Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
19-01 August 2022
Tour Time
14 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Fully accessible trip that includes Jewish heritage sites as well as Start Up Nation experience. 

 

 

Highlights

Tour Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall
Ascend Masada and float in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth
Visit Haifa, the city of five religions atop Carmel Mountain
Walk along White City UNESCO Heritage site in Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew City

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (July 19) : Welcome to Israel - Bruchim HaBayim

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Activities:

  • VIP Arrival - 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.

  • Depart airport for Jerusalem

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

2 - Wednesday (July 20) : Jerusalem of maintains and neighborhoods

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Security Barier Tour - The reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 prompted the government to create a “security belt” of civilian neighborhoods. Morning "hilltop tour” of Jerusalem to view some of these neighborhoods, Gilo, Armon Hanatziv and Har Homa which overlook Arab neighborhoods, where Jews and Arabs reside side by side on the city’s seamline. We will have a multi-dimensional overview of current issues concerning Jerusalem today including the controversial security fence.

  • The "New" Neighborhoods - Mishkenot Sha'ananim is the first Jewish residential neighborhood to be established outside the Old City wall to provide a solution to the poverty, filth and overcrowding inside the walls of the Old City. The project, initiated by the Jewish banker Sir Moses Montefiore was completed in 1860.
    It was not a simple decision to move outside the shelter given by the safety of the walls and the gates. Moreover, those who left the Old City cut themselves off from the city's communal institutions, synagogues, schools and shops. But once the initial step was taken, Mishkenot served as an example for the establishment of additional Jewish neighborhoods beyond the Old City becoming the seed from which grew the new city of Jerusalem.
    Yemin Moshe is one of these neighborhoods. It was established with the financial support of Sir Montefiore in 1891. The original houses were built with a wall around them and a gate that was locked at night. Montefiore left an indelible mark on the Jerusalem landscape by building the landmark Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe.

  • Lunch on your own

  • Afternoon tour of Nachlaot - Nachlaot Neighborhood 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.

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Thursday (July 21) : Old City Jewish Quarter

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

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

  • Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter - Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Visit the Byzantine Cardo, and the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations exposing two thousand years of Jewish history in the Old City till present day.

  • Tour The Cardo - The Cardo was the main street in ancient Roman cities, running from north to south and lined with a row of columns on each side.
    The Cardo is depicted in the Madaba Map, part of a floor mosaic dated to the 6th century AD that was discovered in a Byzantine church in Madaba, Jordan. The Madaba Map is a map of the Middle East, and contains the oldest surviving detailed cartographic depiction of Jerusalem.

  • Lunch on your own, in the Old City

  • Visit Davidson Center - Walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Davidson Visitors' Center presents through modern, interactive virtual presentation the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Stop at the Western Wall - Take time to reflect at the The Western Wall. Over generations, Jews came to pray here, as it was the closest, they could come to the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount.

  • The Western Wall Tunnels - Explore what’s under the Western Wall through the Western Wall Tunnels Tour. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters (1601 feet) 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 your own

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

4 - Friday (July 22) : The Art and Flavors of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Israel museum - Visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the book. The Museum houses collections including works dating from prehistory to the present day and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.

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

  • Shabbat Dinner at hotel

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Saturday (July 23) : From atop Masada to the lower place on earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Masada National Park - Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is built as a palace complex, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). Became a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. Ascend Masada by cable car and tour the site.

  • 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. 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 many. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Optional: Ein Gedi-National Park - 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.

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Sunday (July 24) : Jerusalem and her hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Khan Sha'ar Hagai - Khan Sha’ar HaGai, also known as Bab el-Wad, is a national memorial site. The khan, which was built as a wayside inn during the Ottoman period, is situated on the main road connecting the lowlands with Jerusalem. This road saw fierce battles during the War of Independence. Today you will have an opportunity to meet the fighters who broke through the road to Jerusalem, hear their testimonies, and make fateful decisions at the interactive stations.

  • Machal Memorial - The Machal Memorial dedicated in 1993, was created to honor volunteers who came from outside of Israel to fight on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

  • Visit and wine tasting at Seahorse Winery - The Seahorse winery is a small operation and is one of the better places to get to know the Judean Hills' terroir. Zeev Dunie, a filmmaker turned winemaker, has pioneered coaxing authentic Mediterranean flavors from unusual grapes.

  • Lunch on your own at Bar BaHar Restaurant

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Monday (July 25) : Pioneers Then and Now

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out. Drive north via Jordan Rift Valley

  • Kibbutz Sde Eliahu Bio Bee - Bio Bee Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination. Visit the fields, meet the farmers and join lunch with them at the Kibbutz's main dining room

  • Degania Courtyard - Follow the footsteps of twelve ideological pioneers whom in 1910 founded on the shore of the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee the first communal settlement in Eretz Israel, Kibbutz Degania. Tour Degania and hear the story of its founders through testimonials and pictures.

