Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
29-10 July 2022
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Emergent Israel Group Tour to Israel

Led by: 

Rabbi Noa Kushner, The Kitchen San Francisco,

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Mishkan Chicago,

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, Kavana Cooperative of Seattle

 

 

Highlights

A Journey through Israeli Society: People and Communities, Center and Periphery
Jerusalem Between East and West, Ancient and Renewal, Geopolitical, Social and Cultural
Personal meetings with Knesset members, senior officials and entrepreneurs
Celebrate Shabbat with the Reform and Pluralistic Congregations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Travel along Israel-Palestinian Authority Seam Line. Meet local leaders, businesses and social initiatives for coexistence

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (June 29) : Welcome to Israel - Bruchim Ha'Bayim

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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.

  • Recite Shehechiyanu - Acknowledging the crown of honor that has adorned Jerusalem throughout Jewish history, we recite the Shehecheyanu, the blessing of thanksgiving, upon reaching the city. Recite these words of praise, reflect on the week ahead and drink L'chaim, to life, to mark this unforgettable place and time in your journey through Israel.

  • Dinner at Jerusalem's Music Square - Dinner at a restaurant in the Jerusalem's Music Square. The Music Square is a modern complex in the picturesque Nachalat Shiva neighborhood in central Jerusalem. Every day there are live performances in the square, the repertoire of performances in the square is wide and comprehensive, including rock n ‘roll, samba, klezmer, reggae, pop and Hasidic music.

  • Jerusalem Lodging

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Thursday (June 30) : The Flavor and the Spices of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Mount of Olives - The Mount of Olives offers a panoramic lookout over the city. There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions about Mt. Zion, including that from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days.

  • Proceed to Jerusalem's Old City

  • Jerusalem's Old City - Taste of History - 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.

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

  • Muslim Quarter - The Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and has been home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Here you’ll find the Temple Mount, revered by three faiths; a bustling Arab souk in the Byzantine-era roofed alleys; and numerous cathedrals, churches, and mosques.

  • Lunch at Abu Shukri - Enjoy authentic Hummus at Abu Shukri place in the Muslim Quarter

  • Christian Quarter - The Christian Quarter is home to a rich tapestry of Christians of many denominations. The historic and impressive Church of the Holy Sepulcher, encompassing the last five Stations of the Cross, dominates the area. Retrace the footsteps of generations of pilgrims.

  • Dinner at a restaurant

  • 'Late evening: "Shtisel' Tour - Encounters outside the box - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Jerusalem Lodging

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Night meal part of Shtisel Experience

3 - Friday (July 1) : Shabbat is in the air

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel - Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Walk Nachlaot - In the heart of Jerusalem’s downtown, Nachlaot is one of the city’s older and more colorful neighborhoods, retaining much of its original 19th century architecture, narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets. The neighborhood was planned to accommodate the Yemenite, Kurdish, Jerusalem Sephardi, Greek and Galician Jews. The communities had their own synagogues (many still exist today) and were each housed within a walled compound built around a common courtyard and a water cistern in the center.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda Market is the place to go. Here you can meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. Here you can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes and shapes.
    Friday at Mahane Yehuda is an extra special treat. You can sense of Shabbat is in the air. There is an added urgency to the shopping frenzy as shoppers look for the nicest and freshest in honor of the Sabbat. Things that you can be sure to see in people’s baskets are Challah, wine, fruit, fish, and even aromatic leaves to be used in the Havdalah ceremony at the end of Shabbat.

  • Afternoon at leisure. Rest, relax and refresh before Shabbat

  • Optional: Kabalat Shabbat at the Western Wall - 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'.

  • Kabalat Shabbat with Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum and Kehilat Zion, an Eretz Israeli Community in Jerusalem - Kehilat Zion is an emerging community of Israeli Jews of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, and practices, gathering together to re-dream Jerusalem as a meeting point for all. Men and women, Orthodox and secular, Reform and Conservative, Sepharadi and Ashkenazi are all welcome to participate and lead in an egalitarian Eretz-Yisraeli community.
    Within a few years Zion became a unique inspirational community for Jews and Non-Jews in Israel and around the world, paving the way through prayer, social justice, and study to a Jerusalem of shared Faith and Hope.
    Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum is the founder of Kehilat Zion; and co-founder of the seminary for Eretz Israeli rabbis of Hamidrasha and the Hartman institute. Her work spans and links tradition and innovation, working toward Jewish spiritual and ethical renaissance. She devotes much of her energy to the renewal of community life in Israel and the struggle for human rights. In 2010 she was named by the Forward as one of the most influential female religious leaders in Israel for her work promoting pluralism and Jewish religious freedom.

