Food and Wine Tour, 12 days


Experience Israel through the tastes and the smells: a gastronomic adventure to discover Israel’s multicultural population and unique culture while indulging yourself in a wide palate of flavors.

We’re not joking and this is not a marketing gimmick. It’s real, as you will find out. The food throughout this tour is superior, highest quality and exclusively representing the many different cultures in Israel, eating in their native environment and their restaurants. You not only eat their food, and drink their wine, but you experience their culture too! Not one kind of culture is the same, all of them with it’s own unique charm.


Here we have a breakdown for this tour, day for day.

Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee
Day 3 – Golan Heights
Day 4 – Acre, Haifa
Day 5 – Caesarea, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Day 6 – Jerusalem – Old city
Day 7 – Jerusalem – New City
Day 8 – Negev
Day 9 – Masada, Ein Gedi
Day 10 – Negev, Eilat
Day 11 – Eilat
Day 12 – Departure

What are you going to see?

  • Day 2 – Golan Heights, Talmudic village of Katsrin, Eden Water Mineral Water Plant, Katsrin’s winery, Druze villages of Buk’ata and Mas’ade, Hula Valley, Sea of Galilee, St. Peter’s (tilapia).
  • Day 3 – Hula Nature Reserve, Oforia, Rosh Pina, chocolate factory, Safed (Tzefat), Hameiri Dairy
  • Day 4 – Tsipori National Park (Zippori), Moshav Tsipori, Acre, Knights Halls, Al-Jazaar Mosque, Old City, Haifa, German Templer Colony, , Baha’i Gardens, Carmel National Park
  • Day 5 – Zikhron Ya’akov, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Carmel Market, Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv Port, Jaffa, Yefet Street, fishermen’s port, Neve Tsedek
  • Day 6 – Jerusalem, Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Jewish Quarter, Broad Wall, Ariel, Herodian Mansions, Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, Multimedia Davidson Center, Old City markets
  • Day 7 – Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Children’s Memorial, Hall of Remembrance, Knesset, Supreme Court building, Israel Museum, Dead Sea Scrolls, Mahane Yehuda
  • Day 8 – Eshtaol Forest, Tel Zor’a, Elah Valley, Tel Maresha, Beit Govrin National Park, Arad, Nokdim Farm, Drejat
  • Day 9 – Masada, Ein Gedi National Park
  • Day 10 – Eilat, Negev, Nabatean city of Avdat, Mitspe Ramon, Ramon Crater
  • Day 11 – Netafim Canyon, Red Canyon, Mount Tsefahot, Coral Beach Nature Reserve, underwater observatory, swimming with the dolphins, bird-watching, camel-riding

Price

Price list, 4/5 star hotels
Size group Price P.P.
10 $4,991.61
15 $4,604.34
20 $4,358.06
25 $4,331.60
30 $4,212.87
35 $4,158.14
40 $4,090.78
45 $4,061.78
50 $4,017.52
Price list, suites
Size group Price P.P.
10 $6,966.31
15 $6,485.01
20 $6,050.66
25 $6,024.20
30 $5,811.43
35 $5,770.14
40 $5,642.33
45 $5,629.00
50 $5,540.86

 

General Guidelines and customizations for all of our tours


 

Day 1 – Arrival

AirplaneThis is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.

For those who are arriving in Israel, will be picked up from the airport by the guide and driver from Shalom Israel.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Tel Aviv.

During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so. One stop is for stretching your legs and to be fed real food and drink. That is included in the tour! So, please don’t spend your money on that.

Depending when you all arrive at your hotel, we will start this tour with a special dinner, probably a bit unexpected! We are going to enjoy Chinese food! Yes, they have Chinese food in Israel, and yes, there is a Chinese community in Israel too.


Day 2 – Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee

Places: Golan Heights, Talmudic village of Katsrin, Eden Water Mineral Water Plant, Katsrin’s winery, Druze villages of Buk’ata and Mas’ade, Hula Valley, Sea of Galilee, St. Peter’s (tilapia).

You begin the day with a healthy breakfast. The breakfast for today is a breakfast focused on fruit and yogurts in an exclusive restaurant, together with huge collections of fresh juices.


 

After our breakfast, we begin your gastronomic adventure in Israel in the Golan Heights, which few people know has become a magnet for wine, food and olive-oil connoisseurs. Wine, oil and livestock have been the traditional produce of the Golan for centuries.

Talmudic village of Katsrin
Talmudic village of Katsrin

One of the finest illustrations of this fact is the Talmudic village of Katsrin, where wine- and oil-presses have been discovered, and an oil press is on display and even used.

