Price range
From 4800$ per person
Upcoming Date
18-28 October 2021
Tour Time
11 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join us for an unrivaled, immersive adventure on the Israeli Culinary Innovation and Values Trip. Meet Israeli cooks in their own homes as well as innovative Israeli chefs. Savor flavorful food at restaurants, colorful street food vendors, lively markets, quality wineries, inventive cheese makers, boutique farms, and even ancient olive presses. Participate in hands-on culinary experiences in kitchens and homes. Meet and converse with key players of Israel’s dynamic food scene in intimate settings. Sample the best of Israel’s constantly evolving, rich and delicious culinary landscape.

Highlights

Visit from the Spice Master - Lior Lev Serkarz
Trips loaded with Israeli culture
Chances to meet real Israelis in their homes
Focus on supporting Israeli entrepreneurship
New sensations for your tastebuds
Single Supplement $1750

Itinerary

1 - Monday (October 18) : Hamotzi Lehem min Haaretz- Bringing Forth Bread from the Earth

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion airport - Our welcoming host will be waiting to greet you at the incoming hall at Ben Gurion Airport

  • Tulip Winery - At the Tulip Winery begin the trip with Hamotzi and Shehehiyanu. With hamotzi we set the stage for the trip and acknowledge the source of our food and the godliness inherent in our ability to literally ‘bring forth bread from the earth.’ Tulip Winery integrates the production of quality wines with social responsibility in Kfar Tikva, a small pastoral settlement whose population consists of people with special needs. Tulip aspires to enable members of the community to develop and realize their potential through working in the winery.

  • What is Israeli Cuisine? - Meet Avihai Tsabari, founder of Via Sabra, who will open the trip with a conversation: "What makes Israel a unique culinary story?"

  • Dinner at 1910 Restaurant

  • Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel - North

Overnight: Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel
Meal Plan: Dinner

2 - Tuesday (October 19) : Raw Ingredients

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Rish Lakish - Olive picking followed by a visit to Reish Lakish, a family-owned olive oil press. Meet the family, see the process of making olive oil, and eat a delicious lunch using products of the press and garden.

  • Jezre’el Valley Winery - In a land of some 300 boutique wineries, it took a high-tech entrepreneur, an organic landscape architect and a branding designer to come up with a new concept for their wine venture. Meet with Jacob Ner David a successful serial entrepreneur in technology based start-ups who made a dream come true and continues to infuse out-of-the box thinking into the DNA of the winery.

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

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

  • Druze Home Hospitality - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel - North

Overnight: Overnight: Ramot Resort Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

3 - Wednesday (October 20) : The Multicultural Tapestry of the Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Travel to Akko with a stop to sample goat cheese

  • Hanoked Cheese - Cheesemaker Danny Barzilai opened this boutique cheese farm after being inspired in his agricultural high school by his work with goats. After learning cheesemaking in France and exploring cheese all over the world, he brought his knowledge to create exceptional goat cheeses in the Galilee.

  • 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.

  • Lunch at Uri Buri - For the past 20 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Akko - On a peninsula that pokes out into the Mediterranean, Akko invites visitors with towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, timeless synagogues, slender minarets, church towers, secret passage ways and subterranean vaults. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history. Explore the subterranean Crusader fortress including a tunnel that extends from the fortress to the port.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Hatzot - Dinner at Hatzot, which is a part of Jerusalem’s history. Two brothers, Abraham and Michael Ajami founded this landmark family restaurant in 1970. Located on Agripas Street between the Machne Yehuda Market and Nachlaot, one of the older neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Legend has it that Meurav Yerushalmi - the favorite Israeli mixed grill dish - was born at Hatzot Restaurant.

  • Overnight: Mamilla

Overnight: Overnight: Mamilla
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

4 - Thursday (October 21) : The Migration of the Market

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tastes of Jerusalem tour - Experience Jerusalem’s Old City in a unique way through a Tastes of Jerusalem tour. Tour traditional and off-the-beaten track sites and winding alleyways in the Old City of Jerusalem while stopping for tastes of Jerusalem delicacies such as the famous etrog juice, a Jerusalem beigele, humus at Lina’s, baklava, k’nafae…

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

  • Via Sabra Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour - In this legendary marketplace explore what we mean by Israeli Cuisine.

  • "Shtisel" encounter - 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.

  • Overnight: Mamilla - Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Mamilla
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

5 - Friday (October 22) : Culinary Social Entrepreneurship

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

  • Return to Jerusalem to rest and prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat options- as a group or with a local congregation

  • Shabbat Dinner - Gather together for Shabbat dinner and host some of Israel's Lone Soldiers.

  • Overnight: Mamilla - Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Mamilla
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

6 - Saturday (October 23) : Shabbat Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Sataf - Explore the Jerusalem Hills at the beautiful Sataf forest for a hike through the area. The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites. If it’s warm enough, there’s even an option to take a dip in some of the natural springs

  • Seahorse Winery - The Seahorse winery is a small operation and is one of the better places to get to know the Judean Hills' terroir. Zeev Dunie, a filmmaker turned winemaker, has pioneered coaxing authentic Mediterranean flavors from unusual grapes.

