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Turkey – Grand Christian Tour (16 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Turkey
On arrival to Istanbul International Terminal, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the domestic terminal to board the flight to the city of Adana. In the city of Adana, you will be taken to your hotel for check – in.
Dinner and overnight stay in Adana

 

DAY 2 – Adana – Antakya – Seulecia Pieria – Adana
After breakfast, we will drive to Antakya, the ancient Antioch on Orontes River. This was the city where St. Peter “The Rock” had established a church and for the first time in the church’s history, Gentiles were welcomed into the church. The word “Christian” was used for the first time in history there. Also St Paul and Barnabas had set sail to Cyprus from there. Following our arrival in this city, we will visit the church of St. Peter. After this visit, we will head to the fascinating and colossal Mosaics and archaeology Museum, which was built in 2015. After visiting this museum, we will return to Adana.
Dinner and overnight stay in Adana

 

DAY 3 – Adana – Tarsus – Cappadocia
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and drive to the town of Tarsus. This city was hometown of St. Paul. We will visit the grounds of the House of St. Paul, where he was born. We will have a short stop at the Cleopatra Gate from where she and Mark Anthony had entered the city. After the short stop, we will set off for Cappadocia. We will have lunch en-route and then drive to our hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 4 – Cappadocia
Today we will spend a full day in the fascinating region of Cappadocia. This location is unique in the world with its natural rock formations. Christianity came early to Cappadocia. In the book called ‘The Acts of Saint Hieron’ it was mentioned that St. Hieron disappeared into a rock while being chased by persecutors. It was therefore convenient to establish small chapels and churches in hollowed out rocks. We will visit Goreme Valley with its Troglodyte churches and explore the underground City of Kaymakli, which was a place for Christians to be safe from persecutors. We will have lunch at a local restaurant there. Then we will visit Zelve and Avanos with their red-coned monastic complexes.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 5 – Cappadocia – Derbe – Lystra – Konya
After breakfast we will start driving to Konya. On the way we will stop at Derbe, where St Paul and Barnabas had preached and converted many people. After Derbe we will continue to Lystra, another place that was visited several times by St. Paul. Upon arrival in Konya, we will check into the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Konya

DAY 6 – Konya – Antioch of Pisidia (Yalvac) – Antalya
After breakfast we will spend half a day in Konya (formerly known as ancient lconium, a city where St. Paul and St. Barnabas were in the synagogue). First we will visit the Museum of the Whirling Dervishes, which is also the site of the Mausoleum of Mevlana (Rumi). After having lunch as a local restaurant in Konya, we will drive to the ancient city of Antioch of Pisidia (Yalvac), the city where St. Paul preached his first recorded sermon and was later expelled. Among the ruins, we will see the remains of two basilicas. We will continue driving southwest and finally arrive in Antalya.
Dinner and overnight stay in Antalya

 

DAY 7 – Antalya – Perge (Perga) – Aspendos – Antalya
After breakfast we will drive east to the ruins of Perge (another site where St. Paul had preached). There we will visit the theatre and the stadium. After Perge, we will head to Aspendos, which is famous for its theatre. Following lunch, we will drive back to Antalya city centre and visit the Archaeological Museum.
Dinner and overnight stay in Antalya

 

DAY 8 – Antalya – Myra – Antalya
After breakfast we will drive west to Myra, a town visited by St. Paul, St. Luke and St. Aristarchus. This town is well known as being the seat of St. Nicholas, the bishop of the Mediterranean city during the 4th century. We will get to see the many rock tombs there that overlook the ruins splendid theatre. After lunch return to Antalya.
Dinner and overnight stay in Antalya

 

DAY 9 – Antalya – Colossae – Laodicea – Pamukkale (Hierapolis)
After an early start we will drive to Colossae (famous for St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians) to see the Byzantine walls around the site’s other remaining ruins. After the visit of Colossae and lunch, we will continue to Laodicea, one of the Seven churches. Laodicea has been non-stop excavated all year round since 2009. An unbelievable amount of artifacts, temples and buildings have been exposed to daylight. This is today the only one among the Seven Churches where we actually know the exact location. After this visit we will continue the out hotel in Pamukkale.
Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale

 

DAY 10 – Pamukkale – Philadelphia – Thyatira – Sardis – Kusadasi
After breakfast we will visit the ruins of Pamukkale with its necropolis, baths, theatre and the site of the martyrdom of St. Philip. After that, we will drive to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, founded during the reign of Attalus ll, and a city that was also one of the Seven Churched of Revelation. Next, our drive will take us to Thyatira, another one of the Seven Churches. According to the letters, the members of this church were commended for their steadfastness against libertarianism. After lunch, we will continue to Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia, which was one of the Seven Churches too. There we will visit the Diana (which later became a church), a beautiful synagogue, and the gymnasium. After this visit, our ride will take us to the port town of Kusadasi.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi

 

