Price range
From $6200 per person
Upcoming Date
14-23 February 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Shefa is a trip just for women - a journey that combines the special energy generated within a group of women and the abundance of Israel - spiritual abundance, culinary abundance, creative abundance, and natural abundance. Led by Chef Shawna Goodman, this trip has become a legacy for women all over the world and fosters a a unique connection to Israel.

Highlights

Journey through Israel with a warm community of women
Experience Israel through all of your senses
Meet the women who are making a difference in Israel
Take time for yourself to reflect and expand your world
Single Supplement $2000

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (February 14) : The Journey Begins!

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Activities:

  • 2:00 p.m. Meet at the Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv - Welcome to Shefa 2022! We'll gather and start off on our way.

  • Getting to know you at Bat Shlomo Winery - Taste an array of wines and meet the founder, Elie Wurtman, who revitalized the winery and named it honor of the matriarch Betty of the Rothschild dynasty. Tour the grounds of the vineyard nestled in the southern slopes of Mount Carmel and learn how about the social model where high school from Regavim work in the fields and develop a strong sense of responsibility of what it means to be a citizen.

  • Drive north and check into your hotel

  • Time to refresh before dinner

  • Chef's dinner in the private home of Chef Gadi and Adi Elias - Nestled in the moshav Yesod Hamaaleah celebrate the local fare and experience a decadent farm to table meal with their family. Devour an array of grilled and roasted aged meat served with variety of salads. A feast of Gadi’s is not complete without a wide variety of local wines from Golan Heights and Naftali Hills.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Wednesday (February 15) : Inspiring Women

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning Stretch Yoga with Merav Hoffman

  • Meet Naama Szterenlicht, local tonic brewer and artisanal forager

  • Continue to Goats with the Wind - At Goats with the Wind, have a magical lunch at this family-owned goat cheese farm and restaurant. Everything you will eat comes from the farm. Meet the goats and enjoy the special touches of the place.

  • Put yourself in the scene on a bike or golf cart! - Afternoon bike/golf cart ride thru the HULA valley. This lush lake region is the scene of migration for over 500 million birds-this wetland paradise in the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks and cranes.

  • Leisure time at the hotel

  • Dinner at the vegetarian restaurant in the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Thursday (February 16) : Come Together

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Akko

  • Market Tour and Cooking Workshop with local Arab women - Meet Cathy Raff at Beit Elfarasha and be inspired by Cathy’s vision to empower local women to teach their traditional cooking to others. Learn how to market like a local and turn the produce into culinary delights.

  • Drive south and 'up' to Jerusalem and check into hotel

  • Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - Otherwise known as the SHUK meander thru the winding roads and taste the multiple flavours and savour the stories of each stall-Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour.

  • 'Shtisel' Tour - Later in the evening, we will walk thru the ultra-orthodox neighborhoods from the hit series SHTISEL in anticipation of shabbat-the smells of challah baking and feel the buzz of preparation for the weekly sabbath.

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

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

4 - Friday (February 17) : Wonder Women

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Inspirational speaker-Kylie Eisman Lifschitz - Meet Kylie Eisman Lifschitz, an Aussie by birth is the chairwoman of Mavoi Satum, an Israeli not for profit that fights Gett abuse and advocates for the freedom of human rights of Jewish women. In her spare time Kyle is the mother of 5 children and founder CEO of a management consulting firm called Workwell.

  • Art workshop with Kol HaOt - Let’s tap into our right side of the brain and explore what Israel means to us using colors and symbols with the team at Kol HaOt in the enchanting Hutzot HaYotzer Artists colony in Jerusalem.

  • You'll have time for lunch on your own

  • Rest and optional spa services before Shabbat

  • Shabbat dinner in a private home - Friday night is the time to unwind and to reflect on the past week. The city siren will welcome all to the celebrate this weekly ritual and the communal call for quiet and for a break. Every home carries its own heritage and recipes and together we will be hosted in the comfort of a local to feel a new kind of Shabbat.

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Saturday (February 18) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop with Leah Beinhaker - Leah says about herself- "I am a lifelong learner driven by a love of people and a desire to help make this world a little better. My greatest thrill at partnering with individuals and teams in realizing their potential." Leah is a Torontonian by birth but made aliya with her family over 20 years ago and lives in Har Adar with her three kids.

  • Walking tour of the Old City - While you walk the maze of streets of the Old City, hear the story of women throughout history who have left their mark on Jerusalem's Old City. "Meet" women like Naomi Shemer who wrote song "Jerusalem of Gold." Observe the Al-Aqsa Mosque that tells of Aisha, Muhammad's third wife- also called "Mother of Believers." Visit a women-owned bakery in the Muslim Quarter. Hear the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, Learn about Esther Arditi the "Angel in White" who was a nurse caring for troops in battles for the Old City during the War of Independence. Digest the unique flavous and contributions of these female heroines who left their mark on this city.

