Israel and Jordan Gastronomic Adventure

In Israel, at the crossroads of ancient civilizations and modern geopolitics, a captivating land of cultures, faiths, and migrations unfolds a culinary narrative that is as diverse as it is exquisite. In this vibrant country, where history intertwines with innovation, the gastronomic landscape resonates with tales of heritage and innovation. Delve deeper, and you’ll uncover a realm where falafel and hummus, once emblematic, now share the limelight with an array of global delights.

Israel’s culinary tapestry holds even more intriguing threads. Hidden gems of eateries offer cuisines found nowhere else on earth. Two fundamental elements weave through Israel’s culinary narrative, shaping its uniqueness. Firstly, its Mediterranean perch infuses its cuisine with the essence of sun-kissed landscapes—olives, olive oil, and succulent meats echoing the bounty of the sea and land. Secondly, Israel’s fertile lands yield a cornucopia of exquisite produce, from legendary Jaffa oranges to a myriad of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products renowned for their unparalleled quality.

Amidst this culinary mosaic, the influences of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish cultures add yet another layer of richness and complexity, enriching the tapestry of flavours and traditions that define Israeli cuisine.

In Israel, every dish tells a story—a tale of resilience, adaptation, and the ceaseless quest for culinary excellence. Here, amid ancient traditions and modern innovation, the essence of a nation is savoured, one delectable bite at a time.

Price per person sharing:

Price includes:

  • Superior, Luxury and Handpicked accommodation
  • Meals as specified as included in the itinerary
  • Excursions and Guided Tours
  • Classes and Culinary Experiences
  • Recipe Folder
  • Aprons
  • Air-conditioned Transport in Israel and Jordan
  • All entrance Fees into scheduled events
  • Kipa for Men – For Visiting Religious Sites
  • Tallit Prayer Pashmina for Women – For Visiting Religious Sites
  • Scheduled Airport Transfer

Price excludes:

  • Flights to Israel
  • All Beverages alcoholic and non-alcoholic with or without meals
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Any services personally ordered
  • Visa and Border crossing fee Jordan and Israel 65 USD per person in border taxes
  • Laundry
  • Phone Calls
  • Travel Insurance, we highly recommend this
  • Room Service and Mini Bar to be settled prior to departure at each hotel
  • Gratuities at your discretion
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8:00 - Delight in the flavours of an Israeli Breakfast.

In Israel's early days, pioneers on kibbutzim rose at 4 am to tend the fields and cows, returning for a hearty breakfast at 8 or 9 am, made mostly from their own produce: eggs, bread, dairy, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Over the years, this humble breakfast has evolved into the renowned "Israeli Breakfast" found in every hotel—a vast buffet featuring vegetables, salads, cheese, eggs, smoked fish, breads, pastries, yogurts, cereals, and fruits.

09:30 - Embark on a captivating day tour, starting with a descent into the Judean desert. En route, catch sight of the historic Inn of the Good Samaritan before ascending by cable car to the mountaintop fortress of Masada, a testament to King Herod's architectural prowess over two millennia ago.

13:00 - After delving into the archaeological wonders of Masada, take a break for a light lunch.

  • We press on towards the Dead Sea, passing through the enchanting Ein Gedi oasis and the ancient settlement of Qumran. In the distance, the caves where the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls—approximately 900 parchment documents of profound religious significance—were unearthed, stand as a testament to history's embrace.
  • As we arrive at the Dead Sea, a tranquil oasis awaits, offering you two blissful hours to bask on the mineral beach. Here, amidst the serenity, you'll experience the otherworldly sensation of effortlessly floating in the salt-rich water and be sure to experience the restorative pleasures of a mud bath, courtesy of the world's most bountiful natural salts.
  • Our return journey to Jerusalem unfolds along the storied Old Roman Road, a pathway steeped in ancient tales, affording us glimpses of Jericho in the distance, a timeless reminder of the rich tapestry of our journey.

