Day 1: Wednesday - Jerusalem
Arrival at Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative
and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 2: Thursday - Jerusalem/Old City
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church
of All Nations, King David's Tomb and Room of the Last Supper on Mt.
Zion. Enter the Old City; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road;
visit the Jewish and Christian quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk
along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy
Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful
gardens and peaceful ambiance. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day3: Friday - Jerusalem/New City/Bethlehem
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation; proceed to Yad Vashem,
the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Israel Museum, the Shrine of
the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model
of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed to
Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds' field; walk through Manger
Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem
Day 4: Saturday - Qumeran/Massada/Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean hills to Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls
were found. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada,
the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in
70 A.D; ascend Massada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress
built by King Herod; visit the remains of the walls, water cistern and
Herod's Palace; descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest
point on earth, to enjoy the opportunity to fl oat in the unsinkable water
and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic
effects. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 5: Sunday - Beit Shean/Yardenit/Nazareth/Cana
Depart Jerusalem through the Jordan valley to Beit Shean; visit the newly
excavated Roman city and amphitheatre. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal
site on the Jordan river. Continue to Nazareth and visit the Church of
Annunciation, Joseph's workshop and Mary's well. Next, drive to Cana
to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his fi rst miracle
turning water into wine. Drive to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Day 6: Monday - Tiberias/Capernaum/Tabgha/Banias
After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the
Yigal Alon center where the “Jesus boat,” an ancient fi shing boat from
the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of
the 2nd century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of
Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century
mosaic fl oor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus
delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the
Golan heights. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Day 7: Tuesday - Acre/Megiddo/Muhraka/Caesarea
Depart Kibbutz Lavi and drive to Acre to visit the remarkable underground
Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by
UNESCO as world heritage site , the local market and harbor. Continue to
Megiddo, identifi ed as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history
of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the
well-preserved water supply system. Drive to Muhraka, the site of
confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular
view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee . Proceed to Caesarea,
once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city,
the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Drive along the coastal plain to Tel-Aviv for overnight.
Day 8: Wednesday - Departure
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.