HOLYLAND

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

DAY 1

Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv for an overnight.

DAY 2
TEL AVIV – JAFFA – CAESAREA – HAIFA – ACRE

After breakfast, we take a short tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and then drive along the coastal road to Caesarea. Visit the Roman Theatre, Crusader Fortress and the Aqueduct. Continue to Haifa and visit Stella Maris, the Carmelite Monastery. Proceed to the top of Mount Carmel and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and bay. Visit the Bahai Shrine and Gardens, and continue to Acre to see the Old Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. We travel to the hotel in the Galilee for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
GALILEE – TIBERIAS – NAZARETH

After breakfast, we drive to Nazareth to visit the church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Carpentry Shop. Continue via Cana, the site of the first miracle, to Tiberias for a short boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. We continue then to Capernaum to see the Ruins of the Town of Jesus. Continue to Tabgha, where the miracle of the multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes was performed. Drive to the summit of the Mount of Beatitudes. We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4
YARDENIT – GOLAN HEIGHTS – JORDAN VALLEY – JERUSALEM

After breakfast, we ascend to the Golan Heights to see a former Syrian fortification. Depart from the Galilee via Yardenit, the baptism site. Drive to Beit-Shean and visit the excavations of the old Roman city. Continue along the Jordan Valley passing by Jericho. Ascend to Jerusalem for a short orientation tour and a first taste of this unique city. Arrive at the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5
JERUSALEM NEW CITY – BETHLEHEM

After breakfast, we depart to Jerusalem new city to visit the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are displayed and the Model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. We continue to Yad Vashem Museum, the memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Then, we drive to Ein Karem to visit the church of St. John the Baptist and the Basilica of the Visitation. In the afternoon, we continue to Bethlehem to see the church of the Nativity. We return to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6
JERUSALEM OLD CITY

After breakfast, we drive to Mount Scopus and enjoy the magnificent view of Jerusalem, then on to the Mount of Olives. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Basilica of the Agony. We enter the Old City of Jerusalem by one of its Gates to visit: the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock (entrance to the mosques is not allowed). Then, we walk along the Via Dolorosa through the Cardo and the bazaar to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. On to Mount Zion to see David’s Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. Return to the hotel in Jerusalem. Farewell dinner with diplomas of Jerusalem Pilgrim.

DAY 7
JERUSALEM

After breakfast, day at leisure. Optional tour to Massada and the Dead Sea: Leave Jerusalem and drive via Ma’ale Adumim and the Good Samaritan Inn. Descend through the Judean Desert to the salty shores of the Dead Sea, the world’s lowest point (390 mts below sea level). Ascend by cable car to visit the spectacular Zealot fortress of Massada. Afterwards free time to enjoy a bath at the Dead Sea salty water. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 8
TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

After breakfast at the hotel, if times allows it, we departure to Ben Gurion Airport for boarding formalities.

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