Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
17-26 January 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Tasting tours at Israel's best markets
Visit important religious sites such as the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Peres Center for Peace & Innovation
Visit to Amirim village
Tour of Tzfat - city of Kabbalah
Visit to Yad Vashem

Itinerary

1 - Monday (January 17) : Shalom and Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel - 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, collecting your baggage, and relevant Covid testing, you will be taken to meet your driver.
    Drive to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel.

  • Explore the neighborhood of your hotel and have dinner at a local restaurant

  • Tel Aviv: Market House / 65 Rothchild Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv: Market House / 65 Rothchild Hotel

2 - Tuesday (January 18) : Ancient and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Walk along the Independence Trail - Begin your trip with a walking tour of Yaffo-Tel Aviv. Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. The trail ends across from the Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Pay special attention to the area's architecture - 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.

  • 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)

  • Visit Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Wander through Nachlat Binyamin, bi-weekly open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv, that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Tour of Old Jaffa - Afternoon walk through 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.

  • A Visit to the 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.

  • Dinner on own

  • Tel Aviv

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

3 - Wednesday (January 19) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Tour Caesarea National Park - Head north and drive along the Mediterranean coast - tour Caesarea, one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. A national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. The city was initially built by King Herod in the 1st century BC, who dreamed of a major seaport to connect the Province of Judea with Rome. For this purpose, the king's men designed an entirely artificial harbor that was in use for about a Millenium. The city became a central city in Roman and Byzantine times as can be seen from the massive archeological remains on site. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used as a performing venue today and the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Visit Nazareth - Israel’s biggest Arab city, Nazareth is a fascinating place, set in the Lower Galilee. It combines traditional, simple Arabic charm, Christian history, and grand old Arabic architecture. Nazareth is home to many important early Christian sites, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Synagogue Church, as well as an authentic, living Arab souk (market).

  • Dinner at Amirim village - Tucked in the Upper Galilee mountains, Amirim is a beautiful small village where houses were built in between the Mediterranean woodland, this is a place where you can find peace. At El Galil vegetarian restaurant eat delicious authentic Galilean Arab dishes.

  • Drive to Tzfat & check-in to your hotel - “Savor the tranquil, mystical, magical atmosphere of Safed and the delicious food of Chef Rony BarEl, who along with his wife Gita Zohara, converted their 250-year-old home into an enchanting retreat.”

  • The Way Inn, Tzfat

Overnight: The Way Inn, Tzfat
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Thursday (January 20) : Historical and traditional treasuries

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Tzfat morning tour - 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. Tzfat is one of 4 holy cities in Jewish tradition, together with Tiberias, Hebron, and, naturally, Jerusalem. 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 the artist row.

  • Visit Capernaum - Located on the northern shore of the Kinneret, Capernaum, or Kfar Nahum, was a fishing village in the days of the Second Temple. We can still visit a very well preserved synagogue. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians as it was one of the places where Jesus and Peter, the Apostles, lived and preached.

  • Drive south along the Jordan Valley

  • Stop at Qasr el Yahud - According to tradition, Qasr el Yahud (Arabic: Tower of the Jews) is the baptismal site on the Jordan river, marking Jesus’ spiritual birth. As John the Baptist called the People of Judea to baptize in the Jordan River, he was referring to a long-existing sentiment in Jewish heritage towards the river: present in numerous miraculous stories, this is where the ancient Hebrews crossed to enter the Land of Israel, and where the prophet Elijah ascended to heaven (Joshua 3:15-17, Kings 2 2:1-17). It was regarded as a sacred body of water, prominent in the scripts - it is mentioned 167 times in the Hebrew Bible, more than any other river.

  • Head south & check-in to your hotel - Dead Sea hotel - booked on own

  • Dead Sea

Overnight: Dead Sea
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Friday (January 21) : Dead Sea Convention

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour of Masada - 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. Discover how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Convention program

  • Dead Sea Hotel

Overnight: Dead Sea Hotel

6 - Saturday (January 22) : Dead Sea Convention

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Convention's program

  • Check-out from hotel and transfer to Jerusalem - A private driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Jerusalem. Please note: check-in times on Saturdays are late.

  • Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla

Overnight: Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla

7 - Sunday (January 23) : Memory and Remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit Yad Vashem - Yad Vashem museum, 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.

