12 Night Tour

Friday

Ben Gurion Airport / Jerusalem 

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by your Christian Holyland Tour representative and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Saturday

At leisure 

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Sunday

Caesarea / Megiddo & Druze Villages

Departing Tel Aviv, you’ll drive along the coastal plains to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea, to see the excavations of the Crusader city, Roman Port, aqueduct and the recently restored amphitheater now used as a concert venue. Your drive continues to the reputed site of the Armageddon, Megiddo to see the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water system. Next stop is the Druze village of Daliat El Carmel where you will enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch it’s off to Haifa, via Mount Carmel, for a panoramic view of the Haifa Bay and the Golden Domed Bahai Shrine and Gardens.

You’ll spend the night in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Monday

Safed, Golan Heights & Winery 

Today begins with a drive to the center of Jewish mysticism, Safed, where you’ll visit the ancient synagogues and artists’ colony. After Safed, you’ll continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Here you’ll be treated to a stop at the Golan Winery for a tour and wine tasting before continuing on to Kessem Hagolan for a multimedia presentation of the area and its history.

Tonight will be spent in a Kibbutz guesthouse.

Tuesday

Sea of Galilee / Nazareth 

After breakfast, your first stop of the day will be Nazareth and a visit to the Church of the Annunciation. Next, you’ll continue on to Tiberias to see the ruins of the synagogue and octagonal Church of St. Peter in Capernaum. You will also visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Following that, your drive continues to Beit Alpha, via Beit Shean, where you will get to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.

You’ll spend the night in Jerusalem.

Wednesday

Jerusalem: The Old City 

Today begins with an amazing panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, followed by a drive to the Old City where you’ll visit the tomb of King David and the room of The Last Supper on Mt. Zion. From there, you’ll enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter to the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and then to the Western Wall. Your walk then continues along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Next on your itinerary is Bethlehem* where you’ll view Rachel’s Tomb, followed by a visit to the Church of the Nativity and Manger’s Square.

Your day wraps up back at your hotel in Jerusalem for the night.

Thursday

Jerusalem: The New City 

Start the day with breakfast, followed by a morning drive to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, and to see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Next is a tour of Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, followed by a visit to the Mount Hertzel Cemetery and Yad Vashem to see the memorial to the Holocaust. While in the New City, you’ll visit the ultra orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim to learn about their unique lifestyle. After that, enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by a spectacular “sound & light” show* at the Tower of David Museum (if weather conditions are permitting).

Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for the night.

Friday

Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea 

Today begins with a drive through the Judean Desert to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is almost 1300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. You will also stop at Qumran to visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and then drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the ancient mountaintop fortress. Ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car to tour the fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans before committing mass suicide in 73 A.D. After the tour, descend by cable car and continue on to the Dead Sea. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the mineral rich mud of the Dead Sea and then take a swim in the waters that many believe has therapeutic benefits (weather permitting).

Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for the night.

Saturday

At leisure 

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Sunday

Timna, Underwater Observatory, Eilat

Today your journey takes you south through the Negev Desert to visit Timna. At Timna, you’ll see the copper mines, King Solomon’s Pillars and the huge beautiful multi-colored rock formations. After that, you’ll continue to Eilat to visit the underwater observatory at one of the largest seaquariums in the world that has been built into a coral reef.

You’ll spend the night in Eilat.

Monday

At leisure or Optional tour to Petra**

At Leisure, or Optional Tour To Petra (Note that an additional charge applies)

The day tour to Petra begins with visa assistance at the Jordanian Border, and then a drive through the desert highways to Petra. This astonishing rose-red city was built nearly two thousand years ago by the Nabateans, an early Arab tribe. Your memorable visit begins with the possibility of a short (about 700 m.) horseback ride to the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). You may also have the opportunity to rent a chariot (extra charge applies) to get inside Petra and then back to the gate. Petra, considered to be the second wonder of the world, is almost 45 square km and is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, The Court, Roman Theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El-Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many smaller monuments in addition to its pools, dams and water channels. After your visit, you will enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant and then drive back to the border with a short stop at Aqaba where you may have the chance to take a short walk. The day ends with your crossing at the border at approximately 6:00 pm (18:00) into Eilat.

You’ll spend the night in Eilat.

Tuesday

Eilat, Mitzpe Ramon, Sde Boker, Tel Aviv

Leaving Eilat, via Mitzpe Ramon, you will view the Ramon Crater – a true geological wonder. Next you’ll head to Sde Boker and visit Ben Gurion’s hut and grave that overlooks the magnificent Zin Valley. Then, it’s off for a Camel ride and visit to an authentic Bedouin tent, where you’ll learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Next you’ll continue to Hatzerim to visit the Israel Air Force Museum and view the planes, equipment and hear the story of this brave fighting force.

You’ll spend the night in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday

Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport. 

After breakfast, your Christian Holyland Tour representative will assist you in your transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home.

Note that the above program can be extended and also customized for groups.

Itinerary Subject to Change

* Visit subject to availability

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