(Tel Aviv, Galilee, Dead Sea, Jerusalem)
Israeli wine has been in production dating back to pre-biblical times, and today is produced in hundreds of wineries in excess of over 1 million bottles annually. The majority of Israeli winemaking takes place in five grape-growing regions, Galilee, which includes the Golan Heights, which is a region well suited for cultivation due to its high elevation, cool breezes, marked by day and night temperature changes, and rich, well-drained soils. The other regions include the Judean Hills which surround Jerusalem, Shimshon (Samson), located between the Judean Hills and the Coastal Plain, the Negev, which boasts a semi-arid desert region, where drip irrigation has made grape growing possible, and the Sharon plain near the Mediterranean coast and just south of Haifa, which is the largest grape growing area in Israel. Israeli cuisine is the perfect way to compliment an Israeli wine. Israeli culinary traditions and cooking methods date back thousands of years, and have been shaped as a result of the combination of Asian, African and European flavours and techniques. This tour incorporates lively cities, cultural experiences, full-bodied wines, and delicious cuisine, all with private transfers to and from locations, a journey through the "Holy Land" that you will never forget.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between Tel Aviv and the airport.
Enjoy dinner at one of Tel Aviv's finest dining establishments, Rafael's Restaurant.
The Savoy Tel Aviv, located at the heart of the city and just a short walk from the beach, combines striking elegance with advanced facilities designed for business travelers. A unique sense of style is reflected in the interior finish, conveying a welcoming luxury and inspired simplicity. Offering the highest level of standards and service, yet with personal attention and an intimate atmosphere, The Savoy Tel Aviv is a place you’ll want to return to, time and time again. Comprising 55 state-of-the-art guest rooms with a stunning artwork feature, a modern lobby and gourmet breakfast, The Savoy Tel Aviv provides an experience of elegance and convenience close to the main business and leisure destinations of the city.
Begin the tour with a visit to Old Jaffa, an area some 4,000 years old, this port city of Jaffa served Egyptian and Phoenician sailors during antiquity. Christian legend has it that Jaffa was named after Noah’s son Japhet, whom was believe to have built it after the great flood. Next, enjoy a walking tour of Neve Tzedek. These beautifully restored houses and streets preserve the romance of the early days of Jewish urban settlement. The neighborhood was nicknamed "Little Paris" because of its eye-opening architectural innovations. Today, the most outstanding site is the Suzanne Delal Centre, a bustling dance and theater complex. In July, 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the "White City" as a World Cultural Heritage site. Walk along Rothschild Boulevard to view the architectural styles of the 1930s – most notably the International, or Bauhaus, style, telling the story of Tel Aviv from its early years unitl today.
Enjoy dinner at Mul Yam Restaurant in Tel Aviv.
After breakfast at the hotel, a private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to the Margalit Award Winning Winery for a special tour. From here, the driver makes route along the picturesque Mediterranean shore line to Caesarea. Here, view all the famous sites of Caesarea including the theater, water aqueduct and the hippodrome. The journey continues to the port city of Haifa, beginning with a climb up Mount Carmel for some magnificent viewings of the Hanging Baha'i Gardens. From here, a visit to the Tulip Winery, located in a nearby little village is scheduled. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting, along with some brief explanations of the unique work done in this location. A return transfer, via the Valley of Jezreel, to the Sea of Galilee is provided.
Enjoy an a la carte dinner at the Muscat Restaurant in the famous Mitzpeh HaYamim Hotel and Spa.
Perched on the sandy shores of the Sea of Galilee, where one can watch the sun set the water on fire, the Rimonim Galei Kinnereth stands tall. The 120 rooms are decorated with sophisticated and refined accents. Dining is based on the fresh is best ideal, and healthy arrangements succeed in pleasing the most critical of guests. This hotel provides a resort atmosphere to guests, as it is set apart from all the hustle and bustle and offers exceptional spa treatments. The view of the sea and private beach also lend a calming effect to a vacation on the Rimonim grounds.
In the morning, a private vehicle with driver will depart the hotel and begin driving north to the Mount of Beatitude for a visit. From here, continue to the Banias Spring, one of the main water sources of Jordan River, before beginning a short, enjoyable to the nearby falls. Next, ascend the Golan Heights to visit the Olive Oil Mill where a brief informative session is followed by some Olive Oil testing and a delicious traditional lunch. After lunch, visit the Golan's highest elevated winery, for a special VIP tour and wine tasting. Upon descending the Golan Heights, a visit to Tabgha is planned, a location known for its wide spectra of flora and fauna. This is also said to be the site of a miracle, where the Christian Saviour, Jesus, fed some 5000 starving people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread. From here, a visit to Capernaum is scheduled; a truly historical site where recently a 2nd century synagogue was discovered. A quick stop at the hotel is next before driving out to the Chateau Golan Winery located in the south part of Golan Heights for wine tasting and exclusive private *dinner at the winery's cellar. After dinner, a return transfer back to the hotel is provided.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a visit to Cana of Galilee, which is the famous location where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Wine. From here, it’s off to Nazareth for some brief sightseeing before continuing to the World Heritage Site of Acre. This unique city boasts all the characteristic of a fortified town, and dates back to the Ottoman period of the18th and 19th centuries. The remains of the Crusader town of Acre, both above and below the present-day street level, provide an exceptional blueprint of the once capital of the medieval Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. This tour continues with a visit to the Crusaders Halls and Al Jazar Mosque. After lunch, ascend into Upper Galilee to visit Galilee Mountain Winery, located in Kibbutz Yiron for some brief wine tasting. Upon completion a return transfer is provided.
