12 Days Italy Bar - Bat Mitzvah tour

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Tour Overview


DAY 1

FLIGHT TO ITALY

Board your overnight flight to the Eternal city of Rome. 


DAY 2

DAY 2

BENVENUTI A TUTTI! WELCOME TO BELLA ROMA!

On arrival at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino airport you will be warmly greeted by your English speaking tour representative who will escort you to your hotel. Check in begins at 200 PM. Depending on your arrival time, you may have some time to familiarize yourself with some of its highlights. Don’t forget to take your camera.  This evening dine at one of the local Kosher restaurants. (Dinner)  Buona Notte!                  


DAY 3

ROME

After a sumptuous buffet breakfast visit the Vatican Museums, one of the cornerstones of Rome. After a special Jewish reading in the Sistine Chapel take a few minutes to loo for the seven Hebrew prophets in Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. Following lunch on your own in a local restaurant visit one of the best, yet least known attractions in the city, the walled and crowded Ghetto of Rome. Moving along we arrive at the ornate and massive Tempio Maggiore di Roma, the principal synagogue of Rome, one of the largest synagogues in Europe built between 1901 and 1904. Beneath the Great Synagogue is the Museo Hebraic di Roma, the Jewish Museum of Rome, host to several exhibits highlighting the connection between the Jewish people and Rome. Their history is depicted in its magnificent collection of silverware and precious textiles from all over Europe, marble carvings that once decorated the Cinque Scole, the five synagogues of the Ghetto demolished in the 19th century as well as miniature parchments. Our day ends with dinner in a Kosher restaurant in the ghetto area. (Breakfast & Dinner) 


DAY 4

ROME DAY AT LEISURE

After breakfast, a day at leisure for everyone. time to do some great shopping and explore the city on your own.
Dinner at a local restaurant for the group. Overnight Rome.


DAY 5

ROME | OSTIA | DAY OF BAR-BAT MITZVAH

TODAY IS YOUR BAR - BAT MITZVAH DAY.  Venturing from Rome we head to Ostia Antica to be joined by our local tour guide and archaeologist. The Ostia Synagogue is an ancient synagogue located in ancient Ostia Antica, the seaport of Imperial Rome. It is one of the oldest synagogues in the world, the oldest synagogue in Europe and the oldest mainstream Jewish synagogue yet uncovered outside Israel. The synagogue building dates from the reign of Claudius (41-54 AD) and continued in use as a synagogue into the 5th century AD.

For Bar / Bat Mitzvah families and guest here we will paticipate in a Bar / Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the ruine of the oldest synagogue known in Europe.

Let your imagination take you back over 2000 years to a time when Ostia Antica was a lively and thriving commercial center. As you wander the ruins peeking at the remains of arcades, baths, mansions and warehouses, you will get an idea of what Roman lifestyles was like then. By entering the time machine see how civilizations advanced, how everyday life was well-organized and why this city is still amongst the best preserved in the world. Then spend a few minutes trying to guess what was for sale in the shops behind each 2nd century mosaic sign. Lunch on your own in a local restaurant. Wearing Samsung Gear Virtual Reality glasses uncover the history and culture of Ancient Rome experiencing the Colosseum like never before. Relive the history of the ancient world while a multilingual narrative voice coupled with epic background music brings it all to life. See the Roman Forum, the marketplace of ancient Rome and the nearby Palatine Hill, the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome.

Then transfer to the restaurant for our Bne’i Mitzvah party. Overnight (Breakfast & Dinner) 


DAY 6

DAY 6

ROME | BOLOGNA | PARMA | MODENA | BOLOGNA

Morning transfer to the Rome Railway Station to board the fast train to Bologna (about 2h30). On arrival a private coach transfer  to Parma (famous for its Parmesan cheese). Lunch on your own.         

