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The most magical incredible time to experience the land where it all began, and it will change your perspective for years ahead.
Join us on our group tour to the Holy Land, and see the story unfold before your eyes.

Gay Pride Itineraries

Day 1 - Ben-Gurion airport / Jerusalem.

Arrival at Ben-Gurion airport, you will be met by your representative before transferring you to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Evening:

Enjoying a welcome dinner at one of Jerusalem's best restaurants.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Jerusalem / Old & New City.

After Breakfast a tour in Jerusalem - We will also see the Old City from the Mount of Olives. At the foot of the hill is Gethsemane, the olive grove where Jesus spent his last night and was betrayed by Judas.

Western Wall, visit the Israel Museum to see the Model of Jerusalem as it was 2000 years ago, as well as the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.

Then we visit the Temple Area of the Old City of Jerusalem. At the Western Wall - the Kotel, you will see prayers and rituals of intense worship.

Continue towards the Southern Wall excavations to see the Davidson Center and its superb 3D exhibit, which illustrates how life revolved around the Temple in ancient times.

Lunch included in historic Jerusalem.

Then enter the walled old city via Zion Gate and proceed to the Jewish Quarter.

Walk through the Arab Bazaar and along the Way of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where you see Pilgrims from across the World venerating the Tomb of Christ.

Evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Jerusalem / Dead Sea.

After breakfast start the day departing overland down the Jordan Valley and the moonscape of the Judean Desert and down to the Dead Sea (the lowest point on Earth) to Masada, where you continue by cable-car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots.

Some 2000 years ago, Roman legions stormed one of the two paths to the top of this sandstone mountain to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there.

After visiting Masada, drive to Ein Bokek where you have lunch and the opportunity to use the hotel pool and swim in the Dead Sea.

Return to Jerusalem in the late afternoon.

Evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Jerusalem / Acre / Caesarea / Galilee.

After Breakfast We will begin our tour today with a visit to Caesarea, where you see the contrast from "new" to "old". This 2000 year old city - built to honor Augustus Caesar - was once the capital of the Roman province and was later occupied by the Crusaders.

Today, you find a wealth of Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Crusader ruins in the area, as well as the harbour from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome, an event that brought Christianity to the West. Near the excavated theater, you can view a partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate - this is the only secular reference of his existence.

After Caesarea, we will visit a picturesque artists' village, the only one of its kind in Israel and one of the few such villages in the world. Nestled in natural vegetation and bordered by an ancient olive grove, it lies on the western slopes of Mt Carmel, in a breathtaking landscape looking out toward the sea and the Crusader fortress of Atlit. Here will we see artists at work and be surrounded by one of the largest collections of Israeli art.

Then on to Acre, one of the world's oldest seaports, mentioned as far back as 3,500 years by the Pharaoh Tuthmosis III and now designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and a succession of Crusaders occupied the town but Napoleon famously failed to conquer it. Acre was the main base for the Crusades and today you can see the stunning Halls and buildings of the Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templars.

Late Afternoon:

We will arrive at our luxurious hotel, which offers a serene landscape with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Evening:

at leisure to enjoy the nearby countryside, explore more of the region, or simply relax by the pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Galilee / Golan Heights/ Winery.

After breakfast, we will explore the nearby Golan Heights region, which is historically and strategically very important to Israel.

We will notice the start contrast of geography versus the desert, as the increased altitude allows for much milder temperatures and greener areas. Many types of grapes grow well in this climate, and we will explore (and taste) the offerings of the thriving Israeli wine industry, which has been expanding greatly over the years.

Lunch included.

Visit Tel Dan, the ancient Biblical city home of the Tribe of Dan; now a nature reserve but also a fascinating archaeological site.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Galilee / Armageddon / Tel Aviv.

After checking out of the hotel, we will head to Megiddo, an ancient city-state now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical, geographical, and theological importance, as its Greek name, Armageddon, illustrates. Excavations here have unearthed 26 layers of ruins.

Lunch included.

Visit Old Jaffa Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we will see the differences between the ancient area of Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, and the modern architecture of what is possibly the most progressive city in the Middle-East.

Jaffa is argued to be the oldest seaport in the world. From the Bible, It is also where Jonah was swallowed by a whale, so be careful when swimming. Nowadays it is one of the most diverse and heterogenous parts of the city of Tel Aviv and has a thriving arts scene.

Late Afternoon:

Check in to Hotel, located in the heart of all the Gay Pride events, as well near the gay beach.

Evening:at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Tel Aviv / Jaffa.

After Breakfast, We will see the differences between the ancient area of Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, and the modern architecture of what is possibly the most progressive city in the Middle-East. Jaffa is argued to be the oldest seaport in the world. From the Bible, it is also where Jonah was swallowed by a whale, so be careful when swimming. Nowadays it is one of the most diverse and heterogenous parts of the city of Tel Aviv and has a thriving arts scene.

Afternoon:

At leisure to explore the incredible city of Tel Aviv.

Evening:

Enjoy a special dinner at one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv.

