. His spirit still haunts the cave, some believe.

Mount of Temptation, inside in the monastery
Mount of Temptation, inside in the monastery

When we finally arrived at the Monastery, everyone was looking a bit sketchy, especially my two Juniors. The Monastery is amazing where you can see the personal cells of the Monks still working there. It’s still not too late to allow the Juniors to dump them there for some month or so, I was joking of course, but one Junior thought I meant it. Ha!

At day 12 we said good bye to everyone. All went well after the disasters at the beginning when suddenly our group grew from 30 till 50. Nobody bought or smuggled any goat or camel, nobody destroyed or ate a room, I got finally my revenge on my Juniors and I had one happy large group of people who felt bad that they needed to go home.

I still have my hair (mostly), I will not see Fred the camel for at least one week and I’m dead on my feet. Now I go back home to see if my wife is still there.

I also discovered that Eddie (‘The Beast’) decided to sleep in Fat Bertha his new bus when I finally came home. My wife hid my phone after that, so I could not help him out. I discovered the day after that he changed our old new bus with Fat Bertha and the bus company was not happy.

Entertainment in Israel

day-tours  GIFMany say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.

High culture is catered for by a fine modern opera house, several theaters, and a busy dance and performing arts center. Popular culture is supported by myriad bars, clubs and live music venues. Elsewhere, there is far less going on. Down on the Red Sea coast and in Sinai, entertainment is largely limited to bars and nightclubs.

Information
The Jerusalem Post and the English-language edition of the newspaper Ha-Aretz, both of which are available throughout Israel, carry daily entertainment listings. Both also have extensive cultural supplements on Fridays with detailed listings of events for the week to come. There is also an English-language listings magazine Time Out Tel Aviv published every two months and available free at certain bars and hotels. Tourist offices also have abundant events magazines.

Classical Music

Classical Music
Classical Music

The Israel Philharmonic, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, is based in Tel Aviv at the Performing Arts Center.

The neighboring Tel Aviv Museum of Art also hosts regular chamber music concerts and other classical events in its Recanati Hall. Smaller venues include the Felicia Blumenthal Center and Einav Cultural Center, both of which host local and international classical musicians.

In the village of Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, young musicians give free recitals of chamber music every Friday at noon from October to May at the Fountain of the Virgin in the Targ Center.

Click here for more and complete information about classical music in Israel.

Opera

Jerusalem Opera Festival - Nabucco
Jerusalem Opera Festival – Nabucco

Tel Aviv’s Performing Arts Center is home to the New Israeli Opera, a world-class company, which puts on four or five new productions a year. The center also frequently hosts visiting productions from Europe and America.

Click here for all Opera related articles and lists of Operas in Israel.

Rock, Jazz and Blues

Jazz in Israel
Jazz in Israel

Local rock bands of variable quality perform most nights at Camelot and Ha-Bima Club, and also at Mike’s Place, which is a foreigner-friendly bar down on the seafront. Benchmark is a relative newcomer featuring live music in the bar-saturated area of Nakhalat Binyamin. This might be good or bad, depending on your point of view. At one side, it’s good, because everything is in a few places, but on the other side it’s very disappointing compared with the rest of the world.

For hardcore fans who are prepared to travel, Barbie mixes Israeli rock with Russian hard rock. Cafe Henrietta, Coffee House and Green Racoon, all of which are in  central Tel Aviv, all feature jazz at least one night a week.

Click here for an overview about anything to do with rock, jazz and blues music in Israel.

Click here for the rest of the modern music in Israel.

Bars and Clubs

Tel Aviv night life
Tel Aviv night life

In Tel Aviv, the main cluster of bars is in the Nakhalat Binyamin district, particularly around the southern end of Rothschild Avenue and AAL illenblum. The venue that has young hipsters queuing outside every night is Nanuchka, a rowdy but classy bar-restaurant with surreal decor and a permanent party vibe. Around the corner, the splendidly named Betty Ford is a New York-style bar with a SoHo-style buzz. There are also plenty of good late-night spots around the Cinematheque on Ha-Arbaa Street and up in the Old Port area, which is where you’ll find Hannah’le, a bar with a wooden deck jutting out over the water.

Also up at the Old Port are a couple of super clubs, including long-time favorite the Fifth Dimension. However, perhaps the most fascinating and singular club is Ha-
Hamman, a strikingly beautiful, converted Turkish bathhouse in Jaffa. For something more casual and laidback, there’s Mike’s Place down near the seafront in central Tel Aviv or the Gordon Inn, a local pub with a pool table and a reliably
friendly crowd.

In Sinai, bars and clubs are generally found in the many resort hotels.

Dance

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater
Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater

The internationally-known Bat Sheva company is the mainstay of modern Israeli dance. There are no classical ballet companies in Israel, but contemporary dance is very much alive here. The focal point of dance activity is the Suzanne Dellal Center, a superb, old Ottoman building at the heart of the historic, southern Tel Aviv district of Neve Tzedek, which has benefited from extensive architectural renewal.

In Jerusalem, dance can be seen at the Center for Performing Arts in the Jerusalem Sherover Theater complex, while Jewish and Arabic folk dancing performances take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings in the YMCA auditorium.

Click here for a list of dance related articles.

Theater

Eilat’s Isrotel Theater
Eilat’s Isrotel Theater

Plays in Israel are almost always performed in Hebrew (or, less commonly, Arabic), although some of the bigger theaters such as Tel Aviv’s Ha-Bima Theater and New Cameri Theater (and Jerusalem’s Sherover Theater) have headphones providing English-language translation for some performances, though there are a lot of performances in English as well. Productions, in all cases, range from revivals of the classics of world drama (both old and modern) to first-run stagings of new Israeli plays.

There are several theater festivals throughout the year in Israel, the most exciting of which is the Acre Fringe Theater Festival, which stages some performances in the city’s subterranean Crusader halls.

Click here for all theater related articles.

Cinema

Cinema City Jerusalem
Cinema City Jerusalem

Foreign films shown in Israel are not dubbed, but carry Hebrew subtitles. Cinemas
are plentiful, especially in Tel Aviv, where complexes such as the Rav-Chen 1–5 are
modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. They tend to screen first-run Hollywood
fare. The Cinematheques, of which there is one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv, specialize in art-house and independent films, as well as holding themed seasons
and retrospectives.

Israel’s biggest movie theater complex is Cinema City, which has 21 auditoriums and three 3D screens.