  • Shabbat dinner at hotel

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Saturday (July 2) : Shabbat Yerushalmit

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Optional: Shabbat services at Shira Hadasha - Shira Hadasha is a religious community, established in Jerusalem in 2002. The congregation tries to answer the growing need of many religious women and men to readdress the role of women in the synagogue. The synagogue embraces the inclusion of both men and women in leadership and ritual participation within the framework of halakhah, by turning to traditional Jewish sources (the Talmud, the Shulhan Arukh, reponsa) to increase the inclusion of women in liturgical practices. This allows the participation and leadership of women in certain parts of the prayer service: Kabalat Shabbat, Pesukei de-Zimra, the removal and replacing of the Torah in the Ark and Torah reading.

  • Optional: Shabbat services at Kehillat Har-El - Kehillat Har-El, established in 1958, is the founding congregation of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism. The congregation lives and preserves the deep religious heritage while actively striving for the continued development and renewal of Jewish tradition. Kehilat Har-El is located in a classic pre-state style building and serves as a home for Jewish Renewal through prayer, study, social justice, culture, and art.

  • "Poetry will go forth from Zion" including Shabbat picnic lunch - "Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity" (Yehuda Amichai)
    Magical and mysterious Jerusalem has always attracted writers, poets, and intellectuals, who in their words made it Jerusalem on Gold. Walking tour of Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Abu Tor neighborhoods to them through the eyes and poetry of Yehuda Amichai.

  • Havdallah

  • Evening and dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Sunday (July 3) : Jerusalem - City on the Seam Line

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Jerusalem - City on the Seam Line - Travel via Jerusalem Light Rail along the city's urban seam line, a-7 kilometer that crossed Jerusalem between 1948 and the Six Day War in 1967. The seam line that runs between north-east part of Jerusalem and western part. Explore the hidden beauty that is revealed the mixed areas and the contexts of conflict of Jerusalem.

  • Bridge the Divide: Lunch meeting with New Israel Fund - New Israel Fund has put in motion a plan to ease tensions in Israel and to repair and bridge the divide by working with existing organizations, grassroots movements and regular people to calm tensions, rebuild trust, and get the shared future we are all dreaming of.
    Today we will meet with Mickey Gitzin, Director of the New Israel Fund in Israel. Gitzin was the founding director of "Israel Hofsheet” (Be Free Israel), a leading grassroots organization fighting for separation of religion and state in Israel. Previously, Mickey was the spokesperson for Member of Knesset Ilan Gilon from Meretz party, and the Associate Director of an organization advancing arts and culture in Israel’s geographic and socioeconomic periphery.

  • Yad Vashem - Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust with scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim.
    Walk in this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens.
    Dr. Rachel Korazim is a Jewish educator and consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education.

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Monday (July 4) : Jewish Peoplehood and Democratic Israel

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel - Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Shalom Hartman Institute - The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education. The institute aims to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism, enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel; and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.
    Our visit will include meeting with Institute's President, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and with senior leadership.
    Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and holds the Kaufman Family Chair in Jewish Philosophy. Dr. Hartman is the founder of some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America. He is a prominent essayist, blogger and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics, policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community. Hartman has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute.

  • Proceed to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament

  • Knesset - The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was named after Haknesset Hagedolah, the Great Assembly of the Second Temple period. Today it stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy. In lively, often heated, debates, its 120 elected members reflect the divergence of Israeli public opinion, legislate and oversee the workings of the government. Take close-up look at the Knesset ongoing work on the public's behalf, which impacts on the life of each and every Israeli.
    Lunch meeting with Member of Knesset and the head of Israeli Labor party , Merav Michaeli, Minister of Transpiration and Road Safety.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi Restruarant with Dr. Nachman Shai, Minster of Diaspora Affairs - Dinner with Dr. Nachman Shai, Minster of Diaspora Affairs and, with young adults participating in various Jewish peoplehood leadership programs.
    At Hamotzi, Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Jerusalem Lodging

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Tuesday (July 5) : Things that you see from here, you don't see from there

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Depart hotel

  • Option 1: Tour Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika) including lunch - Breaking the Silence (in Hebrew: Shovrim Shtika) is an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the West Bank. It endeavors to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.

  • Option 2: Tour East Jerusalem with Ir Amim - Tour East Jerusalem neighborhoods and utilize key observation points to provide context for understanding how developing facts on the ground impact the future of a secure, democratic Israeli state. Learn about the formation of the city’s borders, the impacts of building and construction and other policies influencing both daily life in the city and its political future: socio-economic disparities between east and west Jerusalem; security, political and humanitarian consequences of the Separation Barrier; and the geo-political ramifications of settlement building, road construction, national parks and touristic settlement.

