Israel Farm Tour of Holy Land
Jerusalem - Kibbutz - Dead Sea - High Tech Greenhouses - Irrigation
Israel is a phenomena in the agricultural realm, with scarce water and extremely difficult terrain and weather conditions. Only 20% of the land is arable, but Israel produces nearly 95% of its own food needs. Israel is said to have developed the drip irrigation systems and today they have some of the most cutting edge technology producing tropical fruits and greenhouse vegetables. Also see honey and date production, cattle, diary, olive oil and aquaculture. Take in the typical historical sites such as Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea—the lowest point on earth—and much more!
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Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2019
Israel Farm Tour Itinerary
Arrive Newark Airport by 1pm. Depart Newark to Tel Aviv (direct) with United Airlines. Trump Tours is happy to help with your add-on air. Tel Aviv is 8 hours ahead of Central Standard Time. Meals: Meals on flight
Arrival Tel Aviv mid morning. Upon arrival, clear customs and meet the local driver and guide who will be with the group the entire stay. Transfer to hotel in Jerusalem for check-in. Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is located in the heart of the country, nestled among the Judean Hills. The city's ancient stones, imbued with millennia of history, and its numerous historical sites, shrines and places of worship attest to its meaning for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Its modern architecture, well-tended parks, contemporary malls, outlying industrial zones, and ever-expanding suburbs proclaim its hopes for the future. Jerusalem is a mosaic of cultures and nationalities, of peoples and neighborhoods, of old and new. Many sites within the city are revered by all three religions intersecting and intertwining like the maze of narrow, curving alleyways found within the Old City walls that date from the 16th Century. Our city tour will span today and tomorrow, encompassing the Old City and the New City. End the day at the Machne Yehuda Market, one of the most beautiful markets in all of Israel, with its array of sounds, colors and aromas. Dating back to the early 19th Century, you can find everything, ranging from clothes to housewares; flowers, art, accessories; and every variety of fresh and specialty food: sweets, baked goods, meat, fish, eggs, produce, spices, dairy products and so much more. Welcome dinner will be at one of the restaurants at the market. Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem or similar Meals: Meals on plane, Dinner
Breakfast and depart on continuation of Jerusalem city tour. Visit the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended to Heaven after his Resurrection. This will be a perfect start to gain a bird’s-eye perspective of the city. Walk the Via Dolorosa, also known as Stations of the Cross and is the pathway to Jesus’ crucifixion. Enter through the walls of the Old City, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, estimated to be about 4,500 years old. One can walk along the ramparts of the walls and discovering lush flower gardens, promenades and archeological sites. The Jewish Quarter, which was almost entirely destroyed during the Jordanian occupation (1948- 67), has been rebuilt. The Hurva synagogue, built nearly 400 years ago, dominated the skyline of the area before 1948: today a single commemorative arch marks its site. A newly constructed and attractively designed plaza, allowing thousands of worshippers to congregate, now faces the Western (Wailing) Wall, the only remaining part of the Second Temple compound. Today, the Old City of Jerusalem is a unique synthesis of old and new: not only a historical showcase, but a home for many, and a bustling commercial area. Also visit parts of the New City. Today also visit the Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Dinner at hotel. Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem or similar Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, we will depart to the lowest point on Earth, 1,412 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea is located in the Jordan Rift Valley. Certainly a phenomenon with its turquoise waters with salt crystals jutting out of it, it is known today for its healing properties due to high salinity and mineral-rich mud. Enjoy a chance to float in the Dead Sea, surely a unique experience. Continue to Masada National Park. Masada Fortress built by King Harrod’s in the 1st C. B.C. was the last stronghold standing in the battle against the Romans. It is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time to visit the fascinating museum and ride the cable car. This afternoon continue to Kibbutz Almog, located on the Northwestern shores of the Dead Sea. Located in a desert oasis, tour a Kibbutz cooperative that makes its living from winter agriculture utilizing the saline-rich soils. See date orchards, vegetable crops (bell peppers, onions, watermelon, eggplant), grapes, turkeys and 400 dairy cows. They also produce many skin and health products from the muds and minerals of the Dead Sea. Continue to hotel for checkin. Dinner at hotel. Time to enjoy the pool area, the botanical gardens, and the incredible scenery of the valley where Abraham, King David and Jesus walked and referenced in the Book of Psalms. Kibbutz Ein Gedi or similar Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Breakfast and then depart to the northwards. Visit a Kibbutz in the Valley of the Springs, pioneers of commercial organic farming