Aliza Green Israel Trip

February 10-21, 2019

Day 1: Sunday February 10

Welcome to Israel!

 

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport

 

Relax, get acquainted with the area, and adjust yourself to local time.

 

Opening dinner at Bino B’Pita

 

Overnight: Market House Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 2: Monday, February 11

Galilean Culinary Mosaic

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Opening talk with Avihai Tsabari – “Is There an Israeli Cuisine”?

 

On a peninsula that pokes out into the Mediterranean, Akko seduces visitors with towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, timeless synagogues, slender minarets, church towers, secret passage ways and subterranean vaults. Start your visit by touring the ancient sites in the city.

 

Next, you’ll be guided by Chef Osama Dallal, an Akko native and one of Tel Aviv’s most promising young chefs, through all the culinary delights that this city has to offer. Learn about the spices that color and season the rich and delicious Galilean cuisine.  Meet with the local fisherman.

 

Lunch at Uri Buri Fish Restaurant

 

Depart Akko to the green hills of the Galilee. Along with Chef Dallal, try your hand at foraging and learn about the different edible plants and herbs that spurt and grow after the rains. Gather what you find and cook it into your dinner during a cooking workshop with an Arab family in their home.

 

Overnight: Amirey HaGalil, Upper Galilee

 

 

Day 3: Tuesday, February 12

Spiritual and Physical Heights

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Begin the day with a culinary tour of Nazareth.  Visit the narrow streets of the Nazareth market while sampling and learning about coffee & spices.  

 

Next, head to El Babour Spice Store, Israel’s largest spice store located in the heart of the city. The 120-year-old, family-run mill is renowned for its range of exceptional homemade spices.

 

Taste some of the Galilee’s finest olive oil from different olive varieties at Sindyanna of Galilee. Learn about traditional olive cultivation and oil production. Sindyanna is a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change from the ground up.

 

Safed, pronounced Tzfat in Hebrew, sits at a higher altitude than any other city in Israel, and is one of Israel’s four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. The center of Kabbalah since the 16th century, Safed is home to a mixture of Hasidic Jews, artists and hippies. We’ll tour the labyrinth of cobbled alleys this old city has to offer, taste Kadosh Cheese and a variety of other culinary treats one wouldn’t expect to find here.

 

Overnight: Amirey HaGalil, Upper Galilee

 


Day 4: Wednesday, February 13

East vs. West

 

Breakfast at hotel and head south

 

Take part in a Moroccan couscous workshop at the home of Vered Tsabari in Kfar Saba.

 

Drive to Jerusalem

 

Tour Machane Yehuda Market with Amit Aaronson, TV host and culinary blogger/writer. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.   Let the tastings begin!

 

Explore East and West Jewish food traditions with experts: Amit Aaronson, & Chef Shmil Holland, one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chefs whose inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes. 

 

We’ll end the day with an evening tour of the ultra-orthodox Mea She’arim neighborhood with Chef Holland.

 

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5: Thursday, February 14

The Holy City

 

Breakfast at hotel
Begin your day walking on the Rampart Walls of the Old City. Explore the Jewish Quarter including synagogues, the alleys and small shops of the Byzantine Cardo, and the artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations exposing two thousand years of Jewish history in the Old City.

 

Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall), sacred because it is what is left of the Second Temple destroyed by the Romans. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels - a fascinating tour underground, revealing hidden layers of the Wall. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which houses Christ's tomb and walk through the Arab market.

 

You’ll also experience Jerusalem’s Old City in a unique way through our Tastes of Jerusalem tour. While touring traditional and off-the-beaten track sites and winding alleyways in the Old City, stop for tastes of Jerusalem delicacies such as the famous Jerusalem beigele, chumus at Lina’s, baklava, k’nafae or a piece of Jerusalem kugel.

 

Dinner at Adom, a veteran Jerusalem culinary institution and fusion restaurant, specializing in sea food and fresh fish, and a rich selection of fine wines.

 

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 6: Friday, February 15

Free Day in Jerusalem

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Take time to explore Jerusalem on your own.

 

Optional visits to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum and Memorial and Mount Herzl, the burial site of prominent Zionists, Israeli politicians, and others who greatly influenced the development of the state.

 

Head over to the First Train Station to try your hand (or foot!) at some Israeli folk dancing.

 

Rest, relax and prepare for Shabbat

 

Enjoy an authentic and intimate dining experience in the home of a Jerusalemite to savor what an Israeli Friday night dinner is all about.

 

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 


Day 7: Saturday, February 16

Shabbat Shalom

 

Indulge in a Shabbat breakfast filled with a variety of traditional Shabbat morning dishes prepared by Aliza and the Via Sabra staff.

 

Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Karem, mentioned in the Old Testament and whose name means "the spring in the vineyard."   Step into another world and visit this quaint neighborhood, long an artists' quarter and home to special people and sites waiting for your visit.

 

Enjoy a chamber music concert at the Eden-Tamir Music Center (optional)

 

Travel to the Jerusalem Hills for a late lunch at Majda Restaurant. The restaurant offers traditional Middle Eastern food, cooked from very fresh ingredients and includes the help of family members who are sincere and genuine about offering superb, top quality food.

