Price range
From 4550$ per person
Upcoming Date
01-10 February 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Price based on a minimum of 8 people sharing double rooms
Price per person for a minimum of 10 people sharing double rooms $4150
Single Supplement- $620
ASL Interpreter included in the trip cost (land only)

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (February 1) : Tel Aviv-Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport - Welcome to Israel! You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by your guide and driver then you'll set off to Tel Aviv. This day will be adjusted according to your arrival time. Alternatively, we recommend that you arrive the day before so you can acclimate then enjoy a full day of touring this day.

  • Old Jaffa - Visit old Jaffa and 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. Visit the famous St. Peter's church and the trendy flea Market.

  • 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.

  • Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) Tasting Tour - 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 established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • Nachalat Binyamin - Walk through Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts fair. Each day artists display and sell their crafts surrounded by a beautiful, historical buildings, many in the process of being preserved.

  • Dinner at BlackOut Restaurant - “BlackOut” is a 'dark' restaurant, where your sight is blocked and immediately feel how your other senses are sharpened in the total darkness. A team of waiters will guide you inside, and will serve you a selection of inspiring chef dishes from the varied menu, including a rich selection of wines. The combination of a unique culinary experience and meeting a team of waiters that are all blind or visually impaired, transforms a visit to “BlackOut” into an incredible experience which will not easily be forgotten.

  • Performance at the Na Lagaat Center - Nalaga’at is one of a kind non-profit arts and cultural center that represents a meeting place between deaf, blind and deaf-blind individuals together with the public. During the Not by Bread Alone performance, eleven deaf-blind actors take the audience on a magical tour in the districts of their inner world; the world of darkness, silence and…bread.

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Overnight: TLV ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: dinner, Carmel Market Tasting Tour,

2 - Wednesday (February 2) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Kikar Rabin (Rabin Square) - Renamed in honor of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in this square in 1995, Rabin Square is a public space at the heart of Tel Aviv. Ringed by trendy cafes, the square often hosts political rallies and demonstrations, parades, and public events.

  • Caesarea National Park - Drive up the Mediterranean coast to 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 built by King Herod who transformed it into a grand city and major seaport. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used as a performing venue today and the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Lunch in a Druze Hospitality - Visit one of the Druze villages of the Galilee. The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, an ancient tradition, and engage in a fun and delicious culinary workshop, followed by an amazing Druze feast.

  • Muhrakha - Drive to Mt. Carmel, visit the beautiful yet off the beaten track Muhraha monastery and enjoy panoramic view point of the Carmel region.

  • Bahai Gardens - Finish our day at one of the most beautiful spots in Haifa, the Louis promenade. we shall visit the upper terrace of the Bahai Gardens, hear the history of this fascinating religion and enjoy breath-taking view. The Bahai religion originated in Iran and its followers decided to build their world center in Haifa when they came under persecution.

  • Dinner at the hotel

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Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Thursday (February 3) : From the Crusaders to the IDF

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Akko (Old Acre) - Drive to Akko and 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.

  • Lunch at the colorful Akko market - On your own

  • Rosh Hanikra - Travel to Rosh Hanikra, with the stunning chalk-white cliffs at Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Meet Israeli IDF soliders - We finish our day with a quick visit to the border-crossing point with Lebanon, we shall meet and have a quick chat with Israeli soliders who watch the border. In israel serving in the IDF is mandatory for men and women and the army is like a melting pot where you can find representatives from every sector of the Israeli society.

  • Kishor Winery - Wine Tasting at Kishor Winery located in Kishorit, a village for adults with special needs. The members of the community enjoy a full life, including meaningful employment. In conjunction with the professional staff, the members take an active part in the grape cultivation, bottling, and marketing of the wines. The Visitors’ Center also employs Kishorit members who host guests, interact with members of the general community, and give guided tours.

  • Dinner at the hotel

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Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING general
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Friday (February 4) : Northern Exposure in the Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tzfat Old City - Head up to the city of Tzfat, home of famous rabbis and kabbalists. we shall stroll the narrow alleys of the old city, visit ancient synagogues and meet some of the locals and hear from them what led them to make Tzfat their home.

