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8 Days Culinary Vacation in Israel with Moshe Malka

8 Days Culinary Vacation in Israel with Moshe Malka

  • Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Tiberias

Taste The Real Israel with Moshe

The cooking vacation of a lifetime - fun, relaxed, enlightening, and downright delicious. Nothing can bring you closer to the essence of Israel than these fantastic hands-on cooking vacations. These culinary tours take you way beyond the usual tourist experience to get to know the real Israel by tasting, smelling, seeing, touching, and learning how to create delicious, authentic Israeli dishes yourself.

Your week-long cooking vacations start in magical Jerusalem, move on to green Galilee and finish in vibrant Tel Aviv. Each stop on your culinary tour reveals more about the vast variety of ethnic influences on Israeli cuisine; the immigrants who poured in from more than 120 lands, plus the centuries-old culinary traditions of local Arabs and Jews. Add to this rich blend of flavors and fragrances a wealth of breathtaking scenery and sacred sites, stir in superb restaurants, and season with accommodations in charming boutique hotels.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes and market visits
  • Visits to cheese and olive oil makers with tastings
  • Wine tasting tours in the Galilee region or the Golan Heights
  • Drive to Mount Olives for a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem
  • Explore Israel during guided walking tours
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Hebrew, English
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Day 1, Sunday - Arrival

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Meeting and assistance through customs by Moshe Malka's representative; they willtransfer to your hotel in Jerusalem.

After checking in and refreshing up, join for a cocktail followed by dinner and wine to start your culinary experience and introduce you to the herbs and spices of Israel.

Spend the night in Jerusalem.

Day 2, Monday - Market visit, cooking class, walking tour, restaurant trip

After a full Israeli style breakfast, at your hotel, meet chef Moshe Basson, famous for his specifically Jerusalemite food (kosher).

Accompany him to Machaneh Yehudah market, for a brief explanation of the produce displayed there.

Under the chefs guidance and instructions, cook your own lunch and enjoy it, accompanied by an excellent Israeli wine.

After lunch, drive to Mount Olives for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem.

Enter the Old City through the Lions Gate, walk along the Via Dolorosa with its 14 Stations of the Cross, and arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the holiest shrine in the Christendom.

Return to your hotel for a short break and in the evening, drive to the home of Hila Solomon, an establishment called Spoon, for the exquisite dinner served in the dining room of the house built over 120 years ago. It is only by private booking and is quite unique.

After dinner, return to your hotel for overnight.

Spend the night in Jerusalem.

Day 3, Tuesday - Walking trip, farm visit, cheese tasting, wine trip, restaurant trip

After breakfast, enter the Old City again, this time from the Zion gate and into the Jewish Quarter. Walk through the Cardo, the old Roman road of Jerusalem, leading into the Wailing Wall, the holiest place for the Jewish people.

After a visit to the wall, continue to Ben Yehuda Street, the main artery of Jerusalem shops with the souvenirs you can take with you home and nice trendy coffee shops. This area was built by Teddy Kolek, the late legendary mayor of Jerusalem, as a tiny replica of his native Vienna.

Continue to the Zeltzer goat farm in Sataf. There are over 200 goats in the farm, supervised by a few employees, servicing them and the goat cheese production. The outstanding cheese has received many international awards, some in Italy.

Your light lunch will be the cheese tasting with the fresh farm bread.

Continue on to the Judean Hills to visit Domain du Castel, one of the most picturesque Israeli wineries; several of its wines are considered to be the finest in Israel.

On to kibbutz Harel for a visit to Clos de Gat, one of the finest new estate wineries. There, surrounded by vineyards, stands the building where the assassinated Israeli Prime Minister itzhak Rabin, commanded the Harel Brigade in 1948.

Return to the hotel for a short break, and leave again to Arcadia, one of the finest restaurants in Jerusalem where the Iraqi-born chef Kedem, who studied in France and the US, will host a very imaginative, contemporary dinner, prepared with local vegetables and herb, grown not farther than 10 - 15 kilometers from Jerusalem.