In the afternoon a local guide joins us as we visit the Synagogue, Comunita' Ebraica Di Parma and the Biblioteca Palatina, home to the largest collection of Hebrew Manuscripts in Italy. Although the community is small today, it is active. Proceed to Modena on the south side of the Po Valley to see the recently restored emancipation Synagogue opened in 1873, the remains of the Jewish Ghetto and the Este Library housing important Jewish manuscripts. Arrive back in Bologna for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast  & Dinner) 


DAY 7

FERRARI MUSEUM AND FACTORY

Our day starts with a morning lecture by Prof. Mauro Perani, one of the most important experts in Jewish studies in Italy followed by lunch on your own in a typical trattoria. Mangiare!.

This afternoon its back to Modena to explore the Ferrari Museum and the Fiorano test track. This unique experience retells the story of one of the most prestigious automobile houses in Italy  and showcases some of the most beautiful cars ever built. See   the collection of race trophies, photographs and multimedia displays. Admire many of Ferrari’s most iconic cars throughout    its history including the single seater that won Ferrari its first world championship in 1951 and Formula 1 car driven by retired former German racing driver Michael Schumacher.

Now to test your skills - a car simulator has been designed and engineered to let users experience driving on the Monza track and to step inside the reconstruction of an impressive pit stop.  Although the Ferrari factory is not open to the public (unless you own a Ferrari), visitors can spend some time in the Ferrari Store purchasing official merchandise. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Bologna. (Breakfast  & Dinner) 


DAY 8

FERRARA | PADUA | VENICE | THE GELATO EXPERIENCE

A private coach takes us to the Carpigiani Museum, a  Gelato museum, the only one of its kind in the word where we will learn about the history of artisan gelato. The “smaller explorers” have time to create their own ice cream masterpieces according to ancient recipes as members of the Maestro Gelato University. Parents learn the basic techniques of ice cream production and test their skills on how to make it at home!

Follow the production of modern ice cream with tasting! Since this is a group activity, children must be accompanied by a parent. Continuing north-northeast this afternoon we come to Ferrara located in the Emilia-Romagna region, known as a City of Renaissance defined by the d’Este dynasty. Our day ends in Venice, the city of canals. A water taxi transfers us to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Venice. (Breakfast & Dinner) 


DAY 9

EXPLORE VENICE BY A GAME

After a delicious buffet breakfast we set off on a guided tour of the Jewish Ghetto featuring the Jewish Museum, Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Situated in the Campo of the Ghetto Novo between the two oldest Venetian synagogues, this little but very rich museum was founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice and showcases important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and the 19th centuries, ancient books and manuscripts and some objects used in the most important moments of the cycle of civil and religious life. Enjoy lunch.

The best way to explore Venice is to play a family game through the streets of the historic center discovering hidden gems, amazing monuments, breathtaking sites and interesting secrets. Led by a local assistant acting as the hunt master, you will be asked questions, provided with clues and hints and finally awarded a prize. Phones are used only to take pictures. The hunt is based on building a team, having some fun together and seeing the highlights of the city.  Taking a minimum of 3 hours, the winning team receives a Venetian prize! Enjoy dinner this evening at a Kosher restaurant. Overnight Venice. (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner)
NOTE - Kids below 18 must be accompanied by adults. 


DAY 10

VENICE | CONEGLIANO | TRIESTE

Board a private water-taxi to the parking lot where our bus is waiting for the drive to historic Conegliano, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance painter Giambattista Cima (XV sec.) who painted mostly religious subjects. Located close to the Treviso Alps, a small but very important Jewish Community was established in ancient times. See the synagogue rebuilt with furniture transported to 25 Hillel Street in Jerusalem in 1954 and operates today serving the Italian Jewish community.

Enjoy lunch in a typical farmhouse in the Conegliano hills area before continuing to beautiful Trieste “Gateway to Zion”, home to Europe’s largest synagogue. Our local expert guide will join us for a guided tour of the historic city center. Afterwards enjoy an aperitif at Caffè San Marco a rendezvous for writers and intellectuals frequented by the Irish novelist James Joyce.   Dinner and overnight in Trieste. (Breakfast & Dinner) 


DAY 11

LA BONBON TRIESTE | EXPERIENCE OF THE BOMBONIERA

A morning tour of Jewish Trieste takes us to the ghetto area where some of the buildings from the two Jewish ghettos survived and have been restored. See the Monumental Synagogue, the Jewish Museum and the Carlo and Vera Wagner Museum opened in 1993  as a museum to showcase objects of the community.

