Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
17-27 October 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Explore Israel with your friends !

A journey in the Land of the Seven Species- taste, smell, hear, and feel the pulse of the country.

 

 

 

Highlights

Travel north and south, tour UNESCO Heritage sites and take a glimpse into modern Israel.
Follow in the Footsteps of Jesus: Birth to Crucifixion
Explore Jerusalem and its Old City - The center of three religions
Discover the jewels of Israel. Meet with artists, farmers, entrepreneurs and celebrate Shabbat with an Israeli family
1-Day Trip to Petra

Itinerary

1 - Monday (October 17) : Welcome to Israel - Bruchim Ha'Baim

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Activities:

  • VIP 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.

  • Proceed north

  • Visit Caesarea - Caesarea National Park is where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean from this site. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner at hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Tuesday (October 18) : Physical and Cultural Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Morning hike at the Banias - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias Nature Reserve, an abundance of natural and historical beauty.
    The Banias spring feeds into the Jordan River, the reserve’s large waterfall tumbles down a 33-foot precipice year-round, and a nearby cave houses remains of a temple to the Greek god Pan.
    In the wars of 1948 and 1967, when the Golan was held by Syria, the site housed a Syrian officers’ club.

  • Golan Heights - Ascend Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV. The Golan is a geological and biogeographical region and is a plateau formed by a volcanic action.
    Learn about the recent history of the region and about the current geopolitical situation from atop Mount Bental, overlooking the Israeli-Syrian border.

  • Wine Tasting at Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery, built on the remains of historic Syrian basalt building, is a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines.

  • Afternoon at leisure at hotel. Rest, relax and enjoy SPA facilities

  • Dinner at Wood.Grill Restaurant (at hotel)

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Wednesday (October 19) : Christians, Jews and Druze

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out hotel to follow the footsteps of Jesus

  • Visit Mount of Beatitudes - Our first stop will be Mount of Beatitudes, a hill that overlooks the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
    A Catholic Church, surrounded by a marvelous garden, 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.

  • Visit Tabgha - Here, on northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee, is where Jesus operated during a significant time period of three years, referred to as the Ministry of Christ. Most of Jesus' miracles and teachings took place in this small area.
    Tabgha is the traditional site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish.

  • Capernaum - 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.

  • Home hospitality Druze Lunch and Cooking in the village of aghar - Together with your hosts, in their private home, we cook some of the traditional Druze Galilean dishes. Learn about Druze culture and history as we enjoy the lunch we've cooked

  • Visit Nazareth - Our last stop on the Jesus' journey is Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. The biggest Arab city in Israel, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The standout site in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church building in the Middle East, dedicated in 1964 on the Papal visit of Pope Paul VI.

  • Travel to Jerusalem

  • Check in hotel

  • Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Thursday (October 20) : Jerusalem - Then and Now

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Depart hotel for Jerusalem's Old City

  • Panoramic lookout over Jerusalem from atop Mount of Olives f Olives - Walk down the narrow parth of the Mount of Olives as it winds between churches and the world's largest Jewish cemetery that dates from biblical times. According to Jewish tradition, the apocalyptic Resurrection of the Dead will begin at the Mount of Olives.

  • Church of All Nations - At the foot of the Mount of Olives, the Church of All Nations, or Basilica of the Agony, is built over the rock where Jesus is believed to have prayed in agony the night before his crucifixion. Inside, the atmospheric church is kept in semi-darkness, to reflect the somber and sobering location.

  • Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher - Enter the Christian Quarter and walk the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. This is one of the most celebrated places on a Christian pilgrimage. Continue to the Holy Sepulcher, situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial.

  • Lunch en route, on your own, in the Old City

  • Western Wall - Stop at the Western Wall, a section of the retaining wall that encircled the Temple Court in ancient times and a remnant of the Temple compound built by Herod the Great. The Western Wall is the most revered holy site in Judaism. Take the time to appreciate its centrality for the Jewish people.

  • Spend the afternoon at the Machne Yehuda Market - If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda Market, in the heart of Jerusalem, is the place to go. Here you can meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. Here you can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes and shapes.
    Thursday afternoon at Mahane Yehuda is an extra special treat. You can sense of Shabbat is in the air. There is an added urgency to the shopping frenzy as shoppers look for the nicest and freshest in honor of the Sabbat. Things that you can be sure to see in people’s baskets are Challah, wine, fruit, fish, and even aromatic leaves to be used in the Havdalah ceremony at the end of Shabbat.

  • 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.

  • Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Friday (October 21) : Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Yad Vashem - Yad Vashem Museum is 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.

