A Tour to the Holy land Israel – Accessible Multicultural Tour

April 5-15, 2019

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Day 1: Friday, April 5

 

Shalom & Welcome to Israel!

 

Israel is unique – nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean – a meeting place of east meets west, modern meets ancient, religious meets secular… it’s a kaleidoscope of cultures and religions!

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport with airport transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem. Get acquainted with the area, relax and adjust to local time.

 

Welcome dinner/ Shabbat dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 2: Saturday April 6

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Begin the day by looking over Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions - from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days.

The Church of All Nations, officially named the Basilica of the Agony, is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane. The Catholic church enshrines a section of stone in the Garden of Gethsemane that is believed to be where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest.

 

 

On Mount Zion is the traditional site of the tomb of King David, and holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues. The second level the Cenacle room where two major events in the early Christian Church are commemorated: The Last Supper and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles

 

 

 

 

Walk a part of the from there we take the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus to get to The Holy Sepulcher is situated on the hill called Golgotha or Calvary. The Church contains the last five Stations of the Cross including the sites of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. Several Christian denominations claim ownership to various parts of the site so holy toChristendom.

 

Dinner on own

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 3: Sunday, April 7th

 

A Message from History

 

Early breakfast at your hotel

 

Drive south to the Dead Sea

 

Ascend Masada by cable car and tour King Herod’s private fortress which, following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 BCE, became a base for a small band of Jewish zealots in revolt against the Romans. Although the rebels held their own, they were eventually overcome and, according to historian Josephus, chose mass suicide over surrender.

 

 

 

 

Afternoon swim in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Attempt flotation in a sea that is 33% salt and keeps you buoyant.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls  brought excitement and new relevance to ancient Christian history as they provided a tangible peek into the religious world at the time of Jesus’ birth. At the Qumran National Park, you can see these sites to witness where history was made.

 

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Time permitting: Enjoy Ein Gedi oasis with its magnificent waterfalls and beautiful trails and swim in the fresh cold springs.

 

Return to Jerusalem

 

Dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

Day 4: Monday, April 8th

 

Jerusalem- Holy to All -The Old City

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

The Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

 

 

 

Walk through the Jewish Quarter and to the Western Wall to appreciate its centrality to the Jewish faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the unique collections at the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Discover the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You should also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

 

Dinner at the hotel

 

 

Evening: Light and Sound Show (or evening on own)

The Tower of David Museum night time experience in which the majestic story of David, from shepherd-to-king, comes to life in a completely new cinematic production projected onto the walls and archaeological excavations of the ancient citadel. This story has been the inspiration for artists for centuries.

 

Overnight in Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5: Tuesday, April 9th

 

The New City

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust. You will tour this memorial to the darkest moment in world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

 

 

 

 

 

Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour. If you really Want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda Market is the place to visit. In this colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages and listen the special stories of the peddlers

 

Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 6: Wednesday, April 10th

 

Breakfast in your hotel

 

Begin the day at the Palmach Museum, which aims to provide a sense of the period that led to the founding of the State of Israel.  Appropriately, the main exhibit takes place in a series of underground chambers. Remarkably realistic sets, sounds, lighting, special effects and even moving rooms, make the visitor feel part of this extraordinary experience.

 

Lunch on own at the Namal, Tel Aviv

 

Stop at Kikar Rabin, where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4th, 1995. Walk in his final path and discuss the impact of this event on the modern history of the state of Israel.

Discover the beautiful ancient port city of Yafo (Jaffa). In many ways, Yafo is a microcosm of Israel itself, a place where the new has evolved out of the old, where people of all faiths meet, work, and live and a place that has a heart and a soul that beckons visitors to explore the past, present, and future.

 

 

 

 

 

Visit St. Peter's Church, an old Franciscan Church which commemorates the visit and miracle of St. Peter in Jaffa.

 

Dinner at the hotel

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 7: Thursday, April 11th

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Enjoy tasting tour at the Carmel Market, and learn about the history of the city, the country, and the market. 

Through the variety of foods in the market you will have insights into the complex melting pot of cultures in Israel as they are expressed through food.

The new Independence Trail follows Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. Beginning at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk and ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

Lunch on own and afternoon enjoying the beach in Tel Aviv

 

 

 

Enjoy an evening stroll through Sarona, a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv. Originally a German Templar Colony, today is the home of boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars. Sarona has quickly gained a reputation as one of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots.

 

Dinner on own

 

Overnight in Tel Aviv

 

Day 8: Friday, April 12th

 

Sculpting Naturebk

 

Breakfast in your hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Caesarea preserves values of nature, landscape and historic legacy, and cultivates them for the coming generations. The city's remains give evidence of days of pomp and glory as well as periods of regression and decline. Caesarea Maritima (“by the sea”), built by Herod the Great, which was the scene of significant events for Christians. Here were the headquarters of Pontius Pilate, Peter baptized the centurion Cornelius, considered the first gentile convert and the apostle Paul was imprisoned for two years and preached to the last of the Herodian kings, Agrippa II.

