Paragon gives you a unique opportunity to see some of Israel’ best sites with Bein Harim tourism services, the leading tour operator in the country.

Join us for a Post-Conference ICISA 2017 tour on either Saturday, November 11 or Sunday, November 12.

Should you be interested in additional tours on different dates, please feel free to contact us at registration@ICISA2017meeting.com

 

Jerusalem and Dead Sea

Pick-up from Tel-Aviv at 07:15 AM

Price: 131 USD per person

Registration for the tour will be available via the registration system.

For additional information, please contact: registration@ICISA2017meeting.com

 

From the lofty Mount Olives we take in the breathtaking view over the city of Jerusalem, from here we can see beyond the Old City walls and into the Temple Mount where the holy Jewish Temple stood until 70AD and where the Dome of the Rock stands today. On our drive towards the Old City we pass through the Kidron Valley and see the Garden of Gethsemane and Church ofJerusalem All Nations. Also in the valley are the three ancient Jewish burial tombs of Absalom, Benei Hazir and Zechariah.

We arrive at the Old City and enter through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter. Our route takes us to the Byzantine Cardo, once a major thoroughfare. The Cardo has been partially restored and renovated so that there is now a section where modern stores do business where Crusader stores once stood. Other areas of the Cardo are still being excavated and we can look down at the Cardo in various stages of excavation and restoration.

We continue on through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall (Kotel), this is the holiest Jewish site in the world and once formed part of the outer walls of the Second Temple which stood on Temple Mount. Today Jews come from across the globe to prey here and place prayer notes between the huge stones that form the wall.

Next we follow the route Jesus took through the Old City as he carried his cross towards Golgotha and his crucifixion. The Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows, runs from the Lion’s Gate where Jesus was sentenced to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which stands where Jesus was crucified. Along the Via Dolorosa we stop at several of the 14 Stations of the Cross, these are places along the route where Jesus paused to talk to people or where he stumbled and fell under the cross that he carried.

We reach the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre and here you can wander in the ornate and cavernous church which is shared by four Christian denominations. This is where you’ll find Jesus’ burial tomb, beautiful liturgical art work and individual alters. Dead SeaWe visit the Old City markets in the Christian and Muslim Quarters before leaving the City of Gold and making our way south of Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea.

Our journey takes us through the Judean Desert where we can see Sea level landmark and Jericho, a Biblical city believed to be the oldest continuously occupied city on the planet. We reach the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth at approximately 400 meters below sea level. Here you can swim in the highly saline water which prevents you from sinking; lather the mineral rich Dead Sea mud on your body and enjoy nature’s natural spa.

 

Caesarea, Acre and Haifa

Pick-up from Tel-Aviv at 07:15 AM

Price: 103 USD per person 

Registration for the tour will be available via the registration system.

For additional information, please contact: registration@ICISA2017meeting.com

 

As we depart Tel Aviv, travelling along the Mediterranean coast we pass the modern towns of Herzliya and Netanya and stop at ancient Caesarea. Caesarea

Built by Herod and dedicated to the Roman Emperor, Caesar, it had every luxury to be found in a Roman city.
The magnificent theatre, well preserved by the sea sand which covered it through the centuries it was not in use, has been restored and is in use throughout the summer. Alongside it is the partially preserved hippodrome. Above the port, specially constructed to serve the many ships carrying the treasures of the east, brought across the desert by Nabatean caravans, to Rome, are the remains of the Roman temple.

Virtually abandoned for centuries Caesarea gained a new burst of life during the Crusader period before sinking into oblivion. The gateway, moat and walls are well-preserved.

As we pass through Haifa we make a brief stop to admire the gold topped Bahai shrine surrounded by the well-groomed Haifagardens and the breathtaking view of the bay and port area.

Continuing northwards we stop at Rosh HaNikra and take the cable car down to the spectacular grottoes and marvel at nature as we walk through caverns forged by the pounding waves.

Our final stop is at Acre (Acco). The largest of the Crusader cities in the Land of Israel, Acre is well preserved and we cannot fail to be impressed as we see the enormous columns and stroll from chamber to chamber.

The walls and the moat, restored and rebuilt by El Jazzar at the end of the 18th century withstood the attempt of Napoleon Bonaparte to conquer the city and forced him to return from whence he came. Atop of the Crusader remains is the Turkish prison, with the gallows later used during the British Mandate to hang Jews opposed to the British policy limiting Jewish immigration from Europe after WWII.