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10 Days Culture and Culinary Holiday in Israel

10 Days Culture and Culinary Holiday in Israel

  • Tel Aviv - Mitzpe Ramon - Jerusalem

Culinary Tour Israel

ARZA World welcomes you to the ancient lands of Israel. A tour to Israel is a transformational experience and a spiritually uplifting adventure. Explore the lands that have been visited for centuries and experience the culture that thrives in this Mediterranean paradise. Travel to famous cities and see the sights that have captivated minds for centuries. There are many things to learn and see, both ancient and modern. Walk amongst the ancient and modern roads, taste the interesting foods of many cultures and have the locals open your eyes to a new way life.

Highlights

  • Shabbat services
  • Visits to 3 Israeli cities
  • Guided tours through art galleries
  • Walk through an open air market and buy the freshest ingredients
  • Israeli style cooking class with fresh local produce
  • Private Moroccan style dinner on a farm
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 days with instruction
  • Hebrew, English
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During your journey to the various Israeli cities, your accommodation venues will change.

Days 2 to 4 - Royal Beach Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv

The hotel is located on Herbert Samuel Street, on the boulevard that kisses the coastline, and in walking distance from all the food and hot spots of the city of Tel Aviv.

Days 5 to 6 - Isrotel Beresheet in Mitzpe Ramon

The Beresheet hotel, part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, is located amid a breathtakingly beautiful primeval landscape, near the ancient Spice Route, and right on the edge of the towering cliffs that slope down into the Ramon Crater.

Days 7 to 11 - Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem

Located in a remarkable position in the city center with breath-taking views of the Old City walls, and alongside Alrov Mamila Avenue, the hotel brings world-class lifestyle hospitality. Mamilla Hotel offers modern international style with the unique and vibrant culture of Jerusalem.

Day 1: Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Arrival

12:25 p.m. arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV).

You will be welcomed by ARZA Worlds representative and get assistance with arrival formalities.

Transfer to Tel Aviv, known as the city that never sleeps, with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches, and fine stores.

Check into the hotel and get time to freshen up.

Attend a dialogue with scholar Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew Union College, over a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv.

You will spend the night in Tel Aviv

Day 2: Friday, July 1, 2016 - Food for thought

You will have breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket, a volunteer organization that provides food for the needy by collecting excess produce from farms and food distribution companies.

Go on LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour. Walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market, where you will find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them; you will have lunch at your own expense.

Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly crafts fair and eateries; alongside is the colorful Carmel open air market and across the way Sheinkin Street, with its hip cafs and funky chic shopping.

Return to the hotel.

Attend Kabbalat Shabbat service at Kehillat Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv, led by Rabbi Meir Azari.

You will have a private Shabbat dinner at Chef Omer Miller's Shulchan, which uses fresh local produce and cooking in the Israeli style.

You will spend the night in Tel Aviv.

Day 3: Saturday July 2, 2016 - Shabbat in Tel Aviv

Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional Shabbat services or free time.

Visit Art in Tel Aviv. It is a special gallery tour led by Vardit Gross, a leading art critic, including a dialogue with artists, gallery owners or Foundations of a City and a State.

Ahad Ha'Am to Bialik: Zionist ideology and the revival of the Hebrew language come alive as you walk down Bialik Street and through the Trumpeldor Cemetery.

Lunch at North Abraxas, Chef Eyal Shani's restaurant.

Free time to explore Tel Aviv on your own.

You will spend the night in Tel Aviv

Day 4: Sunday, July 3, 2016 - Innovation and inspiration

You will have breakfast at the hotel.

Check out of the hotel in Tel Aviv.

Visit the Shafdan wastewater treatment plant, which reclaims water for agriculture from cities in the Greater Tel Aviv region and is one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind in the world.

Identity building, heritage strengthening: drive to the town of Kiryat Gat and meet with members of the Atachlit Farm, a community empowerment helping Ethiopian Israeli youth and families and visit their community farm.

Visit the Netafim Drip Irrigation Plant, one of Israel's greatest inventions and meet with Nati Barak, chief sustainability officer.

Drive to Sde Boker in the Negev and visit the gravesite of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, overlooking the Wilderness of Zinn.

Continue to Mitzpe Ramon and check into the hotel.

You will have a private Moroccan-style dinner at the Orliya Farm.

You will spend the night in Mitzpe Ramon.

