Price range
From $5200 per person
Upcoming Date
04-13 August 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Meet IDF soldiers and hear their special story
Walk through water in an ancient tunnel
Rafting in the Jordan River
Water hike
Jeep ride of the Golan Heights
Surfing lesson in Tel Aviv
Culinary market tour
Druze home hospitality and cooking workshop

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( August 4 ) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • 10:00 AM Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet you at the sleeve of the plane. After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem and check in to your hotel

  • Time to settle in and relax

  • 6:30 PM Dinner at Mamilla Rooftop

  • Mamilla Hotel

: Mamilla Hotel

2 - Friday ( August 5 ) : Shabbat Prep Atmosphere

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every day you'll enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel.

  • Tour the charming Nachlaot neighborhood - Nachlaot is known for its narrow, winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character.

  • Continue with a culinary tasting tour at Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, this bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor sits - and 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.

  • Time to relax and explore on your own

  • 6:00 PM Early dinner at Satya - Chef restaurant of Chef Ilan Grossi

  • Mamilla Hotel

: Mamilla Hotel

3 - Saturday ( August 6 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • 6:00 AM Early breakfast at your hotel - Leave the hotel by 6:30 AM in order to arrive at Masada by 8:00 AM for your tour.

  • 8:00 AM Tour of Masada - Ascend the mountain by a cable car to explore Masada, the 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.

  • "Swim" in the Dead Sea 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. Enjoy a "swim" and lunch at the Nevo Dead Sea Hotel.

  • Continue with a water hike through the Ein Gedi oasis - The landscape, climatic conditions, and water sources at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve have created a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls, and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting. We will have the opportunity to hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

  • Head back to Jerusalem

  • Stop for a magnificent lookout at Mount Scopus - Mount Scopus, or “tzofim” in Hebrew, is one of the tallest hills surrounding Jerusalem. The name “scopus” means a vantage point, and the lookout post on the edge of this hill is the place to go for the finest views of the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Mamilla Hotel

: Mamilla Hotel

4 - Sunday ( August 7 ) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a tour of the City of David and exciting walk through an ancient water tunnel - Take a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. It was on this hill where Jerusalem was built 4 millennia ago. Continuously excavated over the last 120 years, new discoveries are made frequently. Tour the palace of King David, ritual purification pools, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel which was built to protect the city's water supply. Walk through newly uncovered sites and marvel at Central Valley's excavation.

  • Explore what’s under the Kotel during a 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 the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Take time to reflect at the Kotel (Western Wall) - Visit this sacred place - one of the last remnants of the Second Temple which 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.

  • Browse the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim Quarter - Check out the local hummus and sweets, the many stalls selling spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes, and so much more. Enjoy a tasting tour through the market, and meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets.

  • End this special day with a lookout from the Tower of David

  • Dinner on your own

  • Mamilla Hotel

: Mamilla Hotel

5 - Monday ( August 8 ) : From Holocaust to Redemption

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • 10:00 AM Meaningful Visit 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.

  • Lunch on your own

  • 12:30 PM Special meeting at the Lone Soldier Center - Here you will have the opportunity to speak with the program organizers about what they do for the current and former soldiers. You will also get a chance to speak with individuals about their experiences and why they chose to draft.

  • Drive to your hotel and check in

  • 6:00 PM Short Druze cooking workshop and home hospitality - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and for dinner you will enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

6 - Tuesday ( August 9 ) : Adventures in the North

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 11:00 AM Explore the Golan through a jeep tour - 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.

  • Lunch on route - Optional: winery - wine tastings and light meal

  • Snir water hike - Walk between the beautiful streams, plants, and shaded track, in one of the Jordan rivers water sources.

  • 3:00 PM Rafting adventure along the Jordan River - Row through one of the most beautiful spots in Israel, amongst the plants, trees, and waterfalls in the middle of this beautiful Galilee nature reserve.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

7 - Wednesday ( August 10 ) : Old and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel and check out

  • 11:30 AM Transfer to Tel Aviv - When you arrive in Tel Aviv, you will drop of your luggage with the concierge at The Norman Tel Aviv and go to meet your guide, Stav Shahaf, at Levinsky Market.

  • 1:30 PM Culinary tour in Levinsky Market with Stav - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known 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.

  • Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti tour with Stav - What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • Optional: 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.

  • 7:00 PM Dinner at HaSalon

  • The Norman Tel Aviv

: The Norman Tel Aviv

8 - Thursday ( August 11 ) : Day of Adventures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 11:00 AM Begin your day with a fun surfing lesson at Lev Hayam - Learn how to ride the waves of the Mediterranean! Enjoy a one-hour surfing lesson with a private instructor for the family.

  • Time on your own to enjoy the city, beach and hotel's facilities - Grab lunch on your own.

  • 7:00 PM Dinner at Milgo Milbar

  • The Norman Tel Aviv

: The Norman Tel Aviv

9 - Friday ( August 12 ) : Shishi Israeli - Weekend Atmosphere

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own

  • Recommended: Check out the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - An open-air market, open on Tuesdays & Fridays, 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.

  • Get lunch at the Carmel Market

  • Optional: Take part in a fun and delicious challah baking workshop

  • 7:00 PM Dinner at North Abraxas

  • The Norman Tel Aviv

: The Norman Tel Aviv

10 - Saturday ( August 13 ) : Shalom U'lhitraot - Farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Check out by noon

  • 12:00 PM Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport - You will be picked up from the hotel and your driver will transfer you to the airport.

  • We hope to host you again in our beautiful country! - L'hitraot!

: We hope to host you again in our beautiful country!

FAQ

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

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The rules regarding COVID-19 are fluid and change often, based on what is happening around the globe. We will continue to update you regarding current guidelines. Currently, the State of Israel does not require one to present a COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate, or a negative test result in order to enter or leave the country. It is advised that you check with your airline to confirm their requirements, as they may differ. As of October 9, it is no longer required to complete an entry form to enter Israel. Please note the following:
  • 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. Please note that you may be denied boarding of your flight to Israel if you cannot show proof of this when you check in for your flight.
  • 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 coverage is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking. You can purchase travel insurance through our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.
**Please note that if one tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during their stay in Israel, a minimum of a full 5 days of isolation is required, with the possibility of this being extended to a full 7 days.** 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.

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.

Is there someone who can assist with booking flights?

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If you are interested in assistance with flight booking, please refer to our travel partner, Riverdale Travel, for direct bookings. Flights for Experience Israel 2023 will be available to reserve beginning June 1, 2022. If you have any questions or would like to book your flight, please contact Kathy at kathy@riverdaletravel.com. You may also purchase travel insurance by clicking here.

**Flight costs for Experience Israel 2023 are not included in the trip costs, and are paid for separately and directly to the airline or travel agent at the time of booking.

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.

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19,  a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 45 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure, 25% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour

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
Private, licensed English speaking tour guide for 6 day tours v
Transportation on 3 touring days v
VIP service upon arrival v
Hotel accommodation v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Activities mentioned as optional or suggested v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own 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
“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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