  • Visit Bethelehem including lunch - Bethlehem (Hebrew: "House of Bread") is celebrated as the site where Jesus Christ was born. The town, south of Jerusalem, is remembered in the Jewish tradition as the hometown of King David.
    Joseph and Mary arrived to the city from Lower Galilee during the Roman census - where they had to register, as Joseph was a descendant of King David - "So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child" (Luke 2:4-5).

    The first church at the site was built by Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine around 326 CE. This church later was destroyed and then rebuilt at the beginning of the 6th century in its present form by Emperor Justinian. The Church of the Nativity is thus one of the oldest Christian churches in existence. Visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus' birth.

  • Shabbat of a Life Time - The Shabbat of a Lifetime program offers an opportunity to experience an authentic Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) at the home of an Israeli family in the heart of Jerusalem. At dinner you will receive an informative introduction to Shabbat while dining on a five-course meal with your hosts.

  • Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Saturday (October 22) : Life in the Desert

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out hotel. Drive south for Dead Sea area

  • Ascend Masada - Hike up the Masada's snake path 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 Lunch and "Swim" - The 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. Enjoy lunch and float at one of the resort hotels on the Dead Sea shores

  • Proceed south to Eilat via the Arava Region

  • Kibbutz Neot Smadar - Neot Smadar was established in 1989 by a group of friends interested in creating a learning community that focuses on cooperation and creativity in daily life. As individuals in a dynamic community, they explore what it means to live together as co-learners and relationships. Their interest in relationships extends to the environment through organic farming, desert architecture, water recycling, The Art Center, winery, and more.

  • Check in hotel

  • Isrotel Royal Beach, Eilat

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach, Eilat
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Sunday (October 23) : Vacation Capital of Israel

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Day on your own in Eilat, Israel's most southern city - Take advantage of Eilat’s numerous attractions and activities during this day of options:
    - Scuba dive or snorkel among the Red Sea reefs
    - Visit the Underwater Observatory and Aquarium
    - Enjoy water skiing or parasailing above the sparkling turquoise waters.
    - For calmer pursuits, spend the day at hotel's SPA or take a walk along the promenade. And many more .....
    Note: Some of the attractions above require advance reservation.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach, Eilat

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach, Eilat
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Monday (October 24) : Petra_Wadi Rum

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Our one day Petra and Wadi Rum tour remains a huge favorite with visitors and our most recommended tour. It covers both Petra and Wadi Rum in depth. It has long been considered the best option for a high quality Petra tour with an off-road Wadi Rum experience that takes in all the main highlights and more.

Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Depart hotel for the Arava Border Crossing - You will be guided through the border crossing by our agent and be greeted on the other side of the border by your Jordanian driver and guide.

  • Day in Petra - Full day visiting Jordan's Jewel, The Capital City of the Nabateans, a city fully carved in the rose red stones of Wadi Mousa Mountains. Upon arrival, you will take a horse back ride (optional), walk through the Siq, the only access to this city. Lunch included.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach, Eilat

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach, Eilat
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Tuesday (October 25) : From the Red (Sea) to the Med (Mediterranean Sea)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out hotel.

  • Transfer to Ramon Airport

  • Fly from Ramon Airport to Ben Gurion Airport

  • Transfer to Tel Aviv-Jaffa

  • Check in hotel

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Wednesday (October 26) : Tel Aviv-Jaffa: ON OWN

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Thursday (October 27) : Tel Aviv-Jaffa: ON OWN

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

  • VIP assistance at the airport

Overnight: VIP assistance at the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

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 Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – 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.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

Will I need an adapter for my electronics in Israel?

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The electric current in Israel is 220 volts, C, single phase, 50 Hertz - the same as in Europe. If your appliance does not work on 220 volts, you will need an adaptor. Israeli plug sockets are three-pronged, but most accept European two-pronged plugs. It is recommended to bring your own adapter, although most hotels should be able to supply one. For cell phones & tablets you need a plug tip adapter. Smart devices (Android, iPhones, Kindles, iPads) can convert between 110v/220v by themselves and do not need a full power converter, only the plug-tip adapter. Many hotels nowadays have USB sockets and 110V sockets as well, but don't count on it. Also - we supply our guides with converters for our guests. Should you need it, we've got you covered.

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.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English-speaking tour guide (as indicated) v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Airfare v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
PCR testing (when required) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Our trip with Via Sabra exploring the rich history, culture and food of the Jews from Arab countries was excellent in every respect. It is a side of Israel that most don't see, yet critical to understanding Israel today. Highly recommended!”
Marcia T
2019

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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