Israel / Palestine Harp Adventure

2020: 22nd October - 1st November
2021: 21st October - 31st October
11 days • 10 nights
• Tel Aviv • Jerusalem • Bethlehem • Sea of Galilee • Kibbutz •   • Jordan Valley • Nazareth • Haifa • Dead Sea • 

Plus 3-day optional Jordan Extension


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Join a small group of harpists and harp friends on a personal tour of Sunita's favorite places in Israel and Palestine. She has teamed up with her husband Fred CEO of Green Olive Tours to show you some of the must-see places and offer unique experiences.

But, it isn't a tour just for harpists!  To encourage you to bring a friend or partner to share your room, we are offering a special discount. See the reservation page.

Sunita performs at sunrise on Masada
• Small Group • Meet Local Harpists • Concerts •
• Boutique hotels & Guest Houses • Culture •
• Harp Builder • Workshops • Guided Tours •

Day 1 - Thursday - ARRIVAL
Participants will arrive at the airport and take a taxi to the Margosa Hotel in Jaffa and meet the rest of the group. There will be an orientation meeting and a festive welcome dinner at the Babai restaurant by the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
Overnight Margoza Hotel

Day 2 - Friday - JAFFA - KIBBUTZ
This morning the group tour Old Jaffa. The sights, sounds and contrasts of this ancient city will come alive through a walking tour with a professional guide. After lunch at a local cafe, the group will travel by coach to Kibbutz Palmachim, just a 30-minute drive south from Jaffa. There will be a tour of the kibbutz with a local resident and professional harpist, Tali Glaser. She performs with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and has worked together with Sunita on some innovative projects. Later in the afternoon, Tali and Sunita will give a harp concert in the Kibbutz Museum.

After the concert we'll return to Jaffa for a traditional Shabbat (Sabbath) Dinner at Sunita and Fred's home, together with a few invited friends.
Overnight Margoza Hotel

Day 3 - Saturday - TEL AVIV - BETHLEHEM
After breakfast the group will check out of the hotel, and travel across Tel Aviv to the harp center, Ayelet's String, where Sunita will conduct a harp workshop. The focus of the workshop will be creativity.

At noon we'll travel by coach to Bethlehem for lunch and a tour of the biblical city with a local guide, visiting the Church of Nativity and Shepherds' Field. We end the day at the home and guest house of the Banora family, local Palestinian Christians who provide comfortable and welcoming accommodations with home cooked meals.
Dinner & Overnight at the guest house & home of Mirvate & Anwar Banora

Day 4 - Sunday - BETHLEHEM
All are invited to the morning church service at the local Lutheran Church, where a few tour participants can perform during the church service. After lunch the group will explore other parts of Bethlehem with a local guide, including the Youth Center at Aida Refugee Camp and the separation Wall erected by Israel. You'll hear about the hardships and challenges that Palestinians face due to Israel's ongoing Occupation of the West Bank.
Dinner & Overnight at the guest house & home of Mirvate & Anwar Banora

Day 5 - Monday - BETHLEHEM - DEAD SEA - JERUSALEM
Today is a very early start, probably about 4am, to catch the sunrise at Masada, a truly magical experience. We'll take a harp along so you can play on the mountaintop if you like. Masada was King Herod's winter palace, overlooking the Dead Sea, and is seeped in history and ancient lore.

After breakfast on the mountain, we will descend by cablecar, and travel to a Dead Sea beach where you can experience floating in the dense salt waters, more than 400 meters (1,300 feet) below sea level. Then we'll travel along the length of the Dead Sea, enter the West Bank, and ascend through the Judean/Jerusalem desert to Jerusalem, pausing to visit one of the many Israeli settlements en route.

Upon entering Jerusalem we'll drive up the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City. After lunch, we'll check into our hotel. This is your chance to rest and have an afternoon nap after such an early start to the day, or do a little exploring on your own.
Dinner & overnight, Jerusalem Hotel

Day 6 - Tuesday - JERUSALEM
Our Jerusalem guide will meet the group at the hotel and conduct a briefing with maps, to cover some history and geopoltical information before setting out on foot for an Old City tour. You'll visit all four quarters of the Old City and see selected sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western (Wailing) Wall. Lunch at traditional local cafe.

