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Womanly Ways: Pearls of Wisdom

September 2 – 12, 2017

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Saturday September 2:  USA – ISRAEL.

Departure from the U.S.A.

Day 2 — Sunday, September 3:  Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport early morning.

Upon our arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel for some rest & Breakfast.

On a Kibbutz Hill, stands the Ayalon Institute, which tells one of the fascinating and mysterious stories in the history of the struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel. Here, beneath the ground, and right under the nose of the British, a factory was created for the production of 9mm bullets for the Sten submachine gun, which was the personal weapon of Palmach fighters. a total of 45 young men and women operated under complete secrecy from 1945 until 1948. Continue to Old Jaffa where St. Peter had his vision on the rooftop of the House of Simon the tanner (Acts 10:32), raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36); Jonah set sail to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3) and King Solomon built his port (2 Chron. 2:16).  The history of Israel is both ancient and contemporary, and one of the most important modern sites to visit on a tour of Israel is the memorial to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv. The Israeli Prime Minister was assassinated in this square while attending a 1995 peace rally. The rest of the day will visit the City of Tel Aviv: Israel’s Vibrant City That Charms the World with Its Richness and it's White City as an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dinner & Overnight at Tel Aviv / Netanya.

Day 3 — Monday, September 4:  Caesarea – Mt.Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth. 

After a good night rest and a hearty breakfast, we begin the thrilling journey of following in the footsteps of Jesus.  At Caesarea by the sea, the magnificent ruins of Herod’s showcase port city continues the story of St. Peter, with his conversion of Cornelius’ household (Acts 10:24). Caesarea is also the scene of St. Paul’s imprisonment (Acts 23:35), his appearance before King Agrippa and his departure for Rome (Acts 25:13-26:32). It figures centrally in the history of early Christianity as home to the Church father Eusebius.  Driving through the Mediterranean Coastline, we reach Haifa and Mt. Carmel for a short visit to the – The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa – 19 designed terraced gardens overlooking an exquisite landscape.  The combination of the unique design, the geometric shapes and the impressive gardening turned the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa into one of the most popular tourism sites, not only in the city, but in the entire Middle East . Bahá'í Gardens and shrine are an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Continue to Mt. Carmel, the biblical site of Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). We will stop for Lunch at Nora's Kitchen. A Druze Lady will explain  the origins of the food and share her personal story and what she is achieving for the women in her local community .Visit Megiddo, the regional capital of King Solomon (1 Kings 9:15), and the New Testament’s Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). We continue eastward across Galilee passing Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89:12), a rising dome from the Plain of Jezreel. It is the mountain where Christian tradition places the Transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1–9). We drive through the hills of Galilee to Nazareth the hometown of Jesus, where we visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42)

Dinner & Overnight at Tiberias.

Day 4 — Tuesday, September 5:  Around the Sea of Galilee

After a delicious breakfast, we will spend an exciting day in the Galilee area. We depart the city of Tiberias to Capernaum (John 6:24) to walk among the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:13-17).  Then on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7) and to Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes - (Mark 6:34-44).  Stop for a St. Peter’s Fish lunch (on your own). We then proceed to The Ancient Galilee Boat – a wooden vessel dating back to the days of Jesus in a fascinating display. Magdala Center is an era of female empowerment, creating new interest in the story of Mary herself, and in the town she came from. Our last stop for the day is "Yardenit ". We have the opportunity to baptize at a baptismal site on the banks of the River Jordan.

Dinner & Overnight at Emily's Hotel, Tiberias.

Day 5 — Wednesday, September 6:  Boat ride – Caesarea Philippi – Golan Heights

Our Day Starts with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee the place where Jesus walked on the water (John 6:19-21), calmed a storm (Matt. 8:23-26), and showed the disciples miraculous catches of fish (Luke 5:1-8; John 21:1-6) , Rimon Winery is an Israeli winery specialized in producing pomegranate wine , The pomegranates used at the Rimon Winery thrive in the basalt-rich soil that is typical of this special region, and give this wine its special characteristic flavor and color .  Continue to Adir Dairy is the perfect place for indulgence. In front of Mount Meron, on a wooden deck, the place offers a pleasant experience for Lunch in the Galilee. Drive to Caesarea Philippi (Banias). At the headwaters of the Jordan, where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do men say that I am” (Mark 8:27) and gave St. Peter the keys to Heaven (Matt. 16:19). Banias also features the ruins of temples built by Herod and his son Philip (Luke 3:1). We then drive to The Golan Heights, Israel’s mountainous northern region. It is one of the most beautiful and traveled parts of the country. Enjoy an exciting ride tour of the Golan Heights and Har Bental, with its physical beauty and scenic hills, and learn the strategic importance and history of the land .heading to Jerusalem meet The chocolatier Karina Chaplinski, a third generation of an Argentine chocolatier family, immigrated to Israel form Argentina with a vision to continue a family tradition of a hundred years of hand-made premium chocolate. Drive to Jerusalem.

