Price range
From $8000 per person
Upcoming Date
29-15 May 2022
Tour Time
17 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Visit to important religious sites
Market and food tours
Wine tasting at a local family owned winery
Cheese tastings and tour at a goat cheese farm

Itinerary

1 - Friday (April 29) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • 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 to Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel - Please note: check-in time is from 3:00pm.

  • Relax in your room until test results are confirmed

  • Friday night dinner (not included) - Suggestions: Adom / Chakra / Hasadna

  • Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room

2 - Saturday (April 30) : Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day to explore on own (no guide) - suggested day:

  • Begin your Israel tour at the picturesque Ein Kerem village - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood. Meet local artists' sin their studios, visit Christians sites such as The Church of Visitation and go on a walk in the green trails surrounding the village.

  • Explore the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum - Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. Visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Walk to the picturesque Yamin Moshe neighborhood - Afternoon wander through the small alleys of Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhoods. Visit the Montefiore wind mill, one of Jerusalem’s iconic landmarks, was originally a flour mill, built in the 19th century. The windmill and neighborhood were established by British philanthropist Moses Montefiore to help the Jews of the Old Yishuv support themselves and improve their life conditions. This is the first Jewish settlement outside of the Old City walls.

  • Rama's Kitchen - 3:00pm late lunch at the magical Jerusalem Hills - A private driver will drive you from the hotel and back. “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Relaxed evening in Jerusalem - Recommended: check out the night vibrant atmosphere at the Machne Yehuda Market.

  • Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch at Rama's Kitchen

3 - Sunday (May 1) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Panoramic lookout from Mount of Olives - 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.
    We begin walking down the narrow path of the Mt. of Olives as it winds between churches and the world's largest Jewish cemetery that dates from biblical times. According to Jewish tradition, the apocalyptic Resurrection of the Dead will begin at the Mt. of Olives.

  • Visit the Church of All Nations - At the foot of the Mount of Olives, the Church of All Nations, or Basilica of the Agony, is built over the rock where Jesus is believed to have prayed in agony the night before his crucifixion. Inside, the atmospheric church is kept in semi-darkness, to reflect the somber and sobering location.

  • Enter the Old City Walls and wind your way through the Arab Market - The Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and has been home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Meet people who have lived in the Old City for generations, practicing their crafts and raising their families. Browse the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more.

  • Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall) - 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.

  • 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.

  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The most important Christian site. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy to Christendom.

  • Tour the Jewish Quarter - Explore the Jewish Quarter including synagogues, alleys and small shops of the Byzantine Cardo. You will see the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations that confirm two thousand years of Jewish presence in the Old City.

  • Continue to Mount Zion - Visit the traditional site of the tomb of King David, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the contains the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: the Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.
    On Mt. Zion you can also visit the Basilica of the Dormition Abbey.

  • End your Old City day tour at the Jaffa Gate - 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.

  • 7:00 pm Dinner at Hatzot (on own)

  • Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at Arab Market

4 - Monday (May 2) : Memory and Remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour of Yad Vashem - Visit 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.

  • Optional: visit Mount Herzl - Walk through the "connecting path" from Yad Vashem to Mount Herzel. As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 23,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Drive by Israel's Capital Hill - The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was named after “Haknesset Hagedolah,” the Great Assembly of the Second Temple period. Today it stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy. In lively, often heated, debates, its 120 elected members reflect the divergence of Israeli public opinion, legislate and oversee the workings of the government. Pass by the High Court and hear about the unique Israeli law system.

  • Tasting Tour at Shuk Machane Yehuda - After a meaningful morning focusing on our past, we will head to the present and modern day. 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. Tasting tour replaces lunch.

  • Leisure time - Time to explore on own, shop and relax.
    Suggested: coffee and snack at Ofaimme farm for Sustainable Agriculture located at the beautiful Hansen House near the German Colony.
    Evening activity option: David's Tower Sound and Light Show

  • Dinner on own - Suggestion: Mamilla Rooftop

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting tour in Machne Yehuda Market

5 - Tuesday (May 3) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Head to the Judean Desert and tour Masada - Ascend the mountain by cable car 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.

