Price range
From $7700 per person
Upcoming Date
04-11 April 2022
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join us as we bring this popular web series, hosted by award-winning chef Michael Solomonov, to life! In each episode, Michael explores Israel’s extremely diverse and vibrant culinary landscape through interviews with friends and prominent Israeli figures who share their awe-inspiring take on Israel’s food culture. This is your opportunity to meet with and talk to Mike’s guests, including Jonathan Borowitz, Osama Dallal, Asaf Doktor, Uri Scheft, and others.

Highlights

Tour based on the wildly popular web-series "Bringing Israel Home"
Led by Chef Michael Solomonov
Meet some of Israel's most famous chefs and food professionals who appeared on the show
A night of glamping under the stars, in the desert, with a unique live show
A trip full of unexpected experiences and surprises
Ask us about our flexible cancellation policy
Single supplement - $2000

Itinerary

1 - Monday (April 4) : Bringing you home to Israel

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Activities:

  • Welcome to Israel! - Pick your market: choose one of the following markets to stimulate your senses before starting the trip!

  • Option 1: Levinsky Market - 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.

  • Option 2: Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), is the largest market in Tel Aviv. Touring the market reveals the taste of the ages of Tel-Aviv in the youthful atmosphere of the city's central market. The Polish, the Persian, and the Yemeni...in this case, it is not the start of a joke, but the fascinating culinary traditions that mix in this place. The established market that was founded over 90 years ago, can now reveal its secrets, stories, and legends to you. Enjoy tastes throughout the tour.

  • Short rest before dinner

  • Opening dinner at M25 - One of the top meat restaurants in the city just happens to be this unassuming, tavern-style eatery. Featuring one-of-a-kind Israeli dishes, with fresh meat taking the spotlight, carnivores can rejoice in the deliciously juicy flavors, and a menu that changes daily.”

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Lunch: Market Tasting, Dinner

2 - Tuesday (April 5) : What These Shores have Seen

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - We'll be joined each morning by one of the guests from the show at breakfast.
    This morning: Osama Dallal and Mike Solomonov talk about Middle Eastern Terroir

  • Drive north - Choose either a tour of Caesarea or a wine tasting at a local winery

  • Caesarea National Park - Situated on the Mediterranean coast; Caesarea is one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. A national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. The city was built by King Herod who transformed it into a grand city and major seaport. View the spectacular Roman amphitheater, still used as a performing venue today, and the hippodrome that held 20,000 spectators for chariot races.

  • Amphorae Winery (or other) - Visit Amphorae Winery which deserves 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.

  • Boat Ride from Haifa to Akko - This ferry between Haifa and Akko offers spectacular views of Haifa, the Carmel Mountains, and the ancient city of Akko.

  • Akko - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, and 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.

  • Fish Market with Osama Dallal - Full of colorful stalls, Akko’s market has an incredible selection of goods that almost overwhelm your senses in the best way possible – from buckets of spices, to delectable pastries and desserts, and of course, the freshest of fish! Together with Chef Osama Dallal, an Akko native and one of Israel’s most promising young chefs, we will prep and cook the fish that was caught that very same day, and eat under the lights of Akko’s magical port.

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Wednesday (April 6) : Making it personal (and local)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - We'll be joined each morning by one of the guests from the show at breakfast
    This morning's guest: Ruthie Rousso and chef Mike Solomonov discuss "Trends in Israel post Covid-19"

  • Leket Israel - Volunteers go into fields to pick and gather fruits and vegetables that were not collected during the commercial harvest. We will volunteer at the logistics center to help sort and pack the collected produce in preparation for distribution to soup kitchens, food pantries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters and other places serving those in need.

  • Kfar Saba Park and Street Food - Visit Mike’s hometown of Kfar Saba. Take a stroll through the park and stop to pay respects to Mike’s brother, David, who was killed during his army service. An avid animal lover, a dog park was built in David’s memory. Then, explore the streets and street foods of Kfar Saba, Mike’s childhood home town. Sample bourekas at the place where Mike worked when he was a kid, along with other dishes such as sabich, falafel, and shawarma.

