About Us

Who We Are

Why Choose Us

Yaya food and Travel Group, Jewish Heritage and Culinary tours.

Aya and Isaac Massias established the Yaya Food & Travel group, in 2008 and were guided by one dream: To expose Jews from communities around the world to the profound impact of the Spanish inquisition and the fascinating history and influence of the Jews throughout the Mediterranean - Spain, Portugal, Italy/Sicily, France, Morocco and Israel.

Our background as restaurateurs in Jerusalem and New York City prepared us for this journey. In Jerusalem we owned two award winning restaurants; 'Taverna' and 'Montefiore' , and in New York we established and owned the 'Primavera Restaurants, also acting as consultants on several other fine cuisine projects.

From the beginning, our passion for fine food and travel made it clear to us that our tours would involve exquisite food, awesome cooking workshops, adventure, luxury accommodation and world-renowned tour guides who truly bring history to life.

Aside from educating Jews from around the world about their deep heritage, we've made a commitment to provide an unforgettable experience with the tour of a lifetime.

We hope you will join us in this wonderful educational and spiritual journey.

Aya and Isaac

Our Team

Aya

Aya

Managing Director & Tour leader

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Isaac

Isaac

Food and Beverage Coordinator

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Testimonials

The people who know best

David Estes
Spain and Morocco tour, 2018

“What a great time!

Great people, great trip, great host.

… once again, thank you and Isaac for a FANTASTIC experience that we will always remember (till our next journey with you J)”

David Estes

Danny and Gayle Cutler
Spain and Portugal Tour, 2018

“WOW!!! Amazing and Awesome trip, filled with great memories, meaningful and well balanced tours that were well organized and flexible, amazing food, first class accommodations, and awesome customer service from beginning to end!!! Aya and Isaac treated everyone on the tour as if they were their only clients… exactly as it should be!!! It was a vacation of a lifetime, until our next vacation of a lifetime with Aya and Isaac!!!

Thank You again and again!!!”

Danny and Gayle Cutler

Leonard Galler
Spain and Portugal Tour 2017

“Our holiday was spectacular because of your expertise.  From the entire group, we thank you . We all had an easy trip home.DInner tonight at home will be simple and low calories. “

Leonard Galler

Ximena
Spain and Portugal Tour 2016

Aya and Isaac,

Thank you for all the videos, your organized schedule, for engaging informed and friendly tour guides and for arranging wonderful accommodations and meals.

I would say that the whole program was a success and this didn’t happen by magic. You and Isaac take all the credit.

It was great meeting you and sincerely hope that our paths will cross again in the future.

Ximena

Margie Moskovitz
Spain and Portugal Tour 2016

Aya – What can I say? You gave your all and we are all the richer and wiser for it. The trip was extraordinary and I will be carrying Sephardic Portugal and Spain forever in my heart.

Brought home Fado Music, book suggestions from the guides, 100’s of photos, two pairs of boots, and my notes from all the guides to keep the journey alive.

Margie Moskovitz

David Polk
Spain and Portugal Tour 2016

You are amazing!  That would be enough to say and I could stop but I can’t. 

You and Isaac are very special people and you are correct if you will have us, nancy and I are your newest friends for life. Your passion for what you do is obvious and shows up in everything you do. In our profession, we have to be detail people and can recognize people who are. However, not everyone can pull it off. You can and did at the highest level on every aspect and every detail of the tour.

David Polk

Barbara
Spain Tour 2014

“it was so wonderful, much more than we ever expected!”

“The personal attention to every detail making it look effortless which I know from experience requires tremendous behind the scenes preparation.”

“I can’t wait to tell my friends about your wonderful tour.”

Barbara

Carol, 2016
The best planned trip

“You planned everything so well down to the smallest detail. There is absolutely nothing I could have asked for that you didn’t do and make so easy for me traveling alone.”

Carol, 2016

Eveline and Errol, 2016 and Errol, 2016
Unforgettable journey

“You made this into an unforgettable journey where were learned so much and enjoyed every
bit of it including the food”

Eveline and Errol, 2016 and Errol, 2016

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Tuscany
Tuscany

The other way to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to walk as part of a multi-day Machu Picchu tour. Thousands of people hike to Machu Picchu each year.

The Cantabrian Treasure
The Cantabrian Treasure

The other way to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to walk as part of a multi-day Machu Picchu tour. Thousands of people hike to Machu Picchu each year.

Tapas – Cooking School in Spain
Tapas – Cooking School in Spain

The other way to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to walk as part of a multi-day Machu Picchu tour. Thousands of people hike to Machu Picchu each year.