Published on October 09, 2013 by IBMT
Is your son approaching his Bar Mitzvah? You probably have fond memories of your own ceremony and are keen to give your son the same. It’s an enormous step being thrust into the world of adulthood and responsibility and you are probably mulling over how you might help your son get the most out of it. Today we’re going to be looking at Bar Mitzvah tours of Israel – these have exploded in popularity over the past decade and many tour and travel companies offer them. Here are three unique benefits of going on a tour that will make your experience greater than the sum of its parts.
What Are Bar Mitzvah Tours Of Israel?
There are so many tour companies and travel agents offering these tours and packages they are hard to generalize but every tour offers the same basic elements. Join a tour and your whole 12 or 15-day trip will be fully catered from the moment you step off the plane to the moment you leave. Tours include many different families with members of all ages and you will be fully looked after by a dedicated guide for the duration of your tour. You will visit areas of religious and historical significance in Israel as well as special meals and ceremonies for the Bar Mitzvah itself. Here are three key benefits of tours that you may by unaware of.
#1: Tour Guides Are Walking Encyclopedias
The one thing that bowls most people over is the quality of the tour guide who takes care of them. The quality of the guide can make or break a tour so it pays to take some time choosing the right tour firm to book with. A good guide will be able to connect with people from all walks of life and of all ages from kids to grandparents. Good guides will explain every historical intricacy of sites you visit as well as symbolism and religious facts about the places you go and the things you experience.
#2: Make Lifelong Friends
A Bar Mitzvah tour is an excellent way for you, your son and your family to make lifelong friends. Most tours begin with exploring Jerusalem for several days. By the time you leave Jerusalem, you will have bonded with the other families on your tour in a way that you never thought possible. The beauty and significance of the city and the places makes the friendships you strike up all the more meaningful. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself planning to meet up again in Israel in the future!
#3: The Perfect Combination Of Education And Adventure
Almost all tours combine religion with history and people expect this from their tour guides. What most families don’t bank on is how wonderfully the itinerary blends education with adventure. Tours can combine anything from rowing across rivers to crawling through the secret tunnels at Beit Guvrin to riding camels through the desert plus much, much more. You’ll enjoy it every bit as much as your son will and really get a kick out of the combination of learning and excitement.