Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
16-25 August 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (August 16) : Welcome To Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel! - You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by your driver, who will transfer you to the hotel.

  • Check in & leisure time at hotel - Wait for results of Covid PCR test

  • Optional on own: Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit Nachlat Binyamin, an open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Dinner on Own at Neve Tzedek

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv

2 - Wednesday (August 17) : Yaffo-Tel Aviv Old and New Side By Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • The Independence Trail - Rothschild Boulevard is the beginning of the Independence Trail. This encompasses 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites. You will learn the history of this fascinating city along the way. The trail ends at Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel, read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state on May 14, 1948.

  • Birthright Innovation Center - Jump forward in time to the Israel Innovation Center which showcases the many amazing technologies that have been developed in Israel and are now changing the world.

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is the largest market in Tel Aviv. Touring the market reveals the taste of the ages of Tel-Aviv in the youthful atmosphere of the city's central market. The Polish, the Persian, and the Yemeni...in this case, it is not the opening line of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place. The established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • Leisure time - Enjoy leisure & pool time at hotel

  • Old Jaffa Tour - Tour Old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. This is the port from which prophet Jonah attempted to escape the word of God (Jonah 1:3). For centuries, the port of Jaffa was the gateway to the Land of Israel. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's much younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality already 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.

    On a walk through 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.

  • Dinner at Jaffa's Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market and enjoy dinner at one of the great local restaurants.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour Carmel Market

3 - Thursday (August 18) : Hidden Treasures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Dig For A Day - Drive to the Land of Thousand Caves. Archaeological Seminars invites you to experience the thrill of unearthing the hidden past on Dig-for-a-Day, our ground-breaking archaeological experience designed for active travelers of all ages.

  • Lunch on route on your own

  • Visit 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.

  • Leisure time - Optional: SUP or surfing lesson in one of TLV beaches.

  • Evening- Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti tour - Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? 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.

  • Dinner in one of Florentine's great restaurants

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

4 - Friday (August 19) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Caesarea National Park - Head north to Caesarea, built by Herod, was the Roman capital of Palestine as well as important seat of early Christianity. Although it boasted a Jewish community in late antiquity, in the 3rd c.The extensive seaside ruins here date back to Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. Explore the 2,000-year-old Roman theater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts.

  • Lunch on way - Try a good hummus dish which is a very Israeli Friday lunch option.

  • Take a fun tornado boat ride to Rosh Hanikra, - Rosh Hanikra is Israel’s northernmost coastal border. It is best known for its stunning chalk-white cliffs. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you and the view of the grottos below the cliff, created by pounding waves’ eroding the rock for thousands of years.

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • NORTH

Overnight: NORTH
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Saturday (August 20) : Spiritual and Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Snir Water Hike - Walk between the beautiful water streams, water plants and shaded track, in one of the Jordan’s water sources.

  • 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.

  • Lookout over the Israeli-Syrian Border - On a hill overlooking the border with Syria get a geo-political brief. You’ll examine the issues in Syria and Israel’s proximity and what this means for the two countries.

  • Stop for a snack and drink at the beautiful Birkat Ram - Lake Ram is located in the northeastern Golan Heights, near Mt. Hermon. You will hear about the interesting geological formation of this crater lake.

  • Cooking Workshop & Home Hospitality - 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

Overnight: NORTH
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Sunday (August 21) : The Lowest place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & checkout from hotel

  • Nahal Ha'Kibbutzim - Take a golf cart ride along Spring Valley Park, located in the Beit Shean Valley's most abundant and attractive springs. Jump into the water for a refreshing experience. One can bathe and swim in this oasis at the foot of the high cliff of Mt. Gilboa year-round.
    Take a golf cart ride along Spring Valley Park, located in the Beit Shean Valley's most abundant and attractive springs. Jump into the water for a refreshing experience. One can bathe and swim in this oasis at the foot of the high cliff of Mt. Gilboa year-round.

  • Bio Bee Tour and lunch in the Kibbutz Dining Room - Bio Bee in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Swim at the Dead Sea - Drive south through the Jordan Valley. Take time to swim and attempt floating in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
    Optional: Go on a special boat ride.

  • Check-in & have dinner at your hotel

  • Dead Sea

Overnight: Dead Sea
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Monday (August 22) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Coffee and snack

  • Sunrise Hike Up Masada - Hike up the snake path to Masada and view the magnificent sunrise. 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.

  • Breakfast - Drive back to eat breakfast at your hotel and check-out.

  • Ein Gedi Water Hike OR - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular oasis in the Judean Desert. The trail will 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.

  • Optional-Dead Sea Boat Ride - 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.

  • Drive to Jerusalem with a stop at a lookout - Welcome to Yerushalayim! From the Mt. Scopus lookout 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 and begin the conversation about Jerusalem's centrality to Islam, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Check into your hotel

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Tuesday (August 23) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin at the City of David, with its tagline “where it all began", - Take a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. This hill, on which Jerusalem began has been continuously excavated for the last 120 years, and still, most of its mysteries are yet to be discovered. The tour of the site leads you through the biblical palace of King David, past ritual purification pools from the First and Second Temple eras, beside Roman, medieval, and Byzantine ruins. One of the most unique and fun experiences is to walk through water in King Hezekiah’s Tunnel, built to protect the water supply, in about 701 BC (!!)

  • Visit the Davidson Center - Continue with exploring the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern, interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras.

  • Continue to 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.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter - Check out 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.

  • Free time and dinner on own

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour Old City

9 - Wednesday (August 24) : Memory and remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Lifeline for the Old / Yad LaKashish - Suggested: Visit Yad LaKashish workshop studio and store. This is a non-profit organization empowering and supporting nearly 300 elderly Jerusalem residents on a daily basis by providing them with creative work opportunities in artistic workshops.

  • B’nei Mitzvah tour with Yad Vashem's Twinning Program - 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.

  • Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - In Machne Yehuda Market experience an unforgettable culinary tour in the colorful market, where you will hear special stories from the stall owners and taste various foods from all different cultures, and meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages.

  • Free time

  • Final Dinner - Suggestions will be made

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour Machane Yehuda

10 - Thursday (August 25) : take Israel back home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Free Day Explore on Own - Leisure time.
    Suggestions on day on own:
    - Israel Museum
    - Hatachana - renewed First Train Station from the Ottoman period which became a cultural center, local artists' market and great restaurants.
    - Rappelling from the Old City Walls.
    - Shtisel Tour - Explore the world of the Ultra Orthodox. Walk in the alleys of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport - You will be picked up from hotel and driven to Ben Gurion Airport. Fly back home. Shalom Uleitraot - looking forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country.

Overnight: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
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!

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.

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.

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
Transportation as indicated in itinerary v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Airfare v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“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

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