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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 http://id.educationaltravel.com/church/tour/holy-land/
  • Flight to Tel Aviv We will enjoy full meal service on our scheduled wide-bodied flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv – Netanya
  • Arrival We will be met at the airport by our guide and transferred to Netanya. Here we will enjoy our first views of the Mediterranean in this seaside resort.
Day 3 Netanya – Tiberias
  • Banias 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.
  • 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 4 Tiberius
  • Mt. of Beatitudes Our morning begins as we ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount was given (Matthew 5). 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 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 & Safed 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 5 Tiberias – Dead Sea Area
  • Qumran We will make a full day excursion into the Judean Desert and to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. 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. 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 Dead Sea Area – Jerusalem
  • Free Morning The morning is yours at leisure before we travel to Jerusalem.
  • Walk in Old Quarter Upon arrival we will enjoy 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 7 Jerusalem
  • 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).
  • Walking Tour of Old City 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.
  • Via Dolorosa 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 We will then view the golden- topped Dome of the Rock, considered the third holiest site in Islam.
  • Western Wall 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 8 Jerusalem
  • Shrine of the Book This morning 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 9 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.