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Costa Rica February 2020

Costa Rica February 2020

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The Holy Land

The Holy Land

JESUS WALKS PLUS THE DEAD SEA & SURROUNDING AREA

June 9th-17th 2020 – 8 nights & 9 days

ONLY 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE! Registration closes when spots fill or on August 1st 2019, whichever comes first.

Sunset skyline in Jerusalem

DAY 1 June 9th – Arrive in Tel Aviv & Transfer to Jerusalem
You will be taken by shared taxi* to our Hotel Jerusalem accommodations.
Evening at leisure in Jerusalem.

DAY 2 June 10th(FULL DAY) – Private group day trip to Nazareth, Tiberias and Sea of Galilee
We will enjoy a flexible itinerary and have the undivided attention of our own guide on this private tour. We will visit the holy sites of Nazareth, including the Church of the Annunciation, built where the Virgin Mary was told of Jesus’ forthcoming birth by the Angel Gabriel we will also board a boat (included in the price) on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water. We will then see the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, the location where Jesus fed the 5,000. Lastly, we will drive on to Yardenit, where the Sea of Galilee flows into the Jordan River, and Christian pilgrims come to be baptized. Take in the sights here and, if you want to be baptized (own expense), talk to your guide to see if it can be arranged during your stop.
Not included: Toll and parking fees, food and drinks, Baptism service (additional cost), Gratuities
Jordanian visa on arrival possibly needed at baptismal site. Approximately $56USD

The Sea of Galilee

DAY 3 June 11th(morning) – Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa is a 14 station processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. Starting at St. Stephens gate(the lion’s gate) and ending at Church of Holy Sepulcher, the place of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. The distance is about about 600 meters & takes about 1-2 hours with all of the stops. It is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage
Transportation to/from the first station not included, ride sharing or walking recommended.

DAY 3 June 11th(after lunch) – Chapel of the Ascension & Gethsemane
The Chapel of the Ascension is a Christian and Muslim holy site in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives that is believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven.
Gethsemane is an urban garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. It is the place where Jesus underwent agony in the garden and was arrested the night before his crucifixion. He also went there often to pray with his disciples.
Transportation not include. Ride sharing recommended.

Trying to imagine Jesus here(Gethsemane), the night before he was crucified, crying out to our Father is almost more than I can bear emotionally.
I can’t image what it will feel like in person . . .

DAY 4 June 12th – Bethlehem
Depart Jaffa Gate at 8:15am & return at 12:30pm – Afternoon/evening at leisure in Jerusalem.
Bethlehem is a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank. The biblical birthplace of Jesus, it’s a major Christian pilgrimage destination. The birth is marked by an inlaid silver star in a grotto under the 6th-century Church of the Nativity, which shares Manger Square with the 15th-century Church of St. Catherine and the 1860 Mosque of Omar.
Our day begins when we get picked up near Jaffa Gate. Ride sharing or walking to the tour start location is recommended. All Bethlehem tour transportation from that point forward is included.
Our first stop is one of the oldest churches in the world, where it all began; The Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus. Next we will visit the Franciscan Grotto of the Lady Mary and learn how the ‘Milk Grotto’ got its name. A large underground cave with a Franciscan chapel built directly on top, this is the site where it is believed that Mary and Joseph took Jesus for refuge from King Herod, before fleeing across the holy land to Egypt. Our final visit for the day in this ancient city, is to the Shepherd’s fields on the outskirts of the city. Believed to be the location where the Shepherds sited the Star of Nativity before venturing to visit Jesus, these fields hold a number of stunning shrines and a beautiful chapel, drawing pilgrims from around the world.

Let’s walk the streets of Jesus’ birth place and reflect together.

DAY 5 June 13th – Mount Zion (suggested) or day at leisure
Mount Zion is the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, a hill just outside the walls of the Old City. The term Mount Zion has been used in the Hebrew Bible first for the City of David and later for the Temple Mount, but its meaning has shifted and it is now used as the name of ancient Jerusalem’s Western Hill.
A few Options during our time on mount:
House of Caiaphas – Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu
Room of the last supper
Tomb of King David
Ride sharing(short 8 minute drive) to Mount Zion is recommended to those going. We will definitely be going if anyone wants to carpool with us.

