DAY 1: Monday, November 7, 2022 WELCOME TO ISRAEL! (B, tasting L, D)
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport on Monday morning (or plan to arrive the night before--we can arrange for hotel accommodations, which are not included), pick-up from airport, transfer to Jerusalem. Check-in to the Jerusalem Inbal Hotel for two nights.
Opening talk by Avihai Tsabari and Aliza Green "Is there an Israeli cuisine?".
Old City Tasting Tour: view historic and religious sites of Christian and Jewish Quarters.
Tour Muslim Quarter and taste the unique flavors of this quarter.
Enjoy a beer on the rooftop of the Austrian Hospice.
Welcome dinner at Ha'Tzot, specializing in Jerusalem grill.
DAY 2: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 EAST & WEST IN ISRAELI CUISINE (B, tasting L, D)
Spice workshop with Israeli spice expert Shuli Madmone and Aliza Green.
Shtisl Tour: Walk the streets of the Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim and get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. Listen to their music, visit synagogues, and learn more about this community.
Mahane Yehuda Market: Tour this vibrant multi-ethnic market in the heart of Jerusalem while purchasing ingredients for tonight's group dinner cooking program led by Aliza.
Overnight at the Jerusalem Inbal Hotel.
DAY 3: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE (B, L, D)
Get to know food historian and expert food forager, Uri Mayer-Chizik in the Jezreel Valley for a foraging experience. Forage for wild plants, hike and cook lunch with wild plants.
Beit-Shean National Park: See mosaics, bathhouses, and a theater in one of the best-preserved Roman sites of the region.
Tavor Winery: Meet winemaker Michal Ackerman and learn how she has transformed this winery into one of Israel's best while sampling wines from their exclusive collection.
Dinner at Wood Grill Restaurant, the restaurant of Chefs Ronen Waldman and Erez Komorovsky at Mitzpe Ha'Yamim Hotel.
Check-in for two nights at Kfar Blum Pastoral Hotel.
DAY 4: Thursday, November 10, 2022 SPIRITUAL & PHYSICAL HEIGHTS (B, L, D)
Visit Agamon HaHula: Tour this restored wetland paradise atop the northern Syrian-African Rift Valley where every year over 500 million birds stopover during migration season.
Walk in the hills to reach Goats with the Wind Farm. Lunch is prepared from food grown on the farm and features their special goat cheeses.
Druze Village Visit: Learn about the culture, customs, and delicious cuisine of the Druze people with a demonstration and tasting of sweets.
T'zfat: Discover the physical and spiritual heights of beautiful T'zfat, center since the 16th century of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism.
Meet glass-blower-artist Chaya Sheva for a demonstration and learn about the art of working with glass and how her art connects to Judaism.
Overnight Kfar Blum Pastoral Hotel.
DAY 5: Friday, November 11, 2022 WHAT THESE SHORES HAVE SEEN (B, tasting L, D)
Tour Akko - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.
Osama Dallal - You’ll be guided by Chef Osama Dallal, an Akko native and one of Tel Aviv’s most promising young chefs, through all the culinary delights that this city has to offer. Learn about the spices that color and season the rich and delicious Galilean cuisine. Meet with the local fisherman. One of your stops will be at the legendary Uri Buri Restaurant.
Dinner on your own.
Check-in for two nights at the Rothschild-96 Hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv.
DAY 6: Saturday, November 12, 2022 TEL AVIV SHABBAT (B, L)
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today.
Shabbat Foods Picnic - Eat like the locals- Yemenite jachnun, Ashkenazi cholent, and other Shabbat foods!
Cocktail Workshop-Drink down a story of Israel! - Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.
Free time and dinner on your own
DAY 7: Sunday, November 13, 2022 TAKING IT TO THE STREETS (B, tasting L, D))
Tour Old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin - On a walk through 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. Taste the legendary hummus of Abu Hannan.
Levinsky Market Tasting tour - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, for its variety, freshness and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.
Bauhaus Tour - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”
Street Food dinner hopping - For dinner, in small groups explore the seven species of Israeli street food “hopping” between street food resturants: Enjoy favorites such as sabich, at Sabich Tchernichovsky, Chef Eyal Shani’s Miznon with fresh gourmet cuisine stuffed in light and fluffy pitas, signature roasted cauliflower, and taste falafel at HaKosem, which in recent years has developed a serious cult following in Israel.
