DELUXE GAY GROUP TOUR
FULLY ESCORTED TOUR OF THE HOLY LAND
JUNE 9th - JUNE 23rd, 2020
Visit Tel Aviv, Haifa, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Safed, Jerusalem, The Dead Sea, Eilat, and a Private Tour of Petra in Jordan.
A 13 Day In-Depth Deluxe Personally Escorted Small LGBT Group Tour of Israel
including Gay Pride Weekend in Tel Aviv and a Full Day Visit to Petra in Jordan
Depart USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. Arrival in Tel Aviv June 10th. Special contracted air fares available. Call 954-565-2345 for details.
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Upon arrival in Ben Gurion Airport, meet and greet assistance and transfer to the David Intercontinental Hotel. This Deluxe Beachfront hotel is located within the lively promenade area overlooking the blue Mediterranean and a white sandy beach. The David InterContinental is in the fashionable Neve Tzedek district, known as Tel Aviv's SoHo. The hotel offers views of the Mediterranean Sea and Old Jaffa City Each of the spacious rooms and suites overlooks the sea and the city of Tel Aviv. Our executive rooms include access to the executive lounge with complementary wine, soft drinks, and light food served throughout the day. Tonight we will host a welcome reception at the hotel.
David InterContinental Hotel
After a full and lavish Israel breakfast buffet depart for a city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. This tour will include the ancient port of Jaffa where Jonah set sail and where Peter had his housetop experience at the home of Simon the Tanner and raised Tabitha from the dead. We will visit Jaffa’s landmark Church of St Peter and an archaeological dig that reveals a fortress built by the ‘Pharaoh of the Exodus’, Ramses II. We will walk along the charming cobblestone streets, now filled with boutiques and art galleries. After a group lunch at a Jaffa restaurant our tour will continue with a visit Neveh Tzedek, one of the first Jewish neighborhoods to be built outside the walls of the ancient port city of Jaffa, Nachalat Benjamin Pedestrian Mall, Rotschild Boulevard, and Rabin Square. We will also make a special visit to Independence Hall. David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel’s Independence here in 1948. Today a museum, it houses exhibits on the signing of the Declaration of Independence and on the history of Tel Aviv from 1932 to 1971. Tonight we will host a welcome dinner in a local trendy restaurant. Get ready for Tel Aviv Gay Pride which begins tomorrow. After dinner you will be free to go out and experience the active gay nightlife of Tel Aviv! Enjoy the bars, clubs, or attend one of the optional Tel Aviv Pride Parties!
Church of St. Peter Interior
Ancient Port of Jaffa
TEL AVIV & JAFFA
Today is Gay Pride in Tel Aviv! This annual event, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world, will begin at 10AM at Meir Park a short distance from our hotel. The parade will kick off with outrageous floats, marching bands, uplifting music and countless participants and spectators. The parade route will take you along the beautiful streets of Tel Aviv towards the city’s Charles Clore Beach where the famous beach party will be held from 3PM till sunset. The beach party which is just across the street from our hotel will feature some of Tel Aviv’s finest DJs and live performances of Israeli and International artists. Full details including best parade viewing areas, a parade route map, and optional party information will be distributed closer to the event.
Tel Aviv Pride Weekend Parade & Beach Party
Feel free to sleep in after a big night out celebrating Tel Aviv Gay Pride! After Breakfast at our hotel, the day is yours to experience the city on your own. Free time to shop, or maybe go out to lunch on Dizengoff Street, the 5th Avenue of Tel Aviv. Take a swim in the Med, have lunch in one of the many restaurants along the Sea. There is plenty to do and see in vivacious Tel Aviv. Be as active as you like. The day is yours to do what you want to do. Our guide will have plenty of options to satisfy everyone. Evening at leisure.
After a full buffet breakfast, we will depart Tel Aviv and drive along the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea. We will explore the astounding Roman and Crusader ruins including the impressive theater and aqueduct. Our tour will continue with a visit to the charming city of Zichron Yakov. This picturesque city is home to the Tishbi Winery. Located at the foot of the Carmel mountain ridge we will have an opportunity to walk the charming streets, tour the winery, taste the wine, and have lunch in their recently built Kosher Dairy Restaurant.
