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Ask About Special Tours for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

What's the best Plan for Your Tour?

Over the last 12 years, I have developed special routes as well as games and videos for tours with children/teens. I have discovered which sites families love and which ones are less sucessful for certain ages. I am happy to offer a 15 minute free consultation to help you decide which sites are just right for your family.  

 

You might get many suggestions from family and friends about places you "have to visit" in Jerusalem, but what is actually the best plan for your group?

 

Maybe you toured Jerusalem years ago and you want to show your family similar sites. Or maybe you want to see something you never saw before. Jerualem is very dynamic - there's always something new (or actually old but newly uncovered) to see! Ask me for my list of the most popular and successful itineraries for touring Jerusalem these days.

 

Which sites are good for all ages including families with Young Children or Older Visitors with Mobility Limitations for the Old City?

 

Here are some great sites that are fun and interesting for all ages and can also work well for groups with young children (under age five) or for anyone with walking limitations.

All tours have games, prizes, family-friendly, stories for young visitors. 

 

1) Private tour in the Kotel Tunnels. I have been guiding in the Kotel Tunnels for over 6 years and it's a pleasure to share with visitors all of the behind the scenes stories of this amazing site! The Western Wall Tunnels are one of the must-see sites in Jerusalem for all ages. Walk along hidden parts of the Western Wall and see remnants of the last few thousand years of the history of Jerusalem! Note: a stroller or wheelchair can only be brought on part of the tour. A front baby carrier is recommended. You can join a group tour of 35 participants, however, there's nothing like a private tour geared just for your group!

 

This tour is ideal for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah day. The Western Wall Tunnels is now offering a new tunnel tour called the Great Bridge. I can also guide this new tour as a private tour for your group.

 

2) Treasure hunt tour of the Jewish Quarter: In this tour, we will learn why this part of the Jewish Quarter has been a center for Jewish life in Jerusalem for about 750 years, what happened there in the modern wars, and what's hidden underneath.   

 

3) Virtual Reality experience at the Kotel: "A Look Into the Past" This is a 15 minute VR in which you can look all around and feel as if you are walking into ancient Jerusalem and the Beit HaMikdash (Temple).  

4) The Chain of Generations Center: This is a wonderful renewed site which combines amazing glass sculptures and inspiring videos that tell the story of the Jewish People with stories and familiar songs. It's fun for all ages. I can be your guide at this new site which is perfect for children for a meaningful and fun indoor activity at the Western Wall.  

 

5) Aish HaTorah: Aish is a wonderful indoor location to tell a few stories about the Kotel and has a "box seat" view over the plaza. It's a great place to help the kids focus, and learn about the Western Wall, and take some beautiful family pictures. Currently open for private groups only.  

6) Game tour beside the walls of the Old City: learn about the ancient walls, building outside the Old City walls, and hear family-friendly stories of War of Independence and the 6 Day War, enjoy the sounds of songs of Jerusalem. Tour can include a visit to Kever David - the traditional tomb of King David.  

7) Herodian Quarter: See homes of Cohanim underneath today's Jewish Quarter. These homes are exquisite mansions like on Masada but they are conveniently located in Jerusalem. This site has some stairs and a revolving door exit, so strollers need to be left at the entrance. Currently closed for renovations.

8) The Hurva Synagogue: a symbol of the return of the Jewish return to Jerusalem over the last 300 years. See an amazing view from the rooftop balcony.  

 

9) Davidson Center/Southern Excavations - This is a must - see site for learning more about Har Habayit (the Temple Mount), seeing evidence of its splendor and destruction by the Romans. Option for a 2,000 year old tunnel to reach this site. 

10) Bat Mitzvah tour: a tour including some of the above sites with an emphasis on stories of Jewish women as well as a very meaningful Bat Mitzvah ceremony for your family in the Kotel Tunnels. 

11) Park Teddy Splash Pad: Cool off in this chlorinated fountain next to the Old City.

12) Kever David: Visit the traditional tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.

13) Jerusalem Sifting Project: Be a part of uncovering history! Sift through archaeological finds from excavations in Jerusalem.

14) Building Outside the Walls: the Windmill and the Story of Moshe Montifiore 

15) The Underground Prisoner Memorial - story of pre-IDF fighters and their Rabbi, Rav Aryeh Levin.

16) Israel Museum - Perfect for an indoor Tanach (Bible) tour.

17) Hebrew Music Museum - Learn about Jewish music from ancient times until the present, from Jerusalem and throughout the diaspora and play unique instruments.

 

Additional Options for Groups with Children or Teens Ages 5 and Older and Good Walkers for the Old City

 

Here are some sites that work well for good walkers in addition to the sites above which are good for all ages. All tours for kids under age 10 have the options of games, prizes, and of course family-friendly stories. 

 

1) City of David: The most popular site for families in Jerusalem! This is the best tour to truly connect to ancient Jerusalem and have a great time. See the detailed description of City of David tours at the City of David. 

2) Highlights of the Tower of David: (near Jaffa Gate) see fascinating aspects of Jerusalem's history. We will go up to the tower for an incredible view of all of Yerushalayim, see a large model of Jerusalem from 1873 before the Jewish Quarter was destroyed by the Jordanians in 1948, see new excavations not generally open to the public with an emphasis on Jewish history in Jerusalem from 2700 years ago until the modern times. We can continue from there on Ramparts to the Jewish Quarter for an additional small entrance fee. 

3) Ramparts: it's so exciting to walk on top of the walls of Jerusalem! We will start the Rampart walk at Jaffa Gate. There is one route that goes to the Jewish Quarter and another route that goes around the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Both have fascinating views. It's possible to do part of either direction. There is no shade on the Ramparts (so sunhats and a lot of water are key), and it's not possible to walk on them if it's raining. Ages 9 and up only.  

 

4)Jewish community of the Old City: hear the fascinating history of Jewish buildings dating back to the 1860s when there was a large Jewish population throughout the Old City including Jews from Galicia, Morocco, Georgia, as well as Chabadnikim, Chasidim of many types, students of the Vilna Gaon, and others. 1,000 Jews have returned to these areas to live today. Tour can also include the Kotel HaKatan (Little Western Wall) and other interesting Jewish sites in the area such as Tzedkiyahu’s cave. 10 shekels pp donation to enter sites.  to enter their sites. There are many sites in this area so tour length varies.  

5) Yad Vashem - International Holocaust Memorial (ages 10 and up).

6) Mt. Herzl Cemetery - Herzl, Prime Ministers, Presidents, soldiers and more are buried in this important Jerusalem Cemetery.

7) Shuk Mahane Yehuda - this market is a must-see in Jerusalem.

 

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