Price range
From 6500$ per person
Upcoming Date
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Location
Shefa is a trip just for women, a journey that combines the special energy generated within a group of women with the abundance that Israel has to offer- spiritual abundance, culinary abundance, creative abundance, and natural abundance. Led and Chef Shawna Goodman, this trip has become legacy to women all over the world and their connection to Israel
Highlights
Famous renowned SHEFA journey - led by Chef Shawna Goodman
Women only trip!
Meet inspiring women from all industries, religions and cities
Single Supplement - $1600
Itinerary
1 - Tuesday (February 15) : The Journey Begins! v

Activities:

  • 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 wine and hear the incredible story of the Bat Shlomo Winery and settlement, founded by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.

  • Drive north to hotel and check in

  • Time to refresh before dinner

  • Chef's dinner in the private home of Chef Gadi Elias

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner
2 - Wednesday (February 16) : Female Creativity v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning Yoga option

  • Naama Szterenlicht - Local Tonic - Meet Naama Szterenlicht, local tonic brewer and artisanal forager.

  • 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.

  • Alarz Tehina - Al Arz Tahini was founded in 1992 as a small family business in Nazareth, Israel. Assad Zaher, an engineer by training, designed a special production method that created a tahina unequaled by any other in its fresh, natural flavor. Thus tailored to discriminating tastes, Al Arz Tahini quickly became a favorite of fine restaurants and specialty stores throughout Israel. Under the leadership of Julia Zaher, the company has expanded its market base in Israel as well as abroad, achieving a 30% sales growth in the last three years. Meet Lana and Julia Zaher.

  • Free time at the hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
3 - Thursday (February 17) : The Power of Community v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Jordan River Village - The Jordan River Village gives children who come here unique experiences. Doctors and medical intervetions are only part of the healing process for children living with serious illnesses or life limiting conditions- healing takes place on many levels. Jordan River Village goes a step further; it replaces the isolation and sadness of having a serious illness with fun and friendship; it makes the dream of feeling like ever other child a reality, even if only for a few days.

  • Drive to Akko

  • Market Tour and Cooking Workshop with local women - At Beit Elfarasha meet the true gems of the city, the local women. This program empowers women of Akko through cooking workshops and gives visitors to the Old City of Akko.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into hotel

  • Mahane Yehuda Market Dinner Tasting Tour - Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour. If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Machne Yehuda Market is the place to visit. In the colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. Listen to the special stories of the stall owners.

  • 'Shtisel' Tours - Encounters outside the box - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch
4 - Friday (February 18) : The Women of Jerusalem v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet Wendy Singer, Executive Director of Start-Up Nation Central - Start-Up Nation Central connects business, NGO and government leaders throughout the world with the people and technologies of Israel that can help them solve their most pressing challenges.

  • Women Artists in Jerusalem - Visit galleries and get to know the art of some of Jerusalem's women artists

  • Lunch with Lilach - Lilach's hosts in her private studio as well as leading culinary tours in Jerusalem. After leaving the ultra-orthodox world in 2001, she found her love for food and culinary exploration in the alleyways of Jerusalem's bustling bazaars "Food for me is life; it's the connection between people, the expression of one's soul, and the engagement of one's senses. When food is shared, magic happens."

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Yoga Synagogue ah - Yoga Synagogue Ah followers find themselves all over Jerusalem practicing yoga in inspirational settings. Join the group's founder, Laura Gilinski, for a session to guide you into Shabbat.

  • Shabbat dinner in a private home

Overnight: Shabbat dinner in a private home
Meal Plan: lunch, dinner
5 - Saturday (February 19) : Shabbat Shalom v

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. I delight and excel in communicating and relationship-building on behalf of mission-driven entities. I thrill at partnering with individuals and teams in realizing their potential. And I am motivated and moved by working with others to create cultures of inclusivity, collaboration and excellence."

  • Walking tour of the Old City - While you walk 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. Consider what these women and others have in common because of Jerusalem. During your time in Jerusalem you'll touch upon women who are commemorated and made their marks on other parts of the city as well.