  • Lunch on rout

  • Beautiful hike around Ein Gedi oasis - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Time permitting: Stop at Qumran National Park - A fascinating site of great significance. In 1947 two Bedouin shepherds accidentally came across a clay jar in a cave near Khirbet Qumran that contained seven parchment scrolls. There is vast evidence that the manuscripts discovered in the Qumran caves belonged to the library of the occupants of the site in this period -a small hermit community referred to as the Dead Sea Sect. Today the scrolls reside in a specially constructed site for exhibiting the scrolls -the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
    Second option: nature hike along Nahal David, Ein Gedi nature reserve.

  • Swim and attempt floating in 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.

  • Evening: at 8.00pm Israel's Memorial Day Begins - You are welcome to join the special event in Kikar Safra, near the city hall, where they'll have a concert with Israeli music and short videos in memory of the fallen soldiers.

  • Dinner on own - Suggestion: at the hotel's lounge bar

  • Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Wednesday (May 4) : Yom Ha'zikaron

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Morning Bethlehem tour - Travel to Bethlehem and tour with a Palestinian Christian guide. Visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity is thus one of the oldest Christian churches in existence. During the Crusades it was a primary place of pilgrimage.
    We’ll see artwork by the infamous Banksy on the security barrier (separation wall). This will be an opportunity to discuss the barrier from a Palestinian perspective.

  • Optional: authentic lunch at a local home

  • Jerusalem Seam-line geo-political tour with an expert - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza, Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Afternoon at leisure - enjoy the hotel's amenities

  • Evening: Day of Independence Celebrations - Join one of the local celebrations and feel the festive atmosphere around the streets of Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish State. Closer to date we will give you ideas of events you might be happy to join.

  • Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient Hotel, Orient Garden Room
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Thursday (May 5) : Yom Ha'atzmaut - Independence Day

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • On the way north stop at Mitzpe Hadar Goldin - Mitzpe Hadar (Hadar lookout) is located in
    'Hadar Lookout' is a scenic lookout named in memory of Hadar Goldin, a Lieutenant in the Givati Brigade of the IDF, was a Jewish patriot, humanitarian and artist, and only 23 years old when he was killed and kidnapped in Gaza by Hamas terrorists. The lookout is an opportunity to see the proximity of the central dense-populated area of Israel to the West Bank (the country's 'Narrow Hips'), discuss the geo-political issues regarding the Jewish settlements and the strategic position of the Judea and Samaria hills.

  • Tour Caesarea National Park - 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.

  • Drive along the coastline and visit Atlit Immigration Camp - A visit to Atlit takes you back in time to the harrowing experiences of clandestine immigrants to Palestine, many of them Holocaust survivors, who were incarcerated during the British Mandate at the Atlit detention camp. The camp was reconstructed based on reports of those who were held there.

  • Transfer to Haifa & check-in to your hotel

  • Haifa: Reserved on own

Overnight: Haifa: Reserved on own
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Friday (May 6) : Friday Israeli Atmosphere

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day to explore on own

  • Friday night dinner with your friends

  • Haifa: Reserved on own

Overnight: Haifa: Reserved on own

9 - Saturday (May 7) : The Birth of Christianity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Your guide will meet you at the hotel

  • Begin your day with a visit to 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.

  • Lookout from Mt. Precipice - Mount of Precipice is believed by many to be the site of the Rejection of Jesus described in Luke 4:29-30 - The people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as Messiah tried to push him from the mountain, but "he passed through the midst of them and went away.” From the top of the mount, we will look over the Jezreel Valley, where so many biblical stories took place - from the war of the ancient Israelites against the Canaanites (Judges 4), through the death of King Saul and his Sons on the Mount of Gilboa (Samuel 1, 31), to the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor (Mark 9:2-8). Today the Jezreel Valley is a prosperous part of Israel, with farming and urban communities alongside each other, it is still one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions of the county.

