Price range
From $4830 per person
Upcoming Date
25-06 January 2022
Tour Time
13 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Saturday (December 25) : Bruchim HaBa'im - Welcome 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, collecting your baggage, and relevant Covid testing, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to Tel Aviv hotel and check in - Waiting for PCR results to be received.
    Snacks and welcome gifts will await you in your rooms

  • Overnight in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight in Tel Aviv

2 - Sunday (December 26) : Day on Own in Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day on Own - This day you will be on your own without a guide. We are happy to offer activities for you if you wish, however its a great day to enjoy the city, walk through the market, meander the alleys and shops of Neve Tzedek, walk down Rothschild Boulevard. We can provide suggestions for lunch and/or dinner as well.

  • Overnight in Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight in Tel Aviv

3 - Monday (December 27) : Heading North

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Caesarea National Park - Continue to Caesarea, built by Herod, was the Roman capital of Palestine as well as important seat of early Christianity. Although it boasted a Jewish community in late antiquity, in the 3rd c., Jewish sages exempted the city from Jewish law (Halacha) because by this time most of the inhabitants were non-Jewish. The extensive seaside ruins here date back to Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. Explore the 2,000-year-old Roman theater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts.

  • Amphorae Winery - Visit Amphorae Winery which deserves the coveted title of Israel’s most beautiful vineyard and can compete with rural vineyards around the world. At the heart of Makura Farm on Moshav Kerem Maharal in the north, decorated with a stone mosaic and shaded by a red tile roof, is the lovely winery building, with the forested slopes of the Carmel mountain ridge in the background. Here we can have a tasting and a light lunch of lovely cheeses and breads.

  • The Bahai Gardens - The Baha'i religion originated in Iran in the 19th century with two "Devine Messengers" - the Bab ("The Gate"), and the Baha' U'llah ("The Divine Light").
    From the Louis Promenade, on the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, a 400 meter long promenade at the top of the Baha'i Gardens offers a view of the entire Haifa Bay, all the way to the border with Lebanon. This impressive spot offers a truly spectacular view, so have a camera ready!

  • Drive to Akko

  • Akko (Old Acre) - 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.

  • Akko market - We will walk through the narrow alleys of the Akko market, choosing things along the way if you like, wandering in and out of some of the shops, and we can see the bleedeing heart of Old Akko.

  • Optional: Meet a local stone artist Saleem Amer and try your hand at stone carving - Meet a local stone artist Saleem Amer and try your hand at stone carving

  • Dinner at Uri Buri - For the past 20 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines. A true local gem

  • Lodging in North - After dinner head toward our lodging for the next two nights and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Lodging in North

4 - Tuesday (December 28) : Upper Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike on Mount Meron - Mount Meron is the tallest peak west of the Jordan, offering superb views towards Lebanon, the Galilee, and the Hula valley. Take the Summit Path for an easy, circular hike around the entire mountain, pausing at the frequent viewing points to gaze at the panorama. The path is suitable for all ages, but not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

  • Lunch - Stop for lunch on way to Tzfat or have lunch once you arrive to Tzfat.

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

  • Dinner - Either dinner at hotel or enjoy a nice dinner nearby. Perhaps we can arrange a home hospitality meal (not a workshop). Home hospitality is a lovely way to experience local culture while eating great food!

  • Hotel in the North

Overnight: Hotel in the North

5 - Wednesday (December 29) : Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • EIN KSHATOT - Umm el Kanatir - Visit the site of Um el Kanatir also known as Ein Keshatot, home to a Jewish village from the Period of the Mishna and Talmud, with a magnificent synagogue in its center. The ancient village is located above the Samekh Riverbed, looking towards the Sea of Galilee and the hills of the Galilee. Enter a synagogue that features the original Ark Complex – the most preserved and magnificent ever to be discovered in Israel. The synagogue was excavated and reconstructed with advanced technological methods, and today it stands at a height of one story. The Ein Keshatot site also offers a visit to the village spring, which flows into ancient pools, surrounded by shaded areas.

  • Off Road ATV's along the Syrian border (if not experienced in the south) - Off Road ATV's along the Syrian border with a stop to discuss a geopolitical briefing

  • Lunch and wine tasting at 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.

  • Agrotour of Merom Golan - Explore the largest research facility and field for truffle mushroom growing

  • Dinner at the hotel - Head back to hotel, with time to relax and chill before dinner at the hotel.

  • Hotel in the North

Overnight: Hotel in the North

6 - Thursday (December 30) : Mountains to Desert

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Activities:

  • Kelsey Arrives and transfers to Jerusalem - We will have to determine logistics for Kelsey's arrival.

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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).

  • If time allows: Nazareth market tour and tour the Church of Annunciation - The Nazareth Market was established in the 17th century and originally its districts were divided according to themes- the Brides’ Market, the Vegetable Market, the Tinsmiths’ Market and the Carpenters’ Market were among the main ones. Today these sections remain only in memory but the market is still bustling with activity and authenticity.

