Price range
From $1600 per person
Upcoming Date
16-20 July 2023
Tour Time
5 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Unfold the classic sites in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
Desert experience
Culinary tour in Machne Yehuda Market

Itinerary

1 - Sunday ( July 16 ) : Shalom and Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. VIP fast-track assistance is available for an additional cost.

  • Private transfer to Jerusalem

  • Check-in to your hotel

  • Dinner at a local restaurtant - We'll be happy to give restaurant recommendations and help with making reservations closer to the trip. (meal and transfers are not included)

  • Jerusalem: Cassia Hotel - 2 Deluxe Old City View Room

Overnight: Jerusalem: Cassia Hotel - 2 Deluxe Old City View Room

2 - Monday ( July 17 ) : Jerusalem- the heart of the Jewish people

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Activities:

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

  • Full day walking tour - (transfers are not included)

  • Begin with a magnificent lookout from the Tower of David - Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Old and New Cities, as an introduction to your day and the places you will be visiting.

  • 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.

  • Visit to the 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.

  • 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. (meal not included)

  • 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.

  • Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels - Explore what’s under the Muslim Quarter 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.

  • Proceed back to the hotel - (transfer is not included)

  • Optional (not included) visit 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. (entry tickets and tour are excluded. Museum closes at 5:00 PM)

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - (meal not included)

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast

3 - Tuesday ( July 18 ) : Memory and life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • 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.

  • Machane Yehuda Market tasting tour - After a meaningful morning 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, enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. The culinary tour will replace lunch.

  • Camel ride - Take a short camel ride in the heart of the Judean Desert.

  • Proceed to the Dead Sea - Take time to swim and 'float'. 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.

  • Proceed to your hotel & check-in

  • Dinner at the hotel - (meal included)

  • Dead Sea: Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel, 1 Superior room and 1 Junior Suite triple room

Overnight: Dead Sea: Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel, 1 Superior room and 1 Junior Suite triple room
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

4 - Wednesday ( July 19 ) : Desert Splendor

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Activities:

  • Early morning hike up Masada - Ascend the mountain from the Snake Path to watch the sunrise and explore the unique national park. Learn about the 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.

  • Go back to the hotel for breakfast & check-out

  • Hike at the beautiful oasis at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve - 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.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the city on own - Check-in time is after 3:00 PM. You will be able to leave your luggage at the hotel's luggage room until your rooms will be ready.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant - We'll be happy to give restaurant recommendations and help with making reservations (meal and transfers aren't included)

  • Check-out the local bars

  • Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach, 2 Deluxe Rooms

Overnight: Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Beach, 2 Deluxe Rooms
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Thursday ( July 20 ) : Old and New side by side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out - Check-out by noon. Can leave your luggage at the hotel's storage room.

  • Enjoy a free day to explore on your own - Touring and transfers are not included.
    Recommended:
    - Old Jaffa and Flea Market
    - Neve Tzedek neighberhood
    - Street Art in Florentine
    - ANU Museum of the Jewish People

  • Private transfer from your hotel to Ben Gurion Airport (included)

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

Meal Plan: breakfast

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

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
Private licensed English speaking tour guide for 3 days including a vehicle on 2 days v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotel accommodation v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation in the evening for dinners and time on own v
Optional and suggested activities 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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