Price range
From $4400 per person
Upcoming Date
10-18 March 2023
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Friday ( March 10 ) : Welcome to Israel

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Transfer from airport

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 - Check into your hotel

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel or a restaurant - Not included

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan:

2 - Saturday ( March 11 ) : Tel Aviv Old-New City

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Guide and transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.

  • Jaffa Flea Market with time for lunch - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

  • Lunch in Jaffa Flea Market

  • Neve Tzedek - Neve Tzedek is the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood has been restored and is now a trendy, fun, and beautiful part of the city and, especially, a good place to try some Israeli gelato!

  • The Independence Trail - Rothschild Boulevard is the beginning of the Independence Trail which leads to 10 of Tel Aviv's heritage sites. You will learn the history of this fascinating city along the way. The trail ends at Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel, read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state on May 14, 1948. In addition, during this tour you will also learn about the unique and various architectural styles that play a significant part in the history of this first Hebrew City.

  • Rothschild Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv a little over 100 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.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Sunday ( March 12 ) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Guide and transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • Depart Tel Aviv and begin driving North

  • Caesarea National Park - On the Mediterranean coast, Caesarea National Park is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. Here, amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side-by-side. The city was initially built by King Herod in the 1st century BC, who dreamt of a major seaport to connect the Province of Judea with Rome. For this purpose, the king's men designed an entirely artificial harbor that was in use for about a millennium. Caesarea became a central city in Roman and Byzantine times as can be seen from the massive archeological remains on site.

  • Drive to Haifa

  • Tasting tour lunch in Wadi Nisnas - Wadi Nisnas is one of Haifa’s most colorful neighborhoods, full of narrow streets, picturesque stone houses, and the Wadi Nisnas market. It is a mixed neighborhood that captures the nature and atmosphere of the city of Haifa - a city of many faiths and communities, that live alongside each other in an exemplary co-existence. The Wadi Nisnas market is the place to go and experience some of the local flavors: taste pastries, spiced tea, the best falafel in Israel, and strong Turkish coffee, along with other delicatessens and aromas that will have your mouth watering.

  • The Bahai Gardens - From the Louis Promenade at the top of Mount Carmel, we will admire the stunning scenery. Nicknamed the Balcony of the Country, a 400-meter long promenade at the top of the Baha'i Gardens offers a view of the entire Haifa Bay, all the way to the border with Lebanon.

  • Continue to Rosh Hanikra - Travel to Rosh Hanikra ("Head of the Grottos"), with the stunning chalk-white cliffs at Israel’s northernmost coastal border. Enjoy the view of the Mediterranean coastline stretched out before you, then take the cable car down beneath the cliffs to the grottos below and tour the system of underground marine caves eroded by pounding waves over thousands of years.

  • Drive to your hotel and check in - Dinner at the hotel

  • Dinner at your hotel

  • Hagoshrim Hotel

Overnight: Hagoshrim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Wadi Nisnas tasting tour

4 - Monday ( March 13 ) : Physical Heights

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Guide and transportation

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 Ortal Winery

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

  • Visit the amazing site of Um el Kanatir - Visit the site of Um el Kanatir also known as Ein Keshatot, home to a Jewish village from the Period of the Mishna and Talmud, with a magnificent synagogue in its center. The ancient village is located above the Samekh Riverbed, looking towards the Sea of Galilee and the hills of the Galilee. Enter a synagogue that features the original Ark Complex – the most preserved and magnificent ever to be discovered in Israel. The synagogue was excavated and reconstructed with advanced technological methods, and today it stands at a height of one story. The Ein Keshatot site also offers a visit to the village spring, which flows into ancient pools, surrounded by shaded areas.

  • Return to the hotel - Dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant TBD

  • Hagoshrim Hotel

Overnight: Hagoshrim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Light lunch with wine tasting

5 - Tuesday ( March 14 ) : Spiritual Heights

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Guide and transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day in Tzfat - Tzfat 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. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm.

  • Lunch at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu

  • Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu Bio Bee Center - Bio Bee Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about 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.

  • Drive to Jerusalem - Check into your hotel

  • Jerusalem Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Wednesday ( March 15 ) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Guide and transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • City of David - Visit the excavation of the City of David. King David captured a Jebusite citadel to build his capital. The city was well fortified with its own water source and Jerusalem was a perfect site for the new kind of national state that David envisaged.

  • Davidson Center - 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 and 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.

  • Tour Jerusalem’s Old City - Meet the people and places that make this place so unique. In the Jewish Quarter, uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and, if conditions permit, visit the one of the holiest Muslim sites, the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Lunch in the Old City

  • 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 (1601ft) of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste of the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during the biggest of all his immense building projects - the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Dinner on your own - We are happy to provide restaurant recommendations and make reservations

  • Jerusalem Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Thursday ( March 16 ) : Masada and the Dead Sea

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Guide and transportation

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart for the Dead Sea area

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the east to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - 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.

  • Genesis Land- Camel ride and desert meal - 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

  • Dinner on your own - We are happy to provide restaurant recommendations and make reservations

  • Jerusalem Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Friday ( March 17 ) : Memory and History

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No guide or transportation
Guided by friends- entrance fees not included

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Yad Vashem - 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.

  • Travel to Hevron - Take a thorough tour through Hevron visiting all the major sites including: The Cave of the Patriarchs, the Jewish Quarter, the Avraham Avinu Synagogue, the Hevron Museum & Visitor Center’ Tel Hevron. You will also get a chance to visit and share a meal with a local Jewish resident during the tour.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - 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.

  • Shabbat dinner with friends

  • Jerusalem Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Saturday ( March 18 ) : Shabbat Shalom

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No guide, Transfer to airport

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Day on your own

  • Depart for airport and flight home - Departure

: Jerusalem Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

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. https://www.travelinsured.com/agency/?p=ViaSabra   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.

Can I use my credit/debit cards while in Israel?

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Most Israeli shops, restaurants, gas stations, and other providers of services accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express (less common). Be sure to check with your credit card company what, if any, international transaction fees will apply. Discover Card is not widely accepted in Israel. Most of your purchases, hotel and restaurant costs can and should be made with any major credit card.

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 (as indicated) v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP airport service upon arrival v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Optional and suggested activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own 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
“This was my first time to Israel and it was truly an incredible way to experience everything this beautiful place has to offer. We focused mostly on culinary tours in markets, and our tour guide Orit know everything and was so organized getting us from place to place so we wouldn't miss anything. She even was able to make adjustments on the spot when things didn't go exactly as planned, and the whole trip felt very smooth for us- we didn't have to worry about anything! We also somehow managed to eat 3 dinners a night, there is no shortage of delicious food to taste. We learned so much from our guide and she had the best advice for where to explore in our free time. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and experience the cultures in a whole new way. Can't wait to come back! ”
Meredith
2020

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