PRE- AND POST-CONGRESS TOURS
The following tours will be offered specially to congress participants
Massada and Dead Sea
Saturday, November 9, 2002
08:00 - 17.00
Full day tour
The many faces of Israel are never more evident than when visiting
the Judean Desert and the Jordan Valley, a land of mesmerizing beauty
and contrasts, fertile and ever changing, remote desert canyons, immense
and still. This unique landscape contains monuments from every age of
humanity, and is crowned by the rock fortress Massada. Built by King Herod
the Great, King of Judea during the Roman period and founder of the Herodian
Dynasty, this fortress served as the last place of refuge for 965 men,
women and children, survivors of the "Great Revolt". Besieged
by the Romans and losing all hope, they chose death rather than surrender.
Continue the tour to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (420m below
sea level). Experience the unique sensation of "swimming" in
the Dead Sea, the only place in the world where one does not need to know
how to swim in order to float
Price per person: US$ 70
Old City of Jerusalem and Yad Vashem
Sunday, November 10, 2002
08.00 - 17.00
Full day tour
Jerusalem is truly unique. It is certainly one of the world's greatest
and most beautiful cities, evoking such intensity of feeling in so many
different corners of the world. Step back in time and travel along the
impressive stone walls built by "Suliman the Magnificent". Enter
the Old City along the route traveled by generations of pilgrims. Walk
through the oriental market: passing jewelry, textile, souvenir, spice
and sweet stores through to the Cardo, with its colonnaded Roman city
streets and reconstructed Jewish Quarter. Follow the route taken by the
upper city dwellers to the Temple, via the holy "Western Wall",
the site of both the first and second Temples, the place where Abraham
was called to sacrifice Isaac. Walk the route taken by Jesus as he carried
the cross to Calvary, and the Holy Sepulchre. Continue with a visit to
Yad Vashem, the International Holocaust Memorial for the 6 million Jews
killed during the 2nd World War. Pass by the "Knesset" (Israel's
parliament), and end the tour with a view of Benno Elkin's famous "Menorah."
Price per person: US$ 52
Nazareth, Capernaum, Tiberias - Full Day Tour
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Full day tour
Get ready to step back into history as you travel along the coastal road
to Nazareth for a visit to the Church of Annunciation, the place where
the archangel Gabriel announced the coming birth of Jesus to Mary.
Continue along the route taken by generations of pilgrims to Tiberias,
one of the four holy Jewish cities, built by Herod Antipas as his Galilean
capital. The wonders of the Galilee unfold as you travel along the shores
of the Sea of Galilee, to ancient Capernaum where Jesus began his ministry
after leaving his hometown of Nazareth. Visit Tabgha, the site of the
miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.
Price per person: US$ 65
- Pick-up and drop-off
tours will be from Congress hotels.
- All tours include entrance fees as
per itinerary and touring in an air-conditioned bus with the service of an English-speaking
- Rates for all tours are based on a minimum of 15 participants per
- Changes in routes, departure/arrival times may occur for reasons
beyond our control.
- Modest attire is requested to holy sites during the
Jerusalem and Galilee tours. Men should wear long pants and women should keep
their shoulders covered. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and sun hats.
- Tours throughout Israel will be offered at the congress excursion desk
to give participants an opportunity to explore the country.