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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