Price range
From $3550 per person
Upcoming Date
16-24 February 2023
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Visit the must-see sites
Tour with an expert guide and well experienced in accessible tours
Please note - the itineraray is subject to change based on weather, unseen changes from our suppliers and the ability of participants

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( February 16 ) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Meet your driver and transfer to Jerusalem. 2 private airport transfers are included. Please note: check-in time is at 3:00 PM. You can leave your luggage at the hotel's luggage room.
    Flight information:
    Micky and Jim arriving at 6:45 a.m. on El Al Airlines flight #LY18 from Miami.
    Keith and Patricia arriving at 11:30 p.m. on Turkish Airlines flight #TK790 from Istanbul.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - We will be happy to give restaurant recommendations and help to make reservations (dinner on your own, not included).

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

2 - Friday ( February 17 ) : City of Gold

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning you will enjoy a delicious buffet Israeli breakfast at your hotel.

  • Your tour guide and driver meet you at the hotel - A private transfer from the hotel to the Old City is included.

  • Begin with a tour of Mount Zion - The traditional site of the tomb of King David, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the contains the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: the Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.
    Please note: the Last Supper Room is not accessible and there is a staircase to get up to the site.

  • Continue to the Armenian Quarter - This is the home of the biggest diaspora community of Armenians, the Armenian Quarter is the least-known and most intriguing area of Jerusalem’s Old City. Here, you’ll find Jerusalem’s oldest churches and chapels, the grand Armenian Patriarchate compound, and you will visit the new Armenian Museum.

  • Lunch break at the Christian Quarter - (meal not included)

  • Continue to a visit of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The church is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary and contains the last five Stations of the Cross, including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of this site so holy to Christendom. Please note: some parts of the church are not accessible at all.

  • Private transfer back to the hotel (included)

  • Friday night dinner - (on your own, not included) there is an option to go to a local family to experience Shabbat home hospitality.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

3 - Saturday ( February 18 ) : Mosaic of cultures and religions

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Private driver for the day is included. - Your driver will take you to the museum. No guide at the museum, visit on your own. Your driver will then drive you to Bethlehem and back to the hotel at the end of the tour.

  • Israel Museum - tour on your own - 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. (the entry tickets are included, guide is not)

  • Continue with a guided tour of Bethlehem with Kamal - A private transfer will be arranged. Travel to Bethlehem and for a 2 hours tour with a Palestinian Christian guide. Visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus, the site where the The Church of the Nativity now stands. This is also one of the oldest Christian churches in existence. During the Crusades, it was a primary place of pilgrimage. We’ll see artwork by the infamous Banksy on the security barrier (separation wall) and spend some time discussing his increased presence in the West Bank since 2003. This will be an opportunity to discuss the barrier from a Palestinian perspective.

  • Transfer back to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (on your own, not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

4 - Sunday ( February 19 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Your tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer to the Old City

  • Enter the Old City from the Jaffa Gate - An imposing entrance, 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.

  • Visit The Temple Mount - Also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Dome of the Rock Compound, this hill located in the Old City has, for thousands of years, been venerated as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

  • Tour of the Davidson Center - Walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. The site presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall), sacred because it is one of the last remnants 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.

  • Lunch break and time to explore the Old City market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim Quarter. Check out the local hummus and sweets, the many stalls selling spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes, and so much more. Meet store owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Private transfer from the Old City back to your hotel (included)

  • Free afternoon and dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

5 - Monday ( February 20 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by a cable car to explore Masada, a 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.

  • Lunch on route - (meal not included)

  • Choose one of the two options below

  • A - Ein Gedi Ancient Synagogue - Ein Gedi was one of the ancient cities in Judah. Famed for its fruitful vineyards that covered the mountainsides, ancient Ein Gedi was also well known for it's "secret". The secret is still unknown today but the remains of a mosaic floor from the 5th century synagogue at Ein Gedi clearly allude to some important mystery.

