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Price range
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Upcoming Date
12 May 2024 - 16 May 2024
Tour Time
5 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
"I have called Zionism once an endless ideal, and I truly believe that even after we gain our land, Eretz Yisrael, it will not cease to be an ideal; for Zionism as I see it incorporates not only the aspiration to a promised land for our miserable people, but also an aspiration for a moral and spiritual wholeness." Theodore Herzl

Itinerary

1 - Sunday ( May 12 ) : Thank you for being here

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel - Arrive at Ben Gurion airport. Your VIP fast track assistant will 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.

  • Private transfer to Tel Aviv & check-in to the hotel

  • The eve of Yom Hazikaron - Israel's Memorial Day - A memorial day for all of the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Every year this is the most powerful day in the Hebrew calendar. This year, after losing so many lives in the October 7th Massacre and the war, we have no doubt this day will be profoundly more meaningful and intense.

  • Meet your guide at the hotel - Start with a walk on the sand along the shore of Tel Aviv beaches. Talk about Tel Aviv that evolved from the sand, dreams and the people who made them turn into reality.

  • Light dinner at the hotel

  • Join Songs in the Square at Kikar Rabin - An emotional music performance that became a tradition. Some of Israel's best artists sing together Hebrew songs in Rabin Square, videos are screened with the stories of the fallen who are told by relatives, in honor of the brave sons and daughters who gave their lives defending the one and only Jewish state.

  • The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Dinner at the hotel

2 - Monday ( May 13 ) : Yom Hazikaron - Memory and Life

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Drive to the Western Negev

  • Meet local farmers and staff from ashomer Hachadash - The farmers will share some of the incredible Israeli Agri-Tech technologies that are used not only in the the Negev Desert but also around the world. At the farm, you will also meet a staff member from HaShomer Hachadash - a youth volunteer program dedicated to safeguarding the land in the Negev, the north, and across the country. During the war, volunteers are helping ensure Israeli food and nutrition security as well as supporting the local farmers who are dealing with a shortage of workers during this war. (volunteering is available)

  • "We will Dance Again" - Stop at the Supernova Music Festival Site - At Re'im Forest stop and bear witness to the tragedy of the Nova Festival, light a candle in their memory.

  • At 11:00 AM a two min. siren will be sounded in remembrance and honor of the fallen soldiers

  • Visit Sderot and lookout over the Gaza Envelope from Sderot - Get a geo-political brief about the historical and political situation between Israel and the Gaza Stip. Meet with locals at Sderot and hear how they feel about living here, in a place that is diverse, great pepole and communities, but at the same time live under the threat of Hamas' terror.

  • Lunch break at a local restaurant

  • Shuva Achim Hospitality Tent - What started as a field hospital at the beginning of the Sword of Iron War in Moshav Shuva, turned into an incredible refreshment spot for soldiers, where they give out clothes, goodies and hot meals to the soldiers serving the in the Gaza Envelope. The name "Shuva Achim" means in Hebrew return brothers (and sisters) - praying that all soldiers will return home peacefully. You will meet the person who founded this place, talk to soldiers show your appreciation.

  • Travel back to Tel Aviv

  • Transforming from Memorial Day to Independence Day - Join Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center in Tel Aviv for Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations and meet with lone soldiers - Their mission is to assist Lone Soldiers before, during, and after their army service. They provide them with food, laundry, basic necessities, equipment, advice, social events, Shabbat meals and more. A “lone soldier” is an IDF soldier with no family in Israel to support him or her. A lone soldier may be a new immigrant, a volunteer from abroad, an orphan, or an individual from a broken home. Meet with the staff and one of the soldier, hear about their service and the support they gain from this organization.

  • Walking evening tour of the Independence Trail - Established in 2018 as a tribute to Israel's 70th anniversary, is a fascinating journey of Tel Aviv's foundation and the sites pivotal to the birth of Israel. Walk the paths of pioneers, witness architectural styles that tell the story of the city's development, and delve into Israel's struggle and triumph stories. The trail offers a profound insight into the nation's remarkable history. The tour will include a discussion of the Declaration of Israel document.

  • Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut - Enjoy Israeli street food, walk the streets of Tel Aviv to feel the festive atmosphere, or join a folk dancing event on the beach.

