Price range
From $5000 per person
Upcoming Date
12-22 March 2023
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Explore Israel's abundance and complexity
Engage with the diverse people who live here
Connect with your community
Renew your connection to Israel
Single Supplement $1500
Price based on a minimum of 15 people. Price per person in a double room for a minimum of 20 people is $4660

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (March 12) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Pick up at Ben Gurion Airport or other meeting place

  • Stop at a lookout along the way to recite Shehechiyanu to bless the beginning of your journey together in Israel!

  • Check into your hotel

  • Dinner under the stars - Have a casual outdoor dinner in nature and talk about your hopes for the trip.

  • Degania Bet

Overnight: Degania Bet
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Monday (March 13) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day at Gamla-National park - Visit the Gamla Nature Reserve, with the highest waterfall in Israel. The ancient city of Gamla was made the capital of the Golan in the 1st century BCE and was conquered by the Romans in 67 CE after being subjected to a long siege. Walk the circular vulture trail with an observation point from which you can see Gamla Mountain. From this point, you can watch the 80 Griffon Vultures circling above.

  • Continue to Um el Kanatir for a musical tour - Um el Kanatir, also known as Ein Keshatot, is home to a Jewish village from the Period of the Mishna and Talmud, with a magnificent synagogue in its center. Enter a synagogue that features the original Ark Complex – the most preserved and magnificent ever to be discovered in Israel. The synagogue was excavated and reconstructed with advanced technological methods, and today it stands at a height of one story. The Ein Keshatot site also offers a visit to the village spring, which flows into ancient pools, surrounded by shaded areas.

  • Lunch and wine tasting at Mika Winery - Mika Winery in Moshav Natur in the Golan Heights was established in 2006, out of a desire to live and uphold the values of land, family, and creation. Along with the wines, the highest quality products are served, carefully and lovingly produced in the neighboring farms in the Moshav or the Golan Heights: cheeses, olive oil, breads, seasonal fruits, patisseries and more.

  • Bike or ride a golf cart through the Hula Valley - The Hula valley sits in 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. Early morning ride through the park.

  • 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.

  • Degania Bet

Overnight: Degania Bet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Tuesday (March 14) : The Galilean Tapestry

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Akko

  • Akko Tunisian Synagogue - The Or Torah Tunisian synagogue in Akko is unique even in a land of synagogues. Built by a community of Tunisian Jews from Djerba, it offers four stories of glorious mosaics and stained-glass windows both inside and out, showing a varied range of stories, plants, and animals.

  • Akko historical tour - 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.

  • Lunch at one of Akko's legendary hummus restaurants

  • On the way back to the Kinneret, stop at the Open Museum at Tefen - The Open Museum is located in the Tefen Industrial Park, at the heart of the Western Galilee. The park was founded in 1985 by the industrialist Stef Wertheimer; its success led to the foundation of four additional parks at Tel-Hai in the Galilee panhandle, at Omer in the Negev, at Lavon in the vicinity of Tefen and at Dalton in the Galilee. Together, the museums represent Wertheimer's approach – which supports creative endeavors both in industry and in culture, art and education.

  • Afternoon treat- Buza Ice Cream - Buza, the Arabic word for ice cream, is owned and operated by Alaa Sweetat, a local Muslim and Adam Ziv, a Jew from Kibbutz Sasa. A delicious Co-Existence venture. Taste their unique flavors.

  • Dinner at a restaurant

  • Degania Bet

Overnight: Degania Bet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Wednesday (March 15) : Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out

  • Drive towards Jerusalem with stops along the way

  • Givat Haviva - At the Givat Haviva International School, high school students from around the world are taught leadership skills in order to work together to create a strong shared society and sustainable, just future. With over 100 students, half of them from Israel, conflict resolution is just as much a part of the curriculum. Meet one of the school's teachers, along with Jewish Arab and international students to find out how bridges are being built in this unique academic setting.

  • Lunch at the Opera Restaurant - Opera Restaurant is a legendary Yemenite Restaurant. Eat Yemenite soup, lachuch, and jachnoun. Meet and talk to the owners of the restaurant.