20:00 - Join hosts Alison and Sidney for an evening of culinary exploration as you venture into the Old City's Jewish Quarter for a quintessential street dinner experience.

8:00 - Delight in the flavours of an Israeli Breakfast.

  • Join our expert guide at Jaffa Gate, where a captivating journey through the Old City awaits, revealing its ancient treasures and sacred sites.
  • Traverse the revered Temple Mount, pausing amidst its hallowed grounds for a tranquil coffee break, allowing moments of reflection amidst the sacred atmosphere. Follow the sacred Via Dolorosa through the iconic "Lions Gate," exploring Gethsemane and marvelling at the majestic Kidron Valley and its monumental tombs. Ascend to the revered Wailing Wall through the storied "Dung Gate," experiencing a profound sense of reverence and history.
  • Indulge in a traditional lunch at Abu Shukri, renowned for its tantalizing hummus and Middle Eastern delicacies.
  • Explore the historic Christ Church and pilgrimage to the revered Holy Sepulchre. Venture to the tranquil Ethiopian Monastery, passing beneath the grandeur of the "Damascus Gate."
  • Uncover the mysteries of King Solomon’s quarries before concluding the experience with a serene stroll to the Garden Tomb, a sanctuary of peace amidst the city's bustling energy.

Please note: Temple Mount regulations prohibit the use of laptops and tablets and require modest attire and discreet religious symbols due to the site's profound sensitivity.

  • Allow hosts Alison and Sidney to whisk you away to an extraordinary dinner at one of the world’s most iconic hotels. Indulge in exquisite cuisine while basking in the mesmerizing views of the Old City from the terrace above the hotel’s enchanting gardens.

8:00 - Delight in the flavours of an Israeli Breakfast.

  • Following a breakfast, our guide leads us on a captivating Middle Eastern Market Adventure through Mehane Yehuda Market. Here, we immerse ourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Jerusalem's cultural scene, indulging our senses as we wander through this bustling gem, sampling the finest culinary offerings the city has to offer.
  • Venture into Nachlaot, one of Jerusalem’s most fascinating areas, renowned for its labyrinthine lanes, historic housing, and hidden courtyards. Amidst the charm of over 20 courtyard neighbourhoods, bustling spice stalls, and markets, our journey begins at Machane Yehuda Market. Here, we are enveloped in a sensory feast of rich fragrances, vibrant colours, and exotic sounds, igniting our culinary adventure with tantalizing tastings.
  • This afternoon, our exploration leads us to The Mount of Olives, a historic site steeped in biblical significance and offering unparalleled views of the Old City and its surroundings. Standing over 800 meters tall, it serves as a poignant reminder of Jerusalem's enduring legacy across the three monotheistic religions.
  • As we delve into the mountain's history, we visit key landmarks including the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of the Pater Noster, the revered Jewish Cemetery, the solemn Dominus Flevit Church, and the sacred Gethsemane Garden and Church of Gethsemane, each holding profound significance in the tapestry of Jerusalem's story.
  • Tonight, you have the evening free to unwind and explore the Holy City at your leisure. Dinner is a personal choice, but should you require recommendations or assistance with reservations, please don't hesitate to reach out.

07:00 – After breakfast we transfer on our exciting two-night, three-day adventure to Jordan.

  • Leaving the city of Jerusalem in the morning, we journey towards Jordan, crossing the Allenby border crossing. Along the way, we are treated to breath-taking views of the Jordanian landscape, a prelude to the wonders awaiting us.
  • Our first stop is the charming town of Madaba, where we uncover the treasures of Byzantine mosaics unearthed from various locations throughout the town. We visit a traditional Jordanian bakery, renowned for its delectable Middle Eastern desserts.
  • As we ascend to Mount Nebo, a sacred site mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses beheld the Promised Land. Here, amidst stunning vistas, we pause to reflect on the profound history of this revered location.
  • Following our explorations, we enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, indulging in the flavours of Jordanian cuisine. Be sure to save room for dessert, as we savour the sweet delights of kanafeh.
  • After lunch, we continue our journey to the iconic city of Petra, where we check into our hotel for the night, eagerly anticipating the adventures that await us.

