An eye opening tour for first and second timers alike! This tour combines the basis of Old and New Testament together with features of Modern Israel as well.
Day 1 – Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport for transfer to hotel on the coast and a good night’s sleep
Day 2 – Up the coast to the Galilee: We’ll visit the ancient Herodian port Caesarea, visit the 2000 year old theater, ruins and remains of port where Paul sailed off to Rome. We are then off to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah battled the Gods of Baal and where we will see an overall view of the Valley of Armageddon. At the fortress city of Megiddo, this features nearly 25 levels of civilization. We will walk through its ruins and see for ourselves its strategic significance. The beautiful mosaics of Zippori are a must – a city which reveled during the time of Christ. As we end the day we’ll drive through the childhood home of Nazareth and Cana, the sight where, at the wedding, Christ performs the first miracle. We then proceed to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee.
Day 3 – In the Footsteps of Jesus in the Galilee: We begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll be able to see for ourselves the remains a 2000 year old fishing boat from the period of Christ. At the ruins of Capernaum we will visit the “His own Town”, the home of Christ during his Galilean Ministry and also where many of His miracles were performed. Then up to the Mt.of Beatitudes, the sight of the ”Sermon on the Mount”. We will see the ruins of Bethsaida and a visit to the Galilee Experience (Tiberius).
Day 4 – The Northern Reaches of the Promised Land: Mt. Arbel – an overview of Christ’s Galilean Ministry. We will travel north to the strategic Golan Heights; visit Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) and Tel Dan-Jeroboam’s Altar.
Day 5 – Come, Let Us Go Up to Jerusalem: You’ll have an opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal Site. We’ll visit biblical city of Beit Shean and learn about the events concerning King Saul and his sons. At the springs of En Harod we’ll talk about Gideon and the 300 warriors. We’ll then make our way up the Jordan Valley, Jericho, Wadi Qelt- and the ancient road to Jerusalem.
Day 6 – In the Footsteps of Jesus-the Holy City: We begin on the Mount of Olives, with its fantastic view of the walled city of Jerusalem – then walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. Entering the Old City we will walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Pool of Bethesda, Ecce Homo, Temple Mount, Western Wall, and Southern Steps, ending our day at the Garden Tomb.
Day 7 – Jerusalem of Today, Bethlehem of Yesterday: At the Israel Museum we’ll see a model of 2nd Temple Jerusalem and visit the Shrine of the Book, where some of the Dead Sea scrolls are on display; see the Knesset; a visit to the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem is a must; then on to Bethlehem and Shepherd’s Field.
Day 8 – Free day in Jerusalem. Your guide will recommend to you a number of tour options to fill your day.
Day 9 – The Judean Wilderness: Down to the lowest part of the earth! At Masada we will learn the Zealot’s final stand against the might of Rome; we’ll have a chance to hike the Oasis Ein Gedi. Later we will visit Qumran, where many of the “Dead Sea Scrolls” were found. Genesis Land-Dinner in Abraham’s Tent for the ultimate desert experience.
Day 10 – Transfer to airport and departure