Price range
From $3660 per person
Upcoming Date
25-03 January 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

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) : Jerusalem of Gold

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Activities:

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

  • Take the day to explore on your own. Suggestions:

  • 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.

  • Recommended: eat lunch at the Offaimme dairy restaurant at the museum - At Offaime Restaurant you are invited to savor the food and take part in the move to flavorful, organic, and environmentally conscious agriculture. The restaurant focuses on handmade produce that is crafted slowly using traditional techniques to create food that is tasty and healthy and packaged with complete respect for the environment and for the people who take part in the creative process.

  • 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 is available for an additional charge.

  • 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 Jafa 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.

  • 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 Arab Market

4 - Wednesday (December 28) : Jerusalem Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own

  • Don't miss 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 tour is available.

  • Segway tour - Booking is required in advance (not included).

  • Walk through the picturesque Yemin Moshe neighborhood and the Montefiore Windmill - Yemin Moshe was established with the financial support of British Jewish banker Moses Montefiore in 1891 outside Jerusalem's Old City as a solution to the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions inside the walls. The original houses were built with a wall around them and a gate that was locked at night. Montefiore left an indelible mark on the Jerusalem landscape by building the landmark Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe. Walk through this special neighborhood.

  • Dinner on own

  • Dan Panorama Jerusalem

Overnight: Dan Panorama Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Begin 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.

  • 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.

  • Lunch on rout (not included)

  • 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. Take time to swim and float in one of the local beaches.

  • Travel to the Negev Desert and stop at Sde Boker Grave of Ben Gurion - Visit the grave of Pola and David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout your visit in this area, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Check-in to Carmey Avdat Farm desert lodge - This modern-day vineyard is planted on the remains of the ancient terraces, taking care to preserve the archeological remains of the former vineyard. This is also a small lodging camp with family and couple suites.

  • Dinner on own - Options: BBQ, desert meal in a camp near by, take away etc.

  • South: Carmey Avdat Farm

Overnight: South: Carmey Avdat Farm
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Friday (December 30) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast

  • Magical morning jeep tour - Early morning jeep ride in Makhtesh Ramon. Ride through the stunning Negev Desert and get to know the endless variations of the landscape. Explore the area of Makhtesh Ramon and immerse yourself in the details of the land around you.

  • Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center - Learn the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature through interactive exhibits. At the center, pay tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first and only astronaut, who tragically died on a space mission in 2003.
    View the crater from a stunning vantage point, at the heart of the promenade which stretches along the Ramon Crater mouth. There is a hanging terrace providing a marvelous observation point over the depths of the crater.

  • Check out Lasha Bakery for a light meal - Lasha Desert Bakery owned by Hadas Meir. “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."

  • Camel ride with the views of the desert

  • Desert meal and Bedouin hospitality

  • Optional: star gazing with a local guide

  • South: Carmey Avdat Farm

Overnight: South: Carmey Avdat Farm
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Saturday (December 31) : Land of Milk and Honey

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out

  • Naot Farm - This desert farm is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by Lea and Gadi Nahimov, modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life. Visit the goats and taste some delicious cheese.

  • Fun sandboarding activity - Slide down the stunning Negev dunes where you will experience boarding on another level.

  • Tour Beit Guvrin National Park - Situated in the Land of Thousands Caves. The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that were (and still) uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves and the theater too.

  • Lunch on rout (not included)

  • 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.

  • Dinner on own - We'll be happy to make recommendations and help with making reservations.

  • Sheraton Tel Aviv

Overnight: Sheraton Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, cheese tastings at the farm

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Sheraton Tel Aviv

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sheraton Tel Aviv

Overnight: Sheraton Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting tour at the market

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.”

  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant (on own)

  • Sheraton Tel Aviv

Overnight: Sheraton Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Tuesday (January 3) : Take Israel Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

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

  • 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)

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion airport

  • 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
Meal Plan: breakfast

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 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.

Are there suggested flights I can reserve?

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TO ISRAEL:

OPTION 1

Fri, Apr 14 - Delta 4649 - 2h 57m
Departing: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 2:34 pm
Arriving: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 6:31 pm
----------Long Connection--Transit Time: 3h 36m----------

Fri, April 14 - Delta 234 - 10h 50m
Departing: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 11:45 pm
Arriving: Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 5:35 pm (15 Apr)

OPTION 2

Sat, 15 Apr - Air Canada 8718 - 2h 4m
Departing: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 9:55 am
Arriving: Toronto Lester B. Pearson Airport (YYZ) at 12:59 pm
----------Transit Time: 3h 36m----------

Sat, 15 Apr - Air Canada 80 - 10h 25m
Departing: Toronto Lester B. Pearson Airport (YYZ) at 4:35 pm
Arriving: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 10:00 am (16 Apr)

OPTION 3

Sat, 15 Apr - Delta 737 - 2h 43m
Departing: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 10:05 am
Arriving: Boston Logan Intl Airport (BOS) at 1:48 pm
----------Transit Time: 2h 2m----------

Sat, 15 Apr - Delta 242 - 10h 25m
Departing: Boston Logan Intl Airport (BOS) at 3:50 pm
Arriving: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 9:15 am (16 Apr)

TO USA:

OPTION 1

Mon, 24 Apr - United Airlines 141 - 12h 25m
Departing: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 12:50 am
Arriving: Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) at 5:15 am
----------Transit Time: 2h 15m----------

Mon, 24 Apr - United Airlines 3541 - 1h 34m
Departing: Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) at 7:30 am
Arriving: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 9:04 am

OPTION 2

Sun, 23 Apr - Delta 235 - 12h 20m
Departing: Ben Gurion Intl Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV) at 11:55pm
Arriving: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 5:15 am (24 Apr)
----------Transit Time: 3h 00m----------

Mon, 24 Apr - Delta 4682 - 3h 11m
Departing: New York John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) at 8:15 am
Arriving: Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport (MSP) at 10:26 am

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 service upon arrival v
A private, licensed, English-speaking tour guide for 5 days including transportation on 3 days v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Activities mentioned as suggested / optional and on days on own v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers 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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