Price range
From $8150 per person
Upcoming Date
14-22 February 2023
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Visit the classic sites that are on your wish list
Shabbat experience in Jerusalem
Jeep tour with a geo-political focus in the Golan Heights
Ride through the magical Hula Valley
Learn about the Israeli society through the lens of Israeli art

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday ( February 14 ) : Shalom, Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - VIP staff will meet you and accompany you through a fast-track passport control and baggage claim. Flight details: LY26 arrive at 2:20 PM.

  • Meet your guide and begin your journey

  • Dinner at the hotel's Wood Grill restaurant - (Meal included, alcohol not included)

  • North - Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Mitzphe Hayamim room

Overnight: North - Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Mitzphe Hayamim room
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Wednesday ( February 15 ) : Physical and spiritual heights

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Activities:

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

  • Tel Dan morning walk - Tel Dan National Park combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience and includes a short wheelchair- accessible trail. At the heart of the park is “Tel Dan”- the capital of the ancient northern Israeli biblical kingdom.

  • Lunch on route - (not included)

  • Jeep tour of the Golan - Take a geo-political tour of the Golan with an expert. 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 role this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Afternoon walk along Rosh Pina - The earliest major wave of immigration, the First Aliya, created small agricultural colonies along the coastal plain. Rosh Pina, established in 1882 on deserted rocky land, was the first settlement in the Galilee. Walk along the historical main stoned paved street, explore the local artist's studios, and hear about the story of this place.

  • Dinner at the hotel's dining room

  • North - Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

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

3 - Thursday ( February 16 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel & check out

  • Drive the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea region

  • Ein Gedi (time permitting) - The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. We will have the opportunity to hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. The stunning Ein Gedi oasis consists of two separate waterways: Nahal David (David’s Stream), where David took refuge from King Saul; and Nahal Arugot, where remains of a 6th-century synagogue were discovered.

  • Tour of Masada - Ascend the mountain by a 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • Drive to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner at a local restaurant

  • Jerusalem - Mamilla Hotel, Executive Room

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

4 - Friday ( February 17 ) : Jerusalem of Gold

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Mamilla Hotel

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from the Haas Promenade - From the Haas Promenade take in a wide view of Jerusalem's Old and New Cities and the surrounding Judean Desert as far as the eye can see. See Jerusalem's complex geography, strategic setting, and beauty. Begin the conversation about Jerusalem's centrality to Islam, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Israel Museum - 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.

  • Tour of Yemin Moshe and the First Station - Yemin Moshe was established with the financial support of British Jewish banker Moses Montefiore in 1891 outside Jerusalem's Old City as a solution to the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions inside the walls. The original houses were built with a wall around them and a gate that was locked at night. Montefiore left an indelible mark on the Jerusalem landscape by building the landmark Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe. Walk through this picturesque neighborhood and end your tour at Jerusalem First Station. This was the where one could take a train from Jerusalem to Jaffa. Over a hundred years later First Station is a major center of entertainment, culture and culinary delights.

  • Recommended: experience Friday night Shabbat services at the Western Wall

  • Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel - (on your own, not included)

  • Jerusalem - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem - Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Saturday ( February 18 ) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet your guide at the hotel's lobby and walk to the Old City

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. See archaeological finds from the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Lunch beak at the Arab 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.

  • 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.

  • Ein Kerem - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood.

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

  • Jerusalem - Mamilla Hotel

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

6 - Sunday ( February 19 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Yad Vashem - Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, 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 - Machne Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - In the heart of the city, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane 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.

  • Tzora Vineyards - tour and tastings - Visit Tzora Winery, a small boutique winery located on Kibbutz Tzora near Beit Shemesh. The winemaker holds the title “Master of Wine.” He is an experienced agronomist and vintner, and is involved in the entire process, from growing and tending the vines, to the harvesting and winemaking, to produce fine wines.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv and check-in to your hotel

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

  • Tel Aviv - David Kempinski, Deluxe Sea Front Room

Overnight: Tel Aviv - David Kempinski, Deluxe Sea Front Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour (replaces lunch)

7 - Monday ( February 20 ) : Old and New side by side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Walk through the picturesque Neve Tzedek - Neve Tzedek is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood has been restored and is now a trendy, fun, and beautiful part of the city and, especially, a good place to try some Israeli gelato!

  • Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail leads to several of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites teaching visitors 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.

  • Free evening and dinner on your own

  • David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Tuesday ( February 21 ) : Israeli Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Travel north along the coastline

  • Tour of the impressive 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.

  • Authentic lunch and great hummus in Akko

  • Akko Historical Tour - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Akko, situated on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, and secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built beneath Akko in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders. Learn about the city’s ancient history, as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Dinner on your own - Dinner not included

  • David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

Overnight: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Wednesday ( February 22 ) : Israeli Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel - You will be able to leave your luggage with the concierge. No transfers are included on this day, except for the airport transfer.

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home - Safe travels. Departure flight details: LY7 at 1:00 PM.

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

: David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
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 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

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.

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.

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 and transportation v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Early and late check-out v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v

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