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12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
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Highlights
5* Accommodations including famous 5ive Senses Resort
Explore the magnificent Arava and Negev Deserts
See Israel like a local- through the eyes of Israelis
Immerse yourselves in Israel's culinary landscape
Visit classic sites
Itinerary
1 - Sunday (May 8) : Welcome to Israel v

Activities:

  • Arrival at Ramon International Airport - VIP arrival services at the airport

  • Transfer to Six Senses Hotel - Six Senses Hotel is the most highly anticipated hotel project in Israel's history and will open in August 2021. Set in the stunning Arava desert, the facility itself mirrors the splendor of the surroundings.

  • Wine tasting of a variety of desert wines

  • Dinner at one of the hotel's three restaurants

  • Six Senses Shaharut

Overnight: Six Senses Shaharut
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
2 - Monday (May 9) : Shahrarut- The Moment Before Dawn v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Timna park - Spend the day exploring one of Israel’s most impressive nature reserves, the Timna Valley Park which combines spectacular and unique natural formations with fascinating antiquities and archaeological finds dating back to early Pharaonic dynasties. The Egyptians mined copper here over 3,000 years ago and, according to tradition, so did King Solomon. With breathtaking sceneries of unparalleled grandeur, the Timna Valley has it all. Have time to hike, jeep ride, walk the dunes with a Bedouin guide, and other ways to enjoy the site to its fullest.

  • Time to enjoy the hotel facilities

  • Dinner at one of the hotel's three restaurants

  • Six Senses Shaharut

Overnight: Six Senses Shaharut
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
3 - Tuesday (May 10) : Desert Ecology v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Time to enjoy the hotel facilities until check out time

  • Option for off-road biking

  • Lunch at Pundak Neot Smadar - Kibbutz Neot Smadar was established in 1989 by a group of friends interested in creating a learning community that focuses on cooperation and creativity in daily life. As individuals in a dynamic community, they explore what it means to live together as co-learners and relationships. Their interest in relationships extends to the environment through organic farming, desert architecture, water recycling, The Art Center, winery, and more.

  • Ecology Center at Kibbutz Lotan - Take a tour at Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology where you can see first-hand pioneering ecological projects, latest ecological solutions for climate change, sustainable living in extreme desert conditions.

  • Drive to the Dead Sea

  • Take a dip in the Dead Sea, time permitting

  • Desert cookout under the stars

  • Dead Sea Lodging General

Overnight: Dead Sea Lodging General
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
4 - Wednesday (May 11) : The Lowest Place on Earth v

Activities:

  • Early snack 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. Descend by walking or cable car.

  • Lunch will be provided

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat or in kayaks and see amazing salt formations and scenery. During this unique experience you will enjoy the wondrous muds, salt pearls, salt diamonds, water springs streaming to the sea and sink holes filled with sweet water. Learn about the ecosystem and the environmental issues connected to the Dead Sea.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at HaSadna Restaurant - HaSadna Restaurant's menu features fresh ingredients with a minimum of treatment. Part of the charm is the interior of this building which was once a warehouse that served the Jerusalem railroad and railway station built in 1892. Part of the Machneyuda group, HaSadna is a jewel of contemporary Israeli Cuisine.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
5 - Thursday (May 12) : Jerusalem- Holy to All v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ramparts Walk - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Turkish. Today you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the old city and the surroundings. Begin at the Jaffa Gate and walk north around the Christian and Muslim Quarters, descending at the Damascus gate.

  • Enter the Old City through the Damascus Gate

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

  • Conditions permitting- tour the Temple Mount - The Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Holy Sepulcher is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church 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 the site so holy to Christendom.

  • Jewish Quarter - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. 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. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi - 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.

  • 'Shtisel' Tour - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, 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.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
6 - Friday (May 13) : Memorials and Memory v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the 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.

  • Caravan Restaurant - Caravan Restaurant

  • Latrun - One of the fiercest and most important battles of the War of Independence was the fight for the fortress of Latrun, which commanded the main road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

  • Al Yasemeen halva and tehina - On the way to back Jerusalem stop in Abu Ghosh at Al Yasmeen Halva and Tahina heaven to taste some of Israel’s best!

  • Option to return to the Kotel before Shabbat

  • Shabbat dinner in a private home - Enjoy a home-cooked Shabbat meal in a private home.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
7 - Saturday (May 14) : A Jerusalem Hills Shabbat v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet the Israel National Trail at Sataf - The Israel trail traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995. Walk the trail at the beautiful Sataf forest for a hike through the area. The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites. If it’s warm enough, there’s even an option to take a dip in some of the natural springs. Along the way - forage for edible plants.

  • Continute to the Sphera Winery - Sphera Winery is a boutique winery featuring only white wines from the Judean Hills of Israel. "We believe in a clear and minimalistic approach that brings out the fruits’ true essence, while ensuring wines that are layered with rich and complex flavours."

  • Late lunch at 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.

  • Return to Jerusalem with evening on your own

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
8 - Sunday (May 15) : Living Together- Living Apart v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Dany Tirza - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza, 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.

