Price range
From $6160 per person
Upcoming Date
16-27 August 2023
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Ari's Bar Mitzvah celebration
Market culinary tasting tours
Druze cooking class and home hospitality
Golan jeep tour
Fun boat ride to Rosh Hanikra
ATV ride in the Galilee
Magical kayak experience in the Kinneret savannah
Goat cheese farm
Rappeling from the Ramon Crater cliff
Deseet night experience and star gazing

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday ( August 16 ) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Shalom - 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.

  • Private transfer to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel - Please note: check-in time is at 3:00 PM.

  • Enjoy a day to explore on your own - Some suggestions (not included, can be arranged):
    - The Shrine of the Book and the Israel Museum
    - The Hebrew Music Museum
    - Cafe Offaimme in Hansen House
    - Stroll through Yemin Moshe neighborhood
    - Western Wall Tunnels tour

  • Machane Yehuda culinary tasting tour - In the heart of Jerusalem sits this 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. (the tour will replace lunch or dinner)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem

2 - Thursday ( August 17 ) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every day enjoy a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast in the hotel.

  • City of David - Visit the excavation of the City of David. King David captured a Jebusite citadel to build his capital. The city was well fortified with its own water source and Jerusalem was a perfect site for the new kind of national state that David envisaged.

  • Exciting walk through ancient water cistern - 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. (Walk in a dark narrow tunnel, this is a highlight but not suitable for claustrophobic people).

  • Proceed to the Kotel - Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall), sacred because it is one of the last remnants of the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans. Feel the stones that have witnessed so much in the history of the Jews. Place your special and personal prayer in the cracks of the stones.

  • Lunch break in the Arab Market - 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. (meal not included)

  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The church is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary and 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 this site so holy to Christendom.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. See archaeological finds from the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Afternoon - rest and enjoy the hotel's amenities, dinner on your own - We will be happy to make restaurant recommendations and reservations closer to the trip.

  • 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

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

3 - Friday ( August 18 ) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

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

  • After a meaningful morning take time to enjoy the vibrant life of Jerusalem today

  • Suggested: Lunch at Majda restaurant - Majda, a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, is famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Rest and get ready for Shabbat - Optional: join a local community for a Friday night service.

  • Friday night Shabbat dinner (on own) - We can offer a good restaurant or home hospitality with a local family.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

4 - Saturday ( August 19 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and early start

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by cable car 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.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - Israel’s Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, 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.

  • Ein Gedi oasis - This beautiful 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.

  • Travel back to Jerusalem, free evening

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Sunday ( August 20 ) : Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • 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. The memorial is made up of the letters Mem, Chet and Lamed, forming the word Machal.

  • Burma Road by jeep - Tour along the road that was formed during the Independence War as part of the struggle to break into Jerusalem and stop the siege. Their mission was to make sure Jerusalem is part of the new Jewish state.

  • Optional: Brothers For Life - At Beit Achim Center you will meet one of the staff members of Brothers for Life non-profit organization and hear about their special mission. BFL vision is that every wounded combat soldier receives the care and support needed to ensure his return to fulfilling and contributive life. The visit requires a donations.

  • Take a dip and swim in the Sachne - A popular spot for Israelis on hot days.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - suggested: 1910

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, lunch at a Dead Sea hotel

6 - Monday ( August 21 ) : Day of Celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Fun ATV self-driving ride

  • Continue to Woodsong Harp Workshop - In Rosh Pina, enjoy a Harp Workshop with harp maker Pete Isacowitz who founded Woodsong Harps and fulfilled his life-long dream.

  • Go back to the hotel to swim, rest and get ready to the ceremony

  • Afternoon - Ari's Bar Mitzvah ceremony - A family special ceremony in the ancient basalt synagogue in Korazim, the ancient Jewish town overlooking the Kinneret. 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.

  • Festive dinner - Options: outdoor private dinner / at a great local restaurant / home hospitality. (meal not included)

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Tuesday ( August 22 ) : The Rugged Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Snir Water Hike - Walk between the beautiful water streams, water plants and shaded track, in one of the Jordan’s water sources.

