Price range
From $5180 per person
Upcoming Date
17-23 April 2023
Tour Time
7 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

 

**Limited to one bus**

Trip cost: $5,180 per person, based on double occupancy **land only**

Single occupancy supplement: $2,500

Highlights

Experience the Story of Israel @ 75
Private winery tours
Cooking workshop with Adeena Sussman
Luncheon and chat with Knesset Members
Visits to prominent Israeli tech companies

Itinerary

1 - Monday (April 17) : Welcome to Israel!

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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.

  • Travel north

  • 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.

  • Travel to the Pereh Mountain Resort - An expression of open spaces, breathtaking views, and nature, the resort embodies the charm of the Golan Heights and the Galilee. Located on a private estate on a hilltop overlooking mountains and valleys, surrounded by gardens and orchards, it connects the past and the present, luxury and nature, wine and food, elegant relaxation and adventure.

  • Enjoy a private dinner and orientation with your guide at the hotel

  • Pereh Hotel

Overnight: Pereh Hotel
Meal Plan: lunch, dinner

2 - Tuesday (April 18) : From Holocaust to Revival

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit Ghetto Fighters House - The first Holocaust Museum in the world and the first of its kind to be founded by Holocaust survivors, the museum tells the story of the Holocaust during World War II, emphasizing the bravery, spiritual triumph and the incredible ability of Holocaust survivors and the fighters of the revolt to rebuild their lives in a new country about which they had dreamed – the State of Israel. We will meet with survivors and talk over lunch on the kibbutz.

  • Army Base Visit - Meet with soldiers who protect the northern border

  • Return to hotel

  • Relax poolside or enjoy their array of spa services, available at a surcharge

  • Taste the Golan at a private hotel dinner - The fertile soil of the Golan Heights is exceptional and unique in the Israeli landscape. The fresh mountain air, abundance of water stream as well as the changing seasons offer a culinary experience centered around seasonal local ingredients.

  • Meet with Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi - Hear about the geopolitics of the area with Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, CEO and founder of Alma, a non-profit independent research and education center specializing in Israel’s security challenges on its northern border.

  • Pereh Hotel

Overnight: Pereh Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Wednesday (April 19) : Our Living Bridge

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel - And check out from hotel

  • A Day of service in the Afula region

  • Deliver backpacks filled with PJ Library books and read with refugee children at the local absorption center

  • Discover Tarbut, the arts movement of the region

  • Cut the ribbon and join the dedication of the first ambucycle in the region, donated by the Federation

  • Travel to Tel Aviv

  • Check into the Setai, Tel Aviv - The Setai is as historic as the neighborhood that surrounds it. Authentic, sophisticated and welcoming, the hotel merges the history and heritage of Jaffa with the lavish trappings of a modern-day metropolis. This boutique Ottoman building features a restored Turkish Hammam Spa and infinity rooftop pool overlooking the entire Tel Aviv skyline, making for breathtaking views from sunrise to sunset.

  • Dinner at local restaurant

  • The Setai Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Setai Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Thursday (April 20) : The Silicon Wadi

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit Google Israel - And learn about AccelHERate Program, which empowers women in tech and provides training and integration in tech.

  • Visit Aleph Venture Capital - Aleph is an early stage venture capital fund focused on partnerships with great Israeli entrepreneurs to build large, meaningful companies and impactful global brands.

  • In the kitchen with Adeena Sussman - Learn how to prepare the perfect Israeli meal with renowned chef Adeena Sussman, whose cookbook, Sababa, was named Best Fall Cookbook by the New York Times, Bon Appetit and Food & Wine.

  • Visit CheckPoint - CheckPoint is an American-Israeli multinational provider of software and combined hardware and software products for IT security, including network security, endpoint security, cloud security, mobile security, data security and security management.

  • Dinner on own - We can make suggestions and reservations for you!

  • The Setai Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Setai Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Cooking workshop (replaces lunch)

5 - Friday (April 21) : Israeli Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Impact Through Art and Fashion Tour - Together with Liraz Cohen-Mordechai, meet Israeli artists and designers who are dedicated to do things differently—using sustainable and eco-friendly brands that upcycle or use unique material with zero waste.

  • 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.

  • Achoti - "My Sister" - stop at the Achoti Fair Trade shop, part of an initiative that was the first of its kind in Israel which combines economic empowerment for women from the geographical and social periphery in Israel, and education for alternative consumerism, according to the values of fair trade.

  • Enjoy some relaxation time at your hotel or explore the area on your own

  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel - Featuring guest speaker, Gil Hoffman, Israeli journalist and former political correspondent at the Jerusalem Post

  • The Setai Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Setai Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Levinsky Tasting Tour (replaces lunch)

6 - Saturday (April 22) : Shabbat Shalom!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Private Shabbat Brunch - Taste the flavors of the multiple ethnicities that comprise the modern state of Israel. Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal, prepared by private chefs willing to share their family recipes with us.

