7 DAY CULINARY ISRAEL
Don't have 10 days to take off of work and life? Join us for 7!
Can’t afford to take 10 days off of work? Don’t worry, we have the perfect solution for you – our 7 day trip!
Join us for 7 amazing days traveling around Israel, experiencing all of the Birthright Israel “musts” – floating in the Dead Sea, that famous camel ride, ridiculously delicious falafel and hummus, exploring the vibrant, modern city of Tel Aviv; walking the ancient pathways in Jerusalem’s Old City and more.
All you have to do is take a few days off and you’ll be all set for the adventure of a lifetime!
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7 Day Culinary Israel
|Dec 18 - Dec 28||EWR|
Arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport. You will be met and assisted through customs by Israel Experts staff and will meet your Israeli tour guide and driver who will be with you throughout your tour.
Mifgash ("Encounter") Begins. Today you will be joined by 8 young Israelis who will be traveling with you for your entire trip.
You will have the privilege to explore Israel through their eyes (and they through yours) and to forge new and lasting friendships.
Stop at the new, trendy Sarona complex where history and the culinary world come together.
Meet with a leader in the culinary world and learn all about the world of Israeli food. This is a great introduction before heading out on the rest of your trip.
Tour many of the culinary hot spots in Tel Aviv including the Yeminite Quarter, Carmel and Levinsky Markets and more.
Enjoy a night out in Tel Aviv and dine out on your own at one of the many amazing restaurants in the city.
Take a culinary tour through Jaffa and try what many consider Israel's best hummus at Abu Hassan. We recommend the "masabcha!"
Enjoy free time to wander through Jaffa and its market which is an interesting mix of new, trendy shops and old, flea market-style stores.
Head south for Kibbutz Gvulot. Cook your own BBQ dinner ("al ha esh" in Hebrew) and learn about the fascinating history of the area.
Explore innovative agricultural and environmental concepts at Shvil Hasalat (the Salad Trail), an organic farm in the desert, where you will be able to enjoy fresh organic vegetables of the region and take part in a “Top Chef” style cooking challenge.
Taste other culinary delights as you tour through the Negev and head towards Jerusalem for Shabbat.
Take part in a special Kabbalat Shabbat (greeting of Shabbat) at the Western Wall (Kotel), one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
Spend Shabbat relaxing with your group with various programming and free time at the hotel
Sleep in (a bit) today! It's Shabbat!
Visit the recently renovated Israel Musuem. Explore its outstanding collections and wander through its fabulous exhibitions.
Enjoy an activity prepared for you by the Israelis.
Take part in the Havdalla ceremony, ending the Shabbat and welcoming the new week.
Head to Machane Yehdua market for dinner on your own. While this place is bustling with fruit and vegetable vendors during the day, it turns into a hip culinary and bar scene at night.
Visit Yad Vashem, Israel's national memorial to the Holocaust. The museum presents the historic events that befell Europe following the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany and the fate of the Jews under Nazi rule in the occupied countries.
Visit Mount Herzl, Israel's military cemetery and the burial place of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and Theodore Herzl.
Tour a winery in the neighboring Ela Valley
Enjoy a night out in Jerusalem an area full of restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and shops.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Jewish quarter and be witness to millennia of Jewish history, from the time of biblical kings and prophets to modern celebrations and conflicts. Walk to the Cardo, the street built by the Romans in the sixth century, situated 20 feet below modern street level. One part of the Cardo is a restored arcade of Jewish galleries and shops, while the other part is an open-air reconstructed street. Take time for personal prayer and reflection at the Western Wall (Kotel).
Take time to explore Machane Yehuda market during the day where you'll find fresh fruits and vegetables, ridiculously delicious pastries, a wide variety of ethnic food (Yeminite, Iraqi, Kurdish, Persian, Georgian, etc.), and more.
Buy yummy things to bring to your group's big picnic in a nearby park.
Bring your trip to a close with a wrap-up session where you'll reflect back on your Birthright Israel experience.