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Welcome to Israel and the start of your journey of exploration through the Promised Land. Arrive Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv and you will see our local team waiting to transfer you to Jerusalem for hotel check in. The rest of the day is at leisure.
We begin the day with a trip to the Mount of Olives for splendid views of Jerusalem. We then 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 to Calvary, and the Stations of the Cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in the Old City. Weaving through the labyrinth of alleys in the Armenian and Jewish Quarters, we arrive at Mt. Zion to view the Last Supper Room and King David’s Tomb. Later this afternoon we tour West Jerusalem including Parliament Hill.
Crossing into the West Bank we arrive in Bethlehem and tour Shepherd’s Field and the Church of the Nativity. The picturesque village of Ein Kerem - birth site and Church of St John the Baptist is our next stop. This afternoon take a dip in the ever warm mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. With its unusually high degree of buoyancy you can float without any effort at all and sinking is impossible!
First stop this morning is the holy town of Nazareth today, we visit Joseph’s Workshop, Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation - believed to be place where Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. Leaving Nazareth we drive through Cana of Galilee and follow the trail of miracles to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Visiting Tabgha - the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish, Capernaum and Mount of Beautitudes - where Jesus was said to deliver the Sermon on the Mount.
Today we explore Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city, with sandy white beaches fringing its western shore. Waterside restaurants and coffee shops serve ethnic food alongside gourmet dishes which can be enjoyed this evening along with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Later we travel on to the charismatic and beautiful city of Jaffa. Seaside Jaffa dates back thousands of years and is where St. Peter had his vision on the rooftop of the House of Simon the Tanner and raised Tabitha from the dead. Jonah set sail to Tarshish from Jaffa and King Solomon built his port on the Mediterranean there. Evening at leisure.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...