Price range
From 7050$ per person
Upcoming Date
06-24 October 2021
Tour Time
19 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Post-JNF Conference Tour in Israel

Highlights

Spend Shabbat in Jerusalem, the city of three religions.
Travel back in Time: Biblical Jerusalem, the cradle of Zionists settlements and the Israeli Silicon Valley
Explore Northern Israel: People, Places and Flavors

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (October 6) : Welcome to Israel: Bruchim HaBaim

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Activities:

  • Arrival - Arrival at Ben Gurion airport Delta Flt #232, 9:35AM

  • Transfer - VIP on arrival and Transfer to hotel (arranged through JNF Travel)

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

2 - Thursday (October 7) : Day with JNF

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • JNF Day - Tel Aviv Day (additional cost $125):
    8:30 am – 6:00 pm
    ∙ Depart Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv
    ∙ Ben Gurion’s House
    ∙ Rothschild Blvd
    ∙ Sarona Tour (lunch on own)
    ∙ Old Jaffa/Neve Tzedek
    ∙ Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

3 - Friday (October 8) : Hush and Rush of Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Day on your own in Tel Aviv with a chance to relax

  • Stroll through Nachlat Binyamin, artists market

  • Shabbat Dinner with a group

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

4 - Saturday (October 9) : From Roman times to the First Aliyah

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Meet your guide, Jacob Shoshan, at hotel's lobby, and drive north along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea.

  • Caesarea National Park is where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean from this site. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • Lunch on route on your own

  • Ein Hod - Visit Ein Hod Artists Village which lies in the heart of the Carmel Forest.. Ein Hod was established in 1953 with the the initiative of Marcel Janco, a renowned artist of the Dada movement who organized a diverse group of artists to settle among the ancient stone houses of the village. Today Ein Hod's artists vary from painters, potters, and sculptors to writers, poets and playwrights.

  • Zichron Yaakov - Zichron Ya'akov was one of the first modern Jewish communities in the country. Due to the massive support of Baron de Rothchild the town was soon named after Rothchild's father, Jacob. and became known for its fine wine cellars, which produce high-quality vintages to this day. Zichron Ya'akov is also famous as the center of the NILI spy ring, organized by Jews to aid the British in ousting the Turks at the beginning of the 20th century.

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

5 - Sunday (October 10) : JNF Conference

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • JNF Conference - Conference begins in the evening - with possible day trip to Alexander Muss High School in Israel

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

6 - Monday (October 11) : JNF Conferenc

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • JNF Conference - Tracks to be decided upon

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

7 - Tuesday (October 12) : JNF Conferance

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Activities:

  • David Intercontinental - David Intercontinental

  • JNF Conference - Tracks to be decided upon

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

8 - Wednesday (October 13) : JNF Conference

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • JNF Conference

  • David Intercontinental Tel Aviv - David Intercontinental

Overnight: David Intercontinental Tel Aviv

9 - Thursday (October 14) : JNF Conference

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel - David Intercontinental

  • JNF Conference - This day ends in Jerusalem

  • Transfer to Hotel - At the end of this day we will arrange transfer to your hotel

  • Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem

10 - Friday (October 15) : Ancient, New & Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Tour Jerusalem's Old City - Explore the Old City's Four Quarters; discuss the complexity of a city that is holy to the three major religions;
    The Jewish Quarter best known for the Western Wall and the archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues.
    The Christian Quarter, the home to a rich tapestry of Christians of many denominations, the impressive Church of the Holy Sepulcher, encompassing the last five Stations of the Cross, dominates the area.
    The Arminian Quarter, the least-known and where the largest diaspora community of Armenians live.
    and The Muslim Quarter, the largest of the Old City’s quarters where Temple Mount stands, revered by 3 faiths; and where the bustling Arab souk (market) is.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - End the day at the colorful, multi-ethnic Machane Yehuda market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, with a drink, as the place winds down for Shabbat.

  • Shabbat Dinner - Home hospitality Shabbat dinner OR dinner at a restaurant

  • Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

11 - Saturday (October 16) : Jerusalem and her Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Depart hotel

  • Stop at 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza - Pay tribute for all those who lost their lives on 9/11 terror attack.

  • Proceed to the Jerusalem Hills

  • Latrun - One of the fiercest and most important battles of the War of Independence was the fight for the fortress of Latrun, which commanded the main road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

  • The Machal Memorial - Stop at the Machal Memorial to honor the the War of Independence volunteers and those who came from outside of Israel to fight on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. The memorial is made up of the letters Mem, Chet and Lamed, forming the word Machal.

  • Lunch at Majda restaurant - Majda, at the village of Ein Rafa, famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Seahorse Winery - Enjoy wine tasting at Seahorse Winery and meet with Zeev Dunie, a filmmaker turned winemaker, has pioneered coaxing authentic Mediterranean flavors from unusual grapes.

  • Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Sunday (October 17) : Remember and Never Forget

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Yad Vashem - Private tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. Tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • Reminder of the day, at leisure

  • Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

13 - Monday (October 18) : Jerusalem of Gold, Silver and Art

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Explore the new city of Jerusalem

  • Optional: Israel Museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Optional: 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, 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.

  • Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

14 - Tuesday (October 19) : Ha'Lutzim (pioneers) & Kibbutzim

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out hotel and depart north

  • Visit Bio Bee including lunch - Bio Bee Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Degania Courtyard - Go back in time for a visit the Degania restored courtyard, on the shores of Lake Kinneret, which offers a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers in the world’s first kibbutz.

  • Agamon haHula-National Park - Spend the afternoon at the Hula Valley which was an important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants creating a wonderland of flora and fauna. In 1948, the Israeli government decided to drain the swamps and pond and convert them into agricultural fields. Due to efforts to conserve at least part of the original landscape the Hula Valley Nature Reserve was the first nature reserve in Israel. Explore the magnificent bird sanctuary on a motorized golf cart, stopping on the way to do some bird watching.

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner at hotel - Hagoshrim

  • HaGoshrim Hotel North

Overnight: HaGoshrim Hotel North
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

15 - Wednesday (October 20) : Golan Height: People, Community ... Life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep. Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Druze Hospitality including lunch - The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, and enjoy traditional meal with local family at one of the Druze villages in the northern Golan Heights.

  • Meet with artists at Aniam - Aniam is the only artists village in the world with mountainous scenery of the Golan. Stroll along the Moshav Aniam pedestrian mall, enter galleries and meet artists in their workshops.

  • Jordan River Village (Floyd Adelman) - The Jordan River Village gives children who come here unique experiences. Doctors and medical interventions are only part of the healing process for children living with serious illnesses or life limiting conditions- healing takes place on many levels. Jordan River Village goes a step further; it replaces the isolation and sadness of having a serious illness with fun and friendship; it makes the dream of feeling like ever other child a reality, even if only for a few days.

  • Dona Gracia Museum (Andi Adelman) - Visit this unique museum, the House of Dona Gracia, furnished as a Spanish palace on the 16th century, to hear the fascinating story of Gracia Mendes Nasi who was one of the wealthiest Jewish women of Renaissance Europe. Dona Gracia was an influential woman and was very instrumental in saving Jews escaping the Inquisition. She also acquired a lease over the city of Tiberias from the Ottoman ruler o in order to create a new Jewish cultural and economic center for Jewish refugees fleeing persecution.

  • HaGoshrim Hotel North

Overnight: HaGoshrim Hotel North
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

16 - Thursday (October 21) : The Western Galilee flavor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Depart hotel for the Western Galilee

  • Visit Akko including lunch - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Tour Peki'in - According to tradition, Peki'in has maintained a Jewish presence since the Second Temple period. The elderly sole remaining member of the Zinati family cares for the ancient synagogue as best she can. Grandma Jamilla, the founder of family owned olive oil soap made from local oil and medicinal herbs is a local legend.

  • After option: Olive picking - Visit an olive orchard for olive picking

  • Dinner at a restaurant on your own

  • HaGoshrim Hotel North

Overnight: HaGoshrim Hotel North
Meal Plan: breakfast

17 - Friday (October 22) : From the oldest city to the first Hebrew city

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out hotel and proceed to Tsfat

  • Safed - Safed, pronounced Tzfat in Hebrew, sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbala, Jewish mysticism. Safed’s mystical aura adds to its special status as one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm.

  • Lunch on route on your own

  • Check in hotel

  • Home hospitality Shabbat Dinner OR dinner at a restaurant

  • The Rothschild Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Rothschild Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

18 - Saturday (October 23) : When yin Tel Aviv, do what Tel-Avivians do

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Shabbat at leisure in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

  • The Rothschild Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Rothschild Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

19 - Sunday (October 24) : The city that never sleeps and creates

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • The Rothschild Hotel - The Rothschild Hotel

  • Modern Art Tour in Tel Aviv - Accompanied by Tel-Avivian artist, you will visit off the beaten path galleries to get sense if the local artist scene.

  • Afternoon for rest and relax

  • Dinner on your own - Relax

  • Late check out from hotel

  • Departure transfer to airport - You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Ben Gurion Airport. You will be met by VIP services to assist you through check in until you enter the Arrivals Hall. Departing on Delta Flight #235 at 11:55PM.

Overnight: Departure transfer to airport
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (link)

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. For all groups ranging from 2-6 people, it is suggested that you tip the tour guide $70 -$100 (from the group) per day. For groups larger than 8, it is recommended to tip $8-$12 per person, per day + 50% for your bus driver. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

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

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

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.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

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
Transportation on days with Via Sabra guide v
All hotels but the David InterContinental v
A private, licensed, English-speaking tour guide (as indicated) v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Airfare v
PCR testing (when required) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Serological testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“This was our third trip with via sabra and it was outstanding. We went with Aliza Green who is a cook and cookbook writer who provided us with lots of insights. Orit Levi our tour guide (third time) was excellent. Via Sabra makes every trip different so we did not feel as if we were repeating anything. We took our seven year old grandson who was well received and loved the trip. Via Sabra is caring and strives to accommodate any requests. We cannot recommend Via Sabra enough and we are looking forward to our next trip.”
Naomi S
2016, 2018, 2020
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