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Pride of Israel Tour Operator

PRIDE OF ISRAEL TOUR - 10 nights/11 days, arrive any Thursday
4 nts Tel Aviv
2 nts Tiberias
4 nts Jerusalem

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This comprehensive tour of Israel includes visits and activities of special interest to LGTBQ travelers.

This PRIVATE Israel tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 passengers.

Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, you will be met by Ya’lla Tours USA’s representatives and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.

An orientation tour of Tel Aviv includes Habima Theater, Dizengof Street, and the campus of Tel Aviv University. Then, drive to Neve Tzedek, one of Tel Aviv’s oldest and most fashionable neighborhoods. Tour Rothschild Blvd. and nearby streets to see some of the 4,000 Bauhaus buildings that make up “the White City,” a UNESCO Heritage site.

Next, visit the Carmel Market and stroll around the arts and crafts market in Nachlat Binyamin.

Continue to the old town of Jaffo and visit the flea market, browse the art galleries and make a stop at the beautifully renovated Tahana (old railroad station), with many upscale boutiques and cafes.
Return to the hotel for a free afternoon and overnight.

Free day in Tel Aviv.
You may want to visit the “Gay Beach,” one of the most popular places along the Mediterranean.

The day will be dedicated to meeting with several LGTBQ organizations in Tel Aviv:
The Municipal Center for the LGTBQ Community in Tel Aviv, where you will meet some of the community activists. www.gaycenter.org.il 

Tehila, a support group for parents of gay children. www.tehila.org.il

Youth Proud Group, a support group for teenagers and youngsters dealing with their sexual identity. www.igy.co.il
Drive to the ruins of Caesarea, a large port city built by Herod the Great to honor Roman Caesar Augustus. Once completed, Caesarea took on even more importance than Jerusalem and became the heart of Roman rule in the land. Herod built a port in the bay and erected all the cultural institutions found in every great Greco-Roman city - a theater, a hippodrome, and a luxurious bathhouse. In order to supply water to the city’s ever-growing population, he prepared an aqueduct system stretching from the springs of Mt. Carmel to Caesarea. Part of this system is still visible today. 

Continue to Zichron Yaakov, also known as the Israeli Provence because of its mountainous landscape overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Visit Aharonson House, a museum dedicated to the Nili, an Israeli spy organization during World War I. Then enjoy some time to stroll the streets and visit art galleries and shops.

Continue to Tishbi Winery for a tour and lunch.

Drive to Acko (ancient Acre), the maritime capital of the Crusader Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Knights' Halls, one of the most beautiful and impressive remains from this period. 

Then cross the Galilee to Tiberias for overnight.

Drive to Zafed, one of Judaism’s four holiest cities and a center of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) for five centuries. Visit the art galleries and the ancient synagogues and meet David Friedman for a talk on Kabbalah.

Then take a 2-hour jeep ride to moshav Bat Yaar in a rugged, hidden corner of the Upper Galilee.

Enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish lunch at Kibbutz Hagoshrim, on the Jordan River.

Continue to Mt. Bental for an outstanding view of the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights. Drive to Katzrin, the only city in the Golan Heights and visit Golan Wines Winery for a quick tasting.

Visit Peter’s House in Capernaum which reveals the domestic life of a New Testament fisherman. 

Visit the Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and the Miracle of the Fishes. 

Continue to Beth Shean and visit the ruins of one of Israel’s most ancient cities. In its 7,000 year history the Egyptian, Roman and Byzantine empires laid claim to the site, attracted by abundant water, fertile soil and the situation at an important east-west crossroads.

As sunset approaches, catch a glimpse of Jerusalem as we make our way through the hills to the “Golden City” for overnight.
Drive to the Mount of Olives for an awe inspiring, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. Along the way, visit the Church of Pater Noster, located on the hill where Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer is written on the walls of the church in more than 85 languages.
Continue on foot down to the Church of Gethsemane. Long considered one of the most beautiful in Jerusalem, it was called the Church of all Nations because 16 countries contributed to its construction. The Garden of Gethsemane lies at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Today it appears much as it did 20 centuries ago, with some of the world’s oldest olive trees.

Enter the Christian Quarter of the Old City through the Lion Gate. Here is the Pool of Bethesda and St. Anne’s Church, perhaps the finest example of crusader architecture in Israel. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the year 325, Constantine’s mother Helen had the first church built on the spot. The 4th-century church was largely destroyed by the Turks in 1009 and partially restored in 1048. 
Continue to the Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the location of Jesus’ burial and resurrection.

Visit the Shrine of the Book to glimpse the incredible Dead Sea Scrolls and see the model of 1st-century Jerusalem.

Tour Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and participate in a memorial service there.

Drive 6 miles south to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the holy land still in use. Construction began in 326, based on the local tradition that Jesus was born in a cave at the edge of the village. 

Return to Jerusalem and the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism.

Drive east of Jerusalem to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. View Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.

Take a cable car to the top of Masada, a natural fortress with majestic ruins overlooking the Dead Sea. Jewish zealots held the rock against the 10th Roman legion for some months in 72 AD. The Roman camps, attack ramp and other fortifications that encircle the mesa constitute the most complete Roman siege works to have survived to the present day. 

Descend by cable car and drive to the Dead Sea for a float in the water.

Return to Jerusalem for overnight.

Transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight.

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