  • Short break in Tel Aviv

  • "My Tel Aviv" - Breakout into smaller groups for a tour of "their" Tel Aviv. groups led by:
    Adeena Sussman, cookbook author
    Ruthie Rousso, food writer
    Ronit Vered, renowned food journalist
    Uri Scheft, Baker and owner of Lehamim Bakery
    Jonathan Borowitz, M25 founder
    Asaf Doktor, renowned chef
    Avihai Tsabari, tour guide, sommelier, and founder of Via Sabra

  • Surprise dinner with Jewish Food Society

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Thursday (April 7) : Desert-bound

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Pick your Tel Aviv walking tour

  • Old Jaffa (option 1) - In 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. Hear stories relating to Jewish and Christian history and visit the locations where they took place.

  • The White City (option 2) - Explore Lev Ha'ir, the Heart of the City, where the first roots of Tel Aviv were planted in 1909. Lev Ha'ir contains some of Tel Aviv’s most beautiful buildings, being at the center of the UNESCO designated “White City” known for it’s Bauhaus, Eclectic, and International Style architecture.

  • American-German Colony (option 3) - In 1866, a group of 150 Christian-Americans from Maine and the New England region, led by the eccentric (some say charlatan) preacher George Adams, left the United States, where the Civil War had just ended. They carried with them their faith, and the materials to rebuild their houses in the Holy Land, sailing 42 days to the disease-ridden Middle East.

  • Check out of the hotel - Head south

  • Grave of David Ben-Gurion - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert continues to bloom even today! Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Nana Estate Winery - Tour and tasting at Nana Estate Winery. In the heart of desert, between ancient stone terraces and barren golden sand hills, wine vineyards appear. The powerful site is hard to describe in words. Experienced vintner Eran Raz, nicknamed "Nana", has created quality, leading wines in what some may be surprised to call ideal conditions for quality vine growth.

  • Cooking dinner together - Upon arrival at a desert oasis glamping site, we will prep and cook our dinner together, joined by Asaf Doktor from Haachim restaurant, Uri Scheft from Lehamim Bakery, and Adeena Sussman, author of the well-known Sababa cookbook.

  • Festival of Freedom Feast, Accompanied by Yemen Blues (Ravid Kahalani) - The most untraditional traditional Passover Seder you have ever attended! Like the Jews who ate all their meals in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, we too will celebrate the Festival of Freedom in the desert by cooking a Passover Seder feast. As we dine under the stars, we will enjoy the musical accompaniment of Yemen Blues who will be performing original musical interpretations of songs from the Passover Haggadah.

  • Glamping in the Desert - Experience nature and still feel like you are on a luxurious vacation – go glamping! Glamping = glamorous camping and brings nature right to your doorstep (without the bugs). After a long day, sleep in beautifully decorated tents, with all the amenities of a 5-star hotel room – well, almost all. Maybe room service would be a bit tricky…
    (Not into glamping? we got you covered! You get a comfy room at Beresheet a night early). Don't forget to ask us about it.)

Overnight: Glamping in the Desert
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Friday (April 8) : Yom Shishi Hegia

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Activities:

  • Shakshuka breakfast buffet

  • Adeena Sussman (pending) - Morning talk with Adeena Sussman:
    "Making Israel My Home"

  • Makhtesh Ramon Hike

  • Check into hotel and free time

  • Challah baking workshop with Lasha Bakery - When it’s time for lunch, meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery who will guide you in a bread baking workshop. “For Meir, baking is a spiritual thing." ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence.' You’ll have a lunch of salads and bread.

  • Sunset, Stroll, and Shabbat on the Edge of the Crater Cliffs - Sunsets in Israel are stunningly beautiful – and one of the best places to see the sunset in Israel is from the Camel Hill lookout at Makhtesh Ramon – the Ramon Crater. Take a sunset stroll, make kiddush and hamotzei, and usher in the peacefulness of Shabbat.