DAY 11 – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Miletus – Kusadasi
After breakfast, we will visit the extensive ruins of Ephesus, which was one of the Seven Churches. There, we will see the theatre where St. Paul had preached to the Ephesians. We will take a stroll through the library, Odeon, Virgin Mary Church where the Third Ecumenical Council was held in 431, and the Marble Road. We will leave the ruins of Ephesus to visit St. John’s Basilica and the nearby House of the Virgin Mary. After lunch, we will drive to Miletus, which was one of the principal lonian cities and the home of Thales, the geometrician. There, we will visit the very well preserved theatre, the Byzantine Fortress, the Delphinium, the Nymphanion, the Bouleterium, and the Fasutina Baths. At the end of the day, we will return to the town of Kusadasi.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi

 

DAY 12 – Kusadasi – Izmir – Pergamon – Assos – Ayvalik
After breakfast, we will drive to Izmir where Homer of Iliad was born. This city is among the Seven Churches of Revelation. The church there stood for the longest time among all the churches. We will also visit Mount Pegus, the site where St. Polycarp was martyred. After this visit, we will make our way to Pergamum to visit the Asklepion and the Acropolis, the theatre, the Temple of Athena, and the Altar of Zeus, which John denounced to Pergamim church members as the Throne of Satan. After lunch, we will visit the Asklepion, the medical centre of the ancient world. At the end of the day, we will drive to Ayvalik town.
Dinner and overnight stat in Ayvalik

 

DAY 13 – Ayvalik – Troas – Bursa
After breakfast, we will visit the legendary site of Troy. Following lunch, we will continue our journey to Alexandria Troas, which was visited as least twice by St. Paul. In his third journey, we know that St. Paul also travelled by land from Alexandria Troas to assos. In Troas, we will visit the theatre, the temple of Athena and the Agora. From there we will drive to Bursa.
Dinner and overnight stay in Bursa

 

DAY 14 – Bursa – Nicaea – Istanbul
After breakfast, we will explore Bursa by visiting the Grand Mosque, the Green Mausoleum and the old silk market in the covered bazaar. After lunch in Bursa, we will drive to Nicaea. The importance of Nicaea in Christian history is the Nicene Creed, which was taken during the first Ecumenical Council of 325. The seventh Ecumenical Council of 787 was held there as well. In this fascinating town we will visit the museum that was formerly the Church of Divine Wisdom. We will leave Nicaea to drive to Istanbul.
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 15 – Istanbul
After breakfast, we will start our full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. First we will visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique with its 6 minarets. After the blue mosque, we will walk to the Hippodrome, which was the centre of sports events and political activities in the old city. From the hippodrome, we will walk to Hagia Sophia which is right across from the Blue Mosque. Built as the church of divine wisdom, it is still one of the greatest marvels of architecture in the world. The byzantine Emperor Justinian constructed it as a basilica in the 6th century. After that, we will continue with a tour of the Topkapi Palace Museum, which was the Imperial residence of ottoman Sultans. Today in the rooms of this palace there are exhibits of the Imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons and holy relics – the sword of King David, the staff of Moses, the Turban of Joseph and Relics of St. John the Baptist. In the afternoon, we will visit Chora Church (famous for Byzantine mosaics) and the Grand Bazaar. It is the biggest oriental bazaar in the world with around 4,000 shops which sell antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets and leather.
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 16 – Istanbul – UK
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our departure flights.

 

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Egypt – Nile Cruise (10 days)

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Egypt – Nile Cruise (10 days)

 

Day 1
Embarkation on cruise in Cairo.
Dinner on board.
Music in the bar.
Overnight in Cairo.

 

Day 2
06:00 Breakfast on board.
07:00 Transfer to Wadi Natroun to visit the three main monasteries ( Sorian ,
Paramos & St. Bishoy )
Lunch will be at the monasteries – from the supplies of the monasteries
Drive will take almost one and half hours and the visit will take almost 03 hours
without lunch
Lunch will take 45 minutes to one hour depending on the number of the clients
13:30 Take the road back to the boat
Dinner on board.
Overnight in Cairo.

 

Day 3
07:00 Breakfast on Board
08:00 Transfer to Mattareya area and the drive takes almost one hour in case of
heavy traffic. Reach the area to visit the tree of the virgin Mary and then head of Mustorod
( 10 KM out of Cairo using the ring road ) to visit there St. Mary Church in
Mustorod
12:00 Lunch on board
13:30 Transfer to Old Cairo to Visit Abu Sirga Church and the hanging church and on the way back visit Maadi Church and then head to the boat
Overnight in Cairo

 

Day 4
05:00 Start sailing to Beni Suef.
16:00 Arrive Beni Suef
16:30 Transfer to Bayad El Arab ( Nasara ) Monastery which is 07 KM from the
docking area / East The Nile
We take Beni Suef bridge to cross the Nile and 10 minute drive to there
We will be welcomed by the monks and enjoy having tea, cake and cookies in this fascinating monastery which is located on the Nile Bank.
Overnight in Beni Suef.

 

Day 6
Sail to Minya
Overnight Minya.

