Price range
From 3900$ per person
Upcoming Date
08-15 August 2021
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join your congregation for a trip to Israel created just for your group. Visit classic sites in new ways. Meet the people and cultures of the country. Explore the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of this dynamic environment while exploring your personal and communal connection to Israel.

Highlights

Travel with your congregation
See Israel up close
Classics and off the beaten track experiences
Single supplement - $1500

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (August 8) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Group Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet your group After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your tour guide.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv with a stop at the beach to say Shehechiyanu to bless the beginning of your journey together in Israel!

  • Check into your hotel

  • Dinner at Kitchen Market - Kitchen Market is a contemporary fusion restaurant above the farmers' market in Tel Aviv's Port, in walking distance from the Alexander Hotel. Great intro for all ages to Tel Aviv's food scene.

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Monday (August 9) : Tel Aviv- Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old Jaffa - In Jaffa discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Walk through the ancient port which has a history spanning over three millennia, including Biblical times. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archaeological discoveries.

  • Lunch tasting tour in Levinsky Market - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, for its variety, freshness and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Two options:

  • Social Awareness Track- Graffiti and Kite Pride - Explore Florentine on 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.

    KitePride creates functional bags from used high quality upcycled fabrics in order to provide jobs to women and men exiting human trafficking and prostitution. In addition to learning about KitePride’s amazing work, Design your own one-of-a-kind bag and be part of the SOCIAL + ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

  • Art Track: Kiryat Ham'lacha - Kiryat Ham'lacha is a former industrial zone. Since the factories closed or moved out, many artists, designers, musicians, dancers, street artists and small business are now the heart of the neighborhood.

  • Sit down for a drink on Rothschild Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv a little over 100 years ago. In the heart of the “White City”, it is lined with Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, the Bauhaus style, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been beautifully restored and now house the offices of financial institutions, creative firms, cafes and luxury residences.

  • Dinner on your own at one of Tel Aviv's 'hot' restaurants- we'll make suggestions and reservations!

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Tuesday (August 10) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out

  • On the way north make a stop at Rabin Square - Renamed in honor of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in this square in 1995, Rabin Square is a public space at the heart of Tel Aviv. Ringed by trendy cafes, the square often hosts political rallies and demonstrations, parades, and public events.

  • Caesarea National Park - Caesarea National Park is where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean from this site. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • Nesher Partnership - Lunch and program (to be arranged with the partnership)

  • Cooking together in a Druze village - 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.

  • Drive to the hotel and check in

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Wednesday (August 11) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Banias National Park - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias, one of Israel’s most beautiful nature reserves. The Banias spring feeds into the Jordan River, the reserve’s large waterfall tumbles down a 33-foot precipice year-round, and a nearby cave houses remains of a temple to the Greek god Pan. In the wars of 1948 and 1967, when the Golan was held by Syria, the site housed a Syrian officers’ club.

  • Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep - With Captain (Res.) Ilan Shulman, a disabled IDF veteran, who guides geopolitical tours of the Golan Heights. 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.

  • Lunch and wine-tasting at Pelter Winery and Distillery

  • Option for Tzfat visit or free time to enjoy the hotel facilities - Tzfat 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. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in artist row.

  • Dinner at one of the hotel's chef restaurants

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Thursday (August 12) : It Takes a Village

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out and depart the north

  • Short stop at the Kinneret Cemetery - At the Kinneret Cemetery meet the young pioneers who came to the shores of the Sea of Galilee a hundred years ago. Have a behind-the-scenes peek at their lives, dreams, and ambitions and their decision to “transform the landscape” by creating the institutions of modern statehood.

  • Agritour at Kibbutz Magal - Visit Netafim, the world-renown agricultural entrepreneurship (irrigation methods) and Kibbutz Magal’s development of its olive and almond agricultural and production center, a global leader in quality and health.

  • Lunch in the Kibbutz Magal dining room

  • Masik award-winning olive oil - Get to know the people and the stories behind Masik, learning from the experts about the growing process and production. Taste their various oils.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • The "State of the State" with journalist Haviv Rettig Gur - Haviv Rettig Gur is an Israeli journalist who serves as the political correspondent and analyst for The Times of Israel.

  • Shtisel Tour - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Dinner on your own in the thriving nightlife of Machane Yehuda Market area on a Thursday night

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Friday (August 13) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City - 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. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Lunch will be a tasting tour in the Muslim Quarter

  • Time to rest and prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a local synagogue or as a group

  • Shabbat dinner in a private setting - Or home hospitality with a local Reform synagogue

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Saturday (August 14) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Masada National Park - Hike up the snake path and 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.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - Israel’s Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, a stunning, other-worldly landscape of shimmering blue water ringed by bare, orange and yellow hills. The waters of the Dead Sea hold a potent solution of minerals and salts that have strong healing properties. Together with its ethereal beauty, these health-giving minerals make the Dead Sea’s beaches and spas popular vacation spots for Israelis and tourists alike. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Option-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, sweet 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.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at Rama's Kitchen - “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Sunday (August 15) : Past-Present-Future

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional early morning "Jerusalem-style" Yoga - Yoga Synagogue Ah followers find themselves all over Jerusalem practicing yoga in inspirational settings. Join the group's founder, Laura Gilinski, for a session to guide you into Shabbat.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Machane Yehuda Market lunch 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.

  • Free time for shopping or optional Nachlaot Tour - Nachlaot is known for its narrow, winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character.

  • Farewell Dinner

  • Transfer to airport

Overnight: Transfer to airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

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.

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

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

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
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
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“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
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020