Discover Israel’s culinary traditions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Discover the classic dishes and delectable delights of Israel and the Palestinian Territories on this Real Food Adventure. Savour shakshuka in Tel Aviv, learn the tricks of tahini in Nablus, break bread with Druze folk in Buq’ata and sample mouth-watering knafeh. In between these delicious diversions, float on the Dead Sea, drink wine in the Negev desert and see the holy sights of Jerusalem. Brimming with charismatic cuisine and rich history, this is an epicurean odyssey to remember.
Feast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from shakshuka to a beloved hummus institution in the Old City of Jerusalem
Take a dip in the famously salty unsinkable Dead Sea
Pay a visit to Zichron Yaakov and stop in at one of Israel's finest wineries. Enjoy a wine tasting and perhaps make some purchases to accompany a picnic brunch in the nearby Rothschild Gardens.
Learn some age-old kitchen secrets cooking up a storm with Druze villagers who are agricultural people, tending olive groves and fruit orchards.
Visit the local chapter of the 'Slow Food' network for a cooking class. Accompany the chef to the kasbah to collect your ingredients, then learn to prepare some classic Palestinian dishes. Enjoy your creations over lunch and discover what life is like for women in this small Palestinian town
Savour Jewish dishes in a local home in the Negev Desert
Enjoy a full-day tour of Jerusalem, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the excellent Machane Yehuda market
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements (let us know at time of booking), some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust.
The West Bank is full of welcoming people, markets and food. It's also one of separation and hardship, however, so crossing through the area can be confronting. This is a politically sensitive region, and we do our best to provide a balanced overview. We ask that travellers keep an open mind when they visit.
As the days get warmer, temperatures can start to soar. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, we start some days very early (e.g. at 5am). Though we try to make things as comfortable for you as possible, please be prepared for these conditions. It’s not all hot desert days in Israel, as the winter months (December through to February) can be quite cold. Temperatures in northern parts of the country can drop to freezing overnight. Snowfall around these areas is also common. Be sure to pack clothes that will prepare you for varying temperatures especially during these months.
Sites can get congested during peak travel periods with coaches of large pilgrim groups. We do our best to plan our visits around these times but sometimes it is unavoidable. There may be delays, queue's and private services that prevent us from entering the site. Your trip leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.
Some of the sites we visit involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides, where there is often little or no shade. Comfortable walking shoes and a hat will make it easier to explore the sights.
Known as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. If you are satisfied with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate and always appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Don’t be taken back if this tipping culture is even more apparent here.
Israel & The Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination and you should budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best deals!
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
2. Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Israel before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
3. Christmas Departure (19 Dec 2018)
Christmas is a particularly special time of year to visit Israel & the Palestinian Territories. To ensure you are able to partake in the local festivities, the departure on 19th December 2018 will have a slightly altered itinerary. Instead of travelling to Jerusalem on Day 5, you will go to Bethlehem, where you will spend 2 nights and can enjoy the celebrations around the Church of Nativity. Afterwards, you will travel to Jerusalem. Please note that all of the advertised activities and meals will still be included, they have just been rearranged. For a more detailed break down of the changes please contact your booking agent.
Our Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.
If you want to experience the delights of Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian hospitality and cuisine, learn more about the complexities of the political situation in the middle east, explore the historic ruins at Petra and pretend to be Lawrence of Arabia while you sleep under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert, then this is the trip for you. A truly memorable feast for all the senses!
Review submitted 28 May 2018
Part of the adventure of travel with Intrepid is to be open to new experiences and sharing these with other like minded travellers. Its always important to respect the countries and people you are visiting.
Review submitted 02 Jul 2017