Day 5
06:00 Breakfast on board
07:00 As per history the origin of the two oldest monasteries in the whole world
St. Paul & St. Anthony in Beni Suef
When the people started to gather around them a lot and burden them with
their blessing requests they moved to the desert near the red sea.
There is a new road called Beni Suef – Zaafarana which is very smooth and well
paved.
To reach St. Anthony it is 140 KM ( almost 02 and half hour drive ) where they can visit the monastery and stop to view the cave where St. Anthony used to pray in ( there are almost 1700 steps to reach the top of the cave ) therefore we will only stop to view and not climb up to the cave
The visit will take almost one and half hour
11:30 Transfer to St. Paul ( 30 KM drive ) to visit the monastery
The visit will take one hour
12:30 Transfer to Zaafarana rest house which will take 10 minute drive
They could have proper lunch there as there are varieties of grilled food there
14:00 Transfer back to Beni Suef
Drive for almost two and half hours back
On the way back we will stop to view the two origins of the monasteries in Beni Suef
Overnight in Beni Suef

 

Day 7
07:00 Breakfast on board.
08:00 Transfer to Samalout – One hour drive – to visit Gebel El Ter Monastery
The visit will take almost one and half hours
11:30 Transfer back to the boat.
12:00 Lunch on board
13:00 Transfer to Abu Henes Monastery ( Between Beni Hassan & Amarana )
The drive will take almost one hour and 15 minutes
The visit will take one and half hour
16:00 Transfer back to the boat
Overnight Minya

Day 8
05:00 Sail to Amarana
10:30
Transfer to Deir El Barsha in Amarna to visit.
The drive will take almost 15 minute
The visit will take one and half hours
12:30 Transfer back to the boat
13:00 Sail to Asyut & Overnight

 

Day 9
07:00 Breakfast on board
08:00 Transfer to El Muharraq Monastery – which is one and half hour drive
The visit will take almost one and half hour
11:00 Transfer to Dronka Monastery – 30 minute drive
The visit will take one hour
13:00 Transfer back to the boat
14:30 Lunch on board
Overnight in Asyut.

 

Day 10
07:00 Breakfast on board
08:00 Disembarkation

 

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A Taste Of Jordan (8 days)

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A TASTE OF JORDAN
(8 days)

 

 

Day 1: Amman Airport – Amman Hotel
Meet & Assist at Amman Airport by our representative, then transfer to hotel in Amman, check in & overnight

 

Day 2 : Amman – Jerash – Ajlun – Um Qais – Amman
You will start your day to explore one of the most preserved Roman cities of the decapolis “Jerash”. Then we will proceed to Ajlun then to Um Qays which overlooks the Sea of Galilee. Return to Amman where you will be treated for an oriental dinner. O/N in Amman.

 

Day 3 : Amman – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Kerak – Petra
After breakfast, head towards Madaba the city of Mosaics, which has the oldest known mosaic map of the holy land. After that we will go to view the Jordan Valley from the famous Mount Nebo visiting its Byzantine Church. We will continue after that to visit the great crusader castle of Kerak. Continue to Petra for overnight.

 

Day 4 : (FULL DAY PETRA VISIT)
Full day visiting Jordan’s Jewel “Petra” The Capital City of the Nabateans, a city fully carved in the rose red stones of Wadi Mousa Mountains. Upon arrival, you will take a horseback ride; walk through the Siq, the only access to this city. Return back to Petra for overnight

 

Day 5 : Petra – Wadi Rum – Amman
Depart to the Valley of the moon, which was known as “Lawrence of Arabia land” enjoying a jeep safari for 2 hours. Then transferred to hotel in Amman, overnight

Day 6 : Amman – Amman city Tour – Dead Sea – Amman
Start your day, with a visit to Amman city, to see the Citadel, the Roman Amphitheatre, and then we will head towards the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Return to hotel in Amman for overnight.

 

Day 7 : Amman – Amman Airport
After Breakfast – drive to Amman Airport for departure

 

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Malta – Footsteps of St Paul (8 days)

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“In the Footsteps of St. Paul” – Malta & Gozo

In the year 60 AD, the galleon in which Paul the Apostle was being taken to Rome as a prisoner awaiting trial, ran aground on the shores of Malta. From the seed St. Paul planted during his three month stay came forth one of the most unique Catholic cultures in the world.

PROGRAMME

 

Day 1 Arrival Malta

……Group arrives at Malta International Airport on Flight…. The group will be met by our representative, who will assist them to the coach/Minibus, for direct transfer to Hotel. Luggage will be transported on same coach.

Upon arrival at hotel, the group will be offered a non-alcoholic welcome drink followed by check-in

 

Day 2 Valletta Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration: 8 hours
Valletta was built by the French Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean Parisot de la Vallette, after the epic siege of 1565. it dominates, in one wide sweep, the island’s historic Grand Harbour – the first natural port in Europe. Within its limited boundaries is reflected some of Malta’s rich heritage of archaelogy, history, art and culture. In the words of Disraeli it is a “city of palaces built my gentlemen for gentlemen”.

