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Price range
From $10,275 per person
Upcoming Date
03 Apr 2024 - 16 Apr 2024
Tour Time
14 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday ( April 3 ) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • VIP 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.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Settle in, relax, and get to know the neighborhood of the hotel - We can make restaurant recommendations and reservations.

  • Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room

Overnight: Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room
Meal Plan: No meals included

2 - Thursday ( April 4 ) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Guide and taxis

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby.

  • Begin the day with overview of the Old City from 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.

  • Tour Jerusalem's Old City - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City and meet the people and places that make this place so unique. 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, and, if conditions permit, visit one of the holiest Muslim sites, the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to the three major religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

  • 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.

  • Meet 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.

  • Time 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.

  • Tour the Western Wall Tunnels - Explore what’s under the Muslim Quarter 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.

  • Return to the hotel and evening on your own

  • Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room

Overnight: Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour Old City

3 - Friday ( April 5 ) : Memory and Hope

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Guide and taxis

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day at 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.

  • Continue to Mount Herzl - As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 28,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Visit the grave of Shlomo Carlbach at Har HaMenuchot Cemetery

  • Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour - In the heart of Jerusalem sits this bustling, multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor. Immerse yourself in the world of Middle Eastern cuisine as you indulge in a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda Market. Learn about the market's rich history, and meet the vendors who bring this place to life, as you experience the vibrant energy unique to this iconic culinary destination.

  • Free time

  • Shabbat Dinner in home hospitality, at the hotel, or at a restaurant - Not included

  • Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room

Overnight: Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

4 - Saturday ( April 6 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Guide and Transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart for Masada

  • Your first stop will be Masada National Park - Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is built as a palace complex, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). Became a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. Ascend Masada by cable car and tour the site.

  • Continue to a 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 'swim' in the Dead Sea.

  • Return to Jerusalem - Dinner on your own

  • Optional: Tower of David Sound and Light Show - Amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l'oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

  • Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room

Overnight: Jerusalem- Orient Hotel Orient Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Sunday ( April 7 ) : The Land of our Ancestors

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Guide and Transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • Drive to Rachel's Tomb - Just outside the historic town of Bethlehem lies the tomb of the biblical matriarch Rachel, revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The tomb has been been a traditional prayer spot for centuries for visitors of every faith who want to pause, meditate, and connect to the biblical story of Rachel.

  • Continue to Hebron - Hebron is a city located in the southern West Bank. Nestled in the Judean Mountains, it is the largest city in the West Bank and home to approximately 250,000 Palestinians and between 500 and 850 Jewish settlers concentrated in and around the old quarter. The city is divided into two sectors: “H1”, controlled by the Palestinian Authority and “H2”, roughly 20% of the city, administered by Israel. The Israelis are governed by their own municipal body, the Committee of the Jewish Community of Hebron. Hebron is most notable for containing the traditional burial site of the biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs and is therefore considered the second-holiest city in Judaism after Jerusalem and is also venerated by Muslims for its association with Abraham and was traditionally viewed as one of the "four holy cities of Islam."

  • Drive to Mitzpe Ramon with a stop at Sde Boker - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert continues to bloom today. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Wine tasting at Carmey Avdat Farm - This modern-day vineyard is planted on the remains of the ancient terraces, taking care to preserve the archeological remains of the former vineyard. When it rains the vineyard is irrigated by the floodwaters – exactly as it was in ancient times.

  • Check into the hotel and dinner at the hotel

  • South- Beresheet Balcony Room

Overnight: South- Beresheet Balcony Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Monday ( April 8 ) : In the Desert you Can't Remember your Name

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Guide and Transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Explore Makhtesh Ramon-National Park - Makhtesh Ramon is a type of geological formation found only in Israel and northern Sinai. The steep rock cliffs surrounding a closed valley drained by a single wadi are the product of erosion. Ramon Crater is the largest of three in Israel.

  • Hike in the Makhtesh

  • Jeep ride in Makhtesh Ramon. - Ride through the stunning Negev Desert and get to know the endless variations of the landscape. Explore the area of Makhtesh Ramon and immerse yourself in the details of the land around you.

