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Day 1: Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel, upon arrival into Ben Gurion Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Tel Aviv - Galilee

After breakfast visit Jaffa, one the oldest port cities in the world, and drive past Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural and financial capital. Continue along the Sharon Plains to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, where you see the harbor where Paul was imprisoned and the amphitheater. Proceed to Nazareth, one of the holiest towns in Christendom, and see Mary’s Well and the Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation. Continue on to Cana to visit the Greek Orthodox Church, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Visit Sepphoris, once an important town, with its fine mosaics and excavations. Overnight Kibbutz Ein Gev

Day 3: Galilee

Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, then on to Tabgha, Greek for Seven Springs and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves. Continue on to explore Capernaum, headquarters of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and see the new church built on St. Peter’s house, and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles. Later visit Chorazim which was cursed by Our Lord because the people did not follow his teachings. Overnight Kibbutz Ein Gev

Day 4: Galilee - Jerusalem

Begin the day with a visit to Mt. Tabor and the Church of Transfiguration, before proceeding down the Jordan Valley towards Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis, to visit the Baptismal site on the River Jordan and St. Gerasimo's Monastery. The route takes you to the lowest point on Earths surface, the Dead Sea, where you will have the opportunity of floating in its salty waters. Continue on to Jerusalem for hotel check in.

Day 5: Jerusalem

Enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the Mount of Olives, visit the church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension. Walk down the Palm Sunday road, stopping at the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene and the Tomb of Holy Mother. Next is the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olives tress. Cross the Kidron Valley to Mt Zion, and visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where the Apostle denied Christ three times, the Room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb and the Church of the Dormition. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 6: Jerusalem

Enter the old city via Zion Gate to see the Wailing Wall, the Temple Mount, the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church (the birthplace of Mary), the Chapel of Flagellation, and Ecco Home Arch. Carry on to the Via Dolorosa, to the Prison of Christ, to retrace the final hours of Our Lord’s life as you pass the Stations of the Cross, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of His death and resurrection, where we are actually led into the Tomb.

Day 7: Jerusalem

After breakfast drive by the New City, see the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) with its famous Menorah and the Supreme Court. Visit 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. Later see Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust during WWII and the Monastery of St. Theodosius and Mar Saba founded in 5th century by monk Saba. Continue to Bethlehem and see the Shepherd’s Fields and Grotto, and the Monastery of Prophet Elias.

Day 8: Jerusalem

Your Israel tour comes to an end today, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Jordan. We will see you again in Amman.

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