Tel Aviv | Caesarea | Tiberius | Jerusalem | Masada | Dead Sea
- Experience the Bible come to life while visiting holy sites throughout Israel
- Tour UNESCO World Heritage sites including Jerusalem’s Old City and Masada
- Learn about the geopolitics of the region from experts
- Retrace Jesus’ footsteps in a walk along Via Dolorosa
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Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day of yours to relax and unwind
After a famous Israeli buffet breakfast, drive to Jaffa, where King Solomon built his port (2 Chron. 2:16), making it one of the oldest port cities in the world. Enjoy a walking tour of the White City of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, the buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe where they practiced their profession before immigrating. End the day at the bustling Carmel Market, the major local market of Tel Aviv. (B)
Optional: Evening out with “EatWith,” an easy and wonderful way to access the underground food scene and connect with creative, open-minded and interesting local people.
Drive along the Mediterranean shoreline to Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule. View the excavated Roman Theater, with its acoustic and theatrical sound, which was used for many performances throughout the centuries. Walk through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water. Continue to the artist’s village of Ein-Hod to visit the Dada Museum, established in 1983 to preserve the art of the Dada movement. Then on to Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic walled port-city has been continuously settled since the Phoenician period. The city preserves substantial remains of its medieval Crusader buildings beneath the existing Muslim fortified town dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. (B,D)
Visit Mount of Beatitudes, near the shores of the Sea of Galilee to a beautiful church and take in its breathtaking views of Tabgha and Capernaum. Enjoy a jeep tour, ascending the Golan Heights to visit one of the most famous wineries of Israel for a wine tasting. Continue to Mount Bental, for a stunning panoramic view of the Golan Heights, overlooking the border between Israel and Syria. Learn about the geopolitics of the region. End the day with a city tour of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and visit the Church of the Annunciation. (B,D)
Drive along the Dead Sea shoreline to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the fortress of Masada. Built by King Herod 2,000 years ago, it is the greatest castle in history. Ride a cable car up the 1,200-foot high cliff, for an unforgettable tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, with the most fascinating views of the Judean Desert. Enjoy the unique Dead Sea experience of “Float and Swim” in the lowest place on earth. (B)
Visit the Mount of Olives with its breathtaking view of Jerusalem and the Old City. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and walk along the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Then proceed to the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed in 1967 and the Western Wall, the most sacred place for the Jewish people. (B)
Visit the Israel Museum and see a scale model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Drive to Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus and visit the Church of the Nativity. A retired military officer who was in charge of planning the security fence between the West Bank and Israel will lead you on a borders and boundaries tour covering the separation fence, disputed neighborhoods, and other current issues surrounding Jerusalem. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)