Price range
From $6790 per person
Upcoming Date
13-23 February 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join Chef Aliza Green on an intimate trip filled with hands-on cooking workshops, in-depth encounters, and so much food you will not have to eat for a month after you return home. Aliza is an experienced culinary group tour leader. Her finesse along with exclusive hotels and services you will experience, elevate this trip to a level you will be unable to describe.

Highlights

Celebrity chef leading this tour!
In-depth culinary tour across Israel - perfect for your 2nd or 50th visit to Israel
Small group, limited to 12 participants - fills up fast!
Single Supplement $2010

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (February 13) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • 10:00 Meet the group and guide in the hotel lobby

  • Opening talk with Aliza Green and Avihai Tsabari- "Is there an Israeli Cuisine?"

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Walk through the Old City seeing the historical and religious sites of the Jewish and Christian Quarters. See some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies.

  • Muslim Quarter - Tour the Muslim Quarter’s hidden culinary gems. Visit family businesses that have been in the Old City for generations, taste the unique flavors of the Arab quarter, from tehina to coffee to hummus.

  • Bird's Eye View - On the rooftop of the Austrian Hospice, have a beer and look out over the Old City from above.

  • Rest and digest before dinner!

  • Hatzot - Dinner at Hatzot, which is a part of Jerusalem’s history. Two brothers, Abraham and Michael Ajami founded this landmark family restaurant in 1970. Located in one of the older neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Legend has it that Meurav Yerushalmi - the favorite Israeli mixed grill dish - was born at Hatzot Restaurant.

  • Mamilla Hotel - Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

2 - Monday (February 14) : East and West in Israeli Cuisine

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Spice workshop with Aliza and Shuli Madmone

  • Shtisel Tour - Walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. Gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses.

  • Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, Machane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. As you tour the market, you’ll be assigned to buy ingredients that you’ll use when you cook dinner.

  • Spend the late afternoon and evening cooking together together with Aliza then devour your feast!

  • Mamilla Hotel - Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

3 - Tuesday (February 15) : Free Day

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Touring options available- Masada and Dead Sea, In-Depth Old City Jerusalem, Yad Vashem (not included)

  • Dinner at HaSadna Restaurant - HaSadna Restaurant's menu features fresh ingredients with a minimum of treatment. Part of the charm is the interior of this building which was once a warehouse that served the Jerusalem railroad and railway station built in 1892. Part of the Machneyuda group, HaSadna is a jewel of contemporary Israeli Cuisine.

  • Mamilla Hotel - Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

4 - Wednesday (February 16) : Stories of the Jordan Valley

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and drive north through the Jordan Valley

  • Uri Mayer Chizzik Sustainable Eating - Get to know local, wild food from nature– and dishes prepared today from food that has grown here throughout history. With Dr. Uri Mayer-Chissick, an expert on the history of local food and nutrition in the Middle-East and author of the Israeli guide to foraging wild edible plants, hike and cook outdoors.

  • Beit Shean-National Park - One of the main pagan towns during Roman rule of the region 2,000 years ago, and in the shadow of an important biblical city, Beit She’an contains a magnificent theater, Roman bathhouses, mosaics and more. It is considered one of the best preserved Roman sites in the region.

  • Tavor Winery - Tavor Winery's new visitor's center has breathtaking views of mount Tavor and is the ideal atmosphere to reflect their exclusive wines. The winemaker, Michal Ackerman, brings her unique knowledge to the winery and is transforming it into one of Israel's best. Sample wines from the exclusive collection, eloquently presented by our professional staff, known for sharing tidbits of wine lore, an excellent sense of humor.

  • Check into hotel

  • Dinner at the Wood Grill Restaurant - Mitzpe Hayamim's Chef restaurant by Ronen Waldman and Erez Komorovsky

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel - North

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

5 - Thursday (February 17) : Spiritual and Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Agamon HaHula - The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes. Ride in an open bus with guiding for an explanation of the site and to view the wildlife.

  • Goats with the wind - At Goats with the Wind, have a magical lunch at this family-owned goat cheese farm and restaurant. Everything you will eat comes from the farm. Meet the goats and enjoy the special touches of the place.

  • Druze Village visit - There is a significant Druze population in Israel and Druze people are a central part of Israeli society. Visit and tour a Druze village and learn about the culture, customs, and beliefs of this Arab population who serve in the Israeli army. Taste the incredible Druze sweets- with a demo.

  • Tzfat - Discover Tzfat which sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel and has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbala, Jewish mysticism. The old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios add to the hilltop city’s unmistakable charm. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries in artist row.

