Price range
From $5880 per person
Upcoming Date
04-14 August 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

IDF Counter Terror Adventure
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
Be an archeologist for a day

Itinerary

1 - Thursday (August 4) : 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 and collecting your baggage, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem and check-in to your hotel - Please note: check-in time is at 3:00 pm.

  • Time to settle and relax

  • Welcome dinner - We will be happy to suggest options and make reservations for you.

  • Jerusalem: Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem: 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 neighberhood - 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 Culinary Tasting Tour at 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.

  • Time to relax and explore on your own

  • - at a restaurant OR with a local family at their home

  • Optional: Friday night Shabbat Dinner - This is a wonderful opportunity to experience an authentic Shabbat at the home of a host family in the heart of Jerusalem. The guests receive an informative introduction to Shabbat while dining on a five-course meal with their hosts.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machne Yehuda Tasting Tour

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

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Activities:

  • Early Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a 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.

  • Dead Sea Hotel for swim and lunch - Israel’s Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, a stunning, other-worldly landscape of shimmering blue water ringed by bare, orange and yellow hills. The waters of the Dead Sea hold a potent solution of minerals and salts that have strong healing properties. Together with its ethereal beauty, these health-giving minerals make the Dead Sea’s beaches and spas popular vacation spots for Israelis and tourists alike. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Continue with a water hike in 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.

  • Proceed 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.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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 in 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, discoveries are regularly made. Tour the palace of King David, ritual purification pools, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel built to protect the water supply. Walk through newly uncovered sites and marvel at Central Valley's excavation. See the tour's highlight - monumental foundational stones of the Western Wall which lie at the foot of the Temple Mount. Exit the site onto the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, over 2,000 years ago.

  • Take time to reflect at the Kotel (Western Wall) - Sacred because it is one of the last remnants 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.

  • 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.

  • Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter - Check out the local hummus and sweets Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

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

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

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • 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.

  • IDF Experience at Caliber 3 - Experience what it's like to be an Israeli counter-terror soldier. You'll be trained to shoot rifles. All instructors are weapons experts, served as combat soldiers, and are still active reservists in the Israel Defense Forces. Interact with them and hear their stories about places and operation that you have read about in the news. Take part of an excellent Krav Maga one hour training. This is the Israeli martial art, the most practical self-defense art in the world. Its used by special units in the Israeli army. The lesson provides the best self-defense techniques and increases self-confidence.

  • Special meeting with Brothers For Life NGO - At the Brothers for Life Home, you will meet one of the staff members and hear about their special mission. BFL vision is that every wounded combat soldier receives the care and support needed to ensure his return to fulfilling and contributive life.

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

  • Dinner on own at a restaurant - We will be happy to make recommendations for restaurants in Tel Aviv and make reservations as per request.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Tuesday (August 9) : Old and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 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.

  • Visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - 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.

  • Levinsky Market Tasting Tour - 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 - 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.

  • Afternoon at leisure & dinner on own

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at the market

7 - Wednesday (August 10) : The Beauty of the Land

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Early morning departure for a northern excursion - Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and head to the Galilee. Approximately 2.5 hours drive.

  • Snir Water Hike - Walk between the beautiful water streams, water plants and shaded track, in one of the Jordan’s water sources.

  • 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.

  • Lunch on rout

  • Explore the Golan through 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.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant near the Sea of Galilee

  • Proceed back to Tel Aviv - Approximately 2 hours drive.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Thursday (August 11) : Day of Adventures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a fun surfing lesson - Learn how to ride the waves of the Mediterranean! One hour of private surfing instructor for the family.

  • Continue with a visit of Ayalon Institute - A clandestine ammunitions 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. However, located eight meters below ground, this was the country's 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.

  • Take part of an archeological dig at Beit Guvrin - Explore Beit Guvrin National Park where you will be able to take part in an archeological dig. 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.

  • Proceed back to Tel Aviv

  • Dinner on own

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

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 Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - An open-air market, open on a Tuesday & Friday, 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 - A tasting tour is available.

  • Optional: take part of a fun and delicious Challah baking workshop

  • Friday night Shabbat dinner at a restaurant

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Saturday (August 13) : The City That Never Sleeps

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at Leisure - enjoy the hotel facilities and beach time - Optional activities (not included):
    - Visit to ANU Museum of the Jewish People.
    - Bike tour along the beach promenade.
    - Delicious & engaging cooking workshop with a local Arab-Israeli woman at her home in Jaffa.

  • Farewell dinner

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Sunday (August 14) : Shalom Uleitraot - Farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Check-out by noon

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport - You will be picked up from the hotel and your driver will transfer you to the airport. Travel back home.

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

Overnight: We hope to host you again in our beautiful country!
Meal Plan: breakfast

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 for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. At present, everyone, no matter their vaccination status, is allowed to enter Israel. No testing is required to enter Israel. This form must be completed with 10 days of your flight to Israel. 

**Please note that if one tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during their stay in Israel, a minimum of 5 days isolation is required.**

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!

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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.

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 v
Transportation on 5 touring days v
Hotel accommodation v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed 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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