  • Banias National Park - 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.

  • 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.

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV. 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.

  • Mount Bental - Drive to Mount Bental for a geopolitical discussion overlooking the Israeli-Syrian border. The Golan Heights are a geological and biogeographical region and is a plateau formed by a volcanic action.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight North

Overnight: Overnight North
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Saturday (February 5) : Walking the footsteps of Jesus in the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Mt of Beatitudes - Mt of Beatitudes, Visit the church which lays on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Sea of Galillee where according to the Christian religion Jesus gave one of his most powerful speeches to his followers.

  • Kfar Nahum - Capernaum -National park - Located on the northern shore of the Kinneret, Capernaum, or Kfar Nahum, was a fishing village in the days of the Second Temple. We can still visit a very well preserved synagogue. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians as it was one of the places where Jesus and Peter, the Apostles, lived and preached.

  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee - The best way to appreciate the beauty of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water, 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.

  • Drive to Nazareth

  • Basilica of the Annunciation - Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity. It is a major attraction for pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The most popular site in Nazareth is The Catholic Church of Annunciation, also known as the Basilica of the Annunciation. It is one of the holiest sites for Christians and the largest, most magnificent, and spectacular churches in the Middle East today.

    Mary's Well - the spring and its water are considered holy by both Muslims and Christians. Earlier generations attributed unusual healing properties to it.

  • Nazareth including dinner on your own - 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).

  • Drive to Jerusalem

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Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Sunday (February 6) : Jerusalem - A city of three religions

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day at the Jaffa Gate - An imposing entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jaffa Gate is one of the six original entrances built by Suleiman the Magnificent. The Jaffa gate is full of fascinating details, like the abrupt right-angle turn within the gatehouse, the chamber above the gate, and the huge mezuzah, which is new since the time of Suleiman.

  • Lookout at the Tower of David - David tower museum

  • Christian Quarter - Enter the Christian Quarter and walk the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. This is one of the most celebrated places on a Christian pilgrimage. Continue to the Holy Sepulcher, situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial.

  • The Temple Mount - The Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

  • Arab Market with lunch - 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dinner on your own

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Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Monday (February 7) : Bethlehem and Jericho

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Bethelehem - Bethlehem is celebrated as the site where Jesus Christ was born. The first church at the site was built by Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine around 326 CE. This church later was destroyed and then rebuilt at the beginning of the 6th century in its present form by the Emperor Justinian. The Church of the Nativity is thus one of the oldest Christian churches in existence. Visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus' birth.

  • Church of the Nativity - Manger Square stands in front of the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus’ birth.

  • Shepherds Field - View the Shepherd's Fields. In the caves of these fields, you are still able to see the soot marks of fires that shepherds lit to keep warm.

  • Time for lunch

  • Jericho - Jericho is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the city with the oldest known protective wall in the world. The Bible tells how Jericho was miraculously conquered by Joshua and the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. In the New Testament, Jesus passed through Jericho.

  • Dinner at one of the restaurants in the the First Station area - We will make recommendations and/or reservations

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Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Tuesday (February 8) : Explore modern Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • 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.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - lunch and testing 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.

  • 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.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Tower of David Sound and Light Show - Amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l'oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

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Overnight: Jerusalem Lodging General
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

9 - Wednesday (February 9) : Masada and the Dead Sea

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the 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.

  • 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.

  • Drive to Eilat

  • Dinner on your own

  • Eilat Overnight

Overnight: Eilat Overnight
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

10 - Thursday (February 10) : One-Day Petra Tour

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Cross the Arava Border - You will be transferred from your hotel to the border

  • 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. - 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.

  • Return to Israel and to Ramon Airport

  • Flight to Ben Gurion Airport and continue home

Overnight: Flight to Ben Gurion Airport and continue home
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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

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
Airport assistance upon arrival v
ASL Interpreter throughout the trip v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“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
“Our trip with Via Sabra exploring the rich history, culture and food of the Jews from Arab countries was excellent in every respect. It is a side of Israel that most don't see, yet critical to understanding Israel today. Highly recommended!”
Marcia T
2019
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