Sunday, Day 1 Ben Gurion Airport/Tel Aviv D
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight. Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Monday, Day 2 Tel Aviv/Caesarea/Megiddo/Haifa/Acre/Galilee B/D
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans, to see the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman Theater and the Aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo, recognized as the site of the Armageddon where you will view the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Next is Haifa, the largest port in the country and a multi-faceted city. Your visit will take you to see the expansive complex found on the slopes of the Carmel famous for its beautiful Persian Gardens and golden domed Shrine of the Bab. Continue to Acre, one of the holiest cities in the Baha’i faith. The old part of the city designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site contains the famous Crusader stronghold and mediaeval fortifications. Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.
Tuesday, Day 3 Tiberias/Capernaum/Banias/Galilee B/D
The day starts with a short tour of Tiberias named in honor of Emperor Tiberias which is considered one of the Four Holy Cities of Judaism, historically known for its hot springs. Take a boat ride to Capernaum, a village on the north side of the Sea of Galilee where we visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Leaving Capernaum behind we proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Loaves and Fish to visit the Church of the Multiplication with its 4thcentury mosaic floor. Next is the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the famous Sermon on the Mount. Drive to Banias Springs and waterfalls, the source of the River Jordan and on the the strategic Golan Heights where you will visit the former Syrian fortifications and Druze villages. Return to the Kibbutz for overnight.
Wednesday, Day 4 Galilee/Nazareth/Beit She’an/Jerusalem B/D
Morning drive to Nazareth, home of Joseph and Mary and closely associated with Christianity to see the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church and Mary’s Well before heading to Cana of Galilee between Nazareth and Tiberias. Next is Yardenit, the place where the Jordan river exits the Sea of Galilee a popular Baptism site. Continue to Beit She’an, a where excavations have uncovered the remains of 20 settlements dating from the Neolithic/Chalcolithic period. Drive along the Jordan River to Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem.
Thursday, Day 5 Jerusalem – Old City B/D
Start the day with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the City. Visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and the Room of Last Supper located on Mt. Zion, a hill outside the walls of the Old City. Enter the walls of the Old City and visit the Herodian Cardo, the Temple Mount (entrance to the mosques not included), the Wailing or Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Grief” is said to be the path along which Jesus walked carrying His cross to His crucifixion and is marked by the Nine Stations of the Cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre contains the last Five Stations of the Cross. Stop at the Oriental Bazaar where anything and everything is for sale. A visit will also be made to the Garden Tomb. Overnight: Jerusalem.
Friday, Day 6 Jerusalem – New City and Bethlehem* B/D
Drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist to visit the Church of Visitation. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the somber and moving memorial to the Holocaust. Next is the Israel Museum, founded in 1965 located on a hill in Givat Ram. This remarkable building houses the Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 11 caves in and around Qumran. Stop at the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem dating back to the time of the Second Temple on a 1:50 scale. Proceed to Bethlehem* where the Church of Nativity forms part of Manger Square and is considered to be the oldest continuously active Christian Church in the world. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem.
*Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit subject to confirmation.
Saturday, Day 7 Jerusalem/Dead Sea/Masada B/D
Start the day with a drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth to visit the legendary isolated mountaintop fortress of Masada built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod and ascend by cable car to the top. This was the last stronghold of the 960 Jews who chose to commit mass suicide rather than be enslaved to the Romans. Tour the ancient fortress and visit the remains of the palaces, synagogues, bathhouses and walls descend by cablecar and return to Jerusalem. Overnight: Jerusalem.
Sunday, Day 8 Jerusalem/Ben Gurion Airport B
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight home.
Tours are based on a minimum of 20 participants and are guaranteed outside 14 days of departure. Bookings made within 14 days of departure are on a request basis. This itinerary can also be extended and tailor-made for groups.
LAND TOUR INCLUDES:
Transfers to and from the airport
Ground transportation on private air conditioned motor coach
English speaking tour guide
Hotel Accommodation based on double occupancy
Meals as specified (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)
Entrance fees to points of interest specified
Airfare, Gratuities, Taxes and Insurance