Footsteps of Our Lord Tours
Sunday arrival 11 Days
Availability: all year round
11 days / 10 nights
Private Tours Available
Sunday Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a ITC Unitours representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Caesarea / Muhraka / Megiddo / Acre
Depart Tel-Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site, the local market and harbor. Overnight in Kibbutz.
After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where the “Jesus boat”, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan heights. Overnight in Kibbutz.
Cana / Nazareth / Beit Shean
Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river; next, stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheatre. Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem (Old City)
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the Old City; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road; visit the Jewish and Christian quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem (New City) / Bethlehem*
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation;proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds’ field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Qumeran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean hills to Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found; Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D; ascend Massada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod; visit the remains of the walls, water cistern and Herod’s Palace; descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth; enjoy the opportunity to float in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Timna / Underwater Observatory
Travel south through the Negev desert; Stop at Timna, a large geological and archaelological park; marvel at the multi colored rock formations and copper mines; view the outstanding Solomon’s pillars.
Continue to Eilat, the southernmost resort city on the shores of the Red Sea; visit the Underwater Observatory marine park, built into a coral reef and enjoy the opportunity for a close up look at the rich life of the Gulf of Eilat. Overnight Eilat.
Free day in Eilat or day tour to Petra (with additional charge) After assistance with border formalities, drive straight to Petra,the astonishing rose-red city built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the treasury, royal tombs, the court, roman theatre, roman street, qasser el- bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m and crossing back to Eilat . Overnight Eilat.
Ramon Crater / Sde Boker / Bedouin lunch
Depart EilatviaMitzpeRamon;Stoptogaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder; Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel ride and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent; Learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch. Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Airforce Museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Overnight Tel-Aviv.
Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
8 Day Wednesday
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
You will be met by your Christian Holyland Tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv..
Jerusalem – Old City
Your tour begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city, followed by a visit to the church of All Nations, King David’s tomb and the room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Next you’ll enter within the walls of the city and visit the Cardo, Temple Mount (note that entrance to the mosques are not included), Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the oriental Bazaar and the Garden Tomb. You’ll end the day by returning to your hotel in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem & Bethlehem*
After your visit to Ein Karem to see the Church of Visitation, you’ll continue on to Yad Vashem, to visit the memorial to the holocaust, the Israel museum, the shrine of the book, where the dead sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Next stop is Bethlehem* to visit the Church of Nativity and then back to your hotel in Jerusalem.
Dead Sea / Masada
Today you’ll begin by driving to Qumeran and visiting this ancient city where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. After that you’ll drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. You’ll ascend Mt. Massada by cable car and visit Herod’s Palace, the food storerooms, and water irrigation system. When finished you’ll descend by cable car and return to Jerusalem for the night.
Beit Shean & Nazareth
Today you’ll leave Jerusalem and drive through the Jordan Valley to the newly excavated city of Beit Shean to visit the Roman theatre. Next, your drive continues to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River and then on to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Here you’ll visit the Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. After that you’ll head to the Kibbutz Hotel for the night.
Tiberias & Capernaum
After a short tour of Tiberias, you’ll enjoy a boat ride to Capernaum where you’ll visit the remains of a 2nd century synagogue. Next is Tabgha, the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and a visit to the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. From here, it’s off to the Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, followed by a rive to the Banias Springs and waterfalls and a tour of the Golan Heights. You’ll then return to the Kibbutz Hotel for the night.
Acre, Haifa & Caesarea
After breakfast, your first stop of the day is a drive to Acre to visit the ancient city and harbor. Next, you’ll continue on to Haifa to view the Persian Gardens at the Bahai Temple and then it’s off to Megiddo. In Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon, you’ll visit the archeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system and then continue your drive to Caesarea , the capital of Judea under the Romans. Here you’ll get to visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman Theatre and aqueduct. Your drive then continues along the coastal plain to Tel Aviv where you’ll be spending the night.
Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure.
Your Christian Holy Land Tours representative will help transfer you from the hotel to Ben Gurion airport for your flight home.
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