Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
14-27 June 2022
Tour Time
14 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Market tasting tours
Walk through water in an ancient water system
Participate in an archeological dig
Jeep tour in the Golan
Cooking workshop and home hospitality
Visit a family owned olive oil press
Cheese farm - tour and tastings
Fauda Experience

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (June 14) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel - Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport at 2.00 pm. 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. Head north to your hotel.

  • Check-in & Dinner at Your Hotel.

  • North: Nof Ginosar Hotel / Hagoshrim Hotel

Overnight: North: Nof Ginosar Hotel / Hagoshrim Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Wednesday (June 15) : Spiritual and physical heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tel Dan - 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.

  • The Valley of tears - The valley of tears

  • Home Hospitality and talk with a local Druze fmaily - Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Golan Heights Jeep Tour - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV. Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.
    Optional activities for grandparents - should they prefer to skip the Jeeps.

  • Optional: Kibbutz Tour - At Merom Golan go on a short tour of the Kibbutz to learn about the unique life-style and ideology.

  • Time permitting: EIN KSHATOT Umm el Kanatir - Visit the site of Um el Kanatir also known as Ein Keshatot, home to a Jewish village from the Period of the Mishna and Talmud, with a magnificent synagogue in its center. The ancient village is located above the Samekh Riverbed, looking towards the Sea of Galilee and the hills of the Galilee. Enter a synagogue that features the original Ark Complex – the most preserved and magnificent ever to be discovered in Israel. The synagogue was excavated and reconstructed with advanced technological methods, and today it stands at a height of one story. The Ein Keshatot site also offers a visit to the village spring, which flows into ancient pools, surrounded by shaded areas.

  • Dinner - TBD

  • North: Nof Ginosar Hotel / Hagoshrim Hotel

Overnight: North: Nof Ginosar Hotel / Hagoshrim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, Cooking workshop and dinner

3 - Thursday (June 16) : The Beauty of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Safed - 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.
    Meet with an Artist.

  • Drive along the northern road - Kvish Hatsafon - the northern road - is a beautiful route in the Upper Galilee, where you'll pass small villages of all different kinds - Kibbutzim, moshavim, Druze towns, multi-religious town and pass by ancient sites. You'll be able to see the border with Lebanon and hear about the geo-political relationship between the countries.

  • 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 marine caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Akko (Old Acre) - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old City of Akko, or Acre, has been lived in continuously for 4,000 years. There’s almost too much to see, including one of the world’s oldest ports; the amazing Crusader city which earned Akko UNESCO World Heritage status; and the khans, mosques, baths, and citadels of the preserved Ottoman walled town.

  • 2 options for dinner: Visit to Ein Camonim Goat Cheese Farm or Uri Buri - Ein Camonim is Israel’s first boutique cheese dairy. Learn about the cheese making process and eat a delicious meal including the farm's organic cheeses.

  • North: Nof Ginosar Hotel / Hagoshrim Hotel

Overnight: North: Nof Ginosar Hotel / Hagoshrim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Cheese tasting

4 - Friday (June 17) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Korazim-National Park (if there was no time for Umm El Kanatir) - A Jewish town in a basalt landscape overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The beautiful synagogue at Korazim, built at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth century CE, is made of basalt, the region’s most common stone, carved in geometric, floral and faunal patterns.

  • Park Hamaayanot - Spring Valley Park - Park HaMaayanot is home to three of the Beit Shean Valley’s most abundant and attractive springs that flow at the foot of the high cliff wall of Mount Gilboa. Enjoy Driving around in a golf cart, by self driving, and navigate between beautiful water springs, orchards, fish pools and ancient relics.

  • "Sustainable Eating" - Foraging for wild herbs and outdoor cooking with Uri Mayer Chizzik - Get to know local, wild food from nature– and dishes prepared today from food that has grown here throughout history with Dr. Uri Mayer-Chissick, an expert on the history of local food and nutrition in the Middle-East and author of the Israeli guide to foraging wild edible plants, hike and cook outdoors.