Lunch – have a Galilean meal in Druze home and taste genuine, home-cooked food. This experience will show you Israel through the eyes, and palate, of a local. You will even participate in the cooking workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the tranquil Nachal HaShofet (Judge’s Stream) with its beautiful trail and enjoy walking along the special path especially designed for wheelchair users.

 

Continue to your hotel in the Galilee

 

Dinner at your hotel

 

Overnight in the Galilee

 

Day 9: Saturday, April 13th

 

Physical and Spiritual Heights

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Tel Dan National Park combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience and includes a short wheelchair-accessible trail. At the heart of the park is Tel Dan, the capital of the ancient northern kingdom.

The Golan Heights are a geological and biogeographical region the Golan Heights is a plateau formed by volcanic action. As a geopolitical region the Golan Heights is the area captured from Syria and occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War which Israel effectively annexed in 1981. This region includes the western two-thirds of the geological Golan Heights, as well as the Israeli-occupied part of Mount Hermon.

 

 

 

 

Travel to the family operated Assaf Winery in Kidmat Tzvi in the Golan. In addition to its wine, Assaf offers visitors the best window into boutique wineries in Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

Take a ride on a Safari wagon the Hula Valley, important resting place for migrating birds and many species of rare fish and plants creating a wonderland of flora and fauna A guided tour in a tractor-drawn safari wagon, allows you an extra-close observation of birds and other animals in their natural habitat at Agamon Hula.

 

Dinner at the Hotel

 

Overnight in the Galilee

 

Day 10: Sunday, April 14th

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

 

Breakfast in your hotel

 

Mount of Beatitudes in an area overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Some late traditions of Christianity place this mountain on the area in which Jesus picked his 12 apostles. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes; each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses.

The Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes is the earliest recording of a church commemorating Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand.

The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter is a Franciscan church located in Tabgha on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. It commemorates, and allegedly marks the spot, of Jesus reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostle.

Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was a fishing village in the days of the Jesus. We can still visit a very well-preserved synagogue. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians as it was one of the places where Jesus and Peter, the Apostles, lived and preached.

 

Dinner at your hotel

 

Overnight in the Galilee

 

Day 11: Monday, April 15th

 

L’hitraot- Taking Israel Home

 

Breakfast at your hotel

 

Check out of your hotel

 

Begin your day in Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, is closely associated with Christianity and attracted many pilgrims throughout the last two thousand years. The standout site in Nazareth is The Catholic Church of Annunciation, also known as the Basilica of the Annunciation, is the biggest in the Middle East today, most magnificent impressive and spectacular site, considered as one of the most holy churches for Christianity.

 

Mary's Well, the spring and its water are considered holy by both Muslims and Christians, and earlier generations attributed unusual healing properties to it. According to tradition, Mary the Mother of Jesus used to go down and draw water. Some believe that here Mary washed Jesus and his diapers, and Jesus himself used to go down to the water to bring Miriam, his mother, water.

 

 

 

 

(time permitting) Continue to Mount of Precipice, identified in the Christian tradition as the mountain from which the Nazareth people were trying to push Jesus after he infuriated them with his sermon, declaring himself as the Messiah (Luke 4). The sheer sloped mountain, 397 meters high, provides one of the best, most beautiful observation points over Israel Valley and its surrounding mountains: The Carmel Mountains, The Gilled Mountains and the Tabor Mountain.

 

 

 

 

Our final stop and farewell lunch will be Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel. Neot Kedumim embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that helped shape the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.

 

 

Transfer to the airport or extend your tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change according to the abilities of the individual participants and due to timing and unseen changes from our suppliers.

 

Pricing (based on a minimum of 6 participants)

 

Price includes:

 

Price is Per Person in US dollars (based on 6 people)

 

Price per person in a
Double (accessible room)
4622$
Single Supplement 1600$
Upon registration $500 deposit
(non-refundable)
A month before arrival Remaining sum

 

  • All site and museums entry fees listed in itinerary
  • Licensed, English speaking tour guide 
  • Transportation for entire trip 
  • Hotel accommodation including breakfasts.
  • lunch and dinners indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottles of water at guests' need and snacks.

 

Excluded Services:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Equipment rental (available at an additional cost)
  • Travel & Medical insurance (recommended)
  • Tips for tour guide and driver

 

Terms of Payment:

  • The above rate is valid for payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or cash. Please note there is a 2% service fee for Credit Card.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • For cancellations up to 90 days prior the cancellation penalty will be $500.00 per person (the deposit)
  • 89 to 60 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 20% of the total tour cost per person
  • 59 to 30 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 50% of the total tour cost per person
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 75% of the total tour cost per person
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure the cancellation penalty will be 100% of the total tour cost per person

 

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