BIBLE LAND 

A Vacation Beyond Belief

BIBLE LAND

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SCHEDULE:

Arrive at Ben Gurion,

International Airport,

just outside Tel Aviv

Discover the Secrets in the Magical Old History!

Tour schedule: 

Day 1: Jaffa, Caesarea Maritime

  • Begin your journey by heading to Jaffa, the picturesque ancient port, the place where Jonah set sail before being swallowed by the whale, where King Solomon imported the cedars of Lebanon to build the Temple in Jerusalem, and where Peter had his vision at the Home of Simon the Tanner. Tabitha’s restoration to life, beutifull biblical history along with charming lanes, antiquities, galleries, and Ancient Sea Port. Jaffa’s landmark Church of Saint Peter is off Kedumim Square. At the end of a lane leading through the artists’ colony to Summit Park, “Pharaoh of the Exodus,” Ramses II Fortress.

  • Drive north to Caesarea National Park. From this site, King Herod built Caesarea in honor of his patron Emperor Augustus Caesar in the mid-first century BCE. Saint Peter baptized the Roman centurion Cornelius, the first gentile convert to Christianity (Acts 10). It was from this port that Paul set sail to preach in all over the Mediterranean, and where Paul was later imprisoned for two years and made his powerful speech before Felix, Festus, and King Agrippa (Acts 12-25:6). The ruins are evident to all this history, standing to these days including the Roman Theater, the Hippodrome, and Herod's Palace, Crusader Walls, Roman Seaport of Caesarea.

  • To the hotel in Nazareth for check-in, dinner and overnight for 5 nights.

Day 2: Haifa, Mount Carmel, Megiddo

  • Drive west to Haifa to visit the Baha'i Gardens, ascend to Mount Carmel and take a look where you can enjoy views of  Haifa Bay , the Upper Galilee to the north, the Mediterranean beaches to the west and natural beauty of the Carmel Forest with the biblical story of Elijah confronting the false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Live the story in the Mukraha Monastery whose breath-taking view below looks to the Jezreel Valley and the Kishon stream where the slaughter took place. In the heart of the Carmel National Park are the Druze communities of Daliat al Carmel and Issifiya, where you can enjoy the bustling markets featuring traditional Druze products. 

  • Drive through the Valley to Tel Megiddo, on a hill in Jezreel Valley, one of the most important archeological sites in from the time of the Bible, the remains of one of the most consistently inhabited sites in the country, with levels of civilization settlements, along 3,000 years, from the time of King Solomon, King Ahab and the Assyrians, one of the great engineering marvels of the ancient world. Megiddo is mentioned in Egyptian writings, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Romans called the Sea Road that led from Egypt to Damascus, Israelite Megiddo fell to the Assyrians in 732 BCE and was finally demolished by the Egyptians in 609 BCE.

  • Cross the Jezreel Valley and learn about the prophetess Deborah, Jezreel means “God will sow”, on the north by Mountains of Nazareth and Mount Tabor, on the east and south by Mount Gilboa and the Mountains of Samaria respectively, and on the west by Mount Carmel. These mountains a bridge linking Africa, Asia and Europe.  

Day 3: Nazareth where all began, Sepphoris, Cana, Mount Tabor

  • Nazareth was a small village as a result of it being the childhood home of Jesus, and where he grew to manhood, Nazareth today is an important destination for Christian pilgrims and travelers from all over the world. Continue to the Basilica of the Annunciation, proceed to the old Church of Saint Gabriel that houses the village spring – Mary's Well, one of the few authentic remains from the time of Jesus. On the outskirts of Nazareth located the Mountain of  Precipice, where the people of Nazareth pursued Jesus and where Mary quake with fear until she saw Him emerge unharmed.

  • Drive to Sepphoris (Zippori) also called Diocaesaraea and during the Crusades - Sephory, Nazareth and visit the Roman and Byzantine Remains with the wonderful public houses, various structures and streets and mosaics of the “Nile House” and the “Mona Lisa of Galilee”.

  • Drive through Galilee Mountains to Cana the scene of Jesus First Miracle of changing water into wine, when he went to a wedding of a poor couple, and home of Nathaniel.

  • Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee region of Northern Israel rises with its distinctive shape from the flat and fertile Jezreel Valley. Mount Tabor is important as a Biblical site from both the Old and New Testaments. For Christians, Mount Tabor is believed to be the place of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, where Jesus began to radiate light and conversed with Moses and Elijah. Two churches – the Roman Catholic Church of the Transfiguration and nearby the Eastern Sanctuary of the Orthodox Churchsit atop Mount Tabor and draw pilgrims from around the world every year.

​Day 4:  Sea of Galilee

  • With open Bible to the most famous lake in the Bible, the Sea of Galilee is the center of this region for Christians, where you can't close your eyes to picture Jesus here. Jesus went from Nazareth in the heart of Galilee, to Capernaum by the shore of the lake they called Genesaret (Matthew 4:13). Here He gathered His first disciples – fishermen whom He found casting their nets from the shallows (Matthew 4:18). Here where can you see the Bible spring to life.

  • Start your day at Kibbutz Ginosar to witness the magnificent display of the wooden Galilee Boat from the time of Jesus, gives us valuable information regarding the sort of boats used during the time of Jesus. Continue from Ginosar with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, stopping for devotions.

  • Continue on to Capernaum to visit the ruins of this village "the town of Jesus". At Capernaum – known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matthew 9:1) – “walking where Jesus walked”. The stone of Capernaum’s Ancient Synagogue telling you many stories, you’ll be reminded that right here, Jesus taught (Mark 1:21; John 6:59) and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit (Mark 27-1:23). The ruins of the Synagogue still standing proudly till today, Jesus also raised from the dead the daughter of this Synagogue’s leader (Luke 53-8:49). The ruins that surround you here, are powerful reminders of Jesus prediction about this town (Matt. 11:23). Look to Peter’s House, where Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-31), in this small blessings village.

  • Next, stop at the nearby Chapel of the Primacy of Peter, where Jesus appeared to the Apostles after the resurrection. Experience the beautiful surroundings and descend to the water’s edge.

  • Nearby is Tabgha, site of the Miracles of the Loaves and Fishes, with its famous mosaic.

  • Continue north to the Mount of Beatitudes, the mountain where Jesus preached the famous "Sermon on the Mount", this site overlooking a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 5:  Kursi, Tel Dan, Banias

  • Driving along the coastline of the Sea of Galilee Cross the Jordan River and head southeast towards    Kursi where Jesus healed those possessed by demons by casting their evil spirits into a herd of swine.

  • Visit Tel Dan, one of the most important biblical mounds in the country. Here archaeologists discovered an inscription with the words, “House of David” and you can see a gateway from the time of Abraham, as well as visit the High Place of Jeroboam and the Israelite Gate.

  • Continue to the ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16: 13-20), where Peter acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (Matthew 16:13-17), now known as Banias. Enjoy Banias, the natural beauty of the main Jordan River’s source of water.

Day 6: Yardenit, Beit She'an, Dead Sea

  • Before you say farewell to the Galilee area, begin the day with an inspiring visit to Yardenit, Pilgrim’s Baptismal Site located at the Jordan River on the southern part of the Sea of Galilee. The Jordan River continue to the Dead Sea.

  • Drive south along the Jordan Valley to the ancient city of Beit She'an, with its Roman and Byzantine Ruins, biblical antiquities and you will see many magnificent sights of this city.

  • Continue down the Jordan Valley, about 62 miles to the south, toward the Dead Sea. Stop and enjoy a “float” on it. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth (1,385 feet below sea level), the water has the highest concentration of salt in the world, rich with minerals. The Biblical story not ended, the lost Cities Sodom and Gomorrah are believed to have been situated nearby.

  • To Bethlehem, check-in the hotel, dinner and overnight for 4 nights.

Day 7: Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran

  • Take the cable-car to the top of Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the great revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The exhibits in the New Museum of the Visitor’s Center about the daily life of the rebels and important symbols of heroism; from the top of the oval shape of Masada, look around you in the wild nature of ancient times.

  • Drive along the shore of the Dead Sea to the oasis at Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul and hike to a desert waterfall, where the great biblical adventures, the living landscape and the Song of Solomon comprise some of these adventures. The mosaic floor, the Ancient Synagogue and the story of Ein Gedi’s people at the time of Jesus and in the following centuries.

