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Dead Sea Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF ISRAEL 97

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Day 1: Tel Aviv - Nazareth

Welcome to Israel and the start of your Biblical adventure. We'll be there to meet you at the airport in Tel Aviv and transfer you to your hotel in the town of Nazareth.

Day 2: Nazareth

After breakfast, we drive to Haifa and enjoy a panoramic view of the bay and the beautiful Baha’i Gardens atop of Mt Carmel. We then proceed to Muhraka, the site where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal. The next stop is Megiddo, the site of the Armageddon according to the Scriptures. Return to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and St Joseph’s Workshop then after a short tour in the traditional market to view Mary’s Well we return to your hotel.

Day 3: Nazareth - Jerusalem

Today at the Sea of Galilee we visit Peter’s House and the ruins of the ancient synagogue in Capernaum, Mount Beatitudes, and Tabgha where the miracle of the Fish & Bread took place. Our day ends with a short tour of Tiberias, an ancient centre of Jewish learning. Last stop, enjoy a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee in a replica of the fishing boats from Jesus time, before returning to the hotel for the night.

Day 4: Jerusalem

This morning we drive to Caesarea Maritima, built by Herod the Great. Here Peter the apostle baptized Cornelius the Centurion, what is known as the conversion of the first gentile. Continue to Tel Aviv, drive by Rostchild Blvd and learn about the Bauhaus architectural style. After, we drive to Jaffa, the oldest inhabited port city. Here, visit St Peter’s Church and see the house of Simon the Tanner. We then drive by the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. Enjoy a panoramic view from Mt Scopus before check-in to your hotel.

Day 5: Jerusalem

Start the day with the spectacular panoramic views from Mt. Scopus before a stop at the Mount of Olives, the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer. We visit the Garden of Gethsemane before heading to the Old City where we see the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Just outside of the Old City is Mount Zion with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.

Day 6: Jerusalem

After breakfast drive to Mt Zion we visit the Tomb of King David, the Upper Room where the Last Supper took place and the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, which commemorates Peter's triple rejection of Jesus. Next we will visit the City of David, it’s here where Kind David founded the capital of his kingdom. We will then walk in illuminated darkness through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses at the City of David, the place where Jerusalem was born (water reaches the knee).

Day 7: Jerusalem - Dead Sea

An excursion today takes us to the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea and Masada, a UNESCO-listed fortress situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. We ascend by cable car to the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Here we visit the excavations of King Herod’s palace, the synagogue and bathhouse. The site also offers spectacular views of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. We’ll also see the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered before heading to your hotel in to Ein Bokek on the shores of the Dead Sea.

Day 8: Dead Sea

Enjoy a day to relax and go swimming in the mineral rich waters.

Relaxing in the Dead Sea

Day 9: Dead Sea - Jerusalem

This morning we enjoy a hike to Bokek Stream, a short and easy trip in the desert which also includes all the best that the desert has to offer: vast mountainous spaces, stream flora and water. Then we drive to Jerusalem for arrival in the later afternoon.

Day 10: Jerusalem

Today we discover new Jerusalem, starting with the official memorial site of Yad Vashem, a sprawling complex dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. After paying our respects we head to Ein Karem, a picturesque village where John the Baptist was born. Spend some time in the Israel Museum visiting the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. Passing the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of the Hebrew University we make our way to Bethlehem where we visit Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity.

Day 11: Jerusalem

After breakfast we drive to the Ellah Valley, where David fought Goliath. We will visit the Trappist Monastery of Latrun, and besides the Abby the monks produce very good wine. We then drive south pass Beit shemesh to Beit Guvrin National Park. Here we will participate in an actual archaeological dig, including: digging, sifting, pottery examination and touring the National Park of Beit Guvrin with an exciting crawl through un excavated cave systems. Return to Jerusalem for the later evening.

Day 12: Jerusalem

Our tour concludes today after breakfast. Included departure transfer to Ben Gurion airport. Happy Travels!