The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 3, & Boy age 2.
Address: Beit Guvrin region
Hours: 8am to 5pm from April to September 8am to 4pm from October to March
Website: Several to choose from
Admission: 29 NIS for adults, 15 NIS for children. Israeli senior citizens receive a 50% discount. Group rates are also available.
Description: Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park covers more than 1,250 acres, and it is often called the land of a thousand caves. The entire area contains hundreds of subterranean caves made by people in the past that visitors can explore. The caves here were used for refuge during the Bar Kochva revolt against the Romans. Visitors can also participate in an actual archeological dig, making it a great attraction for all ages.
Our Experiences: The Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park had a little bit of a touristic feel when we visited, but everyone in our family had fun and enjoyed the visit here. Our 2 year old had a blast with some buckets and dirt, and the older kids and the adults enjoyed the history and had a great time at the archeological dig. Some of the tunnels may not be ideal for smaller children or anyone who is claustrophobic though. Our entire family recommends this destination and it is a great way to learn about the past while having fun.
Address: On Route 443, located midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
Hours: Sunday -Thursday 8:30am to 4pm, Fridays 8:30am to 1pm
Admission: Adults 25 NIS, children 20 NIS. Special tour prices vary, and start at 20 people for 700 NIS
Description: Neot Kedumim is called a Biblical Garden and Park, and it contains many varieties of plants, shrubs, and flowers that are mentioned in the bible. There are also ritual baths, presses for wine and olives that have been reconstructed, cisterns, threshing floors, and many other historic items and activities. Special activities for children include tram rides, olive pressing, arts and crafts, and music events.
Our Experiences: The beautiful biblical landscape reserve of Neot Kedumim. We strolled along interesting pathways and various stations, listening to explanations of the connections between the plants and their biblical ancestors. Our entire family highly recommends this attraction. It is very educational and all ages will learn from the experience. It is important to get a guide to get the most out of your visit though. Go to their website to choose what you want to see and reserve your tour in advance to prevent any problems on the day of the tour. Kids wont say it is thrilling, but ours really enjoyed it.
Address: Yisuv Alon 90618
Hours: Hours may vary, depending on the season and the events being held
Admission: Varies, depending on the event or activities involved
Description: The Land of Genesis attempts to reconstruct the biblical past and the experiences that the bible talks about. Activities and events for children and adults are held here, and special events can be arranged as well. Camel rides and meals are available as well. Scenic desert landscapes add to the appeal.
Our Experiences: We enjoyed dinner and camel rides at the Land of Genesis, although this attraction is quite touristy and even kitschy. We ate our meal in a tent designed to depict the tent of Abraham and Sarah, and our kids had fun during dinner. The camel rides were a big hit with the younger children, and I think this would be true with almost all younger kids. I think kids older than 11 or 12 would not enjoy this experience as much, but it is a good place for a camel ride.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips