Price range
From $3049 per person
Upcoming Date
15-28 June 2023
Tour Time
14 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( June 15 ) : 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.

  • Travel to Jerusalem

  • Check-in to hotel

  • David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

: David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

2 - Friday ( June 16 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

: David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

3 - Saturday ( June 17 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

: David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

4 - Sunday ( June 18 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a tour of the City of David and exciting walk through an ancient water tunnel. - Take a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. It was on this hill where Jerusalem was built 4 millennia ago. Continuously excavated over the last 120 years, discoveries are regularly made. Tour the palace of King David, ritual purification pools, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel built to protect the water supply. Walk through newly uncovered sites and marvel at Central Valley's excavation. See the tour's highlight - monumental foundational stones of the Western Wall which lie at the foot of the Temple Mount. Exit the site onto the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, over 2,000 years ago.

  • Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour. - 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.

  • Take time to reflect at the Kotel (Western Wall) - Visit this sacred place - one of the last remnants of the Second Temple which 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.

  • 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.

  • Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City - See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Dinner on your own - We can make recommendations and reservations for you!

  • David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

: David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

5 - Monday ( June 19 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Depart to the Dead Sea Region

  • Atop a lone rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert lies Masada - Combining natural beauty and deep meaning. Together, we will ascend by cable car and tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BC, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans.

  • Lunch and Dead Sea float - 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 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Continue to Genesis Land - Genesis Land is situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to 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.

  • Return to hotel

  • David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

: David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

6 - Tuesday ( June 20 ) : City of Gold

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Experience the thrill of unearthing the hidden past on Dig-for-a-Day - A ground-breaking archaeological experience designed for active travelers of all ages.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, this bustling multi-ethnic market is 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.

  • Tour Nachalaot Neighborhood - In the heart of Jerusalem’s downtown, Nachlaot is one of the city’s older and more colorful neighborhoods, retaining much of its original 19th century architecture, narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets. The neighborhood was planned to accommodate the Yemenite, Kurdish, Jerusalem Sephardi, Greek and Galician Jews. The communities had their own synagogues (many still exist today) and were each housed within a walled compound built around a common courtyard and a water cistern in the center.

  • Dinner on you own - We can make recommendations and reservations for you!

  • Enjoy the Night Spectacular! - 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.

  • David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

: David Citadel, Jerusalem (on own)

7 - Wednesday ( June 21 ) : Memory and Life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And check-out

  • Meaningful visit 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.

  • Depart north through Jordan Valley

  • Lunch on own en route

  • Spring Valley Park - Park HaMaayanot - Is home to three of the Beit Shean Valley’s most abundant and attractive springs that flow at the foot of the high cliff wall of Mount Gilboa. Enjoy Driving around in a golf cart, by self driving, and navigate between beautiful water springs, orchards, fish pools and ancient relics.

  • Continue to one of the Druze villages of the Galilee - 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.

  • Check in to hotel

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel (on own)

: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel (on own)

8 - Thursday ( June 22 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Depart north to the Golan Heights

  • 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.

  • Lunch on own en route

  • 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.

  • Safed, pronounced Tzfat in Hebrew - 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. Safed’s mystical aura adds to its special status as one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm.

  • Return to hotel

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel (on own)

: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel (on own)

9 - Friday ( June 23 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel - And check-out from hotel

  • Travel to Rosh Hanikra ("Head of the Grottos") - With the stunning chalk-white cliffs at Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground marine caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Tornado Boat Tour & Snorkeling in Achziv - We leave for our marine-tour on Tornado speedboats from the Achziv lagoons via the protected islands to the scenic grottoes of Rosh Hanikra, one of Israel’s most beautiful and famous natural attractions. During the marine tour we will anchor by one of the five islands to snorkel using the masks, snorkels and flotation vests that we provide. Bask in the glorious sun and swim in the warm Mediterranean waters before jumping back on the boat.

  • Continue to Akko for lunch on own

  • Tour Akko - 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.

  • Continue to Tel Aviv

  • Check in to hotel

  • The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

: The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

10 - Saturday ( June 24 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

: The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

11 - Sunday ( June 25 ) : The Tel Aviv Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel Setai Tel Aviv

  • Tour of Old 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 archeological discoveries. Head to the Jaffa Port which exists from Biblical times and is a fantastic place to find a mix of Israelis from all walks of life. Including visit to Yemenite heritage site.

  • Enjoy lunch on own at the Carmel Market - 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. The Polish, the Persian, and the Yemeni...in this case, it is not the opening line 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. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • 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 was resorted and became a trendy, fun, and beautiful part of the city and, especially, a good place to try some Israeli Gelato!

  • Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti tour - Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

: The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

12 - Monday ( June 26 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

: The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

13 - Tuesday ( June 27 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

: The Setai Tel Aviv (on own)

14 - Wednesday ( June 28 )

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • 9:00 PM Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport - VIP services at the airport

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

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 v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Airfare v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020
“In late August our family; grandparents, parents and children, spent two wonderful weeks in Israel with arrangements made by Via Sabra. The demographics of our family group was quite diverse with children ages 7-13, adults and seniors; many being ‘first time’ Israel visitors. Janet and Miar from Via Sabra worked closely with us to plan a wonderful itinerary which took into account the full range of ages in our group. With their assistance, we planned an itinerary in which some days were packed with exciting adventures and exploration while others were more relaxed as we took a step back to catch our breath. The balance was perfect. We had a private bus with our own guide Ronen, who could not have been more knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He connected with everyone in our group, from the oldest to the youngest; and quickly felt like a member of the family. It was a very sad parting when our trip came to an end. We have friends who also planned a family Israel trip with only glowing compliments for Via Sabra. We all agreed we must and will return and would certainly use Via Sabra again!”
J
2019

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