- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- Select Meals on Itinerary
Day 1 Day 1, July 2 – Depart Home
Day 2 Day 2, July 3 – Arrive in Tel Aviv
Arrive in Tel Aviv, where you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Jerusalem to check in to your hotel.
Day 3 Day 3, July 4 – Jerusalem
With your English-speaking driver-guide, head to the Israel Museum to start the day. On the way, drive by the Supreme Court and the Knesset, the home of the Israeli parliament. The Israel Museum holds artifacts relevant to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike, and the two most important exhibits are the model of the city from the time of the Second Temple, and the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world and uncovered in Qumran. Drive to the Holocaust Memorial of Yad Vashem, located on the flanks of Mount Herzl adjacent to the country’s war cemetery. Yad Vashem is the country’s official memorial to victims of the Holocaust, and a heart-wrenching plea against the horrors of genocide. Head to the Machane Yehuda Market, affectionately known as the Shuk by Jerusalemites. Stop for lunch (not included) here at one of the tantalizing restaurants catering to both Kosher and non-Kosher dietary requirements. This market is bustling with activity as Israelis and travelers alike flock to market to stock up on a cornucopia of local produce, pita breads, nuts, spices, and desserts. With your Shuk Bites card (included on your tour), taste and savor a variety of products and flavors of the market as your guide takes you to the nooks and crannies of Machane Yehuda.
Day 4 Day 3, July 5 – Bethlehem & Jericho
Located only 6 miles south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem is a world apart. Famous as the birthplace of Jesus, the town is a point of pilgrimage for Christians of all denominations. Your English-speaking driver-guide will accompany you to the checkpoint between Israel and Bethlehem. Please make sure you have your passport with you, as Israelis cannot cross this checkpoint. Once you are safely through the checkpoint, a Palestinian guide will join you for a visit to the Chapel of the Milk Grotto. The site is currently a Catholic church, built on the site of a 5th-century Byzantine church. It is believed that the Holy Family sought refuge here during the “slaughter of the innocents”. Continue by car to the Basilica of the Church of the Nativity, located on the site where Jesus was believed to be born. Take your time exploring these sacred sites, and feel free to chat with your Palestinian guide about what life is like in the West Bank. Your guide will return with you to the checkpoint with Israel, where you will rejoin your Israeli guide for the day. Visit and renew your baptismal vows at the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Just off the Roman road that Jesus walked, is the Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St. George. Journey to Jericho (considered the oldest city in the world) to visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua. From Jericho, in the distance you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jericho near a sycamore tree and remember Zacchaeus, who climbed to see Jesus.
Day 5 Day 4, July 6 – Ein Gedi, Masada & Dead Sea
With your English-speaking driver-guide, start the day with a visit to the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve, a stunning desert oasis graced with waterfalls and referenced several times in the Book of Psalms. Continue by car to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous as the site of King Herod’s desert mountain get-away palace, and the scene of the zealots’ final stand against the Roman Legion, with stunning vistas overlooking the desert and Dead Sea. End the day with a soak in the Dead Sea, famous for it its hyper-salinated waters and for being the lowest place on earth, located 1,412 feet below sea level. The sea was home to one of the world’s first health resorts, dedicated to King Herod. The waters have been receding over the past hundred years, leading to cooperative engineering projects between Israel and Jordan to protect the resource in the future.
Day 6 Day 5, July 7 – Bet Shean, Cana, Mt. Tabor & Nazareth
Head north, skirting the West Bank, and begin your exploration in the north of the country with a visit to the Beit Shean Archeological National Park. Here you can see the history of Israel through the archaeological remains from each historic period. See the ancient wall that surrounded the city, public baths, a Roman temple, stores, artisan workshops and other well-preserved structures. The central Palladius street is lined by impressive colonnades. There are rare mosaics and a Roman amphitheater which is still in use today. From here, continue further north to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, established on the site where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God. Continue to the nearby town of Kafr Kanna, home to the Wedding Church in Cana, also known as the Church of the First Miracle. The site is dedicated to the first miracle attributed to Jesus, where he turned water into wine at a wedding. As you stand on Mount Tabor, contemplate what it must have been like for Saints Peter, James and John to behold the glory of the Transfigured Christ. Continue on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home and celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation. You will also see the House of the Holy Family, St. Joseph’s Workshop and St. Joseph’s Church.
Day 7 Day 6, July 8 – Sea of Galilee
Begin the day at the Mount of Beatitudes, situated to the north of the Sea of Galilee. The Mount is believed to be the location where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount, and the views from the hill are awe-inspiring. Drive a short distance down the hill to Tabgha, believed to be the location of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter and the Church of the Multiplication are must-sees in this town, and the area is also famous for its wide spectra of flora and fauna. From here, continue to Capernaum, a town cited in all four gospels and viewed as the home of St. Peter. The town is home to the ruins of a 4th century synagogue, one of the oldest in the world, built on the site of an earlier synagogue and that may have been the one mentioned in the gospels. Caesarea Phillipi (Banias) was a pagan city dedicated to the god Pan and was reconstructed in ancient times by Philip, the son of Herod. Here Saint Peter made his proclamation of faith in Jesus, who declared him the rock on which he would build his Church and promised him the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. Here the Banias River, one of the sources of the Jordan, begins the straight out of the foot of the Hermon Mount. Visit the Banias Falls where we will have time for a nature hike to one of Israel’s most beautiful waterfalls, which flows from the foot of Mount Hermon to the Jordan River.
Day 8 Day 7, July 9 – Jerusalem
Walk through thousands of years of history at the Rockefeller Museum. See the Archaeological study being done at Emek Tzurim, where excavations from under the Temple Mount are being studied. Wander the excavations of the City of David. Walk the steps to the Pool of Siloam, uncovered at the foot of the City. Explore Hezekiah's Tunnel, an amazing engineering feat that was dug from either end and met in the middle! (Note: Those who are claustrophobic may want to meet the group at the other end of the tunnel!). Peer down Warren's Shaft, thought to have served as a fresh water drawing point for the city and could have been how Joab entered the city and opened it to David's forces. Explore the Southern Wall of the Temple Excavations, including the Hulda Steps and the many Mikvahs at the foot of the steps. Say a prayer at the Western Wall and travel through time as you traverse the Western Wall Tunnels. See the Wohl Archaeological Museum and the Burnt House, where the remains of Jewish families’ homes from the time of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD can be seen. Pass through the Old City walls at the Jaffa Gate. Here the Citadel Museum preserves portions of the city's history from the First Temple period on.
Day 9 Day 8, July 10 – Jerusalem
Begin your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven. Walk the Palm Sunday Road and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal. Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room. Walk through the Old City and enjoy the preserved, ancient culture found in the narrow streets as well as the modernized Cardo in the Jewish Quarter.
Day 10 Day 10, July 11 – Jerusalem and Transfer to Ben Gurion for Return Flight
View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Lift your voice in song in the acoustically beautiful Church of St. Anne. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate. See the pavement from the Antonia Fortress in the basement of the Sisters of Zion Church. Here "games" Roman soldiers played are carved into the stone. The grooved stones indicate that horses departed from the fortress here, and is the traditional beginning of the Via Dolorosa. Built over the traditional sites of the crucifixion and burial sites of Jesus is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Travel to Tel Aviv for your return flight home.
Day 11 Day 11, July 12 – Return to USA
Return to USA
Saturday, July 2, 2022From $2650