Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
23-02 June 2022
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Monday (May 23) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Gather together at meeting place TBD - Begin your journey by travelling north

  • Rooting-At the Bird Mosaic in Caesarea begin your trip with a Seven Species "seder" - Place yourselves in the elements that are native to the land. Through tasting, learning and experiencing the Seven Species with the mosaic as a backdrop, consider the role of the natural landscape on influencing the cultural complexities of the country today. 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.

  • Option- Short dance performance at the Mosaic

  • Toast the trip at Kishor Winery - Kishor Winery is located in Kishorit, a village for adults with special needs. The members of the community enjoy a full life, including meaningful employment. In conjunction with the professional staff, the members take an active part in the grape cultivation, bottling, and marketing of the wines. The Visitors’ Center also employs Kishorit members who host guests, interact with members of the general community, and give guided tours.

  • Check into the hotel

  • Dinner at the beautiful home of Chef Gadi Elias

  • North- Kfar Blum Hotel

Overnight: North- Kfar Blum Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Tuesday (May 24) : The Cultural Mosaic of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Akko - Akko is an ancient port city built and influenced by the Crusaders, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and the British. The Acre Crusader City was built during the 12th century and destroyed in 1291 when the Mamluks conquered Acre and built their own city on the Crusader ruins.

  • Start with the city's Tunisian Synagogue - The Ohr Torah Tunisan 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.

  • Tour Akko - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old City of Akko, or Acre, has been lived in continuously for 4,000 years.

  • Tour the market with the women of Beit Elfarasha - At Beit Elfarasha meet the true gems of the city, the local women. This program empowers women of Akko through cooking workshops and gives visitors to the Old City of Akko

  • Continue with a cooking workshop and lunch at Beit Elfarasha

  • Try your hand at stone carving with local stone artist Saleem

  • The International Dance Village, home to the internationally-acclaimed Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company - A visit to the International Dance Village offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of dancers and teaches the visitor about the secrets of excellence, cooperative work, community and support, sense of purpose, and fulfillment of dreams.

  • Or stop at the Open Museum at Tefen - The Open Museum is located in the Tefen Industrial Park, at the heart of the Western Galilee. The park was founded in 1985 by the industrialist Stef Wertheimer; its success led to the foundation of four additional parks at Tel-Hai in the Galilee panhandle, at Omer in the Negev, at Lavon in the vicinity of Tefen and at Dalton in the Galilee. Together, the museums represent Wertheimer's approach – which supports creative endeavors both in industry and in culture, art and education.

  • 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.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • North-Kfar Blum Hotel

Overnight: North-Kfar Blum Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Wednesday (May 25) : Where it All Began

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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.

  • Continut to Mishkan LeOmanut, Ein Harod - Mishkan Museum of Art started out in 1937 as an “Art Corner” in a small wooden shack used as the atelier of Kibbutz Ein Harod member, the painter Haim Atar (1902-1953) – the museum’s visionary and founder. In 1948, the first section of the permanent building now called Mishkan or Home for Art was opened.

  • Meet member of the Tarbut Movement - The Culture Movement is a group of young artists and educators from across Israel devoted to social change, community revival and the creation of local and original culture. They hope to reduce social gaps, renewal of local solidarity and making Israel a better place – one brushstroke at a time. The young artists promote cultural "during-school" and "after-school" activities for youth, local art groups for adults and seniors and many other unique projects in the social and geographical periphery of Israel.

  • Sustainable Eating with Uri Mayer Chizzik - 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.

  • On the way to Jerusalem stop at the Mosaic Museum at the Inn of The Good Samaritan-National park - The museum showcases a large and fascinating collection of ancient mosaics unparalleled in Israel. The spectacular mosaics, dating from the Byzantine period (fourth–seventh centuries) were collected from churches and Jewish and Samaritan synagogues throughout Judea and Samaria and from the synagogue in Gaza. The mosaics illustrate the cultural, artistic and religious concepts of Jews, Samaritans and Christians who lived side by side in the Land of Israel during the period of the Mishnah and the Talmud.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into the hotel

  • Art and Culinary Meal

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Thursday (May 26) : Zoom In

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • To see Jerusalem in depth and close up, tour Jerusalem's Old City with photographer and guide Simon Beni - The tour combines visits to historical sites with a workshop in photography. Walk down the alleys and explore hidden corners while learning to create good compositions with the ambient light.

  • Continue to the 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.

  • 'Shtisel' Tours - 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.

  • Meet the Jerusalem Food Rescuers - Metzilot Mazon, the Jerusalem Food Rescuers, aims to create a more Just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Working with the wholesale market, they 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.

  • Short tour of Machane 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. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers. After dinner you'll have more time to experience the Thursday nightlife at the 'shuk'.

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tastings throughout the day

5 - Friday (May 27) : Melting Pot or Tossed Salad?

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Challah Baking

  • The Revival of Mizrahi Culture-workshop with a focus on music - Mekudeshet is an award-winning, 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.

