Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
09-17 May 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Spring 2022 visit to Israel

Tour the country from the northern Golan Heights down south to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.

Travel back in time as we walk through the narrow alleys of the Jerusalem’s Old City,  and the old ports of Jaffa and Akko.

Hear the story of the land and it’s people – Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Enjoy the flavors and tastes from around the world at The Levinsky Market of Tel Aviv.

 

Itinerary

1 - Monday (May 9) : Welcome ! Bruchim Ha'Bayim to Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion airport - Meet your guide and driver who will transport you to your hotel.

  • Check into Carlton Hotel

  • Dinner at a restaurant - TBA

  • Carlton Hotel ,Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel ,Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Tuesday (May 10) : Israel: The Land of Three Religions

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • The Map of Israel - Interactive program with educator, Joe Perlow

  • 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.

  • Boxed Lunch en route.

  • Drive north to Nazareth

  • Basilica of the Annunciation - Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. Although it is not the birthplace of Jesus, it is the town where he grew up from the age of 3 (upon the return of the Holy Family from Egypt). In the time of Jesus, 1st century AD, this was a small Jewish village in the hills of the Lower Galilee. One can imagine the quiet life in Nazareth, away from the Politics of the Priests and the Rabbis of Jerusalem, amongst the simple hard-working people of the Galilee, and understand how a true leader of the people can immerge from such a peripheral community.
    The standout site in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church building in the Middle East. This church was dedicated in 1964 on the Papal visit of Pope Paul VI. We will also visit Mary's Well - the spring and its water are considered holy by both Muslims and Christians. Earlier generations attributed unusual healing properties to it.

  • Check in to Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

  • Dinner at hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, H/B basis at hotel

3 - Wednesday (May 11) : Golan Height & Sea of Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep . Learn about the history of the region and the current situation along the border with Syria.

  • Visit and wine tasting at Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery is a family-owned boutique winery was built on the remains of historic Syrian basalt building that was expanded and renovated by the family.

  • Capernaum - Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of Jesus. This is where Jesus called his first disciples, the brothers Peter and Andrew. The remains of the ancient village were excavated starting the 19th century - some of the findings are a testimony to the rich Jewish lives in the early Roman times, and the existence of a Judeo-Christian community as Christianity grew and evolved in the land. Amongst other astonishing relics, we can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue and remains of the House of Peter and the Byzantine church that was built over it. A modern octagonal church is situated above the site nowadays - its glass floor allows a look at the remains under it.

  • Tabgha - Church of the Multiplication - The northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee was where Jesus operated during a significant time period of 3 years, referred to as the Ministry of Christ. Most of Jesus' miracles and teachings took place in this small area.
    Tabgha is one of the special and peaceful Christian sites around the lake - the traditional site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish. Some maintain that this is also the place where Jesus walked on water (Matthew 14:22-34).

  • Mount of Beatitudes - Mount of Beatitudes is a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
    A Catholic Church was built 1930's by the well-known "Architect of the Holy Land" Antonio Barluzzi, using the local dark basalt stone. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes, each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses of the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Optional: SPA treatments

  • Dinner at Grill Restaurant

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Thursday (May 12) : From Sea Level to Mountain High

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel for Akko - Check out

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

  • Akko Tunisian Synagogue - The Ohr Torah Tunian synagogue in Akko is unique even in a land of synagogues. Built by a community of Tunisian Jews from Djerba, it offers four stories of glorious mosaics and stained-glass windows both inside and out, showing a varied range of stories, plants, and animals.

  • Druze Hospitality and Lunch - Dine lunch at the home of a Druze family in one of the Druze villages of the Galilee.
    The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, an ancient tradition, followed by Druze traditional meal

  • Drive to Jerusalem

  • Recite Shehecheyanu blessing at Wohl Rose Garden as we enter Jerusalem

  • Dinner on your won

  • David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Friday (May 13) : To Respect and Be Respected

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • First-timers: Visit Yad Vashem - Yad Vashem is Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust, an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance. Accompanied by docent you will tour the memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its Children’s Memorial, and exquisite gardens.

  • Repeaters: Visit Mount Herzl and Memorial Hall - Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin z"l and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel.
    Memorial Hall of Israel's Fallen is a personal and collective structure that commemorates Israel's fallen soldiers with an undulating funnel-shaped formation of bricks that opens the hall to the sky, flooding the void with natural light.

  • Visit Ammunition Hill - Today, as we move freely around Jerusalem from east to west, few signs remain of the bitter battles waged to achieve the unity of the city in 1967, during the Six Day War. A visit to Ammunition Hill reminds us of the fierce fighting and high death toll exacted in these battles. The site, which serves as a memorial to those who fell in the battle for Jerusalem, is where paratroopers began their successful campaign to reunite the city.
    Following a short visit we will join a dedication ceremony by the Wall of Honor, followed champagne and light lunch.

  • Optional: Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a walk through Machne Yehuda 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.

  • Welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall the Kotel

  • Shabbat Dinner - Gather together at a private room at the hotel for Shabbat dinner

  • David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Saturday (May 14) : Shabbat shel Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • OPTION 1: 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.

  • OPTION 1: The Dead Sea including lunch and float at one of the local hotels - 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.

  • OPTION 2:: Tour 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 - "So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child" (Luke 2:4-5).
    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.

  • Havdallah Ceremony at Mishkenot Sha'ananim

  • David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Addition meal where selected

7 - Sunday (May 15) : A Journey of Generations .....

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Private meeting with Dr. Yonatan Moss, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Old City, Jerusalem - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City and explore the complexity of a city that is holy the three major religions.
    - Tour the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day, including the latest findings in the underground Western Wall Tunnels, and get a better understanding on the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount..
    - Walk through the Christian Quarter, and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
    - Extending from the Damascus Gate to the Via Dolorosa, the Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and has been home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Here you will 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 Between the Arches Restaurant

  • Afternoon visit to Susan’s House - Susan’s House is a unique program for teens-at-risk in Jerusalem. Susan’s House empowers at-risk teens to find their place within society through artistic expression, personal investment and creative initiatives

  • Early dinner at Derech Hagefen Restaurant

  • David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Monday (May 16) : Israel 2022: A Tale of Two Cities

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out hotel

  • Dany Tirza - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel (res) Danny Tirza, Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Depart Jerusalem for Tel Aviv-Jaffa

  • Tour Levinsky Market our the market and have including tastings throughout - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, for its variety, freshness and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines and other delicacies.

  • 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. 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.
    Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry. 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.

  • Check in to Carlton Hotel

  • Closing dinner at a restaurant

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

9 - Tuesday (May 17) : Shalom U'Lehitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Departure for Ben Gurion airport

Overnight: Departure for Ben Gurion airport
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (link)

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

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

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
Security escort throughout the trip v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
PCR testing (when required) v
Serological testing (when required) v

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Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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