  • Evening on your own with option for concert

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Old City Tasting Tour

6 - Sunday (February 19) : Making Dreams Come True

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shalva National Center - Tour Shalva, a Jerusalem based not for profit organization that provides an all encompassing range of services for hundreds of people with disabilities from infancy to adulthood and their families. Lets roll up our sleeves and spend time working side by side with these amazing kids in a social business project.(TBD)

  • Forage and cook with Nura - In the February lushness of Mate Yehuda, meet Nurit Hertz in her natural habitat- the Jerusalem Hills. Nura will teach us identify edible plants nd how to maximize their flavors in a farm to table experience..

  • Drive south

  • Enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony at Beresheet

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Monday (February 20) : Desert Serenity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Jeep guiding through the Makhtesh - Makhetesh Ramon is a type of geological formation called a crater that is found only in Israel and in Northern Sinai. The Ramon crater is the largest of the three craters in Israel located in the Negev desert. Together we will ride the varied landscape and discover the awesomeness of this natural formation.

  • Breaking and Making Bread at Lasha Bakery - Meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery who will guide you in a bread baking workshop. “For Meir, baking is a spiritual thing. ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence. As a group, we will roll and stretch a variety of doughs sprinkled with an array of toppings to be devoured at lunch in the garden.

  • Afternoon relaxation in the desert at the hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Tuesday (February 21) : It Takes a Village

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Beresheet

  • Depart Beresheet and head north

  • Naot Farm - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many Lone farms (Chavot Bodedim) built by modern day pioneers Lea and Gadi Nahimov who together are fulfilling David Ben Gurions dream to bloom the desert! Tour the farm and meet Lea and Gadi.

  • SodaStream Factory Tour - The SodaStream Visitor Center introduces audiences to the company’s extraordinary vision of cultivating an island of peace by bringing all tribes together to work side by side. SodaStream unites environmental values with significant contributions to Israel’s development and the general health and wellness of its consumers.

  • Lunch on your own in Beer Sheva

  • Working Out with Bedouin Mothers in the Negev - Budo For Peace (BFP) is an educational non-profit which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds in Israel. Led by the dynamic Hanan Abu Quidar we will be joined by other Bedoiun women in an interactive Exercise followed by traditional Bedouin hospitality . Sports for social change is an educational not for profit which uses sport as an educational platform to promote social change, mental health and physical health.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel

  • Dinner at Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture, a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

9 - Wednesday (February 22) : Urban Renewal with Flair

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Fashion tour by Liri - A fashion tour is a unique interactive way to introducing you to Israel and its culture. The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. During the tour, we will meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Tour will include workshop at KitePride - KitePride is an Israeli, Tel Aviv based fashion social enterprise. They create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from upcycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes, and wetsuits in order to provide jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Through each bag sold, continuous jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill.

  • Hatikva Market - Hatikvah Market is a lesser-known gem. Since the market's renovation it has become a joyful, colorful place. Many say this is Tel Aviv's best market for variety, price, people-watching, and authenticity. The Hatikva Market was built in the mid-1930s as a response to the Arab Revolt, when residents of the village of Salama stopped coming to the neighborhood to sell their goods. What began with a few produce stalls put up by local residents of Iraqi, Yemeni, Syrian and Iranian background grew into a sprawling market spread out along the triangle of Ha’Etzel, Hahagana and Hatikva Streets.

  • Free time

  • Tishrey Bar - Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Dinner on your own- we'll make reservations at a few restaurants and you can choose

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour Hatikva Market

10 - Thursday (February 23) : Taking it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People including a visit to Foodish, foo - 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 in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it. Foodish is the new culinary arm of ANU – the largest Jewish Museum in the world, which brings the story of Jewish food to the forefront.

  • Street-food lunch

  • Graffiti Tour - Enjoy a 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.

  • Gaga Workshop - Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Bat Sheva Dance Company. Explore new ways to move through this intense experience with the circle of women who form this tour.

  • Final dinner

  • Group transfer to airport included

Overnight: Group transfer to airport included
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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 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.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. There is a very low rate of street crime in Israel. But your security is of the utmost importance. Via Sabra, our tour operator, receives regular updates from Home Front Command regarding any critical updates, be it security related, or even about the weather. On the off chance there is a need to do so, we will be able to adjust our itinerary based on relevant information and recommendations.

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 v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers 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

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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