Price range
From $2400 per person
Upcoming Date
22-01 January 2024
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Bat Mitzvah celebrations
Culinary experiences and market tours
Time to reflect at the Western Wall and tour of the tunnels
Camel ride in the Judean Desert
Druze cooking workshop and home hospitality
Jeep tour in the Golan
Discover Israeli innovation
Graffiti street art tour in Tel Aviv

Itinerary

1 - Friday (December 22) : Shalom and 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.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem - Check-in to your hotel. Check-in time is from 3:00 pm.

  • Enjoy free time to settle in and explore on your own

  • Optional: join a local community or walk to the Western Wall to experience Shabbat Friday night services

  • Friday night dinner - private chef meal

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: Private family dinner

2 - Saturday (December 23) : Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning enjoy a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast in your hotel. Accommodation and breakfasts are not included.

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from the Haas Promenade - Take in a wide view of Jerusalem's Old and New Cities and the surrounding Judean Desert as far as the eye can see. See Jerusalem's complex geography, strategic setting, and beauty and begin the conversation about Jerusalem's centrality to Islam, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Visit the Israel museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • 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.

  • Stop at Al Yasmin family owned Tahini factory - Halva and Tehina tasting at Al Yasmin in Abu Ghosh - get ready to be wowed!

  • Easy afternoon at the hotel

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: lunch

3 - Sunday (December 24) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a magical view - From the top of the Tower of David the iconic citadel of Jerusalem. Visit the renewed museum which presents the city’s full story, emphasizing the importance of Jerusalem to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It portrays the city’s relevance and its re-establishment as the capital of modern Israel.

  • Tour of 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.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) - In the Muslim & Christian quarters. 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.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall), sacred because it is one of the last remnants of the Second Temple that 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.

  • The Western Wall Tunnels - 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 for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Drive to Machne Yehuda Market

  • Culinary tour in the famous market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market 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. The tasting tour will replace dinner.

  • Transfer to your hotel

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: Dinner: Machne Yehuda tastings

4 - Monday (December 25) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your morning with a fun camel ride

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by a cable car to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Lunch on rout (not included)

  • Ein Gedi oasis - The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. We will have the opportunity to hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. The stunning Ein Gedi oasis consists of two separate waterways: Nahal David (David’s Stream), where David took refuge from King Saul; and Nahal Arugot, where remains of a 6th-century synagogue were discovered.

  • Time to swim & float in the Dead Sea - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - with about 34.2% salinity.
    This is 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.

  • Proceed back to Jerusalem and dinner at a local restaurant (on own) - We'll be happy to make restaurants recommendations and reservations closer to time.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

5 - Tuesday (December 26) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Travel north and go on a nature walk in Mount Arbel - In the Mt. Arbel National Park take in the dramatic cliffs of the mountain and enjoy the stunning views of the Golan, Galilee and the Kinneret. You can also visit the ancient Arbel Synagogue dating back to the Second Temple Period. Learn about Jewish settlement during this period and contemplate why the synagogue has the only ‘ark’ in the world that does not face Jerusalem.

  • Light lunch at Havat Rom - A visit to a magical organic farm, located on a mountain with a beautiful view of Meron Mountain. This is an agricultural organic farm, where they use ancient knowledge along with modern tools. Trying to find the balance between humans and nature. Visit the goats, and enjoy a light meal from the fresh produce and excellent cheese.

  • Sweet chocolate workshop - Learn how to make chocolate at a boutique La Chocolita workshop at the Mohanna Family garden in Peki'in village! You'll taste unique flavors and hear about the process of making chocolate.

  • Druze cooking workshop and meal - 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.

  • Travel to the hotel & check-in

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: lunch at the cheese farm , Druze home hospitality and dinner

6 - Wednesday (December 27) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Banias nature hike - 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.

  • Alternative accessible nature trail: Tel Dan

  • Explore the Golan Heights through a jeep tour - 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 roll 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.

  • Lunch on rout (on own)

  • Afternoon tour of Tzfat - 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.

  • Proceed back to the hotel and eat dinner there as well

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: dinner

7 - Thursday (December 28) : Day of Celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Amelia's Bat Mitzvah ceremony - Korazim, is a Jewish town in a basalt landscape overlooking the Kinneret. The beautiful synagogue at Korazim, built at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth century CE, is made of basalt, the region’s most common stone, carved in geometric, floral and faunal patterns. Torah reading & ceremony at the ancient synagogue (weather pending).

