Culinary Tour Of Israel STARTING FROM £1,949
Israel is an ethnic melting pot of cultures, religions and immigrants. As a result, the food scene in Israel is extraordinarily diverse and also of a very high standard.
Israeli cuisine comprises of local dishes by people native to Israel and dishes brought to Israel by Jews from the Diaspora. Since before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and particularly since the late 1970s, an Israeli Jewish cuisine has developed.
Day 1 :
Fly from London Gatwick to Tel Aviv on board EasyJet. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem for the overnight.
Day 2 : private tour of Jerusalem
Walk through Jerusalem Archaeological Park and adjacent Davidson Center which offers a window into Jerusalem on the eve of its destruction by the Romans in 70 C.E. The site contains direct artefacts from the city's destruction in 70 C.E., as well as significant archaeological remains from the Byzantine and early Arab periods.
Then we tour the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. Discover the stories, traditions and legends behind the stones in the ancient city of Jerusalem, the main thoroughfare of Roman Jerusalem.
On the way to Mahne Yehuda Market, we walk through Nachlaot, one of the Jerusalem’s older and more colorful neighborhoods. The neighborhood retained much of its original 19th century architecture, narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets. Today the neighborhood attracts a large influx of middle class and students and is enjoying gentrification.
In this market place you can meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. You can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes and shapes. Friday afternoon at Mahane Yehuda is an extra special treat. Here you can sense that Shabbat is in the air. There is an added urgency to the shopping frenzy as shoppers look for the nicest and freshest in honor of the Sabbath. Things that you can be sure to see in people’s baskets are challot, wine, fruit, fish, and even aromatic leaves to be used in the Havdala ceremony at the end of Shabbat Culinary tour at Jerusalem most old and historical Market – Mahane Yehuda Shuk Bites - a single map and punch card that allows you to enjoy the abundance of the market whenever is best for you, to walk around at your own pace, and to enjoy all the best of the best of Mahane Yehuda's foods and beverages
Tasting will include 6 of these stations: Fresh Jerusalem Breads - Calm that rumbling belly down. Fresh from the fiery taboon oven, enjoy some Iraqi-style flatbread (called "eshtanur" by Jerusalemites). Or, if you prefer, enjoy Jerusalem-style long baigele rings encrusted with sesame seeds. A Taste of Organic Coffee. Taste of Burekas - Try two mini-bourekas of your choosing, served with a hardboiled egg, pickles, Jerusalem-style tahini and homemade s'chug (seasoned chili paste) - with a glass of lemonade or orange juice. Taste of Boutique Cheeses. Taste of Homemade Pickled Vegetables. Taste of Spices. Sweet Ending - Choose your own Jerusalem-style ice cream flavor and learn about how it's made locally and of course - Healthy juice refreshment.
In the afternoon, visit to the Israel Museum, the country’s National Museum. Linger over including sections on antiquities, contemporary Israeli art, Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. Additional highlights include selected Dead Sea Scrolls, archeological finds from Qumran where the Scrolls were discovered, and the Model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple
Day 3 : seat is a car tour Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Western Wall, Church of Holy Sepulchre, Church of Nativity
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit king David's tomb, room of last supper and the dormition abbey; Enter the old city and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the church of holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem for an overview of shepherds' field; Visit the church of Nativity and mangers square. Return to point of departure.
NOTE: Modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering are required for visiting holy sites.
Day 4 : private tour of Tel Aviv
Morning transfer to Tel Aviv and commence the private tour of Tel Aviv including the Promenade, the Rothschild Boulevard, the Tahana.
HaTahana (The Train Station Complex) spreads over an area of 49 acres and it includes 22 beautifully restored buildings dating back to various historical periods. HaTahana (The Train Station Complex) is housed inside an architecturally reconstructed structure, and it includes, among others, the historical train station structures. This is a modern cultural and commercial center which combines stores, restaurants, food markets, children’s area, arts and activities. Among the many attractions of HaTahana (The Train Station Complex) one can find an urbane organic food market, photography exhibitions and product designers and artists fair. HaTahana (The Train Station Complex) is situated between the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the Tel Aviv neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek near Jaffa. From the year of 1892 and until 1948 the Jaffa-Jerusalem train line worked here.
Through Rothschild Boulevard, where we will see Tel Aviv's beautiful Bauhaus style architecture, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some free time at one of Tel Aviv’s busiest areas the Carmel Outdoor Food Market - for great sounds, smells.
The Flavor and the Spices of Tel Aviv: Tour and tasting at Levinsky Market, one of the finest markets in Tel Aviv, specializing in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. The market holds mostly spices and delicatessen products, such as pickles, herring and many other regional delights (from, Turkey, Romania, Greece etc.). There are spice shops and delis scattered down the street in which you have a wide variety of choices. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines and other delicacies. Grab a Turkish burekas in one of the small shops, and enjoy the interesting and colorful variety. The tour will include 7 tasting stations: Greek sweets, Burekas and egg, olives and pickles, cheese, dried fruits, rice with spices and Turkish halva. Continue and visit Sarona - a 140 years-old ex-Templar settlement in the heart of Tel Aviv which offers a center for culture, leisure and shopping.
Day 5 : seat in a car tour of Tel Aviv
Diaspora museum, Old Jaffa , Neve Tzedek, Nahalat Benyamin
Visit the Diaspora museum. Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel, also known as the "White City" and declared by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site . Stop at Rabin's square, place of assassination of prime minister Itzhak Rabin. Continue to Old Jaffa, an 8000 year old port city; Visit the ancient ruins and walk along the restored artists' quarter. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, handmade jewellery and artifacts. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colorful street specially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance. Return to point of departure.
DEPARTURE : Fridays
(The tour will not be operated on: April 10)
Day 6 : Return home
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure
- Meeting and Assistance at the airport on arrival and departure to Israel
- 3 nights at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel including Full Israeli breakfast
- 2 nights at the Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel including Full Israeli breakfast
- 1 transfer on arrival, from the airport to Jerusalem
- 1 transfer on departure from Tel Aviv to the airport
- 2 days Private sightseeing as per the itinerary attached with English speaking licensed guide, driving a 4 seater air conditioned vehicle
- 2 days of Group tours (Seat in a Bus).
- Entrance fees as per the program (attached)
- Lunch on day 2 in Jerusalem
The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel
Built of traditional Jerusalem stone, this hotel has a warm friendly atmosphere. It is centrally located with wonderful views over the old city.
Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel
Carlton Tel-Aviv Hotel sets a new standard in luxury accommodations for Businessmen, couples and families. The business hotel on the beachfront, Carlton Hotel, is all about details and comfort
Return flights on board EasyJet from London Luton to Tel Aviv every Monday including luggage allowance 20KG