We constantly have requests when our clients are asking us to help arranging Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel. One of the first questions people are asking: How much will it cost? We decided to share a sample itinerary for August with approximate costs for family of 4 who go by themselves (without an organized group) for 12 days.
Please note that the actual price might be different based on your situation, needs, number of days, whether you want to use private tour guides or not and so on.
$13,750 - $27,900
$1,400-1,600 x 4 people = $5,600 - $6,400
$220-350 x (10-12) nights = $2,200 - $4,200
3. Bar Mitzvah ceremony
Notes of Bar Mitzvah:
I would suggest having the ceremony in Jerusalem instead Massada because it will be too hot in Massada
The price will be more if the ceremony conducted in Massada (up to $1,200) vs. Jerusalem ($650-$800) because of the travel costs
This price includes all communication with the Rabbi over Skype before arrival; meeting the Rabbi before the ceremony; conducting the ceremony
4. Private Tours
$450-$800 per day x (4-12) days = $2,500-$9,600
Notes on tours:
Good private guides charge $600-$800 per day including car,gas, parking and excluding entrance tickets and accommodations for tour guides if they need to travel with you far from their home.
Most guides (but not all) want continuous days for their services. For example, if you have 4 days of tours they want 4 days in the row. Also they want to charge the full day fee even though they spend only 3-6 hours for certain tours. However there are guides who will reduce their fees if you take only a half day tour. I have different options for tour guides.
5. Entrance fees/activities/taxis
Arrive to Jerusalem Day 2
Old city of Jerusalem - Mount Scopus, Mount of Olives, City of David, Old City, Jewish Quarter including the Western Wall and the Western Wall tunnel
New city of Jerusalem - the Israel Museum, Mahne Yehuda Market, Emek Tzurim - experience of material from the Temple Mount, the Archaeological Park (Davidson Park). Day 4
Around Jerusalem - Herodion - the place of King Herod's palace and his tomb, En Kerem, Kennedy Memorial, 9/11 memorial. Evening - the Night Spectacular in David Citadel.
Dead Sea - St. Georg Monetary overlook, Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, Ein Gedi nature reserve, Float in the Dead Sea. Day 6
Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Masada and touring after the ceremony, En Bokek stream - short hiking with water and pools.
Day 7 Tel Aviv - Flea Market in Jaffa, Old Jaffa, Sarona Templar's colony, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial, Rothschild Avenue. Day 8 Underground bullet factory in Ayalon Institute, the Stalactites cave.
Along the Coast - Caesarea, Baha'i Gardens in Haifa, grottoes in Rosh Hanikra. Overnight in the North.
Zafed, Hula lake bike's, Rafting in the Jordan river, ATV. Day 11