Every year, IUT offers educational tours to Conference participants. Israel has many treasures and we could easily spend a week seeing them, but we have narrowed our itineraries down to one day-trip before the conference and a city tour on Wednesday afternoon. A post-conference trip to the Dead Sea, 55 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, and the fortress of Masada may be arranged closer to the date of the Conference if there is sufficient interest.
Monday, July 17, 2017
8:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Our Jerusalem tour will focus on some of the city’s principal sights and conclude with a visit to an innovative institution of higher education.
We will begin at a spectacular observation point atop the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City. We will then enter the Old City through the Jaffa Gate and proceed into the Christian Quarter, where we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the site where Jesus was crucified. We will then walk along the Via Delarosa en route to one of the Old City’s secret gardens—the Austrian Guesthouse. This site not only boasts a well-kept garden, but also a high roof from which we will enjoy another breathtaking city view.
Next we will visit the Jewish Quarter, including, of course, the Western Wall. The stairs to the Western Wall tunnels lead the visitors to an underground passage, where the history of the Temple unfolds. There one can examine a model of Mount Moria as well as the Second Temple, completed on this site in 349 BCE. An animation illustrates the building and destruction of the Temple and the Western Wall through the decades.
After free time for shopping at the covered market in the Muslim Quarter, we will enjoy a leisurely lunch. In mid-afternoon we will have an hour’s visit at one of Israel’s more innovative new institutions of higher learning—the Hadassah Academic College, located at the edge of the Old City—where we will have a chance to speak with both teachers and students. At 5:00 p.m. our tour bus will begin the return trip to Tel Aviv, where we expect to arrive between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Tour cost per person: $95 USD
Jaffa and Tel Aviv City Tour
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This half-day tour begins with a bus trip to the Old City of Jaffa, where we will enjoy a brief walk through its picturesque streets. We will then visit the bustling artists’ quarter and the port that has recently had a makeover, ending in a new kind of shopping center—the flea market. (And no, it’s not just for collectors…)
Next we will travel north to the heart of Tel Aviv by bus and hear about the city’s principal sites of interest and their connection to Tel Aviv’s rapid urban development before stopping at the “White City,” whose architects emigrated from Germany in the 1930s. Next we will visit the Sarona Compound, a 140-year-old former Templar colony, whose indoor market houses many specialty food shops offering local and foreign delicacies.
Our final stop will be the Old City Hall, now a museum for the history of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, where we hope to meet with the city mayor, Ron Huldai (still to be confirmed), and have tea or coffee nearby before returning to our hotels by 6:30 p.m.
Tour cost per person: $45 USD
In addition to the pre-conference and city tours, those interested in joining an individual or small-group guided day tour from their hotel, may want to look at the reviews on TripAdvisor:
Other tour companies recommended by our hosts in Tel Aviv include the following:
Egged Tours www.eggedtours.com
Mazada Tours www.mazadatours.com