Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
07-20 November 2022
Tour Time
14 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

5* Deluxe accommodation
Experience the new worlds opened up by the Abraham Accords
Meet the leaders of the UAE Jewish Community and visit the area's impressive sites
"The Arak Effect" - a unique, local, fresh, cocktail workshop
Explore the ways Israel has been affected the past several years by domestic and international events
Get to know your partner region, Ramat Negev, a place full of inspiring places and people
Desert cookout together with lone soldiers and farmers from the partnership region
Single supplement - $3000

Itinerary

1 - Monday (November 7) : Welcome to the UAE

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Activities:

  • Arrive in Dubai International Airport - 22:45 Arrival

  • Transfer to your hotel

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar

2 - Tuesday (November 8) : Modern Dubai - Envisioning the Future

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Conversation with Ambassador Sievers and Mohammed Baharoon - Director General of b’huth, the Dubai Public Policy Research Center- An Emirati Perspective on the Abraham Accords and Peace with Israel. Marc Sievers is Director of AJC's new center Abu Dhabi: The Sidney Lerner Center for Arab-Jewish Understanding is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization’s first office in an Arab country, and its 13th overseas post.

  • Tour Modern Dubai - Start your tour of futuristic Dubai at the marina, carved along a two-mile stretch of Arabian Gulf shoreline, with a variety of luxury condominium towers and villas perched atop a dynamic waterfront retail promenade. Continue to the Palm Jumeriah, the world-famous human-made islands shaped like a palm, which form an 11-km.- long breakwater. Proceed on the monorail to downtown Dubai, the new part of the city. Visit the Burj Khalifa Tower, the tallest building in the world, for panoramic vistas of the city from the 124th floor. Free time shopping at the Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall. Watch the 150M high Dubai Water Fountain, a choreographed fountain system located on the man- made Burj.

  • Conversation with Rabbis Ross Kriel and Dr. Elie Abadie at the Jewish Community Center - UAE’s Senior Rabbi, Beirut-born, a prominent scholar of Sephardic Judaism, Israel, the Jews, and the Muslim World. Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D. joined the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) in 2020 as its senior and resident rabbi. As the Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates experiences dramatic growth from an influx of Jewish tourists from Israel and the West following the historic signing of the Abraham Accords, Rabbi Dr. Abadie provides spiritual leadership to the local community helping to build and grow Jewish life in the Gulf. Kriel is President of the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) and a leader of the growing Expat community, to discuss the place of Jews in the UAE model of tolerance.

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Wednesday (November 9) : Abu Dhabi-Capital of the UAE

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour - A little over an hour south of Dubai lies Abu Dhabi. Spread across the mainland as well as a series of islands, it has been beset by urban sprawl for decades. As the world's richest city, Abu Dhabi breaks all the records. We embark on an exciting journey through Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the U.A.E and the hub for some of the most spectacular and iconic landmark attractions that the region has to offer We start our day with a panoramic Abu Dhabi City Tour and a picture stop at the world-famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque with minarets over 100 meters tall, 82 domes of white marble, it is awe-inspiring to say the least. We continue with a visit to the Presidential Palace. Lunch on the Corniche Beach promenade. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District with 8,000 sq/m of galleries,making it the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Abrahamic Family House-Pending Availabiity - Spend time at the Abrahamic Family House, which consists of three religious spaces: a mosque, a synagogue and a church, all of which will sit upon a secular visitor pavilion. The house will serve as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, nurturing the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs, nationalities and cultures.

  • Dinner and Culture - Head back to Dubai where we will enjoy a traditional Arabic and Emirati dinner, followed by local performers

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Thursday (November 10) : The Ongoing Evolution of the Abraham Accords

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Enjoy breakfast while meeting with U.S. diplomats, such as the Meghan Gregonis, Consul General, or Christine Lawson, Deputy Principal Officer, or Jacqueline Ward, Director, Iran Regional Presence Officer

  • Dubai touring

  • Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Cultural Center - SMCCU is a non-profit organization which first opened its doors officially in 1998. Its aim is to remove cultural barriers in the United Arab Emirates by educating and promoting awareness of Emirati culture, traditions, customs, and religion to UAE expatriates and foreign visitors. With the idea to “Open Doors, Open Minds,” SMCCU seeks to spread tolerance and knowledge in order to break stereotypes and misconceptions.

  • Meet Rabbi Levi Duchman of the JCC of the UAE - "We relentlessly promote, empower and sustain the needs of the growing Jewish population in the UAE. Working closely with the UAE Government and fostering local and international partnerships to ensure that every Jewish community, resident and visitor can thrive materially and spiritually."

