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Africa/Middle East Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road Puzzle Israel is offering a yoga and culinary itinerary in Israel. Paloma Villaverde de Rico Israel is known for its Holy Land treasures- and rightfully so-but tell your clients that this tiny country is much more than a mecca for religious-focused travels. This country is made for visitors seeking out active exploration and cultural interactions with the locals. According to Eyal Carlin, director of the Southern Region USA, Israel Ministry of Tourism, "More and more tour operators are offering active, experiential travel. You can see it in activities, a lot of people-to-people activities." "People want to live like locals," adds Uri Steinberg, Israel Tourism Commissioner for North America. "It's a global trend and we've seen it in Israel. For example, some tour Why sell Israel? Web editor Melissa Bryant sat down with Uri Steinberg and Eyal Carlin during Israel Day 2016 in Miami so they could answer that very question. Visit to get the scoop on everything from hotel news to new air service. 22 july 2016 operators are offering travelers the opportunity to go into people's kitchens. It's a way of exploring the land, also exploring human geography." In the 7-day A Spiritual, Cultural and Culinary Yoga Retreat, operating Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, 2016 and coordinated by Puzzle Israel in collaboration with the U.S.based Peace through Yoga studio, there is ample opportunity to spend time with local chefs preparing dishes characteristic of the destination. In a small Muslim village that's home to a popular Arab gourmand, tour participants join the chef in the preparation of foods representative of the Galilean region, while in Tel Aviv, during the Jewish Sabbath, the group enjoys a traditional multi-course Shabbat dinner that they prepare themselves. There's also dinner at an Italian-style farm-to-table restaurant in a small farming community, a traditional Israeli breakfast feast in a splendid villa, and a workshop with a leading raw food expert. And then there's the yoga-imagine a sunset yoga class in the cool breezes of the Galilee, an afternoon yoga session in an urban park in Jerusalem or beachside yoga in Tel Aviv. It's all sprinkled with spiritual workshops and plenty of sightseeing. Rates are $2,895 pp dbl ($400 sgl supplement) land-only. A Taste for Markets & Wine For clients who want to explore Israel's well-known sights, coupled with some cool experiences as well, Gate 1 Travel offers a few itineraries that might perk their ears up and whet their palate for culinary adventure. On the operator's 10-day Deluxe Israel itinerary, for example, travelers go on a private vineyard tour at the Tishbi Winery along with wine and chocolate tastings; partake in a Biblical cuisine dinner in Jerusalem using spices and herbs from ancient times; and go on an exclusive culinary adventure at the Mahane Yehuda Market led by a local "shuk" expert. That's all mixed in with cultural conversations about Arab-Israeli relations, traditions and challenges, as well as a sailing on a replica of the Jesus Boat reclaimed from the Sea of Galilee. The tour hopscotches from Tel Aviv to Haifa and onward to Jerusalem, where clients stay at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria for four nights. In Haifa, it's the Dan Carmel that takes center stage for accommodations: With its mountaintop location, it offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary
Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe
Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime
Onboard Review: Holland America’s MS Koningsdam
Do Like the Locals in Latin America
Only on These Islands
Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International
Onsite Review: Barbados
Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road
Onsite Review: South Africa: From Beach to Bush
Explore the Great Outdoors via Rail Travel
Onsite Review: Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Singular Experiences
Onsite Review: At Home in Thuringia, Germany
Journeys Beyond the Ordinary
Come Aboard: India Rail Travel

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