customized tours

In recent years we have planned and executed numerous varied tours. The tours have all been customized to the customer's demands and were built with great care after consulting them in regards to the content delivered, the sights chosen, guiding style and more. We pride ourselves today on being able to plan and execute almost any style of tour you can imagine in the land of Israel and we would love to do it with you.

We can plan the Itinerary, reserve Hotels, Restaurants, Caterers, Transportation (Helicopter, Bus, Minibus or VIP vehicle), Security if necessary and naturally the Guiding itself. If you do not wish to receive the full package from us but rather get only some of the services that is absolutely possible as well.

Whether this is a Business Visit, extended family Bar Mitzvah trip or a small and intimate tour with friends, we would be happy to be at your service and execute your plan in the best way possible.

Here is an example of a day tour of Jerusalem we planned and executed in the past by a customer's request – "A day tour of Jerusalem emphasizing the evolvement of the three main Religions present in it":

 "Jerusalem vs skin cancer, Michel Kichka, kichka.com

("Jerusalem vs breast cancer" ,Illustration by Michel Kichka, kichka.com) 

We will start our day with an observation deck from the top of Mt. of Olives . From here we can understand why Jerusalem evolved where it is today, how the city walls have changed over the different periods and the significance of Mt. of Olives to the different Religions in relation to the End of Days.

Following the observation we will transfer by vehicle to the entrance of The City of David . By viewing a 3-D movie we will understand the Archeological layering of the sight and its historical significance. After the movie we will visit several important points including King David's Palace, Bathsheba's house, King's advisors and ministers homes, the underground water system, The Gihon spring, Hezekiah's tunnel and The pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed the blind man.

Now it's time for a little bit of time traveling, we will travel from the 1st Temple period to the 2nd Temple period through the Roman underground sewage system (3). By doing so we will travel under the current street level and the Dung Gate to the foundations of the Southern and Western Walls of the Temple Mount.

When we exit the underground walkway we will arrive in the Davidson Centre , an Archeological site that studies the outer areas of the Southern and Western Walls. Here we will get to experience what it feels like to be a pilgrim during the 2nd Temple period. We will get to exchange money, purchase a sacrifice, dip in a Mikveh and ascend the southern steps to the famous Hulda gates. Just as done by all Jewish pilgrims 2000 years ago, including a wide variety of famous Jewish characters amongst them Jesus himself. We will witness the South-Western corner of the Temple Mount, where Jesus was tempted by Satan, and witness evidence of the existence of King Hezekiah and even of the High Priest himself. In addition we will understand the evolvement of the sight and its significance to the three Religions.

It is now time to visit the most important and holy Jewish sight in the world today, The Western Wall . Here we will allow a bit of free time for personal prayer or reflection.

Now we are finally ready to climb to the top of the Temple Mount (6) and visit the site that is by Jewish tradition where the Temple stood and by Muslim tradition where Muhammad received the gift of prayer. These are the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa mosque known as "Haram al-Sharif", the 3rd most important Muslim site in the world.

We will leave the mosque area in the direction of the Lion's Gate and visit the Pools of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne . Here by Christian tradition Jesus healed the paralytic man on Shabbat and here Anne was born, mother of the Virgin Mary and therefore grandmother of Jesus.

The path of suffering of Jesus, known as the "Via Dolorosa"begins really close by and to it we set our path. This is the way Jesus was led by the Roman soldiers from the site of the trial to the site of the execution. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus we will attempt to understand the true meaning of the 14 Stations of the Cross: Trial, Flagellation, Fall, Mary, Simon, Veronica, 2nd Fall, Women of Jerusalem, 3rd Fall, Removal of the clothes, Nailing, Crucifixion, Death and Burial. While we follow the Via Dolorosa we will be crossing through the Muslim and Christian quarters of Jerusalem and observe some of the differences between them.

The site of the Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus represents a unique challenge since there are two strong traditions identifying it in two different sites in Jerusalem. On this tour we chose to take you to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher but you could (either in addition or instead) visit the Garden Tomb. As we arrive to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher we will understand the historical and world significance of this site since this is one of the most important sites to most Christians in the world. While touring the Church we visit several important places including the site of the removal of the clothes, the place where Jesus was nailed to the Cross, the site of the Crucifixion and Death on the Cross, the stone tablet upon which the body was cleansed with oils, the Empty Grave, the Naval of the world, Joseph of Aramathia's grave, the site where the original Cross was discovered, the stone of Flagellation, the crack in Golgotha and more.

Curios? Confused? Excited? Want to hear what else we will see or understand what was mentioned here that you haven't seen yet? I would be happy to lead you as well on this tour or any other that will be custom built to suit your taste, style and interests in Jerusalem or anywhere else in Israel. Contact us via the website and let us start planning your next tour…

 

 

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