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What can you tell me about Cook in Israel vs. Savor Israel cooking and/or food tours of Israel? Has anyone tried one of these day tours of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem? We thought it might be fun to spend a day in Israel in this way since we like to cook and eat. :-)

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  1. I just booked a Cook in Israel tour of the north, but we are not going until Dec. If its not too late for you, I can post about it after we've done it. What I can say now is that the owner was incredibly accommodating with our requests as we were planning the itinerary.

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    1. re: seb

      We are going on Sunday for two weeks, but we both should post about it.

      1. re: veggielover

        Please do post. We're probably going this summer and this could be a fun thing to do. Does either group accept kids?

        1. re: rockycat

          My guide requested that we not bring our 5-yr-old son (the most well-behaved 5-yr-old I know :)), but that may be because we requested that wineries be included on our tour. I'll post back in a couple of weeks after we've gone.

    2. We went on a tasting tour of the Galil with Orly from Cook in Israel. As I wrote previously, she was very accommodating during the planning, tailoring the stops of the day to our personal preferences. We went to 2 wineries, a cheese dairy, an olive oil producer, and had lunch at Ezba. We were also going to stop at a chocolate shop, but we had to get back to Haifa & were worried about being late. Orly made all of the arrangements and took us to places that we would not have known about otherwise. At each of the stops we had tastings of a variety of products and had the opportunity to purchase if we wanted (of course), but there was no pressure to do so. Orly is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and it was a pleasure to spend the day with her.
      A link to approximately what we did:
      http://www.cookinisrael.com/wine_tour...
      but not exactly since, like I said, we worked together to make the day unique to our tastes.

      She told us that she also gives cooking classes, where she takes the students to the Carmel market in TLV, teaches about what is local & fresh, and then goes back to her place to prepare it. That sounds like another great way to get to know the country.