Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure

09/30/2022 through 12/10/2023
09/30/2022 through 12/21/2023
Intrepid Travel

Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure

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 sabiach 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 village cooking demonstration. 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.

Activities

  • Tel Aviv – Welcome Dinner
  • Nablus – Samaritan & Tahini Factory visit
  • Tel Aviv – Leader-led tour of Old Jaffa
  • Haifa – Bahai Gardens view & photo stop
  • Nablus – Knafeh maker visit and tasting
  • Nablus – Palestinian cooking class at Bait Al-Karama
  • Druze Village – Cooking demonstration and home-cooked meal
  • Akko – Old Town Walk, including Templar Tunnels
  • Nazareth – Wine Tasting
  • Nazareth – Church of Annunciation & Mary’s Well
  • Jericho – Tel Jericho
  • Nazareth – Old City walking tour
  • Jordan River – Baptism Site
  • 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
  • Battir – Guided Village Walk
  • Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity & Shepherds’ Field
  • Bethlehem – Leader-led walking tour

Highlights

  • Feast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from a hearty shakshuka and fresh sabiach to an institution in Nazareth acclaimed for its silky hummus.
  • 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 explore the Templar Tunnels of Acre.
  • Learn some age-old kitchen secrets while cooking up a storm with Druze villagers, and discover the country’s ‘Slow Food’ network at an insightful cooking class with Palestinian women.
  • Embark on a full-day guided tour of Jerusalem, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, passing pilgrims at the Western Wall and ending at the Machane Yehuda market for you to choose your own food adventure.
  • Taste your way around Ramallah in the company of a local chef, before kicking back with a refreshing beer from a local brewery that is a long-time sustainability champion.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tel Aviv
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Day 2 Haifa
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Day 3 Nazareth
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Day 4 Jericho
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Day 5 Jerusalem / Dead Sea
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Day 6 Jerusalem
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Day 7 Jerusalem / Ramallah
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Day 8 Jerusalem / Bethlehem
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Day 9 Jerusalem
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