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Discovering the Holy Land

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Tel Aviv Enjoy our scheduled wide-body flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 Tel Aviv - Jerusalem
  • Arrival We will be met at the airport by our guide and transferred to Jerusalem for a stay of four nights.
  • Walk in Old Quarter An introductory Walk in the Old Quarter will whet our appetite for the feast of sights to be visited in the next few days.
Day 3 Half day trip to Bethlehem - Jerusalem
  • Basilica of the Nativity This morning we will travel to Bethlehem, a city featured prominently in both the Old and New Testaments. We will visit the Basilica of the Nativity and descend to the Grotto of the Nativity, in the lower level of the church to kneel at the place where Jesus was born.
  • Manger Square We will also see Manger Square, which has been transformed into a meeting place, and the Shepherd’s Fields where the birth of the Christ child was announced (Luke 2).
  • Shrine of the Book This afternoon we will return to Jerusalem where we will visit the Shrine of the Book that houses part of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a Model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple.
  • Yad Vashem Next we will visit Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, a museum dedicated to the documentation of the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
  • Church of the Visitation Then we will visit Ein Karem to visit the Church of the Visitation, where it is believed that Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1). Time permitting, we will view the John F. Kennedy Memorial before returning to our hotel.
Day 4 Old Jerusalem (Road to Calvary)
  • Garden of Gethsemane Our day starts as we drive to the top of the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1), for amazing views of the city. Then we will make our way to the Garden of Gethsemane, believed to be home to the rock that Jesus prayed upon, and the Church of All Nations via the Palm Sunday Walk (Luke 19).
  • Cenaculum Next we will go to Mount Zion to visit the Cenaculum, where we believe Jesus celebrated the Last Supper (Matthew 26), and the Dormition Abbey, built by Kaiser Wilhelm II to commemorate when the Virgin Mary “fell asleep.”
  • Church of St. Peter Our next visit will be the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, built on what is believed to have been the site where Peter denied Jesus (Luke 22).
  • St. Anne's Church Next we will go on a Walking Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, entering via St Stephen’s Gate to visit St Anne’s Church, a Crusader church that was originally built to commemorate the birth of Mary’s mother.
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher Next we will walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross to Calvary to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Matthew 26).
  • Dome of the Rock & Western Wall We will then view the golden- topped Dome of the Rock, considered the third holiest site in Islam. We will also stop at the Western Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. It became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness and tradition by virtue of its proximity to the Western Wall of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, from which, according to numerous sources, the Divine Presence never departed. It became a center of mourning over the destruction of the Temple and Israel's exile, on the one hand, and of religious - in 20th century also national - communion with the memory of Israel's former glory and the hope for its restoration, on the other. Because of the former association, it became known in European languages as the "Wailing Wall". After time for a visit, we will return to our hotel.
Day 5 Day Trip to the Dead Sea & Masada
  • Dead Sea We will make a full day excursion into the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and from which we will be able to see Jericho in the distance.
  • Qumran Our first visit will be to the city of Qumran, where a shepherd boy found the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. Next we will visit Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, an oasis in the arid desert with abundant pools and waterfalls.
  • Massada The mountaintop Palace and Fortress of Massada 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 enslavement by the Romans will keep you enthralled. We will ascent to the top via cable car to view these ancient ruins, including Herod’s palace, synagogue, baths, defensive walls and water cisterns.
  • Swim in the Dead Sea Then we will have an opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea and experience true weightlessness by floating in these buoyant waters that are claimed as a natural health and beauty spa. (Psalms 120-134) Finally, time permitting, we will pass by the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, where Christians believe the Inn that Jesus spoke of in Luke 10 is located, were it a true story.
Day 6 Jerusalem – Jericho – Nazareth – Tiberias
  • Nazareth Village Our sightseeing today will start with a visit to Jericho, believed to be the most ancient city in the world, where we will view the Mount of Temptation where Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days (Matthew 4). Our travels continue through the Jordan Valley to Nazareth and a visit to Nazareth Village. This is an interactive replica of the Town of Nazareth as it was during Christ’s youth.
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  • Mount Tabor Next, we will ascend Mount Tabor to see the place where Jesus was transfigured in the presence of Peter, James & John with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17).
  • Tiberias Then we will continue to our hotel in Tiberias, a former Crusader and Turkish stronghold, as well as an important site of Jewish pilgrimage.
Day 7 Day Trip to Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Taghba & Safed
  • Mount of Beatitudes Our morning begins as we ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount was given (Matthew 5).
  • Capernaum Next we will journey to Capernaum, the town where Jesus first assembled his disciples to view remains of the ancient synagogue (Luke 4).
  • Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes Then we will visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, built on the site where it is believed that Jesus fed a multitude of people with 2 loaves of bread and 2 fish (Matthew 14).
  • Sea of Galilee Then we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee as part of our journey to Safed, a city erected during the first Crusades that became a center for Jewish scholarship in the 15th-16th centuries. Our visit will include a walking tour through the artist’s colony and the ancient synagogue quarter. We will return to our hotel in Tiberias for the evening.
Day 8 Day Trip to Banias, Golan Heights, Bethsaida & Yardenit
  • Manias Today’s journey takes us to Banias and the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus gave Simon the keys to the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:13-20). Banias is also home to the largest waterfall in Israel and in the era before Christ, there was a grotto here dedicated to Pan, the Greek god of shepherds, flocks, herds and wildlife.
  • Drive along Golan Heights Then we will Drive along the Golan Heights, a place of strategic importance to Israel, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, on our way to Bethsaida.
  • Bethsaida This ancient town was the birthplace of the Apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44, 12:21) may be the site where Jesus fed a multitude of people with five loaves and two fish (Mark 6:32; Luke 9:10). While the town’s ancient site is now land-locked, evidence was found here of a fishing village.
  • Yardenit Finally, we will visit Yardenit, whose waters flow into the Jordan River then down into the Dead Sea, and where many believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13). Those that wish can be baptized as well while here.
Day 9 Tiberias Area – Megiddo – Caesarea – Tel Aviv
  • Mt. Carmel Today we will journey back towards Tel Aviv as our pilgrimage comes to a close. We will ascend Mount Carmel for wonderful views of Haifa Bay, world center of the Baha’i faith, with a view of the ornate Bahai Shrine’s golden dome.
  • Water System in Megiddo Then we will continue to Megiddo, where according to Biblical traditions Armageddon, the final apocalyptical battle between the forces of good and evil, will take place (Revelations 16). In Megiddo, a chariot city of King Solomon, we will view King Ahab’s amazing Water System.
  • Caesarea - Roman Theater Next, we will travel along the biblical Via Maris to Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in 20 BC as an official residence of Kings and the capital of the Holy Land for almost 500 years. Caesarea is also where St Peter baptized the first Gentile convert, Peter preached to Cornelius and his household (Acts 10) and where Paul was imprisoned. During our visit, we will explore the Roman Theater and the fortifications from the Crusades.
  • Farewell Dinner We will follow the Mediterranean coast to Tel Aviv and enjoy a special Farewell Dinner in Old Jaffa.
Day 10 Departure from Tel Aviv
  • Return Flight Home Our enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport for our return flight home.