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Welcome to Israel and the start of your Biblical adventure. We’ll be there to meet you in the arrivals hall at Tel Aviv airport with an 'on the go tours' sign. From there we transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem where our friendly staff will be there to assist with check in. Depending on arrival time we will conduct an in-depth tour briefing regarding the upcoming journey through the Holy Land tonight or tomorrow morning.
Begin the day with a trip to the Mount of Olives to see the view and some of the world’s oldest olives trees at the Garden of Gethsemane and the nearby Church of Agony. Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book to see the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of the Herodian City of Jerusalem. After some free time for lunch, we head out of town to visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Returning to the hotel the evening is yours at leisure. Our reps are on hand to advise on activities you can enjoy.
After breakfast today we head to the spectacular Old City through one of the fabled gates. Within its mighty walls we explore the renewed Jewish Quarter, the 2,000 year old Western Wall, Via Dolorosa; the route that Jesus is believed to have taken as he carried his cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Later we make our way to Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Spend the rest of the afternoon in Bethlehem visiting the Church of the Nativity and enjoying the views of Shepherds’ Fields. Returning to the hotel the evening is yours. Our reps are on hand to advise on activities you can enjoy.
Leaving Jerusalem we drive north via Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Continuing via the Jordan Valley we reach Beit Shean and explore the excavations of this beautiful Roman city. Afterwards we proceed to Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation. It’s the largest church in the Middle East and one of the Christian world’s most holy shrines. We also have time to visit Mary’s Well. We continue to Safed, city of the Kabala in the northern district of Galilee, for a walk through the mystic alleys and the artists’ colony. The evening is at your leisure, our reps are on hand to advise on activities you can enjoy.
This morning we drive to Golan Heights, a rocky plateau on the border with Syria, where we see the former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages. We continue via Banias, source of the Jordan River, to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Here we visit Peter’s House and the ruins of the ancient synagogue in Capernaum, Mount Beatitudes, and Tabgha where the miracle of Fish & Bread took place. Our day ends with a short tour of Tiberias, an ancient centre of Jewish learning. Returning to the hotel the evening is yours at leisure. Our reps are on hand to advise on activities you can enjoy.
Driving west we visit the medieval fortifications of Acre, a famous Crusader stronghold. In Haifa enjoy a tour of the Bahai Shrine, Persian Gardens and Mount Carmel for panoramic views of the city. Heading southwards to Caesarea we visit the Roman Theatre and Crusadar Fortress before arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel’s dynamic centre on the Mediterranean coast. Enjoy the evening at your hotel or explore the city at your leisure.
After breakfast depart Tel Aviv and drive south passing by the biblical Tel Beer Sheva. Arrive to Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth and visit the Fortress of Masada. Built on an impressive plateau by King Herod, the remains tell the story of the last days of the revolt of the Jews against the Romans after the destruction of the Second Temple. We will then have free time for a “float” in the salty waters before returning to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Sadly today our magical pilgrimage through the Holy Land comes to a conclusion. Our friendly local team will present you with certification of your pilgrimage and bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport.
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...