Price range
From 6000$ per person
Upcoming Date
19-30 December 2021
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Explore Israel with your family!
Visit classic and unusual sites
A family adventure in the land of the Seven Species- taste, smell, hear, and feel the pulse of the country
Travel north and south, explore ancient sites, and meet with hi-techiest at the heart of the Jewish silicon valley of Tel Aviv.
Price package for the family will be presented after itinerary approval and room configuration

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (December 19) : Welcome to Israel - Bruchim Ha'Baim

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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 guide.

  • Shehecheyanu and orange picking and squeezing - Stop at citrus grove and juice your oranges to enjoy fresh squeezed juice alongside with Israel-style picnic brunch.

  • Kvish Ha'hof - Drive along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea

  • Caesarea National Park including lunch on your own - Caesarea National Park is where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • Continue north to your hotel and check in

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • North: Kefar Blum or Bayit BaGalil

Overnight: North: Kefar Blum or Bayit BaGalil
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Monday (December 20) : The Heights of the Golan

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep. The Golan Heights is a geological formation of a plateau formed by a volcanic action. Atop Mount Bental, overlooking the Israeli-Syrian border, we will discuss the geopolitical situation of the region.

  • Merom Golan Agriculture Tour including lunch

  • 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.

  • Knafe-making workshop - Enjoy Knafeh-making workshop, an authentic goat cheese "cake", with Salah.

  • Dinner on your own - We'll recommend restaurants and make reservations if you wish

  • North: Kefar Blum or Bayit BaGalil

Overnight: North: Kefar Blum or Bayit BaGalil
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Tuesday (December 21) : The Secrets of Tzfat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Begin at the Naburiya Synagogue - This ancient synagogue is one of the oldest in the Galilee and in the world.

  • Continue to Safed including workshop with Kaballah artist - 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. Here, surrounded by old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios, we will learn the secrets of the Hebrew alphabet letter and will create our own piece of of art

  • Safed Escape Room

  • DInner on own in Safed

  • North: Kefar Blum or Bayit BaGalil

Overnight: North: Kefar Blum or Bayit BaGalil
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Wednesday (December 22) : It's all about the family

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out hotel and drive south

  • Thirty years after .... visit Kibbutz Habonim and meet members over coffee and cake

  • Continue to Pardes Hannah

  • Spend the afternoon with your relatives at Pardes Hannah. - Optional: Interactive program with relatives at Pardes Hannah

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem: Orient

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Thursday (December 23) : Where it All Began

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Depart hotel for the Old City

  • 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.

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

  • Street lunch in the Old City

  • Temple Mount Archeological sifting - Participate in sifting through archaeological-rich rubble from the Temple Mount. Learn from archaeologists and about the discoveries already made and take part in uncovering more of Jerusalem’s glorious past.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Dinner at Machneyuda - Dinner at Machneyuda, considered as one of the best in Jerusalem, possibly the country. Celebrity chef, Assaf Granit, grew up in Jerusalem and pays homage to the city's colors and cacophony in his elegant dishes. The menu changes twice daily, but it nearly always includes chamshuka, a fusion of chopped meat and hummus, and a raucous dessert ceremony of ice cream flung on tables covered in aluminum foil.

  • Jerusalem: Orient

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient
Meal Plan: breakfast, tasting tour for dinner

6 - Friday (December 24) : Being on top of the mountain at the lowest place on earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Depart south to the Dead Sea area

  • Masada National Park - Ascend Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago.

  • 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 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Ein Gedi Ancient Synagogue - 'Kabbalat Shabbat' at the stunning Ein Gedi oasis, where remains of a 6th-century synagogue were discovered.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Shabbat dinner with family and relatives / at the hotel / at a restaurant - Not included

  • Jerusalem: Orient

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Saturday (December 25) : Shabbat: Rest & Renawal

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

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

  • Afternoon at leisure

  • DInner on your own or with relatives

  • Jerusalem: Orient - Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem: Orient
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Sunday (December 26) : "It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigor of Israel will be tested" (David Ben Gurion)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel

  • Vertigo Eco Art Village for dance session - Vertigo Eco Art Village promote alternative model of sustainable living through comprehensive art environment educational programs, it is also the home of Vertigo Dance Company.

