Organs in the Holy Land

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.

Day 1:
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

Day 2:
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.

Note: The Israel Inter­na­tio­nal Organ Fes­ti­val 2013/14 will be partly held in the Hecht Museum Audi­to­rium. Fur­ther­more, we are happy to arrange a mee­ting with the Israel Organ Asso­cia­tion.

Day 3:
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.

Day 4:
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.

Day 5:
Jerusalem

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.

Day 6
Jerusalem

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.

Day 7
Bethlehem

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

Day 8
Bethlehem

Today you will have some free time until your depar­ture to the air­port where you will board your flight and return home.

Tour Details

Inclu­ding

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.

Pri­ces

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!

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