Price range
From $4855 per person
Upcoming Date
25-03 January 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Sunday ( December 25 ) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • 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.

  • Transfer to Tel Aviv

  • Day at leisure - And check-in to hotel

  • Optional - Eliad Concert (not included)

  • Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv

2 - Monday ( December 26 ) : The First Hebrew City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People - 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.

  • Lunch of Israeli Street Food - (not included)

  • Tel Aviv Bike Tours - Go on a bicycle exciting tour to explore Tel Aviv, with its beach, boulevards and hidden streets. Get to see Tel Aviv like a local! With our Tel Aviv-Jaffa Bike Tours you get to taste a bit of everything this great city has to offer. Enjoy the great weather, the fantastic beaches and the unique lifestyle of one of the finest seaside cities in the world.

  • Dinner at HaBasta - Booked at 6:30 PM - Small but perfectly formed, HaBasta is located on a street leading off Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market, from where almost all its produce is sourced. An extensive daily changing menu is scribbled on a piece of paper on the wall. The dishes, while simple, are satisfyingly complex in execution. The international wine list is equally exceptional. You will be greeted by Maoz Alonim, chef and owner.

  • Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Tuesday ( December 27 ) : The Israeli Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with coffee 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.

  • Graffiti Tour - Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti tour. Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • Levinsky Market Tasting Tour - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known for its variety, freshness, and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines, and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout. (Replaces lunch)

  • KitePride Workshop - 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.

  • Dinner at Blackout, Na Lagaat Center - Booked at 9:00 PM - Nalaga’at is one of a kind non-profit arts and cultural centre that represents a meeting place between deaf, blind and deaf-blind individuals together with the public. Thus advancing the needs and aspirations of each person, from the belief that all men are equal and each one has the right to accept responsibility and contribute to society. (not included)

  • Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Levinsky Market Tasting Tour

4 - Wednesday ( December 28 ) : Exploring Tel Aviv On Your Own

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Day at leisure

  • Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv - Melody Hotel

Overnight: Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Thursday ( December 29 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And check-out from hotel

  • Travel north

  • Volunteer at Leket Logistics Center, Gan Haim - Volunteers go into fields to pick and gather fruits and vegetables that were not collected during the commercial harvest. We will volunteer at the logistics center to help sort and pack the collected produce in preparation for distribution to soup kitchens, food pantries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters and other places serving those in need.

  • Nesher Experience - On the northeastern slopes of the Carmel ridge, and to the southeast of the Haifa Bay plains, lies a beautiful park - Nesher Park. Its crowning glory is two suspended bridges, 70-meter-long each, carried on steel cables over the wadi.
    Go on a hike, explore the park and the vast vegetation, and don't look down!

  • Traditional Druze Cooking Workshop and Dinner - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Continue to your hotel - And check-in to hotel

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Friday ( December 30 ) : The Golan Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And check-out from hotel

  • Via Ferrata Israel - In Ramim Ridge you will experience a real thrill. Via Ferrata is a unique activity using special equipment with cables, rungs, and metal handles following an existing built-in climbing course on the face of a cliff. The activity will include abseiling, rock climbing and of course, Via Ferrata.

  • DeKarina Chocolate workshop on Kibbutz Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights - Taste some of the finest chocolate in Israel and then make some of your own to take home.

  • Travel south to the Bedouin town Rahat - And enjoy authentic Bedouin hospitality and dinner and meet Jamalat, a mother of 8 who hosts at her home. While tasting her home made delicacies, Jamalat will also share her incredible personal story with you.

  • Isrotel Ramon Inn

Overnight: Isrotel Ramon Inn
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Saturday ( December 31 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Optional: Maktesh Ramon Hike - 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.

  • Jeep Tour in Mitzpe Ramon - From the top of the Atzmaut Ascent and descend into the Makhtesh and cross to Wadi Ramon. Continue to the summit of Mt. Gvanim which offers a stunning view of the entire Makhtesh and from there, along Wadi Gvanim, continue to the Ein Sahronim spring and the nearby Nabatean ruins. During the jeep tour you will have time to hike various parts of the crater.

