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Announcing Our Gay Dad Family Trip to Israel

Join us for an exclusive gay dad family trip to Israel next summer, July 30 - August 06, 2017! This will be a spectacular 10-day tour where the emphasis is on the family, and the grown-ups are all gay.

History will literally come to life when we explore Jerusalem. You'll see why Tel Aviv is not only the gay capital of the MiddleEast, but also one of the top preferred destinations for LGBT travelers globally.

Highlights include:


  • Kid-friendly tours of the ancient city of Jerusalem with stops at the Western Wall, the Tower of King David, the room from the Last Supper, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Delarosa, the Arab market and more.
  • A visit to the popular Mahane Yehuda market.
  • A walk through the charming Armenian, Jewish and Christian quarters.
  • A trip to the Ein Gedi nature reserve and the Dead Sea, where you'll get to feel what it's like to float on water!
  • A special overnight in a Bedouin camp featuring a traditional Bedouin Hafla dinner and camel rides.
  • A visit to beautiful Old City Jaffa, one of the world's oldest port cities ports.
  • Plenty of down-time to relax, take the kids for a refreshing splash in the pool, enjoy the glistening beaches and water activities of the Mediterranean Sea, or even go shopping.
  • We're especially excited to be partnering with the Israeli Gay Father's Association, so you'll meet local gay dad families throughout the trip. What better way to get an understanding of life in Israel than from the perspective of gay Israeli dads?

    We're working with OUTstanding Travel, Israel's leading LGBT travel agency, to organize the trip and you can get complete vacation details and pricing information on their site.

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