Price range
From 6000$ per person
Upcoming Date
19-01 January 2022
Tour Time
14 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Molkho Family's Journey through Israel.

Highlights

Explore the Classics - Discover the Untold!
Home Hospitality Experiences and Cooking Workshops
Super Active Trip!
Unique, Personally Curated and Written Bar Mitzvah Ceremony
Single supplement - $2100

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (December 19) : Welcome (back) 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 and collecting your baggage you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Drive north

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Pastoral Kfar Blum

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: All meals on own

2 - Monday (December 20) : Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional: Misgav Am Lebanon lookout

  • Banias Waterfall hike - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias, one of Israel’s most beautiful nature reserves. The Banias spring feeds into the Jordan River, the reserve’s large waterfall tumbles down a 33-foot precipice year-round, and a nearby cave houses remains of a temple to the Greek god Pan. In the wars of 1948 and 1967, when the Golan was held by Syria, the site housed a Syrian officers’ club.

  • Lunch at Assaf Winery (or couscous with the locals) - 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.

  • Jeep tour of Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep. The Golan is one of Israel’s most beautiful and controversial regions. Discover, first-hand, the strategic importance of the area as you climb the heights. Explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Dinner at Kibbutz Marom Golan or at Fucaccia

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Pastoral Kfar Blum

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Tuesday (December 21) : The Mosaic of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Market Arrabe سوق عرابه - One of the largest of the Galilean Arab markets known for its extremely fresh and heirloom produce.

  • Optional: Akko and lunch at Uri Buri - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Christmas tour of 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).

  • El Babour Spice Shop - Stop at El Babour Spice Store in the heart of the holy city of Nazareth, the 120-year-old, family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices.

  • Cooking workshop with a local 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.

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Pastoral Kfar Blum

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

4 - Wednesday (December 22) : Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Start your morning late - Prepare for the Bar Mitzvah ceremony

  • Bar Mitzvah ceremony - Located in an isolated ancient synagogue outside of Safed, we've created a short, creative, secular ceremony for the family

  • Lunch at "The Way Inn"

  • Tour of Safed (following Shlomo Molkho) - 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.

  • Rest of day on own

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Pastoral Kfar Blum

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Thursday (December 23) : Back to the Basics

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Activities:

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Start heading south - Choose one of three options on the way

  • Option 1: Beit Shean-National Park - One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She’an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered one of the best preserved Roman sites in the region.

  • Option 2: Kibbutz Sde Eliahu Bio Bee - Bio Bee Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Option 3: Degania Courtyard - Tour of the first Kibbutz in Israel

  • Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour. If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Machne Yehuda Market is the place to visit. In the colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. Listen to the special stories of the stall owners.

  • Early dinner at Azura - Late lunch at Azura, a family-run institution in the Iraqi section of the market, famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

  • Rest at the hotel

  • 'Shtisel' Night Tour - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

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

6 - Friday (December 24) : Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Herbert Samuel - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Yad Vashem - 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. You'll be guided by a member of the Yad Vashem staff.

  • Jerusalem Lookout - The tour will begin with a panoramic view of Jerusalem and the surrounding area. You choose if you want to see Jerusalem and the Judean desert from Mount Scopus or the Haas Promenade – OR - to appreciate Jerusalem’s splendor from the Mount of Olives, home to many biblical events. All of these lookouts offer an unrivalled vista of the Old City and its environs.

  • 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 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.

  • Tour the Old City (including tastings) - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Optional: Kabbalt Shabbat At the Kotel - Kabbalt Shabbat At the Kotel

  • Shabbat Dinner with a local family, in their home - Gather together for Shabbat dinner and host some of Israel's Lone Soldiers.

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

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

7 - Saturday (December 25) : The lowest place on earth

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Activities:

  • Herbert Samuel - Breakfast at the hotel

  • The Dead Sea - 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.

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride or kayaks - 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.

  • 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: 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.

  • Rappelling in the salt caves on mount Sodom - Other option is given the next day for rappelling

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Sunday (December 26) : In the desert you can't remember your name

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Activities:

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

  • Optional: Climbing the cliffs of Jerusalem - Climbing the cliffs of Henom near the Old City in Jerusalem

  • Dig for a Day at Beit Guvrin - the Land of a Tousand Caves - Archaeological Seminars invites you to experience the thrill of unearthing the hidden past on Dig-for-a-Day, our ground-breaking archaeological experience designed for active travelers of all ages.

