The birth of the modern state of Israel after the Second World War, and the remarkable survival and growth of the tiny state is a huge topic – obviously there is nowhere better suited to exploring this topic than the land of Israel itself.
Our specialist tours will allow you and your children to explore and personally engage with Israel’s recent history and current geo-politics. Start with a Kibbutz tour to understand this radical movement – a revolutionary blueprint for socialist farming settlements developed around 100 years ago. The Kibbutz movement was not only socialist, but strongly Zionist, and the young Kibbutzim played a crucial role in the defence of Israel’s borders. Visiting a kibbutz and meeting with local members is a fascinating experience which transports you to a different world. Explore the British mandate period and learn about the various Jewish resistance movements at museums such as the Ayalon Institute where you can visit a secret, underground bullet factory; the Palmach Museum in Tel Aviv, an interactive experience which places you in the shoes of a young Palmach member; the Begin museum in Jerusalem through which you can explore the Irgune (or Etzel) movement including the infamous bombing of the King David Hotel; the Underground Prisoners museum in Acre where the British imprisoned and ultimately hung captured Jewish resistance fighters, and many more.
Explore the 1967 and 1973 Arab Israeli wars by venturing up to the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee. Here you will explore battle sites complete with bunkers you can still enter and tanks which children can climb on. You will learn about the wars through interactive maps and movies, and specialist jeep rides will take you off road to the borders with Syria and Lebanon where you can fully understand how Israel’s Northern borders were former, and the current day challenges of the region. We also recommend a visit further South in the ‘Gaza Envelope’ where you can visit communities on the border with Gaza and understand the long and complex history of this small but troubled piece of land.
No Jewish heritage tour is complete without some time in Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city. The incredible story of the founding pioneers is truly inspirational, and a visit to Independence Hall, where the State of Israel was declared into existence by David Ben Gurion can be very moving. Tel Aviv is the centre of modern Hebrew culture today, from fashion to architecture to art to food, and we can tailor your Tel Aviv experience to focus your interests in any of these fields with specialist guided tours.
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