Price range
From 8800$ per person
Upcoming Date
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Location
17 - 23 Oct 2021
6300$
Open
15 - 23 Feb 2022
8200$
Open
23 - 31 May 2022
8800$
Open
Join Lior Lev Sercarz - spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City on this extraordinary culinary tour punctuated by his expertise in spicing things up! This May our emphasizes seasonal specialties.
Highlights
Tour Israel with spice master Lior Lev Sercarz
Meet celebrity chefs such as Erez Komarovsky and Ezra Kedem
"The Arak Effect" a hyper-local cocktail workshop
5* hotels including Beresheet and Mitpe HaYamim resorts
Single Supplement - $1900
Itinerary
1 - Monday (May 23) : Israel Along the Spice Route v

Activities:

  • Meet the group and depart for the north

  • Breaking Bread at the Caesarea at the Bird Mosaic - Introduction to the trip with Lior Lev Sercarz and Avihai Tsabari, owner of Via Sabra.

    The mosaic was originally part of a large 6th century mansion. In 1955, archaeologists excavated a hilltop 500 meters outside of the Byzantine city wall in Caesarea. A large mosaic floor was discovered dating from the 6th Century CE. The meeting will be accompanied by breads and snacks made by Elhanan, an artisanal bakery, San Fracisco style, situated 5 minutes away.

  • Terroir, Seasons, Israeli Cuisine - Lior, together with Avihai Tsabari, founder of Via Sabra, will engage you in a conversation about Israeli Cuisine.

  • Lunch in 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).

  • Spices with Lior - At El Babour Spice Store in the heart of the holy city of Nazareth, the 120-year-old, family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices. Introduction to the world of spices with Lior Lev Sercarz

  • Drive to the hotel and check in

  • Meet Farah Raslan - Farah, originally from Lebanon, is one of Israel's up and coming chefs, She is taking the culinary scene by storm after making it to the finals of Israel's Master Chef by preparing authentic Lebanese cuisine. With Farah, we'll taste her famous Knaffe Kaak

  • Dinner at Lior's family's farm, Bustan Haim - At Bustan Haim,Lior’s family produces olive oil and grows their own produce. Host local producers and artisans from the Golan and the upper Galilee.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: Lunch and dinner
2 - Tuesday (May 24) : The Galilee Mosaic v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional for early birds: Israel National Trail - Hike a portion of The Israel National Trail which traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995.

  • Explore Galilean Cuisine - Spend the day deep inside the local ingredients, cuisine, and culture. Visits a local market, 3000 year old olive trees, a traditional flour mill.

    This is the season of the wheat harvest and we'll go to Kfar Manda to meet Freeke, green durum wheat that is roasted and rubbed to create its flavor.

    The Shavuot Holiday which falls in early June focuses on dairy products. We'll visit a cheesemaker and taste locally produced cheeses.

    The day will include home hospitality in a Druze or Arab home while, together with your hosts in their private home, you will prepare a traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create.

  • Time to enjoy the hotel's facilities and spa

  • Meet chef Erez Komarovsky pre dinner - Erez Komorowski –Cooking workshop at Kibbutz Matat, eat dinner that you’ll cook together.

  • Dinner at the Kedem's restaurant in the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
3 - Wednesday (May 25) : The Yield of the Land v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Early Morning visit to 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. Walk or ride through the park in bikes or golf carts.

  • OPTIONAL tour of the construction site of the GCI - Lior's GCI - Galilea Culinary Institute

  • 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, hike and cook outdoors.

  • Meet Naama Szterenlicht - Local Tonic - Meet Naama Szterenlicht, local tonic brewer and artisanal forager.

  • Drive to Jerusalem

  • Machane Yehuda Market - 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.

  • Check into the hotel

  • Dinner at Hamotzi - 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 (May 26) : Culture Clash? East vs. West v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old City 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

  • Optional: Museum On The Seam or additional Old City Touring - 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.

  • Early Dinner at Studio Arcadia in Ein Karem - Ezra Kedem is deeply 'Yerushalmi'- a Jerusalemite- in his roots and has taken this destiny along with the Iraqi- Jewish kitchens of his mother and grandmother and the experiences he shared with him to create Arcadia Restaurant. Arcadia has been at the forefront of New Israeli Cuisine with Kedem as an innovator and frontrunner in the industry.

  • Break for resting and digesting

  • OPTION 1: Hit the 'Shuk Scene"- Machane Yehuda Market on Thursday night - Night life scene at the market with bar hopping

  • OPTION 2: A Taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world - Late night walk of 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, taste the favorite dishes of the locals, and visit challah bakeries.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
5 - Friday (May 27) : Desert Life v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Drive South

  • Crossroads- Avdat National Park - With Lior co-guiding, explore the desert at the Nabatean Spice Route at Avdat, which is over 2,000 years old. Learn the history of the desert’s significance on the culture and flavors of Israel.

