Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Mt. Arbel, Sea of Galilee, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth, Beit She’an, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada and Tel Aviv.
A TOUR OF THE HOLY LAND FROM A CHINESE PERSPECTIVE
With time for devotion and reflection
Day 1 Thursday
On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, your guide will be waiting to provide the transfer to the Holy City of Jerusalem arriving at your hotel for the balance of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight
NOTE: Check in at most hotels is at 200 PM and check out is 1200 Noon. Overnight Jerusalem
Day 2 Friday
See the Mount of Olives, a major Christian pilgrimage site to see the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper and where He was betrayed by Judas. Also here you will find the Church of Ascension believed by the faithful to mark the spot where Jesus ascended to Heaven after His Resurrection and the Church of the Pater Noster where Jesus taught the Disciples the “Lord’s Prayer is next.
On the slopes of Mount Zion is the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu commemorating Peter’s triple rejection of Jesus. Directly above the Tomb of David is the Cenacle also known as the Room of the Last Supper believed to be the site where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His Disciples. Today’s tour ends at the Garden Tomb believed by many to be the site of the Resurrection of Jesus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 Saturday
See how modern Jews keep the Sabbath as you visit a local synagogue. Enter the Old City heading to the Wailing Wall (the Kotel or Western Wall), the most sacred site for members of the Jewish faith. In the Muslim Quarter see the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic (John 5:2-9). Walk along the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Grief that Jesus walked carrying His cross on the way to His Crucifixion marked by the Nine Stations of the Cross.
Next is Givat Ram where we visit the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book housing the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the 50:1 scale model of the Second Holy Temple. In Bethlehem, the traditionally accepted birthplace of Jesus to see the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 4 Sunday
JERUSALEM/CAESAREA/MT. CARMEL/SEA OF GALILEE
Leaving Jerusalem we head to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea where King Herod built a harbor and a magnificent palace. Overlooking the Mediterranean is Mt. Carmel, home to Haifa where Elijah the Prophet defeated the prophets of Baal. In Megiddo excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins. It has been said that this is where the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgement will take place.
We are now on our way to the Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret) to visit Mt. Arbel which overlooks the Sea of Galilee providing a panoramic view of Jesus’ ministry. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Monday
SEA OF GALILEE/GOLAN HEIGHTS/CAESAREA PHILIPP/CAPERNAUM/MT. OF BEATITUDES/SEA OF GALILEE
The day begins with a short boat ride on the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee. Pass through the strategic Golan Heights to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed that Jesus was Christ. On the north shore of the Sea of Galilee is the fishing village of Capernaum, home of the Apostles Peter, James, Andrew and John where you will see the ruins of an ancient synagogue dating from the Second Temple period and the House of Peter, one the 12 Apostles of Jesus. Next is the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the moving Sermon on the Mount.
In Tabgha see the Franciscan Church of Primacy of St. Peter commemorating Jesus’ reaffirmation of Peter as the chief amongst the Apostles. Enjoy a St. Peter’s fish lunch. Time permitting visit the ancient city of Bethsaida and Gerasenes, the place where Jesus healed two demoniacs. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Tuesday
SEA OF GALILEE/MT. TABOR/MT. OF TRANSFIGURATION/CANA/NAZARETH/SEA OF GALILEE
Journey to the River Jordan, the site of Jesus’ baptism and continue on to Mt. Tabor located at the southern tip of the Galilee Sea. Stop at the Mt. of Transfiguration where Peter, James and John witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus before proceeding to Cana where Jesus performed the first of His miracles turning water into wine.
This afternoon visit Nazareth, the Arab capital of Israel, the childhood home of Jesus and center of Christian to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation that marks the site where the Archangel Gabriel announced the impending birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-31). Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Wednesday
SEA OF GALILEE/BEIT SHE’AN/JERICHO/MOUNT OF TEMPTATION/QUMRAN/DEAD SEA
Leaving the Sea of Galilee travel to the Roman-Byzantine city of Beit She’an once known as Scythopolis with its excavated ruins including streets, public buildings and temples. Travelling south we come to the, the world’s oldest city, Jericho. Next is Qumran where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd. A short drive to the Dead Sea takes us to our hotel arriving in the afternoon with time to enjoy floating in the unsinkable waters. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 8 Thursday
DEAD SEA/MASADA/TEL AVIV
This morning head to Masada, the isolated mountaintop fortress of King Herod and the last Jewish stronghold against the Roman invaders where over 980 zealots chose to commit mass suicide rather than being enslaved by the Roman invaders. The dramatic ending of Masada is one of the Jewish people’s greatest examples of determination.
Ascend by cable car to view the remains of Herod the Great’s palaces, store house complex, bath houses, fortress and synagogue. Leaving the Dead Sea journey to Tel Aviv for an orientation tour followed by free time in the city. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Friday
Transfer to Ben Gurion for your departure flight or extend your stay in either Israel or Jordan.
YOUR LAND ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE:
- transfers from and to the airport in Tel Aviv
- deluxe air conditioned motorcoach transportation as outlined
- the services of a local experienced English speaking guide throughout the stay. (The services of a Mandarin or Cantonese speaking local guide based on request)
- eight nights (8) accommodation based on double occupancy with private facilities in 4 or 5 star hotels with private facilities as required
- breakfast and dinner daily
- St. Peters’ fish lunch on day 5
- sightseeing as outlined including entrance fees to places of interest in the itinerary
- local taxes and standard service charges on accommodation and meals specified
YOUR LAND ARRANGEMENTS DO NOT INCLUDE:
- airfare to and from Tel Aviv
- departure taxes, fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees
- porterage at the airport or hotels
- early check in/late check out
- single room supplement – a limited number of single rooms available on payment of supplement
- meals and beverages not mentioned
- optional tours not quoted
- gratuities for individual services, laundry and valet service and any other items of a purely personal nature
- tipping to guide, driver, hotel or restaurant staff
- E. & O.E.