Price range
From $5000 per person
Upcoming Date
11-21 August 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Shapiro Family trip to Israel – August 2022

Room configuration:

Tel Aviv – Royal Beach 

2 double rooms (Bellavista), 1 triple (Studio) and 2 single rooms (Bellavista)

Jerusalem – Orient

1 Quad (Family room, 2 adults + 2 children), 1 triple (Orient room), 2 single rooms (Orient rooms)

Jordan – WADI RUM UFO LUXOTEL, Movenpick Resort Petra

WADI RUM UFO LUXOTEL – Tents, sharing, not connecting

Movenpick Resort Petra – 4 double rooms (standard), 1 single room

 

Pricing:

August 11-21 – Price for the full family package (including everyone) – $49,100

 

Breakdown:

Per person in a double/quad room – $5000 per person

Per child joining a double/quad room – $4800 per child

Per child joining a triple room – $4500

Per person in a single room – $7500

 

August 21-25 – Eilat extension – hotels and transfers (5 PAX)

Price for the 5p family package – $6680

 

Highlights

Market culinary tours
Architecture and art tour in Tel Aviv
Walk in water through an ancient water tunnel
Trip to Petra and Wadi Ram
Tour of the Temple Mount

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( August 11 ) : Shalom and Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel! - Upon 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.
    The driver's contact details: Guy - +972-50-2051007

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check in to your hotel

  • Free time to relax

  • Dinner on your own

  • Royal Beach Tel Aviv

: Royal Beach Tel Aviv

2 - Friday ( August 12 ) : Yaffo Tel Aviv - Ancient and Modern Side by Side

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Activities:

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

  • 9:00AM Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and begin your Israel trip

  • Tour of 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.

  • Enjoy lunch at the Carmel Market - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) is the largest market in Tel Aviv. Touring 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. The established market that was founded over 90 years ago can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you. A variety of tastes and flavors await you here.

  • Wind your way through the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - This open-air market pops up on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is located right next to the Carmel Market in the heart of Tel Aviv. The market 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.

  • Enjoy a dynamic urban graffiti tour - Explore the trendy neighborhood of Florentine through a colorful tour. What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there and the Israeli society? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • 7:30PM Friday night family dinner at Manta Ray (on your own) - Address: 4 Nahum Goldmann Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo.

  • Royal Beach Tel Aviv

: Royal Beach Tel Aviv

3 - Saturday ( August 13 ) : Israeli Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the Independence Trail and Rothschild Blvd. - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail leads its followers to 10 of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites to learn some of the history of this great city. 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.
    Along Rothchild Blvd., you will also discover the development of the city through the various styles of architecture.
    As you might know, Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world - so many, in fact, that it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

  • Continue to a fascinating Israeli Art Tour at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art - During this tour, we'll understand what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what its relationship is with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art? The tour will be guided by a local artist and art historian.

  • Lunch on your own

  • Take the rest of the day to relax, swim, and explore on your own

  • 9:30PM Dinner on your own at Ewa Safi - Address: 8 Ha-Shakhar Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo

  • Royal Beach Tel Aviv

: Royal Beach Tel Aviv

4 - Sunday ( August 14 ) : What these shores have seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Drive north along the coast and visit Caesarea National Park - Built by Herod, Caesarea was the Roman capital of Palestine, as well as an important seat of early Christianity. Though it boasted a Jewish community in the 3rd century, Jewish sages exempted the city from Jewish law (halacha) because, by this time, most of the inhabitants were not Jewish. The extensive seaside ruins here date back to Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. Explore the 2,000-year-old Roman theater, Crusader harbor and 12th-century ramparts.

  • Continue to Haifa, and stop for a panoramic lookout from the top terrace of the magnificent Baha'i Gardens - From the Louis Promenade, on the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, this 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!

  • 1:30PM Lunch at the famous Uri Buri restaurant in Akko - For the past 20 years, the popular Uri Buri restaurant has offered different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes, along with an impressive wine list containing more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines. (Meal not included)

  • Explore Akko's history and marketplace - Tour Akko's Old City, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an ancient port city built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and the British. Many tourists visit the Old City of Akko without realizing that there is a complete city beneath the ancient streets. The Akko (Acre) Crusader City was built during the 12th century and destroyed in 1291 when the Mamluks conquered Acre and built their own city on the Crusader ruins. See some of the most impressive remains from the Crusaders era in the Knights' Halls. The Crusader Tunnel subterranean passage would have originally connected the harbor with a Templar palace, providing a secret escape route to the sea in case of attack.

