Price range
From $6000 per person
Upcoming Date
01-08 March 2022
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Visits to Israel's amazing and innovative distilleries
Wine-Tasting in Israel's best wineries
Meet the pioneers of Israel's alcohol revolution
Price based on a minimum of 10 participants

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (March 1) : L'chaim-Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • 1:00 p.m. Depart meeting point for the north

  • First stop will be a step back in time at Tzippori - At Tzippori, view the ruins and ancient mosaic floor of a Roman villa, known as the Dionysus House. Used as a space for entertaining, the floor depicts scenes from the life of Bacchus. Speaker on ancient wine culture will meet the group in Tziporri.

  • Terroir Talk and toast to the trip - Meet wine expert Michal Ackerman, CEO of Tavor winery, for wine-tasting and review of Israel’s wine terroir.

  • Dinner at the beautiful home of Chef Gadi Elias - Enjoy a holistic culinary and cultural experience of Galilee cooking. Dinner guest-Yuval Jub Hargil of Jullius distillery (pending availability.)

  • Mizpe HaYamim

Overnight: Mizpe HaYamim
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Wednesday (March 2) : "Spiritual" and Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day with a refreshing walk around the Banias - 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.

  • Coffee break-Cafe Shachor 'in the field' - Time to relax and talk with Rabbi Drew

  • Drive through the Golan Heights - Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel's history in the area. View the neighboring countries and understand the strategic significance of the area.

  • Golani Distillery

  • Lunch at Gillis Restaurant - Gillis is a family-run meat business on Moshav Nov in the Golan.

  • Meet Bazelet Beer at the Golan Brewery

  • Dinner at Decks - Gourmet Charcoal Grill

  • Local bar hopping

  • Mizpe HaYamim

Overnight: Mizpe HaYamim
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Thursday (March 3) : The Land of Milk and Honey

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning visit to Agamon HaHula - Ride bikes or golf carts through the Hula valley which sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley and stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake.

  • Coffee Talk Stop - Beer in the Bible

  • Lunch at Ein Camonim - Ein Camonim is Israel’s first boutique cheese dairy Learn about the cheese making process and eat a delicious lunch including the farm's organic cheeses.

  • See the world's largest selection of miniatures with Rotem Ben Shitrit

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Dinner on your own

  • Cocktails at Zuta - Not included

  • Optional Challah Hopping in Geula

  • Inbal Jerusalem

Overnight: Inbal Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Friday (March 4) : Yom Shishi Higiya

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City

  • Visit the Kotel

  • Visit Thinkers Distillery - "Produced in the spiritual city of Jerusalem, with love."

  • Lunch on your own

  • Free time and prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel - Followed by Apertif Oneg Shabbat and discussion of Kiddush

  • Inbal Jerusalem

Overnight: Inbal Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Saturday (March 5) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shabbat Tefilot

  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel - Discussion on Daytime Kiddush

  • Optional Walking Tour

  • Seudat Shlishit with Joel - Joel will talk about Jews and Alcohol.

  • Havdalah - Followed by dinner on your own

  • Motzash at Biratenu - Biratenu is considered Israel's best craft beer shop. At Biratenu, meet Prof. Ronen Hazan, part of the team to brew beer from 3000-year-old yeast

  • Check out the night life in the Mahana Yehuda Market

  • Inbal Jerusalem

Overnight: Inbal Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Sunday (March 6) : Beneath Vine and Fig

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out and depart Jerusalem

  • Stop at Portzei Yerushlayim Memorial - Designed by the sculptress Naomi Henrik, the Portzei Haderech memorial at Shaar Hagai commemorates the breakthrough to Jerusalem in the War of Independence. The story behind this memorial is also one of the most fascinating of all Israeli monuments and has much to teach about acts of commemoration and preserving a sense of continuity.

  • Coffee Talk at Drive Cafe Truck - Early Biblical Drinking Stories

  • Visit to Yerushalmi Distillery

  • Lunch on your own in Beit Shemesh

  • Wine tasting at Tzora Winery, a small boutique winery located on Kibbutz Tzora near Beit Shemesh - The winemaker holds the title “Master of Wine.” He is an experienced agronomist and vintner, and is involved in the entire process, from growing and tending the vines, to the harvesting and winemaking, to produce fine wines.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at Gueta - Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

  • Cocktails with Jay Rosen at Mooshoo Bar - Includes one drink

  • Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Monday (March 7) : Tel Aviv Treasures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Enjoy a Graffiti Tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin - Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • Coffee break at one of Shuk Levinsky's trendy cafes - The Blessings of Wine

  • Street Food lunch - Explore the 'seven species' of Israeli street food “hopping” between street food restaurants.

  • Meet Gal Granov, founder of Whiskey Israel - Meet in the new Kempinski Hotel's Whiskey Bar

  • Visit Israel first Whiskey Distillery-Milk and Honey Distillery - Whiskey and Chocolate Session

  • Chef Demo and Dinner with Yair Feinberg

  • Meet with and taste the Vermouth of Eyal Drori of Vedetta

  • Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Tuesday (March 8) : L'hitraot!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. For centuries, the port of Jaffa was the gateway to the Land of Israel. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other.

  • Coffee Break in one of Jaffa's Cafes - Beer and Whiskey in Wine Container

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is 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.

  • Meet the people at Wine on the Vine- creating new ways to connect to Israel - Wine on the Vine (WOTV) is the headline project of The Israel Innovation Fund, a nonprofit foundation whose mission it is to bring the very best of contemporary Israeli culture to the rest of the globe and to accelerate the modernization of Jewish philanthropic world.

  • Drink down a story of Israel with Tishrey Bar - Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story.

  • Final dinner at Whiskey Bar and Museum - The Whiskey Bar & Museum is one of the largest complexes of its kind anywhere in the world, combining a bar-restaurant and a whiskey museum in one unique location. You'll find us in Sarona's historic Templer tunnel, which was home to a local winery in the 19th century and, until a decade ago, served the covert needs of the Mossad.

  • Transfer to the airport - Or stay longer!

  • Departure - Departure

Overnight: Departure
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting Tour Carmel Market

FAQ

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 do I buy 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

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 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. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

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.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

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
Wine at restaurant meals v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Drinks at bars unless otherwise specified v
Transfer from the airport on arrival- add this request to your registration form v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“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

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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