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Tour ID: 9
Tour type: Religious

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Tour Description:

 

ISRAEL – A Trip to HOLY LAND  

 08 Nights/ 09 Days

  22 Apr – 30 Apr 2018

 

                                      DETAILED ITINERARY

 

Delhi – Tel Aviv – Bethlehem (1) - Haifa – Tiberias - Golan Heights (2) – Jericho -  Masada (1) - Bethlehem (4) – Jaffa - Tel Aviv – Jerusalem – Tel Aviv -  Delhi

 

 

Day 1 :: Night 21 / 22 Apr 2018 : India/ Israel

From India fly to Israel departing Delhi on night 21 / 22 Apr, arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. On arrival transfer  to the hotel in Bethlehem. Overnight at Bethlehem.

Day 2 :: 23 Apr 2018 : Haifa – Nazareth – Golan Heights (B,D)

 After breakfast check out from the hotel we leave to the Kibbutz of Ein Shemer. The ’’Kibbutz’’ is a

collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture, it is a place for groups of

pioneers, where they eat, live and work together, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic

branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises in such Kibbutz’s, we will have Lunch

break at Kibbutz Ein Shemer. Later, we head to Haifa City, Israel’s largest port city, built on the

slopes of Mt. Carmel. Stop for a view of the famous Bahai Hanging Gardens and the Bahai Shrine where the remains of the Báb, founder of the Bábí Faith and forerunner of Baháulláh in the Baháí Faith, have been buried; it is considered to be the second holiest place on Earth for Baháís, after the Shrine of Baháulláh in Acre. Its precise location on Mount Carmel was designated by Baháulláh himself to his eldest son, `Abdul-Bahá, in 1891. Thereafter, we visit The Stella Maris Monastery or the Monastery of Lady of Mount Carmel for monks is a 19th-century Discalced Carmelite monastery located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Then we continue to Nazareth, where Jesus lived as a child, growing up amongst the other children of the city, and later working with Joseph the carpenter. It is here in the Church of the Annunciation just behind the altar where you can see the grotto where Mary said “yes” to the angel of the Lord. We visit St. Joseph’s carpentry shop and Mary’s well. We then proceed to Tiberius for overnight and dinner.

 

Day 3 :: 24 Apr 2018 : Tiberius – Mt of Beatitudes – Capernaum Church – Tabgha – Mt Bental - Tiberius (B,L,D)

After breakfast we leave to visit Mount of Beatitudes where the lord of Christians delivered perhaps the

most significant sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount”. Here, we contemplate and reflect  through prayer before continuing to Capernaum Church; where Jesus made it his second home. We then will visit the Jewish Synagogue where Jesus healed and taught. Then continue to Tabgha, the biblical place, where 5000 men where fed by Jesus. We undertake a Boat Ride for praying and or meditation. Then off to Fish Lunch in a replica. After lunch we will continue our trip further north to visit Mt. Bental – from where you get a wonderful panoramic view of the borders of Syria, Jordan, and partly Lebanon. It is essentially a View of the Western two-thirds of the Golan Heights which were occupied and administered by Israel after the 1967 War Golan Heights. The eastern third has remained under control of the Syrian Arab Republic. The mountain-top provides both scenic beauty and

a glimpse back at the past – with bunkers open to visitors. Return to hotel for

dinner and overnight in Tiberius.

 

Day 4 :: 25 Apr 2018 : Tiberius – Jericho - Qas’ar el Yahood – Qumran – Dead Sea - Masada (B,L,D)

After breakfast we depart Tiberius  and travel south toward Jerusalem. Our first stop is at Jericho, the world’s oldest city. From the excavated Tel atop the ruins of ancient Jericho, we view the lush green Jordan Valley, Elisha’s spring and Qarantal, the Mount of Temptation. Then proceed to Qumran there we will have Lunch and indulge in some shopping for Dead Sea products. It is the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Thereafter, drive to Masada where we will take the cable car to visit the fortress of Masada.

 Subsequently, we will stop at a private beach for relaxation, we float in the salty buoyant water, rich in minerals. Thereafter, drive back to Beith lechem for check in at hotel, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5 :: 26 Apr 2018 : Bethlehem - Jaffa – Tel Aviv - Bethlehem  (B,D)

After breakfast in the Hotel we will drive to Tel Aviv we will head first to Jaffa which is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus  and later with orange fields. We then visit the Port of Jaffa, where we see the house of Simon the Tanner. Having finished with Jaffa, we continue on to Tel Aviv, also called the “White City” including the unique view of the Bauhaus style. After we finish we move to the Agricultural Smart Incubator, which is equipped with advanced controls, an incubator with temperature and

humidity control equipment and automatic irrigation facilities, it is a structure with walls and roof made

chiefly of transparent material, such as glass, in which plants requiring regulated climatic conditions

are grown. This included a visit to a field of Tomatoes and Cucumber which are planted under the

atmosphere of greenhouses. These structures range in size from small sheds to industrial-sized

buildings. A miniature greenhouse is known as a cold frame. Then drive back to Hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6 :: 27 Apr 2018 : Jerusalem (B,D)

After breakfast in the hotel, we drive to Ekuhd Hatzalah (United Rescue) - a free, volunteer-based

emergency medical services (EMS) organization based in Jerusalem.