Katsrin's winery
Katsrin’s winery

After a short tour of the ancient village, you can proceed to the nearby industrial zone to visit the Eden Water Mineral Water Plant and Katsrin’s winery, one of many in the Golan Heights.

 

Drive north through the Druze villages of Buk’ata and Mas’ade, stopping for the special Druze pita bread, cheese and za’atar (The biblical hyssop).

Cheese and za’atar

Cheese and za’atar

Descend from the Golan to the Hula Valley via the headwaters of the Jordan. Due to the abundance of water, the area is dotted with fish ponds. Dinner at a fish restaurant is a great choice in this region, with trout one of the specialties.

Hula Trails
Hula Trails

You can also head down to the Sea of Galilee to enjoy a fish dinner along the lakefront, the local favorite being St. Peter’s (tilapia).

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias.

Dinner today is special, because we are going to eat the food of the Druze!


Day 3 – Golan Heights

Places: Hula Nature Reserve, Oforia, Rosh Pina, chocolate factory, Safed (Tzefat), Hameiri Dairy


This morning we start with pancakes. Be aware, every day of this tour we eat something else; there is no hotel food here in this tour.


Start the day at the Hula Nature Reserve after an amazing, filling breakfast. The reserve has lovely walking trails, including a “floating bridge” over the wetland, and special lookout points where visitors can observe the wild birds.
In the spring of 1994, another stage in the campaign to restore the Hula Valley was completed: the flooding of 250 acres of uncultivated land, located approximately two kilometers north of the Hula Nature Reserve. Visitors can visit the re-flooded area to appreciate nature’s powers.
While at the Hula valley Nature reserve don’t forget to stop at “Oforia,” a spectacular multimedia display that tells the story of the migratory route that crosses the region and the millions of birds that use it.

Rosh Pina
Rosh Pina

Continue to Rosh Pina, one of the first communities established by the early Zionists settlers, for a taste of rural life in the Galilee. Enjoy a meal at in one of the many fine country-style eateries that dot this picturesque community.

Rosh Pina Chocolates
Rosh Pina Chocolates

A special treat is the chocolate factory in the restored part of Rosh Pina, located in the 19th-century one-room school house.

Tzefat
Tzefat

Proceed to Safed (Tzefat), one of the four holy cities in Israel and the home of Lurianic Kabalah (a branch of Jewish mysticism conceived by the 16-century Rabbi Isaac Luria).Stroll along the lanes of Safed’s old city, visiting its many synagogues and its unique artist’s colony.
Visit Hameiri Dairy – The first dairy in the country.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias.

Our dinner tonight is in Safed.


Day 4 – Acre, Haifa

Places: Tsipori National Park (Zippori), Moshav Tsipori, Acre, Knights Halls, Al-Jazaar Mosque, Old City, Haifa, German Templer Colony, , Baha’i Gardens, Carmel National Park


Breakfast today is presented to you in Russian style! Look out, when you don’t say STOP, it keeps on coming …


 

 

Tsipori National Park
Tsipori National Park

Visit Tsipori National Park (Zippori), with its ruins of a Second-Temple era Jewish city, where Judah Hanasi redacted the Mishnah some 1800 years ago.
The beautiful villa, the triclinium dining room and the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee” mosaic floor with its banqueting motifs, suggest that food and wine were important then as now.

Stop at Moshav Tsipori for a taste of their honey and organic olive oil.

Acre food
Acre food

Proceed to Acre. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact both above and below today’s street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom, along with touches of the Ottoman fortified market town Acre was during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Akko or Acre
Akko or Acre

Explore the Knights Halls, the Al-Jazaar Mosque, the bathho?use with its multi-media display, and the new ethnic museum, built right into the rooms of the old wall.
Stroll through the alleys of the Old City, stop in at its spice shops, and taste the local humus and other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delicacies.

Continue to the Port city of Haifa; visit its picturesque German Templer Colony, the Baha’i Gardens and the Carmel National Park on the outskirts of the city.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.

And guess what we are going to eat today for this evening? That’s right, we eat the same food as the Baha’i eat!

 


Day 5 – Caesarea, Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Places: Zikhron Ya’akov, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Carmel Market, Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv Port, Jaffa, Yefet Street, fishermen’s port, Neve Tsedek

Breakfast time again! This day we go for the sweet and healthy breakfasts!

