OUTstanding Travel is proud to present Holy Land Yoga, an amazing 7 days in Israel, filled with healing, meditation, fun and touring, with daily yoga sessions by one of the world’s top instructors: Talia Peretz.
Explore historical Jerusalem, Masada - UNESCO’s World heritage site, the fabulous scene and sparkling beaches of Tel Aviv, the serenity of the Negev Desert and be pampered at the world’s largest natural Spa, the Dead Sea.
DAY 1: Tuesday, June 28th: Jerusalem:
Shalom and welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be greeted by our OUTstanding Travel Representative, who will assist you with your baggage and escort you to the comfort of your private transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem.
Attend a superb evening Welcome Dinner at one of Jerusalem's top restaurants.
At night, feel free to go on an adventure! We suggest exploring the wonderful Jaffa Street and Mahane Yehuda Market, or strolling around the Old City.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 2: Wednesday, June 29th: Jerusalem:
After an invigorating morning Yoga class from Talia, and breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem and a visit to the City of David, birthplace of Jerusalem. We shall pass through the underground tunnels through which Jerusalem was conquered and residents could slip out of the city, and experience the hidden spring where kings were crowned. Next, we will walk in illuminated darkness through the waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets and join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls, and fortresses at the City of David.
On Mount Zion, visit King David's tomb, the Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey and then we shall enter the Old City through Zion Gate to the Jewish Quarter. Together we will tour the recently excavated and restored Roman Cardo, an ancient Roman market road at the heart of the city. Our route will lead us to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site and the last remnant of the Second Temple. For the grand finale, we make our way to the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as we join pilgrims from around the world, venerating the Tomb of Jesus Christ.
Then, we’ll head back to the hotel, where we’ll have an evening class with the lovely Talia. We’ve freed up the night so that you may explore Jerusalem for yourself, with its quirks and charms, before your overnight stay.
DAY 3: Thursday, June 30th: Jerusalem:
After breakfast we head to the Israel Museum and enjoy a rather special yoga session at the plaza. The Israel Museum is ranked among the world’s top art and archeological museums: an experience for all the senses, and for all interests – from contemporary art, to folk art and archeology to sculpture and music. See the Model of Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago, as well as the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Then we make our way to Kfar HaNokdim, a Bedouin Village, set in the very heart of the Negev Desert, to experience the local Bedouin hospitality and a mouthwateringly original dinner, followed by an evening class with Talia to round it all off.
DAY 4: Friday, July 1st: Masada & the Dead Sea:
We rise and shine nice and early this morning to take advantage of the cool darkness and hike to the very top of the ancient mountain fortress of Masada. At the top of the mountain, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride, where you shall enjoy a unique syoga session with Talia at the top of Masada; watch the day begin with a spectacular sunrise over the Moab Mountains and the Judean Desert. Masada was built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod, whose architectural feats have left their mark throughout Israel. At the beginning of the great revolt against Rome in the year 68 CE, Masada was conquered by a group of Jewish zealots, and Masada became their last stronghold. In the year 72 the Romans besieged Masada and succeeded in reaching the steep fortress after constructing a huge earthen ramp on its western side. In the year 73, the 960 Jewish zealots living at the top of Masada chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans. Their deeds left behind a saga of courage, heroism, and martyrdom.
We will then return to Kfar HaNokdim for breakfast and a fun camel ride in the Judean Desert, before driving to Ein Bokek Resort set in the Dead Sea, the world’s largest natural spa. Then we will have free time at the Dead Sea to reap the benefits of the world’s largest natural spa at a private beach. After a few hours relaxing and meditating we shall enjoy an evening Yoga class with Talia at the lowest point on the planet.
A warm and homely traditional Shabbat Dinner shall be held at the hotel before retiring for a well-earned rest.
DAY 5: Saturday, July 3rd: The Dead Sea:
A day of leisure rest and relaxation for your pleasure at the beautiful Dead Sea Resort, with an overnight stay. Join Talia in her morning and evening Yoga sessions, and simply soak up the sun in between!
Finish with a tasty dinner at the hotel by nightfall.
DAY 6: Sunday, July 4th: Tel Aviv & Jaffa:
Beginning with a Yoga session and breakfast at the hotel, we will then check out from the Dead Sea and drive to Tel Aviv, where we will walk along the sandy, golden beaches of Tel Aviv until we reach Jaffa. This ancient port city, just to the south of Tel Aviv, is full of culture and history, and there is much to see.
Enjoy walking along the narrow, cobbled streets, wandering around the trendy flea market, and stopping by some of the unique shops. Old Jaffa highlights include: Jaffa Flea Market, Jaffa Port, and the Jaffa Port Market.
We will continue to Neve Tzedek, just outside of Old Jaffa, the first Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa which has very interesting boutique shops and cafes. Our next stop is Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv’s most important and iconic streets. Located in the heart of the White City of Tel Aviv, Rothschild Boulevard is a commercial centre, with major financial institutions lining the street, a cultural centre, with the main theatre and concert hall of Tel Aviv, a culinary centre, with tens of top restaurants, and a leisure centre.
Our last stop on today’s tour is the Carmel Market, the largest open market in Tel Aviv. You will enjoy the hustle and bustle, vibrant noise, colours and smells, as well as its position as the largest authentic Middle-Eastern style shuk in Tel Aviv. Then we head to the beach for a final, splendid sunset Yoga session with Talia, before a sweet farewell dinner in Tel Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
DAY 7: Monday, July 4th: Departure Day
Following breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home with everlasting memories of the Holy Land and all its magic, and especially the experience you gained from Talia and her inspiring Yoga.
Namaste and Shalom ☺