Day 1: Arrival to Tel Aviv International Airport
Meeting & assistance by your Tour Representative. Meet your guide and transfer to Tel Aviv hotel for dinner & overnight.
Day 2: Old City of Jaffa
After breakfast, drive to the Old City of Jaffa & the fisherman's port. Tour of the White City of Tel Aviv; a World Heritage Site founded in 1909 & developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe & they created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context.
Stop by Rabin Square before driving along the Mediterranean shoreline to visit Caesarea (Acts 9 and 25). Visit the site of Caesarea including the theater, water aqueduct and the hippodrome. Continue to the port city of Haifa & view the magnificent Hanging Bahai Gardens before arrival to Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18); The Carmelite Monastery of St. Elijah marks the place where the prophet Elijah set up his altar & triumphed over the false prophets of Ba'al.
Day 3: Sea of Galilee
After breakfast take a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Mount of Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5-7). Continue to visit Caesarea Philippi (Banias) or Tel Dan. Ascend the Golan Heights to Mt Bental, viewpoint of Israel & Syrian border.
Descend the Golan Heights to visit Tabgha: The variety of the flora & fauna of the region can be seen in the stunning mosaic floor that was created by two artists in the 2nd century. Site of the miracle of the Christian Savior who fed 5000 starving people with 2 fishes & 5 loaves (Mark > 6). Visit Capernaum (Matt. 4;13); where a 2nd century synagogue was discovered & provides new light on the life of the community of that era.
Day 4: Mt. Tabor, Zippory, Kfar Kedem, Nazareth, & Yardenit
We depart our hotel for Mt. Tabor, believed to be the site of the Transfiguration & related to the biblical story of Deborah & Barak (Judges 4; 14). Enjoy the striking view of the Jezreel Valley below. Visit the Sanhedrin City of Zippory & see the beautiful mosaic floor called the Mona Lisa of Galilee. On to the unique biblical village of KFAR KEDEM; learn about our biblical traditions.
Continue to Nazareth where we will visit the Church of Annunciation. Visit the sites including St. Joseph's Workshop & Mary's Well. We stop at Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle at the wedding feast. Here we invite couples to renew their marriage vows. End the day at Yardenit, site of baptism on the Jordan River.
Evening Concert on the shore of the Sea of Galilee or in the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.
Day 5: Beit Shean, Qumran, St. George Monastery & Jerusalem
After breakfast drive south to visit Beit Shean – Scythopolis: see the Roman Theater the amphitheater & the Paladius Street.
Continue along the Jordan Valley & stop for a view point on Jericho. Drivbe south to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, see the Visitor's center, the Essene farm & Qumran Caves (the actual location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found). Enjoy a swim & float at the Dead Sea.
On the way to Jerusalem stop at St. George Monastery, one of the most ancients monasteries in Israel, hidden in a beautiful canyon in Wadi Kelt, in the heart of the Judean Wilderness.
Upon entering Jerusalem, stop for a magnificent overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the Holy City & the Temple Mount.
Day 6: Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Stations of the Cross to the Church Holy Sepulcher, & Mt Zion
Breakfast in your hotel. Ascend Mt. of Olives for a view of Jerusalem: Overlooking the Old City, the mount is covered partly in olive trees, cemeteries & churches - commemorating the Christian events of Jesus. On to visit the Garden of Gethsemane where the ancient olive trees are believed to date back to the time of Christ. Visit the Church of All Nations. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem via the Lions Gate to visit St Anna Church & Pool of Bethesda. Continue along the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Church Holy Sepulcher. Walk through the Jewish Quarter & the Cardo to Mt Zion to visit Last Supper Room & King David's Tomb. End our day at the Western Wall.
Day 7: New City of Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Our day in the New City of Jerusalem begins at the Israeli Parliament & Menora. Proceed to the Israel Museum & see the Shrine of the Book & Scale Model of Jerusalem. Next stop is at YAD VASHEM; the Holocaust Memorial Museum. We travel to Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus. Our visit here includes Shepherds' Field & the Church of the Nativity.
Time permitting, a short visit to Ein Karem believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist.
Day 8: City of David & Hezekiah Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, & Wall Tunnels
After breakfast visit the new Archeological site at the City of David & Hezekiah Tunnel, & the newly excavated Pool of Siloam. On to an amazing tour through the Wall Tunnels, including a walk along the concealed part of the Western Wall. See the hidden parts of the Holy Temple walls, as they were in Roman Times, prior the destruction of the Temple in the year 70 CE.
Afternoon at leisure.
Evening: Farewell Concert at the Church of Abu Gosh, followed by a Farewell Dinner in Abu Gosh
Day 9: Return home
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for flight back home