20:00 Dinner awaits, promising a culinary experience to savour amidst the enchanting ambiance of Jordan.

8:00 - Savour the flavours of a Jordanian breakfast that echoes the essence of the region.

Petra, acclaimed as one of the seven wonders of the world and poetically described as “a rose-red city half the age of time,” offers an awe-inspiring journey for every traveller. Carved into the desert cliffs by the ancient Nabatean people thousands of years ago, Petra lay hidden beneath sand for centuries before its recent rediscovery.

  • Our exploration begins at the Visitor Centre, where we embark on a guided tour through the mesmerizing Sid, leading to iconic landmarks such as the Treasury and Amphitheatre. Along the way, our knowledgeable guide unveils the secrets and history of this ancient city.
  • After a satisfying lunch, you'll have free time to delve deeper into Petra's wonders according to your interests and stamina. Whether it's ascending to the Royal Tombs, strolling along the Roman Cardo, hiking to the Monastery, or discovering other captivating sites, the choice is yours to make.
  • Leaving Petra behind, we embark on a scenic drive to our Bedouin camp, nestled amidst the majestic desert landscape of Wadi Rum, where we'll spend the night under the star-studded sky.

"Vast, echoing, and God-like." These were the words of T.E. Lawrence, the British archaeologist and army officer whose exploits inspired the classic film "Lawrence of Arabia," describing Wadi Rum.

  • As we approach this breath taking desert, with its wind-swept mountains dramatically rising from the burnt orange sands, we understand his sentiment. The landscape here is truly otherworldly.

It's no wonder that a hotel in Wadi Rum has recently unveiled a dramatic Martian Experience, allowing visitors to feel as though they've landed on the Red Planet. Inspired by Ridley Scott's Oscar-nominated film "The Martian," the Sun City Camp features 20 futuristic domes nestled amidst the desert, offering an unforgettable experience.

"We thought instead of going to Mars, you can come see it here in Wadi Rum."

  • Our evening culminates in a delightful Buffet Dinner amidst the tranquil beauty of the desert, a fitting conclusion to a day filled with wonder and adventure.

8:00 - Savour the flavours of a Jordanian breakfast that echoes the essence of the region.

  • After breakfast, we embark on an exhilarating Jeep Tour through the desert, exploring its most scenic sites including Lawrence's Spring, rock arches, sand dunes, Nabatean sites, and Khazali Canyon with ancient Nabatean inscriptions.
  • Following lunch, we head to the border crossing, then make our way to Haifa to check into The Dan Carmel Haifa. Perched halfway up Mount Carmel, the hotel offers breath-taking views of Haifa Bay and the coastline from its private gardens.

20:00 - Dinner awaits, offering a delightful end to our day amidst the coastal charm of Haifa.

8:00 - Delight in the flavours of an Israeli Breakfast.

  • We depart to visit one of Israel’s most successful Wine Estates where we have a Wine and Chocolate Tasting followed by Lunch.

In 1882, Michael and Malka Chamiletzki first set foot upon the land of Zichron Yaacov, after emigrating from Lithuania. He was chosen by Baron Edmund de Rothschild to plant and develop vineyards in the area. The family settled in nearby Shefeya, which is today surrounded by numerous vineyards, and began to cultivate the earth.

The saying “The past is the best prophecy of the future” symbolizes the traditional-modern perception according to which the winery operates today. Although the winery is most definitely a commercial and modern enterprise, a meticulous eye is always still kept on the grapes, which are cultivated and handpicked in our vineyards. The geographic locations of our vineyards have been carefully chosen from the optimal vine-growing regions in the country – from Sde Boker in the south, to the Golan Heights in the north.

