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it’s all in the family in ISRAEL middle east Beachside in Tel Aviv. Israel, the ancient crucible of the world’s major religions, the crossroads of virtually every important culture going back thousands of years, and an undisputed depository of history, has all the elements of the once-in-lifetime family vacation. O rick shively 56 september 2012 Of course, the most essential element for family travel—whether it be Israel or anywhere else—is the idea of spending quality time together, be it the family unit itself or multi-generational travel. And on its website, the Israel Ministry of Tourism points out that, “The best news about traveling to Israel with your kids is that because most Israelis go on vacation with the whole family, Israel is very child-friendly. The easier nature trails, for example, are even officially designated ‘family trails.’ And if you are planning to visit Israel during summer or winter school vacations and especially during the interim days of Passover and Sukkot, you’ll find dozens of Israel Nature and Parks Authority sites as well as museums to be treasure-troves of fun and learning—from costumed guides to hands-on workshops in pottery, mosaic-making, bread-baking and other crafts,” something family travelers can do on their own during free time. Additionally, many Israeli hotels, especially those in resort towns like Tiberias and Eilat, usually have a kids’ club, hosting arts and crafts and other activities. Underscoring all this, Noaz Bar-Nir, director general of the Israel Ministry of Tourism, points out that agents should not confuse which type of trip to book for families and that there is a difference between ISRAEL MINISTRY OF TOURISM/ALBERTO PERAL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend September 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Omni Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Adventures by Disney
Disney Fantasy
Atlantis, The Bahamas
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Great Kid-Friendly Resorts
Mexico with Kids in Mind
Belize + Costa Rica = Family-Friendly
Ancestry Travel: Family Roots & Routes
Hotel-Free Stays for Ski + Beach Escapes
Kidding Around in Asia
It's All in the Family Israel

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