Price range
From $4500 per person
Upcoming Date
09-14 June 2023
Tour Time
6 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Create community through an exciting shared experience!
Explore Israel's Culinary Scene- from Market to Restaurant to Farm
Meet inspiring women leaders who are making a difference
Engage with Israel's creative artists
Stay in Orient Hotel Old City View rooms
Single Supplement $1600

Itinerary

1 - Friday (June 9) : Welcome to Israel

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Join the AFHU group for opening day and Shabbat dinner

Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet you at the sleeve of the plane. After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem

2 - Saturday (June 10) : Coming Together

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Optional- morning Yoga Synagogue ah - Yoga Synagogue Ah followers find themselves all over Jerusalem practicing yoga in inspirational settings. Join the group's founder, Laura Gilinski, for a session to guide you into Shabbat.

  • Shabbat Brunch with Adeena Sussman - Meet cookbook author Adeena Sussman for a Shabbat brunch.Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

  • Late afternoon- One-woman show with Helen Gottstein - Four Faces of Israel is an interactive program on modern day Israel: its challenges, its divisions, its history, its passions, and its people. The four characters convey a great deal of information on the nature of the state, Middle East history, modern Jewish identity, and the complex challenges Israel faces.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Sunday (June 11) : Creators and Influencers- Women who are Making a Difference

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin the day with Adina Bar Shalom - Adina Bar-Shalom is an Israeli educator, columnist, and social activist. She is the founder of the first college for Haredi students in Jerusalem, and has spent years working to overcome gender discrimination in the Orthodox Jewish community. She is the daughter of the late spiritual leader, HaRav Ovadia Yosef.

  • Farm to Table with Nurit Hertz - In Mate Yehuda, meet Nura Hertz in her natural habitat- the outdoors. Nura will teach you identify edible plants then you'll cook a delicious lunch with these fresh greens.

  • Meet with Ofra Abramovich - Founder of Mamanet, mothers Cachibol-league, which is the largest social-sports league specifically for mothers in Israel today. Hear about her vision and how she created a league which runs across all populations: secular, Ultra-Orthodox, immigrants and more

  • Experience Hamiffal with dinner - Hamiffal, "The Factory" is an art community that turned an abandoned 19th century building in the heart of Jerusalem into a shared platform for art and culture. This stunning space wraps itself around you with it's complexity and intrigue. Hear about Hamiffal's mission

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Monday (June 12) : About Religion, Law and State

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the Old City with Hana Bendcowsky - Hana is the Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relationsת has an M.A. degree in Comparative Religion from Hebrew University and 16 years of practical experience in interfaith activities in Israel and abroad. Go on an eye-opening tour and explain the complexities of the Christian quarter and who are the Israeli Christians and their relationship with the Israeli Jews.

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Walk through the Muslim and Christian Quarters of the Old City seeing the historical and religious sites. See some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies. We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information, and, of course, combines the senses of smell, taste, and sound.

  • Continue to the Knesset - The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was named after “Haknesset Hagedolah,” the Great Assembly of the Second Temple period. Today it stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy. In lively, often heated, debates, its 120 elected members reflect the divergence of Israeli public opinion, legislate and oversee the workings of the government.

  • Meet with MK Karine Elharrar - Minister Karine Elharrar was appointed in June 2021 as Israel's Minister of Energy, responsible for the development of Israel's energy and water economy and the use of its natural resources. Elharrar dedicated her time and efforts to protecting the rights of people with disabilities and increasing their integration into Israeli society. Elharrar has successfully promoted a number of legislative initiatives aimed at protecting children's rights, victims of violence, assisting people with disabilities , protecting women, establishing the rights of foster families, reforming the supervision of child daycare centers, and many others.

  • Meet with President of the Supreme Court, Esther Hayut and Visit the Supreme Court of Israel - Israel's legal system is a combination of Jewish, Turkish, and British law adapted and molded to suit modern Israeli realities. Built by the Rothschild Foundation, the Supreme Court building, with its striking design, is a fitting home for the judicial branch of government which oversees Israel's democracy.

