Price range
From 7550$ per person
Upcoming Date
10-22 October 2021
Tour Time
13 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Join us for this 5-Star VIP experience designed exclusively for Melton’s major donors and board members. As we end one extraordinary year and stand on the brink of a new one, we are excited to embark on a journey from what has been the “new normal” to the new and historic “NORMALization of UAE-Israel relations.”

We begin our journey in Dubai by soaking up the landscape, learning from experts, meeting locals, absorbing the culture, and tasting the fare. From there, we’ll turn our watches back an hour, and head northwest to Tel Aviv on a journey that was, until recently, unthinkable. In Israel, we will experience a novel take on Israeli society with a focus on its Middle Eastern identity and the impact it has had on the Israel we know today. Amongst other topics, we will focus on matters of diplomacy, nation-state building, absorption, and more… while taking a deep dive into the multiple and dynamic layers of Israeli culture, art, and cuisine.

Extras

Single supplement - $1250
Upgrades available
Ask us about optional trip extensions
See the checkout page to book the Jordan extension (details on day 11-12)

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (October 10) : Welcome to Dubai!

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Activities:

  • Gather in lobby for informal dinner plans with those who have met Covid requirements

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor
Meal Plan: No meals included

2 - Monday (October 11) : Greater Dubai - The UAE and a New Middle East

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FOCUS: INSIGHTS THROUGH HIGHLIGHTS

Activities:

  • Breakfast

  • Introduction to the Shalom, Salaam Experience

  • Al Seef – An historical site rooted in Dubai’s culture and heritage

  • Al Fahidi - Historical neighborhood -Dubai Creek

  • Dubai Creek - A traditional boat journey (by abra), crossing Dubai Creek to visit the spice market and world-famous gold souk.

  • Introduction to local customs, religious practices, and culture at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

  • Panoramic Overview of Old and New Dubai from the Dubai Frame

  • Speaker: Mohammed Baharoon - Director General of b’huth, the Dubai Public Policy Research Center- An Emirati Perspective on the Abraham Accords and Peace with Israel

  • Dinner on your own

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Tuesday (October 12) : Sharjah City - Building on Old Foundations

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FOCUS: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE CULTURAL CENTER OF THE ARAB WORLD

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Introduction to the day

  • Sharjah Fort

  • Al Noor Mosque

  • Markazi souk, with multiple gold jewelers

  • Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

  • THUS FAR: Processing the encounter

  • Meeting with: Ross Kriel - President of the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) and a leader of the growing Expat community, to discuss the place of Jews in the UAE model of tolerance.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor
Meal Plan: breakfast

4 - Wednesday (October 13) : Modern Dubai - Envisioning the future

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FOCUS: LIVING THE VISION

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Palm Jumeriah

  • Monorail & downtown Dubai

  • Burj Khalifa Tower, the tallest building in the world

  • Shopping at the Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall

  • Dinner and Discussion with Dr. Elie Abadie - UAE’s Senior Rabbi, Beirut-born, a prominent scholar of Sephardic Judaism, Israel, the Jews, and the Muslim World

  • Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor

Overnight: Dubai Hilton Al Habtoor
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Thursday (October 14) : Welcome home - VIP Arrival!

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FOCUS: TRANSITIONS - EAST TO WEST

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Interim summary session

  • Depart for Israel

  • Transfer to Dubai Airport

  • Flight to Ben Gurion Airport - With VIP Arrival

  • Cocktail hour

  • Opening dinner - Meeting over dinner with a Middle East scholar & diplomat - focusing on Israel's new regional ties

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Friday (October 15) : Israeli Culture Encountered afresh!

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FOCUS: YOM SHISHI VIBING THROUGH THE ART SCENE

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Two options:

  • Morning with Shirel Horovitz - What is Israeli Art? Tour of the Tel Aviv Art Museum and art galleries with Shirel Horovitz. Shirel lectures, leads art tours, teaches art and is an art consultant to a variety of private groups and institutions among them Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

  • Israeli Culture through Fashion - A fashion tour is a unique interactive way to introducing you to Israel and its culture. 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. During the tour, we will 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.

  • Lunch of Israeli Street Food

  • Music program- Kabbalat Shabbatish- - At the former Pussycat Club, now a social space for change.

  • Shabbat begins 17:46

  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services

  • Shabbat dinner

  • Isrotel Royal Beach

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Saturday (October 16) : Tel Aviv Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shul hopping and tiyul in Neve Tzedek or Kerem HaTeimanim - A central Tel Aviv Neighborhood, Kerem HaTeimanim means "Vineyards of the Yemenites". Yemenite pioneers who built the neighborhood and many of their descendants still live here today. The neighborhood underwent refurbishment in the nineties and nowadays is a popular location for both religious and secular residents due to its central location. There are various types of architectural styles displayed in the neighborhood, from British colonial style to Bauhaus and even modern-day style.

