Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
06-14 November 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Join a special culinary experience with all the flavor and the spices of Israel. Wine and Dine throughout the country. Meet creative chefs, toast with world-renewed winemakers and explore the culinary scene as you stroll the streets of Jerusalem, Levinsky markets of Tel Aviv, and the unique Negev Desert/Golan Heights.

Highlights

Participate in Food Talks and Culinary Workshops led by top experts
Wine Tasting at Boutique Wineries on the Judean Hills and the Golan Heights
Under-a-million-stars Bedouin desert dinner ...Not to be missed !
Breathe, Smell, Taste the colorful market at the City that Never Sleeps.

Itinerary

1 - Sunday (November 6) : Welcome to Israel - Bruchim Ha'Baim

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Activities:

  • VIP Arrival at Ben Gurion airport - Your VIP agent will be waiting to greet you at the sleeve of the plane. After assisting with arrival procedures and collecting your baggage you will be taken to meet your driver.

  • Travel to Jerusalem

  • The Israeli Menu - Dine, Wine and Talk on Israeli Cuisine with expert

  • Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Monday (November 7) : Jerusalem: Where Three Religion Meets

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Old City Tasting Tour - Since the 19th century Jerusalem's Old City has traditionally been divided into four quarters; Jewish, Christian, Moslem and Armenian. Walk through the 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, combine the senses of smell, taste, and sound

  • 'Shtisel' Tour - Encounters outside the box - 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.

  • Dinner at a restaurant. TBD

  • Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Old City Culinary tour tasting

3 - Tuesday (November 8) : From All the Corners of the Earth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Tour Nachlaot Neighborhood - Nachlaot is known for its narrow, winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character.

  • Machane Yehuda Market including tastings - 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. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • It's 5 O'clock somewhere .... - At Nachlat Shiva, one of the first neighborhoods to be built outside the Old City walls, we end the day with coffee and cake. Tmol Shilshom is Jerusalemite cultural institution that has hosts the top authors and poets, musicians and artists. .

  • DInner on your own

  • Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Machne Yehuda Market tasting

4 - Wednesday (November 9) : Jerusalem and Hers Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Visit Neot Kedumim - Neot Kedumim is the Biblical Landscape Reserve which is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Neot Kedumim embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that helped shape the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.

  • Winery tour and tasting - Explore the Judean Hills. Discuss the biblical and the historical culture of the area, visit local vineyard and meet winemakers.

  • Early dinner 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.

  • Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Winery tasting at Mate Yehuda

5 - Thursday (November 10) : Southern Option: Desserts for The Desert / Northern Option: From the North the fortune will break forth

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel

  • SOUTHERN OPTION

  • Visit Volcani Center - The Volcani Center, officially named Agricultural Research Organization, plays a central role in Israel’s agricultural innovation eco-system. Established in 1921, before the State of Israel, the Volcani Center is Israel’s national agricultural R&D center which conducts more than 75% of the country’s agricultural research and innovation and has been the driving force behind Israel’s renowned agricultural expertise.

  • Light lunch on route

  • Visit Ramat Negev Agricultural R&D - Ramat Negev R&D focuses on developing advanced agriculture in arid conditions, irrigating with brackish water. After a short explanation visit a greenhouse of unique vegetable varieties.

  • Check in hotel

  • Desert Dinner at Sfinat Hamidbar - Enjoy desert hospitality and dinner in the Bedouin-style tent.

  • SOUTH ISR LODGING - Isrotel Kedma / Mashabim

  • NORTHERN OPTION

  • Agritour at Kibbutz Magal including lunch - Visit Netafim, the world-renown agricultural entrepreneurship (irrigation methods) and Kibbutz Magal’s development of its olive and almond agricultural and production center, a global leader in quality and health. As we hear from the experts on the growing process and production, we will taste a variety of olive oils. We conclude the tour having lunch at the Kibbutz's main dinning hall.

  • Visit 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.

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner at a restaurant in the area - TBA

  • NORTH ISR LODGING - HaBayit BaGalil

Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Friday (November 11) : A Desert Road, A Wine Route ....