Dinner & Overnight at Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem.

Day 6 — Thursday, September 7:  Mt. of Olives – Mt. Zion – Garden Tomb

Drive to Mt. of Olives (Matthew 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem.  Drive by the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster (Matthew 6:5-13] .Visit the Dominus Flevit (Luke :19).  Walk along Hosanna Road to the Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations that stands on the Rock of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matthew 26:36-57). Drive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the site of Caiaphas' House, the Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the Tomb of King David. Our last stop of the day will be at the Garden Tomb & Golgotha, where some believe Jesus was buried and then rose from the dead. We will have time for communion.

Dinner & Overnight at Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem.

Day 7 — Friday, September 8:  Old City – Bethesda – Via Dolorosa – Western Wall – Shabbat of a Lifetime

Today we will enter the Old City through Stephen’s Gate, also known as Lion’s Gate, and visit the Pool of Bethesda - site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus (John 5:2-9),and the Church of St. Anne where groups love to sing hymns as they visit. We will walk along to Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6).  Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Next we tour the Jewish Quarter. Finally, we will visit the One of Jerusalem's highlights is visiting the Western wall, The Western Wall (the Kotel in Hebrew) is the ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Tonight we have a special program -Shabbat of a Lifetime - The Shabbat of a Lifetime program offers an opportunity for incoming tourists to experience an authentic Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) evening at the home of a host family in the heart of Jerusalem.

Dinner & Overnight at Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem.

Day 8 — Saturday, September 9:  Masada – Dead Sea – Qumran

This morning we drive via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.  A beautiful new road takes us south along the shores of the Dead Sea viewing the Inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) On to Masada which is truly a remarkable piece of history.  We ascend Masada by cable car to walk among the magnificent ruins of the fortress where from 70-73 A.D., the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean Revolt against Rome and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth century Byzantine church are still on view.  Stop at the AHAVA factory that produces healing and rejuvenating products made from the Dead Sea minerals. Floating in the Dead Sea is a must do!! Just lay back, relax and enjoy this natural phenomenon. On our way back, we will pass through Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

Day 9 — Sunday, September 10 : Yad Vashem – Israel Museum – Bethlehem

Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust commemoration project began in 1953 with the task of perpetuating the memory of Holocaust victims and documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust so they will be remembered by future generations. For Lunch we will savor The Machane Yehuda Bite experience. The Machane Yehuda market Bite card enables you to be a Jerusalem native for a day and get a taste from the best stands in the market.  Moreover, the tour is accompanied by a fascinating audio tour, with all the stories and the legends behind the market . Drive to Bethlehem v the birthplace of Jesus. Visit Manger Square where the Church of the Nativity stands. It’s one of the oldest churches in the world and was built above the cave where, according to the Bible, Jesus was born. Continue to Shepherds' Fields. Imagine watching over flocks of sheep by night in the traditional location of an angelic announcement of Jesus's birth.

Dinner & Overnight at Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem.

Day 10 — Monday, September 11: Friends of Zion Museum – Machne Yehuda market – Stories in Jerusalem

The Friends of Zion Museum which highlights the contribution of Christians Zionists to the State of Israel and recognizes the Christian heroes who have created an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.  The center is a four floor multimedia experience boasting the latest technology and effects to create a once in a lifetime experience. Drive by the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems. Continue to the Israel Museum. We will visit the detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Jesus, Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls . A tour of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, is not to be missed when touring Israel, and perhaps the most memorable part of any Knesset tour is taking a photo in front of the iconic Knesset Menorah sculpture. The original menorah, a seven branched candelabra, stood in the Temple and has been a symbol of the Jewish people since the 2nd century BCE. It became a national symbol of the State of Israel in 1948. Our last stop of the day will be "Woman & Stories in Jerusalem". Meet a “breakthrough woman” as she tells her special personal story.

Transfer to Ben-Grunion airport for your flight back home.

Price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from New York to Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights at Grand Beach Tel Aviv Hotel or similar  
  • 2 nights at Emily's Tiberius Hotel or similar
  • 5 nights at Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel or similar
  • 1 Druz lunch at Nora's Kitchen
  • 1 Lunch at Adir dairy farm.
  • 1 Shabbat of a lifetime
  • 1 "Shuk bites" in Machne Yehuda Market  
  • 1 farewell dinner before departure 
  • Group “Meet and Assist” on arrival and departure
  • Group transfers from/to the airport in Israel
  • Porterage at the airport and hotels
  • Touring in a private, air-conditioned bus with licensed guide per itinerary attached
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary attached
  • 1 free in a Single room for every 20 paying passengers
  • Pilgrim & baptism certificate
  • Hats, maps, & personal diary

Price does not include:

  • Tips for hotel staff, guides and bus driver
  • Medical coverage and personal expenses
  • Late check-out on day of departure


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