Depart US on an overnight non-stop flight to Tel-Aviv. Full service on board.
Upon arrival in Tel-Aviv we’ll be met by our local representative and transferred to our hotel in Tel-Aviv for dinner and overnight.
Leave the hotel for Caesarea, the Roman Capital of Palestine. Here we view the beautifully restored Roman Amphitheater, the ruins of the ancient town, the harbor and the aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo, one of Solomon’s chariot cities and the site of the coming Battle of Armageddon. Continue to Mukhraka (MASS) where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and the Carmelite Order was started. From here we proceed to Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration and to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
This morning we cross the Sea of Galilee by boat to Capernaum and visit the ruins of the ancient Synagogue and St. Peter’s house, visit Mt. Of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given (MASS), to Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, then onto the Golan Heights, Mt. Hermon and Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River. Visit the recently discovered boat from the time when Jesus lived in Galilee. We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
We depart after breakfast for Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration. We then continue to Beit She’an at the foothills of Gilboa Mountains, where King Saul fell fighting the Philistines. View the fascinating recent excavations before continuing south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest city on earth. Here. The walls came down in Joshua’s day. One can see Elisha’s Fountain and Mt. Temptation. We continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
This morning we get to know “Jerusalem the Golden”. We drive to the Mt. of Olives, where we visit the Chapel of the Ascension and follow the path down the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations. A short drive through the Kidron Valley brings us by way of Absalom’s Pillar and Zechariah’s Tomb. We then proceed around Mt. Zion to the Upper Room, traditional scene of the Last Supper. In the afternoon we drive to Ein Karem the birth place of St. John the Baptist and see the Church of Visitation where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. After MASS we return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Early in morning we retrace the last steps of Jesus. As we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Sorrow), we visit the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Temple Area and glimpse at the Dome of the Rock and El Aksa Mosque and King David Street. Finally we arrive at Holy Sepulchre for a visit (MASS). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
This morning we depart after breakfast for a full day visit of Bethlehem. We first visit Shepherd’s Field (MASS). After lunch we visit the Church of the Nativity. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, more than 1,300 feet below sea level (time permitting, we will take a dip in this sea). We continue to Qumran and view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We continue to Masada and ascend by cable car to the remarkable ruins of this fortress built by Herod the Great, where from 70 to 73 A.D. Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Today we have a full day at leisure in Jerusalem. Check out of the hotel at noon. Afternoon explore the Old City on our own for the last minute shopping. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Early in the morning transfer to Tel-Aviv airport for our return flight to US, where we arrive early in the morning of the same day.