  • Cocktail Hour: Tishrey Experience - Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Dinner and evening on own - We can make suggestions and reservations for you!

  • The Setai Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Setai Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Sunday (April 23) : ISRAEL @ 75 - COMING FULL CIRCLE

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And check out

  • Travel to Jerusalem

  • Meet with Knesset Members - The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was named after “Haknesset Hagedolah,” the Great Assembly of the Second Temple period. Today it stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy. In lively, often heated, debates, its 120 elected members reflect the divergence of Israeli public opinion, legislate and oversee the workings of the government.

  • Enjoy intimate conversations in small group luncheons with Knesset members

  • Toast to Israel's 75th anniversary at Castel Winery - Castel’s philosophy and winemaking values are an inseparable part of the winery– harmony, esthetics, refinement, patience, elegance and precision; all these guide us when creating the wines we love to drink. Wines with a strong presence and stamina, but with a hint of “down to earth” modesty.

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • Extend your stay in Israel and experience Israel Yom Ha’atzmut and Israel @75

  • Option #1: Classic Jerusalem - Enjoy a 2 night/3 day Classic Israeli adventure, including a visit to the Kotel, a visit to Yad Vashem, and a dip in the Dead Sea after a visit to Masada.

  • Option #2: Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmut with Jews around the World - Join global Jewish leaders, including the Israeli Prime Minister, at the Jewish Federation General Assembly. Experience this once in a lifetime mega-event with international Speakers, politicians, music, dancing and celebrations.

Meal Plan: breakfast, Luncheon at the Knesset

FAQ

Is there someone who can assist with booking flights?

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If you are interested in assistance with flight booking, please refer to our travel partner, Riverdale Travel, for direct bookings. Flights for Experience Israel 2023 will be available to reserve beginning June 1, 2022. If you have any questions or would like to book your flight, please contact Kathy at kathy@riverdaletravel.com. You may also purchase travel insurance by clicking here.

**Flight costs for Experience Israel 2023 are not included in the trip costs, and are paid for separately and directly to the airline or travel agent at the time of booking.

What is the cancellation policy?

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Please click here to see our cancellation policy.

How much do I tip my driver and tour guide?

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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. Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion.

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

What is the local currency? How much cash should I bring with me? How do I change money?

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The local currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). It’s not advisable to walk around with large amounts of cash anywhere in the world. $50-$100 in local currency is more than enough to cover small purchases and meals. You can always change cash into local currency fairly easily at the airport or at  ‘change points’ located all across the country. Or, with the Via Sabra touch, just tell us how much you need, and our staff will have cash waiting for you when you arrive, to save you valuable time. Just remember to mention it to us before your trip.

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. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are highly recommended as well. For warmer days, natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing clothing that can be layered, as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm jacket/raincoat, as well as T-shirts. TALK TO US TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OTHERS BY DONATING YOUR COAT AT THE END OF YOUR TRIP.

Can I use my cell phone in Israel?

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Yes. You can use your cellphone in Israel if it is unlocked, or if you have roaming services on. Your mobile carrier should be able to unlock your smartphone for you. Alternatively, your carrier may offer international services for a daily or monthly fee. Please make sure to check the rates for international cellular usage before your trip so you don’t incur any unnecessary charges. It is possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM card including data, text message, calls in Israel and a US/Canadian number for people back home to contact you. You can do this on your own, or request that we arrange to have one available for you at check-in. Please make your request, in writing, by sending an email to mpls@viasabra.com no later than March 15, 2023.

What happens if I need medical attention while I'm 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 more information about and to purchase travel insurance, please click here.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. There is a very low rate of street crime in Israel. But your security is of the utmost importance. Via Sabra, our tour operator, receives regular updates from Home Front Command regarding any critical updates, be it security related, or even about the weather. On the off chance there is a need to do so, we will be able to adjust our itinerary based on relevant information and recommendations.

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

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Shabbat (the Sabbath), the Jewish holy day of the week, starts at sunset on Friday and ends shortly after sundown on Saturday evening. All public offices, banks and many stores are closed on Shabbat. Museums, national parks and most art galleries are open. Restaurants (not supervised kosher) and entertainment spots are open. On Shabbat, buses and trains do not run in every city, but taxis do. Airports are open as well. Naturally, cities differ from each other. For example, while Tel Aviv is mostly open on Shabbat, Jerusalem will mostly be closed. But there is still lots to do around the country, even on Shabbat. Just ask us for some recommendations!

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
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019
“In 1968, I spent 2 wonderful months in Israel, and in 2018, with Via Sabra's invaluable help, I went back They helped us plan our 2-week trip, made hotel and even dinner reservations -- some amazing restaurants! -- and arranged 3 terrific one-day guides. Avihai Tsabari and his team made my return everything I had hoped it would be -- and more! ”
Geoffrey H
2020

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Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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