Arrival to the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and assisted by our airport representative. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv or Netanya.
After breakfast, visit the ancient Joppa (Jaffa): here was the house of Simon the Tanner and the place of the Miracle of Tabitha’s resurrection. After this visit we will drive north to Caesarea Maritima. Visit the spectacular Roman Amphitheater, Herod’s Palace, the Palace of the Roman Procurator, the Crusaders’ City and Harbor. Proceed to Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. From the Mount we will have a beautiful view of the Jezreel Plain, site of many Biblical events. Through the Galilee proceed to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was held. From there hike “the Jesus Path” to Tabgha, for a visit of the Church of the Loaves and the Fish. We continue to hike “the Jesus Path” to Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where he lived performing there his miracles and healings. We’ll stop at the site of a synagogue where Jesus had preached to the local community. After a biblical lunch with St. Peter’s fish we will enjoy the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on the water. The day will conclude in the Southern part of the Sea of Galilee at the Yardenit Baptismal site. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, drive through the Golan Heights where the crucial battles of the Six Day War were fought in 1967. Drive along Israel’s border with Syria and stop at the Kuneitra overlook. We then proceed to the ancient Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Open your Bible among the ruins of pagan temples to consider the words Jesus spoke here: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). As at Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries. Stop for an overview of Gamla, also known as “Masada of the north” where you’ll hear a heroic story of the few against the many, as the vultures that are protected here soar overhead in these magnificent natural surroundings. Our day continues onward to Katsrin and visit its ancient Talmudic Village to understand aspects of daily life at the time of Jesus as they are reflected in Gospel stories. Return to hotel for dinner and last overnight stay in northern Israel.
After breakfast, drive to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation. Next, we proceed to the Nazareth Village which is based on solid New Testament scholarship and the most up-to-date archaeology, Nazareth Village brings to life a farm and Galilean village, recreating Nazareth as it was 2,000 years ago. Here we will have a unique lunch in First century manner. Our last stop in the Nazareth area is Mount of Precipice. Cross the Jezreel Valley, sometimes called “the battlefield of the Bible” and now Israel’s breadbasket, to Mt. Tabor to hear the account of the prophetess Deborah gathering her forces here in the time of the Judges to battle against Sisera. Jesus came to Tabor with Peter and James, was transfigured before them, and met with Moses and Elijah. After a breathtaking view of the valley below, we move onward to visit the beautiful two-level Church of the Transfiguration. Our tour continues southward to the capital: Jerusalem, for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we start our day from Mount of Olives for the breathtaking view on the Old City of Jerusalem and Kedron valley. After that we will proceed to Gethsemane and visit the Church of all Nations. Then we will enter the Old City of Jerusalem at Jaffa Gate on foot. We will visit Christ Church, first Protestant Church in the Middle East; proceed to the Tower of David and its exhibition on the history of the city over the ages. Walk through the streets of the Jewish Quarter to the restored Roman Cardo, which was the main street of Jerusalem during the Roman occupation. Continue to the Western Wall, the last remnant of the second temple. Walk along the Via Dolorosa passing the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
After breakfast, we will drive to the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are kept. Onward to view the spectacular Model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of the Second Temple in time of Jesus. Onward then to see the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Then we will visit Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. We will end our day in the Garden Tomb, in the area of Golgotha, where we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with communion, prayer, and praise. Return to hotel for rest, reflection, and refreshing. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will drive south to the Judean desert via the Good Samaritan Inn to the mountain fortress of Masada, stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. Ascend to the fortress by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great with its Roman baths and pools. We will be overlooking the Dead Sea. We descend the side of the fortress for a possible “dip“ and “float“ in the salty water of the Dead Sea, the world’s lowest place. On the way back to Jerusalem, we will visit Qumran. This is the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds. Further exploration would uncover over 900 texts found in twelve caves. The scrolls are believed to have belonged to the Essenes sect whom dwelled here at Qumran. A fascinating day concludes with dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
After breakfast, we will go to Gush Etzion. This region south of Jerusalem, with its picturesque rolling hills adorned with grape arbors and olive groves, is brimming with biblical and modern history. For millennia, the main road through here passed near Bethlehem, which in Bible days was called Efrat. Another attraction is the two-mile-long Patriarch’s Highway, which begins near Alon Shvut. In addition to magnificent landscapes, visitors see a fine ancient ritual bath (mikveh), like those described in the Mishnah. Next, we will proceed to Tel Beth Shemesh (“House of the Sun“) was an important Biblical city during the Canaanite and Israelite periods. Beth Shemesh is mentioned in connection with the return of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines. We then will continue to the Valley of Elah, where David fought Goliath. Driving via Emmaus (modern day Village of Latrun) we proceed to Yad HaShmona, a Messianic village and Biblical park. We will conclude our day with farewell dinner on the grounds of Yad HaShmona. Return to the hotel for dinner, packing, reflection, and overnight.
We begin the journey home with a hearty Israeli Breakfast Buffet. Check out and transfer to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight. An USA ISRAEL TOURS Representative will accompany you along the way, insuring the most efficient service expediting you through airport checkpoints. Soon upon your flight home, reminiscing about your amazing visit to Israel.