Heritage of the Holy Land – 8 Days

Beit She'an

Thursday Arrival – Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 – Thursday: Arrival, Tel Aviv

  • Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

DAY 2 – Friday: Caesarea, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee, Tiberias

  • Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will 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. Pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hill top.
  • Then we drive up north along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar.
  • From there we go on to visit Megiddo where the book of Revelation mentions a great battle at the place called “Armageddon”. It is an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6000-500 B.C.).
  • After exploring the ancient ruins we’ll drive toward the Sea of Galilee.
  • Arrive at Tiberias and check-in to your hotel.

Overnight in Sea of Galilee.

DAY 3 – Saturday: Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights

  • Start the day from historic Tiberias, where Jesus lived, sojourned, and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Our next destination will be Capernaum, the center of Jesus ministry.
  • Tabgha, just north of Tiberias, is the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000, and at the Church of Multiplication the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes.
  • We drive on to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and it is believed that Jesus picked his 12 apostles.
  • We’ll ascend to the Golan Heights to view the panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon and the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights, and beneath it the green pastoral Huleh valley. Return to Tiberias for another lovely night in town.

Overnight in Sea of Galilee.

DAY 4 – Sunday: Nazareth, Beit She’an

  • This morning we travel to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine.
  • We proceed 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’ll also see Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church.
  • Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an with its recently excavated amphitheater. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman city which was destroyed in an earthquake.
  • Onward to Jerusalem, where you check-in to your choice of hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 5 – Monday: Masada, Dead Sea

  • Through remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea we’ll continue to Masada which is situated right on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. The site has been 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’ll see 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: Jerusalem

  • Start the day at Mt. Scopus. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem.
  • The holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – Jerusalem occupies a unique place in the world.
  • Your tour includes the Mount of Olives, a stop at the site where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
  • In the Old City you’ll 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.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 7 – Wednesday: Jerusalem

  • Today’s tour includes Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust established in 1953, located on the foot of Mt.Hertzl.
  • Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village on the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to the tradition John the Baptist was born.
  • Visit the Israel Museum with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple, and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of Hebrew University. Visit Bethlehem* to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 8 – Thursday: Departure

  • Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure, or extend  your tour to the kingdom of Jordan and/or Egypt.

*Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to local conditions.

Prices (Valid until 29.02.2016) Tourist Class First Class Superior Class Deluxe
Per Person in Double room $1165 $1400 $1670         $2275       
Per Person in Single Room $1590 $1985 $2445 $3520
Supplement for 6 Dinners $95 $95 $195 N/A
High Season supplement ¹ $38 DBL / $38 SGL $25 DBL / $30 SGL $10 DBL / $10 SGL N/A
Peak Season Supplement ² $ 140 DBL / $150 SGL $125 DBL / $130 SGL $150 DBL / $150 SGL N/A
Yom Kippur ³ CXL CXL CXL CXL

Regular Season Dates: 05.03.15 – 1.04.15 &  16.04.15 – 20.05.15 & 28.05.15 – 05.08.15 & 27.08.15 – 16.09.15 & 08.10.15-23.12.15 & 31.12.15-29.02.16

¹ High Season Dates: 09.04.15 – 15.04.15 & 21.05.15 – 27.05.15 &  06.08.15 – 26.08.15 & 24.09.15 – 07.10.15 & 24.12.15-30.12.15

² Peak Season Dates: 02.04.15 – 08.04.15 

³ Yom Kippur: CXL

Prices Include:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation including daily breakfast.
  • Assistance at the airport upon arrival.
  • English speaking government licensed guide for all touring days.
  • A/c tourist Van /Minibus/Bus during the touring days.
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary.

Prices do not Include:

  • Porterage at the airport.
  • Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff etc.
  • Personal medical/baggage insurance.
  • Beverages with meals.

N.B. The sites visited and hotels used, or the sequence of the tour may be amended due to circumstances.

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