  • The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Tuesday ( May 14 ) : Celebrating the Independence of Israel

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“It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigor of Israel shall be tested.” – David Ben-Gurion

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour the Ramat Negev Agricultural R&D Center - Its main purpose is to encourage the development of agriculture in the peripheral areas, taking advantage of natural resources. Ramat Negev R&D focuses on developing advanced agriculture in arid conditions, irrigating with brackish water. After a short explanation visit a greenhouse of unique vegetable varieties.

  • Visit Ben Gurion’s Desert Home - Paula and David moved to their desert home in Kibbutz Sde Boker in 1953, which manifested Ben-Gurion’s pioneering vision of settling the Negev. Their home has remained as it was left in 1973, according to Ben-Gurion’s instructions in his will, that his home will be open for the public to visit. Enjoy a tour of their modest home full of character – as if you were their own personal guests. Through the display learn about Ben Gurion's life, visions, and outstanding leadership.

  • Pinto Winery - making the desert bloom - tour and wine tasting in the vineyards - The Israeli desert is a fascinating and unique terroir, probably on a global scale. The folks at Pinto Winery try to ‘decipher’ the desert terroir, and produce from it elite wines, up there with the country’s finest boutique wines. Pinto winery is owned by Ya’acov Oryah is an experienced and inventive winemaker experimenting with the potential of Israel's complex terroir.

  • Meet Tal Ohana, the Mayor of Yerucham - Yerucham is a developing town in the Negev, established as a transit camp in 1951 by immigrants from Romania, Morroco, India, and later Sussia. Ohana became a deputiy mayor when she was only 26 years old. Meet Ohana and hear about the dreams, goals and what was achieved in this small town located in the desert. (depending on availability).

  • Dinner with The Culinary Queens of Yerucham - They host in their homes while telling guests about their culture and background and educating through recipes. Many of Yerucham's settlers come from Morocco and Yemen and tasting their traditional dishes combined with their stories is quite a treat!

  • The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, wine tastings and light meal, dinner home hospitality

4 - Wednesday ( May 15 ) : Cultural Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • IsraAid - Tikkun Olam in the name of Israel - IsraAid founded in 2001 and has grown into the largest humanitarian aid organization in Israel. Their mission is to support people affected by humanitarian crisis. They partner with local communities around the world to provide urgent aid, assist in recovery, and reduce the risk of future disasters. Since the beginning of the Swords of Iron War they immediately responded to the urgent needs of various communities - from the evacuees to the Bedouin villages in the south. At one of their projects, meet one of their leading staff members and hear about their important work.

  • Option 1: Tel Aviv Museum of Art - Explore the Israeli Art Collection - During this dynamic tour with and expert artist and guide you will figure out what makes Israeli art what it is and learn about its relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. Tour the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today.

  • Option 2: The Israeli Creativity through Israeli Fashion Tour - Celebrate Israeli creativity and innovation through a dynamic fashion tour. An inspiring tour that offers an authentic and exceptional informal encounter with world-renowned, emerging, and under-the-radar Israeli passionate designers. Meet designers in their boutique showrooms, enjoy trying on unique pieces, and learn briefly about the history of Israeli fashion and what it evolved to today.

  • Visit the Square of the Kidnapped and Missing - Located in front of the Tel Aviv Art Museum. See the powerful art created by various artists, including the Shabbat Table set for 200 missing Israelis, to show support and shine a spotlight on the importance of rescuing the lives of those abducted to Gaza. (Hopefully, by the time of your visit, all of the hostages will have been released and back home with their families.)

  • A meaningful visit to the Healing Space - An emergency mental health facility that was established during the war in response to the need for care for thousands of traumatized young people at music festivals around the Gaza Strip. Led by Lia Naor, Ph.D., numerous caregivers volunteered, including psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, psychotherapists, and certified clinical instructors. Within a few days, a new model for initial mental assistance was developed, offering a holistic, integrative, and community-based approach.

  • Vitkin Winery - light meal and wine tastings - Vitkin Winery is a family boutique winery. It is considered to be one of the most fascinating in the Israeli wine industry being the pioneer in Mediterranean approach and expertise in producing original Israeli wines.