  • Optional: Talk to the dancers at Vertigo about the village and the ECO work

  • Drive south to the Negev with a stop for lunch on your own

  • Stop at Sde Boker. Grave of David's Ben Gurion - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the ride you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner at hotel

  • Isrotel Beresheet Hotel, / Isrotel Kedma Hotel / Naot Farm

Overnight: Isrotel Beresheet Hotel, / Isrotel Kedma Hotel / Naot Farm
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

9 - Monday (December 27) : Entrepreneurship Now& Then

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Off-Road ATV tour at Ramon Crater

  • Visit Desert Lone Farms including lunch - Havot Bodedim (lone farms) built by modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life.

  • Nana Winery - Tour and tasting at Nana Farm Winery. In the heart of desert, between ancient stone terraces and barren golden sand hills, wine vineyards appear. The powerful site is hard to describe in words. Meet with experienced vintner Eran Raz, nicknamed "Nana", who has created a quality leading wine in what some may be surprised to call ideal conditions for quality vine growth.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Isrotel Beresheet Hotel, / Isrotel Kedma Hotel / Naot Farm

Overnight: Isrotel Beresheet Hotel, / Isrotel Kedma Hotel / Naot Farm
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner, light lunch

10 - Tuesday (December 28) : To live by the border

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel

  • Bedouin Hospitality in Negev - Enjoy coffee and an authentic Bedouin tent.

  • Continue to the western border with the Gaza Strip - Time for a lunch stop

  • Striving for Peace - Meeting Striving for Peace at Netiv Haasarah, visit the Peace Wall on the border and meet Tsamaret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the project who will talk about life in the moshav in the shadow of the ongoing security situation – and about the hope of a good and peaceful future. Choose a colorful optimistic tile on which to write a personal wish and later glue to the border wall.

  • Depart the south for Tel Aviv-Jaffa

  • Check into your hotel and dinner on your own

  • Nordoy / Royal Beach / The Rothschild Hotel

Overnight: Nordoy / Royal Beach / The Rothschild Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Wednesday (December 29) : Tel Aviv: The first HEBREW city

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Neve Tzedek - Walk through Neve Tzedek which was founded in 1887 as one of the first Jewish settlements outside of the old port city of Jaffa. From a barren sand dune to one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, It has become a trendy stomping ground for artists - with countless boutiques, galleries, and fashion shops.

  • Graffiti Tour - Enjoy graffiti tour 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.

  • Lunch on your own

  • Rothschild Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv a little over 110 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.

  • Coffee break at Citizen Cafe - Language is much more than a literal translation. Citizen Cafe provides Tel Aviv’s growing community of internationals with an opportunity to become more successful, engaged, and connected to an otherwise unfamiliar culture in and around Tel Aviv.

  • Evolution of Israeli street food with Bertzi - Explore the Evolution of and eat Israeli Street Food with the experts!

  • Nordoy / Royal Beach / The Rothschild Hotel

Overnight: Nordoy / Royal Beach / The Rothschild Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

12 - Thursday (December 30) : Tel Aviv-Jaffa: A-three-thousand year story

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • 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 and walk through this ancient port which has a history spanning over three millennia, including Biblical times.

  • Start Up Nation - Visit an Israeli start up company to hear and see the latest innovations.

  • Tasting lunch at Carmel Market - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is the largest market in Tel Aviv. 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 start of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place.

  • Return to hotel to rest and refresh

  • Final dinner at a restaurant

  • VIP Departure at the airport

Overnight: VIP Departure at the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

FAQ

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 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

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy 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.

How much do I tip my driver and tour guide?

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For all groups ranging from 2-6 people, it is suggested that you tip the tour guide $70 -$100 (from the group) per day. For groups larger than 8, it is recommended to tip $8-$12 per person, per day + 50% for your bus driver. Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

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 until September 1, 2021, for a full refund.

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.

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Testimonials
“This was our third trip with via sabra and it was outstanding. We went with Aliza Green who is a cook and cookbook writer who provided us with lots of insights. Orit Levi our tour guide (third time) was excellent. Via Sabra makes every trip different so we did not feel as if we were repeating anything. We took our seven year old grandson who was well received and loved the trip. Via Sabra is caring and strives to accommodate any requests. We cannot recommend Via Sabra enough and we are looking forward to our next trip.”
Naomi S
2016, 2018, 2020
“Via Sabra gave us an Israel experience like no other. The bookings, the guides, where we went, everything was a joy, the perfect combination of touring, learning and fun.”
Stephen K
2019
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