Day 1: Arrival Ben Gurion Airport
Welcome to Israel! We will greet you at the airport at the gate, and help you through the whole process of getting through the airport. We will drive you in an air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Tel Aviv for your overnight 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 mix.
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, which has been a port city for thousands of years. The ancient surroundings will bring you back in time.
Finally, we hope you have room 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 Caesarea, the Roman port city, where you will enjoy a walking tour of the amphitheater and 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 of the finest wines Israel has to offer. You will tour the site, and see the cellars that are still in use for one-hundred plus 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 Baha’i Gardens, the beautiful holy site.
Then, we will head to the Druze Village Dar El Carmel for some coffee and perhaps a pita Druzit, a delicious snack you won’t find at home.
tour Acre (Akko), where you’ll see the Old Market, the Knight’s Hall, and more! Despite this being a small town, you’ll never forget the tastes of this place.
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. We will drive up Mount Bental, for an incredible view of Israel and Syria, including a view of 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 have lunch.
Then, we will go to a Golan Heights winery to taste the wines right from the barrel. You will also tour the production facilities, so see where it all comes from.
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. We will briefly learn about the significance of this city, as well as see a view of the Sea of Galilee.
Then, we will head to a kibbutz that specialized in both vegetables and dairy products for a tour, and of course, a lunch with tastings from their product line.
We will then drive to Nazareth, where Jesus Christ grew up, to visit the old market to see the local produce. 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
You will ascend Masada by cable car to tour the 2000-year-old fortress and palace built by King Herod.
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 – at 400m. below sea level, the lowest place on earth.
You can take a mud-bath, and enjoy the benefits from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. Relax and rest your body.
We will then spend the night in the same Dead Sea hotel.
Day 8: Dead Sea – Bedouin Camp – Jerusalem
We will Drive to Kfar Hanokdim to a Bedouin camp and experience an authentic, traditional 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 area.
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, a hip 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.
Then, we will walk in the Mamila and Rechavya neighborhoods, to absorb the vibe of the city. We will visit Machane Yehuda, the market that has some of the best foods there is. We will take a food tour, and eat some amazing morsels that will satisfy you.
Then, you will spend the evening in Jerusalem.
Day 11: Jerusalem – Ramle – Tel Aviv
In the morning, you will have some free time to buy souvenirs, pray, walk around, or simply rest in the ancient yet bustling city of Jerusalem.
Then, we will drive to Ramla, where you can explore the market in this historic town. The town is famous for its Iraqi food, and there is no place other than Iraq itself you can find such authentic snacks.
It’s also a great market to buy some things to bring home. 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
We will drive you to the airport to say goodbye.
Thanks for taking a tour with Mazada! We are confident your hunger for food and travel has been satisfied. Come back when you can! Bon voyage!