Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
26-02 January 2024
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday ( December 26 ) : Shalom and welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel - Arrival at Ben Gurion airport. VIP fast track assistance is available - contact us for more details. After collecting your bags you'll meet your driver.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel - Please note: check-in time is after 3:00 PM.

  • Welcome to Israel - Lechaim - From the Haas Promenade take in a wide view of Jerusalem's Old and New Cities and the surrounding Judean Desert as far as the eye can see. See Jerusalem's complex geography, strategic setting, and beauty. Begin the conversation about Jerusalem's centrality to Judaism as well as Christianity and Islam.

  • Continue with a delicious and fun tasting tour - In the heart of the city, 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. (the tour will replace lunch)

  • Free time to relax at the hotel

  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant - Suggestion: Hatzot restaurant. We will be happy to make restaurant recommendations and help with reserving a table. Please note: for a larger group many places requite a set group menu (meal and transfers are not included).

  • Jerusalem

: Jerusalem

2 - Wednesday ( December 27 ) : Memory and Life

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Activities:

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

  • Yad Vashem private tour - B’nei Mitzvah tour with Yad Vashem's Twinning Program. Israel’s national Holocaust museum presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the chilling Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • After a meaningful morning you will eat lunch at Offaime Restaurant - You are invited to savor the food and take part in the move to flavorful, organic, and environmentally conscious agriculture. The restaurant focuses on handmade produce that is crafted slowly using traditional techniques to create food that is tasty and healthy and packaged with complete respect for the environment and for the people who take part in the creative process. The restaurant's unique setting in Beit Hansen brings another element to the experience - it sits in one of the first hospitals established in Jerusalem in the mid-19th century, by the Joint Anglican-German Protestant Community in Jerusalem.

  • Giving back opportunity with Pantry Packers - This organization helps feed Israelis who face nutrition insecurity in a number of ways. We deliver packages of non-perishable household food items to families. We pack and deliver ready-to-eat meals to seniors at home.

  • Enjoy a free evening and dinner - (on your own, meal and transport are not included)

  • Jerusalem

: Jerusalem

3 - Thursday ( December 28 ) : Day of celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Bnot Mitzvah Ceremony at Ezrat Israel - The egalitarian section at the Western Wall.

  • The Southern Wall excavations - Following the ceremony walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern and interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Optional: festive kiddush and light meal - Not included, menu and proposal can be sent separately.

  • Lunch break and 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.

  • Fun Scavendure hunt in the old city

  • Free afternoon

  • Festive dinner at a private room in a local restaurant - Suggestions: Piccolino at Kikar Hamuzika / Hamesila at the First Station / private meal at Shukeriya (meal isn't included, need to be booked in advance)

  • Jerusalem

: Jerusalem

4 - Friday ( December 29 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Tour 1: Classic tour of the 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.

  • Tour 2: Between the Jewish and the Israeli stories - 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.

  • Proceed to the Judean Desert

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • Friday night Shabbat dinner at the hotel - (included)

  • Dead Sea

: Dead Sea

5 - Saturday ( December 30 ) : The lowest place on earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a beautiful hike in 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.

  • Shabbat lunch at a local restaurant or at the hotel - (meal not included)

  • Relaxing time to swim and attempt floating - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - with about 34.2% salinity.
    This is 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. Enjoy the hotel's facilities, pool and private beach.

  • Dinner at the hotel - (included)

  • Dead Sea

: Dead Sea

6 - Sunday ( December 31 ) : Desert splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by hiking up the Snake Path or take the cable car to explore Masada, a 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.

  • Deseret experience at Genesis Land - Situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way from the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Ride by camel to desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.

  • Proceed to Tel Aviv and check-in to your hotel

  • Free afternoon in Tel Aviv on your own

  • Tel Aviv

: Tel Aviv

7 - Monday ( January 1 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Nature and history in Nahal Taninim National park

  • Druze home hospitality, cooking workshop and meal - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Afternoon stroll in Zichron Yaakov - meet family and eat gelato - Established in December 1882, Zichron Ya'akov was one of the first modern Jewish communities in the country. Due to the massive support of Baron de Rothchild the town was soon named after Rothchild's father (Zichron Yaakov - "in memory of Jacob") and became known for its fine wine cellars, which produce high-quality vintages to this day. The town is also famous as the center of the NILI spy ring, organized by Jews to aid the British in ousting the Turks at the beginning of the 20th century. Tour the town to learn its history and enjoy its charming, shop-lined streets.

  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Tel Aviv - (meal and transfers are not included)

  • Tel Aviv

: Tel Aviv

8 - Tuesday ( January 2 ) : The first Hebrew city

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out - Check-out time is by noon. You can leave your luggage with the concierge if needed.

  • Begin with a tour of the beautiful Yaffo Old City - 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.

  • Colorful street art graffiti tour - Tour the dynamic neighborhood of Florentine, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood and learn about contemporary Israeli culture through the writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins. In recent years Tel Aviv has become Israel's capital of urban art.

  • Lunch break at the Carmel Market - 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.

  • Browse through Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - An open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Visit the ANU Museum of the Jewish People - In June 2021, after ten years of planning and construction, the largest Jewish museum in the world opened its doors. You’re invited to join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.

  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant - (meal is not included)

  • Group transfer to the airport - Fly back home. Safe travels.

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

: Tel Aviv

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.

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