  1. Cinema City Jerusalem (8/20/2016) - 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 hall for conferences, a cinema museum and many other attractions.
  2. Davidson Center (8/19/2016) - The center was built into the basement of an eighth-century building, scrupulously preserving and enhancing it. As you follow the winding ramp downward, artwork and archaeological finds take you back through the ages, and you’ll meet colorful figures of Jerusalem’s exploration in days gone by. A ten-minute, high-definition digital video ingeniously interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with that of present-day visitors.
  3. Ein Yael (8/20/2016) - Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds instructional-experiential workshops for schoolchildren and youth on material culture in ancient times.
  4. Entertainment for Children in Israel (9/28/2016) - In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits. Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks. On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.
  5. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016 Entertainment in Israel (9/28/2016) - Many say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.
  6. Family and Children Tour 10 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch.
  7. Family and Children Tour 12 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada, Negev and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German, and Dutch.
  8. Festival BeShekel 2016 Festival BeShekel 2016 – Two days for Free – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Thousands of people descend on Monfort Lake Park in North Israel for a free 2-day festival. Founded in 2001, famous bands like Nechi Nech, Yemen Blues, and Yuval Dayan, perform alongside smaller local bands. There are also loads of events for the family, including shows, face painting, stalls, and lots of other activities.
  9. Haifa Film Festival 2016 – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - The Haifa International Film Festival is an annual film festival that takes place every autumn (between late September and late October), during the week-long holiday of Sukkot, in Haifa, Israel. The festival was inaugurated in 1983 and was the first of its kind in Israel.
  10. International Center Mary of Nazareth (8/18/2016) - Modern multimedia technology portrays the Virgin Mary’s role in salvation history at the Mary of Nazareth International Center, just across the street from the towering basilica that commemorates her agreement to become the mother of the Son of God.
  11. Jewish Film Festival 2016 Jewish Film Festival 2016 – December 2016 (9/15/2016) - The annual Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque explores a range of topics connected to the issue of Jewish identity are examined including: faith, art, culture, philosophy, music, food, lifestyle in Israel and in the Diaspora and the relationship between Judaism and other religions.
  12. Katzrin, Capital of the Golan (10/9/2016) - Katzrin (Qazrin), ‘capital of the Golan’, with 6,725 people living there, makes an excellent base for exploring the central Golan and stocking up on picnic supplies. Founded in 1977, it is the region’s only real town. The lively little commercial center, Merkaz Eitan, is a classic 1970s complex that was spruced up considerably in 2013 – adding a tile-covered sculpture that is as whimsical as it is colorful. In addition to a bank and some eateries, it has a first-rate museum. Everything closes on Shabbat.
  13. Kings City Eilat (8/15/2016) - Biblical amusement park. Caves depicting stages in King Solomon's life, an elevator to underground biblical scenes, 3-D movies, Hippopotamuses that spray water, water slides, mazes, an arcade and more. The park is closed on Saturdays and holidays.
  14. Jerusalem Day 2019 May 2019 – Jerusalem Day 2019 (2/7/2019) - Jerusalem Day is the day we celebrate the independence of the holy city, celebrations include huge parties, concerts, street parties and more! To get an idea of what Jerusalem Day looks like, check out last year’s list of events
  15. Sahek Ota, Emek Hefer (8/20/2016) - This huge fun park is the only water park in Israel that operates all year round, with water parks in the summer, and heated pools and play areas in the winter. Plenty of great activities for the kids, with an extreme water park, fair rides, video games, mini golf, the Himalaya Bridge, a gymboree, and other great things to enjoy! There’s also a small museum.
  16. Shaon Horef – Cultural Festival 2017 Shaon Horef – Cultural Festival 2017 – February 2017 (9/8/2016) - Every year, for 4 weeks in February, the Shaon Horef Cultural Festival transforms the streets of Jerusalem into a lively cultural venue full of surprises as thousands of young people come together for this exciting series of cultural happenings with more then 100 free events.
  17. Sounds of the Old City 2017 – March 2017 (9/8/2016) - Sounds of the Old City is a festival of international music inspired by the Old City quarters which are a focal point of Jerusalem’s culture and tourism. It allows visitors the exposure to the musical traditions found in the Old City of Jerusalem where special melodies both ancient and modern, played on a range of instruments and ensembles, create a collage of beautiful music.
  18. The French Film Festival The French Film Festival – March 2017 – April 2017 (9/8/2016) - French film is the most popular foreign film in Israel after English-language film, consistently drawing the largest number of viewers, with a larger number of films being brought to Israel from France than from any other country.
  19. The Opera at Zappa - Pretty Woman The Opera at Zappa – Pretty Woman – September 2016 (1/7/2016) - Opera and movies is a winning combination. From Pretty Woman to The Fifth Element, from James Bond to Mission Impossible opera has served as a great soundtrack for the great movies of all time. An evening of operatic soundtracks from La boheme to La traviata with an addition of great film songs from Goldfinger, Breakfast at Tiffnay’s and more.
  20. The Tour from Hell (10/1/2016) - This tour was the tour from hell ... for me. For the group absolutely not, because they had loads of fun, costing me my hair of course. We are talking about a tour, which shows what Israel actually is, a mixture of culture, adventure, exploration and Israeli sights in all the major touristic centers of Israel. This article is part of the Tour Guide Diaries September 2016.
  21. Tower of David (8/19/2016) - Fortress within the walls of the Old City which is a complex of towers surrounded by a wall and a moat. The archaeological park in the courtyard of the fortress contains ancient remains. The Tower of David museum on the history of Jerusalem operates in the halls of the fortress. A special night show on the story of Jerusalem throughout the generations takes place in the evenings in the courtyard of the museum.
  22. Tower of David Nightly Light Show Spectacle Gallery (10/5/2016) - The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.

Spectator sports
Football is by far the most popular sport throughout the Holy Land. Two teams from Jerusalem play in Israel’s premier league, Beitar and Ha-Poel, and matches take place in the new Teddy Stadium at Malkha in West Jerusalem.

Basketball is the next most popular sport. The Jerusalem team, Ha-Poel, plays in the Sports Arena near the Teddy Stadium, while the Maccabee Tel Aviv plays at the Yad Eliahu Arena just off the Ayalon highway.

Swimming

Speedo Sea of Galilee Swim 2016
Speedo Sea of Galilee Swim 2016

Almost all the large hotels have outdoor swimming pools; the YMCA in Jerusalem
also has an indoor pool. You can also swim all year round at the Jerusalem Swimming Pool, in the German Colony district, south of the center. The Red Sea is warm enough for year-round swimming, although most resort hotels also have swimming pools. Swimming in the Mediterranean is fine in summer but it’s too cold
from around October to April.

Children

In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits.
Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.

But there is so much more for children and their entertainment.

Directory

CLASSICAL MUSIC

  • Einav Cultural Centre, 71 Ibn Gvirol St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 521 7763.
  • Felicia Blumenthal Centre 26 Bialik St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 620 1185. http://www.fbmc.co.il
  • King Hussein Cultural Centre Omar Matar St, El-Muhajareen, Amman. Tel (06) 473 9953.
  • Performing Arts Centre 19 Ha-Melekh Shaul Ave, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 692 7777.
  • Royal Cultural Centre Al-Malekah Alia St, Shmeisani, Amman. Tel (06) 566 1026.
  • Targ Centre Ein Kerem, near Jerusalem. Tel (02) 641 4250. http://www.klassi.net/targ
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art 27 Ha-Melekh Shaul Ave, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 696 1297. http://www.tamuseum.com

OPERA

ROCK, JAZZ AND BLUES

  • Barbie 52 Kibbutz Gayulot St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 518 8123.
  • Benchmark37 Nakhalat Binyamin St,Tel Aviv.
  • Cafe Henrietta 186 Arlozorov St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 691 1715.
  • Camelot16 Shalom Aleichem St,Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 629 8666.
  • Coffee House88 Dizengoff St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 528 0565.
  • Green Racoon 186 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 529 8513.
  • Ha-Bima ClubBasement, 2 Tarsat St,Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 528 2174.
  • Mike’s Place86 Herbert Samuel, TelAviv.Tel (052) 670 965.

