Price range
From $11500 per person
Upcoming Date
03-12 October 2021
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join celebrated chef Michael Solomonov on a culinary journey that dives straight into the heart and soul of Israeli cuisine. Solomonov, winner of the 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding American Chef, is the owner of Zahav Restaurant in Philadelphia, 2019 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurant. In 2015, along with his business partner Steve Cook, Michael released the popular cookbook Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, followed by Israeli Soul in 2018. The Israeli Soul Tour follows the creative process of the cookbook - easy, essential, delicious. Let us take you around the country to discover where Mike gets his inspiration.

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (October 3) : Welcome to the Soul of Israel!

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Activities:

  • Pick up at hotels in Tel Aviv and be on your way!

  • Opening toast: Wine Truck in the Judean Hills - Start the trip at the intersection of past and present. At an ancient wine press meet the owners of Israel's first Wine Truck and toast to your trip.

  • Contine to Eshkolot Orchard - Eshkolot Orchard established in 2009 by the Marom family is planted with olives, a vineyard and the Seven Species. Tour the orchard with a focus on the Seven Species and Jewish Halachic traditions in agriculture, followed by meal inspired by the Seven species

  • Check into the hotel - Have a drink on the balcony of the hotel, overlooking the Ramon Crater and the stunning landscape stretched out before you.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet Hotel - Mitzpe Ramon

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel - Mitzpe Ramon

2 - Monday (October 4) : Desert Dreams

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Activities:

  • Sunrise option: Goat Milking!

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional: morning activities - ATV self-drive off road adventure
    Jeep ride through the Crater
    Hike in the Crater
    Off-road Biking

  • Meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery - Hadas 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." After you make bread, enjoy it with a lunch of salads and spreads.

  • Free time at the hotel spa and pool - Spa options available- let us know what you would like

  • "Kumzitz" under the stars - a night out - Our surprise dinner in the middle of the desert

  • Beresheet Hotel - Mitzpe Ramon

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel - Mitzpe Ramon

3 - Tuesday (October 5) : Day to Day, from Ramon to Zion

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel

  • Desert Vines - At Nana Farm Winery OR at Pinto Winery, taste the wine and discuss the Negev's unique terroir and marvel at the vineyards set in the sand.

  • Visit Yeruham's Bedouin-Jewish Accelerator - Visit this urban farming project that involves residents of Yeruham together with Bedouin residents of neighboring communities to promote healthy living.

  • Drive to Jerusalem

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

  • Tour the Machne Yehuda Market - 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. Tour the market with some tastes and take in the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Check into the hotel

  • Dinner at Cafe Shalva - Shalva is a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. The café’s profits go back to the center and graduates of Shalva work at the café.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel

4 - Wednesday (October 6) : East vs. West

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • What is Israeli Cuisine? - Talk with Amit Aharonson, food blogger and journalist

  • Depart hotel for the Old City - This morning we will break into two tracks, each going to the same places.
    One track will focus primarily on food while the other will include more historical sites as well.

  • Tour 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 tehini to coffee to hummus.

  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) - The Kotel is considered one of Judaism’s holiest spots, it sacred because it is the last remnant of the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans. F

  • Shtisel: A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world - In the afternoon we 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 music, visiting synagogues, various institution, unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course don't miss eating freshly baked challah.

  • Dinner at Mona Restaurant

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel

5 - Thursday (October 7) : A Tale of Two Cities

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel

  • Lunch at Reshta Restaurant - Reshta Chef restaurant in Ein Rafa village is set among green fields in front of the breathtaking view. Offering authentic Arabic food, Reshta restaurant is named after a traditional lentil and noodles dish, which is made by the restaurant’s chef, JJ Halil, out of local produce, grown in the fields surrounding the restaurant. Enjoy Reshta's knafeh at the end of your meal.

  • Short visit at the Design Museum Holon - Design Museum Holon is the first museum in Israel dedicated to Design. The building of the museum was planned and designed by Israeli architect and industrial designer Ron Arad in cooperation with Bruno Asa.

  • The Sabich Experience: Israeli street food lunch - Joined by Adeena Sussman we will enjoy Sabich at Sabich Tchernichovsky

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner with Adeena Sussman at Pastel your own

  • The Jaffa Hotel - Jaffa

Overnight: The Jaffa Hotel

6 - Friday (October 8) : Shishi Yisraeli

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour 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. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Small 'Wine-Talk' - Discuss Israeli wines with wine master Yair Haidu, and learn about the unique terroir, history and trends in the wine culture in Israel.

  • Rest, relax and refresh before departure to Kfar Saba

  • Spend the afternoon in Michael Solomonov's hometown

  • Shabbat Dinner at the home of Avihai's parents - Bring in Shabbat the traditional Israeli way

  • The Jaffa Hotel

Overnight: The Jaffa Hotel

7 - Saturday (October 9) : Mixed Metaphors

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional: Hagal Sheli - Surfing lesson with Hagal Sheli (My Wave), an NGO that uses surfing as a vehicle for personal development and advancement. In 2012 Omer and Yaron, educational entrepreneurs and avid surfers, developed a unique surfing program for transforming the lives of youth-at-risk. Their mission: Empower youth to never give up, to continue to pursue their dreams and to ultimately succeed: ‘In the ocean, as in life’. Must be age 11 and up to participate.

  • Jewish 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.

  • Tishrey Bar - Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. 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.

  • Optional walking tour of Jaffa

  • Dinner on your own

  • The Jaffa Hotel - Tel Aviv

Overnight: The Jaffa Hotel

8 - Sunday (October 10) : Along the sea shore and to the plate

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel for the north

  • Caesarea National Park - Caesarea National Park is where King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar 2,000 years ago. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean from this site. Visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.

  • At Caesarea enjoy Elhanan Bread Culture - Elhanan Bread Culture, a chef-run bakery located in a lush green, blooming area at the entrance to Kibbutz Mishmarot, between Pardes Hanna and Caesarea, is a total Israeli gem with local, artisanal breads..

  • Quick stop at one of Mike's favorites- Felafel Devorah

  • Drive to Akko

  • Tour Akko and meet Chef Osama Dallal - 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. Osama, a native of Akko, will take you to some of his favorite spots.

  • Dinner at Uri Buri - For the past 20 years , the popular 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.

  • Drive to the hotel

  • Ha Makom Suites - Ne'Toa

Overnight: Ha Makom Suites

9 - Monday (October 11) : Galilee Style

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning option: Galilee Nature hike

  • Travel to Matat for cooking workshop with Chef Erez Komarovsky - Erez Komarovsky is an Israeli chef, baker, educator, and author. Founder of the Lehem Erez bakery and café chain in the 1990s, he is considered the initiator of artisanal bread-making in Israel. Since 2007 he has led a cooking school in his home in Mitzpe Mattat in the Upper Galilee.

  • Delicious closing dinner with special guests

  • Ha Makom Suites - Ne'Toa

Overnight: Ha Makom Suites

10 - Tuesday (October 12) : Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times .... Lehitraot

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Morning at leisure

  • Optional: Galilee nature hike

  • Check out hotel - Transfer to the airport for departure

  • Surprise Dinner on the way to airport - TBD

  • VIP Departure

Overnight: VIP Departure

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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