 

Zikhron Ya'akov
Zikhron Ya’akov

Start the day with a visit to the pioneering town of Zikhron Ya’akov – an area abundant in vineyards and wine and visit a local winery.

Caesarea
Caesarea

Continue to Caesarea, Herod’s magnificent port city. Visit the theater, newly excavated hippodrome, palace, bathhouse and the port area showing the influence of the Crusader conquest in the 11th century CE.

Carmel Market
Carmel Market

Continue to Tel Aviv. In the heart of the city, you’ll enjoy the colors and aromas of the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s open air fresh produce market.

Carmel Market
Carmel Market

In July, 2003, UNESCO Organization proclaimed the unique urban and historical fabric of early Tel Aviv, known as the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the midst of the White City is Rothschild Boulevard, with many interesting architectural monuments, as well as a selection of the city’s good restaurants.

Tel Aviv nightlife
Tel Aviv nightlife

Tel Aviv boasts restaurants for every palate, preference and pocket. Ask your concierge for the best recommendations. Some of the best fish restaurants in the city are located in the Tel Aviv Port, along with ice cream bars and cafes.

Sheinkin Street Tel Aviv
Sheinkin Street Tel Aviv

Head for Jaffa, where you can buy the freshest bread for miles around at the bakery on Jaffa’s main drag, Yefet Street, a favorite with locals that does its best business on Saturday nights.

Stroll the alleyways of old Jaffa and enjoy the artists’ colony, the picturesque fishermen’s port, the archaeological remains and restaurants.

Neve Tsedek
Neve Tsedek

Neve Tsedek, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the walls of old Jaffa, is now a gentrified part of town that is one of the city’s cultural hubs as well.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tel Aviv.

And what’s for dinner? This time we are eating with the Arab kitchen!


Day 6 – Jerusalem – Old city

Places: Jerusalem, Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Jewish Quarter, Broad Wall, Ariel, Herodian Mansions, Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, Multimedia Davidson Center, Old City markets

With this new day, we have again a new kind of breakfast!

We take the highway number one to Jerusalem via the Judean Mountains.

The Citadel/Tower of David
The Citadel/Tower of David

Start your visit in Israel’s capital at the Tower of David Museum dedicated to the history of Jerusalem from the founding of the city to modern times, in its unique location in the old Turkish citadel near the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.

Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter

Continue to the Jewish Quarter, which was home to European and Sephardic Jews who prayed and studied during the centuries under Ottoman rule, to visit the Broad Wall, a 2,700 year old defensive fortification; the Ariel – First Temple period museum; and Herodian Mansions.

Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter

Descend from the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Herodian Temple Mount. Visit the Southern Wall Excavations. Walk on the original street from two thousand years ago, climb the ancient steps, and visit the Multimedia Davidson Center, in the basement of an eighth-century CE building.

The oriental market in Old Jerusalem
The oriental market in Old Jerusalem

Wander the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.

Dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in Jerusalem.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Dinner today is special again. We are eating Arab-dinner made by people from Morocco!


Day 7 – Jerusalem – New City

Places: Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Children’s Memorial, Hall of Remembrance, Knesset, Supreme Court building, Israel Museum, Dead Sea Scrolls, Mahane Yehuda

Breakfast time has arrived. After waking up, breakfast is waiting for you! Let us surprise you with this breakfast:

 

Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem

Start the day with a Visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Walk through the astounding new Museum with its new and moving focus on the individual in the Holocaust, the Children’s Memorial and Hall of Remembrance.
Drive through the New City viewing old and new neighborhoods and the Knesset (The Israeli Parliament) (open for visits on Sundays and Thursdays) and the beautifully designed Supreme Court building.

At the nearby Israel Museum, among many other fascinating exhibits discover the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and see the Model of ancient Jerusalem.

Mahane Yehuda
Mahane Yehuda

For a change of pace visit Mahane Yehuda, the produce market of the capital, where a number of good restaurants have opened there lately, in the old stone buildings.

Finish the day with optional evening tours that explore the development of Jerusalem from the 19th century on. (Must be pre-arranged, can be booked through the concierge at your hotel)

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

And what do we have for dinner? Well, honestly, that’s up to you, because we hire a restaurant, kick everyone out – and that includes the cook too – and you (or some of you) will volunteer to kook for all of us.

Empty kitchen in restaurant

Empty kitchen in restaurant

Don’t worry, you can make a mess and don’t need to clean it up. That’s what the cook will do … or the guide.


