Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
23-01 January 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Walk into every bakery you pass and try something!
Check out all of the hip stores in the country!
Eat your way through Israel's Culinary landscape
Have fun every day all day!

Itinerary

1 - Friday (December 23) : 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, collecting your baggage, and relevant Covid testing, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem - Relax after your flight

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General

2 - Saturday (December 24) : Shabbat in the Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Leisurely morning

  • Option to visit the Israel museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • 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.

  • Explore the Jerusalem Hills at the beautiful Sataf forest - Easy hike through the area. The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites. Along the way forage for edible plants.

  • If you still have energy, stroll through Ein Karem and enjoy a hot drink - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood.

  • Dinner on your own - We can make reservations for you at one of Jerusalem's great restaurants.

  • Explore Mamilla Mall

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General

3 - Sunday (December 25) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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 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 (1601ft) 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 - Walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens. 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, interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Tasting lunch in the Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) 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.

  • Return to the hotel to rest

  • Late afternoon in Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Mahane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General

4 - Monday (December 26) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 8:00 departure for Masada

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west 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 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 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat 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.

  • Ride by camel to desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal - Genesis Land is situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem Lodging General

Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General

5 - Tuesday (December 27) : Memory and Remembering

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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. Meet with the family connected to the menorah featured in an online gallery in an app created by Mike that is an augmented reality online gallery. Possible meeting with curators or staff of Yad Vashem.

  • Stop for a quick felafel lunch

  • Depart Jerusalem Haifa

  • View the Bahai Gardens- tour depending on availability - From the Louis Promenade, on 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!

  • Explore Wadi Nisnas - Wadi Nisnas is one of Haifa’s most colorful neighborhoods, full of narrow streets, picturesque stone houses, and the Wadi Nisnas market. It is a mixed neighborhood that captures the nature and atmosphere of the city of Haifa - a city of many faiths and communities, that live alongside each other in an exemplary co-existence. The Wadi Nisnas market is the place to go and experience some of the local flavors: taste pastries, spiced tea, the best falafel in Israel, and strong Turkish coffee, along with other delicatessens and aromas that will have your mouth watering.

  • German Colony - Taking its name from German Templars who settled the area in the 19th century, the German Colony is now Haifa’s most beautiful and appealing neighborhood. Picturesque red-roofed Templar houses and wide, tree-lined avenues give the German Colony a continental flavor. A wonderful place to soak up the sunset over Haifa bay, and enjoy the nightlife, restaurants, and boutiques in the heart of Haifa.

  • Drive to the hotel and check in

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • NORTH ISR LODGING general

Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING general

6 - Wednesday (December 28) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Agamon HaHula - Bikes & Golfcarts - The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes. Early morning ride through the park.

  • Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV - Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines.

  • DeKarina Chocolate workshop on Kibbutz Ein Zivan - Taste some of the finest chocolate in Israel and then make some of your own to take home.

  • Dinner at a restaurant or at the hotel

  • NORTH ISR LODGING general

Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING general

7 - Thursday (December 29)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Bar Mitzvah at the ancient synagogue at Tzipoori - At Tzippori, view the ruins and ancient mosaic floor to see how native species have been part of the national iconography for centuries.

  • Forage for edible greens then cook together with your Druze host - 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 Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at Bana - Not included

  • TLV ISR LODGING general

Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general

8 - Friday (December 30) : Tel Aviv-Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Jaffa - On a walk through 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.

  • Jump forward in time to the Israel Innovation Center - The center showcases the many amazing technologies that have been developed in Israel and are now changing the world.

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - Continue to Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), 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. (The tasting tour replaces lunch)

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - If your tour is on a Tuesday or a Friday, visit Nachlat 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, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Shabbat dinner with friends

  • TLV ISR LODGING general

Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general

9 - Saturday (December 31) : Shabbat in the First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

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

  • Lunch at Miznon - Chef Eyal Shani has elevated the simple pita at Miznon with fresh gourmet cuisine stuffed in light and fluffy pitas. Try his signature roasted cauliflower as well.

  • Graffiti Tour - Explore Florentine on an urban Graffiti Tour. Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • Taste some of Israel's inventive local cocktails

  • New Year's Dinner with friends

  • TLV ISR LODGING general

Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general

10 - Sunday (January 1)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Two choices this morning:

  • Visit the Ayalon Institute - The Ayalon Insitute was a clandestine ammunition 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. Eight meters below ground this was the 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.

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

  • Lunch followed by a tour at Asif - Asif Culinary Institute of Israel is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture, a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central.

  • Fashion tour with Galit Reisman - 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. 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.

  • Final dinner at Claro - Claro is not “just” a restaurant; it’s a place of entertainment, providing an experience that embodies all the knowledge of Shmueli and his staff in hospitality and event planning. It is a relaxed venue for social gathering, offering a warm atmosphere, good music and a superb dining experience.

  • Transfer to the airport

Overnight: Transfer to the airport

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.

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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