Heritage of the Holyland

8 days / 7 nights

Guaranteed departure every Thursday

THURSDAY

Upon arrival you will meet our representative and be transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

FRIDAY: TEL AVIV – SEA OF GALILEE – TIBERIAS

Breakfast at the hotel and then take a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town of Jaffa (Joppa). Pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at see the views from the hill top. Then, continue up north along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. From there proceed to Megiddo where the book of Revelation mentions a great battle at the place called “Armageddon” (an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6000-500 B.C.). After exploring the ancient ruins we’ll drive toward the Sea of Galilee, Arrive at Tiberias and check-in into the hotel for overnight.

SATURDAY: SEA OF GALILEE

Breakfast at the hotel and start the day from historic Tiberias, where Jesus lived, sojourned, and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Our next destination will be Capernaum, the center of Jesus ministry. We continue to Tabgha, just north of Tiberias, site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000 and at the Church of Multiplication where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes. We drive on to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and where it is believed that Jesus picked his twelve apostles. We’ll ascend to the Golan Heights to view the panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights, and beneath it the green pastoral Huleh valley. Return to Tiberias for another lovely night in town.

SUNDAY: SEA OF GALILEE – JORDAN RIVER – JERUSALEM

After breakfast, travel to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle: turning water into wine. We proceed to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood, and visit the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. Then visit Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean with its recently excavated amphitheater to visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City which was destroyed in an earthquake and then onward to Jerusalem for overnight.

MONDAY: DEAD SEA & MASADA

Breakfast at the hotel and then we travel to visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea we’ll travel to Masada which is situated right on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, the bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit as if weather permits it’s possible to “float” on the salty, mineral rich, water. Return to Jerusalem for an overnight.

TUESDAY: JERUSALEM

We start the day, after breakfast at the hotel, at Mt. Scopus. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem. The holy city for the world’s three great religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Your tour includes the Mount of Olives, a stop at the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the Old City you’ll see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Return to hotel.

WEDNESDAY: JERUSALEM

Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s tour includes Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust established in 1953, located on the foot of Mt. Hertzel. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village on the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to the tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit the Israel Museum with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of Hebrew University. If situation permitting, we might visit Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure.

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