A Classical Biblical Odyssey
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A Classical Biblical Odyssey

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Tel Aviv Enjoy full meal service on your scheduled wide-bodied flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem
  • Arrival You will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to Jerusalem for a stay of four nights.
  • Walk in the Old Quarter An introductory walk in the Old Quarter will whet your appetite for the feast of sites to be visited and sights to enjoy in the next few days.
Day 3 Bethlehem – Jerusalem
  • Basilica of the Nativity We will have a morning visit to Bethlehem, a city featured prominently in both the Old and New Testaments. We will enter the Basilica of the Nativity and descend to the Grotto of the Nativity in the lower level of the church.
  • Herod's Jerusalem We return to Jerusalem where our sightseeing includes the model of Herod's Jerusalem, the John F. Kennedy Memorial, En Karem, the Shrine of the Book to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mt. Zion, and Yad Vashem, an incredible memorial to the Holocaust.
Day 4 Old Jerusalem
  • Via Dolorosa We will spend a full day in Old Jerusalem and our sightseeing will include following the Via Dolorosa, the route taken by Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Garden of Gethsemane, and an ascent of the Mount of Olives for a view over Jerusalem.
Day 5 Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi, and Masada
  • Dead Sea We will make a full day excursion into the Judean Desert and to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
  • Qumran We will continue to Qumran, where the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.
  • Ein Gedi At Ein Gedi, we will visit an oasis in the arid desert with abundant pools and waterfalls.
  • Palace and Fortress of Masada The mountaintop Palace and Fortress of Masada will take your breath away. If the setting alone is not sufficient, the amazing story of the 960 Zealots who preferred suicide rather than face being enslaved by the Romans will keep you enthralled.
Day 6 Jericho – Nazareth – Tiberias – Galilee Kibbutz
  • Jericho We will drive to the Galilee, stopping at Jericho, believed to be the most ancient city in the world.
  • Nazareth Our next stop is Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Our sightseeing includes The Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary's Well.
  • Tiberius Our day ends at Tiberius, a former Crusader and Turkish stronghold as well as an important site of Jewish pilgrimage. We will stay in a Galilee Kibbutz for the next two nights.
Day 7 River Jordan – Hazor – Safed – Mt. of the Beatitudes – Capernaum – Taghba
  • Mt. of the Beatitudes We will cross the River Jordan and drive to the Mt. of the Beatitudes. The nearby Church of the Beatitudes commemorates the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Capernaum We will continue to Capernaum, a lakeside village on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Capernaum is referred to frequently in the New Testament as a center of Jesus' preaching and as the home of many of his disciples, most notably Peter.
  • Church of the Multiplication We will visit the Church of the Multiplication, which commemorates the miracle there. It was at this spot that Jesus delegated the Primacy of the Church to Peter.
Day 8 Haifa – Mt. Carmel – Megiddo – Caesarea – Tel Aviv/Jaffa
  • Haifa At Haifa, world center of the Bahai faith, we will visit the ornate Bahai Shrine, whose golden dome is a characteristic landmark.
  • Mt. Carmel and Megiddo Our journey takes us past sacred Mount Carmel to Megiddo. According to Biblical traditions, Armageddon or the final Apocalyptic battle between the forces of good and evil will take place in Megiddo.
  • Caesarea We will continue to Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in 20 BC as an official residence of the Kings. After the destruction of Jerusalem, Caesarea served as the capital of the Holy Land for almost 500 years.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv We will follow the Mediterranean coast to Tel Aviv/Jaffa and we will enjoy a farewell dinner in Old Jaffa.
Day 9 Departure from Tel Aviv
  • Flight Home Your enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as your guide accompanies you to the airport for the return flight home.