09.00 hr s- Group departs hotel accompanied by a licensed guide and proceed to Valletta to visit the following sites:
Upper Barracca Gardens- These command a magnificent view of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities.
St. Johns Co-Cathedral-  This was formerly the conventual church of the Order built by Gerolamo Cassar and completed in 1578. Once built, the Knights lavished adornments in their langues chapels most of which are real treasure of art. Here one finds the most important painting that Caravaggio made in Malta as well as one of his most extraordinary creations, for many it is his greatest masterpiece – The Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
The Grand Master’s Palace – With its exquisite halls, State rooms and Armoury which has a collection of weapons and armour of the knights
St. Paul’s Shipwreck Church – One of the oldest churches in Valletta, built to commemorate St. Paul’s shipwreck on the island. The church has two very important religious relics – a wrist bone of St. Paul and a piece of the column on which he was beheaded
16.00 hrs – Malta Experience – Multivision Show depicting over 7000 years of Maltese history
Afterwards depart Valletta and transfer to the selected hotel. Liberty International Malta Ltd., 50, Guze Maria Camilleri Str., HMR1180 Hamrun, Malta www.liberty-int.com 2

 

Day 3 Tour to Mosta, Rabat & Madina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration: 8 hours
09.00 hr s- Group departs hotel accompanied by a licensed guide for a full day tour.
Drive to Mosta to visit the Church, its dome is the third largest in Europe. Proceed to Rabat to visit St. Paul’s church and St. Paul’s Grotto. Afterwards proceed to visit St. Paul’s Catacombs
Some time at leisure
In the afternoon the group will proceed to the medieval city of Mdina
We will explore the old city, the quaint alleys and narrow streets, ancient buildings and admire the far reaching magnificent views form the high bastion walls. During our tour of Mdina we will also take a look at the beautiful cathedral which is also dedicated to St. Paul and is believed to stand on the site originally occupied by the residence of Publius, the Governor who became the first Bishop of Malta.
Afterwards they will pass by Buskett Gardens to Dingli Cliffs, the highest point on the island
17.00 hr s- Return to Hotel

 

Day 4 Tour to Temples, Blue Grotto & Marsaxklokk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration: 8 hours

09.00 hrs – Group departs hotel in a coach accompanied by a licensed guide and proceed to visit the south. The group will visit the following sites:

Hagar Qim – These temples were excavated in 1839. It stands on high ground overlooking the sea and is unique among the Maltese temples.

Blue Grotto – Lying beyond the cliffs of Wied iz-Zurrieq, it can only be reached by sea. The group will take small fishing boats to visit the grotto.

Proceed to Marsaxlokk- The Fishing Village – Fishing is the principal industry of this village. Its charm lies in the soft blending of colours: the brightly coloured house-fronts reflected in the bay. the gaily painted fishing boats

Time at Leisure

In the afternoon the group will proceed to visit Ghar Dalam – This 144 metre long natural cave has remains of animals dating back to the glacial period. The massive stalagmites and stalactites reveal its antiquity.

17.00 hrs – Return to hotel

 

Day 5 Tour to Gozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration: 9 hours

08.00 hrs – Group departs hotel in an air conditioned coach accompanied by a licensed guide to the North of the island Cirkewwa for the ferry crossing to the Island of Gozo. After a twenty-minute crossing, on setting foot in Gozo you will notice that although both islands are similar in history and development , Gozo has a character entirely of its own. Gozo which is a three hilled island, is greener and more picturesque than Malta.

In Gozo the group will visit the following sites:

Ggantija Prehistoric Temples – The magnificent temple complex on the Xaghara Plateau consisiting of a 5-apse and a 4-apse temple and a large forecourt. The sheer size and height of the standing walls makes them the most impressive of the Maltese temples.

Ta Pinu Church

Dwejra – Also known as the Inland sea and window, the delightful bay encompasses Fungus Rock, A crater-like depression forms the Inland Sea, a land locked fishermen’s harbour. An impressive rock formation of mostly shell fossils – the Azure Window forms an archway over the Sea.

Proceed to Victoria – Gozo’s Capital city and main centre of trade is also known as Rabat. Victoria also features a citadel and suburb, located inland. The citadel hill which dominates the town was occupied by the Arabs and later enlarged by the Normans. The Knights of St. John formed the present town. The citadel commands views of the whole island.

Lunch in a local restaurant

In the afternoon the group will proceed to Xlendi – The land locked bay, lies at the foot of the fertile valley under towering cliffs, has a character of its own. It is still a fishing hamlet and a tower guards the bay.

16.30 hr s- Return Ferry to Malta

 

Day 6 Tour to St. Paul’s Islands, Mellieha & Attard  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration: 8 hours

Day 6 continued…

09.00 hrs – Board coach accompanied by a licensed guide for a fill day tour. Transfer by “luzzu” ( Maltese fishing boat) to St. Paul’s islands and vice versa. – St. Paul was shipwrecked on these islands. Proceed to Mellieha to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady – According to very old tradition, the highly venerated sanctuary was blessed by St. Paul the Apostle.

