Price range
From $11220 per person
Upcoming Date
03-17 November 2022
Tour Time
15 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( November 3 ) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check in to your hotel

  • Dinner on your own - (Meal and transfers not included)

  • David Citadel Hotel

: David Citadel Hotel

2 - Friday ( November 4 ) : Friday Atmosphere in Jerusalem

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Activities:

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

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own - Here are some suggestions (sites, transportation and a guide are not included):

  • Option 1: Hebrew Music Museum - Go on a musical journey through the world, across different cultures, historical periods and musical styles. Learn about rare ancient musical instruments, observe and play music.

  • Option 2: 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. Recommended: visit "Back to Aleppo", a
    virtual reality tour of the Great Synagogue.

  • Option 3: The Museum for Islamic Art - Containing hundreds of objects representing the art of Islamic countries throughout the ages, the museum houses magnificent ceramic wares, figurines and tiles, as well as an outstanding collection of glass and metalwork, jewelry, and a selection of calligraphy, miniatures and textiles. In addition, a magnificent collection of antique clocks, watches, automata and music boxes is on display, including watches made by Breguet in Paris between 1769 and 1823.

  • Optional in the evening: Shabbat evening services at the Western Wall

  • Dinner on your own - (Meal and transfers not included)

  • David Citadel Hotel

: David Citadel Hotel

3 - Saturday ( November 5 ) : Shabbat Shalom Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at Leisure - enjoy the hotel's facilities and take time to explore on the city on your own

  • Optional: Explore Ein Karem village - 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. Check out local art galleries such as Ruth Haviliols hand painted tiles studio.

  • 6:30 PM Dinner at Chakra - Chakra offers a rotating Mediterranean menu & Israeli wines in modern surroundings with a garden-style terrace.
    Address: King George St 41, Jerusalem (Meal and transfers not included)

  • 9:00 PM 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. (Tickets included, transfers on own)

  • David Citadel Hotel

: David Citadel Hotel

4 - Sunday ( November 6 ) : Jerusalem - The Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 10:00 AM Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel - Today you will walk in, around, and through the Old City. Wear comfortable shoes!

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from the Tower of David - Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Old and New Cities, as an introduction to your day and the places you will be visiting.

  • Continue to Mount Zion - Visit King David's Tomb, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the contains the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: the Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Browse through the Arab Market - Check out the local hummus and sweets, and the many stalls selling spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes, and so much more.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The church is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary and 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 this site so holy to Christendom.

  • 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.

  • The Western Wall Tunnels - 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 of the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • 7:00 PM Dinner at Hasadna - Hasadna (The Culinary Workshop) is an eatery and bar situated close to the old railway station.
    Address: Derech Hebron 28, Jerusalem (Meal and transfers not included)

  • David Citadel Hotel

: David Citadel Hotel

5 - Monday ( November 7 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Your guide will arrange a time to meet you in the lobby of your hotel to head to Masada.

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by 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.

  • Dead Sea - lunch and swim - 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 'swim' in the Dead Sea.

  • Time permitting: Ein Gedi - The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. We will have the opportunity to hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. The stunning Ein Gedi oasis consists of two separate waterways: Nahal David (David’s Stream), where David took refuge from King Saul; and Nahal Arugot, where remains of a 6th-century synagogue were discovered.

  • Proceed back to Jerusalem. Stop at Mount Scopus for a lookout - Mount Scopus, or “tzofim” in Hebrew, is one of the tallest hills surrounding Jerusalem. The name “scopus” means a vantage point, and the lookout post on the edge of this hill is the place to go for the finest views of the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem.

  • Free evening and dinner on your own - (Meal and transfers not included)

  • David Citadel Hotel

: David Citadel Hotel

6 - Tuesday ( November 8 ) : Memory and Life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your 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.

  • Culinary tour of shuk Machane Yehuda - After a meaningful morning, we'll look ahead as we immerse ourselves in the life and vibrancy of Jerusalem. In the heart of the city, sits this bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor. And, 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.

  • Ammunition Hill - A visit to Ammunition Hill reminds us of the fierce fighting and high death toll exacted in the Six Day War. The site serves as a memorial to those who fell in the battle for Jerusalem.

  • Free time and dinner on your own - (Meal and transfers not included)

  • David Citadel Hotel

: David Citadel Hotel

7 - Wednesday ( November 9 ) : Digging Deep Down to Our Roots

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out - Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and head north.

  • Stop at the Jordan River - According to tradition, Qasr el Yahud (Arabic: Palace of the Jews) is the Jesus' baptismal site on the Jordan river, marking his spiritual birth. It was here that John the Baptist called to the People of Judea to baptize in the Jordan River. In Jewish history, this is also believed to be the site where the Israelites crossed into Israel after wandering the desert for 40 years, as well as the site of Elijah the Prophet's ascension to heaven. The Jordan River was regarded as a sacred body of water, prominent in the scripts - it is mentioned 167 times in the Torah - more than any river, stream, lake, or sea in the Bible.

  • Drive along the Jordan Valley

  • Tour 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.

  • Lunch on route (included)

  • Sunset boat ride on the Sea of Galilee - The best way to appreciate the beauty of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) 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.

  • Drive to the hotel and check in

  • Dinner at the hotel is available - (Meal is not included)

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

8 - Thursday ( November 10 ) : The Rugged Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Banias nature hike - 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.

  • Jeep tour of the Golan - Take a 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 role 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.

