Price range
From $3800 per person
Upcoming Date
15-22 February 2022
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Delight your tastebuds
Discover hidden gems
Foraging, cooking workshops and more
Single supplement $1200

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (February 15) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Transfer from Ben-Gurion airport to Jerusalem

  • Choice of tours in Jerusalem

  • Track 1 - The Jewish Quarter and Shtisel tour.

  • The Jewish Quarter - 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. Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall), sacred because it is the last remnant of the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans. 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.

  • 'Shtisel' 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.

  • Track 2 - The Muslim Quarter and East Jerusalem

  • Muslim Quarter tasting tour & The Temple Mount - Extending from the Damascus Gate to the Via Dolorosa, the Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and has been home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Here you’ll find the Temple Mount, revered by 3 faiths; a bustling Arab souk in the Byzantine-era roofed alleys; and numerous cathedrals, churches, and mosques.

  • Free time to rest and freshen up

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

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: dinner, Tastings in the Old City

2 - Wednesday (February 16) : Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Machane Yehuda Market - 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.

  • Foraging - In the February lushness of Mate Yehuda, meet Nurit Hertz in her natural habitat- the outdoors. Nura will teach you identify edible plants which will be used to cook a delicious lunch with these fresh greens.

  • Wine tasting at a local winery

  • Make dinner with vegetable foraged earlier

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Machane Yehuda market tasting tour

3 - Thursday (February 17) : Heading North

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel

  • Head North - Drive through the Jordan Valley as we head north towards Mount Gilboa. Scenic hike in the area.

  • Havat Hatavlinim - Enjoy a delicious lunch at this exquisite spice farm with views of beautiful views of the Gilboa valley, showing the mountains of Nazareth, Carmel Mountain, Mount tabor and even the Hermon.

  • Naama Szterenlicht - Meet Naama Szterenlicht, local tonic brewer and artisanal forager.

  • Drive south to Tel Aviv

  • Pastel Restaurant - Dinner at Pastel Restaurant, adjacent to the Tel Aviv Art Museum. This modern brasserie showcases classics cuisine while using fresh local fare with mounds of creativity. The eclectic flavors in the food, the artistic plates, and the impeccable service mix in perfect harmony.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

4 - Friday (February 18) : Markets and Streetfood

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Pick your Market tour

  • Option 1: Shuk Levinsky - 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.

  • Option 2: Shuk HaCarmel - 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 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. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • Option 3: Shuk HaTikveh - Hatikvah Market is a lesser-known gem. Since the market's renovation it has become a joyful, colorful place. Many say this is Tel Aviv's best market for variety, price, people-watching, and authenticity. The Hatikva Market was built in the mid-1930s as a response to the Arab Revolt, when residents of the village of Salama stopped coming to the neighborhood to sell their goods. What began with a few produce stalls put up by local residents of Iraqi, Yemeni, Syrian and Iranian background grew into a sprawling market spread out along the triangle of Ha’Etzel, Hahagana and Hatikva Streets.

  • Evolution of Israeli street food - Meet with local food expert Amit Aaronson, a TV host and culinary blogger/writer, OR Bentzi Arbel, owner of two of Tel Aviv’s hottest restaurants to learn about the evolution that street food has gone through over the past year.

  • Hof Hatupim (optional) - Join a drumming circle on Tel Aviv's most musical beach.

  • Free time

  • Shabbat dinner

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

5 - Saturday (February 19) : Shabbat in Tel Aviv

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Activities:

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

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shabbat brunch - Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

  • Walking Tour of 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.

  • The Arak Effect (optional) - Meet world famous mixologist and delve into the crazy sophisticated Israeli Cocktail!

  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Sabbat Brunch

6 - Sunday (February 20) : Southbound

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

  • Drive South

  • 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.

  • David Ben-Gurion's grave - 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.

  • Free time to enjoy the hotel

  • Hike / Jeep ride / ATV in the Makhtesh at Sunset

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet Hotel

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Cheese Tastings

7 - Monday (February 21) : The 7 species

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Lasha Bakery - Bread baking workshop with Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery. “For Meir, 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. You’ll have a lunch of salads and bread.

  • The Seven Species - Eshkolot Orchard established in 2009 by the Marom family is planted with olives, a vineyard and the Seven Species. Tour the orchard with a focus on the Seven Species and Jewish Halachic traditions in agriculture. Enjoy a dinner inspired by the Seven species

  • Beresheet Hotel

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

8 - Tuesday (February 22) : Le'Hitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel - Beresheet

  • Naftali Aklum - Drive to Be’er Sheva to meet Naftali Aklum, an Ethiopian activist who was born in Ethiopia in 1979, the youngest of 12 siblings. His brother Ferede Aklum z”l was determined to reach Jerusalem and set out from Ethiopia in 1978 on a long, dangerous trek through the desert, ultimately reaching Sudan. Naftali reached Israel with his family in 1980, at age one, thus fulfilling a dream that had been kept alive for 2,500 years. Hear his story and that of the Ethiopian Aliyah

  • Farewell Dinner at Majda or Reshta Restaurants

  • Majda Restaurant - Majda is a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Reshta Restaurant - Reshta chef restaurant in Ein Rafa village is set among green fields in front of the breathtaking view. Offering authentic Arabic food, Reshta restaurant is named after a traditional lentil and noodles dish, which is made by the restaurant’s chef, Ranam Barhom, out of local produce, grown in the fields surrounding the restaurant.

  • Transfer to airport or post trips

Overnight: Transfer to airport or post trips
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

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

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

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
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide v
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide text
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Testimonials
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
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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