The afternoon will include a visit to Yad v'Shem - the Holocaust Museum - to learn about the defining and horrific catastrophe of the 20th century.
Dinner & overnight Jerusalem Hotel

Day 7 - Wednesday - JERUSALEM 
After two very full days, you'll be set free for the day. You can sleep late, go shopping, or visit sites of particular interest. You'll also be on your own for lunch. We will also offer optional tours to the Arab/Jewish Centre of Middle East Music or a political tour of Palestinian East Jerusalem
Dinner & overnight Jerusalem Hotel

Day 8 - Thursday - JERUSALEM - AL AQABA VILLAGE - GALILEE - NAZARETH
We'll depart Jerusalem early and head off again through the Judean/Jerusalem Desert, this time going north through the West Bank to the Jordan Valley. Our first stop is the village of al Aqaba, in the northern West Bank, where we'll be hosted by Haj Sami, the Sheikh and Mayor or the village. We'll walk the village, learn about the challenges Palestinians face in a village under Occupation, and visit a local development project.

After lunch we'll descend again to the Jordan Valley, and continue north to the town of Rosh Pina, the home of Woodsong Harps. Peter the harpmaker will welcome the group and give a tour of the workshop.
Overnight Michel's Guesthouse, Nazareth

Day 9 - Friday - NAZARETH - SEA OF GALILEE
We'll walk the Old City in the morning with a local guide, soaking up the ambience of this ancient city. After lunch we'll go back on the road for a visit to Capernaum, where Jesus preached, and a voyage on the Jesus Boat on the Sea of Galilee. And of course we'll take a harp along for music and photo ops on the water.
Dinner and concert at the Liwan Cultural Cafe, in the heart of Nazareth's Old City. A local Oud player will join Sunita.
Overnight Michel's Guesthouse, Nazareth

Day 10 - Saturday - HAIFA - CAESARIYA - TEL AVIV
En route back to Tel Aviv we'll visit the mystical Bahai Temple in Haifa and learn a little about this very benign and peaceful religion. On the coastal road we'll pause in Caesariya, once an upscale Roman city with some well preserved ruins. Today Caesariya is an upscale Israeli city.
Festive final dinner in Tel Aviv
Overnight Margoza Hotel

Day 11 - Sunday - DEPARTURE

Departures for the airport.
OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION - PETRA
Those of you who are participating in the optional 3-day Jordan extension will be picked up and transferred to Jordan via the Alenby Bridge Border crossing.
Our Jordanian representative will meet the group on the Jordan side of the border. You'll be transported to Madaba, 30 kilometers south-west of Amman. The site is known for its remarkably well-preserved Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, including a 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem. The town is mentioned in the bible (Numbers 21:30 and Joshua 13:9). Then on to Mount Nebo for its fabulous views of the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. The story is told in Deuteronomy of God showing Moses the promised land from Mount Nebo. According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses is buried on the mountain although the site has never been identified.

Then on to Kerak and a visit to one of the largest crusader castles in the region. It fell to Saladin in the Battle of Hattin but remains ramarkably intact due to this day. After visiting the castle you'll continue to Petra.
Dinner & overnight Amra Palace hotel

Day 12 - Monday - PETRA
After breakfast you'll visit Petra with a local guide and take an optional ride on horseback through the famous 'sik' a narrow gorge that is the only access. Whether you walk in, or ride by horseback, you'll see the famous Treasury building and the Monastery, Petra's largest monument which dates from the 1st century BC. The origins of Petra date back over 3,500 years, with countless invaders occupying and expanding the site since then.
Dinner & overnight Amra Palace hotel

Day 13 - Tuesday - PETRA - WADI RUM
Today you'll visit Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. It features dramatic sandstone mountains like the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence’s Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia, who allegedly washed there.

You'll take a jeep tour into the desert and be hosted for lunch in a Bedouin encampment. After this adventure, the group will drive north to the King Hussein border crossing for transfer back to Israel. If you have booked a flight for that night you can be dropped off at the airport. Otherwise back to the Margosa for one more night.
Overnight Margosa Hotel

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