Aliza Green - A Chef's Journey to Israel - Febuary 2020

February 12-22, 2020

Trip details

 

Dates of tour:  February 12-22, 2019

Number of participants: 14 + Aliza Green

 

 

Day 1: Wednesday, Feb. 12

 

Welcome to Israel!

 

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Meet your group and the group leaders.

 

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

 

Welcome to the land of Israel – make a toast overlooking the old & new city of Jerusalem in a beautiful panoramic lookout.

 

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

 

Opening Dinner at Ha’Tzot

 

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 2: Thursday, Feb. 13

 

Tastes of Jerusalem

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

 

Begin your journey to Israel in a unique way through our Tastes of Jerusalem tour in Jerusalem’s Old City. 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, humus, baklava, k’nafae or a piece of Jerusalem kugel.

 

Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which houses Christ's tomb and walk through the Arab market.

 

 

Culinary and tasting tour at the famous Machane Yehuda Market. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Shabbat preparations with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.   Let the tastings begin!

After you will be filled with all the goods, go shopping for ingredients that you’ll be using later to cook together a Shabbat Friday night feast.

 

Explore East and West Jewish food traditions with the expert Chef Shmil Holland, one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chefs whose inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes. Enjoy a traditional Kugel workshop at Shmil’s home in Jerusalem.

 

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

 

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 3: Friday, Feb. 14

 

Jerusalem – Holy to All

 

Begin the day with a tour of 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) and take time to reflect and appreciate it’s centrality to the Jewish People. Tour the Western Wall Tunnels - a fascinating tour underground, revealing hidden layers of the Wall.

 

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

 

Cook together with Aliza a Friday dinner and enjoy a real feast.

 

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 4: Saturday, Feb. 15

 

The Lowest Place on Earth

 

Breakfast & Check out from the hotel. Say goodbye to Jerusalem as you descend to the lowest place on earth.

 

Float in the Dead Sea and enjoy time to relax in one of the beautiful northern beaches.

 

Head north through the Jordan Valley.

 

At the valley of Jezreel meet Uri Mayer Chizik, a food historian and an expert on local and traditional foodways in foraging tours of wild edible plants. Go on a foraging tour experience and cook your own lunch.

 

At St. urban wine bar at the Scots hotel - taste various Israeli wines at a wine cellar from the 18th century.

 

Overnight: Vered Hagalil

 

 

Day 5: Sunday, Feb. 16

 

Galilean Culinary Mosaic

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

 

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.

 

Before you head to the famous Uri Buri restaurant stop at the Effendi Hotel Rooftop for a glass of wine overlooking the Mediterranean and the city of Akko.

 

Try out a Lunch at Uri Buri Fish Restaurant

 

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.

 

Depart Akko to the green hills of the Galilee. Enjoy a cooking workshop and home hospitality with an Arab family in their home.

 

Overnight: Vered Hagalil

 

 

Day 6: Monday, Feb. 17

 

Spiritual and Physical Heights

 

Breakfast & Check out from hotel

 

 

Begin the day touring Safed, pronounced Tzfat in Hebrew. The city 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. Meet a local Kabbalah artist and hear Kabbalistic ideas that are being used in his art work.

 

Meet a local Tunisian cook, watch her demonstrate her talents and then her amazing Tunisian dish.

 

At Goats with the Wind, have a magical lunch at this family-owned goat cheese farm and restaurant.  Everything you will eat comes from the farm.  Meet the goats and enjoy the special touches of the place.

 

Proceed south down to the Negev desert and check-in to your hotel.

 

Dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

 

 

Day 7: Tuesday, Feb. 18

 

The Beauty of the Desert

 

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Take some time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities and the beauty of the desert. Spa treatments are available.

 

When it’s time for lunch 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.

 

Dinner: Blowout Cookout in the Machtesh (warm clothes are recommended)

 

Overnight: Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

 

 

Day 8: Wednesday, Feb. 19

 

From Vision to Reality

 

Breakfast & Check out from the 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.

 

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.

 

Visit the Ramat HaNegev Desert and Agricultural R&D Center.

 

Eat lunch at Azuz

 

Proceed to Tel Aviv & Check in to your hotel.

 

Dinner on own

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 9: Thursday, Feb. 20

 

Tel Aviv – Old and New

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

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.

 

For lunch eat at an Ethiopian Restaurant and hear about the Ethiopian Jewry in Israel.

 

Stop at a Yemenite restaurant to try a delicious Yemenite soup with authentic Yemenite ‘Saluf’ bread and talk about the fascinating Yemenite cuisine.

 

 

Enjoy sweets 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 introduced by Iranian Jews shortly after the establishment of the country, and evolving ever since to the diverse shuk it is today.

 

Street Art Tour of Florentine with Shirel Horowitz. Shirel is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator.  See an Israel that you might not know through the Street Art Graffiti Tour found in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood.  This interactive tour with a talented artist and actor gives you the inside track of Israel’s culture.

 

Meet Adeena Sussman - Adeena is a food writer, cook, recipe developer, cooking instructor and restaurant critic.

 

Option 1: Dinner hopping between street food resturants

Option 2:  Night life tour to check out the night scene of “the City that Never Sleeps”.

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 10: Friday, Feb. 21

 

Bringing it Home

 

Breakfast & Check out from the hotel

 

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.

 

For 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.

 

 

Carmel market – optional guided tour

 

Time on own to explore the Carmel Market and the Art & Craft open air market in Nahalat Binyamin Street.

 

Enjoy an authentic and intimate dining experience in the home of Vered Tsabari in Kfar Saba to savor what an Israeli Friday night dinner is all about

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 11: Saturday, Feb. 22

 

Take Israel Back Home

 

Enjoy a easy morning - time on own

 

Optional: You can’t stay in Tel Aviv and not talk about the vegan culinary scene in the city. Eat dinner at one of many vegen resturants in the city.

 

Travel to the Jerusalem Hills for a visit to a family owned boutique winery – for tour and wine tastings.

 

Farewell dinner 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.

 

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport and say goodbye to the group.

 

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change according to the abilities of the individual participants and due to timing. Space is limited.

 

 

PRICING

 

Price per person
(Double Room)
Single Supplement Comments
$5000 $1700 Upgrades are available at extra cost

 

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

Upon decision to reserve $500 Per Person Non-Refundable
1 month before the trip 100% of remaining sum  

 

 

Via Sabra's services include:

 

  • A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide
  • Bus for the entire trip with WiFi
  • Via Sabra welcome package
  • All site entry fees
  • All special activities listed in the itinerary
  • Accommodations: (Upgrades are available)
  • Jerusalem: Mamilla hotel, Studio rooms
  • North: Vered Ha’Galil, Suite room
  • South: Beresheet Hotel, Desert View room
  • Tel Aviv: Rothchild Hotel, Dlx room
  • All breakfasts. Lunch and dinners as specified
  • Cold water bottles

 

Not included:

 

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • VIP Services on arrival and departure
  • Travel insurance (recommended) click here
  • Tips for tour guide and driver
  • Meal on own as per itinerary

 

Cancellation policy:

 

  • For cancellations up to 90 days prior, the penalty will be $500.00 US per person (the deposit)
  • For 89 to 60 days prior to departure the penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 59 to 30 days prior to departure the penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 29 to 8 days prior to departure the penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
  • For 7 to 0 days prior to departure the penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person

 

B’teavon!
The Via Sabra Team

 

 

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Cancellation Policy
• cancellations up to 90 days prior to departure $500.00 p/p will be charged (non-refundable deposit)
• 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
• 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
• 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
• Up to 7 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person