  • Dinner and summary of the UAE portion of the trip

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor or similar
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Friday (November 11) : From UAE to Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transfer to airport for flight to Israel

  • 12:00 Arrive in Israel

  • Stop for lunch on the way to Jerusalem

  • Stop at the Kotel - The Kotel, (The Western Wall), sacred because it is the last 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. Personal time to reflect.

  • Time to prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with the group at the Cinematheque Terrace - Bring in Shabbat with a spectacular view of the Old City.

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • Oneg Shabbat - Enjoy hot spiced cider and conversation about the UAE portion of the trip

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Saturday (November 12) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shabbat tefilot options at local synagogues

  • Walking tour of Jerusalem Neighborhoods - Explore Musrara and Hanevi'im neighborhoods and get a glimpse into pre-State Jerusalem and the issues that continue to make Jerusalem a complicated city.

  • Lunch-a Jewish Shabbat Picnic - Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

  • Conversation with Dan Feferman - Dan Feferman is the Director of Communications and Global Affairs at Sharaka, an NGO that works to build people-to-people peace between Israel and the Arab world. Dan is also a founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council, and founded and heads the Gulf-Israel Policy Forum.

  • Stroll through the beautiful urban Park Hamesila - You'll stop along the way for Havdalah to usher out Shabbat.

  • Dinner on your own - Optional cultural experience according to availability

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Sunday (November 13) : Jerusalem Perspectives

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza - Tirza is a Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Hummus lunch at Ben Sira

  • Continue to Jerusalem's Old City and zoom in to see Jerusalem in depth and close up. - Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to three major religions. Document this complexity through your own photos with the guidance of a professional photographer, Simon Beni. Walk down the alleys and explore hidden corners while learning to create good compositions with the ambient light.

  • Meet the Armenian photographer Elia Kahvedjian in their 100 year old studio-museum - On the counter of the small photography shop Photo Elia in the Old City of Jerusalem lies an early 20th century picture of the Western Wall, which appears squeezed among the homes of the Mughrabi Quarter that no longer exists. To contemporary Israeli eyes, there is something striking about the scene of worshippers: Women and men are praying together in public.
    The photo is part of a collection of about 3,000 photographs taken by Elia Kahvedjian, a refugee of the Armenian genocide and one of the greatest photographers in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 20th century. The pictures, which had been hidden away for 40 years, were rediscovered 25 years ago and serve to help researchers and aficionados of Jerusalem probe its past.

  • Optional - Another Lens - Tour with Baruch Gian focusing on photography of hte early settlement outside the walls of Jerusalem

  • Dinner at the Cafe Shalva - Shalva is a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. The café’s profits go back to the center and graduates of Shalva work at the café.

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Monday (November 14) : Bridging Cultures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • Meet Shmil Holland, as seen in In Search of Israeli Cuisinep ISOIC - Explore Ashkenazic Jewish food traditions with Shmil Holland, one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chefs whose inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes. Cooking demo of Jerusalem Kugel and other Ashkenazic foods in Shmil’s kitchen and talk about Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Arab, Israeli, and Jewish Food.

  • East vs. West in 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.

  • Study text in an interfaith environment with Hinam - Hinam is an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. The guiding principle of the center is the promotion of tolerance by really getting to know those "other."

  • Late lunch at Luiza's - Luiza’s creates unique Israeli cuisine in Abu Ghosh. In a garden full of local herbs and ancient olive trees a passion for gastronomy and a joy of hosting are brought together in the art of SlowFood based on protecting the environment, moral consumption, and local organic produce.

  • Visit Hackaveret in Lod - Hackaveret is a social entrepreneurship hub that was established by the two leading organizations for developing social services in Israel: JDC Israel and the National Insurance Institute Funds. Learn how Hackaveret responsed to the civil unrest in Israel in May 2021 and find out how they are working to strengthen their shared society.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Tuesday (November 15) : Tel Aviv-The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet the UAE Ambassador to Israel-H.E. Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Abdulla Al Khaja - Pending availability

  • Untold Jaffa - Tour the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa, you’ll hear a challenging narrative about the city and its history. Continue your tour through Jaffa, enjoying the beauty of the winding streets and the beautiful port with its biblical reference.

  • Time for lunch on your own in Jaffa Flea Market

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People - In June 2021, after ten years of planning and construction, the largest Jewish museum in the world opened its doors. You’re invited to join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.

