Price range
From $5900 per person
Upcoming Date
15-26 June 2022
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

 

Awaken Your Senses: A Journey in Israel

Through Food, Art, & Culture

Taste, see, feel, and experience Israel like a true local

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Early bird special – $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

*Discount will be applied with the balance payment.

 

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Highlights

Bira v'Nashira - start each morning off on the right note with a very Israeli drink in-hand, and learn a new Hebrew song
Personal meetings with chefs, unique speakers, small business owners, and more
Shabbat morning 'Jewish Brunch' - ethnic food cooked by real people
Experience exclusive cultural events
Single supplement - $2000

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (June 15) : Refining Your Senses

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Activities:

  • 10:00 a.m. Gather at the hotel to begin your trip - Meet your guide and Avihai Tsabari, owner of Via Sabra, for an introduction to using your sense of taste to explore the question "What is Israeli Cuisine?"

  • Drive to the Tayelet for a panoramic view of Jerusalem and the Judean Desert - Bless the beginning of your journey with Shehechiyanu, the blessing that acknowledges the gift of having arrived at this point, at this time, at this place. Overlooking Jerusalem, share in the centuries-long awe of this complex, magnificent city.

  • The Old City through your senses - Explore Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the the Temple Mount permitting availability.

  • During the tour, enjoy tastes of the Old City - Have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information and, of course, combine the senses of smell, taste, and sound, and sight.

  • Time permitting-Museum On The Seam - The Museum on the Seam is a socio-political contemporary art museum, located on the geographic seam line between East and West of Jerusalem, in the meeting point of the three religions. The Museum, in its unique way, presents art as a language with no boundaries in order to raise diverse social issues for public discussion and bridge the gaps.

  • The State of the State" with David Horovitz - David Horovitz is a British-born British-Israeli journalist, author and speaker. He is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, a current affairs website based in Jerusalem that launched in February 2012. Previously, he had been the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report.

  • Dinner at Rama's Kitchen - “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: dinner, Tastings in the Old City

2 - Thursday (June 16) : Borders, Walls, Fences, and Bridges

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza - Tirza is a Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Visit the unique Roots Tent in Gush Etzion - Roots envisions a social and political reality that is founded on dignity, trust, and a mutual recognition and respect for both peoples' historic belonging to the entire Land. Founded by Rabbi Menachem Froman and members of the politically-prominent Abu Awwad Family, Roots believes that human interaction is the first agent of transformation and creates the spaces and activities for such personal engagement.

  • Travel through Jerusalem's neighborhoods on the Light Rail - Start in Pisgat Zeev over the "greenline" and travel past Arab and Jewish parts of the city including Shuafat, the Damascus Gate, downtown Jerusalem, and further.

  • Time at the Mahane Yehuda Market including lunch at Azura, a family-run institution in the Iraqi section of the Machane Yehuda market - Azura is famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners. You'll also have tastes throughout this legendary market.

  • Quick visit to Metzilot Mazon-Food Rescuers JLM - The Jerusalem Food Rescuers aim to create a more just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Working with the wholesale market, we divert surplus produce that would have otherwise gone to waste and support communities that don’t have equitable access to food, engage in food literacy focused activities such as lectures and workshops with kids and adults, and run a sustainable catering business.

  • Dissolving Boundaries Journey with Mekudeshet - Contemplate culture as narrative with Mekudeshet. Mekudeshet is a cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from a center of conflict into a laboratory for connection between people of all kinds. Meet their staff and artists as they take you through Jerusalem through artistic and cultural experiences.

  • Tehila Friedman will join the Dissolving Boundaries Program - Tehila Friedman is am activist devoted to creating a more tolerant, pluralistic Jerusalem. Tehila is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute and a program director for Shaharit, a think tank promoting a new social covenant in Israel. She is the immediate past chair of Ne’emanei Torah va’Avodah, a modern Orthodox movement promoting pluralism and democracy, as well as a board member of the Yerushalmit Movement, a nonprofit for a pluralistic Jerusalem.

  • Dinner at Hansen House - At Offaime Restaurant you are invited to savor the food and take part in the move to flavorful, organic, and environmentally conscious agriculture. The restaurant focuses on handmade produce that is crafted slowly using traditional techniques to create food that is tasty and healthy and packaged with complete respect for the environment and for the people who take part in the creative process. The restaurant's unique setting in Beit Hansen brings another element to the experience - it sits in one of the first hospitals established in Jerusalem in the mid-19th century, by the Joint Anglican-German Protestant Community in Jerusalem.

  • 'Shtisel' Tour - 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.

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Friday (June 17) : Perspectives

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Activities:

  • Optional: Yoga Synagogue ah - Yoga Synagogue Ah followers find themselves all over Jerusalem practicing yoga in inspirational settings. Join the group's founder, Laura Gilinski, for a session to guide you into Shabbat.

