IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ANZACS IN THE HOLYLAND TOUR, OCT 2017
Jerusalem – Old and New / Beersheba
Experience the rich history of ANZACs in the Holy Land for the 100 year anniversary of the Charge of the ANZAC Light Horse in the battle field of Beersheba.
In anticipation of the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the Charge of the ANZAC Light Horse on Beersheba on 31 October 1917, Israel travel Centre are proud to present a series of tours commemorating the Charge, culminating in the ceremonies in Beersheba on 31 October 2017. The tours will be led by licensed Australian tour guides knowledgeable in the history and culture of the region, and experienced in looking after Australians visiting Israel. We will also be working with a series of guest guide specialists in their fields relating to the rich history of ANZACs in the Holy Land.
Day 1 | Monday 23rd October 2017
Day of Arrival
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
Expert guide and Tel Aviv historian will take you on a relaxed walking tour telling stories of the ANZACS’s and the three battles which took place in and around Jaffa/Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv (check in at 2.00pm) (B)
Day 2 | Tuesday 24th October 2017
Spies and Wine
Travel north to explore the ancient port city of Caesarea built by Herod the Great.
Stop for a coffee break at Jaser Al Zarka – The Blue Bridge built over the Crocodile River by the Germans and Turks in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm’s visit to the Holy Land.
Visit Aaronson House at Zikron Yaacov, a former private home that is now a museum about NILI, a Jewish spy ring that supplied intelligence to British military leaders against the Ottoman Turks.
Lunch in the historic quarter of the city and enjoy wine tasting this afternoon at the Carmel Winery & Culture and a visit to a barrel room in one of Baron Rothschild’s underground cellars.
Overnight: Unique kibbutz hotel for country style hospitality in the Galilee (B,D)
Day 3 | Wednesday 25th October 2017
Golan Heights Off-Road & Brewery Visit
Start the day with a tour of Kibbutz Degania – the world’s first Kibbutz.and hear the story of the Pioneers who came in 1910 and decided to build something different – a Kibbutz.
.Visit the relatively unknown Turkish Pilots Memorial in the fields of Kibbutz Haon, the Railway Station at Semakh and the Light Horse Memorial on the Sea of Galilee waterfront and hear the story of the Battle of Semakh.
Experience a jeep tour of the Golan Heights with a view of the Syrian Israeli border and an explanation of the Sykes Picot agreement that still holds in the area today!
Enjoy a tour of the brewery making beer from the fresh waters at the source of the Jordan River.
Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz (B,D)
Day 4 | Thursday 26th October 2017
From Nazareth to the Jordan Valley
Visit the magnificent Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Stop by the German WWI Military Cemetery with wooden crosses made from the propellers of crashed airplanes.
We enjoy a biblical style lunch at Nazareth Village, and then explore the Crusader Castle of Belvoir where we hear the stories of the Crusaders and Saladin’s inability to take the Castle by force.
Travel along the fertile Jordan Valley stopping by the Bridge built by General Allenby. Visit the site of the original Baptism on the Jordan River at Qaser El Yehud.
Overnight: Jerusalem (B)
Day 5 | Friday 27th October 2017
Jerusalem New City
Drive by the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and visit the Shrine of the Book to see the original Dead Sea Scrolls.
See the model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of King Herod.
Experience a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. And later stop at the Trappist Monastery at Latrun
And then tour the Latrun Tank Museum, the biggest of its kind in the world.
Overnight: Jerusalem (B)
Day 6 | Saturday 28th October 2017
Visit the Jerusalem Commonwealth Cemetery on French Hill and named after Allenby’s good friend General French who was killed in the Battle for Jerusalem.
On for a rooftops tour of the Old City. Walk the Via Dolorosa and stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Place a note at the Western Wall and visit the Jewish Quarter.
Stroll the oriental markets of the Arab Quarter. Walk along the walls from Jaffa Gate to Mt. Zion. Visit the Dormition Abbey and the Room of the Last Supper.