  • Lunch on route - (Meal is not included)

  • Tour the ancient village of Katzrin - The ruins of ancient Katzrin are located in the central Golan. The location of the village, mentioned in ancient Jewish sources, was identified at the end of the 19th century. The synagogue was discovered and excavated about 30 years ago. The remains of ancient Katzrin have been restored after excavation: the columns of the synagogue are upright once more and the houses near the synagogue are two stories high and roofed.

  • Proceed back to hotel and enjoy some time at leisure

  • Dinner on your own at the hotel or in Rosh Pina - (Meal and transfers not included)

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

9 - Friday ( November 11 ) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Relax for a bit this morning, and check out of the hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby to head to Tzfat.

  • Tour the Old City of 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 the artist row.

  • Drive to Akko and enjoy lunch - (Meal is not included)

  • Akko historical tour - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old City of Akko, or Acre, has been lived in continuously for 4,000 years. There’s almost too much to see, including one of the world’s oldest ports; the amazing Crusader city which earned Akko UNESCO World Heritage status; and the khans, mosques, baths, and citadels of the preserved Ottoman walled town.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check in to your hotel

  • Dinner with family - This evening you will join the family engagement party in Jaffa. (Transfers not included)

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

10 - Saturday ( November 12 ) : Weekend Vibes

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a relaxing day and walk the streets of Tel Aviv of the city to explore like a local

  • 6:45 PM Dinner at Shila - This family-run restaurant has been around for years, and serves delicious locally-sourced meat and seafood, together with an extensive wine and cocktails menu. Address: Ben Yehuda St 182, Tel Aviv-Yafo. (Meal and transfers not included)

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

11 - Sunday ( November 13 ) : Old and New, Side-by-Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 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.

  • Lunch break at the 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. (Meal is not included)

  • Neve Tzedek - Neve Tzedek is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood has been restored and is now a trendy, fun, and beautiful part of the city and, especially, a good place to try some Israeli gelato!

  • Free afternoon - After touring for the day, take some time to relax at the hotel, stroll along the sea front, and enjoy time before dinner.

  • 6:30 PM Dinner at Taizu - Taizu encompasses Chef Yuval Ben Neriah’s personal culinary journey and exploration of local street food from five Southeast Asian countries: India, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Derech Menachem Begin 23, Tel Aviv-Yafo. (Meal and transfers are not included(

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

12 - Monday ( November 14 ) : The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail leads to 10 of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites teaching visitors the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Check out Tel Aviv's street art - In the trendy neighborhood of Florentine, experience fun and artistic freedom. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • Tour of the Ayalon Institute - Visit the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunitions factory built in 1945 by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. However, located eight meters below ground, this was the country's largest bullet factory. It has been said that the bullets manufactured at the Ayalon Institute played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.

  • Head back to Tel Aviv - After returning to Tel Aviv, take some time to relax before dinner.

  • 6:30 PM Dinner at M25 - One of the top meat restaurants in the city just happens to be this unassuming, tavern-style eatery. Featuring one-of-a-kind Israeli dishes, with fresh meat taking the spotlight, carnivores can rejoice in the deliciously juicy flavors, and a menu that changes daily. Address: Simtat HaCarmel 30, Tel Aviv-Yafoץ (Meal and transfers not included)

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

13 - Tuesday ( November 15 ) : Tel Aviv - The City That Never Sleeps

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy the morning on your own

  • 4:30 PM Israeli Art tour at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art - Meet your guide at the entrance to the museum (transfers not included). During this dynamic tour with an art expert, we'll figure out what makes Israeli art what it is, and learn about its relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. We'll learn about modern Israeli society through Israeli art.

  • 6:30 PM Dinner at Claro - The menu at Claro takes a “Farm to Table” approach, rich in fruits and vegetables, and features seasonal products from the best local produce. The meat, fish, and olive oil are also based on Israeli products, with the aim of promoting local industry and environmental responsibility. Address: HaArba'a Street 23, corner of Rav Aluf David Elazar 30, Tel-Aviv. (Meal and transfers not included)

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

14 - Wednesday ( November 16 ) : The Israeli Story Through the Lens of Art

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a day to explore on your own

  • 7:00 PM Dinner at Greco Beach - Tzviki Eshet and chef Eliav Goldenberg bring the spirit of Greece to Tel Aviv. At Greco they serve authentic Greek cuisine, with a menu featuring authentic recipes tasted and learned in Greece, and perfectly adapted for the Israeli kitchen. Address: Shlomo Lahat Promenade 17, Tel Aviv. (Meal and transfers not included)

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

15 - Thursday ( November 17 ) : Farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Check out of one room by 11:00 AM. Your second room will be kept for late check out.

  • Take the day to explore on your own - Your driver will meet you in the lobby of the hotel at 8:30 PM to take you to Ben Gurion Airport.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home - You will meet your VIP service representative at the airport at 9:10 PM, who will assist you with departure procedures. Depart on Delta flight #235 at 11:55PM.

  • L'hitraot! - We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country

: L'hitraot!

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.

What about COVID-19?

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Though we hope this will be a non-issue come April 2023, the situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and changes often, based on what is happening across the globe. We will continue to update you regarding current guidelines. That said, as you prepare for your trip, we suggest 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.
  • 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.
  • Closer to the trip, we will publish details about relevant COVID guidelines and testing requirements for before, during, and after the trip.

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 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.

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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 for 8 days, including a vehicle on 6 days v
Late check-out for 1 room on Nov. 17 v
All breakfasts and 3 lunches v
Hotel accommodation v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Optional and suggested activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v

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