October 2011 tour

  • 11.06.11

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    Today is our final day in the Holy Land. We will leave for the airport around 8pm tonight, but that still leaves much of the day open for adventure! We left the hotel this morning and returned to the Kotel, for a tour through the Western Wall excavations. This is a section of archaeological digs running along the Western Wall ...

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  • 11.05.11

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    Our morning began bright and early, with a beautiful view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives. We are treated to a view of the sun glinting off of the Dome of the Rock as the cool morning breeze rustles the branches of the nearby olive trees. Yuval points out the sealed Golden ...

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  • 11.04.11

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    Today, we began our journeys in Jerusalem. Our morning started with a visit to the excavations of the City of David. This place, nestled between the Valley of Gehenna and the Valley of the Cheesemakers, is the original Jerusalem. David conquered the Jebusite city around 980 BC, using a most unusual method. Since the city was situated on a hill ...

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  • 11.03.11

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    Our day started with a visit to Masada, the desert fortress that Herod built around 31 BC. This place had it all – dovecotes, storehouses, a complex cistern system, two palaces, a heated bathhouse, a garden… Everything. It was abandoned upon Herod’s death, but was repurposed in 70 AD. A group of rebel Jews, fleeing Jerusalem after the Romans destroyed ...

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  • 11.02.11

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    Our adventures began bright and early with a trip to the Red Sea! We met up with a local dive shop owned by a woman named Shamulit, who hooked us up with some rental gear. We had a large group of snorkelers, as well as four divers. Avi took those who did not feel like getting wet to an underwater ...

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  • 11.01.11

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    Today, we made our journey across the border into Jordan to visit Petra, one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Our morning began at the Arava border control station, roughly 10 minutes from our hotel. We were stamped & processed out of Israel, and walking into the no-man’s land in between the two countries in no time at ...

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  • 10.31.11

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    Today was another full day of touring, and we covered a lot of ground! Our morning began with our final stop in Galilee, Capernaum. This is the town where Jesus based His ministry, & where He preformed most of His miracles. Here is where He cured the woman with the blood sickness, healed the servant of the centurion, healed Peter’s ...

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  • 10.30.11

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    We began the morning with a brisk walk from the hotel down to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and boarded one of the “Jesus boats” – a replica of a fishing boat that would have been used around the time of Christ. The crew of this particular boat is one of the few that are actually believers, and ...

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  • 10.29.11

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    Today, we began our first full day of touring the Holy Land with a trip to Caesarea Maritima, the ancient port city that Herod built during the time of Roman occupation. Now, this city stands in ruins, a skeleton of the once-thriving port that rivaled even nearby Joppa in its industry. As we sat on the steps of the amphitheater ...

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  • 10.28.11

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    We finally made it! After an 11-hour, delayed and turbulence-filled flight from Kennedy airport in New York City, we finally touched down at Ben Gurion airport around 1PM local time. We were so excited to be out of that stuffy airplane and walking around the Holy Land! After we went through passport control and recollected our luggage, we met up ...

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