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Meet your guide and driver at Tel Aviv airport (flight arriving 15:10), and drive through to Jerusalem and check you into the hotel.
We enter the Old City of Jerusalem, and visit the Western ("Wailing") Wall. We tour the Southern Wall excavations and walk on the stairs where Jesus taught, that led into the Temple. After we see Bethesda Pool, and the Church of St. Anne. Nearby we stop at the Convent of the Sisters of Zion, to see remains of the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was kept in prison. Follow the Via Dolorosa ("Way of the Agonies") the path Jesus walked to the crucifixion, leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Mount Zion see the Church of St. Peter in Galicantu the traditional site of the house of the High Priest Caiaphus, where Jesus was imprisoned after being arrested.
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 and enjoy floating on the salty, mineral-rich waters (weather permitting), before heading back to Jerusalem.
Begin the day with a poigniant visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the national memorial to the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. Contine with a visit to the Garden Tomb, a beautiful site, and a place for peaceful meditation. Then drive to Bethlehem, place of Jesus' Birth, and visit the Basilica of the Nativity. We return to the hotel in Jerusalem.
We head to the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site of Acre (Akko). We have a half-day tour that allows you to fully discover this fascinating city whose history dates back almost 4, 000 years and which once played a pivotal role during the Crusaders. We continue on to Tiberias.
Enjoy a boat Ride on the lovely Sea of Galilee, remembering the events which took place on this lake. We visit Capernaum, which was Jesus’ headquarters during His ministry in Galilee. Continue to Tabgha, which is the site of the miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Drive onto Mount Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. In the afternoon we drive up to the Golan Heights Biblical Bashan for a panoramic view of the entire Sea of Galilee area. Finally, visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River, where the river meets the Sea of Galilee.
Drive through the western Galilee via the village of Cana where the wedding feast took place. Nearby we arrive in Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up and visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to Megiddo/Armageddon where we walk through excavations of King Solomon’s main fortified chariot city. Walk through the ancient water tunnel cut into the mountain to protect the spring from the Assyrian invaders. Next we drive to the Mediterranean coast, and stop to tour in Caesarea Maritima King Herod’s masterpiece city built to impress the emperor in Rome. After see the ancient Roman theatre, hippodrome for horse and chariot races and the Crusader city.
Today we will take you on a tour of Tel Aviv. Rest of the day is free.
Breakfast in your hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...