$4295.00

FROM: $4295 USD

UPCOMING: Sept. 11, 2015

A Gay Tour of Israel

Trip Style: COMFORT

DESCRIPTION

Join up to 15 other guests on this gay tour of Israel. There is an adventure waiting around every turn, whether cultural or active as we explore religious landmarks one minute and rappel into a cave the next. From the Old City of Jerusalem to the Negev Desert then on to the bright lights of Tel Aviv, this well rounded holiday has just the right balance of culture, adventure, cuisine and free time.

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DEPARTURES & PRICES:

HIGHLIGHTS

Enjoy gay-welcoming Tel Aviv during Pride (June departure) • Go on a 4 x 4 Adventure in the desert • Float in the Dead Sea • Walk above the ancient walls in Old Jerusalem • Rappel into a cave on a spelunking excursion • Witness the Wailing Wall • Visit the Church of Nativity • Feast on the best Israeli cuisine •

ITINERARY:

This evening you'll meet your fellow travellers and get to know one another over an included dinner at a local gay-welcoming restaurant. Optional drinks to follow.

This morning we visit Israel's renowned memorial to Holocaust victims, then head to the bustling Mahane Yehuda marketplace where we learn about the many ethnic backgrounds of Israel through their diverse variety of food. This afternoon we have the chance to visit Bethlehem where we can see the Church of Nativity along with other points of interest. This evening we'll witness locals welcoming the Sabbath during an included dinner.

Today we explore a place sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We cast our view over the city from the Mount of Olives before heading to Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. We'll walk atop the outer wall for a unique view into the four quarters that make up the walled city of Jerusalem, then we'll visit the Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, and take in views of the Southern Wall excavations and the Dome of the Rock. Later today, test your bartering skills in the old marketplace and follow the Via Dolorosa through the narrow lanes to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before having a relaxing evening.

Early this morning we'll tour the Western Wall Rabbinical Tunnel, and we have the chance for a short walk around Dome of the Rock before driving towards the Dead Sea. Pass the caves of Qumran where a Bedouin boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1948 before having lunch and a float in the rejuvenating Dead Sea. Then, we have the option to hike or take a cable car to the fortress of Masada, the last stand of Herod the Great in the ancient kingdom.

We start our day with a 4 x 4 jeep ride into the 40km long and 2km wide Ramon Crater. We'll enjoy the many picturesque viewpoints, and a picnic lunch before heading back to Mitzpe Ramon for an adrenaline pumping rappel adventure.

Today we head north, passing by the ancient city of Be'er Sheba with a short stop at the Sde Boker Kibbutz and the hut of Israeli’s first Prime Minster. We'll later arrive at the small town of Safed where you may be struck by its simple beauty which inspires the many artists who have settled here during the last few decades. We'll have time to wander the town, then visit a small Kabbalah art shop where we meet with the owner to discuss his unique art. We then head to our cozy kibbutz for a quiet evening.

Take in the stunning, and eye-opening views of Golan Heights this morning before rappelling and spelunking in a nearby cave. We'll then depart the Galilee driving by Druze villages to Caesarea – a national park where amazing ancient harbour ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. After a walk through the ruins we head back to Tel Aviv where we take an orientation walk near our hotel. *During the June trip, you'll be presented with options for the many Tel Aviv Pride events.

On Day 8 we explore Tel Aviv in depth. From the artists' quarter to the ancient flea market in Jaffa to the stylish area of Neve Tzedek, then on to the Florentin neighborhood where we gain an understanding of the different cultures living side by side through graffiti in the area. We wrap up our afternoon on Rothschild Blvd where there are over 5000 Bauhaus buildings - the largest number in any city worldwide. We'll enjoy a fabulous group dinner, and a night out on the town.

Late this morning we'll head on a guided walking tour, passing by David Ben Gurion’s Tel Aviv residence, then on to the Gan Meir Gay Center. It's here that we see the memorial for the thousands of people who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation. On our June departure, we'll partake in the Tel Aviv Pride Parade with tens of thousands of locals, heading towards the beach, and Charles Clore Park where the Pride festivities will wrap up. This evening we'll have an optional dinner and a night out.

You are free to depart at any time on Day 10, as there are no activities planned.