Price range
From $5250 per person
Upcoming Date
11-22 December 2022
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Sunday ( December 11 ) : Shalom and welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - (Flight EK931 arr: 4.25pm) Welcome to Israel. Meet your VIP assistance as your leave the aircraft. They will assist you through the airport and bring you to your driver. Your driver will then bring you to your hotel in Jerusalem.

  • Check in to your hotel

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

2 - Monday ( December 12 ) : Jerusalem - day to explore on own

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning you'll enjoy a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast at your hotel.

  • Day on own to explore the city

  • Optional: Tasting and culinary tour of Machane Yehuda 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.

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

3 - Tuesday ( December 13 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Meet your guide at the Jaffa Gate and begin your special Old City tour

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from the Tower of David

  • Tour 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.

  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Holy Sepulchre is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy to Christendom.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter - Check out the local hummus and sweets, the many stalls selling spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes, and so much more. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall) - Sacred because it is one of the last remnant 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.

  • Optional additional sites you can add: - - a visit to the Temple Mount
    - The Archeological southern wall excavations Garden and the Davidson Center
    - Tour of the Western Wall

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

4 - Wednesday ( December 14 ) : Jerusalem New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west 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.

  • Beautiful hike in Nahal David oasis - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Lunch on rout (not included)

  • Time to swim and 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 enjoy a beautiful lookout over the old and new city

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

5 - Thursday ( December 15 ) : Jerusalem New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day to tour on your own - suggested:

  • 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. Guided tour is available.
    - We have made a reservation for ENTRY ONLY for 9.20am, entry is free. Res 007758

  • 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. Private tour with an art specialist is available.

  • Check out Machne Yehuda Market at night with the fun atmosphere

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem Hotel

6 - Friday ( December 16 ) : The beauty of the Land

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • After a easy morning - check-out the hotel - Check out by noon

  • 12.00 - A private driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the Galilee

  • Check-in to the hotel, relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities

  • 6.45pm Have dinner at the hotel's meat restaurant (not included) - NB: Our credit card has been left to secure the booking. If you choose to cancel the reservation, please do so at least 24 hours before the reservation otherwise we will need to charge you the cancellation fee. You may cancel either by speaking directly to the hotel, or to Emily.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Rosh Pina

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Rosh Pina

7 - Saturday ( December 17 ) : Physical and spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a beautiful hike of the Banias river - 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.

  • Continue with a Jeep tour of the Golan Heights - 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.

  • Atv Tour - Rough it out as you discover the Galilee area with its scenic views, fresh air and varied terrain . You'll be completely off the beaten track!

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Rosh Pina

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Rosh Pina

8 - Sunday ( December 18 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Visit Akko - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old City of Akko, or Acre, has been lived in continuously for 4,000 years. There’s almost too much to see, including one of the world’s oldest ports; the amazing Crusader city which earned Akko UNESCO World Heritage status; and the khans, mosques, baths, and citadels of the preserved Ottoman walled town.

  • Stop in Haifa for a lookout over The Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade, on the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, a 400 meter long promenade at the top of the Baha'i Gardens offers a view of the entire Haifa Bay, all the way to the border with Lebanon. This impressive spot offers a truly spectacular view, so have a camera ready!

  • Drive along the Mediterranean coast and head to Caesarea - 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.

  • Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

9 - Monday ( December 19 ) : Tel Aviv - The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day on own to enjoy the city - Recommended: Visit the Israeli Art Collection at the Tel Aviv Art Museum. Art tour with a professional guide and artist is available.

  • Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

10 - Tuesday ( December 20 ) : Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Recommended: Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Open on Tuesday and 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.

  • Browse the Carmel Market Tasting Tour - Continue to Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), the largest market in Tel Aviv. Tasting tour is available.

  • Explore Neve Tzedek - 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!

  • Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

11 - Wednesday ( December 21 ) : Tel Aviv - Old and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day to explore on your own - recommended:

  • Stroll around the beautiful Jaffa old city - 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.

  • When its lunch time check out 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.

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - reservation is required - 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.

  • Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Ink Hotel, Tel Aviv

12 - Thursday ( December 22 ) : Farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion Airport - Lucy will be picked up from the Ink Hotel (She departs on EY599 departing at 1.40pm)

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

  • Dec 26: VIP booked - For David and Ella - Reservation number: #5261. Meet your agent at the arrivals hall, Gate 1 (ground floor). Contact is +972-52-4803070, but usually they contact you. Flight LY317 departs at 5.15pm.

  • Farewell - Farewell

Overnight: Farewell

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.

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.

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

What about COVID-19?

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Though we hope this will be a non-issue come April 2023, the situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and changes often, based on what is happening across the globe. We will continue to update you regarding current guidelines. That said, as you prepare for your trip, we suggest the following:
  • 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 In addition, 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 coverage is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking. You can purchase travel insurance through our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.
  • Closer to the trip, we will publish details about relevant COVID guidelines and testing requirements for before, during, and after the trip.

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
Transfer from the Airport upon arrival v
Private licensed English-speaking tour guide for 4 days including a vehicle on 3 day tours v
Private transfer from Jerusalem to the north v
All breakfasts are included v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Hotel accommodation v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v

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