Price range
From 4780$ per person
Upcoming Date
31-09 April 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Explore Jerusalem's Old City up-close
Get to know the mosaic of people in Israel
Eat Israel's legendary food
Enjoy a community of women for a special journey
Single Supplement 1200 USD

Itinerary

1 - Thursday (March 31) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Meet in hotel lobby and toast the beginning of your journey

  • Begin your trip with a dramatic entrance into Jerusalem’s Old City - Walk the Pilgrims’ Road into the Davidson Center in front of the Kotel in a street where Jewish pilgrims walked 2,000 years ago. Tour the Archeological Garden.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - Included will be the Western Wall and the Kotel Tunnels Tour. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects—the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Have a lunch of Jerusalem’s best hummus using family recipes that go back generations

  • Christian Quarter - Visit the Christian Quarter including the Twelve Stations of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which houses Christ's tomb.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour dinner 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.

  • 'Shtisel' Tours - Encounters outside the box - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Bezalel Hotel

Overnight: Bezalel Hotel
Meal Plan: lunch, Tasting tour dinner at Machane Yehuda

2 - Friday (April 1) : Memory and Meaning

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • At Hadassah Hospital meet staff of the hospital and hear about their experiences on the front line of the pandemic. - Hospitals, always a universe of Co-existence, became even more so during the pandemic. Israel's health system was admired world wide for its exemplary and successful treatment of the situation.

  • Atalya - Bread baking - Atalya is an inspirational host who offers exceptional culinary events, meals, and workshops, in Ein Kerem an ancient and picturesque village, the atmosphere of the village brings a special touch to the workshops. Join Atalya for a bread baking session. Get your hands in the dough and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

  • Free time in Ein Karem - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Hakarem, mentioned in the Old Testament and whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world and visit this quaint neighborhood, long an artists' quarter and home to special people and sites waiting for your visit.

  • Return to hotel to get ready for Shabbat - .

  • Return to the Kotel at the time of Kabbalat Shabbat- with hundreds of people coming together to sing and celebrate.

  • Shabbat dinner - Walk from the Kotel to a private home where you’ll be hosted for an authentic Shabbat dinner and experience – enjoy great food, stories, songs, and people.

  • Bezalel Hotel

Overnight: Bezalel Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Bread Baking workshop

3 - Saturday (April 2) : A Day of Rest and Discovery

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Activities:

  • Bezalel Hotel - Bezalel Hotel

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shai Seltzer’s Goat & Cheese Farm - In the mountains surrounding Jerusalem, Shai created his own goat farm after winning cheese exhibition awards. Shai passed away in October 2020 and his son, Omer, carries on the tradition of preparing cheese in a 2,000-year-old cave.

  • Al Yasmin Tahini - Visit Kamel Hashlamon's tehina and halva factory, Al Yasmin, in Abu Gosh for some of the best tahina in Israel. Kamel imported millstones crafted by a Syrian stonemason to create authentic, traditional tahina and halva.

  • Hiking and Krav Maga - Hike a portion of The Israel National Trail which traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995. Along the trail you’ll be met by a Krav Maga expert who will teach you this Israeli art of self-defense.

  • Late lunch at Majda restaurant - Majda is a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Return to Jerusalem and free time

  • Dinner on your own

  • 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.

  • Bezalel Hotel

Overnight: Bezalel Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Sunday (April 3) : Partnership

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the 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.

  • Lunch of homemade cheeses at Hanan Hagaban - Hear how Hanan's business survived Covid-19.

  • Sindayanna of the Galilee - Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led non-profit that actively promotes the concepts of “business for peace” and Fair Trade in Israel. Sindyanna’s premium products are sold in the international marketplace according to Fair Trade principles with the profit being channeled back locally to Arab women’s education. Taste Olive oil and learn basket weaving.

  • Drive north to Calgary's Partnership in Israel Region, the Upper Galilee - Hear about life in the area including a visit to a northern border terror tunnel.

  • Tour of Kibbutz Manara

  • Dinner with Partnership

  • Drive to hotel and check in

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Monday (April 4) : Spiritual and Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Short hike on the way to the Golan Heights

  • Jeep ride in the Golan Heights with Captain (Reserve) Ilan Shulman - Ilan is a political analyst and 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 and wine-tasting at Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines.

  • Drive to 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 artist row.

  • Druze cooking workshop and dinner - 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.

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Tuesday (April 5) : Historical and Cultural Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Early morning magic visit to the Hula Valley - The Hula valley forms part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes.

  • Note about Akko - We will evaluate the situation in Akko between now and the trip and decide if it will be possible to visit as we have planned. If not, we will plan an alternative with cooking in a Druze or Arab village.

