Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
16-30 April 2022
Tour Time
15 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Bat Mitzvah ceremony and celebration
Market tours
Rappelling down the Jerusalem Old City Walls
Boat ride and kayaks on the Dead Sea
Graffiti tour and workshop
Horseback riding

Itinerary

1 - Saturday (April 16) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • VIP Arrival - 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. Drive to your hotel.
    Please notice: check-in on Saturdays are late (around 6pm).

  • Dinner at hotel

  • Overnight: Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Sunday (April 17) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit the City of David and Walk through the ancient Water Tunnel - 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. 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.

    Exciting walk through water in Hezekiah’s Tunnel, which was built to protect the water supply, in about 701 BC!

    You will continue your tour by walking the streets of Second Temple Jerusalem on recently revealed sites. Be amazed by the excavation in the Central Valley where you will walk through a section of the Second Temple period drainage channel to the highlight of the tour--the monumental foundations' stones of the Western Wall at the foot of the Temple Mount. From there we will climb and exit onto the magnificent road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, two thousand years ago.

  • Tour the 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, interactive virtual presentation.

  • Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, The Western Wall, 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.

  • Lunch at the Arab Market - Browse in the famous Arab shuk (market) in the Muslim quarter. Check out the local humus and sweets Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations.

  • Visit the Holy Sepulcher - 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.

  • Tour the Jewish Quarter - Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Visit the Byzantine Cardo, and the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations exposing two thousand years of Jewish history in the Old City till present day. Explore art galleries and vibrant synagogues.

  • Dinner on own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Monday (April 18) : Digging Deep

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Visit the 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.

  • Visit the Israel Guide Dog Center of Israel - Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind breeds, raises, and trains exceptional dogs to assist people in need. (pending on availability)

  • Picnic lunch

  • Nature walk at Horvat Midras - Visit the ruins of Hirbet Midras, ancient Jewish town located in the Land of Thousand Caves. Crawl through tunnels – an unforgettable experience. These tunnels were used by Jewish worriers in the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans, as part of their underground fighting method.

  • Dinner on own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Tuesday (April 19) : Tel Aviv - the City that Never Sleeps

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Walk along the 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.
    Along Rothchild Blvd., you will also discover the development of the city through the architecture styles.
    As you might know, Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

  • Lunch at the Carmel Market - Continue to Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), the largest market in Tel Aviv. Touring the market reveals the taste of the ages of Tel-Aviv in the youthful atmosphere of the city's central market. The Polish, the Persian, and the Yemeni... in this case, it is not the start of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place. The established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you.

  • Explore Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - 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.

  • Graffiti Tour and Workshop - Walk to southern Tel Aviv to the dynamic neighborhood of Florentine, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood. Learn about contemporary Israeli culture through the writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins. In recent years Tel Aviv has become Israel's capital of urban art.
    Take part in an interactive fun graffiti workshop, where you'll make something on your own and take it with back home.

  • Dinner at Jaffa

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Wednesday (April 20) : Memory and remembrance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Yad Vashem - B’nei Mitzvah tour with Yad Vashem's Twinning Program. The Israel’s national Holocaust museum, presents a profoundly Jewish memorial of the Shoah. From its dramatic structure to its powerful exhibits, such as the labyrinthine Valley of the Communities and the chilling Children’s Memorial, Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • Visit Lifeline for the Old - Yad LaKashish is a non-profit organization empowering and supporting nearly 300 elderly Jerusalem residents on a daily basis by providing them with creative work opportunities in artistic workshops. Visit their shop and hear about their wonderful organization.
    Optional: art workshop at their studio or a text study together with the elderly.

  • Rappelling down The Old City Walls - For a real thrill and an unforgettable experience - rappel down the old city's walls.

  • Dinner on own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

6 - Thursday (April 21) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain by a cable car 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.
    Optional: hike back down the Snake Path

  • Lunch TBC

  • Ein Gedi Water Hike - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular oasis in the Judean Desert. The trail will take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters, down waterfalls, along canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride - In the afternoon, 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.

  • Drive back to Jerusalem and dinner on own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Friday (April 22) : Friday Jerusalem Experience

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Time to relax, swim, shop and explore on own - Suggestions:
    - Machne Yehuda Market
    The Israel Museum
    - Biblical Zoo
    - Exoplore Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood and the Hatachana (the first train station)
    - Sifting experience at Emek Tzurim Project

  • Family Friday Night Festive Dinner

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

8 - Saturday (April 23) : Day of Celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Bat Mitzvah Celebration - Bat Mitzvah ceremony followed by a festive meal - location TBD

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Sunday (April 24) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Head north to the Lower Galilee.

  • Nature walk around Yodfat - Walk around the ancient village Yodfat and enjoy the beautiful blooming flowers, views and discover the ancient city. At this site a famous siege took place at the time of the great revolt against the Romans. Tel Yodfat is located on a hill overlooking the Yodfat Valley. Discover what is the connection between Yodfat, Josephus Flavius and Masada. T

  • Magical lunch at goats with the wind - Everything you will eat comes from the this family-owned goat cheese farm and restaurant. Meet the goats and enjoy the special touches of the place.

