Price range
From $2880 per person
Upcoming Date
06-12 January 2023
Tour Time
7 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Explore Tel Aviv on a bike tour
Jeep tour of the Golan Heights
Horseback riding
Chocolate workshop
Druze home hospitality
Surfing class in the Mediterranean Sea
Walk along the Jerusalem ramparts
Market tasting tours
Desert experience
Giving back - volunteering activities

Itinerary

1 - Friday ( January 6 ) : Shalom and Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel! - Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby.

  • Begin your trip with a bicycle tour - Explore Tel Aviv on a bike, with its beach, boulevards and hidden streets. Get to see Tel Aviv like a local! With our Tel Aviv-Jaffa Bike Tours you get to taste a bit of everything this great city has to offer. Enjoy the great weather, the fantastic beaches and the unique lifestyle of one of the finest seaside cities in the world.

  • Visit to Kaima Organic Farm - Enjoy fruit and vegetables picking together with the young teenagers that work on the farm, through your visit understand some of the challenges Israel faces. At Kaima Farm we’ll cook lunch using the farm’s produce and eat a freshly light lunch that you made together with the youth who are changing their lives through their work at the farm.

  • Mekora Farm and Amphora Winery - Visit Amphorae Winery which deserves the coveted title of Israel’s most beautiful vineyard and can compete with rural vineyards around the world. At the heart of Makura Farm on Moshav Kerem Maharal in the north, decorated with a stone mosaic and shaded by a red tile roof, is the lovely winery building, with the forested slopes of the Carmel mountain ridge in the background. At the farm you will find the olive oil press shop where you can hear about the process of olive oil making and taste some of the local fresh various types of olive oil.

  • Panoramic Lookout from the Carmel Mountain - Stop at a stunning lookout and make a toast 'she'echeyanu' - welcoming you all to Israel and celebrating your family get together.

  • Drive north and check-in to your hotel

  • Friday Night Shabbat Dinner at the hotel - If you would like we can offer an alternative: with a local family at their home OR at a good restaurant in the area

  • Hagoshrim Hotel

: Hagoshrim Hotel

2 - Saturday ( January 7 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning enjoy a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast at the hotel you will be staying at.

  • Begin your day with a magical morning hike - Tel Dan National Park combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience and includes a short wheelchair- accessible trail. At the heart of the park is “Tel Dan”- the capital of the ancient northern Israeli biblical kingdom.

  • Explore the Golan Heights on a Jeep Tour - Geo-Political tour of the Golan with an expert. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategical roll this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Merom Golan Kibbutz Tour and lunch - Eat lunch at the Kibbutz dining room and continue with a a tour of the kibbutz. Learn about the unique ideology and communal life.

  • Birkat Ram Lake - We'll stop for a snack and drink at the beautiful Birkat Ram, Lake Ram. Located in the northeastern Golan Heights, near Mt. Hermon. You will hear about the interesting geological formation of this crater lake.

  • Druze Home Hospitality and Cooking Workshop - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Proceed back to your hotel

  • Hagoshrim Hotel

: Hagoshrim Hotel

3 - Sunday ( January 8 ) : Historical Roots

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Begin your day with a fun horseback riding - Vered Hagalil Ranch is located on the beautiful slopes of Korazim plateau overlooking the Kinneret and the Golan Heights. Enjoy the beautiful views on a fun ride.

  • Adults alternative track: Tour of ancient Korazim - A Jewish town in a basalt landscape overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The beautiful synagogue at Korazim, built at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth century CE, is made of basalt, the region’s most common stone, carved in geometric, floral and faunal patterns.

  • Continue with a nature hike of Mount Arbel - In the Mt. Arbel National Park take in the dramatic cliffs of the mountain and visit the ancient Arbel Synagogue dating back to the Second Temple Period. Learn about Jewish settlement during this period and contemplate why the synagogue has the only ‘ark’ in the world that does not face Jerusalem. Enjoy the magnificent views of lake Kinneret, Golan Heights and the Hula Valley.

  • Lunch on rout

  • Delicious chocolate workshop at Galita chocolate farm in Kibbutz Degania Beit

  • Head to Jerusalem and stop at Panoramic Lookout - Mount Scopus, or “tzofim” in Hebrew, is one of the tallest hills surrounding Jerusalem. Here you will find the finest views across the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem.

  • Check-in to your hotel and dinner on own - Restaurants' recommendations and reservations can be made

  • Inbal Hotel

: Inbal Hotel

4 - Monday ( January 9 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Walk on the Old City Walls - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Ottomans. Today you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the old city and the surroundings. You will enter from the Jaffa gate and walk along the ramparts and enter the Old City through the Zion Gate.

  • Davidson Center - Walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern and interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Enter the Old City from Zion Gate and tour the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets. Visit the Byzantine Cardo, and the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations exposing two thousand years of Jewish history in the Old City till present day.

  • Lunch at the Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Check out the local humus and sweets.

  • Explore the maze of the Muslim and Christian quarters - While touring meet people who have lived in the Old City for generations, practicing their crafts and raising their families. Browse the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more. Visit to the holiest Christian site - the Holy Sepulcher.