After lunch we will continue north to the sparkling port city of Haifa. View the golden-domed Bahai Shrine and the colorful Persian Gardens. After our visit in Haifa we will continue to the city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for an overnight at the Scot’s Hotel. The Scot’s Hotel is uniquely situated in the center of Tiberias with direct frontage to the Sea of Galilee. This five star boutique hotel is owned by the Church of Scotland. Tonight we will have dinner as a group at the hotel restaurant. The restaurant blends gourmet flavors from all over the world, with a hint of Mediterranean Galilee. The various dishes use local produce, herbs grown in the hotel’s garden, cheeses, fruit and vegetables, homemade jams and a selection of wines all from the farms of the North.
Roman Theatre of Caesarea
Persian Gardens in Haifa
Sea of Galilee in Tiberias
CAESAREA, ZICHRON YAKOV, HAIFA, and TIBERIAS
After a full breakfast buffet at our hotel we will set out to visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes in the Sea of Galilee region. Capernaum, known as Jesus’ “own town” takes on a thrilling new meaning. As you sit on the stone benches of Capernaum’s ancient synagogue dating back to the 4th century, you’ll be reminded that right here, Jesus taught and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit. We will then visit the Mount of Beatitudes, as the name suggests, this is the hill upon which Jesus was said to have preached the “Sermon on the Mount” The lie of the land next to the church forms a natural amphitheater sloping down to the lake side, so it is more likely that Jesus stood at the bottom of the hill, but this does not detract from the beauty of the church on its crest.
We will then drive to the city of Safed, one of Judaism’s hottest cities, where Kabbalah flourished during the golden age. Visit the ancient synagogues and the charming Artists’ Quarter. We will complete our touring today with a visit to Beit Shean National Park. The former Roman metropolis holds a rich and diverse historical and architectural legacy. We will now drive south via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem where we will check into our Deluxe rooms at our new home, the newest address in Jerusalem, the Herbert Samuel Hotel Jerusalem. Located in the center of Jerusalem, the hotel is within walking distance of the Old City and is steps away from the vibrant Zion Square and the world famous Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. The Herbert Samuel invites you to discover the dynamic cultural and historical city of Jerusalem and enjoy the lively pace of city life from just outside your doorstep.
Mount of Beatitudes
City of Safed's Many Art Galleries
City of Safed's Many Art Galleries
CAPERNAUM, SAFED, BEIT SHEAN NATIONAL PARK, AND JERUSALEM
After a full buffet breakfast at our new home, The Herbert Samuel Hotel Jerusalem, we are off to visit the new city of Jerusalem. Our stops today will include: Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit the Museum, Children’s Pavilion and walk along the Avenue of the Righteous.
We will then visit Mount Herzl, a national cemetery on the west side of Jerusalem, named for Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism. Mt. Herzl is the burial place of three of Israel’s prime ministers.
After a group lunch at Ein Kerem, the birth place of John the Baptist, we will continue on to the Hadassah Medical Center, one of the most advanced in the world; and a visit to its’ Synagogue with the wonderful Chagall windows. Our day will finish with a drive via the Supreme Court Building and the Knesset (Parliament) to the Israel Museum. Here you will see the Shrine of Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls and view the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem from the second temple times. We will return to the hotel late in the afternoon to digest all that we have learned.
Pool at The Herbert Samuel
Gravesite of Theodor Herzl
Chagall Windows at Hadassah Medical Center
After a full breakfast buffet, we are off for a full day of exploration of the Old City of Jerusalem starting with a breathtaking view of the city from the Mt. of Olives. Kings and Prophets, emperors and sultans, rabbis, bishops and sheiks have all left their mark on Jerusalem. You are never too far from the site of a miracle, a feat, or where a biblical event occurred. Today we will visit the Western Wall, the only remains of the second temple destroyed by the Romans in the year 70, c.e. View the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. This is the third most sacred site in Islam. From the sacred rock, where the Temple stood, it is said that Prophet Mohammed jumped to heaven. We will visit the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Proceed to the restored Jewish Quarter, walk along the Cardo, the colonnaded main street of Byzantine Jerusalem. We will walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher wherein are the last five Stations of the Cross. We will then visit the Garden Tomb regarded by the Protestant world as the burial place of Jesus.
