Discover Israel

Discover Israel

price from £8900 per person

YOUR ESCAPE 

From the buzzy cosmopolitan shores of trendy Tel Aviv, to the quieter stretches outside the city, Israel is one of the Mediterranean’s most exciting destinations. Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, Israel has an incredible history and legacy. The city of Jerusalem, dating back almost 5,000 years, is home to the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the al-Aqsa Mosque and as such has been a much-visited destination for religious groups. However it is fast becoming known for having one of the most vibrant food scenes in the world, thanks largely in part to hugely advanced agricultural technologies meaning restaurants can source some of the freshest ingredients, as well immersive and entertaining cooking theatre.

This highly unique itinerary will offer you a taste of some of the country’s most exciting food, history and architecture in an action-packed 10-day adventure.

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

  • “Past Present and Future” introduction into the Israeli culinary world
  • Master workshop with Chef Orel Kimchi at Popina restaurant
  • Take in Tel Avis cosmopolitan night life with an evening tour
  • Discovering local wine in the Carmel region
  • Legendary Akko Hummus tour and exploring the historical sites in the Old City
  • Nazareth Historical sites + Market tour
  • Sindyanna of Galilee olive oil tasting at unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women
  • Visit Galilean family run Tahina factory
  • Celebratory Bedouin style dinner
  • Jeep tour near the Syrian border
  • Visit to the historical Temple Mount
  • Walking Tour of the old city of Jerusalem, followed lunch by chef for peace led by a Christian, Muslim chef
  • Jewish Ashkenazi Ultra-Orthodox food tour in Mea Shearim
  • Cooking class and tour in Mahane Yehuda Market with Chef Tali

All essential escapes itineraries are exclusive and designed by our experts to offer a truly unique experience. We can create any itinerary around your personal requirements so please let us know your wish list and we will be delighted to curate something completely bespoke for you.

Day 1 | Arrive in Tel Aviv 

  • Arrival in Tel Aviv with a VIP assistance and transfer to your hotel, then enjoy a welcoming dinner

Day 2 | Tel Aviv 

  • Explore the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv; with a tour of the bustling port city of Jaffa famous as a centre of historical events and home to one of Israel’s most famous export the; Jaffa orange. ‘Past, Present and Future’ dive into Israel’s rich and vibrant culinary scene followed by a “Green in the City”- growing Greens in the Urban Territory. Enjoy a tour of Levinsky Market a gourmand’s paradise with its range of flavors, spices, nuts, dried fruits and fusion cuisines is a cultural gem in the heart of the trendy neighborhood of Florentin. Then its off to visit Milk and Honey Israel’s first whisky distillery and a graffiti and art tour of Florentin. Then a visit to Sarona Market is Israel’s largest indoor culinary market. Spend the evening enjoying dinner at one of selected restaurants.

Day 3| Tel Aviv 

  • Start your day with a visit to the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, then Kuchinate- asylum seekers empowering centre followed by experiencing the African cafe tradition ‘Bonna” with African woman in south Tel Aviv. Then enjoy a cooking workshop with Chef Orel Kimchi at Popina restaurant followed by an evening spent in ‘Little Tel Aviv’ enjoy a down town restaurant tour and an optional night life tour of Tel Avi.

Day 4 | Galilee

  • Visit Caesarea National Park/ Nahal Mea’arot nature reserve one of, if not Israel’s, most impressive archaeological sites. Then visit Amphorae winery and discover the local wines of Carmel region followed by a visit to Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel in Haifa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy Druze hospitality with lunch in a local’s house in Carmel Area, then a Akko Hummus tour followed by a historical tour of the Old City. Enjoy a tasting dinner at Uri Buri.

Day 5 | Galilee

  • Starting the day with a Nazareth historical and market tour and olive oil tasting at Sindyanna of Galilee a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women. Then its off to visit Galilean family run Tahina factory and the ‘Leket’ project in Moshav Nahalal. The evening you will spend a celebratory dinner Bedouin style – hosted in locals’ tent for dinner and some local music.

Day 6 | Galilee and Golan

  • Your day will include a “Buza” Ice-cream tasting at Kibbutz Sasa, then a tour of the ancient city of Safed. Lunch at “Kiayma” Hukuk, enjoy cooking with Chef Tal in his kitchen followed by a tour of his organic farm. Discover more about local social initiatives with a food drop across Galilee aimed at helping the young people in the region. Learn more about the political borders and agriculture with a tour near the Syrian borders, followed by a wine tasting at selected wineries and a visit of Talmudic Park at Katzrin. Transfer to Jerusalem (2hr)

Day 7 | Jerusalem

  • Start the day with a visit to Temple Mount, seen as the holiest site for Jewish believers and the third holiest site for Muslims behind Mecca and Medina. Discover the old city of Jerusalem with a walking tour followed by lunch in one of the walled city middle eastern restaurants by ‘Chefs of peace’ led by 3 chefs; Christian, Muslim, Jew. Located in the Jerusalem Hills, Sataf is set in one of Israel’s most incredible landscape, discover the 2000 year old remains of the village and take a break from the city. Get a sense for the local produce with a goat milk and cheese tasting followed by a special dinner at Kedem Studio with Chef Kedem Ezra

Day 8 |Dead Sea

  • Visit Masada an ancient fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site location high on a flat plateau above the Dead Sea. Then off to Ein Gedi; one of Israel’s premier hiking spots, featuring spectacular beauty, varied landscapes, and botanical gardens. End the day with a visit to the Dead Sea known in Hebrew as Yam Ha-Melakh (the Sea of Salt) is the lowest point on earth, surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert.

Day 9 | Jerusalem

  • Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, it may not fun to visit, but is somewhere that we recommend all visitors to Israel experience. From there you will enjoy a Jewish Ashkenazi Ultra-Orthodox food tour in Mea Shearim. Then Enjoy a cooking class and tour in Mahane Yehuda Market, with Chef Tali, including farewell dinner.

Day 10 | Jerusalem | Depart

  • Pick up from hotel and private transfer to Israel’s international airport Ben Gurion Airport for your onward flight.

REVIEWS

‘This is a foodies heaven, experience the best food, wine, culture, and breathtaking historical sites’ – Sam 

When is the best time to go

The best times to visit Israel tends to be April through May and October through November, when the weather is mild and the crowds are quitter.

passport/visa requirements

British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Israel for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Israel. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Need to Know

In order to enjoy all of the activities we recommend packing sensible footwear and clothing. We’d also recommend trainers or walking boots for the treks, walks and hikes. We would also recommend bringing an extra suitcase to take the goods home with you, though door-to-door shipping can also be arranged.