  • Sde Boker Grave of Ben Gurion - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Kumzitz dinner under the stars with a bonfire

  • Glamping in the Ramon Crater

Overnight: Glamping in the Ramon Crater
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

9 - Monday (December 27) : Shetach Betach

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Activities:

  • Glow Glamping - Breakfast

  • ATV tour of the crater - High speed - off road vehicles, self driven, across the Makhtesh

  • Nana Vineyard - Tour and tasting at Nana Farm Winery. In the heart of desert, between ancient stone terraces and barren golden sand hills, wine vineyards appear. The powerful site is hard to describe in words. Experienced vintner Eran Raz, nicknamed "Nana", has created a quality leading wine in what some may be surprised to call ideal conditions for quality vine growth.

  • Lunch and cheese at Naot Farm - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life. Visit the goats taste some delicious cheese.

  • Check in to the hotel and dinner on own

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

10 - Tuesday (December 28) : The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Neve Tzedek - Continue to Neve Tzedek which was founded in 1887 as one of the first Jewish settlements outside of the old port city of Jaffa. From a barren sand dune to one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, It has become a trendy stomping ground for artists - with countless boutiques, galleries, and fashion shops.

  • American-German Colony - In 1866, a group of 150 Christian Americans from Maine and the New England region, led by the eccentric (some say charlatan) preacher George Adams, left the United States, where the Civil War had just ended. They carried with them their faith, and the materials to rebuild their houses in the Holy Land, sailing 42 days to the disease-ridden Middle East. Join a fascinating journey that weaves its way through religious fervor, nationalistic jingoism, renewal and modern speculation to create a uniquely Tel Aviv neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood has both crumbling ruins and new villas- meticulously preserved 150-year-old homes next to four-story buildings with luxury apartments. Visit the Maine Friendship House and Immanuel Church, walk through the surprising streets, and learn the stories of the place.

  • Nachlat Binyamin artists market - Nachlat Binyamin artists market

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour

  • After a long rest - dinner at Animar (not included)

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

11 - Wednesday (December 29) : Rest Day

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Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day on own

  • We will point you - In the direction of the best street food in Tel Aviv

  • Evening Concert - (upon availability and not included)

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

12 - Thursday (December 30) : Old to New

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Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old Jaffa - In 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.

  • Jaffa Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

  • Best hummus in the world lunch

  • Palmach Museum - Palmach Museum which aims to provide a sense of the period that led to the founding of the State of Israel. Appropriately, the main exhibit takes place in a series of underground chambers. Remarkably realistic sets, sounds, lighting, special effects and even moving rooms, make the visitor feel part of this extraordinary experience.

  • 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.

  • Optional: Street food hoping for dinner

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

13 - Friday (December 31) : New Year's Eve!!!

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Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional: Tel Aviv by bike

  • True Tel Avivian 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.

  • Time on own and prepare for departure

  • Englis speaking Kabbalat Shabbat at Tel Aviv Port - Namal

  • Final dinner - like a true Sabra - On a rooftop in Tel Aviv, final dinner for New Year's Eve and goodbyes

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

14 - Saturday (January 1)

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Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

Will I need an adapter for my electronics in Israel?

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The electric current in Israel is 220 volts, C, single phase, 50 Hertz - the same as in Europe. If your appliance does not work on 220 volts, you will need an adaptor. Israeli plug sockets are three-pronged, but most accept European two-pronged plugs. It is recommended to bring your own adapter, although most hotels should be able to supply one. For cell phones & tablets you need a plug tip adapter. Smart devices (Android, iPhones, Kindles, iPads) can convert between 110v/220v by themselves and do not need a full power converter, only the plug-tip adapter. Many hotels nowadays have USB sockets and 110V sockets as well, but don't count on it. Also - we supply our guides with converters for our guests. Should you need it, we've got you covered.

Will our tour include free time?

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Tour guides try to balance the tour schedule and free time for shopping in certain areas. Many nights are free so you will have the opportunity then to explore on your own as you please.  Check out what you can do on your free time in your current location (link).

How much do I tip my driver and tour guide?

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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. Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion.

Terms of Payment

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotels throughout the trip v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“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
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019