DAY 6 June 14th – Travel to the Dead dead Sea by taxi van/bus*
Depart Jerusalem at check out and arrive at Isrotel Ganim Hotel Dead Sea, Ein Bokek in the afternoon.
Days 6 (after check in), 7 (all day) & the morning of 8th (prior to check out) at leisure. Below are a few options to consider.

A few options for our time at the dead sea:
Dead sea and dead tree – Float in the dead sea, apply a natural mineral dead sea mud mask or try your luck swimming to the dead tree! Bring water for drinking and eyes , sunblock & water shoes.
Ein Gedi National Park(21.4 miles from hotel) – A nature reserve with wildlife and waterfalls. The second largest oasis in Israel. Also the place where David hid from King Saul. aprox 27 min from hotel
Masada National Park(10.9 miles from hotel) – Ancient fortress in the Southern Judean desert overlooking the dead sea. Among many ruins, it is also home to King Herod’s palace & a roman style bath house. Approximately 17 minutes from Hotel

Feel free to tag along with me, Jolee and my dad to carpool taxis to all of the above locations during our days at the Dea Sea. We plan to visit all of them. Of course we can only fit so many people in our cab, so the first to ask can share with us. I encourage you all to ride share if possible! 🙂

The lowest place on earth, the Dea Sea
You’ve heard of the Dead Sea, but have you heard of the dead tree?
David’s waterfall in Ein Gedi National Park
Ein Gedi National Park trek
Masada – Aerial image of the ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel
View from inside the ruins

DAY 8 June 16th – Deapart Ein Bokek and travel to Tel Aviv by tax*
Arrive Cucu Hotel for our last night in Israel
Time at leisure after check in at hotel and on the morning of the 17th.

DAY 9 June 17th – Check out of and depart Cucu Hotel in Tel Aviv
Thank you for joining us in the Holy Land! God bless you & keep you!
Transportation to Ben Gurion Airport included.*

Tel Aviv has been called the “Miami” of the middle east.
I guess we shall see what we think of these claims.

Included:
Accommodations in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea & Tel Aviv noted above
Breakfasts on 10th, 11th, 12, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th)
Private guide for our full day group tour on June 10th
Boat ride tour on the Sea of Galilee as part of the tour on the 10th
Dinners at our Dead Sea accommodations on the 14th & 15th
Tour of Bethlehem on June 12th, including roundtrip transportation from Jaffa Gate and entrance to all sites.
Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to Hotel in Jerusalem (up to $50 per person)*
Transport from Jerusalem to Dead Sea (up to $28USD per person)*
Transport from Dead Sea to Tel Aviv (up to $116USD per person)*
Transport from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport(up to $50USD/per taxi/vehicle)*
Wifi at most accommodation locations

Not Included:
International airfare
Travel insurance(required)
Meals not noted above
Tolls & parking for tour day on the 10th. To be split between all group members.
Entrance to all site not mentioned above when applicable
Transportation in and around Israel, the West Bank &Gaza not mentioned above(cabs, etc.)
Vaccines if applicable
Tips/gratuities
Jordanian visa on arrival at baptismal site or dead sea IF needed (Approximately. $56USD)
Souvenirs

NOTES:

  • There is no Uber in Israel, the West Bank & Gaza, we will need to download and use the Gett app or utilize taxis & public transport
  • For entrance into Israel, the West Bank & Gaza, we will need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • All routine vaccines plus Hep A & Hep B if not included in your routine vaccines & typhoid.
  • Possible Jordan visa on arrival at jesus’ baptismal site and dead sea, approximate $50-$60USD fee
  • Please note that taxi prices were quoted to me based on todays current rates and are subject to change.*