  • Overlook and discussion at Feel Beit - Feel Beit is a cultural home for creating art, expanding perspectives, and imagining new ways forward for Jerusalem. "We are a group of Israelis and Palestinians who create art and music to bridge divides in Jerusalem. Everything we present is rooted in love for the diverse people of this place. We are driven by the conviction that when all else breaks down, art and music must break through." Mekudeshet is an award-winning, cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from being a center of conflict into a laboratory for connections between people of all kinds.

  • Join Mekudeshet for a Dissolving Boundaries Tour. - Join Mekudeshet for a Dissolving Boundaries Tour invites you to join real people from Jerusalem on an adventure across perspectives, passions, and divides. You are the protagonist on the journey, which begins in your home, travels through inspiring voices and places in Jerusalem, and constantly finds its way back into your reality. Dissolving Boundaries celebrates the courage, ingenuity and stirring humanity of regular people in an extraordinary place, and asks you to discover the boundary dissolver within yourself.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Thursday (March 16) : Jerusalem-Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Walk the Northern section of Ramparts - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Turkish. Today you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the old city and the surroundings. Begin at the Jaffa Gate and walk north around the Christian and Muslim Quarters, descending at the Damascus gate.

  • Muslim & Christian Quarters - Explore the maze of the Muslim and Christian quarters, meeting people who have lived in the Old City for generations, practicing their crafts and raising their families. Browse the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more.

  • 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.

  • Continue to Jewish Quarter - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, and witness learning institutions jostle for space in these busy stone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Return to the hotel for a short break

  • Meet Metzilot Mazon - Metzilot Mazon, the Jerusalem Food Rescuers, aims to create a more Just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Working with the wholesale market, they divert surplus produce that would have otherwise gone to waste and support communities that don’t have equitable access to food, engage in food literacy focused activities such as lectures and workshops with kids and adults, and run a sustainable catering business.

  • Dinner at Tmol Shilshom - Tmol Shilsom is more than just a restaurant that takes pride in its culinary excellence. Since its establishment in 1994, Tmol Shilshom has been a cultural institution that hosts the top authors and poets, among them: Yehuda Amichai, Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, Orly Castel-Bloom, Batya Gur, and many more. Young writers, musicians and artists are also often hosted at Tmol Shilshom.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Old City Tasting Tour

6 - Friday (March 17) : The Hills are Alive

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Explore the Jerusalem Hills at the beautiful Sataf forest for a hike through the area. - The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites. If it’s warm enough, there’s even an option to take a dip in some of the natural springs. Along the way - forage for edible plants.

  • Farm to Table with Nura - In the March lushness of Mate Yehuda, meet Nurit Hertz in her natural habitat- the outdoors. Nura will teach you identify edible plants then you'll cook a delicious lunch with these fresh greens.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Kabbalat Shabbat - With you group or at a local synagogue

  • Shabbat dinner at the home of Shana and Yonatan Neril, - Enjoy a vegan Shabbat dinner with a family engaged in important educational work. Yonatan is the founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Hear about Yonatan’s work in sustainability and enjoy lunch with his lovely family

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Saturday (March 18) : Jerusalem Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Join a local synagogue for Shabbat tefilot

  • Shabbat study

  • Lunch at the hotel - Other options can be discussed as well.

  • Afternoon neighborhood walking tour

  • Havdalah

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Sunday (March 19) : Living Together, Living Apart

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • West bank program with Encounter (will include lunch) - "Encounter is an educational organization committed to informed, courageous, and resilient Jewish communal leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We educate and equip Jewish communal and civil society leaders with the experiences, networks, and resources they need to proactively and positively shape their constituents’ engagement with Israel as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our work addresses distinctly political subject matter, but we are resolutely nonpartisan; we do not promote any specific policies or political positions regarding the conflict. Rather, as an educational organization, we support Jewish leaders and communities in serving as a positive force in the pursuit of a durable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that upholds the dignity, security, and rights of all parties."