Day 8 – Negev

Places: Eshtaol Forest, Tel Zor’a, Elah Valley, Tel Maresha, Beit Govrin National Park, Arad, Nokdim Farm, Drejat 

It’s breakfast time again. But this time we go a bit more traditional with the breakfast, because we will go into the desert and you don’t know what kind of culinary surprises we will find right in the middle of nowhere.


 

Eshtaol Forest
Eshtaol Forest

Start the day with a scenic drive to the Eshtaol Forest, located about 30 minutes west of Jerusalem. This area is famous as the scene of Samson’s exploits, and includes Tel Zor’a, where Samson’s traditional tomb is located. As a Nazirite, this biblical strongman wasn’t allowed to drink wine.

Drive to the Elah Valley famous for the biblical story of David’s battle with Goliath, where wine and table grapes are being grown as they were in Bible times.

Continue to Tel Maresha located in Beit Govrin National Park. The area is known for its manmade caves dating back to the Hellenistic period. These subterranean complexes served as the industrial zone of the city producing oil that was mostly exported to Egypt, and you can see a restored olive press in one of them.

Cultic center with altar and holy of holies from Ancient Arad

Cultic center with altar and holy of holies from Ancient Arad

Drive through the desert town of Arad to enjoy Bedouin hospitality in the Nokdim Farm or in the picturesque village of Drejat.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Negev.

Day 9 – Masada, Ein Gedi

Places: Masada, Ein Gedi National Park

And we have breakfast! Because we are still with the Bedouins, we will start this day with the Bedouin breakfast!

 

Masada
Masada

Option 1: Wake up before dawn and drive 20 minutes to the western slopes of Masada. Ascend by foot as the sun rises to enjoy its full glory from the top of the Mountain.
Tour the fortress, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was a fabulous palace of Herod the Great, and became world-famous as the last Jewish stronghold during the great Jewish Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago.

Option 2: We drive from the Arad area to the eastern side of Masada (about one hour) and ascend the mountain via the Snake Path or the cable-car.

Ein Gedi near Dead Sea
Ein Gedi near Dead Sea

After touring Masada, drive north to Ein Gedi National Park for a hike through its lush oasis to a beautiful waterfall.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure at one of the spa hotels or country-style accommodations in the Dead Sea area.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Dead Sea area.

The time has come for dinner. We are still in the desert, and what are we going to eat?

Enjoy amidst the desert with a lovely dinner in tranquility

Enjoy amidst the desert with a lovely dinner in tranquility

Dinner in the middle of the desert

Dinner in the middle of the desert


Day 10 – Negev, Eilat

Places: Eilat, Negev, Nabatean city of Avdat, Mitspe Ramon, Ramon Crater

On our way to Eilat, we must first eat. And the breakfast today is:

 

Eilat
Eilat

Today it’s time to head to Israel’s Red-Sea Riviera of Eilat via the Negev Wine Route.

Avdat
Avdat

Don’t miss a visit to the Nabatean city of Avdat, a central city on the ancient Incense Route connecting Petra and the port city of Gaza. Avdat is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in recognition of the innovations of the ancient inhabitants: the farmers, who utilized every drop of water to make the desert bloom, and the caravans who carried not only goods but ideas and cultures across thousands of miles.

Drive south through Mitspe Ramon and the geological wonderland of the Ramon Crater, enjoying the Visitors’ Cent?er and a walk along the edge of the crater or on one of the hiking routes.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Eilat.

When we arrive in Eilat, I took personally care that we need to cool down, because it’s hot! Dinner can wait for later …

 


Day 11 – Eilat

Places: Netafim Canyon, Red Canyon, Mount Tsefahot, Coral Beach Nature Reserve, underwater observatory, swimming with the dolphins, bird-watching, camel-riding

I really don’t want to make you hungry, but the breakfast for today is … Salmon!

 

Eilat Botanical Garden and Organic Farm
Eilat Botanical Garden and Organic Farm

You can start your day with a hike in one of the trails around the city (the Netafim Canyon and spring, the Red Canyon or Mount Tsefahot).

Spend the rest of the day at the Coral Beach Nature Reserve, visit the underwater observatory, swimming with the dolphins, bird-watching, camel-riding and hiking, a host of other fun activities, or just veg out on the beach. And of course enjoy the large selection of great restaurants the city has to offer.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Eilat.

And this is the last day for a good dinner with fish.

Day 12 – Departure

Before you leave, some breakfast first. And this is honestly not some breakfast, it’s a breakfast feast!

 

This is the day of the departure. We bring everyone back to the point where we picked them up.


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