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ma'ale Film School - At the Ma’aleh Film Schoolתmeet the staff and students who are shaping the future of the Israeli film and television industry, and beyond. Maaleh’s unique, cutting-edge films build bridges across all sectors of the Jewish world, fostering deeper understanding and dialogue between religious and secular Jews. View clips from Ma’aleh films as a way of understanding the complexity of Israeli Culture.

  • 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.

  • Lunch at Atalya's - Atalya is an inspirational host who offers exceptional culinary events, meals, and workshops, in Ein Kerem 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!

  • In Lod, visit Hackevert- A Hub for social innovation between the Joint and Bituach Leumi - Hackaveret crowd sources for innovation in social fields. Meet Arab and Jewish professionals active in the hub. Hear from residents about their experience during May 2021 when unrest broke out between Arabs and Jews in the city and in Israel in general. How did those events impact their work?

  • On the way to Jerusalem stop in Abu Ghosh at Al Yasmeen Halva and Tahina heaven to taste some of Israel’s best!

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Family Trip

  • Dinner at the Inbal Hotel with the Family Trip

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Saturday (June 18) : Shabbat of Shalom

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Activities:

  • For the early risers- Run with Runners Without Borders - Runners Without Borders harnesses the positive power of sport to bring together Jews and Arabs, rebuilding the lost trust between these communities, and providing a platform for renewed dialogue. Runners Without Borders was founded in 2014 by Jerusalem-based athletes in response to a wave of violence that engulfed the city at the time. The organization encourages tolerance and dialogue between Jewish and Arab communities in Israel, using sports as a medium and uses professional running to create a shared space for training and practice, empowering participants’ self confidence and developing their leadership skills, in order to train them to become change agents in their communities.

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shabbat Tefilot TBD

  • Shabbat lunch with Nura - Nura will teach you to identify edible plants which will be used to cook a delicious lunch with these fresh greens. The foraging culture is deeply rooted in our past. Long before humans started farming and settled into villages their nutrition depended on foraging wild plants (and hunting). The Judean Hills are the natural landscape in which the Jewish rural culture was formed. Become familiar with the local plants that grow in the Judean Hills since Biblical times (and before), and will learn how to use them as both medicine and food. We will gather from the variety of plants in the area and create a meal inspired by the food people have been eating here during ancient times.

  • Reflection time with Leslie

  • Rest or rent bikes and ride through Park Hamesila

  • Conversation with Anat Hoffman at Notre Dame - Anat Hoffman is an Israeli activist and serves as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, also known as IRAC. She is the director and founding member of Nashot HaKotel, also known as Women of the Wall. Hoffman is a former member of the Jerusalem City Council.

  • Notre Dame Rooftop - Wine, cheese, and havalah on the rooftop restaurant of the Notre Dame Institute with ore of the best views of Jerusalem skyline.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Sunday (June 19) : Peripheral Vision

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive South out of Jerusalem for a day in the "Periphery" - Israel has long had the development of the periphery as a vision. Meet the people and place that are fulfilling this mission.

  • Stop for a short walk on the way to Vertigo Eco Village

  • Movement Workshop at Vertigo Eco Art Village - Have an opportunity to refine the ability of expression and communication with yourself and with partners, incorporating attentiveness, observation and contact experiencing interaction through the body. Together we explore and learn how to connect with our senses, presence, confidence, freedom and the creation of a flowing movement.

  • Visit SodaStream - The SodaStream Visitor Center introduces audiences to the company’s extraordinary vision of cultivating an island of peace. SodaStream unites environmental values with significant contributions to Israel’s development and the general health and wellness of its consumers.

  • Time for lunch on your own in the Shuk area

  • Meet the people of Eretz-Ir in Beer Sheva - Eretz-Ir believes that urban centers are an influential factor in turning the periphery into a center of innovation and renewal, and works with local residents – communities, entrepreneurs, and professional networks – in propelling educational, cultural and economic change. This promotes a sense of belonging and raises the quality of life for local residents.

  • Drive back to Jerusalem with a stop 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, Ranam Barhom, out of local produce, grown in the fields surrounding the restaurant.

  • Herbert Samuel Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Monday (June 20) : Celebrating Community

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and check out of the hotel

  • Temple Emanu-El B'nai Mitzvah

  • Depart Jerusalem

  • Lunch at Abu Jameel Farm - At the beautiful Abu Jameel Farm in Baka al Garbiya, walk through the orchard of the Seven Species, make pita, and have a homemade lunch using the products of the farm.

  • Time permitting-Umm El Fahm Art Gallery - The Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery was founded in 1996 on the initiative of local resdients and artists who wanted to bring quality contemporary art to the city and to exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art. The gallery has become an important social and cultural meeting place and has been established as an important center in the local and international culture scene.

