Day 1: Tel Aviv
Arrive at the airport, & transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Tel Aviv – Caesarea – Megiddo – Haifa – Acre – Galilee
See Caesarea’s ancient aqueduct & Roman theatre. Visit the archaeological site at Megiddo, the believed site of Armageddon. Highlights include the ancient water system. Stop in Haifa for a scenic photo opportunity of the city’s eye-catching Bay. Afterward, visit the old harbor in Acre. Enjoy dinner & an overnight stay in the Galilee region.
Day 3: Tiberias – Capernaum – Tabgha – Mount of Beatitudes – Banias – Golan Heights
Set sail on the Sea of Galilee this morning. You’ll set foot back on shore in Capernaum. Visit the city’s 2nd-century Synagogue, then continue to Tabgha. See the site where the multiplication of the loaves & the fish took place, & tour the Church of the Multiplication, which features a beautiful mosaic floor. Stand on the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus once stood to preach the gospel. Visit the spring of Banias, & finish today’s tour with a scenic drive through the Golan Heights region. Enjoy another overnight stay in the Galilee region.
Day 4: Nazareth – Yardenit – Beit She’an – Jerusalem
Enjoy a guided tour of Nazareth this morning. Visit the Church of the Annunciation & St. Joseph’s Church. You’ll also see Mary’s Well, believed to be where Mary saw the angel that told her she would give birth to Jesus. Visit the Yardenit baptismal site, situated on the Jordan River. Explore the Beit She’an archaeological site. Highlights include the Roman theatre. Travel to Jerusalem afterward.
Day 5: Jerusalem
Visit the room where Jesus & his disciples had the Last Supper. Take a walk down the Via Dolorosa, believed to be where Jesus carried his cross before he was crucified. See the Garden Tomb, where Jesus was buried & rose from the dead. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of All Nations & the Western Wall. The guided tour of Jerusalem’s Old City also includes King David’s Tomb, the Cardo, & the local market.
Day 6: Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem
Take a walk down the Avenue of the Righteous this morning. Next, visit the Yad Vashem memorial, dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. See Mary’s spring & the Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem, the neighborhood where John the Baptist was born. Travel to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem afterward. Return to Jerusalem, & spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 7: Jerusalem – Qumran – Masada – Dead Sea – Jerusalem
Travel to the historic site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. After visiting Qumran, ascend by cable car up to Masada. Explore the ancient ruins built by King Herod the Great, & enjoy scenic views of the Judean Desert. Enjoy floating in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem (time & weather permitting).
Day 8: Jerusalem – Tel Aviv – USA
Transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv, & board return flight home.