Price range
From 5900$ per person
Upcoming Date
15-25 June 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

A Journey through Israel unfolding stories, mostly kept secret. Art, food, culture, MUSIC! see, feel, and experience Israel like a true local.

Led by Cantor Leslie Niren, every morning along the trip will open with a session of “Bira v’Nashira” – learn a new Hebrew song and a very Israeli drink and start every day on the right note!


Experience Israel like a TRUE local!
Personal meetings with chefs, unique speakers, small business owners, and more
Shabbat morning Rikudei Am and 'Jewish Brunch' - ethnic food cooked by real people
Experience exclusive cultural events
Single supplement - $2000


1 - Wednesday (June 15) : Putting Yourself in the Picture



  • 1:00 p.m. Gather at the hotel to begin your trip - Meet your guide and toast your trip with the ultimate summer drink- 'limonana garus'- slushy mint lemonade.

  • The Old City through your senses - Have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information and, of course, combine the senses of smell, taste, and sound, and sight. Explore 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. View the Temple Mount. Smartphone workshop and tastings will be integrated into the tour.

  • Instagram Photo Workshop - Tell your Israel story through the photos, with a professional photographer. In the heart of the Old City learn the techniques of taking beautiful pictures with your smartphones. During this workshop we train our eyes to look all around us, above and beyond.

  • Short stop at the hotel to refresh

  • Conversation with Tehila Friedman - Tehila Friedman is an activist devoted to creating a more tolerant, pluralistic Jerusalem. Tehila is a former Member of Knesset, a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute and a program director for Shaharit, a think tank promoting a new social covenant in Israel. She is the immediate past chair of Ne’emanei Torah va’Avodah, a modern Orthodox movement promoting pluralism and democracy, as well as a board member of the Yerushalmit Movement, a nonprofit for a pluralistic Jerusalem.

  • Dinner at At Offaime Restaurant at Hansen House - 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.

  • Herbert Samuel or Mamilla

Overnight: Herbert Samuel or Mamilla
Meal Plan: dinner, Tastings in the Old City

2 - Thursday (June 16) : Borders, Walls, Fences, and Bridges



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Option 1: Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony

  • Option 2: Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza - Tirza is a Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Travel through Jerusalem's neighborhoods on the Light Rail - Start in Pisgat Zeev over the "greenline" and travel past Arab and Jewish parts of the city including Shuafat, the Damascus Gate, downtown Jerusalem, and further.

  • Lunch at Azura, a family-run institution in the Iraqi section of the Machane Yehuda market - Azura is famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

  • Quick visit to Metzilot Mazon

  • Dissolving Boundaries Journey with Mekudeshet - Contemplate culture as narrative with Mekudeshet. Mekudeshet is a cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from a center of conflict into a laboratory for connection between people of all kinds. Meet their staff and artists as they take you through Jerusalem through artistic and cultural experiences.

  • Dinner option 1: 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.

  • Dinner option 2: Hamotzi (prefered) - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Optional: Shtisel Tour: Challah hopping through Mea Shearim or Geulah - Or return to the 'shuk' area to take in the nightlife

  • Herbert Samuel or Mamilla

Overnight: Herbert Samuel or Mamilla
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Friday (June 17) : Melting Pot or Tossed Salad?



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hinam Center (Or Ma'ale) - Mifgash at The Hinam Center, an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. Meet teen participants in the center’s programs and learn about Religious tolerance.

  • Stop in Abu Ghosh at Alyasmeen Halva and Tahina heaven to taste some of Israel’s best! - Meet Kamal HaShalom, a Palestinian born in East Jerusalem who grew up in the Mount of Olives neighborhood, In the film In Search of Israeli Cuisine, everyone gasps as Kamal, his mother, and Mike Solomonov flip over the large pot of Makluba. Kamal has opened Al Yasmeen

  • Majda restaurant - Majda is a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Optional: Piano B'Nataf

  • Return to the hotel

  • Optional: Yoga Synagogue ah - 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.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat and Home Hospitality at Kehilat Yozma - Yozma

  • Herbert Samuel or Mamilla

Overnight: Herbert Samuel or Mamilla
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Saturday (June 18) : Shabbat of Shalom



  • For the early risers- Run with Runners Without Borders - Runners Without Borders harnesses the positive power of sport to bring together Jews and Arabs, rebuilding the lost trust between these communities, and providing a platform for renewed dialogue. Runners Without Borders was founded in 2014 by Jerusalem-based athletes in response to a wave of violence that engulfed the city at the time. The organization encourages tolerance and dialogue between Jewish and Arab communities in Israel, using sports as a medium and uses professional running to create a shared space for training and practice, empowering participants’ self confidence and developing their leadership skills, in order to train them to become change agents in their communities.

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shabbat Tefilot at Hebrew Union College

  • Shabbat lunch with Nura - Meet Nurit Hertz in her home. Nura will host you for an exquisite meal together with wines of the Mate Yehuda region.

