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Israel HLS 2012
Ashdod Port Tour
 
 
08:30-09:00 Convene in the lounge (Terminal)
09:00-09:30 Opening Remarks:
Mr. Gideon Siterman, Chairman, Ashdod Port Company
Mr. Shuki Sagis, CEO, Ashdod Port Company
Mr. Ramzi Gabbay, Chairman, The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute
The task of Securing Ashdod Port
09:30-12:30 Site tour
An extensive tour in small groups at key interface points.
We will tour the new gate, observe scenarios on a platform and visit an exhibit of our innovative security measures.
At each point there will be given a thorough explanation
Station No. 1 - New gate
Station No. 2 - Exhibit of security measures
Station No. 3 - Scenarios on the security platform


Magic Tours of Jerusalem

Three unique tours that tell the fascinating story of Jerusalem through views overlooking the modern city along with walks through the Old City’s enchanting alleyways.

You will visit spectacular vantage points and revered holy places while enjoying the colorful mix of people, landscapes and fragrances in a city unlike any other in the world . . . 

A. Within Jerusalem’s Walls



Our Path

We begin in the small plaza at the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City, where we will recount the story of Jaffa Gate over the last century . . . and how, as the starting point of the only direct road to Jaffa on the Mediterranean Sea, it became an important axis of renewed Jewish settlement in the land.

Then, inside the gate, we will see the Phasael Tower, built by Herod the Great and named after his brother. This is our introduction to the period in which he ruled, on its building styles, and on the many dedicated endeavors of that time.

The tour will continue along the bounds of the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter, where we will walk along the Cardo, the city’s main street in Roman times. We’ll also see and hear the story of the three-times destroyed and three-times rebuilt Hurva Synagogue.

Before descending to the bustling Western Wall plaza, we’ll stop at a choice observation spot to talk about the significance of the wall, how it has nourished the Jewish spirit for two millennia, and why Jews regard it with such sacredness.

When we get to the plaza, we’ll break for some free time, and anyone who wishes to will be welcome to place a note in Wall.
     

B. In Jesus’ Footsteps

Our Path

We meet at the amphitheater at the Damascus Gate, divide into subgroups, and approach this largest of the Old City gates, known in Arabic as Bab el-Amud (Gate of the Column), a memory of its original Roman architecture when Jerusalem was known as Aelia Capitolina. 

From here we will pass through the magnificent gate, crossing the market with its many vendors and continue in the direction of the Austrian Hospice of the Holy Family on the Via Dolorosa. We will take advantage of the outstanding view from the roof of hospice, look  out over the Christian Quarter and its many church spires, and trace Jesus’ path of suffering through Golgotha (Calvary), site of the crucifixion, and on to the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulcher. There we will see and learn of the varied branches of Christianity before wending our way through the old Muristan shopping complex, site of the first Crusader hospital in Jerusalem, and on to the Roman-era Cardo in the Jewish Quarter, and through the Zion Gate.

This will bring us to our last point, Mount Zion, and its three historically and physically connected sites, the Abbey of the Dormition, the Cenacle (site of the Last Supper), and beneath it the traditional site of the Tomb of King David.
            

C. Old City Alleys tell their Stories



Our Path

We will start our tour at the famous Jaffa Gate, one of the Old City’s most important gates, and learn why the graves of two prominent architects are located here. From there, we will continue through the hidden alleys of the Armenian Quarter where we will hear about the remarkable local community of this ancient nation, and will continue our stroll toward the Jewish Quarter.
 
We will climb the rooftops of Old City houses, look down into the heart of the city, and hear about the many religions and sects that live together within these walls.

Then we will go down a few stairs to the Cardo, a street that was full of life 1,500 years ago and remains so today.

Finally, before descending to the bustling Western Wall plaza, we’ll stop at a choice observation spot to talk about the significance of the wall, how it has nourished the Jewish spirit for two millennia, and why Jews regard it with such sacredness.


Notes:


• Each tour lasts three hours.
• Each group is limited to 30 participants.
• All groups will be led by an English-speaking guide.
• Participants should bring clothing suitable for the season (Average November highs in Jerusalem are 19⁰C-66⁰F; average lows are 12⁰C-54⁰F, About 60 mm-2.5” of rain fall in this period).