Safed is one of Israel’s most ancient cities. A visit there is a first-rate cultural and spiritual experience, suitable for anyone interested in the history and culture of Judaism, and perfect as part of a Bat or Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel.
Dekel Tours specializes in planning custom family trips to Israel, including bar or bat mitzvah tours, for which we take care of all the planning, including organizing the ceremony. We offer all-inclusive tour packages for which we arrange your entire stay in Israel, including flights to and from Israel, lodging, transportation, a daily trip schedule, the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, restaurants and food. We also offer custom luxury day tours in Israel with licensed, experienced, English-speaking tour guides, in Safed or any other location in Israel of your choosing. Dekel Tours will tailor your visit to Safed to your specifications, focusing on the purpose of your visit, your fields of interest, the ages of your family members, and the amount of time you have available.
Sites in Safed
Safed is an ancient city with thousands of years of history. The Jewish community there goes back many generations. After the Great Revolt and the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 C.E., the priestly families fled from Jerusalem to settle in the Galilee, including in Safed. You can experience the unique atmosphere on a day tour of Safed’s enchanting, colorful alleyways, enjoy the magnificent view that spreads out in every direction, and see the fascinating sites in and around the city.
Some of the numerous highlights in Safed are:
- Ancient synagogues – Due to Safed’s long history, it has one of the highest concentrations of intriguing synagogues in Israel. These include the Ari Synagogue, the Yosef Karo Synagogue, and the Abuhav Synagogue, which houses a Torah scroll written five hundred years ago by Rabbi Isaac Abuhav himself.
- The Artists’ Colony – Adjacent to the Jewish quarter, the Artists’ Colony contains galleries of art and Judaica and the Frenkel Frenel Museum, one of Israel’s largest private art museums.
- The Safed Printing Museum – This museum is a must-see for people interested in vintage printing equipment. Its material and presentation make it an interesting place to visit for teenagers and children alike.
- Kivrei Tzaddikim (Tombs of the righteous) – With its many tombs of rabbis and scholars, Safed is a pilgrimage destination for the religiously observant community. Visits to these tombs are also of historical interest, and provide a window into the culture of faith and folklore.
- Landscapes – From its location in the Upper Galilee, Safed overlooks a landscape of astonishing beauty. We offer day-long hikes to various sites such as Mount Meron, Baram National Park, and the archaeological sites at Tel Hazor. You can also go for day trips to the Golan Heights and the upper Galilee and come back to Safed in the evening.
Planning a Visit to Safed
In order to get the most out of your visit to Safed and its environment, we recommend hiring a travel agency that specializes in private tours in Israel. Safed has things that everyone can enjoy, no matter what the purpose of the trip to Israel may be. Safed is particularly suitable for educational and cultural visits, and if you are coming for a bar or Bat Mitzvah tour in Israel, Safed is the perfect place to hold the ceremony. You can hold the service in one of Safed’s lovely synagogues and have the party in one of its event halls or hotels, which also enable you to hold the event and lodge in the same area. Alternatively, you can hold the ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and then come to Safed for a day tour.
Safed’s high elevation gives it unique weather patterns throughout the year. It can become quite cold in the winter, with periodic snow — so you may want to take this into account when you make your travel plans.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tours in Israel with Dekel Tours
We at Dekel Tours specialize in organizing Bar and Bat Mitzvah tours in Israel that are individually planned for each family. We tailor the trip to the ages of the family members and their areas of interest — religion and spirituality, history, culture, shopping, art, nature hikes, attractions, and extreme sports, to name just a few. A visit to Safed will enrich your bar/bat mitzvah trip to Israel, since the atmosphere there is particularly suited to the purpose of the visit.