HOLYLAND LONG TOUR
Wednesday arrival – 7 nights / 6 touring days
Arrival to Ben Gurion airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Jerusalem – Old City
Drive to Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s tomb and the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walls of the city and visit the Cardo, Temple Mount (entrance to the mosques not included), Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and oriental Bazaar. Visit the Garden Tomb.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem – New City and Bethlehem
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation; proceed to Yad Vashem, a memorial to the holocaust; visit the Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and a scale model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period.
Proceed to Bethlehem * to visit the Church of Nativity.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Dead Sea / Massada
Drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Mt. Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Descend by cable car. Time and weather permitting ,an opportunity will be provided to float on the Dead Sea.
Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Beit Shean / Nazareth
Depart Jerusalem and drive via the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean , a newly excavated city, and visit the Roman theatre. Drive to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river; continue to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Visit the Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well.
Overnight in Kibbutz Lavi .
Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias
After a short tour of Tiberias, we take a boat ride to Capernaum. Visit the remains of an ancient synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive via the Banias springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan Heights.
Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Acre / Haifa / Megiddo / Caesarea
Depart Kibbutz Lavi; drive to Acre to visit the ancient city and harbor. Continue to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Bahai gardens and Haifa bay. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon, to visit the archeological excavations including the well-preserved water system. Drive to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman Theater and aqueduct. Drive along the coastal plain to Tel Aviv.
Overnight in Tel Aviv
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.
* Visit subject to the security conditions.
The above program can be extended and tailor-made for private tours according to the different denominations.