BARS AND CLUBS

  • Betty Ford 48 Nakhalat Binyamin St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 510 0650.
  • Big Fellow Irish Pub Abdoun Circle, Amman. Tel (06) 593 4766.
  • Cave Bar Behind the Visitors’ Centre, Petra. Tel (03) 215 6266.
  • Champions Amman Marriott, Isam el-Ajlouni St, Shmeisani, Amman. Tel (06) 560 7607.
  • Fifth Dimension Old Port, Tel Aviv. Tel (052) 242 5891.
  • Gordon Inn 17 Gordon St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 523 8239.
  • Ha-Hammam 10 Mifraz Shlomo St, Jaffa. Tel (03) 681 3261.
  • Hannah’le Old Port, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 488 4884.
  • Living RoomMohammed HusseinHeikal St, Amman.Tel (06) 465 5988.
  • Nanuchka28 Lilenblum St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 516 2254.

DANCE

  • Jerash Festival Jerash Festival Office, Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 567 5199. http://www.jerashfestival.com.jo
  • Suzanne Dellal Centre 5 Yehieli St, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 510 5656.
  • YMCA King David St, Jerusalem. Tel (02) 569 2692.

THEATER

CINEMA

  • Century Cinemas 3rd Circle, Jebel Amman, Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 461 3200.
  • Cinema CityGilot Junction, Tel Aviv.Tel (1-700) 702 25.
  • GalleriaAbdoun Circle,Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 593 4793. Rav-Chen 1-5
  • Opera Towers, 1 AllenbySt, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 510 2674.
  • Tel AvivCinematheque 2 Sprinzhak St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 606 0800.

SPECTATOR SPORTS

  • Jordan International Stadium Shmeisani, Amman.
  • Teddy Stadium Agudat Sport Beitar, Malkha, West Jerusalem. Tel (02) 678 8320.
  • Yad Eliahu Arena 51 Yigal Allon St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 537 6376.

SWIMMING

  • Jerusalem Swimming Pool 43 Emek Refaim St. Tel (02) 563 2092.

CHILDREN

  • Children’s Museum 1 Mifratz Shlomo St, Holon, Israel Tel (03) 650 3000.
  • Mini Israel Kibbutz Nacsho, Latrun, Israel Tel (08) 922 2444.
  • Ramat Gan Safari Zoo Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 631 3531.

Entertainment for Children in Israel

In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits.
Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.

But there is so much more for children and their entertainment.


