Day 1. Arrival to Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2. Caesarea – Megiddo – Haifa – Acre – Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, head north to Caesarea, the fortified harbor city that was built 2000 years ago by King Herod. We will visit the Roman amphitheatre, the ancient aqueduct, the fortress and the old harbor area. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon, to visit the archaeological excavations, including the well-preserved water supply system. On to Haifa via the Mukhraka, also called the Horns of Carmel, to view the site where Elijah fought the false prophets. On Mount Carmel, we will pass Stella Maris, the Carmelite Monastery, the Chapel of the Holy Family and Elijah’s Cave. A short journey will take us to Acre, an ancient Crusader city and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit the subterranean Crusader quarter, the impressive Turkish Kahn and the ancient harbor. On to the Galilee region for dinner and overnight.
Day 3. Sea of Galilee – Golan Heights – Caesarea Philippi
After breakfast we drive via the home of Mary Magdalene to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. We continue to Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his followers, to see the remains of the house of Peter and the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached to the multitudes. Continue to Tabgha on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and view the place where the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes took place. Visit the Church of St. Peter where Peter got his primacy from the Lord and where the Rock of Mensa Christi is located. Head north to the Golan Heights to visit the Banias, also known as Caesarea Philipi. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Nazareth – Beit She’an – Jericho – Jerusalem
Start the day with a morning boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. View the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to the times of Jesus. Visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River and continue to Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle – changing water into wine. A short drive will take us to Nazareth via Mary’s Well, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. On to Mount Tabor to enjoy the spectacular view of the Galilee and visit the Church of Transfiguration, where Jesus was transfigured in the presence of Peter, James and John. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the biblical oldest city for a view of the Mount of Temptation. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 5. Jerusalem
Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives Walk down the hill to the Church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension, and then on to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, where we see the Rock of Agony where Jesus recited hislast prayer before he was arrested. Later we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock and then walk to the Western Wall, the holiest shrine for the Jews. Continue to the Pools of Bethesda,St. Anne’s Church (the birthplace of Mary), the Chapel of Flagellation and Ecce Homo Arch (‘Behold the Man’). Later we walk through the restored Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, where we visit the Upper Room,the tomb of King David and the House of Caiaphas, where Jesus was kept the night after he was arrested. Lastly we visit Dormition Abbey and the Church of Peter in Gallicantu. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 6. Jerusalem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, which was built over the place where Jesus was born. A short drive will take us to Ein Kerem to see the birthplace of John the Baptist and the site of the Visitation, which commemorates the meeting between Mary and her cousin Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. Return to Jerusalem to visit the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible in the world, as well as the impressive model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Then we will return to Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, the famous Holocaust Museum. Overnight and farewell dinner in Jerusalem.
Day 7. Qumran – Dead Sea – Massada
After breakfast we descend via the Judean desert to the Dead Sea area – the lowest point on earth. We ascend by cable car to Massada, the fortress where almost one thousand Jews preferred their own death over surrendering to the Roman forces. Tour the unique landscape and the impressive ruins of the fortress built by Herod. On to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered and, if time permits, enjoy a “float” in the therapeutic and mineral-rich waters of the Dead sea. Continue to Jericho, the world’s oldest city, from which we can view the Mt. of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the devil. Our final stop is Bethany, the site of Lazarus’ tomb and the House of Mary and Martha.
Overnight and dinner in Jerusalem
Day 8. Departure
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.