Price range
From $5500 per person
Upcoming Date
15-24 June 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Connect with the congregation and with Israel
Explore Israel through all of your senses
Meet inspiring people who are making change
Experience Israel like a local
Mininum of 20 people-$5500 per person in a double room
Minimum of 15 people-$6000 per person in a double room
Single supplement $1850

Itinerary

1 - Thursday (June 15) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • VIP Arrival - 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.

  • Shehechiaynu 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 or lunch at Drive Cafe (depending on arrival time) - The Drive Cafe is part of a hot trend of coffee and food trucks that have popped up all over Israel in the past few years. Have a picnic brunch and begin to talk about your trip, Each person will be given a journal and your first entry will be to express your hopes for the trip. You'll share this with your partner and gradually with the rest of the group.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Open the trip at Thinkers Distillery- Toast Israeli creativity and innovation! - "At Thinkers we maintain pace with all the new developments and painstakingly connect the old together with the new to fulfill our mission of taking spirits further. Our Jerusalem distillery is part research library, part chemistry lab, part advanced technology workshop, part mind and behavior study center, part design studio, and 100% passion. It’s not easy, but we will never put any product into a bottle unless we are convinced that is has been furthered in every way into the best in class."

  • Dinner at Hatzot - Hatzot is part of Jerusalem’s history- two brothers, Abraham and Michael Ajami founded this landmark family restaurant in 1970. Located in one of the older neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Legend has it that Meurav Yerushalmi - the favorite Israeli mixed grill dish - was born at Hatzot Restaurant.

  • Challah Hop in the nearby Ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner, Coffee or lunch depending on arrival time

2 - Friday (June 16) : Dissolving Boundaries

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Start the day at Feel Beit with a view of Jerusalem and the Judean Desert - Feel Beit is a cultural home for creating art, expanding perspectives, and imagining new ways forward for Jerusalem. Meet the founder of the organization, Karen Brunwasser, and experience a taste of the work of Mekudeshet. Mekudeshet promotes a city for all residents of Jerusalem--Israelis, Palestinians, Christians, Jews, Muslims, religious and secular--to enjoy basic rights, including the right to self-definition and equality. 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.

  • Dissolving Boundaries - 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.

  • Free time- grab lunch and explore the city as it gets ready for Shabbat

  • Option: Musical Afternoon with Beit Avi Chai - Join the Jerusalem public in a Friday musical tradition preparing for Shabbat. Beit AVI CHAI serves as a center for the creation and expression of Jewish and Israeli culture and education. Established in 2007 with the goal of attracting a diverse spectrum of Israeli society, Beit AVI CHAI focuses on programs geared to Jewish people living in Israel and, via its website, around the world.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with your group or at a local synagogue

  • Shabbat dinner at the home of Shana and Yonatan Neril - Join this amazing family for a vegan dinner. Yonatan is the founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Hear about Yonatan’s work in sustainability and enjoy Shabbat dinner.

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Saturday (June 17) : Shabbat in the Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike a portion of the Israel National Trail - The Israel trail traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995.

  • Sphera Winery - Sphera Winery is a boutique winery featuring only white wines from the Judean Hills of Israel. "We believe in a clear and minimalistic approach that brings out the fruits’ true essence, while ensuring wines that are layered with rich and complex flavours."

  • Foraging and Cooking Workshop - 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 - Shabbat rest

  • Conversation with journalist Yaakov Katz - Or other journalist

  • Dinner and evening on your own

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Walk the northern portion of the Ramparts Walk - 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 craftspeople 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 - Since the 19th century Jerusalem's Old City has traditionally been divided into four quarters; Jewish, Christian, Moslem and Armenian. Walk through 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, combine the senses of smell, taste, and sound

  • Continue to the 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 the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • In the four Sephardic synagogue area meet Scribe Kalman Gavriel Delmoor - Kalman Gavriel Delmoor is a traditional Scribe with a modern lens. Through his unique perspectives and expertise in the ancient craft, Kalman brings the Torah to life in his art. Discover the fusion of artwork and tradition below. Meet Kalman, see him work, and learn about his mission.

  • Dinner at Offaime at Hansen House - 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.