  • Free time and prepare for Shabbat - Lunch on your own

  • Lekha Dodi Likrat Kallah- Welcoming remarks towards our Melton Shabbat Celebration

  • Candle-lighting and Evening Service

  • Traditional dinner: Se'udat Shabbat with both programs - Group discussion and reflections

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Saturday (May 28) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning Services at Synagogue(s) of choice

  • A Look at the Weekly Torah Portion, closing the Book of Leviticus - A Look at the Weekly Torah Portion, closing the Book of Leviticus

  • 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.

  • The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai or Along King David Street: Three Buildings, Three Faiths, Three Agendas

  • Se'udah Shlisheet - late afternoon snack and schmooze

  • Dinner and evening on your own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Sunday (May 29) : Hazan et Hakol

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Kaima Organic Farm - Through volunteering, understand some of the challenges Israel faces and take a small role in addressing these challenges. At Kaima Farm pick vegetables and help prepare lunch using the farm’s produce to serve to the youth who are changing their lives through their work at the farm.

  • The Lives and Recipes of Beit Shemesh-Mate Yehuda Women - 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.

  • Wine-tasting at Tzora Vineyards - Visit Tzora Winery, a small boutique winery located on Kibbutz Tzora near Beit Shemesh. The winemaker holds the title “Master of Wine.” He is an experienced agronomist and vintner, and is involved in the entire process, from growing and tending the vines, to the harvesting and winemaking, to produce fine wines.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • 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. Tour the center, meet with one of the founders, food critic Ronit Vered, and eat dinner.

  • Tel Aviv- Royal Beach

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

8 - Monday (May 30) : The Tel Aviv Art Scene

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Activities:

  • Morning yoga option

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art with Shirel Horowitz - 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?

  • Meet some of the artists featured in the Zoom series

  • Hatikva Market Tasting tour lunch - Hatikvah Market is a lesser-known gem. Since the market's renovation it has become a joyful, colorful place. Many say this is Tel Aviv's best market for variety, price, people-watching, and authenticity. The Hatikva Market was built in the mid-1930s as a response to the Arab Revolt, when residents of the village of Salama stopped coming to the neighborhood to sell their goods. What began with a few produce stalls put up by local residents of Iraqi, Yemeni, Syrian and Iranian background grew into a sprawling market spread out along the triangle of Ha’Etzel, Hahagana and Hatikva Streets.

  • Continuing with Shirel, visit galleries in Kiryat Ham'lacha - Kiryat Ham'lacha is a former industrial zone. Since the factories closed or moved out, many artists, designers, musicians, dancers, street artists and small business are now the heart of the neighborhood.

  • OR take a Bauhaus tour - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”

  • Dinner on your own - Reservations will be made at several restaurants for you to choose from.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Tasting tour lunch

9 - Tuesday (May 31) : Culture as Social Change

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • YouMake ReMake with Renana Raz - Renana Raz, a leading voice in the young generation of Israeli choreographers pursuing various artistic genres. Renana’s ongoing project and brainchild is YouMake ReMake which challenges us to think about how we view the world. Renana emphasizes how her experience living in Israel has informed and guided her creativity throughout her career.

  • Visit and Workshop at Kite Pride - KitePride creates functional bags from used high quality upcycled fabrics in order to provide jobs to women and men exiting human trafficking and prostitution. In addition to learning about KitePride’s amazing work, Design your own one-of-a-kind bag and be part of the SOCIAL + ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

  • Visit Kuchinate together with Julie Fisher - Your visit to Kuchinate African Refugee Women’s Cooperative will include a coffee ceremony and tour 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.

  • 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.

  • Free time

  • Option-Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - 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.

  • Dinner at Malka restaurant - Malka is Eyal Shani's only Kosher restaurant and on top of being an excellent place to eat, the restaurant works with Elem, an association training youth at risk to work in the restaurant industry.

  • Tel Aviv- Royal Beach

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

10 - Wednesday (June 1) : Taking it to the Streets

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Untold Jaffa Tour of the Ajami Neighborhood, Jaffa - 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.

  • The Evolution of Israeli Street Food with Amit Aharonson and Bentzi Arbel - Explore the seven species of Israeli street food “hopping” between street food restaurants.

  • Visit 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.

  • 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 on your own

  • Tel Aviv- Royal Beach

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

11 - Thursday (June 2) : Taking it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Graffiti Tour - Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti tour. Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • 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.

  • Creative Workshop with Kol HaOt - Now is your opportunity to reflect on the time you’ve spent in Israel and to share the experiences, sites, and people you’ll want to remember most after you’ve returned home. With the "Kol HaOt" team, we will explore the personal meaning of Israel using colors and symbols to give ourselves and our fellow participants a visual picture of what this journey meant to us

  • Trip Reflections

  • Final Dinner with Wrestling Group

  • TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO BEN GURION AIRPORT FOR ALL THOSE FLYING ON THURSDAY NIGHT ON FLIGHTS FROM 11 P.M. ON.

Overnight: TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO BEN GURION AIRPORT FOR ALL THOSE FLYING ON THURSDAY NIGHT ON FLIGHTS FROM 11 P.M. ON.
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting Tour Levinsky Market

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.

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