Now for something special. There are many ways to prepare “Merenda” the snack of peasants and workers. La Bomboniera,   the last Liberty pastry shop has remained intact for over a century in Trieste. Its austere showcases are adorned by bonbon, fondant and confetti as originally prepared in the nineteenth-century amidst putizze (dried fruit, chocolate and nut spiral cake), presnitz (puff pastry filled with dried fruit, nuts and spices), pinze (a traditional desert flan) and homemade chocolate eggs.

Taste the Rigó Jancsi, a traditional Hungarian cube-shaped chocolate sponge cake and chocolate cream pastry at the Bomboniera, where this authentic Austro-Hungarian pastry has been made since 1850. Founded by the Hungarian Eppinger family, all desserts are cooked strictly in the original wood-burning oven dating back to 1850. It is the only pastry shop in Trieste to use this method). Enjoy lunch on your own at a restaurant in the center of the city.

Afternoon visit the 19th century Miramare Castle on the Gulf of Trieste. Built for the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife Charlotte of Belgium, visitors can view their private chambers featuring the original furnishings.

Return to Trieste stopping at one of the renowned Gelaterie such as “Jazzin” Gelateria to taste this wonderful ice cream. Dinner this evening in a restaurant with its amazing view of the Gulf of Trieste. Overnight in Trieste. (Breakfast  & Farewell dinner) 


DAY 12

TRIESTE | DEPARTURE

For those members of the tour departing early this morning, a transfer to the airport will be provided..

For those leaving later today, you have a chance to enjoy a free day in Trieste on your own. Check out from the hotel is between 11am - 12pm. Luggage can be stored with the bell boy until departure. Please ensure that you return to the hotel for your transfer in time for your flight. (Breakfast)

 

Arrivederci Bellisima Italia! 


Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
24 Jun 201825 Jun 201805 Jul 2018$4394$5498$3569BOOK THIS TOUR
22 Jul 201823 Jul 201802 Aug 2018$4394$5498$3569BOOK THIS TOUR
19 Aug 201820 Aug 201830 Aug 2018$4394$5498$3569BOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD

Inclusions


Meal included

Breakfast | Lunch some days | Dinner  


LUGGAGE RULES

Rules for luggage transportation on Motor Coaches
In cases when the Motor Coach is completely full at its maximum capacity
we highly suggest bringing only 2 pieces of luggage, one big (55cm x 40cm x 20 cm; 22”x 18” x 8”)
and other small (backpack or a small carry-on bag).  This is to avoid inconveniences
of space in the motor coach.  In cases of big groups and when this rule is not observed we might be forced to rent a truck for the exceeded luggage that will mean Extra Charges in the final price of this quotation.

 

ENTRANCES FEE

All mentioned Entrances are included

VERY IMPORTANT when it comes to students, the proposal includes the reduced ticket for students. in this case, our Tour Manager, must receive, on the arrival day of the group, the photocopies of all passports, including the Teachers. Without these photocopies we can not get the tickets students rates, and we will be obliged to invoice you the extra charge


INCREASE OF COSTS

Any increase of costs, independent from our will, like: VAT, Museums Entrance, Local Tax, Coach Tax to the City Center, will be communicated to you and charged in equal measure

NOT INCLUDED
Return airfare and departure taxes
Rabbi services and ceremony - call for details*
Any meals not mentioned on the tour
Tips to guide and driver

  PROGRAM

Day 2 -  ROME

  Coach transfer + Orientation Tour

  Rome Coach Tax

  Welcome Aperitif at the Hotel

  Kosher Dinner in local restaurant

  BB Hotel 4 stars like Palatino

   