  • Visit Avtalyon Galilean oil press - This boutique olive press has been making extra virgin olive oil from the local olives in the Galilee for the past 17 years. It´s products are all local based and are only sold straight to the consumers. Hear how the olives are pressed and taste the different varieties.

  • Check-in & leisure at hotel

  • Dinner at your hotel

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

10 - Monday (April 25) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Banias National Park Morning Hike - 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.

  • Tour of Tzfat - Discover Tzfat which 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. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways, and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in the artist row.

    The city of Tzfat (also spelled Tsfat or Safed) is one of 4 holy cities in Jewish tradition, together with Tiberias, Hebron, and, naturally, Jerusalem. It resided on the top of Mount Canaan that is overlooking the green tops of Mount Meron on its west and the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights on the east. The city has become the center of Kabbalah scholars in the 16th century, many of them refugees (and descendants of refugees) of the traumatic Expulsion from Spain (1492). The setting of the city, coupled with the attempt to rebuild the shattered Jewish community and Jewish identity, inspired some of these renowned Rabbis to explore the hidden secrets of Judaism, the Tora ( aka - 5 books of Moses), and the principles of Kabballah as they are obscurely worded in the 13th-century founding book of Kabbalah - Zohar ("The Glow").

  • Afternoon bike ride around the Hula Valley - 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. Afternoon ride through the park.

  • Dinner at Rosh Pina

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast

11 - Tuesday (April 26) : Israeli Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Stop along the way at the Kinneret - The Sea of Galilee, known to Israelis as the Kinneret, is fed by the Jordan River, rainfall and springs on the northern side. More properly designated a lake, The Kinneret is the only fresh-water lake in Israel, as well as the lowest fresh-water lake in the world, at an altitude of 209m (685ft) below Sea Level.

  • Nature Hike in Gamla - At Gamla Nature Reserve, you'll be able to see the highest waterfall in Israel and the main attraction is the huge vultures it is home to. Walk the circular vulture trail with an observation point from which you can see Gamla Mountain. From this point, you can watch the 80 Griffon Vultures circling above. The ancient city of Gamla was made the capital of the Golan in the 1st century BCE and was conquered by the Romans in 67 CE after being subjected to a long siege.

  • Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep - Geo-Political tour of the Golan with an expert. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategical roll this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Druze quickie cooking workshop & 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. This will be a wonderful closure for your visit in the north.

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

12 - Wednesday (April 27) : What These Shores Have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Tour of Akko - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.
    Wander through the local market and have lunch there as well.

  • Visit a Local Artist Studio - Visit the studio of Saleem Amar, a stone mason and artist, and see his incredible work. Option for workshop- learn to sculpt stone.

  • Drive south along the coastline.

  • Go on a Fun Horseback Riding Trip - In the beautiful Mediterranean beach, Dor, enjoy the lovely air and scenery.

  • Head to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

13 - Thursday (April 28) : Day on own

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Free time to explore Tel Aviv - Enjoy a relaxing time in your hotel and explore the city your way.
    Suggestions:
    - Visit one of TLV's great museums: Anu - the museum of the Jewish People / Palmach Museum / The Rabin Museum and more.
    - Tasting tour or visit on own the Levinsky Market.
    - Fashion Tour
    - Israeli Art tour in the permanent Israeli Art exhibit in the Tel Aviv Art Museum
    - Dialogue in the Dark remarkable exhibit (located in Holon, outside of TLV)
    - Check out these great areas to walk around: Dizengoff Square and the neighborhood, the Yarkon River promenade and park that will lead you to the Namal (TLV's port), the Yemenite Quarter next to the Carmel Market and more...
    - Bike tour in TLV
    - Surfing class in the Mediterranean

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

14 - Friday (April 29) : Shishi Israeli

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Free time to explore on own - Enjoy the Friday atmosphere in Tel Aviv, where people go to the beach, sit in local cafe's, get delicious food in the colorful markets and some will look for a good challa for Shabbat.
    See suggestion on day 13.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

15 - Saturday (April 30) : Take Israel Back Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion airport - Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport. Fly back home.

  • Farewell - We are looking forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country!

Overnight: Farewell
Meal Plan: breakfast

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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The rules for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. Beginning November 1, 2021, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Israeli government has outlined a plan to allow tourists to enter Israel. There are some minor differences between guidelines for individual tourists and those who will be participating in an organized tour. **Please note that all travelers are still required to be either vaccinated (all vaccinations approved by the WHO will be accepted) or recovered. Testing requirements may vary according to whether you are traveling on your own or with a group. All of our tours are planned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health. We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy 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.

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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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 required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

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Shabbat (the Sabbath), the Jewish holy day of the week, starts at sunset on Friday and ends shortly after sundown on Saturday evening. All public offices, banks and many stores are closed on Shabbat. Museums, national parks and most art galleries are open. Non-kosher restaurants and entertainment spots are open. Buses and trains do not run on Shabbat in all cities, but taxis do. The airports are open as well. Naturally, cities differ from each other. While Tel Aviv is mostly open on Shabbat, Jerusalem will mostly be closed. Check out cool stuff to do on Shabbat when you have a free day (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.

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.

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
Hotel accommodation v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bat Mitzvah ceremony and festive meal v
Early check-in on day of arrival v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
PCR testing (when required) 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
“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
“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! ”
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August 2019

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