Israeli Soul - Chef Michael Solomonov's trip - May 2020 - Via Sabra

Israeli Soul - Chef Michael Solomonov's trip - May 2020

May 21-30, 2020

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Join celebrated chef Michael Solomonov on a culinary journey into the heart and soul of Israeli Cuisine. Solomonov is owner of Zahav Restaurant, winner of 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant (making Zahav the best restaurant in USA), that on top of being chosen Outstanding American Chef in 2017. The Israel Soul Tour follows the creative process of the new cookbook, Israeli Soul - easy, essential, delicious.  Let us take you around the country to discover where Mike gets his inspiration.

 

Maximum number of participants: 20
Date of tour: May 21st-30th
Guide: Avihai Tsabari

 

 

Day 1: Thursday, May 21

 

Welcome to Israel

 

Arrive in Tel Aviv

 

Opening talk with Adeena Sussman “What is Israeli Cuisine” At Mizgaga Museum (Israel’s first wine bottle factory).

 

Light spread served by the sea, from Elchanan Bakery, greeted by chef Eldad Shmueli.

 

 

 

Walking Tour of Caesarea, one of Israel’s most impressive archeological sites. A national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side.

 

 

Check into Hotel
 

 

 

Dinner at 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: The Efendi Hotel, Akko

 

 

Day 2: Friday, May 22nd

 

Last Day of Ramadan

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

food and history tour of Akko, (with Avihai and Osama) a peninsula that pokes out into the Mediterranean, with towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, timeless synagogues, slender minarets, church towers, secret passage ways and subterranean vaults.

Immerse yourselves into the insanity of the last day of Ramadan!

 

Free Time

An option of water skiing and sailing on the Mediterranean

 

Enjoying the spa at The Efendi

 

Two Dinner Options

 

1-Druze Cooking Workshop - Visit one of the Druze villages of the Galilee. The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, an ancient tradition, and engage in a fun and delicious culinary workshop, followed by an amazing Druze feast.

 

2-Cooking together with Erez Komorovsky on The Effendi Hotel rooftop.

 

Overnight: The Efendi Hotel, Akko

 

 

Day 3: Saturday, May 23rd

 

A Taste of Eid ad Fitter

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Mustakah-Heshamic Baklava: workshop with Elias Marab.

 

Hike along the Merom River (Upper Galilee)

 

Lookout over the Israeli-Lebanese border from Metula and listen Mike’s story.

 

Optional – Festive wine tasting at St. Urban on the Sea of Galilee and Scots House.

 

Late night Iftar: A special Eid ad Fitter dinner with a local family in the old city of Akko.

 

Overnight: The Efendi Hotel, Akko

 

 

Day 4: Sunday, May 24th

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Drive south and watch the landscape change along the way.Continue to the Israel’s national food bank, Leket, a non-profit organization providing food around the county.

 

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A talk with Dani Tirza the head architect of the West Bank Barrier at the Wall.

 

Lunch at Naot Desert Farm - one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life. Visit the goats taste some delicious cheese.

 

Ben Gurion’s Grave. The first prime minister of the State of Israel, David Ben Gurion, was not only a shrewd political and military leader but also the symbol of the Zionist vision. At a relatively advanced age, Ben Gurion and his wife, Paula, "retired" to the Negev with a cry that others should follow.  When he died, he requested to be buried in the Kibbutz cemetery, overlooking the valley that the children of Israel had come through on their way to the Promised Land.

 

Dinner at the Hotel

 

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpeh Ramon

 

 

Day 5: Monday, May 25th

 

Desert Dreams

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

ATV bikes

 

 

 

Cooking togther- A blowout smoked meat dinner all perpared in a trailer in the Ramon Crater

 

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpeh Ramon

 

 

Day 6: Tuesday, May 26th

 

Holy to All

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Lasha Desert Bread - Bringing Forth Bread from the Earth Workshop - Bake bread and connect to the desert and to the spiritual with Hadas who will tell you her story.

 

Lunch at Azura, a family-run institution in the Iraqi section of the market, famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

 

Walking Tour Old City of Jerusalem, discovering the Jewish Christian and Muslim Quarters

 

Encompass the Old City of Jerusalem by following the "Ramparts Walk".  Walking on the top of the Walls is an extremely enjoyable experience and a great opportunity to observe the picturesque views of both the Old City with its alleys and shrines, and the New City spreading on the surrounding mountains outside the Walls.

 

Then head below the Old City and tour the chaotic maze of Western Wall Tunnels. The extension of the retaining wall was built 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great to support the massive compound where the Temple stood.

 

Dinner at Rooftop

 

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 7: Wednesday, May 27th

 

Jerusalem Melting Pot

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Machne Yehuda Market a Tasting Tour - Continue with an unforgettable Market is culinary tour. If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda the place to visit. In this colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages and listen the special stories of the peddlers.

Persian restaurant

 

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.

 

Market and Dinner at Luiza

Luiza, Kamel and a Cheese maker are collaborating to make an unique market and dining experience.

 

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

 

 

Day 8: Thursday, May 28th

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

“Seven Species” of Tel Aviv tour- taste of seven iconic Tel Aviv dishes throughout the day.  The seven species generally refers to the native foods of Israel.  What are Israel’s modern seven species?

 

Free time

 

ALL WHITE  Chag Dinner for the Erev Shavuot overlooking Ella Valley.

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day 9: Friday, May 29th

 

Shavuot, Celebrating the Harvest

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Visit a Kibbutz to participate in Shavuot Festivities where the whole community comes together for the spring harvest, celebrating any new additions, the new born, crops and tractors.

 

Free time or walking tour of tlv

 

Optional: Late Lunch at Habasta

 

Friday Night Dinner at Avihai's parents, bring in the Shabbith the traditional Isreali way

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

Day 10: Saturday, May 30th

 

Last day

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Closing dinner at Rama’s Kitchen. Recently reopened after a fire in 2016, Rama’s Kitchen is a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The menu reflects a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine characterized by simplicity and earthiness.

 

Departure from ben Gurion Airport.

 

 

Some of the activities in this itinerary rely on local hosts, suppliers, or sites and therefore it is subject to change.

 

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Price:

 

 

Price per person in a Double Room: $11,500

 


Supplement for a single room: $2100

 

 

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Price includes:

  • VIP service at arrival and departure
  • A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide for all touring days
  • All sites, museums, and special activities as listed in itinerary
  • All nights of hotel accommodation
  • Israeli buffet breakfast in your hotel daily
  • Lunch and dinners as listed in the itinerary
  • Luxury bus transportation for entire trip with WIFI on the bus
  • Light snacks & bottles of water at guests' needs

 

Excluded Services:

 

Terms of Payment:

  • The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or cash.
  • Please note there is a 2% service fee for Credit Card.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations up to 90 days prior to departure $1000.00 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

 

Please note: This price and itinerary is subject to change due to timing and unforseen changes from our suppliers.

 

UPGRADES: prices are per room, for the entire stay

*for upgrades fill in your the form, or contact us

 

Effendi Akko:

Royal Suite - $300

Presidental Suite - $600 

 

Beresheet, Mizpe Ramon

Desert View with private pool - $200

Crater Top with balcony - $200

Crater Top with private pool - $350

Villa - $350

 

Mamilla Jerusalem - 

Mamilla Suite - $240

Residence Suite - $580

 

Tel Aviv - TBD

 

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• 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