Discover Israel with WorldStrides. A tiny nation born out of the desert, Israel offers an incredible diversity of experiences that defies its size and location. As the center of three major world religions, it is home to dozens of important religious sites that have inspired visitors of many faiths for generations. And this is no barren desert. Visitors are often surprised at the variety of landscapes and climates and the sophistication of the world-class cities that have emerged from it.
Enjoy full meal service on your scheduled wide-bodied flight to Tel Aviv.
Day2Travel to Jerusalem
Arrive at Ben Gurion AirportYou will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to Jerusalem for a stay of four nights.
Old Quarter WalkAn introductory walk in the Old Quarter will whet your appetite for the feast of sights to be visited in the next
Day3Explore Bethlehem & Jerusalem
Morning in BethlehemMorning visit to Bethlehem, which features 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.
Sightsee in JerusalemWe 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.
First PerformanceYour first concert performance will be today.
Take In the Holy CityWe 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.
Second PerformanceYour second concert performance will be today
Day5Day Trip to Judean Desert & the Dead Sea
Soak In the Dead SeaWe will begin the day with a stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
Qumran and Ein GediWe will continue to Qumran, where the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. At Ein Gedi we will visit
an oasis in the arid desert with abundant pools and waterfalls.
MasadaThe mountaintop Palace and Fortress of Masada will take your breath away. If the setting along is not sufficient, the amazing story of the 960 Zealots who preferred suicide rather than face enslavery by the Romans will keep you enthralled.
Day6North-Eastern Tour to Galilee
JerichoWe will drive to the Galilee stopping at Jericho, believed to be the most ancient city in the world.
NazarethOur next stop is Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Our sightseeing includes The Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary's Well.
TiberiusOur 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.
Day7Day Around the Sea of Galilee
Day of ExplorationWe will spend the day touring the River Jordan, Hazor, Safed, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernum, and Taghba.
Mt. of BeatitudesWe will cross the River Jordan and drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes. The nearby Church of the Beatitudes
commemorates the Sermon on the Mount.
CapernaumWe 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 centre of Jesus' preaching and as the home of many of his disciples, most notably Peter.
Church of the MultiplicationWe 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.
Day8Haifa to Tel Aviv
HaifaAt Haifa, world centre of the Bahai faith, we will visit the ornate Bahai Shrine, whose golden dome is a characteristic landmark. Our journey takes us past sacred Mount Carmel to Megiddo. According to biblical traditions ‘Armageddon’ or the final Apocalyptical battle between the forces of good and evil will take place in Megiddo.
CaesareaWe 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.
Return to Tel AvivWe will follow the Mediterranean coast to Tel Aviv/Jaffa and we will enjoy a farewell dinner in Old Jaffa.
Day9Departure from Tel Aviv
Final Farewells...Your enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as your guide accompanies you to the airport for the
return flight home.