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Traveling Israel with teenagers

At Dekel Tours, we understand that families come in all shapes and sizes, so our approach to trip planning for families with teens is all about personalization. While there are plenty of sites around Israel that have broad appeal, we think it’s best to find ways to incorporate sites that match your teens’ specific interests.

Planning a family trip to Israel with teenagers

Israel has something for everyone, so whatever your teen is into, there should be plenty of opportunities to pepper your itinerary with stops that are sure to keep everyone engaged. Balance is best, so we always try to keep each day manageable and varied. Avoid cramming too much into tour days and, whenever possible, try to mix it up so each day has a range of sites and activities.

We also think interactive site visits and activities are great for keeping teens interested. While a walking tour of ancient Jerusalem might be a fascinating way to spend an afternoon, wading through an ancient underground water tunnel is probably likelier to inspire your teens to put down their phones.

Go outside and play

Outdoor activities are great for breaking up a long touring day, and we love getting to know this beautiful country while we’re outside exploring it. Rafting down the Jordan River or a tour of Tel Aviv-Jaffa by bicycle, for example, can be wonderful avenues for learning and discovery.

Your family might also enjoy learning first-hand the secrets of Israel’s success as a security powerhouse directly from the country’s elite fighters themselves. Or learning about the IDF’s armored tank corps by climbing inside (and on top of) some of the tanks that participated in significant battles throughout Israel’s history.

Go off-road

A Jeep tour can also be a fun way to explore the country. An off-road adventure will take you through beautiful landscapes, where you can look out over military and historical sites and get up close with the natural surroundings.

If you and your older teen prefer to take the driver’s seat, we love ATVing with a professional guide who knows just where to hop out for spectacular views, fascinating stories, and cave explorations. Anyone with a valid driver’s license can drive, and even passengers who don’t drive will be in for the ride of their lives!

Go off the beaten track

Mix in a few opportunities to explore some of the fascinating roads less traveled around the country. Meet local figures with unique personal stories, learn the traditional art of knaafeh-making, visit a greenhouse that’s revolutionizing desert agriculture, and much more.

Or go airborne and take in unparalleled views from high above the stunning Israeli landscape. A hot air balloon tour or a flying ATV experience will provide a truly unique bird’s-eye perspective of historical landmarks and the natural environment for miles and miles.

Unique Israel adventures for families

From snorkeling in the Red Sea’s vibrant coral reefs to hiking in the Golan Heights, the country’s natural beauty becomes a playground for exploration and outdoor bonding. As well as this, Israel’s reputation as the “Start-Up Nation” provides an inspiring opportunity for teens to learn about innovation and technology, offering a glimpse into the world of science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. As families venture through the land, they not only create enduring memories but also foster a sense of connection, understanding, and personal growth, making the journey a transformative experience.

A family Israel trip designed around you

Don’t get sucked into the vortex of confusing and downright unhelpful information out there! Planning an unforgettable Israel trip for your family is our job (not yours). There are so many amazing things to do and see here, it can be hard to plan a trip that ticks everyone’s boxes without being over-stuffed or rushed.

We’ll take the time to get to know you and work with you to build an itinerary perfectly suited to your family’s unique interests and travel preferences. We’ll handle all the details so the only thing you have to do is get on a plane.

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Four teenagers holding rope cords while touring northern Israel on a family bar mitzvah tour in Israel.
Four teenagers holding rope cords while touring northern Israel on a family bar mitzvah tour in Israel.

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