Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
17-02 July 2022
Tour Time
16 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Sights and Flavors of the Galilee
Ancient and Modern History in Jerusalem
Art and archaeology throughout
Modernity in Tel Aviv

Itinerary

1 - Friday (June 17) : 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, collecting your baggage, and relevant Covid testing, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check in to the hotel

  • Day on own to relax and acclimate

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv - Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

2 - Saturday (June 18) : Time to get Acclimated - Get Ready!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day on Own - As you adjust to the time change, take the opportunity to enjoy Tel Aviv in all its summer glory! We will be happy to provide suggestions as to fun things to do on Saturday in Tel Aviv.

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Sunday (June 19) : Cities of Ports and Seas

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out of the hotel and head north

  • Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast - Caesarea, one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. A national park where 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 dreamed 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 Millenium. The city 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 as a performing venue today and the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Time permitting: Ein Hod Artists visit - Up on Mt. Carmel, in the heart of a splendid nature reserve overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, stands the Artists Village of Ein Hod – a unique home of a thriving community of painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, and metal, glass, and stone artists – who live and work in one of Israel’s finest spots, between the mountain and the sea.

    Ein Hod is a true gem between the mountains and the sea

  • Drive to Akko - Drive to Akko

  • Tour the Old City of Akko - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Dinner at Uri Buri - 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 (included).

  • Drive to your hotel and check in

  • Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Monday (June 20) : Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ascend to the Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV. Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Umm Al Kanatir - Ein KEshatot - Visit the site of Um el Kanatir also known as Ein Keshatot, home to a Jewish village from the Period of the Mishna and Talmud, with a magnificent synagogue in its center. The ancient village is located above the Samekh Riverbed, looking towards the Sea of Galilee and the hills of the Galilee. 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.

  • Visit Mika Winery - For a talk with the winemaker over a glass of wine and light lunch

  • No Other Land - Jeep Tours - 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.

  • Time permitting: Banias National Park - 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.

  • Head back to the hotel

  • Dinner at Tibi's (on own)

  • Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Tuesday (June 21) : Spiritual heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Safed - 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.

  • Meet Avraham Loewenthal - Meet Avraham Lowenthal in his studio. Lowenthal is a Kabbalistic Artist who will share his work and wisdom with you, through which we will learn about some of the symbols and principles of Kabballah.

  • Cooking Workshop with a local Druze Familly - 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.

  • Optional: Sunset Tour of Agamon HaHula - Bikes & Golfcarts - 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.

  • Dinner on Own - Dinner on Own - you guide can take you to a local restaurant

  • Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Wednesday (June 22) : crossing the country

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and head south after breakfast

  • Tomb of Maimonides in Tiberias - The Tomb Mark of Maimonides in Tiberias is one of the favored pilgrimage destinations of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel. By local tradition it is the burial site of Maimonides (הרמב”ם), as well as his father, his grandson, Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai, and other Jewish sages

  • Continue to Tamar Bakfar - Learn about the centrality of the date to Israeli culture and taste samples of different dates.

  • Visit and tour Beit Shean-National Park - One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She’an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered one of the best preserved Roman sites in the region.

  • Qasr Al Yahud - Drive to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley. Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud on the Jordan River with the site of Jesus’ baptism by Matthew. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot.

  • Continue south through the Jordan Valley

  • View of Jerusalem form Mount of Olives - The Mount of Olives offers a panoramic lookout over the city. There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions about Mt. Olives, including that from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days. Enjoy a beautiful lookout of the Holy Basin, the old and new city of Jerusalem.

  • Check in to the hotel and dinner on own

  • Orient Hotel

Overnight: Orient Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Thursday (June 23) : holy to all

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour the Old City of Jerusalem - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • 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 this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Continue to the market, in the new city

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

  • Dinner on own in the market

  • Orient Hotel

Overnight: Orient Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Friday (June 24) : lowest place on earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart the hotel early head to Masada

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west either on foot or via 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.

  • View 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. We will explore the area by car so you can see the erosion taking place. Should you wish to experience the Dead Sea, we can arrange to add this at additional cost.

  • Ein Gedi-National Park - 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.

  • Return to Jerusalem. - Return to Jerusalem to prepare for Shabbat.

  • Kabbalt Shabbat At the Kotel - Just before sundown we gather at the Western Wall for unique and inspiring experience, as we watch the various, modern Jewish communities gather to usher-in Shabbat. Following ancient traditions, each community blesses the 'Sabbath Queen'.

  • Dinner on Own - Though it is Shabbat, there are plenty of options for a great dinner in Jerusalem. We are happy to provide suggestions.

  • Orient Hotel

Overnight: Orient Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Saturday (June 25) : Breathe it in

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day on own - Shabbat is a great day to relax, sit by the pool, walk the quiet streets, and take in the Shabbat air.

