Price range
From $9200 per person
Upcoming Date
03-15 November 2022
Tour Time
13 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Market Tours
Multicultural tour of Jerusalem Old City
Druze home hospitality
Israeli Art Tour with a local artist
Magical meal at Rama's Kitchen
Explore the Golan Heights by jeep
Wine tasting at a family owned winery
Bird watching and bike tour around the Hula Valley
Tel Aviv architecture tour

Itinerary

1 - Thursday (November 3) : Shabbat Flavor

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Activities:

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

  • Jackie & Dave: late morning tour Bethlehem with a local guide - Travel to Bethlehem and tour with a Palestinian Christian guide. Visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity is thus one of the oldest Christian churches in existence. During the Crusades it was a primary place of pilgrimage.

    We’ll see artwork by the infamous Banksy on the security barrier (separation wall) and spend some time discussing his increased presence in the West Bank since 2003. This will be an opportunity to discuss the barrier from a Palestinian perspective.

  • Wendy & Paul: transfer from Jordan to Jerusalem - Booked on own with the Jordanian travel agency.

  • Evening 'Shtisel' Tour' - 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: Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem: Mamilla Hotel

2 - Friday (November 4)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a visit to the Israel Museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You will also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Continue to Ein Kerem - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood. In the Christian tradition, this is the place pf birth of John the Baptist. Visit local artist galleries in their homes, beautiful churches and walk in nature as well.

  • Magical Friday lunch meal at Rama's Kitchen - “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Drive back to Jerusalem

  • Optional: experience Shabbat atmosphere at the Western Wall - Walk from your hotel through the old city's alleys and visit the Western Wall. Join Friday night services and signing, feel the special Shabbat atmosphere.

  • Dinner on own - Suggestions: Chakra / Adom

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, tastings during 'Shtisel' tour

3 - Saturday (November 5) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Drive to the Dead Sea region and tour 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.

  • Ein Gedi nature 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. The stunning Ein Gedi oasis consists of two separate waterways: Nahal David (David’s Stream), where David took refuge from King Saul; and Nahal Arugot, where remains of a 6th-century synagogue were discovered.

  • Lunch on rout

  • Frantz: Qumran-National Park - Stop at the Qumran ruins, a fascinating site of great significance. In 1947 two Bedouin shepherds accidentally came across a clay jar in a cave near Khirbet Qumran that contained seven parchment scrolls. There is vast evidence that the manuscripts discovered in the Qumran caves belonged to the library of the occupants of the site in this period -a small hermit community referred to as the Dead Sea Sect. Today the scrolls reside in a specially constructed site for exhibiting the scrolls -the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

  • Jackie & Dave: time to swim 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.

  • Drive back to Jerusalem

  • Dinner on own - Suggestion: check out Machne Yehuda Market - At night the market turns to a young, fun area with a great atmosphere. You will also be able to see the amazing graffiti art on the shop screens that are closed at night.

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch,

4 - Sunday (November 6) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a full private walking day tour of Jerusalem old city

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from the Tower of David - Located near the Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

  • Tour 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. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Holy Sepulcher 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.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter - 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. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall), sacred because it is 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.

  • Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour - 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.

  • Dinner on own - Suggested: Mamilla Rooftop

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Monday (November 7) : From Holocaust to Redemption

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit the museum at Yad Vashem - Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. Tour this memorial to the darkest moment in the world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance. You'll be guided by a member of the Yad Vashem staff.

  • After a meaningful morning see Israel today - Drive around the National Precinct, which was developed soon after the establishment of the state in 1948. Here you will find the Knesset, Israel's parliament and the Supreme Court. The Knesset 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.

  • When it's lunch time go for a tasting tour of 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.

  • Afternoon to explore on own

  • Dinner on own - Suggestions: Machneyuda restaurant

  • Optional: 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.

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch in the Arab Market

6 - Tuesday (November 8) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

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

  • Continue 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.

  • Drive to Akko and tour the old city and market - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.
    Optional and time permitting: visit Al Jazzar Mosque - explore the architecture, hear about Islamic traditions and historical brief.

  • Visit Saleem Amer stone artist in his studio - Optional: try your hand at stone carving with local stone artist Saleem.

  • Drive to the Golan & check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner on route - Suggestion: Rosh Pina

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • North: Pereh Hotel

Overnight: North: Pereh Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machne Yehuda tasting tour

7 - Wednesday (November 9) : Exploring the Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a magnificent Golan hike - Just few minutes away from Pereh Hotel you will find a beautiful nature reserve. Walk the Meshushim Stream, with the beautiful views of the deep basalt canyons, colorful landscapes and pools. Cross the basaltic canyon and end in the Hexagon (Meshushim) Pool, a fascinating geological phenomena.
    If you would like a different hike that will include historical sites we can offer Tel Dan or the Banias.

