9-DAY DISCOVERY OF ISRAEL CULTURE THROUGH YOUR TASTEBUDS
Taste and See that The Lord is GOOD! Each day of the culinary expedition is meant to highlight certain elements and recipes of the Israeli food culture. Upon completion of the trip, each participant will receive a book of local ethnic recipes, some taught during workshops, others eaten in local restaurants, all of them waiting to be prepared at home after the trip. This trip can be made completely Kosher, Kosher optional, or not Kosher at all depending on your tradition. Bon Appetite!
Day 1 – Tel Aviv & Jaffa
Welcome to Israel: Old Jaffa and the Mediterranean Sea.Land at Ben Gurion International Airport, transportation to Tel Aviv. Evening walk along the seaside boardwalk with a tour of Jaffa at night.Dinner at local Greek restaurant “Kalamata” for the ultimate Mediterranean culinary experience. Accommodations at our Seaside hotel.
Day 2 – Tel Aviv – Open Markets and the Cafe Culture
Morning activities at Shuk HaCarmel open market, tastings of Israeli delicacies like halva, challah bread, olives & local spices. Neve Tzedek, the first Hebrew neighborhood of Tel Aviv with tastings from a variety of local restaurants for lunch. Afternoon at the Ha-Yarkon Park. Tour of Tel Aviv’s reconstructed old Port with free time to explore coffee shops and gift stores. Dinner at the famous Na La’ga’at, Dark Restaurant. A pitch black restaurant operated by blind servers for the ultimate sensory experience. Accommodations at our Seaside hotel.
Day 3 – Caesarea & Haifa, Northern Cultural Expedition
Breakfast at hotel. Travel to up the Coast to Caesarea for a guided tour of the archeological / biblical site. Continue north to Mukhrakah summit on the Carmel with lunch at a Druze village. Explore Haifa with a visit to the Bahai Gardens and the German Colony.“French cuisine can be Kosher!” cooking workshop and dinner with Chefs Nir and Ran Rosh from the Namal 24 restaurant in Haifa. Accommodations in Haifa
Day 4 – The Western Galilee’s beauty
Breakfast at hotel and Spa treatment. Morning drive to Akko and sail on a private yacht around the ancient walls of the city. Tour of Akko’s open market, smell the fresh spices, taste locally grown and cured olives, browse art and antique galleries & sip strong Turkish coffee. Lunch at the famous local fish restaurant “Uri Buri”. Short hikes through the central Galilee region (options: Mt. Meron and The Rainbow Cave. Private concert with a local instrumental artist. Visit and tour Mitzpeh Ha’Yamim fields and farm. Dinner at Mitzpeh Ha’Yamim. Accommodations at Mizpeh Yamim (spa packages optional and available.
Day 5 – The Northern Border and the Golan Heights
Breakfast at hotel. Jeep tour along the sprawling fields of Israel’s Northern border. Visit and tour Bel Ofri farm and winery with tastings of their wine and cheese. Lunch from local foods raised on the farm. Workshop covering bread baking, cheese and wine making. Chocolate factory tour and workshop (take home goodies for the kids). Drive south through the Jordan Valley. Accommodations and evening at Mt. Gilboa. Dinner by the local Chef Yotam Givol and Chef Nir Margalith.
Day 6 – Heading to Jerusalem
Sunrise walk (optional). Breakfast at the villa. Optional hot air balloon experience over the Jezre’el Valley, includes light beverages, snacks and a return Jeep ride. Visit and tour a vegetable and herb farm, incorporating and cooking local foods into lunch with Chef Nir. Drive up to Jerusalem. Evening tour of the Old City at night. Free time and Dinner in the Old City (reservations and recommendations can be made by our team). Accommodations in Jerusalem.
Day 7 – Jerusalem of Gold
Breakfast at the hotel. Panoramic view of Jerusalem from Mt. Olives’ lookout. Tour through Mishkenot Shananim historic neighborhood for the real stories of Jerusalem. Lunch and free time in the Old Jewish Quarter. Visit the Tower of David and the Western Wall. Explore the underground Western Wall tunnels. Authentic Jerusalem dinner at Ima’s or Eucalyptus Restaurant. Overnight rest in our hotel.
Day 8 – Heading south to the desert
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive south to Masada (Cable car or hiking option available). Short hike along the Makhtesh Ramon desert Crater. Lunch and relaxation. Optional Massage treatments outdoors among the expansive desert views at sunset. Dinner at the exquisite Mitzpeh Ramon hotel. Accommodations at Mizpeh Ramon hotel or Bereshit hotel.
Day 9 – Spices and farms
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive north through the famous Nabate’an Spice Route. Visit the Neot Ha’midbar farm. Lunch at Neot Ha’midbar, locally cured meats, wine, and honey tasting for goodbye. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport. Shalom, thank you for comin. See you next year.
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