Israel for Active Families

14 day trip - perfect for bar/bat mitzvah tours

Private Group

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Active Cultural Tour

See the sites of Israel by bike, hike, and boat

Great for active Families

Great for all the family

Touring the Land of Israel is a seminal experience for many, and we at Gordon Active believe that this is best done not through the pane of a bus window but by biking, tracking, rafting, and fully experiencing the land with all your senses.

We are the leading Israel specialists in creating meaningful tours for you family or congregation on 2 wheel, 2 feet and oh so many other forms of transport.

We have abundant experience creating tailor made tours for families and groups, enabling a full and unforgettable experience for all.

We understand the challenges of traveling with multi-generational groups, and with keeping young kids engaged and interested. Our guides are experienced with navigating these dynamics and our programs are designed to include every-one. So what are you waiting for, let’s start planing!
The program below is a template which can be booked as you see it, or adjusted to reflect the personal interests, experiences, background, and abilities of your family, congregation, or group.

If you are interested in celebrating and Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel the program can easily be adapted to include a ceremony at a number of locations.


Day 1, Monday - Arrival

The group will meet for the first time with a fun activity and welcome meal in order that we can all get to know each other and celebrate the beginning of our tour.

Overnight: Tel Aviv.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2, Tuesday - Tel Aviv

After enjoying a plentiful Israeli breakfast we will bike to Independence Hall. Here we will stand in the place where David Ben Gurion stood on May 14th, 1948 and declared the creation of the State of Israel. From here we will bike through Tel Aviv utilizing the bike paths and parks, to the Palmach museum where the struggles and stories of the young men and women who fought for the establishment of the State of Israel will come to life in this experiential museum.

Following lunch on your own we will drive to Holon where we will visit the Children’s Museum including the world famous Dialogue in the Dark (aged 9+), before returning to Tel Aviv for a sunset cruise along the Mediterranean coast and time for dinner at your own on in one of Tel Aviv’s restaurant areas such as the Old Train Station or the Port.

Overnight: Tel Aviv.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3, Wednesday - Caesarea

Our morning will take us up the coast to the ancient city of Caesarea where we will spend the day exploring the city originally built by King Herod from land and sea. Caesarea served as the capital of Judea during the Roman period and as an important fortress during the Crusader era. We will hike along the impressive aqueduct to the remains of the city where the Roman Theater is still in active use. After lunch on your own we will don our swim suits to go underwater and explore the remains of the ancient port with the aid of snorkels. Those preferring to stay dry will have an optional tour of the remains of the city including the theater, hippodrome, and Byzantine street.

We will drive back to Tel Aviv in plenty of time to enjoy dinner on your own

Overnight: Tel Aviv.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4, Thursday - Akko, Galilee, Safed

As our journey up the coast of Israel continues we will spend the morning exploring the subterranean Crusader city in Akko. An UNESCO world heritage site, there is nowhere in the world that you will see remains that compare to the Knights Halls. Before leaving the city you will view the Al Jezzar Mosque and the impressive walls that withstood an attack by Napoleon Bonaparte.  Lunch on your own in Akko or en route.

This afternoon we will reach the very north of Israel where we will swap the bus for kayaks in which we will explore the beautiful grottos of Rosh HaNikra. For those who prefer not to kayak, special transport will be provided from Akko. We will then traverse the Galilee, stopping in the home of Jewish Mysticism Tzfat, before arriving at  the tributaries of the Jordan River where we will spend the next few nights. Dinner will be enjoyed in the Kibbutz Guesthouse dinning room.

Overnight: Northern Israel

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5, Friday - Golan Heights

This morning we will ascend to the plateau of the Golan Heights where we will hear the stories of the bitter battles that took place over this strategically important area during the Yom Kippur War. Our tour will take us to the OZ77 monument and to the dormant volcano and modern military bunker of Har Bental from where we can see into the abandoned city of Kunetra in Syria. Following lunch on your own en route, a refreshing afternoon is in store; starting with a hike to Brechat Hameshushim we will welcome the cool natural spring water that awaits us on arrival. One last stop before returning to the kibbutz guesthouse will give us the chance to raft on the Jordan River. This evening we will dine in the Kibbutz Guesthouse where an extensive buffet dinner will greet us.

Overnight: Northern Israel

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6, Saturday - Banias and Relaxing Shabbat

This morning we will do a water hike through the Banias National Park where we will follow this tributary of the Jordon River, and enjoy the luscious shaded canopies of the forest surrounding it. Following the hike we will stop for lunch on your own en route, before heading back to the Kibbutz for an afternoon of rest and relaxation in the hotel including access to the hotel pool. Dinner at the Kibbutz Guesthouse Dinning Room. Lunch can be provided in the Kibbutz Guesthouse dinning room on request.

