Price range
From $4530 per person
Upcoming Date
29-09 July 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Pricing Based on 20 participants:

4 Star package, hotels included:

Jerusalem – Herbert Samuel

North – Kefar Blum Pastoral

Tel Aviv – the Melody Hotel

Price per person in a double room – $4530 ; Single supplement – $1700

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5 Star package, hotels included:

Jerusalem – Mamilla

North – Mizpe HaYamim

Tel Aviv – The Carlton

Price per person in a double room – $5350 ; Single supplement – $2300

Highlights

Night Camel Karavan - under the starts
Unique Bat Mitzvah Ceremony with Live Music
Experience Old Craft Workshop in an Ancient Synagogue
Single Supplement - $1700

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (June 29) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • VIP Arrival - 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 and Check in to your hotel in Jerusalem

  • DInner on Own - DInner on Own

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel

2 - Thursday (June 30) : The Beginning: Back to the roots

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • City of David - A visit to the City of David, with its tagline “where it all began,” is a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. This hill, on which Jerusalem began 4 millenniums ago as a Jebusite village, has been continuously excavated for the last 120 years, and still, most of its mysteries are yet to be discovered.

  • Wet Walk through Hezekiahs Tunnels - Biblical King Hezekiah had the Siloam tunnel built in preparation for an Assyrian attack in the 8th or 7th century BCE, to redirect water from the Gihon spring into Jerusalem. Today, you can splash through the knee-deep water as you marvel at this astonishing feat of ancient engineering that is still standing today.

  • Stop for Hummus for lunch

  • 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 central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall), sacred because it is the last remnant 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Optional: 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.

  • Dinner at The first train station - In September 1892, the first train from Jaffa entered the Jerusalem station and was received by a festive ceremony. Over a hundred years later First Station is a major center of entertainment, culture and culinary delights.

  • Option 1:Night out with the locals - Enjoy an evening out with Jerusalemites that will show you their secret places for drinks on this busy night

  • Option 2: Night Camel ride at Genesis Land - 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. Ride by camel to desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Friday (July 1) : Seeing it differently

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Lookout and opening at Mount of Olives Tower of David Museum - 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.

  • Rappeling on Old City Walls

  • In the meantime: - Optional 3 religion tour of the Old City, with the Church of the Holy Sepulchure

  • Lunch at 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.

  • Free time and rest

  • Kabbalat Shabbat At the Kotel - Just before sundown we gather at the Western Wall for unique and inspiring experience, as we watch the various, modern Jewish communities gather to usher-in Shabbat. Following ancient traditions, each community blesses the 'Sabbath Queen'.

  • Shabbat dinner 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.

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Saturday (July 2) : The lowest place on earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Option 1:

  • Masada National Park - Hike up the snake path 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.
    Optional cable car for whoever hikes

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat or in kayaks 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.
    Half of the group can kayak in the dead Sea.

  • The Dead Sea - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - with about 34.2% salinity.
    This is 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 - 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.

  • Another option for this day (MARLA READ THIS) - Marla -
    Another option for this day is to start with a morning hike, continue to float in the Dead Sea, and then go up to Masada by cable car.
    Then - hike down from the ramp, to the west. Then - spend the night in the desert at Kfar HaNokdim (optional cabins, tents, or glamping).
    There - we can have a night camel ride instead of the second day, and scorpion hunting.

  • Optional: night tour of graffiti in the market

  • Dinner location TBD - on own

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Sunday (July 3) : Bira Amikta to Igra Rama

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Twinning Project at Yad Vashem - B’nei Mitzvah tour with Twinning Program at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the underground Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • Tasting tour at 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.

  • Drive North

  • Home Hospitality Lunch with a Druze family - 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.

  • Check in and rest

  • Boat ride, dinner and party on the Sea of Galilee - The best way to appreciate the beauty of the Sea of Galilee is by taking a boat ride across the blue water, especially at sunset as the sky changes color and the sun sinks behind the dreamlike hills that surround the lake.

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Monday (July 4) : The Golan

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike the Yehudiya river - Action hike at the Yehudiya with the Black Waterfall.
    For non hikers - tour the Yarden Park (5 minute drive)

  • Lunch and Wine tasting at Assaf Winery - Lunch and wine tasting at 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.

  • Ancient and Old Crafts workshops at Ancient Katzrin - The ruins of the ancient Jewish village of Katzrin are located in the central Golan. The village was discovered and excavated about 30 years ago. The remains of ancient Katzrin have been restored after excavation: the columns of the synagogue are upright once more and the houses near the synagogue are two stories high and roofed. Samples of ancient household utensils and agricultural implements are displayed in the houses and there are activities showing life during ancient times - such as pita baking (pocket bread or flatbread).

