In search of Israeli Cuisine May 2018

In search of Israeli Cuisine May 2018

In Search Of Israeli Cuisine - May 2018

Via Sabra is offering an off-the-beaten track culinary experience that complements the movie “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” that was filmed in Israel. This unique itinerary delves into the complexities of defining ISRAELI cuisine while offering the participant the essence of being Israeli.


Day 1:  Thursday, May 3rd, 2018


Welcome to Israel

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

Avihai Tsabari “Is There an Israeli Cuisine”?

Nachlaot, known for its narrow, winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues, is actually a cluster of at least 12 neighborhoods that were established beginning in the late 1870s outside the walls of the Old City which was becoming increasingly overcrowded and unsanitary. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character.

Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour: Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.   Let the tastings begin!

Evening: Eastern European Jewish tasting tour - A taste of the “Old World” with renowned Jerusalem chef, Shmil Holland.  The tour is a dialogue between the practice of real food preparation and tracing the history and folklore of the foods.  Tour of Jerusalem bakeries.

Overnight:  Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem




Day 2: Friday, May 4th, 2018


Preparing for Shabbat – Jerusalem Style

Breakfast at hotel

After walking along the Ramparts of the Old City we will tour the historical and religious sites of the Jewish and Christian Quarters. We’ll see some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies.  We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information and, of course, combine the senses of smell, taste and sound
Afternoon at leisure

Western Wall: A Friday night visit to the Western Wall (the Kotel) which is the only remnant of the Temple compound built by Herod the Great.

Friday night dinner: 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:  Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem



Day 3: Saturday, May 5th, 2018


The Bountiful Jerusalem Hills

Breakfast at hotel

Ein Karem: Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Hakarem, 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.

Bread baking workshop: Dive into the world of dough with Atalya whose magical hands will guide you through the entire baking process. 

Shai Seltzer’s Goat & Cheese Farm: In the mountains surrounding Jerusalem, Shai created his own goat farm after winning cheese exhibition awards. Meet this unique individual who prepares his cheese in a 2,000-year-old cave.

Dinner: “Majda”
“This 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.”
Evening at leisure

Overnight:  Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem






Day 4: Sunday, May 6th, 2018


A Culinary Tapestry in the Galilee

Breakfast at hotel

Nahal HaShofet (the Spring of the Judge): Enjoy a leisurely hike in this green and beautiful place in Menashe Heights. The ingredients that make this area so special for the visitor are its clean air, the hills which are spackled with dreamy settlements, the seasonal blossoming e.g. the deep pink of Juda's tree during springtime, and the perennial streams with their foamy water.

Nazareth:  Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where the angel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus. Visit the narrow streets of the Nazareth market while sampling and learning about coffee & spices.   We will make a brief stop to see a vast array of traditional Arab sweets.

Free time for lunch on own

Tahini, an oily paste and halva, dense, sweet confection are both sesame-seed based. We’ll receive explanations on preparation and production along with tastings of these typical Middle Eastern treats

Dinner:  "Makom b’Sejera"

“The restaurant's philosophy is one of heightened environmental awareness - the vegetables are organically homegrown on the premises and the main courses -- meat, game and fish -- are organically fed and hormone-free. The menu features delicacies unfamiliar to many kosher diners such as quail, mallard and pigeon."

Overnight:   Amirei HaGalil, Moshav Amirim



Day 5: Sunday, May 7th, 2018


Galilee Cuisine

Breakfast at hotel

Druze cooking workshop: Participate in a true to life cultural immersion. Together with our hosts, we will have a half-day hands-on preparation of traditional Galilean dishes. Our reward: we enjoy our feast, the product of our own labor.

Akko:  On a peninsula that pokes out into the Mediterranean – this historical city seduces visitors with towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, timeless synagogues, slender minarets, church towers, secret passage ways and subterranean vaults.

Dinner: "Uri Buri"
“For the past 20 years opposite the Crusader subterranean city in Akko, the Uri Buri restaurant has been offering different kinds of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes served with more than 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.”