  • Golan jeep tour - Take a 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 role 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.

  • Sweet stop in the chocolate boutique factory - DeKarina Chocolate boutique factory in Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Hear about the process of making chocolate and the story of Gyora Chepelinski that made Aliya, founded the workshop and fulfilled her dream. Taste some of the finest chocolate in Israel and have a cold chocolate drink or coffee.

  • Go back to hotel to swim and rest

  • Sunset kayak adventure in the Jordan River and Kinneret - Discover the hidden savannah. Row through one of the most beautiful spots in Israel, amongst the plants, trees, and waterfalls in the middle of this magical Kinneret savannah.

  • Dinner in a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Wednesday ( August 23 ) : A taste of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Stop at Buza Ice Cream - Buza, the Arabic word for ice cream, is owned and operated by Alaa Sweetat, a local Muslim and Adam Ziv, a Jew from Kibbutz Sasa. A delicious Co-Existence venture. Taste their unique flavors.

  • Drive along the northen road and stop at the Talking Walls - Graffiti Project - Come see the Lebanese border from a new perspective. Talking Walls is a 400 meters long murals on the cement walls located on the Israeli-Lebanese border. This is a corporation of artists from Israel and around the world. The local residents were involved and shared their feelings and thoughts about living on the border, which was translated into art. This is an opportunity to delve into the human perspective of the challenging geo-political reality.

  • Fun Tornado Boat Ride - Take a fun tornado boat ride to Rosh Hanikra, Israel’s northernmost coastal border. It is best known for its stunning chalk-white cliffs. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you and the view of the grottos below the cliff, created by pounding waves’ eroding the rock for thousands of years.

  • Quickie cooking workshop and Druze home hospitality - 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.

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

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Druze cooking workshop and home hospitality

9 - Thursday ( August 24 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy the morning at the pool / beach

  • Drive south to explore the Negev Desert

  • Light meal at Kornhmeil farm - Kornmehl organic goat cheese farm, set among views of the desert hills, faces remnants terraces belonging to an ancient farm that is over 5,000 years old. This is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by Anat and Daniel Kornmehl, modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life. The Kornmehl’s place emphasis on keeping traditional values of cheese making, while adapting them to the local environment, creates cheeses that are personal interpretations of famous French varieties from their antibiotic and hormone free goats who live in excellent conditions with good food. Taste some delicious cheese, kanffe and ice cream.

  • Pola and David Ben Gurion's Tomb - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continues to bloom today. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center - Learn the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature through interactive exhibits. At the center, pay tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first and only astronaut, who tragically died on a space mission in 2003. View the crater from a stunning vantage point, at the heart of the promenade which stretches along the Ramon Crater mouth. There is a hanging terrace providing a marvelous observation point over the depths of the crater.

  • Exciting rappeling experience - For a real thrill slide down a 15 meters cliff with a stunning view of the Ramon Crater.

  • Authentic Beduion style dinner

  • Star gazing magical experience in the Ramon Crater - Professional guided star gazing with a binocular.

  • Proceed back to Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at the goat cheese farm

10 - Friday ( August 25 ) : The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Independence Trail tour - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail leads to 10 of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites teaching visitors 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)

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - A leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation.

  • Afternoon tour of Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. 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. Watch the sunset from the top of the hill overlooking Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean sea.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

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

11 - Saturday ( August 26 ) : Shishi Israeli

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Free day to explore Tel Aviv - Some suggestions for your day (not included, can be arranged):
    -Nahalat Binyamin, an open-air art & craft market open on Tuesdays and Fridays.
    - Surfing lesson
    - Tour of the ANU Museum of the Jewish People

  • Enjoy beach and pool time

  • Farewell Shabbat Friday night dinner - Options: a great local restaurant OR EatWith dinner with a Tel Avivian host (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Sunday ( August 27 ) : Take Israel Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Check out by noon

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home

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

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

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

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 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's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through 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.
Weekly weather forecast

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.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

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

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

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

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

For cancellations made:

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

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

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking driving tour guide for 8 days v
A private market tour in Jerusalem v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Optional and suggested activities v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v

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