DAVID STEINBERG

TOUR GUIDE IN THE HOLY LAND

special tours

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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).

The women who built

Jerusalem 

 

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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 , Hürrem Hasseki Sultan, known as Roxolana, the wife of the Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and finally archduchess Elizaveta Feodorovna, at the turn of the 20th century. 

The tour could 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

Sanctuaries on the 

Mount of Olives

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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                  

 

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Ottoman Heritage

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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

This country has been a meeting point of cultures, religions and various conquerors for millennia, passing on the land bridge between Africa and Asia. These, brought with them varied cuisines, which have influenced local cooking to this day. All this fused with the Jewish immigration to Israel, at the onset of the twentieth century, which also brought a cosmopolitan variety: Eastern European Jewish cuisine with Yemeni food, Ethiopian with Uzbek.

The local Palestinian cuisine, with traditional ancient roots, is very diverse and carries the legacy of generations. Dishes vary from the mountainous, desert and coastal areas, north and south. The Israeli Jewish public has adopted local Arab cuisine as popular and affordable food. Today, an amazing fusion of all these kitchens has been created, which has a huge international success.

In recent years, new boutique wineries have opened, with state-of-the-art production techniques which combined local soil and climate qualities, gaining international recognition and prestigious awards worldwide. It is a real pride for a guide to offer our tourists an Israeli wine only menu, knowing they would enjoy it immensely.

Food and wine tours can be arranged, although it is always better to combine a good restaurant and winery on a historic trip. Talk to me, it can be customized to your liking.

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