Price range
From $9450 per person
Upcoming Date
07-16 October 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

5* package – $9450 Per person in a double room (based on 4 participants)

hotels:

TLV – Kempinski

North – Bayit Bagalil

Jerusalem – Orient Heritage Room

Highlights

Unique localized trip - over the holidays including Sukkah Hopping!
Hakafot in Jerusalem - before you depart home
Hit the Israeli Classics!

Itinerary

1 - Friday (October 7) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • VIP Arrival - 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. Arrival on United Airlines Flight #140 at 5:20PM.

  • Drive to the hotel and check in

  • Leisurely evening in Tel Aviv

  • Dinner at the hotel (not included) - Reservation is booked for 7:00 PM

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

Overnight: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

2 - Saturday (October 8) : A True Tel Avivian

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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 during different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.

  • 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.

  • Jaffa Port - Walk through this ancient port which has a history spanning over three millennia, including Biblical times. Still functional as a small fishing port, it is currently a recreational zone featuring restaurants, cafés, galleries, boutique shops, and performing art venues, with the deep blue Mediterranean serving as the background.

  • 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. Enjoy lunch on your own.

  • Neve Tzedek - This is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and today is one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by 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 then modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood was resorted and has become a trendy, fun, and beautiful part of the city and a good place to try some Israeli gelato!

  • Dinner on your own (not included) - Reservation booked at Alora at 6:30 PM. Address is Sderot Ben Gurion 39, Tel Aviv.

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

Overnight: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Sunday (October 9) : Chag Sameah!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Levinsky Market - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, 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.

  • Graffiti Tour - Enjoy a creative graffiti tour and 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.

  • Rothschild Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv a little over 100 years ago. In the heart of the “White City”, it is lined with Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, the Bauhaus style, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been beautifully restored and now house the offices of financial institutions, creative firms, cafes and luxury residences.

  • The Independence Trail - Rothschild Boulevard is the beginning of the Independence Trail which leads to 10 of Tel Aviv's heritage sites. You will learn the history of this fascinating city along the way. The trail ends at Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel, read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state on May 14, 1948.

  • Sukkah hopping including the big sukkah at the Tel Aviv Port - As the holiday enters, visit a few public and private sukkot and meet the local Tel Avivians.

  • Holiday dinner on your own (not included)

  • The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

Overnight: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting tour

4 - Monday (October 10) : Heading North

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • 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.

  • Snorkeling! - Guided snorkeling tour of the inner bay of King Herod's sunken harbour. See the ruins of King Herod’s magnificent harbor and sunken archeological artifacts amidst the Mediterranean marine life.

  • Drive North to Akko - Stop for lunch along the way

  • Akko - 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.

  • Continue North

  • La Chocolita - Learn how to make chocolate with an authentic music show at the Mohanna Family garden in Peki'in!

  • Dinner on your own (not included)

  • Bayit Bagalil

Overnight: Bayit Bagalil
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Tuesday (October 11) : Wet and Wild

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Off-Road ATV tour - Explore the area with its scenic views, fresh air, excellent routes, and varied terrain . You'll be in the driver's seat!

  • Lunch in the area

  • Park HaMaayanot - Spring Valley Park - Park HaMaayanot is home to three of the Beit Shean Valley’s most abundant and attractive springs that flow at the foot of the high cliff wall of Mount Gilboa. Enjoy driving yourselves around in a golf cart and navigate between beautiful water springs, orchards, fish pools and ancient relics.

  • Dinner on your own (not included)

  • Bayit Bagalil

Overnight: Bayit Bagalil
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Wednesday (October 12) : Touring the North and on to Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - And check out (option for late check-out, based on availability).

  • 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.

  • Druze Hospitality - Visit one of the Druze villages of the Galilee. The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, and ancient tradition, and engage in a fun and delicious culinary workshop, followed by an amazing Druze feast.

  • Return to hotel to prepare for the wedding

  • Drive to Shefayim for a wedding

  • Pick up from Shefayim and drive to Jerusalem - Taxi booked for 10:30 PM. Contact is Yossi 054-789-8155. Upon arrival to Jerusalem, check in to the hotel.

  • Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Druze hospitality

7 - Thursday (October 13) : Archaeologist for a Day

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Jerusalem Lookout - The tour will begin with a panoramic view of Jerusalem and the surrounding area. You choose if you want to see Jerusalem and the Judean desert from Mount Scopus or the Haas Promenade – OR - to appreciate Jerusalem’s splendor from the Mount of Olives, home to many biblical events. All of these lookouts offer an unrivalled vista of the Old City and its environs.

  • Beit Guvrin Dig for a Day - Archaeological Seminars invites you to experience the thrill of unearthing the hidden past on Dig-for-a-Day, our ground-breaking archaeological experience designed for active travelers of all ages.

  • Lunch in Abu Gosh - Abu Ghosh is an Israeli-Arab town in the Jerusalem hills that is well known for its hummus, music festival, beautiful churches, and history of friendly relations with Jews and Zionism.

  • Sataf - Explore the Jerusalem Hills at the beautiful Sataf forest for a hike through the area. The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites. If it’s warm enough, there’s even an option to take a dip in some of the natural springs. Along the way - forage for edible plants.

  • Evening and dinner on your own in Jerusalem - Reservation booked at Eucalyptus at 6:30 PM (not included). Address: Felt Alley 14 (located between Hativat Yerushalayim and Dror Eliel Street), Jerusalem.

  • Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Friday (October 14) : Jerusalem - City of Gold

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ramparts Walk - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Ottomans. Today you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Old City and the surroundings.

  • Jewish Quarter - Though best known for the Western Wall, there’s lots more to see and do here. See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, all jostling for space in these tone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this site holds.

  • Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, 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.

  • The Western Wall Tunnels - Explore what’s under the Kotel through the Kotel Tunnels Tour. The greatness of the Wall is truly discovered when you descend underground to the tunnels which 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.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Holy Sepulchre is 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.

  • Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim Quarter. Check out the local hummus and sweets, and 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.

  • Jaffa Gate - An imposing entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jaffa Gate is one of the six original entrances built by Suleiman the Magnificent. The Jaffa Gate is full of fascinating details, like the abrupt right-angle turn within the gatehouse, the chamber above the gate, and the huge mezuzah, which is new since the time of Suleiman.

  • Time permitting: Ammunition Hill Museum - The site, which serves as a memorial to those who fell in the battle for Jerusalem, is where paratroopers began their successful campaign to reunite the city

  • Dinner on your own (not included)

  • Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

9 - Saturday (October 15) : Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west 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.

  • 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. 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 'swim' in the Dead Sea.

  • Ein Gedi - 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. The stunning Ein Gedi oasis consists of two separate waterways: Nahal David (David’s Stream), where David took refuge from King Saul; and Nahal Arugot, where remains of a 6th-century synagogue were discovered.

  • Dinner on your own (not included)

  • Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 - Sunday (October 16) : Le'Hitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Return to the hotel to relax - Prepare for your flight

  • Late check out from hotel - Meet your guide/driver in the lobby of the hotel and head towards the airport.

  • Experience Hakafot in Jerusalem en route to the airport - On the way to the airport, make one last stop to participate in one of the many Hakafot events taking place in Jerusalem.

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. - At 9:20 PM, you will meet you VIP service representative who will guide you through airport security. Depart United Airlines Flight #141 to Chicago at 12:50AM (Oct 17).

  • UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN! - L'Hitraot!

Overnight: UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting tour

FAQ

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.

**Flight costs for Experience Israel 2023 are not included in the trip costs, and are paid for separately and directly to the airline or travel agent at the time of booking.

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are highly recommended as well. For warmer days, natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing clothing that can be layered, as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm jacket/raincoat, as well as T-shirts. TALK TO US TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OTHERS BY DONATING YOUR COAT AT THE END OF YOUR TRIP.

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through 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.
Weekly weather forecast

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.

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
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
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“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

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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