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Galileat Private Culinary Adventures in the Galilee

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Address: BIG Karmiel Shopping Center, Karmiel, Israel
Phone Number:
+972 55-881-0727
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Are you travelling in Israel and looking for something off the beaten...

Are you travelling in Israel and looking for something off the beaten track? Galileat brings you different types of activities that the whole family will love.Makluba, Hubeza, Sinya…Maybe you've heard the names but never realized that it's authentic Galilean food. Galileat gives you an authentic experience that will make your trip to Israel an unforgettable one. We will show you Israel through the eyes, and palate, of a local. Our culinary adventures allow the participant a hands-on, true to life cultural immersion. It is a unique experience, unlike anything else you've ever done in Israel. You complete one of our cooking workshops having learnt how to cook something that you might, or might not have heard about , having eaten what you prepare with your host, and will understand a little better how people live in the rural Galilee. Oh, and let's not forget…it's a whole lot of fun!!!We have Druze, Moslem and Christian hosts, all of whom exemplify the middle-eastern custom of hachnasat orchim; warmly welcoming guests into their homes. The day starts (after tea and coffee, of course) with approximately 3 hours of hands-on preparation of traditional dishes. In the winter and spring, it is many wild greens, picked fresh from the fields. Late spring and summer, frikki (smoked green wheat) is on the menu. The menu changes seasonally, in keeping with the cycle of life in the Galilee. Once we have finished preparing the delicacies, we all sit and enjoy our feast. Culinary tourism is not just about good eating. That you can do at home. It's about exploring foreign cultures through taste, smell and experience.

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A genuine experience and all round fabulous day out

The tour was such an enjoyable day out! Paul provided such an authentic experience and has a deep knowledge of the food, people and history of the area. The food we had was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was such an enjoyable day out! Paul provided such an authentic experience and has a deep knowledge of the food, people and history of the area. The food we had was very good and we felt we learnt a lot about Israel as a whole. Paul was also very helpful and accommodating during the booking process and couldn't... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit at Penina's home in her Druze town. She was very welcoming and a pleasure to spend time with. Initially over a cup of tea or coffee she told us all about the Druze religion and answered any questions we had. Then we set about cooking. What fun! We made a huge variety of dishes that... More 

Thank Foodgirly1
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We has an exceptional cooking demonstration in which we participated. The hostess was an extremely dignified Druze woman and we got involved in cooking and them eating the delicious meal. Paul, the tour guide, was present and translated for us and enabled us to maximise the experience. He was an amazing guide, patient and informative. This tour is a must... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

We attended the Galileat culinary adventure and were so glad we did! Paul organised everything for us and we were welcomed into the beautiful home of a lovely Druze family set up on a hill with amazing views. Upon arrival, we had a coffee and were told about life in Israel for the Druze people who speak Arabic but practice... More 

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1 review
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I am so grateful I was able take part in such a special opportunity that highlights the everyday life and culture of the Druze people. All the food we made was to die for, but I especially loved the stuffed zucchini we made. Paul made sure everyone was having a great time and that everyone felt completely comfortable throughout the... More 

Thank Shira I
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

We were introduced by Paul to the hosts- two amazing women- mother-in-law and daughter- in-law. We learnt about the Druze religion, way of life and beliefs. Then we went to kitchen and started preparing the food. Everything was explained and we had great fun rolling vine leaves, stuffing courgettes and more. After all our hard work, we sat down to... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Our tour company, Touring Israel, had booked our meal at an Israeli Arab Christian Catholic house and when they included it in our itinerary I didn't really know what it would entail. It turned out, however, to be the most beautiful night for us in Israel. My family and I, all women, were greeted by a lovely, welcoming and very... More 

Thank chofibrnr
Monroe, New Jersey
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I definitely recommend a Galilee cooking class! Didn't realize we'd be in a Druze household and experience life as it is for the Druze people. Amira was definite on everything and so well prepared. What fun helping her. Would recommend Paul Nirens and his tour to everyone. Want to do more tours like this thruout my travels!

Thank marlenedirector
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Cooking a fabulous Druze meal with Maleck and Zarafat was an unforgettable experience! Paul was the ultimate guide, explaining and guiding us through the process. We left happy, full, and much more knowledgeable about Druze culture and cuisine. A wonderful bonding opportunity that everyone would be lucky to experience.

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Merion Station, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

My mother in law, 2 teenage children, husband and I helped prepare a few dishes with a Druze woman named Amira and enjoyed a delicious lunch with her and her husband Waaji in their home. They were both extremely welcoming and hospitable and Paul (who coordinated the program) did a great job of translating Waaji's explanations about their religion and... More 

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