Ya'lla millennium tours offers 4 options

PORTLAND, Ore.--For clients who want to spend the turn of the millennium in the Mediterranean, Ya'lla Tours USA offers four options: Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Morocco.

"Nearly everyone who has a yearning to travel wants to make special plans for New Year's Eve 1999," said Ya'lla owner Ronen Paldi, "and we have been working on these millennium packages since the summer of 1995."

With the exception of the Israel tour, each package begins on Dec. 28 and ends on Jan. 2, 2000, and each millennium party is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 31. All millennium tours offer post-program options at each destination.

According to Paldi, the Israel tour, from Christmas Eve in Bethlehem to New Year's Eve in Nazareth, has been scheduled so that participants not only welcome the millennium in the Holy Land but are in Bethlehem for the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.

In Egypt, Ya'lla Tours has reserved an entire Pharaonic village to stage a dinner with entertainment ranging from storytelling to music and dancing by top performers. At the stroke of midnight, visitors will celebrate with a glass of champagne and view a laser show that celebrates the crossing of the threshold to the 21st century.

Other features will include a trip to the Pyramids and the Cairo Museum, a dinner cruise on the Nile and an Arabian horse show at the private Sakkara Club. The trip's cost is $4,995, including air fare from any major U.S. airport.

In Turkey, Ya'lla has chartered a yacht to cruise the Bosporus and be at the crossroads of Europe and Asia at the stroke of midnight. Participants will be able to view the Rumeli Fortress, illuminated by fireworks honoring the arrival of the new century. Throughout the evening there will be authentic Turkish cuisine and entertainment, including a Turkish band and belly dancers.

In addition to sightseeing in Istanbul, clients can experience a private Turkish bath party with entertainment, followed by a dinner at the Ziya Restaurant. The inclusive price per person is $4,995, which includes air fare from any major U.S. airport.

Clients choosing the operator's A Thousand and One Nights millennium gala, complete with an Arabian Fantasia Party, will visit Morocco to experience storytellers, snake charmers, fire eaters, fortune tellers and acrobats.

The party at the Kasbah Tassarouth (10 miles from Marrakesh) salutes the midnight moment by illuminating the garden courtyards as riders on camels and horses charge into the 21st century firing rifles in the traditional Moroccan style.

Other activities include city sightseeing and a trip outside Marrakesh to the Atlas mountains at the foot of the Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. With air from New York, the package's cost is $4,495 per person and includes accommodations at the Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel, a property with its own golf course.

The Grand Jubilee Year 2000 in the Holyland is a tour created for Christians that begins Dec. 21. The celebration gives clients the chance to participate in a choir parade at Manger Square, walk the Way of the Cross, plant a tree in the Forest of Jerusalem and be part of the midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth on New Year's Eve.

Other activities include a Christmas lunch in Jerusalem; a private boat ride across the Sea of Galilee; a drive to the Dead Sea, to Mount Carmel and the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraka; a visit to the Roman city of Caesarea, and a farewell dinner.

The Israel tour offers two categories. Four-star accommodations priced at $4,295, and five-star hotels with a per person cost of $4,695. Both prices include air from any major U.S. airport.
For details contact:
Ya'lla Tours USA
Phone: (800) 644-1595 (503) 977-3758 or
Fax: (503) 977-3765
Web: www.yallatours.com

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