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

Eilat – Royal Beach (5 pax)

1 triple (New Bellavista), 2 single rooms (New Bellavista)

 

 

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! - 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, collecting your baggage, and relevant Covid testing, you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel

  • Free time to relax

  • Royal Beach, Tel Aviv

Overnight: 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.

  • Begin your Israel trip with a 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.

  • When its lunch time go to 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. Try a variety of flavors throughout your stroll through the market.

  • Wind your way through Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - An open-air market open on Tue. and Fridays, located 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.

  • Friday night family dinner - Suggestions and reservations can be made.

  • Royal Beach, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at Carmel Market

3 - Saturday (August 13) : Israeli Creativity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the Independence Trail and Rothschild Blv. - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about 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.
    Along Rothchild Blvd., you will also discover the development of the city through the architecture styles.
    As you might know, Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

  • Continue to a fascinating Israeli Art Tour at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it relationship 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? Tour will be guided by a local artist and art historian.

  • Lunch on own

  • Half day to relax, swim and explore on own

  • Royal Beach, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Head north and drive along the Coastline Road and visit Caesarea National Park - Built by Herod, was the Roman capital of Palestine as well as important seat of early Christianity. Although it boasted a Jewish community in late antiquity, in the 3rd c., Jewish sages exempted the city from Jewish law (Halacha) because by this time most of the inhabitants were non-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.

  • Stop for a panoramic lookout at the top terrace of the magnificent Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade, on 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!

  • Lunch on rout

  • Take a boat ride from Haifa to Akko - Enjoy the beautiful views of Haifa and the Galilee.

  • Explore Akko's history and marketplace - Tour Akko Old City, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient port city built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the British. Many tourists visit the Old City of Acre without realizing that there is a complete city beneath the ancient streets. The 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 a local stone artist Saleem Amer and try your hand at stone carving

  • Dinner suggestion: at the famous Uri Buri restaurant - For the past 20 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Drive back to Tel Aviv

  • Royal Beach, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Monday (August 15) : Jerusalem New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Drive to Jerusalem and tour the 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 complete 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 a delicious tasting tour at Shuk Machane Yehuda - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Mahane 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. Learn about Israeli cuisine and cultures through a delicious tasting tour (replaces lunch).

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

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • Time on own to explore Ben Yehuda Street

  • Orient, Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tatsting tour at Machne Yehuda

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 - A trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past, on the hill which 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 Hezekiahs 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.
    You will continue your tour by walking the streets of Second Temple Jerusalem on recently revealed sites. Be amazed by the excavation in the Central (Tyropoeon) Valley where you will walk through a section of the Second Temple period drainage channel to the highlight of the tour--the monumental foundations' stones of the Western Wall at the foot of the Temple Mount. From there we will climb and exit onto the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, two thousand years ago.

  • Proceed to the Kotel - The Western Wall, a 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.

  • Explore what’s under the old city through the Kotel Tunnels Tour - The Western Wall is impressive, but its greatness is truly discovered when you descend underground to the Western Wall Tunnels. The tunnels run along approximately 488 meters (1601ft) of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 the viewers are part of a multi-sensory experience.

  • Dinner on own - Suggestions and reservations can be made.

  • Orient, Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch at Arab Market

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Morning tour at the sacred Temple Mount Plaza - Also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the Old City that for thousands of years has 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 how Jericho was miraculously conquered by Joshua and the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land (Joshua 6:1-27). It is situated in the Judean Desert, 864ft below Sea Level, not far from where the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea. In the past it 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 heals a blind man (Luke 18:35-43). Take the cable car to Mount of Temptation and tour the site with your local guide.

  • Lunch at Jericho

  • Optional additional stop - You can choose to add an additional visit to one of the following:
    - stop for a visit of Nabi Musa
    - Magnificat lookout over the St. George Monastry located on a cliff of Wadi Qelt
    - refreshing walk in water along 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

  • Dinner on own

  • Orient, Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Thursday (August 18) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Early morning drive to the Dead Sea region

  • Packed picnic breakfast

  • Ascend the mountain by a cable car to explore Masada - Scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Continue to a lovely water hike in Nahal David - 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, 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.

  • Lunch on rout

  • Magical afternoon Dead Sea Boat Ride - In a small group motorboat see amazing salt formations and scenery. During this unique experience you will enjoy the wondrous muds, salt pearls, salt diamonds, water springs streaming to the sea and sink holes filled with sweet water. Learn about the ecosystem and the environmental issues connected to the Dead Sea.

  • Family Dinner at Genesis Land - Genesis Land is situated in the heart of the Judean desert, on the way to the Dead Sea, in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times. Enjoy a desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.

  • Orient, Jerusalem

Overnight: Orient, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

9 - Friday (August 19) : Desert Experience

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Drive to BNG Airport and fly to Ramon Airport

  • Cross the border with an assistance on both sides

  • 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 lots of 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 natural formed bridges in Wadi Rum.

  • Dinner at your glamping camp

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

  • Glamping in Wadi Ram

Overnight: Glamping in Wadi Ram
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 - Saturday (August 20) : Treasury

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the glamping site

  • Day to explore Petra - Visit Jordan's Jewel, The Capital City of the Nabateans, a city fully carved in the rose red stones of Wadi Mousa Mountains. Upon arrival, you will take a horse back ride (optional), walk through the Siq, the only access to this city. Lunch included. Petra is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 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.

  • Check-in to your hotel and enjoy relaxed time

  • Dinner at your hotel

  • Movenpick Resort Petra

Overnight: Movenpick Resort Petra
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

11 - Sunday (August 21) : Eilat Extension

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Drive to the Arava border and cross back to Israel

  • Drive to Eilat for your trip extension

  • Scott's family fly to BNG Airport and fly back home

  • Eilat

Overnight: Eilat
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

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

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The rules for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. Beginning November 1, 2021, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Israeli government has outlined a plan to allow tourists to enter Israel. There are some minor differences between guidelines for individual tourists and those who will be participating in an organized tour. **Please note that all travelers are still required to be either vaccinated (all vaccinations approved by the WHO will be accepted) or recovered. Testing requirements may vary according to whether you are traveling on your own or with a group. All of our tours are planned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health. 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. $200 per person service fee, will not be refunded. 

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19. In that case, $200 per person service fee will not be refunded.

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

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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