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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 your hotel in Jerusalem.
Ascend the Mount of Olives to marvel at the spectacular view of the Holy City of Jerusalem and visit the Chapel of the Ascension. Continue downhill to Pater Noster, the traditional site of Christ's teaching of the Lord's Prayer. Then arrive to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus endured his agony under the ancient olive trees. Cross the Kidron Valley and visit Mt. Zion, starting with the Room of Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. Also view Dormition Abbey and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu then return to your hotel after a full days fascinating touring.
Today is dedicated to the Old city of Jerusalem. Enter by Jaffa Gate to the Tower of David Museum. Continue through the Jewish Quarter and the restored Roman Cardo and arrive to the Wailing Wall. We then walk the Via Dolorosa from the Church of the Flagellation, and then to the Church of St. Anne, the Pools of Bethseda and the Ecce Homo Arch. Our touring continues with exploring the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Golgotha before our last stop. The open Arab Bazaar, where you can enjoy free time, buy souvernirs and test your negotiating skills with the local merchants.
Today we discover new Jerusalem, starting with the official memorial site of Yad Vashem, a sprawling complex dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. After paying our respects we head to Ein Karem, a picturesque village where John the Baptist was born. Spend some time in the Israel Museum visiting the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple. Passing the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of the Hebrew University we make our way to Bethlehem where we visit Rachel’s Tomb and 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.
Today walk on the Footsteps of Jesus! Start the day in Capernaum, with the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached, and continue to the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Tabgha). Then explore the Mount of Beatitudes is where He delivered the Sermon on the Mount. In the afternoon we will journey north to Caesarea Phillipi, (Banias) where Jesus decided to return to Jerusalem. Return via the Golan Heights to the area around the Sea of Galilee where we will visit the Jordan River and Yardenit, the baptismal site. End the day with a memorable boat ride in a replica of the fishing boats used in times of Jesus.
Depart Tiberias and drive to Haifa passing by St. John of Acre to enjoy the medieval fortifications. Haifa 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. Proceed to Caesarea, the ancient Roman and later Crusader port. We will see the amphitheater and the aqueduct. The site has also Christian importance as here was the conversion of Cornelius the centurion, the conversion of the first gentile. We will arrive into Tel Aviv this evening.
Today we explore Tel Aviv, Israel’s most cosmopolitan city, with sandy white beaches fringing its western shore. Waterside restaurants and coffee shops serve ethnic food alongside gourmet dishes which can be enjoyed this evening along with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Later we travel on to the charismatic and beautiful city of Jaffa. Seaside Jaffa dates back thousands of years and is where St. Peter had his vision on the rooftop of the House of Simon the Tanner and raised Tabitha from the dead. Jonah set sail to Tarshish from Jaffa and King Solomon built his port on the Mediterranean there.
Spend the next days at leisure exploring the city in your own time.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the 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 ...