Unlock the Past, a leading company in the history and genealogy field in Australia, best known for organising family history expos and genealogy cruises, has now partnered with the Israel Travel Centre to offer something very unique. The Holy Land Tour and Genealogy Conference. With this tour you not only get a 10 day Holy Land tour, but the last full tour day features a centenary commemoration of the Battle of Beersheba which took place on 31 October 1917.

Following that, there is a two day genealogy conference organised in association with MyHeritage, in Tel Aviv, and features some of the world’s best genealogy presenters.

THE TOUR (10 days)
23 October – 1 November 2017
This tour is organised in partnership with the Israel Travel Centre, and it is a general Holy Land tour timed around, and taking in, the centenary commemoration of the Charge of the ANZAC Light Horse on Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

The general tour will visit many places of Christian/biblical interest, as well as later Christian and general history – Caesarea built by Herod the Great, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem (2 days and 2 nights), the Dead Sea, Masada (the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans) and Abrahams Well and Visitor Center, Beersheba … and more.

The Battle of Beersheba was part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. … The final phase of this all-day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7 November and advance into Palestine – from the Australian War Memorial. 

1-2 November 2017
This is separate from, but immediately follows the tour. Unlock the Past has organised this in association with Israeli based genealogy company, MyHeritage. Featuring 12 main presentations on a variety of topics – British Isles, Europe, Jewish genealogy, DNA, War in Palestine and MyHeritage’s technologies for genealogy. The presenters include Caroline Gurney (England), Daniel Horowitz (Israel) and Judy Russell (US) … and others yet to be announced. This is open to anyone who wishes to attend, including those who didn’t go on the tour.

12 nights (tour and conference)

per person twin share US$2570 (approx AU$3400, NZ$3650, CA$3450, £2100, €2450)
single supplement US$1410 (approx AU$1870, NZ$2000, CA$1900, £1150, €1350)

10 nights (tour only)
per person twin share US$2350 (AU$3100 $3350, $3150 £1920 €2250)
single supplement US$1040 (approx AU$1380, NZ$1480, CA$1400, £850, €990)

2 days (conference only)
AUS60 (approx US$45, £38, €43 and $168 Israeli Shekels (ILS)
NOTE: Accommodation is NOT included in this option. If you need accommodation you can contact the Israel Travel Centre who can arrange it for you, or find a place yourself.

– Airport meeting assist upon arrival
– Airport transfers
– 9 nights’ twin share accommodation in 4 star hotels
– Breakfast daily on tour
– Four hotel dinners
– Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on BB basis
– One festive farewell restaurant dinner
– 8 days touring with licensed English-speaking guide.
– Modern motor coach for all touring
– All entrance fees as per the itinerary
– Travellers gift packs (bags, hats, maps)

– Airfare to get to Tel Aviv
– Travel insurance
– Lunches daily
– Some dinners
– The conference (that is separate)

Visit www.theisraeltours.com for more details, and booking information.

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