Months Visited: August
Our family enjoys a wide range of activities and stops, and we are typically adventurous but we do enjoy some relaxing days on a trip as well. We want to spend much of our time in an area seeing and doing as much as we can before it is time to leave, and we try to include educational stops together with some activities that are fun and exciting for the whole family. We are willing to step out of our comfort zone sometimes and we enjoy nature and outdoor activities even if it means roughing it at times. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 14 years, Boy age 9 years, Boy age 7 years.
Address: Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Description: The Western Wall of Jerusalem has a number of fascinating excavations under and near the wall which can be toured by visitors. These excavations were first started in the middle of the 19th century by British researchers, starting in 1864. The first find was an arch which is believed to have been part of a bridge that once connected the Temple Mount to Jerusalem. The excavations were continued by the Israeli government after the Six Day War was over, and this was done in order to expose the remaining parts of the Western Wall. There are tunnels, artifacts, and even an ancient cistern pool that dates back to around the first century.
Our Experiences: Our Western Wall excavations tour was a lot of fun but also educational. The history of the wall is fascinating, and we all liked exploring the tunnels and seeing the many highlights that the tour includes. Seeing the city of Jerusalem as it was centuries ago was an incredible experience, and this was an exciting adventure for the kids as well as a learning experience for our entire family.
Address: 37 Hilel Street, Agron House, Nahalat Shiva
Phone: (00) 972-2-624-8381
Hours: 9am to 10pm Monday through Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday, 9:40am to 10pm Saturday, and 9am to 10 pm Sunday
Admission: 54 NIS for adults and children over 5, discounted prices available to groups and certain other categories including students, seniors, and soldiers.
Description: The Time Elevator is a voyage through the past, going back around 3,000 years in two hour or less, and the interactive experience takes visitors to fascinating places in Jerusalem and allows them to learn about the historic people and events in the city. Seating that is motion based adds to the experience and allows guests to interact with the film. There are seats that are not motion based, for those who are pregnant or who suffer from any condition that would make motion based seating inadvisable. Enjoy a unique ride while you learn about the history of Jerusalem in a fun and engaging way.
Our Experiences: The Time Elevator 3D film that we went to was a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed the ride, which was exciting and recommended by the kids. Learning about Jerusalem in the past this way makes it an experience that we will not soon forget, and the kids really enjoyed the film as well as the seats that move along with the film. The seating was very comfortable. Both the kids and the adults enjoyed the experience very much, and the show kept the attention of everyone through the entire thing. It was well worth seeing, and we learned some important history.
Description: Kad V’Chomer is a studio in the city of Jerusalem where families and individuals can create their own pottery, painting pieces with a personal touch and then keeping them as souvenirs. Unlike many pottery studios visitors to Kad V’Chomer do not need to have any special skill or knowledge, they just have to have a desire to paint pottery in their own unique style. Families will spend quality time together as they create lasting memories in addition to the pottery pieces that they paint.
Our Experiences: We all enjoyed our time at the Kad V’Chomer pottery making studio, this was a terrific stop that few would fail to like. We all spent time together discussing the pottery and swapping ideas for the painting. We found resources here that allowed us to express our creativity and individual sense of style, and all had a blast while we were here. This is a stop that we recommend very highly, and one that we would do again in the future if possible.