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UPCOMING TRAVEL CIRCLES
Women Learning and Listening in the Holy Land
June 4 - 15, 2020
Israel is one of the newest and smallest countries in our world and yet it's also the land that has some of the most ancient history and diverse stories. Home to sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, we will visit many of the major sites of religious significance and pilgrimage, but even more important, we will connect with locals, step into experiences, and participate in some special moments no matter your religious background.
This is a country that is far more than religion and politics as it also boasts some of the most amazing wonders in the world, the yummiest olive oil, wine, and food, and one of the most cosmopolitan populations. Our trip will try to cover as much as we can from the holy city of Jerusalem to the trendy city Tel Aviv; from the sunrise at the top of Masada to star gazing in the Negev desert; from the famed sacred sites to the inspiring natural vistas, and from the bustle of the cities to the walks and exercise in nature. This is a trip where we are doing "the top ten" must-sees in this country, while also adding in some of the more intimate moments that include craft workshops with local women, shopping from co-ops and artists, and learning about social justice, relationships across religious/political divides, and inspiring organizations trying to do good in their corner of the world!
We start our 12 day trip with 5 days in Jerusalem before we head out for a couple of days relaxing at the Dead Sea and watching the sunrise at Masada; then we will enjoy one night out in the Negev Desert, and return for our final weekend in Tel Aviv on the coast!
Health Note: The participants who will enjoy this trip the most will be those who feel comfortable with moderate activity (i.e. being able to walk a couple of miles) and who are prepared to be in heat (average 80 degrees, but could be hotter).
Opening weekend in Jerusalem where we'll see as many sites as possible: the walled city, Jaffa Gate, David Street, the Christian and Armenian Quarters, the Dome of the Rock, the Tower of David, the Wailing Wall, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Church of the Redeemer, Hezekiah's Tunnel, and so much more!
In addition to visiting world famous sites, we also are committed to learning from the three major Abrahamic faiths in Israel, including meaningful experiences from Islam (touring a Mosque), Judaism (Shabbat dinner in a family home on Friday night), and Christianity (Sunday morning visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified and buried).
A moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum-- rated as one of the top most important things to do in Israel.
A spa day at the Dead Sea where we can float in the saltiest water in the world at the lowest spot on earth (1,400 under sea level!)
We're going to hike to the top of Masada to watch the sunrise!
Visit the local Bedouin villages and communities in the Negev desert where we'll hear stories, learn about their weaving cooperative, shop local beauty products, and go wine tasting.
A day trip to the Land of Canaan where we'll enjoy some nature and walking in the Jenin Mountains, and also learn more about the importance of olive oil to this region and how it's made.
A day trip to Akko (Acre), a small coastal town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a holy city in the Bahá’í Faith
Lots of shopping in the suk markets, bazaar's and in local cooperatives, in addition to shopping in the big cities!
A final weekend in Tel Aviv-- the second largest city in Israel and the most cosmopolitan. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, it is the hot spot for food, art, music, beaches, and fun.
And lots and lots of food: "Israeli cuisine today is a delicious melting pot of North Africa (Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria) and its Middle Eastern neighbors (Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq), as well as the Mediterranean countries, and don't forget the Jews from all over Eastern Europe and Russia." We'll get our fill of hummus, falafels, shakshuka, fried haloumi cheese, lamb shawarma, fish, dates, olive oil and olives, couscous, challah bread, figs and dates, lentils, etc.
FOLLOWING THE SAGAS:
GIRLFRIENDS EXPLORE NATURE AND CULTURE IN ICELAND
OCTOBER 10-20, 2019
We’ll spend three nights in the capital city of Reykjavik touring the city, sampling their local warming brews, eating and cooking some of their amazing food, being inspired by their history and politics, meeting some amazing women, and touring some of their best museums. Then we’re off to all things nature! We’ll fly to the north side of the island to Akureyri where we’ll head out to Myvatn to start soaking up some of the beauty of this country: waterfalls, hiking, and a natural geothermal steam bath! Over the next several days we’ll slowly start making our way by van around the western edge of the island so we can take in as much of their top sights as possible: the famous Northern Lights, breathtaking vistas, whale watching, quaint towns, thermal baths, short hikes, and lots of ancient history and legends. We’ll eventually make our way back to our hotel in Reykjavik where we'll base ourselves for several epic day trips including the famous Golden Circle (highlights such as the iconic Gullfoss waterfall and The Great Geyser) and the ever famous Blue Lagoon spa! For all the details be sure to read the itinerary!
Gazing up in the skies to hopefully view the famous aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.
Searching for whales on a whale watching trip! (Did you know Iceland has over 20 different species of whales?)
Overnighting in Lake Myvatn— one of the most popular destinations in Northern Ireland because of it’s beauty— rocks, waterfalls, volcanoes, and wildlife.
Soaking not only in Blue Lagoon, which is Iceland’s most popular site (and a Wonder of the World!), but we’re also going to be visiting 2-3 other lesser known geothermal springs— so bring your suit!
Journeying around the “Golden Circle” which includes 3 of the most spectacular sites in Iceland: the Þingvellir National Park (an UNESCO world heritage site), the Geysir Geothermal Area, and the Gullfoss Waterfall.
Eating and drinking in a country that is now considered one of the newest “foodie destination,” plus visits to a craft brewery and distillery, and a cooking class to learn how to make some local dishes.
Exploring all the sites of the famous capital city Reykjavik including a tour in The National Museum and views from the top of the stunning Hallgrimskirkja church.
Immersing ourselves in the beautiful scenery as much as we can— including several short hikes and walks to the top of vistas, to waterfalls, and to get off the beaten road a bit!
* All trips planned and organized by Altruvistas travel agency.