The Clan

Trip Highlights

  • Flea markets and “shuk”
  • Jeeps at Tel Dan and the Golan
  • Independence Hall
  • Latrun Artillery Museum
  • Yad Vashem, Western Wall and Jerusalem Forest
  • Time Elevator
  • A tapestry of old and new

Trip Highlights

Families, with children of all ages, will discover Israel in ways they'll remember for a lifetime. Based on a combination of modern and ancient, indoors and out, serious and hilarious, the Lifetime Discovery staff provides a stellar experience from start to finish.  Your trip will include eleven days of brilliant colors, new sounds, exotic smells and magnificent vistas at a pace and at the sites that will tickle a young fancy while providing an imprint of the miraculous wonders of the land holy to so many people from the world over.  The program is based on the unique weave of cultures it encompasses.  The Lifetime Discovery staff will be available to improvise all along the way to make the trip fit to measure so the whole clan can discover Israel on your terms.

* Rate is per person per night based on double occupancy, depending on time of travel, chosen hotels, availability and number of passengers.

Carlton Hotel | Tel Aviv

Days: 1 2

Perfectly situated on the beachfront, The Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel is all about details and comfort; from our award winning breakfast to our exclusive Carlton bath amenities.  Our personal service and ‘We’ve got you covered’ attitude will guarantee an unforgettable experience; whether you’re in town for business or leisure.

Dan Panorama Hotel | Haifa

Days: 3

The Dan Panorama Hotel, rising twenty-one stories high on Mount Carmel, offers you a choice of spectacular views: one side commands a splendid panorama of the city of Haifa, Mount Carmel and the sea. Another vantage point presents the huge curve of Haifa Bay and the endless stretches of Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline. The only Haifa hotel that’s a city landmark, the Dan Panorama Hotel is contemporary in style with spacious public areas and guestrooms featuring floor to ceiling windows. The hotel also adjoins the city’s upscale Panorama Mall that houses fine boutiques, elegant cafes and entertainment venues. Close by are the outdoor coffee bars and stores of the bustling Carmel Center, a favorite gathering place for visitors and locals. Designed for the young at heart, the informal, easy-going ambiance of this Haifa hotel invites you to relax and feel at home.

Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Days: 4

Akkotel is a boutique hotel built into the walls of the World Heritage site of the old city of Acre. The building is a beautifully renovated historical building that was constructed by the Ottomans and served as an accommodation for the army officers.  Akkotel is the winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards for the Middle East region in the categories of service and bargain.

Hagosherim Hotel | Upper Galilee

Days: 5

The hotel lies in the center of a valley facing the Golan Heights and the snows of Mount Hermon. Its unique combination of ancient and modern architecture blend together in pleasant harmony and the pastoral landscape, splendid views and crystal-clear air promise an ideal holiday-site,  both for those seeking tranquility and relaxation, and for those wishing to enjoy a wider range of activities.

 

Pastorale Hotel | Kfar Blum

Days: 6

In the heart of the Galilee landscape, continuing the pioneers’ tradition of hospitality, to the sound of classical music, there flows a spring of silence and tranquility. In a relaxing pastoral atmosphere, we invite you to enjoy a range of 147 especially designed rooms surrounded by lawns and flowers, a prestigious pampering spa, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a restaurant offering a culinary experience to be remembered.

Isrotel Hotel | Dead Sea

Days: 7

Deep below sea level, at the lowest point on the face of the earth and by the shore of a unique natural phenomenon, Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa awaits you. Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa is a green oasis of health, tranquility, indulgence and spa, located in Israel, within dramatic views of desert mountains and elevated cliffs.

David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

Days: 8 9 10 11

The David Citadel Hotel, with a majestic view of the Old City, is within walking distance from the city center and is situated directly across from Alrov Mamilla Avenue and other major attractions. The hotel boasts impeccably designed suites and guestrooms, fine cuisine, a luxury gym and a holistic innovative spa, year-round heated pool, and private Executive Lounge. The hotel’s exquisite modular banquet halls and reception rooms host a variety of social and business gatherings.

 

Day 1: Welcome to the Whole Clan

Accomodation: Carlton Hotel | Tel Aviv

After a welcome by Lifetime Discovery representative at the Ben Gurion International Airport,  the discovery begins with a walk back into time through the history-laden old city of Jaffa.  The walking tour includes a stop at the overlook with its magnificent vista of the Tel Aviv shoreline and reaches the amazing “Shuk Hapshpashim” (flea market) on the border between the old and the new city  If everyone is up for it, the evening can include a visit to ”HaTahana” (The Station), an exhibit of the old Jaffa-Jerusalem Railway and shopping area overlooking the Mediterranean at sunset and for dinner at one of the sumptuous restaurants at the installation.

Day 2: Hands-On in Tel Aviv

Accomodation: Carlton Hotel | Tel Aviv

Today is all about hands-on fun.  The family will start with an interactive delight at the Holon Children’s Museum and continue to the landmark Independence Hall Museum on Rothschild Boulevard.  After seeing the place where it all happened and taking a stroll down the shaded boulevard to see the newly re-opened Habima National Theatre with its unique design for learning learning more about what lead to the historic occasion of independence with a visit to the Palmach Museum.  it is an exhibit about the military arm of the Haganah and precursors to the Israel Defense Forces. Then, there is a visit to the Ayalon Institute, the kibbutz that was actually a munitions factory that supplied the Palmach with the shockingly small amount of arms it had to defeat the surrounding armies.  After that, the family is set free for leisure in the metropolis.

