Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
17-27 December 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Full package pricing – per person in USD based on 11 participants:

Single – $5950

Double – $4250

Triple – $4130

Quad – $4070

Room types:

Jerusalem, Inbal Hotel: Standard double room, Dlx family triple and quad rooms.

North, Pastoral Kfar Blum: Classic double room, Jn. Suite triple and quad rooms.

Tel Aviv, Royal Beach: Bellavista double rooms, Studio triple room (no quad).

Highlights

Bar Mitzvah Celebration at the Western Wall
Market culinary tasting tours
Participate in an archeological dig
Zip Line on the longest zipline in Israel
Chocolate workshop
Jeep tour of the Golan Heights
Bike ride around the Hula Valley
Discover Israel as a Start-Up Nation

Itinerary

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

  • Drive to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel. - Quarantine in the hotel room until you'll receive a negative PCR test (pending on what will be required).
    Please note: check-in time on Saturday is only at 6pm. Early check-in is based on availability on day of arrival.

  • Dinner (on own)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

2 - Sunday (December 18) : The Chain of Generations

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your Old City your with a magnificent lookout from Tower of David Museum

  • Continue with a 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 First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Fascinating visit to the Southern Wall Archeological Gardens - Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern, interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras.

  • Time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall), sacred 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.

  • Lunch at the Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Check out the local humus and sweets Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more.

  • Continue to a meaningful visit of Yad Vashem - B’nei Mitzvah tour with Yad Vashem's Twinning Program. The Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the chilling Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • For dinner: head to 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. This tasting tour replaces dinner.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machne Yehuda Tasting Tour

3 - Monday (December 19) : Day of Celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Leo and Harrison Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at the Western Wall - We can help arrange a photographer, musicians (shofar, drums etc.), Rabbi to conduct the service and anything else you will want or need.

  • Continue with a tour of 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.

  • Giving back opportunities: - If you would like we can offer on this day to volunteer in the spirit of the Bar Mitzvah day. Here are some suggestions (not included):
    - Tour of Shalva Center followed by a meal at Cafe Shalva. (donation)
    - At Kaima Organic Farm employ teens from trouble backgrounds. Cook lunch together with the youth, using the farm’s produce and hear about the farm vision, and how the youth are changing their lives through their work at the farm.
    - Pantry Packers - packing food for the needy.

  • Festive lunch / dinner (not included) - Suggestions: Touro, Angelica, Ha'motzi, Crave. Reservation can be made.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

4 - Tuesday (December 20) : The Land of Judea

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a visit of Beit Guvrin - Explore Beit Guvrin National Park where you will be able to take part in an archeological dig. The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that visitors like you have uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves too.

  • Dig 4 a day! - Come experience the thrill of unearthing the hidden past on Dig-for-a-Day, our ground-breaking archaeological experience designed for active travelers of all ages.

  • Lunch on rout (on own)

  • Fly like a bird over "Paradise Valley" - At the Deer Land extreme park go on the longest zipline in Israel, located in Gush Etzion.

  • In the evning go on a special Hannukah tour in Nachlaot - Nachlaot is known for its narrow, winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character. In the tour you'll see the beautiful various Hannukah menorah's lit, and hear the story of the holiday and inspiring ideas.

  • Dinner on own - Suggestions and reservation can be made.

  • Jerusalem Lodging General - Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Wednesday (December 21) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from 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.

  • Nature hike in the beautiful Ein Gedi 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 (on own)

  • 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.

  • Optional: Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat or in kayaks and see amazing salt formations and scenery. During this unique experience you will enjoy the wondrous muds, salt pearls, salt diamonds, water springs streaming to the sea and sink holes filled with sweet water. Learn about the ecosystem and the environmental issues connected to the Dead Sea.

  • Drive north along the Jordan Valley

  • Check-in to the hotel & have dinner there as well

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Thursday (December 22) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your morning with a lovely nature hike of Tel Dan - Which combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience. At the heart of the park is “Tel Dan”- the capital of the ancient northern Israeli biblical kingdom. Walk along the largest water sources of the Jordan River and enjoy a moderate nature walk.

  • Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep - Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Mount Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold. Hear about the story of Marom Golan Kibbutz and the unique kibbutz ideology.

  • Lunch on rout (on own)

  • DeKarina Chocolate delicious workshop - On Kibbutz Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights: Taste some of the finest chocolate in Israel and then make some of your own to take home.

  • Stop at Birkat Ram Lake - We'll stop for a snack and drink at the beautiful Birkat Ram, Lake Ram. Located in the northeastern Golan Heights, near Mt. Hermon. You will hear about the interesting geological formation of this crater lake.

  • For dinner: Enjoy a Druze home hospitality and quickie workshop - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, Druze home hospitality & dinner

7 - Friday (December 23) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Discover the mystical city - Tzfat - Which 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. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways, and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in the artist row.

  • Lunch in Tzfat (on own)

  • Magical visit to the Hula Valley - 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. Afternoon golf cart or bicycle ride through the park.

  • Time to rest in the hotel before Shabbat dinner

  • Shabbat Friday night dinner - Suggestions: At a private home of a local chef, Magdalena restaurant near the Kinneret, good restaurant in Rosh Pina, dinner at the hotel

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Saturday (December 24) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Head to the coast and stop at Moshav Shtula located on the Lebanese border - Explore the colorful art on the security wall. Get a geo-political brief about the Israeli-Lebanese history and current events.

  • Travel to Rosh Hanikra ("Head of the Grottos") - With the stunning chalk-white cliffs at Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground marine caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Tour of Caesarea - On the Mediterranean coast - Caesarea, one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. 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. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used as a performing venue today and the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Drive along the coast and check-in to your Tel Aviv hotel

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Sunday (December 25) : Our Story

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour ANU Museum of the Jewish People - 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.

  • Continue with a visit of Ayalon Institute - Visit the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunition factory, built in 1945, by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. Eight meters below ground this was the largest bullet factory It has been said that the bullets manufactured at the Ayalon Institute played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.

  • Meaningful experience at the Dialogue in the Dark Exhibition - Get to know the world and other people without the benefit of your sense of sight. Swap roles with your sight impaired guide – and discover your other, dormant senses. Hearing, touch, smell and taste – when sight no longer dominates your senses, how do you perceive your environment? You'll find your daily routines seem utterly different in the pitch-dark exhibition. Under the care of your sight impaired guide, a walk in the park, the noisy city and a boating excursion become real adventures. At the end of the tour, you'll reach a café where you'll be served by blind waiters. Dialogue in the Dark is based on social creativity, it's not an exhibition about blindness; rather, it's about human non-visual awareness. Dialogue in the Dark challenges our prejudices.

  • Head back to Tel Aviv and have dinner in a local restaurant - Suggestions and reservations can be made.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Monday (December 26) : Old and New situated Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with touring Old 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.

  • Transfer to Rothchild Blvd and continue with a tour of the White City

  • Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Jump forward in time to the Israel Innovation Center - Which showcases the many amazing technologies that have been developed in Israel and are now changing the world.

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - Continue to Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), 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 start 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. (The tasting tour replaces lunch)

  • Afternoon Graffiti Tour - Tour the dynamic neighborhood of Florentine, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood and learn about contemporary Israeli culture through the writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins. In recent years Tel Aviv has become Israel's capital of urban art.

  • Farewell Dinner (on own) - We will happily make suggestions and reservations.

  • Tel Aviv

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

11 - Tuesday (December 27) : Farewell!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own

  • Check-out time - by noon

  • Transfer to BNG Airport - A private driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the airport. A VIP assistant will greet you and take you through a fast track all the way through security and check-in. Fly back home.

  • Farewell - we hope to host you again in the near future!

Overnight: Farewell - we hope to host you again in the near future!
Meal Plan: breakfast

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.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bar Mitzvah ceremony and festive meal v
Optional or suggested activities v
Guide and driver on day of arrival & departure v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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