DAY 8: Monday, November 14, 2022 FOOD AS SUSTENANCE, FOOD AS PRESERVATION (B, L, D)
Meet Gideon Ben Ami - Ben Ami is founder of Pesia’s Kitchen. Pesia’s Kitchen, founded in 2011, focuses on rescuing nutritious, freshly prepared food and delivering it to those who need it most. They believe that no food should go to waste when there are so many people living in chronic hunger. For each person in the group, an additional meal will be purchased and donated through Gideon. Visit a kindergarten that benefits from his work.
Depart Tel Aviv and drive to Beer Sheva
Begin with lunch at an Ethiopian Restaurant - Meet Naftali Aklum during lunch. Naftali Aklum is an Ethiopian activist who was born in Ethiopia in 1979, the youngest of 12 siblings. His brother Ferede Aklum z”l was determined to reach Jerusalem and set out from Ethiopia in 1978 on a long, dangerous trek through the desert, ultimately reaching Sudan. Naftali reached Israel with his family in 1980, at age one, thus fulfilling a dream that had been kept alive for 2,500 years. Hear his story and that of the Ethiopian Aliyah.
Stop at Sde Boker - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.
Dinner at Beresheet Hotel.
Check-in for two nights at Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon.
DAY 9: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 THE BEAUTY OF THE DESERT (B, D)
Hike or jeep tour to the Machtesh Ramon, a uique geological formation found only in Israel and the Northern Sinai.
Free time to or relax and enjoy the beautiful Beresheet Hotel and its spa facilities and pool.
Experience a fabulous outdoor dinner in the Machtesh. Watch the taboon-baked bread and pit-roasted meats being made for you. Enjoy the meal, the atmosphere, the spirits, and the music under the stars.
Overnight at Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon.
DAY 10: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 TAKE ISRAEL BACK HOME (B, D)
After a leisurely morning, check out and depart the hotel
Naot Farm - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by Lea and Gadi Nahimov, 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.
Final dinner at Reshta Restaurant - Reshta chef restaurant in Ein Rafa village is set among green fields in front of the breathtaking view. Offering authentic Arabic food, Reshta restaurant is named after a traditional lentil and noodles dish, which is made by the restaurant’s chef, Ranam Barhom, out of local produce, grown in the fields surrounding the restaurant.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for late night flights, or make other arrangements to extend your trip (we can help!).
Food & Beverage Experiences
- Fantastic Israeli breakfasts every morning at your hotel
- Dinners at Ha'Tzot (Jerusalem), Wood Grill (Galil), Street Food Hopping dinner (Tel Aviv), Beresheet Hotel (Mitzpe Ramon), Reshta Restaurant (Jerusalem Hills)
- Spice workshop with local expert Shuli Madmone & Chef Aliza Green
- Tasting tour of Mahane Yehuda Market (Jerusalem) and Lewinsky Market (Tel Aviv)
- Tasting Tour of Jerusalem Old City
- Beer at the Austrian Hospice, Old City Jerusalem
- Druze Sweets Demo and Tasting in the Galilee
- Group experience shopping at Mahane Yehuda Market and then preparing dinner together in Jerusalem.
- Tasting tour of Akko Market with Palestinian Chef Osama Dallal
- Tel Aviv Shabbat picnic featuring a large variety of local, home-cooked food
- Street food dinner hopping experience in Tel Aviv
- Foraging workshop with local food expert, Uri Mayer-Chizik
- Dinner in the Machtech, an outdoor dinner featuring fire-pit cooked food
- Winery visit and tasting
- Cocktail workshop and tasting in Tel Aviv
- Visits and tastings at farms in the Galil and the Negev
Other Services Include
- VIP services on arrival and departure
- Chef Aliza as your tour leader and resident culinary expert
- 9 nights hotel accommodation in top hotels, sharing a double room (single supplement available)
- All cultural visits and entrance fees mentioned in itinerary with tour escort and/or local guide
- Travel by minibus with expert local driver according to the program. WIFI on the bus.
- Experienced and knowledgeable English-speaking culinary tour guide throughout