  1. 120 Minute Walk around West Jerusalem (9/14/2016) - The heart of West Jerusalem, centered on Jaffa Road, was largely developed during the years of the British Mandate (1917–1948). So, while it is nowhere near as ancient as the Old City, it does carry a weight of recent history related to the founding of the Jewish state of Israel. Aside from the scattering of historic buildings and monuments, this is also the heart of the modern city, with pedestrianized streets of cafés, restaurants and shops, cultural centers and busy markets. It is a highly rewarding area to explore.
  2. 120-Minute Walk around the Old City Walls (9/14/2016) - The Old City of Jerusalem may occupy a relatively small area geographically, but its compactness and uneven topography make it a frequently confusing place to explore. One good way to gain an overview is to take to the ramparts and view the crush of alleys, domes and towers from the top of the walls that enclose them. Visitors can walk along two sections of wall: from Jaffa Gate clockwise to St Stephen’s Gate, and from Jaffa Gate anti-clockwise to the Dung Gate. The section between St Stephen’s Gate and the Dung Gate is closed to the public. Many steep flights of steps mean that this is not a walk for the elderly or infirm.
  3. 18 Zoos in Israel (8/22/2016) - Here you can find a collection of 18 zoos in Israel. Behind each zoo you see a telephone number you must use before you are going to visit the zoo.
  4. 24 Clean Beaches In Israel (8/22/2016) - If you’re out there wondering if any of Israel’s gorgeous beaches are environmentally friendly, wonder no more! 21 beaches – and 3 marinas – in Israel have recently been awarded the Blue Flag by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) for environmental excellence! So, yes, you can swim, surf, and frolic knowing you’re in safe, environmentally clean hands!
  5. 27 Amusement Parks (8/20/2016) - Twenty seven amusement parks for the family, from the north to the south of Israel.
  6. 38 Amusement And Theme Parks in Israel (8/23/2016) - Someone said that there are not many amusement parks in Israel. Ah! She was so wrong. Here we have 38 amusement and theme parks.
  7. 52 Churches in Jerusalem (9/1/2016) - A post about churches mainly in Jerusalem, Israel. Here we talk about the well known and the unknown churches and monasteries in Jerusalem and direct surrounding of this ancient city.
  8. 9 Farm Tours For Families (8/20/2016) - We have nine farm tours for people with families, but it's more then okay to come without children too. This collection of farm tours is special, because it covers a variety of farm types. Please consider the farm tours in the south (desert).
  9. Abandoned Historical Elizabeth Hotel in Tiberias (9/5/2016) - In 1929, Hotel Feingold (later named Elizabeth Hotel) was officially opened with 80 guest rooms and a theater and a cinema. The inauguration party of the Elizabeth Theater was the colorful event of the decade in Tiberias, and maybe throughout the duration of the British mandate that time. Jews and Arabs, religious leaders and the senior leadership of the mandatory power came to see this beautiful and luxurious hotel. Today the building is almost a wreck.
  10. Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival Oct 2016 (9/5/2016) - The Abu-Gosh Festival is the leading and most important festival in the Israeli vocal music scene. The Festival has existed in its present layout since 1992, and it takes place twice a year – on Succoth and Shavuoth – lasting between three to five days each time.
  11. Al-Aqsa Mosque (9/2/2016) - The Al-Aqsa Mosque, constructed 20 years after the nearby Dome of the Rock, has a spacious interior, divided by columns into seven aisles, allows room for more than 4000 Muslims to worship. According the Muslims, the whole area of the Temple Mount, including all its minor domes, chapels and colonnades, is regarded as a mosque. For Muslims, it's Islam’s third holiest site (after Mecca and Medina).
  12. Allenby street, Tel Aviv (8/21/2016) - Allenby Street stretches from the Mediterranean sea in the northwest to HaAliya Street in the southeast. It was first paved with concrete in 1914. During the day, it is a commercial street with many small businesses and clothing stores. At night it becomes a hub of nightlife, known for its cafes, pubs and restaurants.
  13. Amirim near Mountain Meron – The Battle between Fruit and Wine (10/7/2016) - West of Tsfat, antenna-topped Mt Meron (1204m), Israel’s second-tallest peak (after Mt Hermon), looms over the Dalton Plateau and scattered Jewish, Druze and Arab villages. Until recently, the area was planted with deciduous fruit trees such as pear and apple, but more and more land is being given over to grapevines for the thriving wineries of Ramat Dalton, sometimes called (with some exaggeration) the ‘Israeli Napa Valley’ or ‘Israel’s Tuscany’. Oh, one word of warning! This is the 'land of the not-meat eating communities'.
  14. Ancient Sebastiya, rooted from Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine Cultures (9/21/2016) - The ancient city Sebastiya is rooted from Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine Cultures. Currently, Sebastiya is falling under Palestinian rule, located about 12 kilometers northwest of Nablus, to the east of the road to Jenin. Currently, only two religions are making claims: the Christians and Muslims alike honor a connection to John the Baptist. The Romans used this site to worship the Roman empire! And earlier then all of them, this site was being used for the worship of Phoenician gods by the Canaanites (Baal and Astarte).
  15. Arad, the Town where there is nothing to do, except … (10/7/2016) - A popular base for those visiting nearby Masada, Arad sits on a high plateau between Be’er Sheva and the Dead Sea. There are no sights worthy of mention in the town. With other words, when you're looking for a place to eat or sleep when you're visiting the Dead Sea, this is the town for you.
  16. Arava Antelope Ranch (8/22/2016) - They imported 140 antelopes from four species: Kudu, Blesbok, Impala and Springbok. Besides the above mentioned antelope species, we keep also eland gemsbok, addax, wildebeest, Nubian ibex, barbary sheep, mouflon (Cameroon sheep), pygmy goat, red deer and Sika deer, and the highly endangered African wild ass.
  17. Archaeology Museums in Israel (8/23/2016) - Israel is a country with a rich history. That's an understatement. It's a country built and grown of an unbelievable unique and exotic history, which made Israel as it is today and influences civilizations today
  18. Avdat National Park (8/21/2016) - Avdat, also known as Abdah and Ovdat and Obodat, is a site of a ruined Nabataean city in the Negev desert in southern Israel. It was the most important city on the Incense Route after Petra, between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE
  19. Avraham’s Well (8/22/2016) - The well is 12 feet across and 50 feet deep. Its top 28 feet are lined with stones, set, probably, at the time of the Byzantine settlement. After that it is hewn in bedrock. In 19th-century representations, one sees grooves in the stones, made by the ropes of the water haulers.
  20. Baila Brazil – November 2016 (9/7/2016) - The dance company that was founded by three friends from the slums and favelas is wowing audiences all over the world in a show pulsatingwith Brazilian soul. Baila Brazil (Bal’e de Rua) that began in the neighborhoods and favelas of Uberlandia, a smallish town in the center of Brazil, is making its Israeli debut with a show that’s a fascinating journey to the heart and soul of Afro-Brazil.
  21. Banias Spring (8/17/2016) - A peaceful spot for prayer and reflection, Caesarea Philipi is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Israel. See where Jesus cured the woman from Paneas and asked the disciples who they thought he was. Visit the Crusader tower and a still-active water mill.
  22. Battles through time at the Valley of Ayalon (8/22/2016) - Historically and archeologically, this 40 sq km. (15 sq.mi.) valley is a very important area. A tour in the valley is a succession of stories about biblical, historical and modern events and battles over the two traditional roads to Jerusalem.
  23. Be’erotayim (8/22/2016) - Two Wells, Ezuz - A desert Oasis named after Moses and Aaron. Remains from the Bronze and Iron Age periods, Nabatean period, and Ottoman railway. An oasis south of Nitzana, where its two wells (named after Moses and Aaron) gave the name of the place as "two wells".
  24. Beaches of Eilat (10/26/2016) - Beaches and water sport are the dominating swimming activities in Eilat and in this article you will see what you can do here and what beaches we are talking about. In Eilat, there are two types of beach/water-tourists; those who love to swim in the Red Sea and those who prefer the water pools of their hotel.
  25. Be’er Sheba (8/21/2016) - The capital of the Negev, the Old City, the university, the Turkish railway station, and the Bedouin market represent only a part of the colorful mosaic offered by the city of Be’er Sheba, a city full of life and proud of itself, as you will be told by any of its 185,000 inhabitants.
  26. Bedouin Chicken Market (8/21/2016) - This is the gallery about the Bedouin Chicken Market in Be-er Sheva. They call it the Bedouin trade market, like the Bedouin Goat Market. and the 'normal' Bedouin market. And it's not only chickens they 'trade'! When you as tourist visit the market and you're female, please dress appropriate to avoid problems (cover your head, elbows and knees).
