Price range
From $4200 per person
Upcoming Date
15-24 June 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
18 - 27 May 2022
$4550
Open
15 - 24 Jun 2022
$4200
Sold Out
19 - 28 Oct 2022
$4200
Open

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (June 15) : What is Israeli Cuisine?

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Activities:

  • 15:00 Meet in hotel lobby for the beginning of your trip - Meet your guide and start the journey!

  • What is Israeli Cuisine? - Begin your trip with Avihai Tsabari, culinary expert and owner of Via Sabra, who will raise the question "What is Israeli Cuisine?" This short talk with be an introduction to the shuk hunt you'll be doing in Machane Yehuda!

  • Via Sabra Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Mahane 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.

  • Dinner at Hatzot - Legend has it that the famous Jerusalem Mix Grill (or Me’orav Yerushalmi in Hebrew) was invented in 1970 within the four walls of Hatzot restaurant.

  • Jerusalem Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Jerusalem Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: Dinner

2 - Thursday (June 16) : The Land of Milk and Honey

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • The Seven Species and their role in Israeli Cuisine - Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Understand why many Biblical leaders, including Moses and David led animals before leading people. Make your own pita as people have been doing in this land for thousands of years.

  • Return to Jerusalem for a tasting and touring afternoon in the Old City

  • Tastes of the Old City - Walk through the Old City and will tour 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. We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information and, of course, combine the senses of smell, taste, and sound

  • Dinner at MachneYuda Restaurant - "This restaurant is considered one of the best in Jerusalem, possibly the country. Celebrity chef, Assaf Granit, grew up in Jerusalem and pays homage to the city's colors and cacophony in his elegant dishes. The menu changes twice daily, but it nearly always includes chamshuka, a fusion of chopped meat and hummus, and a raucous dessert ceremony of ice cream flung on tables covered in aluminum foil.”

  • Jerusalem Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Jerusalem Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

3 - Friday (June 17) : Not By Bread Alone

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Bread Baking Workshop with Atalya - Atalya is an inspirational host who offers exceptional culinary events, meals, and workshops, Set in Ein Kerem is an ancient and picturesque village, the atmosphere of the village brings a special touch to the workshops. Join Atalya for a bread baking session. Get your hands in the dough and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

  • Tour in Ein Kerem - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood.

  • Visit the Western Wall before Shabbat

  • Welcome Shabbat with dinner in a private home

  • Jerusalem Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Jerusalem Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

4 - Saturday (June 18) : A Judean Hills Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, - Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Wine tasting at the Seahorse Winery - The Seahorse winery is a small operation and is one of the better places to get to know the Judean Hills' terroir. Zeev Dunie, a filmmaker turned winemaker, has pioneered coaxing authentic Mediterranean flavors from unusual grapes.

  • Late lunch at Majda restaurant - Majda is a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Return to the hotel for leisure and a free evening in Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Jerusalem Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

5 - Sunday (June 19) : Local Food- Native Ingredients

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive north through the Jordan Valley with its beautiful scenery

  • Uri Mayer Chizzik Sustainable Eating - 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.

  • Learn about the centrality of the date to Israeli culture and taste samples of different dates

  • Agamon HaHula - Bikes & Golfcarts - Agamon HaHula - Bikes & Golfcarts

  • Dinner at a restaurant

  • North Kfar Blum

Overnight: North Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

6 - Monday (June 20) : The Culinary Tapestry of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike a portion of The Israel National Trail - The Israel Trail traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995. During the hike you'll learn how to identify and forage edible plants.

  • Druze cooking workshop in a private home - For a true Galilean cooking experience, used the greens that you foraged on your hike to cook a meal in a Druze or Arab home. Together with your hosts, make several dishes then sit down together to enjoy the meal you've cooked and get to know your hosts and their culture.

  • Kishor Winery - Wine Tasting at Kishor Winery located in Kishorit, a village for adults with special needs. The members of the community enjoy a full life, including meaningful employment. In conjunction with the professional staff, the members take an active part in the grape cultivation, bottling, and marketing of the wines. The Visitors’ Center also employs Kishorit members who host guests, interact with members of the general community, and give guided tours.

  • Short visiti to Tzfat - Tzfat 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 the artist row.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • North Kfar Blum

Overnight: North Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

7 - Tuesday (June 21) : Rural to Urban

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart the hotel and drive to Akko

  • Explore Akko - Explore the subterranean Crusader fortress including a tunnel that extends from the fortress to the port. Continue to tour the city while you eat local Arab sweets and learn about the ancient history as well as its important role Akko plays in Israel’s modern history.

  • Lunch at the legendary Uri Buri - For the past 20 years opposite the Crusader subterranean city in Akko, the Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Continue to Kibbutz Magal for an Agri-tour - Begin with a tour of the kibbutz followed by a visit to the “Netafim” plant and greenhouse innovation center. Netafim is the pride of Israel and the world’s leading irrigation company where drip irrigation was developed and smart irrigation solutions continue to have an immense impact globally. A visit to the “Masik” olive oil visitor center. Taste a variety of olive oils and hear from the experts on the growing process and production.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv

  • Dinner on your own - Play Restaurant Critic for a night- be prepared to review your meal with the others in your group!

  • Tel Aviv- TBD

Overnight: Tel Aviv- TBD
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

8 - Wednesday (June 22) : Tel Aviv Treasures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Explore Florentine on an urban Graffiti Tour - Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • Tasting tour lunch in the 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. Today we will tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Visit an urban roof-top garden which provides produce for the hotel and restaurant under it

  • Dinner at Habasta - – "A tiny restaurant and wine bar, just a clutch of round tables on an alley just off Carmel Market, draws its inspiration from the market's fresh offerings". Greeted by Maoz Alonim, chef and owner.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner, Tasting Tour

9 - Thursday (June 23) : Trends in Israeli Cuisine

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Old Jaffa - 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. Discover which Jewish and Christian stories took place in the city.

  • Carmel Market Tasting Tour - Head to Shuk Ha Carmel, the most famous of all Tel Aviv’s marketplaces. In recent years, it’s even joined the ranks of Tel Aviv’s trendy spots for bars, restaurants, coffee shops and chef-owned food stalls.

  • Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture, a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central.

  • Final dinner with group

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner, Tasting Tour

10 - Friday (June 24) : L'hitraot and B'tayvon!

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transfer to the airport

Overnight: Transfer to the airport
Meal Plan: Breakfast

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.

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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