Pre Tour 1

Israel 2013 - 7th European Lotteries Congress, June 3-6, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel
Pre Tour 1

PRE TOUR 1 – Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, Massada & Jerusalem
May 30 – June 3, 2013 (4 days tour)

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Arriving to Tel Aviv city.
Overnight – Savoy Hotel in Tel-Aviv or similar 4-5 Israeli star hotel.

Friday, May 31, 2013
Depart Tel Aviv after breakfast and drive north along the coastal road to Rosh Hanikra to see its striking white cliffs and the beautiful beaches. Board the cable car and experience the magnificent view as you descend down a 210-foot cliff. The tour continues to Acre where you visit the old Crusader underground city. The city was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and was one of the region's most important cities in ancient times. Acre still holds remnants of the Crusaders, the Ottomans, and even Napoleon, who once tried to conquer this walled city.
Dinner & Overnight – Golden Crown hotel or similar 4 Israeli star hotel.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Depart after breakfast to the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth, where we visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph's carpentry. Drive via Kfar Cana onto the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha – Church of Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves. Stop at Capernaum, visiting the City of Christ. Overlook Tiberias and drive to the site of the baptismal on the Jordan River. On our return to Tel-Aviv, we will view Mt. Tabor, the site of the transfiguration.
Drive back to Tel-Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv at your chosen conference hotel (not included).

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Departure Tel-Aviv after breakfast to the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. First we will view Qumran site where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Then continue to Massada, a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty and history - where you will ascend by cable car to the top of the mountain. Massada became a famous landmark after the first Jewish-Roman war when a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to a mass suicide of the site's Jewish Sicarii fugitives when defeat became imminent. Continue southbound along the Dead Sea to the delightful Hod Dead Sea hotel, Pool & Spa. The “Ma’ayan” Spa is one of the up-to-date in the region and features a heated Dead Sea water pool, rich in minerals, sulfur pools, modern Jacuzzi, dry Finnish sauna, hydrotherapy and comfortable, well equipped personal treatment rooms, in a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere, where we will enjoy a relaxing swimming pools & swimming in the Dead Sea. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David and was one of the world's first health resorts for Herod the Great.
Lunch in one of the seaside hotels.
Drive back to Tel-Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv at your chosen conference hotel (not included).

Monday, June 3, 2013
Depart from Tel-Aviv for a day tour, enter the old city to the "Western Wall Tunnels", during a fascinating tour of the Western Wall Tunnels – Hidden layers of the Wall are revealed underground. They tell the story of ancient Jerusalem and of generations of longing for it.
Continue with a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem: from the Wailing Wall (the most sacred place of worship for Jews and prominent remnant of the Temple house), to Via Dolorosa in the Christian Quarter and the Holy Sepulcher (the most sacred place for Christians in the world, the place where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected).
Then the tour will continue to the lively and colourful market called "Machane Yehuda". The market has grown over the years and has evolved from a simple food and clothing market to a boutique and gourmet marketplace, we will walk the alleys, smell its aromas and stop for tastings at various stalls.
Lunch will consist of various authentic market specialties.
The tour will end at 19:00 at the Congress opening event in Jerusalem.
Overnight in Tel Aviv at your chosen conference hotel (not included).

Single Room: € 880
Double Room: € 1,080

The registration for the pre congress tours will be opened until May 3, 2013
After this date we will not be able to guarantee participation.
Tour requires a minimum of 15 participants

Rates include:
• May 30 - Assistance and transfer from Ben-Gurion airport -Tel Aviv hotel
• May 30, 31 - 2 nights' accommodation in a 4-star Boutique hotel, including breakfast
• 1 dinner on May 31
• 4 lunches on route
• Service charge & taxes
• Deluxe air-conditioned bus and licensed English-speaking guide
• Entrance fees to sites.

Rates do not include:
• Lunch/Dinner on May 30
• Accommodation on June 1 to June 3 (Overnight at the Conference hotel. To be booked separately.)
• Dinner on June 1, 2, 3
• Tips & other personal expenses

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

The European Lotteries          Ortra Ltd.

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