  • Israel museum on own - 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.

  • Orient Hotel

Overnight: Orient Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Sunday (June 26) : The mosaic of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Private tour of 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.

  • Museum for islamic art - The L.A. Mayer Memorial Museum for Islamic Art contains hundreds of objects representing the art of Islamic countries throughout the ages. The museum houses magnificent ceramic ware, figurines and tiles, as well as an outstanding collection of glass and metalwork, Jewelry, and a selection of calligraphy, miniatures and textiles. A further display is the magnificent collection of antique clocks, watches, automata and music boxes, including watches made by Breguet in Paris between 1769 and 1823.

  • Yemin Moshe - Yemin Moshe was established with the financial support of British Jewish banker Moses Montefiore in 1891 outside Jerusalem's Old City as a solution to the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions inside the walls. The original houses were built with a wall around them and a gate that was locked at night. Montefiore left an indelible mark on the Jerusalem landscape by building the landmark Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe. Walk through this special neighborhood.

  • Dinner on Own - Dinner on Own - we are happy to make suggestions and reservations

  • Orient Hotel

Overnight: Orient Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Monday (June 27) : Off to Petra or Continue in Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Fabian/Solon - Early check out from the hotel
    Drive to the airport for an early 8AM flight to Ramon Airport outside of Eilat. You will be met at the airport and taken to the Arava crossing where you will cross intoto Jordan. There you will be greeted at the Jordan side of the border and you will continue to Petra. The golden-red façade of Petra’s Treasury is one of the most iconic historical images in the world. But there’s so much more to this Wonder of the World than this one building. The ancient city of Petra is awash with history and culture – from the nomadic Bedouin people still populating the surrounding areas and mingling with tourists, to the countless ancient sites and walks to suit a range of fitness levels. You’ll have ample time to explore this UNESCO world heritage site, with the expertise of your local guide to tell you fascinating stories of the Nabatean people who lived here.
    Overnight at Petra (Movenpick or similar)

  • Dutra Couple - You will have plenty of time to enjoy the city, returning to things you may have missed or simply want to see and explore again. We will be happy to make suggestions.

  • Dutra Couple: Orient Hotel

Overnight: Dutra Couple: Orient Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Tuesday (June 28) : Wadi Rum and On to Tel Aviv!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Fabian/Solon - Breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will proceed with your guide to Wadi Rum where you will have a jeep ride through this amazing desert-scape, after which you will continue to Aqaba and cross over back into Israel. There you'll be greeted on the Israeli side of the border and drive to Ramon Airport. Fly on a 630PM flight to Ben Gurion where a driver will meet you and transfer you to Tel Aviv where you will check into the Carlton Hotel.

  • Dutra Couple - Check out of hotel and spend the morning on your own in Jerusalem. Afternoon or evening transfer to Tel Aviv

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - on own - For George and Lisa, if you get to Tel Aviv early enough, visit Nachlat 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, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

13 - Wednesday (June 29) : Like a true Tel Avivian

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • WALKING TOUR OF TEL AVIV - This day will be on your own - we've listed activities for you that you can do either today or tomorrow. Actiivites listed here are "classic Tel Aviv". Should you wish any assistance, we are happy to provide!

  • 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 (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. 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.

  • 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 than 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!

  • The White City - Explore Lev Ha'ir, the Heart of the City, where the first roots of Tel Aviv were planted in 1909. Lev Hair contains some of Tel Aviv’s most beautiful buildings, being at the center of the UNESCO designated “White City” known for it’s Bauhaus, Eclectic, and International Style architecture. The area is densely populated, rooted in history, and with a glance towards the future with impressive skyscrapers, and a high concentration of start-up companies. Bordered by Habima Theater in the north and Florentin and Neve Tzedek in the south, Lev Ha’ir is a gateway to almost every district in the city. Lev Ha'ir is a cultural hub, filled with galleries, restaurants and parks.

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

14 - Thursday (June 30) : Everything Art

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Everything Art - Tours and more with Shirel Horovitz - Enjoy this private tour of the Tel Aviv Art Museum. 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.

  • Rest of the day to rest

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

15 - Friday (July 1) : Bringing Israel Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • VIP Departure - VIP Departure for the Dutras who are off to Dubai (11am flight FlyDubai FZ1550)

  • Gary and Deborah - enjoy this last day in Tel Aviv. We are happy to provide suggestions and assist in any way.

  • Until Next time!!!

Overnight: Until Next time!!!
Meal Plan: breakfast

16 - Saturday (July 2)

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Activities:

  • Check out of hotel.

  • VIP Departure - VIP Departure for the Fabians (Gary and Deborah), departing on British Air Flight 166 at 7:10am.

  • Until Next Time!!!

Overnight: Until Next Time!!!
Meal Plan: breakfast

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.

Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“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
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019

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