The Spice Way
Culinary & Arts Tour of Israel
Led by Debbie Kornberg
March 4-13, 2019

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Discounted for Check Payment: $5,600/person based on double occupancy (option to select payment by check after clicking BOOK above). 
For single occupancy, add $1,099.

Payment by Credit Card: $5,768/person based on double occupancy.
For single occupancy, add $1,132.

About our tour partner, Ayelet Tours:

For assistance with flights, call 800-237-1517 x340.


Tour Overview:

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Experience Mediterranean food up close and personal with Debbie Kornberg, owner of The Spice Way San Diego. During our journey together, we will see, taste and explore the many faces of Israel. From elegant dining in top rated restaurants, to nationally acclaimed wineries and highly regarded chefs, we will learn how Israel is a melting pot of different food cultures. A special highlight will include visiting The Spice Way Farm situated in the beautiful Lower Galilee in the Jezreel Valley. We will have the unique opportunity of meeting with Avi Zithershpieler, founder of The Spice Way Farm and learn about spices and herbs as a lifestyle. We will tour our fields, pick up a few herbs along the way and use them in our cooking classes with prominent Israeli chefs. Together with Debbie, you will discover modern day Israel, visit ancient historical sites and the exquisite art culture with unique behind the scenes access.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Monday, March 4, 2019: WELCOME TO ISRAEL!

• Arrive in Israel. (Plan to arrive by 8am today, or plan to arrive on May 3rd or earlier).
• Meet in our hotel lobby to begin our tour at 10am.
• Today, we visit Independence Hall, the place where Israel's Declaration of Independence was signed in 1948.
• Next, we explore the bustling Carmel Market, where we take in the sights, sounds and smells as we make our way through the market on a tasting tour with Delicious Israel.
• Our tour continues at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, as we are joined by a museum Curator to lead us through the current exhibitions, giving us detailed insight into the artists and their work.
• This evening, we enjoy a gourmet dinner at a delicious meat restaurant and have the opportunity to meet with the chef.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 2: Tuesday, March 5, 2019: THE MEDITERANEAN COAST

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning, we stroll through Neve Tzedek in what is known as the White City, to see the world heritage Bauhaus architecture.
• We depart Tel Aviv and travel north along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the former Roman capital of the area. We see the ancient theater and the aqueduct, followed by lunch at a local restaurant, where we are greeted by the chef.
• Our next stop is at Lavido, an Israeli organic skin care company. We meet founder Ido Magal, and learn how to make our own skin care products.
• This evening, we visit a winery to sip local wines and enjoy a gourmet dinner.
• Following dinner, we travel to Haifa to check into our hotel.

Overnight in Haifa

Day 3: Wednesday, March 6, 2019: TASTES OF THE NORTH

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day at Derech HaTavlinim (The Spice Way Farm) meeting with founder, Avi Zithershpieler, as we take a tour of the agricultural farm that grows over 50 different varieties of spices and herbs for our very own Spice Way in San Diego. We will learn about their amazing benefits.
• This afternoon, we enjoy cooking lunch with a guest chef at the farm.
• Next door, we visit Galili Olive Oil to learn about the fascinating world of premium olive oil creation and taste the “liquid gold”. We will be joined by family member, Tamar Galili.
• We travel north to the Tefen Open Museum in Karmiel for a guided tour of the art museum and sculpture garden.
• This evening, we visit a Druze village where we enjoy dinner and home hospitality, learn about their unique culture and dance to music played by a drum circle.
• We return to our hotel later this evening.

Overnight in Haifa

DAY 4: Thursday, March 7, 2019: SPICE BLENDING & TOURING AKKO

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we return to Derech HaTavlinim (The Spice Way Farm) for a hands-on workshop on The Art of Spice Blending. Together, we will explore a selection of spices and herbs and learn how to pair flavors together.
• A guest chef leads us in a cooking class, as we work together to make a delicious, light and refreshing salad lunch, plus shakshuka!
• We continue to Akko for a tour of the Crusader-era fortifications and British prison, learning about this historically important port.
• We remain in Akko for a world-renowned culinary experience at the fish restaurant, Uri Buri, including an opportunity to meet the chef.
• Next, we encounter Johnny Stern of Stern Winery, founded in 2004 at nearby Kibbutz Tuval, followed by an unforgettable oud playing session (a lute-like stringed instrument common in the Middle East).
• We return to our hotel later this evening.

Overnight in Haifa

DAY 5: Friday, March 8, 2019: THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We begin our day with a tour of the Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery, an innovative space and meeting place for Jewish and Arab artists, including a discussion with curator and founder, Sayid Abu Shaqra.
• We ascend to Jerusalem, stopping atop Mt. Scopus upon our arrival to take in the panoramic views overlooking the City of Gold. We'll stop for light lunch along the way.
• We enter the Old City for a tour of the Western Wall tunnels, where we discover the archaeological wonders that once remained untouched for centuries.
• We continue with a walking tour through the Jewish quarter, with time to shop in the Cardo. Next, stroll along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
• Later this afternoon, we check into our hotel and have time to refresh.
• As the sun sets, we join together for a special Shabbat dinner hosted and personally prepared by Danby Meital, in her home. From her patio, we have a clear view across the valley to the new US Embassy.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 6: Saturday, March 9, 2019: DEAD SEA BASIN OR YEMIN MOSHE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
OPTION 1 (additional cost applies - public tour):
• This morning, we travel south to the Dead Sea basin.
• Upon our arrival, we ascend Masada by cable car or snake path to view the remains of King Herod's fortress, including the synagogue, walls and bathhouses, and learn about the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the Roman forces.
•We pass the Qumran caves along the way, as our guide tells us about the Essenes, the sect thought to have written the Dead Sea Scrolls found here.
• We continue to the beach for an unsinkable swim in the healing, salty waters of the Dead Sea.
• Time permitting, we enjoy a short hike to the hidden waterfalls in the desert oasis of Ein Gedi.
OPTION 2 (included):
• We set out on a walking tour of charming Yemin Moshe, one of Jerusalem's historic neighborhoods established in the late 1800s outside the Old City. While here, we see the famous Montefiore windmill.
• We return to the Old City for a chance to tour and shop in the Arab market (shuk).
• Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore Jerusalem and have dinner on own.
• Choose to visit the Tower of David for the spectacular Sound & Light show (optional).

