13 Day Biblical Journey in the Holy Land

13 Days/12 Nights

itinerary

Day 1. Jaffa - Tel Aviv - Netanya

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Visit the Ancient Sea Port of Jaffa, known to be the oldest Seaport in the world. Drive through Tel Aviv and along the Coast to the Resort Town of Netanya. Rest of the day at leisure to unwind after your long flight. Time to relax and swim in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Check into hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2. Caesarea - Muhraka (Mount Carmel) - Akko (Acre)

Drive along the coast to the Roman city of Caesarea with its amazing excavations. After visit continue to Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the priests of Baal. Continue to Akko with its imposing extensive Crusader ruins, many khans, bazaars and mosques. check into hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias - Sea of Galilee

Drive to the town of Nazareth where Jesus grew to manhood. Visit the Churches, and proceed to Cana the site of the first Miracle where Jesus turned water into wine. Here it is possible to renew marriage vows in the Wedding Church. Continue to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee and check into your Kibbutz hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where you can enjoy time swimming in the Galilee. Dinner and overnight on the Kibbutz.

Day 4. Boat Ride - Boat Museum - Tabgha - Capernaum

Take a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee. Time for prayer and reflection on the water. Visit the Boat Museum where you can see the "Jesus Boat" which was brought up from the bottom on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Tabgha the site of the feeding of the multitudes and then proceed to Capernaum where Jesus preached in the Ancient Synagogue. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5. Mount of Beatitudes - Korazin - Yardenit

Drive up the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Drive through the area and visit the Town of Korazin. Proceed to Yardenit traditional Baptism site on the Jordan River for Baptism in the same waters where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6. Beit Alpha - Beit Shean - Belvoir

Visit the excavations at Beit Alpha of the wonderful mosaic floor of a 6th Century synagogue. Continue to Beit Shean to visit the extensive archaeological excavations and then proceed to the Crusader castle of Belvoir overlooking the Jordan Valley. Return to your hotel and time to enjoy a swim in the Sea of Galilee before dinner.

Day 7. Jordan Valley - Jericho - Jerusalem

Drive along the Jordan Valley to the Ancient city Jericho. Enter Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation and the Tel Jericho. Jericho is the oldest inhabited city in the world. Continue to Jerusalem and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8. Bethlehem - City of David

After breakfast drive to the city of Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity where Jesus was born and the Shepherds Fields where the shepherds were tending their flocks when they heard a heavenly chorus and followed the Star to Bethlehem. Time for shopping in Bethlehem. Leave Bethlehem and drive back to Jerusalem to visit the City of David, excavations of the original City of David, outside the Walls of the Old City. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9. Mount of Olives - Garden of Gethsemane - Church of All Nations - Pools of Bethesda - Church of St. Anne - Via Dolorosa - Western Wall

Drive up the Mount of Olives for wonderful view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk along the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the Church of All Nations. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the St. Stephens Gate and visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus cured the Paralytic man. Visit the Church of St. Anne and begin your walk along the Via Dolorosa starting from Lithstrotus (Judgement Hall) following the Stations of the Cross. Visit the Western Wall. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 10. Qumran - Massada - Dead Sea

Drive to visit Qumran where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue to Massada and ascend to the cliff top fortress by Cable Car to inspect the ruins of Herod's palace and fortifications which later served the Zealots to resist the Romans. Descend by Cable Car and proceed to the Dead Sea to enjoy floating in the waters of the Dead Sea which have amazing healing powers. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 11. Yad Vashem - Ein Karem - St. Peter In Gallicantu

Visit Yad Vashem holocaust Memorial. Continue to Ein Karem the Birthplace of John the Baptist. Visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu built on the side of the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 12. Hall of the Last Supper - Tomb of King David - Old City, Garden Tomb

Visit Mount Zion , the Hall of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. Enter the Old City walking through the colorful bazaars. Continue to the Garden Tomb for prayer and reflection. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 13. Tel Aviv

Transfer to the airport for final departure.


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