  • Meet a local artist - Meet local stone artist Saleem Amer and try your hand at stone carving.

  • Leave Akko and drive to Herzliya

  • Enjoy a boat ride at sunset and the beautiful views of Herzliya's shores

  • Return to Tel Aviv and enjoy dinner on your own

  • Royal Beach Tel Aviv

: Royal Beach Tel Aviv

5 - Monday ( August 15 ) : Jerusalem's New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel and check out

  • Drive to Jerusalem

  • Welcome to Yerushalayim - panoramic lookout from Mount Scopus - Mount Scopus is one of the tallest hills surrounding Jerusalem, and the best place to go for the finest views of the Old City, the Dome of the Rock, and the sprawl of New Jerusalem.

  • Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book - 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 extensive Judaica collections, and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You'll also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Aleppo Codex manuscripts.

  • Continue to the Machane Yehuda Market for a delicious tasting tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, this bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor sits, and a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda Market is truly an adventure for your taste buds! Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. Learn about Israeli cuisine and cultures through a delicious tasting tour. (Replaces lunch)

  • Check in to your hotel

  • Time on your own

  • Orient Jerusalem

: Orient Jerusalem

6 - Tuesday ( August 16 ) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a City of David tour - Take a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past, on the hill where Jerusalem began 4 millenniums ago. The tour leads you through the biblical palace of King David, past ritual purification pools from the First and Second Temple eras, beside Roman, medieval, and Byzantine ruins.

  • Exciting experience walking in water through Hezekiah's Tunnels - Biblical King Hezekiah had the Siloam tunnel built in preparation for an Assyrian attack in the 8th or 7th century BCE, to redirect water from the Gihon spring into Jerusalem. Today, you can splash through the knee-deep water as you marvel at this astonishing feat of ancient engineering that is still standing today.

  • Proceed to the Kotel - Visit the Western Wall, a remnant of the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans. Feel the stones that have witnessed so much history. Place your special and personal prayer in the cracks of the stones.

  • Explore what’s underneath the Kotel during a Western Wall Tunnels tour - 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 this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Authentic lunch in the Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim Quarter. Check out the local hummus and sweets, its many stalls which sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations. (Meal included)

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Visit synagogues, galleries and the Byzantine Cardo. Discover the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations exposing two thousand years of Jewish history in the Old City till present day.

  • 6:30PM Dinner on your own at Eucalyptus - Address: Felt Alley (between 14 Hativat Yerushalayim, and Dror Eliel Street), Jerusalem.

  • Evening: 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 viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

  • Orient Jerusalem

: Orient Jerusalem

7 - Wednesday ( August 17 ) : Holy for Three Religions

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel and check out

  • Morning tour at the sacred Temple Mount Plaza - Also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound, this hill located in the Old City has, for thousands of years, been venerated as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

  • Drive to the West Bank to meet your Palestinian guide

  • Tour of Jericho - Jericho is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the city with the oldest known protective wall around it. The Book of Joshua tells of how Jericho was miraculously conquered by Joshua and the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land (Joshua 6:1-27). Situated in the Judean Desert, 864ft below Sea Level, and not far from where the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea, Jericho was known as an oasis city. In fact, Herod the Great built his winter palace near here because of its warm climate and freshwater springs. In the New Testament, Jesus passed through Jericho, where, amongst other things, he healed a blind man (Luke 18:35-43). Take the cable car to Mount of Temptation and tour the site with your local guide.

  • Authentic lunch at a local home

  • Optional additional stop - You can choose to add an additional visit to one of the following:
    A - visit to Nabi Musa, B - magnificent lookout over the St. George Monastery located on a cliff in Wadi Qelt, or C - refreshing walk through water along the prat water stream in the stunning Wadi Qelt oasis, jump into Ein Mabua spring for a fun and refreshing experience.

