Holy Land Classic | April 2, 2024
Join us for a Holy Land Classic tour starting at $3998 from New York, on April 2, 2024. You will see the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Loaves and fish at Tabgha, the Chapel of the Primacy, Magdala, Jordan River, the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), Nazareth, Caesarea, Bet Shean, Jericho, Qumran, Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Field, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, the Mount of Olives, the Palm Sunday Road, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, the Upper Room, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, and much more!
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES Special experiences available during touring
SOUND & LIGHT SHOW
Travel to the Old City at night as the breathtaking story of Jerusalem unfolds on the walls of the Old City in an open-air theatre. Spanning creation to today, you’ll experience an innovative show featuring an original soundtrack, lights, animation, and video to leave you with a fantastic memory under the stars.
MASADA & DEAD SEA TOUR
Discover the mysteries of Masada, Herod’s mountaintop fortress and the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Depart your hotel in the morning and journey with your Holy Land Guide to experience the history and beautiful views from this UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, visit the Dead Sea after enjoying an included lunch as you end your day floating in the salty, mineral-laden waters.
DINNER WITH A PALESTINIAN, CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Take part in a special evening and enjoy a dinner prepared by a Palestinian, Christian family. You’ll travel to Bethlehem, where a local family will host you at their table and invite you into their lives. Discover the joy, trials, and everyday life over scrumptious food and riveting conversation with 5 – 10 of your fellow travelers.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Study Guide
- Domestic Airfare
Additional Baggage and Optional fees may apply.
Day 1 April 2 - USA to the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 April 3 - Welcome to the Holy Land
You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 3 April 4 - The Galilee
Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matthew 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
Day 4 April 5 - Cana, Nazareth, Tel Megiddo & Caesarea
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.
Day 5 April 6 - Bet Shean, Jericho, & Qumran
Start the day in Bet Shean, a city continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years. The uncovered ruins date back to the Greek / Roman city that was part of the Decapolis of Jesus' day. See colonnaded streets with marble sidewalks, Roman public baths, and a theater. As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947.
Day 6 April 7 - Bethlehem & Jerusalem
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matthew 1:18-25). Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before returning to Jerusalem. Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial.
Day 7 April 8 - Jerusalem & the City of David
Begin your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-12). Walk the Palm Sunday Road and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 26:36 - 44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matthew 26:57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12-26). After lunch, wander through the excavations of the City of David. 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!). Visit the Pool of Siloam, recently uncovered at the foot of the City.
Day 8 April 9 - Leisure Day (Masada/Dead Sea Option)
Today you have free time to explore on your own or you may choose to visit Masada and the Dead Sea (additional charge). Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.
Day 9 April 10 - Jerusalem & the Old City
Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5:1-18). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.
Day 10 April 11 - Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension
Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Nile Cruise Extension (THU Return)
April 11-18, 2024 • $2398*
April 11 - Jerusalem to Mount Sinai
Travel the Caravan Route from Jerusalem through the Sinai. Transfer to your hotel for overnight.
April 12 - Saint Catherine’s Monastery
View Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery. Stay in Sharm el Sheikh overnight.
April 13 - Luxor & Karnak
Fly from Sharm el Sheikh to Luxor. See the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple and the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. Board your Nile cruise ship and enjoy dinner.
April 14 - Valleys of the Kings & Queens & Esna
Explore the Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Sail to Esna and see the Temple of Khnum. Dinner & overnight on board.
April 15 - Edfu & Kom Ombo
Visit the Edfu Temple. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Kom Ombo Temple nearby. Dinner & overnight on board.
April 16 - Aswan
See the Temples at Philae, including the Temple of Isis. See the High Dam at Aswan and the Unfinished Obelisk. After exploring Aswan, fly to Cairo to check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
April 17 - Cairo
Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin. View the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali and visit the Abu Serga Church. Prepare for your return flight home.
April 18 - Return to the USA
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
Tuesday, April 2, 2024From $3998