Journey Through the Holy Land – Faith-Based Travel (TG)

9 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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This wonderful vacation starts in Tel Aviv, Israel. Next, travel via Jaffa to Caesarea, with visits to the Roman amphitheater and the impressive Crusader fortress; the ancient fortified city of Megiddo; and Muhraqa to Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee, where you will stay for two nights. A morning excursion is included to Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding, and Nazareth, where you visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church. Afternoon is at leisure. On your way to Jerusalem, cruise on the Sea of Galilee, then visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, and Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen, a baptismal site on the river Jordan, and Bet She’an with its fine Roman and Byzantine relics. During your 5-night stay in Jerusalem, excursions are included to Ein Karem, Bethlehem, and the Garden Tomb, as well as to Masada, the Dead Sea, and a guided walking tour through the Old City. Visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa, the Wailing Wall, and more. A full day at leisure to relax or to join an optional excursion featuring the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a visit to the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem. On your final evening in Jerusalem, celebrate with your travel companions at a farewell dinner at your hotel.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

TEL AVIV
Welcome dinner
JAFFA
Walking tour of the ancient port
CAESAREA
Visit the Roman amphitheater and the Crusader fortress
MEGIDDO
Visit the biblical site
MUHRAQA
Panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley
CANA
Visit the site of the first miracle
NAZARETH
Visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church
SEA OF GALILEE
Enjoy a cruise
MOUNT OF BEATITUDES
Visit the site where Jesus delivered his sermon
TABGHA
Visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy
CAPERNAUM
Visit the site where Jesus recruited his first followers
RIVER JORDAN
Visit a baptismal site
BET SHE’AN
Admire the Roman and Byzantine relics
EIN KAREM
Visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of Visitation
BETHLEHEM
Visit the Church of the Nativity
JERUSALEM
Visit the Garden Tomb; panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; guided walking tour, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa; visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of Caiaphas; farewell dinner
MASADA
Ride a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortress
DEAD SEA
Visit one of the resorts
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • March 14 Departure - Palm Sunday in Jerusalem (March 20).
  • March 21 Departure - Good Friday (March 25) and Easter Sunday (March 27) in Jerusalem.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Biblical Tells - Megiddo
  • Masada
  • White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement
  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
  • Biblical Tells – Megiddo
  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
  • Masada
  • White City of Tel Aviv – the Modern Movement

Transportation:

Motorcoach (or minibus); boat cruise; cable car. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full Israeli breakfast; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and a farewell dinner in Jerusalem

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel

Welcome to Tel Aviv. Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine, hosted by your Tour Director.

Dinner

Day 2 Tel Aviv– Jaffa–Caesarea–Megiddo–Muhraqa–Sea of Galilee

Start your tour of the Holy Land with a stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Next is Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s Stadium and harbor. In the afternoon, travel to the ancient fortified city of Megiddo, regarded as one of the most important biblical sites in Israel. This is the famous battleground where armed struggles of Assyrians, Canaanites, Egyptians, Greeks, Israelites, Persians, Philistines, and Romans took place. According to the New Testament, Armageddon will serve as the gathering place for an army that will fight in the battle that causes the return of Jesus Christ. Next, continue along the coast through Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s vineyards and apricot groves to the slopes of the scenic Carmel mountain range. At Muhraqa, site of Prophet Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal, enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the fertile Jezreel Valley. Continue to the Sea of Galilee and arrive at your hotel in Tiberias.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 3 Sea of Galilee–Cana–Nazareth–Sea of Galilee

See an ancient fisherman’s boat, said to be from the time of Christ, before arriving in Cana, site of the first miracle, where Jesus changed water to wine at a wedding. Due to this, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. On to Nazareth in Galilee, chief scene of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Here, visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Continue to ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, built over a cave known as St. Joseph’s Workshop, and pass by Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Afternoon at leisure.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 4 Sea of Galilee–Mount of Beatitudes–Tabgha–Capernaum–Bet She’an–Jerusalem

Enjoy a 45-minute CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee. Then, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION OF LOAVES AND FISHES at Tabgha as well as the CHURCH OF ST. PETER’S PRIMACY, where Jesus instructed Peter “to feed my lambs and tend my sheep.” At this place, warm springs used to flow into the sea, attracting fish, which is why Peter came here to earn a living. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, visit the ancient city of Bet She’an with its fine ROMAN and BYZANTINE RELICS. The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 5 Jerusalem. Excursion to Ein Karem, Bethlehem & The Garden Tomb

This morning, drive to Ein Karem and visit the CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST and the CHURCH OF VISITATION, said to be built over the home of John the Baptist’s parents. Enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding wooded hills. Continue to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born. On the way back to Jerusalem, visit the GARDEN TOMB, where you will enjoy the scenery of the beautiful holy garden.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6 Jerusalem. Excursion to The Old City

After a panoramic view from the MOUNT OF OLIVES over the old and modern parts of the city, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE. Here, see the Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest. Nearby is the Cave of the Assumption of Mary and the Cave of Betrayal. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA, the Way of the Cross, to Golgotha, and visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Erected over the site of the crucifixion, this church is shared by six Christian communities. Walk past the Temple Mount, from where you can see the Dome of the Rock, a splendid mosque on the holy mount. On to the WAILING WALL, the most holy shrine in the Jewish religion. Then, stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, the TOMB OF KING DAVID, and the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS, where Jesus was kept the night after he was arrested.

Breakfast

Day 7 Jerusalem. Excursion to Masada & The Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the Caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular clifftop FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts. You will have plenty of time here to experience the feeling of buoyancy in the heavy water. Then, back to Jerusalem.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 8 At Leisure in Jerusalem

A full day at leisure, with time to attend a religious service in one of Jerusalem’s churches. Later, maybe join an optional excursion featuring the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible in the world, and the model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Also visit the famous Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem. This evening, in the company of your traveling companions, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine and relive the highlights of an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 9 Jerusalem

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Tel Aviv).

Breakfast

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 Accommodations

Tel Aviv
Tiberias
Jerusalem

Tel Aviv

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Superior First-Class

Charles Clore Park
Tel Aviv, Israel

Free Wifi

The Dan Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Cross the road fronting this Tel Aviv hotel and you¿re on the Mediterranean where great beaches and soft sands greet you. The Dan Panorama Hotel boasts an outstanding mix of facilities. It is directly linked to the Dan Panorama Convention Center - the city¿s largest, most comprehensive convention and exhibition center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Tiberias

Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Tiberias

Superior First-Class

Habanim Street 1
Tiberias, Israel

The Leonardo Plaza Hotel welcomes you in a fantastic location right in the heart of Tiberias, overlooking the famous Sea of Genezareth. The hotel is facing the beautiful promenade which is situated next to the breathtaking shores of the Sea of Genezareth.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Climate Control

Jerusalem

Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

First-Class

47 King George Street
Jerusalem, Israel

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar

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