Price range
From $5585 per person
Upcoming Date
23-04 March 2023
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Culinary tour in the famous Machne Yehuda Market
Multicultural tour of Jerusalem Old City
Geo-political tour and jeep ride in the Golan
Desert winery tour and tastings
Druze home hospitality and authentic meal
Hike in the beautiful and unique Makhtesh Ramon

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( February 23 ) : Shalom and 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 Jerusalem & check-in to your hotel - Please note check-in time is from 3:00 PM.

  • Take time to rest and settle in

  • Evening: Culinary tour in Machne Yehuda Market - In the heart of the city, a 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. At night the market transforms into the city's hottest night scene. (the tastings replace dinner, transfers are not included)

  • King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem

2 - Friday ( February 24 ) : Memory and Life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning you will enjoy a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast.

  • Transfers and a guide are not included

  • 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. Audio guides are included. A private guided tour with a member of the Yad Vashem staff is available for an additional cost.

  • After a meaningful morning enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city on your own and feel the Friday Shabbat preparation atmosphere

  • After a meaningful morning go on a Shtisel Tour - 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 Friday, 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.

  • Suggested: walk to the Western Wall in the evening to experience the Shabbat services and singing

  • Friday night dinner with a local hostess "EatWith" style - (meal not included)

  • King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem

3 - Saturday ( February 25 ) : Jerusalem - Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin with a lookout from the top of the Tower of David - 360° panoramic view from atop an ancient guard tower at Tower of David grounds. This is the only place in Jerusalem where the entire Old City, new Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, the Judean Desert and the Moab Mountains of Jordan, will be at your feet.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - 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 the First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, vibrant synagogues, and learning institutions, all jostling for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Take time to reflect at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel (The Western Wall), sacred because it is one of the last remnants 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.

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

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The church is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary and contains the last five Stations of the Cross, including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of this site so holy to Christendom.

  • Continue to the Israel museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Dinner on own in a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: King Solomon Hotel, Jerusalem

4 - Sunday ( February 26 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • 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.

  • Ein Gedi oasis - This beautiful nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, fresh waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Lunch on rout - (meal not included)

  • Swim and 'float' in the Dead Sea - 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.

  • Drive north through the Jordan Valley

  • Suggested: Coffee break at a coffee truck - Stop for coffee and sweet pastry in a local Israeli style coffee truck with a beautiful view of the Kinneret

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel - Options are: in the hotel's lobby bar or the buffet meal in the hotel's dining room (meal not included)

  • Nofey Gonen Holiday Village, Kibbutz Gonen

Overnight: Nofey Gonen Holiday Village, Kibbutz Gonen

5 - Monday ( February 27 ) : Physical and Spiritual Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Begin your day with a lovely nature hike - Take a refreshing walk around the Banias Nature Reserve, 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 jeep tour - Take a 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 role 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.

  • Lunch on rout - (meal not included)

  • Tour Tzfat Old City - 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.

  • Druze quickie cooking class and home hospitality - 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.

  • Nofey Gonen Holiday Village, Kibbutz Gonen

Overnight: Nofey Gonen Holiday Village, Kibbutz Gonen

6 - Tuesday ( February 28 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Akko historical tour - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Akko, situated on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, and secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built beneath Akko in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders. Learn about the city’s ancient history, as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Lunch on rout

  • Visit to Caesarea - 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. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used today as a performance venue, as well as the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Drive south & check-in to your hotel - Approximately 2.5 hours drive.

  • Dinner at the hotel - Options are: in the hotel's lobby bar or the buffet meal in the hotel's dining room (meal not included).

  • Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

Overnight: Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

7 - Wednesday ( March 1 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Sde Boker grave of Ben Gurion - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continues to bloom today. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life. Overlook towards the breathtaking Tsin Canyon and the Avdat highlands in the heart of the Negev.

  • 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.

  • Afternoon walk in the Ramon Crater - Take a short trail in Makhtesh Ramon. Enjoy the view of the stunning Negev Desert and get to know the endless variations of the landscape. Explore the area of Makhtesh Ramon and immerse yourself in the details of the land around you.

  • Drive back to hotel and enjoy down time

  • Dinner at the hotel - Options are: in the hotel's lobby bar or the buffet meal in the hotel's dining room (meal not included).

  • Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

Overnight: Kedma Hotel, Sde Boker

8 - Thursday ( March 2 ) : Old and New side by side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out from hotel

  • Personal encounter with Jamalat - Jamalat is a natural pharmacist who combines an ancient Bedouin techniques that has been passed down from her mother, along with the hot trends in the field of cosmetics. Jamalat is a mother of 8, Muslim who lives in a modern Bedouin town, Rahat. In this fascinating workshop you will learn about the different herbs, their characteristics and their different uses in the spirit of the Bedouin tradition.

  • Visit Beit Guvrin - To really dig deep into the past, head to Beit Guvrin, where thousands of underground caves date back to the time of the Phoenicians. Discover the amazing Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin. In total there are at least 800 bell-shaped caves in the park, some of which are linked by underground tunnels. These caves were quarried during the 4th to 9th-century when the chalk was used to make roads, plaster, and mortar.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv

  • Tour of 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.

  • Check in to your hotel

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - We will be happy to make recommendations and reservations closer to the day. (meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv - booked on own

Overnight: Tel Aviv - booked on own

9 - Friday ( March 3 ) : Shishi Israeli - weekend atmosphere

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy time to explore Tel Aviv on your own - Here are some suggestions (guide, transfers and activities are not included):
    - Explore Nachalat Binyamin open-air art and craft market (open Tue. and Fri.)
    - Carmel Market and Yemenite quarter culinary tour
    - Bauhaus architecture tour
    - Israeli Art collection tour in the Tel Aviv Art Museum with a local artist and art expert
    - Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
    - ANU Museum of the Jewish People
    - Street art tour

  • Friday night dinner at a local restaurant - (meal not included).

  • Tel Aviv - on own

Overnight: Tel Aviv - on own

10 - Saturday ( March 4 ) : The city the never sleeps

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own - See suggestions mentioned on Day 9

  • Check out by 11:00 AM - You can leave your luggage with the hotel's conceirge.

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home

  • We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country

Overnight: We look forward to hosting you again in our beautiful country

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.

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.

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. 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. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

What's the weather like in Israel?

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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

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 and transportation for 6 touring days v
A private culinary tour in Jerusalem v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP airport service upon arrival v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotel accommodation v
Hotel in Tel Aviv v
Optional and suggested activities v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers 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

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