Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
08-20 May 2023
Tour Time
13 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Monday ( May 8 ) : 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 Jerusaelm - And enjoy the rest of the day to relax and acclimate

  • Dinner at Chakra - Chakra offers a rotating Mediterranean menu & Israeli wines in modern surroundings with a garden-style terrace.
    (meal and transfer not included, we can make reservations)

  • Optional: Tower of David Sound and Light Show - Amidst the archaeological remains in the David Citadel courtyard the story of Jerusalem unfolds through virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l'oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan:

2 - Tuesday ( May 9 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

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

  • 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 - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. 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.

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Walk through the Muslim and Christian Quarters of the Old City seeing the historical and religious sites. See some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies. We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information, and, of course, combines the senses of smell, taste, and sound. Grab a bite at Hummus Abu Shukri in the Old City.

  • 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 of the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Dinner at HaSadna Restaurant - HaSadna Restaurant's menu features fresh ingredients with a minimum of treatment. Part of the charm is the interior of this building which was once a warehouse that served the Jerusalem railroad and railway station built in 1892. Part of the Machneyuda group, HaSadna is a jewel of contemporary Israeli Cuisine.
    (Meal and transfers not included, we can make reservations)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Old City Tasting Tour

3 - Wednesday ( May 10 ) : From Holocaust to Rebirth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 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.

  • Tasting Tour in Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem sits this 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.

  • 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.

  • Mona Restaurant - Mona restaurant is an elegant and relaxed Chef Bistro, nestled in an historic stone house in the heart of Jerusalem. (Meal and transfers not included, we can make reservations)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

4 - Thursday ( May 11 ) : The Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the Supreme Court of Israel - Israel's legal system is a combination of Jewish, Turkish, and British law adapted and molded to suit modern Israeli realities. Built by the Rothschild Foundation, the Supreme Court building, with its striking design, is a fitting home for the judicial branch of government which oversees Israel's democracy.

  • Stop by The Knesset - The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was named after “Haknesset Hagedolah,” the Great Assembly of the Second Temple period. Today it stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy. In lively, often heated, debates, its 120 elected members reflect the divergence of Israeli public opinion, legislate and oversee the workings of the government.

  • Tour Ein Karem - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Karem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood. Visit local artist galleries in their homes, beautiful churches, and walk in nature as well.

  • Lunch on own in Ein Karem - We can make suggestions and reservations

  • Chagall Windows - Take in the luminous colors and rich Jewish symbolism of the exquisite Chagall stained glass windows in the synagogue of the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem. The windows illustrate Jacob's blessings to his sons, the patriarchs of the 12 tribes.

  • Dinner at MachneYuda - "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.” (Meal not included, we can make reservations)

  • Tour the Ultra Orthodox Neighborhoods in Jerusalem - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Friday ( May 12 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Travel to The Dead Sea Area - 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.

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain 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.

  • Lunch on route (TBD)

  • Hike Ein Gedi - This beautiful nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at Satya - Chef Restaurant of Chef Ilan Grossi. The restaurant offers a Mediterranean menu including fish, meat, and seafood dishes (Meal and transfers not included, we can make reservations)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Saturday ( May 13 ) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And check-out

  • Drive along the Mediterranean coast and tour Caesarea National Park - 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 Akko

  • Lunch at Uri Buri - For the past 40 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has offered a variety of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes, and boasts a wine list with over 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines. (Meal not included)

  • Akko historical tour - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Akko, situated on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, and secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built beneath Akko in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders. Learn about the city’s ancient history, as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Visit Underground Prisoners Museum Akko - In 1918, Akko became part of the British Mandate in Palestine. By 1920, Akko took on new significance as the site of the British central prison in the Middle East. The prison itself was housed in a citadel that had been built by the Crusaders in 1104. Many members of the Jewish Underground were imprisoned in the Akko citadel. On May 4, 1947, the Etzel (the National Military Organization) broke into the prison and freed 41 members of the Lehi and the Etzel. According to newspapers of the time, the escape was "the most daring break-in in history."

  • Travel to your hotel - Check-in and dinner at hotel

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Sunday ( May 14 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Banias National Park Hike - 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.

  • Take a 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 role 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.

  • Tour Kibbutz Merom Golan and lunch in the Kibbutz's dinning room - (meal included)

  • 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.

  • Dinner at Mushbuz - We can make reservations (meal not included)

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, Druze Cooking Workshop and Dinner

8 - Monday ( May 15 ) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Agamon HaHula - Bikes & Golfcarts - 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. Early morning ride through the park.

  • Tour Safed - Safed, pronounced Tzfat in Hebrew, 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. Safed’s mystical aura adds to its special status as one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm.

  • Tzippori National Park - Tzipori was once the capital of the Galilee, the seat of the Sanhedrin and the place where the Mishna was completed. At Tzippori, view the ruins and ancient mosaic floor to see how native species have been part of the national iconography for centuries.