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • SOUTHERN OPTION

  • Visit Orlyya Farm - Orliyaa Farm is named after the Goddess of love, Aphrodite, who represents feminine power and wisdom.
    Located a short drive from the ancient Nabbatean settlement of Avdat, Orlyya focuses on agriculture, particularly cultivating oil from the Argan tree – a great flavor enhancer in countless dishes and a wonderful ingredient for
    cosmetic.

  • Visit Naot Desert Farm including cheese tasting - 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.

  • Welcome Shabbat

  • Shabbat Dinner at hotel

  • SOUTH ISR LODGING - Isrotel Kedma / Mashabim

  • NORTHERN OPTION

  • Golan Heights - Explore the Golan Heights by Jeep or ATV. Learn about the recent history of the region and explore the issues that have confronted Israel during the civil war in Syria. Stop at Har Bental, an extinct volcano and an army stronghold.

  • 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.

  • Druze home hospitality including knafe-making workshop - Visit one of the Druze villages on the Golan Heights. The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, an ancient tradition, and enjoy a knafe-making workshop.

  • Welcome Shabbat

  • Dinner at a restaurant - TBA

  • NORTH ISR LODGING - HaBayit BaGalil

Overnight: NORTH ISR LODGING
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Lone Farms tasting / Wine tasting at Assaf Winery

7 - Saturday (November 12) : Shabbat is Family

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check out and depart hotel for Yeruham

  • SOUTHERN OPTIONS

  • Mount Avnon - The Negev craters are a unique natural phenomenon in terms of how they were created, some say approximately 100 million years ago. Take a short hike to the peak of the mountain to enjoy spectacular panoramic view over Yerucham Crater.

  • Shabbat Brunch by Yeruham Lake - It isn't Shabbat without Mom's cooking ... Enjoy home-made Shabbat brunch cooked by Yerucham Cooks.

  • NORTHEREN OPTION

  • Hike Mount Arbel

  • Hike Mount Arbel followed by Shabbat Brunch - In the Mt. Arbel National Park take in the dramatic cliffs of the mountain and visit the ancient Arbel Synagogue dating back to the Second Temple Period. Learn about Jewish settlement during this period and contemplate why the synagogue has the only ‘ark’ in the world that does not face Jerusalem.
    But It isn't Shabbat without Mom's cooking ... Enjoy home-made Shabbat brunch cooked by Hatzor HaGlilit Cooks

  • Drive to Jaffa

  • Old Jaffa - Tour Old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. This is the port from which prophet Jonah attempted to escape the word of God (Jonah 1:3). For centuries, the port of Jaffa was the gateway to the Land of Israel. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's much younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality already 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.
    On a walk through Jaffa, discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archaeological discoveries. Discover which Jewish and Christian stories took place in the city.

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner in Old Jaffa

  • Rothschild 65 Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Rothschild 65 Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Shabbat Brunch

8 - Sunday (November 13) : Tel-Aviv Ingredients

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Culinary tour at 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.

  • Street Art & Street Food - Graffiti tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin, and experience fun and artistic freedom. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world. We conclude the street experience with a real Tel Avivian street lunch

  • Whiskey workshop - It's time to drink ....whiskey workshop at Milk & Honey Whiskey Distillery

  • Rothschild 65 Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Rothschild 65 Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Levinsky Market tasting

9 - Monday (November 14) : From Start of A Nation to Start-Up Nation

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Neve Tzedek Walking Tour - Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa and currently one of the most beautiful and desired locations in Tel Aviv. It was built by some of the dignitaries of the old Jewish community of Jaffa in 1887. They were looking to head out of the ever-growing and over-crowded Jaffa, to build what was considered back than modern and comfortable housing. In recent years, after a period of neglect, the neighborhood was resorted and became a trendy fun beautiful part of the city and a good place to try some Israeli Gelato!

  • Rothschild Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv 110 years ago. In the heart of the “White City”, it is lined with Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, the Bauhaus style, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been beautifully restored and now house the offices of financial institutions, creative firms, cafes and luxury residences.

  • Lunch en route, on your own

  • Technology, Team, and "Taste" - Meet the next generation of Israeli food tech start-ups

  • Closing dinner - TBA

  • Departure for Ben Gurion Airport

  • VIP assistance at the airport

Overnight: VIP assistance at the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

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 Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – 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.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (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.

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.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English-speaking tour guide (as indicated) v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
PCR testing (when required) v
Serological testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers 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

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