Price range
From $3890 per person
Upcoming Date
30-08 April 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Family Fun
Experience all that Israel has to offer!
New things to taste
Classic Israel

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (March 30) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

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

  • Ascend to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Have time to rest and explore the area around the hotel - Time to visit Machane Yehuda Market before dinner in the shuk area

  • Suggestion: Dinner at Hatzot Restaurant, a legendary Jerusalem restaurant - Two brothers, Abraham and Michael Ajami founded this landmark family restaurant in 1970. Located in one of the older neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Legend has it that Meurav Yerushalmi - the favorite Israeli mixed grill dish - was born at Hatzot Restaurant.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: No Meals Included

2 - Thursday (March 31) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Your guide will meet you at the hotel for your first touring day - You will walk or take taxis today.

  • Begin the day at the Jaffa Gate - An imposing entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jaffa Gate is one of the six original entrances built by Suleiman the Magnificent. The Jaffa gate is full of fascinating details, like the abrupt right-angle turn within the gatehouse, the chamber above the gate, and the huge mezuzah, which is new since the time of Suleiman.

  • Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls - 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.

  • Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall - 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.

  • The Western Wall Tunnels - Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour. The Western Wall is impressive, but its greatness is truly discovered when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects—the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Davidson Center- the archaeological park of the southern excavations. - Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk in the Muslim quarter - Check out the local humus and sweets Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Finish touring in the Christian Quarter - One of the four neighborhoods of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Christian Quarter is home to a rich tapestry of Christians of many denominations. The historic and impressive Church of the Holy Sepulcher, encompassing the last 5 Stations of the Cross, dominates the area. Retrace the footsteps of generations of pilgrims.

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Tasting Tour in the Old City

3 - Friday (April 1) : Memory. Memorial, and Hope

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day on your own- visit booked to 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.

  • Suggestions- visit the Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, aEnjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Free time

  • Shabbat dinner with Home Hospitality

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

4 - Saturday (April 2) : Masada and the Dead Sea

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Masada National Park - Atop a lone rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert lies Masada, combining natural beauty and deep meaning. Ascend by cable care or hiking up 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.

  • Ein Gedi - The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. We will have the opportunity to hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. The stunning Ein Gedi oasis consists of two separate waterways: Nahal David (David’s Stream), where David took refuge from King Saul; and Nahal Arugot, where remains of a 6th-century synagogue were discovered.

  • The Dead Sea - 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.

  • Drive to Mitzpe Ramon and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight: Beresheet Hotel - Mitzpe Ramon

Overnight: Overnight: Beresheet Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

5 - Sunday (April 3) : In the Desert you can Remember your Name

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center - Learn the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature through interactive exhibits. At the center, pay tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first and only astronaut, who tragically died on a space mission in 2003. View the crater from a stunning vantage point, at the heart of the promenade which stretches along the Ramon Crater mouth. There is a hanging terrace providing a marvelous observation point over the depths of the crater.

  • Jeep ride in Makhtesh Ramon - Makhtesh Ramon, a 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

  • Free time to enjoy the hotel facilities

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight: Beresheet Hotel - Mitzpe Ramon

Overnight: Overnight: Beresheet Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

6 - Monday (April 4) : A Land of Visions

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and begin to drive towards Tel Aviv with a few stops along the way

  • Visit Sde Boker and the grave of David and Paula Ben Gurion - Visit the grave of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom.

  • Lunch at Kornmehl organic goat cheese farm - Set among views of the desert hills, the farm sits on remnants of terraces belonging to an ancient farm that is over 5,000 years old.

  • Explore Beit Guvrin National Park - The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that come from the remains of the ancient city of Tel Maresha. The park is an important archeological site and the caves are stunning with a rich history.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv

  • Dinner on your own at one of Tel Aviv's amazing restaurants

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

7 - Tuesday (April 5) : Free day to visit family

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Evening- entertainment option- we'll check out the schedule for music and other performance events and find something great for you!

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Tasting Tour in the Carmel Market

8 - Wednesday (April 6) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Caesarea National Park - Caesarea National Park is where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean from this site. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • Druze Cooking Workshop and meal - 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.

  • Drive to Akko - Drive to Akko

  • 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.

  • Suggestion: Dinner at Uri Buri - For the past 20 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

9 - Thursday (April 7) : Tel Aviv- Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

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

  • Tasting Tour in the Carmel Market - The 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 established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you.

  • Independence Trail - Using an iPad guided hunt, discover the new Independence Trail which follows stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites. Learn 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.

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast

10 - Friday (April 8) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Free day

  • Transfer to airport for departure

Overnight: Transfer to airport for departure
Meal Plan: Breakfast

FAQ

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

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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 it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy 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

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.

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 tour guide and transportation for 6 days v
Hotels throughout the trip v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Testimonials
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020

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