Price range
From 4840$ per person
Upcoming Date
01-14 April 2022
Tour Time
14 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Friday (April 1) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival in Israel - You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by your driver, who will transfer you to the hotel.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Take time to relax, explore the area, and have dinner- we can recommend a restaurant and make reservations

  • Overnight: Shalom Hotel & Relax - Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Shalom Hotel & Relax
Meal Plan: No Meals Included

2 - Saturday (April 2) : Explore Tel Aviv on your Own

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Suggestions:

  • Rent a bike - Enjoy biking along the beach promenade and Hayarkon Park

  • The Tel Aviv Museum of Art

  • Sarona - Sarona was a German Templer colony established in Tel Aviv during the Ottoman Palestine period in 1871. In the past decade Sarona has been revitalized as a commercial center with a modern food market at its center. Explore the area's history and enjoy tastings in the market.

  • Arab cooking class at a local home in Jaffa

  • Shalom Hotel & Relax - Tel Aviv

Overnight: Shalom Hotel & Relax
Meal Plan: Breakfast

3 - Sunday (April 3) : Tel Aviv- Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet your guide and set off for the day

  • Old Jaffa - In Jaffa discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archaeological discoveries. Discover which Jewish and Christian stories took place in the city.

  • Jaffa Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

  • American Colony - In 1866, a group of 150 Christian Americans from Maine and the New England region, led by the eccentric (some say charlatan) preacher George Adams, left the United States, where the Civil War had just ended. They carried with them their faith, and the materials to rebuild their houses in the Holy Land, sailing 42 days to the disease-ridden Middle East. Join a fascinating journey that weaves its way through religious fervor, nationalistic jingoism, renewal and modern speculation to create a uniquely Tel Aviv neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood has both crumbling ruins and new villas- meticulously preserved 150-year-old homes next to four-story buildings with luxury apartments. Visit the Maine Friendship House and Immanuel Church, walk through the surprising streets, and learn the stories of the place.

  • Carmel Market - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is the largest market in Tel Aviv. Touring the market reveals the taste of the ages of Tel-Aviv in the youthful atmosphere of the city's central market. The Polish, the Persian, and the Yemeni...in this case, it is not the start of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place. The established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • Rothschild Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv a little over 100 years ago. In the heart of the “White City”, it is lined with Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, the Bauhaus style, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been beautifully restored and now house the offices of financial institutions, creative firms, cafes and luxury residences.

  • Shalom Hotel & Relax

Overnight: Shalom Hotel & Relax
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Carmel Market Tasting Tour

4 - Monday (April 4) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Caesarea National Park - 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.

  • The Bahai Gardens - These gardens, meaningful to the Baha'i faith, are a national treasure. Built as a majestic staircase leading up the Carmel Mountain and connects with the city of Akko. In the center is the gold-domed shrine to the prophet leader of the Baha’i faith. As you walk around you’ll see all different botanical experiences, carefully manicured for exquisite beauty.

  • Akko - 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.

  • Drive to the Sea of Galilee area and check into your hotel

  • Dinner suggestions- Magdalena Restaurant - Magdalena Restaurant with a view of Mt. Arbel that offers innovative Galileen cuisine with a Mediterranean touch.

  • Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: Breakfast

5 - Tuesday (April 5) : In the Footsteps of Jesus

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Nazareth - Israel’s biggest Arab city, Nazareth is a fascinating place, set in the Lower Galilee. It combines traditional, simple Arabic charm, Christian history, and grand old Arabic architecture. Nazareth is home to many important early Christian sites, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Synagogue Church, as well as an authentic, living Arab souk (market).

  • Capernaum - Capernaum – Known as “Jesus’ Town” in the New Testament, Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee is home to one of the earliest churches in the world. This was also Peter’s home town where Jesus performed many miracles.

  • Ancient Boat - See the 2,000-year-old boat excavated on the shores of Lake Kinneret. It was an astonishing emergence from the tomb of a vessel that may have plied the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Jesus' time.

  • Time permitting- Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee - The best way to appreciate the beauty of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water, is by taking a boat ride across the blue water, especially at sunset as the sky changes color and the sun sinks behind the dreamlike hills that surround the lake.

  • Dinner suggestion- Tibi's Chef Restaurant at the hotel

  • Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: Breakfast

6 - Wednesday (April 6) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tzfat - Discover Tzfat which 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. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in artist row.

  • Banias National Park - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias, one of Israel’s most beautiful nature reserves. The Banias spring feeds into the Jordan River, the reserve’s large waterfall tumbles down a 33-foot precipice year-round, and a nearby cave houses remains of a temple to the Greek god Pan. In the wars of 1948 and 1967, when the Golan was held by Syria, the site housed a Syrian officers’ club.

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights. The Golan is one of Israel’s most beautiful and controversial regions. Discover, first-hand, the strategic importance of the area as you climb the heights. Explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Agamon HaHula - Bikes & Golfcarts - The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes. Ride through the park in bikes or golf carts.

  • Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: Breakfast

7 - Thursday (April 7) : The Syrian African Rift

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and drive to Beit Shean

  • Beit Shean-National Park - One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She’an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered one of the best preserved Roman sites in the region.

  • Qasr el Yahud - According to tradition, Qasr el Yahud is the baptismal site on the Jordan river marking Jesus’ spiritual birth. Twice a year, mass baptisms are arranged on this site. Qasr El Yahud is also said to be where the Jewish people crossed the Jordan to enter the Land of Israel, and where the prophet Elijah ascended to heaven.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Arthur Hotel

Overnight: Arthur Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast

8 - Friday (April 8) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Mount of Olives - The Mount of Olives offers a panoramic lookout over the city. There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions about Mt. Zion, including that from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days.

