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10 Days • 18 Meals
Immerse yourself in the land of the Bible. Walk in the footsteps of prophets whose teachings of Judiasm, Christianity and Islam will come alive. Revel in the magnificent scenic beauty, fascinating culture and bountiful history on a journey through the ancient land of miracles.

Highlights
• 18 Meals (8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 8 dinners)
• Services of a professional Tour Manager
• Roundtrip airport transfers when you make your air arrangements through Faithful Holidays
• Guided tour of Jaffa and Tel Aviv
• Visit the Herodian port city of Caesarea
• Visit Tiberias; sail across the Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Capernaum
• Spend time at the Kibbutz Ein Gev with a tour of the working area.
• Vist the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River
• Full day excursion to Mount Carmel, Meggido and site of 21 battles from the Old Testament
• Visit Nazareth including the Basilica of the Annunciation
• Visit Bet She’an – see the remarkable excavations of a former Roman city.
• Full-day tour of Jerusalem—Mount of Olives, Church of the Our Father Who Art in Heaven; Garden of Gethsemane, Basilica of Agony and Tomb of Mary; the Old City including the Four Quarters, Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and the Cardo.
• Full day excursion to the Dead Sea

Day One: Departure
Today our journey begins to the Holy Land where we will walk in the footsteps of the prophets. Here, in the land of miracles, the stories of the Bible will come alive in the home of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Day Two: Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel
We arrive today in Tel Aviv, a vibrant city on the shores of the Mediterranean. Upon arrival, we will be met by our Tour Manager and check into our hotel. Dinner

Day Three: Tel Aviv, Jaffa and
the Herodian port city of Caesarea

After breakfast this morning we tour the 4,000 year old port city of Jaffa. Here we will see the Church of St. Peter and see Simon the Tanner’s house. A view of Andromeda’s Rock made famous in Greek mythology. We tour Tel Aviv and see Rabin Square and drive through the White City of Tel Aviv (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and see the Bauhaus style of architecture introduced by the Germans in the 1930s. This afternoon we visit Caesarea, built by King Herod. It was from here that the apostle Paul, a prisoner, sailed on his hazardous journey to Rome. You will see the ancient Roman theatre which is still used today for cultural events, the hippodrome the Crusader moat and the aqueduct. Breakfast, dinner

Day Four: Tiberias – Sea of Galilee
and the Upper Jordan Valley – visit a Kibbutz

Our drive this morning begins at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus blessed his disciples 2000 years ago. Here we see the church of the same name designed in an octagonal dome that represents the 8 “Beatitudes.” We continue on to Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes the site of the miracle of the Christian Savior who fed 5000 starving people with two fishes and five loves. Also along the Sea of Galiliee, we see the Mensa Christi – Church of the Primacy of Peter. Here Jesus elected Paul as his representative on earth and also performed the miracle of telling fisherman to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. We continue on to Capernum and then visit the working area of a Kibbutz. Following a St. Peter’s fish lunch we sail across the Sea of Galilee and, after a short drive, we arrive at the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River where baptisms are performed today.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Five: Mount Carmel, Galilee and Nazareth
After breakfast we continue on to Mount Carmel and visit Muhraka the biblical site where Elijah’s contest with Jezebel’s false prophets of Ba’al took place. We see a panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley from a hilltop monastery. We travel to Meggido, site of the 21 battles from the Old Testament and the Valley of Armageddon one of the most important archeological sites. We journey through the Jezreel Valley and arrive in Nazareth, the city of Jesus’ hidden years. We will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church and the nearby Synagogue Church. This afternoon we leave Nazareth and journey to Mount Precipice the site where the angry mob attempted to throw Jesus over the cliff. We visit Mount Tabor where Jesus met Moses and Elijah before returning to Tiberias. Breakfast, dinner

Day Six: Jordan Valley – Arrive in Jerusalem
This morning we continue on through the Jordan Valley to Bet She’an. Here we see the remarkable excavations of a Roman city. After lunch, we journey south along the Jordan Valley driving past Jericho from where the winding desert highway leading to Jerusalem ascends some 4,000 feet in a distance of 13 miles. Afternoon arrival in “Eternal Jerusalem.” Breakfast, dinner

Day Seven: Jerusalem
Today we experience Jerusalem City. Our full-day tour will include many biblical and historical sites which are important in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will begin by driving to the Mt. of Olives, visit the Church of Our Father Who Art in Heaven and then, a short walk away, witness a beautiful panoramic view of the Holy City. We walk down the hill past the Dominus Flevit Church to the Garden of Gethsemane and its ancient olive grove dating back to the time of Christ.Visit the Church of Agony where the Bible says that Jesus prayed and the nearby Tomb of Mary. We then drive to the Damascus Gate and enter the walls of the Old City through the Four Quarters for a walking tour. Here we walk the Via Dolorosa then on to the site on Calvary Hill where Catholicism sites where Christ was crucified and ascended into heaven. After lunch we continue our walk through the narrow “souk” of Jerusalem to the Western Wall – the only remaining wall of Herod’s Temple. We continue on through the rebuilt Jewish Quarter, wander through the Cardo, the reconstructed shopping arcade of Roman times. Breakfast, dinner

Day Eight: Day Eight: The Dead Sea
This morning drive the Jordan Valley, the Judean Wilderness and along the shore of the Dead Sea. Pass by Ein Gedi (at 1,200 feet below sea level it is the lowest point on earth) where David hid from King Saul. You continue south to Massada (UNESCO World Heritage Site) ascend 1,700 feet high above the Dead Sea. The 2,000 year old Fortress of Massada is set on a giant cliff - the greatest castle in history built by King Herod. A cable car takes the visitors up to the cliff, for an unforgettable tour of King Herod’s well-preserved palace/fortress, the warehouses and residential areas, the water complex, the impressive fortified system and to the most fascinating view of the Judean Desert. Lunch at the Hod Hotel, Dead Sea. After an included lunch, you will have the chance to take a short swim in the Dead Sea - truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. In the afternoon, you will continue North to visit Qumran, site of the caves in which the earliest Biblical documents, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 and supposedly written by the first century sect - the Essenes who hid there from the Roman enemy.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day Nine: Bethlehem
- optional excursion to the Jewish Holocaust Museum
Choose an optional excursion and journey to Bethlehem, birth place of Jesus as well as that of King David. Visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, a Byzantine balilica, built by the Emperor Constantine in the fourth century over the traditional grotto of Jesus’ birth. Visit the Grotto of the Nativity buried under the Greek monastery and Shepherds Field where the Angel of the Lord visited the Shepherds and informed them of Jesus’ birth. Following lunch on your own, you may choose an optional excursion to the Jewish Holocaust Museum. Tonight we enjoy the farewell dinner. Breakfast, dinner

Day Ten: Homeward
Our group transfers to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport and we return USA.
Breakfast


Hotel Accommodations
Days Two and Three - Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv, Israel
Days Four and Five - Caesar Hotel, Tiberias, Israel
Days Six through Nine - Prima Kings, Jerusalem, Israel


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