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THE HOLY LAND

David Steinberg

special tours

Wineries & Monasteries

The historic road from Tel Aviv- Jaffa to Jerusalem. This tour could be a prelude to a Jerusalem tour, or, in reverse, a conclusion of one. We can stop at some of the lovely landmarks of this region, boutique vineyards and picturesque monasteries. 

We shall go past the biblical mound of Gezer, and go first to the town of Ramleh, with its churches, White Tower, and St. Helen's Cistern, colorful food market and Grand Mosque. Then we shall visit Lydda (Lod), with the Tomb of St. George, the dragon slayer. From there to one or two private wineries of choice in the Judean hills for wine-tasting. Through a scenic road,  we will drive to the village of Ein Karim, and its charming churches: that of St. John the Baptist, and to the Church of the Visitation. We shall conclude in one of the village's cafés or restaurants, and we are already in the outskirts of Jerusalem – end the tour at your hotel in the city, or return to Tel Aviv (40 minute drive).

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The women who built

Jerusalem 

In this tour, we will follow remarkable women, each of whom contributed substantially to making the city what it is today and visit the edifices they have built.

Mary, mother of Jesus, who according to Christian traditions was born, raised, suffered and buried in Jerusalem.  The rest of the four were beautiful, cultured, strong ladies, who besides being great stateswomen, also had exciting, eventful lives full of intrigue and mystery: The Roman Empress St. Helena; the ravishing and sophisticated Byzantine Empress Aelia Eudocia. The Crusader Queen Melisende of Jerusalem and finally, Hürrem Hasseki Sultan, known as Roxolana, the wife of the Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

The tour will include a visit to the unique Woujud Museum of Palestinian Heritage - which endorses women's traditional businesses.  

 Tour duration: approx. 6 hours

 

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Alquds - the Muslim

Jerusalem

In the year 638 AD, Umar Ibn Al-Hatab, the second Caliph, entered Jerusalem. Since then, it has been a Muslim city for most of the time. To all Muslims it is known as Alquds. It was the first qibla, and was the site of the Isra and Miraj (the Night Journey).

The Umayyad dynasty established the marvelous shrines of     al Aqsa Mosque, the Haram ash-Sharif, the citadel (Tower o David) in the 8th century. The Ayyubids, led by Saladin, The Mamluks who ruled from Cairo in the Middle Ages and built the beautiful Madrasas. In 1517 the Ottomans took over and built the walls of the city and other iconic structures.

Our route: The Haram a-Sharif (Temple Mount) the Muslim quarter palaces, lunch, the citadel and a walk on the Ottoman walls from Jaffa to Damascus Gates. 

 

Duration of the tour: 6 hours

 

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The Mount of Olives (Mount Olivet) is sacred to the three monotheistic faiths; as the mountain of judgement, resurrection and ascension.

In Christianity – it is the place Jesus entered Jerusalem, where he agonized and was arrested, and whence he ascended to heaven after his resurrection.

Our route: The German Church of the Ascension – Auguste Victoria. Viri Galillei Monastery, Chapel/Mosque of the Ascension, Russian Church of the Ascension,  Pater Noster Monastery, then to the Seven Arches Hotel viewpoint; from there, to the tombs of the Prophets, the Jewish cemetery, Dominus Flevit Chapel . Russian Church of St Madeleine, and finally to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 

Tour duration: 3.5 hours                  

Sanctuaries on the 

Mount of Olives

 

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Ottoman Heritage

Four hundred years of Ottoman rule, from 1516 to 1917, have left a unique impact on the culture, architecture and cuisine of the Holy Land and its various communities: Muslim, Jewish and Christian.

 

The historical centers of cities such as Jerusalem, Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, Nazareth and Beersheba still maintain an Ottoman identity.

We can tailor-make a unique tour of a day or two from the northern city of Acre through Jerusalem, down to Beer Sheba, (Birrüssebi) in the Negev Desert, established by the Ottomans in 1900, and the military desert outpost of Auja al-Hafir.

A gastronomic tour of Turkish influence on both Israeli and Palestinian cuisine an also be made.

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Food & Wine tours

The Holy Land is a meeting point of cultures and religions. The local Palestinian cuisine is varied and regional, and has ancient and traditional recipes. It is abundant and cheap and has been adopted also by most Israelis.

 

The Jewish immigrationalso brought an exciting and cosmopolitan mélange of traditional Jewish cuisines from as far apart as Poland to Yemen, Ethiopia to Uzbekistan. 

 

New boutique wineries and vineyards have developed in recent years and take advantage of this country's varied terroirs and they are winning more and more international awards and attention.

Special gastronomical and winery tours could be tailor-made and it is best, of course, to combine sightseeing with food and wine. Call me.