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Price range
From $5,550 per person
Upcoming Date
16 May 2024 - 24 May 2024
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
16 - 24 May 2024
$5550
Open
07 - 15 Nov 2024
$7150
Open
An off-the-beaten track culinary experience that complements the movie “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” that was filmed in Israel. This unique itinerary delves into the complexities of defining ISRAELI cuisine while offering the participant the essence of being Israeli.

Highlights

Tour led by a culinary expert guide
Eat at the best restaurants in Israel
Cooking workshop, authentic meals and home hospitality
Wineries tours and wine tastings
Desert experience - goat cheese farm, a winery and special meal
Cocktail workshop
Single supplement - $1500

Itinerary

1 - Thursday ( May 16 ) : What is Israeli Cuisine?

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Activities:

  • 15:00 Meet your group members and guide in the hotel lobby

  • “What makes Israel a unique culinary story?” - Introduction and opening conversation with your group leader: “What makes Israel a unique culinary story?”

  • Machane Yehuda Market Culinary Tour - 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 taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Cocktails and night experience in the market

  • Jerusalem - Herbert Samuel Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem - Herbert Samuel Hotel
Meal Plan: Machane Yehuda culinary tour

2 - Friday ( May 17 ) : Shabbat Flavor

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning you'll enjoy a delicious buffet Israeli breakfast in your hotel.

  • Did you see Shtisl? - 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 Friday morning, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by visiting various institutions, seeing unique leisure, and art. And of course try freshly baked challah.

  • Thinkers Distillery - "At Thinkers we maintain pace with all the new developments and painstakingly connect the old together with the new to fulfill our mission of taking spirits further. Our Jerusalem distillery is part research library, part chemistry lab, part advanced technology workshop, part mind and behavior study center, part design studio, and 100% passion. It’s not easy, but we will never put any product into a bottle unless we are convinced that is has been furthered in every way into the best in class."

  • Proceed back to the hotel for free time

  • Shabbat Festive Dinner and home hospitality

  • Jerusalem - Herbert Samuel Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem - Herbert Samuel Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Shabbat Friday night group dinner, Distillery - tastings and light lunch

3 - Saturday ( May 18 ) : Rural to Urban

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Morning culinary and multicultural tour of Jerusalem's Old City - Walk through Old City seeing the historical and religious sites. 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, combines the senses of smell, taste, and sound.

  • Sataf nature hike - Explore the Jerusalem Hills at the beautiful Sataf forest for a hike through the area. The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites. If it’s warm enough, there’s even an option to take a dip in some of the natural springs. Along the way - forage for edible plants and learn about the Biblical diet.

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

  • Proceed back to Jerusalem

  • Free evening and dinner on own

  • Jerusalem - Herbert Samuel Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem - Herbert Samuel Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Old City Tasting Tour, Lunch at Majda

4 - Sunday ( May 19 ) : Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • 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.

  • Havat Rom - Farm to Table - A visit to a magical organic farm, located on a mountain with a beautiful view of Meron Mountain. This is an agricultural organic farm, where they use ancient knowledge along with modern tools. Trying to find the balance between humans and nature. Enjoy a light meal from the fresh produce and excellent cheese.

  • Druze cooking workshop and dinner - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Proceed to your hotel & check-in

  • North - Gomeh Hotel

Overnight: North - Gomeh Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, Druze cooking workshop and dinner

5 - Monday ( May 20 ) : Living off the Land

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Jeep tour of the Golan Heights - Take a geo-political tour of the Golan with an expert. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Stop for a lookout over the border with Syria from Mt. Bental to get a better understanding of the geography and strategic role this region has for the State of Israel. Your local guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • 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.

  • Bio Bee Agri-tour - In Sde Eliyahu learn about this pioneer Kibbutz of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Dinner at Rutenberg Restaurant - Situated on the banks of the Jordan, next to the old Gesher conservation site. The three bridges over the river and 10,000 years of human history attest to the fertility of the flora and fauna of the Jordan Valley. "We believe in seasonal local cuisine and are constantly in the process of discovering the region."

