Price range
From $3395 per person
Upcoming Date
24-29 June 2022
Tour Time
6 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Relaxing Shabbat in Tel Aviv
Multicultural Galilee
Judaism and Christianity in the North
Heights of Masada to Depths of the Dead Sea
Amazing Tastes along the Way

Itinerary

1 - Friday (June 24) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • Ben Gurion Airport - You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by your driver, who will transfer you to the hotel.

  • Melody Hotel - Check in to Melody Hotel.

  • Dinner on Own - We are happy to make recommendations

Overnight: Dinner on Own

2 - Saturday (June 25) : Shabbat Tel Aviv Style!

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Activities:

  • Melody Hotel - Breakfast at the Hotel

  • Shabbat shalom! - Enjoy Shabbat Tel Aviv style! We are happy to provide suggestions of things to do, but you may wish to just take a walk, hang out on the beach, head to a cafe, and get acclimated to the time change.

  • Melody Hotel - Overnight Melody Hotel

Overnight: Melody Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Sunday (June 26) : The Many Faces of the North

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Activities:

  • Melody Hotel - Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

  • Caesarea National Park - As we make our way to the north of Israel, on the Mediterranean coast - Caesarea, one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. A national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. The city was initially built by King Herod in the 1st century BC, who dreamed of a major seaport to connect the Province of Judea with Rome. For this purpose, the king's men designed an entirely artificial harbor that was in use for about a Millenium. The city became a central city in Roman and Byzantine times as can be seen from the massive archeological remains on site. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used as a performing venue today and the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Akko historical tour - Continuing north along the coastline, head to Akko, where you will walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old City of Akko, or Acre, has been lived in continuously for 4,000 years. There’s almost too much to see, including one of the world’s oldest ports; the amazing Crusader city which earned Akko UNESCO World Heritage status; and the khans, mosques, baths, and citadels of the preserved Ottoman walled town.

  • Mi'ilya - The Western Galilee is the area in the north-west corner of Israel. Culturally and ethnically diverse, the combination of raw beauty and variety with the borders of the sea on one side and mountains on another make this area an amazing place to explore. Mi'ilya is an Arab local council in the western Galilee in the Northern District of Israel. Its name during the Kingdom of Jerusalem era in Galilee was Castellum Regis. In 2019 it had a population of 3,244, all of whom are Melkite Greek Catholics.

  • Dinner at Chateau Du Roi - Salma Assaf, a resident of the village of Mi’ilya, an avid antiquities enthusiast, and a graduate of the Department of History, began her life’s work about two decades ago with her late husband, Labib Assaf.
    Chateau du Roi is housed in a historic building connected to a 12th-century Crusader fortress, built by King Baldwin III to serve as a fortress with a strategic view of Mount Meron.
    Chateau du Roi offers you an unforgettable experience. The beautiful building combines Italian cuisine, country charm, history, and cordial hospitality. Enjoy dinner and take in this amazing space.

  • Overnight: Vered Hagalil - Check in to your hotel

Overnight: Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: breakfast

4 - Monday (June 27) : Reaching Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Vered Hagalil - Breakfast at Hotel

  • Tour in Tzfat - Jewish mysticism's birthplace - This morning we will head to the city of Tzfat (also spelled Tsfat or Safed), one of 4 holy cities in Jewish tradition, together with Tiberias, Hebron, and, naturally, Jerusalem. It resided on the top of Mount Canaan that is overlooking the green tops of Mount Meron on its west and the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights on the east. The city has become the center of Kabbalah scholars in the 16th century, many of them refugees (and descendants of refugees) of the traumatic Expulsion from Spain (1492). The setting of the city, coupled with the attempt to rebuild the shattered Jewish community and Jewish identity, inspired some of these renowned Rabbis to explore the hidden secrets of Judaism, the Tora ( aka - 5 books of Moses), and the principles of Kabballah as they are obscurely worded in the 13th-century founding book of Kabbalah - Zohar ("The Glow").
    As part of our tour, we will walk in the alleyways of Tzfat, visit some of the main Synagogues of the city, and have a chat with one of the Kaballah-inspired artists that reside in the ancient part of town.

  • Capernaum - Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of Jesus. This is where Jesus called his first disciples, the brothers Peter and Andrew. The remains of the ancient village were excavated starting the 19th century - some of the findings are a testimony to the rich Jewish lives in the early Roman times, and the existence of a Judeo-Christian community as Christianity grew and evolved in the land. Amongst other astonishing relics, we can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue and remains of the House of Peter and the Byzantine church that was built over it. A modern octagonal church is situated above the site nowadays - its glass floor allows a look at the remains under it. As the place in which Jesus, Peter, and the Apostles lived and preached, Capernaum is a main site of pilgrimage for Christians.

  • Magdala - The ancient town of Magdala was established in the Hellenistic Period and grew to a thriving fishing village by the time the Romans invaded the Galilee in 67 AD. Situated at the shores of the Sea of Galilee Magdala was an active city filled with fishermen, shopkeepers and townspeople. A decade ago archaeological discoveries indicate the presence of an observant Jewish community in Magdala, as is evidenced in its First Century Synagogue, one of seven in the world. The visitor center has 8 pillars, the first 7 being dedicated to 7 strong women in the bible, and the 8th unnamed - representing strong women everywhere.

  • Dinner - Dinner at Tibi's (at the hotel) on own.

  • Overnight: Vered Hagalil - Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Tuesday (June 28) : A Country of Many Religions

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Activities:

  • Vered Hagalil - Breakfast and check out.

  • Nazareth - Israel’s biggest Arab city, Nazareth is a fascinating place, set in the Lower Galilee. It combines traditional, simple Arabic charm, Christian history, and grand old Arabic architecture. Nazareth is home to many important early Christian sites, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Synagogue Church, as well as an authentic, living Arab souk (market).

  • Druze Hospitality - 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.

  • Mount of Olives - The Mount of Olives offers a panoramic lookout over the city. There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions about Mt. Olives, including that from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days. Enjoy a beautiful lookout of the Holy Basin, the old and new city of Jerusalem.

  • Harmony Hotel - Check in to your hotel

  • Dinner on Own - After checking into your hotel take a stroll and find a nice spot for dinner

  • Overnight: Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Overnight: Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Wednesday (June 29) : Highs and Lows - Masada to Dead Sea

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Activities:

  • Harmony Hotel - Harmony Hotel

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Return to Jerusalem. Take time to relax a bit before meeting your group in the early evening.

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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
VIP services and transfer upon arrival v
Meals as listed on itinerary (and not on own) v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Hotel accommodation v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Testimonials
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019
“This was my first time to Israel and it was truly an incredible way to experience everything this beautiful place has to offer. We focused mostly on culinary tours in markets, and our tour guide Orit know everything and was so organized getting us from place to place so we wouldn't miss anything. She even was able to make adjustments on the spot when things didn't go exactly as planned, and the whole trip felt very smooth for us- we didn't have to worry about anything! We also somehow managed to eat 3 dinners a night, there is no shortage of delicious food to taste. We learned so much from our guide and she had the best advice for where to explore in our free time. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and experience the cultures in a whole new way. Can't wait to come back! ”
Meredith
2020
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019

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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