  27. Beit Alpha Synagogue (10/20/2016) - No one was more surprised than the members of Kibbutz Heftzibah when they went out to dig an irrigation channel in 1928 and uncovered a stunning, Byzantine-era (6th-century) mosaic floor. Further excavation revealed the rest of the Beit Alpha Synagogue, whose extraordinarily mosaics are among the most evocative of ages past ever found in Israel. The three mosaic panels depict traditional Jewish symbols such as a Torah ark, two menorahs (seven-branched candelabras) and a shofar (ram’s horn) alongside a spectacular, 12-panel zodiac circle, a pagan element if there ever was one. At the bottom, above inscriptions in Aramaic and Hebrew, Jacob (holding a knife) is shown about to sacrifice his son Isaac, alongside the ram that God (represented by a hand from heaven) sent to be sacrificed in the boy's stead; each character is labelled in Hebrew. A 14-minute film (in six languages), projected above and onto the mosaic, provides an excellent introduction. Wheelchair accessible.
  28. Bejart Ballet Lausanne Bejart Ballet Lausanne – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Two programs presented by one of the best dance companies around the world. The Bolero is one of Bejart’s all time masterpieces and Ballet for Life was created to commemorate the untimely death of Freddie Mercury, Jorge Donn (a dancer in the Bejart company) and designer Gianni Versace, all of whom died too young for love.
  29. Ben-Gurion House in Tel Aviv (8/21/2016) - One of the smallest museums and likely the most overlooked is Ben-Gurion House, a historic house museum at 17 Ben-Gurion Boulevard that served as an additional residence for Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Visitors can see Ben-Gurion’s library, his family’s sleeping quarters and the study where he worked. Take a free guided tour of the house and learn about Ben-Gurion’s life work.
  30. Ben-Gurion’s Grave (8/21/2016) - David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973), Israel’s first prime minister, dreamed of settling the Negev and making the desert bloom. Practicing what he preached, after he retired he moved to the Negev and became a member of Kibbutz Sde Boker and a shepherd. The state of Israel fulfilled Ben-Gurion’s wish to be buried in the Negev he loved, rather than in Jerusalem like Israel’s other leaders. The tomb of David and Paula Ben Gurion, surrounded by a beautiful arid-land park, offers a breathtaking view of the Tsin Valley.
  31. Bet Yerah, House of the Moon (8/21/2016) - The archaeological site of Bet Yarah ('house of the moon', also known as Khirbet Kerak) is not mentioned in either Biblical or Egyptian records, but excavations here have uncovered evidence of a settlement dating from the Bronze Age right through to the period of Arab rule. There are well-preserved remains of fourth- and fifth-century AD baths, and also the remains of a Roman fort from the third century AD. There is also a fifth-century three-aisled synagogue and a Byzantine church.
  32. Bethany (9/21/2016) - This was the city where Jesus found friendship with Martha, Mary and Lazarus. It's also the place where Jesus resurrected Lazarus from death and finally, it's the place where we can find the Tomb of Lazarus.
  33. Bethlehem (9/2/2016) - Bethlehem, is located at about 9km south of Jerusalem and is celebrated by billions of Christians all over the world as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. In Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus in a cave normally used for animals. Here the local shepherds came to worship the baby, and here the Three Wise Men from the east came to pay homage and present their gifts
  34. Bethlehem’s Manger Square (8/20/2016) - The site of Christ's birth may well have been a cave, much like the cave in which his body was buried, or a stable, among the animals. In either case, it was a place provided by others. He entered the world as he left it, without wealth or status.
  35. Biblical Zoo (8/20/2016) - A family destination and Israel’s biggest tourist attraction, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo covers over 62 acres of stunning terrain in the south of Jerusalem. The park centers on a vast man-made lake complete with waterfalls and side pools, surrounded by spacious lawns and shaded beauty spots with 2,200 animals and different 271 species.
  36. Birkat Hakohanim – the Priestly Blessing – October 2016 (9/8/2016) - In Israel, the priestly blessing takes place daily in every synagogue across the country. But twice a year, once during Passover and once during Sukkot, a mass priestly blessing is held at the Western Wall.
  37. Capernaum (8/21/2016) - At Capernaum – known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1) – “walking where Jesus walked” takes on a thrilling new meaning. As you sit on the stone benches of Capernaum’s ancient synagogue, you’ll be reminded that right here, Jesus taught (Mark 1:21; John 6:59) and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit (Mark 1:23-27).
  38. Carmel Market (8/21/2016) - The Carmel Market in Tel Aviv is one of the must-sees in Tel Aviv. If you want a taste of the real Israel, this is the place to go. It’s also an amazing place to visit, and the sights, sounds and smells make it a place you won’t forget in a hurry.
  39. Catholic Church of St. Catherine (8/20/2016) - The Church of St. Catherine is a Catholic church and Franciscan monastery connected to the mostly Orthodox Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The church is said to be built on the site of Christ's appearance to St. Catherine of Alexandria and his prediction of her martyrdom (c.310 AD).
  40. Catholic Pilgrimage, 8 days (8/29/2016) - A fascinating 8-day Catholic Pilgrimage tour for individuals and groups, combining visits to sacred Christian sites with other historical attractions. For options and other relevant information, ask Wim and see his rates.
  41. Catholic Tour Israel – 3 days (8/23/2016) - This tour is for Catholic visitors to the Holy Land. It will bring you to the Sea of Galilee in the footsteps of Jesus, followed by Nazareth, Haifa and Jerusalem. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  42. Catholic Tour Israel – 5 days (8/23/2016) - This tour is for Catholic visitors to the Holy Land. It will bring you to the Sea of Galilee in the footsteps of Jesus, followed by Nazareth, Haifa, Acre and Jerusalem, where we stay for two days. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  43. Chai Negev (8/23/2016) - Chai Negev is an educational activity center located in Kibbutz Revivim – one of the first settlements in Ramat Negev. At Chai Negev the goal is to bring children closer to the natural world around them in a way that is direct and enjoyable in order to raise their awareness of their environment and heighten their sensitivity to what goes on in it.
  44. Children’s Memorial (8/20/2016) - This unique memorial, hollowed out from an underground cavern, is a tribute to the approximately 1.5 million Jewish children who were murdered during the Holocaust. Memorial candles, a customary Jewish tradition to remember the dead, are reflected infinitely in a dark and somber space, creating the impression of millions of stars shining in the firmament. The names of murdered children, their ages and countries of origin can be heard in the background.
  45. Chorazin – the Cursed City (9/2/2016) - People of the city Chorazin lived within sight of Bethsaida and Capernaum, two of the other cities in what has become known as the “evangelical triangle”, because most of Jesus teachings and miracles occurred there.
  46. Church of Notre Dame, Luxurious Guesthouse and Pilgrim Center (8/30/2016) - Opposite the Old City, this historic, Vatican-owned guesthouse and pilgrim center built in the 19th century is an 8-minute walk from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Tower of David history museum.
  47. Church of St Catherine of Alexandria (8/30/2016) - The midnight Mass beamed from Bethlehem to television viewers worldwide on Christmas Eve is celebrated in the Church of St Catherine of Alexandria. This 19th-century church adjoins the 6th-century Church of the Nativity, built over the cave where Jesus was born.
  48. Church of the Nativity (10/3/2016) - The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches.
  49. Church of the Twelve Apostles (8/21/2016) - Well worth a visit, this beautiful red-domed church is a major landmark along the Sea of Galilee. It was built in 1925 by the Greek Orthodox Church and has an interior of beautiful icons. The garden here is a shady spot to escape the heat of the midday sun.
  50. Cinema City Jerusalem (8/20/2016) - 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 hall for conferences, a cinema museum and many other attractions.
  51. Circolombia Circolombia – August 2017 (9/7/2016) - Circolombia give us a peak into authentic Colombia. A circus of senses, combining song and dance throughout the show . The company presents us with the life-style of the streets of Colombia, where for many young people, music, dance and in recent years circus, are a substitute for dangerous street life.
  52. Cirque Éloize Cirque Éloize – November 2016 (9/7/2016) - A young, energetic, breathtaking, sinister and dream like show in which the circus meets the hustle and bustle of city life replete with young people full with love and hate and street battles.
