October 27-30, 2008
Organized by IBM Haifa Research Lab
The magnificent Caesarea is just one of the many fascinating tourist sites that relate the story of ancient Israel. The tour bus will leave from the conference site at 16:30 on Wednesday, October 29th, and head south to Caesarea. We'll visit the great archeological sites, such as the low aqueduct, the Byzantine bathhouses, and the Hippodrome. The tour itself will take around 1.5 hrs, after which we'll have a social evening with a light dinner at one of the restaurants on the harbor site. We expect to be back in Haifa around 20:30. The bus will have two drop-off points: one at the IBM venue and another one at the center of the Carmel, closer to the hotels. The tour is free of charge for conference participants. Make sure to reserve a seat by selecting this option on the registration page.
- A tour of the famous Baha'i Gardens (October 30, 2008 at 13:45):
Haifa is the world headquarters of the Baha'i faith. The breathtaking Baha'i Gardens are open to the public, offering a stirring view of the Haifa Bay and the azure Mediterranean Sea. The tour will be given in English and will begin at 45 Yeffe Nof Street. The order number for our tour is 361715. Please dress modestly and bring a hat and something to drink.
Note that the tour is not accommodated within the conference's program. 20 places will be reserved for conference guests. All of you who registered for this tour will receive an e-mail so that you could share a taxi (it's about 15 min drive from IBM). Although the tour is free of charge to conference participants, you are kindly requested to ask for cancellation in case of need, since the Bhai office needs to have an idea of the number of participants.
Please see the following link for further information regarding the tour: http://terraces.bahai.org/visiting.en.html.
Staying in Israel a few more days?
A few people expressed their intent to stay in Israel for a couple of extra days. For those who wish to join, we are arranging a guided of the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday morning (Oct 31). This tour is also practical for people flying out of Israel later on Friday since the airport is only 40 km from Jerusalem.
For those who want to stay in Jerusalem, we have reserved a number of rooms for Thursday and Friday in Beit Shmuel http://www.beitshmuel.com/english/. on a first come first serve basis.
If you have never toured Jerusalem, this is an opportunity not to be missed. According to Jewish tradition "Ten measures of beauty descended to the world; nine were taken by Jerusalem and one by the rest of the world. [Babylonian Talmud: Kidushin 49b] ".
If you wish to join the tour, or have a room in Beit Shmuel, send an e-mail to Shmuel Ur. The price will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.