Israel Experts provides meaningful, fun experiences for families of all sizes, backgrounds, and interests. Whether designing a trip for first timers, or for those who have been before, we develop one-of-a-kind itineraries with dynamic activities that can be tailored to children of all ages and families with multiple generations.
While we love including the Israel “must-sees” in our itineraries, we also encourage families to consider some of the more “Beyond the Obvious” activities as well. We can provide unique mifgashim (encounters) with Israelis of diverse backgrounds to give your family a taste of authentic Israel and its people.
In addition, our tour guides know how to find the perfect blend of fun and education in their guiding, making sure participants enjoy themselves, while learning new and exciting things.
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, where you will be met by your guide.
Proceed to Jerusalem for a panoramic view from the Haas Promenade. From the promenade, discuss the geography of Jerusalem and its place in Jewish tradition and in contemporary Israel. Enter to Old City for a tour of all four quarters (Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim).
End at the Western Wall.
Begin the day where it all began . . . the City of David. Visit the archaeological remains from 3000 years ago and descend into an ancient water tunnel that once conveyed water to the besieged city of Jerusalem.
Tour the Machane Yehuda Market, where the various cultures of Israel’s residents mix to provide diverse, and tasty, culinary options.
Peruse the permanent and visiting exhibits at the Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book.
The modern State of Israel is adept both at remembering and at using the memories to inspire meaning. Start your day at Yad Vashem, memorial and museum dedicated to the Six million Jews who perished under Nazi rule. Afterwards, walk to Mt. Herzl National Cemetery to “meet” the statesman, visionaries, and fighters who provided us with the State of Israel. Stop by the Knesset to hear about the Israeli government and the symbolism of the building.
Conclude with a tour of the security barrier separating Israeli and Palestinian areas.
Journey to the wilderness of the Judean and Negev Deserts.
Ascend Masada, the ancient fortress built during Hasmonean and Roman times. See the ingenious water system that provided for all of the residents’ needs. Tour the ancient synagogue, storage room, ritual bath.
Afterwards, enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea and a hike at Ein Bokek Nature Reserve. Relax in a Bedouin tent, where your host will serve you sweet coffee and tea, and tell you about the Bedouin way of life. Ride camels, if you like. As the sun begins to descend, it is a perfect time for outdoor sport.
Try surfing down the dunes of the Negev Desert.
Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon
Begin with a jeep tour around the Mitzpe Ramon crater, hearing about the rich wildlife in the area and the geological processes that resulted in the formation of the craters.
Head north and stop at the grave of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. Look out at the Tzin River Baisin, as you discuss Ben Gurion’s vision and legacy.
Stop in the Western Negev town of Sderot for lunch and a view into the Gaza Strip. End the day by participating in a real archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin National Park.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
See how Ben Gurion’s vision played out as you explore modern Tel Aviv.
Begin at the Palmach Museum, where you will follow a group of inductees into the strike force of the Hagana. Dive deeper into the struggles of pre-state Israel at the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine munitions factory built and operated under the noses of the British rulers.
Return to Tel Aviv to stroll through the Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Market and Shuk HaCarmel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day with family!
Recommended Activities: Bauhaus tour, Tel Aviv museum and the Independence trail.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
When walking through a city, we can learn so much about its inhabitants, even when the city no longer has any residents.
Start your day by walking through the ancient alleyways and streets of the Old City of Jaffa, hearing colorful stories that span over 3000 years. Afterwards, tour Caesarea, the sea-side resort of King Herod. See the remarkably preserved amphitheater, water system, and remains from the Crusader period.
The last city on this day is Sepphoris, located in the Lower Galilee. Once a seat of the Sanhedrin, Sepphoris later became an important Roman city in the Byzantine period.
Among the impressive remains is the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee.”
Enjoy an early hike up to Nimrod’s Fortress, a 13th century Crusader castle. After descending, stop by the Banias Springs.
Head north for a jeep tour of the Lebanese Border and a discussion of the strategic threats facing the region. After lunch in Metula, kayak down the Hatzbani River.
Conclude the day with a late afternoon tour of the mystical city of Safed.
Enter medieval times in the city of Akko.
Visit the Hospitaller and Templar Fortresses, and walk through the 350-meter long Templar tunnel. Peruse the Turkish Bazaar.
Continue south to Haifa for a view of the Bahai Gardens. Tour the Druse town of Daliyat el Karmel, nestled in the Carmel Mountains. Enjoy authentic Druse cuisine. Conclude the day, and the trip, in the charming, 19th century village of Zichron Yaakov.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for flight home