  • Tzfat Art - Meet a Glass Blower Chaya Sheva for a demonstration and to hear her story, learn about the art of glass blowing and hear how Chaya connects her art to Judaism.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel - North

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

6 - Friday (February 18) : Galilean Culinary Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Akko

  • 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.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Shabbat Dinner - Enjoy an authentic and intimate Shabbat dinner in a private home and understand why Friday night is family time and what it means to Israelis.

  • Nordoy Hotel - Tel Aviv

Overnight: Nordoy Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

7 - Saturday (February 19) : Tel Aviv Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shabbat Brunch - 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.

  • 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.”

  • Teder - Step into the hidden courtyard of Teder and enjoy whatever event is happening this afternoon- enjoy music, a beer, a piece of pizza, or just the scene. Teder is one of the coolest places in Tel Aviv, a gathering spot for people of all kinds to hang out.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Nordoy Hotel - Tel Aviv

Overnight: Nordoy Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

8 - Sunday (February 20) : Tel Aviv-Old and New

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old Jaffa - Start the day in Jaffa and 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. Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Tastes some of Israel's best-known hummus.

  • Levinsky Market - Enjoy a tasting tour at Levinsky Market, which specializes in the finest spices, dried fruits, boutique cheeses, roasted nuts, coffee beans, olives, pickled vegetables, cured fish and more. The melting-pot character of the market reflects its fascinating history - starting with Balkan cuisine catering to Greek Jews in the 30s, expanding to Persian flavors introduced by Iranian Jews shortly after the establishment of the country, and evolving ever since to the diverse shuk it is today.

  • Free time

  • 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.

  • Nordoy Hotel - Tel Aviv

Overnight: Nordoy Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

9 - Monday (February 21) : From Vision to Reality

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Activities:

  • Breakfast with Gideon Ben Ami

  • Pesia's Kitchen - Meet Gideon Ben Ami, 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

  • Naftali Aklum - Drive to Be’er Sheva to meet Naftali Aklum, 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

  • Lunch at an Ethiopian Restaurant

  • Bedouin Culture - In a Bedouin village near Beer Sheva to get to know Bedouin culture and take part in their coffee ceremony

  • Sde Boker - Stop at Sde Boker to 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 the hotel

  • Beresheet - Mitzpe Ramon

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

10 - Tuesday (February 22) : The Beauty of the Desert

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional: Makhtesh Ramon - Hike or jeep tour in Makhtesh Ramon, a geological formation found only in Israel and northern Sinai. The steep rock cliffs surrounding a closed valley drained by a single wadi are the product of erosion.

  • Free time - Take some time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities and the beauty of the desert. Spa treatments are available.

  • Desert Dinner in the Makhtesh - It’s not a mirage! Your evening awaits under the stars with a taboon for bread making, smoked meats, spirits, desert music, star-gazing, and the most magical dinner you’ve ever had.

  • Beresheet - Mitzpe Ramon

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

11 - Wednesday (February 23) : Take Israel Back Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Enjoy an easy morning

  • Checkout and depart the hotel

  • 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.

  • Israeli Cocktail workshop- review your time in Israel - Summarize your journey through a cocktail workshop. Explore the country’s geography, soul, and raw ingredients through the “Arak Effect”

  • Final dinner at Rama's Kitchen - “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Transfer to airport or post tour arrangements

Overnight: Transfer to airport or post tour arrangements
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

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

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

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.

What’s Included
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Testimonials
“This was our third trip with via sabra and it was outstanding. We went with Aliza Green who is a cook and cookbook writer who provided us with lots of insights. Orit Levi our tour guide (third time) was excellent. Via Sabra makes every trip different so we did not feel as if we were repeating anything. We took our seven year old grandson who was well received and loved the trip. Via Sabra is caring and strives to accommodate any requests. We cannot recommend Via Sabra enough and we are looking forward to our next trip.”
Naomi S
2016, 2018, 2020
“We were very excited when we found this tour after searching for trips to Israel. The idea of combining a food tour and the opportunity to see a lot of Israel seemed like a perfect fit. First let me describe the touring element and say I had know idea how thoroughly we would cover the country. While we stayed in four places when you add in the day trips I felt we had incredible exposure to what was a far more beautiful country than I expected. The only complaint anyone could have about the food element was how much was available to eat. The variety was incredible and the quality was very high. Aliza did a great job of finding many unique dining and tasting sites and our Via Sabra guide Orit was the best I have experienced after extensive travel. For us this was the ideal Israel trip.”
Bruce S
Feb 2020

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