  • Reflection time with Leslie

  • Return to Jerusalem - rest or optional walking tour

  • Conversation with Anat Hoffman - Anat Hoffman is an Israeli activist and serves as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, also known as IRAC. She is the director and founding member of Nashot HaKotel, also known as Women of the Wall. Hoffman is a former member of the Jerusalem City Council.

  • Havdallah at the Montefiore Windmill - One of Jerusalem’s iconic landmarks, the Montefiore windmill was originally a flour mill, built in the 19th century by British philanthropist Moses Montefiore to help the Jews of the Old Yishuv support themselves. Today the windmill houses Montefiore’s golden coach, as part of a small museum about his projects to support Jewish life in the Holy Land.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Herbert Samuel or Mamilla

Overnight: Herbert Samuel or Mamilla
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Sunday (June 19) : The Art of the Matter



  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel

  • If available: Meet Shalva Band for their rehearsal

  • Meet Kol HaOt at their Gallery - Kol HaOt imparts Jewish values, texts and history through a creative synthesis of the visual and performing arts. With the "Kol HaOt" team, we will explore the personal meaning of Israel using colors and symbols to give ourselves and our fellow participants a visual picture of how we experience ourselves in this country. Meet an artist who did an in-depth lock-down with Kol HaOt to explore the impact of Covid-19 on her work.

  • Learn to make couscous in the home of Vered Tsabari

  • Umm El Fahm Art Gallery - The Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery was founded in 1996 on the initiative of local resdients and artists who wanted to bring quality contemporary art to the city and to exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art. The gallery has become an important social and cultural meeting place and has been established as an important center in the local and international culture scene.

  • Drive to Mitzpe Hayamim - Check into the hotel

  • Pre dinner drink and talk wit Naama Szterenlicht - Local Tonic - Meet Naama Szterenlicht, local tonic brewer and artisanal forager.

  • Dinner at one of the hotel's chef restaurants

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

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

6 - Monday (June 20) : Local Treasures



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Start your time in the Golan with a hike OR Jeep ride with Ilan Shulman - On the trail talk about the strategic importance of the Golan and the complexity of the lives of the people who live there.

  • Meet photographer Dikla Laor - Dikla Laor brings the stories of female biblical figures to life through the camera lens, embarking on a unique project to imagine these characters’ appearances, dress, and demeanor against breathtaking backdrops. Her “Biblical Women Series” includes the “first woman,” Eve, the Jewish matriarchs – Sarah, Rivka (Rebecca), Leah and Rachel – Lot’s wife, the Queen of Sheba, the prophetess Deborah, and Jezebel, and more. Meet Dikla in her home and see her work.

  • Wine tasting and lunch at Pelter Winery - 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 a lunch of local cheese.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

  • Return to the hotel for time to enjoy the facilities

  • Optional- Sunset Hula Valley biking - The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes. Early morning ride through the park.

  • Chef's dinner in the private home of Chef Gadi Elias

  • Optional: Rosh Pin restaurant dinner

Overnight: Optional: Rosh Pin restaurant dinner
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Tuesday (June 21) : The Colors of Akko



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • On your way to Akko stop at Buza Ice Cream - Buza, the Arabic word for ice cream, is owned and operated by Alaa Sweetat, a local Muslim and Adam Ziv, a Jew from Kibbutz Sasa. A delicious Co-Existence venture. Taste their unique flavors.

  • Akko Tunisian Synagogue - The Ohr Torah Tunian synagogue in Akko is unique even in a land of synagogues. Built by a community of Tunisian Jews from Djerba, it offers four stories of glorious mosaics and stained-glass windows both inside and out, showing a varied range of stories, plants, and animals.

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

  • Osama Dallal - Tour Akko with a local, young promising Chef Osama Dallal. Speak to the market vendors, the fisherman, and hear the inside scoop of growing up in Akko and learning to love food there. Tastings throughout!

  • Amer Saleem - Try your hand at stone carving with local stone artist Saleem.

  • Time permitting: Akko - a musical City with its own Conservatory. Meet its staff and students. - The beautiful and modern Municipal Conservatory serves over 700 Arab and Jewish students every year who study and play music under its roof. The students take part in international concerts and competitions around the world and represent successfully their city and the State of Israel.

  • Glass of wine pre dinner on the roof of the Effendi Hotel

  • Hanut Dagim - Fish Market with Osama Dallal - Full of colorful stalls, Akko’s market has an incredible selection of goods that almost overwhelm your senses in the best way possible – from buckets of spices, to delectable pastries and desserts, and of course, the freshest of fish! Together with Chef Osama Dallal, an Akko native and one of Israel’s most promising young chefs, we will prep and cook the fish that was caught that very same day, and eat under the lights of Akko’s magical port.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tastings in the market

8 - Wednesday (June 22) : Tech and Culture



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Outdoor Sculpture Museum at Tefen - The Open Museum is located in the Tefen Industrial Park, at the heart of the Western Galilee. The park was founded in 1985 by the industrialist Stef Wertheimer. The museum represents Wertheimer's approach – which supports creative endeavors both in industry and in culture, art and education.