Many Gay Pride events and parties maybe happening in the evening. We will provide more information on these when it becomes available.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8- Tel Aviv & Departure.

Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Airport Transfer for your flight home

Meals Included: Breakfast

TAKE PRIDE AT THE HOLY LAND 

Day 1: Jerusalem

Welcome to Israel!

Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, you will be greeted by Orient Tourist Bureau Representative.

Enjoy the comfort of a private transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 2: Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel.

Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. On Mount Zion, visit King David's tomb, the Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey and then we shall enter the Old City through Zion Gate to the Jewish Quarter. Together we will tour the recently excavated and restored Roman Cardo, the ancient Roman market road at the heart of the city. Our route will lead us to the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site and the last remnant of the Second Temple. For the grand finale, we make our way to the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as we join pilgrims from around the world, venerating the Tomb of Jesus Christ.

At night enjoy your Dinner.

Day 3: Jerusalem & Bethlehem

After breakfast tour the new city of Jerusalem: A drive by the Knesset, Israel's parliament, the Supreme Court and Mount Herzl.

Visit the Israel Museum, ranked among the world's top art and archeological museums: an experience for all the senses, and for all interests - from contemporary art to folk art and archeology to sculpture and music. See the Model of Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago, as well as the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.

In the afternoon visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world.

The church is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus.

The structure is actually a combination of two churches, with a crypt beneath the Grotto of the Nativity where Jesus was born.

Have some time to do some shopping to bring home gifts for loved ones and ourselves.

At night enjoy your Dinner.

Day 4: Masada & the Dead Sea

Breakfast at the hotel

Descend south to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea region, and visit the famous mountain fortress of Masada.

The magnificent fortress of Masada was built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod, whose architectural feats have left their mark throughout Israel. At the beginning of the great revolt against Rome in the year 68 CE, Masada was conquered by a group of Jewish zealots, and Masada became their last stronghold. In the year 72, the Romans besieged Masada and succeeded in reaching the steep fortress after constructing a huge earthen ramp on its western side. In the year 73, the 960 Jewish zealots living at the top of Masada chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans. Their deeds left behind a saga of courage, heroism, and martyrdom.

Continue to Ein Bokek - Dead Sea Resort to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying the buoyant therapeutic waters and world-famous rejuvenating mud of this mineral-rich sea, the largest all natural spa in the world, on a private beach provided solely for the participants.

In the late afternoon return to Jerusalem.

At night enjoy the famous Night Spectacular Show at the Tower of David Museum, which displays the history of the city of Jerusalem along the ancient stones (subject to weather).

Day 5: Jerusalem New City

In the morning check out from the hotel, visit the City of David, a birthplace of Jerusalem. Pass through the underground tunnels through which Jerusalem was conquered and residents could slip out of the city, and experience the hidden spring where kings were crowned. Next, we will walk in illuminated darkness through the waters of Hezekiah's Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets and join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls, and fortresses at the City of David.

On to Yad Vashem, the world's premiere Holocaust remembrance and education center, located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.

Continue to Tel Aviv - a world hub of gay vibrancy and pride!

Titled the 'Mediterranean Capital of Cool' by the New York Times, this is a 24/7 city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture and an international outlook.

Later, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party at "Dreck", a very popular gay party (free entry).

Free evening in Tel Aviv

Day 6: Nazareth & the Biblical Galilee

Breakfast at the hotel
Depart Tel Aviv via the coastal highway to Nazareth which according to the New Testament was the childhood home of Jesus.

 You'll visit the church of St Joseph which houses the Basilica of the Annunciation, an impressive site where the angel Gabriel informed Mary she would give birth to Jesus.

 Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel, with a distinctly Middle Eastern flavor. Check out the charming local markets located in the winding cobbled streets of the Old City, as you explore the city.
Continue to the North of the Sea of Galilee, to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave his famous Sermon.

 On top of the Mountain lays a beautiful church where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the northern part of Sea of Galilee including Tabgha and Capernaum.
Enjoy Lunch (included) on the shore of the Sea of Galilee before visiting Capernaum, where a 2nd-century synagogue was discovery, throwing light on the life of the community of that era.

 According to the Christian tradition, Jesus served here as a local rabbi, and it is where he performed his many miracles.

 The traditional house of Saint Peter is located here as well.
Go to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication, the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the third resurrection appearance of Jesus.
Conclude the day at Yardenit, the famous baptismal site, situated at the point where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea.
Drive back to Tel Aviv. 

Day 7: Tel Aviv (Free Day)

Another day of exploration and leisure. Following breakfast take a stroll to Tel Aviv's port area, with an array of trendy restaurants and coffee shops or to relax in one of the famous saunas, or visit the wonderful Tel Aviv Art Museum, one of Tel Aviv's cultural centers.
With the group - In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner after the amazing 7 days in Israel before going to a Party in one of Tel Aviv's famous Gay clubs.

Day 8: Departure Day

Following breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home with everlasting memories of Israel.

Goodbye.


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