  53. Gate of the Chain Clair, the Red Headed Ghost of Jerusalem (9/26/2016) - Or the sick who became a ghost? The change of title depends on your perspective of a very funny and mysterious (at first) story I've to tell you about a recent so called low-budget tour in September 2016.
  54. Classical Israeli-Gems Tour, 10 Days – from $767 per person all in. (10/4/2016) - This tour is for visitors to the Israel. It will bring you to Jerusalem, followed by Jericho, Bethlehem, Masada, Dead Sea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Tel Aviv and visit 65 sights. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch. This is an Israeli Gem tour and that means that the guide will show you the special side for each sight of the tour. This is now the normal tourist tour.
  55. Classical Israeli-Gems Tour, 7 Days – from $537 per person all in. (10/4/2016) - This tour is for visitors to the Israel. It will bring you to Jerusalem, followed by Masada, Dead Sea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Tel Aviv and visit 44 sights. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch. This is an Israeli Gem tour and that means that the guide will show you the special side for each sight of the tour. This is now the normal tourist tour.
  56. Classical Music in Israel (9/28/2016) - The Israel Philharmonic, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, is based in Tel Aviv at the Performing Arts Center. The neighboring Tel Aviv Museum of Art also hosts regular chamber music concerts and other classical events in its Recanati Hall. Smaller venues include the Felicia Blumenthal Center and Einav Cultural Center, both of which host local and international classical musicians. In the village of Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, young musicians give free recitals of chamber music every Friday at noon from October to May at the Fountain of the Virgin in the Targ Center.
  57. Coral Beach Nature Reserve (8/15/2016) - Coral Beach Nature Reserve, south of Eilat, borders on a 1200-meter coral long reef, which both divers and snorkelers enjoy (equipment rental on-site). Behind the 3-4 meter deep primary reef, with its colorful garden-like formations and fish, is a sand bar and then the magnificent 35-meter deep coral wall. There are over 270 species of coral in this underwater jungle and over 2,500 species of underwater life – some unique to the Red Sea
  58. Crocodiles at Hamat Gader (8/22/2016) - The crocodile farm is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. Nearly 200 alligators, crocodiles, caimans and the endangered Indian gharial live in the various enclosures in the farm. The large, mature adults are housed in an open pond area where floating bridges crisscross to allow visitors to see the toothy predators up close. In addition, alligator feeding in shown during the summer months.
  59. Crocoloco Crocodile Farm (8/15/2016) - The Crocoloco Crocodile Farm at the Ein Hatzeva Junction in the Arava is a unique desert farm for growing African Nile crocodiles, which combines both agriculture and tourism. The farm was established in 2006, and raises crocodiles which will be exported to Europe.
  60. Map of Middle East: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria Crossing the borders with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel (10/8/2016) - The borders between Israel and the two countries with which it has signed peace treaties, Egypt and Jordan, are open to both tourists and locals. The borders between Israel and the two counties which it didn't sign any peace treaties, Syria and Lebanon, are not open to anyone. This article tells about all the relevant and detailed information you need to access Egypt and/or Jordan for tourists.
  61. Culture Square (8/21/2016) - Tel Aviv is Israel’s culture city. Most of the museums, orchestras, theaters, art galleries, dance venues and music halls come with an entry fee, however. To get a taste of the city’s arts scene, head over to Culture Square at the end of Rothschild Boulevard.
  62. Curtain Up Modern Dance Festival – November 2016 (9/6/2016) - For independent choreographers not working with a company, Curtain Up Festival is the event they can get out there and be discovered by more people. The Curtain Up Festival is a celebration of all on­stage arts: performers, producers, costume designers and more.
  63. Custom Tours specially made for you (8/24/2016) - The listed tours in this page is only a set of samples or templates for you to choose and/or mix with. Using those templates, you can easily create a itinerary, which will suit you, you family and/or group. Ask Wim to help you out.
  64. Cycle Kinneret 2016 – November 2016 (9/6/2016) - If you want to participate in the a race around the beautiful Kinneret but you are not one to jog­ Sovev Kinneret is the one race to attend. With 5 different routes to choose from, this event is truly suitable for anyone who likes to ride their bicycle. Available routes are: 65 Km (Full race around the Kinneret), 31 Km, 10 Km (Short lanes, meant for families and easy cyclers), 16 Km Mountain bike basic and the 30 Km Mountain bike challenge.
  65. Cycle Tel Aviv 2016 – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Cycle Tel Aviv is an annual event, happening around the holiday of Sukkot, where the weather is perfect for a ride. As the biggest cycling event in our country, Cycle Tel Aviv presents 3 different routes for you to choose from: The 8Km route for beginners or families, the 21Km route for bicyclers in good shape, the 40km route for experienced riders, and the master­ cycling route of 60Km. For cycling lovers­ this is the festival of the year!
  66. Damascus Gate (8/26/2016) - This most imposing of Jerusalem’s gateways also faces north and is named for the grand city from which Jerusalem’s rulers once came. It is always a busy thoroughfare, thanks to the bustling markets within. Below the 16th-century gate, archaeologists have uncovered part of the entryway built by Emperor Hadrian in the second century CE.
  67. Dance in Israel (9/28/2016) - The internationally-known Bat Sheva company is the mainstay of modern Israeli dance. There are no classical ballet companies in Israel, but contemporary dance is very much alive here. The focal point of dance activity is the Suzanne Dellal Center, a superb, old Ottoman building at the heart of the historic, southern Tel Aviv district of Neve Tzedek, which has benefited from extensive architectural renewal. In Jerusalem, dance can be seen at the Center for Performing Arts in the Jerusalem Sherover Theater complex, while Jewish and Arabic folk dancing performances take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings in the YMCA auditorium.
  68. Davidson Center (8/19/2016) - The center was built into the basement of an eighth-century building, scrupulously preserving and enhancing it. As you follow the winding ramp downward, artwork and archaeological finds take you back through the ages, and you’ll meet colorful figures of Jerusalem’s exploration in days gone by. A ten-minute, high-definition digital video ingeniously interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with that of present-day visitors.
  69. Day Tour Jerusalem (4/14/2019) - This tour is for any visitors to Jerusalem (or locals). This tour will bring you to all the important and well-known touristic sights the Jerusalem has to offer. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  70. Day Tour Sea of Galilee (8/23/2016) - This tour is for any visitors to Sea of Galilee (or locals). This tour will bring you to all the important and well-known touristic sights the Sea of Galilee and suroundings has to offer. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  71. Dead Sea (8/20/2016) - Known in the Bible as the “Salt Sea” or the “Sea of the Arabah,” this inland body of water is appropriately named because its high mineral content allows nothing to live in its waters.
  72. Deir Rafat Monastery (8/30/2016) - Deir Rafat also known as the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Palestine and of the Holy Land, is a Catholic monastery in central Israel. Located to the north-west of Beit Shemesh, between Givat Shemesh and kibbutz Tzora to the south and Kfar Uria to the north, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council.
  73. Dig For A Day (8/20/2016) - 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.
  74. Dizengoff Center (8/20/2016) - Dizengoff Center is a shopping mall at the intersection of Dizengoff Street and King George Street in Tel Aviv. The mall is named for Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. Dizengoff Center, designed by Israeli architect Yitzhak Yashar, was Israel's first mall. The center was built on the site of the Nordiya neighborhood.
  75. Dizengoff square (8/21/2016) - Dizengoff Square or Dizengoff Circus is an iconic public square in Tel Aviv, on the corner of Dizengoff Street, Reines Street and Pinsker Street. One of the city's main squares, it was built in 1934 and inaugurated in 1938. The square, built in 1934, was part of the original urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, and was designed by architect Genia Averbuch.
  76. Dizengoff Street (8/21/2016) - It’s Tel Aviv’s most famous boulevard, and over the years its fortunes have risen and fallen. Today it’s once again in the top spot as one of the city’s best streets to visit
