Price range
From 3700$ per person
Upcoming Date
09-19 June 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Taste, smell, hear, and feel the pulse of the country
Explore Israel with your family!
Visit classic and unusual sites
Get in touch with Israel today- her people, her personality, her soul
Priced according to 10-14 people- 15-19 people cost $3500 for a double room

Itinerary

1 - Thursday (June 9) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport

  • Transfer to your hotel - Get settled in and rest from your flight, explore the neighborhood, eat something very Israeli!

  • Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

2 - Friday (June 10) : Tel Aviv Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day in Jaffa - In Jaffa 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.

  • Visit an early Israeli “Start-up” by visiting the Ayalon Institute - The Ayalon Institute is a clandestine ammunition factory, built in 1945, by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. Eight meters below ground this was the largest bullet factory It has been said that the bullets manufactured at the Ayalon Institute played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.

  • Lunch along the way

  • Independence Trail - Using an iPad guided hunt, discover the new Independence Trail which follows stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites. Learn 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.

  • Time to prepare for Shabbat

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Saturday (June 11) : Shabbat in Tel Aviv

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Take a day to rest and enjoy-Summer in Tel Aviv!

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Option- "Shul hopping" in Neve Tzedek - Neve Tzedek was founded in 1887 as one of the first Jewish settlements outside of the old port city of Jaffa. From a barren sand dune to one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, It has become a trendy stomping ground for artists - with countless boutiques, galleries, and fashion shops. Wander through the neighborhood on Shabbat morning and listen to the sounds from the various synagogues-join if you wish!

  • Picnic lunch on the beach - Enjoy Israeli Shabbat favorites such as Yemenite jachnoun and Ashkenazi hamin

  • Evening on your own

  • Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast; Caesarea, 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 built by King Herod who transformed it into a grand city and major seaport. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used as a performing venue today and the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Option: Lunch in a Druze Village - The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, an ancient tradition, and an amazing Druze feast.

  • Time permitting- the Bahai Gardens - These gardens, meaningful to the Baha'i faith, are a national treasure. Built as a majestic staircase leading up the Carmel Mountain and connects with the city of Akko. In the center is the gold-domed shrine to the prophet leader of the Baha’i faith. As you walk around you’ll see all different botanical experiences, carefully manicured for exquisite beauty.

  • 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.

  • Rosh Hanikra - Travel to Rosh Hanikra, with the stunning chalk-white cliffs at 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 caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Drive to the hotel and dinner at the hotel

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Monday (June 13) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tzfat - Safed, pronounced Tzfat in Hebrew, sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbala, Jewish mysticism. Safed’s mystical aura adds to its special status as one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm.

  • Lunch and wine tasting at Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines.

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV. The Golan is one of Israel’s most beautiful and controversial regions. Discover, first-hand, the strategic importance of the area as you climb the heights. Explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Jordan River Rafting - Rafting adventure along the Jordan River. Row through one of the most beautiful spots in Israel, amongst the plants, trees, and waterfalls in the middle of this beautiful Galilee nature reserve.

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Tuesday (June 14) : Digging into Israel

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and head towards the center of the country with a stop along the way.

  • Make lunch at Kibbutz Harduf’s Organic farm and learn about the Kibbutz’ organic food business and therapeutic programs. You’ll gather eggs and make pita, and pick vegetables - Kibbutz Harduf's organic farm integrates people with disabilities and special needs into the daily activities of organic farming, arts, food preparation, Anthroposophic education, and so much more. Harduf has created a place where everybody feels needed and be a productive part of society - which they believe is a basic right of each human being.

  • Continue to Latrun - Latrun is of significant strategic value and was often the site of battles mentioned in the Bible. As the last British troops departed from Palestine on May 14, 1948, the British police fort was overtaken by the Jordanian Arab Legion enabling it to attack traffic on the highway from Latrun and effectively imposing a siege on Jerusalem. In 1967, Latrun was captured by Israeli forces and has since become a museum and memorial for Israel's armored corps.

  • Arrive in Jerusalem and stop at the Haas Promenade - Take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem and the surrounding area and have an overview of what you'll doing while you are here!

  • Check into your hotel

  • Dinner at a restaurant TBD

  • 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.

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Wednesday (June 15) : Jerusalem-Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tower of David Museum - Start learning about Jerusalem at the Tower of David Museum which has pioneered the use of new and interactive digital technologies, games and apps for children, families and adults that, will orient you to what you will see in Jerusalem the rest of the day.

  • Tour 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 First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Davidson Center - Walk through the archaeological park of the southern excavations. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed.

  • The Western Wall Tunnels - Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour. The Western Wall is impressive, but its greatness is truly discovered when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects—the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Mount Zion - Continue to Mount Zion, the traditional site of the tomb of King David, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Thursday (June 16) : Masada and the Dead Sea

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west 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.

  • The Dead Sea - 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.

  • Machane Yehuda Market- tasting tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, 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. If you're still hungry after the tour, sit down at one of the market's many restaurants.

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

9 - Friday (June 17) : Memory and Memorial

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ammunition Hill - Today, as we move freely around Jerusalem from east to west, few signs remain of the bitter battles waged to achieve the unity of the city in 1967, during the Six Day War. A visit to Ammunition Hill reminds us of the fierce fighting and high death toll exacted in these battles. The site, which serves as a memorial to those who fell in the battle for Jerusalem, is where paratroopers began their successful campaign to reunite the city.

  • 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.

  • Option for Zoo visit for children instead of Yad Vashem

  • Time permitting- Mount Herzl - As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 23,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Drive by the Knesset and the Supreme Court

  • Shabbat dinner- Home hospitality - At the home of a host family in the heart of Jerusalem, celebrate Shabbat while dining on a five-course meal with your hosts.

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

10 - Saturday (June 18) : Shabbat in Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and lunch at the hotel

  • Suggestion: 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.

  • Final dinner at a restaurant

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

11 - Sunday (June 19) : L'hitraot-We look forward to your next visit!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transfer to the airport for depature

Overnight: Transfer to the airport for depature
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

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!

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

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.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

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.

Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“My daughter and I wanted to see as much as possible of Israel in two weeks. She had been there on Birthright but I had never been. While the tour was expensive it was pretty exhaustive and Via Sabra listened to what we wanted and made everything happen. We loved out guides, Mark and Sarit, and it was helpful to have someone to drive and guide us as we wanted to cover as much of the country as possible. So, although the trip was pricey, it covered all our bases, including a side trip to Jordan and a trip to Bethlehem. They are a first rate tour company and most of their recommendations were spot on.”
Deborah
2019
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