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Delicious Israel: Regional Area Culinary Safari

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion. Our culinary and boutique specialty tours are limited to small groups so that together we can veer off the beaten path to eat, explore, learn and experience the authentic “insider” scene of Israeli lifestyle, history and culture.

Sample itinerary, Carmel area:

Just an hour away from Tel Aviv, the Carmel region combines a multi-cultural environment (Jewish, Arab and Druze populations co-existing) with a rich land ripe for producing high-quality foods.

We will visit a variety of local producers including:

  • Visit to goat farm, meeting with the owner, and tastings of homemade goat cheeses
  • Wine tasting with the winemaker or owner at a boutique winery
  • Learning and tasting at a spice shop that grows the herbs/spices locally – the “Toys-R-Us for foodies”
  • Druze hospitality in the home of a Druze woman that cooks incredible local ethnic foods from recipes passed down through the generations
  • Optional visits to: ancient olive oil press (organic olives and café), homemade jam producer, boutique organic beer brewery and/or organic wine makers, artisanal chocolate maker.

Time: 7-8 hours

Similar safaris can be arranged in the Jerusalem Hills, Galil, Golan Heights

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Delicious Israel: Negev Artisanal Treasures, Tasting a Desert in Bloom

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion. Our culinary and boutique specialty tours are limited to small groups so that together we can veer off the beaten path to eat, explore, learn and experience the authentic “insider” scene of Israeli lifestyle, history and culture.

Just over a decade ago, the Israeli government made the decision to allot a number of families desert land in the Negev to encourage development of a “wine route.” The culinary treasures that have emerged around this experiment have been fruitful and continue to fulfill Ben Gurion’s dream of a desert in bloom.

Visit includes:
● Argan oil and Camel’s milk producers – learn about the root of these internationally
significant trends
● Vegetable R&D center – learn about the production of innovative vegetables,
including seedless baby peppers, black tomatoes, and purple carrots.
● Solar powered goat farm (with the country’s best cheese!)
● Organic winery using drip irrigation for sustenance
● Medicinal herbs and natural spice grower
● Possible Additions: Honey farm, Israeli Cactus farm, Chef cooking experience with
using Negev products, Bedouin hospitality, Black Hebrews vegan cooking experience

11-12 hours

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Delicious Israel: Nazareth Culinary Trends

Delicious Israel offers foodies and culture-seekers a unique and adventurous way to vacation and connect with Israel – through their passion. Our culinary and boutique specialty tours are limited to small groups so that together we can veer off the beaten path to eat, explore, learn and experience the authentic “insider” scene of Israeli lifestyle, history and culture.

When it comes to Israeli cuisine, the Arab and Jewish communities are co-existing and unite over the love for fresh and natural food production, as seen in Nazareth (and even written about in the New York Times). The flavors from the Arab tradition are an important aspect in the development of modern Israeli cuisine. This experience takes us deep into Israeli-Arab culture as we meet the Arab institutions and people setting today’s culinary trends that go beyond (and sometimes meet head-on) deeper political issues.

  • Culinary safari in Nazareth including the market, 100 year old spice mill, sweets shop
  • Visit to Tehini and/or halva factory
  • Visit to Arak producer (optional)
  • Meal in Nazareth OR Kosher Druze hospitality in the home of a nearby Druze woman cooking local ethnic recipes passed down through the generations.

7 hours

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Israel Food Tours: Ramle – Superb ethnic cuisine in and underprivileged and under-appreciated city

Trip Itinerary

·        Pick up from hotel**
·        Tour through the Ramle market, the region’s largest, and discover vegetables and herbs found nowhere else in the central region.
·        Taste some of the best bourekas in all of Israel and possibly the region’s best hummus
·        Have lunch at a very authentic Jewish-Indian eatery and learn about the Jewish-Indian community in Israel.
·        Tour some of Ramle’s historic sights including the impressive underground cisterns
·        Drive back to hotel

For those wishing to visit an area that is truly off-the-beaten track, the Ramle tour is ideal for you. Ramle is an underdeveloped city compared to most of the other communities in the central region of Israel. For this reason it has been neglected, touristically, despite offering some very important historic sights and delicious foods to taste. On this tour we will visit one of region’s largest and most authentic markets, Ramle Market. There will be tastings of the excellent bourekas and hummus that Ramle has to provide and discover vegetables and herbs you can’t find anywhere else in the region. After lunch at a traditional Jewish-Indian eatery we will tour some of the fascinating and overlooked historic sights that Ramle has to offer.

*Itinerary will vary based on the group’s requests and availability of activities.
**Participants must be based in the Tel Aviv area. We will not pick up and drop off participants outside of the Tel Aviv area.

