OPTIONAL: 7 day extension in Jordan, including Amman and Petra.
B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner
APRIL 22 • • •
Arrival into Tel Aviv. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you to hotel to rest up. Enjoy the beach alongside the Tel Aviv Promenade. Welcome dinner. Stay in Tel Aviv for 3 nights. D
APRIL 23 • • •
We spend two full days in and around Tel Aviv. First day with flexible options. Our deaf guides will show you the sights around the city based on group’s preferences. Options include Azrieli Center, Bauhaus Center, Bialik House, Beit Hatfutsot History and Culture Museum, Eretz Israel Museum, Great Synagogue and Yarkon Park. B
APRIL 24 • • •
Visit “Invitation to Silence” exhibit at the Israel Children’s Museum in Holon. Explore the ancient port city of Jaffa, which is the oldest part of Tel Aviv. Dinner at a restaurant with several deaf employees. If possible, we may enjoy a show by the Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble. B
APRIL 25 • • •
Drive to the city of Haifa in northern Israel. Visit Elijah’s Cave as well as Bahai Gardens with beautiful views over the harbor. In the afternoon we continue to Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, where Angel Gabriel visited Mary. Stay in Tiberias for 2 nights. B
APRIL 26 • • •
Today we explore Lake Tiberias and surroundings. We step ‘in the footsteps of Jesus’ and visit different places that are mentioned in the Bible including taking a boat trip over the lake to see the places where Jesus walked on water, held the sermon (at Mount of Beatitude), fed 5,000 people with loaves and fishes (at Tabgha), and was baptized (in the Jordan River). Enjoy a lunch at a local fish restaurant. Visit ancient town of Capernaum. B,L
APRIL 27 • • •
Early in the morning, we leave Tiberias and drive south. En route we visit Golan Heights, see Mount Hermon and stop in the Arabic village of Kufr Qasim, which is the hometown of one of our local deaf guides. Kufr Qasim has a lively Deaf community, who will be happy to welcome us for lunch at the community center. Arrive into Jerusalem late in the afternoon. Stay in Jerusalem for 3 nights. B,L
APRIL 28 • • •
With local deaf guides, we explore the old city of Jerusalem including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Al Aqsa Mosque. It is a holy place for all world religions. If time allows, we explore the new modern city and the Olive Mount. If possible, we may meet and greet with a deaf rabbi and a local deaf Jewish family. B
APRIL 29 • • •
Visit the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Walk through ultra-orthodox Haredim Jewish neighborhoods. B
APRIL 30 • • •
Leave Jerusalem and enter the Palestinian territories. Visit Ramallah, the defacto capital of Palestine. We visit the deaf association for an introduction to the Palestinian deaf community and their way of life. Visit a deaf school. Stay in Ramallah. B,L
MAY 1 • • •
We travel further to the town of Bethlehem, the place where Jesus was born. Visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepard’s Fields. Palestinian lunch at a deaf family’s home. Stay in Bethlehem. B,L
MAY 2 • • •
In the morning, we visit Hebron with our deaf Palestinian guides. It is a holy site for both Judaism and Islam. Meet a deaf glass blower. Visit the tomb of Abraham. Roam the local markets. By the end of morning, we drive to Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. Take a cable car ride up to the cliff to visit the Monastery of the Temptation. After lunch, we continue towards Dead Sea, which is almost 10 times as salty as the ocean. Stay at Metsada for 3 nights. B
MAY 3 • • •
Visit one of most spectacular and intriguing historical sites in Israel: Masada. Optional pre-sunrise climb to the top of the mesa-like plateau. This is to escape the mid-day heat but primarily to enjoy spectacular views over the desert at sunrise. A once in a lifetime experience! Alternative ascent by cable car. In the afternoon, we relax in a spa or visit the nature reserve of Ein Gedi. Float ourselves in the salty Dead Sea. B
MAY 4 • • •
Head into the Negev Desert. Visit a deaf Jewish settler in Susya. Stop at the village of Al-Sayyid to meet Deaf Bedouins. Learn a bit of Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language. Visit the Museum of Bedouin Culture in Beersheba. Explore the desert while riding on camels at a ranch. B,L,D
MAY 5 • • •
Return back to Tel Aviv for your flights back home. Or continue with our optional 7 day extension in Jordan. B
$500 USD deposit per person is required to reserve space. The availability of space is based on a first come, first serve basis. The remaining balance must be paid in full 90 days before the first day of the tour.
• Airfares at the start and end of the tour are not included.
• All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary and personal expenses are not included.
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• Substantial amount of walking expected during the tour. Appropriate physical fitness is needed.
• Tour itinerary and price are subject to change.
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Dan has been to 81 countries including Bolivia, Cuba, Morocco, Myanmar, North Korea and Oman. He has also presented at Deaf Youth Leadership Camps in Germany and Thailand as well as team-coordinating an exchange program between two deaf schools in Kentucky, USA and Kamensk, Russia.