Parasol Tours
Parasol Tours
Greece-Aegean Islands
Turkey & Italy

HISTORICAL HOLYLAND TOUR
23 October-01 November 2017

Day: 01 - 23 Oct, Mon - TEL AVIV - OLD JAFFA - TEL AVIV
The guide will meet you at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and take you to your hotel in Tel Aviv.  In the evening we shall visit Old Jaffa, which has been the main port city on the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean for 4.000 years. King Solomon brought here the cedar trees from Lebanon to build the Temple in Jerusalem, from here the prophet Jonah set sail and here stood the House of Simon the Tanner, where St. Peter had the vision of the unclean animals and here took place the resurrection of Tabitha - just to mention a few. Today Jaffa is a neighborhood in the southern part of the modern Tel Aviv, which we will tour on the last day of our trip. Overnight in Tel Aviv (D).

Day: 02 - 24 Oct, Tue - TEL AVIV - CAESAREA - HAIFA - AKKO
We leave Tel Aviv and drive north along the Mediterranean Sea. First visit is Caesarea, the large harbor city built by King Herod, two thousand years ago, which became the Roman capital of Judea. The highlights are the Roman Theatre - still in use, the aqueduct and the crusader fortress. We continue to drive north along the sea to the city of Haifa. From atop Mt. Carmel we'll see the city rolling down to the bay and the Bahai Gardens on 14 terraces – a UNESCO world treasure. Haifa and the surrounding  Mt. Carmel not only boasts of peaceful coexistence of the 3 major religions Christians, Moslems and Jews but also is the world center of the Bahai religion, the Ahmadiyya, and Druz religions - whose origin is from the Islam. Our last visit will be in Akko (known also as Acre) which won its UNESCO world heritage award as a typical Muslim town – surrounded by wall, which withstood Napoleon's siege, but mostly because the Crusader Underground City, which was buried for a thousand years. Overnight in Akko (B, D).

Day: 03 - 25 Oct, Wed - AKKO - NAZARETH - SEA OF GALILEE - TZEMACH - TIBERIAS
We leave Akko, and drive east to Nazareth, childhood city of Jesus. The Basilica of Annunciation, the largest church in the Middle East. It incorporates the cave in which the Virgin Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus.  We continue our way across the Galilee to the beautiful crusader fortress Belvoir. The medieval fortress stands exactly as it was when the crusaders surrounded it to the Moslems 800 years ago. From the fortress there is a beautiful view of the Jordan Valley. We follow the Jordan Valley to Tzemach, the important railway station on the southern part of the Lake of Galilee. At this strategic point was the last German – Turkish effort to stop the British Troops pushing their way towards the Galilee and Damascus. And as in Beersheba (where we shall get a few days later) on the night of 25 September 1918, the light horse regiment attacked the German lines and after a fierce battle in the morning the railway station was conquered and 500 years of Turkish rule in Palestine ended. The railway station is reconstructed as it was due to the photographs taken by the Anzac. Overnight in Tiberias (B, D).

Day: 04 - 26 Oct, Thu - TIBERIAS - KAPERNAUM - GOLAN HEIGHTS - TIBERIAS
In the morning we drive north along the shores of the Lake of Galilee to the beautiful church on the Mt. of Beatitudes. In front of us the northern part of the lake when the background is the place of the famous Sermon on the Mount - emphasizing some of the principles of the Western - Christian culture as social justice and love. We shall visit on the shores of the Lake, Capernaum, and the fishing village which was one of the centers where Jesus lived and taught. Among the excavation of the village stands St. Peter's House, around it the Byzantine church and above the modern church. Nearby the Synagogue where Jesus often preached. We go up the Golan Heights and stop at a winery for testing some medal winning wines and then go up Mt. Ben Tal for a breathtaking view of the Golan Heights. We finish this day with a sunset cruise on the lake, which has not changed since the times of Jesus. Overnight in Tiberias (B, D).

Day: 05 - 27 Oct, Fri - TIBERIAS - JERUSALEM
We leave Tiberias and drive south along the Jordan Valley and cross the Judean Desert to Jerusalem. From Mount of Olives across Kidron Valley we'll have a beautiful panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem – surrounded by wall.
We'll descend to the Garden of Gethsemane – where Jesus prayed on the last night before his crucifixion. A short drive will bring us to the Garden Tomb - believed to be the place of Golgotha. We'll enter the Old City via Damascus Gate and walk through the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. From here we walk through the colorful Bazaar to the Western Wall – the holiest place for the Jews. Overnight in Jerusalem (B, D).

Day: 06 - 28 Oct, Sat - JERUSALEM
In the morning we'll visit Israel Museum to see the model of Jerusalem as it was 2000 years ago, and the Dead Sea Scrolls – earliest biblical texts. We shall stop at the Knesset - Israel's Parliament and visit Ein Karem – birthplace of John the Baptist and cross the check point to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem (B, D).

Day: 07 - 29 Oct, Sun - JERUSALEM - MASSADA - DEAD SEA
We leave Jerusalem, and drive east to the Dead Sea – deepest point and the saltiest lake on earth. We'll stop on the banks of the Jordan River at the baptismal site, and continue along the Dead Sea. We shall ascend Massada by cable car to see the palace King Herod built and learn about the war against the Roman Empire. We'll enjoy a relaxing afternoon at a spa hotel at the Dead Sea to experience floating on the therapeutic water. Overnight at the Dead Sea (B, D).

