Price range
From 4650$ per person
Upcoming Date
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Temple Emanu-El's Family Trip - Coming up March 2022! The itinerary shows 2 different options: 1. Jerusalem > South > Tel Aviv 2. Jerusalem > North > Tel Aviv Hotels are optional and we are happy to discuss other options. This quote includes 2 free staff in 2 single rooms. First family members get 30% off.
Highlights
Engage with all of your senses
Connect to Israel and to your community
Get to know Israel up close
Spend time with your rabbi and educator in a special setting
Engage with all of your senses
Discover the creativity and energy of the young country
Single supplement - $1550
Itinerary
1 - Sunday (March 20) : Welcome to Israel v

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 and collecting your baggage you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem - And check into your hotel

  • Gather with your guide to meet and say Shehechiyanu to bless the beginning of your journey together in Israel!

  • Family Artifact Bags - With Shehechiyanu each person will receive a bag for collecting artifacts of the trip and each family will receive a family bag. Some of the treasures that will go in your bag will be given to you, others you will add yourselves. You will fill the family bag together throughout the trip.

  • Opening dinner at a restaurant

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: dinner
2 - Monday (March 21) : Jerusalem- Put Yourself in the Picture v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Start the day with an Instagram Workshop - Learn to tell your Israel story through the photos, with a professional photographer. Before heading to the Old City, learn the techniques of taking beautiful pictures with your smartphones. During this workshop we train our eyes to look all around us, above and beyond. You'll also learn how to make a great Instagram story and each day your family will have time to create a story together.

  • Old City touring in smaller groups - Each family will receive a packet of old photos of places in the Old City that you will have to find throughout the tour.

  • Start with the Ramparts Walk - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Turkish. Today you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the old city and the surroundings.

  • 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 First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets.

  • Davidson Center - Walk through the archaeological park of the southern excavations. Get a glimpse of the glory of the Second Temple, the Jewish kingdom, and the devastation that followed.

  • 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 of the Western Wall, giving visitors a taste for the challenge that stood before Herod the Great during this biggest of all his immense building projects—the expansion of the Temple Mount.

  • Walk through the Muslim and Christian Quarters - Check out the local sweets and many stalls that sell spices, pastries, pottery, sheepskin, embroidered clothes and so much more. Meet store-owners whose stores have been in their family for generations. The Christian Quarter is home to a rich tapestry of Christians of many denominations featuring the historic and impressive Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

  • Before boarding the bus for dinner, spend a few minutes as a family creating your first Instagram story

  • Dinner at Cafe Shalva - Shalva is a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. The café’s profits go back to the center and graduates of Shalva work at the café.

  • Watch a rehearsal of the Shalva Band- upon availability

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner
3 - Tuesday (March 22) : The Lowest Place on Earth v
If you choose the South option for the trip, the Masada day will be moved to the next day.

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride - Take a kayak or 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.

  • "Aruhat Eser" - Enjoy the legendary Israeli ten o'clock snack- 'shoko v'lachmaniya' (don't ask), 'sanvichim', 'limonada', 'hatifim'...you'll learn all these words and more.

  • Masada National Park - Hike up the snake path or take the cable car and 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.

  • "Lunch Truck" - While you float in the Dead Sea a lunch bar will be open for your group with fun food options for lunch

  • The Dead Sea - 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.

  • Short introduction to the market - Optional

  • Dinner -Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, 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.

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
4 - Wednesday (March 23) : Meaning and Community v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • OPTIONAL as third track - Visit with Special in Uniform, a unique program that integrates young people with autism and other disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and, in turn, into Israeli society. Special in Uniform is changing the fabric of Israeli society, helping create a more caring and inclusive society in Israel by promoting Inclusion of people with disabilities in the IDF in a national level.

  • Two options:

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem Biblical Zoo - The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in Jerusalem. The vast grounds and beautiful landscape along with the wide selection of animals make this a MUST SEE for kids and adults. (optional private tour and navigation game)

  • Family Midrash at Mount Herzl - 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.

  • Falafel Lunch

  • Drive North or South - North- Hula Valley golf carts or bikes
    South- Vision of Ben Gurion Sde Boker

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet - Beresheet for southern option; Kfar Blum Pastoral for northern option

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch
5 - Thursday (March 24) : Celebrate and Marvel v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • B'nei Mitzvah- North- Um el Kanatir or Korazim, South TBD - Morning B'nei Mitzvah ceremony in a natural or historic setting, celebrating the green of spring and the richness of the country.