  • Continue on toward Jerusalem

  • Welcome to Yerushalayim - Lookout from Mount Scopus, or “har tzofim” in Hebrew, one of the tallest hills surrounding Jerusalem. This is the place to go for the finest views across the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem. Say shechiyanu as we enter Jerusalem

  • Friday Night Dinner - Suggestions and booking can be made

  • Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Saturday (June 18) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 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.

  • Ein Gedi-National Park - 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.

  • The Dead Sea - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - with about 34.2% salinity.
    This is 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.

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Sunday (June 19) : Memory and Remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your 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.

  • "Finding the Heroes Among Us" in Mount Herzl - Unique experience created specifically for the group. Each participant receives a photo of a leader with a brief story about them. The tour will follow these stories and people.
    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.

  • Family Game and Lunch at Machane Yehuda Market - After a meaningful morning focusing on our past, we will head to the present and modern day. In the heart of Jerusalem, at a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life , your family will be given instructions for the tasks you will need to complete together in the shuk. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. Truly fun for all ages.

  • Dinner on Own - As our afternoon was spent taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Israel, this evening you can enjoy on your own. We will be happy to provide restaurant recommendations.

  • Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tastings at Machne Yehuda

7 - Monday (June 20) : Jerusalem - The Heart of The Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the City of David - 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, 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.

  • Exciting Walk Through Hezekiahs Tunnels - Biblical King Hezekiah had the Siloam tunnel built in preparation for an Assyrian attack in the 7th century BCE, to redirect water from the Gihon spring into Jerusalem. Today, you can splash through the knee-deep water as you marvel at this astonishing feat of ancient engineering that is still standing today.

  • Time to Reflect at the Kotel - Proceed to the Kotel, The Western Wall, 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. Place your special and personal prayer in the cracks of the stones.

  • Visit to 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 (1601ft) 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.

  • Lunch at the Arab Market - 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.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Visit the Byzantine Cardo, and the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations exposing two thousand years of Jewish history in the Old City till present day. 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.

  • Dinner on own

  • Optional evening program: 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: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Tuesday (June 21) : Underground

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day on Own - Take a day to enjoy Jerusalem on your own. Walk the alleys of Nachlaot, meander the shops in Mamilla mall, go in and out of the galleris on Arts and Crafts lane, buy souvenirs on Ben Yehuda street. We will be happy to help guide you.

  • Dinner on own

  • Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem: Dan Panorama / Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Wednesday (June 22) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Bring Fauda to Life - Come experience a day in the life of a Special Undercover Forces soldier, take part in an extraordinary operation, and save lives!

  • Lunch on Route - Stop for lunch as we continue south

  • Dig for a Day - OR - join an active archeology dig - 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.

  • Beit Guvrin - Explore Beit Guvrin National Park where you will be able to take part in an archeological dig. The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that visitors like you have uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves too.

  • Optional: Visit to Ben Gurion's Grave - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life. Hear about his life story and incredible leadership.

  • Check-in and Dinner at Your Hotel

  • Kedma hotel

Overnight: Kedma hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

10 - Thursday (June 23) : Leisure Day

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Grandparents: Kibbutz Sde Boker - Ben Gurion's' house - In the bare Negev desert lies Kibbutz Sde Boker, an unexpectedly bright green square of irrigated fields that was the beloved home of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, and his wife, Paula. From their graves to the hut where he lived and the gardens where he worked, discover what made Ben-Gurion choose this modest kibbutz in the Negev.

  • Biking through the edesert

  • Ramon Visitors Center - Through interactive exhibits, the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center, set on the northern cliffs of the Ramon Crater, tells the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature and contrasts it with the life of Astronaut Ilan Ramon.

  • 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.

  • Enjoy the hotel facilities before dinner and stargazing.

  • Dinner at your hotel

  • Star Gazing - Star Gazing

  • Kedma hotel

Overnight: Kedma hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

11 - Friday (June 24) : Shishi Israeli

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Easy morning at your hotel - No need to rush out of the hotel. We will head straight to Tel Aviv so you can have time in Tel Aviv on your own, do some shopping, and prepare for shabbat.

  • Transfer to Tel Aviv with a private driver

  • Lunch on own at the Carmel Market - A great way to begin your visit to Tel Aviv is by wandering through the famous Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel). 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 start 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.
    Tasting tour with a local guide is available.

