Price range
From 4615$ per person
Upcoming Date
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Location
Highlights
Unique - once in a lifetime Bat Mizvah Ceremony
5* deluxe hotels including Berehseet
Family Tree Planting with a small Plaque, Starting a Family Heritage and Leaving Your Mark
Telling Your Story through the Lens - Instagram Workshop
Single Supplement - $1535
Itinerary
1 - Friday (February 18) : Focusing in on Your Trip v

Activities:

  • Early morning visit to Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - The Carmel Market (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 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. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • Instagram Workshop with Photographer Itai Aviran - Tell your Israel story through the photos, with a professional photographer. In the heart of Tel Aviv 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.

  • 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.

  • Rest time

  • Challah Bread Workshop and Hafrashat Challah - Challah baking workshop and hafrashat challah before Shabbat, and for a meaningful and tasty beginning of the trip

  • Shabbat Dinner - Enjoy Shabbat dinner in the house of a local family in Tel Aviv

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and dinner
2 - Saturday (February 19) : Hidden Tel Aviv v

Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

  • Walking tour of Old Jaffa - Emphasis on Mythology - In Jaffa discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archaeological discoveries. Discover which Jewish and Christian stories took place in the city.

  • Tour of the American Colony - In 1866, a group of 150 Christian Americans from Maine and the New England region, led by the eccentric (some say charlatan) preacher George Adams, left the United States, where the Civil War had just ended. They carried with them their faith, and the materials to rebuild their houses in the Holy Land, sailing 42 days to the disease-ridden Middle East. Join a fascinating journey that weaves its way through religious fervor, nationalistic jingoism, renewal and modern speculation to create a uniquely Tel Aviv neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood has both crumbling ruins and new villas- meticulously preserved 150-year-old homes next to four-story buildings with luxury apartments. Visit the Maine Friendship House and Immanuel Church, walk through the surprising streets, and learn the stories of the place.

  • Graffiti Tour - Enjoy a creative Graffiti workshop in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin, and experience fun and artistic freedom. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • Dinner at Beit Kandinof - Mediterranean cuisine with unique Jaffa touches while focusing on bringing the best and the freshest products that Israel has to offer.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast
3 - Sunday (February 20) : Israeli Ingenuity v

Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

  • 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.

  • OPTIONAL: Avdat National Park - Explore the desert at the Nabatean Spice Route at Avdat, which is over 2,000 years old. Learn the history of the desert’s significance on the culture and flavors of Israel.

  • OPTIONAL: Naot Farm - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life. Visit the goats taste some delicious cheese.

  • Check in to Berehseet

  • Scorpion Hunting - The desert comes to life at night! With ultra-violet lights go on a scorpion hunt at night. The yellow kind looks glamorous in ultra violet lighting and you'll be wowed by what you see!

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
4 - Monday (February 21) : Desert Dreams v

Activities:

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

  • Maktesh Ramon Hike - Maktesh Ramon Hike

  • ATV - Extreme off-roading in the Machtesh

  • OR - instead: 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.

  • Free time to enjoy the resort

  • Optional: Night cookout in the Machtesh - In private setting 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.

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast and dinner
5 - Tuesday (February 22) : Below Sea Level v

Activities:

  • Beresheet - Beresheet

  • Masada National Park - Hike up the snake path 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.

  • "News of the Great Revolt" Interactive Masada Presentation - The presentation reviews the dramatic events that occurred in the period of the revolt (66–73 CE), and while watching, the audience can take an active role by participating in an interactive survey. Visitors can also take part in an exciting trivia competition on the subject of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, their flora and fauna, and humanity and the desert.
    The winner will be crowned “King of the Dead Sea!”

  • Dead Sea Boat Ride - 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.

  • Jerusalem Lookout and Lechaim - Ascend to Jerusalem starting with a panoramic view of Old City and the surrounding area.

  • Dinner and night crawl in Jerusalem

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch
6 - Wednesday (February 23) : Jerusalem-Holy to All v

Activities:

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

  • Ramparts Walk - Begin the day and 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. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Time permitting: 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.

  • 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.

  • Private tour of the 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.