$2364 PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

PAYMENT PLAN:
$788 Non refundable deposit due no later than August 1st 2019
Save my spot! Sign up ——> HERE
Payment 1: $788 due November !st 2019
Payment 2: $788 due February 1st 2020
Payments plan dates for payments 1 & 2 are slightly flexible. Please inquire prior to booking if you need to arrange minor adjustments.
Contact Hilda at Hilda@worldworthwandering.com

Please note the room set up you prefer at time of deposit.
Options below:

Jerusalem Hotel:
2 single twin rooms available (2 beds)
1 full bed room available (1 bed)

Isrotel Ganim Hotel Dead Sea
2 single twin rooms with sea view available (2 beds)
1 double bed room with sea view (1 bed)

Cucu Hotel
3 Double bed rooms with balcony available

Want to go but don’t have a roomie? Let me know and maybe I can room you with another solo traveler!

DISCLOSURE: This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as unpredictable weather, tour company/hotel issues or errors or any other factors outside of my control. I always strive for the best possible experience and will substitute anything that must be changed with something equally or even more awesome!

I look forward to experiencing this life changing land with you!

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Mystery Destination

Mystery Destination

This is a trip I have been wanting to go on since 2007!!! Quick math, 12 YEARS!!!

I will not be sharing the location of this trip openly because I want serious inquiries ONLY and this trip is geared towards a VERY specific type of traveler, so I am going to be very picky about who comes with us.

If you like . . .

  • Nature. Lots of it!
  • Adventure
  • WAY off the beaten path destinations
  • Wildlife
  • Raw experiences
  • Truly unique destinations
  • Fairytale like landscapes
  • Seclusion
  • Untouched, wild environments
  • Life changing experiences
  • Conservation tourism

Then this trip is for you!

If the above type of adventure is right up your alley, and you are available to travel between February 2020 AND November 2020 for approximately 6-9 days(excluding travel days), please fill out the form below.

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If you are a right fit, I will send you more information when it is ready to be shared, be sure to include your IG handle or email in question number 4.

PS – We will be staying in decent accommodations. We won’t be totally exposed to the elements and roughing it too, too bad.

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Madagascar 2020

Madagascar 2020

Hello! 

I am SO excited to share what we have in store for this once in a lifetime Madagascar adventure!  

Most of my group trips are to places I’ve never been, mostly because I don’t like going to the same place twice with so much amazing world left to explore. . . . unless, it’s a place like this. 

No place on planet earth so far(besides Iceland) has captured me the way Madagascar did and I’d return to this magical place over & over again. It’s friendly people, diverse landscapes, pristine beaches and unique wildlife, literally make it a place like NO OTHER on earth! Madagascar truly is on of the last pure places on earth and I hope you join me on this special journey.

I liken it to feeling like you are on a National Geographic expedition with wild locations, super knowledgable guides with hearts for conservation and a hint of luxury!

Important note, this lodge has a limited number of eco-luxury tree houses in total. There are only 6 tree houses available(Jolee & I are taking the 7th).

Tree houses will be given to the FIRST 6 individuals/pairs/families to put down their deposits. ONLY 3 LEFT!

So let’s get to the nitty gritty. 

Dates: July 28th – August 5th 2020

What’s Included:

• 1 night(the first night) in Antananarivo 

• Hotel transfers from TNR to the hotel

• Hotel transfers the next morning from the hotel back to the airport where we will catch out private charter flights to Maroantsetra(the views are AMAZING) 

• Private charter flight from Antananarivo to Maroantsetra

• Roundtrip road transfers in Maroantsetra (airport to boat, boat to airport)

• Boat transfers from Maroantsetra to Masoala forest lodge located inside Masoala national park. It’s quite an adventure to arrive to this pristine place.  

• Pit stop on a beautiful uninhabited island(Nosy mangabe) on the way to the lodge where we will have lunch and hike with our own private guide. When I went last year I saw sooooooo many humpback whales during this boat journey that I couldn’t stop crying. It was as if they were playing with us! 😭😭😭

• 7 nights/8 days accommodations at Masoala forest lodge

• National Park entrance fees for every day of the stay

• Private guide for every day of the stay

• ALL meals

• All non-alcoholic drinks at Masoala Forest Lodge 

• MFL’s homemade flavored rums and other local spirits 

• Night hikes to look for nocturnal wildlife

• Day hikes in the primary forest where we will see wildlife found ONLY in Madagascar, nowhere else on planet earth(except a zoo). 