  • In the afternoon travel to Bethlehem

  • Bethelehem - Bethlehem (Hebrew: "House of Bread") is celebrated as the site where Jesus Christ was born. It is a town south of Jerusalem, remembered in the Jewish tradition as the hometown of King David. Joseph and Mary arrived to the city from Lower Galilee during the Roman census - where they had to register, as Joseph was a descendant of King David.
    The first church at the site was built by Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine around 326 CE. This church later was destroyed and then rebuilt at the beginning of the 6th century in its present form by Emperor Justinian. The Church of the Nativity is thus one of the oldest Christian churches in existence. Visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus' birth.

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Wednesday (July 6) : Life on the Seam Line: Prosperity, Education and Innovation

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel - Overnight: Jerusalem

  • Check out

  • Tour Rawabi - The city of Rawabi sits the hilltops north of Jerusalem and Ramallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Palestine Authority to the north and east. This first Palestine's master-planned city was founded of a strategic partnership forged between Massar International Chairman Bashar Masri and the State of Qatar. Rawabi is an innovative approach to urban development with elements of Palestine's architectural heritage and modern design it is the home to more than 25,000 residents.

  • Visit Ariel, known as the Capital of Samaria, including lunch - The city of Ariel was established in 1978 by 40 pioneering families on the Samarian Hills. Since 1978 Ariel’s residents have embodied an authentic pioneering spirit – turning the topographic, geographic and inter-populational challenges of their environment into a breeding ground for innovation and opportunity.
    Today we will have an opportunity to explore Ariel’s businesses, academic and social start-ups and to hear on life side-by-side with Palestinian Arab neighbors creating a positive ecosystem that promotes mutual growth in the region.

  • Travel to Kfar Qasim

  • Visit Moona - Space for a Change - Moona - s Space for a Change began initiated in 2014 by entrepreneur and former combat pilot, Asaf Brimer, as an extracurricular program where Jewish and Arab Israeli high school students get acquainted while learning technologies related to space exploration –robotics, drones, 3D printing and electronics. Since then, Moona has expanded and added advanced vision and IoT technologies to the curriculum, plus job-specific training for young adults in coordination with high-tech businesses looking to hire.
    “Moona” means “wish” in Arabic. Visit Moona center in Kfar Qasem to see how together hi-tech industry and the local municipality it makes the change in young adults lives in training them to become leaders in the technological world.

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner on your own

  • CENTER ISR LODGING general - Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Overnight: CENTER ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Thursday (July 7) : Let me take you by the hand and take you to the street of Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Old Jaffa - Tour Old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. This is the port from which prophet Jonah attempted to escape the word of God (Jonah 1:3). For centuries, the port of Jaffa was the gateway to the Land of Israel. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's much younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality already in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere.
    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.

  • Rothschild Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv a little over 100 years ago. In the heart of the “White City”, it is lined with Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, the Bauhaus style, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been beautifully restored and now house the offices of financial institutions, creative firms, cafes and luxury residences.

  • Lunch en route

  • Afternoon with Ruben Carpathian - Ruben Carpathian introduces himself on the street under the nickname #TAG.
    He was born in Armenia, moved to Moscow and from there he immigrated to Israel. His graffiti artwork comes from an existing and famous artwork on which he manipulates design, adds a gold frame, sends to print and pastes on the street.
    Tour Florentine's Street Museum with Ruben Capathian.
    Ruben Carpathian introducing himself on the street under the nickname #TAG. He was born in Armenia, moved to Moscow and from there he immigrated to Israel. His graffiti artwork comes from an existing and famous artwork on which he manipulates design, adds a gold frame, sends to print and pastes on the street. Ruben Carpathian's graffiti artwork relatively large and aims to create contemporary-technological dialogue with the viewer. Many of them interact with the digital and social worlds (selfies, likes, mobiles).

  • Dinner at a restaurant - TBD

  • CENTER ISR LODGING general - Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Overnight: CENTER ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 - Friday (July 8) : The City that Never Sleeps prepares for Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Optional: Visit South Tel Aviv with BINA - The Jewish Movement for Social Change - BINA means “Wisdom” in Hebrew. It is also a Hebrew acronym from a poem by Israel’s national poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik, for: Home for the Creation of a Nation’s Soul, meaning a nation which embodies the Jewish values; pluralism, social justice, social solidarity, democracy and peace.
    BINA is an Israeli-born movement at the intersection of Jewish education and social activism. BINA works to advance democracy, pluralism and justice in Israel and the Jewish world through limud (study), ma’ase (action) and kehilla (community), emphasizing Jewish culture and values of tikkun olam (repairing the world).
    Tour South Tel Aviv and Neve Sha'anan neighborhood, a microcosm of Israel. In recent years, Israel has seen a significant rise in non-Jewish immigrants such as migrant workers, asylum-seekers and refugees, presenting new challenges to the Jewish State. With our own eyes we will see how diverse groups have left their impact on Israel and on the neighborhood,

