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Welcome to Israel and the start of your Biblical adventure. We’ll be there to meet you at airport in Tel Aviv and transfer you to our hotel in Jerusalem, where you can relax for the rest of the day.
Begin the day with a trip to the Mount of Olives for splendid views of Jerusalem. We then move onto the Garden of Gethsemane and discover the glistening mosaics of the nearby Church of Agony. Continue to the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book to see the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Scattered over 45 acres of the Mount of Remembrance is Yad Vashem is our next stop, a vast, landscaped complex with a fascinating museum and a dozen memorials built to honour the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. We pay our respects and learn more about how this tragedy shaped the modern State of Israel. Later we visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist.
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, Walking the Via Dolorosa – to the Stations of the Cross ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in the Old City. We’ll also have time to wander the colourful bazaars and pick up some souvenirs. 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.
Leaving Jerusalem we drive north via Jericho, the oldest city in the world to Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation that dominates the city’s skyline. 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 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 the Fish & Bread took place. Our day ends with a short tour of Tiberias, an ancient centre of Jewish learning.
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 party centre on the Mediterranean coast.
Today is free and at your leisure.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to Tel Aviv 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 ...