  • In private setting, indulge in a special Shabbat Brunch & Learn - Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked by families that share their heritage and flavors. Enjoy a short session on the weekly parasha.

  • Untold Jaffa Walking Tour - Tour Ajami, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa. You’ll hear a challenging narrative about the city and its history. Continue your tour through Jaffa, enjoying the beauty of the winding streets and the beautiful port with its biblical reference.

  • Israeli Cocktail Workshop - Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Shabbat ends 18:44

  • Dinner on your own

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Sunday (October 17) : A Mosaic of Cultures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Kfar Qassem - To what extent are we able to articulate the Abrahamic vision in Israel? Visit the Israeli-Arab town with a difficult history mixed with a desire to be included in the fabric of Israeli society.

  • Stop for lunch

  • Drive to Jerusalem

  • JERUSALEM: CITY OF HUMANKIND

  • Old City Optional Tracks - Photography, Food, Religious symbols

  • Ruth Baks - Continue to the Jewish Quarter and meet Ruth Baks, an orthodox American, who moved to Israel in the 1970's. She's a home cook, and avid baker, and is on a lifelong mission to study spices. Ruth's been to India more than 30 times. She’ll welcome us into her home then she'll guide us through the ancient alleyways of the Jewish Quarter.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Mamilla Hotel

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

9 - Monday (October 18) : Culture Klatsch

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • What is Israeli Cuisine? - Panel of experts-Sami Tamimi, Amit Aharonson, and Ruthie Russo (options)

  • Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane 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 Season of Culture-Mekudeshet - Mekudeshet is an award-winning, cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from being a center of conflict into a laboratory for connections between people of all kinds. Meet the founder of the organization, Karen Brunwasser, and experience a taste of the work of Mekudeshet.

  • Dinner at Shalva Cafe

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch: Market Tasting Tour, Dinner

10 - Tuesday (October 19) : Envisioning the Future

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour of Abu Ghosh - Abu Ghosh is an Israeli-Arab town in the Jerusalem hills that is well known for its hummus, music festival, beautiful churches. and for a history of friendly relations with Jews and Zionism.

  • Meet with Issa Jaber, mayor of Abu Ghosh: How Can We Flourish Together?

  • Hinam Center: Realizing the Vision - Mifgash at The Hinam Center, an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. Meet teen participants in the center’s programs who learn about religious tolerance.

  • Closing lunch with Luiza Catering – Contemporary Israeli Kitchen

  • Summary Session over coffee & dessert

  • Back to hotel by 5:00 pm

  • Option- Petra Extension - To Ben Gurion Airport for flight to Eilat and overnight in Eilat

Overnight: Option- Petra Extension
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

11 - Wednesday (October 20) : Jordan Extension

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Activities:

  • For booking the Jordan extension - When registering on the website, please add the "Jordan Extension" to to your cart before checking out. Please note (!) - the price is per person. The balance for the extension will be charged 45 days prior to the trip.
    If you're not sure, add to you comments that you would like the Jordan extension - and we will contact you separately.

  • Cross the border into Jordan and drive to Petra

  • Petra - Full day visiting Jordan's Jewel, The Capital City of the Nabateans, a city fully carved in the rose red stones of Wadi Mousa Mountains. Upon arrival, you will take a horse back ride (optional), walk through the Siq, the only access to this city. Lunch included.

  • Petra

Overnight: Petra

12 - Thursday (October 21) : Jordan Extension

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Wadi Rum - After breakfast, depart to the Valley of the moon, which was known as "Lawrence of Arabia land" enjoying a jeep safari a Bedouin lunch. After breakfast, Drive southwards this morning to Wadi Rum, a moonscape terrain of ancient river beds, wind-sculpted mountains, vast desert vistas and smooth, pastel-colored sands. You will meet long skirted legionnaires offering cardamom-spiced coffee at the "Beau Geste" outpost. Enjoy with 02 hours jeep tour at this oasis home to the film "Lawrence of Arabia." A truly “out of this world” experience!

  • Mayazen Rum Glamping - Our private tents are one of the most notable feature at the camp. Every private tent is furnished with Bedouin Arabesque decorative details, modern superior quality bedding, an A/C remote control unit, en suite bathrooms with towels, shower, and toiletries, and a private patio with outdoor seating.

Overnight: Mayazen Rum Glamping

13 - Friday (October 22)

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Activities:

  • Proceed to the border and into Eilat for a flight back to Ben Gurion Airport

Overnight: Proceed to the border and into Eilat for a flight back to Ben Gurion Airport

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

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

What documents do I need?

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US and Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel to Israel. Citizens from all other countries will need to check with their respective embassies / consulates or visa agency to determine if a visa is required. You can also check here. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from the date you leave Israel after your trip.

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. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

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
Accommodations, all ground transportation in both Dubai and TLV v
A licensed, English-speaking tour guide v
Flight from Dubai to TLV v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Airfare to Dubai and from TLV v
Jordan extension v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
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