Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tours

At Routes, we create personalized Bar and Bat Mitzvah tours in Israel for groups and families who want to combine a world-class vacation with the meaningful ceremony and celebration of their child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Let us plan the perfect Israel Bar/Bat Mitzvah for you. We will work closely with you to customize a trip in Israel that will ensure all ages benefit from this experience. 

When planning the Bar or Bat Mitzvah service, we will use our wealth of knowledge to suggest special locations for the ceremony, including Masada, the Western Wall, Southern Wall, or Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem, or in a Biblical Tent or ancient synagogues in the Golan and Galilee as well as other spiritual settings. We can arrange the ceremony for you on the beach front, at an archeological site or even underground in a cave!  Your Israel Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration in Israel can also be hosted in the traditional setting of a deluxe hotel or hall. 

 

 

Take advantage of the range of services we provide when we customize your family's Israel tour itinerary. We ensure you are confirmed at hotels that meet your needs, are guided by the best tour guides/educators in Israel, and that your program is filled with exciting new programs and activities. 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep reading:

New York Times - In Israel, History With a Whiff of Adventure

And from our clients:

Shalom Dear Friends at Routes,

I don’t know if I can find the words to express my gratitude, and that of my family’s, in your helping us to arrange Emily’s Bat Mitzvah in Israel, which was indeed the Israel trip of a lifetime. From the very first email, your company has been nothing but professional, hard-working and helpful in guiding through the entire process.  Although we heard nothing but rave reviews from our friends the Cohen’s who recommended Routes, experiencing is truly believing. There was nothing that I could point to and say, “this wasn’t discussed”, or “why was there a problem with…”. Routes delivered on everything promised and more!

From the Israel tour you arranged, to your continued concern and vigilance in terms of how our trip in Israel was progressing, you made us see your company for what it really is….a “family” that cares! This was evident in that fact that you took time out of your day to meet us at breakfast, as well as the wonderful gifts that awaited us in Jerusalem.

Your suggestion for the Rabbi as someone who could lead our Bat Mitzvah service was excellent.  We “connected” with him almost immediately on Masada, and given that it was 44 degrees C at the time of the service the location you picked for our simcha was outstanding.

Our driver went out of his way to find places for our elderly parents to both board and disembark from the bus so as to minimize hills and walking distances.

As for our incredible tour guide, as we’ve discussed, some things are “b’shert”. It took a day or two for us to find a rhythm with him and vice versa. However, once that happened, our experience blossomed into a journey of religion, philosophy, and geopolitics, the likes of which I never would have thought I would experience on a tour.  His knowledge beyond just “places and dates” was awe-inspiring. He truly is a fountain of knowledge who will continue to remain curious and seek new truths as the years go on. I hope that we will again be able to experience his wit and charm in future trips to Israel.

As I said in my subject heading, this trip was truly once in a lifetime.  This was the first of hopefully many trips to Eretz Yisrael for my children, and probably the last trip that our parents will make to the Holy Land.  I would like to think that my wife and I have a few more trips to make to Israel in the years to come and I know that we will be making Routes Travel our company of choice.

Thanks again,                                  
Michael, Heather Grant and Emily (Toronto, Ontario)

 
Dear Friends at Routes Travel,

How can we ever possibly thank you enough for the wonderful Bar Mitzvah trip in Israel that you planned for us?
We are sincerely grateful for the experience that you neatly packaged for us, not easy given the age span, but somehow you really pulled it off. Adventure, history, education, delicious food served in extraordinary locales....we had it all!!

Also appreciated was your attention to our needs once we got to Israel. Thanks for dealing with all of the last minute airport transfers, copying the Bar Mitzvah service, roundtrip transportation for the Torah and attending the BM to make sure that everything was just right for us.Most of all, thank you for our guide. As you are already aware he is an unusually gifted person. He enhanced and illuminated Israel for us and served the information up to us in the most incredible manner. His own stories and his gift for recounting them were a pleasure to listen to. It is as if we came to Israel as a "blank coloring book", full of outlines and shapes. Your guide helped us fill our own coloring books with costumes, wild colors and three dimensional images and words in many languages and accents.

He was very sensitive to the group's needs, both spiritual and physical.

He handled Yad Vashem masterfully knowing that some of our guests were particularly sensitive, ramped up the adventure aspect for the kids and willing adults and always had a thoughtful answer to the barrage of questions being hurled at him. His information font was both deep and wide, absolutely extraordinary !!
 
Anyway, we hope to keep in touch with you and we will certainly be in regular contact with our guide.

