DAVID STEINBERG

TOUR GUIDE IN THE HOLY LAND

special tours

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Judean Desert and the River Jordan

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We will descend from the top of the Mount of Olives, from the beautiful observatory on the desert and roll down in separate vehicles* to the Judean Desert, which inspired hermits of all religions throughout the ages, from Elijah and Elisha to Christian and Muslim hermits. We will stop in holy places to all religions, Jewish, Muslim and Christian and visit a picturesque monastery.

We will reach The River Jordan Baptism site, the location where, according to tradition, Joshua and the tribes of Israel had crossed the Jordan River as they entered the Promised Land. It is the same place where Elijah ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire and the place of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. Even today, it is a place of worship for various Christian denominations on both sides of the Jordan.

We will end the journey at Qumran, the abode of the Yahad (Essene) sect and the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, an event which changed our understanding of religious history. We will visit the visitor center and the archeological site.

Possibility for those interested to continue on their own to one of the bathing beaches in the Dead Sea. It is possible to combine a boat ride on the Dead Sea, by prior arrangement and at an additional cost.

The price of the trip does not include entry to the Qumran site and does not include food. It wiil take place with a minimum of 10 participants.


* The trip will take place in separate vehicles of the participants, and each vehicle will be a capsule on its own. The explanations will be given in the app on the smartphone. There will be stops at sites where the group can meet. All meetings will only be in open spaces while maintaining social distancing.

Wineries & Monasteries

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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 one or two , boutique vineyards and picturesque monasteries of this region.

The wineries of the Judean hills are becoming renown internationally for excellent quality and we can stop 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 Ancient cities of Ramleh and Lod.

 

Two hidden gems on the historic road from Tel Aviv- Jaffa to Jerusalem, are the two ancient towns of Lod, dating back to Roman times and Ramleh, founded by the Arabs in the 8th century AD. This tour could be a prelude to a Jerusalem tour, or, in reverse, a conclusion of one. 

We shall  go first to the town of Lydda (Lod), with the Tomb of St. George, the Dragon Slayer. Then we shall visit Ramleh, with its churches, White Tower, and St. Helen's Cistern, colorful food market and Grand Mosque. Jerusalem is a half an hour's drive away or one may return to Tel Aviv (20 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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Ramleh- the White Tower. Medieval Mamluk period