DAY 1 – ARRIVAL
Our Representative will meet you at the airport, and we will go to Jerusalem and you will stay overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 2 – MOUNT OF OLIVES, TEMPLE MOUNT, MOUNT ZION
We'll ascend to the Mount of Olives to the Chapel of the Ascension and enjoy a view of Jerusalem. We'll descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. On to St. Peter Galicantu built over Caiaphas House. We'll drive to the Old City of Jerusalem and continue on foot to the Western (Wailing) Wall and the Temple Mount. On Mount Zion, we'll visit the Cenacle (Room of the Last Supper and the Pentecost) and King David’s Tomb. We will have dinner and stay overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 3 – OLD CITY, GARDEN TOMB, BETHLEHEM.
We'll enter the Old City via St. Stephen’s gate to visit the Pool of Bethesda. We will continue to Litostrotos where Pilate judged Jesus. Then we'll walk via the Damascus Gate to the Garden Tomb. Visit the Museum of the History of Jerusalem at David’s Citadel. We will move on to the biblical city of Bethlehem, spread along the Judean Hills, to visit the Church of Nativity, birthplace of Jesus and the first church ever built. View on the Shepherd’s Field, where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. We will have dinner and stay overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 4 – EIN KAREM- NEW CITY OF JERUSALEM.
We'll drive to Ein Karem to the biblical village in which St. John the Baptist was born. Visit the Church of St. John the Baptist. Visit the church of Visitation, to commemorate the visit of Mary to Ein Karem, and the meeting between St. John the Baptist’s Mother Elizabeth. Then we can continue on to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, to see the memorial to the loss of millions of human lives during WWII. We'll Proceed to the Israel Museum, to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in the Shrine of the Book, the most exciting archeological discovery of this century. We will have dinner and stay overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 5 JUDEAN DESERT-DEAD SEA-MASSADA-QUMRAN
Our route will lead us via the Judean Desert, and the shores of the Dead Sea, through the King David-Ein Gedi Oasis to the mountain fortress of Massada. We'll ascend by cable car to visit King Herod’s Palaces, the Roman Camp and the ancient Synagogue. We'll continue along the Dead Sea shoreline to Qumran, where we can visit the caves in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We'll return for dinner and stay overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 6- JERICHO-NAZARETH-CAPERNAUM-SEA OF GALILEE
Depart Jerusalem via Jericho, the oldest city in the world where we'll visit the ancient Tel and view the Mount of Temptation. We'll continue along the Jordan Valley to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood. We'll visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, and Joseph’s Carpenter Shop. Continue via Kana to the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Arrive at Capernaum, and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha. Then we'll come to a stop where we'll view the Mount of Beatitudes. Enjoy a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee. We will have dinner and stay overnight in Tiberias.
DAY 7 – ACCO-HAIFA-CAESREA-JAFFA-TEL-AVIV
We'll drive through the Galilee Hills to the ancient city of Acco (Acre), the Crusaders City and port. We will also visit the excavations of the Crypt of St. John, the Crusader fortress, and the Museum. We'll continue south along the coastal road to Haifa, the third largest city in Israel. Sights there will include the beautifully kept Persian Gardens surrounding the Bahai Shrine and the Carmelite Church on Mt. Carmel. At the foot of Mt. Carmel is Elijah’s Cave, sacred to Jews, Christians and Moslems. We will continue on to Caesarea for visits to the ancient Crusaders City, the large Roman Amphitheater and the Aqueduct. We'll proceed along the Mediterranean to the Old City of Jaffa (Joppa) and the City of John and Simon the Tanner. We will have dinner and stay overnight in Tel – Aviv or Natania on the Mediterranean.
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
Transfer to Ben Gurion. International Airport for departure.