April 9 – April 20
September 23 – October 3
A Wine and Culinary experience 4,500 years in the making. This extraordinary tour will not only show you the beauty of this country, with its great cities and breathtaking landscape, but you will also experience the culture, incredible food and prize winning wines. Come with us and visit wineries all over Israel!
Leave for Tel Aviv
On our first day we will arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. After clearing passport control we will have a “Meet & Assist” service to escort us through the terminal with luggage to the awaiting bus.
There we will be met by our driver and guide for the length of the tour. From the airport we will depart for a short overview of the city of Tel Aviv, one of the most modern cities in the world. On our first evening we will be welcomed with a Cocktail Reception and dinner at the vegetarian Aubergine restaurant hosted by Ronen Alkalai, president of the “Les Clefs d’Or” Israel”
We will overnight in Tel Aviv.
We will begin our first morning experiencing the full comforts of a private yacht, sailing the Mediterranean coastline of the “White City” of Tel Aviv and on to Hertzliya, a few miles north of Tel Aviv.
While sailing, enjoy a rich Israeli buffet breakfast. Delight in Mimosa-a mix of Israel grown orange juice and champagne from an Israeli winery. Upon landing in Hertzliya, we will visit The Amphorae Winery, a new winery considered to be Israel’s most beautiful.
From there we will continue to the Binyamina Winery with a special treat of their award-winning “Cave” wines Afterwards we’ll return to Tel Aviv for dinner at The Herbert Samuel Restaurant in Tel Aviv and back to our hotel.
The inventive menu reflects a never-ending obsession with creating cutting-edge food that is influenced by the dazzling array of fresh, seasonal ingredients available in the local markets. This restaurant is often used as the restaurant to introduce new wines from wineries all over Israel. We will stay overnight in Tel Aviv.
After breakfast at the hotel and check out, we will depart for the north along the Mediterranean coast into the historic Carmel Mountains to the Carmel Winery Bistro to meet with their winemakers. This is a historic area for vineyards from the late 1800’s and the home of many wineries.
We will have the opportunity to experience the Rothschild’s Underground Cellars Carmel Winery considered the historic winery of Israel. It was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of Château Laffite in Bordeaux. Carmel owns the two largest wineries in Israel, at Rishon Le Zion, south of Tel Aviv and at Zichron Ya’acov, south of Haifa. Each has deep underground cellars built by Rothschild in the 19th century.
The building of the State of Israel from 1948 was largely dependent on people living on a Kibbutz to support each other and form a new nation in the land of their heritage. We will visit Kibbutz Eyal and visit’s Saslov Winery, hosted by Barry.
Saslov, who was a pioneer of boutique wineries in Israel. We will experience exclusive wine tasting and share his expertise about wine.
Tonight experience a unique and tantalizing eating experience at the Betty and Nachi Bistro. The wood, basalt and deep red décor enhance the feeling of entering into another dimension, far removed from daily concerns.
Based on a “Taster’s menu” comprising well over 15 dishes offering a mouthwatering selection of vegetarian, cheese and meat servings – seasoned beautifully, it is important to pace oneself, in order to be able to sample and enjoy them all. Get ready for an evening of gastronomic adventure!
We will overnight in Tiberias.
Our first stop is in the mystical city of Tzfat, the home of Kabbalah. There you will visit the centuries old synagogues and visit the world famous artist’s colony. Just a short distance from there is the Pelter Winery (a private winery). Next is the Olive Oil Mill in Ramat Hagolan.
We will meet the owner and learn about his agricultural field and do some Olive Oil testing. Today, most Israeli olive presses concentrate on producing oils based on different olive varieties. Since Golan Olive Oil receives olives from seven different growers, extending from the northern Kinneret to the southern Golan, the oil is produced based on flavors, rather than olive varieties.
A very short distance away is the Golan Winery, home to three of Israel’s most decorated Wineries-Golan, Yarden and Gamla. Dinner will be at the Château Golan for an exclusive private dinner at the winery
We will overnight in Tiberias.
Our first stop of the day will be Clos de Gat Winery. Israel’s preeminent wine expert Daniel Rogov called this “a world class winery” and is included in Rotem’s wines in every “best of” list he wrote. Next we will explore the extraordinary Domaine Du Castel. In the December 2012 version of Parker’s Wine Advocate annual tasting of Israeli wines, he highlights Domaine Du Castel as one of the “most successful wineries over the past five years.
