Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
06-14 June 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Monday (June 6) : 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, collecting your baggage, and relevant Covid testing, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Drive to your hotel in Jerusalem and check-in. - If required, await the results of your PCR test in your room.

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

  • Jerusalem- Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem- Mamilla Hotel

2 - Tuesday (June 7) : Jerusalem Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin the day at the City of David's Water Tunnel - A visit to the City of David, with its tagline “where it all began,” is a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. This hill, on which Jerusalem began 4 millenniums ago as a Jebusite village, has been continuously excavated for the last 120 years, and still, most of its mysteries are yet to be discovered.
    Walk through water in Hezekiah’s Tunnel, part of the ancient City of David built around the Gihon spring, which is on the side of the cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley. Continue by entering the Old City on the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, two thousand years ago.

  • Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall) - 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.

  • Visit the The Temple Mount - The Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the old city that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. - Tasting tour of 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.

  • Visit the most sacred Christian site, The Holy Sepulcher - The church is 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. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy to Christendom.

  • Dinner at Machneyuda Restaurant - "This restaurant is considered one of the best in Jerusalem, possibly the country. Celebrity chef, Assaf Granit, grew up in Jerusalem and pays homage to the city's colors and cacophony in his elegant dishes. The menu changes twice daily, but it nearly always includes chamshuka, a fusion of chopped meat and hummus, and a raucous dessert ceremony of ice cream flung on tables covered in aluminum foil.”

  • Jerusalem- Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem- Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Old City Tasting Tour

3 - Wednesday (June 8) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Early departure for the Dead Sea area

  • Ascend the mountain by a cable car to explore Masada - Masada is the 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. Optional: hike down the Snake Path

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - Israel’s 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. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Ein Gedi Water Hike - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • 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.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem- Mamilla Hotel

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

4 - Thursday (June 9) : Day of Celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Cainan's Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at the Egalitarian Plaza - With Cantor Evan Kent

  • Festive Kiddush

  • Check out the Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Mahane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel 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.

  • Free time

  • Celebratory Dinner at Rama's Kitchen - “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

5 - Friday (June 10) : Memory and Remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & checkout from hotel

  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum - B’nei Mitzvah tour with Yad Vashem's Twinning Program. The Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the chilling Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • Drive north with a stop for lunch

  • Goats with the wind - Head north and stop for a magical lunch at Goats with the Wind, family-owned goat cheese farm and restaurant. Everything you will eat comes from the farm. Meet the goats and enjoy the special touches of the place.

  • Drive to hotel and check in - Take some time to relax

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel or Pere Hotel

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

6 - Saturday (June 11) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Hike the Banias "Syrian Tank" trail - The Banias is one of Israel’s most beautiful nature reserves. 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.

  • Lunch and Wine Tasting at Pelter Winery - The Pelter Winery was established in 2005 and is a study in Terroir. Taste the wines made from grapes grown on the rich Golan soil and hear the story of the winery. Together with the wine, enjoy a lunch of local cheese.

  • Geo-Political Jeep Tour of the Golan - Explore the terrain of the Lower Galilee by jeep. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategical roll this region has for the State of Israel.

  • Druze Home Hospitality and 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.

  • North- Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel or Pere Hotel

Overnight: North- Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel or Pere Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Sunday (June 12) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel - Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

  • Breakfast & checkout from hotel

  • Travel to Rosh Hanikra - Rosh Hanikra is on the border of Israel and Lebanon and its stunning chalk-white cliffs grace Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground marine caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Continue to Akko - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Lunch at the legendary Uri Buri Restaurant - For the past 20 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Further down the cost stop at Caesarea National Park - Continue driving along the Mediterranean coastline and head to Caesarea. This is 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.

  • Check-in to your hotel & dinner on own

  • Tel Aviv- Jaffa Hotel or Norman Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Jaffa Hotel or Norman Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Monday (June 13) : The City That Never Sleeps

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Walk the Independence Trail - 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 begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.
    You will also

  • 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.

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is 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.

  • Tasting Tour lunch at Levinsky Market - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, 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.

  • Graffiti Tour - Afternoon urban graffiti tour in south Tel Aviv including the new Train Track Park. What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • Old Jaffa Evening Tour - Tour Old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. 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.

  • Dinner on your own - We recommend Habasta– "A tiny restaurant and wine bar, just a clutch of round tables on an alley just off Carmel Market, draws its inspiration from the market's fresh offerings".

  • Tel Aviv- Norman or Jaffa Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Norman or Jaffa Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour Levinsky Market

9 - Tuesday (June 14) : Take Israel Back Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Late check-out from hotel

  • Day to explore on own - Some suggestions for your day:
    -Beach time
    -Coffee hop- check out the coffee culture in Tel Aviv
    - Anu Museum
    - Tour of the Israeli Art exhibit in the Tel Aviv Art Museum with an artist and art historian
    - Rabin Museum
    - Rent a bike and ride along the beach's promenade

  • Final dinner at Claro - Chef Ran Shmueli is one of Israel’s most respected veteran chefs, who has led innovative culinary ventures for the last 25 years. Claro (“clear” in Spanish) is chef Shmueli’s first restaurant. Claro is not “just” a restaurant; it’s a place of entertainment, providing an experience that embodies all the knowledge of Shmueli and his staff in hospitality and event planning. It is a relaxed venue for social gathering, offering a warm atmosphere, good music and a superb dining experience.

  • You will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

  • L'hitraot! - See you soon!

Overnight: L'hitraot!
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

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.

If I have a question while in Israel, who do I call?

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Via Sabra is on call for all of our clients touring in Israel. We take customer support very seriously and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions while you are in Israel. A list of phone numbers will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before your trip. And, while we take pride in getting to know our guests personally over the course of a trip, we would also love to meet you before you travel with us. Click here to schedule a Zoom / phone call with our staff - a short introduction will go a long way!

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.

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 and transportation v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
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
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019

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