Day 3: Hugging the Coast

Accomodation: Dan Panorama Hotel | Haifa

Hugging the sea-side, the family sets out northward towards Haifa after breakfast with stops in the  UNESCO World Heritage site at the coastal town of Caesarea, including lunch.  A bit further up the road is the historical Atlit, used by the British as a detention center for Jewish refugees after WW II.  Next is a stop at the Israel Navy Museum that will both delight and enlighten the family before taking a breath-taking ride on the Carmel cable car with the spectacular view of the Carmel mountain and the City of Haifa.

Day 4: Towards the Northern Border

Accomodation: Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Day Four in the Holy Land begins with a view of the world-renowned Bahai Gardens and Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, followed by a short walk through Wadi Nisnass and the German Colony.  Next we get underway to the ancient port city of Acre on the coast of Haifa Bay, where we’ll visit the Crusaders tunnels and have lunch at one of the famous port side fish restaurants. Continuing up the coast, we pass the Nahariya, Israel’s northernmost city in the western Galilee and reach Rosh Hanikra, with its fabulous grottos, a miracle of nature.  Once a stop for the Cairo-Damascus Railway it is the site and historical landmark for the signing of 1949  armistice with Lebanon.  We’ll stay in a unique and historic hotel in Acre and breakfast to get an early start at Montfort.

Day 5: Wonders of Western Galilee

Accomodation: Hagosherim Hotel | Upper Galilee

The day breaks with one more miracle of nature, “Mearat HaKeshet” (arched cave) in Kibbutz Adamit followed by some hardy hiking to the unique Montfort Crusader castle.  Come back down to earth, after a ride eastward to the Bat Ya’ar Ranch for some horseback riding before having a hardy steak dinner at the ranch before heading to Kibbutz HaGoshrim.

Day 6: Water, Jeeps, Bambi & Chocolates

Accomodation: Pastorale Hotel | Kfar Blum

Start with an early-morning wake-up for white-rafting on the Jordan River before heading to the miracle of nature found at Tel Dan, one of Israel’s most impressive nature preserves at Banias. Next, jump into jeeps with 4WD for a ride up to the Golan Heights.  Once on the Heights, see “Bambi” and the other deer at the Park “HaAyalot” (Deer Park) and the Gamla, remains of a Crusader fortress, another site that must be seen to be believed,  before  delighting in Druse cuisine for dinner.  For desert, we’ll stop at the Dekarina chocolate factory for a treat.

Day 7: Kangaroo on Way thru the Valley

Accomodation: Isrotel Hotel | Dead Sea

Picking up the trail of the Syrian-Africa Rift, the day begins with a stop at one of Israel’s most ancient cities, Beit Shean.  Next is a stop at the foot of Mt. Gilboa for a more serious moment to see the ancient synagogue at  Beit Alfa.  Fun resumes at Gan Garoo where the family will see a park that is the home to Australian animals including seven kinds of kangaroos.  Water falls, literally, at three different spots in the Park “HaMayanot” (Park of Springs) on its way through the Beit Shean Valley where we will travel on our way to the Dead Sea.

Day 8: Dead Sea, Ein Gedi and Masada

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

At daybreak we will climb of Masada, the last stronghold during the Great Revolt by the Jews against the Romans, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cable cars were installed for a climb that is still optional.  Descend from the heights of Masada continue to the nature reserve at Ein Gedi and finish by rest your feet with a dip in the Dead Sea, cover yourselves with the world-famous mud, here at the lowest point on earth.  Rinse off before heading north to Jerusalem for overnight accommodations.

Day 9: Walking Shoes in Old City of Jerusalem

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

Tie on the walking shoes for a mapping of the Old City of Jerusalem.  “Ir David” (City of David) is the focus of the first morning in Jerusalem, with new excavation that features the origins from 3000 B.C.E.  Next is a guided walking tour that includes the Western Wall, Christian holy places Via Dolorosa and Holy Sepulcher and the Muslim Dome of the Rock shrine.  The day proceeds to the Western Wall Tunnels, which pass from the western wall prayer to see remains from the Second Temple  and later periods.  Complete the day with the raucous walk through the bustling “shuk” (market).

Day 10: Judean Hills

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

The family will be delighted with a visit to Beit Guvrin where they will “Dig for  Day” in a real archaeological dig.  Continuing in meeting with nature and antiquities, The next stop, the Avshalom Caves and their stalagmite and stalactite treasures is a fascinating tour for children of all ages and their folks.  Come back in the light to visit Latrun, the “great escape” prison and the Tank and Artillery Museum  which chronicle the narrative of the Israeli War of Independence. Return to Jerusalem but not turning in before seeing  the spectacular show  Sound and Light at the Citadel.

Day 11: New City of Jerusalem

Accomodation: David Citadel Hotel | Jerusalem

The morning includes a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, committed to commemoration, documentation, research and education.   The mood lifts when the family plants a tree in the Jerusalem Forest.  Next, to sample what is grown by Israeli farmers in the same earth that the children planted a tree, your next stop is Machane Yehuda, an open air fruit and vegetable market.  Replenished, the family heads over the Israel Museum and the unique looking domed Shrine of the Book, where the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls are housed in regulated temperatures.  Pass by the Knesset and the unique Superior Court Building where the new laws are made  before finishing the day, and the trip, with an amazing ride in the Jerusalem Time Elevator and your final overnight in the country, the city of gold, Jerusalem.

Day 12: Homeward Bound

Depending on your flight, you may choose to stop for your final authentic meal in the village of Abu Gosh on the way to the Ben Gurion Int’l Airport. Once safely checked in for your flight, Lifetime Discovery staff will sign off, wishing you a safe trip home. 

Come back soon for many more discoveries