  • Druze Cooking Workhop and lunch - 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.

  • 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.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Innovation within Innovation- The Israeli Cocktail and The Tel Aviv shared work space - In one of Tel Aviv's shared work spaces such as We Works, Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Bachar or Royal Beach TLV

Overnight: Bachar or Royal Beach TLV
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Thursday (June 23) : The Continued Awakening of the First Israeli City



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Untold Tel Aviv-The White City - Explore Lev Ha'ir, the Heart of the City, where the first roots of Tel Aviv were planted in 1909. Lev Hair contains some of Tel Aviv’s most beautiful buildings, being at the center of the UNESCO designated “White City” known for it’s Bauhaus, Eclectic, and International Style architecture. The area is densely populated, rooted in history, and with a glance towards the future with impressive skyscrapers, and a high concentration of start-up companies. Bordered by Habima Theater in the north and Florentin and Neve Tzedek in the south, Lev Ha’ir is a gateway to almost every district in the city. Lev Ha'ir is a cultural hub, filled with galleries, restaurants and parks.

  • Lunch with Kitchen Talks - Kitchen Talks is a Social enterprise that creates and promotes cultural culinary experiences led by cooks and guides from Marginalized communities in Israel: asylum seekers, Migrants, minorities, etc. Our events and activities create a unique, fun, cultural safe space to learn about the cultural depth and to share stories and memories through collaborative and active cooking and dining experience.

  • Kite Pride - 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.

  • Achoti - Stop at the Achoti Fair Trade shop, part of an initiative that was the first of its kind in Israel which combines economic empowerment for women from the geographical and social periphery in Israel, and education for alternative consumerism, according to the values of fair trade.

  • Dinner at M25 - One of the top meat restaurants in the city just happens to be this unassuming, tavern-style eatery. Featuring one-of-a-kind Israeli dishes, with fresh meat taking the spotlight, carnivores can rejoice in the deliciously juicy flavors, and a menu that changes daily.”

  • Evening performance event- we'll keep our eyes out for what will be hot and happening this night - Upon availability:
    Poetry Slam
    Concert of a local musician
    "Secret Jazz Night"

  • Bachar or Royal Beach TLV

Overnight: Bachar or Royal Beach TLV
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 - Friday (June 24) : Multi-Media Tel Aviv



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Gaga Workshop - Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Bat Sheva Dance Company. Explore new ways to move through this intense experience.

  • The Association for Urban Farming - Visit a project of the Association for Urban Farming, a non-profit organization based in Tel Aviv that promotes urban agricultural infrastructure in cities around the world. The association sponsors programs throughout the city, including urban gardening in schools and commercial centers.

  • Time for lunch at 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.

  • Tour Tel Aviv Art galleries with Shirel HorvitzEverything Art - Tours and more with Shirel Horovitz - Using drawing, sculpting, video and sound, Tel Aviv based artist Shirel Horovitz, creates performances and installations exploring cities, communities and the relations between people and space. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and her MA (with distinction) from The Interdisciplinary Art program in Tel Aviv University. Alongside her art practice, Shirel lectures, leads art tours, teaches art and is an art consultant to a variety of private groups and institutions.

  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbatish- explore how Israel's 'mainstream' artists weave liturgical texts into popular music. - Option to assemble a musical Kabbalat Shabbat with the Minyan Shivyoni participants

  • Kabbat Shabbat tefilot at Beit Tefila Yisraeli or Beit Daniel

  • Shabbat dinner in a truly Israeli style - Celebrate on the roof of the home of 'HaBanot', Karen and Yael, a couple who love to cook, eat, and host.

  • Bachar or Royal Beach TLV

Overnight: Bachar or Royal Beach TLV
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

11 - Saturday (June 25) : Taking it Home



  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Minyan Shivyoni (optional)

  • "Rikudey Am" - Join a public Rikudey Am:
    Israeli dancing in Israel has become one of the most popular hobbies and leisure time activities. Ever since the first pioneers in the settlements began to dance, tens of thousands of dancers in Israel and all over the world have adopted this hobby. Israeli dancing has attracted dancers of all nationalities, the young and the old, newcomers from different countries, as well as those who have lived in Israel all their lives.

  • Jewish Shabbat Brunch - In private setting indulge in a variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

  • Free time

  • Optional- Tour Jaffa's Ajami Neighborhood - Tour the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa, you’ll hear a challenging narrative about the city and its history. Continue your tour through Jaffa, enjoying the beauty of the winding streets and the beautiful port with its biblical reference.

  • Final session- processing the trip through Israeli Poetry - Together with Dr. Rachel Korazim and Cantor Leslie Niren. Rachel Korazim is a wonderful educator who brings Israeli poetry to life and meaning as a way to understand Israeli society.

  • Final dinner and Havdalah

  • Transfer to the airport - Final dinner

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


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

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 everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

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).

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy it?

Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

Terms of Payment

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

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide (title) v
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide (text)
Hotels throughout the trip v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
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