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Welcome to Israel and the start of your Biblical adventure. We’ll be there to meet you at airport and transfer you to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Begin the day with a trip to the Mount of Olives for splendid views of Jerusalem. See some of the world’s oldest olives trees at 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 and the beautifully renovated Model of the Herodian City of Jerusalem. Scattered over 45 acres of the Mount of Remembrance is Yad Vashem, a vast, landscaped complex with a fascinating museum and a dozen memorials built to honor the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. 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. 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. We’ll also have time to wander in the colourful bazaars. 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.
Depart Jerusalem and drive by the Judean Wilderness to the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea. Start at Qumra where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit the visitors’ centre, the Essene farm, and the Qumran caves. Continue to the fortress of Masada, a symbol for the Jewish People. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy the experience of floating in the salty waters or relax at the hotel spa.
Leaving the Dead Sea 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 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 Safed, city of the Kabala in the northern district of Galilee, for a walk through the mystic alleys and the artists’ colony.
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 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 offers free time for you to enjoy Tel Aviv your way.
Our tour concludes today after breakfast. Included departure transfer to Ben Gurion airport.
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...