Price range
From $4480 per person
Upcoming Date
27-05 June 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Your family trip to Israel is not only a time to get to know Israel, it's a time to deepen your connections with your family. During this active, interesting, and meaningful trip delve deep into Israel culture and history and make it part of your family.

Highlights

Visit Israel's incredible sites
Explore Israel through all of your senses
Step out of the shoes of a tourist into the life of a local
Make unforgettable memories!
Single Supplement $2150

Itinerary

1 - Friday (May 27) : Welcome to Israel

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No guide

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

  • Ascend to Jerusalem - Check into your hotel and take some time to relax.

  • Take a walk to feel how Shabbat settles in on the city - Option to drop in on a casual, public "Kabbalat Shabbat" experience at the First Station.

  • Shabbat dinner at Chakra Retaurant - Chakra offers a rotating Mediterranean menu & Israeli wines in modern surrounds with a garden-style terrace. Set menu, wine/alcohol not included.

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel

2 - Saturday (May 28) : Jerusalem-Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Your tour guide will meet you for breakfast at the hotel and you'll have time to get to know one another.

  • Begin your Jerusalem day at the Jaffa Gate - An imposing entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jaffa Gate is one of the six original entrances built by Suleiman the Magnificent. The Jaffa gate is full of fascinating details, like the abrupt right-angle turn within the gatehouse, the chamber above the gate, and the huge mezuzah, which is new since the time of Suleiman.

  • Walk on the Rampart Walls of the Old City - Encompass the Old City of Jerusalem by following the Ramparts Walk. Walk on the top of the walls built by the Ottoman ruler, Sultan Suliman the Magnificent in 1536, and observe the picturesque views of both the Old City with its alleys and shrines, and the New City spreading on the surrounding mountains outside the Walls.

  • Walk through the Jewish Quarter with a stop at the Western Wall - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Take time at the 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.

  • Tasting tour in the Muslim Quarter - Extending from the Damascus Gate to the Via Dolorosa, the Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and has been home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Meet people who have lived in the Old City for generations, practicing their crafts and raising their families. Browse the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more.

  • Return to the hotel to rest

  • Evening on your own - Walk in the German Colony or the Center of Jerusalem to feel the evening's energy after Shabbat and get something to eat.

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting Tour in the Old City

3 - Sunday (May 29) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to the Dead Sea area - At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - with about 34.2% salinity.
    This is 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.

  • Ascend Masada by cable car - Tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome by siege, and according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender. Masada has come to symbolize the fierce determination of the people of Israel, but its tragic history also raises questions about the price of freedom.

  • 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.

  • Optional: Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a boat ride on the Dead Sea in a small group motorboat or in kayaks and 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.

  • Continue to Genesis Land for a camel ride and dinner - 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. Ride by camel to desert hospitality in the style of Abraham and Sarah and enjoy a delicious desert meal.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Monday (May 30) : Mazal Tov!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at the Egalitarian Kotel

  • Festive kiddush to celebrate!

  • Walk through the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens - Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the heart of the ancient Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed. Visit the Davidson Visitors' Center and enjoy a modern, interactive virtual presentation. The museum presents a taste of the archaeology of Jerusalem from different eras - covering the First Temple, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, and the Crusades periods.

  • Continue to the City of David - A visit to the City of David, with its tagline “where it all began,” is a trip back in time through the layers of Jerusalem’s past. This hill, on which Jerusalem began 4 millenniums ago as a Jebusite village, has been continuously excavated for the last 120 years, and still, most of its mysteries are yet to be discovered. The tour of the site 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. Option to walk through water in Hezekiah’s Tunnel, part of the ancient City of David built around the Gihon spring, which is on the side of the cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley. Because the city was vulnerable to attack, in about 701 BC, a tunnel was built to protect the water supply.

  • Return to the hotel to rest

  • Celebratory Dinner - Restaurant will be chosen with you (separate cost)

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Light Kiddush after Bar Mitzvah

5 - Tuesday (May 31) : Memory and Remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust - Tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance. You'll be guided by a member of the Yad Vashem staff.

  • Continue to Mount Herzl - As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 23,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Tasting tour of Machane Yehuda Market - 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.

  • Depart Jerusalem and drive north through the Syrian African Rift

  • Bees at Work! - Meet Bio Bee at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu -the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields learn about the benefits of organic farming as well asabout biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination. See the kibbutz's other animals as well.

  • Drive to and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

6 - Wednesday (June 1) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV. Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • Lunch and wine-tasting at Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines.

  • Rafting adventure along the Jordan River - Cool off and Row through one of the most beautiful spots in Israel, amongst the plants, trees, and waterfalls in the middle of this beautiful Galilee nature reserve.

  • Time at the hotel to shower and rest

  • Suggestion: Dinner at Dag al haDan - On the banks of the Jordan river eat at a lovely fish restaurant. (not included)

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel

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

7 - Thursday (June 2) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out

  • Explore the Hula Valley on bikes or golf carts - The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes.

  • Galilean Cooking Workshop - 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.

  • Drive to the center of the country

  • Visit the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind, which breeds, raises, and trains exceptional dogs to assist people in need. - Option to do a Bar Mitzvah Project- let us know if you want us to connect you.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into hotel

  • Dinner on your own - We'll suggest and make reservations at restaurants.

  • Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama or Carlton

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama or Carlton
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Friday (June 3) : Tel Aviv Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Continue to Independence Trail - 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.

  • Take time for lunch in the Carmel Market area

  • Explore Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Nachlat Binyamin is an open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that 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.

  • Shabbat dinner (not included) - Options- at the hotel, a restaurant or we can arrange home hospitality for a homey local Shabbat dinner.

  • Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama or Carlton

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama or Carlton
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Saturday (June 4) : Free Day in Tel Aviv

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No guide or transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Suggested options:

  • Ayalon Institute - Visit the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunition factory, built in 1945, by the Haganah. In just three weeks, preparations for the factory were completed and it was code named the Ayalon Institute. Above ground, it appeared to be no more than a kibbutz. Eight meters below ground this was the largest bullet factory It has been said that the bullets manufactured at the Ayalon Institute played a crucial role in the success of the War of Independence.

  • Hang out at the beach - For a truly Israeli Shabbat. Surfing lessons can be arranged!

  • 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?

  • Ice Cream Challenge - Stop at every ice cream store you see and taste something- then tell us your favorites!

  • This evening begins the holiday of Shavuot - We can arrange dinner in the hotel or at a restaurant or a festive holiday meal with a local family.(Not included)

  • Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama or Carlton

Overnight: Tel Aviv- Dan Panorama or Carlton
Meal Plan: breakfast

10 - Sunday (June 5) : L'hitraot!

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No guide

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transfer to the airport - Return flight to the United States

Overnight: Transfer to the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

If I have a question while in Israel, who do I call?

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Via Sabra is on call for all of our clients touring in Israel. We take customer support very seriously and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions while you are in Israel. A list of phone numbers will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before your trip. And, while we take pride in getting to know our guests personally over the course of a trip, we would also love to meet you before you travel with us. Click here to schedule a Zoom / phone call with our staff - a short introduction will go a long way!

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.

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.

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transfers to and from the airport v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
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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