  • Dinner at Wood Grill Restaurant - We can make reservations (meal not included)

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Tuesday ( May 16 ) : Israeli Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And checkout from hotel

  • The Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade at 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!

  • Tasting Tour at Wadi Nisnas - Wadi Nisnas is one of Haifa’s most colorful neighborhoods, full of narrow streets, picturesque stone houses, and the Wadi Nisnas market. It is a mixed neighborhood that captures the nature and atmosphere of the city of Haifa - a city of many faiths and communities, that live alongside each other in an exemplary co-existence. The Wadi Nisnas market is the place to go and experience some of the local flavors: taste pastries, spiced tea, the best falafel in Israel, and strong Turkish coffee, along with other delicatessens and aromas that will have your mouth watering.

  • Tour Zichron Yaakov - Established in December of 1882, Zichron Ya'akov was one of the first modern Jewish communities in the country. Due to the massive support of Baron de Rothchild the town was soon named after Rothchild's father (Zichron Yaakov - "in memory of Jacob") and became known for its fine wine cellars, which produce high-quality vintages to this day. The town is also famous as the center of the NILI spy ring, organized by Jews to aid the British in ousting the Turks at the beginning of the 20th century. Tour the town to learn its history and enjoy its charming, shop-lined streets.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv

  • HaBasta - Small but perfectly formed, HaBasta is located on a street leading off Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market, from where almost all its produce is sourced. An extensive daily changing menu is scribbled on a piece of paper on the wall. The dishes, while simple, are satisfyingly complex in execution. The international wine list is equally exceptional. We can make reservations (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Wadi Nisnas Tasting Tour (replaces lunch)

10 - Wednesday ( May 17 ) : Ancient and Modern Side-by-Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit 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.

  • Lunch on own in Jaffa

  • The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center - This museum’s riveting exhibit contrasts the life of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated at a Peace Rally in 1995, with the development of the State of Israel.

  • 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.

  • Tour Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.

  • Dinner at Cafe Pua'a - We can make reservations (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Thursday ( May 18 ) : The White City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Everything Art - Tours and more with Shirel Horovitz - During this dynamic tour with Shirel Horovitz we'll figure out what makes Israeli art what it is and learn about its relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. Tour the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. Alongside her art practice, Shirel lectures, leads art tours, teaches art and is an art consultant to a variety of private groups and institutions among them Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Alma Hebrew college, Classrooms Without Borders, Ashdod Museum of Art, Azrieli LTD, Hartman institute and more. Drawing from multiple fields of knowledge, Shirel weaves into each experience aspects of social issues, politics, economy, religion and more to create a vivid and nuanced image of the Israeli reality. Her knowledge, passion and love of all that is Art, Tel Aviv and Israeli history are nothing less than contagious.

  • Tour Neve Tzedek - Neve Tzedek is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood has been restored and is now a trendy, fun, and beautiful part of the city and, especially, a good place to try some Israeli gelato!

  • Lunch on own in Neve Tzedek

  • Walk the Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail leads to 10 of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites teaching visitors the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Dinner on own in a Vietnamese Restaurant - We can make reservations (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

12 - Friday ( May 19 ) : Israeli Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Graffiti Tour - Enjoy a creative Graffiti workshop 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.

  • Tasting Tour at Levinsky Market - 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.

  • Afternoon on your own

  • Dinner at Benny Hadayag - We can make reservations (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting Tour Levinsky Market

13 - Saturday ( May 20 ) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at leisure and explore Tel Aviv on your own

  • Late checkout

  • Farewell dinner at M25 - One of the top meat restaurants in the city just happens to be this unassuming, tavern-style eatery. Featuring one-of-a-kind Israeli dishes, with fresh meat taking the spotlight, carnivores can rejoice in the deliciously juicy flavors, and a menu that changes daily.”

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

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

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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 and transportation v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“We hired via sabra for a one day tour of Jerusalem with our 3 young children. They were responsive, professional and a pleasure to work with. Our guide was Maayan and she was delightful. Excellent fund of knowledge, friendly, easygoing, engaging, and adaptable to our needs. She did a great job capturing the attention of our 9,6, and 4 year olds- not an easy task- and was able to tailor the tour on the fly especially for us. I would absolutely use via sabra again they were outstanding! ”
GoPlaces755408
August 2019
“My daughter and I wanted to see as much as possible of Israel in two weeks. She had been there on Birthright but I had never been. While the tour was expensive it was pretty exhaustive and Via Sabra listened to what we wanted and made everything happen. We loved out guides, Mark and Sarit, and it was helpful to have someone to drive and guide us as we wanted to cover as much of the country as possible. So, although the trip was pricey, it covered all our bases, including a side trip to Jordan and a trip to Bethlehem. They are a first rate tour company and most of their recommendations were spot on.”
Deborah
2019

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