  • Visit Qumran is one of the most important archeological Biblical sites, in where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, the scrolls were written between the 2nd century BCE and the 2nd century CE, and where John the Baptist spent some time with the community here. Standing among the 2,000 year-old ruins of Qumran.  

Day 8: Bethlehem the story of the birth, Jerusalem the City of  David

  • Bethlehem the Birthplace of Jesus, has been a Holy destination for Christian pilgrims for centuries, the  main site is the Church of Nativity on Manger Square, built over the grotto where Jesus was born.

  • Welcome to David City the most ancient part of Jerusalem, this area has been excavated more than any area in Jerusalem, visit important discoveries in biblical archaeology. Walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed a blind man, is a highlight of the day. Explore the Southern Temple Excavations located around the southwestern corner of Temple Mount. Here Jesus walked more than 2,000 years ago and view other archaeological remains that related with the New Testament events. Visit also the magnificent Davidson Visitors Center in the basement of an 8th-century-CE palace. Stop at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Herodian Temple Mount destroyed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago. Walk through the alleyways of the Jewish Quarter, including the Cardo, which was the main street of Byzantine Christian Jerusalem.

​Day 9:  Jerusalem the City of Salvation

  • Welcome the day with one of the most magnificent views in the world from the top of Mount of Olives, overview ancient Jerusalem, where we visit: Pater Noster Church, where the prayer “Our Father”, and the Church of Ascension, marking the place where Jesus ascended to Heaven. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” down the Mount of Olives in the footsteps of Jesus. Stop at Dominus Flevit Church (Our Lord Wept), the site of Jesus weeping over the city (Luke 19: 37-42). At the bottom of the Mount of Olives is an ancient olive garden. During the time of the First and Second Temples, the Mount of Olives was the place where the high priest used to slaughter and burn the "Red Cow", whose ashes purify those who are impure at the Temple.

  • At the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the mountain, Jesus spent here with His disciples before he was arrest. Enter the impressive Church of Agony, also known as the Church of All Nations, to see the magnificent floor- mosaics- of this significant site. The Garden of Gethsemane is where Jesus prayed on the night of His betrayal and arrest (Mark 14:32-50).

  • Enter the Old City to the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:2-9). Visit Saint Anne's Chapel, the purest Crusader Church in the entire country, down Via Dolorosa, also the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius Pilate’s sentencing to Golgotha, ending in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where His crucifixion and burial. The Old City, resting on the original hills of the City of David. The day will end with a visit to the Garden Tomb, to recall the crucifixion and burial of Jesus and spend time in these peaceful gardens.

Day 10: Transfer to the airport for departure.

Say "farewell" and remember...

you are very welcome anytime!

DESCRIPTION:

Bible Land ~ Itinerary of 10 Days

A fantastic tour integrate visits to Holy Christian sites and historical attractions.

Below itinerary can be changed upon the flight details.

Masses can be celebrated daily.

When a priest accompanies the group, private masses can be arranged by request. These should be booked in advance and can be held Monday-Saturday (subject to space) at the following sites:

· Church of Saint Peter's Primacy in the Galilee

· Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

· Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

· Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem

· Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem

If a group arrives without a priest, they can participate in regular Masses in English on Sundays. Some places also conduct Mass in the afternoons during the week.

Our representative will meet you after passport control for assistance.

 
PRICE INCLUDES:
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation on half board basis.

  • 9 Dinners (starting from 1st night).

  • Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure.

  • Sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned motor-coach.

  • 10 hour sightseeing per day (depend on arrival & departure time)

  • Service of a Government licensed guide on all touring days.

  • Entrance fees to places of interest while touring.

 
DON'T FORGET!

Price excludes:

  • International & Domestic flights.

  • Porterage at the airport.

  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff.

  • Lunch, Beverages with meals on route.

  • Traveler’s medical and baggage insurance.

 

OUR TIPS:

Our itinerary emphasizes the spiritual aspect of this marvelous country, the guides are also experts about the Holy land. This fact, along with history, education, and other cultural aspects will be woven into the commentary in order to give you well rounded information.

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