  • Proceed back to the hotel

  • North - Gomeh Hotel

Overnight: North - Gomeh Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner at Rutenberg

6 - Tuesday ( May 21 ) : The Culinary Tapestry of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Relaxed morning to enjoy the hotel's facilities

  • Akko historical tour and market - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Akko, situated on the Mediterranean coast, 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 beneath Akko in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders. Learn about the city’s ancient history, as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Late lunch at the legendary Uri Buri - For the past 40 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has offered a variety of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes, and boasts a wine list with over 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Haifa - Shuk Talpiot and Bahai Lookout - Take time to explore and eat at the latest Haifa hangout space and modern market. Hear about the gentrification that the city is going through, the history, and the food scene that tells the story of the diverse communities in the past and present.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv & check in

  • Free evening and dinner on your own

  • Tel Aviv - Backstage Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv - Backstage Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Lunch at Uri Buri

7 - Wednesday ( May 22 ) : Ancient and Modern Side by Side

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the picturesque Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.

  • Levinsky Market - the Israeli Mix - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known 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.

  • Visit an urban roof-top garden in Ramat Gan - The Association for Urban Farming is a non-profit organization that aims to transform urban areas into self-sustaining food systems. Their goal is to create highly nutritious, locally grown produce that is accessible and available to all. Discover how the Association for Urban Farming has developed a large scale model, intended for replication, to increase local and sustainable food production and consumption in metropolitan areas.

  • Dinner at HaBasta - This 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. You will be greeted by Maoz Alonim, chef and owner of HaBasta.

  • Tel Aviv - Backstage Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv - Backstage Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Levinsky Market Tasting Tour

8 - Thursday ( May 23 ) : making the desert bloom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at your hotel & head south

  • Begin with a stop at a Olive Oil Press - Visit the family-owned boutique olive oil press. Learn about the history of producing olive oil in the Land of Israel, taste the high-quality local oils and hear about the family farming business located in Moshav Sde Moshe.

  • Naot Farm - tour and cheese tastings - 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 and taste some delicious cheese.

  • Visit the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Center - Learn about the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature through interactive exhibits. At the center, pay tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first and only astronaut, who tragically died on a space mission in 2003. View the crater from a stunning vantage point, at the heart of the promenade which stretches along the Ramon Crater mouth. There is a hanging terrace providing a marvelous observation point over the depths of the crater.

  • Wine tasting at Nana 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 a quality leading wine in what some may be surprised to call ideal conditions for quality vine growth.

  • Special group dinner in the desert

  • Travel back to Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv - Backstage Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv - Backstage Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, Wine tasting at a winery, outdoor dinner, cheese tastings at the farm

9 - Friday ( May 24 ) : The Israeli Story

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and free morning - Enjoy an easy morning to experience the city on your own.

  • Recommended: check out the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market and the Carmel Market - An open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • After lunch meet the group for a visit at 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.

  • Drink down a story of Israel! - Travel the different regions of the country through a cocktail workshop. 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. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant

  • Transfer to the airport - L'hitraot! Farewell, we hope to host you again in our beautiful country!

Meal Plan: breakfast, farewell dinner

FAQ

Is there someone who can assist with booking flights?

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If you are interested in assistance with flight booking, please refer to our travel partner, Riverdale Travel, for direct bookings. Flights for Experience Israel 2023 will be available to reserve beginning June 1, 2022. If you have any questions or would like to book your flight, please contact Kathy at kathy@riverdaletravel.com. You may also purchase travel insurance by clicking here. **Flight costs for Experience Israel 2023 are not included in the trip costs, and are paid for separately and directly to the airline or travel agent at the time of booking.

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. For all groups ranging from 2-6 people, it is suggested that you tip the tour guide $70 -$100 (from the group) per day. For groups larger than 8, it is recommended to tip $8-$12 per person, per day + 50% for your bus driver. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

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 the Spring seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold. From late March through 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.
Weekly weather forecast

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 

 

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours AFTER REGISTRATION, with a full refund.

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

 

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
“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

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