Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Tour Itinerary

For your convenience:

Hotels:
June 14-16 Tel Aviv: Hotel Dan Panorama
June 16-19 Galilee: Nof Ginossaur Kibbutz
June 19-20 Dead Sea: Hotel Le Meridien
June 20-24 Jerusalem: Hyatt Regency

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Sunday June 13
Depart Miami for Eretz Israel. Overnight in flight.

Day 2 - Monday June 14 - Tel Aviv
Afternoon arrival in Tel Aviv.

Day 3 - Tuesday June 15 - Tel Aviv
Visit Neot Kedumin and have lunch, then on to ancient Joppa, where Peter had his vision. Time permitting stop at Dugit and the Ester House before dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 - Wednesday June 16 - Galilee
Today we visit Caesarea, the Roman capital of Israel. Then on to Haifa, where we will have a falafel lunch, and spend the afternoon overlooking the Mediterranean.

Day 5 - Thursday June 17 - Galilee
We wake up today on the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
We drive up to the Golan Heights, where we will see Syrian fortifications. Then on to Tel Dan, then Caesarea Philippi, where Peter confessed Jesus was the Messiah. Lunch at Kfar Blum, then on to Safed, known in the Scriptures as the "city on a hill."

Day 6 - Friday June 18 - Galilee
Today we visit Capernaum, and visit an ancient synagogue. Visit a dairy farm in Zippori. On through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, one of Solomon's chariot cities and the site of a future battle of Armageddon. End the day with a Shabat dinner and a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 7 - Saturday June 19 - Dead Sea
Today we depart for the Dead Sea, stopping at the excavations of Beit She'an and Qumran, site of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we are off to the Dead Sea, where we will enjoy our Dead Sea Spa.

Day 8 - Sunday June 20 - Jerusalem
Happy Father's Day! This morning we visit Masada, the winter fortress of King Herod, the last Jewish stronghold against the Romans, and a symbol of strength to Israel today. Next we will stop at Ein Gedi, where David penned many of the Psalms. Then we begin our journey "up to Jerusalem," view the Mount of Olives where we will have a glimpse of the Holy City, then pray at Mount Scopus for the "peace of Jerusalem."

Day 9 - Monday June 21 - Jerusalem
Today we will visit the Ophel and Southern Excavations, the Western Wall, the ancient Cardo, and the Jewish Quarter for shopping.

Day 10 - Tuesday June 22 - Jerusalem
Today we begin our visit of the New City - the Knesset, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and the Hadassah Chagall windows.

Day 11 - Wednesday June 23 - Jerusalem
Our day begins at the Western Wall, then the Rabbi's Tunnel, to the Pool of Bethesda, Antonia Fortress, and the Garden Tomb. Return to Mount Skopus for a final prayer.

Day 12 - Thursday June 24
Today we say Shalom to the beautiful land of Israel, as we travel home to the USA.

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