Overnight:   Amirei HaGalil, Moshav Amirim



Day 6: Monday, May 8th, 2018


Oil, Wine, Honey, Whiskey – a Fluid Exploration

Breakfast at hotel

Avtalion Oil Press: A place in the middle of the road that lives with nature and merges into the human society around it. Fully integrated in the rich Galilean environment, the modern oil press works inside an ancient building and uses only the finest local olive species – "baladi" (specially the fine Syrian variety which grows in the region) to produce a modern cold press extra virgin olive oil.

Yiftachel Winery: This beautiful winery is situated in the middle of the lovely blooming forest of Alon Hagalil. Red wines are produced from grapes cultivated in their own vineyard.  Yiftachel also has beehives from which they separate nine types of special honey according to the nectar of the flowers.

Lunch: El Babur, Palestinian cuisine.  “Abas Husam’s menu is taken strictly from what this land provides – in Arabic this is called “baladi.”  More universally, Husam’s style is known as “slow cooking.”

Proceed to Tel Aviv

Milk and Honey: The first whiskey distillery in Israel for a tasting tour 


Dinner: "HaBasta"
"A tiny restaurant and wine bar, just a clutch of round tables on an alley just off Carmel Market, draws its inspiration from the market's fresh offerings".

Overnight: Diaghilev Live Art Hotel, Tel Aviv



Day 7: Tuesday, May 9st 2018


The City that Never Sleeps

Breakfast at hotel

Jaffa Old City and Port: Discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archeological discoveries. Head to the Jaffa Port which exists from Biblical times and is a fantastic place to find a mix of Israelis from all walks of life. Wind your way through the Flea Market which features everything from antiques to hip new clothing and design stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. And what would a tour of Israeli cuisine be without a taste of the ubiquitous hummus? 

Lunch: HaMiznon, King George branch, where Chef Eyal Shani's crazy dishes are served in a pita bread.

Shuk Levinsky:  The finest spices, dried fruits, boutique cheeses, roasted nuts and coffee beans, olives, condiments, pickled vegetables, exotic meats and salted fish, can all be found here.  Originally specializing in Balkan cuisine for Jews originating from Thessaloniki in Greece, the arrival of Iranian immigrants to downtown Tel Aviv post -1948 brought new tastes and herbs from Persian cooking.

Leisure time

Sarona: A former Templar colony, established by devout Christians who came from Germany. Not long ago, a masterpiece of renovation and preservation of the colony ended. We will visit Sarona, the renovated compound and the market, Israel's largest indoor market.

Dinner: "Busi"
“Yemenite cuisine with Middle Eastern flavor”

Overnight: Diaghilev Live Art Hotel, Tel Aviv




Day 8: Wednesday, May 10th 2018


Making the Desert Bloom

Breakfast at hotel

Shirat HaMidbar: In the sand dunes of Halutza lies a unique organic farm in which grows medicinal herbs and spices, Moroccan Argan trees, edible grapes and a colorful orchard. Prepare your own spiced oil.  

Kadesh Barne’a: Here in this arid desert community, 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.

Lunch: Ezuz is a unique community of artists bursting with creativity. The village is home to less than 15 families, each of whom runs a tourism or culture-related business. Ezuz is a haven for eco-tourism with many unique and inspirational creations constructed out of the remains of busses, train carriages and other unusual materials.


Avi Arzuni’s farm: Using ancient Nabatean agricultural techniques, Avi has managed to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables year-round relying solely on unexpected flash floods.

Shivta: Tour the archaeological site of a classic Nabatean town located along the ancient spice route. It was later a Byzantine agricultural colony and way station for pilgrims en route to the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.  

Late return to Tel Aviv

Overnight: Diaghilev Live Art Hotel, Tel Aviv



Day 9: Thursday, May 11th 2018


A Tel Aviv Friday

Breakfast at hotel

Carmel market: The most famous of all Tel Aviv markets. Enjoy tasting local delicacies on Friday at the market, the busiest place in Tel Aviv with all the rich colors and scents. 

Group summation and farewell







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Via Sabra's services include:

Via Sabra welcome package
All site entry fees
All special activities listed in the itinerary
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide
Bus for the entire trip with Wifi
All accommodations – 4+ star hotels (Upgrades available upon request)
All breakfasts. Lunch and dinners as specified
Light snacks and cold water bottles


Not included:

Transportation to and from airport
Travel insurance (recommended)
Tips for tour guide and driver