  • Tour the Israel Museum with Dr. Rachel Sarfati - Dr. Rachel Sarfati is the Senior Curator in the Wing for Jewish Art and Life She has been a curator at the Museum since 1992. During that time, she has curated a wide range of exhibitions and published groundbreaking new research, In 2010 Sarfati led the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent exhibition in the gallery devoted to the Cycle of the Jewish Year, incorporating for the first time visual representations relating to such modern landmark dates as Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Independence Day. Sarfati specializes in Jewish art, and her publications have been widely recognized in Israel and abroad.

  • Dinner at Modern Restaurant at the Israel Museum - The Modern restaurant at the Israel Museum offers contemporary, inspired and original Jerusalemite cuisine. The restaurant's design, incorporates its location inside the museum and the landscape of the valley of the Cross and the Knesset. The restaurant's special dishes are based on the hundred years old cuisine which has developed outside of the Old City walls.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Old City Tasting Tour

5 - Tuesday (June 13) : Tel Aviv - Arts, Culinary and Business Capital

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Take the high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

  • Meet with Dana Azrieli - An entrepreneur, a business woman and a philanthropist, Dana is the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Azrieli Group as well as the Chairwoman of the Azrieli Foundation (Israel), and a member of the Canadian Azrieli Foundation. Danna supports a range of education programs, universities, research institutes, medical centers and hospitals.

  • Gallery tour with Shirel Horovitz including conversation with an artist - Using drawing, sculpting, video and sound, Tel Aviv based artist Shirel Horovitz, creates performances and installations exploring cities, communities and the relations between people and space. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and her MA (with distinction) from The Interdisciplinary Art program in Tel Aviv University. Alongside her art practice, Shirel lectures, leads art tours, teaches art and is an art consultant to a variety of private groups and institutions among them Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Alma Hebrew college, Classrooms Without Borders, Ashdod Museum of Art, Azrieli LTD, Hartman institute and more.

  • For lunch eat at Ouzeria - A fun, festive and popular mezze restaurant in the heart of the market. Meet Chef Avivit Priel, who was named Best Female Chef of Tel Aviv in 2017.

  • Continue to Maskit - Conceived in 1954 by Ruth Dayan, Maskit made contemporary luxury clothing utilizing traditional embroidery techniques from Hungarian, Yemenite, Bulgarian, Bedouin, Palestinian, Druze, Lebanese and Jewish artisans. The resulting works of art created more than jobs for immigrants; a brand was born.

  • Meet choreographer Renana Raz - A leading voice in the young generation of Israeli choreographers, pursuing various fields of artistic genres, both on stage as a choreographer and dancer and on screen (television and cinema).

  • Dinner at HaBasta - Small but perfectly formed, HaBasta is located on a street leading off Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market, from where almost all its produce is sourced. An extensive daily changing menu is scribbled on a piece of paper on the wall. The dishes, while simple, are satisfyingly complex in execution.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Wednesday (June 14) : Jerusalem Reflected through Fashion and Fiction

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from the hotel

  • Beauty Queen of Jerusalem Screening with author of the book Sarit Yishai-Levynotable - Set in old Jerusalem under Ottoman and British rule this complex life drama gives a fascinating taste of the social, political and human context of the time. The Israeli series which aired on Netflix, is based on a book of the same name by Sarit Yishai-Levynotable for being the first Israeli to interview Yasser Arafat, with whom you will meet and discuss.

  • Machane Yehuda Market Tasting tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, this bustling multi-ethnic market is 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.

  • Vintage clothing fashion show - After watching the Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, continue to a boutique vintage clothing store, where Luna, the lead charchter worked, and admire the clothes that were worn back in the days

  • Go on a unique fashion tour in Jerusalem with Liri - The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. Meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Final dinner at Rama's Kitchen - “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

Overnight: Final dinner at Rama's Kitchen
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

FAQ

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 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.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. There is a very low rate of street crime in Israel. But your security is of the utmost importance. Via Sabra, our tour operator, receives regular updates from Home Front Command regarding any critical updates, be it security related, or even about the weather. On the off chance there is a need to do so, we will be able to adjust our itinerary based on relevant information and recommendations.

What documents do I need?

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US and Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel to Israel. Citizens from all other countries will need to check with their respective embassies / consulates or visa agency to determine if a visa is required. You can also check here. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from the date you leave Israel after your trip.

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transfer from the airport on arrival - contact us to arrange info@visabra.com v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020

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