Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure

09/14/2021 through 12/11/2022
09/14/2021 through 12/27/2022
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Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure

Discover the rich history and richer flavours of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories on this 14-day Real Food Adventure. Here, the sweeping deserts of Wadi Rum offer themselves to roast Bedouin feasts underground, the Dead Sea grants its salt as a world-class garnish and the region’s climate has allowed olives to thrive for over 6000 years. Savour shakshuka in Tel Aviv, learn the tricks of tahini from the Samaritans of Nablus, break bread with Druze folk in Buq’ata and sample mouth-watering knafeh in Amman. In between these delicious diversions, float on the Dead Sea, see the holy sights of Jerusalem and explore rock-hewn Petra. Brimming with charismatic culture and lively dishes, this is an epicurean odyssey to remember.

Activities

  • Tel Aviv – Welcome Dinner
  • Haifa – Baha’i Gardens
  • Zikhron Ya’akov – Winery visit
  • Nablus – Samaritan & Tahini Factory visit
  • Golan Heights – Druze Cooking Demonstration and Home-cooked Meal
  • Akko – Old Town Walk, including Templar Tunnels
  • Nazareth – Church of Annunciation & Mary’s Well
  • Nablus – Palestinian cooking class at Bait Al-Karama
  • Nablus – Knafeh maker visit and tasting
  • Bethany – Home-cooked meal of maqluba
  • Jericho – Tel Jericho
  • Dead Sea – Visit and float
  • Jerusalem – Mount of Olives
  • Jerusalem – Guided tour of Old City
  • Jerusalem – Guided tour of Nachlaot
  • Negev Desert – Goat cheese farm visit
  • Negev Desert – Home-cooked lunch in a local home
  • Negev Desert – Tomb of David Ben Gurion
  • Negev Desert – Winery and farm visit
  • Battir – Guided Village Walk
  • Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity & Shepherds’ Field
  • Bethlehem – Leader-led walking tour
  • Amman – Welcome Dinner
  • Amman – Knafeh tasting
  • Madaba – St Georges Church
  • Dead Sea – Visit and float
  • Petra – Local Family Dinner
  • Petra – Guided tour of Petra
  • Wadi Rum – 4WD jeep safari
  • Wadi Rum – Zarb dinner
  • Petra – Breakfast with a shepherd
  • Amman – Beit Sitti maqluba cooking class and meal

Highlights

  • Feast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from shakshouka to a beloved hummus institution in the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Sit down with locals for a hearty serving of mansaf – delicious lamb with fermented and dried yoghurt sauce – in Jordan’s remarkable ‘Rose City’ of Petra.
  • Learn some age-old kitchen secrets cooking up a storm with Druze villagers in Golan Heights and Palestinian slow-food experts in Nablus.
  • Uncover secret traditions and flavours with a Jordanian shepherd over breakfast. Drink fire-warmed sheep’s milk, then scoop bread into a pot of rich Galayah Bandoora.
  • Savour the smells and tastes of a freshly prepared Bedouin zarb – slow roasted vegetables and juicy spiced meats cooked to perfection in an underground barbecue.

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 / Negev Desert
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Day 8 Jerusalem / Bethlehem
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Day 9 Amman
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Day 10 Petra / Dead Sea
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Day 11 Petra
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Day 12 Wadi Rum
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Day 13 Amman
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Day 14 Amman
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