Proceed on a panoramic tour towards Popeye Village and Golden Bay

Afterwards to Ta Qali Crafts Village and visit also the Mdina Glass factory . Some time at Leisure

In the afternoon drive to Attard to visit San Anton Gardens, the botanic gardens that surround the palace of the president

17.00 hrs – Return to hotel

 

Day 7 Tour to Three Cities & Harbour Cruise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration: 8 hours

09.00hrs – The group departs hotel accompanied by a licensed guide for a full day tour.

Discover the historical area known as the three cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. A drive past Cospicua will bring the group to Vittoriosa where they will walk through the various narrow streets shaded by many historic buildings and churches.

The group will also visit St. Lawrence Church.

Proceed to Senglea and then to Sliema

Some time at leisure

14.45 hrs board the Captain Morgan boat for the Harbour Cruise.

A detailed commentary will unfold the history of Valletta and the Three Cities connected with two Great Sieges of 1565 and 1942, as well as the other places of interest including the historical forts, battlements and creeks which can only be admired from the sea.

17.00 hrs – Return to Hotel.

 

Day 8 Departure

Group will depart the Maltese Islands by a 53 x seater coach which will transfer them to Malta International Airport accompanied by Liberty Representative.

Group departs Malta on …..

 

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Professional Or Special Interest Tour – An Agricultural Itinerary (10 DAYS)

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PROFESSIONAL OR SPECIAL INTEREST TOUR

AN AGRICULTURAL ITINERARY 9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS

 

DAY 1 – UK – Israel

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv – Beersheba

After breakfast meet with a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture. Take a short orientation tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa including the Camel open air fruit and vegetable market. Drive to the Volcani Institute in Beit Dagan for a discussion and demonstration regarding problems of cultivation, water-soil-plant relationships and irrigation systems. Proceed to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot and visit the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University a leading R&D institute for agriculture.

Dinner and overnight stay in Beersheba

 

DAY 3 – Beersheba

This morning travel through the Negev Desert and visit one or more Kibbutzim to hear and see the new experimental programs as well as many new innovations used in cultivating tomatoes, peaches, pears, melons, olives, greenhouse flowers, sheep and fish. At Kibbutz Sde Boker visit the pistachio plantation where irrigation is done with flood waters. For dinner we suggest a Bedouin Hafla.

Overnight stay in Beersheba

 

DAY 4 – Beersheba – Jerusalem

Depart the desert and drive to the Judean Hills. Visit Kibbutz Tzorah which produces one of Israel’s largest cotton crops as well as avocados. The kibbutz also has a very successful sewage-irrigation project and dairy farm. Continue by bus to the golden city of Jerusalem. Sightseeing will begin on the Mount of Olives for a breath taking view of the city. Enter the Old city and walk through the Jewish, Christian and Moslem Quarters. Visit the Cardo, the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem in the Byzantine times and the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Temple. Walk along the Via Dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 5 – Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Today’s Jerusalem program will begin at the Shrine of the book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls and to see the scale model of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the museum and memorial to the Holocaust. In the afternoon drive to Bethlehem and visit the Basilica of the Nativity and the milk grotto.

Drinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 6 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Jerusalem

Descend the Judean Hills to the lowest point on earth and a natural greenhouse – the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Masada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountaintop fortress which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis. Relax and enjoy an opportunity to ‘float’ in the Dead Sea. This afternoon visit Kibbutz Ein Gedi, world famous for its botanical gardens. The kibbutz also grows dates, coconuts, baobab, cactus and raises turkeys. Home hospitality with kibbutz members can be arranged.

Overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 7 – Jerusalem – Galilee

Depart Jerusalem and drive through the Jordan River Rift Valley to Shadmot Mechola, a moshav (cooperative). Tour the climate controlled hot houses where amaryllis bulbs are harvested; a fully computerized dairy farm specially built for arid climate and a greenhouse specializing in culinary and medicinal spice plants to export. Continue to Beit Shean, where excavations have revealed 18 levels of history. Later today visit the Tnuva dairy plant in Tel Yosef specializing in hard cheeses. The last stop today will be Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kibbutz Guest House in Galilee

 

DAY 8 – Kibbutz – Capernaum – Kibbutz

Today’s tour will begin with the religious sites around the Sea of Galilee including Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Ministry; Tabgha, where the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish took place, and the Mt. of Beatitudes, traditional site of “Sermon on the Mount”. In the Lower Galilee region, visit a kibbutz specializing in fish farming. Ascend to the capital of the Golan Heights, Katzrin, and visit the Golan Winery. This relatively new winery has already received international recognition for its fine wines.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kibbutz Guest House in Galilee

 

DAY 9 – Kibbutz – Tel Aviv

Cross the Galilee to the Mediterranean coast. Visit a Regional Cooperative and learn about control valve manufacturing as well as an irrigation plant that uses recycled waste water. Travelling along the coast, stop at the Kibbutz Ein Shemer and tour the facility famous for bee keeping and the production of honey. The kibbutz also has a bio-organic olive press located in its olive grove. Continue to Caesarea and view the ruins of this Roman and Crusader stronghold.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

