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  • Top 10 Hikes for Winter Flowers

    Since Israel is located in the Northern Hemisphere, it experiences winter from December until March. Winter is a beautiful season in the Holy Land, especially because of its flowers. Below is a list of the top 10 hikes throughout the Holy Land that highlight the beautiful winter flowers. 1. Scarlet South Festival, Southern Israel (Negev)…

  • Getting Treated at Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum

    Jerusalem, like other cities, was built surrounded by high walls created in order to ensure the safety of the inhabitants from outsiders. The city has always been the center of faith and spirituality beginning from the early days of King Solomon stretching even through modern times, and during the many centuries it has attracted traders…

  • Christmas 2014 in the Holy Land

    Christmas 2014 in the Holy Land

    The countdown until Christmas Day has already begun.  Decorations are up; for both Christmas and the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.  In Bethlehem, the Christmas tree in front of Church of Nativity has been lit.  If you will be on a Holy Land tour in these next few weeks, here are some events you will want to check out: Bethlehem: The…

  • Enjoying the Olive Harvest at Canaans Fair Trade Cooperative

    The annual Olive Harvest Festival was a perfect time to visit Canaan Fair Trade and learn about the origins of this very unique cooperative that while only beginning its operation in 2005, has now become the world’s largest fair trade olive oil supplier, according to company founder Nasser Abufarha. With over 2,149 Palestinian farmers under…

  • MUST SEE: The Wanted 18

    This small Holy Land is filled with cultural events! In one week I attended a film festival in Ramallah and a jazz music festival in Jersualem; and next week there is a film festival in Jerusalem. No matter when you come to tour the Holy Land, there will be numerous cultural events simultanously happening. “Ramallah…

  • The Western Wall’s Significance

    The Western Wall’s Significance

    One of the most remarkable landmarks in Jerusalem is the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, and in Hebrew, Ha Kotel.  This structure is one of the remaining outer walls from the First and Second Temples.  This wall is significant compared to the other walls because it is closest to the room where…

  • MUST TASTE: Kanafeh Dessert

    MUST TASTE: Kanafeh Dessert

    While you are on a Holy Land tour, you will have the opportunity to taste, and possibly make, the delicious Arab dessert called Kanafeh. This dessert is easily recognizable from its neon orange appearance.  Kanafeh essentially is cheese soaked in a sugary, sweet syrup.  The base is shredded noodles, usually kadaif noodles.  Then the cheese…

  • Tel Aviv Night Run

    Tel Aviv Night Run

    On Tuesday, Oct. 28, thousands of Israelis will be coming together at 8:00pm.  Not for a political event, or a concert.  It is for the non-stop city of Tel Aviv’s Night Run.  The urban 10K course goes through the main streets and attractions of the city.  The course includes: Rabin Square: This is named after Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, who…

  • Bethlehem Christmas Market Tour

    Planning to take a Holy Land tour over Christmas? This year why not take our Bethlehem Christmas market tour on December 19. Experience Bethlehem like a local and enjoy the special Christmas festivities found in the city known worldwide as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. This year visit Bethlehem, peruse the city’s unique Christmas market,…

  • Battir Day Tour and Olive Harvest

    Olive picking season is just days away and to celebrate the harvest we are planning two day tours to Battir, a UNESCO World Heritage Landscape situated adjacent to Bethlehem. Tour dates – October 26 and November 2, 2014. Space is limited so sign up now. Registration closes on October 23, 2014 Highlights include: • Meet…

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