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Thinking of Travelling to Israel; Try The Grand Tour of Israel-Continental Travel group November 2012

by travel consultant Marlene Nowensky, July 9, 2012


Day 01| Tel Aviv Thursday, November 01st

 After arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Stretched along the beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is Israel's largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a busy metropolis, which inspires its visitors with a unique energetic atmosphere of excitement and fun. Visible from a distance with its seafront skyscrapers and exclusive Hotels presents a lively combination of entertainment venues, shopping malls, exotic markets, nonstop active nightlife, gorgeous golden beaches and wonderful restaurants of all kinds. This special blend of Mediterranean ambience, seaside resort and modern facade is what makes the city so uniquely appealing.

Afternoon, we will have a sightseeing of Tel Aviv to Jaffa and the neighbourhoods of Tel-Aviv, Drive around the main streets of Tel Aviv, center of business and entertainment of Israel. Stop at Rabin's square, place of assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. Visit Neve Tzedek, the first neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1909 and Nahalat Benyamin, the pedestrian street of the city with its musicians, hand made jewellery and artefacts. Next, stop at Sheinkin, the lively and colourful street especially known with the unique shops, café life and youthful ambiance.

After tour of Tel Aviv continue to the Old Jaffa. People seem to gaze in fascination at the sight of the ancient Port and the rocks, and some are dumbstruck by the beauty of Jaffa harbour set against the back drop of the city of Tel Aviv -the first Jewish city in modern times - a vital, dynamic and vibrant metropolis that never sleeps - and which has grown out of Jaffa. Old Jaffa in itself is a quaint city, more picturesque than ever, with romantic paths and gardens. All this, together with the Mediterranean's sun-drenched waves and the special lighting effects at night, serve to excite and arouse the senses and the soul.

Dinner will be served at the hotel


Day 02| Caesarea –Haifa –Rosh Hanikra -Akko -Tiberias Friday, November 02nd

Breakfast. First stop is at Caesarea, the ancient Roman Capital and port. You'll go on a walking tour of the theatre and archaeological ruins and excavations. Then continue on to Haifa and Mt. Carmel where you'll have a scenic view of the Bahai garden, the city and the port. Drive along to Rosh Hanikra to visit the limestone grottos and to view the Israel-Lebanon border. Return via Acre to visit the Crusader underground city and crypt. You'll also get the chance to walk through the Old City market before continue to Tiberias

Shabbat dinner and overnight

Accommodation: HOTEL KIBBUTZ NOF GINOSAR - DELUXE ROOM B/D 30 Wertheim Court, Unit 20 – Richmond Hill, On – Canada L4B 1B9 Tel.905-889- 0483 Fax.905-889- 4636 E-mail: [email protected] 3

Day 03| Galilee Sea Saturday, November 03rd

Breakfast. Visit the Jesus Boat Museum. A drought in Israel in 1985 caused the water level in the Sea of Galilee to fall lower than usual. On January 24th 1986, the remains of an ancient boat were discovered. Archaeologists carefully extracted the remains and preserved them in a museum at Nof Ginosar, near Tiberias. A cooking pot and a lamp were also found with the boat. The boat is just over 8 meters long by 2.35 meters wide. Radio carbon dating has put its age at 2000 years, which means t hat it was sailing on the Sea of Galilee at about the same time as Jesus and his followers.

From here board a boat ride to Capernaum (about 45 min. approx) to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peters. Rest of the day at leisure

Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.


Day 04| Safed - Golan Heights - Beit Shean – Jerusalem Sunday, November 04th

Breakfast. Departure Safed, the centre of Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah), where you will visit the ancient synagogue and artists’ colony. (Tour the Master Kabbalist the Ari Synagogue and Grave site optional)

Continue our pleasant journey to the Golan Heights with a visit to the Golan Heights Winery visitor’s center, where we will take part in an enjoyable tour of the winery. The tour includes an informative introduction, short video, a visit to the oak barrel cellar, viewing of the bottling line (when in operation) and of course a wine tasting.

After the winery tour, drive south to the Jerusalem visiting Beit Shean. Ancient Beit Shean, once a Roman city, has been extensively excavated to reveal public streets, bathhouses, and theatres.

Dinner and overnight.


