Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
20-28 February 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (February 20) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • 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, Covid testing, and collecting your baggage you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv

  • Rest from your flight - You will need to stay in your hotel until you receive the results of your PCR test taken at the airport (up to 24 hours but usually less.

  • Have dinner delivered from one of Tel Aviv's excellent restaurants - We can make recommendations

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Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general

2 - Monday (February 21) : Tel Aviv- Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Continue to 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!

  • Tasting tour and lunch in the Carmel Market area - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is the largest market in Tel Aviv.

  • Explore Lev Ha'ir's graffiti and the Nachalat Binyamin Art Fair - Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts fair takes place every Tuesday and Friday in Tel Aviv. Each day artists display and sell their crafts surrounded by a beautiful, historical buildings, many in the process of being preserved.

  • Walk on 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.

  • Dinner at a restaurant

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Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour Carmel Market

3 - Tuesday (February 22) : The Galilean Tapestry

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Drive north to Caesarea National Park - It was Caesarea where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • Optional: Druze Hospitality Lunch - Visit 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, and engage in a fun and delicious culinary workshop, followed by an amazing Druze feast.

  • Continue to Akko - Tour Akko, the ancient port city built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the British. Akko's shuk (market place) is right in the center of the Old City and is a fun and vibrant bazaar full of fresh produce, cheap eats, spices, and souvenirs. Akko also has several of the best hummus spots in all of Israel which are a “must-taste.”

  • Drive to hotel with a stop for an overlook of the Sea of Galilee along the way

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • NORTH ISR LODGING general

Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Wednesday (February 23) : Spiritual and Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Banias National Park - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias, one of Israel’s most beautiful nature reserves. The Banias spring feeds into the Jordan River, the reserve’s large waterfall tumbles down a 33-foot precipice year-round, and a nearby cave houses remains of a temple to the Greek god Pan. In the wars of 1948 and 1967, when the Golan was held by Syria, the site housed a Syrian officers’ club.

  • Ancient Katzrin Park - The ruins of the ancient Jewish village of Katzrin are located in the central Golan. The location of the village, mentioned in ancient Jewish sources, was identified at the end of the 19th century. The synagogue and the village was discovered and excavated about 30 years ago. The remains of ancient Katzrin have been restored after excavation: the columns of the synagogue are upright once more and the houses near the synagogue are two stories high and roofed.

  • Lunch and Wine-tasting at Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines.

  • ATV ride in Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by ATV. Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Dinner at a restaurant in the area

  • NORTH ISR LODGING general

Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Thursday (February 24) : Pioneers and Dreamers

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Explore Agamon HaHula by Bikes or Golfcarts - 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. Early morning ride through the park.

  • Lunch and Bio Tour at Kibbutz Sde Eliahu - 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. Lunch will be in the kibbutz dining room.

  • Drive to Jerusalem

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

  • Dinner at a restaurant

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

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Friday (February 25) : Mazal Tov!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Bar Mitzva at the Egalitarian Kotel at the Davidson Center - Over generations, Jews came to pray here, as it was the closest, they could come to the Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount. When you see the Wall, you aren't just seeing it with your eyes - there is so much more. Include drummers, costumes.

  • Festive Kiddush after the ceremony

  • 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.

  • Browse the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. - Taste the legendary hummus of the Old City and explore the market- its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more.

  • Return to the hotel to rest

  • Celebratory Dinner TBD - Not included

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, Kiddush and tastes in Old City

7 - Saturday (February 26) : Memory and Remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

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

  • Mount Herzl - As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 23,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Tasting tour in the 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.

  • Shabbat dinner in the hotel

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

8 - Sunday (February 27) : The Lowest Place in Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Masada National Park - Atop a lone rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert lies Masada, combining natural beauty and deep meaning. Ascend by cable car to tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BC, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Masada has come to symbolize the fierce determination of the people of Israel, but its tragic history also raises questions about the price of freedom.

  • Lunch and swim at the Dead Sea - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. 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. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat or in kayaks and see amazing salt formations and scenery. During this unique experience you will enjoy the wondrous muds, salt pearls, salt diamonds, water springs streaming to the sea and sink holes filled with sweet water. Learn about the ecosystem and the environmental issues connected to the Dead Sea.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Free evening in Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Monday (February 28) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Option: 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 can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • OR Weitzmann Institute of Science - Weitzmann Institute of Science
    Tour the campus of the Weizmann Institute of Science. The state-of-the-art Levinson Visitors Center is the gateway to the Institute, giving visitors a window into the unique nature of scientific investigation and discovery at the Institute, and the Weizmann Institute’s central role in Israeli science and technology.

  • Final dinner at HaSadna Restaurant - HaSadna Restaurant's menu features fresh ingredients with a minimum of treatment. Part of the charm is the interior of this building which was once a warehouse that served the Jerusalem railroad and railway station built in 1892. Part of the Machneyuda group, HaSadna is a jewel of contemporary Israeli Cuisine.

  • Transfer to Airport

Overnight: Transfer to Airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

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!

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy 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 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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Equipment rental (available at an additional cost) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Testimonials
“This was our third trip with via sabra and it was outstanding. We went with Aliza Green who is a cook and cookbook writer who provided us with lots of insights. Orit Levi our tour guide (third time) was excellent. Via Sabra makes every trip different so we did not feel as if we were repeating anything. We took our seven year old grandson who was well received and loved the trip. Via Sabra is caring and strives to accommodate any requests. We cannot recommend Via Sabra enough and we are looking forward to our next trip.”
Naomi S
2016, 2018, 2020
“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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