Like no other place in the world, the Holy Land hosts some of the world’s most significant churches, monasteries and covenants. And most of them are home to outstanding organs, including Binns, Vegessi-Bossi, Rieger, Mader of Marseille to name but a few. Visit and above all, listen to these remarkable instruments, learn about their stories and current conditions.
Note: The itinerary is just a suggestion including some of the most important churches throughout the Holy Land. Our destination experts will be happy to tailor it to your interests.
Of course, you will not only see the organs, but we will arrange short presentation as well as a meeting with the current organists (according to availabilty). Furthermore, we would like to suggest to set the dates of your tour in order to attend The Israel International Organ Festival 2013/14. Please inquire for details and other organ concerts in the Holy Land.
This tour can be combined with an introduction to current restoration projects in churches and especially organs conducted in Israel and Palestine, e.g. the Latin Patriarchate in Taybeh, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (starting Nov. 17th 2013), and the Nativity Church. Please inquire for details.
Arrival to the Holy Land
Upon arrival and completing formalities, you will be met in the arrivals hall by your ITERU representative and your guide and driver. Board your coach and depart to Nazareth, arriving at you guesthouse for dinner and overnight
Nazareth and Haifa
After breakfast, depart to visit the Basilica of Annunciation in the center of Nazareth including a special entry to the Organs in the upper and lower rooms at the Basilica. Also, visit Mary’s well, the carpentry of Joseph and the ancient synagogue.
After lunch, continue to Haifa to view the Bahai’i gardens and Mt Carmel, then continue to the Hecht Museum for a short visit and then onto the Anglican school of St. John with its Binns organ constructed in 1910. Arrive at the order of the Carmelite sisters at Stella Maris for dinner and overnight.
Tiberias and Lower Galilee
In the morning and after breakfast, view the Vegessi-Bossi organ at Stella Maris. Continue to the Sea of Galilee visiting Cana then onto Tiberias.
After a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, you will visit Capaernaum and go to Tabgha to visit and view the accompaniment organ built by Oberlinger. Visit the baptismal site and the ancient ruins at Bisan and continue along the Jordan valley to arrive at your hotel in Jericho for dinner and overnight.
Jericho, Judean Desert, Dead Sea
In the morning visit Jericho and have the option to ascend to the Mt. of Temptation by cable car. Continue to visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a bedouin and continue to the Dead Sea for some swimming.
In the afternoon, head towards Jerusalem and visit St. Georges Monastery of Hermits. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast you will have an exploration day within the walls of the Old City. During your walking tour you will visit the Basilica of St. Anne and pool of Bethlesda. Visit St. Savior Franciscan Monastery and view the Rieger Organ which is the most recent addition of organs in the Holy Land, as well as the accompaniment organ constructed by Walcker and donated to the monastery.
Walk the Via Dolorosa and continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to venerate the tomb of Christ and visit its famous organ, dating back to the 17th century, as the custodian of the Holy Land, Basilio Caprarola, bought it in Venice in 1615.
Later on, visit the Ecce Homo Convent to view the convent and the 1896 organ constructed by Mader of Marseille. Return to your hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.
In the morning, depart for the Mt. of Olives and visit the Augusta Victoria Hospital and the Church of Ascention with its Sauer Organ, inaugurated in 1910.
Note: The Israel International Organ Festival 2013/14 will be partly held in the Augusta Victoria Elevation Church.
Continue to the Pater Noster Church and descent down the Garden of Gethsemane visiting the church and the organ at the Gethsemane church. Continue to St. Stephens Church to view the Organ constructed on 1900 by Matthaus Mauracher & Söhne of Salzburg.
In the afternoon, continue to the Dormition Abby for a visit of the church, krypt and the Tomb of King David and then on to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem where you will arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Note: The Israel International Organ Festival 2013/14 will be partly held in the Dormition Abbey.
After breakfast, depart by coach for a visit of Bethlehem. Arrive at the Church of Nativity to visit the traditional birthplace of Christ. Continue to visit the Milk Grotto and the Church of St. Catherine, where evidence was found of an Organ dating back to 1606 which has been moved to the Museum of Biblical Studies of the Flagellation in Jerusalem.
After lunch, continue to the Shephard’s Field for a visit and in the afternoon visit Aida Refugee Camp to receive a brief introduction of the history and current dilemmas for Palestinian refugee camps. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Today you will have some free time until your departure to the airport where you will board your flight and return home.
All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.
- Meet & Assist at Tel Aviv Airport.
- 7 nights stay in mentioned places in good middle class hotels or church guesthouses (please tell us about your preferences), all overnight stays incl. breakfast.
- All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles (according to group size).
- Professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed guide..
- Special visits to church organs and multiple encounters with local organists.
- Chances to meet local congregations and attend local services including organ music (please let us know about your interests at the time of booking).
- Half board (breakfast + dinner, excl. beverages).
- Recommended gratuities.
- Travel Security Consultation prior to and throughout your tour.
Please inquire for individual offers for this special theme tour.
Customize Your Tour
Please feel free to provide us with your own ideas and preferences about your tour. Our travel professionals will be happy to tailor your personalized tour exactly as you want it to be!