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Israel: So Much More than Milk & Honey (9 days)

Kenes Tours - Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel To Acre, Israel

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018


Day 1
Tel Aviv, Israel
Jaffa, Israel
David InterContinental Tel Aviv Dinner

Day 1: Monday - Arrival

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our Tel Aviv hotel. Opening cocktails and dinner at Otzarin, featuring Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with a French twist in an ancient stone house in Old Jaffa. Chef Fabrice will explain his favorite aspect of each culinary tradition and how he merges them in his cooking-creating a perfect fusion.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 2
Tel Aviv, Israel
Jaffa, Israel
David InterContinental Tel Aviv Breakfast, Lunch

Day 2: Tuesday - Market Day

Israel has a long-standing history as a key player in the ancient spice route, and Tel Aviv’s modern trends are reliving this importance. The Levinsky Market dates back to the 1920s, founded by Balkan immigrants who brought their local flavors and traditions with them to the city. Today, gourmet chefs frequent Levinsky Street for fresh spices, dried fruits and store-roasted coffees, as well as for olive oils and deli goods. Accompanied by foodie Inbal Baum, graze the market from top to bottom, all the while meeting the multi-generational families working side by side to tell a story of Israel’s ethnic and culinary history. Lunch at Dr. Shakshuka, serving this unique dish for over 50 years. Take a short walking tour in the Old City of Jaffa, and continue to the Tachana, the historical Ottoman train station of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, now carefully restored with coffee shops and small boutiques. From there, walk the short distance to Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood established in Tel Aviv when the old walled city of Jaffa became too overcrowded for all its residents. View the charm and beautiful architecture of the area. Proceed to the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts street fair, and return on foot to the hotel via the vibrant Carmel Market-Tel Aviv's central marketplace. Free time for dinner in Sarona: in the heart of modern Tel Aviv is nestled an architectural throwback to the Holy Land’s pre-Zionist era. For the past half century, the buildings of Sarona, a 140-year-old German Templer colony, served as government offices or as part of the Israel Defense Forces 'Kirya' headquarters compound. Today the area has been converted into a complex of restaurants and shops and its enclosed Sarona Market boasts food stalls from all over Israel and beyond.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 3
Bet Shemesh, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Mamilla Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Wednesday - Reviving 2,000 Years of Winemaking Tradition

Check out of the hotel and drive to the Trappist monastery of Latrun to taste wine made by the monks on site. Continue to the Ella Valley, traditionally the scene for David’s epic battle with Goliath. Today, this picturesque landscape is dotted with moshavim settled in the 50’s and 60’s by Jewish immigrants from Arab countries. The area is rich in small wineries and cheese farms; tastings en route. Enjoy the excellent Kurdish cuisine at Grandad’s Home, not far from the recently excavated ruins of Biblical Shaarayim. Archeologists have established that this was an Israelite frontier post facing the Philistine nations because of the total lack of pig bones at the site, proof of the ancient residents' adherence to kosher dietary laws. Proceed to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Haas Promenade. Check-in to hotel before departing for dinner at Majda, a very unique restaurant run by a Jewish/Muslim couple in the Israeli Arab village of Ein Rafa, located outside the city. Their excellent cooking combines traditional Arab and contemporary cuisines.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 4
Jerusalem, Israel
Mamilla Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Thursday - Viewpoints in Jerusalem

Tour the Old City of Jerusalem, where 20,000 residents crowd into one square kilometer within 480-year-old walls. While there, enjoy a culinary market tour through the Old City with Chefs for Peace, a non-profit organization engaged in coexistence activities. The reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 prompted the government to create a “security belt” of civilian neighborhoods. This afternoon we will participate in a seam line tour of Jerusalem and view some of these neighborhoods: Gilo, Armon Hanatziv and Har Homa, all which overlook Arab neighborhoods, where Jews and Arabs reside side by side on the city’s seam line. We will have a multi-dimensional overview of current issues concerning Jerusalem today including the controversial security fence accompanied by Col. (Res.) Dany Tirza known as the architect of the security fence. Enjoy a private master class on preparing the perfect Challah in preparation for the Jewish Sabbath at the home of Ruti Brichter, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) mother of 12 in her tiny home located a stone’s throw from the Machane Yehuda Food and Spice Market. Free time for dinner in the market.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 5
Jerusalem, Israel
Mamilla Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Friday - Discoveries in the Judean Hills

West of Jerusalem, located down the eastern slope of Mount Eitan by the Sataf Springs, lies an area that has been cultivated for the last six thousand years. Walk through the ancient terraces to understand the irrigation methods used long ago. In this area Shai Zeltzer and his family founded a cheese farm in 1974 based on his 170-strong goat herd and there, operates an award winning goat cheese dairy.