  • Meet Mohammad Darawshe at Givat Haviva - Darawshe is a leading political analyst and expert on Jewish-Arab relations inside Israel. He is the Director the Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva. At the International School high school students from around the world are taught leadership skills in order to work together to create a strong shared society and sustainable, just future.

  • Dinner - Druze home hospitality and meet a Druze soldier family - While eating delicious authentic Druze food, get to know your hosts and their culture and history. Hear about the strong bond between the Druze community to the State of Israel and their contribution to the IDF. Meal is included.

  • Drive back to Tel aviv

  • The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: The David Kempinski Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Druze home hospitality and dinner, Light lunch with wine tasting

5 - Thursday ( May 16 ) : Jerusalem - the Heart of the Jewish People

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel. - Optional: Meet with Lucy Ahrish OR Yoseph Haddad over breakfast for a talk about advocacy, shared society and more. (not included in package, depending on their availability).

  • Check-out and travel to Jerusalem

  • Visit the Herzl Museum - The museum brings to life the vision of the man often considered the modern prophet of the state of Israel. The interactive museum introduce the visitors to Herzl and his vision, trying to bring Herzl to life, with all his passions and beliefs, achievements and failures.

  • Pay tribute to the fallen heroes barried in Mount Herzl and visit Herzl's tomb - As Israel’s national cemetery, 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. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 28,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • Meet Avi Mayer over lunch break - Mayer is the immediate past Editior-in-Chief of the Jeruslame Post. Mayer is considered one of the most prominent millennial voices in Israel and the Jewish world. He held leadership roles in some of the world's leading Jewish organizations, currently serves on the Advisory board of Global Jewry and is a member of ROI Community. An opportunity for an open personal discussion about how the war impacted the Israeli society, behind-the-scenes look at media coverage and social media, the link between events in Israel and antisemitism.

  • Continue to the Knesset and meet an MK - Israel's parliament stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy. In lively, often heated, debates, its 120 elected members reflect the divergence of Israeli public opinion, legislate and oversee the workings of the government. Meet one of the MK for a discussion about how their work is dedicated to follow the Zionist values and morals.

  • Tzvi Movement and the New Bezalel Campus - Visit the new impressive Bezalel Art and Design Academy Campus in the city center, and learn about this amazing academic institute. You will also meet some members of Hatzvi - a student organization dedicated to the promotion of Jewish and Zionist Art and Design in art Academies in Israel. Praise chants to terrorists on the Bezalel campus while the lecturers and staff were ignoring them brought a group of students to unite and establish a Zionist organization, Hatzvi. The group aims to create a common and safe space to create, talk, and discuss political and national topics in a free way, and to deepen the conversation about Zionism in Bezalel. They will share their feelings as a minority within the academic world of art and design and their challenges. Their main goal is to work as artists, designers, and architects to promote Hebrew Zionist creation.

  • She'echeyanu at magnificant lookout over the Old and New City of Yerushalyim - After a meaningful morning and time in Israel, you will head to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Kotel. Enjoy a bird's-eye 360° panoramic view of the Old and New Cities. Bless She'echeyanu to appriciate the moment.

  • Walk the beautiful street of the Jewish Quarter and take time to reflect at the Kotel - Take time to reflect at 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.

  • Special prayer with Hafrashat Challah at a local Jeruselemite home with an inspirational woman - Just before you head back home to celebrate Shabbat with your dear family, you will have an opportunity to say a special prayer, contemplating on your time in Israel and the poeple you've met, while doing the Mitzvah of Hafrashat Challah.

  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant

  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back home - Your VIP agent will meet you at the departures terminal to assist with check-in and security procedures for your flight.

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

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, farewell dinner

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.

Are there special travel insurance guidelines during this time?

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It is a requirement that trip insurance be purchased. At this time, not all carriers will provide such insurance for travel to Israel.  It is important to make sure that the policy includes coverage for “cancel for any reason” and specifies war and terrorism in the categories of "cancel for any reason". In all events, insurance should be purchased to cover the full cost of the tour, including flights.  We understand that the following company offers this type of policy. You are welcome to contact and receive a proposal from Travel Guard, through this link.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 

 

Cancellation Policy

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

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

 

What’s Included
Via Sabra designed welcome bag v
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the meal plan at the end of each day v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transfers to and from the airport v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Optional and suggested activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v

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