Day 01: Arrival Tel Aviv - Jerusalem
Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 04: 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.
Day 02: 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 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.
Day 03: 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 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. Overnight in Jerusalem. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth; enjoy the opportunity to float in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 05: 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 first miracle turning water into wine. Drive to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Day 06: 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 fishing 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 floor. 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 07: Acre / Megiddo / Muhraka / Caesarea / Tel Aviv
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, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battlefield 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. Wednesday Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.