  • Drive to the ancient port city of Akko - Akko was built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the British. This magnificent, medieval city was selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

  • Lunch at Uri Buri pending availability - For the past 20 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Try your hand at stone carving with local stone artist Saleem Amar

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel - Dinner on your own

  • Mendeli Street Hotel

Overnight: Mendeli Street Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Wednesday (April 6) : Tel Aviv Treasures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation.

  • 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.

  • Lunch at Pu’a, a wonderful eclectic Flea Market favorite

  • 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. At HaMalabia eat Malabi, the cool sweet dessert that tastes like the Middle East.

  • Bauhaus Tour - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”

  • Dizengoff Street - Time for shopping on Tel Aviv’s famous Dizengoff Street which is filled with boutiques and specialty stores and is a favorite of fashion lovers.

  • Dinner at Ha'Achim - Haachim, located on Ibn Gvirol offers a spin on the middle eastern cuisine by modernizing classic dishes.

  • Mendeli Street Hotel

Overnight: Mendeli Street Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Thursday (April 7) : The Art-Up Nation

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Start the day with Joanna Landau, founder of Vibe Israel - Vibe aims to change the way Israel is perceived in global public opinion. Vibe, Israel's flagship project offers weeklong trips to Israel to online opinion leaders, generating third party endorsement of Israel's competitive advantages to millions of people worldwide.

  • What is Israeli Art? Tour with Shirel Horowitz - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it 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. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art?

  • Lunch on your own at Sarona Market - Sarona was a German Templer colony established in Tel Aviv during the Ottoman Palestine period in 1871. In the past decade Sarona has been revitalized as a commercial center with a modern food market at its center.

  • Kikar Rabin (Rabin Square) - Renamed in honor of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in this square in 1995, Rabin Square is a public space at the heart of Tel Aviv. Ringed by trendy cafes, the square often hosts political rallies and demonstrations, parades, and public events.

  • Graffiti Tour - Enjoy a creative Graffiti tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin, and experience fun and artistic freedom. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • Levinsky Market - Appetizers- A “Tasting Walk” through Shuk Levinsky, one of Israel’s most interesting markets with a focus on spices and specialty foods.

  • Dinner on your own - Reservations will be made at Ouzeria and Romano

  • Mendeli Street Hotel

Overnight: Mendeli Street Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Shuk Levinsky tasting tour

9 - Friday (April 8) : The Tel Aviv "Look"

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Fashion tour - The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. Meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Tour will includ a stop at Maskit - Conceived in 1954 by Ruth Dayan, Maskit made contemporary luxury clothing utilizing traditional embroidery techniques from Hungarian, Yemenite, Bulgarian, Bedouin, Palestinian, Druze, Lebanese and Jewish artisans.

    The resulting works of art created more than jobs for immigrants; a brand was born. Maskit wasn’t just any brand, though: its designs were so luxurious and re ned that they were treasured by leading ladies (Audrey Hepburn was just one star who wore its famous desert coat) and their fashion-forward followers alike. Collaborations with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Givenchy followed, as did a flagship store in New York City.

  • Lunch at HaMiznon - Chef Eyal Shani has elevated the simple pita at Miznon with fresh gourmet cuisine stuffed in light and fluffy pitas. Try his signature roasted cauliflower as well.

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit Nachlat Binyamin, an open air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv 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, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Shabbat dinner in a truly Israeli style- on the roof of the home of HaBanot, Karen and Yael, a couple who love to cook, eat, and host.

  • Mendeli Street Hotel

Overnight: Mendeli Street Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 - Saturday (April 9) : Tel Aviv Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Gaga Workshop - Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Bat Sheva Dance Company. Explore new ways to move through this intense experience.

  • Indulge in a Jewish Shabbat Brunch picnic - Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

  • Spend time on the beach or riding bikes on the boardwalk

  • Final dinner- TBD

  • Transfer to airport or post tour arrangements can be made

Overnight: Transfer to airport or post tour arrangements can be made
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

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

What are my transportation options from the airport?

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Prior to your arrival, we can arrange a door-to-door transfer for you from the airport. There is a train station at the airport that links to the major cities. Check here for the train schedules and fares from Ben Gurion airport. There is also a taxi stand at the airport.

Terms of Payment

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Airfare v
Transfer from the airport on arrival - contact us to arrange info@visabra.com v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Testimonials
“Via Sabra gave us an Israel experience like no other. The bookings, the guides, where we went, everything was a joy, the perfect combination of touring, learning and fun.”
Stephen K
2019
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019