A trip to Israel is a great opportunity to have a vacation, enjoy magnificent sceneries and relax but, it can also allow you to connect with your Jewish roots and history. A family trip to Israel is a unique experience that will enhance the bonds between all members of the family and their relationship with their Jewish identity.
Dekel Tours offers all-inclusive tour packages, customized to the touring family or group, thus assuring a perfect blend for an unforgettable trip adapted to the group, its needs and desires. During the trip you will get to know Israel from north to south, visit sites of Jewish significance and walk down the paths of history.
Jerusalem – the holiest city for the Jewish people for thousands of years is full of historical sites as it is a spiritual, religious and cultural center for Jews worldwide. With so many sites and attractions, it is important to know where one must visit and what would really interest you.
A visit to Jerusalem is incomplete without a visit to one of the holiest places for Jews – The Western Wall: One of the retaining walls around Mount Temple, where the Temple once stood. As such, it is customary in Israel to celebrate Bar Mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall and many families come from abroad to do so as part of their Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel. Nowadays, when it is also customary to celebrate Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, Bat Mitzvah tours in Isreal have increasingly become more common over time.
At Migdal David Museum you can admire archaeological excavation discoveries and learn about the history of Jerusalem from its ancient origins to the present. Additionally you should visit the City of David – an archaeological site considered to be the birthplace of the city where King David established his Kingdom. In this archaeological park, visitors can learn about the history of Jerusalem and witness the remains of houses and towers, as well as the Sheila tunnel and water tunnel.
A tour of Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter can include visiting many synagogues, primarily the most ancient one among them that is the Ramban Synagogue, dated back to mid 15th century. Another site is The Burnt House – a residential house from the end of the Second Temple era and was destroyed during the Great Revolt in 70 CE. Among the founding in the burnt house are ritual baths, cisterns and many stone tools. The Herodian suburb is an archaeological site that hosts a luxurious Jewish neighborhood in which priests lived during the days of Herod’s rule. In the site you could see the mosaic floors, ritual baths, tools and artifacts from the First and Second Temple eras.
A trip down the underground Western Wall Tunnels – the complex of underground chambers and tunnels, is a must-see for both adults and children. In this tour you can admire buildings from several historical periods, starting from the Second Temple era until modern times. This trip parallel the historical timeline is considered one of Israel’s leading attractions.
Another site of national significance in Jerusalem that is worth visiting is Yad Vashem. Yad Vashem is an official Holocaust Memorial site. It chronicles the history of the Jewish people before and during the Holocaust, commemorates the life story of the millions of victims and seeks to instill the legacy of the Holocaust among future generations.
As mentioned, Dekel Tours designs a trip plan customized to each family or group. In addition to visiting Jewish and historical sites, it is also possible to combine tours that will allow you to get to know the modern Israel since its foundation in 1948, starting with a visit to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament and down to visiting the leading sites and attractions in Tel Aviv – the city that never sleeps that symbolizes contemporary Israel more than anywhere else in the country.