In the morning a private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to the Sea of Galilee for a relaxing boat ride. After the boat trip, continue south for a visit to Beit Shean to see some well preserved the Roman ruins. Next it's onto a nearby Herb Farm in Moshav, SDE Trumot, for a visit and introductory session on the very special and unique methods used in modern Israeli agriculture. Travel along the Jordanian Valley to Jericho, stopping for some spectacular panoramic viewing, before making route to Qumran, the place where the famed Dead Sea Scrolls where hidden by the ancients. While in Qumran, enjoy the visitor's center, the Essene farm and Qumran caves, which is where the actual Dead Sea Scrolls were found. A return transfer to the hotel is provided.
Tamares is proud to present its newest success, the Daniel Dead Sea Hotel. Situated at the world's lowest point, on the shores of the extraordinary Dead Sea, the hotel is just a short distance from ancient biblical and historical sites such as the stronghold of Masada. The Daniel offers everything you can imagine to enjoy a fabulous holiday with a Dead Sea difference.
After breakfast at hotel, depart for a full day of touring around the Dead Sea. The barren landscapes of Masada are best known for being the location of King Herod's desert mountain get-away palace, as well as the site of the Zealots' last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Head back to the hotel for lunch, with some time allotted for leisurely activities including a swim & float in the Dead Sea or use of the Hotel's spa facilities. In the afternoon, travel to Arad, for a visit to Yatir Winery. Here, learn all about how grapes are grown in the Judean Desert, and some details about the fermentation process.
After breakfast, travel in a privately driven vehicle from the Dead Sea to Jerusalem for a full day of touring. Upon arrival into the old city of Jerusalem, travel through the Dung Gate, to enter the Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock and El Aksa Mosques are considered as the holiest place in the region for both Jews and Muslims. Next, visit the Western Wall, and take a stroll through the interior wall tunnels, showcasing what this passage way would have looked like during the time of the Romans. This area once held a temple as well, until its destruction in the year 70 CE. From the old city, it off to the new city of Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Only a short drive away, visit the Flam Winery in Eshtaul valley, for a breif informative tour. The Flam boutique winery is renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon, which has won numerous awards worldwide.
Stylish Dan Boutique Hotel Jerusalem is located opposite Mt Zion and the Old City of Jerusalem, within easy reach of many tourist attractions, both ancient and new. A short walk away is the charming German Colony, with its lively cafes and restaurants and, in the other direction, is the picturesque Yemin Moshe neighborhood, and an array of fashionable cultural and entertainment venues. The guest rooms boast stunning views of Jerusalem's cityscape, whilst most studio suites, suitable for families, face westwards, towards the leafy residential streets of the German Colony. Superior rooms offer spectacular views of the Old City and Mount Zion.
After breakfast, travel in a privately driven vehicle to the Mount of Olives, for some perfect panoramic viewing of Jerusalem. This spectacular location boasts views of the old city, the olive tree canopies, and a number of cemeteries and churches which commemorate and highlight the events from the life of Jesus. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane which contains some of the most ancient olive trees of the region, believed to date back to the times of Christ. From here, proceed to the archaeological site of the City of David and Hezekiah Tunnel for some brief exploration. Walk along the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) to visit Church of Holy Sepulcher. Continue on this historical walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo to Mount Zion for a visit to the famous Last Supper Room and King David's Tomb. Upon completion of the tour, a return transfer to the hotel is provided.
Enjoy Chef Moshe Basson`s flare for culinary creativity at Jerusalem`s famous Eucalyptus Restaurant.
In the morning, a private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to the small city of Bethlehem for a visit to the Church of Nativity. Visit the picturesque Ein Karem village, believed to be birth place of John the Baptists, before heading out to the Bravado Winery for a tour and wine tasting. A return transfer back to Jerusalem for dinner is provided.
Enjoy dinner at Le Relais, one of Tel Aviv`s best restaurants.
Each guest will be provided an Israeli Culinary book to commemorate the food and wine tour experience.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Israel for the most up to date visa information.
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