Food & wine tours

Israel has more than 2500 years of wine making history. There are over 300 wineries, from boutique to large scale. Moreover, with so many different climates represented in such a small country, it is easy to go from one wine growing region to another with very little travel time. Combine this with visits to goat farms, ethnic market tours, a diverse array of cooking workshops with local chefs, meals in excellent restaurants, and you have the recipe for a great culinary & wine tour.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Israel

Meet at hotel in Tel Aviv.
“What is Israeli Cuisine?” – Introductory lecture by Janna Gur, leading Israeli food writer
Dinner at Liliyot Restaurant – Liliyot is an excellent restaurant with a social agenda: Every year Liliyot Restaurant trains and employs 15 high school drop-outs, who receive instruction, supervision and employment for a period of up to a year and a half. Prior to dinner, a member of the Liliyot staff will meet with the group and discuss the restaurant’s social action initiative.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 2: if there is no flour, there is no Torah

Breakfast at the hotel.
Overview of Jaffa and Tel Aviv from the highest point in Jaffa
Bread and Butter Tour-A unique tour of Jaffa, emphasizing the role of bread in the traditions and texts of Judaism, Islam and Christianity - As we are told in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), “if there is no flour (sustenance), there is no Torah.”
Lunch on your own in the colorful Jaffa Flea Market, full of hip restaurants and boutique stores, side by side with Jaffa’s historic flea market.
At a local wine bar, learn about Israeli Wine from David Rhodes, writer of Israel’s wine blog in English.
Dinner on your own in Tel Aviv- list of popular restaurants will be provided.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 3: A Taste of the Desert

Breakfast at the hotel.
Travel south toward the Egyptian border for a visit to the Salad Trail. Pick vegetables grown with the help of ground-breaking agronomic technology.
Dine with the locals in Ofakim. Enjoy a traditional North African meal in the home of a local resident. Learn about the food, the music, and the culture.
Visit a leading Negev winery. Learn about the return of viniculture to the desert.
Return to Tel Aviv
(Possible visit to Seattle partnership community of Kiryat Melachi).

Evening On Own: Options include:
Enjoy a traditional Yemenite meal in Tel Aviv’s famed Yemenite Quarter OR Dancing Camel Brewery in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 4: Israel’s Culinary Capital

Breakfast at the hotel.

On top of Dizengoff Center see the Green in the City project which uses hydroponics to grow super-fresh vegetables for local restaurants and brings green education to Tel Aviv’s school children.
Discuss the Life and legacy of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin at Rabin Square
Levinsky Market Tasting and Tour with Inbal Baum of Delicious Israel. Gourmet restaurant chefs frequent Levinsky Street for fresh spices, dried fruits and store-roasted coffees, as well as olive oils and deli goods. On this tour we will graze the market from top to bottom, all the while meeting the grandfathers and sons working side by side to tell a story of Israel’s ethnic and culinary history.
Nahalat Binyamin crafts fair in Tel Aviv. Have some time to roam around the, see the beautiful wears (many handmade), and enjoy the street entertainment.
Kabbalat Shabbat with Beit Tefilla Yisraeli.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 5: Tel Aviv

Breakfast at the hotel.
Walking tour of Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus district.
Lunch at hotel.
Afternoon options:Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israeli Dancing on the beach, Free time, Group Havdalah and Dinner on your own (recommendations provided)

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 6: Delicious Diversity

Breakfast at the hotel.

Leket – at the Leket headquarters in Raanana learn about the important work Leket is doing for Food Justice in Israel.
Visit Syndiana women’s empowerment project at the Arab village of Kfar Kama. Taste the olive oil produced by local women and learn about their crafts.
Participate in a “Galileat” workshop. Learn from a Druze or Arab cook how to make some of her specialties, then actually make the meal and enjoy the yummy results. The recipes will be given or sent to you after the workshop. This is a very special experience!
Gain a greater understanding of the historical and strategic significance of Israel’s north at the Gadot Lookout Point.
Enjoy a scotch tasting experience at the new Golan Heights Distillery, the first Israeli whisky distillery.

Dinner at Dubrovin Farm Restaurant in the Golan Heights.

Overnight: North

Day 7: Feeding the Spirit

Breakfast at the hotel.
Tour the “Capital of Kabbalah,” the city of Safed. Visit its 16th century synagogues and its artists’ quarter.
Visit the Sea of Galilee and the city of Tiberius. Enjoy a lunch of local fish.
Participate in a chocolate workshop at Galita, on Kibbutz Kinneret.
Join the Eating Locally workshop with Uri Mayer Chizzik in Emek HaMayanot – knowing the origins of the our food is easy and it is also crucial for leading a healthier life style. Israel’s top advocate and researcher of local food shows how to apply the important essentials tto our kitchen and eating habits. Will include an experience of “foraging.”
Travel to Jerusalem, stopping at Haas Promenade for a spectacular overview of Jerusalem.
Dinner at Moroccan Restaurant.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 8: Classic Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel.
Tour the Old City’s Jewish Quarter. Visit the Western Wall and the Cardo.
Treat yourself to a falafel lunch in the Arab or Christian Quarter of the Old City- find out what you guide thinks is Jerusalem’s best falafel.
Yad Vashem- visit Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust.
Meet Well-Known Chef Assaf Granit.
Take a tasting tour of the Machane Yehuda Shuk (Jerusalem’s fabulous outdoor produce market) with a foodie who will focus in spices used in Israeli food of all ethnicities.
Dinner at Eucalyptus restaurant, with a menu based on native foods of Israel with Chef Moshe Basson.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 9: Safe Travels

Breakfast at the hotel.
A wine tour of the Jerusalem hills, home to a variety of fine small and boutique wineries. Visit three of the best, where you will be able to sample and learn about the wines. Tour will be conducted by a wine connoisseur, and you will also have the opportunity to meet with one of the vintners.
Between the wineries, visit a cheese-making farm, including a half-hour hands-on experience. Enjoy lunch at the farm.
Tour the Biblical Landscape park of Neot Kedumim with a focus on the Seven Species mentioned in the Bible.
Final dinner at Neot Kedumim.

Transfer to the airport for departure.

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