DAY 10 – Israel – UK

Leave Jerusalem and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

 

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Program (12 days)

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MAZEL TOV – BAR/BAT MITZVAH FAMILY PROGRAM 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

DAY 1 – UK – Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Tel Aviv

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv
Sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps. Included are the Disapora Museum which tells the history of the Jewish people in other lands. Rabin Memorial, and Independence Hall where David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s independence in 1948. Continue to the Nahalat Benyamin Street fair featuring local artisans. Drive to Jaffa, an ancient port city and picturesque artists’ quarter.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tel Aviv

DAY 3 – At leisure
Dinner and overnight stay in Tel Aviv

DAY 4 – Tel Aviv – Kibbutz
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal road to Caesarea and view the archaeological ruins of this ancient Herodian port city. Byzantine centre and Crusader stronghold. Continue to Haifa to view the golden domed Baha’i Temple situated in the beautiful Persian Gardens. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the bay from Mt. Carmel. Visit the Hapala Museum which tells the story of clandestine immigration and the history of the Israeli navy. Later in the afternoon drive to Rosh Hanikra. Go down to the grottos by cable car and learn about the formation of the cliffs.
Dinner and overnight stay Kibbutz Guest House Galilee

DAY 5 – Kibbutz
Today’s tour will begin in Safed centre of Jewish Mysticism since the Middle Ages. Visit the Old Jewish Quarter with its many synagogues. Stroll the narrow streets and see the many art galleries. Leave the city for an exciting jeep ride tour through the Golan Heights. Enjoy home hospitality in a Druze village. Continue by bus to the “Good Fence” at Metulla. The last stop today will be a hike through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve located at the site of the ancient Israelite settlement, Dan.
Dinner and overnight stay Kibbutz Guest House Galilee

DAY 6 – Kibbutz – Jerusalem
Leave the Upper Galilee for Arbel and take a donkey ride in this once famous Jewish Centre. Continue to Tiberias, one of the four Holy cities. Drive south to Bet Shean, dating back more than 5000 years, where excavations have revealed 18 levels of history. Visit Beit Alpha and see the ruins of an ancient synagogue with its mosaic floor. Time permitting, swim in the warm, natural spring waters at Gan Hashlosha (Sachne). Continue through the Jordan Valley Rift to Jerusalem
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 7 – Jerusalem
Start the day with a drive, via the Knesset to Hadassah Medical Centre to view the Chagall Windows depicting the twelve tribes of Israel. In a nearby forest, take a few moments to plant a tree. Proceed to the Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust and then to Mt. Herzl to view the grave of the late Yitzhak Rabin. End the day with a visit to the Israel Museum to see the scale model of ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple. Also visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 8 – MAZELTOV!
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and walk to the Western Wall. Celebrate the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony. After the ceremony, continue to the Jewish Quarter and view the reconstructed Cardo, Herodian Mansions and synagogues. Continue to the Tower of David Museum depicting 3,000 years of Jerusalem’s history. During the afternoon, visit ammunition Hill, and learn about the battle to reunite Jerusalem during the Six Day War.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 9 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Jerusalem
Descend through the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to the base of Masada the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Ascend by cable car and tour this mountaintop fortress including Herod’s palace, an ancient synagogue and a bathhouse. After descending, drive to a nearby oasis and enjoy an opportunity to “float” in the unique waters of the Dead Sea. Before returning to your hotel, visit the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 10 – At Leisure
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 11 – Jerusalem area
This morning “touch your roots” by participating in an archaeological dig located at Tel Marisha in Beit Guvrin area. Work with archaeologists and learn about methodology via the Amatzya, a complex of caves, tunnels and passageways.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

DAY 12 – Israel – UK
Leave Jerusalem and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

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Shalom Tour – An Interfaith Itinerary (9 DAYS)

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SHALOM TOUR – AN INTERFAITH ITINERARY – 8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS

DAY 1 – UK – Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 2 – Jerusalem
Enter the Walled City by foot. In the Jewish Quarter visit the Cardo and the Western Wall and enjoy a panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Enter the Christian Quarter and visit St Ann’s Crusader Church. Beginning at the Antonia Tower walk the Via Dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue through the winding streets of the Old City to the Tower of David Museum, covering 3000 years of Jerusalem’s history. Later this afternoon visit Garden Tomb.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 3 – Jerusalem
Start the day with a visit to the Hadassah Medical Centre to view the world famous Chagall windows depicting the twelve tribes of Israel. Continue to the Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust and the Children’s Museum. In a nearby forest, take a few moments to plant a tree. Stop at Mt. Herzl to view the grave of the late Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. End the day with a visit to the Israel Museum to see the scale model of ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 4 – Jerusalem – Bethlehem
Today we start with a visit to Bethlehem. Driving via the Tomb of Rachel, visit the Church of Nativity and the milk grotto. Continue to the Scripture Gardens at the Biblical Study Centre. Return to Jerusalem and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 5 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea
Descend through the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to the base of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Ascend by cable car and tour this mountaintop fortress including Herod’s Palace, an ancient synagogue and a bathhouse. After descending drive to a nearby oasis and enjoy the opportunity to swim or ‘float’ in the unique waters of the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 6 – Jerusalem – Tiberias
Depart Jerusalem and drive to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world. Continue through the Jordan River Valley Rift to Beit Shean, dating back more than 5,000 years, where excavations have revealed 18 levels of history. Proceed to Beit Alpha and view the ruins of an ancient synagogue with a mosaic floor. The next stop will be Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration. Visit Nazareth, where Jesus grew to manhood and tour the Church of Annunciation. End todays tour at Yardenit, he Baptism site on the River Jordan.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

