Classical – Agriculture UPGRADED Tour – ISRAEL
Arrival – Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Welcome-Dinner
Arrive to Ben-Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, where your guide will greet you. You will be transferred to your hotel for check in and a little time to freshen-up. Then we will drive to the Old City of Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways to the Holy Land. Through its port the Cedar trees for Salomon’s Temple were brought, the prophet Jonas tried to flee God, but most importantly it was in Jaffa where Christianity began to be spread among the nations. Here St. Peter lived in the house of Simon the Tanner and had the “Vision of the Flesh”, and here he made his first miracle by healing the little girl. Today Jaffa’s renovated alley-ways attract many artists, who have their galleries there.
Dinner & overnight at your hotel in Tel-Aviv.
Israeli Winery – Haifa & Mt. Carmel with Stella Marris – Akko (Acre) – Galilee
After breakfast, we will drive to visit the largest Israeli winery “Carmel Winery” located at Zichron Ya’akov. At the winery we will learn about the Israeli Wine industry as well will have the opportunity to taste the local wine. Continue our classic sightseeing by visiting the modern port-city Haifa, situated on the slopes of the evergreen Mt. Carmel. The view from this mountain is famous for its beauty, and time permitting, we can also visit the Carmelite monastery Stella Marris, where “Elijah’s Cave” can be seen. Drive to the oriental city of Akko (Acre), where the Crusaders built their most important port. We can still visit the very well-preserved “Knights Halls” under the living oriental Bazaar with its colors and odors of the East, and listen to the legends told by The Last Bath Attendant in the Turkish Bath – The Hammam. In the late afternoon we drive through the hills of Galilee to Tiberias, where we will spend the night.
Overnight in Tiberias or Nazareth
Sea of Galilee: Capernaum – Mt. Beatitudes – Tabgha – Sail on “Jesus Boat” on the Sea of Galilee – Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River
Today we visit the places where Jesus resided around the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, with Peters House and the famous Synagogue, enjoy the view from Mt. of the Beatitudes, where the “Sermon on the Mount” was given, and the reconstructed church at Tabgha, where tradition puts the miracle of the Bread and The Fish. We will also take sail in a boat similar to the boat used by Jesus. Lunch will be at Kibbutz Shaar Hagolan, after which we will have a guided agriculture tour of approximately 1.5 hours including the Banana Plantations, Avocado Grove & Cow Sheds. We end the day at the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Holy River Jordan.
Overnight in Tiberias or Nazareth
Cana – Nazareth: Church of Annunciation – Mary’s Well – Orthodox Church; – Kibbutz Ein Gedi Botanical Garden Tour
We start the day in Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water to wine at a wedding, and continue to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Greek-Orthodox St. Gabriel Church near Mary’s Well. We continue along the Jordan valley to Kibbutz Ein Gedi where we visit the amazing Botanical Garden, escorted by a local guide.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel at the Dead Sea / Kibbutz Ein Gedi
Negev – Desert Agriculture & adventure
After breakfast we drive to the Ramat Negev Desert Agro ResearchCentre where we will learn about developing agriculture under the desert conditions. At noon time we will inspect Shirat Hamidbar – the unique ecological farms traditional developed herb, spices & fruits in the middle of a wild desert. In the afternoon there is time to enjoy a short camel ride & authentic BBQ dinner at Beerotayim .
Overnight at the Camp of Beerotayim under the stars …
After breakfast, we drive to the “Salad Path”, a self picking farm where we will enjoy a 2 hour tour which includes inspecting the flying strawberries, the tiny orange orchard and racing pigeons. In the afternoon we drive to Jerusalem, to visit the Israel Museum with the famous model & the Dead Sea scrolls.
Dinner & Overnight in Jerusalem
Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour
We start with a panoramic view from The Mount of Olives – a good place for an introduction to the city and its history. Then we visit the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions, represented in Jerusalem: We start with the Wailing Wall, which represents the last remnants of the Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans. Usually you can see the various types of Jews who come to worship at this holy place. If open to visitors, we ascend to the Temple Mount, where we can look at the famous Dome of the Rock. Then we continue through the Arab Market (“Suq”) to the “Via Dolorosa”, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering”, which leads us to The Church of the Holy Sepulcure, where according to the Christian tradition Jesus was crucified and buried. After lunch, we drive to Bethlehem, the Birth town of Jesus Christ. Here we visit the Church of the Nativity, including the Grotto of the Mangery. This church is the oldest church in the world, which was never destroyed until this very day. Important remark: This visit can be cancelled without prior notice due to security regulations or other reasons which are not under our control. Responsibility in the Palestinian-controlled areas is solely on our Palestinian colleagues.