Price range
From 3800$ per person
Upcoming Date
03-10 January 2022
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Highlights

Indulge in a medley of Israel's tastes
Completely Kosher Culinary Tour
Meet locals, taste history from East to West
Price per person based on 20 people- $3550
Single supplement - $1100

Itinerary

1 - Monday (January 3)

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Activities:

  • Gather together at meeting place TBD - Begin drive north.

  • Stop at the Bat Shlomo Winery for an opening talk - Meet Avihai Tsabari, founder of Via Sabra, who will open the trip with a conversation: “What makes Israel a unique culinary story?” Taste wine and hear the incredible story of the Bat Shlomo Winery and settlement, founded by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.

  • Drive to hotel and check in

  • Chef's dinner in the private home of Chef Gadi Elias

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: Dinner

2 - Tuesday (January 4) : Raw Ingredients

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Local Ingredients at Shuk Arrabe - Visit the Shuk in the Arab village of Arrabe, open only on Tuesdays, with a huge array of fruits, vegetable, and local specialties.

  • Lunch at Shirat Roim - Shirat Roim (Shepherds Song) is a boutique dairy making quality sheep and goat cheeses. This is a family-owned dairy farm where you can watch the making and ripening processes and taste the wide range of cheeses they produce.

  • Tzippori National Park - At Tzippori, view the ruins and ancient mosaic floor to see how native species have been part of the national iconography for centuries.

  • Bedouin Cooking Workshop and Hospitality - Cooking workshop and meal in the northern Bedouin home of Ziad and Zada Suede. Using local ingredients, prepare traditional dishes and eat together with your hosts in the village of Salame. You will also be able to forage for edible plants that are flourishing in the winter.

  • Pastoral Kfar Blum

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

3 - Wednesday (January 5) : A Land of Milk and Honey

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Walk along the Israel Trail at the Jordan River south of the Kinneret - The Israel trail traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995.

  • Tamar Bakfar - Learn about the centrality of the date to Israeli culture and taste samples of different dates.

  • Lunch in the Sde Eliahu Kibbutz dining room

  • Kibbutz Sde Eliahu Bio Bee - Bio Bee Sde Eliyahu is the pioneer 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.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into hotel

  • Machane Yehuda Market 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.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi Restaurant - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

4 - Thursday (January 6) : Kugel vs. Hummus

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old City Tour Tracks one with 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. 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

  • In the Jewish Quarter and meet Ruth Baks - Ruth is an American, who moved to Israel in the 1970's. She's a home cook, and avid baker, and is on a lifelong mission to study spices. Ruth's been to India more than 30 times. She’ll welcome us into her home then she'll guide us through the ancient alleyways of the Jewish Quarter.

  • Free time to rest or remain in the Old City

  • Explore Ashkenazic Jewish food traditions with Shmil Holland, - Shmil is one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chefs whose inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes. Make Jerusalem Kugel in Shmil’s kitchen and talk about Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Arab, Israeli, and Jewish Food.

  • 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.

  • Optional-after dinner explore the world of "Shtisl" - 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 you'll have the treat of eating freshly baked challah.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

5 - Friday (January 7) : Preparing for Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Challah baking or morning concert

  • Home hospitality lunch - The Lives and Recipes of Beit Shemesh-Mate Yehuda Women, a Jewish Agency for Israeli supported program. Eat lunch in the home of one of the women who is part of the area’s Women’s Empowerment program designed to harness the strength of women’s skills, backgrounds, and interests to help them achieve their dreams. These women have entered the world of business entrepreneurship through sharing and cooking their ethnic meals.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel - Candle lighting 16:11

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

6 - Saturday (January 8)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shul or optional walking tour

  • Ethnic Shabbat Foods Lunch - In private setting indulge in a Jewish Shabbat lunch. 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.

  • Havdalah - Shabbat ends 17:31

  • Dinner on your own

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch

7 - Sunday (January 9) : Yes! Do this at home!

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Activities:

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Teperberg Winery - Teperberg Winery was founded in 1870 in Jerusalem's Old City and now is located in the Judean Hills. Hear the fascinating history of the place and drink their great wines.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv

  • Meet Bentzi Arbel - Explore the Evolution of Israeli Street Food with the experts!

  • Street food hopping lunch

  • Check into the hotel, time to rest

  • Make it at Home- Cooking Workshop - Learn how to make Israeli Street food-recipes and list of ingredients provided!

  • Dinner of your Street Food

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

8 - Monday (January 10) : Hazan et haKol- Enough Food for Everyone

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • The White City - Explore Lev Ha'ir, the Heart of the City, where the first roots of Tel Aviv were planted in 1909. Lev Hair 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. The area is densely populated, rooted in history, and with a glance towards the future with impressive skyscrapers, and a high concentration of start-up companies. Bordered by Habima Theater in the north and Florentin and Neve Tzedek in the south, Lev Ha’ir is a gateway to almost every district in the city. Lev Ha'ir is a cultural hub, filled with galleries, restaurants and parks.

  • Levinsky Market Tasting Tour - 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.

  • Time and guidance in buying spices and other ingredients to take home

  • Farwell Dinner-TBD

  • Transfer to airport or extension

Overnight: Transfer to airport or extension
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

FAQ

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

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Shabbat (the Sabbath), the Jewish holy day of the week, starts at sunset on Friday and ends shortly after sundown on Saturday evening. All public offices, banks and many stores are closed on Shabbat. Museums, national parks and most art galleries are open. Non-kosher restaurants and entertainment spots are open. Buses and trains do not run on Shabbat in all cities, but taxis do. The airports are open as well. Naturally, cities differ from each other. While Tel Aviv is mostly open on Shabbat, Jerusalem will mostly be closed. Check out cool stuff to do on Shabbat when you have a free day (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 our tour include free time?

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Tour guides try to balance the tour schedule and free time for shopping in certain areas. Many nights are free so you will have the opportunity then to explore on your own as you please.  Check out what you can do on your free time in your current location (link).

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. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

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
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide (title) v
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide (text)
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020
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