Price range
From $7650 per person
Upcoming Date
16-23 April 2023
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Winery tours and tastings
Explore the Israeli art collection with an art expert and artist
Market culinary tasting tours
A visit to a magical goat cheese organic farm
Visits to fascinating archeological sites
Impact Through Art and Fashion Tour

Itinerary

1 - Sunday ( April 16 ) : Shalom and welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - VIP staff will meet you at the sleeve of the plane and accompany you through passport control and baggage claim.

  • Your guide will meet you at the airport and begin your Israel trip

  • Begin your trip at the lovely Bat Shlomo Winery - Taste wine and hear the incredible story of the Bat Shlomo Winery and settlement, founded by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.

  • Travel north to your hotel & check-in

  • Dinner at the hotel - (meal included)

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Monday ( April 17 ) : The beauty of the Land

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Activities:

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

  • A visit to Baram ancient village - The very well-preserved façade has three beautifully carved doorways facing Jerusalem, the central of which is particularly grand. A second, smaller synagogue left practically no remains. Its lintel is on display in the Louvre in Paris.

  • Go on a jeep tour along the border with Lebanon - This is a great way to drive through the beautiful Upper Galilee and get a better understanding of the geo-political current status with Lebanon and Syria.

  • Havat Rom - A visit to a magical organic farm, located on a mountain with a beautiful view of Meron Mountain. This is an agricultural organic farm, where they use ancient knowledge along with modern tools. Trying to find the balance between humans and nature. Enjoy a light meal from the fresh produce and excellent cheese.

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

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Tuesday ( April 18 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Tour of Akko - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Akko, situated on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, and secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built beneath Akko in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders. Learn about the city’s ancient history, as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Lunch suggestion - stop at Wadi Nisnas - Wadi Nisnas is one of Haifa’s most colorful neighborhoods, full of narrow streets, picturesque stone houses, and the Wadi Nisnas market. It is a mixed neighborhood that captures the nature and atmosphere of the city of Haifa - a city of many faiths and communities, that live alongside each other in an exemplary co-existence. The Wadi Nisnas market is the place to go and experience some of the local flavors: taste pastries, spiced tea, the best falafel in Israel, and strong Turkish coffee, along with other delicatessens and aromas that will have your mouth watering.

  • A tour of the magnificent ancient Caesarea - 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 & check-in to your hotel - (dinner not included, on your own)

  • David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

4 - Wednesday ( April 19 ) : Culinary and culture in the big city

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Impact Through Art and Fashion Tour - Together with Liraz Cohen-Mordechai, meet Israeli artists and designers who are dedicated to do things differently, using sustainable and eco-friendly brands that upcycle or use unique material with zero waste.

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - Continue to Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), 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. (The tasting tour replaces lunch)

  • At Levinsky Market - Behind the seen of Benny Gazoz - Meet Benny Briga the legendary Gazoz master of the Levinsky Market and author of the Gazoz book with Adeena Sussman. Briga has reimagined the Turkish tradition and given it a creative twist that results in delicious and beautifully bubbly beverage. Join Benny to learn how you can make this yourself.

  • Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (on your own, not included)

  • David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Market tasting tour

5 - Thursday ( April 20 ) : Jerusalem's Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Drive to Jerusalem and begin with a magnificent lookout from the Mount of Olives - The Mount of Olives offers a panoramic lookout over the city. 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.

  • Delve into the ancient roots of 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.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - The Western Wall is 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.

  • 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.

  • Between the Jewish and the Israeli stories through Israeli art - A tour of the Israel Museum with an artist and art expert. In this tour, we’ll start in the Jewish Art and Life Wing connecting between the curatorial visions, the artifacts and art, to explore the layered stories of Jewish communities around the world. We’ll then continue to the Israeli Permanent collection to grapple with Israeli art and the interwoven connections between Israeli and Jewish identities.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Machane Yehuda Market - This bustling multi-ethnic market is bursting with life, art, and flavor in the heart of Jerusalem. At night the market transforms into the city's hottest night scene. (meal not included)

  • Proceed back to Tel Aviv

  • David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Old City Tasting Tour

6 - Friday ( April 21 ) : Shishi Israeli - weekend's atmosphere in Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own and experience the weekend's atmosphere - On this day a guide and transportation are not included.
    Suggestions:
    - stroll through Neve Tzedek neighborhood, between art galleries and shops.
    - Jaffa's Flea Market
    - Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market open on Tuesdays and Fridays.
    - Arab food cooking workshop at a home a local woman in Jaffa
    - Friday night home hospitality at a local host and excellent cook

  • David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Saturday ( April 22 ) : Land of Judah

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Explore Beit Guvrin national park - The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that have been uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves too.

  • Wine and cheese at Sphera Winery - Sphera Winery is a boutique winery featuring only white wines from the Judean Hills of Israel. Carefully balancing nature, innovative technology and a delicate, artistic touch, by focusing on only white wines, Sphera can zoom in on the fine details and discern the slightest of subtleties. Doron and Sivan, the winery's owners, believe in a clear and minimalistic approach that brings out the fruits’ true essence, while ensuring wines that are layered with rich and complex flavours. And, of course, the views aren't too bad either.

  • Khan Sha'ar ha-Gai - Khan Sha’ar HaGai, also known by its Arabic name Bab al Wad, is a national memorial site. The khan, on the main road connecting Jaffa to Jerusalem, was built as a resting spot by the Ottoman Empire. This strategic spot saw fierce battles during the War of Independence, and in memory of the men and women who took part in them. When visiting Khan Sha'ar HaGui, you 'meet' the Palmach fighters who broke through the road to Jerusalem, hear their testimonies, and make fateful decisions alongside them.

  • Proceed back to Tel Aviv & have dinner at a local restaurant - (on your own, not included)

  • David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, light lunch in a winery

8 - Sunday ( April 23 ) : Shalom Uleitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out - Check-out is by noon. you will be able to leave your luggage with the concierge.

  • Enjoy a day to rest and explore on your own - Suggestions for your day: (can be arranged for an additional cost)
    - The ANU Museum of the Jewish People
    - Architecture tour of the White City
    - Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
    - Street Art tour

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home - VIP staff will meet you and accompany you through passport control and baggage claim.

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

: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

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'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

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. https://www.travelinsured.com/agency/?p=ViaSabra   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
Hotel accommodation v
VIP airport service upon arrival v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Guide, activities and transportation on days 6 and 8 v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Optional and suggested activities v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Airfare v

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