Family Tours

Routes Travel is renowned for our "boutique" family tours in Israel. We will work closely with you and your family to design a personalized trip in Israel that will provide the best experience for all ages!  

Take full advantage of the range of our services when we customize your family's Israel trip itinerary. We recommend a variety of hotel options, high quality guides/educators, and exciting new tours and activities so that you can choose the options that match your family's needs.  Let our years of experience and expertise make your upcoming family trip to Israel a Journey that will last a lifetime. 

...Let our family show your family all that an Israel tour has to offer

"Dear Friends,

We are home and settling back into everyday life after an incredible experience in Israel. Thank you so very much for all your efforts - we really appreciate all that you did and the efforts that went above and beyond the "call of duty." We are so grateful that our Routes coordinator was available to us 24/7!! We felt we were in extremely capable hands and knew we could count on you should any issues arise. All the arrangements and reservations you made went smoothly - transfers, reservations, guides, and especially  the arrangements for the ceremony to renew our vows - we enjoyed the venue, the rabbi, and the photographer. And how wonderful to have our album prepared and delivered before we left!!! The guidance across the border between Israel and Jordan was wonderful and we felt confident through the process. All the hotels and meals were impeccable and tasteful. 

The mix of guided and self-guided touring was perfect - and VERY ambitious!!

I have already forwarded your contact information on to our friends and family 

Best wishes,

Rona and Eddie

Montreal Canada

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

Read below for a sample 12-day itinerary of one of our private family tours in Israel:

 

 

Day 1 of Israel Tour:

Arrive in Israel
Greeting at airport
Tree Planting at Neot Kedumim - Biblical Landscape Reserve, a living museum of Israel's "green archeology;" a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail
Walk around Tel Aviv's Old Port - Located where the Mediterranean meets the Yarkon River, this is the latest in-place to shop and eat

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel


 

 

Day 2 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Visit the Ayalon Institute - Former Underground Bullet Factory
Visit the Holon Children's Museum (Dialogue in the Dark)
Return to Tel Aviv
Walk around Jaffa (Flea Market, Old City Renovated Port) - Bustling with an integrated mix of Jewish and Arab citizens, there is an array of colorful markets, fine seafood restaurants and interesting little shops.
Dinner at the Tachana, Old Turkish Train Station

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel

 

 

Day 3 of Israel Tour:

Palmach Museum - Meet the Zionist heroes who made Israel possible
Explore the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair in Tel Aviv
Drive North
Visit Caesarea - Explore the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts, and marvel at the size of the recently uncovered hippodrome.
Tornado Boat Adventure Over the Ancient port of Caesarea
Continue North to Haifa
Overview of Haifa's most striking landmark, the splendid Baha'i Shrine and Gardens, emphasizes unity across cultures and religions.
Dinner in the German Colony

Overnight: Haifa Hotel

 

 

Day 4 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to Crusader Akko and the British Mandate Prison - Infamous in the Jewish struggle for statehood as members of the Jewish underground were incarcerated and hung in the Crusader/Turkish fortress which later became a British prison
Humus Lunch in the Old City
Visit the Underwater Grottos at Rosh Hanikra - Take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years
Relax at the Mediterranean Beach in Nahariya
Dinner at Gosh Restaurant

Overnight: North

 

 

 

Day 5 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Early bird bike ride through the Agamon Hahula Nature Reserve - An important resting place for migrating birds, which fly over Israel on their way to/from Europe and Africa as they do not fly over water. 
Visit Tzfat - The city of Kabbalah and Mysticism
Visit Tzfat's Artists' Colony
ATV Adventure on the border including overviews of Kunetra and Syria
Visit Mt. Bental look-out point over Syria

Overnight: North


 

 

 

Day 6 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Rafting Adventure on the Jordan River
Drive South
Stop at the Sachne Pools for a swim - This park sits at the foot of mount Gilboa whch is a 40 acre paradise.
Overview of Jerusalem from Haas Promenade
Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

 
 

 

 

Day 7 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Relaxing Shabbat in Jerusalem
Optional walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhoods including Yemin Moshe - Jerusalem’s Oldest Neighborhoods
Dinner in Jerusalem's upscale German Colony

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

 

 

 

Day 8 of Israel Tour:

Visit the City of David and walk through Hezekiah's Water Tunnel - King David captured a Jebusite citadel in order to build his capital
Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem
Walk through the Cardo - Main thoroughfare of Roman Jerusalem and today Jewish Quarter's "shopping center"
Visit the Western Wall
Tour the Western Wall Tunnels - The extension of the retaining wall built 2,000 years ago to support where the Temple stood
Dinner at Mamila Pedestrian Mall
Enjoy the Sound and Light Night Spectacular at the Tower of David

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

 

 

Day 9 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Visit Yad Vashem - National Holocaust Memorial
Visit Mt. Herzl - Visit the National Military Cemetery and the resting place of the nation’s leaders
Visit the Herzl Museum - Experience the vision of a man often considered the prophet of the state of Israel
Time to Relax at the pool
Machane Yehuda Market - The main market in Jerusalem filled with colors, noises, smells and the best products.

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel


 

 

Day 10 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Valley of Ella - Hear about David and Goliath
Participate in an Archeological Dig For A Day Program -  Become archeologists for the day, and explore an area where thousands of underground caves date back to the time of the Phoenicians
Camel Ride and Bedouin Hafla in Desert
Bedouin Meal and Hospitality and Bonfire

Overnight: Bedouin Tents
 

 

Day 11 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the hotel
Climb Masada - King Herod’s historic mountain top fortress
Hike to the natural desert springs of Ein Gedi - A unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting
Relax, Float and Lunch at Dead Sea Spa - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, where you can “float,” swimming suspended by the high concentrations of salts and minerals

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel

 

 

Day 12 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at Hotel
Day to rest and relax

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel

 

Day 13 of Israel Tour:

Breakfast at the Hotel and Check Out
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

Shalom  U'Lehitraot!


 

  A Rough Idea of Costs for One of Our Family Tours in Israel

There is a very wide range of prices which can apply to a 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 tour in Israel, and which covers the costs of the extra dedicated staff time and administrative expenses involved in such specialized travel.

Prices per Person per Night for Different Group Sizes and Different Hotel Levels (in USD $)
# of People >301510642SGL Supp
Level of Hotel V
Kibbutz16019524530539561575
4 Star180220290345440680110
Moderate 5 Star220265315360455710130
5 Star Deluxe260310390445550820177

 

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 Israel tour operator.  Your tour operator will guide you through the Israel 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 tour in Israel.