  • Shabbat Brunch - 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.
    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.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Dinner and evening on your own

  • Overnight: Mamilla - Jerusalem

Overnight: Overnight: Mamilla
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

7 - Sunday (October 24) : Desert Dreams and Miracles

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart Jerusalem and drive South

  • Kehillot Bnei Makom in Rahat - Drive to Rahat to meet the young adults participating in Kehillot Bnei Makom, a pioneering JDC supported initiative led by the Centers for Young Adults. The center grooms cadres of young leaders in the periphery of Israel and you’ll meet the members of Rahat Bnei Makom through a culinary experience.

  • Hashomer Hachadash - Visit a project of HaShomer HaHadash, which takes responsibility for safeguarding Israel’s lands through agriculture, forestry, and education.

  • Avdat National Park - 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.

  • Kerem Ramon - Wine tasting at the Kerem Ramon Winery whose wines are produced from top-quality grapes that come from organic vineyards and cared for entirely by human hands- no mechanical machines are used.

  • Check into the hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Overnight: Beresheet - South

Overnight: Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

8 - Monday (October 25) : “In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name”

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Maktesh Ramon hike and meditation

  • Jeep Tour in Mitzpe Ramon - From the top of the Atzmaut Ascent and descend into the Makhtesh and cross to Wadi Ramon. Continue to the summit of Mt. Gvanim which offers a stunning view of the entire Makhtesh and from there along Wadi Gvanim then continue to the Ein Sahronim spring and the nearby Nabatean ruins. During the jeep tour you will have time to hike various parts of the crater.

  • Lasha Bakery - Bringing Forth Bread from the Earth- taking Israel’s abundance back to our homes

  • Free time at Beresheet

  • Dinner and "Kumzitz" under the stars

  • Overnight: Beresheet - South

Overnight: Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

9 - Tuesday (October 26) : Partnership

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Sde Boker Grave of Ben Gurion - 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 Ashkelon to have coffee and cake at Gvanim BaCafe, - Gvanim BaCafe is a JDC supported café operated by people with mental illness. Speak to the manager and head chef and learn how trauma can be transformed into positive action

  • Continue to Rehovot

  • Visit Partnership projects

  • Dinner in Rehovot with your partners

  • Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

10 - Wednesday (October 27) : Food Justice

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Pesia's Kitchen over breakfast - Breakfast with Gideon Ben Ami, founder of Pesia’s Kitchen. Pesia’s Kitchen, founded in 2011, focuses on rescuing nutritious, freshly prepared food and delivering it to those who need it most. They believe that no food should go to waste when there are so many people living in chronic hunger. For each person in the group, an additional meal will be purchased and donated through Gideon.

  • 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.

  • On your way to Kfar Malal, have a lunch of street food in Hod HaSharon- eat at Sabich HaSharon and Falafel Kaduri, considered some of the best in Israel.

  • Yevulim Farm - Visit the Yevulim Farm in Kfar Malal where developmentally disabled adults learn gardening, farming and cooking and develop skills for successful employment and independent living. Through the work at the farm they grow self-confidence, social skills, and optimism. A JDC supported program.

  • Art Gallery or Fashion Tour

  • Mashya - Dinner at Mashya, the epitome of Israeli food.

  • Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv

Overnight: Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

11 - Thursday (October 28) : Bringing Israel Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Graffiti Tour - Explore Florentine on 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.

  • Battae Ethiopian Heritage Center - The Battae center serves as a place for guests to explore and appreciate the story of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Visitors learn about traditional Ethiopian heritage through food, photography, art, music, dancing, and most importantly from hearing our stories.

  • Ronit Vered - Together with Ronit Vered, an Israeli food writer, editor and cook book author and an expert on Israeli and Jewish cuisine, survey the future trends related to food in Israel.
    Together with Ronit Vered, an Israeli food writer, editor and cookbook author and an expert on Israeli and Jewish cuisine, survey the future trends related to food in Israel and the popularity of street food as you tour the Levinsky Market with Ronit.

  • Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) - Head to Shuk Ha Carmel, the most famous of all Tel Aviv’s marketplaces. In recent years, it’s even joined the ranks of Tel Aviv’s trendy spots for bars, restaurants, coffee shops and chef-owned food stalls.

  • Free time

  • M25 - Dinner at M25 – joining chef Jonathan Borowitz, explore with him his butchery, street food stand and famous restaurant. Go behind the scenes to see what a successful market restaurant looks like.

  • Transfer to the airport

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

FAQ

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.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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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

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

Can this tour accommodate my food restrictions?

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The answer is probably YES! Israel's food is characterized as fresh and mostly plant based. We can accommodate almost any food restriction on our tour, but - please contact us just in case, to get a confirmation!

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

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

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
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Testimonials
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019
“Via Sabra gave us an Israel experience like no other. The bookings, the guides, where we went, everything was a joy, the perfect combination of touring, learning and fun.”
Stephen K
2019
“Our trip with Via Sabra exploring the rich history, culture and food of the Jews from Arab countries was excellent in every respect. It is a side of Israel that most don't see, yet critical to understanding Israel today. Highly recommended!”
Marcia T
2019
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