  • Challah baking and lunch at Lasha Bakery - At Lasha Bakery meet Hadas Meir who 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. You’ll have a lunch of salads and bread.

  • Check into hotel, time to relax before dinner

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
6 - Saturday (May 28) : Shabbat Shalom v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Maktesh Ramon Hike

  • Option for Jeep Tour in Makhtesh Ramon - Explore the diverse sections of the Makhtesh- the variety is remarkable and travelling by jeep allows you to see a lot.

  • Time to enjoy the hotel, spa options available

  • Drinks on the porch of Berehseet - Before dinner wine tasting of the unique wines made by wineries in the desert.

  • Poike dinner in the Makhtesh

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast and dinner
7 - Sunday (May 29) : Cultural Diversity v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Desert-Bedouin Medicinal Herbs Encounter - Meet Netaly Kotlovsky and hear about medicinal Bedouin Herbs and their uses

  • Sde Boker Grave of Ben Gurion - Stop at Sde Boker to visit the grave of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • "The Arak Effect" Pure Israeli Cocktail Workshop - 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.

  • Dinner at Pastel Restaurant - This modern brasserie adjacent to the Tel Aviv Art Museum showcases classics cuisine while using fresh local fare with mounds of creativity. The eclectic flavors in the food, the artistic plates, and the impeccable service mix in perfect harmony.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast and dinner
8 - Monday (May 30) : Food and Culture v

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • The Association for Urban Farming - Visit an urban garden in a school for children of Asylum Seekers - 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.

  • 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.

  • Lunch at Ouzeria - Ouzeria is a fun, festive and popular mezze restaurant in the heart of the market. Meet Chef Avivit Priel, who was named Best Female Chef of Tel Aviv in 2017.

  • Fashion Tour - Through a unique interactive tour meet Israel and its culture through fashion. The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity, minorities, immigration, wars, and culture. This tour is really a journey into the exploration of Israeli identity, what it contains and how the collective Israeli identity has changed throughout the years.

  • Free time

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

  • Spicing Meat with Jonathan Borowitz at M25 - One of the top meat restaurants in the city just happens to be this unassuming, tavern-style eatery. Featuring one-of-a-kind Israeli dishes, with fresh meat taking the spotlight, carnivores can rejoice in the deliciously juicy flavors, and a menu that changes daily.”

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
9 - Tuesday (May 31) : Tel Aviv Through the Senses v

Activities:

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Time on the beach

  • Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - The Carmel Market (Shuk 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 start 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.

  • Hashomer - Eat some of the city's best street food in this restaurant in the heart of the Carmel Market.

  • Nahalat Binyamin History, Architecture, and Street Art - Nachalat Binyamin is the most colorful and artistic of the streets of Tel Aviv. Notice the unique architecture that represents the spirit of the 1920’s, and what became of the buildings nearly a century later – deterioration and renovation. The street is a main arena for street art as well, and we will explore some of the key artists and their place in the big city.

  • Surprise Guest Speaker! - Survey the future trends related to food in Israel.

  • Final dinner

  • Depart for airport

Overnight: Depart for airport
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
FAQ
Will our tour include free time? v
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).
What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel? v
At this time it is only possible to enter Israel if you are an Israeli citizen. We are looking forward to the borders being opened and this will only happen once the government of Israel deems its safe to do so. All our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, and take into account social distancing requirements. The State of Israel may have specific requirements including but not limited to proof of a negative COVID-19 test, vaccination and health insurance before a tourist may enter Israel. Check out "How We Keep You Safe During COVID-19" and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter (link), to get the latest updates on traveling policies.
Is it safe to travel in Israel? v
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
How do I know if this tour is suitable for me specifically? v
Our Israel4All tours are fully accessible and are geared to include the widest variety of clients. However, we always suggest speaking to us, so we can iron out some details before going ahead and booking your trip. Also, usually this trip sells out quick and allows us to "multiply" the trip, and group according to abilities and points of interest. Have a question? Give us a call, text us, or schedule a Zoom session to have a talk with one of our reps. We promise we don't bite - and there are no strings attached! Contact Us
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Cancellation Policy

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

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
The cancellation policies are applicable to guaranteed departures, FIT (non-group) and group bookings.
Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellations must be made in writing.

Testimonials
“This was my first time to Israel and it was truly an incredible way to experience everything this beautiful place has to offer. We focused mostly on culinary tours in markets, and our tour guide Orit know everything and was so organized getting us from place to place so we wouldn't miss anything. She even was able to make adjustments on the spot when things didn't go exactly as planned, and the whole trip felt very smooth for us- we didn't have to worry about anything! We also somehow managed to eat 3 dinners a night, there is no shortage of delicious food to taste. We learned so much from our guide and she had the best advice for where to explore in our free time. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and experience the cultures in a whole new way. Can't wait to come back! ”
Meredith
2020
“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
What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide (title) v
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide (text)
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Hotels throughout the trip v
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Meals as listed in the itinerary v
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