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 7: Sunday, March 10, 2019: PLANTING ROOTS IN ISRAEL

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we visit Yad L'Kashish, the Lifeline for the Aged, where we meet some of the seniors and view the art they make here.
• Next, we visit the JNF Forest to plant trees, connecting us physically and spiritually to the land of Israel.
• Our next stop is at the famed Machane Yehuda, where we make our way through the rows of fresh produce, piles of spices, meats, cheeses and delicious halva creations, enjoying a variety of Israel's delicacies on our “Shuk Bites” tasting tour.
• Our afternoon continues at Ir David, the City of David, where we wander through the carefully preserved archaeological excavations dating back to the time of King David.
• At Emek Tzurim, we participate in a hands-on project sifting through the Temple Mount rubble. New and important finds are made here every day!
• Tonight, we enjoy a delicious “slow food” dinner at Eucalyptus with Chef Moshe Basson. We are joined by Israeli lone soldiers who share stories about their experiences in the IDF.

Overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 8: Monday, March 11, 2019: SOUTHERN EXPLORATION

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• Today, we depart Jerusalem and travel to the Negev for an authentic biblical experience at a Bedouin encampment, including a camel ride and desert hospitality, all while learning about Bedouin life today.
• Our next stop is at the Salad Trail, where we will participate in a unique hands-on agricultural tour. Here we witness how Israeli innovation is literally making the desert bloom, with crops grown out of some of the most inhospitable sands imaginable. We will pick and taste fruits and vegetables straight from the kibbutz's self-picking farm and encounter flying strawberries, tiny orange orchards, racing pigeons and herbal gardens. Our visit is completed with a MasterChef style cooking competition ending in a delicious lunch.
• Following lunch, we meet artist, Yaron Bob, at his workshop. Struck by the terror of shell attacks, Yaron decided to turn something terrible into something beautiful - and so began his work called “Rockets to Roses”.
• Later this afternoon, we visit with residents of the Sha'ar HaNegev region to learn about life on the Gaza border. The region has a special connection to San Diego as a sister community.
• We travel north to Tel Aviv to check into our hotel and refresh before dinner at an outstanding culinary restaurant this evening.

Overnight in the Tel Aviv

Day 9: Tuesday, March 12, 2019: THE FLAVORS OF ISRAEL

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Enjoy the morning to relax, hit the beach or explore Tel Aviv on own. We suggest exploring Neve Tzedek and visiting some of the outstanding galleries.
• Choose to tour Old Jaffa. During our tour we will stop at Basma Coffee, a shop owned by an Arab family. We learn the family's history and participate in a coffee roasting workshop.
• Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon doing some last-minute shopping.
• In the late afternoon, we check out of our hotel and join together for cocktails at the Ilana Goor Museum of Art, followed by an early farewell dinner at the renowned contemporary gourmet restaurant, Kitchen Market located in Shuk HaNamal farmer's market at the Tel Aviv port with the opportunity to meet with the chef.
• We transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our overnight flight back to the United States, or choose to remain in Israel for an extended vacation.

Day 10: Wednesday, March 13, 2019: WELCOME HOME!

• We arrive back in the United States this morning.

*itinerary subject to change


2 nights Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv (1 at start, 1 at the end)
3 nights Dan Panorama, Haifa
3 nights David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem, Jerusalem
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking guide 
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Breakfast daily
Levinsky Market tasting tour with “Delicious Israel” 
Welcome dinner Tel Aviv 
Lunch in Caesarea
Winery dinner with tasting
Druze dinner and drum circle
Dinner at Uri Buri 
Shabbat dinner hosted by Danby 
Dinner at Eucalyptus, including up to 4 dinner guests/soldiers 
Salad Trail, including cooking competition & lunch
Dinner in Tel Aviv 
Farewell dinner at Kitchen Market or similar 
Tel Aviv Museum of Art curated visit 
Stern Winery visit and oud player after dinner 
Umm El Fahem Art Gallery, including visit with Sayid Abu Shaqra 
Shabbat walking tour in Jerusalem 
Tree planting 
Shuk bites program at Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem 
Emek Tzurim sifting project 
Bedouin hospitality, including camel ride 
Rockets to Roses - meet Yaron Bob 
Visit to Sha'ar HaNegev 
Basma coffee workshop 
Transfer included if arriving/departing with the main group 
Entrance fees as per itinerary 


Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges (Please contact Ayelet Tours for flights - Note LAND tour begins on March 4, requiring departure from the USA on March 3 or earlier)
Optional visit to Whiskey Bar & Museum in Sarona Market 
Optional Masada/Dead Sea tour  
Meals not listed above as included
Any border taxes or visa fees
Tips to guides, driver, and dining room waiters ($18.00 per person, per day-pre-collected) 
Any items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (highly recommended)