  • Drive to Nazareth - Israel’s biggest Arab city, Nazareth is a fascinating place, set in the Lower Galilee. It combines traditional, simple Arabic charm, Christian history, and grand old Arabic architecture. Nazareth is home to many important early Christian sites, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Synagogue Church, as well as an authentic, living Arab souk (market).

  • Activity and sweets at Ghada's Corner - Situated in the old Nazareth Market and housed in a wonderful Arabic-style building from the Ottoman period, Ghada's Corner is richly filled with ancient tools and hand-made crafts from local and international organizations.

  • Drive to hotel - Check into the hotel

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

  • North - Mitzpe HaYamim

Overnight: North - Mitzpe HaYamim
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Tuesday (June 21) : Spiritual and Physical Heights

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Geo-Political Jeep tour of the Golan with Ilan Schulman - Explore the terrain of the Lower Galilee by jeep. While traversing the rich landscape, learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Understand the strategic importance and sensitivity of the area and the consequences of Israel's history on life for residents on both sides of the border.

  • Meet photographer Dikla Laor - Dikla Laor brings the stories of female biblical figures to life through the camera lens, embarking on a unique project to imagine these characters’ appearances, dress, and demeanor against breathtaking backdrops. Her “Biblical Women Series” includes the “first woman,” Eve, the Jewish matriarchs – Sarah, Rivka (Rebecca), Leah and Rachel – Lot’s wife, the Queen of Sheba, the prophetess Deborah, and Jezebel, and more. Meet Dikla in her home and see her work.

  • Lunch and wine-tasting at Assaf Winery - Assaf Winery a wonderful example of a family-owned fine winery built in the spirit of elevating the wine culture of Israel through unique Israeli wines.

  • Ride bikes in Agamon HaHula - The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes. Early morning ride through the park.

  • Time to enjoy the hotel's facilities

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Polyphony Concert in Nazareth

  • North - Mitzpe HaYamim

Overnight: North - Mitzpe HaYamim
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tastings in the market

8 - Wednesday (June 22) : The Colors of Akko

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and early departure

  • Short hike on the Israel National Trail at Nahal Amud-National Park - Nahal Amud has it all- gorgeous scenery, a beautiful trail, water, and history. Hike this trail and take part in the national pastime of Israel!

  • On your way to Akko stop at Buza Ice Cream - Buza, the Arabic word for ice cream, is owned and operated by Alaa Sweetat, a local Muslim and Adam Ziv, a Jew from Kibbutz Sasa. A delicious Co-Existence venture. Taste their unique flavors.

  • Begin at the Akko Tunisian Synagogue - The Ohr Torah Tunian synagogue in Akko is unique even in a land of synagogues. Built by a community of Tunisian Jews from Djerba, it offers four stories of glorious mosaics and stained-glass windows both inside and out, showing a varied range of stories, plants, and animals.

  • Akko - 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. 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.

  • Tour Akko with a local, young promising Chef Osama Dallal (pending availability) - Speak to the market vendors, the fisherman, and hear the inside scoop of growing up in Akko and learning to love food there. Tastings throughout!

  • Saleem Amer - Try your hand at stone carving with local stone artist Saleem.

  • Time permitting: Akko - a musical City with its own Conservatory. Meet its staff and students. - The beautiful and modern Municipal Conservatory serves over 700 Arab and Jewish students every year who study and play music under its roof. The students take part in international concerts and competitions around the world and represent successfully their city and the State of Israel.

  • Hanut Dagim - 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.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Tel Aviv Royal Beach

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

9 - Thursday (June 23) : The Continued Awakening of the First Israeli City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • The Tel Aviv Museum of Art with Shirel Horovitz - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art?

  • Continue to visit Art Galleries with Shirel - Using drawing, sculpting, video and sound, Tel Aviv based artist Shirel Horovitz, creates performances and installations exploring cities, communities and the relations between people and space. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and her MA (with distinction) from The Interdisciplinary Art program in Tel Aviv University.

  • OR Take a Fashion tour - The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. Meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Lunch with Kitchen Talks - Kitchen Talks is a Social enterprise that creates and promotes cultural culinary experiences led by cooks and guides from Marginalized communities in Israel: asylum seekers, Migrants, minorities, etc. Our events and activities create a unique, fun, cultural safe space to learn about the cultural depth and to share stories and memories through collaborative and active cooking and dining experience.