DAY 7 – Tiberias
Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Nof Ginosar. View the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus. Continue to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry. Located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s house. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish and see the mosaic from the 5th century Byzantine basilica. Drive to Mount of Beatitudes, site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Continue to Safed, one of the four holy cities and once the Jewish centre of Mysticism and today a picturesque artists’ colony. Travel through the Upper Galilee to Banias Springs (Caesarea Philippe) where Peter made his confession of faith.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

DAY 8 – Tiberias – Tel Aviv
Depart Tiberias and drive towards the Mediterranean coast. Stop at Mukraha, site of Elijah’s confrontation. Visit a Druze village and enjoy home hospitality while learning more about this culture and interesting life style. On Mt. Carmel visit the Stella Maris Monastery built over the caves of Elijah and the Bahai Shrine with its beautiful Persian Gardens. Travelling south on the coastal highway, stop at Caesarea and view the archaeological ruins of this ancient Herodian, Byzantine and crusader city.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tel Aviv

DAY 9 – Israel – UK
Leave Israel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

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CLASSICAL CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGE

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A CATHOLIC ITINERARY – 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

 

DAY 1 – UK – Israel

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Tel Aviv

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv – Tiberias

Depart the hotel to visit Jaffa, the town where Peter lodged with Simon the Tanner. Drive along the coastal road to Caesarea and view the ruins of this Roman and Crusader stronghold. Continue to Mt. Carmel and visit the Stella Maris Church adjacent to the cave of Elijah. Drive to Nazareth where Jesus spent his boyhood and visit the House of Joseph and the Church of Annunciation (Mass). The last stop today will be Cana, site of the First Miracle. Married couples will have a chance to renew their wedding vows.Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

DAY 3 – Tiberias – Capernaum – Tiberias

Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Ministry and see the ruins of an ancient synagogue. Drive to Tabgha (Mass) and visit the site where the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish took place and St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus appeared after the resurrection. Drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the “Sermon on the Mount” and take some time for personal meditation. Travel though Upper Galilee to Beit Saida and then return to Tiberias.Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

DAY 4 – Tiberias – Jerusalem

After checking out of the hotel, stop at Yardenit on the shores of the Jordan River to renew Baptismal promises. Visit Mt. Tabor, (Mass) site of the Transfiguration. Drive through the Jordan River Valley Rift to the excavations in Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world and view the Mount of Temptation. Ascend the Judean Hills. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue onto Jerusalem.Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 5 – Jerusalem

Begin today’s tour on the Mt. of Olives for a breath taking view of Jerusalem. Then walk the traditional Palm Sunday path to Dominus Flavit Chapel (Mass), the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Time will be given for prayers. Cross the Kidron Valley and visit Mt. Zion and the Room of the Last Supper. Continue through the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter and walk the Via Dolorosa, the 14 Stations of the Cross, beginning at the Ecce Homo Convent and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchure. Later in the afternoon drive to Bethlehem and visit the Church of Nativity and the milk grotto.Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 6 – Jerusalem

Today will be begin at the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum and also the scale model of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time. Drive to Yad Vashem, the Museum and Memorial to the Holocaust. In the afternoon visit Ein Karem and the Church of the Visitation (Mass).Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 7 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Jerusalem

Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Masada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountaintop fortress which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Mass will be celebrated at the hotel.Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 8 – Israel – UK

Leave Jerusalem and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

 

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12 Day Itinerary

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Day 1 

Heathrow ->Tel Aviv -> Jerusalem

Meet at Heathrow to travel onwards to Tel Aviv from where we will continue the journey by coach to our hotel in Jerusalem.

 

Day 2 

By coach to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view the Old City of Jerusalem; walk part of the Palm Sunday route down the Mount of Olives, visiting the churches of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem) and The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane where we will celebrate Holy Communion. Proceed across the Kidron Valley to the site of the house of Caiaphas, where the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu now stands.

 

Day 3 

Today, we visit Masada and tour this mountain top fortress. Onto Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and then to ‘swim’ in the Dead Sea. A short detour takes us to Qasr el Yahud, a possible site of the baptism of Jesus, End the day at Jericho where we will ascend the Mount of Temptation and see Hisham’s Palace. Return to hotel in Jerusalem.