Next, visit the Castel winery, one of the oldest boutique wineries in Israel and certainly the oldest in the Judean Hills.

Return to Jerusalem and free time for lunch

Join thousands of Jerusalem residents and visitors greeting the Sabbath at the Western Wall.

The Shabbat of a Lifetime program offers an opportunity to experience an authentic Shabbat dinner at the home of a host family in the heart of Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 6
Ein Gedi, Israel
Massada, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Mamilla Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Saturday - Only at the Dead Sea

Drive to the Dead Sea region, the lowest point on earth. Stop at Ein Gedi, where the unique minerals in the ground and the sweet water springs have combined to create a special botanical garden. Continue to Masada, King Herod’s mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Romans. At a Dead Sea resort, enjoy lunch & spa treatments, and float in the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for a free evening and optional late night Sound and Light Show or Western Wall Tunnels tour.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 7
Magal, Israel
Tiberias, Israel
Sea of Galilee Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sunday –Ascent to the Galilee-An Experience into Cultural Diversity

Check-out of your hotel. At the Biblical Gardens of Neot Kedumim, plant a tree and prepare pita bread as it was prepared in Biblical times. Continue north and stop at Kibbutz Magal, famous for its excellent olive oils. Stop at Ilaboun village for a traditional Arab home hospitality meal. Journey towards the Sea of Galilee for a boat ride and a visit to the recently excavated site of Magdala, site of a 2,000-year-old fishing village which played a role in the heritage of the New Testament. Proceed to our hotel for check-in. Dinner at hotel.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee

Day 8
Amirim, Israel
Dan, Israel
Tiberias, Israel
Sea of Galilee Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Monday- Food and Borders

Travel up to the Lebanese Border, which is guarded by a series of military outposts manned by the young men and women serving in the IDF. Here, meet some of the soldiers at Kibbutz Malkiya, and receive a security briefing on the current situation. Enjoy a light picnic lunch and walk through the Dan Nature Reserve, containing the Dan River – one of the three tributaries that combine to form the Jordan River. Board jeeps and drive off-road into the foothills of the Golan Heights, visiting some of the Syrian bunkers used until the Six Day War, when Israel captured these heights from Syria. At Kibbutz Ein Zivan, visit the Pelter Winery for a delicious wine tasting. Enjoy a chance to see some of the half billion birds migrating through Israel towards Africa on their journey from northern Europe and Asia at the Agamon Hahula Nature Reserve. Proceed to Moshav Livnim to enjoy dinner at Roberg, a lovely chef restaurant overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Chef Ilan Roberg will explain the laws of kashrut (kosher dietary rules) and how modern Israeli cooking has been adapted to accommodate them.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee

Day 9
Acre, Israel
Haifa, Israel
Caesarea, Israel
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Tuesday - History and Tradition along the Coast

Check-out of hotel and drive west towards the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient city of Akko features an impressive collection of fortresses, citadels, churches and mosques all depicting the history of the many rulers to mention a few – Canaanites, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders and Mamelukes - who governed and fought for this city throughout the history. Its colorful Oriental markets, museums and beaches are but a few more of the city’s attractions. The old city of Acre has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. At a nearby Druze village, participate in a cooking workshop. Learn about their lifestyle and beliefs. Drive past the impressive and imposing Baha'i Gardens in Haifa, a city which prides itself on coexistence, and proceed onwards to Caesarea. There, tour the impressively preserved Roman ruins with the incredible assistance of a revolutionary and new virtual reality device-enabling us to view the ruins as they appeared 2,000 years ago-and stroll along its Crusader-built harbor. Enjoy a special farewell dinner here before continuing to Ben Gurion Airport for the flight home.

