Wine and Culinary Tour

Savor a multisensory experience in the country recognized internationally as a rising winemaking star
7 days
Israel
Sample itinerary

A melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, Israel offers travelers on this trip a culinary exploration and a fresh perspective on its nexus of tradition and innovation. Food and wine enthusiasts savor a rich culinary scene, from fine dining in Tel Aviv’s world-famous restaurants, to street vendors and markets in Jerusalem, intimate family-run restaurants, and over 300 wineries that dot the country. Setting time aside to visit Israel’s must-see sites, travelers discover the tastes, scents and sounds of the Israeli kitchen, diverse and inventive as its people.

Highlights

  • Participate in hands- on cooking workshops
  • Explore Israel’s open markets with local foodies
  • Join a Jerusalem family for a traditional Shabbat dinner in their home
  • Taste award winning wines in local wineries
  • Participate in fruit picking in the Golan Heights

 

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Day One: Sunday 

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, meet your guide and proceed to Tel Aviv
  • Enjoy dinner at one of Tel Aviv’s famous chef restaurants

 


Day Two: Monday

  • Tour the Levinsky Market accompanied by foodie Inbal Baum, graze the market from top to bottom, and learn about Israel’s ethnic and culinary history from grandfathers and sons working side by side
  • Meet Guy Sharett for a three-part excursion:
    • Kick off with a tour of ShukHaCarmel, where Guy will introduce a selection of treats and his favorite vendors
    • Transform these ingredients into classic Israeli dishes during a hands-on cooking class taught by Nomi Zysblat, a professional cook and musician, in her Bauhaus-style apartment
    • Sit down to lunch to enjoy the results
  • Wander through Old Jaffa at your free time. Don’t miss the famous Clock Tower, the flea market, the designer stores, the galleries and the Old Port
  • Visit Sarona, a 140-year-old German Templer colony, that has been converted into a complex of restaurants and shops. Enjoy dinner in one of the fashionable restaurants
  • Join Guy Haran, the Wine Man, on a late night tour to see Tel Aviv’s wine bars

Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel

 


Day Three: Tuesday 

  • Proceed north along the Mediterranean Coast to the Galilee– “Israel’s Provence”
  • Join a guided tour through the Arrabe Village market for a close look at the wild greens that are used in Galilee cooking
  • Participate in a cooking session in Arrabe
  • Continue to a Buna Coffee ceremony and traditional Ethiopian bread baking at Evran
  • Learn how to produce Arak in Moshav Goren with a former officer of the South Lebanese Liberation Army
  • Enjoy winetasting at the Or Ganuz Haredi winery

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Spa Hotel

 


 Day Four: Wednesday 

  • Drive in ATV’s to the Mt. Ben Tal Observation point overlooking the border with Syria
  • Join in fruit picking in the orchards of the Golan Heights
  • Participate in a chocolate making workshop at Kibbutz Ein Zivan
  • Continue to winetasting at the Pelter Winery, fast becoming a major player in the fine wines market of Israel
  • Drive south along the Jordan Valley towards Jerusalem
  • Arrive in Jerusalem at Mt Scopus for a panoramic view of the city
  • Dine at Machneyuda, a restaurant designed so that every table has eye contact with the kitchen for an interactive experience

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

 


Day Five: Thursday

  • Enjoy a private masterclass on preparing the perfect Challa- traditional sabbath bread, at an local home bakery
  • Tour the Machney Yehuda market bakeries with a behind the scenes peek at how the different local breads and pastries are made
  • Meet with Tali Friedman, Jerusalem chef. Shop with Tali in the Machney Yehuda Market, and then cook in her rooftop apartment
  • Learn about Israeli wines at the Mamilla Hotel Wine Bar with the sommelier

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

 


Day Six: Friday

  • Walk through the ancient terraces of the Jerusalem hills and visit Shai Zeltzer and his family in their cheese farm
  • Visit the Castel winery, one of the oldest boutique wineries in Israel
  • Explore the intricacies of Kurdish cooking at Moshav Srigim
  • Join thousands of Jerusalem residents greeting the Sabbath at the Western Wall
  • Participate in a traditional Shabbat dinner at the home of a Jerusalem family

Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel

 


Day Seven: Saturday

  • Tour the the Old City of Jerusalem
    • Visit some of the landmarked humus restaurants only known to the locals
    • Experience some of the traditional foods and the Arabic coffee
    • Visit a Tehina factory run by a family that still use traditional methods
  • Drive to Rama’s Kitchen, a thriving culinary landmark and ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the breathtaking landscape of the Judean Hills and the coastal lowlands
  • Late departure to the airport for the flight home

 

*Itinerary is subject to change pending circumstances beyond our control*

 

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