Vicki Robbins – Israel Journey - Via Sabra

Vicki Robbins – Israel Journey

April 8-17, 2021

Trip details

 

Number of participants: 10-12

Date of tour: April 8-17, 2021

 

 

Day 1: Thursday, April 8

 

Welcome to Israel

 

Meet the group at Ben Gurion airport in the morning and head north. Drive along the Mediterranean shore.

 

Israel is unique – nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea –
a meeting place: East meets West; modern meets ancient;
religious meets secular… It’s a kaleidoscope of cultures and religions!

 

Light spread served by the sea, time to get to know the participants and tour guide.

 

 

Walking Tour of Caesarea, one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. A national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beach, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. At this place it was a scene of momentous events for Christians. Here it was the headquarters of Pontius Pilate, where Peter baptized the centurion Cornelius and the apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years and preached to the last of the Herodian kings, Agrippa II.

 

A food and history tour of Akko, a peninsula that pokes out into the Mediterranean, with towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, timeless synagogues, slender minarets, church towers, secret passageways and subterranean vaults.

 

 

Proceed to the hotel & check in, get ready and head for dinner.

 

Welcome dinner - try your hand at foraging and learn about the different edible plants and herbs that spurt and grow after the rains. Gather what you find and cook it into your dinner during a quickie cooking workshop & amazing feast with an Arab family in their home.

 

Overnight: Efendi, Akko

 

 

Day 2: Friday, April 9

 

Physical and Spiritual Heights

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Tzfat, sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel, and is one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. The center of Kabbalah since the 16th century, Safed is home to a mixture of Hasidic Jews, artists and hippies. Meet a local Kabbalah artist and hear about the Kabbalistic ideas that inspired his work.

 

Lunch on own in Tzfat.

 

 

Explore the Golan Heights through a jeep tour with a geo-political focus.  You’ll examine the issues in Syria and Israel’s proximity and what this means for the two countries. Drive to a panoramic lookout over the Golan and the border with Syria at Mt. Bental, a dormant volcano.

 

Sunset boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) followed by a festive evening at St. Urban with wine tasting and dinner.

 

Overnight: Efendi, Akko

 

 

Day 3: Saturday, April 10

 

In the Footsteps of Jesus

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The standout site in Nazareth is the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church building in the Middle East, dedicated in 1964 on the Papal visit of Pope Paul VI. Stop at El Babour Spice Store, the 120-year-old family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices. (time permitting)

 

 

Next, we’ll visit a couple of Christian sites situated in the area of the Sea of Galilee. Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount in an area overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Some late traditions of Christianity place this mountain on the area in which Jesus picked his 12 apostles. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes.

 

Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of the Jesus. We can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians as it was one of the places where Jesus and Peter, the Apostles, lived and preached.

 

Sunset golf cart ride (or bike) through the Hula Valley, an important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants creating a wonderland of flora and fauna.

 

Dinner on own in Rosh Pina. Proceed back to hotel.

 

Overnight: Efendi, Akko

 

 

Day 4: Sunday, April 11

 

From Holocaust to Redemption

 

Breakfast at hotel, check out and proceed to Jerusalem.

 

 

Private tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. You will tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens.

 

Lunch at Café Shalva. Cafe Shalva is located in the State-of the Art Shalva center for people with special needs. The café is an equal-opportunity work setting where an inclusive staff work as managers, waiters, and hosts.

 

Mount (Har) Herzl is the burial place of Israel's founding fathers, the country's leaders and the site of Jerusalem's military cemetery. We’ll pay tribute to those whose vision helped build Israel and those who gave their lives to keep it safe.

 

 

Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour at the famous Machne Yehuda Market. If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda the place to visit. In this colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages and listen the special stories of the peddlers.

 

Overnight: Mamilla, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5: Monday, April 12

 

Jerusalem – Holy to All

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 

We will begin our day with a magnificent lookout over the old and new city of Jerusalem.

 

On Mount Zion is the traditional site of the tomb of King David, and holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: The Last Supper and the coming of the on the apostles. Walk through Zion Gate and tour the Jewish Quarter. Uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day.

 

Visit the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith and take time to reflect.

 

Then head below the Old City and tour the chaotic maze of Western Wall Tunnels. The extension of the retaining wall was built 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great to support the massive compound where the Temple stood.

 

Walk through the Arab Market and enjoy great local dishes and sweets.

 

Walk part of the Via Dolorosa and visit the Holy Sepulcher which is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial.

In the evening - The David Citadel’s Sound and Light Show.

 

Dinner on own in Jerusalem

 

Overnight: Mamilla, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 6: Tuesday, April 13

 

The Beauty of the Desert

 

Breakfast at the hotel & check-out.

 

Drive to the Judean Desert region and watch the landscape change along the way.

 

Begin your day with a desert experience - camel ride in Genesis Land.

 

Ascend by 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.  What really happened at Masada?  Consider the possibilities with your guide.

