Sunday Arrival – 10 nights
Going on a boat in the Sea of Galilee waters that Jesus walked, see the Jordan River and tour the holy cities of Nazareth, Tiberias, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Walk down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem to Jesus’ final resting place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Holy Land Tour also takes you to the Temple Mount, Western Wall, Dead Sea, Acre, Megiddo, Haifa and Tel Aviv. Explore the land of the Bible in its ancient and modern splendor.
The last days of the tour are dedicated to the southern part of Israel. Visit Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, a busy port as well as a popular resort, located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Eilat. Enjoy the city’s warm weather, long beaches, coral reefs and many tourist attractions in the region. Another option is to visit Petra — a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system.
Sunday arrival – 10 nights
Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Caesarea / Megiddo / Haifa / Acre
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman Theater and Aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo, recognized as the site of Armageddon. View the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to Haifa and view the Persian Gardens at the Bahai Shrine before continuing to Acre to visit the ancient City and Harbor. Continue to Kibbutz Lavi.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.
Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias
After a short tour of Tiberias, take a boat ride to Capernaum. Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Loaves and Fish and visit the Church of the Multiplication with its 4thcentury mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan Heights. Return to Kibbutz.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi.
Nazareth / Beit Shean
Drive to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Drive to Yardenit, the place where the Jordan river exits the Sea of Galilee, and Baptism place. Continue to Beit Shean, a newly excavated city, and visit the Roman Theater. Drive along the Jordan River to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem — Old City
Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the City. Visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walls of the Old City and visit the Herodian Cardo, Temple Mount (entrance to the mosques not included), Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Oriental Bazaar. Visit the Garden Tomb. Overnight: Jerusalem.
Jerusalem — New City and Bethlehem
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation, proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the holocaust. Visit the 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 * to visit the Church of Nativity.
Dead Sea /Qumeran/ Massada
Drive to Qumeran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Visit the ancient city of Qumeran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, 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 visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Descend by cable car. Time and weather permitting, an opportunity will be provided to float on the Dead Sea.
Travel south through the Negev desert; Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the underwater observatory, one of the largest seaquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.
Free day in Eilat or Day in Petra (optional)
After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside.Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice Restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m and crossing back to Eilat.
Mitzpe Ramon / Sde Boker /Tel-Aviv
Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon; stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder; Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s airforce museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force.
Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv / Ben-Gurion Airport
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
* Visit subject to availability.