Day 1: Welcome to the Holy Land “Holy and Great”

After your arrival, you will be met by our guide and driven to your hotel for check-in Jerusalem and afterward directly to the top of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of Jerusalem. We will visit the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer to His disciples, the Chapel of Ascension, and Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over Jerusalem. We will then proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, which commemorates Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

This afternoon we will view the Temple Mount and also the Wailing Wall. Afterward, we will enter the Old City of Jerusalem and follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), to the holiest shrine in Christendom to visit Golgotha and the Holy Tomb of Our Lord.

We will then return to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Overnight: Jerusalem for 3 nights

Day 2: Bethlehem where the story began

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity in the Manger Square, the Church of Saint Catherine, and the Grotto of Saint Jerome, then continue to Beit Sahur to see the site that commemorates the Shepherds’ Fields. In Bethlehem, we will also have an opportunity to visit and walk the Old City, where we will see how the local population is living in the West Bank, before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Jerusalem

Discover Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus!

Today after breakfast at the hotel, we will join the local Christian and celebrate the Eucharist at Saint George’s Cathedral. We will then proceed to Ein Karen to see the Visitation Church where Mary proclaimed her famous “Magnificat” (Song of Mary) and the Church of Saint John the Baptist, where he was born. From there, we will continue to the Israel Museum, where we will see a Scale Model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of Jesus, as well as the Shrine of the Book, which houses an exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will end the day with a visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial dedicated to the Jewish Holocaust. Return to our hotel for dinner and good night rest.

Day 4: Dead Sea area, Jordan Valley to Tiberias

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start the day by driving to the Dead Sea for a float on its uniquely salty, mineral-laden waters and continue on to Masada, the fortress stronghold built by Herod the Great, which was later the scene of the final siege of the Great Revolt by Jewish zealots in 73 AD. Afterward, we will drive to Qumran to visit the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and stop at the Baptismal Site before driving through the Jordan Valley to Tiberias.

Here we will check-in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Tiberias for 3 nights

Day 5: Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee

After breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, home of Our Lord during His ministry. After visiting the Synagogue where He taught, we will travel to Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and to the nearby Church of the Primacy of Peter. Then we drive up to the Mount of the Beatitudes to visit the site of the “Sermon on the Mount”. In the afternoon we will drive to Mount Tabor to ascend to the summit, to visit the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Cana of Galilee, Nazareth, Tiberias

Discover The Land Where Jesus Spent most of His Life!

Today after breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Cana of Galilee, where Our Lord performed the first miracle – changing water into wine at the wedding feast. Here, we’ll invite couples to renew their marriage vows. From there, we’ll head to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and Saint Gabriel Church, then continue to Acre (Akko), whose history dates back almost 4,000 years, and which played an important role during the Crusader period. Here we will experience a truly medieval atmosphere and descend into the subterranean city to visit the Fortress of the Hospitallers and the Order of the Knights of Saint John. We will walk through the large halls and imagine the pilgrims, knights, and Crusaders dining, celebrating, and running the markets there almost 1,000 years ago.

After we return to the surface, where the story of Napoléon Bonaparte (Napoleon’s unsuccessful siege at Acre was his first setback in the Egyptian campaign, one of his few defeats, and marked the end of his hopes of carving out an empire in the East) we will explore the Ottoman period of Acre and then return to Tiberias, for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Haifa

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, we will check-out the hotel, and leave to tour the beautiful Port City of Haifa, the third-largest city in the Holy Land. We will drive to the top of Mount Carmel, home of the Prophets Elijah and Elisha, for a scenic view of the Mediterranean City and Port. From there we will continue traveling along the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea, the capital of the Roman Procurators,  for a short visit to the Aqueduct. Our last stop on the Mediterranean will be Old Jaffa, where we will enjoy our time, before proceeding to Ben Gurion Airport for international flight back home.

Say “farewell” and remember…

you are very welcome anytime!

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