  • Lunch at Shuk Machane Yehuda - After your meaningful visit to Yad Vashem eat lunch at the famous market, located in the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Tour Nachlaot neighberhood - Across from the busy market you will find a quiet and interesting neighborhood. Nachlaot is known for its narrow, winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character.

  • Optional: 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. 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.

  • Dinner on own

  • Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla

Overnight: Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at Machane Yahuda Market

8 - Monday (January 24) : Jerusalem Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Walking tour of Jerusalem Old City - Meet your guide at the Jaffa Gate, an imposing entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jaffa Gate is one of the six original entrances built by Suleiman the Magnificent. The Jaffa gate is full of fascinating details, like the abrupt right-angle turn within the gatehouse, the chamber above the gate, and the huge mezuzah, which is new since the time of Suleiman.

  • Ramparts Walk - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Ottomans. Today you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the old city and the surroundings.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - Explore the Jewish Quarter including synagogues, alleys and small shops of the Byzantine Cardo. You will see the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall), remnant 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.

  • Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels - 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 for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Lunch at Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Check out the local humus and sweets Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Christian Quarter Tour - One of the four neighborhoods of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Christian Quarter is home to a rich tapestry of Christians of many denominations. Retrace the footsteps of generations of pilgrims at the historic and impressive Church of the Holy Sepulcher, encompassing the last 5 Stations of the Cross, dominates the area.

  • Dinner on own

  • Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla

Overnight: Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at the Arab Marekt

9 - Tuesday (January 25) : Digging Deep

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Explore Beit Guvrin National Park - To really dig deep into the past, head to Beit Guvrin, where thousands of underground caves date back to the time of the Phoenicians. Discover the amazing Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin. In total there are at least 800 bell-shaped caves in the park, some of which are linked by underground tunnels. These caves were quarried during the 4th to 9th-century when the chalk was used to make roads, plaster, and mortar.

  • Lunch on route

  • Visit the Ayalon Institute - A clandestine ammunition factory, built in 1945, by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. Eight meters below ground this was the largest bullet factory It has been said that the bullets manufactured at the Ayalon Institute played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.

  • Domaine du Castel - Tour and Wine Tasting (optional) - 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. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting.

  • Farewell dinner - Suggestions and reservation can be made

  • Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla

Overnight: Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel / Mamilla
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Wednesday (January 26) : Take Israel Back Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel - Check-out time is at noon.

  • Free Day - Enjoy your day to explore on your own.
    Suggestions:
    - Visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book
    - Tour of Ein Karem village
    - Picturesque Yamin Moshe, Mishkenot Sha'ananim windmill and Hatachana - Ottoman train station
    - The Hebrew Music Museum and music square
    - Coffee and snack at Ofaimme farm for Sustainable Agriculture at the beautiful Hensen 19th century house

  • Drive to Ben Gurion airport - Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. Fly back home.

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

Overnight: We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

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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The rules for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. Beginning November 1, 2021, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Israeli government has outlined a plan to allow tourists to enter Israel. There are some minor differences between guidelines for individual tourists and those who will be participating in an organized tour. **Please note that all travelers are still required to be either vaccinated (all vaccinations approved by the WHO will be accepted) or recovered. Testing requirements may vary according to whether you are traveling on your own or with a group. All of our tours are planned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health. We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

What happens if I need medical attention 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 information about travel insurance, please click here.

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.

Testimonials
“Best Vacation Ever! My wife and I just returned from our first trip to Israel. We've traveled domestically and overseas many times. This was absolutely the best trip we've ever taken. I know many people who have gone to Israel and made lots of recommendations to go here, go there, etc... Ros and the crew at Via Sabra were absolutely fantastic. From shaping the trip to meet our schedule, finances, desires, etc... Via Sabra hit the mark on the nose. They made the trip easy from the gitgo with VIP service to and from Israel; no long lines to wait in and an expert on both ends of the trip to help us navigate the airport, customs, passport control, VAT refunds, baggage and our transport to and from the airport. We had a magnificent guide, Mark Kedem, who was made the trip even more enjoyable; beyond our expectations. Mark has an uncanny knowledge of all aspects of Israel including the geography, history, architecture, food, how all the religions interact, etc. It was like a great history class in-country with great food. Mark also steered us to off the beaten path places and restaurants that were truly memorable and unique. We plan to go back to Israel soon (hopefully next year) and will definitely use Via Sabra and Mark again. They're worth every penny!!!!”
Joe M
2019
“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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