  • Visit Mount of Beatitudes - Located on a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. A Catholic Church was built 1930's by the well-known "Architect of the Holy Land" Antonio Barluzzi, using the local dark basalt stone. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes, each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses of the Sermon on the Mount. The church is surrounded by a marvelous garden, that allows the visitors a quiet place to contemplate and pray.

  • Continue to 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.

  • Afternoon visit to Rosh Pinna - The earliest major wave of immigration, the First Aliya, created small agricultural colonies along the coastal plain. Rosh Pina, established in 1882 on deserted rocky land, was the first settlement in the Galilee. Walk along the charming historical main street, explore the local artist's studios, and hear about the story of this place.

  • Check-in to your hotel - Check-in time on Saturdays is at 6.00 pm.

  • Dinner at your hotel (included)

  • North: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Mitzpe Hayamim Dlx Room

Overnight: North: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Mitzpe Hayamim Dlx Room
Meal Plan: dinner

10 - Sunday (May 8) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your morning at the City of Kabbakah - Discover Tzfat which 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. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways, and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in the artist row. Visit some of the beautiful synagogues and discover what is Jewish spirituality.

  • Continue to the Golan and stop at Assaf Winery for wine tasting and lunch - Assaf winery is a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines. Enjoy wine tasting and delicious lunch.

  • Explore the Golan Heights on a Jeep Tour - Geo-Political tour of the Golan with an expert. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategical roll this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Druze home 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.

  • Proceed back to your hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Mitzpe Hayamim Dlx Room

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel, Mitzpe Hayamim Dlx Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, wine tasting and lunch at a winery, Dinner - Druze Home Hospitality

11 - Monday (May 9) : Historical Roots

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Nature walk around the ancient village Yodfat - At this site a famous siege took place at the time of the great revolt against the Romans. Tel Yodfat is located on a hill overlooking the Yodfat Valley. Discover what is the connection between Yodfat, Josephus Flavius and Masada.

  • Authentic Arab lunch in one of the Arab villages in the area

  • Tour of Old Akko - 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.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner on own - Suggestions: Brut / OPA / Yaffo-Tel Aviv / Ewa-Safi / Popina

  • Tel Aviv: booked on own

Overnight: Tel Aviv: booked on own
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

12 - Tuesday (May 10) : Yaffo-Tel Aviv - Old and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your visit to Tel Aviv with a 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.

  • Start-Up Nation - visit to the Peres Center - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation.

  • Continue to Carmel Market for a Tasting Tour - Shuk HaCarmel, 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 start 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.

  • Explore Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - An open-air bi-weekly market located near the Carmel Market. This market 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.

  • Afternoon tour along the 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.

  • Visit 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. Stop for coffee and snack at their coffee house.

  • Explore The White City - Continue your tour on Rothschild Boulevard, one of the first streets to be built in Tel Aviv, with a focus on architecture. In the heart of the “White City”, it is lined with Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, the Bauhaus style, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been beautifully restored and now house the offices of financial institutions, creative firms, cafes and luxury residences.

  • Dinner on own - Suggestions: Brut / OPA / Yaffo-Tel Aviv / Ewa-Safi / Popina

  • Tel Aviv: booked on own

Overnight: Tel Aviv: booked on own
Meal Plan: breakfast, market tasting tour

13 - Wednesday (May 11) : Giving Back

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Private driver will pick you up for a half day outside of the city (no guide)

  • Volunteer at Save a Childs Heart - Located in Holon city, SCH saves the lives of critically ill children suffering from heart disease in countries where access to pediatric heart care is limited or nonexistent. Through bringing children to Israel for medical care, performing missions abroad, and training medical personnel, they are bringing hope to families, communities, and countries. You will meet with the kids, play with them and hear about the organization. A donation has been included as well.

  • Continue with a surprising visit of 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.

