|Departs From:||Tel-Aviv / Jerusalem|
|Depart Hour:||7:15 / 8:30|
Day 1: Jerusalem – Old and New
Panoramic overview from the Mount of Olives, overlook Jerusalem-new city and the Temple Mount Esplanade of old city. Travel along the Kidron Valley to view the Garden of Gethsemane and the walls of the city . Via the Armenian Quarter enter The Western (Wailing) Wall square via the local Bazaar to the Christian Quarter, the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of the crucifixion.
Walk along the 1700 year old Byzantine main street, the Cardo and the renovated Jewish Quarter. Ascend to Mt. Zion, and on Saturdays – visit the Hall of last supper & David’s tomb. Tour the new city by car to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Overnight in Jerusalem hotel.
* Modest dress: Covered shoulders / No shorts required.
** On Fridays, Saturdays & High Holidays – Holocaust Museum is closed. Visit instead Kind David’s Tomb, Hall of last supper & Garden of Gethsemane.
Day 2: Follow Jesus & John the Baptist through the desert
We begin with a breathtaking view of the Monastery of St George in Wadi Kelt, hanging on the rock cliff. Stop at the location of Jews Castle, Kassar el Yahud known traditionally as the site on the Jordan river where Jesus was baptised by John the baptist, and as the spot where people of Israel crossed over into the land of Israel. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to visit Qumran the first settlement of the Essenes sect and the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls. If possible, visit the Mt of Temptation in Jericho. Overnight in Jerusalem hotel.
Day 3: Jerusalem In the footsteps of Jesus
Start tour on Mt. of Olives for view of the Old and New city. Visit the Patre Nostre and the site of Mary’s Ascension, and view the Prayer of the Lord written in 123 languages. Walk down to Dominus Flevit, the site where Jesus foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem. Continue to Gardens of Gethsemane, church of all nations, place where Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Romans. Overlook Valley of Kidron to see the tombs of Absalom, Jeosphate and Zaccariah from 2nd temple period. Enter the old city at Lions Gate to visit Church of St. Anne, the home of Mary and the pool of Bethesda. Visit the Notre Dame De Sion – location of the striped pavement (Litho Strosos) where Jesus was condemned and where the Via Dolorosa begins. Overnight in Jerusalem hotel.
Day 4: Northern Galilee
Drive north along the coastal road, on route stop at overlook on Megiddo and continue to Beth Shean, the extensive excavations of an ancient Roman city. Drive through the Jordan Valley, stop at the Baptismal site on the Jordan River. Ascend to the Golan Heights with an overview from Hammat Gader of Triangular Border with Syria, Jordan & Israel, on route to the Shalom Observatory. Onwards to the city of Katzrin the Talmudic capital of the Golan. Ascend to Mt Bental, overlook Kuneitra Valley. Short stop for overview of former Syrian fortification. Descend to the Hula Valley for overnight stay at Kibbutz hotel.
Day 5: The Golan
Take a short tour of a kibbutz settlement. Visit the Banyas Reserve (Caesarea Philippi) the source of the Jordan River- with its flowing icy water. Then onto visit the crusader castle fortress Ka’alat Nimrod and then onto Birkat Ram a natural lake located on an extint volcano at the foot of Mt Hermon. Srive south to Safed to visit ancient synagogues and the artists quarter.
Day 6: Caeserea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra
Exit north to Caesarea, the ancient Roman Capital and port. Walking tour of theatre and archaeological ruins and excavations. Continue to Haife, Mt. Carmel, scenic view of Bahai garden, city and port. Drive to Rosh Hanikra to visit the limestone grottos and view border with Lebanon. Return via Acre to visit the Crusader underground city and crypt. Walk through the Old City market. Overnight in kibbutz
Day 7: Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee
Begin the journey north by travelling along Israel’s scenic coastal plain via the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. In Nazareth visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph’s carpentry. Onwards via Kafer Cana to view the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Stop to view the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Overlooking Tiberias to the site of baptismal on the Jordan River – Yardenit (optional baptismal service for the participants). Overnight in Tel-Aviv
Day 8: Free Day
Day 9: Bethlehem and Jericho
Bethlehem is the birthplace of King David, meaning City of Bread as a result of the wheat crop that grew in the region. According to Christian tradition, Jesus was born there. We will drive to Bethlehem via Nativity Circle, visit the cave where Jesus was born and the Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Also visit the Greek and the Catholic Church and the Milk Grotto, where Mary fed her son. Overview the Sheperd Fields and visit the church.
Depart for the Judean desert, on route view the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Overlook the breathtaking view of the moon landscaped Judean desert. Short stop at sea-level and continue to Jericho – the oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacheus Sycamore, the oldest Sycamore tree which Zacheus climbed in order to see Jesus walking by. We will visit the Mound of Ancient Jericho where 25 ancient cities were uncovered. Jericho was founded at 8000 B.E.C and famous from the biblical story in which spies where hosted there. Jericho is also the oldest Jewish settlement, captured by Joshua and Israel in 1200 B.E.C. Stop for overview of Mt. Temptation where the Satan tried to tempt Jesus and overview on the oasis of Jericho and Elisha’s spring. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10: Massada and the Dead Sea
Descend to the Judean Desert via the inn of the Good Samaritan. Ascend Massada by cable car to tour the 2000-year-old fortress and palace built by King Herod. Drive via Ein Gedi and Qumran, overview the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Float in the mineral-rich Dead Sea – at 400m. below sea level, the lowest place on earth. Take a mud-bath! And benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. Drive back to Jerusalem with over view of Jerico and old Roman Road. Following the tour to Massada we spend approximately 2 hours at Mineral beach. Overnight in Tel-Aviv
* Recommended hats, bathing suits, towels, comfortable shoes and beach thongs.
- Price including overnight p/p in a double room, b & b
- Single supplement $45 p/p per night
- High season supplement $45 p/p per night
- Available 5* Hotels for additional $60 p/p per night