Israel - Holy Cultures

    Day 1

    Day 01 – Friday, October 15, 2010 – Flight from Denver to Atlanta, Atlanta to Tel Aviv, Israel

    The sky was dark but with bright morning stars when we woke up at 6:00 to prepare for our travel day. After making sure the house was all ready for Tim...

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    Day 02 - Saturday, October 16, 2010 - Atlanta, GA to Tel Aviv, Israel

    Our flight from Atlanta to Tel Aviv was twelve hours but with comfortable accommodations and wonderful service from our Delta Flight staff the time seemed to go quickly. Again, because of the last minute rerouting at...

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    Day 03 - Sunday, October 17, 2010 - Tour Tel Aviv & Old Jaffa/Visit Llana Goor Museum & Rokach House Museum/Explore Carmel Market/Dinner with Bnei Brak

    The wake-up call came at 7:00 and we had our breakfast and then met for an orientation gathering at 8:30 in the lobby of...

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    Day 04 - Monday, October 18, 2010 - Overland to Nazareth/Discover Caesarea Roman Ruins/Visit Haifa

    Today was our first travel day and we were all packed, had our breakfast, and watched Andre and the porters pack the bus with all of our bags by 8:00. It seemed a little dryer...

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    Day 05 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - Optional Tour to Akko & Rosh HaNikra

    We had breakfast this morning at the crowded hotel with 10,000 other pilgrims who seemed like they had not eaten for three years! I exaggerate? Maybe a little…

    We began our day at 8:30 with...

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    Day 06 - Wednesday, October 10, 2010 - Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth/Explore Tzipori/Discover Zefat/Travel to Kibbutz Kfar Haruv,

    Golan Heights

    In order for Andre and the porters to load the luggage in our van this morning we had to wait for the three big tour buses...

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    Day 07 - Thursday, October 21, 2010 - Gamla Nature Reserve/Visit Kibbutz El Rom/Home-hosted Lunch in Druze Village

    Our alarm went off at 6:45 – this is getting to be a habit! We looked out to see the beauty of the Sea of Galilee right below us. The temperature was...

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    Day 08 - Friday, October 22, 2010 - Visit Churches at Capernaum & Church of the Multiplication/Sail on Sea of Galilee/Enjoy Panoramic View of Jerusalem

    Both of us were awake before the alarm went off. Gennie got up early to work on some of her university mail and I caught...

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    Day 09 – Saturday, October 23, 2010 - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City & Church of the Holy Sepulcher / Mount of Olives / Via Dolorosa

    After our hotel breakfast we began our tour of Jerusalem, the unofficial capital of Israel, and certainly the heart of the country.

    Ran changed our...

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    Day 10 - Sunday, October 24, 2010 - Western Wall Tunnels/ Israel Museum/ Optional Bethlehem Tour

    Our alarm went off at 6:00 because Ran had scheduled our tour of the Tunnels and Western Wall at 7:00. We had another cool day; the temperature was 67º and the humidity was 79%....

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    Day 11 - Monday, October 25, 2010 - Discussion with a Palestinian Woman /Optional Herodion and Ein Karem Tour

    We had breakfast at the hotel, and then met at 8:30 to have a discussion with a local Palestinian woman. She called Ran to tell him she was delayed at a...

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    Day 12 - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - /Yad Vashem – Holocaust Museum/Visit with Survivor/Machaneh Yehuda Market/Jewish Quarter/Mt. Zion

    Our routine has been: wake up call at 7:00, breakfast, and then our tour begins at 8:30. This group is so punctual we really appreciate their consideration.

    We began our morning...

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    Day 13 - Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Transfer to the Dead Sea/Qumran Caves/Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/ Masada

    Today was a travel day and Ran had arranged for an early departure. The wake-up call was at 6:30 and we had planned to load the bus at 7:45. There was a...

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    Day 14 - Thursday, October 28, 2010 - Judean Desert Jeep Adventure/Afternoon On Our Own/Visit the Dead Sea

    Ran let us sleep in this morning. At 9:00 we met our drivers from the Jeep Company who took us on a 4-wheel drive tour of the Judean Desert.

    Our driver, Iliad...

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    Day 15 – Friday, October 29, 2010 - Travel to Tel Aviv/Enjoy A Day in the Life of a Bedouin Community/Visit Bedouin Village, Women’s Association/Bedouin Lunch/Farewell Dinner

    Our bags were to be out in the hall at 8:00 and we had plenty of time for breakfast before leaving at 9:00....

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    Day 16 - Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Flight Home

    The alarm went off at 3:00 am and surprisingly we saw many cars and taxi cabs out on the streets. We completed our last minute packing and were in the lobby for the shuttle to the airport at 4:00.

    A...

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    Personal Evaluation of Overseas Adventure Travel -- Israel: The Holy Land & Timeless Cultures

    As a 17 time traveler with OAT (solely), we feel we need to respond on-line to the trips we take with Overseas Adventure Travel. And as with all escorted trips, there are positives and negatives –...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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