  • Optional: Kibbutz Tour of Palmachim located on the beautiful Mediterranean shore with a local Kibbutz member

  • Proceed back to Tel Aviv and enjoy a free afternoon

  • Dinner on own - Suggestions: Brut / OPA / Yaffo-Tel Aviv / Ewa-Safi / Popina

  • Tel Aviv: booked on own

Overnight: Tel Aviv: booked on own
Meal Plan: breakfast

14 - Thursday (May 12) : The Land of Thousands Caves

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Tour of Beit Guvrin - Explore Beit Guvrin National Park located in the Ella Valley also known as 'the land of thousands caves'. The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that visitors like you have uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves too.

  • Continue south and visit Naot Cheese Farm - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by Lea and Gadi Nahimov, 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.

  • Stop at David and Pula Ben Gurion's Tomb - 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. Overlook towards the breathtaking Tsin Canyon and the Avdat highlands in the heart of the Negev.

  • Head to Mitzpe Ramon and stop at Lasha Bakery - Stop for coffee and delicious pastry. For Hadas Meir the owner, baking is a spiritual thing. ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence.

  • Dinner at the hotel (included)

  • Mitzpe Ramon: Beresheet Hotel, Beresheet Balcony Room

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon: Beresheet Hotel, Beresheet Balcony Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Cheese tasting at Naot Farm, coffee and pastry at Lasha

15 - Friday (May 13) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Leisure morning at your hotel

  • Discover Makhtesh Ramon - Go on a jeep ride with a local guide to explore the desert's beauty. at the summit of Mt. Gvanim enjoy a stunning view of the entire Makhtesh and from there along Wadi Gvanim then continue to the Ein Sahronim spring and the nearby Nabatean ruins. During the jeep tour you will have time to hike various parts of the crater.

  • Sunset cheese and wine at a beautiful lookout

  • Friday night dinner at the Hotel (included)

  • Mitzpe Ramon: Beresheet Hotel, Beresheet Balcony Room

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon: Beresheet Hotel, Beresheet Balcony Room
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, wine and cheese

16 - Saturday (May 14) : Farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at Leisure - Enjoy the hotel's facilities: spa, pool and stunning views.

  • Check-out by noon and enjoy the hotel facilities - You can leave your luggage in the hotel's luggage room and stay on the hotel grounds.

  • A private driver will pick you from Beresheet (one group transfer).

  • Drive to Ben Gurion Airport

Overnight: Drive to Ben Gurion Airport
Meal Plan: breakfast

17 - Sunday (May 15)

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Activities:

  • Early flight back to the USA

  • Fly back home. We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country.

Overnight: Fly back home. We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country.

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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The rules for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. Beginning November 1, 2021, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Israeli government has outlined a plan to allow tourists to enter Israel. There are some minor differences between guidelines for individual tourists and those who will be participating in an organized tour. **Please note that all travelers are still required to be either vaccinated (all vaccinations approved by the WHO will be accepted) or recovered. Testing requirements may vary according to whether you are traveling on your own or with a group. All of our tours are planned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health. We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where can I purchase 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.

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. 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. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

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 are check-in /check-out times?

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Sunday through Friday, check-in time is generally 3PM. On Saturday, check-out is usually one hour after sunset (the end of Shabbat). These times may change depending on the season. It is important to note however, that check-in on Saturday will be at night (usually 2 hours after Shabbat ends - sunset). Check-out is generally before noon, no matter the day of the week (except Shabbat). Please take into consideration the check-in / check-out times when scheduling your flights. In most instances, we are able to arrange for early check-in / late check-out when needed.

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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. $200 per person service fee, will not be refunded. 

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. In that case, $200 per person service fee will not be refunded.

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 and transportation for 9 days v
Hotel accommodation v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Activities listed as suggested or optional v
Transportation and tour guide on days on own v
Accommodation in Haifa & Tel Aviv v
Early check-in and late check-out v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) 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
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020

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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