Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure

11/27/2022 through 12/10/2023
11/27/2022 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 sabich 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
  • Haifa – Bahai Gardens view & photo stop
  • Nablus – Knafeh maker visit and tasting
  • Nablus – Palestinian cooking class at Bait Al-Karama
  • Jaffa – Old Port Tour
  • 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
  • Nazareth – Old City walking tour
  • Jordan River – Baptism Site
  • Jericho – Tel Jericho
  • 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

  • Share authentic home cooked meals with Druze villagers and a local family in Bethany, and join an insightful cooking class with Palestinian women.
  • 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 see the sights in Jerusalem.
  • Feast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from falafel, knafeh, and maqluba and fresh sabich to an institution in Nazareth acclaimed for its silky hummus.
  • Stay at guesthouse accommodation that is part of an NGO, originally a refugee camp and now a community initiative that aims to protect the ecology of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River Valley.
  • Locals always know best when it comes to the region’s best food and drinks and the winemakers, chefs, brewers and tahini producers you’ll meet on this trip are no exception.

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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