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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. See some of the world’s oldest olives trees at the Garden of Gethsemane and discover the 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, a vast, landscaped complex with a fascinating museum. We pay our respects and learn more about how the holocaust 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 Old City through one of the fabled gates. Within its walls we explore the 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. 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 afternoon in Bethlehem visiting the Church of the Nativity.
Leaving Jerusalem 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.
Our tour concludes today after breakfast. Included departure transfer to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv which is around 1hr 40mins. Happy Travels!
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...