Food & culture Israel Itinerary

The following suggested itinerary includes many of the highlights I recommend experiencing in Israel, with an emphasis on culinary experiences and interesting encounters with Israeli society.
I believe that through personal interaction with the people of this land, one is able to experience Israel on a deeper level. Add to that the tastes and smells that come with it, and you've got a recipe for a wonderful trip!
When we speak, we can discuss any necessary adjustments and also add special activities - especially if you have been here before and are looking for more nooks and crannies to discover. 

This option does not include a stay in the northern part of Israel. It can be added upon request if you have enough time during your visit!

Day 1:
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport Welcome to Israel!
Transfer to Tel Aviv
Check in at the hotel in Tel Aviv
Rest and relaxation by the beach
   Overnight: Tel-Aviv
 
Day 2:

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit the Old City of Jaffa and stop for a stunning overlook to open our trip together

Explore Jaffa's Flea Market district

Stroll through picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood and Rothschild Boulevard, and see the place where Israel was declared a nation - Independence Hall

Experience Israeli innovation and hear about Israel as the "Start Up Nation". 

 Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Day 3:
Breakfast at the hotel

Explore the colorful and mysterious world of Graffiti in Tel Aviv

Enjoy amazing tastes on a culinary tour of Levinsky Market 

Visit the Ayalon Institute Museum - a secret bullet factory from period of the 1948 War of Independence

 Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Day 4:
Breakfast in the hotel

Drive South

Visit Ben Gurion's house in the Negev and enjoy the spectacular view of the Zin Valley

A Camel Trek

Experience Bedouin Hospitality and learn about their unique traditions and lifestyle 

   Overnight: Negev Desert 
 
Day 5:

Breakfast in the hotel
Hike in the beautiful and serene Negev desert
Overlook the magnificent Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon) – the largest crater in the world!
Visit a Boutique Winery or a Goat Farm in the desert and taste its amazing cheeses

Night activity: Star Gazing in the desert
  Overnight: Negev Desert

Day 6:

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a Jeep ride through Makhtesh Ramon

Drive south

Visit Beit-Guvrin National Park – the land of 1000 caves, awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Drive to Jerusalem
   Overnight: Jerusalem

 
Day 7:

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy panoramic views of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives

Explore the City of David archaeological site

Tour the Old City of Jerusalem:

Visit the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall

Walk through the Arab Market and overlook the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

Visit The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter

   Overnight: Jerusalem

 

Day 8:
Breakfast at the hotel
Visit the Israel Museum, where the 2000 years old Dead Sea Scrolls are kept 
Explore the bustling Machne Yehuda Market and enjoy the endless flavors and delicacies on a culinary tour 

The Geopolitics of Jerusalem – a tour of Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries from several vantage points, discuss the events that led to the building of the Security Fence and possible solutions for the future.
  Overnight: Jerusalem
 

Day 9:
Breakfast at the hotel
Drive east
Tour the Ancient Fortress of Masada (ascend via cable car, descend via the "Snake Path")
Float and relax in the Dead Sea as its healing minerals nourish your skin
Drive to Jerusalem
Check out Minus 430 Art Gallery - street art murals in the abundant buildings by the Dead Sea  
   Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 10:
Breakfast at the hotel
Visit Tel Azeka which overlooks the beautiful Ella Valley - the arena of the famous biblical battle between David and Goliath 3000 years ago. 

A foraging tour in the Judean hills (depends on the season)

Visit a Boutique Winery which uses ancient techniques as they used in Biblical times.

Visit an Israeli Brewery in the Judean Hills

A private Chef Feast in the nature to conclude our trip together
Private transport to Ben Gurion International Airport 

LEHITRAOT (SEE YOU AGAIN!)

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Ramon crater
Levinskey Market
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Graffiti tour
boutique winery in Israel
Beit Guvrin national park
A camel ride in the desert - Israel
Machane Yehuda Market tour in Jerusalem
Culinary tour in Jerusalem Market
Machane Yehuda Market tour
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Dome of the Rock tour
Dead Sea tour
Neve Tzedek Tel Aviv tour
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Learn more about unique encounters in Israel in my vlog: "Meet Israelis I love"

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