Price range
From $4100 per person
Upcoming Date
25-04 January 2023
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Experience Hanukkah holiday in Jerusalem
Tour of the Western Wall tunnels
Desert experience - camel ride, authentic meal, star gazing
Float and swim in the Dead Sea
Jeep tour in the Golan Heights
Market culinary tours
Street Art tour
Price per person, based on a group of 5 people, 1 double and 1 triple rooms

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (December 25) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • Shalom! 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.

  • Get settled and rest after the long flight. Time to explore on own

  • Optional: Hannukah evening tour of the Old City - see the Hannukah menorahs, hear the stories and learn about the traditions of this holiday

  • Dinner on own - Restaurants recommendations will be made.

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem

2 - Monday (December 26) : Memory and Life

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Activities:

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

  • Check out 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. Culinary and tasting tour is avaialble (not included)

  • Afternoon: Private tour of 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. Guided tour with a member of the Yad Vashem staff.

  • Dinner at a restaurant (on own) - We will be happy to make recommendations.

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Tuesday (December 27) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Meet your guide at the Jaffa Gate for a full day walking tour

  • Lookout from the top of the Tower of David Museum - 360° panoramic view from atop an ancient guard tower at Tower of David grounds. This is the only place in Jerusalem where the entire Old City, new Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, the Judean Desert and the Moab Mountains of Jordan, will be at your feet.

  • Tour the Jewish Quarter - See archaeological finds from the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets. You'll also tour Mount Zion, the traditional site of the tomb of King David. Learn about his leadership and his centrality in Judaism but also in Christianity and Islam.

  • Savoring Jerusalem: taste some of the best foods the city has to offer in the old city - Browse in 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. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. 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.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel (The 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.

  • 16:20 - 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 the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Dinner on own

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch at the Arab Market

4 - Wednesday (December 28) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from your hotel

  • Begin with a tour of the Israel museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Drive to the Land of Thousands Caves and tour Beit Guvrin - The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves and Roman theater too.

  • Optional: winery or brewery tour and tastings

  • Continue south to the Judean desert - Kfar Hanokdim is a green oasis shaded by palm trees and crowned with biblically inspired gardens where you will find a picturesque scene-Bedouin tents comfortably fitted with colorful rugs and mattresses. Kfar Hanokdim, surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Judean desert, offers relaxed desert hospitality, a real break from daily life. Guests visiting the Kfar enjoy warm Bedouin hospitality accompanied by explanations of Bedouin life and culture

  • Camel ride experience in the desert

  • Desert style dinner

  • Take a night walk to the desert to watch the stars and experience the silence

  • Kfar Hanokdim

Overnight: Kfar Hanokdim
Meal Plan: breakfast, Desert style dinner

5 - Thursday (December 29) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Early start - Hike up the Roman Ramp to tour Masada. (packed breakfast will be provided)

  • Watch the sunrise at the top of Masada

  • Tour Masada National Park - 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. Hike down the Snake Path with the views of the Dead Sea and the Jordan's mountains.

  • Continue with a beautiful hike in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve - The landscape, climatic conditions and water sources at the Ein Gedi 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.

  • Lunch on rout (not included)

  • Time to swim and float 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. 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.

  • Drive north along the Jordan Valley & check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Friday (December 30) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning tour of Tzfat - 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.

    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").

  • Banias National Park - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias, one of Israel’s most beautiful nature reserves. The Banias spring feeds into the Jordan River, the reserve’s large waterfall tumbles down a 33-foot precipice year-round, and a nearby cave houses remains of a temple to the Greek god Pan. In the wars of 1948 and 1967, when the Golan was held by Syria, the site housed a Syrian officers’ club.

  • Lunch on rout (not included)

  • Jeep tour of the Golan Heights - 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.

  • Friday night dinner at a local restaurant

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Saturday (December 31) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Begin your day with a morning bike ride around Agamon HaHula - The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes. Enjoy a magical morning ride through the park.

  • Travel to Akko and tour the ancient facinating city - 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.

  • Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, 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 dreamt 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 Millennium. Caesarea 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 today as a performance venue, as well as the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel - Please note - check in time on Saturdays is at 6pm. If you'll get there earlier, you can store the luggage in the hotel and walk around the city.

  • New Years Dinner at a restaurant (on own) - We'll be happy to make recommendations and help with making reservations.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Sunday (January 1) : Old and New Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour Jaffa Old City and Port - 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.

  • Walking day tour no vehicle - Meet your guide at Jaffa's Clock Tower.

  • Walk through Jaffa Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Get something to drink and continue with your tour.

  • Dynamic Graffiti Tour - Graffiti tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin, and experience fun and artistic freedom. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world. We conclude the street experience with a real Tel Avivian street lunch.

  • Continue with a tasting tour of Levinsky Market - This 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. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines, and other delicacies. Tour the market, have "tastings" throughout and try to answer the question what is Israeli Cuisine?

  • Afternoon at leisure

  • Dinner on own - Recommendations will be made.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Market tasting tour

9 - Monday (January 2) : The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day to explore on your own. Some suggestions:

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - 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. (a reservation needs to be made)

  • Bike tour along Tel Aviv beach promenade - Great way to see the city and enjoy fun exercise.

  • Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”

  • Dinner at a restaurant (on own)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Tuesday (January 3) : Tel Aviv - the City that never sleeps

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day to explore on your own. See suggestions below.

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People - In June 2021, after ten years of planning and construction, the largest Jewish museum in the world opened its doors. You’re invited to join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.

  • For lunch: Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is the largest market in Tel Aviv. Walking through 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 opening line of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place.

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit Nachalat Binyamin, an open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that 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, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel. (open on Tuesdays and Fridays, weather pending)

  • Giving back opportunity: Brothers For Life Experience - You will meet one of the staff members of Brothers for Life non-profit organization and hear about their special mission. BFL's vision is that every wounded combat soldier receives the care and support needed to ensure his return to fulfilling and contributive life. You could meet them and visit their home (center), invite them for a meal in Tel Aviv, or join you in an activity. (a donation is required)

  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant (on own)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Wednesday (January 4) : Farewell - Shalom U'leitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel - Please note - check-out time is at noon, and you could leave your luggage at the hotel's storage room until it's time to depart.

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion - Fly back home

  • Farewell - we look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

Overnight: Farewell - we look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

FAQ

What about COVID-19?

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Though we hope this will be a non-issue come April 2023, the situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and changes often, based on what is happening across the globe. We will continue to update you regarding current guidelines. That said, as you prepare for your trip, we suggest 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.
  • 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.
  • Closer to the trip, we will publish details about relevant COVID guidelines and testing requirements for before, during, and after the trip.

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 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.

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
VIP airport service upon arrival v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide for 6 days, including a vehicle on 4 days v
Hotel accommodation v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Optional or suggested activities and activities on days on own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v

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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