  • Check-out Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - An open-air bi-weekly 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.

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • Friday Night Dinner - Suggestions and booking can be made

  • Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama / Carlton - (we will provide options if unable to book on points in Tel Aviv)

Overnight: Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama / Carlton
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Saturday (June 25) : Old and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Afternoon Tour of Old Jaffa - 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. Enjoy the view of the beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean.

  • Lunch at Hummus Abu Hassan - Make a stop at Abu Hassan which started out in 1959 with a small hummus stand with two pots on Hadolphin Street near the Jaffa port and is now legendary.

  • Ayalon Institute - Visit the Ayalon Institute, 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.

  • Colorful Graffiti Tour - Tour the dynamic neighborhood of Florentine, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood and learn about contemporary Israeli culture through the writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins. In recent years Tel Aviv has become Israel's capital of urban art.
    Optional: take part in an interactive fun graffiti workshop, where you'll make something on your own and take it with back home.

  • Dinner on own at Sarona - the German Compound

  • Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama / Carlton

Overnight: Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama / Carlton
Meal Plan: breakfast

13 - Sunday (June 26) : Giving Back

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Enjoy an easy morning and check-out by noon.
    There is an option to leave one room for another extra night if you would like to get ready in the evening, rest and keep your luggage there as well.

  • 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.

  • Visit to Brothers For Life Home - In the home in Kfar Truman, you will meet one of the staff members of Brothers for Life non-profit organization and hear about their special mission. BFL vision is that every wounded combat soldier receives the care and support needed to ensure his return to fulfilling and contributive life. When visiting a donation will be made.
    Alternative volunteer options:
    - Leket Israel in Ra'anana - packing food for the needy
    - Michael Levin Lone Soldiers Center in Jerusalem- maybe donate and invite a soldier to join you for dinner during your visit.
    - Visiting a base - the best contact for that is by doing a fundraising back home before the trip.

  • Farewell Dinner near the Airport - Suggestions and booking can be made

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home - We are looking forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

Overnight: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home
Meal Plan: breakfast

14 - Monday (June 27)

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Activities:

  • Departure from BNG Airport at 12:50am

Overnight: Departure from BNG Airport at 12:50am

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.

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

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

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The rules for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. Beginning November 1, 2021, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Israeli government has outlined a plan to allow tourists to enter Israel. There are some minor differences between guidelines for individual tourists and those who will be participating in an organized tour. **Please note that all travelers are still required to be either vaccinated (all vaccinations approved by the WHO will be accepted) or recovered. Testing requirements may vary according to whether you are traveling on your own or with a group. All of our tours are planned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health. We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

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Shabbat (the Sabbath), the Jewish holy day of the week, starts at sunset on Friday and ends shortly after sundown on Saturday evening. All public offices, banks and many stores are closed on Shabbat. Museums, national parks and most art galleries are open. Non-kosher restaurants and entertainment spots are open. Buses and trains do not run on Shabbat in all cities, but taxis do. The airports are open as well. Naturally, cities differ from each other. While Tel Aviv is mostly open on Shabbat, Jerusalem will mostly be closed. Check out cool stuff to do on Shabbat when you have a free day (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.

Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“In late August our family; grandparents, parents and children, spent two wonderful weeks in Israel with arrangements made by Via Sabra. The demographics of our family group was quite diverse with children ages 7-13, adults and seniors; many being ‘first time’ Israel visitors. Janet and Miar from Via Sabra worked closely with us to plan a wonderful itinerary which took into account the full range of ages in our group. With their assistance, we planned an itinerary in which some days were packed with exciting adventures and exploration while others were more relaxed as we took a step back to catch our breath. The balance was perfect. We had a private bus with our own guide Ronen, who could not have been more knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He connected with everyone in our group, from the oldest to the youngest; and quickly felt like a member of the family. It was a very sad parting when our trip came to an end. We have friends who also planned a family Israel trip with only glowing compliments for Via Sabra. We all agreed we must and will return and would certainly use Via Sabra again!”
J
2019

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