Day 05| Jerusalem Monday, November 05th

People have been writing about Jerusalem for the better part of its 3000-year history, but still today your first glimpse inside the ancient walled city will leave you speechless. More than beautiful, however, Jerusalem is a spiritual centre, holy to the three great monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. That three religions have assigned so much importance to a solitary city makes Jerusalem one of the most fascinating places you’ll ever visit. Within a short walk of each other, you can find Christians quietly praying in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jews dancing by the Western Wall and Muslims prostrate before Al-Aqsa Mosque. Whatever your credence, it’s hard not to be swept up in the emotional tide that pulsates through these ancient streets. 30 Wertheim Court, Unit 20 – Richmond Hill, On – Canada L4B 1B9 Tel.905-889- 0483 Fax.905-889- 4636 E-mail: [email protected] 4

After breakfast at the hotel main dinning room, we will drive to the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the Western Wall, the holiest shrine of the Jews. On to the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock, overlooking Al Aqsa Mosques holy shrines to the Moslem world. We will end the tour visit the Yehuda Market.

This afternoon we will visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust

Evening, enjoy a new Sound and Lights show in Jerusalem. The Tower of David isn't Jerusalem's most celebrated, sacred or coveted site, but perhaps no place better illustrates the city's contentious history. Visitors can walk alongside layers of walls, some dating back more than 2,000 years, peek into ancient cisterns and bask in the shadows of Crusader arches. The tower's ancient walls come alive, quite literally, in the museum's latest exhibit, a night-time sound and light show that take its audience on a stirring open-air tour of Jerusalem's history.


Day 06| Jerusalem – Dead Sea Tuesday, November 06th

Breakfast. Departure for a full day tour to the Dead Sea visiting Masada. We will start with a visit to the new Masada Museum, combining archaeological artefacts and a theatrical atmosphere, together with accompanying radio play and audio explanations, and it creates a meaningful guided tour for the Story of Masada. Continue to the mountain of Masada, the last outpost of the Jewish Zealots, who committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans in the 1st century.

Arrive to the Dead Sea for lunch and to enjoy the opportunity to swim and relax at the unique water of the Dead Sea

On the way back to Jerusalem, we will visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 07| Jerusalem - New City – Ein Kerem Wednesday, November 07th

Breakfast. Explore the Israel Museum and its shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Visit the Miniature model of Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago. We will then see the Knesset, Israel's Parliament.

Continuing with the tour, we will visit the Archaeological Garden the new excavations of the Southern Wall (Davidson Center) the very same ancient steps that pilgrims used to enter and exit the Holy Temple. We will visit the Zedekiah's cave, with its formidable dimensions and length of 225 meters, served as an ancient quarry. Continue to the City of David, where we will see a virtual reality movie of the historical City of David

Drive to the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem to see the Chagall stained glass windows Dinner and overnight

Accommodation: HOTEL LEONARDO JERUSALEM 4* - STANDARD ROOM B/D 30 Wertheim Court, Unit 20 – Richmond Hill, On – Canada L4B 1B9 Tel.905-889- 0483 Fax.905-889- 4636 E-mail: [email protected] 5

Day 08| Jerusalem Thursday, November 08th

Breakfast. Day of Leisure in Jerusalem.


Day 09| Jerusalem - Eilat Friday, November 09th

Breakfast. Travel south to the Negev desert. Experience a camel ride and visit an authentic Bedouin tent. Learn about Bedouin hospitality and enjoy the light lunch. Visit Sde Boker and Ben Gurion's hut and grave, which overlook the magnificent Zin Valley. Stop at Mitzpe Ramon to gaze into the Ramon Crater, an ethereal geological wonder.

Eilat, the southernmost city of Israel, is a unique oasis extended on the coast of the Red Sea. Eilat lives by the rhythm of the sun, the desert, the sea and nature itself. The calm transparent waters o f the Red Sea reveal a delightful surprise - breathtakingly beautiful Coral Reefs and an enchanted underwater world, featuring thousands of varieties of fish and other marine life forms. The inspiring tranquility of the desert around Eilat will leave you with an indelible memory.

Shabbat dinner and overnight in Eilat.


Day 10| Eilat Saturday, November 10th

Breakfast. Free day. Stroll around the city's streets, traverse the beach promenade, enjoy water sports activities, or take an optional tour the Rose City of Petra.

Dinner and overnight in Eilat.


Day 11| Eilat - Tel Aviv Sunday, November 11th

Breakfast. Visit the Underwater Observatory Marine Park, one of the largest aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Drive to Timna to see the copper mines and King Solmon's pillars and marvel at the huge.

Drive back to Tel Aviv for dinner and Overnight


Day 12| Tel Aviv Monday, November 12th

Breakfast. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure B


"Above & Beyond"

  Marlene Nowensky

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