  • Celebratory meal

  • Visit Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. The city was initially built by King Herod in the 1st century BC, who dreamt of a major seaport to connect the Province of Judea with Rome. For this purpose, the king's men designed an entirely artificial harbor that was in use for about a Millennium. Caesarea became a central city in Roman and Byzantine times as can be seen from the massive archeological remains on site. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used today as a performance venue, as well as the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner on own

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: celebratory lunch

8 - Friday (December 29) : Shishi Israeli - Tel Aviv Friday atmosphere

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own - Some recommendations:

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Open on Tuesday or a Friday, visit Nachalat Binyamin, an open-air market (weather pending) 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.

  • Bike along the beach promenade - A tour is available.

  • Shops, art, caffe and history in Neve Tzedek - 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 then modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood was resorted and became a trendy fun beautiful part of the city and a good place to try some Israeli Gelato!

  • Friday meal on own at a local restaurant - We'll be happy to make recommendations and reservations closer to the trip.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

9 - Saturday (December 30) : Israeli Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Optional: ANU Museum of the Jewish People (on own) - In June 2021, after ten years of planning and construction, the largest Jewish museum in the world opened its doors. You’re invited to join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it. (not included)

  • Take taxis to meet your street art guide in Florentine (transfers not included). Meeting time and point TBC.

  • Enjoy a dynamic Graffiti Tour - Meet your guide and go on a graffiti tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin, and experience fun and artistic freedom. Learn about the Israeli society through the local art. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (on own)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

10 - Sunday (December 31) : Old & New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a visit to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - This 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 - On a walk through 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 archaeological discoveries. Discover which Jewish and Christian stories took place in the city.

  • 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. 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.

  • Walk along the Independence Trail - Rothschild Boulevard is the beginning of the Independence Trail. This encompasses a number of Tel Aviv’s most important heritage sites. You will learn the history of this fascinating city along the way. The trail ends at Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel, read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state on May 14, 1948. In addition, during this tour you will also learn about the unique and various architectural styles that play a significant part in the history of this first Hebrew City.

  • Afternoon at leisure

  • New Year's Eve Dinner (on own)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Lunch at the Carmel Market

11 - Monday (January 1) : Farewell - Shalom Uleitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Optional: giving back opportunity - If you will be interested we can offer a short volunteering activity.

  • Check out from hotel and drive to the airport - Check-out time is at 11am.

  • Transfer to the airport and fly back home

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

FAQ

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.

Are there suggested flights I can reserve?

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TO ISRAEL:

OPTION 1

Fri, Apr 14 - Delta 4649 - 2h 57m
Departing: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 2:34 pm
Arriving: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 6:31 pm
----------Long Connection--Transit Time: 3h 36m----------

Fri, April 14 - Delta 234 - 10h 50m
Departing: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 11:45 pm
Arriving: Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 5:35 pm (15 Apr)

OPTION 2

Sat, 15 Apr - Air Canada 8718 - 2h 4m
Departing: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 9:55 am
Arriving: Toronto Lester B. Pearson Airport (YYZ) at 12:59 pm
----------Transit Time: 3h 36m----------

Sat, 15 Apr - Air Canada 80 - 10h 25m
Departing: Toronto Lester B. Pearson Airport (YYZ) at 4:35 pm
Arriving: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 10:00 am (16 Apr)

OPTION 3

Sat, 15 Apr - Delta 737 - 2h 43m
Departing: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 10:05 am
Arriving: Boston Logan Intl Airport (BOS) at 1:48 pm
----------Transit Time: 2h 2m----------

Sat, 15 Apr - Delta 242 - 10h 25m
Departing: Boston Logan Intl Airport (BOS) at 3:50 pm
Arriving: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 9:15 am (16 Apr)

TO USA:

OPTION 1

Mon, 24 Apr - United Airlines 141 - 12h 25m
Departing: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 12:50 am
Arriving: Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) at 5:15 am
----------Transit Time: 2h 15m----------

Mon, 24 Apr - United Airlines 3541 - 1h 34m
Departing: Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) at 7:30 am
Arriving: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 9:04 am

OPTION 2

Sun, 23 Apr - Delta 235 - 12h 20m
Departing: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 11:55pm
Arriving: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 5:15 am (24 Apr)
----------Transit Time: 3h 00m----------

Mon, 24 Apr - Delta 4682 - 3h 11m
Departing: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 8:15 am
Arriving: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 10:26 am

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through May, daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.
Weekly weather forecast

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 for 7 days v
A private driver for 7 touring days v
Bat Mitzvah ceremony space, table and chairs at the National Park v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Ceremony additional services such as photographer, Rabbi, gifts etc. v
Activities that are mentioned as optional or on days on own v
Hotel accommodation v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Testimonials
“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
“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

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