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet Hotel

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Saturday (April 9) : A True Celebration

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike / Jeep ride / ATV in the Makhtesh

  • Workshop with Lior Lev Sercarz (pending) - Lior Lev said “If you want to make good food and beverages you need to know about spices”. Well, look no further than this hands-on spice making and blending workshop by none other than the “spice therapist” himself, Chef Lior Lev. Learn from Lior how to use spices to take a dish from mediocre and boring to delicious and exciting.

  • Free time to enjoy the hotel

  • Mimouna Celebration - Mimouna, said to bring prosperity and success to all who celebrate, is traditionally a Moroccan Jewish holiday that marks the end of Passover, but has grown in popularity over the years. An abundance of foods – especially sweet treats such as pastries, stuffed dates, candied fruits and jams, and of course mufleta – the star of every Mimouna - are served. With no formal invitations, no wonder it is often considered the party of the year. So come join us! Tirbah u’tissad (may you prosper and succeed)!

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Sunday (April 10) : Tastes of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel

  • Avdat National Park - Explore the desert at the Nabatean Spice Route at Avdat, which is over 2,000 years old. Learn the history of the desert’s significance on the culture and flavors of Israel.

  • Drive to Jerusalem

  • Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling, multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda market is an adventure for your eyes and your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Lunch at Azura - We will all meet for lunch at Azura, a family-run institution in the Iraqi section of the market, famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

  • Free time in Jerusalem

  • Light dinner and cocktail

  • Mamilla

Overnight: Mamilla
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Monday (April 11) : Shalom v'Lehitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast - We will be joined by Amit Aronson, Israeli food blogger and television personality. Amit and Mike Solomonov will discuss the future of Israeli Cuisine: "Where is this all going?"

  • Touring in Jerusalem - Choose 1 of the options:

  • OPTION 1: Old City, Jerusalem - Explore the Jewish Quarter including synagogues, alleyways and the small shops of the Byzantine Cardo. You will see artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations that confirm two thousand years of Jewish presence in the Old City. Tour the Davidson Center, the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens and Southern Kotel excavation.

  • OPTION 2: East Jerusalem culinary tour

  • OPTION 3: Muslim Quarter - Extending from the Damascus Gate to the Via Dolorosa, the Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Here you’ll find the Temple Mount, revered by 3 faiths; a bustling Arab souk in the Byzantine-era roofed alleys; and numerous cathedrals, churches, and mosques.

  • OPTION 4: The Temple Mount - The Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

  • 'Shtisel' Tour (everyone) - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world: Walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, 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, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Closing dinner

  • Transfer to airport or trip extensions

Overnight: Transfer to airport or trip extensions
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – May): Daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (link)

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.

Will chef Mike Solomonov be with us the entire trip?

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YES! This is trip led and hosted by Mike (and most guests from the show)

How many people maximum on the trip?

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60 participants will be divided into 2 buses, but most of the experiences will be in smaller, more intimate groups.

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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Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
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Testimonials
“Best Vacation Ever! My wife and I just returned from our first trip to Israel. We've traveled domestically and overseas many times. This was absolutely the best trip we've ever taken. I know many people who have gone to Israel and made lots of recommendations to go here, go there, etc... Ros and the crew at Via Sabra were absolutely fantastic. From shaping the trip to meet our schedule, finances, desires, etc... Via Sabra hit the mark on the nose. They made the trip easy from the gitgo with VIP service to and from Israel; no long lines to wait in and an expert on both ends of the trip to help us navigate the airport, customs, passport control, VAT refunds, baggage and our transport to and from the airport. We had a magnificent guide, Mark Kedem, who was made the trip even more enjoyable; beyond our expectations. Mark has an uncanny knowledge of all aspects of Israel including the geography, history, architecture, food, how all the religions interact, etc. It was like a great history class in-country with great food. Mark also steered us to off the beaten path places and restaurants that were truly memorable and unique. We plan to go back to Israel soon (hopefully next year) and will definitely use Via Sabra and Mark again. They're worth every penny!!!!”
Joe M
2019
“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

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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