Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
15-21 May 2023
Tour Time
7 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Monday ( May 15 ) : 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 and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your driver and guide.

  • Travel to Jerusalem

  • Visit the excavation of the City of David - Take a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. It was on this hill where Jerusalem was built 4 millennia ago. Continuously excavated over the last 120 years, discoveries are regularly made. Tour the palace of King David, ritual purification pools, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel built to protect the water supply. Walk through newly uncovered sites and marvel at Central Valley's excavation. See the tour's highlight - monumental foundational stones of the Western Wall which lie at the foot of the Temple Mount. Exit the site onto the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, over 2,000 years ago.

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Walk through the Muslim and Christian Quarters of the Old City seeing the historical and religious sites. See some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies. We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information, and, of course, combines the senses of smell, taste, and sound.

  • 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 of the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Dinner on your own - We will be happy to make restaurant recommendations and make reservations upon request, closer to the tour. (meal not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting tour in Old City

2 - Tuesday ( May 16 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Travel to the Dead Sea Area - 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. 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.

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain to explore Masada (by foot or cable car), 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.

  • 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.

  • Genesis Land is situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived - A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Ride by camel to desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Biblical Dinner

3 - Wednesday ( May 17 ) : Memory and Life

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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 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 lunch" - Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this market has to offer. The tour will include a stop at the legendary Azura restaurant.

  • Dinner on you own or at hotel - We will be happy to make restaurant recommendations and make reservations upon request, closer to the tour. (meal not included)

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem

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

4 - Thursday ( May 18 ) : The Judean Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel

  • Tour Abu Ghosh - Abu Ghosh is an Israeli-Arab town in the Jerusalem hills that is well known for its hummus, music festival, beautiful churches, and history of friendly relations with Jews and Zionism.

  • Wine tatsing at Bravdo Winery - Bravdo Winery is a boutique winery founded by veteran wine growing families of more than 130 years. The winery sits among its own vineyards, near the village of Karmei Yosef and is one of the very few genuine estate wineries in Israel.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv

  • Levinsky Market - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known for its variety, freshness, and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines, and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Check in to hotel and dinner at hotel

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Levinsky Market Tasting Tour

5 - Friday ( May 19 ) : A Taste of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Travel north

  • Visit Ein Hod Artists' Village - Ein Hod is on the road to Haifa and is an artists' village on a hill, at the foot of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean coast, the town of Atlit, and an ancient 12th century crusader fortress. After the War of Independence the area was abandoned and left in ruin. In the fifties, a group of artists led by the acclaimed Dada artist Marcel Janco decided that Ein Hod would be a place where they could work, build studios and workshops, and form a creative environment for art and art education.

  • Continue to a Druze Cooking Workshop - 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.

  • Finish your day with Artisinal Coffee at Ishu Cafe - Meet with Genadi at the beautiful Galilean town of Eshhar. Start with a beautiful view of the Hilazon (Snail) Valley and the center of the Galilee, hear interesting stories and explanation about coffee, make your own coffee guided by Genadi and end with a pampering “affogato”

  • Travel back to Tel Aviv

  • Dinner on you own or at hotel - We will be happy to make restaurant recommendations and make reservations upon request, closer to the tour. (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Druze Cooking Workshop and Meal

6 - Saturday ( May 20 ) : Explore Tel Aviv on Your Own

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Sunday ( May 21 ) : L'hitraot!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport

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

Meal Plan: breakfast

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 tour guide v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP airport service upon arrival v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Testimonials
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019

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