  • Personal Family Story at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel - Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast
7 - Thursday (February 24) : Gifts From the Land v

Activities:

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

  • Sheep Herding at Neot Kedumim - Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Try your hand at shepherding a small herd of sheep and goats. Understand why many Biblical leaders, including Moses and David led animals before leading people.
    Also - bake bread in a saj and a taboon, on open fire, like they did in biblical times

  • Late Lunch at Majda restaurant - Majda is a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Plant a family tree - As part of the family story and celebration - plant a tree and set a small family plaque in wood/stone, as a family memory

  • Rest of the day off to rest

  • Optional: Machne Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour. If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Machne Yehuda Market is the place to visit. In the colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. Listen to the special stories of the stall owners.

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch
8 - Friday (February 25) : Mazal Tov- Bat Mitzvah Day! v

Activities:

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

  • Check out of the hotel and start heading north

  • Park Hamaayanot and picnic lunch - Spring Valley Park - Park HaMaayanot is home to three of the Beit Shean Valley’s most abundant and attractive springs that flow at the foot of the high cliff wall of Mount Gilboa. Enjoy Driving around in a golf cart, by self driving, and navigate between beautiful water springs, orchards, fish pools and ancient relics.

  • Alternative Bat Mizvah Ceremony Korazim-National Park - A Jewish town in a basalt landscape overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The beautiful synagogue at Korazim, built at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth century CE, is made of basalt, the region’s most common stone, carved in geometric, floral and faunal pattern.
    Ceremony details discussed separately.

  • Festive Bat Mizvah Dinner

  • Vered Hagalil - Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: Breakfast and dinner
9 - Saturday (February 26) : Pioneers and Visions v

Activities:

  • Vered Hagalil - Vered Hagalil

  • Mythology, Tour and Hike at Banias National Park - 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.

  • Dag Al HaDan Lunch - right on the riverbed of the Hatsbani

  • The Hula Reserve (Original, not the Lake) - Lush wetlands known for its diverse range of migratory birds, marsh animals & rare water plants. This is the last existing natural form of Hula Valley lake. This site tells the story of the Halutsim (pioneers) and their efforts to dry the swamps, and why this turned the largest ecological disaster in the last 100 years in Israel.
    Optional: Meet with one of the elder Halutsim from one of the Kibbutzim in the Valley.

  • Walking tour of Rosh Pina, the Magical 19th Century Moshava - Rosh Pina is a small city neighboring Safed that, along with the ancient city of Hazor, comprise a tri-city feature filled with rich history, beautiful buildings and scenery and today, light industry and tourism. The youngest of the three cities, Rosh Pina was founded in the later half of the 19th century by Baron Rothschild, governing the local British rule. He built a synagogue first and then orchestrated the building of the houses and schools that is now the old, quaint neighborhood of Rosh Pina.

  • Dinner at Rosh Pina

  • Vered Hagalil - Vered Hagalil

Overnight: Vered Hagalil
Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch
10 - Sunday (February 27) : Taking it Home v

Activities:

  • Vered Hagalil - Vered Hagalil

  • Check out and drive south

  • Caesarea National Park - Caesarea National Park is where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean from this site. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • Closing Lunch and Departure to the airport

  • Itinerary will be determined as per flights

Overnight: Itinerary will be determined as per flights
Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch
FAQ
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
If I have a question while in Israel, who do I call? v
Via Sabra is on call for all of our clients touring in Israel. We take customer support very seriously and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions while you are in Israel. A list of phone numbers will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before your trip. And, while we take pride in getting to know our guests personally over the course of a trip, we would also love to meet you before you travel with us. Click here to schedule a Zoom / phone call with our staff - a short introduction will go a long way!
What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel? v
At this time it is only possible to enter Israel if you are an Israeli citizen. We are looking forward to the borders being opened and this will only happen once the government of Israel deems its safe to do so. All our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, and take into account social distancing requirements. The State of Israel may have specific requirements including but not limited to proof of a negative COVID-19 test, vaccination and health insurance before a tourist may enter Israel. Check out "How We Keep You Safe During COVID-19" and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter (link), to get the latest updates on traveling policies.
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2019
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2020
What’s Included
Private unique Bat Mizvah ceremony at a special, intimate location v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Bottles of water at guests' need and snacks v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Airfare v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v