Price range
From $9930 per person
Upcoming Date
03 Nov 2023 - 15 Nov 2023
Tour Time
13 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)


Unfold the classic sites in Israel
Culinary experiences - wineries, Druze cooking workshop, goat cheese farm, market tasting tour and more
Bike ride and bird watching in the Hula Valley
Jeep tour with a geo-political focus


1 - Friday ( November 3 ) : Shalom - welcome to Israel!



  • Welcome to Israel - arrive 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

  • Jerusalem - Mamilla Hotel, Studio Room

Overnight: Jerusalem - Mamilla Hotel, Studio Room

2 - Saturday ( November 4 ) : Shabbat Shalom - day on own



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

  • Day on own - guide, transportation and activities are not included

  • Enjoy a day to settle in, meet relatives and explore on your own - Suggestions for your day: stroll through Ein Karem village, Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe Neighborhood, or visit the Israel Museum.

  • Dinner on own at a local restaurant - We will be happy to give suggestions and help with reservations closer to the tour.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Sunday ( November 5 ) : Jerusalem the heart of the Jewish People



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Meet your guide at the Jaffa Gate and begin your Jerusalem tour - Transfers aren't included on this day.

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from the top to the Tower of David - 360° panoramic view from atop an ancient guard tower at Tower of David grounds. This is the only place in Jerusalem where the entire Old City, new Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, the Judean Desert and the Moab Mountains of Jordan, will be at your feet.

  • Continue to Mount Zion - The traditional site of the tomb of King David, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the contains the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: the Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.

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

  • Meet with Kalman - the Jerusalem Scribe - Kalman Gavriel Delmoor is a traditional Scribe with a modern lens. Through his unique perspectives and expertise in the ancient craft, Kalman brings the Torah to life in his art. Discover the fusion of artwork and tradition below. Meet Kalman, see him work, and learn about his mission.

  • Optional: special visit to the Temple Mount - Also known to Muslims as al Haram el-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound, where you can see the impressive 7th-century oldest extant Islamic monument, the Dome of the Rock. Learn about its religious significance for Jews, Muslims and also Christians, its history, and the sensitive political weight it has today.

  • Authentic lunch at the Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim Quarter. Check out the local hummus and sweets, the many stalls selling spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes, and so much more. Meet store owners whose stores have been in their family for generations. (meal included)

  • Visit the 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.

  • Tour of the Archeological Gardens and the Davidson Center - Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern and interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras.

  • 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.

  • Proceed back to the hotel and free evening, dinner on own - (meal and transfers aren't included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, authentic lunch at the old city

4 - Monday ( November 6 ) : Memory and life



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Private tour of Yad Vashem - Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. Tour this memorial to the darkest moment in the 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.

  • Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - After a meaningful morning focusing on our past, we will head to the present and modern day. In the heart of Jerusalem, at a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. Truly fun for foodies.

  • Free afternoon - Optional evening activities: The Hebrew Music Museum / The Tower of David Sound and Light Show

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (meal and transfers aren't included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour (replaces lunch)

5 - Tuesday ( November 7 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth



  • Breakfast at your hotel - There is an option to leave very early (4:00 AM) to hike up Masada for sunrise.

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the east 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.

  • Swim & Lunch at one of the Dead Sea Spa Hotels - 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 hike - 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.

  • - OR -

  • Optional and suggested: Dead Sea Bike - Bike in the spectacular scenery of the Dead Sea. Several route options available depending on the level of the riders. Riding off-road, explore the area between the mountains and the sea in the stunning quiet landscape of the area. (not included)

  • Travel back to Jerusalem

  • Dinner on own at a local restaurant - (meal and transfers aren't included)

  • Jerusalem

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

6 - Wednesday ( November 8 ) : Valley of Springs



  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Drive through the Jordan Valley to the Valley of Springs

  • Bio Tech Tour at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu - Bio Bee is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Continue with a tour of Beit Shean National Park - One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She’an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered one of the most well-preserved Roman sites in the region.

  • Special lunch at Rutenberg restaurant - Situated on the banks of the Jordan, next to the old Gesher conservation site. The three bridges over the river and 10,000 years of human history attest to the fertility of the flora and fauna of the Jordan Valley. "We believe in seasonal local cuisine and are constantly in the process of discovering the region." (meal included)

  • Proceed to the hotel & check-in - Enjoy a relax time at the hotel's facilities.

  • Dinner at the hotel's lobby bar - (meal not included)

  • Rosh Pina - Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel - Mitzpe Hayamim Deluxe Room

Overnight: Rosh Pina - Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel - Mitzpe Hayamim Deluxe Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Thursday ( November 9 ) : Spiritual and Physical Heights



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour of Tzfat - Spend the morning in 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.

  • Havat Rom - farm to table - 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. (lunch included)

  • Wine tastings at Kishor Winery - The winery located in Kishorit, a village for adults with special needs. The members of the community enjoy a full life, including meaningful employment. In conjunction with the professional staff, the members take an active part in the grape cultivation, bottling, and marketing of the wines. The Visitors’ Center also employs Kishorit members who host guests, interact with members of the general community, and give guided tours.

  • Proceed back to the hotel and dinner at the lobby bar - (meal not included)

  • North

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

8 - Friday ( November 10 ) : The beauty of the land



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Start your day with a hike of the Banias nature reserve - 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.