  • Explore the Golan Heights by jeep - Geo-Political tour of the Golan with an expert. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategical roll this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Winery tour and delicious lunch at Assaf Winery - Which is a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting.

  • Head back to hotel and take time to relax - Enjoy the hotel facilities

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

  • North: Pereh Hotel

Overnight: North: Pereh Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Thursday (November 10) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Morning cycle through the magical Agamon Ha'hula - 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. Morning ride through the park.

  • Tour of Tzfat - Jewish mysticism's birthplace - Discover 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.
    Eat lunch there as well.

  • Visit Korazim ancient town - A Jewish town in a basalt landscape overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The beautiful synagogue at Korazim, built at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth century CE, is made of basalt, the region’s most common stone, carved in geometric, floral and faunal patterns.

  • Take a new nature trail and hike down to Capernaum - With the beautiful view of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), Golan Heights and the Arbel Mountain, enjoy a lovely nature hike.

  • Dinner suggestion: Magdalena Restaurant - Located near the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), with a view of Mt. Arbel that offers innovative Galilean cuisine with a Mediterranean touch.

  • North: Pereh Hotel

Overnight: North: Pereh Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch and wine tastings , Druze home hospitality and dinner

9 - Friday (November 11)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Dave & Jackie: Visit to Nazareth - Israel’s biggest Arab city, Nazareth, is a fascinating place, set in the Lower Galilee. It combines traditional, simple Arabic charm, Christian history, and grand old Arabic architecture. Nazareth is home to many important early Christian sites, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Synagogue Church, as well as an authentic, living Arab souk (market).

  • Frantz: visit to Rish Lakish olive oil press - Try your own hands in olive picking followed by a visit to Rish Lakish, a family-owned olive oil press. Meet the family, see the process of making olive oil, and eat a delicious lunch using products of the press and garden.

  • Head to Haifa and stop for a lookout over the Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade, on the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, a 400 meter long promenade at the top of the Baha'i Gardens offers a view of the entire Haifa Bay, all the way to the border with Lebanon. This impressive spot offers a truly spectacular view, so have a camera ready!

  • Visit Wadi Nisnas - One of Haifa’s most colorful neighborhoods, full of narrow streets, picturesque stone houses, and the Wadi Nisnas market. It is a mixed neighborhood that captures the nature and atmosphere of the city of Haifa - a city of many faiths and communities, that live alongside each other in an exemplary co-existence. The Wadi Nisnas market is the place to go and experience some of the local flavors and wind your way through the local Flea Market.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel

  • Friday night dinner on own - Suggestion: Yaffo-Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv: The Jaffa Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv: The Jaffa Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Saturday (November 12) : Ancient and Modern Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Morning tour of the Israeli art collection at Tel Aviv Museum of Art - 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 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?
    You'll be guided by a local artist and art historian.

  • Lunch and free time at Jaffa Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

  • Tour the old city of Yaffo - 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.

  • Dinner on own - Suggestion: Ha'basta

  • Tel Aviv: The Jaffa Hotel - TLV ISR LODGING general

Overnight: Tel Aviv: The Jaffa Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Sunday (November 13) : The White City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a tour of Neve Tzedek - The first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood was resorted and became a trendy fun beautiful part of the city and a good place to try some Israeli Gelato!

  • Walk along the Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of 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.

  • 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)

  • Architecture tour - 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. Explore the various architecture styles and the history of the city through these different types. What style will you like the most?

  • Visit to Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture, a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central. Have a drink and fresh snack in their caffe.

  • Dinner on own - Suggestion: OPA

  • Tel Aviv: The Jaffa Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv: The Jaffa Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Monday (November 14) : TLV - The City That Never Sleeps

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day to explore on own - Suggestions and activities we can arrange for you:
    - Graffiti tour in Florentine neighborhood
    - Israeli start up nation - visit to the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation in Jaffa
    - Visit to the Rabin Museum
    - Ha'Namal - Tel Aviv's Port - restaurants and shops
    - Bike tour
    - Israeli fashion tour

  • Check-out by 6:00 PM - You can leave your luggage with the concierge and come take it before leaving to the airport.

  • Evening suggestion: private cooking workshop with Adeena Sussman at her home in Tel Aviv

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion Airportrtand private transfer to Ben Gurion Airport - A VIP assistant will greet you at the entrance to the airport and take you through a fast track all the way through check-in and security.

Overnight: Private transfer to Ben Gurion Airportrtand private transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch in the Carmel Market

13 - Tuesday (November 15) : Farewell - Shalom U'leitraot

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Activities:

  • Farewell - we look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

Overnight: Farewell - 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 happens if I need medical attention while I'm 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 more information about and to purchase travel insurance, please click here.

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.

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

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
Two transfers to the airport on departure v
Hotels throughout the trip v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Activities that are listed as 'optional' or 'suggested' v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v

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