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Israeli Food Tour: Galil – Eating local and sustainable, Traditional Galilean Food

Trip Itinerary

·        Pick up from the hotel**
·        Drive to the Kibbutz
·        Breakfast in the organic vegetable farm
·        Tour of the organic vegetable farm, organic dairy farm, and volunteer work in the fields
·        Lunch at the organic Kibbutz restaurant
·        Drive to Nazareth
·        Tour of the city’s markets, tasting of the city’s famous sweets, and tour of a 100 year old spice factory
·        Dinner at the highly rated Nazareth restaurant
·        Drive back to the hotel

In the Galil we will visit locations that highlight regional cuisine, and offer a look into Israeli sustainable eating practices. On this trip we head to a Kibbutz that specializes in organic food products to understand the importance of Kibbutz agricultural in Israel’s history. We will have a tour of the farm, even work on the farm a little, and have an excellent organic and vegetarian lunch. From the Kibbutz we travel to the historically important city of Nazareth to gain insight into Arab-Israeli cuisine. You will be exposed to the famous pastries and sweets of Nazareth, take in the smells of a spice mill factory, and enjoy an excellent dinner.*Itinerary will vary based on the group’s requests and availability of activities.

**Participants must be based in the Tel Aviv area. We will not pick up and drop off participants outside of the Tel Aviv area.
This tour requires a minimum of four participants and is offered upon request.

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Israel Food Tours: Negev Region – Thriving Desert Agriculture, from Nabataean Times to the Present

Trip Itinerary

·        Pick up from hotel**
·        Drive to the Negev region
·        Tour and cheese tasting at leading Goat Cheese farms in the region.
·        Tour and wine tasting at boutique vineyards in the middle of the desert.
·        Lunch at a boutique vineyard with food typical to the region.
·        Easy walk in Avdat National Park.
·         We will visit ancient Nabataean ruins and discuss ancient Nabataean agricultural technologies.
·        Dinner with a Bedouin family and discussion of Bedouin culinary practices
·        Drive back to hotel
On this tour we will focus on the similarities between thousands of year’s old agricultural practices and modern ones seen today. We will visit a variety of goat cheese farms, boutique vineyards, tour a UNESCO heritage site, and explore the culinary traditions of the Bedouin.

*Itinerary will vary based on the group’s requests and availability of activities.

**Participants must be based in the Tel Aviv area. We will not pick up and drop off participants outside of the Tel Aviv area.

This tour requires a minimum of four participants and is offered upon request.

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Israel Food Tours: Jerusalem and the Ella Valley – Culinary Exploration of the Region

Trip Itinerary

·        Pick up from hotel
·        Drive to Jerusalem
·        Shuk Mahane Yehuda scavenger hunt followed by breakfast
·        Authentic Moroccan food and workshop, vin
·        Tour of ancient agricultural terraces in Sataf – just outside of Jerusalem
·        Tour and wine tasting of a boutique vineyard in the Judean Hills
·        Shopping at Israel’s premier Israeli foods and spices store
·        Drive back to hotel
On this tour we will visit some of the best food sites in the Jerusalem and Ella Valley region. We will start the tour by  finding different foods in the city’s main market and having breakfast. This is followed by an authentic Moroccan lunch where we will help prepare our lunch. A visit to Sataf will demonstrate some of the ancient agricultural practices of the region before we visit one of the newest and most modern vineyards in the country.

*Itinerary will vary based on the group’s requests and availability of activities.
**This tour requires a minimum of four people, and is offered upon request.

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Israel Food Tours: Tel Aviv-Yafo – Co-existence of the ancient and modern

Trip Itinerary

·        Meet at the landmark Yafo Clocktower
·        Tour through Yafo via its food with and taste the country’s best hummus
·        Tour through the Yemenite quarter and Shuk HaCarmel
·        Lunch at the most authentic and tastiest Yemenite  eatery in Tel Aviv
·        Bauhaus Architecture Tour – UNESCO World Heritage Site
·        Learn about Tel Aviv’s entrenched café culture with a break for coffee
·        Drive back to hotel**

By examining Tel Aviv and Yafo from a culinary lens you will discover how the ancient and modern culinary traditions of the country live side by side and even feed off of each other. The day starts in the ancient city of Yafo as we examine the culinary highlights of the area. We will then stop for coffee and discuss the city’s famous coffee culture. Moving towards Tel Aviv we tour the city’s main market and the Yemenite quarter, known for its small family owned restaurants, and have taste food at the best Yemenite eatery in the city. The tours continues as we take walking tour to learn a little about the Bauhaus architectural style that has led to Tel Aviv’s UNESCO World Heritage status.  The tour begins in the morning and ends in the late afternoon/early evening.

*Itinerary will vary based on the group’s requests and availability of activities.
**Participants must be based in the Tel Aviv area. We do not drop off participants outside of the Tel Aviv area.

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