Day 1 – the “City that never Sleeps” Tel Aviv and Jaffa Tour
Start your morning in Tel Aviv and Jaffa and begin with a departure from your hotel to Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood. We visit landmarks such as Ha Shalom Towers to see the miniature replica of Tel Aviv, the shopping mecca of Sheinkin and onto Rothschild, the Bauhaus district.
In July, 2003, UNESCO Organization proclaimed ‘The White City’, the unique urban and historical fabric of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, as a World Cultural Heritage site. The modern architectural styles of the 1930’s in the ‘The White City’ main areas, are mainly along Rothschild boulevard. ‘The White City’ is the story of Tel-Aviv, from its beginning to today and is a wonderful opportunity to savor the experience of life in Tel-Aviv, in the past and the present.
Enjoy lunch in a traditional Israeli establishment near the Carmel Market or at trendy and elite restaurants in the area, such as Herbert Samuel, Manta Ray or Dallal.
After lunch, we transfer to Jaffa to explore the stories of the old Arab town, Church of St. Peter, Clock tower and the Flea Market to witness, Jews, Muslims and Christians living in harmony.
Day 2 – “The richest culinary experience possible in Jerusalem” Culinary and Cooking Tour
For richest culinary experience possible in Jerusalem you cannot miss on a visit to the Machane Yehuda Market. The market is visited by over 250,000 people each week who; shop, sit for coffee, explore its boutique Delis, or simply come to soak in the Market’s lively spirit.
During the market tour we shop for the groceries required for the cooking seminar at the Atelier. First, we explore the various stands and taste the produce of the market and the menu is created together with the participants. At the butcher’s we discuss the different body parts of the cow and how to cook them.
We then jump between the turmeric flowers and the vanilla sticks and taste oils, cereal mixtures and spices. At the fishmonger’s we learn to tell when the fish is fresh. At Basher Fromagerie’s stand we experience the flavor of some of the world’s most famous cheeses from Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and more.
Our chef guide takes guests on a tour of the market, where you buy the ingredients and then go up to the charming studio apartment and together cook a feast.
Our chef guide is a professional chef with deep roots in Jerusalem, studied and attended programs at the kitchens of master chefs, and graduated from the elite LeNotre School in Paris. Like all of us at TLV VIP, our guide loves Jerusalem and is in love with the market.
A culinary tour in the market where you hear stories, select and buy fresh produce, and finally cook a splendid meal together in your chef / guide’s charming atelier. For special occasions, the studio offers unusual chef meals served on her magnificent rooftop overlooking the Mahane Yehuda Market.
Day 3 – the “Holy City” of Jerusalem Tour
Begin the day with a magnificent view of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, visit the garden of Gat Semanim, on to Mt. Zion, and visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enter the Old City and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and visit the fascinating markets that Jerusalem has to offer.
Light Traditional Falafel Lunch
Your guide will take you and your guests to a local Kosher Falafel / Hummus eatery to enjoy the local Meat and Vegetarian options available.
Continuing onto the Tower of David Museum to walk above the walls of Jerusalem you can also experience an exhilarating sound and light show on the wall of the Citadel. Drive to Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust.
Tower of David Light show
Ending your day, we visit the Night Spectacular, a 45-minute light-and-sound display using the walls beneath the Tower of David as a backdrop, but a simple written description doesn’t really do the concept justice.
It’s hard to fully conceive of what a titanic expanse of age-old monolithic city wall looks like when used as backdrop for the movies until you’ve seen it done. The moving images, sent from 20 projectors and two projection rooms, tell a wordless, politically neutral pictorial tale of the history of Jerusalem from the time of the Israelite kings down almost to the present day, treating viewers to dramatically larger-than-life reenactments of the deeds of David, the Romans, the monks, Muhammad, the Crusaders, Suleiman the Magnificent and the rest of the historical family. The action hums alongside a booming orchestral soundtrack.