  • Rabin Square - Right in the beating heart of Tel Aviv is the main large public city square, known since 1995 as Kikar Rabin. This huge expanse is decorated by an ecological pond filled with lotus flowers and koi, and an impressive monument commemorating the Holocaust designed by Israeli painter and sculptor Igael Tumarkin. On the northern edge towers City Hall, which looks like a 1960s communist-style block. Over the years the square has been the site of many celebrations, parades, political rallies, mass protest and peace vigil - none is more famous than the one in November 4th, 1995, in which Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. A memorial was built just on the spot of the assassination, and an interactive remembrance wall tells the tale of Rabin and his legacy of peace.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Evening performance event- we'll keep our eyes out for what will be hot and happening this night - Upon availability: not included
    Poetry Slam
    Concert of a local musician
    "Secret Jazz Night"

  • Tel Aviv Royal Beach

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

10 - Friday (June 24) : Multi-Media Tel Aviv

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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.

  • The Association for Urban Farming - Visit a project of the Association for Urban Farming, a non-profit organization based in Tel Aviv that promotes urban agricultural infrastructure in cities around the world. The association sponsors programs throughout the city, including urban gardening in schools and commercial centers.

  • Tour and lunch at Assif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Assif is a cultural center in Tel Aviv with a library, farm, gallery & cafe that encourages open discourse around local foodways and identity.

  • Time in the Carmel Market - TShuk 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 opening line 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.

  • Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - If your tour is on a Tuesday or a Friday, visit Nachlat Binyamin, 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, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Kabbat Shabbat tefilot at Beit Tefila Yisraeli or Beit Daniel

  • Shabbat dinner in a truly Israeli style - Celebrate on the roof of the home of 'HaBanot', Karen and Yael, a couple who love to cook, eat, and host.

  • Tel Aviv Royal Beach

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

11 - Saturday (June 25) : Tel Aviv Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Minyan Shivyoni (optional)

  • Optional- Tour Jaffa's Ajami Neighborhood - Tour the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa, you’ll hear a challenging narrative about the city and its history. Continue your tour through Jaffa, enjoying the beauty of the winding streets and the beautiful port with its biblical reference.

  • Jewish Shabbat Brunch - In private setting indulge in a 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. Enjoy the music of Daniel Hoffman,, a Tel-Aviv-based violinist and composer whose specialty is klezmer fiddle who is also interested in other kinds of Eastern European music, Middle-Eastern music, jazz, and Western classical music.

  • Free time

  • Poets and Prophets in Neve Tzedek - Together with Dr. Rachel Korazim and Cantor Leslie Niren. Rachel Korazim is an inspiring educator who brings Israeli poetry to life and meaning as a way to understand Israeli society.

  • Havdalah on the beach

  • Option- Dinner at Claro-Reservations will be made for those who want to join - Chef Ran Shmueli is one of Israel’s most respected veteran chefs , who has led innovative culinary ventures for the last 25 years. Claro (“clear” in Spanish) is chef Shmueli’s first restaurant.
    Claro is not “just” a restaurant; it’s a place of entertainment, providing an experience that embodies all the knowledge of Shmueli and his staff in hospitality and event planning. It is a relaxed venue for social gathering, offering a warm atmosphere, good music and a superb dining experience.

  • Tel Aviv Royal Beach

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

12 - Sunday (June 26) : Transformation and Inspiration-Taking it Home

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Activities:

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation.

  • Tour Jaffa with Neta Weiner - Neta Weiner was born in Kibbutz Givat Haim. He is a musician,actor,and poet. A graduate of Muzik, the School for Music Creation and Production in Tel Aviv. He is a co-creator and co-producer of theater and spoken word performances and co-founder of System Ali, a unique music project. Tour and rap through Jaffa with Neta.

  • 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.

  • Visit three social businesses that are transforming lives

  • KitePride - KitePride is an Israeli, Tel Aviv based fashion social enterprise. They create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from upcycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes, and wetsuits in order to provide jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Through each bag sold, continuous jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill.

  • Achoti - "My Sister" - stop at the Achoti Fair Trade shop, part of an initiative that was the first of its kind in Israel which combines economic empowerment for women from the geographical and social periphery in Israel, and education for alternative consumerism, according to the values of fair trade.

  • Kuchinate - Travel to colorful Kuchinate: African Refugee Women’s Cooperative, for a coffee ceremony and to hear the story of this incredible social start-up. Meet founders Diddy Mymin Kahn and Sister Aziza, who have turned the lives of refugee women around by empowering them to find their voices and regain their dignity after very difficult life circumstances.

  • Farewell dinner at House Number Three

Overnight: Farewell dinner at House Number Three
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, 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. Restaurants (not supervised kosher) and entertainment spots are open. On Shabbat, buses and trains do not run in every city, but taxis do. Airports are open as well.

Naturally, cities differ from each other. For example, while Tel Aviv is mostly open on Shabbat, Jerusalem will mostly be closed. But there is still lots to do around the country, even on Shabbat. Just ask us for some recommendations!

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where can I purchase 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.

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

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 by January 1, 2022, with a full refund. 

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 due to COVID-19 will be subject $100 per participant cancellation fee.

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 v
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide text
Hotels throughout the trip v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
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
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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