  • B - Qumran-National Park - Stop at the Qumran ruins, a fascinating site of great significance. In 1947 two Bedouin shepherds accidentally came across a clay jar in a cave near Khirbet Qumran that contained seven parchment scrolls. There is vast evidence that the manuscripts discovered in the Qumran caves belonged to the library of the occupants of the site in this period -a small hermit community referred to as the Dead Sea Sect. Today the scrolls reside in a specially constructed site for exhibiting the scrolls -the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

  • Stop next to the Dead Sea to get a close look at this unique nature phenomena - 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.

  • Drive back to Jerusalem & dinner at a local restaurant

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

6 - Tuesday ( February 21 ) : Old and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour of Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry. Stop at Hapisga Garden for a wonderful lookout over Tel Aviv skyline and view of the area.

  • Lunch break at Jaffa Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

  • Explore Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - If your tour is on Tuesday or a Friday, visit Nachalat Binyamin, an 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, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Optional and suggested: Tour of the Israeli Art Collection - During this dynamic tour with Shirel Horovitz we'll figure out what makes Israeli art what it is and learn about its relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. Tour the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. Alongside her art practice, Shirel lectures, leads art tours, teaches art and is an art consultant to a variety of private groups and institutions among them Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Alma Hebrew college, Classrooms Without Borders, Ashdod Museum of Art, Azrieli LTD, Hartman institute and more. Drawing from multiple fields of knowledge, Shirel weaves into each experience aspects of social issues, politics, economy, religion and more to create a vivid and nuanced image of the Israeli reality. Her knowledge, passion and love of all that is Art, Tel Aviv and Israeli history are nothing less than contagious. (tour is not included in the package)

  • Early dinner at a local restaurant in Tel Aviv - (meal not included)

  • Drive back to Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

7 - Wednesday ( February 22 ) : Physical and spiritual heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, 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 dreamt 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 millennium. Caesarea 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 today as a performance venue, as well as the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Drive to Nazareth and enjoy an authentic lunch at a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • Tour of 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).

  • Drive to your hotel, check-in and have dinner there as well

  • North - (meal included)

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: dinner

8 - Thursday ( February 23 ) : The beauty of the Land

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Visit to the ancient boat - The Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar is home to changing exhibits showcasing the finest talents of Galilee artists from a variety of faiths and ethnic backgrounds, and the magnificent display of the Galilee Boat, dating from the time of Jesus, discovered mired in the mud on the shore.

  • Mount of Beatitudes - Mount of Beatitudes is a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
    A Catholic Church was built 1930's by the well-known "Architect of the Holy Land" Antonio Barluzzi, using the local dark basalt stone. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes, each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses of the Sermon on the Mount. The church is surrounded by a marvelous garden, that allows the visitors a quiet place to contemplate and pray.

  • Tour of Capernaum - Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of Jesus. This is where Jesus called his first disciples, the brothers Peter and Andrew. The remains of the ancient village were excavated starting the 19th century - some of the findings are a testimony to the rich Jewish lives in the early Roman times, and the existence of a Judeo-Christian community as Christianity grew and evolved in the land. Amongst other astonishing relics, we can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue and remains of the House of Peter and the Byzantine church that was built over it. A modern octagonal church is situated above the site nowadays - its glass floor allows a look at the remains under it. As the place in which Jesus, Peter, and the Apostles lived and preached, Capernaum is a main site of pilgrimage for Christians.

  • Travel to the airport area for farewell dinner - One couple will be dropped off at the airport and the other will drive to Jerusalem for the last overnight.

  • Jerusalem

: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Friday ( February 24 ) : Farewell

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Activities:

  • Early breakfast and check-out

  • Private transfer to the airport

  • Fly back home - Safe travels. We look forward to hosting you in our beautiful country.

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

FAQ

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where can I purchase 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. https://www.travelinsured.com/agency/?p=ViaSabra   Travel Insurance 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.

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. 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. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

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

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
Two scooters rental for 8 days including delivery v
One ovenight at Nof Ginosar, The Village Room, HB basis v
Private driver with an accessible car v
Two airport transfers upon arrival v
Private, licensed, English speaking, I4A tour guide v
VIP airport service upon arrival v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Tour guide on day 1 v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Optional and suggested activities v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v

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