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Excursion number 15
Mini Israel, Latrun Monastery, Emmaus-Nikopol Monastery, the Old City of Jaffa
Miniature Museum - Mini Israel
© Photo by Paul, August 31, 2009
Mini Israel is a miniature park - a special kind of museum under the open sky, which presents a unique collection of small copies and models of architectural and technical structures, as well as natural objects. The park was opened in November 2002, its exposition included about 350 miniature models, most of which were executed at a scale of 1:25. The park covers an area of 60 thousand square meters and more than half of its area is occupied by mock-ups. The exposition includes more than 350 models of buildings and monuments, 500 animals, 15000 living trees in the bonsai style (the art of growing an exact replica of a real (sometimes dwarfish) tree in miniature), 4,700 cars, 100 motorcycles, 14 trains, 3 helicopters, 32 aircraft, 175 ships and 230 trucks. An interesting form of the park layout in the form of a star is David, which takes into account the geographical directions of real objects. Each of the six triangles displays a specific area and city: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilee, Negev, as well as the central part of Israel. The models were created in workshops located throughout Israel, using sophisticated computerized assessments based on studies prepared by the staff of Mini Israel.
Also during the tour there will be a unique opportunity to visit the Latrun Monastery of the Virgin Mary, founded in 1890 by the monastic order of trappist silence. The monastery is famous to this day with its wines produced from vineyards in the vicinity of the monastery, olives and olive oil and many other products produced by the monks of the monastery. In the store at the monastery there is an opportunity to purchase products of the monastery.
The Carmelite Monastery of Emmaus-Nikopol was purchased by the Catholic Church from Muslims in the 19th century. Here, archaeological excavations were carried out, after which the flow of pilgrims resumed. The place is associated with the mention in the Gospel of Luke (24: 13-31):
"On the same day, two of them went to a village, one hundred and sixty from Jerusalem, called Emmaus; and talked to each other of all these events. And when they talked and reasoned with each other, Jesus Himself, coming near, went with them. But their eyes were withheld, so that they did not recognize Him ... And they approached the village they were going to; and He showed them the appearance that he wanted to go further. But they held him, saying: "Stay with us, because the day has already bowed to evening." And He entered and stayed with them. And when He was reclining with them, he took bread, blessed, broke and gave them to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. "
Jaffa is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Pilgrims from all corners came here to visit the Holy Land. At present the city is united with Tel Aviv into a single municipal unit. Hence, according to the legend, the Biblical prophet Jonah went on his way, here according to the legend Perse liberated Andromeda, according to the text of the New Testament, there was a vision for the apostle Peter, who here resurrected a girl named Tavifa from the dead. The ancient historical part of Jaffa is an interlacing of narrow, bright and picturesque streets, in which many restaurants, art galleries, artists' studios, salons and museums with archeological excavations are located. Also here are temples and monasteries of various faiths.
The excursion begins at the place of accommodation of the tourists in Jerusalem (the address and time of the excursion beginning is indicated in advance by the guide). On the tour you need to have comfortable shoes, drinking water and a hat from the sun. Clothes should be like when visiting temples (men should not visit temples in shorts, women should have clothes with closed shoulders, do not have a neckline, short skirts and shorts, you can wear trousers). At the request of tourists to the tour, you can add a visit to the city of Bethlehem. To cross the border post between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, tourists need to have a passport with them.
The price for all participants of the excursion on our car with the departure from Jerusalem is 550 $ (with the number of up to 6 people in the car), and 850 $ (with the number of participants from 7 to 15 people).
When you leave for a tour from Tel Aviv and its environs on our car, the price for up to 6 people is $ 700, and from 7 to 15 people - $ 900.
If the tourists have a rented car, the price is $ 350 for all participants of the excursion, provided that the excursion begins in Jerusalem.
We wish you a pleasant stay and an exciting journey and pilgrimage!
Prices are quoted in USD
The price does not include the cost of paid entries along the route.
The tour starts from Jerusalem.
In case of accommodation of participants of excursion in Tel Aviv and its vicinities or in other cities of Israel, we can help to get to Jerusalem by public transport.
There is a possibility of delivery on excursions and back on our transport from the area of Tel Aviv and its environs and the Dead Sea for an additional fee.
The program provides an overview of the main attractions.
The program takes into account the wishes of the excursion.
A detailed program, taking into account the wishes of the excursionist, is made after consent to the cost of the services.
The tour is accompanied by Tour guide Paul
(License of a certified guide in English from the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Israel No. 10103)
You can order the tour by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
And also by calling: + 972-545-336-297 (Wats up / Viber / Telegram), (in Israel: 054-5336-297)
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