  • This afternoon we visit and explore ancient Caesarea with its Roman amphitheatre, port, hippodrome, and aqueduct. This is a magnificent archaeological site which has been incredibly restored and brought back to life.

Caesarea was originally called Straton's Tower after its founder Straton, who is believed to have been a ruler of Sidon in the 4th century BCE. In 96 BCE the city was captured by Alexander Yannai and remained in the Hasmonean kingdom until it became an autonomous city by Pompey. After being for some time in the possession of Cleopatra, ruler of Egypt, it was returned by Augustus to Herod.

Caesarea is an important site in Christian history. It was the place where Pontius Pilate governed during the time of Jesus. This was where Simon Peter converted the Roman, Cornelius, the first non-Jew to believe in Jesus. Paul was also imprisoned for two years in Caesarea. During the 3rd century, Caesarea was a centre of Christian learning. In the 4th century, the site converted to Christianity and became a major centre of the Christian Roman Empire.

  • Tonight, your evening is free to discover Haifa. Haifa has a unique and very diverse offering of bars, restaurants, and culinary options. Whether you want to savour local wines and Middle Eastern fare or you’re looking to dine in style, Haifa has bars as beautiful as its beaches and cuisine as charming as its sites.

Haifa is establishing itself as a key destination for gastronomes. In the increasingly cool port area, Venya Bistro showcases the city’s knack for bringing an informal air to quality dining. At Fattoush in the laid back and trendy German Colony, roll up your sleeves and surrender to the appetising chaos of stacked sharing plates. Here you will discover the regional equivalent of soul food: houmous topped with mushrooms and garlic, cooked okra in a rich tomato sauce, and spices, minced veal baked in the oven and drowned in tahini sauce. For fine dining discover Hanamal 24 where Chef Ran Rosh fuses French cooking techniques and local flavours. More unexpected is Haifa’s burgeoning cocktail scene, don’t miss the locally distilled wildly aromatic Akko Gin.

  • Dinner offers an opportunity for personalized culinary exploration, allowing you to indulge in the flavours of your choice at your own pace and preference.

If you need advice or need us to make you a booking, please do ask.

8:00 - Delight in the flavours of an Israeli Breakfast.

  • After an early breakfast, we embark on a journey to The Galilee, one of Israel's most captivating regions, renowned for its lush landscapes, agricultural abundance, and rich historical sites. Nestled in the northern part of the country, The Galilee beckons with its picturesque rural villages and breath-taking natural beauty.
  • Our first destination is the majestic Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed many of his renowned miracles during his ministry. We visit Yardenit, a serene baptismal site nestled on the banks of the Jordan River, offering a tranquil setting where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
  • Continuing our exploration, we travel to Tabgha to visit the Church of Multiplication, commemorating the miraculous feeding of five thousand people with fish and bread by Jesus. Nearby lies Capernaum, once home to Jesus' apostles, steeped in biblical significance.
  • Next, we journey to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, and a city brimming with historical significance. Here, we visit the church of St. Joseph, housing the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel delivered the news of Jesus' birth to Mary. Nazareth's vibrant Old City, with its winding cobbled streets and bustling local markets, offers a delightful glimpse into its unique Middle Eastern charm.
  • After some leisure time and lunch at your discretion, we return to the hotel to freshen up before our evening excursion to Akko, just 30 minutes north of Haifa. Known as Acre, this ancient port city boasts a storied past dating back to biblical times. From its Canaanite origins to its prominence during the Roman period and the Crusades, Akko's rich history unfolds as we explore its enchanting Old City.

In the 18th century, Acre gained further renown when Napoleon Bonaparte's aspirations to conquer the city as a strategic gateway to India were thwarted. Despite his efforts, Acre fell under English control, becoming part of the British colony.