 Day 3 -  ROME

  Car/Minivan/Bus at disposal for the daily services

  Rome Coach Tax

  3 Hours City Guide (Vatican)

  Entrance fee Vatican Museums

  3 Hours City Guide (Ghetto)

  Entrance fee Synagogue

  Kosher Dinner in Rome restaurant

  BB Hotel 4 stars like Palatino   

   

Day 4 -  ROME

Day at Leisure

   

Day 5 - ROME

  Car/Minivan/Bus at disposal for the daily services

  Rome Coach Tax

 For the Bar-Bat Mitzvah Family, morning dedicated to the Bar-Bat Mitzvah

 For the regular Family, morning at disposal

 Pm - Treasure hunt in the historical centre 

  Dinner in local restaurant 

  BB Hotel 4 stars like Palatino   

   

Day 6 - ROME - BOLOGNA - PARMA - MODENA - BOLOGNA

  Car/Minivan/Bus Transfer to Rome railway Station to the Hotel

  Fast Train Roma/Bologna in 1st Class 

  Car/Minivan/Bus at disposal for the daily services in Bologna area

  FD Guide at Disposal

  Entrance fee Palatina Library Parma

  Dinner in local restaurant in Bologna

  BB Hotel 4 stars like Stahotel Excelsior

      

Day 7 - BOLOGNA

  Lecture with Prof. Mauro Perani

  3 Hours City Guide in Bologna

  Entrance fee Jewish Museum in Bologna

  Entrance fee Museo Civico Medievale

  Dinner in local restaurant in Bologna

  BB Hotel 4 stars like Stahotel Excelsior

      

Day 8 - BOLOGNA - FERRARA - PADOVA - VENICE

  Car/Minivan/Bus at disposal for the daily services

  Venice Coach tax

  2,5 Hours City guide in Ferrara

  Entrance fee to the new National Jewish Museum in Ferrara

  Lunch in local restaurant in Ferrara

  2,5 Hours City Guide in Padua

  Assistance for the transfer in Venice (From 2 to 7 people)

  Private Boat Transfer from the Hotel in Venice to the Parking

  Dinner in restaurant near the Hotel

  BB Hotel 4 stars like Giorgione

   

 Day 9 - VENICE

  2 Hours City Guide Jewish Ghetto

  Entrance fee Jewish Museum

  Lunch in local restaurant

  Private RT Boat Transfer to Lido of Venice

  Entrance fee Jewish cemetery

  Guide for the Jewish cemetery

  2 Hours City Guide Venice Historical Centre

  Entrance fee Doge's Palace + Basilica of St. Mark's

  Dinner in Kosher restaurant

  BB Hotel 4 stars like Giorgione

   

 Day 10 - VENICE - CONEGLIANO - TRIESTE

  Private Boat Transfer to the Coach Parking

  Assistance for the transfer (From 2 to 7 people)

  Car/Minivan/Bus at disposal for the daily services

  Venice Coach Tax

 am2 Hours City Guide in Conegliano

  Lunch in a Farmhouse Conegliano area

 pm3 Hours City Guide in Trieste

  Dinner in Hotel or nearby restaurant

  BB Hotel 4 Stars like Continental

      

Day 11 - TRIESTE

  3 Hours City Guide in Trieste

  Entrance fee Jewish Museum

  Merenda by Pastry Store La Bomboniera

  Car/Minivan/Bus RT Transfer to Miramare Castle

  Guide for a visit to Miramare Castle

  Entrance fee Miramare Castle

  Farewell dinner restaurant sea view in Triest

  BB Hotel 4 Stars like Continental

      

Day 12 - TRIESTE - DEPARTURE

  Car/Minivan/Bus transfer to Trieste or Venice Airport

 

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Testimonials

We recently returned from a IBMT Tour for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we all agree that it was the best vacation that we have taken to date.  The tour was well organized and the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.  The events that they include in the tour include everything “must see” in Israel and activities that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  The tour allows for activities for all ages and accommodates anyone who wants to do more or less than they have planned.  It is obvious to me and my family that they have put serious thought into planning the tour as all of the logistics were worked out.  We would confidently refer this tour group to anyone considering a Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel.

