Journey of the Holy Land Christian Tour

Available every Thursday

Description

Journey of the Holy Land Christian Tour, 8 days

Highlights

Our Heritage of the Holy Land tour is a journey for opening a window to the country’s history – past and present, as well as its people and diverse cultures. With a professional guide, explore the iconic sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, and Bethlehem; ride the cable car to the fortress of Masada and float at the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. In the north of the country, visit the serene Galilee Nazareth, Cana, and the Golan Heights. Other key sites visited on the tour include, Caesarea, MegiddoTel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday – Welcome to Israel

Our representative will meet you after passport control upon your arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, assisting as you pick up your luggage and head out for the transfer to your hotel. Check in at the hotel in Tel Aviv.
• Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 2: Friday

Our first day in the Holy Land. Your Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel. We drive for a short visit of the city of Jaffa (Joppa) where we will take a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. We will pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hill top. • We drive north along the coastal road – Via Maris, to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. From here we go on to visit Megiddo where the book of Revelations mentions a great battle at the place called “Armageddon”, an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6000-500 B.C.). After exploring the ancient ruins we drive toward the Sea of Galilee, stopping at Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine.
• Overnight in Tiberias.

Day 3: Saturday

You will be excited from the morning of this Holy day. Visit the sites on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, the stage for many of the events in Jesus’ life. Drive along the shore of the sea to Capernaum – known as “His Town”, the center of Jesus ministry where he spent much time healing the sick and performing miracles On to Tabgha, the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000, visiting the Church of Multiplication, where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes, and the Church of the Primacy of St Peter, commemorating Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the sea, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and it is believed that he picked his 12 apostles. Ascend to the Golan Heights to view the panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and the rugged Golan plateau. Visit Banias (Caesarea Philippi), one of the sources of the River Jordan, where Jesus took his disciples, revealing his purpose and His Church before his last trip to Jerusalem and where Simon identified Jesus as the messiah. Drive to the southern part of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Yardenit Baptismal Site.
• Overnight in Tiberias.

Day 4: Sunday

This morning we can start our day with Sail on a boat on the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee).Travel through the Galilee to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood, and the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. You will also see Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church. Visit the ancient synagogue at Beit Alpha, located at the foot of the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains which has one of most preserved and beautiful mosaics in Israel. Drive through the Jordan Valley, passing by Jericho, before ascending through the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem.
• Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5: Monday

Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea we continue to Masada which is situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea. En route to the Dead Sea, you will visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit as if weather permits it’s possible to “float” on the salty, mineral rich, water.
• Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6: Tuesday

Start the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
• Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Wednesday

Enter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem – the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
• Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8: Thursday

Check out of the hotel following breakfast. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the flight home.

Hotels

Accommodation in Tel Aviv

Tourist Class: SeaNet
First Class: Metropolitan
Superior Class: Crowne Plaza
Deluxe Class: Carlton

Accommodation in Jerusalem

Tourist Class: Gold
First Class: Grand Court
Superior Class: Dan Panorama
Deluxe Class: David Citadel

Accommodation in Tiberias

Tourist Class: Prima
First Class: Leonardo
Superior Class: Caesar
Deluxe Class: Galei Kinnereth

Additional Information

The tour includes:
• 7 Nights hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
• Assistance at the airport upon arrival
• Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure
• Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned touring vehicle
• Service of a Government licensed guide on all touring days
• Entrance fees according to the itinerary

The tour does not include:
• Porterage at airport
• Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
• Beverages with meals
• Traveler’s medical/baggage insurance
• Any item, product or service not specifically listed under “Inclusions”

Notes:
• Booking is subject to terms and conditions
• Optional: Dinners in your hotel, with extra charge
• The sequence of the tour, hotels used and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances
• Between hotel and border in Israel are operated as transfers only with a driver – no guide/escort
• Passengers should arrange their own travel, luggage and health insurance
• Click Tours will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury
• Tours are conducted in English only
• A single supplement will apply for choosing 1 adult
• High Season supplement will apply in Holidays and Summer Time
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