  77. Dom Polski (9/1/2016) - Polish Catholic Monastery Albatiah Aqbat St. The name means: Polish Home. The monastery is subordinate to the Head of the Polish church in Warsaw, and a hostel for pilgrims is operated on site. The monastery is a large structure on Third Wall Street and an orphanage on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. The nuns commemorate Elizabeth, a Christian saint from the beginning of the 13th century who, after she was widowed at age 20, donated her capital to the poor and hospitals, and after her death became a symbol of Christian charity.
  78. Drinking & Nightlife in the Holy City Jerusalem (10/1/2016) - Jerusalem’s city center has loads of bars. The best are in the Mahane Yehuda Market area and in the vicinity of Zion Sq, on Rivlin, Ben Shatah, Helene HaMalka and Dorot Rishonim streets. East Jerusalem bars tend to be inside hotels, while the Old City is almost as dry as the Negev. You need some kind of manual in order to know what you can and can't do in the old city of Jerusalem, but when you know, nobody can't stop you having fun in a safe way.
  79. Dung gate Dung Gate (8/26/2016) - Jerusalem’s Old City walls, built in the early 16th century by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, have eight gates. All but one (the Gate of Mercy) still serve Jerusalemites and visitors streaming to its markets, and sacred and historic sites.
  80. Eating in Tel Aviv (9/13/2016) - Tel Aviv’s eating scene is both varied and exciting. Coinciding with the boutique makeover that the city is undergoing, there is a rising crop of ‘chef restaurants’ (i.e. those run by celebrity chefs), as well as an ever-growing number of swanky brasseries. But don’t worry if you're on a budget – there are still plenty of cheap street-food eateries and kiosks to choose from.
  81. Ecce Homo (9/2/2016) - The Ecce Homo Arch has a connection to St Paul. After Paul was seized by Jews while visiting the Temple, it was from the Antonia fortress that soldiers ran to rescue him and prevent a riot. And it was on the steps leading to the fortress that Paul addressed the crowd and avoided being flogged by announcing to a surprised tribune that he was a Roman citizen. Map.
  82. Eco-Tourism Tour, 12 days (11/6/2018) - Passionate about the environment? Tour Israel’s nature reserves, learn about farming in harsh conditions and visit sustainable-agriculture communities. This tour is focusing on Israel as an introduction tour. Nothing specialized, we try to make an attempt to show you as much as possible. I refer to the more specialized ecotours of Israel to see a specific aspect of the beauty of Israel in the other tours.
  83. Eifman Ballet Eifman Ballet – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Boris Eifman and his exceptional dancers return once again to the Opera House with two programs that have won accolades and acclaim in Israel and abroad: Red Giselle, Eifman’s own modern version of the classic Giselle ballet and Tender is the Night , which was enthusiastically received here in the company’s most recent visit.
  84. Eilat Botanical Garden and Organic Farm (8/20/2016) - A botanical garden in a city that gets virtually no rain? Yes, right near the entrance to Eilat, spread over wild desert hills, the Eilat Botanical Garden grows in the midst of the first organic farm in Israel. Filled with 1,000 species of fruit trees, ornamental trees, herbs, shrubs and flowers from around the world, with viewpoints overlooking the Red Sea and the Edom mountains, the garden has sign-posted paths, a reconstructed stream, lakes, waterfalls and stone and wood buildings to explore.
  85. Eilat, the Pearl of the Red Sea (9/9/2016) - Eilat is a very popular tourist destination for local and international tourists from all over the world. It's home to 48,946 people, has in average 360 sunny days a year. Temperatures often exceed 40 °C (104 °F) in summer, and 21 °C (70 °F) in winter, while water temperatures range between 20 and 26 °C (68 and 79 °F). That and the beaches, coral reef, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for all tourists.
  86. Eilat’s Camel Ranch (8/26/2016) - Camel Treks. Cart trips (donkey) in the Eilat Mountains. Rope Park Eilat. Between heaven and earth high above the ground with about 700 meters of routes and 3 degrees of difficulty is our rope park.
  87. Eilat’s Isrotel Theater (8/15/2016) - Eilat's Isrotel Theater is a magnificent theater that hosts performances every evening. The Isrotel Theater hosts the famous and spectacular show - WOW that combines acrobatics, dancers and artists from around the world. WOW created by the famous Israeli artist Hanoch Rosen, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Eilat, you simply should not miss it.
  88. Ein Bokek Day Tour (9/13/2016) - This day tour is about Ein Bokek, which is sandwiched between the turquoise waters of the southern Dead Sea and a dramatic tan bluff, the strip of luxury hotels is the region’s main tourist zone and a 'secret' canyon. Ein Bokek has the area's nicest free beaches, and is the Dead Sea’s main center for treating ailments such as psoriasis, arthritis and respiratory conditions with naturally occurring minerals and compounds.
  89. Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim) (10/9/2016) - These spring-fed freshwater ponds and the lush greenery around them were a favorite holiday spot of Jordan’s King Hussein in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the oasis and its veritable forest of salt-resistant plants, including tamarisks and reeds, are an agreeable place to spot birds and take a cooling dip, though the pools (open Friday and Saturday late March to November) can be crowded.
  90. Ein Gedi Reserve (8/20/2016) - The oasis of Ein Gedi on the shore of the Dead Sea combines a wild, natural setting, history and archaeology. Nakhal David and Nakhal Arugot flow year-round through deep canyons surrounded by lush vegetation – a sharp contrast to the surrounding desert.
  91. Ein Karem (8/23/2016) - In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque neighborhoods - Like an island in a sea of green forest in southwest Jerusalem, Ein Kerem has charming stone houses adorned with arches, churches whose bells chime in the clear air and lovely paths paved with stone.
  92. Ein Prat Nature Reserve (8/20/2016) - Ein Prat Nature Reserve The spring of En Prat emerges into a natural rock pool and creates a welcoming oasis in the upper Prat Stream. Antiquity sites dot the stream banks, including monasteries and a second-century BCE aqueduct. Mediterranean, arid-land and water-loving vegetation fill the reserve, and among the animals is a herd of gazelles.
  93. Ein Tzukim Nature Reserve (8/20/2016) - Ein Feshkha, also known as Einot Tzukim, is the lowest nature reserve in the world, located in the Judean Desert alongside the shores of the Dead Sea, in the Megilot Region. The reserve, due to its location at the lowest point on earth, and on the shores of the mineral rich and saline Dead Sea set on much of the land that has been reclaimed since the Dead Sea shrunk, is relatively unique. It also features some archaeological gems.
  94. Ein Yael (8/20/2016) - Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds instructional-experiential workshops for schoolchildren and youth on material culture in ancient times.
  95. Ein-Carmel (8/18/2016) - The site and workshops are always open but on the first Saturday of every month an art fair takes place at the site. Metal, wood and glass are just some of the materials used by the artists. The site is "kids-friendly" and while the adults wander around the workshops and sculpture garden, kids can chase the peacocks and enjoy nature. The beach is only a few minutes away by car so you can make a whole day out of it. Ein-Carmel offers something that most museums and art centers lost- simplicity, uniqueness, and pure art!! Highly recommended!!!!
  96. Entertainment for Children in Israel (9/28/2016) - In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits. Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks. On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.
  97. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016 Entertainment in Israel (9/28/2016) - Many say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.
  98. Eretz Yisrael Museum (8/21/2016) - Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) Museum - This is a stunning museum spread across a beautiful campus in the Ramat Aviv district of the city, overlooking the center of Tel Aviv. The Eretz Israel Museum has an amazing array of displays relating to archaeology, judaica, ethnography, history and culture and arts and crafts, each housed in a pavilion, of which there are many spread across the museum site, centered around an archaeological site.
  99. Ethiopian Patriarchy Deir Al Sultan (9/1/2016) - Ethiopian Patriarchy Deir Al Sultan St. The Ethiopian Church has about 25 million believers and they trace the origins of their faith to King Solomon and Queen Sheba. Despite being the oldest Christian church in Africa, the appointment of the Ethiopian was only in 1959, by Coptic Pope Kirill V and since the Ethiopians have been released from the auspices of the Coptic Church. There is a property dispute in Jerusalem between the communities. Head of the church in Jerusalem is an Archbishop, one of the ten Archbishops of the Ethiopian Church
  100. Experience Eilat’s Mountains (8/26/2016) - Experience Eilat's Mountains wll take you on a fantastic journey through the mountains of Eilat. Experience in Eilat's Mountains will take you on jeep tours, hiking, or with an assortment of vehicles into the desert accompanied by stories from the Bible.