  • Proceed back to the hotel

  • 7:00PM Dinner on your own at Pizza Bardak - Address: 38 Keren HaYesod Street, Jerusalem

  • Orient Jerusalem

: Orient Jerusalem

8 - Thursday ( August 18 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Early morning drive to the Dead Sea region

  • Packed picnic breakfast

  • Ascend the mountain by cable car to explore Masada - This is the 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.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - 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.

  • Continue to a lovely water hike in Nahal David - Ein Gedi Nature Reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails ranging in 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.

  • Head back to Jerusalem

  • 8:30PM Dinner on your own at Tzemach - Address: Ha-Dekel St 1, Jerusalem

  • Orient Jerusalem

: Orient Jerusalem

9 - Friday ( August 19 ) : Desert Experience

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Activities:

  • Pick up breakfast boxes from the reception and check out

  • Drive to Ben Gurion Airport and fly to Ramon Airport - Your driver will pick you up at 5:30AM.
    The driver's details: Ilan - +972-53-3991680

  • Flight from Ben Gurion Airport to Ramon Airport in Eilat - Check in time 6:20AM.
    Flight is at 7:50AM.

  • Drive from Ramon Airport to Arava border - Upon arrival, you will meet your driver at Ramon Airport. Driver details: +972-8-633 4413.

  • Arava Border Crossing - You will be guided through the border crossing by our agent and be greeted on the other side of the border by your Jordanian driver and guide.

  • Your local, English-speaking Jordanian guide will meet you at the border and drive to Wadi Ram with a private driver

  • Explore the desert's beauty in Wadi Rum - Enjoy a half hour camel ride from Wadi Rum Village to Lawrence’s Spring. Following this, take a full day jeep tour including a freshly prepared barbeque lunch. A jeep tour is the best way to discover many sites in Wadi Rum. The jeep will stop at each site giving you time to walk/scramble around and maybe even climb up on some of the beautiful naturally-formed bridges in Wadi Rum.

  • Dinner at your glamping site

  • Star gazing and night desert experience - At the glamping site, enjoy an authentic dinner, and walk from the campsite to experience the desert at night and enjoy star gazing with a local guide.

  • Glamping in Wadi Ram

: Glamping in Wadi Ram

10 - Saturday ( August 20 ) : Treasury

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the glamping site

  • Drive to Petra

  • Explore Petra for the day - Visit Petra, Jordan's jewel, and the capital city of the Nabateans. Petra is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face of the rose red stones of the Wadi Mousa Mountains by the Nabataeans. They were industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2,000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. Despite successive attempts by the Seleucid king Antigonus, the Roman emperor Pompey, and Herod the Great to bring Petra under the control of their respective empires, Petra remained largely in Nabataean hands until around 100AD, when the Romans took over. Upon arrival, you will take a horseback ride (optional), and walk through the Siq - the only access to this city. Enjoy lunch (included).

  • Check in to your hotel and enjoy some time to relax

  • Dinner at your hotel

  • Movenpick Resort Petra

: Movenpick Resort Petra

11 - Sunday ( August 21 ) : Eilat Extension

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel and check out

  • Scott's family to fly to Amman Airport and fly back home - Pick up at 11:30AM from your hotel.

  • Remaining participants will drive to the Arava border and cross back into Israel - Pick up at 11:30AM from your hotel.

  • Drive to Eilat for your trip extension

  • Eilat

: Eilat

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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The rules regarding COVID-19 are fluid and change often, based on what is happening around the globe. We will continue to update you regarding current guidelines. Currently, the State of Israel does not require one to present a COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate, or a negative test result in order to enter or leave the country. It is advised that you check with your airline to confirm their requirements, as they may differ. As of October 9, it is no longer required to complete an entry form to enter Israel. Please note 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. Please note that you may be denied boarding of your flight to Israel if you cannot show proof of this when you check in for your flight.
  • 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.
**Please note that if one tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during their stay in Israel, a minimum of a full 5 days of isolation is required, with the possibility of this being extended to a full 7 days.** We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

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.

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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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 required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

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
Tel Aviv - Eilat flight - roundtrip v
Arava border assistance and taxes v
Hotel accommodation v
Transfers to and from the airport v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Eilat extension v
Optional and suggested activities v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
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
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020

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