Price range
From $880 per person
Upcoming Date
12-13 October 2022
Tour Time
2 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (October 12) : Jerusalem Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Meet your guide at Ashdod Port and drive to Jerusalem

  • Tour the Jewish Quarter and Mount Zion - 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. Continue to Mount Zion, the traditional site of the tomb of King David, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. (The Last Supper room is not accessible). On Mt. Zion you can also visit the Basilica of Dormition. The church was built in the late 19th century, on or near the site where Mary is believed to have died and ascended to heaven.

  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Holy Sepulchre 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. Please note: some parts are not accessible.

  • Lunch in 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 not included)

  • St Anne Basilica of Bethesda - The Pool of Bethesda is a pool located near the Via Dolorosa and the Lions' Gate. The pools known from the New Testament account of Jesus miraculously healing a paralyzed man. The site combines the Crusader Church of St. Anne along with an archeological site. The name of the pool is said to be derived from the Hebrew language. Beth hesda, means either house of mercy or house of grace. Learn about the stories that took place here and the archeological findings that were discovered here.

  • 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.

  • Drive to the famous Machane Yehuda Market

  • Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, browse through the market and taste some delicious food. Enjoy the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. (meal not included)

  • Proceed to your hotel to rest

  • In the evening: 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. On own, no guide or transfer. Reservation will be made.

  • Jerusalem - booked on own

Overnight: Jerusalem - booked on own

2 - Thursday (October 13) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Booked on own

  • Check out from hotel and drive to the Dead Sea - Your guide will pick you up from your hotel

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by a cable car 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.

  • Dead Sea Resort - 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, with accessible beach and pool, take time to swim, float and have lunch.

  • Private transfer to Ashdod Port

  • Ashdod Port

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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

General guide for tipping

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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?

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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 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.

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19,  a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 45 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
Meals: 1 lunch v
Pick up from and to Ashdod Port v
Private, licensed, English speaking, I4A tour guide v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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