Price range
From 3540$ per person
Upcoming Date
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Location
Highlights
Desert Experience
Home Hospitality
Having fun and learning!
Many hands on experiences
Itinerary
1 - Monday (December 27) : The Many Faces of Israel v

Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - You will be greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by your guide and you will set off on your journey.

  • Beit Guvrin or Neot Kedumim - To really dig deep into the past, head to Beit Guvrin, where thousands of underground caves date back to the time of the Phoenicians. Become an archaeologist for a day and take part in the digs at the caves, which served as storerooms, burial crypts, and safe havens during the time of the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans.

  • Picnic lunch

  • Sde Boker Grave of Ben Gurion - At Sde Boker, visit the grave of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Learn the vision of David Ben Gurion who "retired" to the Negev with a cry that others should follow. Visit his gravesite overlooking the valley that the children of Israel had come through on their way to the Promised Land.

  • Sfinat Hamidbar - At the desert lodging site of Sfinat Hamidbar, learn about the Bedouin lifestyle, ride camels, and eat a Bedouin meal.

  • Overnight: Sfinat Hamidbar

Overnight: Overnight: Sfinat Hamidbar
Meal Plan: Dinner
2 - Tuesday (December 28) : Desert Dreams v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at Sfinat Hamidbar

  • Visit the 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.

  • Hike in Makhtesh Ramon - Makhtesh Ramon is a type of geological formation found only in Israel and northern Sinai. The steep rock cliffs surrounding a closed valley drained by a single wadi are the product of erosion. Ramon Crater is the largest of three in Israel.

  • Cook lunch together in the Makhtesh

  • Drive to the Dead Sea

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight: Masada Hostel

Overnight: Overnight: Masada Hostel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
3 - Wednesday (December 29) : Masada and the Dea Sea v

Activities:

  • Early wake up and snack

  • Sunrise from Masada - Hike up the snake path and tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome by siege, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender. Masada has come to symbolize the fierce determination of the people of Israel, but its tragic history also raises questions about the price of freedom.

  • Swim in the Dead Sea - 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.

  • Pizur lunch

  • Ein Gedi-National Park - Ein Gedi 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, sweet 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.

  • Drive north through the Syrian African Rift

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight: Degania Bet - North

Overnight: Overnight: Degania Bet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
4 - Thursday (December 30) : Physical and Spiritual Heights v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike in the Golan

  • Felafel lunch

  • Katzrin Park and Ancient Talmudic Village - The ruins of the ancient Jewish village of Katzrin are located in the central Golan. The village was discovered and excavated about 30 years ago. The remains of ancient Katzrin have been restored after excavation. Visit the Ancient Talmudic Village and actively immerse yourself in what life was like during Talmudic times.

  • Mount Bental and hot chocolate - Drive to Mount Bental for a look at the Israeli-Syrian border. The Golan Heights are a geological and biogeographical region and is a plateau formed by a volcanic action. Understand Israel's geographical setting in the area. Bental is the site of a courageous battle during Israel’s war for the Golan. Walk through the bunkers to stay safe just like the brave soldiers who fought here.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight: Degania Bet - North

Overnight: Overnight: Degania Bet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
5 - Friday (December 31) : Yom Shishi Higiya v

Activities:

  • Degania Bet - Degania Bet

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Start the day learning the popular song by HaDag Nachash- " Friday is Here" Get ready for the day and look towards Shabbat

  • Kibbutz Sde Eliahu Bio Bee - Bio Bee Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Drive to Jerusalem with a stop 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 across the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem.

  • Pizur lunch on Ben Yehuda Street

  • Visit the Kotel - The Kotel is sacred because it is the last remnant 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. Have a Kabbalat Shabbat with your group.

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight: Agron Hotel - Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Agron Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
6 - Saturday (January 1) : Shabbat Shalom v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Nachlaot - In the Nachlaot neighborhood, walk around and hear the prayers and melodies of the different synagogues. Many different “edot” (ethnic groups) have settled in the neighborhood over the years and their synagogues reflect their origins and presence in Israel.

  • Shabbat lunch at the home of Shana and Yonatan Neril - The Neril family is engaged in important environmental work. Yonatan is the founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Hear about Yonatan’s work in sustainability and enjoy lunch with his lovely family.

  • Visitors Time

  • Havdalah ceremony to usher out Shabbat

  • Pizur dinner

  • 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.

  • Overnight: Agron Hotel - Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Agron Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
7 - Sunday (January 2) : Jerusalem-Holy to All v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • City of David - A visit to the City of David is a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past and leads you through the biblical palace of King David.

    You will continue your tour by walking the streets of Second Temple Jerusalem on recently revealed sites. You will walk through a section of the Second Temple period drainage channel to the monumental foundations stones of the Western Wall at the foot of the Temple Mount. From there climb and exit onto the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, two thousand years ago.

  • Davidson Center - Walk through the archaeological park of the southern excavations. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed.

  • Boxed lunch

  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City - Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the amazing Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • Pizur dinner in Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Overnight: Agron Hotel - Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Agron Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
8 - Monday (January 3) : Memory and Memorial v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the 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.

  • Mount Herzl - Continue to Mt. Herzl National Military Cemetery- and recognize the sacrifice made for the existence of the country. Take time to walk through the cemetery and read the stones to find out about the lives of the soldiers.

  • Lunch at Hinam Center

  • Hinam Center - Mifgash at The Hinam Center, an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. Meet teen participants in the center’s programs and learn about Religious tolerance.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv

  • Pizur dinner and walk

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
9 - Tuesday (January 4) : Partnership Day v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day in Tel Mond

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit Nachlat Binyamin, an open air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv 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.

  • Pizur dinner in the Carmel Market - The Carmel Market is the largest market in Tel Aviv.

  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
10 - Wednesday (January 5) : Tel Aviv! v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old Jaffa - In 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.

  • The Independence Trail - Follow the new Independence Trail which follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites and learn 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 and 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.

  • 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.

  • Final dinner

Overnight: Final dinner
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
FAQ
What's the weather like in Israel? v
It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – May): Daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel? v
The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is recommended that you purchase travel insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance please click here
Can I use my cell phone in Israel? v
Yes you can use your cellphone in Israel if it is unlocked, or if you have roaming services on. Your mobile carrier should be able to unlock your smartphone for you. It is possible to purchase a preloaded SIM card including data, text message, calls in Israel and a US / Canadian number for people back home to contact you. Please contact us to arrange a SIM card. Alternatively your carrier may offer international service for a daily or monthly fee. Please make sure to check the rates for international cellular usage before your trip, it will save you a bundle.
What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel? v
At this time it is only possible to enter Israel if you are an Israeli citizen. We are looking forward to the borders being opened and this will only happen once the government of Israel deems its safe to do so. All our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, and take into account social distancing requirements. The State of Israel may have specific requirements including but not limited to proof of a negative COVID-19 test, vaccination and health insurance before a tourist may enter Israel. Check out "How We Keep You Safe During COVID-19" and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter (link), to get the latest updates on traveling policies.
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Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip
The cancellation policies are applicable to guaranteed departures, FIT (non-group) and group bookings.
Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellations must be made in writing.

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
What’s Included
2 free staff in single rooms v
All accommodations in double or multi-bedded rooms v
o Neve Ilan C Hotel o Sfinat Hamidbar desert hospitality o Masada Youth Hostel o Deganya Bet Kibbutz Hotel o Agron Hotel Jerusalem o Metropolitan Hotel Tel Aviv
All special activities listed in the itinerary v
Transportation in a midi-bus for the entire trip v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water at guests' need and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v