USMA '61 ISRAEL TOUR
April 13-23, 2010 plus Egypt extension April 23-27, 2010
Tour Leaders: Pete and Barbara Gleichenhaus
This is a special tour designed especially for our class and friends.
We will visit the “must see” places but also sites not visited by regular tour
We will meet with Israelis, IDF staff and officers.
But, most of all will enjoy comradeship in a beautiful country rich with history and culture.
Tuesday, April 13
Departure on ELAL night flight from JFK
Wednesday, April 14
Ben Gurion airport - Tel Aviv. Transfer to hotel.
Day 3. Thursday,
Visit to the Independence Hall, Prime Minister Rabin’s
and Glilot Intelligence Memorial center.
to IDF Tactical Command School.
Dinner at our Tel Aviv hotel.
Day 4. Friday,
Early departure from the hotel, we start with a visit to
the Roman port city of Caesarea.
Continue to the Galilee to take
a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (If weather permits).
middle of the sea we shut the engines and read the scriptures (Mark 6:45-52).
We dock near Capernaum to visit the synagogue where Jesus preached.
Proceed to Tabgha- the site of the multiplication of the fish and bread
and then Mount of Beatitudes.
Afternoon trip to Nazareth,
to visit the Church of Annunciation
and Cana where the first
miracle of water turning into wine took place.
Kabbalat Shabat and dinner at our
Kesem Hagolan plus the
Golan Museum in Katzrin.
Bental observation point.
Yom Kippur Emek
Habacha tank battle presentation in Merom Golan.
Afternoon visit to the
House of Dona Gracia – a unique story related to the expulsion of Jews from
Spain in 1492.
Tonight we are guests of a Druz family for dinner.
Day 6. Sunday,
Drive to Zippori – The capital of Jewish Galilee after the
destruction of the Second Temple, with amazing mosaic floors.
Bahaii Gardens observation, (UNESCO declared site) and Pnimiya (IDF
Mini West Point Academy).
Participate in a unique Memorial Day ceremony.
to Jerusalem and check into your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 7. Monday,
Visit “Yad Vashem” the new Holocaust Museum.
Visit the Menorah near the Knesset.
Visit the Davidson Center (depicting
life in Jerusalem of Jesus time).
Dinner at your hotel.
Independence Day festivities.
Day 8. Tuesday, April 20
A tour to
Massada, the last Jewish stronghold against the Romans that fell after 700
committed a group suicide.
Enjoy the Dead Sea, the lowest point on
earth, rich with minerals, nature’s gift to your skin.
Dinner at our hotel.
Day 9, Wednesday,
Morning start with
a panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mt. Of Olives, proceed to the
Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane.
Visit the Israel
Museum (Second Temple model and Dead Sea Scrolls).
Go to Bethlehem
and visit the Church of the Nativity to see and touch the cave where Jesus was
Return to Jerusalem to visit The Way of the Cross and the Church of
the Holy Sepulcher or the Garden Tomb at Golgota.
Free time for shopping or
Dinner on your own. Your guide will recommend a list of restaurants.
Day 10, Thursday, April 22
Meet at the
Perimeter Barrier around Jerusalem for a briefing or visit the
Control Center of the city.
Proceed to Latroun IDF Armored Corp
memorial and museum.
Afternoon Tzevet meeting or a private briefing by an IDF
Possible visit of Old Jaffa.
Farewell dinner and transfer
Day 11 Friday, April 23
to the airport and departure .
Arrival USA on same day, or join us to
OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO EGYPT
11, Friday, April 23
Tel Aviv – Cairo flight.
After midnight arrival. Airport assistance and transfer to our hotel.
Day 12, Saturday, April 24
Late morning visit Memphis, the city of the god
Path and the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world to see the Alabaster
Sphinx and the Statue of Ramses II.
At Saqqara we visit the Step Pyramid
of King Zoser, the Mastaba Tomb of Ti, Tomb of Ptahotep, the Serapeum and the
Pyramid of Sekhemkhet.
In the afternoon visits to the Pyramids of Giza
and the Sphinx.
Dinner and overnight in our hotel.
Sunday, April 25
After breakfast visit the famous Egyptian
Museum where the treasures of King Tut Ein Khamon are exhibited.
Cairo (Hanging Church, St Sergius & St Barbara Churches).
The Synagogue Ben Ezra
We also visit the Citadel and Mohammed Ali Mosque offering a beautiful view of
Cairo and the Nile.
Dinner and overnight in our hotel.
Monday, April 26
Alexandria – a complete day tour to the famous
Mediterranean city named after Alexander the Great.
Visit of the Catacombe,
National Museum, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Return to Cairo for dinner
and our night flight back home.
Tuesday, April 27
Arrive JFK in the morning.
Services included in basic program (Israel):
Roundtrip flights from JFK at times
that will enable domestic connections nationwide
Daily tours with a licensed English
speaking tour director and guide throughout.
Transfers between airport and
hotels in Israel.
4-5 star hotels (Holiday Inn –
Breakfast and dinner daily except
for 1 dinner in Tiberias and 1 in Jerusalem to allow a variety of food, not just
in hotels dinners.
A deluxe dedicated bus.
Luggage handling in Israel.
Entrance fees to all visited sites
as per the program
Hats for all participants
Basic Program (Israel only): April 13 –
plus $425 taxes and fuel surcharge (as known on Sep 9th, 2009).
The price is per person in a double
room with a minimum of 20 participants. Payable by checks or bank transfer.
Payment by credit card requires a 4% fee.
EGYPT OPTIONAL EXTENSION:
April 23 – 27, 2010
Egypt = $875
including: Tel-Aviv- Cairo - Tel Aviv flights, Superior 4 star hotel, breakfast and
dinner daily, tours and transfers.
Registration deposit – For basic program Israel
Only: $375 with insurance
$250 without insurance.
For optional Egypt program: please add $140 with
insurance or $100 without insurance.
Travel insurance covers costs of
cancellation fees for medical reasons, illness, accidents and lost or damage
Payment of premium with deposit waives pre-existing medical
www.aviatours.net , Travel Insurance)