Offarim Israel Experience
Offarim Israel Experience is an out of the ordinary way to tour Israel. Directed by a married couple - Ofra and Offer, who are two former IDF officers. We combine love of Israel, knowledge of every obscure dirt path with proven organizational skills.
In addition, and above all, we wish to unveil the normal, sometimes non touristic, side of Israel.
We base the trips on past experiences with our own family, friends, and guests. You will visit our favorite places- those that native Israelis explore, return to, and love to be at. The trips are not "cookbook tours", they are Tailor made, personal tours of Israel.
Israel, that you will see with us will expose you both to the scenery and the blending of wonderful people that make this place - a home.
Imagine for a second:
The incredible Masada where Elazar Ben Yair (commander of the rebels on Masada) told his people –" It is our right to live as free people but when we are deprived of it we are left with the option to die as free people.”
The Golan Heights where ordinary people faced their destiny and saw how spirit could overcome weapons.
Explore the amazing stories of kings and prophets, of burning beliefs, incredible political powers clashes as they took place in this land, thousands of years ago.
The secret side of the Negev desert and its dry emptiness. Sit with us around a bonfire and listen to the stories of the Nabatien people, who were the true rulers of the desert. Learn how they drove the ancient caravans through the secret paths from Yemen to Israel.
The past, by digging with archaeologists.
The future, familiarize yourself with the ingenuity of Israel's famous high-tech industries and start-up companies.
Discover our most amazing "Natural Resource” –Israeli creativity.
Let us present you with the spirit of the land combined with the passion of its people.
Our commitment is to make you a true member of our family.
Having a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah are vital and significant part of the life of Jewish children. It is an important junction where daily life intersects with heritage and the spiritual sense of being Jewish. A tour in which we expose youngsters to our traditions in Israel provides:
Touring Jerusalem with its Western wall, the Western Wall tunnels and 3000 years of history and it is the centerpiece for the of Bar Mitzvah child. No matter how big and extravagant a party back home – to be in front of the Western Wall with children, relatives and close friends, reconnecting a bond started thousands of years ago, knowing that just by being here is one of life’s special moments – is unforgettable.
Meeting Ethiopian Jewish families who left a country that is primitive, were flown into the 21st century, and are now learning how to become productive participants in one of the most sophisticated countries in the world. Experiencing the sunrise at the top of Masada, after an early morning walk up the Snake Path. Spirit verses strength, the contrast of the few remaining Jews confronting the sadistic Roman legion, fighting for survival –will be the lesson your children will hear and respect come to on the top of Masada, even 2000 years later. Participating in a Mitzvah project – when passing the crossroad of becoming a young adult it is important to be exposed and pay attention to the less fortunate and to be able to look others not in a judgment but to develop active empathy for others. You will go to a soup kitchen, help prepare a meal and serve it -- another experience that will make an indelible impression in the mind of a child growing into adulthood. Visiting an Army base – for some of our groups (depending on the participants) we organize a visit to an active army unite. When the Bar Mitzvah kids from the United States enter college, the Israeli kids join the Israel Defense Forces. Becoming aware of the reality of these two different post-adolescent experiences generates a greater understanding of the lives we have in Israel. We will meet the young soldiers and their commanders, talk about their daily lives, see a display of their equipment, and hear about the conflicts which they sometime face. You will see their firm commitment to Israel and meet 25 years old officers who have the responsibility to lead soldiers into battle and bring them back alive and victorious.
Sporting: rafting/ rock repelling/ ATV activity/snorkeling in the Mediterranean/ SUV (Jeep) trips into the desert –activities that we integrate into tours to create a better bond between the members in the group (family, friends).
During these activities, adrenaline and spirits rise and generate the smiles of children receiving an important lesson in their tradition.
Just as many Israelis have an uncle in America, many Americans have relatives in Israel. Our special tours restore these connections. We will look for lost ties, families, people, and places and build a trip, together with you, that will establish a better connection with the past. When family history comes alive, when pictures of faces and places in the family album become real, the bonding between generations is strengthened and new, better, understanding of the family values is established. Our tour will return to the past and expose with you to your family history in the chronological sequence. We will see how these events integrate with the surrounding events in the state of Israel. Our nation's history will combine with your history and the picture will be memorable and unforgettable.
Mount jeeps and cross into Jordan for three days of fun, history, the incredible sandy dunes of Wadi Ram, the magnificent village of Petra, the phenomena of fresh running rivers in the desert. This will be a tour where we all become Lawrences and Lauras of Arabia, and fall in love with this incredible, vast, and untouched desert.
Day-1: Departing the border we head straight to Jordan's treasure -- Petra. A city so steeped in myth it remains legendary. We tour this remarkable and fascinating city by foot, visit the sights of particular beauty and interest and learn about its creators and occupants. Returning to our jeeps, we begin our journey on the spectacular routes that wind their way down through the Adom Mountains to the Arava Valley
Day-2: brings us to the beautiful and vast Wadi Rum, where red sand dunes and natural pillars of sandstone that were sculptured by millions of years of gentle erosion dominate the landscape. This enchanting and mystical region won the heart of Lawrence of Arabia) and here are the Seven Pillars named after his book the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Wadi Rum's unique and awesome qualities still mesmerize the travelers who venture there.
Day-3: Water in the desert – the phenomena that is hard to understand. In the middle of this desert, is the lowest place in the world (the Dead Sea area), where water is the biggest treasure, and we will take a lovely walk in a river! The cool water, combined with the heat of the desert is the only way to go. We will have "water fights,” laughs, good food served right next to the flowing water – you'll have to pinch yourself to see that you are not dreaming – you are in Jordan and not in New England.