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For the first time, a special 15 day shamanic mystical journey to Israël, Jordan and Bethlehem with Michelle Karén. Among many other magical adventures, we shall visit amazing spiritual sites, discover magical landscapes, and walk in the steps of Jesus of Nazareth. The uniqueness of this adventure, is that we shall explore by bus, by foot, on camelback and through rivers, rarely seen holy sites of the 3 major religions where we shall remember our past lives, perform shamanic ceremonies, talk about the astrological significance of each day, and work with the Tarot. A chance to experience deeply our inner divinity in the holy land.
Limited to 22 people!
October 15: Arrival at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.
October 30: Departure from the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.
$5930/5543 Euros for the entire journey, includes:
Price does NOT include:
October 15-30, 2017:
Day 1, Sunday October 15: Arrival at the Ben Gurion airport. Individual taxi pick-up. Hotel in Haifa. Free day.
Day 2, Monday October 16: Discovery of the beautiful Bahai Gardens in Haifa. Visit of a Druze village where we shall learn the Druze’s ancient traditions and eat the delicious lunch they will generously cook for us. Exploration of the Roman archeological site of Caesarea. Welcome dinner in Caesarea overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Overnight in Haifa.
Day 3, Tuesday October 17: Visit of the market, the harbor, and the Templars’ fortress of the old city of Acre. Discovery of the deep mystical contribution of the Templars. Journey to Safed, one of the 4 holy cities of Judaism, the ancient center of the Kabbalah. Night overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4, Wednesday October 18: Optional morning swim in the Sea of Galilee. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth, we shall visit Tabgha (the place traditionally accepted for the miracle of the bread loaves and the multiplication of the fishes), the Mount of Beatitudes, as well as Yardenit (the site of baptism for Christian pilgrims where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea). Overnight in Nazareth.
Day 5, Thursday October 19: Meeting with one of the leaders of the Arabic Christian community (140 000 people). He will guide us through the important churches of Nazareth. Meditation on the Tavor Mountain where Jesus experienced the transfiguration. Learning about life in a kibbutz. Pool dinner facing Jordan. Overnight in kibbutz Kfar Ruppin.
Day 6, Friday October 20: Optional sunrise tour of the migrational birds’ center. Arrival at the Jordan Valley border. We shall then proceed to the Saracen Castle in Ajloun, built in the 12th century by Saladin’s nephew during his campaign against the invasions of the Crusaders. Visit of one of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture in Jerash, which also features theaters, numerous corinthian columns, temples, an aqueduc and city walls. Lunch in Jerash. Tour of the old and new parts of Amman, the capital of Jordan. Overnight in Amman.
Day 7, Saturday October 21: After breakfast, on the king’s highway to Petra, discovery of the beautiful mosaics of the Madaba plateau, where, on the floor of the Saint George’s Church, we shall be given to admire the oldest and largest Byzantine-era map of the holy land in existence. Visit of the mysterious burial site of Moses on Mt Nebo, commemorating the place where he was granted the vision of the Promised Land. Through the breathtaking scenery of Wadi Mujeb (River Arnon), visit of the Crusaders’ castle in Karak, as well as the rarely visited Shobak Castle perched on a 4,265 feet conical mountain. Overnight in Petra.
Day 8, Sunday October 22: Sunrise meditation. A full day dedicated to the visit of the lost Nabataean city of Petra. Morning walk through the fabled Siq, an immense sandstone gorge which opens on a dramatic revelation of the Treasury. We shall be left spellbound by hundreds of ancient freestanding temples, over 3000 royal tombs, banquet halls, an aqueduc, Roman houses and theaters. Late afternoon in the magical desert of Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon) where we shall visit the home of Lawrence of Arabia, and enjoy a mint tea or cardamon coffee. Tour of the moon-like desert in a jeep driven by a Bedouin. After a delicious traditional dinner prepared by the Bedouins, overnight in tents in the Bedouin Camp Dinar Zarb after admiring a spectacular sunset.
Day 9, Monday October 23: Tour of the moon-like desert on camel back led by the Bedouins. Picnic lunch in the desert where we shall admire ancient petroglyphs, the rich life of the nomads and listen to infinite silence. Overnight in a spa hotel in Aqaba.
Day 10, Tuesday October 24: Free morning in Aqaba to enjoy the pools of our hotel, get a massage or sleep in. Lunch on a glass bottomed boat to admire the marine life. Return to Israel. Overnight in Kibbutz Lotan. Dinner by the pool. Fire ceremony.
Day 11, Wednesday October 25: Ecological workshop in Kibbutz Lotan. Visit of the Arava Center specialized in the desert flora. Exploration of Machtesh Ramon, the largest crater in Israel. Meditation in the crater. Visit of the Israeli astronaut Elan Ramon’s museum. Overnight in a spa hotel by the Dead Sea.
Day 12, Thursday October 26: Spectacular sunrise from the ancient Masada fortress. The caves of Qumran where the dead sea scrolls were discovered. Swimming (aka floating!) in (on) the Dead Sea. Overnight in a spa hotel by the Dead Sea.
Day 13, Friday October 27: Free morning to enjoy a massage and/or swim in/on the Dead Sea famous for its wonderful minerals and healing powers. Comprehensive tour of Tel Jericho. A general introduction to its population, stories of ancient times and its present. The healed spring of Elisha where we shall also talk about Elijah, the other most famous prophet of Israel. Tour of Herod’s most magnificent 3 royal winter palaces. Visit of the Hasmoean gardens, the cemetery and the hippodrome. Discovery of the beautiful mosaics of the Hisham Palace, an important Islamic archeological site, the excavations of which we shall discuss. We shall rise by cable car to the gravity-defying Monastery of Temptation, meet with a Franciscan monk who will tell us the story of monk Chariton, regarded as the founding father of Judean monasticism. We shall see the robbers’ caves and end the day with the breathtaking views of the Jericho oasis. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 14, Saturday October 28: Visit of Beit Lehem (Bethlehem). The churches of Beit Jala, the Mandate period marketplace, the desert monasteries, the springs, the Bethlehem Peace Museum, the Murad Castle Solomon Pools’ Museum which contains the largest archaeological collection of precious artifacts drawn from many chapters of the Palestinian history, as well as modern Islamic art. Back to Israel. Magical night tour of Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 15, Sunday October 29: Morning tour of Jerusalem. After lunch, free afternoon. Goodbye dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 16, Monday October 30: Return home.