  • Christian Quarter - One of the four neighborhoods of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Christian Quarter is home to a rich tapestry of Christians of many denominations. The historic and impressive Church of the Holy Sepulcher, encompassing the last 5 Stations of the Cross, dominates the area. Retrace the footsteps of generations of pilgrims, or eat some of Israel’s best hummus at one of the authentic restaurants in the quarter.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Holy Sepulcher is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy to Christendom.

  • Muslim Quarter - Tour the Muslim Quarter’s hidden culinary gems. Visit family businesses that have been in the old city for generations, taste the unique flavors of the Arab quarter, from tehina to coffee to hummus.

  • Jewish Quarter - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. 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. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Arthur Hotel

Overnight: Arthur Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Muslim Quarter Tasting Tour

9 - Saturday (April 9) : Ein Kerem and Bethlehem

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Activities:

  • Arthur Hotel - Arthur Hotel

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ein Kerem - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood.

  • Bethelehem - Bethlehem is celebrated as the site where Jesus Christ was born. The first church at the site was built by Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine around 326 CE. This church later was destroyed and then rebuilt at the beginning of the 6th century in its present form by the Emperor Justinian. The Church of the Nativity is thus one of the oldest Christian churches in existence. Visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus' birth.

  • Church of the Nativity - Manger Square stands in front of the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus’ birth.

  • Return to Jerusalem, evening on your own

  • Arthur Hotel

Overnight: Arthur Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast

10 - Sunday (April 10) : Memory and Memorial

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Yad Vashem - Visit the museum at 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. You'll be guided by a member of the Yad Vashem staff.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane 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.

  • 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.

  • Tower of David Sound and Light Show - Amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l'oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

  • Arthur Hotel

Overnight: Arthur Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour

11 - Monday (April 11) : Digging into the Past

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • City of David - A visit to the City of David, with its tagline “where it all began,” is a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. and leads you through the biblical palace of King David, past ritual purification pools from the First and Second Temple eras, beside Roman, medieval and Byzantine ruins. Walk through water in Hezekiah’s Tunnel, part of the ancient City of David built around the Gihon spring, which is on the side of the cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley. Because the city was vulnerable to attack, in about 701 BC, a tunnel was built to protect the water supply.

  • Beit Guvrin - To really dig deep into the past, head to Beit Guvrin, where thousands of underground caves date back to the time of the Phoenicians. Discover the amazing Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin. In total there are at least 800 bell-shaped caves in the park, some of which are linked by underground tunnels. These caves were quarried during the 4th to 9th-century when the chalk was used to make roads, plaster, and mortar.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Arthur Hotel

Overnight: Arthur Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast

12 - Tuesday (April 12) : Masada and the Dead Sea

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and drive towards the Dead Sea

  • Masada National Park - Atop a lone rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert lies Masada, combining natural beauty and deep meaning. Ascend by cable care or hiking up and tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome by siege, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender. Masada has come to symbolize the fierce determination of the people of Israel, but its tragic history also raises questions about the price of freedom.

  • The Dead Sea - Israel’s Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, a stunning, other-worldly landscape of shimmering blue water ringed by bare, orange and yellow hills. The waters of the Dead Sea hold a potent solution of minerals and salts that have strong healing properties. Together with its ethereal beauty, these health-giving minerals make the Dead Sea’s beaches and spas popular vacation spots for Israelis and tourists alike.

  • Drive to Mitzpe Ramon

  • Boker Farm

Overnight: Boker Farm
Meal Plan: Breakfast

13 - Wednesday (April 13) : The Amazing Desert

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Sde Boker Grave of Ben Gurion - Stop at Sde Boker to visit the grave of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Jeep ride in Makhtesh Ramon - Makhtesh Ramon is a type of geological formation found only in Israel and northern Sinai. The steep rock cliffs surrounding a closed valley drained by a single wadi are the product of erosion. Ramon Crater is the largest of three in Israel.

  • Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center - Visit the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center and learn the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature through interactive exhibits. At the center, pay tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first and only astronaut, who tragically died on a space mission in 2003.

    View the crater from a stunning vantage point, at the heart of the promenade which stretches along the Ramon Crater mouth. There is a hanging terrace providing a marvelous observation point over the depths of the crater.

  • Boker Farm

Overnight: Boker Farm
Meal Plan: Breakfast

14 - Thursday (April 14) : L'hitraot- hope to see you again!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at Boker Farm

  • Transfer to airport or to the Arava border for Petra visit - Jordan proposal will be sent separately. Departure times will be determined by your departing flight time.

Overnight: Transfer to airport or to the Arava border for Petra visit

FAQ

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Testimonials
“My daughter and I wanted to see as much as possible of Israel in two weeks. She had been there on Birthright but I had never been. While the tour was expensive it was pretty exhaustive and Via Sabra listened to what we wanted and made everything happen. We loved out guides, Mark and Sarit, and it was helpful to have someone to drive and guide us as we wanted to cover as much of the country as possible. So, although the trip was pricey, it covered all our bases, including a side trip to Jordan and a trip to Bethlehem. They are a first rate tour company and most of their recommendations were spot on.”
Deborah
2019
“This was my first time to Israel and it was truly an incredible way to experience everything this beautiful place has to offer. We focused mostly on culinary tours in markets, and our tour guide Orit know everything and was so organized getting us from place to place so we wouldn't miss anything. She even was able to make adjustments on the spot when things didn't go exactly as planned, and the whole trip felt very smooth for us- we didn't have to worry about anything! We also somehow managed to eat 3 dinners a night, there is no shortage of delicious food to taste. We learned so much from our guide and she had the best advice for where to explore in our free time. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and experience the cultures in a whole new way. Can't wait to come back! ”
Meredith
2020
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