  • Optional: Tour South Tel Aviv with founder of Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers - Tour South Tel Aviv with Julie Fisher, founder of Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers.
    The Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers was created as a response to the humanitarian situation in the asylum-seeking community in Israel and has become a leading voice in the struggle to create a viable and fair resolution both for Israel and for the asylum-seeking population.
    Julie Fisher worked extensively in the field of education as educational consultant, curriculum specialist, and social media educator. Julie arrived in Tel Aviv with her husband, Daniel Shapiro, and their three children in the summer of 2011. In her role as the spouse of the US Ambassador, she engaged with educational, medical, and philanthropic institutions around Israel and supported the programming of the US Embassy in these areas. She took a personal interest in the safety and care of underprivileged children in childcare settings in South Tel Aviv and worked with NGOs and other partners to improve the conditions through fundraisers and hands-on repair projects.

  • Stroll Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Nachalat Binyamin is the most colorful and artistic of the streets of Tel Aviv. Notice the unique architecture that represents the spirit of the 1920’s, and what became of the buildings nearly a century later – deterioration and renovation. The street is a main arena for street art as well, and we will explore some of the key artists and their place in the big city.

  • Lunch en route, on your own

  • Beit Tefila Yisraeli - Kabbalat Shabbat - Welcome Shabbat at the Tel Aviv Port with Beit Tefilah Israeli in a prayer that combines the old and the modern, sunset and music.
    Welcome Shabbat at the Tel Aviv Port with Beit Tefilah Israeli in a prayer that combines the old and the modern, sunset and music.

  • Shabbat Dinner at hotel - Gather together for Shabbat dinner and host IDF lone soldiers.

  • CENTER ISR LODGING general - Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Overnight: CENTER ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

11 - Saturday (July 9) : Shabbat shel Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Optional: Morning Shabbat with Minyan Shivyoni TLV - Spend Shabbat morning with Minyan Shivyoni Tel Aviv, an open egalitarian community and minyan in the heart of Tel Aviv

  • Optional: Tel Aviv Synagogues Walking Tour - The First Hebrew city opened its gates in the early 19th century to Jews from all over the world. Many of them maintained religious character of their original countries. Every neighborhood has a synagogue and and in most cases several synagogues - depending on the mix of residents,. Some of these synagogues are still active in the city till today. This morning we will have a special opportunity to peak into synagogues at Kerem Hateimanim, Neve Tzedek and other neighborhoods and to hear their unique stories.

  • Optional: Enjoy Shabbat on the beach

  • Havdallah

  • Rooftop Arak Effect Experience and dinner - Drink down a story of Israel! As our trip comes to its end we 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 Tishrei, 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.

  • CENTER ISR LODGING general - Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Overnight: CENTER ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: dinner, Arak Effect attached to dinner

12 - Sunday (July 10) : The Culture of Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • 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.

  • To be a Tel Avivian Experience including lunch - When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Explore Capital of Cool with locals artists, photographers, musicians who will introduce you to their very own Tel-Aviv; their studios, favorite café and their friends.
    To be a Tel Avivian Experience.
    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Explore Capital of Cool with locals artists, photographers, musicians who will introduce you to their very own Tel-Aviv; their studios, favorite café and their friends.

  • Afternoon at leisure for rest and relax

  • Check out and depart hotel for ANU Museum

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People including closing dinner and Foodish Experience - 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.
    Foodish is the new culinary arm of ANU – the largest Jewish Museum in the world, which brings the story of Jewish food to the forefront.
    The new website is coming soon and will combine all the stories, recipes, photos, videos and the Foodish culinary map of Jewish food around the globe, along with events and activities held in the new museum, including meetups with the best chefs in Israel and around the world, food tours, culinary exhibitions and more.

  • Depart for Ben Gurion airport

  • VIP assistance at the airport

Overnight: VIP assistance at the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

How do I access the internet during my trip?

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Most hotels in Israel have free Wi-Fi available for hotel guests and many restaurants offer complimentary Wi-Fi as well. The city of Tel Aviv offers a city wide free Wi-Fi network, providing 80 free "hotspots" across the city. Other than that - please check your roaming services and international plan before you using your cellular data abroad. 

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. For all groups ranging from 2-6 people, it is suggested that you tip the tour guide $70 -$100 (from the group) per day. For groups larger than 8, it is recommended to tip $8-$12 per person, per day + 50% for your bus driver. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

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 and transportation v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Airfare v
PCR testing (when required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Testimonials
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019
“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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