Day 7, Sunday - Nimrod Fortress, Gan HaShloasha, Beit Shean

 A new week and a new direction! Today we start our journey south, but not before we conquer the Mamluk fortress of Nimrod on foot! We will then head to the beautiful Sachne Park where we will have the opportunity to bathe in the oasis-like natural pools.

The afternoon will include lunch on your own and a visit to the ancient city of Beit Shean before heading south through the Great African-Syrian Rift Valley to the Dead Sea where we will check into our accommodation close to the shores of the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Dead Sea

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8, Monday - Ein Gedi & Dead Sea

Following breakfast we will hike in Nahal Arugot where we will be able to see the hidden waterfall. A short visit to the ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi will reveal the curse of the community, and then it’s on to the Dead Sea for a dip, or rather a float, and lunch on your own.  Dinner will be enjoyed at our hotel.

Overnight: Dead Sea 

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9, Tuesday - Masada & City of David

It’s an early start this morning as we chase the sun up the Snake Path of Masada, getting to the top to view the beautiful sunrise. Our hike to the top will be followed by a tour of the Herodian outpost that turned into the location of the last stand of the Jews against the Roman Empire in 73 CE.

Having descended from the mountain of Masada we will return to our hotel for breakfast and to check-out, and we will begin our aliya to Jerusalem. On entering the city we will stop at the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view over the city and then head to the place where it all began: The City of David. In the City of David we will be able to walk through the pitch black water tunnel chiseled into the bedrock of Jerusalem by King Hezekiah’s engineers over 2,500 years ago to stave off the attack of the Assyrians. Lunch on your own en route, and a late afternoon check-in to your hotel in Jerusalem where you will have dinner in the hotel dinning room.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10, Wednesday - Yad VaShem, Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem Old City

This morning we will head to Yad VaShem where the adults will tour the new museum dedicated to the memory of the 6 million lost in the holocaust. Children aged under 10 either do alternative tour especially for children on the Yad VaShem campus or will go to visit the Biblical Zoo.

Lunch will be enjoyed on your own in the Machane Yehuda vegetable market, and then we will delve into the Old City where we will tour on foot the Jewish Quarter, the Old City Ramparts, and the Western Wall including a visit to the Western Wall Tunnels. The touring today will end in the Old City where participants will have the option for transport back to the hotel, or to have some free time in the Old City Souq.

Dinner on your own in one of Jerusalem’s great dinning areas such as Emek Refaim, The Tachana, or Down Town.

Overnight:  Jerusalem.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11, Thursday - Judean Hills

We head out of the city today towards the Judean Mountains, where David fought Goliath and Samson met Delilah! We will start the day with a leisurely bike ride through the beautiful rolling hills, and the opportunity to explore caves used by Bar Kochba’s fighters in their battles against the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago. After lunch on your own, we dive back in time as we get our hands dirty taking part in an active archaeological dig in the ancient city of Meresha where you will discover artifacts dating from the time of Chanukah.

After dinner on your own in Jerusalem, we will meet at the Jaffa Gate where we will enter into the Citadel of David to be wowed by the fantastic Sound and Light Show projecting the history of Jerusalem on its ancient walls.

Overnight:  Jerusalem.

Day 12, Friday - Neot Kedumim, Western Wall

This morning we will travel to the biblical landscape garden of Neot Kedumim where we will bike through the nature reserve, stopping to plant trees and try our hand at shepherding along the way! We will return to Jerusalem in time to stroll through the pedestrian shopping streets of Ben Yehuda Street and Mamilla Avenue as the city prepares itself for the coming of Shabbat. There will be an optional walk to the Western Wall for Kabbalat Shabbat before returning to the hotel for dinner in the hotel dinning room.

Overnight: Jerusalem.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13, Saturday - Free Day

Free day in Jerusalem.

Lunch can be provided in the hotel dinning room on request.

This evening we will enjoy a festive meal in a local restaurant to reminisce on our experiences and mark the end of the tour.

 Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14, Sunday - Departure

Enjoy a morning at leisure and group transport to the airport.

Included and Not

Tour price Includes:

  • Group transfer from Ben Gurion Airport Day 1
  • Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport Day 1
  •  15 nights’ accommodation based on double occupancy and children sharing a room with parents.
  • Tour guide
  • Transportation as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bike and other equipment rental as listed in program
  • Entrance fees as listed according to program
  • Group transfer to airport on Day 15 from one location

Tour price does not include

  • Meals not listed as included
  • Alcoholic or other beverages not included in group meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Private transfers
  • Anything not listed as included

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Israel for Active Families

From $3200

Single person supplements available on request. Price per adult based on double occupancy. Child rates and family rooms available.

Don't forget your optional extras

Pre/post tour accommodation, private transfer from airport, private transfer to airport, private guide for pre/post tour, hotel upgrades, extra staff members, extra meals

Important to know:

  • The program is a template that can be personalized according to your group/family/communities interests and preferences.
  • Pricing varies depending on several factors such as season, number of people, level of hotels, extra services.

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