Runtime: 45min. Open air show (will need to dress warmly if it will be a colder day)
Day 4 – “Journey into the Wilderness”
Dead Sea – Floating and Mud Bath
Prepare for an early morning departure from your hotel for floating on the Dead Sea. Relax with a cocktail under the sun before heading to the beautiful Ein Gedi spa and botanical gardens, where you will enjoy a 30 minute massage and lunch before a short tour of the Kibbutz.
Massada – Tour of the Massada Fortress and Sunset
Arriving to Masada in one of our luxury air-conditioned vehicles with a private licensed tour guide, you can enjoy a unique pit-stop for a refreshing coffee and restroom break on the way where you will have the opportunity to take unforgettable pictures with a famous camel – at your request!
Upon arrival at Masada, you will be guided to visit the UNESCO world heritage site and explore Herod’s fortress and the legacy of the first century AD revolt against the Romans. Travel up the mountain via cable car for a beautiful scenic view of the Dead Sea.
Sunset at Metsok Haitikim- Metookai Dargot
We will travel onto a steep uphill climb (in the vehicle) to watch a stunning sunset go down over Israel.
Dinner experience – Wilderness BBQ in the Desert
The site is in the Ramon Machtesh in a Wadi with fantastic wilderness backdrop.
- Tabbouleh salad with Quinoa and Pomegranate
- Baked Aubergine with chopped tomatoes hot peppers and onion
- Baked Aubergine served with Techini and a glaceing of date syrup
- fresh vegetable salad
- cabbage in a soy vinaigrette topped with baked pine nuts
- Pita bread, Humous and Techini
- Potatoes baked in Rosemarie and crushed salt
- Rib eye steak grilled to perfection
- chicken steak, kebab and spicy beef sausages
- fruit of the season and Baklawaha
- black coffee and herb tea
- a selection of cold drinks, cold water, beer, red and white wine
After dinner you can sit and relax around the camp fire
*Please note there are no toilets at the his site – we pre-arrange porta-loos.
Day 5 – “Exploring the Wilderness” Jeep tour, desert experience
Your licensed wilderness guides drive and host you in air conditioned and comfortable jeeps through the desert, explaining geology, history and ecology of the area on an eye opening trip.
The picnic lunch is a modest affair with good food on a Bedouin style mat, under a tree or in the shade of a huge overhang, on which we sit. Plates and cutlery are glass and stainless steel so eco and user friendly.
- Pasta salad with diced antipasti and pastrami
- Pasta salad with tuna
- Freshly diced vegetables
- Techini spread
- Cold chicken drumsticks baked in Rosemary leaves and crushed pepper
- Coffee/tea and cake (Osem style)
Dinner Bedouin, drums and belly dancer – Arab Hospitality
The second part of your trip brings you to experience traditional Bedouin hospitality and learn about the Bedouin’s life. You’ll have a camel ride, followed by a lecture about the Bedouin way of life, and enjoy an ethnic meal in the tent camp. The “Bedouin” style evening will be in a private tent eating from a great Middle Eastern menu in a Bedouin style tent just a 10 minute drive outside Mitzpe Ramon.
- Lamb Kebabs in supprito sauce
- Kebabs in tomato chammy sauce
- Spring chickens stuffed with rice and pine nuts and lemon
- Stuffed vine leaves
- Humous salad
- Finely chopped garden salad
- Tabbouleh salad
- Baked Aubergine salad
- Magagdra rice
- White rice with cardamon & pistachios
- Pita bread
- Mineral water, fresh lemonade
- Tea and coffee
- Baklawaha and Mamuleh biscuits
- Fresh fruits and dates
- Red and white wine
Day 6 – Return to the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem/Tel Aviv
Chartering your helicopter we fly from Mitzpe Ramon to Be’er Sheva, over the Negev Craters, Sde Boker and onto the beautiful Jerusalem; some sites are dependent on visibility and you will be touched down for a landing in Jerusalem / Tel Aviv with options to stop on the way.