 

Day 4 

We have a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem starting at St Stephen’s Gate, visiting the Pool of Bethesda and St Anne’s Church. Walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross we make our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then to Temple Mount and a visit to the excavations. If possible, we will visit the Syrian Church of St Mark.

 

Day 5 

Visit the Israeli Museum for the Jerusalem model and The Shrine of the Book, then, in the afternoon, to a possible site of Emmaus at Abu Ghosh and Ein Kerem (birthplace of John the Baptist). Later in the day we go to the Garden Tomb.

 

Day 6 

On to Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Authority, to visit Shepherds’ Fields, The Church of the Nativity and an opportunity to shop for gifts in Bethlehem. It is hoped to arrange a visit to Tent of Nations, a Peace Organisation outside Bethlehem.

 

 

Day 7 

After joining the congregation at St George’s Cathedral we set out on                                  our mid morning transfer to Tiberias, via Bethany, where Martha, Mary and Lazarus lived. Then continue travelling along the mountain route to visit Jacob’s Well* stopping later on the journey to see the excavations at Beit She’an, the place where King Saul was killed, and the mosaics at the Beit Alpha Synagogue.

Arrive at our hotel in Tiberias.

 

Day 8 

This morning, we visit sites around the Sea of Galilee – Capernaum,   Tabgha (the loaves and fishes), the Church of Peter’s Primacy , Magdala and the Mount of Beatitudes. Take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee and see the ‘Jesus’ boat in the museum at Nof Ginnosar.

See the river Jordan at Yardenit (a modern-day baptismal site) and visit the gift shop there.

 

 

Day 9 

We visit Acre/Akko to see the Crusader Fortress, the Old Town and the Or Torah Synagogue. Continue to the Golan Heights and Banias (Caesarea Philippi) where there Jesus asked his followers: ’Who do you say that I am?’ There will be an opportunity to renew the vows made on our behalf at our baptism.  Return to our hotel.

 

Day 10 

Today we ascend Mount Tabor, a possible site of the Transfiguration and continue to Nazareth to visit the significant churches there – the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of Mary’s Well, St Joseph’s Church – then to Cana, the place of Jesus’ first miracle.

 

 

Day 11

On our way to our overnight hotel near Tel Aviv

we stop at Peniel (a chapel on the sea shore) for Holy Communion before going on to visit the Ba’hai Temple Gardens in Haifa, view Elijah’s cave and continuing to Muhraqa on Mount Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Then we travel for a quick overview of Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and where Peter baptised Cornelius and his household.

 

Day 12

Early departure for flight to Heathrow

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10 Day Itinerary

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Day 1  Tel Aviv

Depart UK  and arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv, where you will meet your guide and transfer to your hotel, in Netanya, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea – for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 2 Tuesday  Netanya – Sea of Galilee

We start the day at Caesarea, visiting the remains of Herod’s harbour and palace, the amphitheatre and the new visitor centre. Then we journey north we ascend Mt. Carmel to Muhraka, where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, then on to the Crusader city of Akko (Acre). Light permitting we will view Lake Galilee from the top of Mt. Arbel. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

 

Day 3 Galilee

Our first stop is Mount Tabor, believed to be the site of the Transfiguration; the ride up and down the hairpin bends is very exciting! Then onto Nazareth. Visit the Nazareth Village and Cana and ending the day at Yardenit, the baptismal site on the River Jordan. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

 

Day 4 Sea of Galilee – Jerusalem

Start the day with a boat trip, visit the Mt of Beatitudes, We continue our exploration round the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha and Primacy of Peter of Peter. We start our transfer to Jerusalem via Jericho and a visit to the Mt of Temptation and we see the traditional site of the Sycamore Tree. We then journey on up to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight stay at our hotel in Jerusalem.

 

Day 5  Jerusalem

Today we visit the Mt of Olives and we will walk down the Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the Church of Dominus Flevit and the Church of the Agony. Enter the old city via the Lion Gate and visit St Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda. Walk down the Via Dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon we shall visit Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields; where we will have an opportunity to shop for olive wood. The day will end with a communion service at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 6  Dead Sea Masada

Today we travel south through the beautiful Judean hills and descend 3,600 feet to the Dead Sea, visiting the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. We drive along the shore of the Dead Sea and ascend Masada by cable car, the spectacular desert fortress. In the afternoon we have time to experience floating in the Dead Sea and perhaps even a mud bath and a visit to the Ahava factory. On our return we will visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 7  Jerusalem

After breakfast drive by the Knesset Building – Israel’s parliament and see the famous Menorah. Then, onwards to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial Museum. Afterwards visit the Israel Museum and see the Model of the City of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple and also the Shrine of the Book – a section dedicated to the Dead Sea scrolls. Drive to Tel Aviv arriving at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay

 

Day 8  Tel Aviv

Full day at leisure in Tel Aviv Visit the one of the many museums, shop till you drop, relax or just sun bath on the fantastic beach. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv. Overnight Tel Aviv

 

Day 9  Tel Aviv

Full day at leisure

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tel Aviv

 

Day 10 Jerusalem – London

Transfer on departure for your flight to London Luton

 

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