Overnight: Jerusalem (B)
Day 7 | Sunday 29th October 2017
Floating in the Dead Sea
Drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.
Enjoy at nature walk at Ein Gedi, and hike to the water falls. Visit the mountain fortress of Masada built by Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Roman.
Enjoy a float this afternoon in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, and the mud which is well known for its curative effects.
Overnight: Dead Sea (B,D)
Day 8 | Monday 30th October 2017
Following the Path of the ANZACS
Follow the Nabatean Trail along the Spice Routes. Stop at Han Saharonim and experience a jeep tour of the magnificent geological formation at Maktesh Ramon.
In the afternoon we closely follow the path of the ANZAC’s leading up to the attack on Beersheba. Travel along the Besor River. Cross the Hanging Bridge to the Besor Dam built by the ANZACS.
Stop by the restored Turkish “Patish” Ruins and hear the story of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen’s “Haversack Ruse”, where he deliberately left false clues of a major attack coming from Gaza instead of Beersheba.
Afternoon check-in for a camel ride and comfortable desert style accommodation.
Overnight: Desert cabin accommodation OR Beersheba / Arad hotel (B, D)
Day 9 | Tuesday 31st October 2017
Battle of Beersheba Commemoration
Enjoy a special day in Beersheba commemorating the centenary of the achievements of the Australian soldiers in World War I.
Start the day with a moving service hosted by the Australian Ambassador and various dignitaries at the Beersheba Commonwealth Cemetery. The cemetery contains 1,241 Commonwealth burials of the Great War, 67 of them unidentified.
There are rows upon rows of graves, meticulously maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Many of the graves are dated 6 November 1917, the date of the battle of Tel-El Khuwelfeh, an intense two day engagement, six days after the Battle of Beersheba. Join in the opening ceremony of the new ANZAC Museum in Beersheba. The new museum will be dedicated to the history of the Battle of Beersheba and will be built by the Beersheba Municipality in cooperation with the Australian Government, the Australian Embassy in Israel and the Pratt Foundation. The museum will be completed and officially inaugurated on 31 October 2017 (TBC).
Visit Tel Sheva for an overview of the main battlefield sites in the area and a special ceremony hosted by the New Zealand Embassy. Experience a re-enactment of the Charge by the Australian Light Horse Association and the WWI Heritage Society. A large contingent (in full World War One battle attire) plan to re-enact the ride in 2017, the 100th Anniversary of the great charge.
Continue on for the Australian event at the magnificent Park of the Australian Soldier established by the Pratt Foundation in 2008. The park includes special facilities for children with physical and/ or mental disabilities, including a maze for blind children with signs in Braille. At the end of the day, we enjoy a festive farewell dinner at an authentic Middle Eastern Restaurant in Jaffa or Abu Ghosh.
Overnight: Tel Aviv: (B,D)
Day 10 | Wednesday 1st November 2017
Day of Departure
Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for departure on your onward flight.
USD $2,195 per person in twin share
• Single supplement cost on application
• Cost based on min. group size of 30 participants
• Airport meeting assist upon arrival
• Airport transfers
• 9 nights’ twin share accommodation in 4 star hotels
• Breakfast daily on tour
• Four hotel dinners:
• Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on BB basis
• One festive farewell restaurant dinner
• 8 days touring with licensed English-speaking guide.
• Modern motor coach for all touring
• All entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Travellers gift packs (bags, hats, maps)
• Dead Sea: Leonardo / David Dead Sea
• Desert Huts: Sfinat Hamidbar / Camel Land / Kfar Hanokdim
• Galilee: Kibbutz Maagan / Ginnosar / Deganya
• Jerusalem: Olive Tree / Prima Royale / Prima Kings / Harmony / Arthur
• Tel Aviv: Metropolitan – superior rooms / Mercure / Center / Cinema
• ANZAC Footsteps Holyland Tour 2017
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