Day: 08 - 30 Oct, Mon - DEAD SEA - NEGEV DESERT - EIN OVDAT OASIS - SOUTH
We leave the Dead Sea to visit the Negev Desert, which actually covers half the country. A short hiking at the Ein Ovdat Oasis, and then we'll have a look at the Ramon Crater - a unique geological phenomena. We continue our way across the desert – along the ancient incense route towards Gaza. We shall visit Old Beerot Itzhak and the Anzac Memorial - and learn about the Battle of Gaza. Overnight at a Kibbutz Hotel in the South (B, D).

Day: 09 - 31 Oct, Tue - SOUTH - CENTENNIAL MEMORY DAY OF THE BATTLE OF BEERSHEBA - ABRAHAM'S WELL - TEL BEERSHEBA - TEL AVIV
Today is the centennial memory day of the Battle of Beersheba and we shall be most of the day in the city. In the morning we'll be at the opening of the Anzac Museum. Then with some 2000 guests we shall watch the re-enactment of the charge of the Light Horse Brigade. We shall visit sites of Anzac in Beersheba including the British military cemetery. As Beersheba is an ancient city, we'll stop at Abraham's Well and visit Tel Beersheba, the excavations of the Biblical City (UNESCO World Heritage site). Overnight in Tel Aviv (B, D).

Day: 10 - 01 Nov, Wed - TEL AVIV - OUTBOUND FLIGHT
On our last day in Israel we'll tour Tel Aviv, which is called the white City - because of its architecture - the houses built in the first half of the 20th century in the Bauhaus style. A last ice cream on the beautiful seaside promenade and we leave for the airport (B, D).

DESTINATIONS
HOTELS
Tel Aviv
4 stars
Akko
4 stars
Tiberias
4 stars
Jerusalem
4 stars
Dead Sea
4 stars
South
4 stars
Tel Aviv
4 stars
DEPARTURE DATES
P.P. in DBL
SIN. SUPP.
23 October 2017
$1.908
$590

 

 

INCLUSIONS:
  • Accommodation at the quoted or similar hotels on per person in a double room basis as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfasts and dinners as specified on the itinerary with the initials like B and D that stands for, respectively, Breakfast and Dinner
  • English speaking licensed professional tourist guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicles the size of which depends on the number of the participants
  • Admission fees as per the itinerary
  • Tips to the hotels and restaurants
  • All the government taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Mineral water (1 liter per person/per day

     

     

EXCLUSIONS:
  • International airfares
  • Lunches
  • Extra meals or other food items purchased over and above what is in the set menus; beverages including bottled water, spirits, laundry. Border and airport taxes, passport and visa charges, travel insurance and all other items of a purely personal nature as well as tipping
  • Personal travel insurance (We strongly encourage you to obtain this before you leave your country as it might protect you from possible cancellation costs)
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver that are at the discretion of the guests.
  • Visa fees
  • Porterage
  • Whatever not mentioned as being included.


 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

All the rates are quoted NET in American dollar on per person basis

Child discount (03-10 yrs old) is 25 % out of per person prices and valid only if the child shares the room as the third person with two other adults. No charge for 00-02 year old children)

There will be 2% discount for third person who shares the same room with two other persons.

No refund is made for the unused admissions and suppers

As a general practice, If more than 5 single rooms are requested at the hotels, the 6th and the further rooms are charged as double rooms regardless they are used for single or double occupancy. However, this situation can be reconsidered in accordance with the hotel policies and we can be more flexible in this regard

Payments:

Further to a 25% deposit to be received in 5 business days after our final confirmation, the remainder of the balance should be received in full 30 days (for individuals) and 45 days (for groups of 10 or more) prior to the service commencement date through one of the options outlined below. 

The payments can be made through the following methods:

1- Wire transfer to one of our account numbers the details of which can be obtained on request.
All bank charges and fees need to be debited to the sender.
2- By a credit card through VISA, MasterCard or American Express.
Please be advised that most banks charge commission for up to 5 % for international transactions though we do not charge anything extra for VISA and MasterCard transactions. (We charge 4% for American Express, though)

Cancellation Policy:

The notice of cancellations by participants should be given in writing, and all such cancellations will be effective on the date the written notification is received.

In the event of cancellation by a participant sharing same accommodation, the rate charged to the remaining participant will have to be increased to the “Single Occupancy” rate, unless we (you) can arrange for a Shared Accommodation.

Cancellation fees / charges are agreed to be “Liquidated Damages”, and not a penalty. Deposit towards a tour constitutes full acceptance of these “General Terms & Conditions” and to the Cancellation Policy.

The Cancellation Fees, in addition to any applicable Airline Penalties, are as follows:

If a booking is cancelled more than 30 days prior to the scheduled departure, full payment (less $25 per person cancellation processing fee) shall be refunded upon receipt of the cancellation notice.

If cancelled 21 to 30 days prior to departure, the cancellation fee shall be 10% of the total cost

If cancelled 11 to 20 days prior to departure, the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the total cost

If cancelled 2 to 10 days prior to departure, or thereafter, the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the total cost

Since tour rates are based on group participation / or minimum person requirements, NO REFUNDS can be made for any services or any part of the program not used, after the commencement of the tour.