Price range
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Upcoming Date
23-23 November 2020
Location
Carmel, Haifa
Starting at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem / Haifa
Ending at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem / Haifa
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Discover the innovation, beauty and intimacy of wineries of Mount Carmel

Visit some special wineries and taste some fine wine
Gallery of Trip
Viticulture was always a central part of agriculture in the Middle East. The first vineyard in the history of mankind is attributed to Noah: "And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken..." (Genesis 9:20-21). Winegrowing was so widespread that the Fruit of the Vine was listed in the book of Deuteronomy as one of the Seven Species the Land of Israel (Deut 8:8). In almost every archeological site from pre-biblical time to the late Byzantine period - ancient wine press can be found. Under Muslim rule winemaking was limited (7-20th century AD, with a short revival during the Crusaders era on the 11-12th century AD). Modern Israeli wine industry was established by Baron Edmond de Rothchild, who supported the early Zionists in the 1880's, and founded the Carmel Winery - first of many in modern Israel.
Today Israeli wine is world-renowned with a highly efficient operation and the small, independent wineries retain a romantic, pioneering spirit.


In a very small geographical area in the Carmel Mountain area you can visit three wineries with three very different styles, scopes, and missions.

Activities:

  • Begin tasting at the Recanati Winery

  • Recanati Winery - "The pursuit of excellence and innovative experiments are the heart and soul of Recanati Winery." One of Israel's most successfully exported wines, the wines are also celebrated in Israel. Along with producing the classical varieties, the winemakers have devoted much effort to experimenting with native varieties to bring them back into the range of wines they make.

  • Next, you'll find the Amphora Winery to be particularly beautiful.

  • Amphorae Winery - Visit Amphora Winery deserved the coveted title of Israel’s most beautiful vineyard and can compete with rural vineyards around the world. At the heart of Makura Farm on Moshav Kerem Maharal in the north, decorated with a stone mosaic and shaded by a red tile roof, is the lovely winery building, with the forested slopes of the Carmel mountain ridge in the background, completing a picture just as charming as any in Tuscany.

  • Your last stop will be the special Tulip Winery.

  • Tulip Winery - Visit the very special Tulip Winery in Kfar Tikva, Village of Hope. The winery employs the developmentally disabled adults who live in Kfar Tikva and produces excellent wines.

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

How much cash should I bring with me?

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Walking around with a large amount of cash isn’t advisable anywhere. Fifty to a hundred dollars in local currency is more than enough to cover small purchases and meals. Change your currency in Israel - it can be done easily almost everywhere. But, taking a few extra minutes at the airport to do this is always a good idea. You can also usually use your debit card to withdraw shekels from most ATMs, but make sure you check your bank's foreign transaction fees and exchange rate.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

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.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

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.

Starting at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem / Haifa
Ending at:
Tel Aviv / Jerusalem / Haifa
Discover the innovation, beauty and intimacy of wineries of Mount Carmel
What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
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Testimonials
“Via Sabra gave us an Israel experience like no other. The bookings, the guides, where we went, everything was a joy, the perfect combination of touring, learning and fun.”
Stephen K
2019
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