  • On the way to Tel Aviv explore the beautifuly synergy that is happening in Abu Ghosh at Hinam Center - Mifgash at The Hinam Center, an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. Meet teen participants in the center’s programs and learn about Religious tolerance. The guiding principle of the center is the promotion of tolerance by really getting to know those different from you. The center is not about short, superficial meetings between different peoples, meetings that generally do not promote tolerance and can even result in the opposite effect. Each side typically tries to fortify its own position and beat the other side over some argument.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at Gueta - On Jaffa's Jerusalem Boulevard, across from the Gesher Theater, Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

  • Tel Aviv

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

9 - Monday (March 20) : Untold Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old Jaffa - 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.

  • Ajami Neighborhood, Jaffa - Tour the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa, you’ll hear a challenging narrative about the city and its history. Continue your tour through Jaffa, enjoying the beauty of the winding streets and the beautiful port with its biblical reference.

  • Lunch with Myassar Seri - Myassar Seri is a chef and a storyteller who believes in sharing her recipes and techniques to bring people closer together. In her house learn to make hummus, pita, or other specialties of the Arab kitchen as you get to know Myassar herself.

  • Giborot - From the early days of the establishment of Tel Aviv as the first Hebrew city, women have played a key role in building the foundation of what has become Tel Aviv as we know it today. Follow in the footsteps of women who were silenced and women that created reality from a dream alone and let their voices be heard. Join us through the streets of TLV places that you have walked through hundreds times before. We will give voice to women like Golda Meir, Rachel the Poet, Tzina Dizingoff, Ahuva Ozeri and others who were the movers and shakers that were part of making this city so great.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

10 - Tuesday (March 21) : Complex Realities

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart Tel Aviv and drive south

  • Western Negev tour with Grisha Yakubovich - Stop at key lookout points for an in-depth discussion of the complexity of the Gaza Border situation. Grisha Yakubovich served in the Israel Defence Forces for 30 years, ending his career as Head of the Civil Coordination Department of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). He now consults and guides educational tour of the Gaza Border and the West Bank.

  • Stop at Netiv HaAsara - Striving for Peace at Netiv Haasarah, a moshav on the western border of Israel with the Gaza Strip. Visit the Peace Wall on the border. Meet Tsamaret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the project who will talk about life in the moshav in the shadow of the ongoing security situation – and about the hope of a good and peaceful future. Choose a colorful optimistic tile on which to write a personal wish and later glue to the border wall.

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • Free time at Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit Nachalat Binyamin, 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.

  • Dinner at Tenat Ethiopian Restaurant - Tenat

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

11 - Wednesday (March 22) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Touring with Shirel Horovitz - Using drawing, sculpting, video and sound, Tel Aviv based artist Shirel Horovitz, creates performances and installations exploring cities, communities and the relations between people and space. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and her MA (with distinction) from The Interdisciplinary Art program in Tel Aviv University. Alongside her art practice, Shirel lectures, leads art tours, teaches art and is an art consultant to a variety of private groups and institutions among them Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Alma Hebrew college, Classrooms Without Borders, Ashdod Museum of Art, Azrieli LTD, Hartman institute and more.

  • Kiryat Ham'lacha - Kiryat Ham'lacha is a former industrial zone. Since the factories closed or moved out, many artists, designers, musicians, dancers, street artists and small business are now the heart of the neighborhood.

  • Kuchinate - Travel to colorful Kuchinate: African Refugee Women’s Cooperative, for a coffee ceremony and to hear the story of this incredible social start-up. Meet founders Diddy Mymin Kahn and Sister Aziza, who have turned the lives of refugee women around by empowering them to find their voices and regain their dignity after very difficult life circumstances.

  • Levinsky Market tasting tour - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known for its variety, freshness, and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines, and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • 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.

  • Final dinner

  • Transfer to the airport

Overnight: Transfer to the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting Tour Levinsky Market

FAQ

What documents do I need to travel to Israel?

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US and Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel to Israel. Citizens from all other countries will need to check with their respective embassies/consulates or visa agency to determine if a visa is required. You can also check here. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from the date you leave Israel after your trip. Other documentation, such as that which relates to COVID-19 (for example) may be required. We will update this section with all relevant information as it becomes available.

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.

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.

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.

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
Two free staff in a double room v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Transfer from the airport on arrival - contact us to arrange info@visabra.com v

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Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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