Isram packages greet the millennium in style


NEW YORK -- Ending the millennium in style is one of the innovative programs highlighted in new brochures by Isram World of Travel here.

The firm offers destinations all over the world but has specialized in Israel since the firm's founding 32 years ago. It recently published its annual 100-page, full-color directory called "The Compete 1999/2000 Israel Tour & Travel Book," but it also released a new Holy Land brochure for packages focusing on millennium travel.

Both feature a new offering for Christian Holy Land pilgrims who are looking to be pampered. The 12-day, 10-night Discover the Holy Land tour with a private car and guide is suggested for travelers seeking "luxury, style, elegance and privacy," according to Isram.

The itinerary visits sites holy to Christians such as Mount Zion's Dormition Church and the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem. One unusual stop will be at the Sculpture Garden of the Biblical Resources Center in Jerusalem.

A visit to Bethlehem's Basilica of the Nativity will be offered as a short trip from Jerusalem. A tour of Nazareth will include Mary's Well, the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph.

The plan includes a stop in ancient Jaffa, from whose still-working port Jonah set sail; the rejuvenated old town also is known for Peter and the miracle of Tabitha and as the home of Simon the Tanner.

Stops will be made at the Sea of Galilee to see a fishing boat that dates to Jesus' time, and at the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth.

The plan departs on Sundays and covers buffet breakfast daily, two lunches and six dinners; deluxe hotels, and sightseeing with a private car and guide.

Accommodations include one night at the Sheraton Tel Aviv, a business-style hotel on the Mediterranean; one at the new Nazareth Marriott, which overlooks the town of Jesus' youth; two at the Moriah Plaza in Tiberias, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee; two at the posh Hyatt Regency Dead Sea, famous for its elaborate spa, and four at the Jerusalem Hilton, a new property whose rooms directly overlook the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.

Land-only prices start at $2,785 per person for two people, double, for a departure between Jan. 9 and Feb. 20 but are less for a group larger than two: When four travel together, for example, each pays $2,250.

The price for a Dec. 21 departure that includes New Year's Eve starts at $3,515 per person, for two. Departures are on Sundays.

Isram also offers an 11-day, nine-night Holy Land Journey plan, which traces Christianity's historical roots. This program departs on Thursdays, and accommodations are at deluxe or superior first class hotels with one night at the Carlton in Tel Aviv, three at the Royal Plaza in Tiberias and five at the King Solomon in Jerusalem.

Prices range from $1,510 per person, double, for a February departure to $2,250 for a trip that includes New Year's Eve.

The complete brochure also describes a 15-day, 13-night Bar & Bat Mitzvah Family Tour, with free air and land for the teen celebrant when accompanied by three full-fare-paying adults.

Isram's Sea to Sea and Jordan, Too! plan takes travelers from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea; from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the southernmost point in Israel, the resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea, and to Jordan for a tour of its sites.

In addition, the publication lists Weekly Guaranteed Tours of from nine to 15 days.

Isram World of Travel

Phone: (800) 223-7460 or (212) 661-1193

Fax: (212) 370-1477


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