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This morning we collect you from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and drive you to Caesarea, the ancient Roman and later Crusader port. We will see the amphitheatre and the aqueduct. Continue along the Sharon Plains to Haifa which is famous for housing the Shrine of the Baha’i, a monotheistic religion founded in 19th-century Persia. From here enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and admire the beautiful gardens. End the day visiting Acre, visiting the Hospitalier Fortress with the famous Knights' Halls, the headquarters of the order. Finally arrive to the Khan al-Umdan, the beautiful hostel built by the Ottomans in 1784.
Today explore some of the Christian Holy Sites around the Sea of Galilee. Start at Capernaum, a fishing village in ancient times and visit the synagogue where Jesus preached. Continue to the Mt of Beatitudes, the site of one of the most famous sermons, the Sermon on the Mount. We will then drive to Katzrin, the capital of the Golan region and enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Golan Heights Winery, probably the most renowned in Israel, and then continue to Mizpe Shalom, The Peace Lookout. With an outstanding view over Syria and northern Israel, lean about the Six Day War and the Israel-Syria conflict.
After breakfast ascend to the Golan Heights, to the lookout point in Mt Bental. We will learn about the strategic situation and the Six Day War, when Israel annexed the area from Syria. The Golan Heights are also home of a large Druze population. The Druze religion has its roots in Ismailism, blending Islamic monotheism with Greek philosophy and Hindu influences. We will visit one of their villages and learn about their daily life under Israeli rule and their contact with their relatives on the other side of the border. Later today explore Safed, the city of the Kabalah then back to the hotel.
Today drive to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, where Angel Gabriel told Mary she would give birth, and Joseph’s Workshop. You will have a few moments of atop of the Mt of Precipice, believed to the site of the Rejection of Jesus by the people of Nazareth. Then visit to Sepphoris, the former Roman capital of the Galilee and seat of the Sanhedrin in the second century A.D., where among numerous impressive mosaics you can see the Mona Lisa of the Galilee.
Today drive to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis and one best preserved Roman cities. Here visit the Roman Theater and amphitheater, Paladius Street, Canaanite Tel, Philistine temple, and new excavations in the area. Continue by the Jordan to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and visit the visitors’ center, the Essene farm, and the Qumran caves (the actual finding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls). After, we drive back to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...