Day 1 Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
Day 2. Jaffa / Caesarea / Mount Carmel / Druze Villages / Acre
Day 3. Galilee
Day 4. Galilee / Beit Shean / Beit Alpha
We’ll start the day with breakfast and then drive to the southern part of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Yardenit Baptismal Site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. A Baptism will be held for anyone interested in participating. Next we’ll proceed to the ancient Biblical town of Beit Shean to see the new excavations of the Roman and Byzantine periods and then to Beit Alfah to its ancient synagogue filled with marvelous mosaics.
We’ll then drive to Gideon Springs where Gideon gathered the sons of Israel to fight the Midianates (Judges 7: 1) and wrap up the day with a drive south to Jerusalem for the night.
Day 5. Jerusalem-the Old City
Day 6. Jerusalem – the New City / Bethlehem *
After breakfast we’ll drive to the spectacular Model of Jerusalem for a glimpse of what it was like at the time of the Second Temple in Jesus’ time. We’ll see the views that Jesus would have seen whenever he came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Sabbath or holidays. After that we’ll head to Yad Vashem to see the Memorial for the victims of the Holocaust and then to the Synagogue at the Hadassah Hospital to see Marc Chagall’s famous stained glass windows portraying the 12 tribes. From here we’ll drive to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls. We’ll also see the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and the Supreme Court. From there we’ll travel to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1-7) and then back to the hotel for the night.
Day 7. Massada / Dead Sea
Right after breakfast we’ll drive south to the Judean desert via the Good Samaritan Inn (Luke 8: 25-37) to the famous mountain fortress of Massada – the stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. We’ll ascend the mountain to the fortress in a cable car and visit Herod the Great’s palaces and their Roman Baths and pools. From this mountain overlook you will be able to see the Dead Sea. Next we’ll descend to the lowest place on earth for a possible “dip” and “float” in the salty Dead Sea. On our way back to Jerusalem we’ll stop in Qumran, the town of the Essene sect, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd in 1948.
We’ll end the day back in Jerusalem at our hotel.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight.
Your trip begins with your arrival at the Ben Gurion Airport. A Christian Holyland Tour representative will be there to meet and welcome you to Israel. You will then be taken to your hotel in Tel Aviv where you’ll spend the night. We’ll continue on through Galilee and stay in Tiberias for the night. Next we’ll descend to the lowest place on earth for a possible “dip” and “float” in the salty Dead Sea.