  • As night descends, we gather for a memorable dinner at an Arabic Restaurant nestled within the historic Ottoman customs house, built by Crusaders in 1210. Situated overlooking Acre harbour, the restaurant offers breath-taking views of the moored fishing boats and the ancient city walls, providing a truly captivating dining experience.

8:00 - Delight in the flavours of an Israeli Breakfast.

  • We embark on a drive to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, a place close to Sidney's heart as he once served as Executive Chef for the Dan Hotel Group here.
  • Upon arrival, we check into our Dan Hotel overlooking the Mediterranean, offering stunning views of the city's famous seafront promenade and splendid beaches. Tel Aviv, often described as having one foot in the Middle East and the other in the inviting waters of the Mediterranean, boasts a unique blend of cultural richness, commercial vitality, and culinary excellence.
  • Our first stop is 'Karem a Taimanin' neighborhood and The Carmel Market, Tel Aviv's largest food and vegetable market. Here, amidst the bustling atmosphere, we immerse ourselves in the vibrant culinary culture, sampling local specialties and soaking in the sights and sounds of this charming market. Adjacent to Hacarmel Market lies the quaint Yemenite Vineyard, a hidden gem with its narrow alleys and historic houses, offering a glimpse into Tel Aviv's rich immigrant history.

13.00 - We embark on a street culinary adventure at the market, indulging in the diverse flavours and aromas of Tel Aviv's street food scene.

15:30 - We have the opportunity to experience an enriching cooking class at Israel's newest and most exciting culinary school, 'Attilio,' founded by two close friends and culinary experts, Michael and Chico. Here, we learn to prepare a variety of classic local dishes, including Mesahan, Pita Bread, Tahini, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, a Jaffa style kebab, Tabule Salad, and Mahalibi.

19:00 – We gather to savour the dishes we crafted earlier in the day, enjoying a delightful dinner together.

08:30 – Enjoy an Israeli Breakfast

  • This morning, we eagerly return to 'Attilio' Culinary School for another exciting culinary adventure led by the talented duo, Michael and Chico. Today's focus is on the rich and diverse tapestry of Jewish cuisine, showcasing classic dishes and culinary traditions that have stood the test of time.

In the class, we delve into the art of preparing a variety of iconic Jewish dishes, including classic and innovative variations of Falafel Balls, Israeli staple salads such as Fattoush and 'Matboucha,' and the renowned Open Fire Eggplant. Additionally, we explore the flavours of traditional Israeli fish dishes, including the spicy 'Chaime' fish stew, and indulge in the delightful sweetness of 'Kadaif' Parcels with Rose Water cream patisserie.

13:30 - We gather to savour the fruits of our labour, enjoying the dishes we've prepared for a delightful lunch at the school.

  • Following our culinary experience, we embark on a leisurely stroll along the beachfront to the Old Port City of Jaffa, soaking in the historic charm and panoramic views of the coastline. Jaffa, with its ancient roots dating back thousands of years, offers a fascinating glimpse into the region's rich history and cultural heritage.

19:30 - We meet for a heartfelt dinner at one of Alison and Sidney's favourite eateries, where we come together to reminisce on our culinary journey through Israel and Jordan. With each bite, we toast to the cherished memories and unforgettable moments shared during our culinary adventure.

8:30 - Delight in the flavours of an Israeli Breakfast.

11:00 - As the time draws near, we reluctantly bid farewell to the vibrant streets of Israel, as we embark on our scheduled transfer to Ben Gurion Airport.

As we say goodbye to the enchanting landscapes, vibrant markets, and tantalizing flavours, we carry with us not just the recipes and techniques learned, but also the warmth of new friendships forged, and the cherished memories created. Our time together has been more than just a journey through food; it has been a journey of discovery, laughter, and shared experiences. Until we meet again, may the flavours of our adventure linger in our hearts, reminding us of the joy found in each shared meal and the bonds of friendship that transcend borders.