Deadline for registration: 1st January
*Registration will be available during the conference upon availability and at extra cost.
Feb 6 (Thu)
Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel, on top of an isolated rock plateau (akin to a mesa) on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. The Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire towards the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of the 960 Jewish rebels and their families holed up there.
Kibbutz Ein Gedi & Botanical Gardens
Feb 7 (Fri)
In the heart of an ancient desert landscape stands out a green jewel – the botanical garden of Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The botanical garden, open to individual and group tours, contains a diverse and rich number of plants coming from different continents and create a unique desert oasis, which emphasizes the victory of water and life over the aridness of the desert.
The botanical garden of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, located on the edge of the Dead Sea, contains a rich variety of plants, local plants and plants imported from other continents and different climatic regions. The botanical garden was established by the members of the kibbutz through strenuous and loving labor, and today it is a unique and beautiful desert oasis at the lowest plane of land on Earth.
You are invited to tour the garden and see the impressive baobab trees; this is the most northern point on Earth at which they exist, take in the blossoming flowers and enjoy the fusion of desert and prospering plant life, between brown, green and blue.
Wadi David a hiking tour
Feb 7 (Fri)
Some of the most popular hiking trails are those which head through Wadi David. The following route is split into two, the first section is suitable for all hikers, whilst the second section is a slightly more challenging “moderate” hike.
The first section of the Wadi David Hike (the ‘lower section’) is a scenic hike from the Wadi David ticket office to David’s Waterfall. A circular walk, it’s a pretty walk which is expected to take no longer than one hour to complete.
A wadi is a dry river stream in the desert, although here, due to the David Spring, there is water flowing. The contrast that the wadi provides in its lush green landscape, compared to the surrounding desert is the first astonishing thing you will notice. As you continue, you will soon reach the beautiful David’s Waterfall and the pools in which people will be swimming.
Day trip to Jerusalem
Feb 8 (Sat)
We begin our day with a spectacular view of the 4000-year old city of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives. Thereafter, continue to the Church of All Nations and Rock of the Agony; enter the Old City via the Dung Gate, see the holiest site in Jerusalem - the Western (Wailing) Wall. Possbile to visit Mt Zion with King David's Tomb and Room of the Last Supper. View the Temple Mount to view the third holiest shrine of Islam the golden Dome of the Rock from where Mohammed ascended to heaven, and the Al Aksa mosque. Follow Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows), tracing footsteps of Jesus after he was condemned to death and taken for execution, reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected; Exit the old city via the colorful Arab Market.
*Oriental lunch in the old city – at extra charge.