 

Visit the Biblical Gardens at Yad HaShmona or the 9/11 Memorial, the only one of its kind outside of the United States.

 

Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

 

Day 8: Sunday, February 17

Masada and the Dead Sea

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Ascend by cable-car or walk up the mountain to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago.  What really happened at Masada?  Consider the possibilities with your guide. 



Float in the Dead Sea and enjoy time to relax and eat lunch at a local hotel and spa.  Treatments available with advanced arrangement.

 

Travel to Mitzpe Ramon, dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight: Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

 

 

Day 9: Monday, February 18

Desert Immersion

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Explore the ancient ruins of Avdat, one of the towns along Nabatean Spice route which is over 2,000 years old.

 

Meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery who will guide you in a bread baking workshop. “For Meir, baking is a spiritual thing. ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence. There is a mass of dough which is 100 percent matter, and then air enters it (in Hebrew, the word for wind is the same as the word for spirit) and makes it rise. The spirituality, the magic and the beauty of bread is what I try to show other people.’” (Tablet Magazine)

 

Tour Makhtesh Ramon, a geological formation found only in Israel and northern Sinai. The steep rock cliffs surrounding a closed valley drained by a single wadi are the product of erosion.

 

Breathe in the fresh desert air and enjoy the amazing views with a hike through the geological formations at HaMinsara. (optional)

 

Free time to enjoy spa treatments at the hotel

 

Dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight: Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

 


Day 10: Tuesday, February 19

From Vision to Reality

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Stop at Sde Boker to visit the grave of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert is continuing to bloom. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

 

Situated among magical views of the desert hills, the Kornmehl farm faces remnants of terraces belonging to an ancient farm from the Middle Bronze period (3000-4000 BCE).  The Kornmehls place emphasis on keeping traditional values of cheese making, while adapting them to the local environment. Enjoy lunch and a tasting of the cheeses they created that are personal interpretations of famous French varieties from their antibiotic and hormone-free goats who live in excellent conditions with good food.

 

Visit Shirat HaMidbar organic farm which grows medicinal herbs and spices, Moroccan Argan trees, edible grapes and a colorful orchard. Prepare your own spiced oil.  

 

Here in the arid desert community of Kadesh Barne’a, a miracle of agriculture takes place with cherry tomatoes. We’ll meet the local farmer and marvel at the accomplishment that’s been achieved with state-of-the-art technology.

 

Drive to Tel Aviv

 

Dinner at Shishko, a Bulgarian resto bar nestled behind the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv.

 

Overnight: Market House, Tel Aviv

 

Day 11: Wednesday, February 20

Tel Aviv – Old and New

 

Breakfast at hotel

Take a tasting tour at Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), the most famous of all of Tel Aviv’s marketplaces. In recent years, it’s even joined the ranks of Tel Aviv’s trendy spots for bars, restaurants, coffee shops and chef-owned food stalls. From hand-made jachnun (a traditional Yemenite dish) to fresh fruits and vegetables, and from one-off cotton clothes to designer threads, this market has it all.

 

Cook up some fabulous Israeli dishes during a cooking workshop with Adeena Sussman. Adeena is a food writer, cook, recipe developer, cooking instructor and restaurant critic.

 

Discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side in Jaffa. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archeological discoveries. Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Taste some of Israel’s best-known hummus.

 

Dinner at Guetta in Jaffa, which serves Tripolitanian cuisine.

 

Overnight: Market House, Tel Aviv


Day 12: Thursday, February 21

Bringing it Home

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Enjoy a tasting tour at Levinsky Market, a must-see stop in Israel if you are a foodie. The market specializes in a wide variety of offerings including the finest spices, dried fruits, boutique cheeses, roasted nuts, coffee beans, olives, pickled vegetables, cured fish and more. The melting-pot character of the market reflects its fascinating history - starting with Balkan cuisine catering to Greek Jews in the 30s, expanding to Persian flavors (which we’ll be focusing on today) introduced by Iranian Jews shortly after the establishment of the country, and evolving ever since to the diverse shuk it is today.

 

For our closing lunch, we’ll eat at Ouzeria, a fun, festive and popular mezze restaurant in the heart of the market. We’ll meet with Chef Avivit Priel Avichai, who was named Best Female Chef of Tel Aviv in 2017.

 

The rest of the day will be optional:
Walk up Rothschild Boulevard where you’ll feel the modern vibe of the city while learning about the establishment of the State of Israel and taking in the early modernist Bauhaus buildings that line the street. Experience the Tel Aviv coffee culture on this tree-lined, picturesque street that is very popular with locals.

 

A once flourishing Christian Templar agricultural settlement in the isolated plains north of Jaffa, the Sarona complex has now become a haven in the bustling city to Tel Avivians and non-locals alike. The beautifully restored buildings and the lush greenery will make you quickly forget you’re in the middle of Tel Aviv. Sarona Market, Israel’s largest indoor market, is a delicious stop where foodies can find food stalls from some of Israel’s top chefs, fresh bread, some of the finest cheeses, gluttonous desserts and more.

 

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