Price range
From $6500 per person
Upcoming Date
01-12 May 2023
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Tour the classic must-see sites along with unique experiences
Market culinary tasting tours
Visit wineries and taste some of the best Israeli wines
Hands-on experience at a boutique chocolate workshop
Tour and lunch at a goat-cheese organic farm

Itinerary

1 - Monday ( May 1 ) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet you at the sleeve of the plane. After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Private transfer to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel - Please note: check-in time is at 3:00 PM. If you arrive early you can leave your luggage with the concierge.

  • Machane Yehuda tasting tour - In the heart of the city, 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. (the tastings will replace lunch)

  • Enjoy the day to rest and get settled to the new time zone

  • Welcome dinner - Suggested restaurants: Chakra / Adom / Mona / Satya / Hatzot. (on your own, not included, we will be happy to assist with making reservations)

  • Jerusalem - King Solomon Hotel, Deluxe Old City View

Overnight: Jerusalem - King Solomon Hotel, Deluxe Old City View
Meal Plan: Machane Yehuda culinary tour

2 - Tuesday ( May 2 ) : Jerusalem of Gold

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every day you'll enjoy a delicious buffet Israeli breakfast at your hotel.

  • Begin with a lookout from the Haas Promenade - Welcome to Israel, She'echeyanu - make a toast and begin your Israel journey. From the Haas Promenade 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. Begin the conversation about Jerusalem's centrality to Islam, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Visit the 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.

  • Lunch suggestion: Meshek Ofaimme - At Offaime Restaurant you are invited to savor the food and take part in the move to flavorful, organic, and environmentally conscious agriculture. The restaurant focuses on handmade produce that is crafted slowly using traditional techniques to create food that is tasty and healthy and packaged with complete respect for the environment and for the people who take part in the creative process. The restaurant's unique setting in Beit Hansen brings another element to the experience - it sits in one of the first hospitals established in Jerusalem in the mid-19th century, by the Joint Anglican-German Protestant Community in Jerusalem. (meal not included)

  • Afternoon - tour of Yemin Moshe neighborhood to the First Station - Yemin Moshe was established with the financial support of British Jewish banker Moses Montefiore in 1891 outside Jerusalem's Old City as a solution to the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions inside the walls. The original houses were built with a wall around them and a gate that was locked at night. Montefiore left an indelible mark on the Jerusalem landscape by building the landmark Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe. Walk through this special neighborhood. From there, continue walking to one of the more important archeological sites - Katef Hinnom - where you will discover what was the important finding from the Biblical times. End your tour at the First Station - the Ottoman train station that linked Jerusalem with Jaffa, and where today is a cultural and culinary center.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - See suggestions on Day 1 (on your own, not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Wednesday ( May 3 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Meet your guide at the Jaffa Gate and begin your Jerusalem Old City tour - This day is a walking day tour, no transfers are included.

  • Begin with a lookout from the Tower of David Museum - Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Old and New Cities, as an introduction to your day and the places you will be visiting. The Tower of David Museum is located within the iconic citadel of Jerusalem and presents the city’s full story, emphasizing the importance of Jerusalem to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It portrays the city’s relevance and its re-establishment as the capital of modern Israel.

  • Tour the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, visit the Hurva synogogue, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The church is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary and contains the last five Stations of the Cross, including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of this site so holy to Christendom.

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Walk through the Muslim and Christian Quarters of the Old City seeing the historical and religious sites. See some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies. We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information, and, of course, combines the senses of smell, taste, and sound.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall), sacred because it is one of the last remnants 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.

  • 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 of the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Proceed back to your hotel - The transfer isn't included.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - See suggestions on Day 1 (on your own, not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch at the Arab Market

4 - Thursday ( May 4 ) : The lowest place on earth

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Activities:

  • Packed breakfast and early start

  • Tour of Masada National Park - Hike up the mountain through the Snake Path 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. Take the cable car back down (or hike).

  • 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.

  • Ein Gedi oasis - This beautiful 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.

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  • Camel ride in Genesis Land located in the Judean Desert - (on the way back from the Dead Sea to Jerusalem)

  • Proceed back to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - Recommended - check out Machane Yehuda Market night scene (on your own, not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch at a Dead Sea hotel

5 - Friday ( May 5 ) : Memory and life

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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.

  • After a meaningful morning, continue to the lovely Ein Kerem neighberhood - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood.

  • Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own and enjoy the hotel's facilities

  • Friday night Shabbat dinner - Suggested: Machneyuda in Jerusalem or Rama's Kitchen outside of the city (on your own, transfers and meal are not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Saturday ( May 6 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Tour of the impressive ancient Caesarea - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side-by-side. The city was initially built by King Herod in the 1st century BC, who dreamt of a major seaport to connect the Province of Judea with Rome. For this purpose, the king's men designed an entirely artificial harbor that was in use for about a millennium. Caesarea became a central city in Roman and Byzantine times as can be seen from the massive archeological remains on site. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used today as a performance venue, as well as the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Lunch break at Wadi Nisnas - Wadi Nisnas is one of Haifa’s most colorful neighborhoods, full of narrow streets, picturesque stone houses, and the Wadi Nisnas market. It is a mixed neighborhood that captures the nature and atmosphere of the city of Haifa - a city of many faiths and communities, that live alongside each other in an exemplary co-existence. The Wadi Nisnas market is the place to go and experience some of the local flavors: taste pastries, spiced tea, the best falafel in Israel, and strong Turkish coffee, along with other delicatessens and aromas that will have your mouth watering. (meal not included)

  • The Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade at the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, a 400-meter long promenade at the top of the Baha'i Gardens offers a view of the entire Haifa Bay, all the way to the border with Lebanon. This impressive spot offers a truly spectacular view, so have a camera ready!

