Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
14-22 April 2023
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Culinary experiences
Exciting rappelling
Jeep tour of the Ramon Crater
Swim and float in the Dead Sea
Night experience in the desert
Participate in an archeological dig
Colorful street art tour

Itinerary

- ( January 1 ) : 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 tour guide.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem

  • Stop at Drive Cafe - The Drive Cafe is part of a hot trend of coffee and food trucks that have popped up all over Israel in the past few years. Have a picnic brunch, get to know your guide and begin with a trip introduction.

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

  • Time to explore the city on your own - Some suggestions:
    - Walk through Yemin Moshe neighberhood to the First Station complex
    - Coffee and light meal at Offaimme Cafe at Hansen House
    Please note: check-in time is at 3:00 PM.

  • Optional: join a local community for Shabbat services

  • Friday night dinner at a local restaurant - Closer to the tour, we will be happy to make restuarnats recommendations and reservations as needed. (on your own, meal not included)

  • Jerusalem - Herbert Samuel Hotel, Deluxe rooms - Overnight: Jerusalem

- ( January 1 ) : Jerusalem the hearth of the Jewish people

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Activities:

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

  • Visit the Israel museum and the Shrine of the Book - 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.

  • Enter the Old City from 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.

  • 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. Experience the Shabbat morning services and place your special and personal prayer in the cracks of the stones.

  • Lunch break at 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.

  • Tour of the Jewish Quarter - 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.

  • Continue to Mount Zion - The traditional site of the tomb of King David, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the contains the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: the Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.

  • Proceed back to the hotel for free evening and dinner - (on your own, meal and transfers are not included)

  • Jerusalem Lodging General - Overnight: Jerusalem

- ( January 1 ) : Memory and life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin with a tour of the 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.

  • Exciting walk through an ancient water tunnel - Biblical King Hezekiah had the Siloam tunnel built in preparation for an Assyrian attack in the 8th or 7th century BCE, to redirect water from the Gihon spring into Jerusalem. Today, you can splash through the knee-deep water as you marvel at this astonishing feat of ancient engineering that is still standing today. (this includes a walk in a dark tunnel and is not suitable for people with claustrophobia).

  • Proceed to the Kotel to visit this powerful place one more time

  • 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.

  • Dinner: Machane Yehuda Market tasting tour - After a meaningful tour focusing on our past, we will head to the present and modern day. In the heart of Jerusalem, at a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life , your family will be given instructions for the tasks you will need to complete together in the shuk. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. Truly fun for all ages.

  • Jerusalem

- ( January 1 ) : The Lowest Place on Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel & check out

  • Optional: Dead Sea Bike - Bike in the spectacular scenery of the Dead Sea. Riding off-road, explore the area between the mountains and the sea in the stunning quiet landscape of the area. (not included)

  • 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.

  • 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. Hiking down is possible.

  • Lunch on rout - (meal is 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. 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.

  • Drive to your hotel & check-in

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • South - Kedma Hotel - 1 Family Kedma Suite

- ( January 1 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Sde Boker Grave of Ben Gurion - Stop at the gravesite of Pola and David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Overlook towards the breathtaking Tsin Canyon and the Avdat highlands in the heart of the Negev.

  • Exciting rappeling experience - For a real thrill slide down a 15 meters cliff with a stunning view of the Ramon Crater.

  • Recommended stop for lunch: Lasha Desert Bakery - Was founded and owned by Hadas Meir. “For Meir, baking is a spiritual thing. ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence. (meal is not included)

  • Go on a camel ride

  • Afternoon jeep tour of Makhtesh Ramon - Ride through 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.

  • Beduion style meal in a traditional tent

  • Star gazing experience in Maktesh Ramon with an expert guide

  • Drive back to your hotel

  • South - Kedma Hotel, 2 Kedma rooms

- ( January 1 ) : The Land of Judah

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel & check out

  • Begin the day with Ein Avdat National Park - Hike in the beautiful canyon in the Negev desert. The Ein Avdat spring flows down in a waterfall towards an 8-meter deep pool of water. The canyon is part of Nahal Zin, which is the longest wadi or dry riverbed in the Negev desert.

  • Kibbutz Hatzerim - At Kibbutz Hatzerim, one of the last communal Kibbutzim in Israel, tour the Kibbutz and learn about the advanced Israeli Agri-tech. Walk to the Jojoba orchards and be amazed at how the desert is painted green by the leading technologies invented here in Netafim. Hear about life in the kibbutz from the past to the present, and get a better understanding of the socialist ideology from where it all began.

  • Lunch on route - (not included)

  • Dig for a Day - 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.

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

  • Tel Aviv - Royal Beach, 2 Bellavista rooms

- ( January 1 ) : Old and New side by side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit the Ayalon Institute bullet factory - Visit the Ayalon Institute, a clandestine ammunitions 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. However, located eight meters below ground, this was the country's 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.

  • Lunch break at the Jaffa Flea Market - Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

  • Tour the picturesque Old Jaffa - This 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.

  • Colorful Graffiti Tour - Tour the dynamic neighborhood of Florentine, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood and 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.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - On your own, not included.

  • Tel Aviv

- ( January 1 ) : Shishi Israeli

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - On this day transfers are not included.

  • Enjoy the morning on the beach and at the hotel's pool

  • Explore the city on your own and enjoy the weekend's atmosphere

  • Lunch break at the Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - Shuk HaCarmel is 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 opening line 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. (lunch is not included)

  • Check-out 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, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Friday night dinner at a local restaurant OR private chef dinner at their home - (on your own, meal not included)

  • Tel Aviv

- ( January 1 ) : Farewell

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - One room will check-out by 11am, one room will be kept for an extra night.

  • Enjoy a full day to explore on your own, poo; and beach time

  • Optional: Hagal Sheli - Surfing lesson with Hagal Sheli (My Wave), an NGO that uses surfing as a vehicle for personal development and advancement. In 2012 Omer and Yaron, educational entrepreneurs and avid surfers, developed a unique surfing program for transforming the lives of youth-at-risk. Their mission: Empower youth to never give up, to continue to pursue their dreams and to ultimately succeed: ‘In the ocean, as in life’. Must be age 11 and up to participate.

  • Optional: authentic cooking workshop and meal - In a private home of a Arab Muslim in Jaffa, learn how to cook authentic Middle Eastern dishes, using recipes that passed along the family for generations. Enjoy a warm hospitality and delicious meal.

  • Private transfer to Ben Gurion - Safe travels back home.

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

FAQ

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 the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through 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.
Weekly weather forecast

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.

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 v
Transfers to and from the airport v
VIP airport service upon arrival v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Transportation on days 8 and 9, and in the evenings for dinners and time on your own v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Optional and suggested activities v

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