and biological pest control in Israel. They developed the company BioBee, a world leader in biologically based integrated pest management, natural pollination, and medfly control. Continue to one of the oldest cities in Israel, Beit She’an, thought to be inhabited for 6,000 years. It is located at the strategic junction of the Jordan River Valley and Jezreel Valley. It was mentioned in the Bible where King Saul and his three son’s bodies were hung from the city walls after defeat by the Philistines. The city is now a National Park and protects the centuries of architecture and history. This region is known for its cotton production, all drip irrigated, that is planted in March and April and harvested in September and October. Lunch on own. Continue to the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit another kibbutz that has multi faceted agriculture production and industry. As any farmer can relate, their production has changed drastically over the years. They now focus on providing services to the agricultural markets such as hauling and dozing, repair and parts sales, packinghouses for bananas, dates, avocados and corn, and logistics for the products. They also have poultry and dairy production. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, in actuality a freshwater lake. Arrive in Tiberius where to check into hotel for four nights. Dinner at hotel. Leonardo Club Hotel Tiberius or similar Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Breakfast. Depart for a farm visit that produces avocadoes, bananas, dates and has dairy production. They provide a wonderful contrast between the “old” production in the 1940s to modern day production. The afternoon will focus on Christian sites in the Sea of Galilee area. Visit the ruins of Capernaum, known as the home of Jesus. Also see the house of St Peter, a meeting place for early Christians, discovered in the 1960s. Continue to Tabgha, the location where Jesus fed 5,000 people by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish. It is also believed that Jesus appeared here to his disciples after resurrection. A Church was built here in the 5th C. commemorating this event. Also visit the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount. Continue to see Yardenit, where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee, believed to be the spot where Jesus baptized John the Baptist. Return to hotel. Dinner at hotel. Leonardo Club Hotel Tiberius or similar Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, journey northwards to the Hula Valley, a rich agriculture production area. The Hula Lake was a major stopover for migrating birds traveling between Africa, Europe and Asia. In the Golan Heights, malaria became a major problem, so the lake was drained in the 1950s. They have now tried to revive the ecosystem and have about 500 million migrant birds per year. Visit a farm to learn about how the farmer manages the birds and damage that they might ensue. Continue to a commercial fruit producer and packing facility exporting strawberries, peaches, plums, apples and herbs to Europe. Visit a cattle operation with about 1,000 head providing meat to upscale Israeli restaurants. Return to Tiberius. Dinner at hotel. Leonardo Club Hotel Tiberius or similar Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Breakfast at hotel. Relaxing day today with optional trip to olive producing region. Olive trees have grown in Israel for thousands of years and one of the native species mentioned in the Bible as being indigenous to that area. Visit an olive producer and if lucky, see a press in action. Return to Tiberius for afternoon on own to discover the town, shop or rest. Dinner at hotel. Leonardo Club Hotel Tiberius or similar Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, head westwards to the coast. With its beautiful setting on Mount Carmel, the city of Haifa has a striking view of the Mediterranean. Visit the Bahai Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens frame panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea, with nineteen terraces featuring graveled paths, hedges and flower beds groomed and nurtured by dedicated gardeners. Lunch on own in the town. Continue southwards direction Tel Avis. Visit Netafim, the company that introduced drip irrigation systems to the world in 1965. Their struggle to farm in the desert created a world recognized company that thrives today in many countries. Learn about their philosophy and different irrigation systems that they offer. Continue to hotel. Dinner at hotel. Tal by the Beach Tel Aviv or similar Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Transfer to airport for flight home. United Airlines departs Tel Aviv 11:35am direct to Newark arriving 4:50pm on same day. Please book continuing flight after 8:00pm. Trump Tours is happy to assist with your add-on air. Meals: Breakfast, Meals on plane.
8 nights in superior tourist class accommodations.
16 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
Roundtrip airfare from Newark - add on airfare available, please call.
Transportation provided in air-conditioned minicoach.
Sightseeing/technical visits as outlined in itinerary.
Services of full time professional tour manager with agricultural background.
All taxes and fees.
Museum entrances, tour manager and driver tips, passport fees, public transportation, personal items, beverages at meals, travel insurance.
$5,995 per person, based on double occupancy.
Add $995 to guarantee single room.
Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2019
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