Castel has no less than 13 wines being awarded 90 points or more”. From here our journey will take us up to Jerusalem the home of the three great religions of the world. Its history will take us back 4000 years as we approach the old city from the East and stand on the famous Mount of Olives to view the holiest and most sought after place on earth, the ancient Temple Mount.
Because this is Friday, the city offers a “local experience” that should not be missed. We will visit The Kotel (The Western Wall) to witness the Kabbalat Shabbat services. This is an amazing site to watch the thousands of people descending on their most holy site in song and dance.
After this we will share a Shabbat dinner at the hotel and overnight stay in Jerusalem.
We will overnight in Jerusalem.
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive into southern Israel to the area of the Negev Desert to the 2000 year old fortress of King Herod known as Masada. This is the famous mountain getaway palace and scene of the Zealots last stand against the Roman Legion in 70 A.D.
We will ascend the mountain via cable car for a spectacular view and exploration of the mountain palace. Next is a once in a lifetime experience as we visit the Dead Sea to float in the sea that has the highest salt content of any body of water on earth and in the lowest elevation on the planet.
We will relax in the mineral baths at a Dead Sea Hotel Spa and enjoy Lunch. From there we drive to an overlook of ancient Jericho, the oldest city on earth. On the way back to Jerusalem visit the Sea Horse winery (or similar).
Afterwards we will return to overnight in Jerusalem. Dinner will be at the Darna restaurant, located in a beautiful 200 year old building in the heart of Jerusalem, bringing us the influence of Moroccan cuisine as it was woven over thousands of years.
The rich menu served offers a wide variety of dishes accumulated over time, creating a unique culinary tapestry. The dishes are witness to the influences of the local Berber tribes, wandering Arab tribes and the Spanish Moors.
The restaurant Cellar has 5000 wines to choose from for dinner and wine pairing.
We will overnight in Jerusalem.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin the morning with a unique opportunity to helicopter over The Old City of Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives. This spectacular view will allow you to see the entire width of the State of Israel from the Mediterranean, across the Jordan River to the deserts of Jordan. Then we will explore the vineyards and the Tzora Winery. In 2012, Parker awarded three of its wines over 90 points.
A short distance away the Katlav Winery sits in the Judean Hills. Winemaker Yossi Yitach has created a perfect balance between age old harvesting methods and cutting edge technologies. The family owned, upscale boutique winery is best known for its award-winning Wadi Katlav-a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (40%) and Syrah (10%). “A fantastic blend”, says Shoham, who lectures on the history of Israeli wine.
We will travel into Jerusalem and stop at Machane Yehuda. Machane Yehuda market, also known as ‘The Shuk’ has been a hub of commercial activity from the time of the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century. Over one hundred years later, you still find the fruits of the land, but now, produce and fish markets stand alongside designer clothing shops and coffee bars.
The Shuk remains one of Jerusalem’s most vibrant and authentic spots. It is here that the people and flavors of Israel’s myriad of cultures mingle and form an experience so unique to this city. We will meet a local Chef Ruth Yudekovitz who has been feeding friends and family for special occasions in what is known as “Shuk and Cook” for 29 years. She will be taking everyones choice from the market and preparing a special diner.
We will overnight in Jerusalem.
Today we will spend in the Old City of Jerusalem, where we can step back in time and explore the most sought after city in all of history. Your hosts will be biblical archaeologists Dr. Kevin Dieckilman and Shahar Shilo, the director of the ancient City of David.
We will explore the Kotel Tunnels, walking along the base of the Temple Mount touching the stones cut for Solomon’s Temple 3000 years ago. Next we will wander through the ancient streets of the Old City of Jerusalem stopping briefly at a few of the most amazing historical sites. Then we will visit the Davidson Center and tour the southern wall excavations built by King Herod.
After a short walk we will enter the ancient City of David which is an active archaeological “Dig” site. We will descend down Warren’s Shaft and walk through the tunnel dug by King Hezekiah in 701 B.C.E. to the Pool of Siloam. We will also be able to walk through a recently discovered set of stairs covered in the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Dinner will be at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. For dinner, this dining venue transforms into a stylish kosher meat restaurant with an extensive a la carte menu.
Allow Chef Mizrachi to tempt your taste buds with their seven-course tasting menu.
This morning we will visit the Knesset which is Israel’s national legislature and meet with some of Israel’s heads of state. Next we will explore the Israel Museum, which is one of the finest museums in the world in archaeology and history. Here are housed the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made and a large scale replica of the first century city of Jerusalem. The afternoon will allow time for shopping in the Old City and relaxation. The last night our trip will include dinner at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
We will overnight in Jerusalem
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