Price range
From 2500$ per person
Upcoming Date
16-23 February 2022
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Appleton - Green Bay Synagogue Trip - February 2022 (finally coming back to Israel!!)

Price breakdown (including 2 free staff in single rooms)

12-14 paying guests - $3000
15-17 paying guests - $2800
18-20 paying guests - $2650
21+ paying guests - $2500
Single supplement - $650

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (February 16) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • Meet at Ben Gurion Airport - You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by your guide and will drive to Tel Aviv.

  • Check into your hotel

  • Casual dinner within walking distance of the hotel- TBD

  • Tal Hotel TLV

Overnight: Tal Hotel TLV
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Thursday (February 17)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • The Independence Trail - Follow the new Independence Trail which follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites and learn 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 and 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.

  • Old Jaffa - In 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.

  • Lunch at Gueta - On Jaffa's Jerusalem Boulevard, across from the Gesher Theater, Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

  • Neve Tzedek - Continue to Neve Tzedek which was founded in 1887 as one of the first Jewish settlements outside of the old port city of Jaffa. From a barren sand dune to one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, It has become a trendy stomping ground for artists - with countless boutiques, galleries, and fashion shops.

  • Free time

  • Dinner on your own- we'll make reservations at several places

  • Tal Hotel TLV

Overnight: Tal Hotel TLV
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Friday (February 18)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive towards Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem at any cost - Stop on the way to talk about the 1948 War of Independence and the battle for Jerusalem

  • Shehechiyanu at the Haas Promenade - Start your Jerusalem tour with a panoramic view of Jerusalem and the surrounding area.

  • Tour the Old City of Jerusalem - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions. You'll have time to get something to eat for lunch.

  • Check into hotel and get ready for Shabbat

  • Shabbat of a Lifetime - The Shabbat of a Lifetime program offers an opportunity for incoming tourists of all backgrounds to experience an authentic Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) at the home of a host family in the heart of Jerusalem. Shabbat of a Lifetime participants receive an informative introduction to Shabbat while dining on a five-course meal with their hosts.

  • Jerusalem Ibis

Overnight: Jerusalem Ibis
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Saturday (February 19)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Pray at Kehilat Zion - Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum

  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel

  • Optional Walking Tour

  • Havdalah

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem Ibis

Overnight: Jerusalem Ibis
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Sunday (February 20)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to the Dead Sea area

  • Masada National Park - Take the cable car up to Masada and tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome by siege, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender. 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.

  • 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.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Dinner Cafe Shalva - Shalva is a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. The café’s profits go back to the center and graduates of Shalva work at the café.

  • Jerusalem Ibis

Overnight: Jerusalem Ibis
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Monday (February 21)

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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.

  • Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, a 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.

  • Depart for the north

  • Beit Shean-National Park - One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She’an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered one of the best preserved Roman sites in the region.

  • Drive to hotel and check in

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • NORTH Degania B

Overnight: NORTH Degania B
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, tasting tour in the market for lunch

7 - Tuesday (February 22)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the 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. Ride through the park in bikes or golf carts.

  • Lunch and Wine Tasting - Adir Winery
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  • Tzfat - 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 artist row.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • NORTH Degania B

Overnight: NORTH Degania B
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Wednesday (February 23)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Kinneret Cemetery - At the Kinneret Cemetery meet the young pioneers who came to the shores of the Sea of Galilee a hundred years ago. Have a behind-the-scenes peek at their lives, dreams, and ambitions and their decision to “transform the landscape” by creating the institutions of modern statehood.

  • Discover the Kinneret - From Kibbutz Ein Gev take a ride on a research boat of the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research. Experience magnificent views from the middle of the sea while going down deep into the research that reveals the inner life of the lake.

  • Lunch stop (not included)

  • Stop for a lookout at Mitzpe Adi - This stunning overlook of the Kinneret was established in memory of three Israeli soldiers were abducted by the Hezbollah terror organization on October 7, 2000. The three Israelis were Sgt. Adi Avitan, Staff Sgt. Benyamin Avraham and Staff Sgt. Omar Sawaid. They were abducted while patroling the southern (Israeli) side of the Israeli-Lebanese border.

  • The Start Up Nation - Agritour at Kibbutz Magal- visit Netafim, the world-renown agricultural entrepreneurship (irrigation methods) and Kibbutz Magal’s development of its olive and almond agricultural and production center, a global leader in quality and health.

  • Farewell Dinner at restaurant TBD - Have time to share your experience of the trip with your group!

  • Drive to airport for flight home or to Tel Aviv for those leaving at another time

Overnight: Drive to airport for flight home or to Tel Aviv for those leaving at another time
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

What clothes should I bring?

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

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.

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

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
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“Via Sabra gave us an Israel experience like no other. The bookings, the guides, where we went, everything was a joy, the perfect combination of touring, learning and fun.”
Stephen K
2019
“In late August our family; grandparents, parents and children, spent two wonderful weeks in Israel with arrangements made by Via Sabra. The demographics of our family group was quite diverse with children ages 7-13, adults and seniors; many being ‘first time’ Israel visitors. Janet and Miar from Via Sabra worked closely with us to plan a wonderful itinerary which took into account the full range of ages in our group. With their assistance, we planned an itinerary in which some days were packed with exciting adventures and exploration while others were more relaxed as we took a step back to catch our breath. The balance was perfect. We had a private bus with our own guide Ronen, who could not have been more knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He connected with everyone in our group, from the oldest to the youngest; and quickly felt like a member of the family. It was a very sad parting when our trip came to an end. We have friends who also planned a family Israel trip with only glowing compliments for Via Sabra. We all agreed we must and will return and would certainly use Via Sabra again!”
J
2019