Tel Aviv | Mitzpe Ramon | Masada | Dead Sea | Jerusalem | Golan Heights | Tiberius | Nazareth
- 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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Depart from US to Tel Aviv.
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. Stroll through the artist quarter and the flea market. Continue to the first neighborhood in Tel Aviv, established in 1887, a recently gentrified area with wonderfully restored homes and small shops and restaurants. Visit Independence Hall, the location where Israel’s first Prime Minister, declared Israel’s independence in 1948. 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.
Travel to the Ella Valley and tour the ruins of the ancient fortified city of Azekah, from the times of the Judea Kingdom. Continue to an experimental R&D center that focuses on developing advanced agriculture in arid conditions such as irrigating with brackish water. Then experience Bedouin hospitality in Sfinat Hamidbar located in the heart of the Negev Desert, followed by a special visit to a winery located on the same site that was a vineyard during the Nabatean period more than 2,000 years ago. Taste one of Israel’s best wines and learn about agrotourism in remote areas. (B)
Visit the phenomenal Ramon Crater, a unique geological formation unlike anything anywhere in the world, with fossils dating back nearly 200 million years. Enjoy a special jeep tour in the crater. Then visit En Avdat National Park, an oasis in the middle of the desert, where ibex and other animals come to quench their thirst. Enjoy a short hike along the canyon to water pools. Continue to the nearby the ancient ruins of the Nabatean city of Avdat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that was an important trading city over in the 3rd century BCE. (B)
Visit the fortress of Masada, the greatest castle in history, built by King Herod 2,000 years ago. 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. Continue to the oasis of Ein Gedi. where you will observe both the wildlife and enjoy a variety of trees native to the area. En Gedi is also known as the place in which David was hiding from King Saul. Enjoy the unique Dead Sea experience of Float and Swim! (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)
Visit the archaeological site of Beth She’an, one of the ten Decapolis. Explore the ancient structures and new excavations in the area. Ascend the Golan Heights and visit one of the most famous wineries of Israel for a wine tasting. Continue to Mt Bental, for a stunning panoramic view of the Golan Heights, overlooking the border between Israel and Syria. Learn about the geopolitics of the region. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes to a beautiful church and enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Tabgha and Capernaum. (B,D)
Enjoy a city tour of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and visit the Church of the Annunciation. Proceed to Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18:17-46) and enjoy special Druze home hospitality. 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. 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.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)