  • Drive to your hotel & check-in

  • Dinner at the hotel - (included)

  • North - Gomeh Hotel, Sea of Galilee Panoramic Room

Overnight: North - Gomeh Hotel, Sea of Galilee Panoramic Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Sunday ( May 7 ) : Physical and spiritual heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour of Tzfat - Which 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. Tzfat’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 at Havat Rom - A visit to a magical organic farm, located on a mountain with a beautiful view of Meron Mountain. This is an agricultural organic farm, where they use ancient knowledge along with modern tools. Trying to find the balance between humans and nature. Enjoy a light meal from the fresh produce and excellent cheese.

  • La Chocolita - Learn how to make chocolate at the boutique chocolate workshop, and hear about the Druze culture at the Mohanna Family garden in Peki'in!

  • Afternoon tour of Rosh Pina - The earliest major wave of immigration, the First Aliya, created small agricultural colonies along the coastal plain. Rosh Pina, established in 1882 on deserted rocky land, was the first settlement in the Galilee. Walk along the historical main stoned paved street, explore the local artist's studios, and hear about the story of this place.

  • Dinner at local restaurant - Suggested: Wood Grill (not included)

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, Light lunch at a cheese farm

8 - Monday ( May 8 ) : The Rugged Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a hike in the 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.

  • Jeep tour of the Golan - Take a geo-political tour of the Golan with an expert. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategic role this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Pelter winery - wine and cheese - The Pelter Winery was established in 2005 and is a study in Terroir. Taste the wines made from grapes grown on the rich Golan soil and hear the story of the winery. Together with the wine, enjoy local cheese.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - Suggested: Magdalena / Moshbutz in Ramot (not included)

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, Light lunch at a winery

9 - Tuesday ( May 9 ) : Treasures of the north

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Akko historical tour - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Akko, situated on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, and secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built beneath Akko in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders. Learn about the city’s ancient history, as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Optional: lunch at the famous Uri Buri Restaurant

  • Tulip Winery - light lunch and wine tasting - Visit the very special Tulip Winery in Kfar Tikva, Village of Hope. The winery employs the developmentally disabled adults who live in Kfar Tikva and produces excellent wines.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv & check in to your hotel

  • Recommended - check out Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - An open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv, open on Tuesday and Friday, 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, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - Recommended - M25 meat restaurant in the Carmel Market (on your own, not included)

  • Tel Aviv - Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Executive Room

Overnight: Tel Aviv - Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel, Executive Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, Light lunch at a winery

10 - Wednesday ( May 10 ) : Old and New side by side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a tour of Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality 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.

  • Browse through Jaffa Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Recommended: sit down for a fresh drink at Cafe Pua'a.

  • Tour of Neve Tzedek - Neve Tzedek is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood has been restored and is now a trendy, fun, and beautiful part of the city and, especially, a good place to try some Israeli gelato!

  • Levinsky Market tasting tour - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known 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.

  • End your guided journey with a walk through the Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail leads to several of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites teaching visitors 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. During your walk through Rothschild Blvd. you will explore the various beautiful architecture styles.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - Suggested: Vong / Benni Hadayag (on your own, not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tastings at Levinsky Market

11 - Thursday ( May 11 ) : Israeli creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a Street Art Tour - Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti guided tour. What stories the images and words tell us about the people living here? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv specifically? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art, to answer these questions and many more during this dynamic and inquisitive tour. (1.5 hours guided tour is included, transfers aren't)

  • Suggested tours for this day - On your own, not included. On this day no transfers are included. Audio guides or a local guide are available upon request and booking in advance.

  • A - The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center - This museum’s riveting exhibit contrasts the life of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated at a Peace Rally in 1995, with the development of the State of Israel.

  • B - 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.

  • Enjoy the rest of your day to explore on your own

  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant - Suggested: North Abraxas OR HaBasta (on your own, not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Friday ( May 12 ) : Farewell - Shalom Uleitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion Airport - Fly back home.

  • We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country

: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through May, daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.
Weekly weather forecast

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. 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. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

What are check-in /check-out times?

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Sunday through Friday, check-in time is generally 3PM. On Saturday, check-out is usually one hour after sunset (the end of Shabbat). These times may change depending on the season. It is important to note however, that check-in on Saturday will be at night (usually 2 hours after Shabbat ends - sunset). Check-out is generally before noon, no matter the day of the week (except Shabbat). Please take into consideration the check-in / check-out times when scheduling your flights. In most instances, we are able to arrange for early check-in / late check-out when needed.

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
Group VIP service upon arrival and departure v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide for 9 days, including transportation 7 days v
Private street art tour in Tel Aviv v
Private culinary tour in Machne Yehuda Market in Jerusalem v
Hotel accommodation v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Optional and suggested activities v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v

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