Price range
From $4550 per person
Upcoming Date
12-21 June 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Multicultural tour of Jerusalem
Market tours
The night spectacular sound and light show
Experience an archeological dig
Desert style meal and camel ride
Tornado boat or cable car to see the amazing grottos

Itinerary

1 - Monday ( June 12 ) : Shalom and Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome - arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet you at the sleeve of the plane. After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem & check in to your hotel - Please note: check-in time is from 3:00pm.

  • Day at Leisure - enjoy the hotel facilities and explore on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

2 - Tuesday ( June 13 ) : Jerusalem - The Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every day you will enjoy a delicious buffet Israeli breakfast.

  • Meet your guide and start your special journey. - Half-day Multicultural tour of Jerusalem Old City

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • End with a tour of the impressive 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.

  • Afternoon optional track:

  • Exciting walk in water through the ancient Hezekiah's Tunnels - Short tour the City of David and head to one of the kids' highlight. Biblical King Hezekiah had the Siloam tunnel built in preparation for an Assyrian attack in the 8th or 7th century BCE, to redirect water from the Gihon spring into Jerusalem. Today, you can splash through the knee-deep water as you marvel at this astonishing feat of ancient engineering that is still standing today.

  • Dinner on own - We will happily make suggestions and dinner reservations for you.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Wednesday ( June 14 ) : The Land of Thousands caves

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Archeological experience - Archaeological Seminars invites you to 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.

  • Alternative track:

  • Tour of Beit Guvrin - 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.

  • Iza Pziza Goat Farm - In Moshav Tal Shahar at the foot of the Jerusalem Mountains and the heart of the agricultural fields is a family goat farm called "Iza Pziza" which includes a small herd, a dairy and a visitors' center with a cheese shop. Eat a meal or just taste cheese, and meet the goats. Optional: do a cheese-making workshop.

  • Proceed back to Jerusalem and enjoy a free afternoon

  • Evening: Tower of David Sound and Light Show - Amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l'oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at goat cheese farm

4 - Thursday ( June 15 ) : Jerusalem new city

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Track A: Israel museum for kids - 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. Visit the Youth Wing and 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.

  • Track B: 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. Private tour with a Yad Vashem staff member is available (additional cost).

  • Browse throguh 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.

  • Stop for a magnificent lookout from Mount Scopus - Mount Scopus, or “tzofim” in Hebrew, is one of the tallest hills surrounding Jerusalem. The name “scopus” means a vantage point, and the lookout post on the edge of this hill is the place to go for the finest views of the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem.

  • Afternoon: authentic meal at Genesis Land - Situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Ride by camel to desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.

  • Travel to the Dead Sea and check-in to your hotel

  • Dead Sea Hotel

Overnight: Dead Sea Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Desert style dinner

5 - Friday ( June 16 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Morning tour of Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by a cable car to explore Masada, the 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.

  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure - 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. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Friday night Shabbat Dinner at the Hotel

  • Dead Sea Hotel

Overnight: Dead Sea Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Saturday ( June 17 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy morning at leisure and check out by noon

  • Lunch at the hotel (on own)

  • Ein Gedi Water Hike - The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. We will have the opportunity to hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

  • Alternative track: - Tour of the ancient synagogue OR tour of Kibbutz Ein Gedi and the botanical garden OR bus can come back to pick up those who aren't hiking and stayed at the hotel after checking out.

  • Proceed to Tel Aviv & check-in to the hotel - Check-in time on Saturdays: from 6:00pm. If you get there earlier you can store your luggage in the storage room and go on a stroll of the beach promenade.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Sunday ( June 18 ) : Israeli Food and Art

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Street Art tour in Nahalat Binyamin - What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living here? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Nahalat Binyamin, one of the first neighborhoods of Tel Aviv to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - 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)

  • Enjoy the afternoon at leisure

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch: tasting tour

8 - Monday ( June 19 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

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

  • Track 1: Rosh Hanikra - 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.

  • Track 2: Tornado boat ride - Go on a fun Tornado speedboat ride from Achziv lagoons via the protected islands to the scenic grottoes of Rosh Hanikra, one of Israel’s most beautiful and famous natural attractions. Bask in the glorious sun and swim in the warm Mediterranean waters before jumping back on the boat.

  • Adults: Amphora Winery - tour and wine tastings - Visit Amphorae Winery which deserves the coveted title of Israel’s most beautiful vineyard and can compete with rural vineyards around the world. At the heart of Makura Farm on Moshav Kerem Maharal in the north, decorated with a stone mosaic and shaded by a red tile roof, is the lovely winery building, with the forested slopes of the Carmel mountain ridge in the background.

  • Next door - - Makura

  • Kids track: Makura Farm - Tour the organic farm, located in the extinct volcano in the Carmel Mountain, where olive groves have been growing for thousands of years. Learn about the process of olive oil production and taste the local oils made on this organic farm. The tour will include activities suitable for kids.

  • Travel back to Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Light lunch at the farm

9 - Tuesday ( June 20 ) : Israeli Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Morning on your own - relax and explore

  • 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.

  • 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. You will be guided by a local guide.

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  • Israeli Art Collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art tour - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art? The tour will be led with an art expert and artist.

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  • Photography workshop in Old Jaffa - Looking all around and challenging our perspectives. When we take pictures, we like to experiment with the zoom lens. Through a smartphone photography workshop with a professional photographer we’ll gain tools for making the most out of using our smartphone.

  • Farewell dinner (on own) - Suggestions and reservations will be made.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Wednesday ( June 21 ) : Shalom U'leitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Check-out by noon

  • Group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home

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

Overnight: We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country
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.

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.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. There is a very low rate of street crime in Israel. But your security is of the utmost importance. Via Sabra, our tour operator, receives regular updates from Home Front Command regarding any critical updates, be it security related, or even about the weather. On the off chance there is a need to do so, we will be able to adjust our itinerary based on relevant information and recommendations.

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 Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – 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.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

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

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

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

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19,  a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 45 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure, 25% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
Hotel accommodation v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Cannot recommend this operator enough. Our point of contact, Lorre, was always available no matter what the time difference, to answer any questions. I am a disabled traveller and find travelling tricky and slightly challenging. Israel4All made the holiday completely stress free and they thought of everything. You need an established and competent tour operator like Israel4all when visiting this region. Our guide was Noa and can genuinely say I’ve never learnt more and enjoyed learning more in my life. If you can get Noa.... then definitely do.”
Bobby H
2020
“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

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