Family holidays in Israel

We booked a small group tour with three families we know, all with teenage kids, to go on a cultural trip of Israel. What we hadn’t expected was just how emotional it was going to be.
In many ways, to fully appreciate the history and cultural complexity of Israel, as well as the heat and crowds at some of the honeypot sites, it is worth waiting until children are older to travel there with them. Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum is not open to children under ten, for example. But to visit Israel without exploring its history, religion or politics with your children is a wasted opportunity to learn together. It’s not all museums and learning though, there is plenty of fun to be had too, from floating in the Dead Sea to snorkeling in the Red Sea.

Family activities in Israel

Eating out

Eating out is a family affair in Israel, kids are welcomed with open arms and hollow legs are filled over and over. Even fussy eaters will drool over the superb street food, from shawarma to shashooka, burekas to baklava. Sample bits of everything with the ingenious Shuk Bites Machne Yehuda market card, which is a one off charge allowing you to sample many a shop and food stall.

The Dead Sea

The ultimate in buoyant experiences, the Dead Sea shouldn’t be missed, but again best for older children. First of all, the salt really stings if you have any small cuts. Second, you mustn’t actually try to swim, as your head can become submerged. However, there are lifeguards on duty. But between the floatation fun, and mud baths in between, it mustn’t be missed.

The kibbutz

The kibbutz plays a big part of Israeli tourism, and has done for years. Traditionally, they are communal living communities, based on agricultural practices, with a 70’s hippy vibe. But now many have developed into ecotourism ventures, with rural guesthouses and country cabins surrounded by farm life. For families that love the community ethos of youth hostelling or camping, kibbutz is perfect.

Our top Israel family Holiday

Israel and Palestinian tour

Israel and Palestinian tour

Experience ancient Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

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Israel tips for families

Anthony Horrobin from our supplier Encounters Travel gives his tips for family holidays in Israel:
“Consider avoiding the height of summer and busy religious holidays. This will make the climate more comfortable and moving around easier due to less crowds. The whole of Israel is really family friendly and where to visit will really depend on their requirements. However, we are able to put together a great itinerary including time by the Red Sea, history and culture in Jerusalem and Nazareth, modern Israel in Tel Aviv as well as unique experiences such as the Dead Sea and the amazing fortress at Masada.”
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