After dinner, return to your hotel for overnight.

Spend the night in Jerusalem.

Day 4, Wednesday - Market visit, wine tasting, cheese tasting, free time

After breakfast, depart to Tel Aviv to the Carmel market. The chef and owner of Carmela bistro, one of the most picturesque places in the country situated in the midst of the Carmel market, will take you on a tour of the market and serve brunch.

After the market tour and brunch, drive along the shores of the Mediterranean towards the Tishbi Winery, a short distance away from Binyamina. Tishbi is a family of the vineyard growers since 1880, who decided to built their own winery in 1985. Taste the excellent wine and the local cheese there. Do not miss visiting the Alambic Still, producing high quality brandy, the only one of its kind in Israel.

Continue to Tiberias and arrive to your hotel for overnight.

Free evening in Tiberias to experience the street food and enjoy street life by the lake.

Spend the night in Tiberias.

Day 5, Thursday - Boat ride, wine trip, restaurant trips

Start your day in the Galilee with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Continue towards the Golan Heights area.

Visit Chateau Golan winery, one of the unique boutique wineries in the area.

Continue on to Rosh Pina in the Upper Galilee. Arrive at Muskat restaurant at Mizpe Hayamim, Israels famous resort, well-known for its locally grown and served organic vegetable, herbs, and fruit. A small dairy on the premises is known for the very good cheese.

Lunch at Muskat, hosted by chef Haim Tibi.

After lunch, depart to your Tel Aviv hotel.

Dinner at the Deda, an unpretentious little restaurant featuring the the most incredible Georgian food with its chef Timur.

Spend the night in Tel Aviv.

Day 6, Friday - Walking trip, cooking class, sightseeing trip, restaurant trip

After breakfast, drive along the coast to the old city of Jaffa. This was the most famous port of Israel for thousands of years and the export port for the well-known Jaffa Oranges.

Continue walking the streets of Tel Aviv, Israels Metropolitan, with its samples of the bygone era of the 30s of the last century, the Bauhaus.

Proceed to the Chloelys, reputably one of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Israel.

Have the cooking class there with chef Victor Gloger, the Argentine born, who studied and worked in Paris for over fifteen years.

You will cook your lunch and enjoy it with the excellent wine, followed by exquisite desert.

After lunch, drive to visit Caesarea, the ancient Roman Theatre, the Aqueduct and the Hippodrome.

Drive back to Tel Aviv and make a short stop at the old port of Tel Aviv, now an area of restaurants, clubs and shopping including an amazing chocolate factory called Max Brener.

Drive back to your hotel for a short break and go out for dinner at Yoezer wine Bar, a very romantic place in Tel Aviv.

Return to your hotel for overnight.

Spend the night in Tel Aviv.

Day 7, Saturday - Sightseeing trip, cooking class, olive oil tasting, restaurant trip

After breakfast, drive to Nazareth, in the northern part of Israel.

Visit the Church of the Annunciation and continue to Diana, probably the most authentic Arab restaurant in Israel.

Together with the chef and owner Dokhol Safadi, you will prepare your lunch and you will enjoy an excellent meal accompanied by local wine and followed knafa, a well-known Arab sweet delicacy together with coffee.

After lunch, near Kfar Tabor, visit the olive oil facility of the Jahshans, believed to be one of the best in Israel. Experience the Druze hospitality and the olive oil tasting will be quite enjoyable.

Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv and leave again for the farewell dinner. It will be hosted by chef Jonathan Roshfeld, probably, one of the most talented Israeli chefs, at his newly opened restaurant Herbert Samuel.

Spend the night in Tel Aviv.

Day 8, Sunday - Departure

After breakfast, depart to the airport for your flight back home.

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 4 dinners
  • 4 lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Daily Israeli breakfast
  • English-speaking guide
  • Airfare
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Moshe Malka will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.