  • Drive north with a stop for lunch at Elhanan Bread Culture - Elhanan Bread Culture, a chef-run bakery located in a lush green, blooming area at the entrance to Kibbutz Mishmarot, between Pardes Hanna and Caesarea, is a total Israeli gem with local, artisanal breads..

  • Continue to Nazareth - Israel’s biggest Arab city, Nazareth is a fascinating place, set in the Lower Galilee. It combines traditional, simple Arabic charm, Christian history, and grand old Arabic architecture. Nazareth is home to many important early Christian sites, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Synagogue Church, as well as an authentic, living Arab souk (market).

  • Meet the owners of the Alarz Tehina Company - Alaraz made news after donating money to an LGBTQ Rights organization- the company was simultaneously boycotted and celebrated; Alarz Tahini was founded in 1992 as a small family business in Nazareth, Israel. Assad Zaher, an engineer by training, designed a special production method that created a tahina unequaled by any other in its fresh, natural flavor. Thus tailored to discriminating tastes, Al Arz Tahini quickly became a favorite of fine restaurants and specialty stores throughout Israel. Under the leadership of Julia Zaher, the company has expanded its market base in Israel as well as abroad, achieving a 30% sales growth in the last three years. Meet Lana and Julia Zaher.

  • Drive to the hotel, check in, and Stroll the beautiful grounds of the hotel

  • Dinner in the hotel's restaurant

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
9 - Monday (May 16) : The Terroir of Landscapes v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike in Gamla reserve - Gamla Nature Reserve, with the highest waterfall in Israel, is in the ancient city of Gamla was made the capital of the Golan in the 1st century BCE and was conquered by the Romans in 67 CE after being subjected to a long siege. Walk the circular vulture trail with an observation point from which you can see Gamla Mountain. From this point, you can watch the 80 Griffon Vultures circling above.

  • Visit the stunning site of 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.

  • Natur Dairy Cheese - Lunch

  • Wine tasting at Chateau Golan Winery - At the Chateau Golan Winery meet winemaker Uri Hetz who will talk about the complexity of growing grapes on Israel’s border with Syria, why he does it, and what he sees for the future. The winery merges contemporary knowledge and technology with traditional European winemaking methods and produces complex and elegant wines.

  • Jeep tour - Geo-Political tour of the Golan with Ilan Schulman. Explore the terrain of the Lower Galilee by jeep. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area.

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

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
10 - Tuesday (May 17) : The Mosaic of Israel v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and drive to Akko

  • Visit the Bahai Gardens in Akko - The Bahai religion originated in Iran and its followers decided to build their world center in Haifa when they came under persecution. Near Akko,the gardens form a wide circle surrounding the historic mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahai Faith, resided during the final years of His life and the shrine where His remains were laid to rest. The Gardens feature fountains, ponds, flowing water, flowerbeds, walkways, trees, shrubs, balustrades, and wrought-iron gates.

  • Akko city and market tour followed by cooking workshop - At Beit Elfarasha meet the true gems of the city, the local women. This program empowers women of Akko through cooking workshops and gives visitors to the Old City of Akko.

  • Continue to Haifa

  • Tour the “coexistence road” in Wadi Nisnas, an Arab neighborhood in Haifa - Through the Beit Hagefen Museum, discuss the challenges facing the issue of Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel today in general, and in Haifa in particular. The Art Works route includes displays by dozens of Jewish and Arab artists; the Poetry Path includes excerpts by Arab and Jewish poets and explains how their words connect to the neighborhoods.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel

  • Dinner at a restaurant- TBD

  • The Norman Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Norman Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
11 - Wednesday (May 18) : Tel Aviv Stories v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Carmel Market and Yemenite Quarter Tasting Tour

  • Fashion as a lens - A fashion tour is a unique interactive way to introducing you to Israel and its culture. The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. During the tour, we will meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Will include a visit to KitePride - KitePride is an Israeli, Tel Aviv based fashion social enterprise. They create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from upcycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes, and wetsuits in order to provide jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Through each bag sold, continuous jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill.

  • Israeli Cocktail Workshop - 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

  • The Norman Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Norman Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
12 - Thursday (May 19) : L'hitraot v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - You will have your rooms for the day with a late check-out

  • 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.

  • Old Jaffa - In 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. Time for lunch at one of the Jaffa Flea Market's restaurants.

  • Free time

  • Kikar Rabin (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.

  • Farewell Dinner

  • Transfer to the airport or overnight

Overnight: Transfer to the airport or overnight
Meal Plan: Breakfast and TBD
FAQ
What's the weather like in Israel? v
It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – 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.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

What are check-in /check-out times? v
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.
What's the local currency? v
The New Israeli Shekel (NIS), comprising 100 agorot, is the local currency. Currency can be exchanged either at the airport, at exchange stores located all over the country and are easy to find  - or - with the Via Sabra touch, just tell us how much you need, and our staff will have cash waiting for you when you arrive, to save you valuable time. Just remember to mention it us before your trip.  
General Guide for Tipping v
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 clothes should I bring? v
Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (link)
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Cancellation Policy

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

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
The cancellation policies are applicable to guaranteed departures, FIT (non-group) and group bookings.
Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellations must be made in writing.

Testimonials
“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!”
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