The Holyland Tour of Israel – 8 Days
For millions around the world it is the “Holyland”, a captivating destination and a must-visit for any serious globetrotter. Learn the amazing story of Israel and its people. Arrive Jerusalem – see Masada, Jericho and Bethlehem. Visit the Holy Land sites of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee on a day trip from Jerusalem. You’ll journey across Israel’s coastal plains to explore the city of Nazareth, the setting of many New Testament tales, then travel to the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed many miracles. If you’re intrigued by the sacred, or simply interested in the fascinating fables of the bible.
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A land with a culture spanning Roman, Middle Eastern and biblical history, Israel is one of the richest travel destinations on the planet. Spend 8 days in the Holy Land, discovering an Israel both ancient and new.
Explore the ruins of Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea, then continue your archaeological adventure at Megiddo. Allegedly the site of Armageddon, Megiddo’s tactical significance has seen it endure many battles in the meantime, often during conflicts with Egypt, and as recently as World War 1. Coastal Haifa is home to picturesque Persian Gardens and the Shrine of the Bab, considered the second holiest place on Earth for the Baha’i Faith. Your day of sightseeing ends at the ancient harbour city of Acre.
After a morning tour of Tiberias, cross the Sea of Galilee to the towns of Capernaum and Tabgha, where the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes is said to have taken place. Another legendary New Testament site awaits you at the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. You’ll also take a short tour of the Golan Heights before continuing to Nazareth.
Day 1 Arrive Tel Aviv
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport you will be welcomed by an Amiel Tours representative (United Tours) who will be waiting after the passport control, before the luggage retrieval. They will help with the luggage identification, customs clearance and escort you to the vehicle for your transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
With over 1.5 million foreign tourists visiting annually, Tel Aviv is likened by some to Barcelona, Miami Beach and Manhattan. It is rated as a top international tourism destination by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Toronto Star. Tel Aviv has been called ”the city that never sleeps” and a ”party capital” due to its thriving nightlife, young atmosphere and famous 24-hour culture. It is home to many museums, architectural and cultural sites, with city tours available in different languages. More than 100 sushi restaurants, the third highest concentration in the world, do business in the city, and an Italian restaurant in Tel Aviv was called the best Italian restaurant outside of Italy by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture.
Day 2 Caesarea – Megiddo – Haifa – 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. Continue to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Day 3 Tiberias to Capernaum and Banias
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.
Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.
Day 4 Cana to Nazareth to 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 for overnight.
Day 5 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.
Day 6 Jerusalem New City and 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. Return to Jerusalem.
Day 7 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. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 8 Jerusalem and Depart Tel Aviv
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.