  • Take time to Reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, a remnant of the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans. Feel the stones that have witnessed so much in the history of the Jews. Place your special and personal prayer in the cracks of the stones.
    Optional: you could visit the egalitarian plaza near the Davidson Center.

  • Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour. - The Western Wall is impressive, but its greatness is truly discovered when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters (1601ft) of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • For Dinner Go On A Delicious Tasting Tour at Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Mahane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. Discover the diverse Israeli society, learn about the cultures and history through the various food you'll taste.

  • Inbal Hotel

: Inbal Hotel

5 - Tuesday ( January 10 ) : The Land of Judea

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Activities:

  • Inbal Hotel - Inbal Hotel

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Visit to the Biblical Zoo - The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in Jerusalem. The vast grounds and beautiful landscape along with the wide selection of animals make this a must see for kids and adults.

  • Lunch on rout

  • Exciting Crawl Through Bar Kochba Tunnels and Tour of Hirbet Midras - Visit the ruins of Hirbet Midras, ancient Jewish town located in the Land of Thousand Caves.
    Crawl through tunnels – an unforgettable experience. These tunnels were used by Jewish worriers in the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans, as part of their underground fighting method.
    Alternative activity: take part in an archeological dig in Beit Guvrin National Park and tour there as well.

  • Head south and enjoy Bedouin Hospitality and Dinner - Enjoy warm Bedouin hospitality accompanied by explanations of Bedouin life and culture

  • Optional Star Gazing and Experience the Silence of the Desert - There is an option to have a professional star gazing with telescopes and a local guide (not included).

  • Bonfire, Music and S'Mores - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by Lea and Gadi Nahimov, modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life.

  • Naot Farm - Desert Lodge

: Naot Farm - Desert Lodge

6 - Wednesday ( January 11 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from the desert lodge

  • Drive to the Dead Sea area

  • Beautiful nature hike at Ein Gedi Oasis - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Go on a Magical Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride or kayak on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat to see amazing salt formations and scenery. During this unique experience you will enjoy the wondrous muds, salt pearls, salt diamonds, water springs streaming to the sea and sink holes filled with sweet water. Learn about the ecosystem and the environmental issues connected to the Dead Sea.
    Please note: this activity is suitable for kids of the age of 4 and up.
    One boat can take up to 10 people. Others can kayak. We included a boat and kayaks at the same time.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel

  • Farewell dinner (on own) - Suggestions and reservations can be made.

  • Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

: Dan Tel Aviv Hotel

7 - Thursday ( January 12 ) : Giving Back

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Please note: check-out time is until 12.00 pm. You could leave your luggage in the hotel's storage room or on the bus.

  • Begin your day with volunteering at Leket Israel - Volunteers go into fields to pick and gather fruits and vegetables that were not collected during the commercial harvest. We will volunteer at the logistics center to help sort and pack the collected produce in preparation for distribution to soup kitchens, food pantries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters and other places serving those in need.

  • Lunch and tastings at Levinsky Market - The market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, for its variety, freshness and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Surfing lesson with Hagal Sheli (My Wave) - An NGO that uses surfing as a vehicle for personal development and advancement. In 2012 Omer and Yaron, educational entrepreneurs and avid surfers, developed a unique surfing program for transforming the lives of youth-at-risk. Their mission: Empower youth to never give up, to continue to pursue their dreams and to ultimately succeed: ‘In the ocean, as in life’. Must be age 11 and up to participate.

  • Farewell Dinner - Suggestions and reservation can be made.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport - We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country.

: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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The rules regarding COVID-19 are fluid and change often, based on what is happening around the globe. We will continue to update you regarding current guidelines. Currently, the State of Israel does not require one to present a COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate, or a negative test result in order to enter or leave the country. It is advised that you check with your airline to confirm their requirements, as they may differ. As of October 9, it is no longer required to complete an entry form to enter Israel. Please note the following:
  • Health Insurance It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19. Please note that you may be denied boarding of your flight to Israel if you cannot show proof of this when you check in for your flight.
  • Travel Insurance In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this coverage is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking. You can purchase travel insurance through our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.
**Please note that if one tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during their stay in Israel, a minimum of a full 5 days of isolation is required, with the possibility of this being extended to a full 7 days.** We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where can I purchase it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19,  a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 45 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure, 25% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
VIP services on arrival and transfer from the airport v
Activities that are mentioned as optional or suggested v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Testimonials
“In late August our family; grandparents, parents and children, spent two wonderful weeks in Israel with arrangements made by Via Sabra. The demographics of our family group was quite diverse with children ages 7-13, adults and seniors; many being ‘first time’ Israel visitors. Janet and Miar from Via Sabra worked closely with us to plan a wonderful itinerary which took into account the full range of ages in our group. With their assistance, we planned an itinerary in which some days were packed with exciting adventures and exploration while others were more relaxed as we took a step back to catch our breath. The balance was perfect. We had a private bus with our own guide Ronen, who could not have been more knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He connected with everyone in our group, from the oldest to the youngest; and quickly felt like a member of the family. It was a very sad parting when our trip came to an end. We have friends who also planned a family Israel trip with only glowing compliments for Via Sabra. We all agreed we must and will return and would certainly use Via Sabra again!”
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2019

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