Christmas 2018 in the Holy Land

Magical Christmas in the Holy Land
Magical Christmas in the Holy Land
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Christmas in the Holy Land is a truly magical time. Whilst there’s no snow, it is the most incredible time to experience the land where it all began, and it will change your perspective on Christmas for years to come. Join us on our group tour, and see the Christmas story unfold before your eyes:

Day 1: Sunday, December 23rd : Jerusalem
Shalom and welcome to Israel!
Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, you will be greeted by an OUTstanding Travel Representative.
Enjoy the comfort of a private transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem
Check in to your hotel in Jerusalem
Attend a superb evening Welcome Dinner at one of Jerusalem's delicious restaurants with your tour guide for the next 10 days.
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.

You shall stay overnight in Jerusalem.



Day 2: Monday, December 24th: Jerusalem
Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem
After a breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem.

From Mount Zion, after a visit to King David's tomb, the Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey, we will enter the gated Old City.

Via the narrow, biblical alleys of the Old City we will arrive to the Western Wall - Judaism’s holiest site. Walk through Via Dolorosa (The Way of Grief) and into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jesus’ last stop and place of Crucifixion.

We will then head back to the hotel, where 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: Tuesday, December 25th: Jerusalem & Bethlehem
After breakfast tour the new city of Jerusalem: A drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, the Supreme Court and Mount Herzl.
Visit the Israel Museum, 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.
In the afternoon visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The church is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus. The structure is actually a combination of two churches, with a crypt beneath—the Grotto of the Nativity—where Jesus was born. Have some time to do some shopping to bring home gifts for loved ones and ourselves.
At night enjoy the famous Night Spectacular Show at the Tower of David Museum, which displays the history of the city of Jerusalem along the ancient stones (subject to weather).
Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 4: Wednesday, December 26th: Masada & the Dead Sea
Breakfast at the hotel 
Descend south to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea region, and visit the famous mountain fortress of Masada.
With the cable car we will ascend to the mountain top where lays the ancient fortress. Overlooking the biblical Moab Mountains, Masada was built in year 30 BC by King Herod. 
Right there, at the top of the mountain, in middle of the desert, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride.
Continue to the lowest point on earth for some swimming & floating at Mother Nature's largest spa - The Dead Sea!
Spend the afternoon enjoying the buoyant therapeutic waters and world famous rejuvenating mud of this mineral-rich sea, before having an open  lunch at ones of area's hotels. 
In the late afternoon return to Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 5: Thursday, December 27th: Jerusalem New City
In the morning visit Yad Vashem, the world’s premiere Holocaust remembrance and education center, located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.
Then Explore the remote, garden-rich  southwestern Jerusalem village Ein Kerem, be it for ancient religious history, quaint, upscale neighborhood environs, music and art, or trendy restaurants and bars. Ein Karem, therefore, is the place to be in Jerusalem for something different.

Drive to the Barkan Winery resting in the low hills in between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Tour the grounds and enjoy a delicious wine tasting session.

Continue to Tel Aviv – a world hub of gay vibrancy and pride! 
Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this is a 24/7 city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture, and an international outlook.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 6: Friday, December 28th: Tel Aviv
Kick off your morning with an OUTstanding Travel representative. Feel free to enquire about our superb Gay community and experience 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 center, with major financial institutions lining the street, a cultural center, with the main theater and concert hall of Tel Aviv, a culinary center, with tens of top restaurants, and a leisure center. Visit the lovely Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887, and the historical sites of Old City Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; soak up the ancient ruins and walk along the Artist's Quarter. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the nightlife and exquisite culture with our unique Gay perspective. This is an amazing opportunity to get to know the city for yourself! 

Following dinner, a memorable night full of fun and music awaits as you go clubbing in Tel Aviv colorful gay nightlife (entry included). 
Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 7: Saturday, December 29th: Tel Aviv (free day)
Spend a day of leisure and relaxation.
Following breakfast, visit the Tel Aviv Art Museum, one of the city's cultural centers. Take a stroll to Tel Aviv’s port area, and stop by one its trendy restaurants or coffee shops to relax and have lunch, and peruse around the many stores in the area. 
Also worth visiting is the newly renovated Sharona Market, a complex of unique restaurants, food stands, and shops, located in the old German colony of Tel Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 8: Sunday, December 30th: Nazareth & the Biblical Galilee 
After Breakfast, Depart via the coastal road and the landscape of the lower Galilee to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. Continue, via Kana, to Tiberias, the lovely resort town on the Sea Of Galilee. Drive along the Kineret Lake to visit Capernaum and view the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught ; Continue to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves located at the foot of the Golan Heights; Proceed to Yardenit, the famous Baptismal Site where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea Of Galilee towards the Dead Sea. Return to Tel Aviv.

Day 9: Monday, December 31st: Tel Aviv (Free Day)
On own – Another day of exploration and leisure. Following breakfast take a stroll to Tel Aviv’s port area, with an array of trendy restaurants and coffee shops to relax in and stores to peruse, or visit the wonderful Tel Aviv Art Museum, one of Tel Aviv’s cultural centers. 
After a farewell dinner with the group, explore the New Year’s atmosphere with amazing parties in the streets of Tel Aviv.
Day 10: Tuesday, January 1st: 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 Israel.
Goodbye and Shalom :)
The rate below includes:
Assistance at the Airport upon arrival by an OUTstanding Travel Representative
Arrival and departure private transfer from/to BGN and Jerusalem/Tel Aviv without a guide.
Porterage at hotels
9 overnights at the above mentioned hotels or similar
6 days sightseeing as per your program below with an English speaking tour guide
6 days luxury air-conditioned vehicle
Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast at the Hotels, including full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily
Welcome Dinner in Jerusalem

2 lunches as mentioned below:

-          In a hotel at the Dead Sea
-          In the Galilee

Entrance fees as per program:  Israel Museum, Masada National Park (include 2 way Cable Car), Night spectacular Show at the Tower of David Museum, Barkan wine tasting session, Churches entrance fees in the Galilee.
Entrance to a Gay Party on Friday Night in Tel Aviv
 

Our rate excludes:

Expenses of a personal nature
Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
Spa Treatments at the Dead Sea
Tips to driver, guide and restaurant staff
Any other item not mentioned above
 
Cancellation Policy:

•Up to 29 days prior to arrival date: 15% from the total services
•28 – 21 days before arrival date: 30% from the total services
•20 – 14 days before arrival date: 50% from the total services
•13 – 7 days before arrival date: 80% from the total services
•Less than 7 days before arrival date: 100% from the total Services


Payment:


It is our company policy to receive a 30% deposit upon booking, and full payment 4 weeks prior to arrival.
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Our program is based on the following hotels:

Dec 23rd – Dec 27th    4 overnights  @ Arthur Hotel in Jerusalem (Standard Room)

Dec 27th – Jan 1st        5 overnights  @ Hotel 65 in Tel Aviv (Standard Room)

 Total: 9 Overnights

Price per person in a Single Room:  USD 3.790,-

Price per person sharing a Double Room:  USD 2.620,-

*The package is based on a group of 6 people or more. 
   In another case the itinerary and/or the rate might change.