Price range
From $1540 per person
Upcoming Date
30-03 August 2023
Tour Time
5 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Sunday ( July 30 ) : Welcome to Israel!

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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.

  • Group transfer to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner at local restaurant - We will be happy to make recommendations and make reservations for you. (meal not included)

  • Jerusalem: King Solomon Hotel, 2 Grand DLX triple rooms

Overnight: Jerusalem: King Solomon Hotel, 2 Grand DLX triple rooms

2 - Monday ( July 31 ) : Jerusalem Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning enjoy a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast.

  • Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and begin your journey - A private driver will take you to the first two stations of the day and the rest of the day will be a walking tour in the old city.

  • A panoramic lookout over the city from the Mount of Olives - There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions about Mt. Olives, including that from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days. Enjoy a beautiful lookout of the Holy Basin, the old and new city of Jerusalem.

  • Tour the City of David - Visit the excavation of the City of David. King David captured a Jebusite citadel to build his capital. The city was well fortified with its own water source and Jerusalem was a perfect site for the new kind of national state that David envisaged.

  • Exciting walk through an ancient water cistern - Biblical King Hezekiah had the Siloam tunnel built in preparation for an Assyrian attack in the 8th or 7th century BCE, to redirect water from the Gihon spring into Jerusalem. Today, you can splash through the knee-deep water as you marvel at this astonishing feat of ancient engineering that is still standing today. When you exit the tunnel you will visit an important pool dated to the Second Temple Period, where it was a gathering spot of the Jewish pilgrims before they climbed up to the Temple. Take a shuttle back to the entrance, change clothes and continue with your tour.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall), sacred because it is one of the last remnants 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.

  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Holy Sepulchre 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.

  • Lunch break and browse through the Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim Quarter. Check out the local hummus and sweets, the many stalls selling spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes, and so much more. Meet store owners whose stores have been in their family for generations. (meal not included)

  • Continue touring the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, and witness learning institutions 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.

  • Transfer back to the hotel

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

3 - Tuesday ( August 1 ) : The Land of Judah

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Your private guide will meet you at the hotel lobby

  • IDF counter terror experience - All our instructors are weapons experts, seen combat, and still active reservists in the Israel Defense Forces. Interact with them and hear their stories about places and operation that you have read about in the news.
    Experience what it's like to be an Israeli counter-terror soldier. You'll be trained to shoot rifles. All instructors are weapons experts, served as combat soldiers, and are still active reservists in the Israel Defense Forces. Interact with them and hear their stories about places and operation that you have read about in the news. Watch Krav Maga combat display.

  • Pina Hama - Pina Hama in Gush Ezion junction is a kiosk for the soldiers serving in the area and those who travel by. This is run by volunteers that prepare sandwiches, drinks and serve snacks for free for the IDF soldier. Stop at a local grocery store to get some snacks and pastries and donate it to the soldiers serving in the area.

  • Head back to Jerusalem and enjoy a free afternoon and explore on your own - Optional additional activities for this day:
    - Slide down the longest zipline in Israel, in Deer Land (near Caliber 3)
    - Archeological dig in Beit Guvrin
    - The Hebrew Music Museum
    - Culinary tour in Machane Yehuda Market
    - Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
    - The Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

4 - Wednesday ( August 2 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - We recommend an early start as it is very hot in the desert.

  • Masada Fortress - Ascend the mountain by a cable car to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Lunch and swim at 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. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and attempt floating in the Dead Sea. You will also be able to use the hotel's facilities - pools and showers.

  • A beautiful hike through Ein Gedi oasis - This beautiful 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. Weather and time permitting.

  • Travel back to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

5 - Thursday ( August 3 ) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Private transfer to Haifa port

  • Enjoy your cruise!

  • Day 6: Aug. 10, Thursday

  • When you dock back in Haifa you will be greeted by your guide

  • Begin with a lookout over the Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade at the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, a 400-meter long promenade at the top of the Baha'i Gardens offers a view of the entire Haifa Bay, all the way to the border with Lebanon. This impressive spot offers a truly spectacular view, so have a camera ready!

  • Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side-by-side. The city was initially built by King Herod in the 1st century BC, who dreamt of a major seaport to connect the Province of Judea with Rome. For this purpose, the king's men designed an entirely artificial harbor that was in use for about a millennium. Caesarea became a central city in Roman and Byzantine times as can be seen from the massive archeological remains on site. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used today as a performance venue, as well as the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv-Yaffo

  • Browse through the Jaffa Flea Market and eat lunch there as well - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. (meal not included)

  • Tour Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.
    On a walk through 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.

  • Dynamic Graffiti Tour - Enjoy a colorful fascinating street art tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin. The tour is a window to discuss current issues and learn about the Israeli society. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • Farewell dinner in a local restaurant - We will be happy to make suggestions and book a table for you.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home - VIP fast-track assistance is available for an additional cost.

  • We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

: We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

FAQ

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through May, daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.
Weekly weather forecast

What are check-in /check-out times?

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Sunday through Friday, check-in time is generally 3PM. On Saturday, check-out is usually one hour after sunset (the end of Shabbat). These times may change depending on the season. It is important to note however, that check-in on Saturday will be at night (usually 2 hours after Shabbat ends - sunset). Check-out is generally before noon, no matter the day of the week (except Shabbat). Please take into consideration the check-in / check-out times when scheduling your flights. In most instances, we are able to arrange for early check-in / late check-out when needed.

How much do I tip my driver and tour guide?

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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. Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion.

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.

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 VIP services upon arrival and airport transfer v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide for 4 days and transportation v
Private transfer from Jerusalem to Haifa Port v
Meals: all breakfasts and one lunch v
Hotel accommodation v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Best Vacation Ever! My wife and I just returned from our first trip to Israel. We've traveled domestically and overseas many times. This was absolutely the best trip we've ever taken. I know many people who have gone to Israel and made lots of recommendations to go here, go there, etc... Ros and the crew at Via Sabra were absolutely fantastic. From shaping the trip to meet our schedule, finances, desires, etc... Via Sabra hit the mark on the nose. They made the trip easy from the gitgo with VIP service to and from Israel; no long lines to wait in and an expert on both ends of the trip to help us navigate the airport, customs, passport control, VAT refunds, baggage and our transport to and from the airport. We had a magnificent guide, Mark Kedem, who was made the trip even more enjoyable; beyond our expectations. Mark has an uncanny knowledge of all aspects of Israel including the geography, history, architecture, food, how all the religions interact, etc. It was like a great history class in-country with great food. Mark also steered us to off the beaten path places and restaurants that were truly memorable and unique. We plan to go back to Israel soon (hopefully next year) and will definitely use Via Sabra and Mark again. They're worth every penny!!!!”
Joe M
2019

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