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Kaufman Tour, Decemeber 2014

December 19th, Friday

holy sepulchre easter 2013

Welcome to Israel!.

Upon arrival (ETA 13:25) we head to Jerusalem,  and after greeting the city (with bread, grape juice, and wine!) from the top of Mount of Olives  we go for a camel ride and a desert hospitality experience at “Abraham’s tent” at Genesis Land .

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 20th, Saturday

at masadanazareth villageFocusing today on Christian history in the Galilee, we first visit “Nazareth Village  in Nazareth ; a quick visit the Church of Annunciation ; a stroll in the local market up to the Mary’s Well  and S. Gabriel church ; and later visit the “wedding miracle church” at Cana , where we will possibly conduct mass + ceremony.

We will then head to the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum  and Magdala .

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 21th, Sunday

chapel of ascensionZooming in on Mount of Olives Holy Christian sites we visit the Chapel of the Ascension ; Dominus Flevit ; Garden of Gethsemane ; where we possibly also have mass.

We move on for lunch lunch in the Ben Yehudah street, where we also experience the  “Time Elevator  attraction, and then go for an ATV tour in the Judean mountains.

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 22th, Monday

science museumToday’s activity is focusing on the City of David  , including a walk along Hezekiah’s Tunnel   to the Pool of Siloam   and then ascending along the Pool of Siloam   to the Western wall   and a visit to the Davidson Center .

After a lunch break we see the historical fiction movie at the Burnt House , and go for some shopping in the Jewish Cardo  or the Arab market (Suq ).

* Those who have done the City of David and don’t wish to repeat it, can go the  Bloomfield Science Museum , and meet the rest of the group for lunch.

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 23th, Tuesday

live-shootingThe morning is deovted to a unique experience of Live Shooting  in an anti terror training facility, followed by a Zip line?. We could also visit ancient Herodium  nearby.

In the afternoon we could go to the Israel Museum  , where we could split and have the kids sign for activities in the “youth wing” while I lead along the Archaeological Wing ; the Model of the Second Temple ; and the Shrine of the Book” .

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 24th, Wednesday

independance hall

bar kokhba cavesHeading for another day of mixed exciting activities, we start with crawling in Bar Kokhba caves , made some 2000 years ago to fight the Romans, and nearby reflect on another famous battle at David vs. Goliath battle site.

After lunch we there is enogh wind, we could go for gliding off the cliffs of Netanyah, or have a bike tour in Tel-Aviv.

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 25th, Thursday

church of nativity3Being Christmas day we mark it with a visit To Bethlehem  or in the Christian Quarter  of the old city in Jerusalem.

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 26th, Friday

Carmel marketThe morning will be reserved for a unique hike along the Old City walls ramparts.

After lunch, we could join at 14:00 the “Good Friday” procession along the “Via Dolorosa ” to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre  .

For Friday evening we will set dinner with a Jewish religious family.

O/N: King David Residence, Jerusalem.

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December 27th, Saturday

masada cable carChecking out and ready to explore the south, we head first to Masada .

Reaching the top by cable car, we asses this dramatic and tragic site, before heading for a swim + lunch in one of the hotels of the Dead Sea.

Alternatively those who want can join me for a hike + swim at Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve .

We then head to our hotel at the top of Ramon crater – hotel Bresheet.

O/N: Bresheet hotel, Mizpe Ramon.

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December 28th, Sunday

avdat modelReady to explore the desert we go for a jeep tour along the spice route to Ein Akev (+swimming);  have a bedouin lunch experience in a bedouin tent; and on the way back possibly visit the Nabatean city of Avdat , possibly conducting Sunday mass in its ancient church.

O/N: Bresheet hotel, Mizpe Ramon.

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December 29th, Monday

timnahDeparting from Mizpe Ramon we cross the Aravah and stop at Timna nature reserve for a hike along “Solomon pillars” and to the ancient copper mines.

In the afternoon we reach Eilat, dinning that night in the “last refuge“.

O/N: Royal Beach hotel, Eilat.

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December 30th, Tuesday

1 petraCrossing the border into Jordan early morning, this long day is all devoted to touring ancient hidden capital of the Nabateans – Petra.

Walking among its ancient tomb facades carved in the beautiful sand stone, you realize why it is among the “new seven wonders of the world“.

O/N: Royal Beach hotel, Eilat.

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December 31th, Wednesday

red sea fishWishing to appreciate the Red Sea, today we board a private yacht and cruize to “Pharaoh’s island” in Egypt (!), having lunch alonf the way;  swim, snorkel, scuba dive or snuba dive.

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O/N: Royal Beach hotel, Eilat.

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January 1st, Thursday

beershevaSaying fairwell to Eilat, we drive to Tel-Aviv , with an optional visit to the local Biblical Safari on the way (“Hai Bar“) or the Israeli Airforce Musuem and Beer-Sheva .

O/N: David Intercontinental hotel, Tel-Aviv.

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January 2nd, Friday

jaffa orange treeWe  start with a stroll along the allies of old Jaffa  and the Flea Market , and then we rent various types of bicycles and go for a ride along the promenade up to Tel-Aviv port.

After lunch we appreciet the Friday afternoon Nahalat Binyamin Crafts market .

In the evening we could possibly join Friday dinner with a Samaritan family at the Samaritan Holon Community .

O/N: David Intercontinental hotel, Tel-Aviv.

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January 3rd, Saturday

אלעלExhausted but happy, we head to the airport for Departure.

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