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner at hotel

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Tuesday (July 26) : Communities on the Golan Heights - Then and Now

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Golan Heights - Ascend the Golan Heights. Learn about the history and the geopolitics of the region

  • Ancient Katzrin Park - The ruins of the ancient Jewish village of Katzrin are located in the central Golan. Among the restorations are the columns of the synagogue which are upright once more and the houses near the synagogue are two stories high and roofed. Samples of ancient household utensils and agricultural implements are displayed in the houses and there are activities showing life during ancient times. The main water source was the spring located in the village, from which water was channeled to a small collecting pool cut into the basalt bedrock.

  • Drive to Mount Bental - Mount Bental, an extinct volcano, allows a great panoramic views of the Golan Heights in both Israel and Syria and of Mount Hermon. Enjoy the view as we discuss the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria.

  • Druze lunch in Majdal Shams - Majdl Shams is the largest Druze village in the Golan Heights. The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion and ancient tradition.

  • Aniam Artist Colony - On the way back to hotel we stop at Aniam Artist Colony, the first and only artist colony on the Golan Heights.
    The creative artists of Aniam work in diverse medias: gold and silver jewel crafting, painting, pottery, ceramic sculpture and decorative tiles, drawing on wood and glass, sewing of tablecloths, bags and pillowcases for domestic use, artistic frames and pictures, and original children's' games.

  • Dinner on your own, at a restaurant in the area

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Wednesday (July 27) : The Nature of the Upper Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Agamon HaHula - 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.
    Take an eco-friendly electric car, drive among the orchards and enjoy the abundance of landscapes, vegetation, animals and birds.

  • Tel Dan - Tel Dan National Park 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.

  • Lunch en route, on your own

  • Visit Kiryat Shmona FoodTech Campus - Meet entrepreneurs in their accelerator to hear on the most cutting edge food-an-beverage technologies.

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Thursday (July 28) : Along the Mediterranean Sea

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel to Akko

  • Explore Akko - Tour of town of Akko, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient port city built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the British. Many tourists visit the Old City of Acre without realizing that there is a complete city beneath the ancient streets. The Acre Crusader City was built during the 12th century and destroyed in 1291 when the Mamluks conquered Acre and built their own city on the Crusader ruins. See some of the most impressive remains from the Crusaders era in the Knights' Halls, a fascinating series of gothic vaulted halls part of an enormous Fortress, built by the Knights Hospitaller (AKA Knights of Malta or the Order of Saint John) that vowed to assist and tend to the Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land. The Crusader Tunnel subterranean passage would have originally connected the harbor with a Templar palace, providing a secret escape route to the sea in case of attack.

  • Visit Haifa - Haifa is Israel's third largest city and northern capital. Situated in a broad natural bay between the Mediterranean Sea and the Carmel Mountain, the city's terraced landscape offers a rich variety of breathtaking panoramas.
    Haifa is home to members of five different religions, Christians, Moslems, Bahai and Druze as well as Jews, living side by side in harmony and mutual respect. Haifa’s deep-water harbor was the first in Israel, and its many industrial plants and factories make it one of the country’s most important industrial centers.

  • Lunch en route

  • Haifa's German Colony - Taking its name from German Templars who settled the area in the 19th century, the German Colony is now Haifa’s most beautiful and appealing neighborhood. Picturesque red-roofed Templar houses and wide, tree-lined avenues give the German Colony a continental flavor.

  • Drive along the Mediterranean Sea to Tel Aviv-Jaffa

  • Check in hotel

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

11 - Friday (July 29) : Shishi Tel Avivi

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Neve Tzedek - 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!

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

  • Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is 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 opening line 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.

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - If your tour is on a Tuesday or a Friday, visit Nachlat 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, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Shabbat Dinner - TBD

  • Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

12 - Saturday (July 30)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Old Jaffa - Tour Old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. This is the port from which prophet Jonah attempted to escape the word of God. 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, we discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side.

  • 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.

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

13 - Sunday (July 31) : Day at leisure

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

14 - Monday (August 1) : Shalom ve Lehitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion airport

  • VIP assistance at the airport

Overnight: VIP assistance at the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

What are check-in /check-out times?

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Sunday through Friday, check-in time is generally 3PM. On Saturday, check-out is usually one hour after sunset (the end of Shabbat). These times may change depending on the season. It is important to note however, that check-in on Saturday will be at night (usually 2 hours after Shabbat ends - sunset). Check-out is generally before noon, no matter the day of the week (except Shabbat). Please take into consideration the check-in / check-out times when scheduling your flights. In most instances, we are able to arrange for early check-in / late check-out when needed.

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 happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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

If I have a question while in Israel, who do I call?

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Via Sabra is on call for all of our clients touring in Israel. We take customer support very seriously and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions while you are in Israel. A list of phone numbers will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before your trip. And, while we take pride in getting to know our guests personally over the course of a trip, we would also love to meet you before you travel with us. Click here to schedule a Zoom / phone call with our staff - a short introduction will go a long way!

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

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

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

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

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

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

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

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English-speaking tour guide (as indicated) v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Airfare v
PCR testing (when required) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019

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