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

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

5 - Monday (June 19) : Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour of the Security Barrier - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza, Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

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

  • 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.

  • Drive to your hotel and check in

  • Elias House - Home Hospitality - Dinner at the beautiful home of Chef Gadi Elias, a holistic culinary and cultural experience of Galilee cooking.

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

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

6 - Tuesday (June 20) : Spiritual and Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Um el Kanatir - 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.

  • Wine tasting and lunch 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.

  • Kayaking on the Kinneret

  • 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 Hotel

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

7 - Wednesday (June 21) : Galilean Tapestry

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Akko

  • 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.

  • Meet a local stone artist Saleem Amer and try your hand at stone carving - Meet a local stone artist Saleem Amer and try your hand at stone carving

  • Lunch at Uri Buri - For the past 40 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has offered a variety of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes, and boasts a wine list with over 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv - Check into your hotel

  • Optional speaker

  • Dinner and evening on your own

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

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

8 - Thursday (June 22) : Modes of Expression

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Gallery and street art tour in Kiryat Ham'lacha with Shirel Horovitz - 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.

  • 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.
    Shirel exhibited in major galleries and art festivals in Israel and across the US and is currently exhibiting a new sculptural installation in Bat Yam Museum of Art.
    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.
    Drawing from multiple fields of knowledge, Shirel weaves into each experience aspects of social issues, politics, economy, religion and more to create a vivid and nuanced image of the Israeli reality. Her knowledge, passion and love of all that is Art, Tel Aviv and Israeli history are nothing less than contagious.

  • Lunch and visit at 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.

  • 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.

  • Return to the hotel to freshen up

  • Walk through the Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - 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.

  • Dinner at HaBasta - Small but perfectly formed, HaBasta is located on a street leading off Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market, from where almost all its produce is sourced. An extensive daily changing menu is scribbled on a piece of paper on the wall. The dishes, while simple, are satisfyingly complex in execution. The international wine list is equally exceptional. You will be greeted by Maoz Alonim, chef and owner.

  • Evening concert options depending on availability

  • Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv

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

9 - Friday (June 23) : Tel Aviv- The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Breakfast in the Levinsky Market - Be Israeli- eat breakfast in small groups in various cafes in the Levinsky Market- the favorite pastime of Israeli on a Friday morning. 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.

  • The evolution of Tel Aviv starting in Shalom Tower - Meet with a city planner to discuss the evolution of urban Tel Aviv. Start at a model of the city and other key exhibits in the building then move to the streets- Rothschild, Lilienblum, and up to Habima theater plaza.

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - If your tour is on Tuesday or a Friday, 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.

  • Get ready for Shabbat

  • Beit Tefila Yisraeli - Kabbalat Shabbat - Welcome Shabbat with Beit Tefilah Israeli or another community

  • Shabbat Dinner under the starts - In a private garden, enjoy a gourmet Shabbat dinner under the stars

  • Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

10 - Saturday (June 24) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Untold Tel Aviv 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.

  • Shabbat brunch of traditional Jewish foods - In private setting indulge in a Jewish Shabbat Brunch. 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.

  • Together with brunch, drink down a story of Israel! - 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. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Free time- pack and relax - Late check out

  • Check out of hotel by 6:00 p.m.

  • Final dinner at Claro - Chef Ran Shmueli is one of Israel’s most respected veteran chefs , who has led innovative culinary ventures for the last 25 years. Claro (“clear” in Spanish) is chef Shmueli’s first restaurant.
    Claro is not “just” a restaurant; it’s a place of entertainment, providing an experience that embodies all the knowledge of Shmueli and his staff in hospitality and event planning. It is a relaxed venue for social gathering, offering a warm atmosphere, good music and a superb dining experience.

  • Transfer to the airport

Overnight: Transfer to the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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.

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.

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
One free staff in a single 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
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transfer from the airport on arrival - contact us to arrange info@visabra.com v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
VIP services upon arrival & departure 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
“Via Sabra's November 2019 tour "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" was fantastic. It combined learning about the places we visited with learning about and tasting the cuisine of these places. Many of the destinations were unusual; all were fascinating. Our guide Orit Levi's knowledge, enthusiasm, and charm enhanced the experience,”
Joan T
2019

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