  • Celebratory lunch

  • Adventure afternoon - Jeeps or ATV's in the Golan or Makhtesh Ramon

  • Wine tasting for adults - Kids will have alternative activity with a youth counselor

  • Cook together in nature for dinner - Followed by Kumzitz and "Talent show" (optional to move the evening before)

  • Beresheet - Beresheet for southern option; Kfar Blum Pastoral for northern option

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
6 - Friday (March 25) : On the Road to the First Israeli City v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • From the South - Morning hike option or hang out at hotel, Bake Challah at Lasha

  • From the North - Morning hike, Caesarea, felafel lunch

  • Drive to Tel Aviv - Drive to Tel Aviv

  • The Independence Trail - Follow the new Independence Trail which follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites and learn 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 and 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.

  • Check into hotel

  • Kabbalat Shabbat - As a group or at a local synagogue- in Tel Aviv or in the area

  • Shabbat Dinner - Home hospitality or gather together for Shabbat dinner and host some of Israel's Lone Soldiers.

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv - Or Royal Beach

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
7 - Saturday (March 26) : A Tel Aviv Shabbat v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Group games in Park HaYarkon

  • Shabbat "Jewish" Brunch - Indulge in a Jewish Shabbat Brunch. Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

  • Free time- optional walking tour

  • Shabbat afternoon at Teder - Step into the hidden courtyard of Teder and enjoy whatever event is happening this afternoon- enjoy music, a beer, a piece of pizza, or just the scene. Teder is one of the coolest places in Tel Aviv, a gathering spot for people of all kinds to hang out.

  • Street Food dinner for kids, adults restaurants

  • Concert option

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv - Or Royal Beach

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
8 - Sunday (March 27) : Engaging Your Senses v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Get Dirty at Beit Guvrin - Explore Beit Guvrin National Park where you will be able to take part in an archeological dig. 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.

  • Darom Adom- Scarlet South - At the end of the rainy season each year the Darom Adom celebration captures the Anemone flower's blossoming season in the northern Negev region of Israel. Enjoy a picnic lunch from local farms and enjoy the scenery.

  • Time to Volunteer - We'll pick a project together with you that fits your group

  • Ice cream break

  • Return to hotel to refresh

  • Short walking tour in Jaffa - In Jaffa discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Start at the Jaffa port and stroll through the alleyways of the Old City until you arrive at the flea market.

  • Mayumana Workshop in Jaffa - Mayumana is dedicated to the joy of making art through rhythm. Meet the Manumana performers and join them for an active and creative workshop to embody their philosophy "Rhythm is the universal language that synchronizes one heartbeat to another."

  • Dinner at Cafe Pua'a - We'll take an area outside with regular tables and join the street scene of this very popular and delicious Cafe Pua'a.

  • Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv - Or Royal Beach

Overnight: Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
9 - Monday (March 28) : Taking it Home v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Tracks - WOKE TLV- Meet the non-profits that are addressing Tel Aviv's social issues including a hands-on project
    ACTIVE- Learn to surf with HaGal Sheli project that uses surfing to make social change
    ARTS- Visit galleries and meet artists and designers, Graffiti tour
    MUSIC- Workshop with local musician/singer

  • Lunch in tracks

  • Create a group mural

  • Artifact Sharing - Before the final dinner, each family will share one artifact from their bag to tell the group about how the trip impacted them.

  • Final Rooftop Dinner and Concert - Celebrate your trip with a private rooftop dinner and performance by one of Israel's known singers (TBD). Conclude your trip with a joyous evening of fun and sharing.

  • Depart

Overnight: Depart
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner
FAQ
What are check-in /check-out times? v
Sunday through Friday, check-in time is generally 3PM. On Saturday, check-out is usually one hour after sunset (the end of Shabbat). These times may change depending on the season. It is important to note however, that check-in on Saturday will be at night (usually 2 hours after Shabbat ends - sunset). Check-out is generally before noon, no matter the day of the week (except Shabbat). Please take into consideration the check-in / check-out times when scheduling your flights. In most instances, we are able to arrange for early check-in / late check-out when needed.
What's the weather like in Israel? v
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

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel? v
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 recommended that you purchase travel insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance please click here
Is trip/travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy it? v
It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All that you obtain full travel insurance. We strongly advise that travel insurance includes cover 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 also get travel insurance through this link with Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry.
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Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Any cancellations due to COVID19 or ban on international travel to Israel – will issue a full refund. 

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 cancellations must be made in writing.

Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019
What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water at guests' need and snacks v
VIP Services on arrival & departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotel Accomodation v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v