Accompanying Persons

Israel 2013 - 7th European Lotteries Congress, June 3-6, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel
Accompanying Persons

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 (09:30-16:00)
Haifa- Bahá’í Gardens & Caesarea

The Bahai Gardens in Haifa comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The geometry of the complex is built around the axis connecting it with the City of ‘Akko, which also has great historical and sacred significance for Bahais. At its heart stands the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahai Faith.

While different parts of the gardens offer a variety of experiences, they speak in a common language of graveled paths, hedges and flower beds groomed and nurtured by dedicated gardeners. The gardens frame panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea.

The tour will then continue to Caesarea, the city that still holds the magic of Roman times. The city underwent vast changes under Herod the Great, who renamed it Caesarea in honor of the emperor. In 22 BCE he began construction of a deep sea harbor and built storerooms, markets, wide roads, baths, temples to Rome and Augustus, and imposing public buildings. Every five years, the city hosted major sports competitions, gladiator games and theatrical productions. Today, Caesarea’s antiquities park is one of Israel’s most impressive venues, filled with fascinating fortresses, an amphitheatre, aqueduct and other structures that are a living testimony to 2300 years of history. The original amphitheatre, with its acoustics that have remained perfect over thousands of years, is used for live performances – singers, musicians, symphonies and a host of open-air events.

The tour includes lunch at “Port Coffee” Restaurant in Caesarea

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 (09:30-15:00)
Architecture in Tel Aviv: Bauhaus – The "White City" (Declared as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site)

A morning visit to the charming archaeological sites of Old Tel-Aviv & Jaffa. In 2003, UNESCO declared "The White City", the unique urban and historical fabric of Tel Aviv, as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The tour focuses on the modern architectural styles and techniques of the 1930's along the famous Rothschild Boulevard. The 'White City' is truly the cornerstone of Tel Aviv, where every doorpost and terrace holds a wealth of history. Savor the stories from beginning to end, and experience Tel Aviv's rich history and present day splendor.

Continue to Old Jaffa, the ancient port city; Marvel at the view of Tel Aviv from the Crest Garden (Gan Hapisga), walk in the footsteps of Napoleon who conquered the city in 1799 and set sail from the renowned Jaffa Port. Enjoy the city's enchanting history in picturesque Old Jaffa. You will be enlightened by its faces, its many tales, and the nostalgia in its maze of homes and winding alleyways.

The second part of the tour focuses on the restored Flea Market, located in Jaffa, the Flea market offers second hand household products, clothes and shoes, as well as antiques, household accessories and vintage furniture. Inside the market, you'll find fashionable cafés, humus restaurants and plentiful items from way back when. Located at the center of the market is the Amiad Center, used for exhibitions, fairs and performances. The market area, like many of Jaffa's neighborhoods, used to house Crusaders but these buildings were destroyed and rebuilt during the Ottoman period. The market has been operating in the area since the 19th century when Jaffa was a commercial center and a lively port city.

The tour includes lunch at an authentic restaurant in Old Jaffa

Thursday, June 6, 2013 (09:30-15:00)
In the Footsteps of Jesus and Early Christianity

The tour will start at the Latroun Monastery known as The Trappist Monastery; we will visit the Monastery and learn about the Trappist's lifestyle.
Trappists is Cistercian monks, belonging to the great monastic family of St. Benedict, of which it is a "reformed" branch. In 1890 a call came from the Holy Land to found a contemplative monastery there. It was the Abbey of Sept-Fons in the diocese of Moulins in France who sent monks to establish Latroun. The work of reclaiming and cultivating the land began immediately: olive groves, vineyards grain fields and vegetable gardens in the fertile places, with pine trees and cypresses in the rocky areas. The community allowed two further communities to be established on their land.

A few kilometers away from the city of Beit Shemesh, but light years away from anything that is urban or has to do with the beginning of the 21st century, is the Deir Rafat Monastery. The Arab name- meaning monastery of mercy- preserves the name of the village which was located nearby. The monastery was built in 1926 by the Latin Patriarchy, and today it is managed by the Sisters of Saint Dorothy of Italy. The front of the monastery features a statue of the Virgin with a halo and underneath it is the inscription "Regina Palaestinae”. A shaded courtyard with ancient trees looks over plowed fields and low hills. From this courtyard one can enter into the church which displays impressive pillars with capitals, some of them are from a local Byzantine church which was active here in the first centuries.

Continue to Kibbutz Tzora Vineyards. Tzora Vineyards is located in the Judean Hills, an area historically recognized as a major wine-producing region since Biblical times. The topography of the Judean Hills exhibits ideal growing conditions for growing wine grapes and produce a variety of prize-winning wines. The visit will include wine tasting.
Drive to Ein Karem, an ancient village of the Jerusalem District and now a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem. Ein Karem is known in Christian tradition as the birthplace of John the Baptist, leading to the establishment of many churches and monasteries and large pilgrimage from around the world.

Lunch will take place in one of the village’s restaurants.

Continue after lunch with a fascinating tour through the magical trails of the picturesque village of Ein Karem. We will visit hidden gardens, glance into artists' houses and listen to incredible stories about forbidden love of nuns and lost treasures. Our walk will include stops at a monastery and various galleries.

Photos by:The Israel Ministry of Tourism:                                                   European Lotteries association                                                              

The European Lotteries          Ortra Ltd.

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