itinerary & schedule

 Workshops • Performances • Guided Tours 

5th - 14th February 2016 • 10 days / 9 nights

Participants will arrange their own flights

Friday, 5th February

• Meet at Knight's Palace Hotel in the Old City of Jerusalem
•  5pm Orientation - Meet the tour leaders - Introductions - Overview of the tour. 
• Traditional Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) Dinner
• A feast will be served with traditional Jewish blessings and interpretations by Rabbi Judith 
Overnight in Jerusalem - Knight's Palace Hotel 

Saturday, 6th February
• Morning - Jerusalem Old City Walking Tour (3 hours walking) - all 4 quarters - Western Wall - Via Dela Rosa  - Church of the Holy Sepulchre
(non-walking option available on request)

• Afternoon - Rhythm for Harpists - with percussion
• Optional afternoon walking tour for non-harpist companions
• Sunset in Taybeh - the only all-Christian village in the West Bank where the residents claim descent from the first followers of Jesus
• View of the Jordan valley from the restored ruins of a Byzantine church in Yaubeh.
• Dinner in Taybeh's Old City
• Concert - Sunita, Celtic harp - Sameer Makhour, Oud - Abe Doron, percussion

Overnight in Jerusalem - Knight's Palace Hotel 

Sunday, 7th February
• Morning: Bethlehem Church service in morning with harp performance at the Lutheran Church near Manger Square, Bethlehem. 
• Afternoon: tour of Bethlehem - Church of Nativity - Old City - Shepherd's Field
• Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem -  Knight's Palace Hotel

Monday, 8th February
Morning: • Mount of Olives • guided tour of Holocaust Museum
or self-guided tour at Israel Museum

Afternoon: Jaffa by the Mediterranean - Tel Aviv
Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem -  Knight's Palace Hotel

Tuesday, 9th February
Free Day for shopping, private touring or resting.
• (optional tours will be offered to Nablus, Hebron or Ramallah)

• • Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem -  Knight's Palace Hotel

Wednesday, 10th February 
• Visit Masada, King Herod's mountaintop palace
• View the Dead Sea
• Jericho – Mount of Temptation – Ancient tel of Jericho
• Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants of Jericho, or at the hotel
• Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel, Jericho

Thursday 11th February
Jordan Valley
• Visit a Bedouin Community
• Visit 
Friends of the Earth at the Auja Eco-Center.
• Afternoon Harp workshops at Woodsong - Playing as a Duo, with violin 
 - - at 
Woodsong Harps.
• Tour to Tzfat for non-harpist companions.
• Evening concert - Tzalool, harp, violin & percussion

Dinner & Overnight at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar on the shore of the Sea of Galilee

Friday, 12th February
• Morning: Harp workshop with Sunita. - Psalms and Jewish Music for the Harp
• Afternoon: Boat ride on the Sea Of Galilee -
Dinner & Overnight at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar

Saturday, 13th February
• Morning Master Class with Sunita at Woodsong Harps
• Tour to Golan Heights for non-harpist companions
• Afternoon tour to Caesariya

Festive Dinner at a restaurant by the sea
Overnight in Tel Aviv - ArtPlus Hotel

Sunday 14th February - departure

·      All meals (except lunch & dinner on 9th Feb. & dinner on 10th Feb. )
·      9 nights accommodations – double occupancy at specified hotels or similar.
·      Tours and sightseeing with English-speaking guides as detailed above
·      Harp programming as detailed above
·      Lectures and workshops
·      Harp concerts
·      Tips for guides, drivers & guest houses staff (Separate cash payment on arrival)

Not Including:

·      AIRFARE
•     Transportation from the airport to the hotel
•     Transportation to the airport at the end of the trip
•     Optional insurance for health, baggage, and trip cancellation/interruption is not included and highly recommended.  Please refer to the Travel Insurance section.
·      Passport fees.  A passport valid six months beyond date of return to the U.S. is required.
•     Lunch on 9th Feb. & dinner on 10th Feb.
·      Anything not included above

$2,488 10-day / 9-night Packageper person double occupancy
PLUS $200 in cash on arrival - to be distributed by our staff as tips for the drivers, guides, and hotel staff.

Optional $675 Individual Supplement for single room.