THE BEST OF ISRAEL 9 days / 8 nights (HT 901)• Day 1 Flight into Tel Aviv Arrive into Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport, where you will be greeted and transferred to your Galilee hotel.• Day 2 Lakeside Ministry, Nazareth, Cana and Mount Tabor Drive around the Sea of Galilee visiting the sites of Jesus’ ministry: the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, Tabgha where the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand took place, and Capernaum which was the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. Continue to Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL 9 days / 8 nights (HT 901) Drive to the village of Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding feast. Visit Mount Tabor, traditional scene of the Transfiguration. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.• Day 3 The Mediterranean Coast Drive to the Mediterranean coast to the ancient walled city of Acre, an important Roman and Crusader port and the headquarters of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. See the underground fortress. Continue southwards via Mount Carmel to Caesarea, with its impressive remains of a Roman theatre and aqueduct. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL 9 days / 8 nights (HT 901)• Day 4 The Jordan Valley, Beth Shan & Jericho After breakfast, leave your hotel heading down the Jordan Valley to Beth Shan, site of extensive archeological excavations and the best preserved amphitheatre in the country. Drive down to Jericho, famous for its destruction by Joshua. Continue to Jerusalem, drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a first view over the Golden City. Arrive at your Jerusalem hotel for dinner and a 5-night stay.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL 9 days / 8 nights (HT 901)• Day 5 Tour of old Jerusalem Begin your tour on mount Zion to see the cenacle or Upper Room where traditionally Jesus and his disciples shared the Last Supper, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Jesus was brought to trial before the High Priest. Enter the old City of Jerusalem through the Jewish Quarter past the Roman Cardo. See the famous Western “Wailing” Wall sacred to the Jews, and the golden Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Then follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa which marks Jesus traditional rout to Calvary where He was crucified, over which the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands. Visit the tranquil Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL 9 days / 8 nights (HT 901)• Day 6 Massada and the Dead Sea Drive south to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue to Massada, the famous fortress where the Zealots chose to die by their own hands rather than be captured by the Romans during the Jewish war of 1st century AD. Drive to the shores of the Dead Sea, at the lowest point on earth, to float in the salty buoyant water. Return for dinner and overnight at your Jerusalem/Bethlehem hotel.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL 9 days / 8 nights• Day 7 At Leisure (HT 901) Today is free for shopping, relaxing or exploring on your own (optional tours to Beer Sheba and the Negev and to Tel Aviv Jaffa are available). Dinner and overnight at your Jerusalem hotel.• Day 8 Mount of Olives and Bethlehem, The New City Walk down the Mount of Olives from the chapel of the Ascension to see the Pater Noster church where the Lord’s Prayer is displayed in many different languages, and Dominus Flevit with its tear-drop shaped dome. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the hill, to visit the Church of the Agony and see the ancient olive trees.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL 9 days / 8 nights (HT 901) Drive to Bethlehem (if possible) where the Church of the Nativity is built over the traditional site of Jesus’ birth. In the afternoon, drive through the New City of Jerusalem, viewing the Knesset and the Israel Museum. End the day with a visit to the moving Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.• Day 9 Return Flight You will be transferred to Tel Aviv’s airport for your return flight home.