Journey to Israel, the spiritual wellspring for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Visit important sacred sites of a country shrouded in a great historic past. Encounter grand monuments testifying to the opulence of this ancient region and witness history first-hand from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea.
DAYS 1 & 2
Tel Aviv Old Jaffa, Israel
Explore the sites of vibrant Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa. Walk the cobblestone streets and visit the galleries, the Jaffa Flea Market and Carmel Market.(B)
Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Haifa
En route to Haifa, drive along the Mediterranean coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. Continue to Acre and visit Djezzar Pasha Mosque, the crypt of St. John, and the colorful bazaar of this ancient seaport. Arriving in Haifa, ascend Mount Carmel for breathtaking views.(B)
Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel, Haifa
DAYS 4 & 5
Haifa, Nazareth Tiberias
The morning of Day 4 drive to picturesque Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation, Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Stroll through the lively markets before continuing on to Tiberias. Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginosar to learn about Israel’s unique form of communal living. Continuing to Capernaum, view the remains of a 2nd-century synagogue, then drive up to the Mount of the Beatitudes.(2B)
Scots Hotel, Tiberias
DAYS 6 - 10
Jerusalem, Masada, Bethlehem Depart for Home
Visit Qumran to explore the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then arrive in Jerusalem, a 3,000-year-old thriving modern metropolis and the cradle of three major religions. Drive to Masada, at the edge of the Judean Desert. Ascend the steep slope by cable car, and visit the ruins of fortifications and the palaces of Herod. Continue traveling along the Dead Sea to Bethany to visit the Tomb of Lazarus. Next stop is Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square and Shepherd’s Field, before passing Rachel’s Tomb en route back to Jerusalem.
Travel to the Mount of Olives, the Church of Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, and the holy Islamic pilgrimage site, the Dome of the Rock. Experience the Western Wall or “Wailing Wall,” Judaism’s holiest site. Continue to Mt. Zion, visiting the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Visit the Shrine of the Book and see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Next, explore the Yad Vashem memorial complex and the moving presentations at its Holocaust History Museum. At the Stations of the Cross, you can walk in the footsteps of Jesus as described in the New Testament. Explore the Flagellation Church, Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
On Day 10 bid farewell to the Holy Land before you are taken to the airport in Tel Aviv for your flight home or on to your next destination. (5B)
King David Hotel, Jerusalem
December 31, 2011
From $6,195.00 per person double occupancy.
From $1,485.00 single room supplement.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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