  • Segev Shalom - As we make our way to Mitzpe Ramon, we will stop in Segev Shalom, just outside of Beersheva. Traditional Bedouin society was based on a nomadic lifestyle and strict adherence to local traditions. With the creation of the State of Israel and the influx of modernity, the Bedouin population is in the midst of a significant transformation. The role of women in their society is a much debated issue, today in Israel Bedouin women are the most underemployed segment of the population with %72 of women ages 18-65 unemployed. In light of that statistic, participants will meet with Amal Abualkom, a fascinating woman, who will share her personal story of perseverance in the face of many obstacles and how she started her own non-profit and social business to give Bedouin women a voice and a better future.
    Over a cup of hot coffee and tea, you will be invited into her world and become a partner in her community activism. Following her personal story participants will takpart in a a hands-on jewelry workshop together with the female elders of the community.

  • Continue to Mitzpe Ramon

  • Dinner at Hotel

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Overnight: Beresheet

7 - Friday (December 31) : Enjoying the Great Outdoors before Bringing in the New Year!

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Activities:

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Rappelling in the Ramon Crater - Rappelling in the Ramon Crater - and for those who don't wish to rappell you can take a walk around the edge of the crater and enjoy the view.

  • Off-Road ATV tour - Explore the Makhtesh crater in a fun and unique way - on an ATV!

  • NEW YEAR'S EVE dinner - TBD

  • "Kumzitz" under the stars - "Kumzitz" under the stars - enjoy a night of stargazing with a bonfire and poike

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet

8 - Saturday (January 1) : Happy 2022!

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Activities:

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning to relax - Nothing better than sleeping in on New Years morning. You can take advantage of the facilities at the hotel, relax, and enjoy.

  • Nana Winery - 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.

  • Lasha Bakery - When it’s time for lunch meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery who will guide you in a bread baking workshop. “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.

  • Head back to hotel to relax and enjoy the facilities

  • Dinner - Dinner at Hotel

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet

9 - Sunday (January 2) : Masada and Dead Sea

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Activities:

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Enjoy breakfast and check out before heading to Jerusalem via Masada and Dead Sea.

  • Travel time - Travel to Masada/Dead Sea

  • 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 Boat Ride - 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.

  • Rest at the hotel - After a busy morning you will head to Jerusalem and check in to your hotel. Rest a bit before heading out to a fabulous dinnerl

  • Dinner at Machneyuda - Dinner at Machenyuda. "This restaurant is considered one of the best in Jerusalem, possibly the country. Celebrity chef, Assaf Granit, grew up in Jerusalem and pays homage to the city's colors and cacophony in his elegant dishes. The menu changes twice daily, but it nearly always includes chamshuka, a fusion of chopped meat and hummus, and a raucous dessert ceremony of ice cream flung on tables covered in aluminum foil.”

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel

10 - Monday (January 3) : Jerusalem - The Holy City

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Activities:

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  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old City, Jerusalem - 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.

  • Traveling with Lilach: Tastes of Jerusalem - Lilach's art is her ability to bring all three together to inspire a culinary experience that's cultural, historical and gastronomic in one of the most turbulent cities in Israel: Jerusalem.
    Growing up, Lilach would often watch her mother cooking in awe from a distance waiting for the moment she could jump in. After leaving the ultra-orthodox world in 2001, she found her love for food and culinary exploration in the alleyways of Jerusalem's bustling bazaars and began to study the spiritual, physiological, linguistic, and cultural impact of food on the human experience.
    "Food for me is life; it's the connection between people, the expression of one's soul, and the engagement of one's senses. When food is shared, magic happens."

  • 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 (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.

  • Tower of David Museum - The Tower of David Museum is located near the Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Here you will meet your friend who will show you around.

  • Dinner - Dinner on own in Jerusalem. We are happy to make suggestions.

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel

11 - Tuesday (January 4) : Outside the City Walls - Wine, Food, Culture

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Activities:

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  • Breakfast at the hotel - Don't eat too much! A lot of things to see and taste today!

  • Shai Seltzer’s Goat & Cheese Farm - In the mountains surrounding Jerusalem, Shai created his own goat farm after winning cheese exhibition awards. Shai passed away in October 2020 and his son, Omer, carries on the tradition of preparing cheese in a 2,000-year-old cave.

  • Sataf trail - Get your legs moving with a short hike on the Sataf trail

  • Seahorse Winery - The Seahorse winery is a small operation and is one of the better places to get to know the Judean Hills' terroir. Zeev Dunie, a filmmaker turned winemaker, has pioneered coaxing authentic Mediterranean flavors from unusual grapes.

  • Abu Ghosh - Abu Ghosh is an Israeli-Arab town in the Jerusalem hills that is well known for its hummus, music festival, beautiful churches, and history of friendly relations with Jews and Zionism.

  • Al Yasmin Tahini - Halva and Tehina tasting at Al Yasmin in Abu Ghosh- get ready to be wowed!

  • 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.

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel

12 - Wednesday (January 5) : Exploring our Past

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Activities:

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  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour 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 Tasting tour - 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.

  • Shopping - Free time to shopping as your trip comes to a close

  • Dinner - Dinner at a local restaurant

  • Herbert Samuel - Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel

13 - Thursday (January 6) : L'Hitraot - See you Next Time!

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Activities:

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  • Breakfast at the hotel - Perhaps arrange packed breakfast to go as departure will be quite early for 5am flight.

  • VIP Departure

Overnight: VIP Departure

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.

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