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Mid-morning arrival in Israel. Meet your guide and driver, and drive through the modern city of Tel Aviv, founded 100 years ago on the Mediterranean shore. Next we have a short tour of the ancient port city of Jaffa ("Joppa"), from where the prophet Jonah set sail, and where the "cedars of Lebanon", sent by the Phoenicians, arrived to be used in King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem nearly 3,000 years ago. We drive "up" to Jerusalem, the Holy City. Our first stop is on the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City. Then we visit the beautiful Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus hid and was captured by the Romans, with its 2,000 year old olive trees and the Church of the Agony (also called the Church of All Nations).
Breakfast in your 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.
Breakfast in your hotel. 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. A Communion Service can be arranged here. Then drive to Bethlehem, place of Jesus' Birth, and visit the Basilica of the Nativity. Continue north along the Jordan River Valley, following the border between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan on our way to the Galilee, with a view to the modern city of Jericho and the Mount of Temptation from the road. Arrive at the Sea of Galilee and your hotel in Tiberias.
Breakfast in your hotel. 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 here a Baptismal service will be arranged.
Breakfast in your hotel. 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.
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 ...