• Snorkel tours

• Daytrip waterfall hike(Antalavia cascades)

• Village visits 

• Sunset cruise on the sailing pirogue 

• River swim 

• Outrigger canoe tours or kayak tours through the mangroves 

• Kayak tours in search of close encounters with humpback whales & sea turtles, private beaches(truly private) and desert islands 

• One free massage per person

• Beach bon fires 

• 5 yoga practices

• A traditional music-dance performance by the local community 

• Laundry service

• Relaxing on the deck or beach is also always an option

• Return boat transfer to Maroantsetra

• Return flight from Maroantsetra to Antananarivo 

END TRIP

WHOA! That’s a lot right?!?! 😃

The lodge will also set up special events for people for an additional fee. Such as private candlelit dinners, etc. I hope I haven’t forgotten anything! 🙂


NOT included: International airfare

Vaccines

Passports/visas

Travel insurance(required)

Hotel accommodation after arrival back in Antananarivo should you wish to stay longer

Gratuities 

Souvenirs 

Baggage fees depending on the airline(some give you two free bags)

Taxi from charter airport to international airport on August 5th 2020

Now prices, cause that’s what you’re all really waiting for. 


NOTE!!!!!!! These prices MAY(most likely) go DOWN depending on group size, I have prices set for the minimum sized group. They would decrease between $132.87- $265.74 per adult or $66.72 – $133.44 per child should we hit the next tier in our group size. All rooms can accommodate between 1-4 people. 1-3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children. 

Price Per Person:

Adult sharing $3731.05

Child sharing $2474.17

Adult single occupancy $4481.68

• Payments plans below •

For those who are traveling alone who do NOT wish to pay the single occupancy rate, I’d be more than happy to pair you up with someone of the same sex and turn you both into a double occupancy rate.

PAYMENT PLANS:


ADULT SHARING 

Non-refundable deposit of $747 due IMMEDIATELY to reserve your spot.

Payment 1 of $596.81 due on June 27th 2019 

Payment 2 of $596.81 due on September 27th 2019

Payment 3 of $596.81 due on December 27th 2019

Payment 4 of $596.81 due on March 27th 2020

Payment 5 of $596.81 due on May 27th 2020


CHILD SHARING 

Non-refundable deposit of $495 due IMMEDIATELY to reserve your spot.

Payment 1 of $395.83 due on June 27th 2019

Payment 2 of $395.83 due on September 27th 2019

Payment 3 of $395.83 due on December 27th 2019

Payment 4 of $395.82 due on March 27th 2020

Payment 5 of $395.82 due on May 27th 2020


ADULT SINGLE OCCUPANCY 

Non-refundable deposit of $897 due IMMEDIATELY to reserve your spot.

Payment 1 of $716.94 due on June 27th 2019

Payment 2 of $716.94 due on September 27th 2019

Payment 3 of $716.94 due on December 27th 2019

Payment 4 of $716.93 due on March 27th 2020

Payment 5 of $716.93 due on May 27th 2020

To book please request a booking form and waiver and I will send them over to you along with a payment link. 🙂 I look forward to spending time with you in this tropical EDEN. 


Feel free to send over ANY questions you may have. I’d be happy to answer them.  

With Gratitude,

Hilda Castillo-Landrum 

Your “ride” to/from the lodge. INCLUDED in the price. The views are AMAZING!
Room with a hammock AND an ocean front view.
That is ALSO surrounded by rainforest and unique wildlife.
Imagine stepping out onto your deck to this every morning?
Seriously my ideal place.
I always have a hard time choosing between the jungle and the ocean.
Here, you don’t have to.
Breakfast with a view
One of the few places on earth where YOU might discover a new species!
Pristine wildlife sightings in and out of the water