*Itinerary is subject to change pending circumstances beyond our control*

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing


In Hebrew, Kibbutz Galuyot is a phrase meaning 'Ingathering of the Exiles,' and Israel is indeed a gathering of people from all over the world who have brought with them to its shores rich and varied culinary traditions. Moroccan couscous, Kurdish kubbe, Ashkenazi gefilte fish, Yemenite jachnoon, Libyan matbucha salad, and of course, Israel's ubiquitous falafel are all common features in the country’s restaurants and homes. It is from this mosaic of this amazing selection that Israel has developed a culinary style of its own, which can be best described as Mediterranean/Jewish fusion, combining French cooking techniques, liberal usage of local products, and ethnic touches. Tel Aviv in particular boasts young and inventive chefs working in excellent restaurants. Throughout the country there are over 300 boutique wineries creating fine wines which perfectly accompany the cuisine, as well as a growing number of small breweries, distilleries, and olive oil producers.

Program highlights:

Unique restaurants serving local cuisine featuring locally-sourced and fresh ingredients

Visits to some of Israel’s most admired wineries

Colorful markets filled with vibrant sights, tastes, and aromas

Authentic culinary workshop encounters with locals

In-depth briefings on geopolitics, security, and multi-cultural coexistence

Exposure to history and archeology

Unique to Israel: Dead Sea and bird migration

Your itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tel Aviv and opening dinner in Old Jaffa

Day 2: Markets in Tel Aviv

Day 3: Wine and food en route to Jerusalem

Day 4: Old City and New City in Jerusalem

Day 5: Wine and cheese in the Judean Hills, Sabbath meal

Day 6: History and relaxation in the Dead Sea area

Day 7: Arab and Jewish cultures and cuisine en route to the Galilee

Day 8: Geopolitics and security challenges along the northern borders

Day 9: Akko, Druze lunch and Caesarea farewell

About Us

Kenes Tours established in 1965 has become one of the leading tour companies in Israel, specializing in customized tailor made tours for FITS, family tours, groups, incentives and more. Together with our team of dedicated and creative staff we are able to provide you with our excellent service, competitive rates and value for money. Our handpicked guides with their vast knowledge and passion for Israel help to fulfill your clients expectations. We offer 24/7 service in several languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese and more). We are able to provide pre-tour or extensions to Jordan, Turkey and Greece.

Insider Tip

Specialties: Guaranteed escorted tours in Israel, Jewish heritage tours, Christian tours, bar/bat mitzvah tours, Catholic Holy Land tours, Synagogues tours, special interest groups, private car tours

Terms & Conditions

1. Hotel Bookings for individuals - most of these bookings can be canceled up to 7 days prior to arrival without any cancellation fees or penalties. (This does not apply to bookings during Peak Season or over high Jewish Holidays). Cancellations made 7 days and up to 2 days prior to arrival will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Full cancellation fees will apply to cancellations less than 48 hours prior to arrival.

2. Private touring and group bookings Private car touring that includes touring with private car driver/guides and transportation may be canceled up to 30 days prior to arrival without any cancellation fees or penalty. (This does not apply to bookings during Peak Season or over high Jewish Holidays). Cancellations between 30 days and up to 7 days prior to arrival will incur 50% cancellation fees. Full cancellation fees will apply to cancellations less than 7 days prior to arrival. For group bookings hotels differ with cancelation policies which we will provide upon booking.

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Super knowledgeable, responsive, and helpful

By: Glitterati

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2015

Very knowledgable, extremely responsive when we had minor emergencies, lovely to work with. They checked in on us several times during our trip to make sure that everything was running smoothly, and to see if there was anything else we might need. They were very helpful when we had a medical issue and needed to make itinerary changes on the fly. They helped make fantastic arrangements for us, and it was the best trip we've ever taken. We recommend them very highly.
Travel Advisor:  Allyson Jeanson

Incredible vacation


Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2017

They were great to work with. Linda was very thorough and Noam was one of the best guides we have ever had. Would recommend them to anyone!!
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen

Israel trip

By: Lynn Sepulvado

Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2018

Kenes Tours was absolutely amazing!! Our guide Zak Savin was incredible. His knowledge and ability to help us connect to every location we visited was simply amazing. Nathan worked with Linda Scroggins and was able to plan an absolutely life changing trip that we will certainly never forget. Can’t say enough good things about my experience with Kenes Tours!!
Travel Advisor:  Linda Scroggins

Once in a lifetime

By: Travel bug

Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2018

Our tour was exceptional from beginning to end. Our group was so blessed with Zak as our tour guide, he is very knowledgeable and very insightful. This trip has ingrained a special place in our hearts. Will definitely spread their brand amongst our friends.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Scroggins