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Walk through the Old City seeing the historical and religious sites of the Jewish and Christian Quarters. See some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies. We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information and, of course, combine the senses of smell, taste, and sound

  • Evening on your own with option for concert

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch
6 - Sunday (February 20) : Making Dreams Come True v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shalva National Center - Tour Shalva, a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. Spend time volunteering and meeting the people who make this amazing place work.

  • Forage and cook with Nura - In the February lushenss of Mate Yehuda, meet Nurit Hertz in her natural habitat- the outdoors. Nura will teach you identify edible plants then you'll cook a delicious lunch with these fresh greens.

  • Drive south

  • Stop at 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. Experienced vintner Eran Raz, nicknamed "Nana", has created a quality leading wine in what some may be surprised to call ideal conditions for quality vine growth.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
7 - Monday (February 21) : Desert Serenity v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Explore Makhtesh Ramon - Makhtesh Ramon is a type of geological formation found only in Israel and northern Sinai. The steep rock cliffs surrounding a closed valley drained by a single wadi are the product of erosion. Ramon Crater is the largest of three in Israel.

  • Early morning option for jeep ride or hiking in Makhtesh Ramon

  • Lasha Bakery - When it’s time for lunch 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. You’ll have a lunch of salads and bread.

  • Time to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner
8 - Tuesday (February 22) : It Takes a Village v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Beresheet

  • Depart Beresheet

  • Visit SodaStream - The SodaStream Visitor Center introduces audiences to the company’s extraordinary vision of cultivating an island of peace. SodaStream unites environmental values with significant contributions to Israel’s development and the general health and wellness of its consumers.

  • Lunch with Hamevashlot Shel Netivot - Spice Girls,” as they have become affectionately known cook meals at their homes for visiting tour groups. As they became more organized, local businesses and community organizations also began hiring them for various catering gigs. The cooperative now includes 25 women ranging in age from their 30s to 60s, many originally from places like Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia.

  • Netiv HaAsara - Striving for Peace at Netiv Haasarah, a moshav on the western border of Israel with the Gaza Strip. Visit the Peace Wall on the border. 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.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel

  • Dinner at restaurant TBD

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
9 - Wednesday (February 23) : Culture and Identity v

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

  • Speaker

  • 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, lunch
10 - Thursday (February 24) : Taking it Home v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Street-food lunch

  • Social Space aka the Former Pussycat Club- - Before becoming a center for social change, the former Pussycat Club a Tel Aviv upscale strip club for the rich and famous. In 2016 the club was closed down and after a legal fight had a radical transformation into a hub for Jewish learning and social activism. The building that allegedly was a venue for prostitution and sex trafficking will now serve as a center for activism aimed at, among other things, empowering women from troubled backgrounds. Learn about the center and meet its founders.

  • Make a mural to leave behind - Mosaic with Mia inspires creativity and community engagement by educating mosaic enthusiasts on how to mosaic and repurpose found materials​. Make a mural that you'll leave behind to make your mark in Israel.

  • 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? v
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

What clothes should I bring? v
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. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (link)
What happens if I need medical attention in Israel? v
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 recommended that you purchase travel insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance please click here
Will our tour include free time? v
Tour guides try to balance the tour schedule and free time for shopping in certain areas. Many nights are free so you will have the opportunity then to explore on your own as you please.  Check out what you can do on your free time in your current location (link).
What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel? v
At this time it is only possible to enter Israel if you are an Israeli citizen. We are looking forward to the borders being opened and this will only happen once the government of Israel deems its safe to do so. All our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, and take into account social distancing requirements. The State of Israel may have specific requirements including but not limited to proof of a negative COVID-19 test, vaccination and health insurance before a tourist may enter Israel. Check out "How We Keep You Safe During COVID-19" and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter (link), to get the latest updates on traveling policies.
Terms of Payment

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

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
The cancellation policies are applicable to guaranteed departures, FIT (non-group) and group bookings.
Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellations must be made in writing.

Testimonials
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
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
What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide v
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Bottles of water at guests' need and snacks v
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Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
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Travel Insurance (recommended) v
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