  • No Other Land - A Geopolitical Jeep tour through the Golan - Geo-Political tour of the Golan with Ilan Schulman. Explore the terrain of the Golan Heights by jeep. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area.

  • Optional: Fruit picking

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Tuesday (July 5) : Physical and Spiritual heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Safed - Safed, pronounced Tzfat in Hebrew, 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. Safed’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.

  • Optional: ATV's offroad in the southern Galilee through Sanhedrin Trail

  • Lunch at Harduf Organic Vegetarian Restaurant - Lunch at Harduf’s organic vegetarian restaurant. Kibbutz Harduf specializes in education, social therapy and rehabilitation, medicine, arts, agriculture and organic food. Harduf's current population consists of 600 people, of which about 150 are people and children with special needs, who live in the four rehabilitative homes

  • Tour Tzippori National Park - At Tzippori, view the ruins and ancient mosaic floor to see how native species have been part of the national iconography for centuries.

  • Caesarea National Park - Continue to Caesarea, built by Herod, was the Roman capital of Palestine as well as important seat of early Christianity. Although it boasted a Jewish community in late antiquity, in the 3rd c., Jewish sages exempted the city from Jewish law (Halacha) because by this time most of the inhabitants were non-Jewish. The extensive seaside ruins here date back to Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. Explore the 2,000-year-old Roman theater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts.

  • Optional and time permitting: Hana Senesh House

  • Continue south to Tel Aviv and check in

  • Dinner at Port Saeed

  • Melody Hotel

Overnight: Melody Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Wednesday (July 6) : Walt the streets of the city

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Graffiti Tour and Walking tour of the newly renovated Railway Park - Explore Florentine through 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.

  • Tasting tour at Levinsky Market - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, 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.

  • Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 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.

  • Tour The White City of Tel Aviv

  • Option 1: SeekIt scavenger hunt activity

  • Option 2: Instagram Photography Workshop - (Not really Instagram, just teaching you to take better photos with your phone)
    Can also be scheduled for the beginning of the trip

  • Optional: Bike Tour of Tel Aviv

  • Streed Food dinner

  • Melody Hotel

Overnight: Melody Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

9 - Thursday (July 7) : the big day

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Bnot Mizvah ceremony Beit Guvrin - Start the day with the Bnot Motzvah ceremony, led by Rabbi Nadel.
    In Beit Guvrin National Park, explore the Bell Caves of which there are around 800 in the area! Many of the caves are linked via an underground network of passageways. The area was a quarry which was used to carve stones for construction. Play with the outstanding acoustics in the cave- you’ll be treated to a short concert.

  • Festive Lunch at Agur Winery

  • Another option for the ceremony: Migdal Tzedek National Park - Located in Migdal Afek are the ruins of Mirabel, a Crusader castle, built on the site of ancient Migdal Afek. It was described in Muslim sources in 1225 as a village with a fortress called Majdal Yaba. In the 17th century, the village was taken over by the Rayyān family who arrived from Transjordan and built a two-story manor house.

  • Time on your own to rest

  • Evening tour of Old 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.

  • Haj Kahil dinner - Haj Kahil, delicious Arabic food across from the clock tower in Jaffa

  • Melody Hotel

Overnight: Melody Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 - Friday (July 8) : like a real tel avivian

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tasting tour at the Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - The Carmel Market (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 opening line 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. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • 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.

  • Challah Baking at Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif 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.

  • Optional if not done on Wednesday: Graffiti Workshop with Murielle - We will start with a half hour tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentine, where we will explore the different styles and techniques used by Graffiti Artists today. Then we will continue to the private back yard of the smallest gallery in the world, where we will have a wide variety of cool graffiti stencils to choose from and with the help of professional Street Artist, you will learn the creative techniques and secrets behind Graffiti Art. Enjoy the experience of making graffiti on a T-shirt or canvas and take home with you your own unique graffiti work of art

  • Yoga lesson with Noa at Conatus, between the graffiti walls - Conatus

  • Afternoon on own - Conatus

  • Unforgettable dinner at HaBanot rooftop

  • Melody Hotel

Overnight: Melody Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

11 - Saturday (July 9) : farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Leisure Day in Tel Aviv - Leisure

  • Some options for the day:

  • 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.

  • Surfing Lessons - Surfing Lessons

  • Ayalon Institute - Visit the Ayalon Institute, 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.

  • Farewell Dinner - TBD

  • Departure

Overnight: Departure
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

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 Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – 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.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

If I have a question while in Israel, who do I call?

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Via Sabra is on call for all of our clients touring in Israel. We take customer support very seriously and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions while you are in Israel. A list of phone numbers will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before your trip. And, while we take pride in getting to know our guests personally over the course of a trip, we would also love to meet you before you travel with us. Click here to schedule a Zoom / phone call with our staff - a short introduction will go a long way!

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (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
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“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
2019

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