2018 SEVEN DAY ISRAEL TOUR (SEPTEMBER 23RD - 30TH)
Sunday, Sept. 23rd: DEPART KIEV. ARRIVE TEL AVIV.
On arrival in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion Airport we clear Israeli Passport Control and then transfer to St. George’s Cathedral Pilgrim Guesthouse for 3 nights stay. Breakfast is included each day. Dinner this evening at the Hotel. (B/D).
Monday, Sept. 24th: Depart at 8:30am on a half day tour to Bethlehem. Tour departs from Grand Hotel, five-minute walk from St. George’s. When we travel this short five-mile journey we will be entering Palestine Territory and it will be necessary to go through their Passport Control, so necessary to have your Passport on you. We may also have to change coaches. You will observe a change in the landscape as you take this short trip.
This five-hour tour will take in all the major highlights of the Little Town of Bethlehem. Guided tour of the scenes of the Nativity. See the Manger Square, the Milk Grotto and Shepherds’ Field. The Mosque of Omar.
The rest of the day is free for you to take in some of the numerous sights in this Holy and Historical City of Jerusalem.
The Holocaust Museum is a very emotional experience and can take as much as three hours to see all the exhibits. Israeli Museum is a very interesting one to visit as it houses the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.
Museum prices: Holocaust is free. Israeli Museum is approximately $15.00.
Tuesday, Sept. 25th: Depart at 8:30am for a full day sightseeing in this historical and ancient City. Our private guide with van will take us to such places as Mount of Olives, Church of Agony and the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was betrayed by Judas. Enter old City by Dung Gate, stop at the Western Wall where Jews for Centuries have wept for the Temple which was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE. Walk the cobbled stoned streets of the Old City to the Crusader Church of St. Anne where one can see the remains of the pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the man who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Follow the way of the Stations of the Cross through the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, place of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. We will end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. This will be a busy but memorable day. (B).
Wednesday, Sept. 26th: Depart for Galilea. Enrique Khon will be our Driver/Guide for the next 4 days. Enrique is known as Kiki and has planned our next four days. Because the amount of luggage exceeds what his vehicle can accommodate, he has arranged for some bags to be transported in a separate vehicle.
10:00am Depart Jerusalem and head North by way of the Jordan Valley. Our first stop is at Kaser el Yahud, original Baptismal place of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordon River. As we continue north along the Jordon River we will be on the border of the Kingdom of Jordon by way of the Palestinian territories. We will get a first hand understanding of the local conflict, and the daily life of the different communities living in this area. Travelling back into Israel’s territory, we will arrive at the Ancient Town of Beth Shean. Here, we will visit the National Park. It is the home to one of the largest remains of a Roman era town in the Middle East and has been inhabited since the time of the Bronze Age. We will learn about life in those times.
Departing Beth Shean, we will travel along the shores of the Sea of Galilea and may be able to visit the Founders Museum at the very first Kibbutz in the Land of Israel. This depends on whether the Museum is open that day. Stop for Dinner at a local restaurant. (B).
3 night stay at Safed Inn - a 22 room Guesthouse run by Riki and Dubia Ruckenstein. Continental breakfast included each day.
Thursday, Sept. 27th: Depart 9:30am. Today will be a Christian towns tour around the Sea of Galilea. Most of these places will have names that are very familiar to all Christians. Our touring will take us to the places where Jesus spent the most time during his last five years of life. Here he preached and performed miracles. Tagbha is where the miracle of loaves and fishes occurred. Mount of Beatitudes was preached from the mountain. We will visit Capernaum, town of Jesus and home town of Peter and several other apostles. Visit the boat Museum at Ginosar where you get a close look at a wood boat from the times of the first centuries. It may be the only one of its kind. Visit Magdala town of Mary Magdalene and the life of Jewish towns around the Sea of Galilea. This evening we will enjoy a BBQ at Safed Inn. (B/D).
Friday, Sept. 28th: Today is a day to understand modern history. We will do a short visit to the town of Safed. This area is closely related to the Cabala and Cabaiistic Scholars and has been for centuries. They are believed to be the mystics in Judaism. Safed is a small but very historical town.
Our journey today will take us to the most northerly town of Israel, Metula just in front of Lebanon. Here we will learn of today’s every day life of the people of this region. We will learn about farming in this region and the conquest of the dry land and swamps and the miracle of making it into fertile land.
Later we will go to the Golan Height, an impressive place with a very special population. Half of it is Druze’s with their traditional way of life and the other half Israelis. We will view Syria from Mount Bental and hear from our Guide Kiki the story of the on- going civil war that is affecting the people of the region. Dinner out at local restaurant and then return to Safed Inn. (B).
Saturday, Sept. 29th: Today we say good-bye to Galilea as we travel south to the City of Tel Aviv.
On our way we will stop at Mount Tabor or known as the Mount of the Transfiguration. Visit the beautiful Church there and enjoy a wonderful view of the Valley. We continue to Cana the town of the first miracle of Jesus. It was here at The Wedding feast of Cana, where Jesus changed the water into wine.
Our last stop will be in Jesus’ home town Nazareth. Here we will visit the magnificent Basilica of the Annunciation which is built on top of the house of Mary and then we will stop into the Church of St. Joseph.
Our tour with Kiki will end at the Olympia Hotel, Tel Aviv. Dinner at our Hotel. (B/D).
Sunday, Sept. 30th: This morning we depart for Canada. We will have to be at the Airport at 5:00am. Transfers are booked for 4:30am departure from our Hotel.