Art Treasures 6 Day Itinerary

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Day 1
After arriving in Israel at, Ben Gurion International airport you will be met by your driver and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
After breakfast begin the Mt. of Olives - one of the most prominent sites in the Jerusalem vicinity mentioned in the Holy Scriptures where you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Old City. Descend the mount and search for a real archaeological treasure at the Archaeological sifting site just outside the old city. Embark on a 4 quarter Old City Tour including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, and Church of Holy Sepulchre. On to the Davidson Center Southern Steps [or Hulda Steps] that lead up to the entrance to the Temple Court and Roman road that housed market stalls at the base of the Temple complex from the Herodian period. Pilgrims in the time of Jesus sang the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120:134) as they walked. Enjoy the 3D presentation which will give us idea of what the temple looked like in biblical times. End the day L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art which was founded by the late Mrs Vera Bryce Salomons, realizing her long-standing idea of giving expression to the impressive artistic achievements of Israel’s Muslim neighbors. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 3
After breakfast head to the Israel museum has several exhibitions featuring ancient artifacts, historical synagogues from around the world, and modern Israeli art. We will enjoy a tour with a senior guide specializing in Art. The most famous of these exhibitions is the Shrine of the Book. The Dead Sea Scrolls are permanently displayed in a stand alone building that is shaped like the vessels they were found in and the ambiance of the caves that hid the clay pots safely for almost 2,000 years. We will tour with a curator. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the caves of Qumran, located in the wilderness of the Dead Sea, and are a collection of Biblical scrolls as well as temple scrolls, and commentaries written and preserved by the Essenes and others collected for safe keeping during the Great Revolt. The Israel Museum also has an impressive and realistic model of the city of Jerusalem, from which you will have a good view of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). Stimulate you senses with the aromas, flavours, and sounds of the Jerusalem Market (Shuk Machane Yehuda) or the ancient alleyways of the Old City with the ‘Shuk Bites’ program. During the free time. We will provide a voucher card which includes a number of recommended bakeries, coffee shops, fruit vendors, and more with a map on the back of the card showing each of their locations. Enjoy walking through the Shuk and stopping at their leisure at the places on the card. We end the day at the Castel Museum of Art– Castel’s creations were displayed at important salons in Paris – the Salon d’Automne, Salon Galerie De France, Salon Manti, and at Galerie Zborowski, in whose merit he was exposed to known artists such as Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo, and others. Zborowski was the one who suggested that Moshe Castel sign his words with the name “Castel” alone, dropping the “Moshe.” The most important gallery for Castel was Galerie Jacques, with whom he signed a three-year contract, according to which the gallery bought all of his works from him. Between the years of 1929-1930, his works were displayed at special exhibitions that were held in London. Return to your hotel for overnight

Day 4
After breakfast we begin the day with at stop at Almaz. Almaz was established in 1999 as an entrepreneurial project for empowering Ethiopian women and men in Israel. The project employs a staff of Ethiopian embroidery artisans. They keep the traditional Ethiopian art forms alive by creating embroidered works through the Almaz project in the city of Lod. We drive north to Ein Hod is a charming, picturesque artists’ village set in the heart of the Carmel Forest. Established in 1949 by new immigrants, it became an artists’ village in 1953 at the initiative of Marcel Janco, a renowned Dada artist who organized an unusually diverse group of artists and craftspeople to settle among the ancient stone houses After a short drive to Haifa we arrive at the Hecht Museum. The Art Wing of the Museum was inaugurated in early 1989. Displaying artwork from the Hecht Family Collection, this wing presents important trends in art, beginning in the 19th century. Its emphasis is on Impressionism and the work of Jewish artists in the School of Paris. Included in this collection are works by Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Soutine, and Modigliani. Dinner and tasting at the FLAM winery. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 5
After breakfast we head towards Tel Aviv to the Weizmann House. The Weizmann House home of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of the State of Israel and the founder of the Weizmann Institute of Science. The house was designed by the Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn in the 1930s. In the 1990s, the house underwent an extensive process of recreation and preservation. We continue to Jaffa for a meeting with artist and tour of the gallery which highlights Yemenite Art. Drive through the World Heritage Site of the White City of Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The White City was constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, based on the urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, reflecting modern organic planning principles. Drive to explore the “White Square” (Kikar Levana) designed by the well known artist Dani Karavan. This work located in Tel Aviv blends into its surroundings and is a memorial to the founding fathers of the city. We now come to the Tel Aviv Art Museum for a view of contemporary Israeli art.

Day 6
Departure via Ben Gurion International airport.

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