Experiencing a Holy Land itinerary
After arriving to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel we will begin the holy land itinerary by meeting our local Israel representative who helps us with baggage and transfer to our bus where we meet our tour guide. We transfer to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at the Nof Ginosar in Sea of Galilee area. After breakfast, we start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Then we visit the Ancient Boat, believed to be from Jesus’ time at Kibbutz Ginosar. We leave the Sea of Galilee and drive to Capernaum, the town Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth. Capernaum is the place where Jesus recruited the first of disciples. We visit the excavations of the Ancient Synagogue and the house of St. Peter. Next, our Holy Land itinerary will take us to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Afterwards, we drive to Beit Shean to see the recent excavations that have disclosed the impressive ruins of the country’s largest city in the Roman and Byzantine periods, which was destroyed by an earthquake in A.D. 749. Afterwards, we will have a time for baptisms at the Jordan River (Yardenit). Dinner and overnight will be at the Nof Ginosar in Tiberias/ Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, we drive to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made the good confession of Christ as “the Son of the living God”. We have a short hike/walk to Tel Dan where we will see the gate of Jeroboam. We then drive to Nazareth and tour a replica of what the Village of Nazareth would have looked like at the time of Jesus. Dinner and overnight will be at the Nof Ginosar in Tiberias /Sea of Galilee.
The Beauty of Jerusalem
Today on the Holy Land itinerary tour, we depart from the Sea of Galilee and drive to Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon, later built upon by King Ahab. Next, we view the Plains of Jezreel. We drive by and view Mt. Carmel and the “Mukhraka,” the site where Elijah challenged and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal. We continue our sightseeing tour with a visit to Caesarea, the city where Peter came to convert Cornelius after the vision at the house of Simon the Tanner. Caesarea was the seat of the Roman Procurator of the Judea in the time of Christ and was the place St. Peter converted the centurion Cornelius. We explore the Roman Theater, the aqueduct and view the ruins of Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. We continue our drive to Jerusalem on our holy land itinerary, entering the city in the traditional way, viewing the city from Mt. Scopus. Dinner and overnight will be at the Dan Jerusalem hotel in Jerusalem. The holy land itinerary will take us to Masada, the site of the most dramatic act in the Jewish History. We will ascend Masada by cable car. We explore the ancient excavation of Hero’s Palaces, bathhouse, the storerooms, the Ramp, and the oldest Synagogue in the world. We will drive to the Dead Sea, proceeding to a hotel in Ein Bokek for lunch and a swim. After lunch, we continue to Ein Gedi, an Oasis on the Dead Sea shore. Near the 200-meter-high waterfall is a cave where David had his famous meeting with King Saul. The walk around the reservation confirms that Ein Gedi is one of the most beautiful reservations in the world. We visit Qumran, where the 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then we drive via the Judean Desert and ascend to Jerusalem. We will pass the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Dinner and overnight will be at the Dan Jerusalem hotel in Jerusalem. After breakfast, we’ll ascend the Mount of Olives for a breath taking panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. We will walk along the Palm Sunday Way and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the last night before he was arrested. The holy land itinerary will bring us to the Church of All the Nations, walk along the “last Way” to Mt. Zion, and visit St. Anne Church, which is a fine sample for Crusader architecture. We visit the Pools of Bethesda, cross the Kidron Valley, and see the Tombs of Absalom, Zachary and James. Next, we drive to Mount Zion and visit the Last Supper room and King David’s Tomb. We’ll end the day with a visit to the house of the high priest, Caiaphas and visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. This is the place where Peter denied the Lord three times. Dinner and overnight will be at the Dan Jerusalem hotel in Jerusalem.
After breakfast, we drive to Mt. Moriah. Then we walk up to the Temple place and visit the Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa Mosque. Next, we continue to the Western Wall, one of last remnants of the second Jewish Temple. We visit and explore the Rabbinical Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel), walk through the Jewish Quarter and visit the Herodian Mansion. If time permits on the holy land itinerary, we will include a visit to the Burnt House. We’ll end our holy land itinerary today with a visit to the Davidson Center, the Southern Wall Stairs, the City of David, the Pools of Siloam and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Dinner and overnight will be at the Dan Jerusalem hotel in Jerusalem. We start our day with a visit to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field and visit the Church of Nativity. Afterwards, we make our way back to Jerusalem for a visit to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book (where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Bar Kokhva letters are exhibited). Then we visit the Scale Model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus. We continue to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, and end the day at the Garden Tomb. We have our Farewell Dinner at the Abrage Restaurant in Jaffa. We then transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our flight back to the U.S.A.We arrive back in the U.S.A. at the close of an unforgettable holy land itinerary. We bring with us lasting memories of the Old and New Testament.