Michael Rodney

IBMT TESTIMONIAL

In August we went to Israel for our son’s Bar Mitzvah with our entire family. We had people ranging in age from 9 to 79 and needed a trip that would be fun for all. Ornan and his team at IBMT really took the time to get to know me and to find out what we needed before he planned a trip that everyone has agreed was the best and most memorable family trip that we’ve ever been on. The trip ran flawlessly and every detail was considered. We were able to customize our entire experience and all of his recommendations turned out to be amazing. Most importantly he was always available when I had any questions and worked tirelessly to reassure me that our trip would be perfect and it was.

Irina and Mark Gross

Hi Ornan,

"Opting to celebrate our son's bar mitzvah this summer with IBMT is one of the best decisions we've ever made.  The itinerary took us to places around the country that I've never experienced on previous trips to Israel.  Experiencing our son's bar mitzvah atop Masada as opposed to a more rushed, crowded experience at the wall truly sets IBMT apart from other tour companies.  The professionalism of the IBMT staff both in North America and Israel was superb...everything was incredibly well organized and we were heartened by IBMT's level of diligence in ensuring that every hotel and restaurant fully accommodated our son's food allergies.  Our tour guide Natalie was the highlight of the trip -- she is warm, incredibly knowledgeable, and tailored the experience for everyone's needs.  The other families on ...

David M Zimmerman

To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a person with so much knowledge, she made it very interesting for all of us to enjoy and we all became one big family.
Fun, Excitement & Connection, IBMT you are more then that. Everyone took care of each other looking after the children, everyone pitched in
“...

Chana Pulvermacher

Ornan,

Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

Thanks again

Adam Waese

Bar Mitzvah Tour in Europe

Hi Ornan

We just returned from our trip this afternoon. We had a wonderful time and our trip was seamless! All three guides were great and drivers were professional as well.
Thanks for putting together the Siddur. It will be such a nice memento.

One quick question-is there a way to forward  an additional tip on to Budapest guide Agi Antal? Is it best to deal with her directly or can I send you a check to be given to her by her tour group? I am not sure how that works???

Thanks again for planning such a great trip!!  We will highly recommend your services to others!

Warmly

Shayna Green and Eric Genin

The Best Bat Mitzvah Experience

Our family had a wonderful 2 week experience with IBMT in August, 2015. My wife, daughters (age 12 and 13) and parents (age 71 and 72) all had a simply incredible experience. The tour hits many of the incredible, historic sights the country offers and combines those with amazing activities for the kids including: a live archaeological dig, water tunnels, a chocolate factory, river rafting, a zipline, a jeep tour, donkey riding, camel riding, diving with dolphins and of course playing on beaches of the Mediterranean, Dead and Red seas. The trip was equivalent to four, one-week vacations nicely fit and organized into 13 days.

On the comfort scale, we had a spacious, air conditioned bus with internet access, and all our lodging venues were very nice and served scrumptious breakfasts! Furthermore, our tour guide Nathalie and bus drier Moody were both tremendous!

However, I ...

Eric Glazer

We returned from our 15 day Bar Mitzvah tour and still cannot believe what a fabulous trip we enjoyed. There are many reasons why we are so positive and why we would highly recommend IBMT.

1. The responsiveness and communication from Ornan to the guide. Everyone concerned with IBMT responded to requests for information immediately and we felt that they were truly interested in us, our needs and questions. Having initially called a number of other tour groups, I can say that this is not always the case. Other groups waited days to respond to emails and calls, however, it was evident from day 1 that we were dealing with a professional and experienced organization that was interested in us and that our business was valued. This followed throughout the period prior to the trip including airline arrangements, hotel reservations and advice as to what we could do before and ...

Elayne Cheslow

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