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Arrive Ben Gurion office, meet and greet by your guide and transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Full day exploring Tel Aviv: start with the White City and Rostchild Blvd. and learn about the Bauhaus architectural style (UNESCO World Heritage Site), continue to the Carmel Market, the most famous in the area and the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, that Tuesdays and Fridays gets full with artists’ stands and street spectacles. We will then visit Neve Zedek, Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood outside Jaffa and today considered Tel Aviv’s Soho. Finally arrive to Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. See the museum in the Old City and the House of Simon the Tanner.
Depart Tel Aviv and drive to Caesarea, built by Herods the Great and site of the trial of Paul. Proceed to Haifa for an overview atop of Mt Carmel, where Elijah challenged the prophets Baal, and see the Baha’I Gardens. We then drive to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood. We will see the Basilica of the Annunciation and Joseph’s Workshop. Finally drive by Cana, site of the Lord’s first miracle turning water into wine, to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Today explore the most important Christian sites around the Lake of Galilee. Start with a visit to Capernaum, the fishing village where Jesus preached and see the Synagogue where it probably happened. From here to Tabgha, site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and the Mt of Beatitudes, place of the Sermon on the Mount. We will then cross the lake in a wooden boat for and end the day in the Baptismal site of Yardenit.
Depart Tiberias drive to the Biblical Landscape Reserve of Neot Kedumim for a tree planning ceremony. The Reserve aims for the renewal of the flora and fauna of Biblical times, where we also learn about the ways of leaving. We will then visit Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, with the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds’ Fields. Upon arrival to Jerusalem welcome ceremony in Hass Promenade. Optional: Welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall and Jerusalem by night.
Start the day with an overview of the Golden City atop of Mt of Olives, and then onto the Garden of Gethsemane, with the ancient olives trees and the Basilica of All Nations. We then enter the Old City for a walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo, to the Western Wall, the holiest place for the Jewish People. We then will walk through the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus walked on His way to the crucifixion. Visit St Anne’s Church, the Ecce Homo Arch and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Free time at the Arab Bazaar before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Start the day visiting Mt Zion with the Upper Room, place of the Last Supper, and the Tomb of King David. Proceed to the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book, house of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Model of Jerusalem in times of the Second Temple. We then visit Yad Vashem, the Memorial of the Jewish Holocaust of six million Jews during WWII. From here to the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Explore the narrow alleys and the artists’ galleries. Optional: tastings tour in Machane Yehuda Market, probably the most colorful in Israel.
Free day in Jerusalem.
Depart Jerusalem and drive through the Judean Wilderness to the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea. Start in Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish People in their revolt against the Romans after the destruction of the Second Temple. We will then enjoy a float in the unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea. Continue along the Arava Desert to Eilat.
Free day. Optional: snorkeling or scuba diving in Eilat.
Depart Eilat and drive to the Ramon Crater, a unique geological formation of the Negev Desert. From here we drive to Kibbutz Sde Boker, last home of former prime minister David Ben Gurion who believed in the population of Southern Israel. Continue to Tel Aviv for check-in. Dinner and overnight Tel Aviv. Optional: Tel Aviv by night.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.