Tel Aviv | Jaffa | Caesarea | Nazareth | Tiberias | Capernaum| Sea of Gailiee |Bethlehem | Jerusalem | Masada | Dead Sea

Highlights

  • Tour 5 historical UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the holy Old City of Jerusalem
  • Tour many biblical sites such as Caesarea, Nazareth & Bethlehem
  • Ascend the mighty fortress of Masada by cable car
  • Visit Qumran, the site where the Dea Sea Scroll were found
  • An opportunity to have dinner with a local family

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ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Tel Aviv1Please inquire for hotel details
Tiberius2Please inquire for hotel details
Jerusalem5Please inquire for hotel details
DAY 1
Arrival in Tel Aviv | Jaffa | Tel Aviv

Arrival at Ben Gurino NAtional Airport in Tel Aviv. Meet with our tour guide and coach driver. We then drive to Jaffa the ancient seaport, from which the Prophet Jonah fled from God (Jonah 1:2) and the city where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner and restored Tabitha (Dorcas) to life (Acts 9:36-43).

Afterwards we transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner.

Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv. (D)

DAY 2
Tel Aviv | Caesarea | Nazareth | Tiberias

Enjoy the famous Israel buffet breakfast in your hotel.

This morning we depart Tel Aviv heading north along the Mediterranean shoreline to visit Caesarea. It was here that Cornelius the Centurion and his household were saved and baptized (Acts 10). It was also here that Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome (Acts 25 & 26). View the excavated Roman Theater, with its acoustic and theatrical sound, which was used for many performances throughout the centuries. Enjoy an audio-visual presentation brings to life the times of the Romans who controlled these shores 2,000 years ago. Walk through the excavated fortress and view the aqueduct, once used for conveying water.

Continue to Mt Carmel (Kings 1, 18) where Elijah fought the profits of the Ba’al.

Continue via Jezre’el Valley to visit Megiddo (Revelation 16:13-16, Zechariah 12:11), site of Armageddon.

We shall then proceed to Nazareth to Mount of Precipice (Luke 4:29-30) and Church of Annunciation. On via Cana of Galilee to our hotel on shore Sea of Galilee.

We end the day in Tiberius, our home for the next 2 nights. (B,D)

DAY 3
Tiberias | Capernaum | Tabgha | Sea of Galilee | Tiberias

Begin the day with buffet breakfast and then drive up into the Golan Plateau to the foothills of Mt. Hermon where you will find the source of the Jordan River at Casearea Philippi (Banias) where Peter made his great confession of faith.

Ascend the Golan Heights and touch on the geopolitics of the area.

Enter the  Talmudic Village of Qatzerin where you will see a replica of an ancient village and learn more about how people lived at that time. Descend the Golan Heights to visit Mount of Beatitudes, (Matthew 5:1-7; 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; 3:13-19), the site of the Sermon on the Mount.

Visit at  Capernaum (Lk. 4:31- 37) and see the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached.

Continue to Tabgha (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17), and see the mosaic depicts the miracle of the loaves and fish.

Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 4
Tiberias | Harod Spring | Beit She'an | Qaser El Yahud | Bethlehem | Jerusalem

After breakfast, we drive to visit  Harod Spring (Gideon’s Spring), where Gideon chose his army of 300 by observing how they drank from the spring (Jg. 7).

Continue to visit Beit She’an, rebuilt by Pompey and the Romans in 63 BC, was renamed Scythopolis (“city of the Scythians;” cf. Col 3:11). It became the capital city of the Decapolis and was the only one on the west side of the Jordan.

On along Jordan Valley to visit the traditional site of Baptism in  Oser El Yahud , the area of the first baptism on Jordan River.

We drive passing Jericho, believed to be the oldest known inhabited city in the world.

On to Jerusalem, check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

** Optional while in Jerusalem on Friday evening:
A unique opportunity to experience a dinner with a Jewish Family, called Sabbath of a Lifetime. The participants get an opportunity to experience an authentic Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) at a home of a host family in the heart of Jerusalem. The dinner takes place after a visit to the Western Wall on Friday afternoon, just before Shabbat comes in, and get an in-depth glance a basic Jewish tradition

DAY 5
Jerusalem

After breakfast, our first stop is Mt. of Olives (Lk. 19:28-40 & II Sam. 15:30-36). Walk down Palm Sunday to visit Dominus Flevit Chapel and take time to pray in the  Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-56), where we see olive trees that date back to the time of Christ and take time to pray.

As we enter the Old City of Jerusalem and walk along parts of the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), we shall visit St. Anne Church, Pools of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall in the Fortress of Antonia (Jn. 18:28—19:26).

While we walk along the Station of the Cross we shall enjoy a special view from the  Austian Hospice rooftop in the Old city. Continue along the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Stroll along the Jewish Quarters and the Roman Cardo, the main street in the Byzantine period of Jerusalem. On to the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews, to pray to God’s presence and put a note in the wall.

Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

DAY 6
Jerusalem | Bethlehem | Jerusalem

Our day begins as we visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum of Yad Vashem. Proceed to visit Israel museum – Shrine of the Book and the scale Model of Jerusalem from the 2nd temple period.

Enjoy the colors and smell of the local fruits and other products at the local market of Machane Yehuda.

In the afternoon we visit Bethlehem, the Shepherd’s Fields (Luke 2:8-20) and Church of the Nativity

Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

DAY 7
Jerusalem | Masada | Ein Gedi | Qumran | Dead Sea | Jerusalem

Breakfast in your hotel. Depart the hotel and after a short drive arrive to Masada. Ascend by cable car to this mighty fortress of Masada. This UNESCO world heritage site is an ancient mountain fortress and Herodian Palace on the shores of the Dead Sea. From the top of Masada, the Roman camps and siege ramp can still be seen. You will re-live the final standoff between the Jews and the Romans from 2000 year ago.

Continue north along the Dead Sea shoreline to the oasis of Ein Gedi (1 Samuel 23:24-29; 24:1-22). Ein Gedi is enumerated among the cities of the Tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:62). King David hides in the desert of Ein Gedi (1 Samuel 24:1-2) and King Saul seeks him “even upon the craggiest rocks, which are accessible only to wild goats” (1 Samuel 24:2).

After lunch proceed north along the Dead Sea shoreline visit to Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin shepherd in 1948.

Enjoy the unique experience of float at the Dead Sea.

Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

DAY 8
Jerusalem

Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel.

Our day begins as we ascend to Temple Mount. We walk up onto the original Temple Mount platform where King Herod’s temple stood and visit the Dome of the Rock.

We continue the day at the City of David where we will see one of the most exciting archeological sites of the ancient word.

We emerge at the Davidson Center  where we will see a 3D model of the Temple and the southern wall excavations.

On to visit the church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu , which was built on the house of Caiaphas, the Jewish High Priest (Jn. 18).

We proceed to Mount Zion to visit the Upper Room (room of the Last Supper, Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25) and King David Tomb.

Our day will end with the Garden Tomb, where we sense the agony of Christ’s crucifixion at Gordon’s Calvary (Lk. 23:50—24:12).

Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 9
Depart Jerusalem

Today, transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for your departing flight. (B)

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