Click here for all entertainment for children.

Family and Children Tour 10 Days

For this (multiple day) tour, you need to have the following:

  1. Wim Vincken
    Wim Vincken, Guide

    An itinerary (this one for example. Click here to customize this tour for you). This is very important, especially for this tour, because it’s possible that the kids have already visited or seen the sights and excitement in this tour. And in Israel there is so much choice, it’s not normal. Customizing this tour for you is easy, quick and very rewarding.

  2. A guide. You can use the information here instead of renting a guide, but in the end it’s more expensive and a huge hassle. I can imagine that having a guide with this tour is not so much needed as with other tours, but still he can be of high value for you and your family.
  3. Transport. Transports can be that you hire a mini-bus with driver, or you rent a car or let your guide do it for you (click here for more info).
  4. Hotels. You can use the info here, or on bookings.com or generally the Internet or let your guide negotiate the best deals for hotels for you.
  5. Food. You can use the restaurants here in this itinerary or ask the guide.
  6. What you need to supply is
    1. Airplane tickets
    2. Visa and insurance

For costs, questions, queries and other related information, click here.

This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch.

You will visit the following cities or places in this tour:

  1. Tel Aviv
  2. Caesarea
  3. Acre
  4. Sea of Galilee
  5. Golan
  6. Safed
  7. Jerusalem
  8. Negev
  9. Eilat

Click on More Info or Things to do behind the sigh. Restaurants in the neighborhood of the sights are available in this itinerary each day. Click on Restaurants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tour will run with a minimum of 8 participants.

And what are we going to do in this tour?

  1. Amusement parks
  2. Boat tours
  3. Botanic gardens
  4. Cable cars
  5. Caves
  6. Cinema
  7. City-bus tour
  8. Dancing
  9. Dolphin beach
  10. Fortresses
  11. Hiking
  12. Kayaking
  13. Luna park
  14. Museums
  15. Music
  16. National Parks
  17. Oasis
  18. Rafting
  19. Scavenger hunts
  20. Shopping
  21. Spa
  22. Swimming
  23. Theater
  24. Water parks
  25. Water tunnels
  26. Zoo

And for sure we forgot to mention something here. And that is not all. Each evening, when you are tired of the day activities, we organize something different.

  1. A boat cruise
  2. A movies evening
  3. A small city tour
  4. Bowling
  5. Cooking
  6. Dancing
  7. Light shows
  8. Promenade wandering
  9. Singing

So far the activities (we let you in rest at night, because we assume you want to sleep). The tour includes:

  • Breakfast (buffet). The breakfast is with your hotel.
  • Lunch. The lunch varies on the day of the tour; mostly a local restaurant, but there are days we bring lunch packages and even picnics with us.
  • Dinner. We eat in restaurants and barbecues.

When there are requirements of a special diet, please indicate this when you register the tour. There will be no additional costs required for such diets.

Tour itinerary

There are twelve days you spend touring Israel with the family theme for this tour. This tour starts with Tel Aviv and it ends with Eilat. The designers of this tour wanted different aspects integrated here and they succeeded with that. Because we are talking about a family tour, that means actually for this tour one thing: Having fun with your family. And having fun means that everyone will enjoy the tour. So, no boring things, no overly conventional museums, digging sites, another church or desert. No, this tour is a careful combination of fun in several levels from amusement parks to doing something fun yourself. And we are not talking about what this tour will do for the family bonding.

Another thing about this tour. We don’t think that children younger then 8 years old can join this tour. Many of the activities are specially designed for kids eight years and older and teenagers and with kids younger then eight means that one of the family members will be hold back, and that is not fair, not? That said, we have special programs for those younger kids (you need to pay a surcharge for that per family). For details, please contact us and we email you such programs.

Day 1 Arrival – Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Promenade
Tel Aviv Promenade
  1. Tel Aviv promenade
  2. Beaches
  3. Evening: Tel Aviv night life
  • Hotel in: Tel Aviv

Day 2 Have Fun in the White City – Tel Aviv

Ramat Gan Safari
Ramat Gan Safari
  1. Ramat Gan Safari
  2. Luna Park
  3. Evening: Tel Aviv Port
  • Hotel in: Tel Aviv

Day 3 From Caesarea via Acre to the Sea of Galilee – Tiberias

Nahal Kziv
Nahal Kziv
  1. Caesarea
  2. Acre
  3. Knights Halls
  4. Al-Jazaar Mosque and The bathhouse (Hamam al-Basha)
  5. Montfort
  6. Rosh Hanikra Grottoes & Cable Car
  7. Nahal Kziv (water nature reserve) (optional)
  8. Evening: Boat trip on Sea of Galilee
  • Hotel in: Tiberias

Day 4 From Sea of Galilee to the Golan and back – Tiberias

Hof Tzemach
Hof Tzemach
  1. Hof Tzemach, water park near Sea of Galilee
  2. Manara Cliff, Cable-car ride, Mountain-slide coaster cars, Rappelling, Zip-line
  3. Mey Kedem Water Tunnel
  4. Katsrin (optional)
  5. Evening: Old-Tiberias city tour
  • Hotel in: Tiberias

Day 5 From the Sea of Galilee via Safed to Jerusalem – Jerusalem

Bloomfield Science Museum
Bloomfield Science Museum
  1. Safed (artist-colony)
  2. Otzar Hastam (amusement park in Safed)
  3. Sorek (Avshalom) Cave or Bell Cave or Hariton Cave
  4. Bloomfield Science Museum (optional)
  5. Evening: Theater
  • Hotel in: Jerusalem

Day 6 The Exciting Holy City – Jerusalem

Jerusalem Time Elevator Show
Jerusalem Time Elevator Show
  1. Biblical Zoo
  2. Time Elevator
  3. Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
  4. Wohl Rose Garden, Jerusalem (optional)
  5. Evening: City of David (light show)
  • Hotel in: Jerusalem

Day 7 The New Jerusalem – Jerusalem

Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt
Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt
  1. Old City Scavenger Hunt
  2. First Railway Station
  3. Haas Promenade
  4. Herzl Museum (optional)
  5. Evening: Cinema City Jerusalem
  • Hotel in: Jerusalem

Day 8 From Masada via Timna to Eilat – Eilat

Timna National Park
Timna National Park
  1. Masada
  2. Timna Park
  3. Evening: Bowling at Eilat
  • Hotel in: Eilat

Day 9 Paradise near the Red Sea – Eilat

Nightmare Eilat
Nightmare Eilat
  1. Eilat’s Camel Ranch
  2. Dolphin beach
  3. Nightmare Eilat (optional)
  4. Evening: Eilat’s Isrotel Theater
  • Hotel in: Eilat

Day 10 Departure

Ice Space
Ice Space
  1. Ice Space (optional)

SERVICES INCLUDED
Ensuring that your visit is easy, comfortable, and fun!

  1. Welcome & Assist at Ben Gurion Airport
  2. Arrival & Departure Airport Transfers
  3. 12 Days Touring in an Air-Conditioned Coach
  4. All Touring with a Professional Licensed Guide
  5. Tour Hats/Israel Maps/ Bottle Carriers
  6. All Group Touring & Sites

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tour will run with a minimum of 8 participants. In the event that there are no confirmed participants 8 weeks prior to the departure date the tour will be cancelled without notice.