  • Touring option or free time

  • Dinner at Gueta - On Jaffa's Jerusalem Boulevard, across from the Gesher Theater, Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

  • Conversation with Yadin Roman - Publisher and editor of Eretz Magazine

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

10 - Wednesday (November 16) : Culture and Identity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit Start-Up Nation Central - Start-Up Nation Central is an independent non-profit that builds bridges to Israeli innovation. They connect business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation, offering Israeli innovators access to high-potential and previously inaccessible markets, through highly customized business engagements, and through Start-Up Nation Finder – an easy to use, up-to-date, free online platform for discovering and connecting with the thousands of relevant innovators.

  • Tour and coffee at Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture, a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central.

  • What is Israeli Art? Tour the Tel Aviv Museum of Art with Shirel Horovitz - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art?

  • Street Food lunch

  • Two afternoon options:

  • Fashion Tour - The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. Meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Bauhaus Tour - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”

  • Israeli Cocktail Workshop - Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Dinner on your own - Be a food critic for the night- be prepared to share a review of your meal with the rest of the group.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

11 - Thursday (November 17) : The Fruits of Partnership

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and early departure

  • Meet Shifra Buchris on Israel's border with Egypt - Shifra is the coolest mother of 10 children (ages 2 To 20) you will ever get to meet. Colonel Buchris is the commander of The Southern Border Guard Unit, in charge of some 200 Km of Israel's border with Egypt, located within the Regional Council Ramat HaNegev.

  • Shirat Hamidbar - In the sand dunes of Halutza lies a unique organic farm in which grows medicinal herbs and spices, Moroccan Argan trees, edible grapes and a colourful orchard. Prepare your own spiced oil.

  • Chemi Tzemah Kesem Hamidbar Kadesh Barnea - Here the arid desert, a miracle of agriculture takes place with cherry tomatoes. Meet Chemi, the farmer and see what has been achieved through technology.

  • Food Truck lunch with Lone Soldiers in the Wings Program at the Masait Food Truck - "MASAIT" (truck in Hebrew) in the middle of the desert is the most popular restaurant on wheels in the area run by chef Nir Alkasi. Nir cooks his delicious foods and is also known by soldiers as "Nir, the Shnitzel King of Nitzana".

  • Stop in Nitzana including a visit to a local high school - Nitzana National Park is one of the six Nabatean cities of the Negev that were established along the spice route.

  • Check into your hotel

  • Evening- Dinner and Out of the Desert - Music of Ramat Hanegev - Enjoy a desert dinner under the stars and evening of music with The Shargi Ensemble, made up of Jewish and Bedouin musicians and led by Ramat HaNegev native David (Dudi) Itzhaki, who will play a set of original songs composed by Itzhaki. Your evening awaits under the stars with a taboon for bread making, smoked meats, spirits, desert music, star-gazing, and the most magical dinner you’ve ever had. The evening will include a 'shuk' of local businesses as well as a desert wine-tasting featuring the wines of the area.

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

12 - Friday (November 18) : In the Desert you Can Remember Your Name

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning hike and yoga options

  • Conversation with Eran Doron, Mayor of Ramat Hanegev Regional Council - Discuss the goals and aspirations for the region.

  • Desert Shanti Youth Village - The Desert Shanti House is a therapeutic and rehabilitative village that helps youth from all over the country and especially from the southern region and serves as a home for youth at risk and in immediate danger. The desert and its nature are central motifs in the therapeutic techniques offered to the youth. Learn about the important work Desert Shanti House does in the area and participate in one of their workshops.

  • Lasha Bakery - When it’s time for lunch meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery who will guide you in a bread baking workshop. “For Meir, baking is a spiritual thing. ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence. You’ll have a lunch of salads and bread.

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

13 - Saturday (November 19) : Desert Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Options- Hike / Jeep ride / ATV in the Makhtesh

  • Wine talk- Wines of the Desert - Meet experienced vintner Eran Raz, of Nana winery ( nicknamed "Nana",) has created a quality leading wine in what some may be surprised to call ideal conditions for quality vine growth.

  • Wrap-up Session

  • Light Israeli Dinner

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

14 - Sunday (November 20)

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Activities:

  • Early breakfast at the hotel or breakfast boxes

  • Transfer to the airport and departure

Overnight: Transfer to the airport and departure
Meal Plan: breakfast

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.

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.

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!

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

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
Flight from UAE to Israel v
Full UAE Package - based on 5* hotels, Kosher v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Flights to the UAE and from Israel upon return 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
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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