Trip to Israel -February 16 - 22, 2017

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    Saturday February 18

    Breakfast at the hotel

    9:00 am Meet your Guides in the hotel lobby

    Drive north along the Mediterranean coast

    Visit Caesarea Maritima

    The former Roman capital of the Holy land. See the excavated Roman and Crusader City, the famous Aqueduct and beautifully restored Amphitheater.

    Tour Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation

    Nazareth, the town that was once a village where Jesus was raised. 
    The Basilica of the Annunciation enshrines the grotto where, according to tradition, the angel Gabriel appeared to the Mother Mary saying: “Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:26-35). 

    The Church of St. Joseph’s Carpentry contains ruins dating to the 1st century, and is revered as the original workshop of Joseph and home of the Holy Family. The site actually was abandoned for many years until Franciscans bought it in 1754 and set up a chapel dedicated to Joseph. The church there today was built above the ruins of a 13th century Crusader church. Nazareth also has several other important churches, the Synagogue-Church, where Jesus preached (Luke 4), Gabriel’s Church, which Greek Catholics believe to be the site of the Annunciation and the Mensa Christi (“Table of Christ”) Church, where Jesus is said to have dined with his Apostles after his Resurrection. When Jesus left Nazareth, he performed his first miracle, changing water into wine at Cana (John 2:11, 4:46), now the Arab village of Kafr Kana, ten minutes up the Tiberias road.

    Lunch in the Nazareth Market (on own)

    Visit to the Sea of Galilee and Christian sites in the Galilee:

    Stop at the Mt. of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount

    The Mount of Beatitudes, believed to be the setting for Jesus’ most famous discourse, the Sermon on the Mount, is one of the most beautifully serene places in the Holy Land. Overlooking the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, it offers an enchanting vista of the northern part of the lake and across to the cliffs of the Golan Heights on the other side.

     Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee

    Visit Capernaum and the Church of the Holy Apostles

    The ancient fishing village of Capernaum, where Jesus lived during much of his ministry in the Galilee, is also important in the Marian pilgrimage, for it is related that Mother Mary accompanied her son to Capernaum.   (John 2:12). The Church of the House of St. Peter enshrines the remains of a one-room dwelling presumed to be the “House of Simon, called Peter” (Mark 1:29). The present church is built over the Insula Sacra to preserve the archeological finds. 

    Return to Tel Aviv

    Dinner (on own)

    Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

    Monday February 20

    Breakfast at the hotel

    Meet your Guides in the hotel lobby

    9:00 am Depart to Jerusalem

    Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

    The memorial to the Holocaust is situated atop Har HaZikaron, literally the “Hill of Memory”. See the moving underground Children’s Memorial (Yad Layeled) with the myriad pinpoints of candlelight, each representing the life of a child taken away. Also visit the Avenue of the Righteous among the Nations, that commemorates non-Jews who risked their own lives to save the lives of Jews, and the Valley of the Communities which records the names of the communities destroyed

     Stop at Mt. (Har) Herzl

    Mt. Herzl serves as the burial place of Israel’s founding fathers, the country’s leaders and is home to Jerusalem’s military cemetery. Today the site pays tribute to those whose vision helped build Israel and those who gave their lives to protect it.

     Tasting Tour at Machane Yehuda The market, located in the western part of Jerusalem, is around 80 years old and is filled with colors, noises, smells and the best products. Israeli wine boutiques, stands selling a wonderful selection of Israeli cheeses, along with shops selling fresh, and colorful fruits and vegetables, are just examples of what can be found here. The exotic smell of spices, coffee shops, restaurants and new fashion boutiques complete the experience. Above all, the people populating the market are as welcoming and colorful as the entire surrounding.

    3:00 pm Optional Visit to the Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto and Shepherds  Field in Bethleham ($65 per person)- Minimum 10 people required for this option

    Time permitting –Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of The Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Spend time viewing the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. Be sure to see the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, archeological finds discovered in Qumran.

    Dinner (on own)

    Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

    Tuesday February 21

    Breakfast at the hotel

    10:30 am Meet your Guides in the hotel lobby (Walking Tour from the Hotel – no Bus)

    Depart the hotel for a walking tour of Old Jaffa, Jaffa Port and the Jaffa Flea Market

    Jaffa is a beautiful city rich with historical and cultural significance. Its strategic hilltop location and natural harbor rendered it a contested place since Biblical times. It was from Jaffa that Jonah set sail for Nineveh, prior to his fateful encounter with the whale. Today it is bustling with its integrated mix of Jewish and Arab citizens, who run an array of colorful markets, fine seafood restaurants and interesting shops. 

    Stroll through Neve Tzedek

    The first neighborhood in Tel Aviv was nicknamed “Little Paris” because of its eye-opening architectural innovations. View the beautifully restored houses and streets that preserve the romance of the early days of Jewish urban settlement

    Culinary Tour & Tasting at the Levinsky Market

    The market offers a relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to discover unfamiliar corners, mostly culinary, in the city of Tel Aviv. The Levinsky Market is the place to find spices, unique bakeries, burekas (filled pastry) shops and wonderful delicatessens which offer pickles, cheeses, exotic meats, filled olives, wines and a large variety of other goods.

    Visit to Independence Hall (and walk along Rothschild),

    Housed in what was one of the first homes in Tel Aviv and the private home of Meir Dizengoff, first mayor of Tel Aviv. On the 5th of ‘Iyar, (May 14, 1948), the People’s Council gathered to hear David Ben Gurion proclaim the establishment of the State of Israel.

    Dinner (on own)

    Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

    שלום ולהתראות

    Shalom U’lehitraot!

    Bon Voyage!

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