Thanks just doesn't seem ample.
 Best,
Julie, David and the entire group - New York, NY

 

 

  • Read below for a sample itinerary of a 10 day Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour in Israel:

 
  

Day 1 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tour

Arrival to Ben Gurion Airport
Meet Your Routes Representative
Meet your Tour Guide/Educator and your Deluxe Luxury van/minibus/bus 
Program Opening in Old Jaffa
Walk Through Nachalat Binyamin and Neve Tzedek
Check In to the Hotel
Opening Dinner at a Local Restaurant
 
Overnight: Tel Aviv 

 

   

Day 2 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

Breakfast
Visit to the Palmach Museum
Visit Independence Hall
Drive North
Visit Ancient Caesarea
Pioneers Lunch and Tour at Moshav Nahalal
Dinner at the Hotel
 
Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House in the North  


 

Day 3 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

Breakfast
Start this day with an incredible overview of Lebanon
Visit to the Mystical City of Tzfat. Tour and Shopping
Free time for lunch on own
Hike and Overview of the Galil from Mt. Bental
Dinner at Ja'Uni in Rosh Pina

Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House in the North  

    

Day 4 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

Late Breakfast at Leisure
Overview of the Montfort fortress in Park Goren (Possible Hike)
Visit and explore the Old City of Crusader Acco.
Drive to Rosh Hanikra and enjoy the cable car ride to the grottos carved into the white chalk stone.
Optional visit to the Canada Center (Bowling, swimming, ice skating, basketball, shooting...)
 
Overnight: Kibbutz Guest House in the North


 
  

Day 5 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

Breakfast
Off Roading Jeep Adventure through the old Syrian Defenses to the top of the Golan
Overview of Syria from Mt. Bental
Lunch during the Jeep Ride in the field
Visit and Tour Ancient Beit Shean
Depart South to Jerusalem
 
Overnight: Jerusalem

 


 
  

Day 6 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

MAZAL TOV!!!!!

Bar Mitzvah Ceremony in a Unique Location Followed by Luncheon
Archeological Excavation at the Beit Guvrin caves and prepare to get your hands dirty as you uncover pottery from the Hellenistic period, 2,300 years ago. This will be followed by a cave crawling adventure!
Return to Jerusalem
Banquet Festive Dinner in Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

Day 7 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

After Breakfast, we will begin our day touring in the Old City of Jerusalem
Walk and tour through the City of David
Visit the Cardo and the Jewish Quarter
Lunch on Own in the Old City
Visit to the Western Wall Tunnels and also visit the Davidson Center, which brings the Temple Mount ruins to life
Tower of David Sound and Light Show
Dinner on own

Overnight: Jerusalem

 


 

Day 8 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

Breakfast at the Hotel
Today we will visit Yad Vashem, the National Holocaust Memorial
Visit to the Mount Herzl Museum and Cemetery
Drive South
Camel Trek in the Desert
Bedouin "Hafla" - Hospitality and Dinner at the Bedouin Tent

Overnight: Bedouin Tents

  

Day 9 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

Early Breakfast 
Morning ascent of Masada via the Roman Ramp
Overview and Tour of Masada, built by King Herod and the last refuge for Jewish zealots after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple (70 C.E.)
Swim and float at the Dead Sea Spa and Lunch
Drive to Mitzpe Ramon
Dinner at the Hotel
 
Overnight: South

 


 

Day 10 of Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour

Breakfast
Rappelling on the Edge of the Ramon Crater (The largest natural crater in the world!)
Hike and Tour inside the Ramon Crater
Lunch on own
Transfer to the Airport

Depart For Home

 

 

  A Rough Idea of Costs for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Trips in Israel

There is a very wide range of prices which can apply to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour in Israel, depending especially on the number of people in the group, the season in which the Israel tour takes place, the level of hotel accommodation, the number of touring days as well as the range and type of activities which are included. We provide here a very rough estimate of possible costs so that you can get a sense of the type of expense involved, but please note that actual pricing for a specific group could be significantly higher or lower than these examples.

The following chart illustrates possible costs for a variety of accommodation levels and group sizes. All prices are per person per day in USD and are based on double occupancy (except the costs for one person which are based on single occupancy). All prices include Israeli Buffet Breakfast, a professional full time guide, private transportation, the expenses of the guide and a budget for entrances to sites. Not included in these estimates are lunch, dinner, extras, supplements for Single room and gratuities. All estimates assume regular rooms in the hotels but do not include supplements for high seasons (or discounts for low seasons). Supplements would of course apply for any deluxe or upgraded rooms and suites requested.

The costs below also include an Israel Tour Planning Fee which applies to a customized Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour, and which covers the costs of the extra dedicated staff time and administrative expenses involved in such specialized travel.

Prices per Person for Different Group Sizes and Different Hotel Levels
# of People >301510642SGL Supp
Level of Hotel V
Kibbutz16019524530539561575
4 Star180220290345440680110
Moderate 5 Star220265315360455710130
5 Star Deluxe260310
390445550820177

 

There are discounts available for a child (and in some hotels for 2 children) staying in the same room as the parents.

Payment Arrangements

Once the Tour Request Form is received, you will be contacted by your personal Routes Travel tour operator.  Your tour operator will guide you through the trip planning process and provide you with necessary time tables and payment guidelines.  Once you are comfortable with the guidelines involved, the Routes Travel team is ready to begin investing the time and effort which go into the development of a personalized itinerary.  At that time we require a tour registration fee .  The deposit is non-refundable, but it is fully applicable to the total cost of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour in Israel.