Day 1 :
Departure from North America
- Enjoy full meal service on your scheduled wide-bodied flight to Tel Aviv.:
Day 2 :
Travel to Jerusalem
- Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport:
You will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to Jerusalem for a stay of four nights.
- Old Quarter Walk:
An introductory walk in the Old Quarter will whet your appetite for the feast of sights to be visited in the nextfew days.
Day 3 :
Explore Bethlehem & Jerusalem
- Morning in Bethlehem:
Morning visit to Bethlehem, which features prominently in both the Old and New Testaments. We will enterthe Basilica of the Nativity and descend to the Grotto of the Nativity in the lower level of the church.
- Sightsee in Jerusalem:
We return to Jerusalem where our sightseeing includes the model of Herods Jerusalem, the John F. KennedyMemorial, 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 Performance:
Your first concert performance will be today.
Day 4 :
- Take In the Holy City:
We will spend a full day in Old Jerusalem and our sightseeing will include following the Via Dolorosa, theroute 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 Performance:
Your second concert performance will be today
Day 5 :
Day Trip to Judean Desert & the Dead Sea
- Soak In the Dead Sea:
We will begin the day with a stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
- Qumran and Ein Gedi:
We will continue to Qumran, where the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. At Ein Gedi we will visitan oasis in the arid desert with abundant pools and waterfalls.
The 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.
Day 6 :
North-Eastern Tour to Galilee
We will drive to the Galilee stopping at Jericho, believed to be the most ancient city in the world.
Our next stop is Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Our sightseeing includes The Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary's Well.
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 :
Day Around the Sea of Galilee
- Day of Exploration:
We will spend the day touring the River Jordan, Hazor, Safed, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernum, and Taghba.
- Mt. of Beatitudes:
We will cross the River Jordan and drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes. The nearby Church of the Beatitudescommemorates the Sermon on the Mount.
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 centre 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 to Tel Aviv
At 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.
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.
- Return 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
- Final Farewells...:
Your enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as your guide accompanies you to the airport for thereturn flight home.