Day 5: Monday, July 4, 2016 - From crater to creativity

Breakfast at the hotel.

Hike or board a Jeep tour to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater, with a stop for a walk to the unique natural phenomenon known as the carpentry shop and a pita-making workshop.

Meet Hadas Meir, founder of Lasha Bakery, a boutique bakery in Mitzpe Ramon, for a conversation on the historical, spiritual, feminine, and Jewish aspects of bread making.

Lunch at Hadasa'ar, a natural life restaurant in Mitzpe Ramon.

Afternoon at leisure with a chance to enjoy the hotel spa facilities at an extra cost.

Dinner in the main dining room at the hotel, including a talk on southern specialties by the chef.

Stargazing from the cliff of the Ramon Crater.

You will spend the night in Mitzpe Ramon.

Day 6: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - Ascending to Jerusalem

You will have breakfast at the hotel.

Check out of the hotel in Mitzpe Ramon and drive west.

Visit the Lakiya Weaving Project of the Association for the Improvement of Women's Status and chat with local women.

The secrets of beer-making: visit the Abeer Haela Brewery, a rustic craft brewery run by Aram Dekel. The visit will include a beer tasting, a dialogue with Aram, and lunch served with homemade goat cheese.

Drive north towards Jerusalem and make a stop to explore the wondrous stalactites and stalagmites of the Sorek Cave, part of the Avshalom Nature Reserve in the Judean Hills.

Enter Jerusalem and stop to recite the traditional shehechiyanu blessing.

Check into the hotel in Jerusalem.

You will have dinner on your own, perhaps at the Old Train Station Plaza, a central neighborhood hub for food, entertainment, culture, and enrichment.

You will spend the night in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - Dilemmas of a sovereign state

You will have breakfast at the hotel.

The Jerusalem Mosaic - creating a multicultural city: dialogue with Tehila Friedman-Nahalon and Marik Shtern, Jerusalem activists.

Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court building, including a meeting with a present or former Supreme Court justice

You will have lunch at your own expense en route.

Building a Jewish Society in a Modern State: Special study program at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with a leading scholar.

Giving back with pantry packers: participate in Tikkun Olam by packing commodity food staples for Israel's poorest families. After a brief orientation session, you will receive don gloves, aprons, and caps in order to fill bags of rice, beans and other commodities.

You will have dinner at your own expense and evening at leisure.

You will spend the night in Jerusalem.

Day 8: Thursday, July 7, 2016 - Agents of change

You will have breakfast at the hotel.

Challenges and triumphs of religious pluralism and social justice in Israel: dialogue and tour of the segregated buses in Jerusalem with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.

Continue to the Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center to meet, plan, and interact with the Ethiopian residents of the center. You can also choose to visit SifTech, the Jerusalem entrepreneurship club, located in the JVP Media Quarter and meet with students, alumni, and mentors from the startup HUB project.

Meet with Rabbi Aaron Leibovitz, founder of the movement to detach kashrut licensing by the Rabanut from kosher establishments; meet at his Yeshiva in Nachla'ot and then walk through the neighborhood where the movement was born. Visit a caf or restaurant that runs as a local initiative.

Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open air market, with local chef Tali Friedman, choosing the best and the freshest ingredients the shuk has to offer in order to return to a kitchen in the market for an interactive cooking session, followed by a delicious dinner.

You will spend the night in Jerusalem.

Day 9: Friday, July 8, 2016 - Jerusalem unplugged

You will have breakfast at your hotel.

Whose house is this anyway? Archaeology and politics in modern urban settings: meet with a representative of Emek Shaveh, an organization which consists of archaeologists and community activists whose focus is on the role of archaeology in Israeli society and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Multiple narratives above and below Jerusalem: explore some of the excavations at the City of David, including the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, at the foot of the Temple Mount, with senior archaeologist, Eli Shukrun.

Stop at the Western Wall.

Kabbalat Shabbat service at Kehillat Zion, led by Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum.

Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner, communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants or Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

You will spend the night in Jerusalem.

Day 10: Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Shabbat in Jerusalem

You will have breakfast at the hotel.

Attend Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema, led by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman or join creative Shabbat services with the Nava Tehila congregation.

Enjoy a light lunch.

LaDa'at Hebrew writers: guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors, such as Yehuda Amichai, S.Y. Agnon, and others.