The Western Wall
The Jewish Quarter
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
Today feel free to sleep in, go shopping, take a walk around the city, go to the pedestrian mall, or just plain relax. Today is a full day at leisure to do anything you want to do. This evening after a group dinner in a trendy Jerusalem restaurant, we will take in the Night Spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Citadel Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images.
Citadel Museum Light Show
After breakfast and check-out of the Herbert Samuel Hotel, we will bid farewell to Jerusalem as we travel via the Judean desert and the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (1260 feet below sea level) to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. We will continue to Masada. Ascend by cable car to this last stronghold of the Zealots in their struggle against the Romans. Visit the excavations, the ancient synagogue, the roman baths, and Herod’s Palace.
Then an opportunity to enjoy an “unsinkable” swim in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. Next stop, the Herods Hotel and Spa, the best beach, lunch and mud facilities at the Dead Sea. We will spend an afternoon enjoying the sun and surf. Changing facilities and lockers will be provided. We will then continue on to Eilat for overnight at the deluxe Dan Hotel, on the shores of the Red Sea. Eilat, a vacation destination for travelers from all over the world, lies at Israel’s southernmost tip. It is situated amongst the wondrous scenery of the deep azure Red Sea and the Edom Mountains.
Last Stronghold of the Zealots
The Qumran Caves
Scubadiving of the Coast of Eliat
MASADA, THE DEAD SEA & EILAT
After a full lavish breakfast buffet at the deluxe Dan Hotel, today is a day to enjoy this international resort town. Take a walk on the promenade, visit the shops, take a dip in the Red Sea, or simply relax around the resorts multi level swimming pool. Eilat is a paradise for sea sports fans who enjoy diving, water skiing, swimming, and boating. Tonight try dinner in an outdoor café, have a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants, or take an evening walk along the shores of the Red Sea.
A most unforgettable day touring Petra! We will depart this morning with a transfer from our hotel to the Arava border crossing. We will arrive in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and drive to the hidden city of Petra. We will start our visit with a horse ride, or, if you prefer, an exhilarating walk from the main gate to the entrance of the Old City. We will continue by foot to visit the rose red city of Petra--City of the Edomites and latter the Nabateans who carved a breathtaking empire out of solid rock hidden by a canyon over 2000 years ago. Visit the Treasury, made famous in the movie “Indiana Jones”. Beyond the Treasury you’ll discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theatre, burial chambers and water channels. After lunch we will depart Petra driving to the resort city of Aqaba for a short panoramic tour before returning to the Arava border crossing and back to our hotel. For those choosing not to visit Petra, a full free day in Eilat is yours to enjoy.
Today we will check-out of the Dan Hotel and board our domestic flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we will drive to the city center, where you will have some time for some last minute shopping. We will then meet at a local restaurant where we will host a farewell dinner before we board our overnight international flight back to the United States.
EILAT & TEL AVIV
Arrival this morning back to the USA
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The 13 Day Signature Tour is $5,499.00 per person based on double occupancy. The Single rates is $7,199.00 per person. Compare our tour to other Tours!
All Arrival and Departure Transfers
Richard Safaty and Omer Mizrachi, Owners of Freedom Travel,
as your personal travel hosts
Twelve nights upgraded room accommodations in all deluxe hotels with complimentary breakfast buffets and Wi-Fi.
21 Meals including a Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Deluxe Air-conditioned Wi-Fi equipped bus for the touring days
Professional English speaking licensed guide
All attractions and all entrance fees as per itinerary
An exclusive visit to Petra in Jordan
One way domestic flight Eilat/Tel Aviv
All Porterage at Hotels and Airports
Meet and Greet assistance upon arrival and departure
All taxes and govt.fees.