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Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure

9 Days | Feast on classic dishes from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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Not only is Israel and the Palestinian Territories steeped in religious history and longstanding cultures, it has a food and wine scene to rival any other. Embark on an epicurean odyssey, spending nine days exploring the sights and sounds of this country, with a focus on memorable and local culinary experiences. Feast on sabich in Tel Aviv, learn age-old food secrets at a traditional Druze village, explore Ramallah with a local chef, sample local drops in Nazareth and Taybeh, understand what life is like for Palestinian women at a refugee camp cooking class. Indulging on daily sights and feasting on the history and culture surrounding you, both your hunger for the best food and your mind for the most authentic experiences will be filled.

Trip overview

Map of Israel & The Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure including Israel
Start
Tel Aviv, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Finish
Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Theme
Food
Destinations
Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
EUZF
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Share authentic home cooked meals with Druze villagers and a local family in Bethany, and join an insightful cooking class with Palestinian women.
  • In between snacks, don’t miss any of the sights and sounds of this diverse country. Take a dip in the famously salty Dead Sea, discover the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and see the sights in Jerusalem.
  • Feast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from falafel, knafeh, and maqluba and fresh sabich to a selection of local favourites at Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem.
  • Take a refreshing stop at a family-run brewery in Taybeh, taste their lagers and ales and learn about their evolution to become sustainability champions in the region.
  • Locals always know best when it comes to the region’s best food and drinks and the winemakers, chefs, brewers and market stallholders you'll meet on this trip are no exception.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories is a great food destination for vegetarians. With wonderful fresh produce and many delicious local dishes, you’ll have a great time on this trip. For vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Israel and the Palestinian Territories which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • 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.
  • Major sites can become congested during peak travel periods with buses of large pilgrim groups. While we do our best to plan our visits around these times, it’s not always possible. There may be delays, queues and private services that prevent us from entering some sites. Your leader will manage this as best as they can on the day.
  • During your trip you will visit numerous religious sites. You will need to bring clothes that cover the arms and legs. Your leader will advise when such clothing is necessary.
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories is by no means a cheap destination, so it’s important to budget accordingly. The good news is that your expert local leader is on hand to help you uncover the best local deals.
  • Known as 'baksheesh' in the Middle East, tipping is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. 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.
  • Temperatures can vary across this region and throughout the year. From April to October, to avoid the midday heat, we start some days very early e.g. 6am. Be sure to review the ‘Climate and seasonal information’ section of the Essential Trip Information and consider the weather at the time of year you wish to travel.

Itinerary

Map of Israel & The Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure including Israel

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights)

Activities
  • Tel Aviv - Welcome Dinner
  • Haifa - Bahai Gardens view & photo stop
  • Jaffa - Old Port
  • Druze Village - Cooking demonstration and home-cooked meal
  • Nazareth - Wine Tasting
  • Akko - Old Town walk
  • Nazareth - Knafeh maker visit and tasting
  • Nazareth - Church of Annunciation & Mary's Well
  • Nazareth - Old City walking tour
  • Jordan River - Baptism Site
  • Jericho - Tel Jericho
  • Bethany - Home-cooked meal of maqluba
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float
  • Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane
  • Jerusalem - Church of All Nations
  • Jerusalem - Guided tour of Old City
  • Jerusalem - Guided tour of Machane Yehuda Market and Nachlaot
  • Ramallah - Food tour with a local chef
  • Taybeh - Brewery tour and tasting
  • Nablus - Samaritan & Tahini Factory visit
  • Battir - Guided Village Walk
  • Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
  • Bethlehem - Leader-led walking tour
  • Bethlehem - Refugee Camp Cooking Class
Add on activities
  • Jericho - Hisham's Palace - ILS10

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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2 out of 5 based on 1 reviews submitted.
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Natasha · Traveled June 2022
Our experience of Israel and Palestine was fantastic in terms of experiencing the culture and atmosphere. However, this particular trip did not deliver on the food front, and this being a dedicated food tour our expectations where higher than the non food related tours to the country. Also, I think this itinerary would be better seeing less places but spending more time in them. Haifa and Golan Heights in reality was a pit stop., In stead spending some time in Tel Avia and Jaffa would be recommended.
Review submitted 10 Jul 2022
Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure
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