Afternoon at leisure with a chance to rest or experience Shabbat in Jerusalem on your own or explore Christian east Jerusalem through visits with Christian personalities and institutions with Hana Bendcowsky, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations.

Depart Jerusalem.

Late check-out from the hotel.

Enjoy a festive farewell dinner.

Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdalah overlooking the Old City.

Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) and check in for your departure flight.

Art in Tel Aviv: Special gallery tour led by Vardit Gross

Dialogue and tour of the segregated buses in Jerusalem

Drive to Sde Boker in the Negev and visit the gravesite of Israel's first Prime Minister

Drive to the town of Kiryat Gat and meet with members of the Atachlit Farm

Explore Jewish and Israeli judicial traditions at the Supreme Court building

Explore some of the excavations at the City of David

Explore the wondrous stalactites and stalagmites of the Sorek Cave

Foundations of a City and a State, Ahad Ha'Am to Bialik: Zionist ideology and the revival of the Hebrew language come alive as you walk down Bialik Street and through the Trumpeldor Cemetery

Guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem, using the writings of Jerusalem's poets and authors

Hike or board a Jeep tour to explore the geological wonders of the Ramon Crater

LaDa'at Ethnic Tasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv's famous Levinsky Market

Stargazing from the cliff of the Ramon Crater

Stop at the Western Wall

Tikkun Olam hands-on experience with Leket

Visit Kehillat Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv for Kabbalat Shabbat service

Visit Kehillat Zion in Jerusalem for Kabbalat Shabbat service

Visit Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center or SifTech, the Jerusalem entrepreneurship club

Visit the Abeer Haela Brewery for a beer tasting

Visit the Lakiya Weaving Project of the Association for the Improvement of Women's Status and chat with local women

Visit the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall

Visit the Netafim Drip Irrigation Plant

Visit the Shafdan wastewater treatment plant

Walk through the Machaneh Yehuda open air market, with local chef Tali Friedman

Walk through the neighborhood where the movement to detach kashrut licensing by the Rabanut from kosher establishments was born

Jerusalem

Throughout the ages, Jerusalem has been the symbol of Jewish identity. The Old City of Jerusalem is home to the three great monotheistic religions, while the New City of Jerusalem has a fascinating urban fabric of vastly differing neighborhoods, secular and religious. Jerusalem is also a center of government and culture, and its lofty elevation offers wonderful breezes - a welcome respite from the sticky summer heat of Israels coastal plain.

Mitzpe Ramon

Mitzpe Ramon is a town in the Negev desert of southern Israel. The name Ramon comes from the Hebrew Romai meaning Romans.

Tel Aviv

Known for its non-stop action, Tel Aviv attracts visitors from all over the world. Beautiful beaches, tree-lined boulevards, a burgeoning fashion industry, dynamic galleries, and a sense of history are but a few of the unique attractions in the first modern Israeli city. It is where Israel was proclaimed a state, and it is also known as the Big Orange, a city that never sleeps.

Your journey through Israel includes a daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners. An Israel tour is not complete without sampling the culinary delights of Middle Eastern food. In Israel, eating is a popular pastime, and although there a huge variety of restaurants serving international cuisine, for many Israelis the basic Middle Eastern dishes are old favorites and ideal for a relaxed afternoon meal with friends, a bite to eat on the go, or while on vacation.

On the second day, you will have free time to explore Tel Aviv on your own. Asides from sampling local cuisine at various restaurants and visiting shopping malls or open air markets, there are two options that you can choose from if you want to take part in additional planned activities.

Option 1

Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Have dinner at your own expense in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafs and shops, right on the water's edge

You can also choose to have lunch at the Tachana, Jaffa's Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops, and open spaces for people-watching

Option 2 - at an additional cost

Ben Kodesh Lechol: Travel to the Latrun Monastery for Havdallah and to meet with Rabbi Miri Gold, her husband David Leichman, Birkat Shalom congregants, and Latrun Monks from Emmaus for a discussion on interfaith activity in Israel

Dinner with the monks and congregants

Return to Tel Aviv

  • 9 nights accommodation at selected hotels
  • 5 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury air-conditioned bus
  • 9 nights accommodation at selected hotels
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Gratuities for restaurant staff
  • Portage at the airport and hotels
  • Walking tour on Shabbat
  • Airfare
  • Foreign port taxes
  • Guide and driver gratuities
  • Health insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Travel insurance