  • Optional: Visit the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center - And learn the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature through interactive exhibits. At the center, pay tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first and only astronaut, who tragically died on a space mission in 2003.

    View the crater from a stunning vantage point, at the heart of the promenade which stretches along the Ramon Crater mouth. There is a hanging terrace providing a marvelous observation point over the depths of the crater.

  • Tour and tasting at Carmey Avdat Farm - This modern-day vineyard is planted on the remains of the ancient terraces, taking care to preserve the archeological remains of the former vineyard. When it rains the vineyard is irrigated by the floodwaters – exactly as it was in ancient times.

  • Dinner at hotel

  • Stargazing with Ira Machefsky, Starman of Mitzpe Ramon - When night falls in the desert, a whole new setting reveals and what could be better than stargazing in Mitzpe Ramon, one of the best locations in Israel (and in the world!)?

  • Isrotel Ramon Inn

Overnight: Isrotel Ramon Inn
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

8 - Sunday ( January 1 ) : A Mosaic of Cultures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And check-out from hotel

  • Travel to Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem Day with Hannah

  • Evening and Dinner on own - We can make suggestions and reservations

  • Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Monday ( January 2 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • The Temple Mount - 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.

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Walk through the Muslim and Christian Quarters of the Old City seeing the historical and religious sites. 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, combines the senses of smell, taste, and sound. (Replaces lunch)

  • Christian Quarter - One of the four neighborhoods of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Christian Quarter is home to a rich tapestry of Christians of many denominations. The historic and impressive Church of the Holy Sepulcher, encompassing the last 5 Stations of the Cross, dominates the area. Retrace the footsteps of generations of pilgrims, or eat some of Israel’s best hummus at one of the authentic restaurants in the quarter.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi - Booked at 7:00 PM - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market. (not included,we can make reservations)

  • Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Old City Tasting Tour

10 - Tuesday ( January 3 ) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - And check-out from hotel

  • Optional: Visit Yad be-Yad Max Rayne Bilingual School

  • Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - In the heart of Jerusalem sits this 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.

  • Explore Beit Guvrin National Park located in "the Land of Thousands of Caves" - Dig for a Day - The caves of Beit Guvrin hold a rich trove of artifacts that visitors like you have uncovered over the years. Don’t forget to check out the amazing Bell Caves too. Experience the thrill of unearthing the hidden past on Dig-for-a-Day, a ground-breaking archaeological experience designed for active travelers of all ages.

  • Transfer to Tel Aviv

  • Time on your own in Tel Aviv

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport

  • Farewell - we look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

Overnight: Farewell - we look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

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
Daily breakfasts at hotels v
Market tasting tours v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Dinners (a-la-carte) v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Testimonials
“In late August our family; grandparents, parents and children, spent two wonderful weeks in Israel with arrangements made by Via Sabra. The demographics of our family group was quite diverse with children ages 7-13, adults and seniors; many being ‘first time’ Israel visitors. Janet and Miar from Via Sabra worked closely with us to plan a wonderful itinerary which took into account the full range of ages in our group. With their assistance, we planned an itinerary in which some days were packed with exciting adventures and exploration while others were more relaxed as we took a step back to catch our breath. The balance was perfect. We had a private bus with our own guide Ronen, who could not have been more knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He connected with everyone in our group, from the oldest to the youngest; and quickly felt like a member of the family. It was a very sad parting when our trip came to an end. We have friends who also planned a family Israel trip with only glowing compliments for Via Sabra. We all agreed we must and will return and would certainly use Via Sabra again!”
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2019
“We hired via sabra for a one day tour of Jerusalem with our 3 young children. They were responsive, professional and a pleasure to work with. Our guide was Maayan and she was delightful. Excellent fund of knowledge, friendly, easygoing, engaging, and adaptable to our needs. She did a great job capturing the attention of our 9,6, and 4 year olds- not an easy task- and was able to tailor the tour on the fly especially for us. I would absolutely use via sabra again they were outstanding! ”
GoPlaces755408
August 2019

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