  • Time to enjoy the hotel facilities

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • South- Beresheet Balcony Room

Overnight: South- Beresheet Balcony Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Tuesday ( April 9 ) : From Desert Landscape to Urban Oasis

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Transfer to Tel Aviv

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning to enjoy the hotel - Check out at noon

  • Transfer to the hotel - Check into your hotel

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - 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.

  • Time in the Carmel Market - Carmel Market 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.

  • Dinner recommendation- HaBasta - Small but perfectly formed, HaBasta is located on a street leading off Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market, from where almost all its produce is sourced. An extensive daily changing menu is scribbled on a piece of paper on the wall. The dishes, while simple, are satisfyingly complex in execution. The international wine list is equally exceptional. You will be greeted by Maoz Alonim, chef and owner.

  • Tel Aviv- Royal Beach Large Studio Room

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Royal Beach Large Studio Room
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Wednesday ( April 10 ) : Tel Aviv- Old-New City

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Guide and taxis

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin your day in 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.

  • As you tour, taste local treats- savory and sweet

  • Continue to 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!

  • Continue to Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail leads to 10 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.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Tel Aviv- Royal Beach Large Studio Room

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Royal Beach Large Studio Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, Jaffa tastings

9 - Thursday ( April 11 ) : Day on your own in Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Suggestions:

  • -The Tel Aviv Museum of Art - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art?

  • -Levinsky Market - 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.

  • -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.

  • -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- Royal Beach Large Studio Room

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Royal Beach Large Studio Room
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Friday ( April 12 ) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Guide and Transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • Drive to Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and magnificent 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.

  • Continue to Akko

  • Lunch at Uri Buri Restaurant - 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. (reservation made, not included)

  • Tour Akko - The ancient city of Akko is situated on the Mediterranean, 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 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.

  • Drive to your hotel and check in

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel or home hospitality in Tzfat - Not included

  • North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room

Overnight: North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Saturday ( April 13 ) : Physical Heights

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Guide and Transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Take a geo-political tour of the Golan - 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.

  • Lunch and wine-tasting at Tel Winery - Tel Winery is a woman-owned micro boutique winery, offering intimate tours led by the passionate and knowledgeable Lital. All wines are single varietal, made exclusively from Northern Golan grapes and feature high acidity and fruits flavors which provide for a refreshing sip.

  • Ein Keshatot (Umm al-Kanatir) - Ein Keshatot is is one of about 30 Jewish villages that existed in the Golan during the Talmudic Period, which was period of great growth in the area. The synagogue building was constructed in the 6th century CE (approximately 500 years after the destruction of the Second Temple), and was the center of local communal life. It served as a place for prayer, reading of the Torah, and various public activities.

  • Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant - Not included

  • North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room

Overnight: North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

12 - Sunday ( April 14 ) : Spiritual Heights

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Guide and Transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Spend the day in Tzfat - Tzfat sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbala, Jewish mysticism. 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.

  • Dinner at the hotel or restaurant - Not included

  • North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room

Overnight: North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room
Meal Plan: breakfast

13 - Monday ( April 15 ) : Day to enjoy the hotel

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel or restaurant - Not included

  • North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room

Overnight: North- Canaan Spa Hotel Superior Slow Room
Meal Plan: breakfast

14 - Tuesday ( April 16 ) : L'hitraot- Bringing Israel Home

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Transfer to Tel Aviv

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transfer to Tel Aviv

  • Day on your own in Tel Aviv

  • Transfer to the airport

  • VIP Departure services at the airport

Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where can I purchase it?

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

Travel Insurance 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 both health and travel insurance through our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry through this link.

How much do I tip my driver and tour guide?

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Standard tipping is as follows: For individuals/small groups (less than 10 people), it is recommended to tip your guide $15-$20 per person, per day. For the bus driver, the recommended amount is 60% of what you give your guide. For example, if you tip your guide $10 per person, per day, the driver should receive an additional $6 per person, per day. Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion.

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 AFTER REGISTRATION, with a full refund.

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

 

What’s Included
Transportation in taxis in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv v
Transportation as indicated on days with guide outside of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv v
A private, licensed, English-speaking tour guide (as indicated) v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the meal plan at the end of each day v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Hotel accommodation v
Airfare v
Optional and suggested activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v

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