Day 1: Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
Welcome to Israel! We will meet you at the airport and assist you through the arrival process, then drive you in an air-conditioned vehicle to your Tel Aviv accommodations.
Day 2: Tel Aviv Culinary Tour
We will begin the day in Levinsky Market, famous for their various pungent spices. You will learn about the history of the Balkan Jewish settlers from the 1930s who originated the “shuk” (bazaar market), and how Persian immigrants blended in their flavors to the culture.
Then, we will go to Tel Aviv’s most popular shuk, the Carmel Market, for a tasting tour of the most incredible, mouthwatering bites Israel has to offer. Optionally, we could also take a cooking class, so you can take home some Mediterranean cooking skills.
From Shuk HaCarmel, we will head to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. The ancient surroundings of old cobblestone and brick will bring you back to an older time of Israeli life.
Finally, we'll have time for dinner at Sarona Market, a complex of restaurants and shops built where the German Templar Colony used to be. There are many chef restaurants to choose from and will definitely leave you feeling satisfied.
Overnight accommodations for you are in Tel Aviv.
Day 3: Caesarea, Zikron Yaacov, Haifa
We will begin the day with a drive North to the Roman port city of Caesarea, where you will enjoy a walking tour of the amphitheater, the archaeological ruins and excavations.
Then, we will head to Zikron Yaacov, a city founded by Baron Edmund Rothschild. Rothschild funded many agricultural and developments in the city (as well as in Israel at large), including the Carmel Winery, founded in 1885.
This was the first winery in modern history, and we will head there for a tasting and tour of the cellars that have been in use for over 100 years.
We will then drop you off at your Haifa accommodations.
Day 4: Haifa, Akko, Tiberias
We will start the day with a tour of Haifa. First, a breathtaking view from the Mount of Carmel. Afterwards, we will visit the holy site of the Baha’i Gardens.
Then, we will head to the Druze Village Dar El Carmel for some coffee and perhaps a pita Druzit, a delicious snack known only to this part of the world.
Tour the Old Market and Knight’s Hall of Acre (Akko), an ancient small town known for its well-preserved old city walls. In a tunnel in the walls is the Treasures in the Walls Ethnographic Museum, depicting daily life from the Ottoman times to the 20th century.
Then, we will drive to Tiberias, to drop you off at your overnight accommodations.
Day 5: Golan Heights and Upper Galilee
We will drive from Tiberias into the Golan Heights to Mount Bental, for an incredible view of Israel and Syria, and Quneitra. There, we will also view the trenches and fortifications that were used during the wars that were in that region.
We will take a stop at Majdal Shams, a Druze village, to learn about Druze culture and to a winery in the Golan Heights to taste the flavors right from the barrel.
We will drive you back to Tiberias for overnight accommodations.
Day 6: Sightseeing Tour of Tiberias
We will begin the day in Tiberias, one of the four Holy Cities of Israel, and learn about the significance of this city, as well as overlooking a view of the Sea of Galilee.
Then, we will head to tour a kibbutz that specialized in both vegetables and dairy products, and of course, a lunch with tastings from their product line.
We will then drive to Nazareth, home of Jesus Christ, to visit the old market and a tour of the local manufacturing facility. We will visit the Elbabour Spice Mill, which has been producing and selling spices for hundreds of years.
We will see the banks of the Jordan River, as we travel south to the Dead Sea. We will spend the night at accommodations by the Dead Sea.
Day 7: Masada and the Dead Sea
Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea we travel to Masada which is situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea below.
Drive to the Ein Gedi kibbutz and nature reserve for a view of the waterfalls and wildlife.
Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to bathe in the mineral-rich Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth.
You can take a mud-bath and enjoy the benefits of the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. Relax and rest your body.
Overnight accommodations at the Dead Sea.
Day 8: Dead Sea, Bedouin Camp, Jerusalem
We will Drive to Kfar Hanokdim to a Bedouin camp and experience an authentic, traditional middle eastern lunch, followed by a camel ride.
After you’ve taken in the Bedouin culture, we will drive to Jerusalem, for overnight accommodations.
Day 9: Jerusalem Old City
In the morning, we will enter through one of the gates to the walled Old City to visit the renovated Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount.
Walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, culminating in a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
We will see the old market, and then finally sit at a traditional Arabic/Middle Eastern restaurant for a late lunch.
We will end the day with the sightseeing tour of Nachlaot, an active neighborhood next to Mahane Yehuda.
Overnight accommodations in Jerusalem.
Day 10: Jerusalem New City
To start your tour of the New City of Jerusalem, you will head to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum. Optionally, you can decide to go to the Israel Museum instead, for a historical and cultural view of life in this part of the world.
Then, we will walk in the Mamila and Rechavya neighborhoods to absorb the vibe of this amazing city. We will tour Machane Yehuda, the market home to some of the best foods in Israel.
Overnight accommodations in Jerusalem.
Day 11: Jerusalem, Ramle, Tel Aviv
Start the day with some free time to buy souvenirs, pray, walk the streets, or simply rest in the bustling ancient city of Jerusalem.
Then we will drive to Ramla, where you can explore the market in this historic town famous for its Iraqi dishes and spices.
We will have a proper lunch at a Jewish-Indian restaurant, where you will not only eat but also learn about the Jewish-Indian community in Israel.
We will drive back to Tel Aviv for your overnight accommodations.
Day 12: Transfer Ben Gurion Airport
Departure to Ben Gurion Airport for international flight.
Thanks for taking a tour with Mazada! We are confident your hunger for food and travel has been satisfied. Bon voyage!