Founded in 2006, it is the largest independent, non-profit  and fully volunteer EMS organization in Israel, with more than 3,500 emergency medical technicians.

Afterwards, we will move forward to visit The Knesset  - the Israeli Parliament. Afterwards, we return to Jerusalem City for Lunch Break. After lunch break we move to the Old City of Jerusalem once we arrive the city we will start the Via Dolorosa -  the Way of Grief, which is a street believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion at the Holy Sepulcher Church. This church, originally built by the mother of Emperor Constantine in 330 A.D., commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ’s burial. Inside the church is a rocky outcropping which is the traditional place where the cross was placed and is the tomb of Jesus as well.

Then we will proceed to visit the Western Wall (Ha Kotel) - an ancient limestone wall in the Old City

of Jerusalem. It is a relatively small segment of a far longer ancient retaining wall, known also in its

entirety as the Western Wall. The wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second

Jewish Temple begun by Herod the Great, which resulted in the encasement of the natural, steep hill

known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount and tothe Muslims as the Haram Al-Sharif. After this, we will visit  the colorful bazaars and the Cardo.

Afterwards, we will be going up to the Temple Mount, then we will go for a view of the Dome of the Rock which can be reached through eleven gates, ten reserved for Muslims and one for non-Muslims.Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7 :: 28 Apr 2018 : Yad Vashem – Mt of Olives -  Church of Ascension – Bethlehem - Church of Nativity - Manger Square  (B,L,D)

After breakfast we will drive to visit Yad Vashem – a monument which seeks to preserve the memory and names of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, and the numerous Jewish communities destroyed during that time. It holds ceremonies of remembrance and commemoration; supports Holocaust research projects; develops and coordinates symposia, workshops, and international

conferences; and publishes research, memoirs, documents, albums, and diaries related to the Holocaust. Yad Vashem also honors non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Afterward we will proceed to Mt. of Olives, starting with a panoramic view of Jerusalem Old City, and then to the Church of Ascension, which commemorates the ascents of Jesus to Heaven. From there, along the Sunday Palm Tree Road to Gethsemane Gardens.

Then we will proceed to Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus, to have a traditional Lunch break.

Here we visit the Church of Nativity and the Manger Square, view the Shepherds Fields and, if possible, visit Rachel’s Tomb. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8 :: 29 Apr 2018 : Jerusalem (B,D)

After we have breakfast we will have a free time to walk down town of Jerusalem city center and

explore further about West and East Jerusalem, you will have the option to visit an Israeli traditional

markets, buy it’s local food, fruits, spices and many more. You can also pay a visit to some luxury stores

of the town. Lunch Break. Proceed forward to the Israel Ministry of Tourism for further understanding

the history of Israel and enjoying the Israeli folk dance session, ‘’The Ministry of Tourism is an

economic ministry, whose primary aim is to increase economic activity. The ministry is responsible for

the planning, development and marketing policies in the tourism industry. The ministry has defined its

goals to increase internal tourism and to focus on overseas marketing in target countries and sectors

that could drive incoming tourism’’. There we will be distributing an appreciation Certificate for your

visit to Israel and standing with us.

Finally we drive back to hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 9 :: 30 Apr 2018 : Israel – India  (B)

Breakfast at hotel, and check out. Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport. Take a flight  back home.

 

NOTE :  This is NOT a Christian Tour but a trip to visit Israel

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES

·         Economy Class Air Ticket inclusive of all taxes from India to Israel and back

·         All Visa and Visa Processing Charges

·         Airport Transfers In Air conditioned coach

·         All accommodation in 3 star category hotels/Bedouin Camp/Kibbutzim  on Twin sharing basis at destinations mentioned in tour itinerary

·         Overseas Medical Insurance for persons up to 70 yrs. Those over 70 would need to pay difference in cost

·         All Meals as per the itinerary. Meal Plan : Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)

·         All sightseeing, entrances, PILGRIMAGE VISITS and excursions as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach.

·         Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in itinerary

·         Entry Tax of ISRAEL

·         Services of English speaking Guide.

·         One bottle of mineral water per person per day

 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

·         Items of personal nature like laundry, telephone, beverages & Drinks.

·         Porterage.

·         Anything other than the given itinerary program which is not mentioned included itinerary.

·         OPTIONAL TOURS, additional etc.

Tips to guide, driver 

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