  • Jeep tour along the border - Off-road adventure of the Galilee with a local expert guide. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria and Lebanon 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 northern border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Lunch on route - (meal not included, guide will give recommendations)

  • Magical afternoon bird watching and cycling thorough the Hula Valley - The Hula Valley is part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. Each migration season, over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterbirds, cormorants, herons, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes.

  • Druze home hospitality, cooking experience and dinner - 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.

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, Druze cooking workshop and meal

9 - Saturday ( November 11 ) : What these shores have seen



  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Travel to Rosh Hanikra - "Head of the Grottos", with the stunning chalk-white cliffs at Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground marine caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Akko 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 Uri Buri - For the past 40 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has offered a variety of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes, and boasts a wine list with over 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines. (meal not included)

  • Lookout over 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!

  • Proceed to Tel Aviv & check-in

  • Dinner on own at a local restaurnat - We will be happy to give restaurant recommendations in Tel Aviv closer to the trip (meal and transfers aren't included)

  • Tel Aviv - Sheraton - booked on own

Overnight: Tel Aviv - Sheraton - booked on own
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Sunday ( November 12 ) : Land of Judea



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour of the beautiful Beit Guvrin site - To really dig deep into the past, head to Beit Guvrin, where thousands of underground caves date back to the time of the Phoenicians. Discover the amazing Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin. In total there are at least 800 bell-shaped caves in the park, some of which are linked by underground tunnels. These caves were quarried during the 4th to 9th-century when the chalk was used to make roads, plaster, and mortar.

  • Sphera Winery - light lunch together with wine tastings - Sphera Winery is a boutique winery featuring only white wines from the Judean Hills of Israel. Carefully balancing nature, innovative technology, and a delicate, artistic touch, by focusing on only white wines, Sphera can zoom in on the fine details and discern the slightest of subtleties. Doron and Sivan, the winery's owners, believe in a clear and minimalistic approach that brings out the fruits’ true essence while ensuring wines that are layered with rich and complex flavors. And, of course, the views aren't too bad either.

  • Visit Ayalon bullet factory - Visit the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunitions factory built in 1945 by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. However, located eight meters below ground, this was the country's largest bullet factory. It has been said that the bullets manufactured at the Ayalon Institute played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.

  • Travel back to Tel Aviv & dinner on own

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, light lunch at a winery

11 - Monday ( November 13 ) : Old and New side by side



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a full day walking tour with your private gudie - Transfers are not included, can use taxis in the city.

  • 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. Though the two were united into one municipality in 1949, each part has retained 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.

  • Wind your way through the Flea Market - This market features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

  • Walk through the American-German Colony - In 1866, a group of 150 Christian Americans from Maine and the New England region, led by the eccentric (some say charlatan) preacher George Adams, left the United States, where the Civil War had just ended. They carried with them their faith, and the materials to rebuild their houses in the Holy Land, sailing 42 days to the disease-ridden Middle East. Join a fascinating journey that weaves its way through religious fervor, nationalistic jingoism, renewal and modern speculation to create a uniquely Tel Aviv neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood has both crumbling ruins and new villas- meticulously preserved 150-year-old homes next to four-story buildings with luxury apartments. Visit the Maine Friendship House and Immanuel Church, walk through the surprising streets, and learn the stories of the place.

  • Tour Neve Tzedek - This is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and is now one of the most beautiful and desirable locations in Tel Aviv. It was built in 1887 by dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa. Looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, they built, what was considered back then, modern and comfortable housing.. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood was restored and has become a trendy fun beautiful part of the city and a good place to try some Israeli Gelato!

  • The Independence Trail - the history of Tel Aviv and architecture - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows several stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about 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. Along Rothchild Blvd., you will also discover the development of the city through the architecture styles. As you might know, Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

  • Free afternoon and dinner on own

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Tuesday ( November 14 ) : Israel Today



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own - Guide, transportation, and activities on this day aren't included but can be added. see recommendations below:

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Open on Tuesday and Friday, visit Nachalat Binyamin, an open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Carmel Market (Tasting Tour is available) - Shuk HaCarmel is the largest market in Tel Aviv. Touring the market reveals the taste of the ages of Tel-Aviv in the youthful atmosphere of the city's central market. The Polish, the Persian, and the Yemeni... in this case, it is not the start of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place. The established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you. (tasting tour that replace a meal can be added)

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation. Booking is required in advance.

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People - 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. In June 2021, after ten years of planning and construction, this museum, the largest Jewish museum in the world, opened its doors. It represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities throughout different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

13 - Wednesday ( November 15 ) : Farewell - Shalom U'leitraot



  • Check out from hotel and private transfer to the airport

  • Fly back home - Wishing you safe travels.

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

Meal Plan: breakfast


General guide for tipping

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's the weather like in Israel?

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

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 

Cancellation Policy

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

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 60 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
A private guide for 9 days, including transportation on 7 days v
Hotel accomadation in Jerusalem - Mamilla Hotel, and the North - Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel v
Meals as listed in the meal plan at the end of each day v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Hotel accomadation in Tel Aviv v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Optional and suggested activities v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
“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
“Via Sabra's November 2019 tour "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" was fantastic. It combined learning about the places we visited with learning about and tasting the cuisine of these places. Many of the destinations were unusual; all were fascinating. Our guide Orit Levi's knowledge, enthusiasm, and charm enhanced the experience,”
Joan T

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