 

 

Float in the Dead Sea and enjoy time to relax and eat lunch at a local hotel and spa.  Treatments available with advanced arrangement.

 

Proceed to the desert family-owned farm.

 

 

 

In the evening - cookout a festive meal in the desert. Star gazing activity is available.

 

 

Overnight: Desert Farm

 

 

 

Day 7: Wednesday, April 14

 

Making Dreams Become True

 

Breakfast at the camp and proceed to Mitzpe Ramon.

 

 

Morning jeep tour in the Ramon Crater - explore the crater and learn about its geological formations unparalleled elsewhere in the world. The Ramon Crater is the largest of three Negev craters. In addition to the magnificent panorama, it presents a fascinating story of geomorphologic evolution.

 

Head to kibbutz Sde Boker. A model Israeli pioneer dedicated to settling the land and making the desert bloom, David Ben-Gurion, one of Israel’s founding fathers and first prime minister, lived in this modest “hut”. Ben-Gurion's House has been preserved with Ben-Gurion’s thousands of books and other personal effects intact.

 

In Be’er Sheva meet Naftalie – an inspirational Ethiopian Jew that will take you on a cultural tour including the first synagogue of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, the Ethiopian neighborhood and the Fereda Aklum Square and Garden, named after the Ethiopian Jewish immigration pioneer.

 

Proceed to Tel Aviv & check-in to your hotel. Dinner on own.

 

Overnight: The Carlton, Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 8: Thursday, April 15

 

Tel-Aviv – Old-New City

 

Breakfast at your hotel.

 

 

Jaffa old city and port - discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archeological discoveries. Visit St. Peter’s church and hear about the miracle that took place there.

 

Rothschild Boulevard: Walk up one of Tel Aviv’s central boulevards where you’ll feel the modern vibe of the city while learning about the establishment of the State of Israel and taking in the early modernist Bauhaus buildings that line the street.

 

Lunch on own at the Lewinski Market.

 

Visit the Taglit-Innovation Center – an interactive exhibition of Israeli start-ups. Discuss what makes Israel a “start-up nation”?

 

In the evening - “Seven Species” of Tel Aviv tour- taste of seven iconic Tel Aviv dishes throughout the day.  The seven species generally refer to the native foods of Israel.  What are Israel’s modern seven species?

 

Overnight: The Carlton, Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 9: Friday, April 16

 

Shishi Israeli – Israeli Friday

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Morning yoga on the beach and surfing lesson – we’ll combine spirit & body, begin with relaxing yoga session and continue with an active fun surfing experience on the Mediterranean.

 

Stop at the Milk and Honey Distillery, the first whiskey distillery in Israel, for a tour and tasting.

 

 

Take time to explore on own the Nahalat Binyamin Art & Craft market. Lunch on own at the Carmel Market.

 

Friday night Shabbat home hostpitality with a local host.

 

Overnight: The Carlton, Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 10: Saturday, April 17

 

Take Israel Back Home

 

Breakfast at the hotel & check-out.

 

Begin the day with Shirel Horovitz, artist and extraordinary teacher, examining Israeli Art. The permanent Israeli art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art provides an overarching look at Israeli art from the early 20th century to today. A guided visit to this collection will give you and in-depth understanding of the unique and fascinating connections between art and the history of Israel.

 

Continue with a street art graffiti tour. See an Israel that you might not know through a street art tour found in Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood, Florentine.  This interactive tour with a talented artist and actress gives you the inside track of Israel’s culture.

 

Closing dinner at Rama’s Kitchen. Recently reopened after a fire in 2016, Rama’s Kitchen is a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The menu reflects a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine characterized by simplicity and earthiness.

 

Departure from ben Gurion Airport. Shalom U’leitraout – farewell, we hope to see you soon!

 

Price:

 

Price per person based on 10 people

 

US $5,990 Price per person in a double room
US $2,500 Single Supplement
Deposit of $500 per person (nonrefundable) Upon reservation
Balance due One month before departure

 

Via Sabra's services include:

  • Private, licensed, English speaking, tour guide for all touring days
  • Transportation for entire trip
  • Accommodation for all 9 nights in 5* hotels
  • Meals: Breakfast each day, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All site entry fees and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Water bottles on guests’ need

 

Excluded Services:

  • Airfare
  • VIP services at the airport
  • Meals that are not listed above
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tips for tour guide and drivers
  • Taxi’s for dinners on own

 

Terms of Payment:

  • The above rate is only valid for payment made by wire transfer, check, or cash.
  • Those wishing to use credit cards will pay a service charge of 2%

 

Cancellation policy:

  • For cancellations up to 90 days prior, the penalty will be $500.00 US per person (the deposit)
  • For 89 to 60 days prior to departure the penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 59 to 30 days prior to departure the penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 29 to 8 days prior to departure the penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 7 to 0 days prior to departure the penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person

 

Some of the activities in this itinerary rely on local hosts, suppliers, or sites and therefore it is subject to change.

 

Pre and post private tours are available, feel free to contact us for more details.

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